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Invite the sunshine into your bathroom with a skylight

Invite the sunshine into your bathroom with a
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Invite the sunshine into your bathroom with a
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Bathroom renovations can be fun, exciting and sometimes even stressful. Over the years, we have seen bathrooms morph from only functional spaces to highly stylized rooms of function that speak not only of personal style but also in customized luxury. It may be a “spa-like” retreat or a simple, classic look, a bold, colourful tile or the elegance of book-matched marble on your shower walls. Whatever you desire, today’s bathrooms are delivering large on glam, luxury and functionality. And no matter what your design tastes are, your bathroom is the first room you see in the morning and the last you see at night, and it should reflect a bright start or a relaxational end to your day.

Design trends may come and go, but one thing that does remain consistent when planning a renovation is maximizing lighting – a definite must for a bathroom. When I’m designing a bathroom, I look to add layers of lighting options, and one of them should be natural light – the perfect way to start your day. Adding natural light to a bathroom offers many benefits, starting with our own physical and mental health and well-being to the health of your home. Windows paired with skylights will maximize the amount of natural light in your bathroom and can become the primary source of natural lighting.

Photo by Jeff Mindell
Photo by Jeff Mindell

Installing a skylight in your bathroom will undoubtedly improve the look and feel of your overall design aesthetic, brightening the room and making it feel like a much larger space. The bathroom is also a perfect place to add a skylight or sun tunnels, as you will gain the additional natural light without compromising your privacy.

If you’re wondering how skylights can improve your home’s health, this is where the venting skylight comes into play. VELUX’s programmable skylights will open and help prevent trapped moisture from producing mould or mildew by letting out the humid air and bringing in the fresh air – which is perfect for your bathroom. These are skylights that open to provide fresh air in your room. As hot air rises, this seems a natural addition to the bathroom to assist in the circulation of air and help to prevent trapped moisture from producing mould or mildew.

In the end, be inspired by all that you see in colour, finishes and design, but also be realistic about your space and budget. Good bathroom design should bring together all that is best of what you envision. It should deliver the maximum of light, storage, usage and aesthetics for you while creating a wonderfully luxurious and inviting room that reflects your individuality. Your bathroom should offer you optimal convenience and relaxation for years to come – adding a key element like a skylight to the mix will make it seem like the “icing on the cake.”

If you’re planning to give your bathroom a whole new look by adding a skylight or sun tunnel, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set a realistic budget. Once you start looking at all the finishes and fixture options available, you may be surprised at the costs involved.
  • Depending on your bathroom size, a series of skylights or sun tunnels can be a complementary design feature.
  • Be sure that when you’re positioning your skylight or sun tunnels, you are also considering the placement of other lighting in the room. Whether it’s pot lights or surface mounted lights, you want to make sure that your ceiling does not appear chaotic or messy in design.
  • Remember, a vented skylight is an excellent option for increased ventilation in the bathroom.
  • Good quality porcelain tile is durable and doesn’t fade from increased amounts of sunlight. If you are south facing, you may be concerned about too much natural light or heat in the summer, consider adding a built-in blind, a perfect option to diffuse the light.

Known for creating innovative, stylish interiors and full-scale design builds, Linda Mazur Design Group is a multi-discipline design firm with more than 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial design.


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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

With home renovations on a steady and constant increase, the question always surfaces about how best to spend your renovation dollars. While it’s true that kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as “curb appeal” will yield a good return on your investments; you should not discount the importance of natural light in your home. Maximizing light not only enhances the esthetics of a space, it increases the home’s resale value and quite simply – it also makes us feel better to see the great morning sunshine. We love the look and feel of an entire wall of windows that lets in beautiful rays of light and a fresh breeze, however, windows are not the only means of natural light for our homes. This is one of the reasons you should consider adding a skylight to your home renovation.

We all have those areas of our home, the space over our staircase, or a bathroom perhaps, where light struggles to reach. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about turning your attic into a third floor living space. Whatever your particular situation is, consider adding a skylight or sun tunnel to these darker areas of your home, and let the sunshine in.

In tight quarters, the added benefit of a skylight over a sun tunnel is that it allows you to introduce not only more natural light into a room, but it also helps ventilate the space so you can “breathe” better. Windows are without a doubt, designed to let in the natural light and circulate air throughout a room; however, hot air rises, and so will any toxins or pollutants in your home. Incorporating skylights will improve the air quality of your home – and the vast amount of added natural light is a wonderful feature.

To maximize the benefits of skylights, you need to consider a few important details; the first is the placement in your home. A skylight is not a window, though some often think the two are interchangeable. Windows are designed to limit the glare of high-angled sun in the summer and to catch the low-angled rays of sun in the winter. Skylights tend to do the opposite, so it is rather important to consider the placement of the skylights on your roof, as well as the orientation of the sun around your house. Though we desire maximum natural light, you may also want to consider the option of Velux blinds to preserve your furniture and flooring. Also, consider the selection of appropriate skylights for your space so that you can ensure this design feature is maximizing its full potential on the interior of your home; be it the size, style or operation method, (yes, skylights open) understanding the options will help ensure wise design choices.

Whatever you decide, skylights add an architectural element to a room while bringing the outdoors in and adding a burst of natural light.

For more information, go to velux.ca

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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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A big thanks to all the sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Product Showcase - Windows

Product showcase – windows

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Product showcase – windows

GET COMFORTABLE WITH GEOMETRIC VINYL WINDOWS

Do you enjoy waking up to the sun’s warming rays in the morning? With a JELDWEN window upgrade, you get to choose the glazing and custom options that work best for your home comfort preferences. Get inspired at Jeld-Wen.com.

JELD-WEN WINDOWS & DOORS

THE NEW SHAPE OF LIGHT

Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades combine the dimensional energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. The innovative curved shape gently diffuses light, providing ambience and character to all angles of your room. They are available with the SoftTouch Motorization, a unique battery-powered operating system with simple and intuitive wand-controlled operation. Available at Village Paint & Wallpaper, a Hunter Douglas Gallery.

VILLAGE PAINT & WALLPAPER

ENHANCE ANY SPACE WITH A SKYLIGHT

Adding a skylight enhances any space, making it lighter, brighter and feel more comfortable. The effect that natural light has on you is well documented. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, where the air quality is three to five times worse than outdoors. A skylight gives you more access to natural light and fresh air to create a healthier, safer indoor environment. And it saves you money! Shown here, before and after.

VELUX CANADA INC.

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Product Showcase

Product Showcase: New & Noteworthy

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Product Showcase: New & Noteworthy

Fall in love with your bathroom style

The DM Bath Collection by Dezign Market is a full suite of bathroom products to create the perfect style in your master bath, ensuite or powder room. Made in Canada, solid wood modular bathroom vanities are available in semi-customizable sizes to fit seamlessly into your space. Designed on a mix-and-match system, choose your finish colour, quartz countertop options, sinks and hardware for a bathroom you’ll love.

DEZIGN MARKET

Airy dynamic design

Shibori Clouds in Neutral Beige is an airy yet dynamic design, reminiscent of an expressive sky on a cloudy day. Available on tempaper.com for $98 per roll, the print is designed to celebrate a joyful aesthetic, inspired by Eastern travels. The peel and stick wallpaper, which is phthalate, VOC and lead-free, can be used in a number of creative ways, including on stair risers, bookcases and cabinets.

TEMPAPER DESIGNS

Jeld-Wen siteline windows

Increasingly, homeowners are seeking windows with a black interior finish. Jeld-Wen is proud to offer this dynamic look with their Siteline collection, which offers the timeless look of natural wood windows in a wide variety of styles. Check out the website to see options that work best for your home comfort preferences.

JELD-WEN WINDOWS & DOORS

Change the way you cook

Change the way you cook with the Monogram built-in oven with Advantium Speedcook Technology. Its compactness is the perfect fit for smaller living spaces, such as a condominium or apartment. The speedcook feature allows you to cook up to eight times faster than traditional ovens without needing to pre-heat. With an innovative built-in convection oven, microwave and warming capabilities, this advanced oven will transform your meals. Can be purchased at Canadian Appliance Source.

CANADIAN APPLIANCE SOURCE

2019 trends

For 2019, Caesarstone partnered with preeminent trends forecaster, Lidewij Edelkoort to develop Form Follows Food. In this stunning book, the worlds of food and design continue to merge, inspiring each other in a creative, multisensory experience. New colours from Caesarstone include Empira White, a classic white marble quartz, and Primordia, a cool grey that echoes the character of concrete.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Enhance any space with a skylight

Adding a skylight enhances any space, making it lighter, brighter and more comfortable. The effect that natural light has on you is well documented. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, where the air quality is three to five times worse than outdoors. A skylight gives you more access to natural light and fresh air to create a healthier, safer indoor environment. Shown here, before and after.

VELUX CANADA INC.


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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

National Home Show 2019 ReCap

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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber created a luxurious his-and-her master bathroom and sleek customized closet (mainly for her!) for our RENO & DECOR booth at the National Home Show in March. For 10 days, designers offered free 15-minute design consultations to home show participants.

Catherine-Lucie is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

 

Thank you Catherine-Lucie for the sophisticated booth design as well as a big thank you to all the wonderful design experts who dedicated their time and talent to the Design Intervention booth.

On March 8th BILD held its annual Renovation and Custom Home awards luncheon at the Enercare Centre. The event kicks off the National Home Show on opening day where the GTA’s top renovators and custom home builders are recognized by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Mayor John Tory was one of the guest speakers at the event, and RENO & DECOR sponsors the awards luncheon every year and our team happily presented the awards to the winners in each category.

A big thanks to all the Sponsors of Design Intervention:


Thank you to all the Designers who participated:


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Velux skylight featured

Win a skylight makeover and in-home design consultation!

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Win a skylight makeover and in-home design consultation!

Velux skylight

Ever dream of adding a beautiful skylight to your home? Or how about having an in-home design consultation with an award-winning designer?

Well, now you can! Enter for your chance to win a $5,800 skylight makeover from VELUX, and an in-home design consultation with award-winning interior designer Linda Mazur!

Click here for details!

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Velux Creates A Skylight That Thinks For Itself

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Velux Creates A Skylight That Thinks For Itself

The Smart Skylight

What is a smart skylight? It’s not just a skylight that is remote or phone controlled, it’s not just a skylight that automatically closes when it rains. So, what is a smart skylight? A smart skylight is one that compares the outside environment to the indoor air quality and guides the user to create a healthier, more comfortable home. Now that’s smart skylight technology.

VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is trusted world-wide to think for your client. The technology uses smart sensor-based control paired with a smartphone device to automatically adjust programmable skylights and blinds based on indoor air quality and external weather forecasts. Your client can track their home to better understand how their indoor environment makes them feel so that they can provide their family with a healthier, brighter home.

This a skylight that thinks for itself, trusted to think for you to create a healthier home environment. Backwards compatible with any solar or electric skylight manufactured after 2010.

Download your VELUX ACTIVE app for a smarter, healthier home.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: windows & doors

Ideas for your windows and doors

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Ideas for your windows and doors

UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL

The Casa Bella UniqWood Plus series is an award-winning and patented design. It provides the warmth and beauty of wood on the inside, with the maintenance-free features of vinyl on the outside. UniqWood comes standard with a stainable pine-finish interior. Upgrades include stainable oak, cherry, pine and walnut as well as various grill, glass and hardware options.

CASA BELLA WINDOWS INC.

THE NEW SHAPE OF LIGHT

Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades combine the dimensional, energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. The innovative curved shape gently diffuses light, providing ambience and character to all angles of your room, and are available with the SoftTouch Motorization, a unique battery-powered operating system with simple and intuitive wand-controlled operation. Available at Village Paint & Wallpaper, A Hunter Douglas Gallery.

VILLAGE PAINT & WALLPAPER

GET COMFORTABLE WITH GEOMETRIC VINYL WINDOWS

Do you enjoy waking up to the sun’s warming rays in the morning? With a JELD-WEN window upgrade, you get to choose the glazing and custom options that work best for your home comfort preferences. Get inspired at Jeld-Wen.com.

JELD-WEN WINDOWS & DOORS

ENHANCE ANY SPACE WITH A SKYLIGHT

Adding a skylight enhances any space, making it lighter, brighter and feel more comfortable. The effect that natural light has on you is well documented. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, where the air quality is three to fives times worse than outdoors. A skylight gives you more access to natural light and fresh air to create a healthier, safer indoor environment. And it saves you money! Shown here, before and after.

VELUX CANADA INC.

SMART SHADES

Make your home a smart home with the Somfy myLink app from Elite Smart Shades. Now you can control your shades, blinds, drapes, and even lights from your smartphone or tablet. The myLink hub plugs into any wall outlet and communicates with your home’s Wi-Fi network. The mobile app features scenes, schedules and even remote access so you can operate your shades and lights when you’re away from home. Now that’s smart.

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THE WARMTH OF WOOD

Building on a century of experience and with new management, Madawaska Doors continues to deliver the ultimate in custom, solid natural-wood doors. For the homeowner looking to distinguish their new home or renovation, nothing surpasses the warmth and uniqueness of our Canadian-made, environmentally friendly, exterior and interior doors.

MADAWASKA DOORS

THAT SPECIAL AMBIENCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Home offer a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels.

These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself.

SHADES OF HOME

STRENGTH & BEAUTY

The Unitech Hybrid Window is the fusion of vinyl and aluminum to make one incredible window. The company has combined the best of both worlds in designing windows made from a rigid vinyl frame, incorporating an aluminum extrusion for the outside and joining the interior together. The new hybrid delivers the strength and beauty of aluminum with the energy efficiency of vinyl—simply the best of both worlds.

UNITECH WINDOWS & DOORS


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