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Before & After: Port Credit Restaurant Renovation

Just as our company name suggests, most of the work that we complete at Inspire Homes is residential in nature – it’s not too often that we get called upon for a commercial project. However, this past spring, we had the opportunity to take on a restaurant renovation in Mississauga’s Port Credit neighbourhood at a…

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Inspire Homes’ Carpenter Builds Christmas Parade Float

A few months ago, we added David Bandiera to our team as a Lead Carpenter.  Dave’s outstanding carpentry and finishing skills and only exceeded by his awesome personality and customer service skills. Dave has for the past month been secretly building a float for the Brampton Santa Claus parade.  He’s been doing this for the…

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Building Out: What to Consider Before Adding to Your Home

If you are in need of more living space for your family, but want to remain in your current home, then it may be time to dig down, add a house addition or build out. All three options have their pros and cons, which are unique to your home, its structure, your lot size, budget…

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Building Material Choices: Impact on Renovation Timeline

Material Choices & How They Impact Your Renovation’s Timeline One of the questions that we get asked a lot at Inspire Homes is, “How long will my renovation (or house addition project) take?” Our response is always the same: “There are two parts to the process – the planning stage, which includes the design and…

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8 Common Bathroom Mistakes To Avoid

Bathroom design has come a long way in recent decades, evolving from a utilitarian space used to clean oneself to a relaxing retreat meant for luxuriating and unwinding. Because of this shift, more homeowners are looking to remodel their dark, dated bathrooms into magnificent showpieces that feature many premium bath fixtures and design elements. And,…

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Universal Bathroom Design: A Space For Everyone

One of the latest trends in bathroom design is the notion of accessibility for all. Known as universal design, this concept is driven by the need to accommodate the functional requirements of everyone, including children, adults and seniors, with or without activity limitations or disabilities.   These bathrooms are often quite spacious and offer a…

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6 Benefits of Lowering Your Basement

Have you ever dreamed of having a full-height, finished basement for additional living space, but don’t have the headroom to make this a reality? If so, you are not alone. Many homeowners in Toronto encounter this issue, especially since most basements in older homes were originally intended for mechanics, cold cellars or fuel storage, like…

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9 Big Ideas For Small Bathroom Spaces

Unless you live in a custom home or sprawling estate, you are likely dealing with at least one small or inefficient bathroom in your home. In fact, tight bathroom spaces are a common challenge for most homeowners in Toronto or Mississauga, where square footage comes at a premium. Next to kitchens, bathrooms are some of…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Live In A Home Before Renovating

There’s no doubt about it – buying a new house is an exciting time! Many homeowners can’t wait to put their own stamp on their new home with fresh paint, updated flooring, new lighting and other customizations. But, if you find yourself with a fixer-upper, you can bet that you have larger renovations on your…

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Third Storey Additions: What You Need to Know

If you live in a densely-populated metropolitan area like Toronto, you know that space comes at a premium.  For homeowners looking to add square footage to their existing house, the option to build out isn’t always feasible, due to smaller lot sizes and other physical restrictions. However, there is another option – and that’s building…

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