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House Additions

The Ideal House to Buy and Renovate

With today’s competitive real estate market and low inventory of homes, many first-time and move-up buyers are opting to purchase fixer-uppers with the intention of renovating. Not only is this an ideal way to purchase a property at the lower end of the market price, but it’s also a great way to customize the space…

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4 Ways to Transform the Exterior Façade of Your Home

The façade of your home is so much more than just the bricks, siding, windows and doors that make up the exterior of your house. The façade is the face of your home – an outward expression of your design taste and style. It’s what welcomes guests as they approach your home and causes passersby…

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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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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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7 Smart Alternatives To A House Addition

Whether you are in need of additional space because your house is feeling too small, or you specifically require additional living, bedroom, bathroom or office space, the logical solution is a house addition. However, house additions come with a considerable investment – both monetarily and time-wise – and they can put a strain on your…

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Second Storey House Addition Cost

Etobicoke House Addition Before and After | Etobicoke, Toronto, ON | Inspire Homes

In one of our first blog posts, we wrote about the 7 Things That Affect House Addition Cost. To summarize, the key considerations in determining the cost of a house addition project were: 1. Size – Larger additions are obviously more expensive, but cost less per square foot 2. Purpose – a kitchen addition will…

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Project Spotlight: Mississauga House Addition & Renovation

Nearly 25 years ago, a small solarium was added to the backside of this 1960s Mississauga ranch bungalow. The kitchen remained part of the solarium, but this no longer worked for our clients for several reasons. First, the solarium faced east so it received morning sun. This made the kitchen unbearable on sunny days. Second,…

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Stay Or Move During Renovations?

Stay Or Move During Renovations? Several years ago we had an initial meeting with a young couple who were planning a second storey house addition and main floor renovation.  They asked if they could live in the basement of the house during the project.  Our answer was: “Absolutely not!”  We were ultimately selected to design…

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House Additions: Leaving Two Exisiting Walls

House Additions: Leaving Two Existing Walls You can see it happening all over Toronto, and in suburbs with older homes such as south Mississauga and Thornhill.   Homeowners and builders are demolishing most of a house, but leaving two exterior walls in place.  They then proceed to build a substantial house addition and refinish the entire…

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Perspectives of a Bloor West Village House Addition

 At a mere 576 square feet, this was one of the smallest bungalows in Toronto. Like so many of the renovations we do, this home began as a starter-home, but as the family expanded, so did the need for space.   Exterior of the Bloor West bungalow prior to the addition.    These homeowners had a…

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