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Renovations

Lowering A Basement: When Does It Make Sense?

  We’ve had several homeowners contact us in recent months, with the idea of lowering the basement floor in their house to create more liveable space in the basement.  As always, they ask us if it is a project that makes financial sense. First, let’s start with a definition.  Lowering a basement floor, or underpinning,…

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Project Spotlight: Toronto Kitchen & Bath Renovation

  Our Toronto homeowners had a 50-year-old home that needed updated. The kitchen was typical for a Toronto home built in the1960s, closed in by walls on all sides.  A single bathroom served the entire family.  They dreamed of a larger kitchen and a master ensuite.   Originally, the homeowner had considered building a house…

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Bathroom Renovation and Remodeling Trends

Home construction and renovation continues to evolve, as product, trend and lifestyle changes influence the design of our living spaces. At Inspire Homes, we renovate more bathrooms than any other room in the house, and we have compiled a list of the most significant trends we’re seeing in bathroom design. We hope this gives you…

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7 Great Online Renovation Resources

In a few short years, the internet has changed how homeowners approach home renovation projects.  From looking at pictures for ideas, to searching online to find a reputable renovation contractor, the internet is a great resource to begin planning your renovation.  Below we have listed some of the best online renovation resources that are available…

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Bathroom Renovation: Remove Jacuzzi, Add Heated Floor

In the 1980s, many new homes were built with a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.  But not a large Jacuzzi, tub, just a standard sized 32 inch by 60 inch tub.  As these bathrooms are coming due for renovation and remodeling, we’re noticing a trend.  Homeowners want to remove the Jacuzzi tub, and install a…

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Project Spotlight: Kitchen Reno Creates More Space

This Etobicoke kitchen was in dire need of an update. The existing kitchen had previously been renovated in the 1980s and featured blue laminate cabinets, white tile floor and dated appliances – all elements that made the kitchen feel small, dark and dated. Additionally, the refrigerator was peculiarly placed in the middle of the room,…

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New Car Options Are Like Custom Homes and Renos

A few days ago, I went to a car dealership.  I’m not looking for a new car, but I was interested to see what the new 2013 models looked liked.  One of the vehicles on the showroom floor was an entry level luxury sedan that started with a base price of $39,500.  With various options…

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What Can You Renovate for $35,000?

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), along with RenoMark, is holding a contest to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Toronto Star’s ‘New In Homes’ section. For 35 weeks, BILD will be accepting entries, and will then award a $35,000 prize to one lucky winner.  The money must be used for a new…

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5 Reasons For Change Orders

On home renovation and house addition projects we work on, we start the project with a clearly defined scope of work, and on larger projects, a set of architectural drawings.   As the work on the project progresses, there may become a need or a desire to deviate from the original plans and scope of work. …

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The King of Rock and Roll … and Plumbing

John Cigan is no ordinary plumber. You will know right away if the owner of Carl & Son Plumbing and Heating is on the job installing plumbing for one of Inspire Home’s renovated kitchens – because you’ll be able to hear him before you see him. This plumbing and heating specialist has made a “second…

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