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10 Kitchen Renovation Trends for 2016

10 Kitchen Trends for 2016 The heart of any home is undeniably the kitchen. It’s a multi-faceted space where friends and family gather, meals are prepared and enjoyed, and day-to-day life unfolds. At Inspire Homes, we believe that kitchens can be functional and beautiful by incorporating the latest design trends with quality products, striking finishes…

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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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Renovating? Ask Yourself, “Why”?

A couple of months ago, our colleague Bryan Sebring at Sebring Services asked us what is the most important tip that we could give a homeowner who is about to embark on a renovation project. The answer was simple: Ask yourself, “Why?” Specifically, why are you considering a renovation in the first place? Of course,…

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Second Storey House Addition Cost

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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Renovation Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled Persons

Seniors and persons with disabilities will be getting help from the Federal Government to assist with age and disability related renovations to their homes. The 2015 Federal Budget proposes to create a Home Accessibility Tax Credit. The proposal would provide tax relief of 15% of up to $10,000 in renovation expenditures, up to $1,500 in…

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Renovations: Return on Investment – Part 2

When it comes to renovations, we always advise our clients that they are renovating their home for themselves, not for the next person who may purchase the home down the road. Choosing to renovate because you think it will yield more money when selling the home isn’t always a good strategy. Why? Because the person…

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Renovations: Return on Investment – Part 1

When it comes to renovations, we always advise our clients that they are renovating their home for themselves, not for the next person who may purchase the home down the road. Choosing to renovate because you think it will yield more money when selling the home isn’t always a good strategy. Why? Because the person…

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Practical Kitchen Cabinetry Choices

Functional Kitchen Cabinetry Choices When it comes to kitchen renovations, sometimes we are only able to increase the square footage of the space slightly. With this in mind, it can be the cabinetry selection that makes the biggest impact on a homeowner’s overall enjoyment of their newly renovated kitchen. Kitchen cabinets of the past were…

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Project Spotlight: Accessible Bathroom Renovation

Our client, a Canadian Forces veteran wanted a bathroom that better fit his needs. He is wheelchair bound yet extremely independent, and it was important for him to remain that way. The existing bathroom was typical for a home 50+ years old. It was small and dated, and the tightness of this space made it…

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