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Home Backup Generator Options

The prolonged power outage caused by the recent ice storm has created significant interest in backup power generators for the home.  The City of Toronto’s policy to increase the number and size of trees, along with aging hydro poles and wires, suggest power outages will become more common.  For those running a business in a…

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Project Spotlight: Mississauga Bathroom Renovation

  Bathroom Renovation in Mississauga   The Mississauga home was built in the 1980s and it was time to modernize and remodel the facilities. The bathroom was rather large – 12′ x 15′ for a total of 180 square feet – yet the entire décor, such as the mirrors, pot-lights and tile, was dated, making…

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Top 7 Kitchen Renovation Trends

  Kitchens are the heart of a home, and for this reason there are many homeowners who want to renovate or remodel their tired-looking kitchen into something more functional and modern. Sometimes these projects are part of a larger first-floor transformation,  where we open up the living space – but that doesn’t always need to…

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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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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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Project Spotlight: Bloor West House Addition

At 576 square feet in size, this was one of the smallest bungalows in Toronto.  As is the case with most of our projects, this was a starter home, and now the homeowners were looking for more space.  The homeowners loved their Bloor West neighbourhood and their large backyard, and were looking for a way…

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Can I Build A House Addition?

Can I Build an Addition? Every week we get calls from homeowner that are looking to build a house addition, and the two most frequent questions are “How much will a house addition cost?” and “Can I build a house addition?”  A previous blog post has answered the first question, so let’s talk about the…

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House Addition vs. New Custom Home

House Addition vs. New Custom Home Throughout the Toronto area, homeowners are looking to add more space to their homes.  Some are choosing to build a house addition, while others decide to tear down and build a new house.   Which option is better when adding on more space?  Is it better to build an addition…

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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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