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We have noticed a new trend in Vancouver home design: The sinkless vanity. What is it, and what are the pros and cons of a sinkless vanity? What should you know before you install one? And is the trend here to stay or will it soon go down the drain? The rundown on the latest Vancouver home design trend: The sinkless vanity The sinkless vanity is...

A Stop Work Order may sound manageable, but it can be incredibly financially damaging. While we have touched on some of the issues we have seen over our years working in Vancouver home design, we have some true horror stories that show just how devastating getting a Stop Work Order can be. Stop Work Order horror stories We have had a number of cases...

Before beginning a custom home design project, most clients have a budget in mind. It can be easy to find yourself over that budget though – especially when you encounter hidden costs. This list of the four most common hidden costs in custom home design is intended to help you make an informed decision when selecting a home Designer for your project. The 4 most...

When planning your custom home design, inspiration is key. Before Designers start a new project, they will often spend some time looking at interesting ideas and styles from around the world. Now, you can draw on such inspiration too, with this list of our favourite global designs of the moment.    Our top four global inspirations for your custom home design   1. The green machine [caption id="attachment_3700"...

With square footage as valuable as it is in Greater Vancouver, maximizing the size of your property on paper can represent huge returns when it comes time to sell. If you are building a custom home, you can get more square footage from your home, at least on paper, with insulation and building envelope design. Talk to your custom home designer for more details, but...

We have already addressed two evolutions of the TV room, as well as the impact these evolutions have had on family dynamics. Now, for the final article in our TV rooms series, we turn our attention to predicting the next evolution of the TV room. One potential evolution of the TV room Photo credit - Greytek We are already seeing the beginning of a new evolution of...

Designing a custom home? One of the best ways to create a custom home design that best fits your family's lifestyle is to include specialized rooms and features that go beyond the standard bedroom and living room. From ensuites to smart home tech gadgets, here are four features you may wish to include in your custom home. Four of our favourite, on-trend features for custom...

When creating the look for your house, you have a choice between stock plans and custom home design. Stock plans are general and pulled from a bank of options, while a custom home design is created for you by an expert builder or developer. Before discussing the reasons for getting a custom home design over using stock plans, there is one other thing we...

When it comes to home designers, teamwork really does make the dream work. The teamwork, in this case, comes in the form of open communication. In order to get the house of your dreams, there are several topics you need to cover with your home designer. The five topics to discuss with your home designer 1. What a typical week looks like for your family Home...

At the opening of the 20th century, the TV had not even been invented. By the start of the 1950s, however, TVs were taking private households by storm. TVs only solidified their role in our lives, families, and homes throughout the remainder of the century. During the past century, the evolution of the TV room has occurred at an increasingly rapid pace. The square TV...

You have probably seen the infamous “Vancouver Special” homes around the City. Popular in the 1970s to 1980s, these houses were built on a budget, mainly on the East Side of the City core. The upsides? They are easy to renovate: they almost always have Truss Roofs which means fewer Load Bearing Walls, making them easier to gut and modernize. They usually are very easily...

Hiring a home designer can feel like an overwhelming task. After all, the designer won’t just shape your space; they will, in many ways, shape your life within it. Like any major decision, it is important to do your research and, in this case, that means conducting interviews. To help you with these interviews, here is a checklist of five questions to ask each...

Clean lines and big windows: Elements that make nearly anyone dreaming of designing their new home get stars in their eyes. We pulled together four examples of beautiful Vancouver modern house design to inspire your next renovation or custom home design. [caption id="attachment_2768" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo credit: Modern Vancouver Houses[/caption] 7062 Osler St., Vancouver A textbook example of a West Coast modern home in Vancouver, this home...

In home design, your personality shows through – much like your outfit or hairstyle for the day communicates your style to those who cross your path. Expressing your personality and your lifestyle through your home design is essential to that feeling of at-homeness you get when you’re inside your house. The principles below apply whether you’re renovating your home, or building a new custom...

Modern house design in Vancouver is the most popular style among people designing a new home, or renovating an existing one. When it comes to modern house design, there are (at least) four fundamental elements that bring the home’s style together into a beautiful, livable, cohesive package. If modern homes appeal to you, use these four elements with your residential designer to create a space...

If you are planning to build a custom home, being prepared for your first meeting can help advance your project quickly, and gives you a clearer vision of your finished home. This checklist helps you identify the five things to do before you hire a residential designer to create your custom home design. Learn which permits you’ll need. For building a custom home, Building Permits...

BC has implemented an amendment to the Building Code that will step up the energy efficiency of homes in the province. The BC Energy Step Code, or Step Code for short, is a graduated plan that steps up the efficiency and sustainability of homes over the coming years, until 2032. In that year, the goal is to have new homes in the province built to...

A Certified Energy Advisor in Vancouver is a great addition to the building process for your custom home. A Certified Energy Advisor, or CEA, audits the energy efficiency of existing and new homes by ascertaining their airtightness using specific tests, and by producing a report that describe how well your home aligns with EnerGuide ratings for efficiency. What does a Certified Energy Advisor do? A CEA...