Are you about to renovate? Do you wonder when the best time of year to renovate is or what restoration project provides the best return on investment? If you want to learn the ins and outs of renovation, and be inspired by the latest renovation trends, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) inaugural North Shore Home Reno Show on Saturday, June 13 will be a great start.
“This is the first time we’ve brought our show to the North Shore and it’s going to be way more interactive,” said Bob de Wit, CEO of GVHBA. “The North Shore’s established neighbourhoods and mountain terrain can pose unique renovation and design challenges. This is an excellent opportunity for home owners to meet and hear first-hand from our industry’s top award-winning builders, renovators and designers, many located here in North and West Vancouver, with extensive local building knowledge.”
Homeowners are encouraged to bring questions and house plans directly to the exhibiting members for free one-on-one consultations. You must reserve your time in advance by calling 778-565-4288 for your 20-minute consultation with one of the GVHBA award-winning RenoMark renovator/builders or designers.
The North Shore Home Reno Show is being held on Saturday, June 13 from 10am to 4pm at The View on Lonsdale, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.
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Today’s Top Home Reno Trends
REW.ca spoke to four of the show’s exhibiting renovators, who shared what they see as being the latest in renovation trends.
Mark Cooper, Shakespeare Homes:
- With changing family dynamics and baby boomers taking in their parents, in-law suites or laneway homes are incorporating French doors leading to private walkout gardens and less or no stairs.
- The biggest trend in kitchen design is transitional. “We went from traditional Craftsman style with lots of heavy mouldings to ultra-modern, which was stark and uncluttered with little character,” Cooper says. “Out of that has risen transitional, which integrates both styles, thus adding warmth but still staying along crisper, cleaner lines.”
- Painted hardwood cabinetry is huge (maple and walnut are woods of choice for many) – white and off-white have also made a comeback
- Really trending is contrasting coloured cabinetry and islands. “You might have stained walnut cabinets and the island in a complementary colour,” Cooper says.
John Friswell, CCI Renovations:
- More and more home owners are going for Quartz countertops. “There are also three new Caesarstone countertops that look exactly like concrete but easier to maintain,” Friswell adds.
- Another big trend in kitchens is less upper cabinetry and more convenient and functional drawers instead.
- Sliding pull outs for composting and recycle bins are being built into kitchens.
- Smart technology appliances controlled by your smartphone continue their rise.
- Outdoor-indoor spaces are still all the rage. “Many homeowners are asking for covered and heated outdoor spaces so they can use them year-round,” he adds.
- Curbless showers have cleaner lines, less clutter, greater ease of use, says Friswell. “Many home owners ask us for curbless showers like the ones they have in high-end hotels. They also provide more space for people in wheelchairs.”
- Ensuite combination bathtub and shower, where one walks through from one to another, are also coming on trend.
Hilda Aker, Cantu Bathrooms:
- Freestanding tubs are extremely popular as more and more home owners are going for Zen-inspired “sanctuary” bathrooms and ensuites.
- Large walk-in showers are very desirable.
- Mood lighting and LED are in high demand, as well as chandeliers suspended over freestanding tubs and in-shower lighting.
- Bluetooth-enabled shower head integrated with a portable speaker. “Men especially like this feature,” says Aker. “They want the whole experience of a relaxing after a stressful day.”
- Also popular are aromatherapy diffusers for the shower, turning your shower into a spa.
- Rain shower heads now come in a plethora of shapes and sizes.
- Faucets and fixtures are coming into their own – matte gold, brushed brass, black and white are all very trendy right now.
- Sleek wall-mounted toilets with concealed tanks. “Because the powder room is for guests, home owners are spending a little more money,” adds Aker. “Typically, the powder room is small, so putting in a wall mounted toilet saves space and it’s very easy to clean. For techies out there, the flush plates are pretty cool.”
Graeme Huguet, My House Design-Build:
- Great rooms continue to be highly sought-after.
- People also want to open walls and create seamless indoor-outdoor living.
- In older homes, renovators are creating one large one from two smaller ones.
- Quartz is really trending. “Eighty-five per cent of home owners ask for Quartz because it’s durable, sustainable, and offers great patterns that mimic granite and marble,” says Huguet.
- Moving away from tiles on bathroom floors and going for porcelain – not the porcelain of the past, though. “Porcelain is manmade and manufacturers have come up with great products that look fantastic and are less costly, less porous and easier to install,” he says. “However, natural stone will never go away but the trend is definitely towards being environmentally aware.”
- Building green is gaining momentum all across the industry.
- Because of our aging population, Huguet is installing more elevators and moving master suites downstairs.
- Media and theatre rooms are still all the rage.