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by Genevive Diesing – North American Design Magazine – Winter Issue 2009


When it comes to a client’s home or workplace, BiglarKinyan Design Partnership (BKDP) Inc. is focused on providing what it calls “universal” design to appeal to a wide range of consumers. The company both designs the interiors and manages the construction of its projects, using a holistic approach that enables it to deliver economical, adaptable and timeless results.

“We control the design and construction phases to maintain design integrity and excellent quality,” Partner Fardid Biglar says.”We manage the different parts of construction to yield better efficiency.” Fardid says BKDP provides a one-stop shop service, which both its clients and contractors appreciate. “We have a bit more of the inside scoop as to how the industry works,” Partner Kenneth Ho says.

“That makes implementing interior design projects more successful.”

“The contractors that work for our firm often enjoy working with us because our designs are pragmatic and simply implemented.”

Kenneth says one of the most common mistakes design firms make is assuming they know their clients’ needs.

“Recently, there was a project we were working on; a very contemporary loft in a fairly historic building here in Toronto,” Kenneth recalls

“Our client had very specific requirements for how they wanted to live. These particular clients described their dream space as cold and institutional.”

While the description was unanticipated BKDP listened. Not only did the firm deliver a space that met the clients’ needs BKDP did so with its signature universal approach.

It utilized high-quality materials with “an intrinsic beauty” to withstand time and trends.
The client was also on a budget, so BKDP mixed and matched materials to value engineer, the company says.

The result was a luxurious gray limestone floor with a “tone-on-tone look,” custom matched charcoal paint for the cabinets, “with a form that could be dressed up or down to respond to mainstream trends if they decide to sell the space,” Biglar notes.

The company used plenty of stainless steel because it picks up the tones of the surrounding materials.

BKDP says it guides clients through the design process, because although “they often already know what they want to achieve, they just don’t know how to express it visually,” Biglar says.
“The design process is a two-way process,” he continues. “we put ourselves in our clients’ shoes to make realistic choices.”

“Whatever we present to clients, we expect to get a certain amount of feedback to ultimately realise their dream space.”

Most of BKDP’s projects maintain a sense of symmetry and utilize high-quality, value-oriented materials, Biglar notes.

“We try to design so that no matter what your budget is, the results are visually appealing in ters of proportions and sensibilities,” he says.

“Also, everything is fairly pragmatic. We don’t do anything for the sake of just making a statement everything has a reason for being there.”

BKDP says its strength lies in listening to its clients’ needs and developing and architecture that is an expression of their lifestyle and stylistic preferences combined with BKDP’s own unique design sense.

In addition to its diverse accumulation of suppliers and products, BKDP says it pushes the envelope, striving to design in an inventive and creative way.

It says it provides solutions that are “unexpected and refreshing, while keeping within realistic budgets and timelines.”

The company says that its partners “carry distinctive personalities and innate abilities to envision styles, concepts and trends”

In addition, they are members of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario and hold degrees in architecture.

Biglar sees more commercial projects in BKDP’s future. “They’re a little bit more of a fun challenge,” he explains.

“At our firm, we like to deal with new adventures and we really enjoy opportunities to push our creativity further.”

“Larger commercial projects will give us an opportunity to really demonstrate that to a larger audience.”

Whirlpool Dream Laundry Room

Whirlpool unveils “Dream Laundry Rooms”

BKDP Designs one Dream Laundry Room to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Your laundry dreams have been answered

BiglarKinyan Design Partnership Inc. has been invited by Whirlpool Canada as one of three prominent Canadian Design firms to create the Dream Laundry Room to be displayed at the National Home Show from April 12th to the 22nd.

BKDP’s laundry room illuminates today’s current design trends and adds an element of sophistication that takes the laundry from ordinary to the extraordinary.

The ideal chocolate cherry melamine cabinetry, combined with Giallo Ornamental stone-island and mirrored accents, this multi-functional space is everything and more on your wish list.

BKDP’s Dream Laundry Room will be auctioned off with all proceeds being donated to Habitat for humanity. For more information or for you chance to bid on this amazing room, please visit www.whirlpool.ca/dreamlaundry

The Power of 3D Renderings

The Power of 3D Renderings

We understand the difficulty in envisioning a designer space before it’s completed. Plans, elevations, sections, and other architectural drawings are useful to those who have been trained to read them but they still don’t give you an accurate representation of a space.

To explore conceptual designs, BiglarKinyan Design Partnership Inc. creates custom 3D renderings for clients so that together we can explore areas being designed and ensure that when complete it will become what you dreamed of.

It’s one of the many ways that we try to elevate the quality of design and your satisfaction.

How to Make Your Home Sexy

How to Make Your Home Sexy

by Kenneth Ho, written for American Online, March 2006

When someone describes a home as “sexy”, what would be the first impression that comes to your mind? Elegance and grace have a lot to do with design and it’s a matter of a good composition with harmony and totality of the many elements that make up a home’s architecture, furnishings, and interior. The concept of a home being sexy is related to a composition of elements that are highly appealing, streamlined and graceful – making them attractive. Combining volumes, textures and colours that you would not usually see in a normal home makes a sexy home unique.

To better understand it let’s look at some examples of different areas that contribute to a sexy home such as the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

As we may all know, the kitchen is considered to be the heart of a home. It is a social space, where you, your family and your friends often spend time cooking, snacking, and chatting, but it is also a space that gives people a strong impression of who you are.

Most often the look of the kitchen depends on the detailing. A sleek and streamlined kitchen has unique cabinets and finishing that tie in with all of the other elements of the room such as the countertop profile, backsplash pattern and texture, as well as knobs and pulls. It’s important that the layout of your kitchen also has to be harmonious with its style, so a European kitchen needs to pay particular attention to the composition of the elements in symmetry or asymmetry.

Some trendy design directions for sexy and sleek kitchens are:
1) Contemporary slab door cabinets in vivid high gloss finishing or matte wood vaneer with horizontal grain, with aluminum door edges,
2) Stainless steel appliances and countertops to reflect the high-tech and modern,
3) Low-voltage halogen pot lights, strategically placed to create a colour-wash on the cabinet doors when lights are dimmed,
4) Hardware such as soft-close drawer system to make the kitchen operate as gracefully as it looks.

Same as the kitchen, bathroom design has come a long way. Current trend is to create a spa-like bathroom, with fixtures that are poetic and hi-tech. Design tends to be more clean-lined and emphasis is put on the overall ambiance to create a relaxing space. Types of materials used are usually subtle and natural: imported river stone tiles, lightly honed marbles, and rich woods. It’s important to keep in mind that the style that you choose and the materials used should be consistent with the overall theme of your house interior and its architecture.

Besides the aesthetic elements, it is also important to consider the comfort factor that fixtures bring into a bathroom. There are different types of bathtub: pedestal, slipper, whirlpool, and more. To complement the spa theme, a tub with heated air jets would definitely provide relaxation and comfort of a spa; under-mounting the tub with a perimeter of marble or granite adds to the look we love. Besides the shape, bathtubs are also offered in different materials and colours, but it is suggested to choose something that would not only complement the overall design of the room, but as well as easy to clean and to maintain. And of course, wherever you can, hang or integrate a LCD TV in front of the soaker tub to up the cool factor to the bathroom and make taking long relaxing baths more enjoyable and practical.

After enjoying a delicious meal in the kitchen and taking a relaxing bath in your soaker tub, your typical day would end in your bedroom. Getting the right bed and bedding for your bedroom is the key because it not only is the focal point of the bedroom, but it is also the first thing that you would most likely see when you walk in, not to mention comfort and practicality. It is not, however, enough to make a bedroom sexy by just having the right bed. A sexy bedroom would also need elements such as lighting, wall colours, bed linens, and some furniture to bring out a romantic and relaxing atmosphere that would make you forget all your stresses and anxieties from the very first step into the room.

1) Choose a bed that works with the scale of the room. If you love modern design, a low platform bed always looks good.
2) Comfort is very important; therefore get the best mattress you can afford!
3) Use sheets and pillowcases that are made with silk or satin, or something that you would know immediately if it feels comfortable against your skin by just looking at it.
4) Use lighting that is soft, subtle, and localized. It would help in creating a relaxing atmosphere.
5) Walls with vivid hues are also the key in making the bedroom sexy, and it is very economical. If you don’t like strong colours, then use an earthy material palate with softer, neutral wall colours and use furniture’s colours and design to support that look.
6) Use curtains that would complement the bedding materials and colours. It’s important to choose curtains that hang or operate gracefully.
7) Use decorative elements such as flowers and candles, to appeal to all 5 senses.

A sexy home is about a combination of elements that are highly appealing, streamlined and graceful to create a relaxed ambiance. Volumes, textures and colours all come together in a well designed home to portray an image of who you are and how you want to live. Formal or informal, sophisticated or casual there are materials, textures, and designer furniture that are out there and a professional designer can help you bring it all together, giving you the home of your dreams.

Kenneth Ho is partner at the design and construction firm, Biglar Kinyan Design Partnership. For more information about the work of BKDP, please visit their website at www.BKDP.ca

07 Luxury Promotions from BKDP

2007 Promotions that will Bring Elevated Luxury to your Project

for a limited time BKDP will be offering these promotions.

Our team understands the value of a dollar and the importance of living in a comfortable home. High-end design and renovations could cost a fortune, but it doesn’t have to. At BiglarKinyan Design Partnership Inc. we can work with almost any budget to deliver outstanding design and construction quality. We focus on details to ensure excellence, prompt service and customer satisfaction.

One of our visions is to provide every one of our clients with a living space that looks and feels like the high-end designer spaces that we create for well to do clients or see in magazines.

Aside from value-engineering high-end designs to make them affordable and fitting of most people’s realistic budgets, we are offering some exciting new promotions that will bring luxury to every design and renovation project.

A free in-house consultation lets you discover our approach as we discuss possible solutions for the areas of your home to be renovated. This gives us a better idea of what your unique style and needs are so that we can cater a design to suite your individual needs.

Show everyone what you can do in the kitchen. With every kitchen over $25,000 you will receive a free KitchenAid Classic Series stand mixer on completion. The Classic Series mixers become a beautiful part of any designer kitchen with its sculptured look.

In addition to the above, with any kitchen or bathroom renovation over $15,000 you will also receive a free Swiss made KWC Bliss faucet in chrome. Humbly put, they are among the most luxurious faucets in the world. Since the faucet is fixture that is used every day, we always advise our clients to invest in the best faucet that they can afford. Now you can have one for free.

Please visit the promotions section of bkdp.ca or call us to find out what we can do for you.

Getting Your Dream Space on Budget

Getting Your Dream Space by Talking About Your Budget

by Kenneth Ho.

You sit down with your travel agent to book your dream vacation. There are two key things that he or she needs to know from you: the destination & your budget. You’ve always dreamed of visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux in France, but your budget may only get you a trip to the wineries of the Niagara region.

If your travel agent knows that you want to visit the vineyards of France and you’ve been open about how much money you want to spend, then there is often a package that your travel agent can recommend that suits your wants and needs. You may not be drinking wine at the wineries of Bordeaux, but wine tasting on a tour to the French Basque Country may be just as good.

It’s a similar concept in interior design. In most cases, homeowners start renovations by hiring a design or architect to draw up plans. They then call contractors and hope that their estimates are in line with what they can afford. Most people are hesitant to tell their designer what they can afford to spend on their project. When it comes to the budget question, some homeowners tell their designer a budget that is less than what they really have in mind with hopes of getting a better deal or out of fear that they may end up splurging and using up the full budget. The fact is that your designer can design to your budget, balancing what you want with what you can afford.

It is important to understand that “budget” and “life savings” are two different things and that you should never get confused with these two words. Your budget is a realistic amount that you are happy and comfortable to spend to make your dream space a reality. That’s why it’s very important for you as a client to have a clear idea about your budget before you start looking for a designer. Remember, interior design is a two-way process and not a poker game; it requires honest inputs from both parties in for the best outcome.

A trusted designer knowing your budget, wants, and needs often means that they are able to make better decisions on choosing the right materials and fixtures to effectively create your dream space. On the other hand if your designer doesn’t know your budget and is forced to guess, it may mean that their recommendations are above and beyond your reach and as a result you may not be satisfied with his or her work. Inversely, you may not get the quality that you want and expect out of materials and design. You should always give specific information and instruction to your designer so that they can fulfill all of your requirements. Vagueness will result in many assumptions, and that brews disaster, unless a surprise is what you really want, then you should say ‘surprise me!’

Your designer is also there to help you allocate your budget to different parts of the scope such as carpentry, flooring, cabinets, electronics, and so on. For example, if having European faucets in your kitchen is important to you, then you should definitely inform your designer so that he or she could allocate and manage your budget accordingly. Their experience in construction and value-added home improvements often means that they know a diverse range of suppliers that carry the perfect product for your project for the right price. When you hire a designer, you are paying for their design expertise, ability to source materials and fixtures, as well as their ability to administer a project to save you from having to find, research, coordinate, and supervise trades people. Some design firms also have specialized project managers that can oversee your project and that is a plus if your project has got numerous elements or is complex in nature. 

Clear budget information is a real time saver for both you and your designer. It is also the key to getting exactly what you want out of your project. Depending on the scope of your project, budget information is also a helpful way for designers to allocate a percentage for any surprises that may pop up. When the project progresses smoothly and on budget, you should definitely celebrate your dream space with a bottle of French wine!

Volunteering to Make a Difference

Volunteering to Learn and Make a Difference

by Fardid Biglar

I became involved with Habitat for Humanity just as I graduated from the University of Toronto Architectural Studies program, a little late for my own liking. My impression of the foundation was one that I had acquired from what I had seen on the television and newspaper coverage. I decided to get my feet wet in Habitat by jumping right into the construction.

My first build experience was anything but ordinary. I expected a construction site crowded with volunteers, like what I had seen on television, but instead I found myself in front of a couple of house foundations and a muddy construction site on a cold and cloudy April morning. Dave, who was the construction manager for the Toronto Affiliate at the time, showed up at 7:30 a.m. with a cup of warm and much needed coffee for me to start off my first day as a Habitat volunteer. My first task was to move water pumps out to the houses, connect all of the hoses, and pump out water that had been collecting around the newly poured foundations.

Most people don’t realize how many different tasks there are and that need completing in order to construct a house. I didn’t like my task, but as a team player, I lugged a mammoth gas pump behind me into the trench that was dug around a newly poured foundation. This was my first time working on site as a construction worker and not a designer or managers, dressed in a black suit. I was learning what it’s like to actually do the work; the cherry on top was stepping knee deep into quick sand (which was another interesting discovery… the existence of quick sand here in Canada). Fourth year lectures on Romanesque architecture definitely had not prepared me for that, but thank goodness for all of those hours spent watching the discovery channel.

My day was filled with many challenges that were definitely humbling. On many occasions, veteran volunteers who saw my struggles would walk over, likely out of embarrassment for me, and tell a trade trick.

I was humbled and encouraged by the fact that the majority of Habitat volunteers were middle aged adults who somehow found the energy and time to help this great cause.

It was a great first day! I learned that even though we may know a lot, with a great education and with many successes, there is a world of knowledge and experience that we have yet to discover. Through a day of working hands-on in construction, I learnt trade secrets that I would’ve never known by watching contractors work on site. Hopefully we will all continue to experience these new lessons throughout our lives.

Since my first build experience with Habitat, I’ve continued to volunteer on other build sites and have served on various Habitat committees for the Toronto Affiliate and the University of Toronto Chapter. I have learned much from the amazing volunteers who I had the privilege of meeting through Habitat for Humanity.

Forming Biglar Kinyan Design Partnership, a design and construction firm, I couldn’t forget the experiences gained and people met at Habitat for Humanity. At BKDP, we continued to appreciate the work and mission of Habitat by supporting its cause. We donate all of our salvageable construction materials such as old kitchen cabinets to Habitat for Humanity ReStore and we strongly encourage you and everyone else you know to do the same.

If Habitat for Humanity is to continue helping good people around the world, we must all take a foot forward to make Habitat a part of our everyday lives.

What can a LCD TV do for Me?

What can a LCD Television do for Me?

by Kenneth Ho.

As much as we try to deny it, a big part of life in our modern society is the television and our interactions that surround it. After a day of hard work, we often find ourselves in front of our television set, enjoying hours of rest and relaxation with our loved ones. When it’s time to restyle your home, you may want to make room for a big screen TV, but your room layout may not allow it. Large televisions often have bulky profiles but Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) televisions solve that problem.

The LCD TV is becoming a popular part of most homes, not only because they create brighter, crisper, and higher contrast images, but when they are mounted on a wall, they become part of a room instead of part of the furniture. This provides a greater flexibility in organizing and designing spaces, but it also adds a couple of square feet where it would otherwise be lost.

The quality of early LCD TVs was horrible although the technology was revolutionary and rapidly improving. Most people didn’t think that they would be worth the investment especially considering that they used to have a $30,000 – $40,000 price tag. In larger versions, faster moving images were harder to see than other types of televisions although in recent years the technology of LCD’s has improved dramatically. In 2004, television manufacturers Sony and Samsung collaborated to build a factory that would produce upwards of 60,000 screens for the LCD TV industry. This showed their confidence in the LCD TV market. Other competitors tried to disprove the quality of these televisions but they eventually succumbed and created their own models.

A technological marvel for our times, the LCD Television solves space problems brought forth by new urban housing designs. As a result of space limitations in heavily developed areas of the city, such as downtown Toronto, more and more developers have been using house and condo designs inspired by Japanese and European models of efficient living. This means that rooms are small and spaces are tight and as a result have to be utilized well with flexible and space saving furniture. A large rear projection or common picture tube television would simply not fit due to its depth and bulk. The last thing you want to see when you enter your 600 sq ft condo would be the side profile of a 51 inch rear projection TV; imagine putting two fridges in your living room. It’s somewhat of a similar effect. A good design would also consider how you would interact with the designed elements.

In small condominium and odd shaped rooms, the LCD or plasma TV becomes a solution due to its low profile, allowing for design freedom as it can be placed where traditional TVs cannot, such as above a fireplace, inside shallow cabinets, or on a narrow room wall. Its display allows viewing angles of up to 160 ° which means that you can watch TV from anywhere in the room, unlike with traditional rear projection TVs.

We are seeing ourselves and other designers plan spaces with the television set in mind. In an article written by Fardid Biglar for Asian Wave Magazine, he outlines how LCD TVs can be hidden behind screens in multifunctional rooms. When formal, the television is hidden from view and when guests leave and it’s time to relax, the screens slide open and the room changes from a formal space to an informal place of relaxation where you, your family, and your friends can lounge, watch TV or play your favorite video game.

Last year for the Interior Design show, Kenneth Ho surprised the kitchen industry by designing a modern kitchen with a 42″ Panasonic Plasma TV integrated right into a shallow contemporary hutch. Wood trim matching the cabinets created a seamless integration of the television and cabinetry. As the kitchen becomes more and more a contemporary gathering space for friends and family, the TV becomes increasingly an important part of it. It’s great when having company as well as when spending hours preparing a gourmet meal.

A well designed room not only looks good, but is a pleasure to live in and work in.

A Word or Two About Design Styles

A Word or Two About Design Styles

by Kenneth Ho & Fardid Biglar

When it comes to renovating the home, most homeowners often have difficulty describing the style that they want. With the amount of jargon it takes and the subtle difference between the styles, you’d have to be an architecture historian to tell them apart. The following are brief descriptions of the most popular interior design styles meant to give you an edge in choosing and talking about the styles you like:

Modernist designs are known for their purist sensibilities including clean lines, spaciousness, and efficiency. It is a very popular style in Europe and North American condo living due to the spaciousness that it emphasizes. You see few historical architectural elements in a modern home and none in an ultra-modern style. There are no moldings, no corbels, very subtle textures, and nothing that creates a busy look. Style is reflected through technological materials such as stainless steel, glass, plastic, smooth wood veneers and other sleek materials. Since there are fewer details, colour and texture plays a very important role. In modern kitchens for example, cabinet doors that are simpler in design such as the slab door. With fewer elements to distract your eyes, when compared to traditional styles, modern design quality is reflected by the details of craftsmanship and intrinsic beauty in materials used. High-gloss lacquer finishes, exotic wood veneers, and stainless steel accents create a high-tech look.

Contemporary kitchens have some of the high-tech look and functionality of a modern space, but are not purist in style and design vocabulary. Often different styles are mixed together to give this style of space a unique emotional connection to its occupants. In a contemporary space, it’s common to find a juxtaposition of styles such as an antique rug or historic wood table used with an ultra-modern sofa in a streamlined and technologically advanced space.

The advantage of having a traditional design is that it may never go out of style. Ornamental elements such as moldings and posts are commonly used in a traditional design to reflect timeless elegance and sophistication. The classical style is most obvious when looking at the kitchen – crown moldings, light valences, raised panel doors, columns with ornaments, hardwood flooring, and rich materials such as tumbled marble.

Cabinets in cherry wood or off white finishes topped with granite countertops are a popular direction for most homeowners. This would be a good choice of style if you are the type of person who likes to redecorate often without spending a lot of money, because wood finishes and white cabinetry match nearly any fabric and trend. A traditional space also makes clutter not as noticeable compared to a modern style. This is due to the abundance of textures and variation within different elements.

The modern classic style is a streamlined version of the traditional style. It has modernist sensibilities with its clean lines and spacious feel. Classic elements that are presented in a modern classic design is often more subtle, such as like moldings without extra ornamentations for example. The overall impression that you would get by looking at a classic modern space is that the room would appear to be cleaner as all classic elements are reduced to form only or totally removed.

In a modern classic kitchen, you would still be able to find elements that are presented in a traditional kitchen such as crown moldings, light valences, and raised panel cabinet doors but you would find these elements to have less details in them or streamlined to be more technological in style. Instead of tumbled marble flooring, a honed and cross cut travertine would be used to purify the style. A common feature of the classic modern style is extra-wide drawer cabinets that you’d see in ultra-modern designs, turned into a timeless piece of furniture for all times.

The country style is a casual version of the traditional style. Materials that are hand made or have a hand made look are preferred and have more variation. Worn and weathered items are celebrated and remove formality for a space. It’s all about comfort.

The old world style perhaps may be the most ornamented and sophisticated of the styles outlined here. Inspired by history, they are Baroque, Neo-classical, Tuscan, Renaissance, and English style interiors that conjure up imagery of castles in Europe. Elements such as corbels, appliqués, crown moldings, spindle columns, canopies, and complex hand-made architectural features are common. Antiqued or hand-made iron work and hand-dragged finishes, elaborate chandelier in the dinning room and the foyer, and grand scales distinguish an old world interior.

These are six of the most common styles that we see in homes nowadays. Knowing these styles will give you an advantage in coordinating the elements that you need to create an exquisite interior that reflects your tastes. It is also useful in helping you to discuss elements and styles that you like with your designer, a part of a healthy two-way design process which is the key to making your dream space a reality.

Renovation that sell.

Renovation that sell.

by Kenneth Ho.

Thinking of selling your home and not sure about what to do to sell it for top dollar? Potential home buyers are often searching for properties that are in “move-in ready” condition so that they don’t have to incur any extra costs when they move into their new homes.

If you already own a home suitable for you and your family, renovating with long-term sell-ability means that you will enjoy a better living atmosphere for a longer period of time and will get a handsome return for your investment. The prolonged usage you also get out of the renovation maximizes your investment gain.

We have selected three types of renovation that will give you the biggest return for your investment wile making dramatic improvements to your property:

The kitchen has always been known as the heart of a home, where everyone gathers and chats about what’s new in their lives. It is also the busiest room in the house as we prepare and eat at least two meals there each and every day. That’s why it’s the first room that potential buyers look at when they walk into a property listed for sale. As a result the kitchen is considered to be a significant marketing tool.

Here, it is important for sellers to emphasis spaciousness, functionality, clutter-free, and effective storage in their kitchen space. Hiring a design professional to design the kitchen is ideal as they often are able to come up with innovative design solutions as well as finding and specifying the proper materials to highlight the architecture of your house, making your kitchen look more appealing to the potential buyers. In most cases, a kitchen with granite countertops would be a fast seller because it creates richness, elegance, and emphasizes quality. Besides the marketing advantage, granite countertop is also ideal for daily personal use because of its resistance to scratches, looks natural, and is easy to maintain. You should never try to save money on design, appliances, or labour because these are the basis of a spectacular space. Remember, having the job done well is a value adder; doing it poorly may reduce the value of your home!

According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, the average amount that you should spend prior to selling your house should be 10-15% of the house value. If you are planning on renovating the kitchen for personal use and not only for the purpose of investment, and if you are going to live in your house for more than five years, then you should spend 15 – 25% or more. In most cases, you will be able to recover the cost of the renovation by the time you sell your house – with a 44% higher return on investment than the average return on other popular renovations!

After the kitchen, bathrooms are the next rooms that potential buyers look at. To impress a potential buyer, your bathroom should not only feel new, but also look sharp. Usually a bathroom renovation involves the complete replacement of existing finish and fixtures – tubs/showers, toilets, faucets, sinks, tiles, flooring, lightings, cabinetry, and tile-work. Sometimes bathroom renovation also involves the re-location of fixtures and the removal of adjacent walls to create a better layout. A common renovation trend has been enlarging a master or ensuite bathroom into an adjacent closet or laundry room to create space for a large soaker tub and separate stand-up shower. Twin sinks and extensive cabinetry can also offer added conveniences.

A study from Canada’s leading real estate companies shows that a well designed bathroom renovation will generate a 56% better return on investment than the average popular renovation. The study also shows that most home buyers are looking for bathrooms that have a spa-like environment or a comfortable environment at first glance. Light colours, rich textures, luxuries such as water jets in the tub and steam shower stall can emphasize the relaxed atmosphere in the bathrooms.

Remember, a well-designed environment will bring a return on your investment, plus you get to enjoy it everyday before you sell your property!

Don’t undervalue the paint and flooring in your home! Walking into any room of a house, the walls and floors are the first surfaces that a person sees; therefore materiality is very important in order to make a strong first impression.

Walls should be smooth and painted in a colour that isn’t too much of a personal preference. A light and warm neutral colour usually works best to both enlarge the look of a space, but also create a warm and desirable ambiance. Simply repainting your walls will give you a 29% better return than other popular renovations.

Flooring should create a good flow between one room to the next and be able to tie in with other elements such as cabinetry, wall colours, and baseboards. Choosing the right floor finish is important as it ties all the individual element of your home together. Always consult a design professional before changing your floor unless you are certain of what you want as flooring is often difficult and expensive to change.

Based on studies, flooring can generate a 22% better return on investment than the average renovations. If you home has carpet on story where the family room, dining room, and living room are located, it is recommended to have all the carpets changed to hardwood and/or tiles. Not only will it make your home more elegant, but you will also enjoy the benefits of a healthier indoor environment, with less allergens.

Besides the above-mentioned, there are also other types of value-adding renovations that could help in selling you house. Before making any decisions, you should always consider the length of time that you would stay in your house before selling, and consult a design professional for the proper design solutions that suits your needs. Planning ahead in detail always saves you time and money so that you can have your cake and eat it too.


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