Design

10 Ways to Take Better Renovation Pictures

  At FairTradeWorks, we are obsessed with photos! We take photos of everything—from pre-construction photos, to progress pictures, to final-after-construction project pictures. One of the toughest aspects of before and after pictures is size. A lot of times, the renovated space is quite cramped. In small condo […]

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Relocate vs Renovate?

Every year, when spring starts, we get hounded by calls from new clients looking for quotes for renovations. Perhaps it’s the sunshine or the promise of warmer weather that gets everyone excited. We try to keep up with the work, of course! Did you know that in […]

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DDIY Stands for Don’t Do It Yourself

Every homeowner about to renovate needs to ask themselves: First, “Do I have the skills to take on this project myself?” and second, “Do I have the time?” Are you really willing to take the time away from your day to day routine or possibly spend time […]

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Transforming the Ugly Duckling House

Depending on the property, condition of the house and location, buying the worst house on the block can offer you the single largest return on your investment. This premise has created an insatiable demand by the public for these types of properties and has spawned a legion […]

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Making the Most out of Your Tiny Kitchen

Shocking as it may seem, you don’t have to live in a “Tiny Home” on wheels to have a small kitchen. In fact, I know first hand what it’s like. Don’t get me wrong, our home is beautiful but our kitchen has caused us to search for […]

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Zoned for Practical Living

More and more, we, at FairTradeWorks, find ourselves hearing from clients who want their main living spaces turned into an open floor plan.  A lot of the single-family homes that were built in the 60s are no longer fit for busy family life in 2017. Closed off […]

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Know Why You Need to Renovate

For us that are fortunate enough to be able to own our own home, our home is much more than an investment. It’s where we raise our family, and make memories and traditions that will last longer than our lifetime. Because that, I believe we have an […]

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A Dog Lover’s Mudroom

There’s no standard for a mudroom design and the best mudroom ideas are the ones that work best for YOUR family. One idea that makes a lot of sense to me and any dog owner that I have spoken with, is the addition of a dog shower. […]

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A Master Bathroom for YOU

The master bathroom is becoming a real point of focus in modern home design. If designed well, it can be one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s all about luxury and having that get-away-spa-feeling in the privacy of your own home whenever you desire […]

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Maintaining Your Hardwood or Laminate Flooring

Hardwood and laminate flooring is a very popular in most homes. These types of floor coverings come in a wide range of colours and finishes and can fit almost any budget. To keep these types of flooring choices looking their best, preventative maintenance is key. Cleaning–Sweep or […]

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How to Look After Your Kitchen Cabinets

After purchasing a new home or renovating your kitchen, a conscientious builder will have left information about the care and maintenance of your cabinets. If your cabinets are wood or wood veneer cabinets, don’t be alarmed to see differences in grain and colour. It is normal and […]

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Home Maintenance Protects Your Investment

Proper home maintenance is essential if you are concerned about your family’s safety and comfort. As a homeowner, establishing a schedule is a good way to manage your maintenance activities and maintenance budget.   Suggested Monthly Maintenance Schedule: Smoke Detectors – Check operation by pushing test button […]

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Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Home

Choosing the lighting fixtures and the types of bulbs you decide to install for your home is one of the details you need to plan when decorating a new space or when renovating. Lighting will not only illuminate a room but it can influence the way we […]

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Fall Yard Work

Okay, so grass cutting season is over till Spring and now it’s time to relax. Wait … not so fast, your yard in the Fall still requires attention as there’s still a lot of work to be done. But do you really want to give up your […]

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8 Steps to Reduce Storm Water Runoff Around Your Home

During the rainy season here on the west coast, storm water can be a real threat to your home. As our cities become larger, the storm water runoff problem worsens, because the flattened, impervious surfaces and lack of natural vegetation in city environments prevents rain water from […]

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