When you own a piece of property, maximizing your living space is always a great thing to do. But why stop indoors? Outdoor living space is a fantastic way to enjoy great weather while still being in the comfort of your own home.
In our latest project, we gave our client a much needed backyard overhaul. With a spacious new deck, updated patio stone and a maintenance free artificial turf, this entire backyard space has been rejuvenated into a beautiful new area for our client to enjoy this summer and many more to follow.
Before we got on site, grass had a difficult time growing, a small and old deck was very underwhelming and the patio had hit its expiry. Demolition was fairly simple since the canvas was already pretty blank. We were able to get our footings dug out and poured quickly, the old patio stones removed with a new retaining wall prepped and installed. Once city inspection for the deck footings were approved, we were able to move onto the installation of the deck’s structure while the rest of the landscaping was being prepared for the artificial turf. The underside of the deck was laid with river rock which we left open so our client could still use the area for basic storage.
Once the deck structure was completed we moved onto getting all the railing posts installed securely, ensuring they were all plumb and level. Next came the deck board installation along with a minor skirting we included to give a cleaner finish. Finally, we installed a black aluminum picket railing system rather than the generic 2×2 cedar pickets. Aside from a much better aesthetic finish, it also gives a more open and airy feel.
With the deck all wrapped up, new patio stone was laid, the new turf could be installed, and all the finer details could be finished so the homeowner could finally enjoy the summer with their brand new backyard oasis.
With just minor changes, this backyard received an incredible makeover and looks entirely different from before. It’s now actually a “useful” space and visually appealing. Not to mention, a major boost to the property value. This project was a pleasure to be apart of and we can’t wait for our client to enjoy this backyard for many years to come!
We just completed a gorgeous to-the-studs kitchen renovation. The clients had several complaints about their old kitchen including lack of light, a cramped feeling, and an uninviting space for social gatherings. The cabinetry, appliances, counters and other accessories also all needed to be replaced. We did several things here to address all of these issues:
1) The addition of pot lights washes the entire room in light.
2) We were able to completely remove the wall that cut off the kitchen from the hallway, dramatically opening up the space.
3) The addition of a center island instead of a small peninsula provides an ideal spot for guests and family to gather.
Our client had a fireplace in their living room that they were not happy with because of its messy appearance (mostly due to media wires & components) as well as lack of functional storage space.
They were looking to redesign their fireplace with a couple of goals in mind:
1) Must be functional – The wood-burning fireplace must still be operative.
2) Design – Clean and modern look. Light aesthetic as to not appear too overwhelming in the open concept family/dining room. All wiring to be hidden.
Storage capabilities – Desired shelving for mementos as well as concealed storage for media components and other goods.
We helped design a floor to ceiling mantle for the client, with plans in place for media wires to be run behind, straight into a cabinet on one side. Built-in shelves and cabinets will satisfy all the client’s requirements. First steps included building a new frame for the fireplace mantle, as well as covering this frame with fire-resistant cement board.
The customer had specific space requirements, both in terms of widths for respective sides and depth of shelves. The cabinets needed to be deep enough to house the relevant media equipment, but we suggested the depth of the shelves be reduced, in order to minimize the imposing feel of the structure in the room.
Tiling & Painting
Now is the exciting part – you get to see the vision truly start to appear in reality! We used several thin coasts of CIL Smart3 Furniture and Cabinet Melamine on the built-ins and chose a gorgeous Carrara Marble tile for the face of the mantle. We wanted the mantle to give the feel of a slab of marble, so we set tile spaces at 1/16”. We would also note that while we in no way get any compensation for mentioning specific products on this blog, Lash Tile Leveling Clips are one of the best inventions we have encountered in this business. They are a little bit pricey, but make tiling effortless and ensure a beautifully smooth and flat surface. This is especially useful when you are working on a vertical surface.
The Final Touches
Once the TV is mounted and some personal items are added to the shelves, the effect is breathtaking. All in less than 5 days work!