A Backyard Transformation

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!

The Castle Knock Project

Creating usable space in your basement is great way to not only increase the value of your home, but also increase the value in your way of living. Giving yourself a full additional bathroom space can be a tremendous relief on a growing family. Take a look in how we were able to transform this basement space entirely by not only creating a new bathroom, but tying it in with a new laundry and creating a whole new finished space as well.

Before we came into our Castle Knock Project, his basement had a rather large furnace room, an unfinished laundry room, and a tight back storage area. The design concept was to unify the new three piece bathroom, the laundry room and the furnace room into one area, isolating each. We enclosed the unfinished furnace room entirely so the home owners can still have an area for storage, this also allowed us to keep all the mechanical pieces out of the finished space.

Since this space was completely brand new, we needed to install all new drainage under the concrete. New drain pipes were installed for the shower, vanity, toilet, washer and laundry sink. With five new drainage pipes installed, we were able to back fill and lay some concrete. From here, we moved onto finalizing the rest of the plumbing with all the hot and cold water lines. Next, we framed up our walls and door, then closed everything up with new drywall.

With all of the new plumbing and electrical finished up, we were able to focus on the finishings. First we laid down a grey, stacked pattern 12 x 24 tile throughout with a pure white 12 x 24 tile in the shower area. Once we installed the trim and painted, we were able to install the vanity and toilet along with all the laundry appliances.

The new bathroom and laundry area now being complete, we focused back into the original laundry room. Previously, this space was completely unfinished and we were going to install new laminate flooring throughout. The room had a big slope into a drain so we needed to level out the space with a self levelling material to ensure the new flooring material would install correctly on an even base. Once the flooring was installed, we put in new trim, built a new electrical panel and gave it a new coat of paint. This space is now completely usable for anything the home owner would like to do.

Along with giving the rest of the basement a facelift with paint throughout, we were able to completely transform this entire basement into an efficient space from front to back. While being able to maintain plenty of storage space, we also provided new livable and usable space giving the homeowners added square footage to their property and increasing the overall value of their home.

Brighten Up!

This small bathroom was simply just in need of a little “personality”

It lacked excitement and just that overall great feeling when you walk into your bathroom. Luckily in this case it was a pretty simple and quick fix.

We removed the existing tile from the floor and walls and replaced it with a beautiful bright white polished porcelain tile on an offset brick pattern layout.

We also rerouted the plumbing system behind the shower controls to accommodate for the new Riobel three piece shower system. The system came with the shower control and diverter in one easy to use component along with a tub spout, 8” rain head and also a hand held piece with 5 different settings.

Needless to say, this simple yet drastic change has improved not only the appearance of this bathroom, but also the functionality of the shower system as well.

Project Woburn – A Beautiful New Kitchen

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.

Marble Fireplace Mantle & Custom Built-ins


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.

ImageThey 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.

First Steps

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.


ImageCustom Built-ins

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!