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November
2016

Back to school for Trent: Architectural Sketching 101

posted in Menno S. Martin Team

Here at Menno S. Martin we encourage all of our staff to keep learning and building their skills. Our renovation industry is always changing and evolving and it’s important to stay on top of what’s happening.

This fall, I decided it was time for me to brush up on some skills too. I’m taking a sketching course and going back to the roots of how I started in my profession!

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old barrels in the original Seagram Warehouse

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August
2016

Living Wage, much more than just Minimum Wage

posted in Community Connections, Menno S. Martin Team

Menno Martin founded his company in 1942 and he ran it based on the Golden Rule of doing to others as you want them to do to you. In 2010 when Art Janzen and I started to buy the company we put a little twist on that rule. We run the company on the philosophy of “Putting People First”. This philosophy influences every decision we make in our business. Living Wage for our employees is just one way that we are Putting People First.msm-group-shot Summer 2016 Continue reading

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May
2016

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

posted in Kitchen

Ifm-1444 you’re planning to have your St. Jacobs kitchen remodeled this year, you’ve chosen a great time to do so. 2016 is going to be an exciting year for kitchen design trends, with some new ideas that might be a bit surprising, plus the return of some old favorites of yesteryear. Weighing the well-informed opinions of some of the world’s top interior designers, here are some of the changes you’ll most likely see in the kitchens of the stylish and fashionable in the coming year, and maybe even in your own. Continue reading

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April
2016

Why You Should Hire A Contractor

posted in Renovation Tips

Why you should hire a general contractorIf you recall our previous blog post which gave a good overview of the contracting process, you will also remember that there is a big difference between general contractors and subcontractors.

As we outlined, general contractors are in charge of the entire renovation, including hiring the subcontractors necessary to complete the job to your agreed on specifications. But we find many people wondering if it’s worth acting as their own general contractor and hiring out the subcontractors themselves. We always recommend hiring a general contractor for any renovation, whether large or small, and this blog post will share why it’s advantageous to do so. Continue reading

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April
2016

Bathroom Trends for 2016

posted in Bathroom

Trough bathroom sink reno St. JacobsBathroom renovations can be a large investment when it comes to time and money, so it’s only natural for you to decide on a project that not only is in line with today’s current design trends, but that also stands the test of time for years to come. If you’re getting ready to jump into a bathroom renovation this year, it’s worth taking a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the latest design trends. This post will take a look at some of the top bathroom design trends for 2016 so you can see what the trends are and whether they fit into your personal aesthetic.

Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

  • Trough sinks: This on-trend type of sink is essentially an extra long sink that can serve more than one person. Think of it like a vanity featuring his and hers sinks, except there’s no counter space in between the sink bowls. This trend is becoming increasingly popular and you’re going to see a lot more of these types of sinks in 2016.
  • Shower seats: Shower seats aren’t yet the norm when it comes to new showers, but they’re certainly gaining popularity in 2016. They’re just like they sound – a place in the shower where you can bathe sitting down rather than standing up. This is an ideal feature to add to your bathroom if you’re planning on aging in place in your current home.

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