Category Archives: Products and Materials


Our Trusted Waterloo Region Renovation Suppliers

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Every job we complete involves a great deal of communication, planning and knowledge to ensure the end result is exactly what our customers envision. For your Waterloo Region renovation, here are the specialty trade professionals we work with to complete our projects with great results.

We want to take this opportunity to recognize the trusted suppliers we work with on a regular basis who provide amazing services and top quality products.

Custom cabinetry for this Waterloo condo by Cabinet Effects

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Design We Love

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Sometimes it is fun to look back at some of the work we have been involved in and pick out a few examples of design that we love.

maple stairs with iron railing

Here is a new set of maple stairs we installed leading to a second floor addition on a bungalow. The stairs were treated with a natural finish that really makes the iron railing really stands out. Continue reading


Interior Design Show 2014

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Interior Design Show 2014

© Trent Bauman

It was during another round of the polar vortex that I made my way to Toronto for Trade Day at the Interior Design Show. This is Canada’s premier interior design exhibition and is host to the best of Canadian design and also features speakers from around the world. I always find new products and features that inspire ideas for projects I’m working. Here are a few of my favourite finds. Continue reading


North House

posted in Products and Materials, Sustainable Renovation

Driving along the riverside, one of my companions thought she saw an eagle. They have been known to nest in the area. Rounding a bend we spot the sharp angles of an ultra modern house nestled amongst the meadow grasses. This is a house you might expect to see in California overlooking the ocean but in reality we are on Blair Road just outside of Cambridge. We have arrived at North House for a unique opportunity to view the inner workings of this solar powered demonstration house.

North House exterior

Note the exterior blinds that can be raised and lowered to cover the custom windows.

North House is one of the newest additions to rare Charitable Research Reserve, a 900 acre property on Blair Road between Cambridge and the community of Blair. The structure was originally built in 2009 by university students from Waterloo, Simon Fraser and Ryerson Universities as part of a competition in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. After the competition closed, North House was dismantled and sat in a warehouse before it was reassembled at the rare site in 2013. Continue reading