6 RENOVATIONS THAT MAY HURT YOUR HOME’S SELLING PRICE/ SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

By: Jessie Banwait

6 RENOVATIONS THAT MAY HURT YOUR HOME’S SELLING PRICE/ SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Selling a Home

With any major renovation ideas, it is imperative to do your due diligence before making permanent and costly changes to your home. Some renovations can actually be detrimental to your chances of selling your home for a good price. These supposed improvements add nothing to your bottom line and end up making your home less attractive to potential buyers. We recommend that you always c...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEFORE & AFTER: A COMPLETE GUT: PART II/ SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Before & After

BEFORE & AFTER Existing stone replaced, stucco, and covered porch   What a transformation! Existing brick, siding, and stone was completely removed and replaced with faux stone and stucco. The original design was done by David Small Designs. What do you think? Are you looking to do any renovations or landscaping, let us know! ...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEFORE & AFTER: A COMPLETE GUT - PART I/ JUNE 9, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Before & After

One of our most recent projects includes a complete gut! The entire house needed to be redone from plumbing to electrical to the actual structure. The greatest transformation occurred in the main living space which is located at the back of the house. This area was long, narrow and overly crowded with washroom that jutted out from the middle acting as a barrier between the kitchen and fam...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: DESIGNING FOR A BIGGER PICTURE/ AUGUST 27, 2014

Tags: Renovations, Toronto

The last post in my Beginner’s Guide to Renovations talked about the importance of floor plans in your renovations—especially if you’re doing structural work that involves design and layout changes. I thought I’d continue the topic in this blog, and focus on the importance of looking at the bigger picture. For many of us, a renovation is an exciting prospect: A rare oppo...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: WHY ARE DESIGN AND LAYOUT SO IMPORTANT?/ AUGUST 21, 2014

Tags: Renovations, Planning, Floor Plans

As an experienced real estate agent and someone who is well-versed in fixing up houses, I know that home renovations can run the gamut, sometimes they’re simple basement renovations, or maybe even an entire bathroom is being remodeled. Other times they may just involve laying down new hardwood floors throughout the house, or ripping out the old cabinetry in the kitchen and replacing it wit...Read More

THE MAKING OF OUR BACKYARD DECK: PART II - DESIGN / AUGUST 12, 2014

By: Jessie Banwait

THE MAKING OF OUR BACKYARD DECK: PART II - DESIGN / AUGUST 12, 2014

Tags: Deck, Backyard

In my last post, I showed you the making of my deck, for part II I wanted to talk more about the design. The design we chose is open concept because we wanted an unobstructed view of our yard with the trees in the background. Since we have over sized large glass balcony doors and kitchen windows, having railings around the deck would've obstructed the view. This is also why we wanted a lowe...Read More

THE MAKING OF OUR BACKYARD DECK: PART I / JULY 10, 2014

By: Jessie Banwait

THE MAKING OF OUR BACKYARD DECK: PART I / JULY 10, 2014

Tags: Renovations, Deck, Building, Backyard

This was a project I was putting off for almost 2 years! Let's face it, renovating of any kind can get expensive! So finally, here is our finished deck. It's not completely finished though, we still need the finishing touches like a patio set, cushions, flower pots and a tall glass of beer! Stay tuned for the *final* reveal in a few weeks. Here are the end of day progress pictures over ...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BACKYARD & RENOVATION IDEAS FOR SPRING/ APRIL 17, 2014

Tags: Backyard, Spring, Homeshow

Spring is here! Although, some days it doesn't feel like it. I am one of those eager people who have already put out my deck chairs and cleaned off my BBQ.  My visit to the Home Show a few weeks ago also helped me figure out what new trends and styles are coming up for spring as I am looking to do some landscaping and renovations in my backyard. I picked up a ton of brochures and flyer...Read More

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: FINDING AN AGENT / MARCH 19, 2014

By: Jessie Banwait

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: FINDING AN AGENT / MARCH 19, 2014

Tags: Renovations, Buying a Home, Real Estate Agent, Investment Property

You might remember that I wrote a post a few weeks back about a few things to think about before you buy a property for the purposes of a renovation: take time to consider your time commitment and your budget, and make sure that you plan everything down to a T. Once you have these important details mapped out, you can begin your search for the perfect property for your renovation project…...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: 5 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE BUYING A PROPERTY/ FEBRUARY 5, 2014

Tags: Buying, Budget, Investment, House Flip

Over the last few years, I've done a number of home renovations — to my own home, to investment properties, and even to houses I've purchased for the purposes of flipping. I’m often asked advice about starting renovations on a property, and as a real estate agent, I've seen my fair share of costly mistakes made by people who haven’t planned well or don’t ha...Read More