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Please visit our Open House at 22 MACDONALD AVE in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
PRICED WELL BELOW ASSESSMENT VALUE! Central location in Vancouver Heights. Build your dream home on this flat 61' x 100' lot. Steps to St. Helens Church and Gilmore Elementary School. Close to the Shopping in the Heights and to downtown Vancouver. Open House Saturday Feb 23, 2-4 pm
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Please visit our Open House at 1162 EAGLERIDGE DR in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Perfect starter home for young families! This 3 level split home has a large, bright living room with fireplace, adjacent dining room, kitchen with eating area and a couple steps down to the family room with access to the patio and private rear yard. Laundry, bathroom and storage room round out the main. 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms are up, including a huge master with ensuite and a private sundeck. Bring the kids and pets to the west facing fenced back yard that backs on to Eagle Ridge Park. Walk to all levels of schools, close to shopping and recreation. Updated roof and windows and furnace. Tons of potential in this great neighbourhood. Open House Sat February 16, 3-5 pm
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Ninety-seven per cent of Vancouver property owners can pat themselves on the back for making their Empty Homes Tax declaration by the Feb. 4 deadline.

As for the remaining three per cent — or 4,979 property owners — they can make a late declaration, says the city.

 

In a press release, the city reminds residents that those who do not declare will have their properties deemed vacant by the city, and be subject to the tax at a rate of one per cent of the property’s 2018 assessed taxable value. They will also be charged a $250 bylaw fine.

 

This year ― the second year of Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax ― the city is making late declarations available. Once the property owner pays the $250 late fee (or disputes the ticket), they can make their online declaration. Bylaw tickets can be paid at vancouver.ca/pay-ticket.

 

Once a late declaration of occupied or exempt has been submitted, the tax bill will be cancelled.

How to submit a late declaration for Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax:

  • One declaration per property is required. You can declare in a number of ways, including:
  • Online at vancouver.ca/eht-declare. The online declaration process is simple and takes most people only a few minutes to complete. Online chat with an EHT representative is available.
  • In person at City Hall. Residential property owners may visit City Hall where staff will be available to assist them with online declarations. City Hall regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Over the phone by calling 3-1-1. Residential property owners who need assistance making their online declaration can call 3-1-1 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000) and speak to a citizen service representative. Translation services are also available at 3-1-1.

Payment of the Empty Homes Tax levy is due by April 12, 2019 or an additional five per cent penalty will be applied. If payment is not made by Dec.31, 2019, the amount will be added to your property tax bill.

The City of Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax; inquiries regarding the province’s tax may be directed to gov.bc.ca/spectax or by calling 1-833-554-2323. 

 
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I have listed a new property at 1911 IRONWOOD CRT in Port Moody.
Live in this quiet, Mountain Meadows cul-de-sac! Well maintained Tudor style 3 bedroom + den & 3 bathroom home. Enter into bright sky lit foyer. Living room features beautiful floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace and adjoins with the formal dining room. Bright kitchen features quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Family room has a cozy gas fireplace with sliding doors to the private deck outside. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, den and 2 bathrooms. Low maintenance yards in the front and back. View of Fraser River and Mount Baker. Close to all levels of schools, shopping and recreation.
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I have listed a new property at 1162 EAGLERIDGE DR in Coquitlam.
Perfect starter home for young families! This 3 level split home has a large, bright living room with fireplace, adjacent dining room, kitchen with eating area and a couple steps down to the family room with access to the patio and private rear yard. Laundry, bathroom and storage room round out the main. 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms are up, including a huge master with ensuite and a private sundeck. Bring the kids and pets to the west facing fenced back yard that backs on to Eagle Ridge Park. Walk to all levels of schools, close to shopping and recreation. Updated roof and windows and furnace. Tons of potential in this great neighbourhood.
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Please visit our Open House at 9284 GOLDHURST TERR in Burnaby.
Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Beautifully maintained duplex style townhome in desirable Forest Hills. You will love the many upgrades to this home including new flooring throughout; Maple engineered HW, vinyl plank, tile & carpeting, fresh paint & totally renovated kitchen, ensuite and powder room. Spacious living room features a bay window & cozy gas fireplace. Kitchen with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances & Maple shaker style cabinetry including built-in pantry & china cabinet. Rounding out the main floor is a large dining room with access to the deck & den. Up are 3 bedrooms, master with tons of closet space & ensuite with heated flooring, glass shower, separate tub & quartz counters. Downstairs is a rec room, bedroom, laundry/bath & wet bar. Double garage, built-in vacuum. Close to SFU, Production Skytrain Station and bus. Also within half hour walking distance to Stoney Creek Community Elementary and Burnaby Mountain Secondary Schools.Open House Sunday Feb 10, 2-4 pm
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I have listed a new property at 1122 HOWSE PL in Coquitlam.
PRIME FOR INVESTORS OR BUILDERS! Fantastic location for this 2 level home with a 2 bedroom & den legal suite. Main floor with large open concept living and dining area, kitchen with eating area. 3 bedrooms on the main including a master with walk in closet and ensuite. Down is the suite with separate entry & access to the laundry. Private yard with a large deck for the main and patio for the suite. Close to all levels of schools and shopping, recreation, restaurants and entertainment. Newer roof, sundeck and exterior paint.
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I have listed a new property at 1727 CHARLAND AVE in Coquitlam.
Spectacular renovation of this central Coquitlam home!! 5 bdrms, 5 baths & den it has been totally updated w/ high end finishings throughout. Hardwood flooring, quartz counters & stainless steel appliances to name a few. Main floor is an entertainers paradise w/ an open concept kitchen and living & dining area that can accommodate a crowd. Kitchen w/ huge center island, pantry, 6 burner gas stove, wall oven & 2 beverage fridges! Double French doors open onto the huge sundeck that enjoys a covered area w/ built in fireplace. Completing the main floor are 3 bdrms, 3 baths & laundry. Down you have 2 bdrms self-contained suite & recreation area with kitchenette; each w/ their own laundry. Entire home is bright & welcoming. Situated on a huge lot w/ back lane access, double garage & RV parking.
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Please visit our Open House at 22 MACDONALD AVE in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, February 9, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
PRICED WELL BELOW ASSESSMENT VALUE! Central location in Vancouver Heights. Build your dream home on this flat 61' x 100' lot. Steps to St. Helens Church and Gilmore Elementary School. Close to the Shopping in the Heights and to downtown Vancouver.
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Kitchen Renovation Trends 2019 inspiration

For those considering an elevated kitchen renovation—or really any renovation—these ten questions will make your life—and your interior designer and contractor’s life—easier. By having these ten questions answered before you call your contractor, you’ll be able to have a more productive, streamlined experience.

  1. What is your goal?

Are you planning to sell your home in the next few years? Are you intending to upgrade your home for that sale? Or are you simply seeking to make the best of your kitchen decor?

  1. How long do you plan to live in your home?

If you see yourself living there for only a few years, you should probably consider a different type of renovation, something that’s maybe not as expensive or something that’s more timeless and traditional in your favored aesthetic. However, if you’re going to be living there longer, then naturally you’ll be spending a bit more to design something that sings to you.

  1. Do you have children?

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If you do, where are you going to store everything out of their reach? Resilient, easy-to-clean materials, are ideal for kid-friendly kitchen ideas.

  1. Do you have allergies and health issues?

If someone in your family suffers from asthma or other breathing issues, consult your contractor and have them avoid high-gloss lacquers and urea and phenol formaldehyde.

  1. Will you be residing in your home during your renovation?

If so, keep in mind that it will add to the lead time and construction duration, as well as adding to the level of protection and cleanliness that needs to be maintained during the renovation process.

  1. What is your budget?

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Answer this question for yourself so you can better understand what amount of money you can spend comfortably. It’s crucial to be honest with the experts you hire about what that number really is.

  1. What have people in similar homes accomplished?

Getting to the answer of ‘Can I do it?’ is helpful in beginning the process.

  1. What can you remove to open up your kitchen?

Ask yourself and your contractor about exploring every possibility to make the best use of your kitchen remodel.

  1. What’s behind those walls?

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You do need to keep in mind that every kitchen has concealed utility risers that will ultimately limit the amount of room you have to work with.

  1. When can you get started?

Because a well-planned project is a well-executed project, take your time to properly plan every move you make during the kitchen renovation process.


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kitchen remodel ideas 2019


As you can imagine, a kitchen remodel ideas can be perplexing as you may not know where to begin, or how to chart the best course of action. So before you set about planning the initial stages of a complete kitchen renovation, it’s essential to know exactly where to start, and how much of a budget you have to work with as a kitchen remodel is a costly investment that can pay off when reselling – if done well.

To start, ask yourself what your goals are, what’s missing from your current kitchen design, and what you’d like to see go?

For avid cooks, seasoned hosts, and busy families, your kitchen is probably the center of your daily life—and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance. For wisdom on how to master a kitchen remodel, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about renovating your kitchen for the ultimate of life-enhancing upgrades, from sourcing the right contractor to choosing backsplash tiles and hardware. We tapped our interior design and renovation experts for their takes on the best practices and discovered the best kitchen remodel ideas, and gathered our favorite decor ideas from innovative appliances to budget-friendly islands and charming breakfast nooks. Our renovation guide has you covered, whether you’re planning a complete kitchen remodel, or are simply on the lookout for new updated appliances, or are in need of inspiration for your dream kitchen remodel.

To get you started on bringing your kitchen remodel ideas to life, we’re looking at the top kitchen decor and renovation trends for 2019 culled from a survey of our decorator’s wisdom. From the best in updated kitchen furniture, to what to skip out on, here’s everything you need to know to recreate the heart of your home with confidence and ease.

COUNTERTOPS

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Though we’ve seen our fair share of various countertop materials come and go, the popularity of brilliant quartz finishes continues to have no end in sight as it remains one of our client’s most frequently requested materials, and for good reason.

And besides a great timeless look, quartz is virtually indestructible as it produces a harder surface – just be sure to avoid excessive heat as hot pots can damage the material easily.

NO MORE GRANITE?

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A mainstay of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, we’re happy to report that granite continues to dwindle in popularity as it tends to date kitchen decor while making it appear a tad ordinary.

Plus granite is super porous and could collect bacteria if not properly taken care of.

WHITE KITCHENS ARE OVER

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While there’s no denying the timeless appeal of an ultra-bright white kitchen, there are plenty of fantastic alternatives to take in for a more rich and intoxicating look.

And it should go without saying that all white kitchens are much harder to keep clean on a daily basis, so why not consider bringing in some distinctive hues to create a more memorable kitchen.

SET A MOODIER TONE

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Instead of bright optic white, consider setting a moodier tone in your kitchen with alluring and unexpected color to create a more rich and nuanced look.

From night watch, 2019’s dark and dramatic green tinged color of the year to earthier terracotta or even more vibrant tones, do consider adding a sense of elevated energy with colors that evoke emotion and a positive spirit.

MATTE EVERYTHING

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Who doesn’t love the slick touch of matte finishes? And lucky for you, we’ve noticed showrooms chock full of matte cabinetry and appliances that while attractive, are ultimately much easier to keep clean and are certain to not go out of style anytime soon thanks to their forever-cool allure.

DARK KITCHENS

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The antithesis to the tendency to go for all-white kitchens, black and moodier hued kitchen design ideas are sure to quickly add an elegant sense of drama to any home, are easier to manage, and are an elegant alternative to standard ivories.

GRID MOTIFS

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As the times call for clean, symmetrical straight lines, we’re seeing grid motifs used as a lite nod to industrial styling everywhere in contrasting black for windows, doors, and cabinet legs.  

SPANISH AND MOROCCAN TILES

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Add an exotic note to your kitchen decor with intricately patterned Spanish and Moroccan inspired tiles and backsplashes for a much more substantial visual impact than say now common subway tiles.

MIX AND MATCH

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Be bold with unexpected juxtapositions from cabinets to flooring to create a memorable, personalized mix exclusive to your home that won’t keep you trapped in one definitive design direction.

Instead, explore expressive kitchen furniture with the freedom to experiment while adding a sense of play throughout.  

THE END OF STAINLESS STEEL

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Like any good interior design trend, there’s a point where you’ve seen décor elements all too frequently, everywhere.

So bid stainless steel appliances, fixtures, and finishes adieu and go for pieces that are more simple in standard neutral tones or go wild with colorful and patterned elements for the ultimate in conversation starting statements.

BRIGHT STOVES AND HOODS

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Though ranges and hoods can be substantial investments, our interior designers continue to opt for finds in surprising shades from cool and calming pastels to primary hues.

EMBRACE HYGGE

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In a kitchen, less truly can mean more as the slightest upgrades can add more space for prep time and storage solutions.

Stick with the concept of Hygge and be sure that surfaces are clutter-free, and think about alternatives for your upper cabinets from shelves to art – you name it.

MINIMAL MINDFULNESS

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For a modern contemporary home, consider updating your kitchen with clean-lined cabinetry and eliminate molding and heavy finishes and go for timeless straight lines to echo the pared back vibe throughout your decidedly minimal home.

UNDERCOUNTER APPLIANCES

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As kitchen design ideas of 2019 call for clearing spots above lower cabinetry, opt for under the counter appliances like microwaves and the ilk to keep them out of sight as upper spots become more vacant.

GLASS CEILING 

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Super cool and minimal to boot, Falmec’s Alba hood is probably one of the most innovative kitchen decor updates we’ve come across in ages.

Slim, sleek, and easy to conceal, it makes for a great alternative to bulky prominent hoods.

CONCRETE FINISHES

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Keeping with minimal kitchen design themes of late, we’ve seen our fair share of concrete backsplashes, countertops, and flooring as they’re great options for a budget-friendly kitchen and instantly lend the room modern yet industrial notes.

TALL COLUMN FRIDGES

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Though you may not be in the market for a new fridge, there’s something refreshing about the more vertically extended options of late as they take up less floor space and lend a kitchen more visual impact than a standard height one ever could.

TERRAZZO SURFACES

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Popular in the 50’s and 60’s and revived in the 1980’s, Terrazzo surfaces are back on trend as Mid-Century Modern interior design continues to be the most sought-after design style of them all.

Plus, Terrazzo surfaces will lend a playful punch to even the most stripped down of kitchens.

SMART KITCHEN IDEAS 

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As technological advances continue to enhance our daily lives, it comes as no surprise that the movement finally made its way into our kitchens.

From remote light controls to smart screen display fridges, there are plenty of genius updates to take advantage of for the best in kitchen design ideas.

GOLD AND BLACK

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Timeless in appeal and sure to add easy elegance to any kitchen, black cabinetry and appliances finished with either gold or copper accents and hardware makes for a grand gesture in any kitchen.

GLASS SHELVING

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A sophisticated alternative to bulky wooden open shelving, glass shelves are easier to clean, let light in, and look more luxurious than unfinished wooden ones.

INDUCTION COOKING

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Fast, safe, and aesthetically pleasing, induction burners utilize less heat with even the smallest of kitchens keeping cool while cooking while surfaces remain safe to touch.

Plus, these smart cooktops eliminate the need for an obtrusive range hood, clearing the way for endless creative design possibilities.

SINGLE LEVEL ISLANDS

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Compared to their multidimensional counterpoints, single level islands don’t block light, increase prep space, and create an unobstructed conversation and dining area.

DEEP DRAWERS

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By sourcing deeper than average drawers you’ll make cooking and storage all the easier especially when they are placed in high traffic cooking areas like next to your range.

UNIQUE SINKS

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Say goodbye to all too common farmhouse sinks and say hello to unique statement-making options that boast intricate designs, unexpected scales and materials, and stunning ornate fixtures for everyday opulence in this most used room.

NATURAL TOUCHES

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And no, by that we aren’t calling for farmhouse related finishes and features for your kitchen decor.

Instead, bring in touches of the abstract, unfinished, and natural in small doses for hints of semi-rustic, industrial notes.

ADD DRAMA

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Think about striking ways you can add unexpected elements in your updated kitchen such as arresting lighting fixtures, decorative add-ons, and surprising finishes and hues to make your kitchen decor unique to your home.

COVERED KITCHEN SINKS

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Great for cleverly adding more prep and counter space instantly, sliding covered sinks also boast the double-duty benefit of concealing a sink full of dishes waiting to be cleaned.

TWO TONE CABINETS

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Again with the purposely mismatched kitchen decor trend, consider using two complementary tones for walls and cabinets to surprise the eye with an instantly cool look.

BANQUETTE SEATING

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Increasingly popular, customized banquette seating is a great way to bring family and friends together in this most commonly used room while giving your kitchen furniture a unique feature that could also increase the value of your home.

MIXED METALS AND FINISHES

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For an off-kilter layered look that’s still rich and layered, combine different metals such as copper hardware, brass fixtures, and silver finishes for a more laid back however elegant statement.

STATEMENT FLOORING

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Add life to your kitchen decor with striking patterned flooring and rugs that’ll add a dynamic visual punch compared to a basic wooden or tiled floor.

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH KITCHEN

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For a romantic take on kitchen design ideas, think idyllic English countryside kitchens and get the look with simple paint colors, planer materials, a strict focus on function, and paying attention to detail is good here – just don’t overdo it.

KITCHEN ISLAND STORAGE

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With storage and function key concerns in any kitchen, take advantage of that space under your kitchen island design and think of clever hacks to make the most use of the space to better serve your needs.

INSTANT TABLE

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By extending your countertop over the edge of your kitchen island, you’ll easily add extra space for seating more guests while eliminating the need for a table if you are short on space.

STATEMENT STOOLS

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We’ve seen some terrific updates to stool styling to consider from mid-century-modern beauties to Hollywood Regency styles full of personality and everyday glamor.

EYE-CATCHING PENDANT LIGHTS

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Make a statement with a conversation starting set of pendant lights as they’re perfect for adding ample lighting to wide open spaces.

COLORFUL GROUT

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Go for the unexpected and select a distinct color for grout work as it’ll lend your kitchen decor a graphic kick and hints of needed color.

HIGH-GLOSS CABINETS

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Because they look great, think of high-shine cabinetry as slick as the painted surface of a car or nail polish as a go-to option for a hyper-sophisticated kitchen.

KEEP WELLNESS IN MIND

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For an overall feeling of wellness, keep things comfortable, bring in small plants and design elements from nature.

And skip out on chemical products and opt for natural and organic ones instead.

DECLUTTER

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Keep countertops clear of accessories and appliances for a clean, quiet look.

WOODEN COUNTERS

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Though they require more care and have a shorter lifespan, wooden counters are an effective way to add warmth and character in any kitchen.

RUSTIC AND MODERN

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By combining the two design styles you’ll easily create a rich and nuanced look in your kitchen that will be unique to your home.

TRENDS TO LET GO OF

Kitchen Renovation Trends 2019 to avoid

Now that we’ve gone over the best kitchen remodel ideas for 2019, let’s look at the kitchen design ideas you should avoid for good reason.

MASON JARS

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – enough with using mason jars as drinking vessels.

Sure, they’re great for storage and should be reused as much as possible, however, they’re highly immature for serving and low brow to boot.

SUBWAY TILES

Subway tiles may be timeless but they’re also beyond tired at the moment as you can spot them everywhere, from your local fast-food outlet to your neighbors home.

Go beyond expectations and opt for tiles that are more unexpected to give your home a unique edge.

POT RACKS

Are you really that in love with dusting that you’d rather keep your pots hanging and collecting and dropping dust in your kitchen?

We thought not! So do take advantage of newer cabinetry boasting deep drawers and keep your airspace clear for an inviting and open look.

GRAPHIC SIGNS

We know you live, laugh, and love in your home – don’t we all?

So skip the redundancy and avoid having your home look like a Hallmark gift shop and opt for real, substantial art if you’re looking to make a statement.

BARN DOORS

A common mistake novice decorators make all too often is getting caught up in both themes and upcycling.

And honestly, unless your cooking in a stable, there’s no need to bring the look into your kitchen.

BROWN GRANITE

Want to take guests back to the 80’s? If the answer is yes, stick to putrid brown granite.

If not, opt for surfaces that are less dated, more timeless, and frankly, ones that are easier on the eye.

ORNATE CABINETS

Unless you live in a pristine castle, there’s no need to have overworked cabinetry in any home.

And with today’s calls for minimalism and clean, straight lines, we’d suggest skipping out on cabinetry with heavy looks as they’ll instantly add bulk to any kitchen decor.

CHEVRON PATTERNS

Although these honestly have a pretty decent look, we see them all too often giving them a common, basic feel.

But if you insist on say a chevron backsplash, keep it minimal by going tonal.

CHERRY WOOD

Because nothing dates a home more than cherry-toned wood, we suggest steering clear of the material in every room as it’s too traditional and common to consider.

BAR HEIGHT TABLES

Great for a bachelor pad or dorm, less so for an elevated home. Skip the bar height trend and stick with tried & true scales for a more timeless feel.

FAUX FINISHES

Because they really do look cheap, we’d suggest skipping out on those popular contact paper hacks for backsplashes, cabinetry, and appliances because people can tell, especially when the entire room starts peeling away.

As you can see, it takes more than a mix of trends and kitchen furniture updates to rejuvenate a cramped, and unappealing kitchen space especially when your current kitchen decor is dark and outdated, and lacking personality.

Sometimes there’s just one big impetus behind a kitchen remodel and kitchen renovation ideas: maybe your growing family can’t fit around your breakfast table, or your two-oven family stuck with an ineffective one-oven kitchen, or your kitchen is simply an eyesore. As often there are a lot of little factors that add up to the call for a total kitchen renovation.

Maybe you’re dreaming of a kitchen that matches your colorful, eclectic tastes, which may differ from the tastes you may have had when you first moved in. Or maybe you’re looking to open up your kitchen to the rest of the house for an open floor plan.

Whatever the case, we suggest turning to a professional kitchen designer to help you create a way to get everything you want in your dream kitchen.

And though we’re not suggesting adding more space, instead think of ways you can open up and reconfigure your kitchen. Think about removing a wall that separates your kitchen from your formal dining room, followed by custom cabinetry to flow through both spaces and help blend them together seamlessly. And why not spruce up your existing eating area to create a more sophisticated formal dining room if possible.

Though you may have to sacrifice aspects of your kitchen decor to create room for a walk-in pantry, or a new breakfast nook, think of ways to create a smarter traffic flow for cooking, entertaining, and dining.

Maybe you want a more colorful, vibrant backsplash, or a complete kitchen remodel featuring a variety of different types of tile in a myriad of shapes and sizes. All said and done, the possibilities and design directions are endless so do experiment and take risks – have fun with your kitchen remodel ideas, what do you have to lose?

At the start of the design process, create an extensive questionnaire for yourself to answer to better understand your kitchen and living habits.

And since most homeowners frequently entertain and cook elaborate meals in their kitchens, think about upgrading your kitchen with multiple appliances to allow for extra prep functionality, better clean up capabilities, and to provide plenty of brilliant firepower for large gatherings.

Intelligent details, imaginative design, and space-expanding conveniences will make any kitchen easier to use and easier to clean up with spaces that would ordinarily go to waste given a new purpose and put to work for the long run.


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METRO VANCOUVER MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
JANUARY 2019
DETACHED
 
Active Listings:
4,974
Sales:  339
Benchmark Price:
$1,453,400
Avg. Days On Market:
64
TOWNHOUSE
Active Listings:
1,719
Sales:
205
Benchmark Price:
$800,600
Avg. Days On Market:
52
APARTMENT
Active Listings:
4,115
Sales:
559
Benchmark Price:
$658,600
Avg. Days On Market:
47
January 2018
1,818
Sold
January 2019
1,103
Sold
(-39.3%)
Residential property sales in Metro Vancouver

Home listings continue to increase across all housing categories in the Metro Vancouver* housing market while home buyer activity remains below historical averages.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,103 in January 2019, a 39.3 per cent decrease from the 1,818 sales recorded in January 2018, and a 2.9 per cent increase from the 1,072 homes sold in December 2018.

Last month’s sales were 36.3 per cent below the 10-year January sales average and were the lowest January-sales total since 2009.

"REALTORS® are seeing more traffic at open houses compared to recent months, however, buyers are choosing to remain in a holding pattern for the time being."
Phil Moore, REBGV president

There were 4,848 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in January 2019. This represents a 27.7 per cent increase compared to the 3,796 homes listed in January 2018 and a 244.6 per cent increase compared to the 1,407 homes listed in December 2018.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 10,808, a 55.6 per cent increase compared to January 2018 (6,947) and a 5.2 per cent increase compared to December 2018 (10,275).

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for January 2019 is 10.2 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 6.8 per cent for detached homes, 11.9 per cent for townhomes, and 13.6 per cent for condominiums.

Sales-to-active listings ratio - January 2019
Detached homes
6.8%
Townhomes
11.9%
Condominiums
13.6%
Total 10.2%

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

“Home prices have edged down across all home types in the region over the last seven months,” Moore said.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential homes in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,019,600. This represents a 4.5 per cent decrease over January 2018, and a 7.2 per cent decrease over the past six months.

“Economic fundamentals underpinning our market for home buyers and sellers remain strong. Today’s market conditions are largely the result of the mortgage stress test that the federal government imposed at the beginning of last year,” Moore said. “This measure, coupled with an increase in mortgage rates, took away as much as 25 per cent of purchasing power from many home buyers trying to enter the market.”

Sales of detached homes in January 2019 reached 339, a 30.4 per cent decrease from the 487 detached sales recorded in January 2018. The benchmark price for detached homes is $1,453,400. This represents a 9.1 per cent decrease from January 2018, and an 8.3 per cent decrease over the past six months.

Sales of apartment homes reached 559 in January 2019, a 44.8 per cent decrease compared to the 1,012 sales in January 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $658,600. This represents a 1.7 per cent decrease from January 2018, and a 6.6 per cent decrease over the past six months.

Attached home sales in January 2019 totalled 205, a 35.7 per cent decrease compared to the 319 sales in January 2018. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $800,600. This represents a 0.5 per cent decrease from January 2018, and a 6.2 per cent decrease over the past six months.


* Areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.

 
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I have listed a new property at 701 2789 SHAUGHNESSY ST in Port Coquitlam.
Come and enjoy all that The Shaughnessy has to offer! High end finishing throughout the suite with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances including gas stove and built in oven & microwave. Open floor plan, kitchen with breakfast bar and adjacent dining area and living room with deck access. Enjoy TWO decks to take in the views. Fantastic amenities in the building including an exercise centre, playground, garden area and Club House. Great location, only steps to shopping, Lions Park and the trail beside the Coquitlam River. Walking distance to the downtown shops and restaurants. Close to transit including the West Coast Express.
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Please visit our Open House at 91 STRONG RD in Anmore.
Open House on Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Pride in ownership is evident in this stately Anmore home & property. Great curb appeal with its brick facade & trees surrounding the private yard. Living rm with 2 storey ceilings & floor to ceiling windows that overlook the greenery of the rear yard. Adjacent formal dining rm with French doors to the patio. Beautiful hardwood floors through main floor. Large kitchen w/ huge center island, separate eating area, family rm with gas fireplace & mud rm from the garage with washer/dryer hook up. Master bdrm on main has walk in closet & 5 piece ensuite. Up are 3 more bdrms including an open space at the top of the stairs. Down is a rec room, craft room, workshop, office, laundry & storage. Many updates to the home including appliances, flooring, painting & ensuite.Open House Saturday Feb 2, 2-4
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With basic carpentry tools, a wheelbarrow, and some tinted concrete, you can build this sturdy home for houseplants.

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Concrete planters are a great addition to any home. Concrete is just as useful and versatile today as it was when the Romans discovered how to make it 2000 years ago. Early masons used the humble mix of cement, sand, stone, and water to build impressive structures such as the Pantheon (A.D. 126), which is still in use as a house of worship. With its stout granite columns and massive concrete dome, the Pantheon gives new meaning to "built to last."
1How to Build a Concrete Planter
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Today, we use concrete for everything from home foundations to kitchen counters. It's also a great material for making smaller items, such as the planter shown here. Super-sturdy but simple to build, it requires the construction of inner and outer wood forms to mold the finished product. Basic carpentry tools, a wheelbarrow, and an 80-pound bag of concrete mix are all you need to do a job that would make a Roman proud.
2Form and Cast
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Screw together the inner and outer forms. Coat the exterior of the inner form with glue, and cover the surface with aluminum foil. Do the same for the inside face of the outer form. Spray cooking oil on the foil surfaces.

Place the inner form, top-down, on the mounting board. Screw through the bottom of the board into the form's cross supports. Place the outer form over the inner one, and use angle brackets to secure the outer form to the mounting board.

Empty an 80-pound bag of Quikrete Countertop Mix into a wheelbarrow. Add about 5 ounces of buff liquid cement color to 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Add the tinted water to the powdered concrete a couple of cups at a time until the mixture is malleable but not runny.

Pour the concrete into the form. Repeatedly plunge a scrap-wood stick into the concrete to consolidate it. Overfill the form, then run an oscillating sander (without sandpaper) over the entire form to vibrate out voids. Strike off excess concrete. Form drain holes by pushing two dowels coated with petroleum jelly through the concrete.

3Strip the Outer Form
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After letting the concrete set for 18 hours, unscrew and disassemble the outer form. Grab and twist out the dowels with pliers.

 
4Pull the Inner Form
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Remove the screws driven through the bottom of the mounting board and into the inner form. Tip the planter over and pull out the inner form). After the concrete has cured for 24 hours, apply a liberal coat of clear masonry sealer to the entire planter. Once the sealer cures, you're ready to plant!
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Councillor Jean Swanson says rents will keep rising unless vacancy control and rent freezes are implemented

 

 

We've all heard Vancouver house prices described as "bubbly" – but are rents about to do the same thing? 

Rental prices are expected to go up by an average of 7 per cent in 2018, despite the provincial rent control caps now in force, according to a Rentals.ca forecast issued January 21.

 
 That’s the third-steepest predicted rise in the country, after Toronto (where rents are forecast to increase 11 per cent) and Ottawa (9 per cent), said the national report.

Local housing experts interviewed by the rental website for its annual forecast said that it’s going to become increasingly difficult to find an affordable rental apartment in Vancouver. This is despite new measures that tie the annual rental increase for a sitting tenant to inflation, which is 2.5 per cent in 2019.

 
 

“The dynamic is shifting away from ‘bubbly’ house prices to ‘bubbly’ rental rates,” wrote report author Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research & Consulting Inc..

“With expanded rent control implemented in 2017, tenants are incentivized to stay in their current home. This is not ideal, as some people may choose not to take a job in another part of the city because of higher rents. As fewer units are turned over, there is less supply, and rental rates [on any newly advertised units] increase further.”

Councillor Colleen Hardwick told the rental listing website that Vancouver’s ultra-tight rental market is having a serious social impact. “Seniors are being forced out of their homes. There are rental evictions; aggressive buyouts.” She said that rising interest rates, housing price stabilization, flipping properties, and newer rentals replacing older buildings are the key issues to watch in 2019.

Jean Swanson, City of Vancouver councillor, said she is also worried about affordability. “The issue is scarcity; the vacancy rate is low,” she said. “Owners are buying out buildings at inflated prices, and without vacancy control they are buying out the tenants… the older the building, the more vulnerable the tenants.“

Swanson believes that vacancy control, which would prevent landlords from raising rents between tenants, along with a rent freeze that would prevent yearly increases, would solve the problem.

The idea of vacancy control has seen a major backlash from the development community. The Urban Development Institute has claimed it would be the “death knell”of purpose-built rental supply and would do more harm than good.

B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force seemed to agree, rejecting vacancy control as one of its 28 recent recommendations in the overhaul of the Residential Tenancy Act.

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I have listed a new property at 103 CEDARWOOD DR in Port Moody.
Priced $100K below assessed value!! BRIGHT 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom detached home situated on HUGE lot in Heritage Woods! Well-appointed living room with gas F/P overlooks the quiet cul-de-sac. Enjoy southwest views of Burnaby Mountain from the dining room, kitchen & family room. LARGE master suite with spacious walk-in closet & spa inspired ensuite. 3 other big bedrooms & bath complete the upper floor. Basement includes finished rec room & storage. Unfinished area with lots of potential; possible suite with separate entry. Air conditioning, HUGE patio & yard - loads of possibilities! Close to all levels of schools; 15 min walk to Heritage Woods Secondary, one of the top rated high schools in the Tri Cities, Aspenwood Elementary & Eagle Mtn Middle. Close to parks & public transit
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Many first-time buyers are taking a wait-and-see approach,

in case home prices drop further - is that the best strategy?

 

 

Recently I was asked to guest live on CityTV’s BT Vancouver morning news show to recap a range of industry predictions for real estate in 2019. During the interview, I was asked what strategy first-time buyers should adopt if they’re hoping to get into the market but are waiting to see what will happen. 

This question, of trying to time the market, is one that comes up time and time again — no matter whether we’re in a rising market, in a down market, or in a steady market (which, in fact, we have now, in terms of prices for entry-level homes). People have a terror of buying a home at the “peak” of the market, or at another point where prices will drop after they’ve bought the home  but I don’t think this is something to fear.

 
 

To make my interests clear: I’m not a real estate agent or adviser, I’m a writer and editor who specializes in real estate and spends her days analyzing and reporting on market statistics. I have nothing to gain from advising anyone to buy homes, and I am not paid by anyone other than the media company for which I work, which gives me free rein to share my views as I see fit. I own a condo (my home) plus a long-term investment studio in Vancouver. I don’t offer advice to try to buoy the market, but simply because I’ve been lucky enough to get into this position (largely by ignoring those who told me not to buy yet) and I want to share what I’ve learned.


The very smart senior analyst of the Real Estate Investment Network, Don Campbell, once said to me, “The past two decades are littered with the bones of those who stayed on the sidelines of the real estate market.” That phrase stayed with me, as I see it all the time  friends in their 50s and 60s who are still renting, and will now likely pay rent throughout their retirement years. They all tell me, “I wish I’d bought when I was younger. Homes seemed soexpensive, even back then - but that’s nothing compared with what they are now.”

 

Exactly. The £182,000 (British pounds) I paid for my tiny first flat in South London, a 50-minute commute from work, seemed astronomical 15 years ago. I could only raise a 5 per cent down payment and take out an interest-only mortgage. And everyone told me not to buy it, as “we’re at the peak of the market.” They said the same thing when I moved up to a larger place even further out of town, for £240,000, in 2008. That really was the then-peak of the market, as immediately after I bought it, the recession hit and its value dropped by 15 per cent.

But no matter. I was still above water, as my mortgage was still only £175,000, and over the next few years the value more than recovered. I sold it for £280K in 2014, and that’s how I had a down payment to buy a condo in downtown 

Vancouver. 


 


That’s how real estate works. There is no price “peak,” only a fluctuating, but generally upward, line. If you’re looking at holding onto a home for a reasonable length of time, if you can afford the mortgage and if you have a decent down payment, just go for it  trying to time the market is a fool’s errand. Those price predictions I spoke about last week differ considerably, so nobody really knows what will happen this year, or next. Sure, the general consensus is that here in Metro Vancouver, average home prices might dip by a couple of per cent this year. But even if that happens, interest rates are rising. So a lower average home price a) doesn’t mean the specific home you want to buy will be any cheaper and b) even if it is, it doesn’t mean it’s more affordable, if mortgage costs are going up. 

The only buyers I’d recommend to wait are speculators looking for a quick flip. For everyone else, if you hold on to your home for long enough, it will always end up higher than you bought it for.

Now we are facing an influx of one million additional people in Metro Vancouver by 2050. Political migration, climate migration, our relatively stable economy, our Pacific Rim position, and many other factors will, in my opinion, mean that even if prices dip in the next year or so, they will at some point over the next decade exceed their previous peak. And by the time we get to 2050, I predict that today’s Millennials will be wishing they had bought 30 years previously, when the average cost of a condo was “only” $600,000 and they could’ve gotten a great little pad in Surrey for $250K. 

You really don’t want to be on the wrong side of the price rises that could be ahead of us over the next 10 or 20 years. So if you're lucky enough to be able to buy a home  whichever location you can afford, and in whatever size home  just go for it. I did, and I’ve never regretted it.


Article by Joannah Connolly / Vancouver Courier

 
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