Author: Adriana Valentina

Showroom profile: Spectrum Kitchens . . . All those possibilities

By Francie Healy Lori Di Saverio, Sandra McLaurin, and Peter Summers have worked together in the kitchen and bath business for more than 25 years. And they say there’s never a dull moment. They are the owners of Spectrum Kitchen and Bath Design, which includes a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom in Kanata. A member of the RenoMark™ program, Spectrum works with professional contractors to provide kitchens and bathrooms for new construction and renovations. For some customers, the showroom is a first step just to see what’s possible. They can look at finishes, hardware, and all the interesting features of...

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Insurance matters: Ahhhh! Cottage Life

The Great Outdoors! Smores – Campfires – Family Time – Sun Cottages today are homes.  They are seldomly built as shacks with an outhouse anymore.  Most of us want to have that country lake side escape but do not want to forgo any of the amenities of a city home. Many surprises exist when it comes to insuring cottages.  Most of us do not take the time to understand their policy and simply look for the cheapest price.  When it comes to cottages buyer beware!  Insurance policies vary tremendously depending on use and accessibility. What does this mean? Most...

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The Last Word: How the puzzle fits

By Herb Lagois Earlier this year we were invited to our friends’ home. On their dining table was a partially assembled puzzle. Typically, the border was mostly done, some of the interior was filled in, and the remaining pieces were scattered all over the table. We talked about how challenging, yet rewarding, puzzles are. As we tried our hand at fitting pieces together, I couldn’t help but think about how similar renovating or building a new home is to putting a puzzle together. You start with the picture, secure the material, cut the pieces, ship the pieces, assemble, and...

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Renovator profile: Mike Martin — Making time for quality

By Francie Healy Mike Martin, still a young guy, has been in the renovation business for 30 years. But he figures he’ll never retire. He loves what he’s doing too much. Practically a legend among Ottawa renovators, Mike owns Luxury Renovations with his wife, Suzanne, a professional designer. Suzanne has run their design build firm, Luxurious Living Studio, since 2006. Mike is well known not just because of his personality, integrity and knowledge, which are as big as he is tall, but because of the passion he has put into the development of the RenoMark™ program, which was launched...

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Renovate . . . and then sell

By Natalie Belovic When you renovate your home, even if you don’t plan on selling it soon, you are also increasing its value. But if you are planning on selling in the near future, it’s good to know what things you should consider changing, and how far you should go with it. What are some of the renovations that have the most impact on a house sale – not just financially but as a way to make the sale likely to happen faster? According to most real estate brokers, there are two rooms that buyers look for: kitchens and...

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What is RenoMark™?

RenoMark™ renovators are held to the highest industry standards. They have to do the big things – carry $2 million liability insurance and enforce strict workplace safety – and the smaller things that give you comfort: pledge to call you back within two business days, for instance.

RenoMark™ renovators must pay a fee to be certified. They must also follow detailed guidelines. In addition to insurance, safety and courtesy, they must:
• Give you a detailed written contract for all jobs, big or small
• Provide a minimum two-year warranty on all work except minor repair
• Carry the proper licences and permits
• Keep their worksite organized and safe
• In the Ottawa area, be a member in good standing of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and abide by the GOHBA Code of Ethics.
• Stay current, through consistent and continuing education, in their professional knowledge of building codes, permit procedures and technical skills.