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December 20th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

A guest post by Grace Bailey

There are many reasons why we need better organization around our home, but one of the major ones is the simple fact that we barely use most of what we own so if  you simply want to keep your home more organized, the following tips may prove helpful:


Garage Ceiling Storage
Since the garage is usually one of the prime storage spaces around our home, using its ceiling as a location for storage can be an extremely useful move. All it takes is some preparations and you will have more space than you could have thought possible. The key to this lies in making sets of carriages imitating rails, combined with large plastic bins that will hang overhead. Naturally, that means you will not be able to store objects that are far too heavy, but this space will prove useful when you need it.


Storing Yarn
If you are a person who loves to knit or crochet, then you know how much of a mess yarn can become unless you organize it properly. If you want to counteract this, you will need to create a useful storage. Thankfully, you can find a solution in using coffee canisters placed horizontally on your wall to serve as housing for your different colors of yarn. You will never have to dig through piles when all you need is right in front of you.


Although it doesn’t exactly look amazing and it reminds us of retail stores, pegboard can be very useful when we’re storing and organizing crafting supplies. If you have a small room you have dedicated for your studio or your closet acts as a storage for such materials, pegboard might be the perfect solution.


Tension Rods
Although those are more commonly used to hang shower curtains, they can also be used in a number of ways around your kitchen. Whether you want to use them as dividers in your cabinets or something else, they can be easily adapted to hang your spray bottles under the sink. Neat and easy to reach, this solution will give you all the access you need minus the digging through bottles part.


Magnetic Racks for Kitchen Utensils
If you have a lot of utensils that need a place to stay, you could set them up by using a magnetic rack for quick and easy access. The only thing you need is a magnetized strip to keep them attached to the wall. It looks interesting and it is useful at the same time.



Stylish Pot Racks

Hang Kitchen Utensils
If you have pots and pans which can be attached to a hook, you can simply hang them overhead so they won’t crowd your cabinets or counter tops. You can find such hooks in stores or even make them yourself if you are inclined toward such things.


Magnetic Spice Racks
These can be attached to the door of your fridge, making them easy to find and easy to work with. They are essentially small containers with a magnetic bottom and a see-through plastic lids.


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November 22nd, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

a guest post by Grace Bailey

One of the easiest ways to change the feel of your home is to change its colors. Painting is the way to go, however many of us seem to have little talent for the actual job of working on it. Splattered paint, coat after coat being applied to a wall because we missed spots and so forth. We offer these tips so you’ll be able to do a good job of it. Thankfully, you don’t have to be very skilled at it to be able to get things done. Let’s begin with the first tip on our list:


Prepare the surface for application
A good paint job begins with the proper preparation of the chosen surface you want to work with. You need to sand, patch and scrape any imperfections on the surface so the paint will adhere more evenly. Strong paint bond and an even surface are necessary for a good paint job. No matter how great your chosen paint might be and how high its quality, it will not work well on an uneven surface.

Primer Tinting
You need to work on priming the walls and the ceilings of the room you’re working on before the application of paint. This will also be necessary if you plan on painting over a darker color. Regardless of what colors you plan on working with, you will still need to do a bit of priming. This serves to stop any stains from showing allowing you a one-coat cover. The most important aspect of using primer though is that it helps paint adhere better to its chosen surface. Professionals will do the tinting of the paint closer to the finished color by adding up a small amount of topcoat paint, thus permitting the topcoat to hide your primed surface completely.



Choosing Canvas over Plastic
Although plastic drop cloths will give you a way to protect the furniture and floors of your home from paint splatters, canvas drop cloths are more durable and resistant to rips, plus they also lay flat better, creating less danger of tripping. Canvas also has the ability to absorb the paint drips, unlike plastic which becomes slippery in such cases. They can also be wrapped around corners, offering more flexibility in their use. They can also be reused, thus making them a more economical and eco-friendly alternative to using plastic.

Using a Paint Grid
If you have to roll paint from a tray, then you know how messy that gets if you’re not extra careful. You could do a whole lot better than that by rolling right off the bucket, using a paint grid to keep the mess to a minimum. In essence it is a rectangular, plastic or metal screen that attaches to the rim of the paint bucket. You can fill the bucket about halfway, then use the grid on it. Simply dip the roller inside and roll it against the grid to remove any excess paint to avoid a mess. When you’re done painting you can simply drop the grid and close the lid.

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November 8th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

A guest post by Michael Adams

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When it comes to home improvement, there are a lot of small details surrounding projects done around the house that seem to have significant impact on their overall effectiveness. This article aims to help with these details by addressing and acting upon them. We begin with the following:

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If you don’t have the money to pay a professional designer, you can always focus on doing some work on your own. You can find inspiration in magazines, in Drummond House Plans’ photo gallery and other sources, as these will give you useful information about specific projects.

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If you eventually end up needing help during your project but you don’t act ahead of time, you may find yourself facing difficulties you may not be prepared for. It would be best if you start your preparations and you ensure any skilled help before your project is underway so you can achieve your desired results. This is especially important with projects who take place outside at the mercy of local weather.

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Roofing can be a serious expense, so make sure you focus on getting as many estimates as you can from various roofing companies, as well as checking for references. There are many options concerning roofing, which include traditional and lightweight materials, shingles or even tile. A roofing contractor will give you more accurate and useful information based on experience, so you might want to pay heed to what they have to share.


Wooden surfaces should be sanded and wiped off before you try to stain or paint them. Make sure you use fine-grit sandpaper so you can smooth the finish. Using a damp rag will help you remove dust as well as keeping the surface neat and clean for further work.

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Bathrooms are very sensitive when it comes to any damage or mold. Keep in mind that you may need to replace any showers, sinks and other items around it at the first sign of trouble. You may need to also swap linoleum floors if you see water damage, as mold may become a serious issue in a high-humidity, high-heat environment.

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Make sure you keep your building supplies and any other materials safe and sound within a secure storage location. Although the odds of them being stolen are low, you may want to go the extra mile at securing things just to be on the safe side.

Make sure you don’t buy low quality drywall or other materials, as you will feel very sorry for making that choice in the end several years down the line.

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If you experience any drops in water pressure, you should consider checking with your neighbors for a similar problem. If they don’t have anything like that happening there, you may be facing some issue with your pipes, such as a leak. Check the faucets and make sure you see whether you need to adjust the aerator of whether you need plumbing help.


Let your neighbors know you plan on doing renovation and home improvement as soon as possible, so they can adapt to the inconvenience. They will have a chance to be better prepared if you do so ahead of time.

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November 4th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

A guest post by Michael Adams

Using your imagination you can change the way your home looks as well as giving it a whole lot more storage space to work with. As we age and spend more time in the same place we end up accumulating a lot of possessions that often clog up our entire home. With the following tips you’ll have a chance to escape the fate of being buried in personal belongings by using up space as much as possible for a change:

The Bedroom

If you have space issues around your bedroom one of the best ways to go around this is to use a classic and portable Murphy bedas a solution to your needs. They can be a bit of an investment, however they’ll serve you for a long time as you will always have extra space for people to sleep around your place. Excellent for party guests and even for your own bed if you value your floor space.


You can build tall cabinets on the sides of your windows to create the sense of an alcove. Place some soft and nice cushions between them for a lovely window space where you’ll be able to take naps and read some good books. Whatever else you want to do with that space, you should make sure you have enough space to sit down and fit said cushions so you won’t have trouble working with them.

Wall space

In most modern homes interior walls offer some nice, hollow space inside them that you could utilize. This space is situated right between the wall studs, so you can create some small alcoves there or even shelving. Always remember to check for cables and plumbing inside the wall so you won’t create more problems than you’re trying to solve.

Check those corners

You can use the corners of rooms to even out the angles, creating softer edges and a cozy look. You can use that extra space for shelving, lamps and anything else that suits your needs. You can find cheap shelving solutions that need to be put together from most stores for a quick and easy deal.


If you have the need to separate the sleeping and living room areas of your home, but you don’t have the right or desire to put up some real walls. You can put up a regular room divider or a wardrobe closet to create a temporary wall between both areas. You can put up some colorful fabric on the back of the wardrobe for a better look.

Mirrors and vanity

You can use a mirror or laminate shelf or even a slide-away stool to use the wall space around your home for some nice vanity space. You could make it as wide as you need to as long as it has enough space for all your belongings that need to be close to your front door.

Home Office Area

You can create a small office area around your home with an easy combination of a small, portable desk for a good work surface. You can make a custom one at a carpenter that fits your home better than the ones you find around furniture stores if it doesn’t work for you.   For more details visit Central London removals company

October 23rd, 2013
By Jennifer Larocque

When it comes to decorating, it can be a challenge to make the decorative accessories work with the necessities (such as floors, walls, cupboards, etc.) .

Wood, with its natural beauty can blend in and hold together almost any decor! Here are some unique ideas to help you enrich your environment with this noble material!

Be it to add depth to a contemporary style, warmth to a country home or to give a vacation feeling to an ocean side property, wood is always in perfect harmony…

Natural wood flooring


A picnic style table for a dramatic effect


A beautiful, wood framed mirror


Wood shelving is not just for books….


 French doors to enhance privacy


A delightful way to create a simple and easy night stand!


Imitation wood paneling can offer the warmth of the real thing…


The truly unique style of this accent table made of branches is sure to be a conversation starter!


We hope that you have been inspired to use wood in ways that might not have occurred to you…please feel free to share your ideas with us, we would love to see them

October 10th, 2013
By Marie-France Roger

Despite the time of the year, you may be discovering that you have accumulated many things during the summer months and are now in need of a place to put all of the recreational and pool equipment, garden accessories & furniture, gardening tools & supplies and all of the other necessities of summer living that will not be in use until next year.

classic 360 sq.ft. model

We propose a few storage solutions that can help!

448 sq. ft including upper level

 Will it blend in with its surroundings?

The perfect solution for storing all of the small and medium sized summer accessories that are so useful in season, a beautiful garden shed that matches your home is not the same as the old style, generic metal shed that was once so popular.

423 sq. ft

The main thing to consider is the style, which should complement the architectural style of your home. The finishing materials, horizontal or vertical siding for example, window trim and shape are also important as is the roof pitch. The roof pitch is the angle of the slope of your home’s roof. Although it is recommended to match the pitch of a garage to that of the home, you may want to come as close to it as possible when matching a shed to maintain harmony and the feeling that it was made to be a part of your yard.

This is Drummond House Plans‘ most popular shed

352 sq. ft with bonus storage space


Use this link to discover all of the styles and sizes of our shed plans, starting at just $149.!

188 sq. ft

Whether it’s a castle for your little princess or a fort for the boys, from Craftsman to Victorian and everything in between, we have the playhouse plan that will bring a sparkle to your child’s eye!



Just click on this link if you would like to see our entire collection of playhouse plans

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to assist you in choosing the perfect plan for your needs


October 4th, 2013
By Jennifer Larocque
Style trends in interior design vary cyclicaly but one style that is always in fashion is decorating with letters. Depending on the look that you’re after you can vary the ambiance with the font from historical to modern, family or festivities oriented, etc.
Before you begin, it’s good to know that each letter does not need to be significant on its own (if they do all have particular meaning, that’s even better – if not that’s O.K. too!)

Here are a few ideas which might help inspire you

Seasonal whimsy…

Why not decorate with lettered pillows?

How about decorative letters!

In a child’s bedroom…

What about some of those favorite words!?!

Letters in a frame…

In the baby’s room….

The choice is yours, we would be happy to see what you come up with!

September 27th, 2013
By Jennifer Larocque

You like the look and feel of nature…how about a green fence cloaked in ivy or a cedar hedge or other kind of shrub like lilac. You can even opt for imitation if the idea of having year round greenery along the property line,  that requires little or no maintenance, appeals to you.


An urban fence

If your outdoor furniture tends towards clean, modern lines then this may be the style for you. In keeping with a modern or Asian inspired style of home, this panel type fence which uses either tempered glass or plastic, allows light through while ensuring privacy. For a special touch, why not add footlights from the base of the trees or other focal points in your yard…

Jolie clûture de style contemporaine et design pour la cour arrière


Cool contemporary!

The ever popular trend towards contemporary in architecture and interior design inspires the wood panel enclosure which complements this style of home. Drummond House Plans offers a complete collection of contemporary designs.

Cloison contemporaine pour une cour arrière


Wood paneling

Here is another place for a unique wood fence that enhances the look of an urban or contemporary design. The suspended lights above the table are a wonderful touch that does not break the bank!


Zen, in more ways than one!

The peaceful atmosphere of this serene environment is enhanced by the noise blocking capacity of this stonework fence that blends in perfectly with its surroundings


A ‘natural’ fence may be an option

If your yard opens out to a natural space, why not keep it simple with a rustic style of pine or barn wood enclosure that is perfect for framing the property without the feeling of restraint that a higher fence imprts. This kind of fence is perfect for a ranch or farm style home.


Decorative pots as fencing

To ‘dress’ a traditional fence all you need are some large size containers with a variety of interesting plants in different colors. By placing these flower (natural or artificial) pots along the length of your fence you will enhance the look and can change it so fit the season if desired.


A statement in black!

Black is a neutral color with luxurious connotation. Black fits well with natural elements, has a calming effect and a contemporary feel so experiment with it to create your unique environment.


Don’t limit yourself to traditional lattice, go deco!

Instead of the ever popular lattice work that is so common, why not use original wood panels as fencing and decoration to separate spaces or as structures on which your clematis can climb.


And why not add a personal touch…

What if, instead of that boring wood fence, you were to add color by painting the lats, a change that costs little but is sure to have an enormous impact!

and how about a beautiful shed or playhouse to complete your space


April 18th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

Recently, we received an Email from a satisfied couple who wanted to share their successful renovation project with us.

These before pictures are of Chantal and Jacques home in a rural Quebec village


This courageous couple wanted to take part in the actual “re-birth” of their home which ended up keeping them busy 7 days a week for 7 months.

They hired our modifications people to work with them to create the plan for the home of their dreams and retained the services of a general contractor to accomplish the lion’s share of the project and to build a detached garage to match.

According to the couple, without the help of family and friends the project would not have seen the light of day. Not only was the removal of the white siding required but they discovered a second, gray siding that also had to be eliminated.

They were forced to work against the clock until the beginning of July to take out the old roof. Despite the occasional thunderstorm, from which they protected the home with a tarp, much of the project took place under a warm and sunny sky.

All 43 of the windows and 8 doors, two of which are garage doors,  were changed

Both of the solariums were completely re done and Jacques took care of all of the electrical and plumbing work himself.

The contour of the home was drained  and a membrane was installed over the existing foundation.

The couple is proud of their accomplishment and generously sent these photos that we are happy to share with you.

Our modifications and renovations team would be happy to help you to create the perfect plan as well.


March 7th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

We welcome another guest posting from Grace Baily with several unique and interesting tips on making your personal space more appealing.

Home Improvements Ideas

There are many ways in which one can improve the home where he or she lives but in general there are three things that always will need improving or might require improving sooner or later. Those are the functionality of all the different stuff in your home, regardless if we are talking about devices or furniture, the comfort that each room provides on its own and finally how beautiful and how visually pleasant is each separate room. In all honesty, none of these is too difficult to maintain and all you need is good discipline and sense for preservation of things. If you happened to make the choices right when you were buying the property no room would be uncomfortable, if you preserve your equipment safe, none of it will break unless its guarantee is long over and if you have good taste you will manage to deliver to your household a very pleasant and universally appealing look. However, not every person is capable of fitting in all those qualities, in fact not many people can.

First of all, in order to keep your furniture and devices safe you have to make sure that they are situated at the proper safe places in your home. If that doesn’t prove to be a reason and prerequisite enough in order for your stuff to be safe and working, then you will have to consider the people in it and if that doesn’t work out as well you will need to eventually turn to the method of replacing or fixing the broken furniture or the malfunctioned device. In order to keep something safe, especially a device you need to use it appropriately and you shouldn’t force it. The people that keep their stuff for long years treat it calmly and carefully as if they have just been bought from the store. When it comes down to actually replacing them don’t simply try to buy the same model. It is quite possible that you didn’t like something about the old one even in its prime and its undamaged form so make sure the new one you buy is better in some way if possible.

Then, when we are talking about the room’s visual outlook you need to consider several changes available and possible for you as a decision for your problems. First of all if a room happens to be uncomfortable what you can choose to do is to alter it through reconstruction. It is a messy and dirty work but if that will significantly boast the comfort in your living place then by all means you should do it. When it comes down to the beautiful nature of your home you need to have a flare for decorations and art more or less. Remember that you have to do it as beautifully as you want but don’t interfere with the level of comfort and efficiency.

Nicole is an expert in the field of home decoration, organizing and design. Visit her and read also more about how to move or sell your Sutton home.




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