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January 8th, 2013
By Vivian Martin

So, you’ve come to the realization that your home is no longer the perfect fit for you or your family. Something is missing, you need more space, or your house just doesn’t feel just right anymore.

It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that a new home or a large addition is the best option. We are trained as consumers to discard something when it’s no longer useful or practical and buy the next big thing (iPhone 5, anyone?).

Why not simply evaluate your needs and your current space and make smaller adjustments to create the home you want today?

Getting Started:

Make a list of all the rooms in your home. If you have plans of it, even better. Look at each room, and write down what you use it for.

Now write down how often you use the space for its intended purpose. You might be surprised that you use that guest room only two or three times a year.

That formal dining room hosts a celebratory dinner four times a year, and that hall closet has boxes in it that you moved from your last house and haven’t opened since. These are all wasted spaces. Why not make better use of them? Repurposing a room and redesigning within your existing home’s footprint is always cheaper than building an addition.

Next, make a list of the rooms you wish you had in your home. Compare the two lists, and see if anything can have a dual purpose. Can you live without any of these rooms?

Follow the slideshow below for six ways to repurpose, recycle and reuse the room you may already have.



August 25th, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3108-V3 - Galerno 4 – Plan # 3108-V3 – Galerno 4

Three bedrooms or two plus an office? The forward room is wonderfully flexible as life evolves and you need an office, an extra bedroom or a guest room/den.

Window boxes, a wraparound porch and pleasing roofline have country charm positively radiating from this pretty cottage. Enter via the forward vestibule or service entrance off the kitchen and appreciate the open living area. Dine bathed in light or step out back through the triple garden doors.

The open living area benefits from many useful built-in features including a large screen TV surround in the living room, built-in hutch with beverage sink in the dining room, and large eating island in the kitchen.

The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet, room for seating and private access to the 5-piece bathroom. A laundry/powder room combination provide the final convenience on the main level.

Need more? An undeveloped basement is your blank slate for additional living or entertaining space.

For more details on this plan, click here

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February 11th, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3456-V1 - Plan # 3456-V1

A mere 36-foot wide footprint makes this modern contemporary an excellent choice for a narrow lot. Modern lines, windows and exterior materials are sure to be admired by all.

A covered entry leads to a sunken foyer with coat closet. The first room would ideally serve as a home office or guest room. The contemporary open floor plan is oriented toward the back yard for the ultimate in privacy. A generous kitchen with island flows to the dining room with fireplace and then the living room is beyond.

Upstairs, we find a roomy master suite with his and hers walk-in closet and private 5-piece bathroom including a luxury shower. Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath and a hall laundry closet is sure to be appreciated for its convenience.

An oversize single garage and undeveloped basement ensure plenty of storage options and flexible spaces.

For more details on this plan, click here.

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February 3rd, 2012
By Vivian Martin

Recent statistics show that you don’t have to be a “Mrs.” in order to buy your dream house. In fact, single women dominate the homeowner’s market as of late—in 2010 alone, single women accounted for more than 19% of all home buyers, whereas single men accounted for a mere 12%, according to MSNBC  and the National Association of Realtors.

While the reasons for diving into the homeowner’s market vary with each individual, there are certain features that every single woman homeowner will enjoy.  So no matter if you’ve never been married, or you’re a divorcee, widow, or even a single mom, continue reading below to see what home features you should watch out for.

Read more about the feminine take on:

  • What to do with the spare bedroom
  • Joys of a garden tub
  • Easy maintenance yards
  • Fab kitchens
  • Floor plans with staying power

Read the full article from our friends at BuildDirect and the many other useful topics they cover.

January 28th, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # W3827 - Plan # W3827

You are searching for a large cottage which can be built on a relatively narrow lot? This model easily fits the bill with its 45 foot width. Let’s examine it more closely.

On the exterior, the different masses and peaks, coupled with a three-sided wraparound veranda, create a look which will certainly not go unnoticed.

In the interior, we first appreciate a 9 foot ceiling throughout the main level, a spacious entrance and two staircases leading to the second level, one of which leads us to a beautiful bonus space and a generous family room with windows over three façades and centered fireplace. Let’s not forget the beautiful dining room at the rear, adjacent to a kitchen equipped with a lunch counter and a large pantry. Directly adjoining, we see a very functional laundry room and independent guest bahtroom. On the second level and in a very well organized fashion, we savour the presence of four bedrooms. The master suite includes a private bathroom and walk=in closet. The three secondary bedrooms share a hall bathroom.

If you are looking for other options, take pleasure in comparing the two models 3830 and 3820 which are similar to this one!

For more details on this plan, click here.

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October 8th, 2011
By Vivian Martin - Plan # W2905 - Plan # W2905

This unique pod-style house is in perfect harmony with nature thanks to use of natural building materials, organic profile and abundant windows.

The main volume includes, on the main level, a grouping of kitchen, dining room and living room. One wing provides a carport which also doubles as shelter for the main entrance. The other wing harbours a clerestory windowed, 9’ ceilinged room which is suitable as a master bedroom, guest bedroom or den with adjoining full bath.

A spiral staircase winds up to the second level – a large open space also suitable as a bedroom, or flex room, again adorned by magnificent window configuration. This level also provides discreet access to the observatory above, ideal for stargazing or as quiet space to enjoy the view.

A popular model for those seeking natural balance and harmony!!

For more details on this plan, click here…

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