Many of our clients come to us to help them improve the aesthetics and or function of their home – the spaces that they can see and use. Things like comfort and energy efficiency are a lower priority, if a priority at all. It’s not until we ask questions about the comfort of their home that energy efficiency becomes part of the discussion.
Do you have some rooms that are freezing in the winter, and sweltering in the summer? What could be causing that? Often, it can be attributed to a few factors – old leaky windows which allow for heat gain and loss, under insulated walls, or a poorly designed mechanical system. When we assess a house as a whole, it creates the opportunity to improve your home in ways that do not affect the visuals, but can cause a marked improvement in the comfort of your home.
Read more to learn about how your home is given it's energy efficiency rating.
We are very excited to announce these seven brilliant projects have become Finalists for the 2018 Georgie Awards. Winner's will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, March 10th 2018. Stay tuned for the results!
In addition to this, we are thrilled to be a Finalist in the Grand Georgies categories: Residential Renovator of the Year and Residential Builder of the Year!
Read More to view our 2018 Georgie Awards Finalists.
Please read this important winterization bulletin to ensure your home is prepared for winter.
Do You have automatic sprinklers?
It’s time for an annual irrigation system “blow out”. Fall winterization is recommended to ensure that your system does not freeze over the winter. Winterization involves more than just turning the water off, it is also recommended that water be forced out of your sprinkler pipes with an industrial compressor.
If you don’t already have an annual maintenance program set up, give us a call so that we can help you get set up.
Do you have a frost-free hose bib?
Frost-free bibs still require the removal of your hose in the winter ! Not removing hoses from hose bibs can trap water that will cause the fixture to freeze.
The tricky question of humidity levels…
Last winter was colder than normal for our area, as a result we had many calls regarding shrinking trims, cracking drywall and separating wood floor boards. The culprit is HUMIDITY.
Cold temperatures mean turning up the heat. Wood likes consistent humidity and temperatures. Wide fluctuations will cause trims and floors to shrink and expand, causing cracks and gaps.
Humidity in your home this time of year should be between 30% – 40%. A qualified HVAC technician can test the humidity levels in your home and determine if you would benefit from the installation of humidifier/dehumidifier.
In the meantime… if you go on holidays do not turn the heat down to save as it can end up costing in the long run.
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Next week we will be at the Vancouver Fall Home Show and we can’t wait to see you!
The Vancouver Fall Home Show is an annual event that showcases builders, renovators, designers, and material suppliers and manufacturers. It is a one stop shop for any homeowner looking to build new, renovate, or gather information. With many knowledgeable and well known speakers there is something for everyone.
IDS West is an annual interior design trade show in Vancouver that our design team looks forward to every year. It showcases the best in products and talent and never fails to inspire. This year My House Interior Designer Becky Runacres attended the opening night party to report back on her favourites.
"IDS West is my favourite industry event. Not only is it a fun time for designers to collaborate and display their talent’s but it’s also a great source of inspiration for upcoming projects. This year there were so many beautiful booths and products that I loved. For this blog post I’ve narrowed it down to my top 10, so here they are!
Have you ever fantasized of building your dream home? So did the homeowners of this modern new build in the heart of Fort Langley. With the help of My House Design/Build Team their fantasy became a reality - with an exceptional outcome.
These clients had a strong vision for a modern, clean lined home with a definite nod to Mid-Century Modern styling. As a young professional couple with a single child, they wanted their home to be ‘full service’ and to grow with them. The master suite is located on the main floor, allowing the owners to age in place, although they far from that chapter of their lives. It has every woman’s dream closet, and a fantastic ensuite bathroom. The clients wanted to keep glass to a minimum, so this space has a wet room that houses the luxury shower and funky freestanding tub. No soap scum in sight!
This spec home in Surrey underwent a complete main floor renovation completely transforming the space. We threw out the original floor plans and created a new layout from scratch. A total rework of the layout was in order to accomplish the client’s wishes. They desired a view to the yard from the front door, family centric design and a year-round outdoor living space. With a blended family and extensive extended family, the clients really wanted an open and welcoming space where they could spend quality time with the ones they love. In addition to a beautiful home, the space needed to be user friendly and easy to clean. A lot of the decisions made were influenced by the client’s desire to add a large breed four-legged family member to their household in the near future.
From Cookie Cutter To Custom! Have you ever wondered how to transform your subdivision home into a custom residence? In Port Moody we took this standard craftsman house and turned it into a vibrant, modern space. This dream renovation began with our clients need to create a fourth bedroom for an expected child. Aside from the three upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms, there was an open den, currently being used as a home office. Spacious enough to be a bedroom it was obvious this room would be walled in and converted to their fourth bedroom. To accommodate this, the home office would have to be relocated within the home. Luckily, to the left upon entering the home there was wasted space. A large dining room, under-utilized. This area was walled in and finished with beautiful built-ins to make this smaller office beautiful but still functional. These were the only areas that were separated from the rest of the home – don’t worry, we love an open concept!
When people think of stone counter tops they automatically think kitchens & bathrooms. Although this is where stone like granite and quartz are typically used, stone can also be incorporated in new and interesting ways. For instance, this stunning Cambria quartz dining table in the heart of this newly renovated space. Perfect for family dinners, or buffet spreads for larger gatherings, the elegant ‘Galloway’ top with the ‘Devon’ wrapped pedestal, takes casual dining to a whole new level. At almost 10 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide, this island of luxury anchors the space in this modern kitchen adding drama to this open concept plan. It’s the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee while having ample room to spread the newspaper out in front of you at this oversize table. Simple lines and eased edges, provide that modern look, and glossy reflective surfaces in the cabinetry and counter tops add sparkle and sophistication to the space.
This recent award season has left us incredibly honoured and humbled. Every time we begin the process of reviewing our projects to determine what will be entered for awards, we're reminded of how tremendously blessed we are to have been able to work on your project in the first place. To our valued clients, thank you for choosing our team to bring your vision to reality. We recognize that your dream space is not only something you've imagined for some time, but is also an investment you've worked hard for - in some cases, your whole life. Your collaboration with My House has allowed our staff to continue to work in careers they're passionate about, and as a team continue to create great living spaces.
A special thanks to a few clients in particular...
We are excited to invite you to the 24th Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association's Parade of Homes! This annual event showcases an exclusive collection of professionally custom-built and renovated homes in Metro Vancouver. This year My House Design/Build Team has 3 homes on the parade located in North Vancouver, Port Moody, and Surrey. These homes showcase the breadth of style and size of the projects we do. If you're considering a renovation or new home we encourage you to visit our parade locations to view our craftsmanship up close and to meet our team. We hope to see you there!