Did you know...

Did you know...

 

  1. Of all the rooms in your home, your bathroom is the one that can give the best return on investment when you renovate it. Whether you’re thinking of selling, or designing the dream bathroom you’ll enjoy for years to come, a bathroom renovation is a great way to increase the value of your home, and the value you get from your home. JOSTAR offers a variety of packages to meet any budget to achieve the wow factor for your next renovation or room redesign. Have a look today at www.jostar.com

  2. Improving the functionality and comfort of your home can reduce stress and greatly improve the enjoyment of the house.

    House renovation projects allow you to customize your home to your unique tastes and needs. This is your opportunity to create your dream home or at least make the space you have more enjoyable and useful.

    During your renovations, you can create your own home theater, finish your basement, tear down a wall to open a space, or complete one of many other exciting projects. You can update a bathroom to make it more like a visit to the spa or you can finally create a custom office for yourself where you will be productive. Other benefits of a home renovation include: lowering energy costs (ie. During your house renovation, you can upgrade the insulation, install new windows, and eliminate drafts and other leaks) and Boosting your property value (ie. You can increase the value of your home by making it more aesthetically appealing, upgrading fixtures, adding a new coat of paint, replacing any old or worn flooring, and making other design changes).

     

    Even homeowners who really want to renovate often avoid doing so because they do not want to deal with the headache of such a large project and they are afraid of the cost. Many of the hassles and risks associated with renovated can be reduced or eliminated with the help of a renovation expert.

     

    Experienced and licensed professionals can make valuable recommendations and can then streamline and complete the entire home renovation for you. JOSTAR Interiors complete large and small home renovation projects in Edmonton area and around the world providing valuable solutions to homeowners from the initial design phase all the way through to a beautifully finished project. Contact JOSTAR today and for only $100 you can see what you have always been dreaming!

Valentines day. Why not show your home some love!

With Valentines day coming up why not show some love for your house by giving it a new fresh design. A good design can make you feel happier for a number of various reasons. Some include: 1. Sight Is Our Most Potent Sense, 2. Well-Designed Spaces Bring Us Peace, 3. Humans Appreciate Beauty, Even in Small Doses, 4 Color Can Affect Your Mood, 5. Good Design Gives You Ownership Over Your Space and Your Life.

Beautify your home today! You deserve it! JOSTAR can help.
Contact us at jostar@jostar.com or 780-435-1727.

The Quickest and Easiest Ways to Maximize Your Powder Room Space

We get it.

You want your bathroom to feel bigger.

While there’s no such thing as a magic wand that will boost your square footage (although this would make our jobs really, really easy), there are lots of hacks you can employ to “trick” the eye and make even the tiniest powder room feel like part of a spa getaway.

Check out some of our favourite space-boosting tips:

 

Light the way

From natural to artificial light sources, brighter is always better. You don’t always have to remodel to see results - this could be something as simple as keeping the curtains open if you have a big window in your space.

If you are renovating, think about making your windows bigger or upgrading your lighting for something brighter and more efficient, such as recessed lighting. While the goal is to welcome as much light as you can, try to avoid the common mistake of going overboard with fixtures that can get cluttered and wasteful.

 

Say hello to a new friend: glass

If bringing more light into your space makes it feel bigger, it stands to reason that all the new light needs to be guided somewhere.

Adding more glass lets light into all the areas of your space, creating more visual depth.

Something easy like swapping out the opaque doors on a linen closet or cabinet for glass ones will help make use of every ounce of space your powder room has to offer. Alternatively, if you’re planning a new bathroom design, opt for glass as much as you can – like glass surfaces that reflect light on your vanity.

 

Stay clear 

This is another trick that seems suspiciously simple – but trust us! It works.

Clear as much as you can off your floor. It can be as straightforward as getting rid of an overloaded towel rack or moving an unused side table out of the room.

If you’re renovating, consider a wall-mounted vanity to clear your floor space up even more. The idea is that more floor space gives your eyes more freedom to look around, and more open space to see, creating the illusion of a bigger room (not quite magic, but we’ll take it).

 

Up up and away 

Another clever Jostar trick is to draw the eye upward if you can’t draw it horizontally.

Let’s break it down: adding intriguing and elegant details in a vertical manner in your bathroom distracts the eye from looking side to side. One of our favourite tricks is using crown molding.

As long as the scale isn’t too dramatic, the detailing is enough to draw the eye somewhere new and create an elegant vibe. If you have a very high ceiling, you could also try adding a chandelier (if it suits your home decor) to the same effect.

 

Choose colours wisely 

Our next tip is perfect for space boosting without renovating: lighten up your wall tones.  You’ve probably already been cautioned at least once in your life about painting your walls too dark, but it really is true.

Lighter colours will make your space feel bright and airy. However, sticking to pale tones doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be boring or drab. There are plenty of easy ways to bring all your interior design ideas to life.

Maybe that deep red you love is too heavy for the walls, but it could easily be the colour of your accents and towels. Overall, the secret to more space is being strategic with how you balance colour – so lighten your walls, but don’t lose your creativity or be afraid to use bold colours wisely.

While there may not be one quick way to instantly boost bathroom space, there are tons of little secrets that can improve the serenity and spaciousness of your bathroom.

For more insight, check out the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz and discover helpful tips and industry tricks from Edmonton interior designers.

Cover photo credit: Pinterest

 

5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life

5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life

 

Big, beautiful windows are one of the best parts of a room, and a feature you definitely want to show off. As your windows create such a focal point, it’s easy to forget about the importance of how you cover them. The window treatment you choose will bring your room together and add a meaningful finishing touch.

There are a many number of products and textiles available to help you cover your windows, but what you select depends entirely on how you use your windows.

Here’s everything you need to know to determine what’s right for you:
 

Blinds 

Blinds are great for rooms in which you may want to partially block natural light or go into full private mode. They can be constructed from a range of materials: from plastic to wood, and also come in any range of colours. Blinds feature slats that can be tilted to let some, a little, or no light in, and they cast lovely mood-setting shadows when the light strikes just right.

 

Shades 

Shades are some of the most versatile window coverings available. They’re made by attaching a length of fabric to a sturdy mechanism, such as a frame or rod, and fitting directly over your windows. Shades are lowered and raised with a pulley system that doesn’t leave any loose strings.

Unlike blinds that have slats, shades are continuous with no gaps in the material. Ideal for any size of window, they can offer partial light to full darkness, depending on the material used in construction. Although they have less “settings,” you can control the light you let into your space during the design phase by carefully choosing the opacity of the fabric of your new window coverings.

 

Roller Shades 

Roller shades are true to their name: they roll up!

These are a great window treatment option when you’re looking for something that will look inconspicuous when open. Like standard shades, rollers are constructed with a continuous piece of fabric (so take care in choosing the right opacity for your needs).

The difference is that rollers spin into a neat roll at the top of your window frames when not in use. Best for minimalist designs, roller shades are especially popular in sitting rooms because of their sleek and unobtrusive look.

 

Drapery 

Drapes are where things can take more of a turn for the creative. They can be made from almost any type of fabric and in any colour, pattern, or texture you desire. Drapes are hung on a rod above the window, making them easy to open (or play hide and seek behind).

They give you the option to make a bold statement and are especially popular in main living rooms and master bedrooms. Again, opacity determines how much light will peek through your window coverings, so choose something heavier if you plan to sleep in, and lighter if you like to rise with the sun.

 

Sheers 

Sheers are ideal for adding a little privacy without blocking a lot of light. They are frequently layered over shades or blinds to give you more window coverage options and kick up your style.

Sheer curtains can make your space feel bright and airy, without the unfinished look that comes with completely naked windows. We love to use them in soft, dreamy bedroom designs for an added touch of whimsy and gentle movement.

If you’re wondering what window covering ideas are right for your space, we’re here to help. Get in touch with one of our designers to book a consultation today!

 

Cover Image Credit: Restoration Hardware as seen on The Art of Domesticity

 

The Biggest Expense of Your Bathroom Renovation Revealed

The Biggest Expense of Your
Bathroom Renovation Revealed –
And How To Budget For It
 

Planning a bathroom renovation and wondering how to budget? The cost of a renovation can be a big stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting an accurate estimate and setting a realistic budget at the start can take immense pressure off of your renovation (and save you unnecessary worry and headache).

Still skeptical? Here’s our best advice for how to budget for the biggest expense of your upcoming bathroom renovation:

 

Big ticket item

Here it is: the biggest expense of most bathroom renovation projects is - drumroll please… the cabinets!

Cabinets account for about 34% of the overall cost of a bathroom renovation. Of course, if you can salvage your existing cabinets by refinishing or repainting them, it will make a huge difference in the overall cost of your project. Even adding a small touch of paint to your existing cabinets can really liven them up and eliminate the need for a full replacement.

However, if you are going to replace your cabinets, paying attention to the type and quality will also make a world of difference to your budget. High-end cabinets (such as ones that are glazed instead of stained) can inflate costs, so try to avoid anything top-of-the-line or overly intricate if you’re on a strict budget. If you can’t swing the most luxurious cabinets out there, try splurging on cabinet hardware instead. Some glam handles and hinges can make average cabinets look extraordinary.

 

Know what you can afford

Like any home remodel, a bathroom project requires saving. Take some time to get your bathroom renovation ideas together, figure how much you can save each month, how long you want to save for, and finally how much you’ll be able to spend. Having a number in mind makes planning your renovation much easier, and it helps you set a realistic timeline for when you’ll start your project too.

 

Trust your designer

Myth: designers make your bathroom renovation more expensive.

Interior designers have made a career out of studying what works, what doesn’t, and what it takes to bring it all together. They respect your bathroom renovation budget and share years of wisdom and money saving tips. Designers can tell you where to splurge and where to save (on cabinets and more), and they have plenty of advice to make your ideas more cost effective.

Find a designer that suits your style, and understands your ideas. You’ll be surprised how much easier it feels to have your own personal design sidekick to swoop in and help you find renovation savings.

Although cabinets are usually the biggest expense, every feature you choose and every plan you make affects your bottom line. Sinks, floors, showers, cabinets, faucets – everything adds up. Choosing the right elements for your needs and budget is the best way to stay on track.

To put everything in perspective, we’ve created the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz, which will help you figure out (about) how much the bathroom of your dreams will cost to come true. Check it out to kick off your renovation plans.

 

Cover image: Style at Home

 

70's Bedroom at Edmonton Design Week 2017

Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
1970s Bedroom Design Influence
 

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Edmonton Design Week is almost here! Our upcoming installation, Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors, will debut at Enterprise Square on September 21. This is the last stop on our journey to the design world of today, and we’ve saved some of the best for last.

Groovy, baby. Welcome to the 1970s.

 

About the Era

It’s time to think back to funky music, giant bell-bottom jeans, and middle-part hairstyles. This is a time where, if you walk into an office, you won’t see any laptops, and disco music isn’t accompanied by #ThrowbackThursday.

Here are some major events to set the stage for the era we’re travelling to today:

  • Floppy discs hit the market in 1971
  • The first cell phone is invented in 1973
  • People fall in love for the first time with Post-Its and the Rubik’s cube in 1974
  • “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor comes out in 1978

 

Style and Trends

As you can see, we’ve come a long way since our journey through time started in the 1860s, but we’re still a ways away from the interior design trends of 2017. Some of the biggest styles from today originated in the 70s, and we want to take a moment to pay our respects to shag carpet, among other design influences. We’re taking a look into bedroom design specifically, exploring the colours, prints, and textures that brought this decade to life.

These were some of the biggest trends of the 70s:

1. Walls become canvas

Have you ever seen a painted stripe run all the way across a room? How about a kaleidoscope statement wall? Bedrooms of the 70s were defined by the psychedelic playfulness of wall décor. Geometric and colourful shapes popped up in large proportions and were often matched to textiles and linens, creating a funky design experience that was anything but boring.

 

2. Say yes to texture

On the walls, on the carpet, on the furniture! The 1970s are defined by texture experimentation, so adding shag carpet, wallpaper, and fabric to as many surfaces as possible was a must. Stripes, polka dots, and colourful patterns were everywhere and colour clashing was often employed for dramatic effect.

 

3. Bedroom sets, oh yes

The 70s were also a time in which a bedroom set made entirely of teak or pine was all the rage. There was so much going on all over the walls and floors that bedroom furniture often matched perfectly and looked like an identifiable set. Wicker furniture was a definable characteristic of the time, which added another layer of texture to an already textured space. Furniture layout also categorized the era, with bedroom furniture often placed along the same wall, in one big line up.

 

Design Week Inspiration

As the reveal of Design Through Time approaches, we’ve been inspired by the hippie movement that defined the decade of the 70s, and the groovy-flower-power-peace signs that we still channel whenever we consider using a funky print or a faux-fur accent.

Whether you’ve been following our journey through time over the past several weeks, or you’re just tuning in now, we hope you’ll join us for Edmonton Design Week on September 21! If you want some interior design inspiration right this minute, check out our Bathroom Renovation Quiz to start gathering a few ideas and channel your inspiration in the meantime.

Cover Image: Bloglovin'

 

Contemporary Bathroom at Edmonton Design Week 2017

Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
2017s Contemporary Bathroom Influence

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We’ve been counting down the days, and Edmonton Design Week has finally arrived! The big reveal of our installation, Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors, is tonight, and we’re so thrilled to have you join us. We’ve made it through the 1860s, the 1920s, the 1950s, and the 1970s, and have now landed at our final destination decade: the one we’re in right now.

Let’s dive deeper into 2017.

About the Era

Today, we have access to a wealth of knowledge that influences how we share and understand interior design ideas and innovation. In the 1860s, we saw the materials used were readily available, but in 2017, it’s more about function than ease of access. We’ve taken elements of the past and trends from around the world, allowing us to develop personal taste, style, and home décor.

Here are some standout tidbits from the landscape today:

  • Flying cars actually exist
  • We can travel around the world just for a vacation
  • It’s commonplace for bathroom faucets to turn on automatically when we need them to
  • We have access to all the world’s knowledge on a tiny device in our pockets

 

Style and Trends

Style in our decade is defined by elegant pieces made from refined materials, and adding personality and individual taste along the way.

These are some of today’s biggest trends:

Wood elements

Natural wood is timeless and soothing. We bring it into bathroom spaces to add a natural vibe and offset shiny tile finishes and metallic fixtures. Wood can be used as an accent, but don’t be afraid to go for a full vanity or cabinet in natural wood grain to bring more earthy vibes into your home.

 

White space

The minimalist trend of our decade has taken the interior design world by storm, and has us all falling in love with simplicity. Introducing white walls, tile, and counters into your bathroom renovation will contribute to a spa-like feeling in your home. White looks great with any type of wood or accent colour, and is an easy way to make your bathroom feel crisp and clean.

 

Open and airy

Finally, let’s talk about modern layouts. Bathrooms of today are all about making spaces that are functional and beautiful for the people who use them. One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is a move to more open spaces that let in lots of light and provide ample room to move around and relax.

 

To start catching your bathroom up to the times, head over to Bathroom Renovation Quiz to get going on planning and getting excited about your next renovation project.

* Cover Image Credit: Pinterest

 

50's Living Room Design at Edmonton Design Week 2017

Edmonton Design Week: Design Through Time
1950s Living Room Design Influence

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In just a few weeks, during Edmonton Design Week, we will debut the Design Through Time by Jostar Interiors installation at the Enterprise Square Gallery. On September 21, join us on a trip to the past and discover the eras that shaped the interior design styles of today.

In our last post, we explored kitchens of the 1920s, which leads us into the third week of our journey through time. Now, turn your attention to the 1950s! This was a time of soda pop, the rise of the suburbs, and some stellar interior design trends.

 

About the Era

Let’s think back to a time before the internet, microwaves, and cell phones. This is what was going on at the time:

  • Credit Cards are invented in 1950
  • The first Teflon pan is produced in 1954
  • Planet earth meets hula hoops (1958) and Barbie (1959)
  • Televisions become commonplace in living rooms across the country

 

Style and Trends

We’ve settled that life was very different in the 1950s, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest living room design trends that may not make this era feel so far away after all.

The entire decade is defined by something we now refer to as Mid-Century Modern design. This movement is influenced by a Scandinavian aesthetic, but also infused with a culture of embracing the new, the modern and the advanced. Even if a tulip chair doesn’t raise too many eyebrows these days, the 1950s marked a time in Canada in which homes became canvases. These were some of the biggest trends of the 50s:

 

1. Colour everywhere

Ever seen a robin egg blue sink? How about pink flooring? This all-over colour trend was huge in the 50s – from bold couches to intense patterns on textiles, bright and beautiful colours were all over the living room. Pastel colours were also building popularity, way before millennial pink was in centre stage.

 

2. More than a place to sit

One of the key areas in which 1950s living room design came to life is furniture. Categorized by experimentation with new shapes, clean lines, and potentially questionable fabric choices, no one can deny that furniture in the 50s had style. Vinyl covered chairs were all the rage, and living rooms began to see home bars change house parties forever.

 

3. Décor galore

This was also a time when televisions and record players became standard in most living rooms, but beyond that, we started to see the rise of decorating as we know it today. It was no longer enough for a lamp to just light the room; the shades and shapes of the bases became stylized and eye catching. Formica tables were a must-have, and even clocks took on a quirky, playful motif.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Bygone Theatre

 

1920s Kitchen Design at Edmonton Design Week

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1920s.

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About the Era

Let’s think back almost 100 years. The hairstyles are short, and the gloves are long. Here’s some trivia of important events in the 1920s to help set the stage and let you visualize the period we’re talking about:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published in 1925
  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic
  • A refrigerator in the kitchen is a luxury item
  • Kool-Aid is invented in 1927 under the name Fruit Smack
     

Style and Trends

Once you’re done imagining what daily life must have looked like back then, turn your attention to the beautiful kitchen developments of the 1920s. Here are a few stand outs:
 

Hexagon/Geometric Tile

Geometric tile is making a huge statement. From kitchen floors and backsplashes, to countertops, people are embracing easy to clean surfaces that infuse both practicality and style in the home.

Under the influence of Art Deco architecture, chevrons, sunbursts, and symmetrical designs were popular in the 1920s, and they’re back in a big way today.
 

Streamlined layouts

Kitchens of the 1920s were also categorized by a streamlined aesthetic, not too different from the minimalist trends of today. Clean white lines and layouts focused on functionality defined the spaces then, and paved the way for the crisp porcelain sinks you might spot in your neighbour’s kitchen now.
 

Hoosier Cabinets

This is one of the first iterations of a modern storage unit. Kitchens in the 1920s were the hub of the home, and innovations of the time (such as an early waffle iron) meant that families needed more storage and organization options. The resulting Hoosier cabinets had slide out shelves, many drawers, and multi sized compartments with doors, paving the way for the cabinets and islands of present day kitchens.

 

5 Tricks To Keep Your Newly Renovated Bathroom Fresh And Clean

  Photo Credit: Marvel Building

Photo Credit: Marvel Building

Bathroom renovation complete? Time to show it off!

Once you’re done all the hard work and execution of a bathroom renovation, it feels so good to settle in and start sharing your refreshed space. Although your new bathroom will surely keep looking great, you’re going to want to keep it smelling great too.

You chose to change your space to appeal to your preferred function and sense of style, so we’ve put together 5 helpful tips to help your bathroom appeal to your sense of smell as well:

 

Don’t Cover It – Clean It

Simply covering up odours doesn’t work. It creates a confusing mix of smells that settle in and eventually turn stale. You wouldn’t put a band-aid on serious injury, so if you notice something funky in your space locate the source of the problem and clean it thoroughly instead of covering the odour up.

 

Go With The Flow

Keeping the air circulating in your bathroom is critical to maintaining a pleasant odour. Crack a window, use your bathroom fan (and talk to one of our Edmonton interior designers before you start your project) to make sure you keep up adequate airflow in your new bathroom.

 

Obliterate The Odour

Tackling bathroom odours is a big job. We recommend using two strategies to conquer bathroom smell. First, use something to neutralize and absorb smells such as baking soda, white vinegar, or activated carbon (which you can often buy in the aquarium section of pet stores). Put your chosen neutralizer in a vase or decorative vessel that works with your home décor, and ta da - odours absorbed! Next, introduce a “happy” smell, such as a flowering plant or a candle, to create (not cover) a positive scent in your new bathroom.

 

Pump Up The Freshness

It seems obvious, but when was the last time you washed your bath mat? How about your shower curtain? These appear to be little things but there are multiple sources for odours in your bathroom, and keeping every one of them on your laundry and cleaning rotation will go a long way. Mop the floors, avoid still water, and keep your bathroom surfaces clear to help prevent the little things from piling up and turning into a big scent problem.

 

Be Mindful

Lastly, try to be conscious and pay attention to the smells in your bathroom. In Edmonton interior design, every space is unique, so be aware and identify the particular scent issues that could arise in your personal space. Try to look at (and smell) your space as a guest would. It’s much easier to prevent an odour problem than it is to correct one.

 

Whether you’re just finishing up your renovation, or just about to begin, you’re all set to keep your space fresh and clean. If you’re at the beginning of your journey, take our quiz to see where your taste falls against your renovation budget.

An Interview With Interior Design Consultant Laura Of Jostar

When it comes to renovations, it’s best to talk to a pro. Even if you don’t have your own interior designer on speed dial (yet), once you start planning a renovation, it’s easy to see how a little professional advice can go a long way.  Luckily, Jostar has you covered with sound advice as you plan your next Edmonton renovation project. Read on for an in-depth interview with Laura, one of our design experts.

What’s the first thing you plan when you start a new renovation project?

We put together an ideal schedule and establish deadlines that will help us get the project completed on time. We also have to plan appointments with the clients where we finalize the materials, selections, and fixtures. Sometimes certain items take longer to come in than others, so we need to ensure we select and order everything in time to keep things moving. There are often unforeseen circumstances that delay the project, but having a schedule from the very beginning helps us, as well as the trades and the clients, know how to plan and what to expect.

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What are some of your sources of inspiration?

A big source of inspiration for me is seeing what other designers in different countries or cities are doing. Designs and ideas are often so diverse, and it is fun to see what others around the world are up to. Certain places are more “advanced” in design than others, in that they start the trends as opposed to following them, so it is always interesting to see how other designers think outside the box. As cliché as it sounds, Pinterest and Houzz are also great sources of inspiration! I’ve been known to call Pinterest my design bible - it really helps to get out of any sort of “design rut.”

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How do you balance client ideas with your professional expertise?

One of the biggest challenges can be giving the client exactly what they’re looking for, but also providing them with the most functional and beautiful design for their space. I try to give them ideas they may not have thought about before, while always keeping in mind their style and what they need from the space. If they have an idea I know just will not work at all, I try to explain why. Usually they are very understanding and open to other options. One of my favourite parts of the renovation process is collaborating with clients and seeing their excitement begin as all of the details begin to take shape, and the vision becomes more and more of a reality.

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What’s the hardest part of designing a kitchen renovation?

The great thing about a renovation is that you can work within an existing space to create a totally new environment that is sometimes unrecognizable. Ironically, this is also the hardest part! Working with the existing walls, plumbing, windows, electrical, etc. is typically the biggest challenge when tackling a new project. Us designers like to dream up these great kitchens, and I can tell you that not once will the trades look at the plan and say, “sure- no problem!”. There is always something that needs to be reworked, whether it is simply redirecting a cold air return into a toe kick, or the bigger jobs like replacing supporting walls with beams or moving plumbing to accommodate for a new dishwasher location. We try to make note of these things while designing the kitchen of course, but it is usually not until the demo is completed that we find out the full story of what it is we have to work with, and work around.

Describe the biggest transformation you’ve ever been a part of completing.

Without a doubt the largest transformation was a house located on an acreage just east of the city. It had an attached double garage, two bedrooms, one small bathroom, and a really unique addition space with large windows and a vaulted ceiling that was being used as a second living room. The space had a ton of potential to become what the owners wanted, which was a three bedroom, two bathroom home with an open space main living area featuring a large kitchen, dining area, and living room. By converting the garage into a part of the living space, we were able to add in two bedrooms, a three-piece bathroom, and a laundry/mudroom to the old garage alone. The homeowners had the wonderful idea to move their master bedroom to the room with the vaulted ceiling, and we were able to find space for a spacious ensuite, walk in closet, and even a walk-in pantry with easy access to their new kitchen. As you can imagine, this was a massive undertaking. New plumbing had to be run, all new electrical installed, almost all new drywall with updated insulation, new ceiling - it really was almost an entirely new house! And that was just the interior. The exterior received a new roof, siding with cultured stone detail, concrete patio, and a new fence. From the planning stages to completion, this project took just about a year. Stay tuned to our social media to see the unbelievable before and afters of this massive transformation!

What are the 3 most common wish list items your clients have for kitchen design?

Clients are always hoping for more countertop space, more storage, and large island for workspace. Sometimes accommodating all of these can be tricky if it is a small space, and an island is not always workable. But no matter the area we have to work with, we always work hard to come up with creative ideas so the clients space gets as close to their dream kitchen as possible.

What are some of the worst designs (bathroom or kitchen) you’ve ever encountered? How did you fix them?

It is not that is was a horrible design, but there is one en-suite we are currently working on that I feel had a lot of wasted space. It was actually a very large for a bathroom, but lacked any sort of functional storage, had a large corner tub that took up a lot of the space, and had a tiny shower. We have since redesigned it to straighten out the awkward angled walls to accommodate for a more functional vanity and tall storage, a free-standing tub, and a larger shower. This also increased the size of the walk in closet, so it is a win-win! The “after” will actually be the same square footage as the original, which goes to show how the right layout can make a world of difference.

Before: 

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After: 

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Tell us about your favourite bathroom design project.

Going off of the last question, this same bathroom happens to be one of my favourites as well. The client has picked a gorgeous free-standing tub and very sleek plumbing and lighting fixtures. A lovely almost-black tile will be laid out in a herringbone pattern, which will be a beautiful contrast against the high gloss vanity and white quartz countertops. Stay tuned for the after photos!

What are some of the execution challenges of designing a new bathroom?

As fun as it is designing a new bathroom, they certainly come with their own challenges. Much like the kitchen, you have to consider the existing plumbing and walls. You don’t want to break the client’s entire budget just by moving the toilet from one end of the room to the other. You also have to get fairly creative with bathroom storage, but incorporating a built in shower niche, and tall vanities with adjustable shelving can make a huge difference. Execution wise, don’t forget that someone will actually have to get these products into the bathroom itself. Unlike with new construction, in renovations we typically do not have the luxury of being able to bring up the tub in a crane while things are still being framed. We often have to go with a three or four piece tub/shower combination as opposed to a one piece, as those can sometimes be impossible to get upstairs or through doorways.

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How to you make designs feel personal?

Every client we work with is different, so accordingly every design we create is custom made for that person. We always discuss how they intend to use the space, as well as how they want to the space to make them feel, and use that as direction for the duration of the design process. I always keep in mind that this is where the client will be spending large amounts of time, whether they will be hosting special celebrations, or simply making their daily morning coffee. Whether it is an extra pull out pantry for the avid cook, or the refinished kitchen stools that used to belong to somebody’s grandmother, we try to incorporate special details so the space is unique to them, and really feels like home.

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The right designer is the difference between a renovation you’re happy with and a renovation you love. From home décor to interior design ideas, designers help make your renovation the best it can be, and even a seemingly simple project can take a lot of effort, money, and time without the right advice. For more planning resources or start your renovation, reach out to an expert like Laura at Jostar today.