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Hottest Spring Renovation Trends  

  • By novelladmin

Laurel James, our Principal Designer and Co-owner was recently featured in sharing her thoughts and insight into all the latest in home renovation trends, products and services.

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Laurel James, Novell Design Build

There’s a resurgence – “a nostalgia, if you will” – of traditional kitchens with built-in nooks – perfect for curling up with your morning cup of coffee. “We are renovating a kitchen to accommodate a multi-generational family, complete with a nook, fireplace and a big, stretched-out farm table to gather everyone together.”

James is seeing a trend of different seating arrangements in the kitchen to encourage family interaction – it can be various height seating, a prep island and children’s island.

Warm metals are big – brass, gold, bronze in reflective or hammered styles

Cast iron, slipper or claw foot freestanding tubs are hugely popular. “Again, it speaks to nostalgia, an emotive connection to heart.”

There’s no slowing down on the demand for walls painted in deep tones of blues and greens.

Wall coverings are in vogue in a big way. “Whether they are murals, large scale photography or emotive designs.”

Screens and shutters are very popular, “As we blur the line between inside and outside they offer shade control and sun control.”

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This advice was published ahead of the GVHBA Spring Home Reno Show at Van Dusen Gardens that we recently exhibited at. It was a great sunny day and well attended by so many homeowners looking for more information on forthcoming projects.


“The Vancouver and North Vancouver Home Reno Shows feature different renovation experts that work in these respective communities, so you can be confident these companies have the experience working in these local neighbourhoods and understand the unique building requirements,” says Bob de Wit, the CEO of the GVHBA.


Laurel also held a well attended seminar at this GVHBA Spring Home Reno show, “The Tailored Laneway – Meaningful Design & Build,” sharing her wisdom & thoughtful advice on the subject.


For the full article, by Michelle Hopkins.

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