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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2013contents
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06 Editors notebook
business profi les
08 Avi Renovations38 Renovations of Excellence
BY SALINA YARA HALABI
14 The Hallmarks of a great renovationBY MARIE SOPROVICH
18 Trend forecast for 2013BY ERICA GELMAN
26 WanderlustBY ELISSA SCOTT
30 Renovating for resaleBY USHEDA AKBAR-SHANKS
BY SALINA YARA HALABI
Getting real with renovations
tips & tricks
20 The latest in windowand door upgrades
22 The beautiful and functional uses for paving stone and stonework
24 Whats newBY SILVANA LONGO
27 A winter warm-me-up with Lynn Crawfords cheddar cheese biscuits
28 Start the new year by freeing yourselfBY HELLEN BUTTIGIEG
33 Bringing home the goldBY ELISA KROVBLIT
34 Ask a pro BY SHELL BUSEY
36 Decoding the codeBY MICHAEL NYIKES 24
BY USHEDA AKBAR-SHANKSBringing home the gold
January - February 2013 Volume 11 Issue 1
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Ring in the New Year with renovationsHappy 2013! Its the time of resolutions, declarations and plans of action, and were here to help you achieve your goals. Inside you will find plenty of ideas, inspiration, and sage advice to guide you along the way. The panel of expert designers and the professionals advertising in this issue will help you tackle the renovation and dcor challenges youll be facing in the months to come.
On the cover this issue is construction guru Jim Caruk. Best known for his HGTV hit shows Real Renos and Builder Boss, Jim has been at the top of the custom renovation & homebuilding industry for 30 years. We caught up with the master contractor to chat about his past experiences and role in the renovation world - see page 10 for all the details. Be sure to stop by the Renovation Show at the Edmonton Expo Centre January 25-27 for your chance to see and hear Jim in person.
This issue marks the first installment of a new Series: Following a Local Renovation. Inside, we follow an Edmonton couples journey through the renovation process from planning, to construction to completion. In this first chapter, we see the couple decide on a renovator, create their wish list, dream up the design, and overcome the obstacles that come their way. Go to page 14 to see all the twists and turns on the road to their dream home.
What New Year issue would be complete without talking trends? We check out the trend forecast for 2013 on pages 18-19, in which the design movements of colour, feeling, finishes and the oh-so coveted man cave are explored. Find out which of these ideas can be incorporated into your lifestyle to create an exciting living space.
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The end of a year brings re ection on thepast, and the arrival of a new year brings dreams and opportunities. We thank you,our readers, for your continued support as we strive to bring you the best that the industry has to offer. We thank you, our advertising customers, for your patronage and continued loyalty to the magazine.
Best wishes for your renovations!
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It was a logical step for Homes by Avi, a leader in new home construction in Alberta for nearly 35 years, to move into the world of home renovation.
We entered the renovation market about four years ago at the request of existing customers, says Sandra Young, Vice-President and General Manager for Homes by Avi in Edmonton.
Previous customers who had built a new home with the company would return a few years later asking the builder to finish the basement. They knew the quality of work and they also wanted stylistic consistency. We had to turn these people away because at the time we didnt do renovations, explains Young.
But, the company quickly realized that it only made sense to enter the renovation market. After all, they already had a great reputation and a wealth of experience garnered from their years building new residential homes.
One thing led to another, and Avi Renovations was formed. It provides full-service renovations across the city from interiors to exteriors, additions and in-fills. Young cites kitchen and bathroom renovations, along with basement developments, as the most requested rooms for a makeover.
A seamless process keeps the renovation as smooth as possible. The first step is to first assess if the renovation is doable and discuss the scope of the project. Once a quote has been provided, Avi Renovations will draw up plans and discusses finishings.
The next step is choosing your selections. One unique thing about Avi Renovations is that we have a selections centre, Avi Definitions, originally developed for our single-family division, says Young. From flooring, cabinetry to countertops and paint colors, all of the selections are under one roof at Avi Definitions, a 6,000-square-foot one-stop shop with over 10,000 choices in interior finishes. Choosing all of those selections can be an overwhelming task.
All Avi Renovations customers work with a certified professional interior design consultant who helps to coordinate all of the selections and makes suggestions.
The other unique thing about Avi Renovations, is that if you are looking for ideas or inspiration, you can tour one of our many showhomes, says Young.
Because we build new homes, were always up to speed on the newest products and designs. We can do everything from contemporary to traditional.
While touring one of the show homes, take note of the quality workmanship. The same tradespeople who work on the showhomes, will be working on the renovations as well. You know that you are getting a quality renovation with a trusted company, adds Young. Avi Renovations also provides a two-year warranty on your renovation.
If further proof is needed regarding Avi Renovations reliability, it is a RenoMarkTM certified home renovator. This gives the consumer additional assurances that the renovator is in good standing with the Canadian Home Builders Association, that they abide by the Associations Code of Ethics, they provide a detailed, written contract for all jobs, they offer a minimum two year warranty on all their work, and much more. Visit www.Renomark.ca for full details on the benefits a RenoMarkTM certified home renovator gives you. Homes by Avi itself is already a leader in new home construction and recipient of many awards. Avi Renovations provides th