AD{TS2661383} AD{TS2658072} AD{TS2594958} AD{TS2605539} 30 Niagara Advance ? Thursday, September 26, 2013

HOME IMPROVEMENT

New paint in trendy colours can update older home

Shelagh Wallace Creek Road Paints Clients are always asking us about trends, mostly colour, but also home renovation. This summer, Creek Road Painters painted four extreme makeovers in Garrison Village (which might be construed as a trend). Garrison Village was peach orchards and mixeduse farms until building began in the early 1970s. The first residents were young families, many from the Old Town. (Back then our painters were painting interiors in beige, grey, and dusty rose.) One of these recent Garrison Village makeovers was by Tobi and Al Brockway. We asked Tobi (of Tobi Brockway Interiors) what drew them to NOTL, and Garrison Village in particular, and her suggestions for updating 70s-era homes. ?After living for nine years in downtown Toronto, we were ready for a more serene lifestyle. NOTL has always been a favourite destination with its wineries, various festivals throughout the year, including the Shaw, A NOTL home painted this week by Creek Road Painters showcases the most popular Benjamin Moore colour, Cloud White, CC-40. Photo provided and beautiful scenery. ?We were looking for about six months for a bungalow a 20 to 25 minute walk from Queen St. and then fell in love with our home as soon as we saw the beautifully treed ravine lot which backs on Two Mile Creek. We also feel that the neighbourhood reflects a real pride of ownership. ?The most obvious update was replacing the carpeting on the main floor and basement but it wasn?t until the carpeting was removed that we found out we needed a new subfloor. There were numerous cracks in the walls and foundation due to settling that needed to be repaired as well as updating the plumbing and electrical to meet today?s codes. The original kitchen was galley-style so we removed the walls to create a more open layout. ?I knew we had achieved a successful update when the movers told us that they thought it was a new house. They couldn?t believe it was 30 years old. We know that everything we?ve done will not only provide us pleasure for years to come but has improved the resale value of our property. ?I always recommend Benjamin Moore paints. For trim and doors, my favourite colour is CC-40 cloud white, so that?s what I used in my own home. I also used it for our upper cabinets and pantry in the kitchen. The rest of the main floor is in tones of grey which I?ve never used previously. ?The ceilings can be easily updated by skimming and painting the surface and adding pot lights. We replaced the baseboards, casings around the doors and windows and the doors themselves. Pre-finished, wider width hardwood is another way to easily update an older home. Wall coverings are back in a huge way. I selected textured and patterned wallpaper for a feature wall in our dining room as well as on the wall behind the headboard in our master bedroom. 90% of my clients are applying wallpaper to their powder bathrooms, as well as feature walls in other rooms. ?One thing I?d like to add that I always tell my clients: Kitchen and bathroom renovations aren?t just about updating finishes. Improving water and energy efficiencies reduces utility costs. As well, it?s just as important to improve functionality in the kitchen as well as the aesthetics. Instead of waiting until you?re thinking of selling to improve property value, why not do it now and enjoy it.? To read testimonials and see samples of Tobi?s work, visit www.tbinteriors.ca

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