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Black and White Bathroom Update

Bathroom Update

We recently finished up a bathroom update for a customer with clean and modern tastes. This bathroom was in desperate need for a face lift, and the result was amazing! The owner went with a classic black and white bathroom, with a graphic look. This colour combo was ideal for their bathroom, not only because it went with the aesthetic of the house, but also because the accents could easily be changed.

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Before – The shower


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Before – The Vanity


 

The After: Black and White Bathroom Perfection

Our customer did some research online and found the look she wanted to go after. The flooring and walls made for a very graphic look with high contrast. We pulled up the vinyl sheet, removed the vanity as well as the tub and shower walls. After laying the proper underlay for the floor tile and installing the new tub, we went to work on the shower walls.

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Modern Vanity


If you’re thinking of going with white subway tile and doing a high contrast grout, you gotta make sure your lines are level! We ALWAYS use a laser level to set our tile, and this install was no different! Now tell me, if this isn’t perfection, then WHAT IS?!

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White metal trims were used around the niche.


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Black metal accents for the shower curtain and plumbing


We like how this bold black and white bathroom turned out, and we hope you do too! Check out our Facebook page for more of our projects, as well as our blog. If you’re looking to renovate, give us a call for a quote!

Suppliers

Flooring and Tile: Alford’s
Plumbing: Town and Country

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Black and White Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen Upgrade

We were approached by our customer to upgrade his kitchen in his home with the idea that he might sell in the near future. The original floor plan stayed the same, but we replaced the flooring throughout the main floor with tile and hardwood, updated the fireplace in the living room, and built a new kitchen. The updated colour palette gives this kitchen upgrade a modern look that would be appealing to anyone.

The Before

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As you can see, there was a decent amount of oak going on. Since red oak isn’t a trendy colour these days, we removed as much of it as we could, which included baseboards and trim throughout the main floor. The kitchen cabinets were a neutral white, but not very functional. We decided to take the cabinets close to the ceiling, move the microwave into the island, and create a more functional pantry beside the fridge.

Our customer met with a designer at Alford’s to select finishes and flooring for the house. They decided on a solid hardwood for the kitchen, dining, and living areas, and a porcelain tile for the entrance, laundry and half bath.

The After

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What a difference, right? The oak is replaced with clean white trim, and a rich granite counter top ties in the black pendants with the white cabinets and back splash.

We also installed new hardwood and tile flooring, plus we removed the hearth and mantle from the fireplace and installed new stacked stone from floor to ceiling.

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New Fireplace

We used a piece of hardwood to transition from the tile to hardwood, rather than a strip of metal for the den and kitchen area. This requires precision work, and we nailed it!

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Precise Transition

Like our other kitchen renovations, we use quality materials and trusted suppliers. We know we can depend on companies like Cupboard Brothers, Alford’s, Richardson’s, McKenna’s, and Sherwin Williams to provide us with the best products and service. Thanks to all!

If you’re thinking of a kitchen upgrade, check out our handy guide on what you should know before you start, then give us a call.

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What You Should Know About Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen Renovations

Are you thinking of renovating your kitchen? Whether you are looking to update it to sell, or to build your dream kitchen, there are a number of things to think about and research before pulling the trigger. Kitchen renovations are notoriously disruptive, so it is a good idea to be fully prepared. Today we will go over our tips to ensure your renovation goes smoothly!

Why renovate?

There’s many reasons to renovate your kitchen, but we will go over two main ones that lead to large kitchen renovations that we are experienced with.

  • Update to sell the house: You will probably want to keep this renovation to a minimum. Instead of gutting the kitchen, you can look at painting or re facing cabinets, changing hardware and plumbing fixtures, and updating light fixtures. Everyone will tell you that this is the most important room of the house and is a huge selling feature, but you want to be careful about how much you spend. Whoever buys the house might decide to blow out walls and make a larger space, and all your hard work is wasted!
  • Update and build your dream kitchen: You’re planning on staying in the house and just can’t stand the sunshine ceiling and red oak cabinets anymore. The space could be used more efficiently if some changes were made to the floor plan, which could mean moving plumbing and electrical or taking down walls. This means brand new cabinetry, counters, flooring, plumbing and even new appliances. You’ll want to think about your must-haves for the space so that you can budget accordingly. Check out our Wascana Kitchen Renovation for a good example of a large kitchen renovation.
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High end kitchen renovation in character home.

Planning: Research and Budget

Once you have decided what route you are going to take, you can start planning! It’s a good idea to start looking at kitchens in show homes, online on sites like Houzz, and in design magazines so that you know what you want your kitchen to look like. Your contractor and kitchen designer will really appreciate the visuals, and it makes communication very clear. We recommend hiring an interior designer to help with your project, especially if you’re considering major changes to the layout. Interior designers not only work with you to select finishes and colours, but they have experience in space planning and are invaluable in helping you visualize your final design.

Kitchen renovations can cost a lot of money, especially if you’re looking at high end finishes throughout. You can expect to spend at least $25,000 on a kitchen with basic finishes like laminate counter tops and maple cabinets. Does your dream kitchen have tile backsplash, granite counters, and walnut cabinets? You need a bigger budget.

Always keep in mind that like any other home renovation, unknown issues can come up — like a leaky window you had no idea about — that may cost you more than you budgeted. It is a great idea to have a contingency fund.

Design

Your budget will help determine the scope of your project and the types of finishes you can use. When looking at products, you will also want to consider the function of the space and how you use it. Kitchens are high-use areas, so you will want durable materials to stand the test of time. We really liked this blog on where to save and where to spend in kitchen renovations.

  • Cabinets: The most popular cabinet type we see is a stained maple in a shaker style. It is cost-effective, comes in a large variety of stains, and has a transitional style that works in modern and traditional designs. We also see a lot of painted cabinets lately, especially white kitchens. When looking at a painted white cabinet, keep in mind that wood will expand and contract, so your kitchen designer may suggest an MDF door, or even thermofoil when you are doing painted white cabinets.
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White Shaker style cabinets.

  • Counter tops: Granite is still a very popular choice for counters because of its durability, aesthetics, and value. Granite does have some required maintenance, as suppliers will recommend sealing this natural material once the sealant has worn off. Another choice that is rising in popularity is engineered quartz. This man-made material comes in a huge variety of colours and patterns, is very durable and stain resistant, and comes in the same price point as granite. Keep in mind you should never put hot pots directly on quartz as this will damage your counter. Laminate, with brands like Wilsonart and Formica, is a cost-effective material that comes in a variety of patterns and finishes. Other counter top materials, like butcher block, concrete, or tile, all have their own pros and cons, but granite and quartz are by far the most popular.
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Tile counter top

  • Flooring: Since the kitchen is such a heavy use area, we recommend using a durable flooring. Porcelain tile is incredibly durable and you can find some great looks at a great price point. Hardwood looks beautiful and can easily be repaired in damaged spots. Products like laminate and vinyl plank are great cost effective alternatives, with better durability than hardwood.
  • Backsplash: The walls in your kitchen need some protection against food splashing by the stove and sink. We think a good tile backsplash really finishes off a kitchen. Our flooring supplier, Alford’s, has a great blog on backsplash tile ideas we think you should check out for more information.

The Renovation

Now that you’ve got a plan and some finishes figured out, you’ll want to know the cost and timeline. At Technique, we provide detailed quotes for our customers that are conveniently located on a secure site online. The timeline will depend on the availability of materials, but generally your kitchen should take 6-8 weeks to complete.

Most people plan their kitchen renovation to happen during the summer so that they can make use of their BBQ while the kitchen is under construction. These renovations are very disruptive, but we do everything we can to keep the dust at a minimum and the job site clean so that you can still enjoy your home. As with any renovation, sometimes there can be delays if a material is back ordered or an unknown issue is uncovered during the demolition phase of the project.

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Kitchen under construction

At the end of the renovation, we do a walk-through with you and schedule an appointment to fix any deficiencies that may have come up. Then, enjoy!

Kitchen renovations are very disruptive, but planning and a good contractor like Technique Construction will make the project run smoothly. If you’re thinking of taking the leap, give us a call today.

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Wascana Kitchen Renovation

Wascana Kitchen: The Before

Let me tell you, this space wasn’t so great when we first walked in here. The home owner had visions of taking down the oak, (tears of joy here), tearing down walls, and creating a massive kitchen. We could see how good this space would be. Not only did she want an open concept space, with a dedicated office area that could be closed off, she wanted a large ensuite with a walk-in shower. The kitchen renovation would also be an entire main floor renovation.

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See all that oak? In all it’s sunshine ceiling glory? GONE!

The Design

The home owner met with a designer at Alford’s to go over the plans, select flooring, and co-ordinate interior finishes. They decided on a wide plank engineered hardwood floor, that would give them the country chic look they were after. The kitchen design features a 14 foot long island in quartzite, with a navy blue island and white cabinets. The dining area has a small built-in cabinet for dishes and wine, and the navy blue barn doors separate the office from the dining area.

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Navy blue island

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Custom stair railing with glass insert

Not only did we turn the closed off main area into a great open space, we gutted their ensuite and turned that into an amazing bathroom experience. The walk-in shower has a wall to wall lighted niche, heated floors, and a custom vanity. We used the Wedi waterproofing system to keep the water inside the shower, and prevent leaks from ruining any of the finishes in the basement.

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The crystal knobs are a nice touch

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Don’t you wish your shower had ambient lighting?

If you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, check out our blog on what you should know before you start. For more photos, check out our Facebook album!

 

Suppliers:

Flooring, tile, design services: Alford’s
Cabinets: Cupboard Brothers
Lighting: Richardsons

 

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Commercial Meeting Room

Meetings by Tangerine

The owner of Tangerine approached us to renovate an existing commercial space to suit her next business venture, a meeting room. Located in a brand new space next to Tangerine: The Food Bar, Meetings by Tangerine is a beautifully appointed, well thought out meeting space consisting of a boardroom and a smaller breakout room available for rent by the day or half day.

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The Design

The layout of the original space stayed largely the same, aside from adding a doorway into the back kitchen of Tangerine, to allow for easy access for catering purposes. Since there were no existing building plans, a lot of measuring was taken to make sure we were cutting a hole in the right part of the wall. A portion of the new space became office spaces for the owner, and a small break room was added as well.

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The break room

A kitchen area was added with a full sink, dishwasher, and small fridge, and a small coffee bar was added in the meeting room area for self-serve drinks.

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Coffee Bar

New flooring was installed throughout, which included commercial carpet tile and vinyl planking. We installed new doors, lighting, and a sweet 3D feature wall in the break out room.

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3D Wall Panelling

It’s a heck of a neat space, and you should check it out for your next meeting! 

Suppliers

Flooring, Yellow chairs, Design services: Alford’s
Lighting: Richardson’s
Cabinets, Break out Light: Ikea
Meeting Table and Chairs: HBI Office

 

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Warehouse Bathroom Update

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Soapstone Counter

The Ensuite Renovation

This ensuite renovation took place in 2018 in the warehouse district of Regina. I wish I could show you a picture of the original bathroom, but I don’t want to burn your eyes. The client wanted to keep the deep soaker tub, add more counter space and a larger custom shower.

The layout largely had to stay as it was, however we were able to move the toilet to make room for a make-up counter and the larger shower.

 

The Design

The client had a very clear idea of how she wanted her space to look like. On her list of must haves: mother of pearl tile, soapstone counter, and major wow-factor. We’re pretty pleased we were able to accomplish all three objectives.

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Mother of pearl shower and maple double vanities

We had a pretty great space to work with. Since it was a warehouse that was turned into luxury condos, we had a lot of great features like original brick walls, exposed wood ceilings, and high ceiling height. The client picked a deep green for the wall colour, lots of light fixtures, copper plumbing fixtures, and a dark slate flooring to polish off the design.

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Copper plumbing on the mother of pearl mosaic tile

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Mother of pearl soaker tub with green wall

The herringbone design on the floor was a challenge, but turned out great. There’s a step to the soaker tub in the same slate material as the floor, so we had to make sure the pattern continued perfectly on the top of the step. How do you think we did?

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The herringbone design continues on the step of the tub.

Overall, we are pretty jealous of our client’s ensuite renovation! If you’re looking for a luxury ensuite renovation, give us a call or e-mail us.

Suppliers:

Flooring and tile: Alford’s
Counter top: Tubello’s
Lighting: Richardson’s

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McTavish Addition and Renovation

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View from the living room into the dining and kitchen on the main floor.

McTavish Addition

We were approached by the owners of this Cathedral area bungalow in 2017. Their request: they need more space! If you can imagine, the 800 square feet of this main floor had two bedrooms, a full bath, plus the kitchen, dining and living room. So they decided to renovate the main floor and build a second storey addition.

The main floor was arranged to have an open concept floor plan, with a large front entrance and wide open kitchen. The plumbing for the bathroom stayed in the same place, but was reduced down to a toilet and vanity. Three bedrooms are located on the second floor, as well as an ensuite bathroom, and full bath, and a laundry.

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New Main Floor Layout

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Second Floor Layout

 

The Design

Our clients met with a designer at Alford’s to start selecting their interior finishes. They wanted to keep the character of the home, but give it a modern feel. Durability was important, so they went with a high quality laminate on the main floor, and a good quality carpet on the second floor.

The ensuite bathroom floor features a neutral patterned tile, granite counters, custom tiled shower, and glass block window. A niche in the shower holds all their soaps and ties in the pattern floor tile.

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Dark vanity with granite in the tiled ensuite.

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Patterned porcelain tile floor for the ensuite

The original fir wood in the ceiling structure was saved and used again in a variety of areas in the new home design. The wood was used as the mantle for the fireplace, a custom made vanity in the powder room, and the railings for the stairs going to the second floor. The original doors were re-used for closets as well as the entry closet.

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Reclaimed wood mantle with white subway tile and cement tile hearth.

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Custom made vanity from reclaimed wood in the powder room

One of our favourite parts of this build was the custom designed railing and custom storage under the stairs. Concealed in the molding, these slide outs house all the shoes and boots this family needs and is a must for any house with limited storage. The railing wood was reclaimed from the house’s existing ceiling, and the black metal sets off the stain colour nicely.

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Roll out shoe storage makes use of the space under the stairs

Suppliers:

Flooring, tile, design services: Alford’s
Cabinets: Cupboard Brothers