HAVAN offers you many different types of resources to help make your renovation a stress-free success. Below are real-life examples, featuring Ovation Award winning projects, with tips, solutions and resources.

Flex rooms expand livable space in micro-homes

Micro-homes are a solution for adding housing to existing neighbourhoods to sustain thriving communities. Given the high cost of renting in Vancouver and low interest rates, the micro-home is a housing form worth considering. With a smaller footprint and lower purchasing price, micro-homes are suitable for first-time buyers, young families wanting to get into the…

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A SPLASH OF STYLE!

HAVAN members Kalu Interiors know how to splash out when it comes to personalizing a home. Working with On Time Construction Ltd. they remodelled a two-bedroom condo into one master suite with striking full-sized spa. Key steps taken to reach the homeowner’s goals include: Replacing the original built-in tub with a free-standing tub, adding a…

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STRIKING BALANCE BETWEEN BEAUTY & FUNCTION

Designed for an active family, this 2019 Ovation Award winning kitchen by Bolder Homes Ltd. showcases the outstanding results achieved by working with professionals to properly plan for quality craftsmanship, function, and design excellence. The ten-foot coffered ceiling and bank of eclipse doors gives a sense of spaciousness and invites natural light in, blurring the…

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Silver Lining Brings Home the Gold

Every renovation has a story and this one is a winner, with a silver lining. Multi-Ovation Award winning builder Tavan Developments Ltd., builds and renovates dream homes in South Surrey, Shaughnessy, Kitsilano, and South Granville. Specializing in homes that truly fit into their neighbourhoods, not only are they beautiful and functional by today’s standards, but…

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ALL DECKED OUT FOR WINTER

With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to check the exterior of your home in preparation for the colder weather. Some points to consider include: Gutter Cleaning Be sure your gutters and down spouts are clear of any debris. Clogged gutters can detach due to weight, and cause water damage to…

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LIGHT, LOCAL AND BUILT-IN MAKES SPACE FOR A NEW CONDO

Renovations present many options for a homeowner. In the case of a Vancouver condo overlooking False Creek, faced with repairs due to water damage, the homeowners took the opportunity to update their dark, outdated condo. Hiring designers Designs by Katerina and Silvie, and builders Project Mint Developments, what initially felt like a problem, turned into…

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Making the switch to LED

Everyone has heard over the past years how LED’s have a positive effect on the environment, or how LEDs can help save households money in the long run. But not everyone is sure on how to make the switch to LED. Here are a few things to consider: WATTS VS. LUMENS When switching over from…

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

With every new year comes new trends for the world of interior design and 2019 will not disappoint with what it has in store. Keep reading to see a snapshot of how the world of kitchen design is evolving and what we at Designs by K&S predict to be the market leaders in trends for the new year.

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Energy efficiency upgrades for your home

In the last few years there has been a National effort to reverse Climate Change and one of those efforts is to make homes more energy efficient.

The energy used to cool homes in Canada is increasing each year and efforts to reduce this will help everyone, as the energy used will usually make the environment hotter outside. 

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STONE CAN ADD A TOUCH OF MODERN STYLE TO ANY ROOM OF YOUR HOME

Stone has long been one of the foundations for home construction. Its rounded shape and smooth texture make it the perfect decorative accent for any room in your house. Incorporating stone into your design can add a touch of modern elegance to a bedroom or a bit of rustic class to a kitchen. Your possibilities are endless when you are looking to incorporate this material into everyday décor in some of the most commonly used rooms in your home.

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FIRST IMPRESSION

Make sure the Material you Choose for the Outside Reflects what you want to Achieve on the Inside.

Building a home can be extremely stressful – choosing finishes and styles, and working with builders, contractors and trades to ensure at the end of the day you and your family are choosing the best materials representing who you are.

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Metro News Ovation Awards Feature

From modest kitchen renovations to stunning whole-home transformations, and from family-oriented townhouse communities to luxurious custom-built estate homes, the Ovation Awards highlight the best projects HAVAN members have built, renovated, designed and marketed in Metro Vancouver. The annual Ovation Awards are well respected in the Metro Vancouver construction industry, partly thanks to their rigorous judging process.…

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11 Step Guide to Budgeting for your Renovation

Budgeting for a home renovation can be a challenging process with many variable costs to consider including materials, labour and the condition of the existing building to name a few. To help you plan and stay within your next renovation budget, you also need to manage expectations, set priorities, and choose the right contractor. This…

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My House Design/Build/Team

When in search for a reliable contractor, look no further than award-winning renovator & builder My House Design/Build/Team. Serving Vancouver, North Shore, and Surrey, this custom home builder has plenty of renovation tips to share with you.

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Sprucehill Contracting

Searching for a reliable contractor? Look to award-winning renovator Sprucehill Contracting for quality and assurance. Based in North Vancouver, Sprucehill Contracting has an impressive track-record for custom home building

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Get It in Writing

A home renovation is both a financial and emotional investment. We have heard hundreds of renovations stories, most of the tales end with happy homeowners, but that is not always the case. A renovation can go sideways when homeowners try to save money by cutting corners – by agreeing to a cash deal. Without a…

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INVESTING IN RENOVATIONS PAYS OFF IN MORE THAN DOLLARS

Compared to conventional financial investments that rise and fall with regular frequency, housing has proven to be a relatively stable and sound investment that keeps up with inflation in most years and outpaces it in others. Although few of us purchase a home strictly for its investment value, in practical terms it represents an asset…

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TRENDS IN HOME RENOVATION

Renovation trends reflect the changing needs of Canadian homeowners whether it’s creating room for aging parents, a home work space or simply a more enjoyable living environment. At the same time, quality and long-term value are paramount. Members of the Homebuilder’s Association of Vancouver’s Renovation Council keep in close tough with the marketplace. You can…

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BUILDING PERMIT – RENOVATION GREEN LIGHT

The Homebuilders Association of Vancouver (HAVAN) believes If you are like most renovating homeowners, obtaining a building permit is probably unknown territory. When you hire a professional renovator, he will obtain the proper permits.  Here are some of the ins and outs of building permits. Why do I need a building permit? Your home renovation…

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SELECTING A RENOVATOR

The first step in hiring a professional renovator is to collect names of companies that seem well suited for your project. Then you can follow these procedures with each of the companies. Prepare A List Of Points And Questions In Advance Make sure you cover the same ground with every company; otherwise you can’t really…

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