Category Archives: Before & After

Articles on makeovers of rooms and fireplaces, showing before and after photos.

How to convert a wood-burning fireplace to electric

While everyone loves the smell and crackle of a wood-burning fire, not everyone loves the mess of bringing wood into the house and building a fire. Especially here in the urban Greater Toronto Area, many homeowners just can’t be bothered. And yet, many of the homes here have a wood-burning fireplace, which was once considered […]

Condo Fireplace Makeover: Before and After

Condo Fireplace Conundrum Today’s condominium suites are full of floor-to-ceiling windows, with very few walls remaining for furnishings, let alone fireplaces. What to do when the sole interior wall is further complicated by an HVAC closet that must be accessible for servicing? How do you create a condo fireplace feature then? That’s exactly the situation that […]

Bathroom Makeover: Before & After

Your bathroom is the first room you see in the morning and the last one you see before bed. Most of us would agree that we wouldn’t like to live without one. But is your bathroom living up to its important role in your life? Does it make you smile every time you enter the […]

Family Room Makeover: Before & After

Our team was recently called upon to complete a Family Room Makeover for a retired couple with young grandchildren. Here’s how we did it. Family Room Makeover Design Brief: create built-in cabinetry to house the TV and media equipment, and add a fireplace replace oversize sofa and chairs with right-sized furnishings replace broadloom with hardwood […]

Fireplace Makeover: Second time’s a charm

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, and the help of skilled tradesmen, a custom project can be a disappointment when it’s completed.  Such was the case with a fireplace wall that we recently reworked.   The recently-completed fireplace wall featured dark wood cabinetry with floating wooden shelves, a TV recess, and a new 50″ wide electric fireplace, […]