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July 20, 2017

2017’s Home Design Trends

2017’s Home Design Trends

While you might be tempted to think that, in terms of home design, it has all been done before, that is less true today than it might have seemed in the past. It’s true that some design trends are cyclical––like the resurgence of wood flooring and marble––but other new ideas of what’s “in” are just that, ideas sparked by technology and the green revolution. They’re as fresh and new as all outdoors, in fact; take note of the popularity of “living walls” in baths and vertical herb gardens in kitchens.

Here’s a brief recap of some of the new currents in home design circles, both for architecture and for interiors:

Green, Green, and More Green

Whether you term it green or sustainable, eco-friendly or just a necessity, energy and cost-saving concerns have changed not only what is incorporated in the home, but also the way we live. Water conservation, solar options for electricity, better insulation, recycled and reclaimed materials, low VOC-paints, backyard gardening and composting, air quality, overall efficiency and associated cost-savings are high on the list of wanted features. Natural and locally-sourced materials, for both exterior and interior use, are almost mandatory. The definition of sustainable has moved beyond the concept of simple “savings” to embrace positive changes that assure better health for inhabitants and longer life for the structures.

Size Does Matter, and Smaller Is In

Homes are shrinking today, perhaps not to the size or portability of “tiny houses,” but the long-standing mindset of “bigger is better” is definitely showing signs of decline. It’s not that people are making do with less; rather, “less is more” is a mindset becoming prominent for many consumers. The square footage of a house is not nearly as important as the way the home functions; multi-purpose spaces serve family needs better than rooms designated for a single purpose. It’s a decidedly practical approach, prompted perhaps by the decline of family size as much as by rising prices.

Make Way for Technology

Smart home features have gone mainstream. At the very least, buyers want reliable internet, comprehensive security options, and control over basic home operations, including lighting, cooking, heating, cooling and entertainment. Entertainment may have been the catalyst for integrated residential systems, but the ability to control the home environment from a central hub or by remote device has become the gold standard of smart technology. Appliances “communicate” with one another and simplify programming for homeowners. New technology is wireless, efficient and effective. And it’s in high demand.

The Mix Is On

It’s okay to play with design eras; there’s no need to adhere strictly to historical interpretations for home exteriors, interior design or furniture. A mix of styles, materials, metals and finishes can be more “with it” than having everything match. Use rustic woods in tandem with sleek stone, incorporate honed stone with glossy tile, pick contrasting finishes for upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen, or select a contemporary pedestal sink for a tiny powder room in a traditional home. Add a high-ceiling, glass-walled breakfast room to change the mood of a suburban ranch. The old rules have been supplanted, and the key to success is individuality.

Blur the Boundaries Between Inside and Outdoors

Today’s best homes bring the outdoors in, not only with light, air and views, but they also encourage outdoor living in a variety of ways. Whether you have a defined outdoor room, or simply beautiful landscape elements that beckon you, having a way to utilize your yard as additional living space is a treat. Plan to enhance not only the curb appeal of your home, but also its private spaces to truly enjoy its living possibilities.

Home enhancements that are in tune with the trends, but not “trendy,” will add to your enjoyment; they’ll also add value to your property and hold their value over time.

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1225 15th Street East

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April 4, 2017

Commercial Construction Projects

 

We are pleased to share some photos of the Scotiabank that Equinox Construction and ONsite Construction have completed.  The project is located in Dream’s new Kensington subdivision on the West side of Saskatoon, SK.  This commercial construction project took approximately 6 months and was the first to be completed on its block.

 

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

 

Equinox’s role in this project was quite simple – Build the building on time and on budget!  We are proud to share that we accomplished our goals and we have very happy customers.  As the on site construction managers, we worked with each sub trade to provide a quality product, ensure safety standards were met, and everything was built to the specification and standards provided.

 

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

 

This project has certainly propelled our presence in the Commercial construction market throughout Saskatchewan.  Our commercial division has built a lot of capacity and is available to bid on new construction and renovations in the commercial world.  We are confident that we can offer exceptional project and construction management services throughout Saskatoon and beyond.

It is safe to say that the evolution of Equinox has come a long way since our first projects throughout Saskatoon back in 2008.  We have continued to develop ourselves professionally and offer services that have grown in complexity and scope.  Through it all, a few things have remained the same.  Our belief in quality workmanship has transcended throughout all of our projects – whether a commercial or home renovation, a new home in Evergreen, or a brand new bank in Kensington – Equinox understands that the value of construction done right!

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

David Stobbe / stobbephoto.ca

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April 6, 2016

Saskatoon Infill Semi-Detached Homes

Equinox Home Innovations began an infill new semi-detached housing project – 1223 and 1225 15th Street, Saskatoon, SK – at the end of 2014 and sold both units in the summer of 2015.  We are proud of the project as we believe we were able to bring an element of beauty to the neighbourhood without contrasting the existing character of the area significantly.  We wanted to come up with a design that blended a modern look and feel with classical elements that would fit in the neighbourhood.  The slightly sloped roof lines with the brick accents are a few of our favourite features.  The project took us 6 months to build and we have since been approached by many other customers thinking about redevelopment – either through renovation or new construction.  As an expert in renovations – having been involved in hundreds of renovation projects here in Saskatoon, we tend to have strong opinions on the design of a project.  We have certainly seen our share of renovations that were a result of poor design, so we wanted to build something that we believe matched the concepts that we value most – BEAUTY, FUNCTIONALITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.  Below are a few photos of the project:

Beautiful Infill Sem-Detached Home in Varsity View, Saskatoon built by Equinox Home Innovations

Beautiful Infill Sem-Detached Home in Varsity View, Saskatoon built by Equinox Home Innovations

1223 15th Street East

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1223 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

Front Entry – loads of natural light

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1225 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

Simple yet elegant main bath

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1225 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

Spacious and elegant master bath – beautiful!

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1223 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

Beautiful and function kitchen designed with lots of counter and storage space in mind

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1223 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

A luxurious upstairs loft that provides an owner with magnitude of different options – amazing natural light

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1223 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

A great living area for entertainment

Townhouse for sale in the Varsity View area of Saskatoon at 1223 15th Street East. Call Angela Porrelli from Remax at 306-291-4664 or Leila Goluboff at 306-241-1900 or Stacey Edwards at 306-270-8835 to view.

Master Bedroom with an amazing attention to detail

 

 

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March 14, 2016

Commercial Renovation – Ignite Dance Studio

Equinox has just launched a new commercial renovation project over on 51st Street here in Saskatoon.  We are pleased to be working with Michelle from Ignite Dance Works in getting her new dance studio up and running.  It’s going to be an amazing space for kids of all ages and levels to get involved in dance – I believe she’s taking registrations.  It’s great to have wonderful options in the north end of Saskatoon!  Take a look at Michelle taking the first crack at demo:

 

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A bit about the project, we are basically retrofitting two industrial style bays into a beautiful studio that will have 4 separate spaces for dance.  This renovation will truly give Michelle the ability to meet high levels of demand as her studio will have over a thousand square feet of dance space.  I will do my best to keep up with the pace of the work on this blog – to upload some pics of the renovation along the way.  If you drive by you should see our trailer parked out front showcasing Equinox Home Innovations!

Equinox has been getting more and more involved in commercial contracting.  We have recently completed some interior fit-out work in a few locations across Saskatoon.  We are still very busy with residential renovations and new home construction and now seeing our commercial side pick up has been great.  So, we offer commercial general contracting for small and medium sized renovations, tenant improvements, new construction, or whatever else is required.  We also offer a workforce as a subcontractor for larger contractors by offering demolition services, steel and wood framing, drywall and dropped ceilings.  Our workforce is top of the line and will ensure that your project is done on time and on budget.

We look forward to showcasing other new renovation and new construction projects in the near future.

Equinox Construction Corp.

 

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