All About Walls

Posted on Aug 12, 2022

The walls that make up your home are so much more than drywall and paint. In a Character Home, the walls can tell the tale of the life of your home. Did you know that wainscot was actually first made to protect the delicate fabrication of walls in old homes from damage? 
Learn more about 18th-20th century wall finishing at this article from Old House...

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Heritage Tour: Oaklands

Posted on Aug 02, 2022

The days of summer are finally here in Victoria, and the sun is shining encouraging us to come outside and explore. Today, we ventured to the Oaklands area to stroll the quiet, Garry Oak-lined streets in the neighbourhood. This area of Victoria saw a its first residential building “boom” between 1909-1913, so we knew that we would find a lot of int...

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Creating Additional Living Spaces

Posted on Jul 05, 2022

The summer is here, and that might mean that space is now at a premium in your home - whether it be kids who are on break, visiting family members and friends, or simply that you need a cool and quiet place to unwind at the end of your day. This article from Old House Online examines how to make the most out of the unused attic space in your home...

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Breathing New Life Into An Old Home

Posted on Jun 07, 2022

This article from Old House Online tells the tale of a person at a crossroads in their life who takes on the restoration of an old abandoned Character Home. Bringing this 1804 home back to life was quite an undertaking, with many surprises along the way. Luckily, the owner saw the home's potential, and followed the restoration through to a beautifu...

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Ceiling to Floors: It All Matters!

Posted on Apr 25, 2022

We often talk about window treatments, fixtures, finishes, and moulding design, but the flooring that you choose for your Character home is just as important.
In this article from Old House Online, explore the three most common flooring choices for old homes, and learn more about their origins and how they are used in home design today.


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Planning Your Renovations

Posted on Apr 01, 2022

This month, Andrew spoke with Spruce Magazine about the process of planning and budgeting for your home renovations, and the realities and challenges that you may encounter along the way.

Andrew recommends starting first with the bones of the house - and this is particularly important when renovating an older character home. Start by looking under t...

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