Kitchen Renovations: How to Utilize Space to Cook Efficiently

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no Comment.    Oct 05, 2017 | 1:58 pm


Kitchen Renovations: How to Utilize Space to Cook Efficiently Kitchen remodeling is a very exciting project for many homeowners, whether you are a professional chef, a stay-at-home parent or simply someone whose family spends ample time in the kitchen. However, if you have not done your homework on the kitchen remodel basics, you are guaranteed to encounter problems along the way.   5 Kitchen Remodeling Do’s & Don’ts Rediscover the joys of being in your kitchen with the following 5 kitchen remodeling do’s and don’ts, designed to help you utilize space to cook more efficiently: Plan your “working triangle” – This is an area of the kitchen where the majority of the work takes place. The 3 points of the triangle are the sink, stove, and refrigerator, and these must be in an efficient location in relation to one another. The sink is typically situated in the middle, and hence…

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Bathroom Remodeling: A Lighting Guide

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no Comment.    Sep 27, 2017 | 1:47 pm


Bathroom Remodeling: How to Maximize Light in This Most Private Area It is a known fact that a bathroom is every person’s private sanctuary, visited first thing in the morning and right before bed. What many homeowners do not realize, however, is that the bathroom’s ambiance – most importantly, the lighting – is what sets the mood for the day and then helps you relax in preparation for the night.   Incorporating Light in Bathroom Renovation Are you wondering how to get the most light into your bathroom without compromising privacy? Consider incorporating any of the following elements into your upcoming bathroom remodel: All-white bathroom – Making white the chief color in your bathroom design, featured in everything from the walls to the bath and sink to the window treatments, instantly makes a room appear bright and airy. Tube skylight – Unlike a traditional skylight, a tube skylight is designed…

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Home of the Week Featured in the Globe and Mail

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no Comment.    Jun 30, 2017 | 9:38 am


Norseman Construction & Development is very proud to share our latest home renovation project is The Globe and Mail's Home of the Week! Norseman's President Kris Potts and realtor Suzanne Lewis purchased the old corner store at 27 Howland Rd. in Riverdale and together with some of the city's best designers, converted it into a sleek, modern dream home. Read the article to see a picture of the storefront in 1931! View the full home gallery here. Click here to read the article in The Globe and Mail. Update: We're proud to share that Howland sold in early July 2017 for $2.7 million. For more details, read our feature in BlogTO. 

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Finding a Reliable Contractor

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no Comment.    May 22, 2017 | 9:00 am


With the skyrocketing Toronto real estate prices, many homeowners are motivated to renovate rather than relocate. Whether the goal is expanding living space or simply upgrading certain rooms in the home, the real challenge lies in finding a contractor who can make your vision a reality, on time and on budget. Our company president, Kris Potts, recently sat down with the National Post to discuss what Norseman Construction & Development brings to the table. He outlines how, in addition to a wealth of experience and remaining up-to-date on industry advancements, keeping the homeowner well-informed of the project every step of the way is a top priority. This is the only way to ensure that the customer receives exactly what they’ve requested! As part of our “customer first” approach, Norseman is committed to inspiring loyalty in the most skilled tradespeople as well as giving back to the GTA community. This way, customers…

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Norseman Construction is now a Mike Holmes Approved Builder

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no Comment.    May 15, 2017 | 9:00 am


We are excited to announce that Norseman Construction & Development is now an official Mike Holmes Approved Builder. If you have ever watched HGTV’s Holmes on Homes, you know Holmes has the highest standard when it comes to home renovations and construction! Among the hundreds of contractors in Ontario, Norseman Construction & Development is one of only five companies in the Greater Toronto Area to be Holmes Approved. We are proud to receive this stamp of approval after demonstrating unsurpassed workmanship and unwavering dedication to customer service over the last 12 years. About Holmes Approved Homes Mike Holmes is a contractor, businessman, and television personality who has been in the home construction industry for over 30 years. Today, he partners with industry leaders who have a perfect track record of quality craftsmanship and a commitment to building safe, durable homes that last a lifetime. He has established the Holmes Approved Homes Program, making his…

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Norseman Receives the HomeStars Giving Back Award

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no Comment.    May 12, 2017 | 11:19 am


This year, Norseman Construction & Development is honoured to receive the HomeStars Giving Back Award for our charitable work throughout the past year! Every year, HomeStars recognizes companies that go above and beyond to help out their communities. These companies have made charitable contributions to their local communities by donating not only financially, but also volunteering their time and efforts. Giving back to the community we live in is at the core of Norseman Construction & Development’s values. “Norseman is a company that I have put my heart and soul into,” says Kris Potts, owner. “It’s only fair that my company then return the favour to my city.” Our key charitable contributions include: The Beaches Spring Sprint – Giving out hot chocolate and congratulatory gift bags to all participants Habitat for Humanity – Purchasing gingerbread houses and mobilizing our vast social media following to encourage participation in the cause The Scott…

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Renovate or Relocate: Real Estate and Home Renovations in Toronto

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no Comment.    Nov 21, 2016 | 2:32 pm


Renovate or Relocate in Toronto? Toronto real estate prices have reached an all-time high in 2016, meaning that many homeowners simply can no longer afford to move. According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, September saw the average selling price for a single-family detached home reaching $952,983! This seller’s market is making home renovations increasingly popular, as it can be much more economical to stay where you are and update your current home. First-time home buyers are also trying to get into the market by buying lower priced fixer-uppers. On the flip side, homeowners wanting to move are given the added incentive to renovate before listing their homes to try to increase their property value before selling. At a time like this, it is critical for homeowners to make the right choice on whether to renovate or relocate. There is a lot of money at stake and making the wrong…

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Preparing for Easter: Spring Decorating Ideas

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no Comment.    Feb 29, 2016 | 11:44 am


Out with the old, in with the new! Springtime is fast approaching, and with it comes spring cleaning in a variety of forms: You might be preparing to clean out your closet to freshen up your style, or perhaps you are planning to thoroughly clean your house of all of winter’s dust and gloom. Why not go one step further and decorate your home both inside and out to truly give it a fresh, new look? In fact, Easter is only one month away, so why not take this opportunity to get your home ready for celebrating with family and friends? The following are a few great spring decorating ideas that we think all homeowners should try this season:   [row] [column lg="6" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] Bring blue skies indoors by repainting your ceilings the pale blue of early spring. If you are feeling brave, perhaps you may even…

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Keeping it Green: Eco-Friendly Home Improvement

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no Comment.    Feb 17, 2016 | 11:36 am


There are many things that you can do on a daily basis to minimize your carbon footprint, from drinking out of reusable water bottles to carpooling and everything in-between. However, it is also important to consider your environmental impact when planning a major project like a home remodel. Every choice that you make will ultimately lead back to how you affect the world around you, and thus you ideally want to keep your project green and clean. How to keep your renovation "green" Whether you are remodeling a single room or your entire house, there are multiple things that you can do to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The following are a few ways that you can integrate this concept into your home renovation with minimum effort yet maximum results: Prior to demolishing the entire space, consider which items you can “recycle” when building it anew. Items such as kitchen cabinets, lighting…

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10 Important Facts You Likely Didn’t Know about Home Renovations

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no Comment.    Jan 29, 2016 | 9:52 am


When you think of home renovations, what probably comes to mind is a process of providing your custom design ideas to a contractor and letting them do all the work. Although infusing your home with your unique personality is definitely crucial, there are several key elements that you may not be aware of. These items will help ensure that your home renovation is a success. Homeowners Should Keep these in Mind when Planning a Home Renovation:   Timeless, as opposed to fashionable, home designs are more likely to withstand the test of time. While fashionable home designs look great at the time of installation, home trends often change and you might find yourself with an outdated look sooner than anticipated. Instead, opt for a timeless look that is likely to stay in style for a longer period of time. Vaulted ceilings create the much-needed ventilation to prevent water damage during…

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