The Artisan Contracting Blog

How to Cook During Your Kitchen Remodel: 5 No Kitchen Dinner Ideas

You know your kitchen remodel will create some disruptions to your lifestyle. Although you’ll have your dream kitchen once the remodel is complete, it gets frustrating living sans kitchen for several weeks. Here we offer tips to set up your makeshift kitchen with five no kitchen dinner ideas to enjoy home-cooked meals with limited kitchen […]

7 Modern Contemporary Kitchen Trends to Get You Inspired

If there’s any room where you want to invest the most in making it modern and contemporary, that room is the kitchen. Before you jump right into designing, it is smart to take a look at the latest trends and how they could make your kitchen more practical, efficient, and “wow worthy.” Look through these […]

Is Open Concept Going Out of Style? | 3 Kitchen & Living Room Layout Ideas

The open concept home became popular in Toronto in the 1980’s. While they’ve served Ontario homeowners for decades, many are wondering – Is open concept going out of style?  Open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen ideas have recently been featured in magazines and websites like Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens. Still, […]

6 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you are doing your own kitchen renovations or are hiring a contractor to do them for you, it’s important to try and avoid the common pitfalls that can negatively affect your project. The last thing you need is to end up with a kitchen you don’t like or one that isn’t functional.  Keep reading […]

Extend Your House vs Move: What You Need to Consider

If you find you have outgrown your home it can be hard to decide whether or not to sell and move or look into making some upgrades to improve your space. Here are the things to consider to help you decide which is best for you. When it is Better To Extend Here are some […]

7 Ways to Update the Exterior of Your Home & What You Need to Consider

Curb appeal goes a long way in helping your home maintain its value. If you are ready to update the exterior of your home, here are seven ideas you need to consider. What You Need to Consider for your Exterior Update Consider these factors when you change or update the exterior of your house: Assess […]

All You Need to Know About Kitchen Flow & 5 Best Kitchen Layouts

When you are planning a kitchen renovation, don’t forget to consider how to make it functional. It’s easy to get too caught up in the style of your kitchen which can end up negatively impacting the flow and layout of your plan. Here we review everything you need to know about kitchen flow with the […]

5 Reasons Behind Unexpected Renovation Costs & How to Avoid Them

Investing in internal house renovations can often end up costing more than you think. While you get quotes for the labour and material costs, it is common to overlook unexpected renovation costs that might come up. Here are five common reasons you might encounter unexpected renovation costs with tips to help you avoid them. 1. […]

Which Home Renovations Require a Permit?

In Ontario and Canada, homeowners and renovation companies require permits for several different kinds of renovations. Of course, different cities also require different permits, but starting with the national and provincial permits is wise. What Home Renovations Require a Permit? A huge range of home renovation projects require a permit. Essentially, you need to get […]

Why A Design Helps Speed Up You Project (and Keeps it On Budget)

Almost every home renovation project has a design of some kind. But the clearer and more comprehensive that design is, the better the renovation process goes. We find that projects with the best planning are completed on schedule and under budget. But why, and how can you get that quality planning for your own project?  […]