Top Reasons to Choose an Electric Fireplace

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There is an electric solution for every fireplace

 
blfo_brickThe fireplace has long been a focal point for the home. A place to gather with family and friends on a cold winter’s night and enjoy the comforting glow of the fire, it provides ambience, as well as light and heat. Wood burning and gas fireplaces have fallen out of favour in recent years due to challenges like safety hazards and high costs. More and more home builders and home owners and turning to electric fireplaces, and with the development of newer and better electric models, there may never be a need to chop firewood again.

Electric fireplace design has come a long way since the early days of the dancing paper flame. Whether you are looking for a wall-mount, mantel, media console, firebox, insert or stove, there is a top-quality model in a traditional or contemporary, sophisticated style with accents and finishes to suit your space. The latest innovations produce the sights and sounds of a true burning fire for the ultimate virtual fireplace experience.

Electric fireplaces can be installed quickly and easily in almost any space. Since they do not require a gas line or chimney, there are few limitations on where you can put one. In fact, with a wall-mount, you could move it into a different room whenever you feel like redecorating, treating it more like wall art. Electric fireplaces can be installed in minutes, often on the same day as purchased. And, the installation and operating costs of an electric fireplace are a mere fraction of their wood burning and gas counterparts.

The technology works with or without heat and allows for control of the background lighting and speed of the flame. An electric fireplace can heat an entire room efficiently; and yet it remains cool to the touch and emits no smoke ‒ making it safe for children and pets, and in hotels and condominiums. Insusceptible to rust or erosion, home owners and guests will be able to enjoy an electric fireplace all year round for years on end.

We carry a wide array of top-quality designs by Dimplex with an unparalleled selection of styles, accents and finishes to suit any style and application. There is an electric solution for every fireplace. Contact us for a consultation on how to redefine your space with a beautiful electric fireplace.

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How a Multiple Model Home Design Strategy Increases its Market Potential

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Broaden the appeal of a home by targeting multiple buyer profiles

Model homes provide a walk-through experience that can sway a potential buyer toward or away from a purchase depending on how well they connect with the design, and how specifically the featured product fit the desired lifestyle of the buyer. With so many potential buyers walking through your model home door, that is a lot to bank on one design. That is why showing the same model home with multiple designs can increase the market potential by broadening its appeal to different buyer profiles.

2In the span of time a potential buyer will spend walking through a model home, the goal is to show them a vision of what their life will be like in that space and convince them to buy into that vision. An empty model home can never achieve this goal. We extolled the virtues of a furnished model home over an empty one in our blog post entitled, Why Furnished Model Homes Sell Faster Than Empty Ones.

By the same token, a furnished model home that does not speak to someone’s design preferences and lifestyle needs may have an unintended negative effect. For example, there are segments of the population that completely lack the ability to imagine a space any other way than as it is presented. This can pose a huge barrier to purchase decisions, if it is not to their taste or standards.

1By applying a multiple model home design strategy in a development, you can target each home more specifically to a buyer profile, choosing products that appeal to that market and they might purchase. For example, you could show one home with a nursery and a basement outfitted as a play room for a growing family, while in another version of that model you can make the nursery an office and the basement a home gym for empty nesters.

A model home is an effective tool that can generate home sales, made even more powerful by strategically maximizing its potential. Talk to us about putting together a multiple model home design strategy for your new development.
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Sarah Kidder Talks Top Trends from the Ottawa Fall Home Show 2015

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Our colleague Sarah Kidder, the founder and principal of the award-winning Sarah Kidder Design took part in the 2015 Ottawa Fall Home Show (OFHS) held September 24-27 at the EY Centre, as a celebrity guest presenter ‒ alongside other notables like Sarah Richardson and Leigh-Anne Allaire Perrault ‒ to talk about how to effectively start an interior design project.

Speaking on the main stage for the fifth time this year, and having a booth at the show definitely gives Sarah a lot of exposure to new people and ideas, helps her to build relationships with new trades and suppliers, find new leads and discover hot trends. That is why we asked the OFHS veteran to share some of the top trends she spotted at the Show, where she is seeing them, as well as her take on how they can be implemented effectively.

Here is what she told us:

Trend #1: Upcycling
upcycled chair
There are some fantastic items out there that are tired and in need of love, so painting them, new upholstery, etc. can take a boring piece of furniture and turn it into a one-of-a-kind work of art. Kijiji, Craig’s List, FreeOttawa are all great places to find treasures. I like to start with a fun fabric for chair upholstery and pull a colour out of it for the frame. Go big with the colour – it has so much more impact and really elevates the overall look and feel of a worn or antique piece.  We’re seeing this a lot in high-low spaces, where we’re mixing trendy, unique and funky items with higher end furnishings or classics for a truly personalized look.

Trend #2: The Industrial/Organic Look
organic or industrial look
Think mixed metals, vintage lighting, exposed brick, live edge tables and driftwood-coloured or high variance wood flooring.  The key here is not to over-do it.  The industrial design trend can be harsh if there are too many of the same elements throughout a space.  Be sure to mix in softer fabrics, pillows, full drapes and add touches of the industrial vibe throughout for interest.  The problem with trends is that they’re just that – trendy.  You have to be very careful not to create a room that screams ‘2015’ for the next 30 years.  We’ve all been in the ‘stuck in the ‘80s’ house. Always choose classic elements for the ‘permanent’ things like flooring, cabinetry, large and/or expensive furnishings and accents with the trendier items.

Trend #3: Renovating Instead of Selling
basement renovations
The real estate market is pretty soft right now, so I think people are just trying to reclaim space in their homes rather than buying a larger home.  Sometimes reorganizing your home’s interior is a more cost effective solution, rather than trying to solve your problem in another home that is full of other potential problems.  We were especially asked quite a bit about basement renos at the OFHS; adding additional living area, bathrooms and bedrooms.
 
Sarah Kidder Design is dedicated to providing you with practical, affordable and creative solutions to all your design and decorating problems.  They are a full service decorating and design firm with over 10 years of experience in residential, commercial, and corporate design in Ottawa and across Canada. Sarah Kidder has established herself as an Ottawa decorator that understands and listens to her customers. She has used her skills on many residential and small, commercial spaces in the Ottawa area, model homes for local builders, and corporate housing projects across Canada.

When Custom Home Interiors operated as a design resource centre a few years ago, Sarah Kidder was a regular in our warehouse. “I really appreciated what Custom Home Interiors could do for designers. Using them as a resource really helped grow my business,” says Kidder. Today, Sarah still partners with us on a variety of design projects. “I purchase as much product as I can through Custom Home Interiors for my own clients, as they have got a great price point, super-efficient service and excellent logistics teams.”
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