Maison D’Etre Takes the Stress Out of Home Renovations
New showroom lets you see all the possibilities presented in 3D on a screen.
There’s nothing like stepping into a new kitchen or bathroom after a reno, your own home looking like the pages of a magazine. Seeing the “before” and “after” pictures is so satisfying, having a refreshed, beautiful, and functional space so sublime.
Getting to that point, however, can be daunting. As much as you might want or need to revitalize a room, you may not know exactly how to go about seeing a project through. There are hoops to jump through with municipalities and strata councils, permits to secure, layouts and materials to choose, prices to compare, trades to hire… It’s no small task.
maison d’etre design-build inc. takes the stress away from homeowners by making renos happen from start to finish. The Vancouver company with 24 years experience is a full-service design centre, meaning it handles a project from the very first idea of making changes to the moment you’re enjoying your new space.
“A lot of times, homeowners are too close to a project and don’t see the possibilities,” says maison d’etre president Rob Capar. “We come in with fresh eyes and present several ideas.
“Whether you’re a serious cook and baker or you use your kitchen more for entertaining, for cocktails and appies and reheating food you’ve picked up: those are different kitchens,” he says. “We define and create the space that works for you.”
maison d’etre has a new showroom where design experts help bring your dream ideas to life.
There’s a brainstorming room where you can relax on a sofa and see the possibilities presented in 3D on a screen, getting a clear sense of potential changes from different angles. What will your kitchen look like with white or brown cabinets? How will that glossy tile look? Maybe a certain type of accent lighting has the kind of feel you’re looking for; try it out.
“This gives you the ability to visualize a space and not just look at it on paper plans,” Capar says. “It’s fun to see your new home coming together right in front of your eyes.”
There’s a creative room with a vast selection of materials and finishes, from backsplash tile to touch-release drawers, so you can start visualizing a cohesive design.
Plus, right in the showroom are hundreds of products, finishes, and materials, saving you hours visiting different stores and suppliers. The maison d’etre experts also know how to navigate the permit process and strata approvals, meaning homeowners can focus on the fun stuff.
“We absolutely focus on planning before anything starts,” Capar says. “Designing during the course of action is a recipe for disaster.”
When it comes to kitchens, homeowners commonly feel that theirs is too small. “If physically expanding your kitchen isn’t possible, it all comes down to a smart, efficient, stylish layout,” Capar says. “You can live large in small spaces.”
For more information, visit maison d’etre at 111 W 5th Avenue or maisondetre.ca.