Ashton Toronto Home Renovation Blog

Great Cooking Tools For Your New Kitchen

March 5, 2017

  Every new beautiful kitchen needs a new set of tools. And these two products are recommended after testing by our staff. Misto, and Analon pots and pans. Both are available at any local Toronto Bed, Bath, & Beyond location. Here is why we like them so much:         Misto is a gourmet…

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Choosing A Colour The Easier Way For Your Renovation

January 24, 2017

  For many years, the typical way colours have been chosen for you home are as follows: go to the store, look at swatches, imagine what they might look like in your room, and then hope for the best that you like it once your space is painted. If you are lucky, sometimes swatches are…

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A Kitchen Sink That Will Make Your Life A Lot Easier

January 16, 2017

  The Galley Workstation is probably the most versatile kitchen upgrade you can make. What makes this sink so unique are the integrated accessories that allow you set them into the sink and slide them over and under each other without having to remove them. They include a cutting board, colander, bowl, and drying rack, which…

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The Ultimate Shower Rainhead Experience From Kohler At KBIS 2017

January 14, 2017

  Ashton Renovations visited KBIS & IBS in Orlando this week, where suppliers from all across North America showcased many of their innovative products and services. By far the most exciting product was from Kohler. The “Real Rain” shower experience rainhead. This product will be available soon and is available in a variety of trim…

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Shower Niches For Your Toronto Bathroom

January 2, 2017

Adding a niche to your shower is becoming a very popular and practical choice. No longer do you need to add unsightly after market products to your shower walls. And often these units either rust, get incredibly dirty, and leave holes drilled into your tile.     Adding a niche begins with installing a Schluter…

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Philips Hue LED Lighting For Your Toronto Home Renovation

October 8, 2016

  Philips Hue is a personal LED wireless lighting system. At Ashton Renovations, we think it is a must for your home. It allows you to control as many lights in the home as you wish. You can dim them, add scenes with colour and moods, place lights in pretty much any area you can…

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Ashton Renovations Featured In Toronto HomeStars Photo Of The Day

August 23, 2016

Ashton Renovations has been featured on HomeStars photo of the day. The photo features our laundry room completed this year in the Toronto Don Mills area.

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Rustic Wood Tile Look For Your Bathroom in Toronto

August 10, 2016

Porcelain tile manufacturers have come a long way to make their tiles look like just about anything they want. They have done an excellent job in emulating the look of stone, and now they have accomplished the same with wood. So if you are trying to get the look of wood in areas of your…

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Custom Kitchen IKEA Drawers And Doors in Toronto

July 26, 2016

Ashton Renovations is proud to announce that we have access to suppliers who provide retrofit solutions for IKEA Akurum and Sektion drawers and doors. These retrofit solutions will guarantee a custom look for your kitchen whether it’s modern, or classy. Our suppliers can customize almost every single style of their five-piece doors, or slab style…

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Schluter Kerdi Decorative Drain Replacements For Your Toronto Bathroom

July 16, 2016

Introducing Designer Drain’s decorative Schluter Kerdi drain replacements. It’s better looking and comes in 8 different categories. Ashton Renovations recommends you replace your basic Schluter Kerdi Drain for Designer Drain’s decorative drain replacements. These inspirational drains are perfect for someone who wants better decor. Whether you want a classic look, an oceanic look, a nature…

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Ashton Renovations Featured In Toronto’s Reno & Decor

May 23, 2016

Reno & Decor magazine has featured Ashton Renovations as part of the display of National Kitchen & Bath Association Ontario Chapter winners of best design for 2016. The article features Ashton’s best small bath design. Many other wonderful winning kitchens and bathrooms are displayed as well.

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Ashton Renovations Winner of 2016 NKBA Best Small Bathroom

April 24, 2016

Mark Ashton, AKBD, B.A., B.A.S. of Ashton Renovations in Toronto has won the 1st place prize for best small bathroom from the National Kitchen And Bath Association. The award was given at the NKBA awards Gala on April 9th. The bathroom was completed in the fall of 2015 in Rosedale Toronto and features a traditional…

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Yale Real Living Touch Deadbollt For Your Toronto Home

March 27, 2016

Ashton Renovations recommends Yale touch locks for our clients. Not only is it more convenient as a key is no longer needed to enter the home, access can be gained through your smart phone. You can also be notified when the door is opened and wether your house is locked.

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Toronto Kitchen & Main Floor Renovation In Little Italy

November 10, 2015

The objective of this Toronto Renovation was to create a main floor open concept family area. The growing family of this home wanted contemporary design with aspects of traditional elements, which were present. Some of the design challenges involved the original structure, which required support including the opening of a masonry wall through to the…

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10 Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Toronto

August 12, 2015

1. USE QUALITY PRODUCTS No matter how good the craftsman, if they don’t have quality materials to work with, it’s impossible to construct a functioning, durable, and eye pleasing bathroom. Products for your bathroom should be well constructed, designed properly, suitable for the intended use, and all work well together. Make sure styles and finishes…

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Ashton Renovations Toronto Pool Deck 3D Rendering

July 27, 2015

This photo truly represents what you can really do with Chief Architect. Another job that is going to look great using TREX! This program will allow us to create any type of project you can imagine, whether it is a bathroom, kitchen, or whole house interior, we can create it! Exactly as described, is exactly…

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OXO Stronghold Suction – Great for your Toronto Bathroom

July 13, 2015

Aside from installing a niche in a shower, which can be expensive and requires the entire shower, or bath to be waterproofed, the Good Grips by OXO we have found to be an excellent product for our Toronto Bathroom Renovation clients. They adhere to the bathroom walls exceptionally and are durable and easy to clean.…

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Torlys Ultimate Flooring In Toronto – Smart EverWood & EverTile!

July 11, 2015

  Introducing Torlys Smart EverWood and EverTile! Your ultimate flooring. It beautiful, durable, and waterproof. We found this product at Ashton Renovations to be amazing on our projects. Why? WATERPROOF! Top layer and core are both impervious to prevent water damage. WARM! Warm to the touch with CorkPlus attached cork underlay DURABLE! Ultra-thick .5mm wear…

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Mark Ashton Now Certified Toronto Kitchen & Bath Designer

January 2, 2015

Mark Ashton earlier this fall attained the designation of Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. This designation, which is recognized across Canada and the United States, will allow Ashton Renovations in Toronto to provide design services. Our in house estimating will be available with planning and design using Chief…

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Touchless toilet perfect for your Toronto Bathroom Renovation

June 21, 2014

There are many products that come on the market. We are always encouraged by innovation on our Toronto renovations, but we have to be careful. Some seem good at the time, but they aren’t tested long term, and can lead to problems. However, Kohler has come up with a great new product. And we trust…

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The Weirdest House Renovation I’ve Ever Seen in Toronto

May 31, 2014

There is a lot of modern home renovations going on in Toronto right now. Some of them look pretty amazing, although they may not be in keeping with the neighbourhood. Standing out too much may lead to issues later.  It’s always a good idea to build your home, or do any renovation, with recognized styles…

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Decorate Grab Bars For Your Toronto Bathroom Renovation

March 30, 2014

If you are planning to do a bathroom renovation, you may be thinking about adding grab bars. But they are ugly right? Delta offers decorative grab bar solutions where you won’t even now they are there. There are 4 options available for your bathroom renovation including a towel assist bar, toilet paper assist bar, corner shower…

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Virtually Dust Free Drywall Sanding on Your Toronto Renovation

March 15, 2014

Ashton Renovations is now using the Festool Planex Drywall Sander on all its projects. It’s a relatively new tool to the industry that virtually eliminates drywall dust during the sanding stages of the installation of drywall. It operates with the use of a HEPA filter vacuum the removes dust from the sander as it operates.…

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The Best Bathroom Shower Rod You Can Get In Toronto

February 15, 2014

If you have a tub or shower, chances are you will need a curtain to keep water off your bathroom floor. You can install a glass enclosure, but in some instances it’s not practical. There are lots of choices available, including many tension fit rods, but they are not curved. Some bathroom shower rods even require…

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Ashton Renovations featured on HomeStars in Toronto

February 15, 2014

Ashton Renovations has been featured on HomeStars in Toronto. The video explains the benefits of bathroom planning and design as well as budgeting. The segment was shot in a recently completed bathroom by ashton renovations in a Toronto Lakeshore condo.

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Awesome Wheelbarrow Handles

January 16, 2014

Everyone uses a wheelbarrow and this product will make using it easier on you for home gardening projects. Simply dump it! Their website is great and shows how it attaches to the wheelbarrow. So this summer pick one up. We came across this product on Michael Stone’s website. He’s a renovation advisor is the US that…

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Contemporary Basement Laundry & Wet Bar Combination

January 14, 2014

If you are looking at making doing your laundry less painful, this is the perfect set up for you. Homeowners are now integrating their laundry rooms and kitchens into their living space. Quartz finishes, wine bars, tiled back splashes, ample cabinetry and functional lighting are some of the elements going into these finished areas in…

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Centura Tile’s New Toronto Location

November 28, 2013

Centura Tile is one of Canada’s largest tile suppliers. They are Ashton Renovations preferred supplier and moved into a beautiful new location on Lawrence Ave. Very convenient with lots of parking and a organized and simple showroom that will make shopping for you tile for your bathroom or kitchen a lot easier. If you are…

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Making Toronto Bathrooms Look Bigger

November 27, 2013

There are several tricks you can use to make your bathroom feel and look larger than it really is. The above bathroom renovation in Toronto’s Little Portugal does just that. Firstly, make sure the wall surfaces are a lighter colour. Using dark colours on the walls (including the tiles) can close in a space. Instead…

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Schluter Kerdi Waterproof Shower Niche

October 4, 2013

Having a niche in your shower can be very handy. You have a place for soap, shampoo, and other items. It can also add depth and beauty to your bathroom. To build the properly a shower niche should always have solid jambs around the side and a sloped bottom to assist with draining water away.…

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Flooded Basement In Toronto?

July 22, 2013

If you are one of the unfortunate ones that experienced your basement being flooded out in Toronto recently, remember to make the proper improvements to avoid it happening again. Have an experienced waterproofing contracting make suggestions after inspecting your property. This should be done over and above what your insurance company will pay for and…

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LED Lighting For Kitchens and Baths

May 21, 2013

LED lighting has been around for a long time, but it’s not until recently that the technology in residential lighting has been acceptable. Pricing is also no longer unreasonable.     Within kitchens and bathrooms, LED lights are suitable for general lighting in potlights and task lighting in undercounter applications. They give off a crisp…

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NKBA Bathroom Planning Guidlines

April 12, 2013

  Did you know there are 27 Bathroom Planning Guidelines available to ensure that your bathroom is constructed to code and designed to function. Is your shower big enough? Is your toilet too close to the tub? Is your vanity too far from the wall? There are actually very specific answers to these questions and…

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Taps Bath Centre

April 2, 2013

Taps Bath Centre is one of Ashton Renovations preferred suppliers for kitchen and bath products. They are conveniently located near Toronto’s Design District, and perfect for visiting other stores in the area in search of products for your renovations. You can visit their site for regular sales promotions throughout the year. We are regulars there…

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IDS (International Design Show) 2013 Toronto

March 27, 2013

There were a number of exhibits at the IDS (International Design Show) 2013 that were really cool, but 2 were especially unique. You may want to look into these products. They may add and interesting touch to your kitchen, or bath renovation in Toronto. GLASS and Illuminated GLASS Countertops from CBD Glass Studios. The glass…

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Gaggenau Full Surface Induction Cooktop

February 18, 2013

Induction cooktops are great to begin with, but this one is the coolest. Imagine a surface where you can put your pots anywhere and you don’t have to worry about burning yourself either. This is German made product from Gaggenau available in Canada, and it does just that. You can organize the top as you…

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Nest Touchscreen Programable Thermostat

February 3, 2013

  This little device is a great added touch to any renovation. It’s a touch screen thermostat with many advantages over normal programmable ones. One of it’s most useful features of The Nest is that it builds a program by itself based on how you set the thermostat during the week. You can also go…

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Ashton Renovations seen on CTV’s Pattie Lovett-Reid Show

January 5, 2013

On a recent episode of the Pattie Lovett-Reid Show on Nov. 27th, our client’s renovation project was featured on the CTV News Channel. The kitchen and bathroom renovation was situated on the Danforth in Toronto. The episode reflected on the topic of moving vs. renovating. Mostly centered on the homeowner, numerous questions were asked including:…

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Hansgrohe Touch Screen Shower Rainbrain

January 3, 2013

RainBrain by Hansgrohe is an electronic touchscreen panel with five individual functions. It works much like a touch screen iPad. The system allows for 4 preset functions that controls the flow of water to the rainhead, shower arm, and the jets. Differing sprays and water flow from the rainhead are available. There are some features…

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10 Costly Repairs To Avoid When Buying A Home

January 2, 2013

If you’re planning on buying a house and fixing it up before you move in, you may want to take a closer look at parts of the house you wouldn’t expect to fix. If you’re budgeting to renovate and focus on the typical areas of the home that make it nice, like your kitchens and…

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Make Your Renovation Easier

October 1, 2012

BEFORE YOUR RENOVATIONS START   Remove Your Furniture & Personal Items – Removing your furniture and personal items from areas being renovated we help the trades work more safely and efficiently. It will also help protect your property from damage, or dust. Remember to put away your small stuff too as well. You’ll be thankful…

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Ashton Renovations Featured In Lowes Article

September 13, 2012

Ashton Renovations is recently featured in a Lowes article on bathroom remodeling where owner Mark Ashton gives advice on how homeowners should spend their dollars. The link to the article is below. Lowes, Bathroom Remodels On Any Budget

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10 Things To Consider When Renovating Your Home

August 14, 2012

1. Setting The Budget – Starting a renovation project without deciding on a budget, can be the single biggest mistake a homeowner can make. Only you know how much you want to spend, and when you come up with this figure you can find out exactly what you can get. Without setting a budget you…

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Our Lawrence Park Project – 25 Years Later

August 9, 2012

We often travel into and out of the city down Mt. Pleasant Rd. And just below Lawrence Ave. we pass by a project completed in part by Mark Ashton in 1987. With the exception of some grass growing up in the interlocking, it still looks pretty good today. Mark often mentions it and remembers working…

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Regal Heights Toronto – Modern Bath Renovation

July 26, 2012

We like being creative with our projects at Ashton Renovations, and recently we completed a very interesting and unique bathroom renovation in Toronto’s Regal Heights. The neighbourhood is situated on the western hill of the Davenport escarpment. It has many very large turn of the century houses, tree- lined streets, and an elevation atop the…

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StoneAge Landscape Lighting and Speakers

May 27, 2012

StoneAge Lighting can make your landscaping project standout while adding functional lighting to your home. What’s unique about this product is that it consists of natural limestone or granite cut in half to house low voltage halogen bulbs. They look great and don’t become damaged like other plastic units commonly found in big box stores.…

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Our Website Updates By Silent Blast

March 7, 2012

We’re really excited about the improvements made to our site by our web designer, Silent Blast Interactive – located in Toronto. We’ve updated our homepage to include the latest from our blog, and we’ve added a video page to include our own videos, those from our featured TV programs, and others that relate directly to…

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Modern Kitchen And Bath Design Elements

March 4, 2012

Ashton Renovations can work in a variety of styles, whether traditional, contemporary, or modern. For many years traditional styles in kitchens and bathrooms was a popular and safe style, but today modern design is emerging more and more as a popular choice. Surprisingly, even in older homes with many traditional elements, modern designs are integrated…

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Schluter now offering line drain

February 7, 2012

We’ve incorporated many of Schluter’s waterproofing shower systems in our Toronto bathroom renovations for years and are excited about now offering one of their new products: Kerdi-Line. It’s an excellent alternative to sloped drains and now allows larger flat tiles to be placed in the shower. “Schluter-KERDI-LINE is a low profile linear floor drain specifically…

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Redwell Infrared Heating – an attractive alternative in heating

November 2, 2011

The blackboard in this kitchen is a heater! Manufactured in Austria and distributed around the world, Redwell Infrared Heating units are an efficient and attractive way to increase the comfort in your home. A great alternative to baseboard heaters or electric floor heating cables. They are available in whiteboards, mirrors, art, and blackboards. Distributors are…

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Is your contractor certified to install Schluter products?

October 29, 2011

There are numerous products available from Schluter, but the most common used in residential is the Kerdi waterproofing membrane for tiled showers. Ashton Renovations is a certified installer of all their products and has installed them in numerous bathroom renovations around Toronto for years without any failures. The kit shown above requires numerous steps to install…

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Torlys Cork Flooring

October 29, 2011

Cork flooring from Torlys (with their head office in Toronto) is a responsible flooring choice coming from a renewable resource – the bark of trees. It is now commonly found in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. It is comfortable and warm, and contributes to improved indoor air quality. Because cork is 50% air, it has a…

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Centura Tile Toronto

October 29, 2011

Centura Tile Toronto is Ashton Renovations’ prime supplier of tile and Schluter products for our kitchens and bathrooms. They carry a wide range of porcelain, ceramic, and stone tiles, and are conveniently located in Toronto’s Design District near Lawrence and Dufferin. Their exact address is 53 Apex Rd. Hours are available by calling 416-785-5151

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Neptune Baths

October 15, 2011

Neptune Baths is an excellent source for baths, showers, and accessories that first and foremost enhance the sensuality and pleasure of the overall bathing experience. They are local, based out of Quebec, which means you can get their products faster. Over the years we have put in many of their shower bases and tubs without…

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Toronto kitchen renovation now complete, for the 2nd time!

October 13, 2011

This summer we were approached by a condo owner who was looking to finish up his kitchen. It had been renovated by a local contractor, but there were still things not quite done, and some fine tuning required to finish off the job nicely. Most of us renovators shy away from projects like these; coming…

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Renovating Toronto bathrooms in 100 year old homes isn’t easy.

October 11, 2011

If there’s any bit of advice we give homeowners about renovating their bathroom in their older home it’s this: “expect the unexpected”. Recently we completed an ensuite bathroom, and powder room in downtown Toronto, and there were lots of surprises including severally damaged floor joists, asbestos tiles, knob and tube wiring, and damaged floor boards.…

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