Significant Changes to Renovations On May 19, 2020 the Province of Ontario will be lifting ALL restrictions on construction. When speaking with CBC Toronto News on May 14, 2020 Ashton Renovations shared 4 major changes you will now see during Covid-19 on most job sites and your renovations.  Physical Distancing of Trades In order to…

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Focus on What Your Buyer Will Want Begin with the end in mind, as bathroom design and renovations in Toronto have become a matter of very personal taste. There are so many products and designs to choose from, and by fixing up your bathroom to sell with too many personal elements, you may discourage some…

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IKEA Kitchen Planning The first step to planning out your IKEA kitchen is to select the style. All that’s required here is to decide on the door/drawer style. After that IKEA has an online planner, where you can design your kitchen, or you can call us. We have over 20 years experience designing and ordering…

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Last Saturday, February 8, 2020 the NKBA held its Gala Celebration to honour the 2020 Design Competition Winners in Toronto. This year the theme was “winter wonderland” and guests of over 300 members gathered among colleagues for great food, stories, and music. It’s always a lot of fun to get together with the other designers…

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Chief Architect/3D Max Using the technology of design software to create a visual interpretation of your kitchen and bathroom helps EVERYBODY, including the trades who require a set of drawings/instructions. Specifications are much needed sources of information, but what better way to communicate your vision that an actual image of the finished product. Almost ANY…

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1. Install a Stand Alone Tub Some of the bathrooms we encounter are just too small for a shower. A standalone tub with a faucet attached to the deck is a great alternative and looks fantastic. This type of bathing experience can be rejuvenating and certainly luxurious, and the time it will take to fill…

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  Over the years we have renovated many kitchens in the Toronto area. This featured kitchen in Parkview Hills, is pretty much a representation of the typical layout seen in the older homes on the Danforth. Original footprints usually have a dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room at the back of the house,…

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Using Chief Architect’s 3D Viewer is part of Ashton Renovations’ planning and design process. This interactive model can be viewed on a phone, tablet, or webpage and is a great way to really see what your finished project will look like. Chief Architect is the leading software designer for the Kitchen & Bath Industry and…

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  The best way to address this question is to first assess what the most common complaints homeowner’s have regarding their renovations. And they usually fall within the FIVE categories listed below:   Faulty Work/Poor Workmanship Unskilled Workers Construction Delays Runaway Costs, or Over Budget Lack of Selections   So what do you do? How…

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    It’s great to get a new bathroom with updated fixtures and tiles, but adding a few upscale items can make that space more comfortable and useful. Here are a few to be considered that are quite popular.   Legrand Wall Plates, Switches & Plugs – This is a very simple and cost effective…

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  Ashton Renovations is excited to offer exceptionally made cabinetry from Concore in Markham. Concore offers stock cabinetry available in 3 colours at exceptional prices to contractors. As they are a stock item, there are no long order delays usually associated with other types of similar cabinets.     Features of this cabinetry line that…

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Ashton Renovations can offer you a full perspective of your new bathroom renovation, beyond your typical floor plan using Chief Architect, the industry standard for 3D Architectural Renderings. Now you can see your dreams realized, in detail.   Elevations along with floor plans are also useful documents to visualize height measurements and better assist with…

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  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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  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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  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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  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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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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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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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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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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