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Home Colors for 2020

by Bevony on December 25, 2019 No comments

When it comes to home decorating, most people don’t consider their paint color. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Canada’s Color Consultant ad Spokesperson agree. Color is one of the easiest things to change and maybe one of the least expensive elements of a home renovation. Color is very powerful as it can determine the mood of your room.

What is the Color for 2020?

Benjamin Moore – First Light – a soft, neutral, light pink. 

Dulux – Chinese Porcelain – a traditional hue of blue with navy blue undertones. 

The stain of the Year – Teak – A medium-toned, semitransparent stain with a 70’s vibe.

Benjamin Moore’s First Light

Benjamin Moore has selected their color for the year 2020 – First Light. This color is a soft and light pink hue that departs from darker, moodier shades which have been the dominant pain trend for the past couple of years. This also shows a movement away from neutral colors such as grey. FirstLight is playful and happy while being neutral enough thanks to its lighter hue. This makes the color versatile enough to work with pretty much any room.

The Mood of This Color

You want to feel good inside your home. This color looks good and feels good. It is the type of color that is flattering on all skin tones making everybody look good against its background. Neutral and soft, it will work with different elements including metal and wood in various colors and finishes.

Dulux’s Chinese Porcelain

Dulux has selected its color of the year; Chinese Porcelain. Color and Decor expert Susan Forint describes the color as a muted undertone of dark navy.

The Mood of this Color

The color is said to provide a calming element for our fast-paced world. Blue is quite a popular color across the globe, it makes people feel safe inside their homes. It is a classic and with a muted undertone it is also a staple color that can work well with various colors and materials in your home. It is neutral enough to work well with other colors from orange to white.

The Stain of the Year – Teak

Canadians are embracing more and more natural elements in their homes. As a result, we are seeing a rise in more wood being used. The trend is going away from white kitchens and so the stain for 2020 is Teak. This tone is a medium, semi-transparent tone that provides a bit of a 70’s vibe but still looks very modern to fit in with our modern appliances and designs.

Getting Inspiration

The style influences of home design as been widening. Home design now reflects the pop culture, fashion influences, movies and more. These are just some of the places you can get inspiration from for your home design including colors.

Will you be going with these new color trends for 2020? Whether you are renovating your home or building a new home, it is a great time to embrace these trends. We can guide you with the building of your new custom home and all the most current trends that can meet your needs. Contact us today.

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Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

by Bevony on December 18, 2019 No comments

It is around that time of the year when the Christmas lights go up. But you may have not already put them up and are strapped for time and creative motivation. Who says you need to follow traditional home decor trends? You don’t, take the minimalistic approach this year with these tips for decorating your home.

Subtle Touches of Christmas

If you take note you may notice that a lot of people are choosing to be more subtle with their Christmas decorations. Some forego house decorations all together and simply opt to decorate their dining table. Add a couple of festive colors in the form of your table dressings or even in your cutlery, you can forego the mistletoe toe designs and use plain reds and greens with gold or silver accents for a finishing touch.

How to Decorate Your Dining Table

There are so many options for decorating our dining table. You can use a runner tablecloth, placemats, etc. Fabrics alone can make a huge difference in a room. When you fully set your table it can be all the holiday decor you need in your home. 

Use centerpieces that offer candlelight and use candle stands that offer a long and low design element.  These allow you to have dinner conversation without the decoration being in the way or without having to move it off the table. 

If you are not doing a formal sit down dinner you can still decorate your island or buffet with causal but holiday-friendly decor. Use mixed heights and mixed materials as you set your buffet. Use glass and wooden elements and throw in color in the napkins which can be in prints, plaids or plain colors. Opt for footed serving trays of different heights and add some flowers to your display as well. Ensure you have ample lighting. If you need extra lighting you could always get a set of string lights to light up the area and also had to the Christmas feel of the decor. 

Asymmetrical Decor

There was a time when holiday decorations were always symmetrical. This year we are seeing a lot of asymmetrical decors. So hang your garland off to one side instead of in the middle. 

Color Choices

Choose a classic white or green or go with the on-trend gold/salmon color that seems to be in season this year.

Eco-Friendly Options

A lot of holiday season products including decor and decorations are being made more eco-friendly. You can find wooden pegs that are ideal for gifts. Use let glitter and bows and reuse more things you can find around the home or that are from sustainable sources.

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Transforming Your Family Home into An Empty Nest

by Bevony on December 4, 2019 No comments

When all your kids are gone, we understand you want to update your home to make it more you. For many there is the option of selling and finding a new home. For others, this route will be riddled with too many obstacles. If you are the latter, you can transform your current home into a home that reflects who you are at this stage of life. And you can get it done with a bit of renovation and restoration.

Bidding farewell to your adult children can bring on a number of emotions. You may be excited, you may be sad and there may be days when you fluctuate between the two. Most people ponder on what they are going to be doing with all this space after their adult kids leave. 

Statistics show that a large majority of aging Canadians are opting to renovate their homes instead of moving. Let’s face it, moving can be a lot more expensive than renovating. We think that is the main factor driving all these renovations for aging Canadians finding themselves with an empty nest. Not only is it less expensive, but it also less daunting and provides less stress on homeowners. Many homeowners can see grandkids in their future if they don’t already have them. Staying in their current home allows the grandkids their own space when they come over to visit as well.

Renovating a Dated Home

For many empty nesters, their home has become very dated. This allows them the opportunity to finally get some modern touches added to their home. They can now have space for the grandkids and can have room for entertaining their friends and other family members.

The Kitchen

The most common place to start any renovation is in the kitchen. This is typically the hub of most homes and so it will be the first place that a homeowner wants to update. This gives the homeowner a chance to get modern appliances that may offer more convenience especially when homeowners have limited mobility. Modern appliances can help to boost their confidence as they may be able to get more done with these newer and innovative pieces.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is another popular room high on the list of renovating when a homeowner is doing renovations. A master bath that meets the needs of aging homeowners can also help to boost their confidence and help them to maintain their independence while ensuring they are safe in their homes.

Bedrooms

Children’s empty bedrooms ( well at least 1) can be turned into a home office. A room can also be opened and used to expand a master bedroom or bathroom which can provide added space which aging parents could use later on if/when they have problems with mobility.

It is a great idea to renovate your empty nest instead of moving. Make wise decisions, think about the long term and your needs for the future. Consider the widening of doorways and installing cabinets that allow for easy accessibility. For bathrooms, you want to consider installing curbless shower entry and forego the use of polished tile. Consider a shower instead of a tub or shower/tub combination.

Remember, if you are going to be in your empty nest for the rest of your life, the renovations could really add up depending on the number of changes that need to be made and based on your needs. 

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High-Performance Homes – All the Rave

by Bevony on August 14, 2019 No comments

Everybody is into energy efficiency these days and as such, high-performance homes are in high demand. High-performance homes offer more than your typical energy efficiency via many means.

If you are looking for a new home; a high-performance home, you will want a team of experts. Here at SilverBeam Homes, we can help you create a house design that meets high-performance standards. We can deliver higher energy efficiency at lower costs. Our team has been building high-performance homes for a while. The team here includes architect, structural engineer, builder and energy consultants. They all work together to ensure that your design meets all your needs for energy efficiency.

SilverBeam High-Performance Homes

We ensure we consult the BC Energy Step Code for all new construction as much as possible. We do this because the city plans to get all high-performance houses by the year 2032. Along with this roadmap, there are several industry criteria and certifications. These relate to the construction and categorization of high-performance homes. There are several BC municipalities where companies such as ours have to build according to Step 3 of the Step Code. This way new homes have to provide at least 20% less energy usage than homes built before the BC Building code.

Reputable certifications that are out for energy-efficient homes include;

  • The Net Zero Home Labelling Program through the Canadian Home Builders’ Association
  • The Passive House Canada certification

The latter can be attained by implanting the Passive House Planning Package. Following this plan allows for lower energy costs, higher quality air levels and a more consistent temperature indoors. According to the CHBA, net-zero homes are as much as 80 % more energy efficient. This when you compare them to typical new homes even those using renewable energy systems.

Building a high-performance home requires an approach that is coordinated. Here at SilverBeam Homes, we have that approach. We can help you create your high-performance home with the use of our airtight envelope. We create homes that are airtight with each door and window being energy star certified and each slab of wall or roof is well insulated.

Myths about High-Performance Homes

If you do a little research about high-performance homes you will come upon two myths:

  • They are unattractive
  • They are expensive

The truth is each company in the building industry now understands the importance of creating products that are aesthetically pleasing while ensuring they are energy efficient. As such you can have a modern and aesthetically pleasing home at an affordable price that is considered a high-performance home. Your high-performance home can still have style features such as cantilevered floors – it is all in the design and the choice of elements used for the construction.

With an integrated approach, our team of professionals can create for you a home that is energy efficient but still aesthetically pleasing. All key advisors in the team set clear objectives based on your needs from the beginning. This ensures your home is built in the most economical way to match your budget. Step 5 of the BC energy code will be the standard in 2032. We understand how important it is to start building homes now that are following the code.


You are building a home for the long term and we know just what specifications to use. We can ensure that years from now, your home is still compliant with all high-performance specifications. Here at SilverBeam homes are created to be socially and environmentally responsible. Our aim is to bring our customers into the future with our ability to create high-performance homes. Homes that will lessen greenhouse gas emissions, saving the environment and helping you to spend less money on bills.


Give us a call today, let us help you build your new high-performance home.

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Read This Before You Paint Your Home

by Bevony on July 17, 2019 No comments

The exterior of your home should speak well of it, if you are considering painting the exterior of your home, you want to read some of these pointers before you do. You want to start by thinking about the number of colors you will have in your home. You don’t want to have more than four colors out there. These colors include any paint used on the main parts of the house as well as on the trim which includes garage doors, door frames, and window frames. Then other places you can consider colors are on your shutters or other decorative details and your front door.

When you think about painting the outside of your home, you want your home to look nice, you may even want it to look unique. But what you don’t want is for it to stand out in a daunting manner. If you don’t get it right, your house may turn into an eyesore in your neighborhood and fixing it could be costly and time-consuming. Here are a couple of things to consider when you want to paint the exterior of your home.

Reason for Repainting

Are you simply tired of the exterior of your home? Or are you considering selling your home and want to make the palate a bit more neutral so the house can appeal to a larger population? It is important to consider the reason for painting your home’s exterior before you start looking for paint colors.

If you will be moving we can help you find your next home and can even help you to create your dream home from the ground up.

Who Will Do the Painting?

So you’re planning on painting the exterior of your home. Will you be hiring a professional, or do you plan to do the painting yourself? Some colors may provide a better finish if they applied in a particular way, in a certain amount of coats, etc. If you don’t have all the information necessary and start to paint your home yourself, you could end up being frustrated with a paint job that doesn’t meet your expectations.

The Architectural Style of Your Home

Some colors will go better with particular architectural styles. How did you come up with your colors of choice? Are you just painting your house green because green is your favorite color? Are there colors already there that you won’t be removing, for example on your patio or deck?

Materials that Will Be Painted

You will need to consider the types of materials that will be painted. You also want to consider the condition of the surfaces that will be painted. There may be necessary prep work such as sanding and stripping that needs to be done.

You will find that some materials will require a specific type of paint or prep product. So you may need a different type of paint for metal than you would need to use for wood. Your paint retailer can provide you with guidance on choosing paints that will work well with the materials used on your home.

Weather at Time of Job

What time of year are you considering painting? What is the weather forecast like for the week you are considering having your home’s exterior painted? The paint quality and finish can be affected by direct sunlight, rain or humidity.

Colors and Paint Quality

You want to choose a high-quality paint as these will provide more durability and colorfastness. You will also find some paints that offer additional benefits such as mildew resistance.

As far as colors go, white, black and grey are popular options for painting the exterior of your home. Trending currently is pale neutral grey colors that coordinated with stone landscaping complete with black and white trim detail.

If you have remarkable landscaping and want your landscaping or foliage to be more visible you can choose to go for dark grey colors. These darker greys will allow your foliage and landscaping to be the forefront of your exterior home detail.

If you have a lot of natural elements in your yard you can opt for earthy colors.

Lighting when Choosing Paint Colors

When you find a color you are happy with, you should test it out before you order the full amount of paint needed for your project. Viewing your selections in natural outdoor lighting is the best option. Further testing a portion on your walls will give you a better idea of how well the paint will perform and look as well. You a pint sample to paint a small section at the side of your home and if possible do this in different areas where you may have different lighting scenarios to contend with.

A Pop of Color For Your Front Door

Your front door is probably one of the most exciting things to paint. You can go completely wild here as repainting will be easier to get done if you don’t entirely like your first choice of color. When choosing a paint color for your front door you want to pay attention to what is going on your street. You can opt for the classic red door or you can add a twist by choosing a berry tone, coral or even orange tones also do great. If you are not into those shades you can consider shades of blue especially if your house color is white or pale grey.

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Canada Day 2019 Decor Ideas

by Bevony on June 24, 2019 No comments

Monday, the 1st of July is Canada Day. Will you be celebrating?… great food aside. You definitely should and therefore we have just the tips and tools that can help. Get your yard into the day’s festivities with some of the ideas here. Get your maple leaf and celebrate with red and white. But instead of the usual fare, check out some of these ideas for decorating your home this year.

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are an affordable and quite an easy way to get your space all dressed up. You can find a number of Canada inspired pillows and cushions on the market. So get some for your chairs even those outdoor ones. These don’t have to all be maple leaf, red and white throw pillows. Remember that forests, tents, moose, campfires and so much more definitely say Canada.

Serving Trays

Canada Day is a day when family and friends get together. Inspire your guests with some Canadian inspired serving trays.  

Mugs

Start your celebrations with a mug of hot coffee or tea or end your celebrations with a nice cup of hot chocolate in a nice Canada inspired mug.

Canada Day Décor

From photo boot props to cake toppers there are many options for getting Canada inspired décor into your day. These smaller one-time use products are great for all your Canada Day get-togethers.

Red Barbeque

Canada Day Festivities

Why not get your barbeque all red with different products from mittens, thongs and more for celebrations this year.

Canada Inspired Books

While you are spending time with family, why not get a couple laughs or learn something new and interesting about Canada. Check out these books about Canada which can also be great gifts for your non-Canadian friends and family members.

Canada Candles

Candles are one of those things that most people love. We love to receive and give them as gifts and we love to have them in our homes. Pick up a couple of Canada inspired candles to help set the tone for your Celebrations.

Whatever you choose to decorate with, this Canada Day, remember that Canada is not all red and maple leaf, find creative ways to capture your memory of Canada Day 2019 and officially kick off the summer.

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Wallpaper is Making a Comeback

by Bevony on June 5, 2019 No comments

Wallpaper is making a comeback and it’s not the type of wallpaper your grandma used.  Modern wallpaper has different adhesive formulas that therefore allow for the paper to not leave residue behind. Not only do you have wallpaper but there are also even stick and peel fabrics. You can find modern wallpaper in a variety of stylish prints, also that is made from new materials. You can find ones made from dimensional fabrics and a wealth of new materials that make not just installation easy but also removal.

Why Choose Wallpaper?

Wallpaper is a very affordable way to transform any of your rooms. It is a lot more dramatic than paint and so you may not opt to have your whole room covered in wallpaper, but it is a great option for that accent wall. You’ll be happy to know that wallpaper is on trend now and has regained its “cool factor”. Wallpaper can be used as a focal point in your room and also can be used to highlight architectural feature for example to accentuate your fireplace.

How to Choose Modern Wallpaper

  • Embrace bold colors
  • Avoid small patterns
  • Texture and pattern are good
  • Customize a wallpaper to go with your room colors
  • Avant-garde patterns
  • Embossed jewel tones
  • Gold Accents
  • Botanicals
  • Clouds
  • Birds
  • Trees
  • Conceptual interpretations
  • Printed grass cloths in colors that are beautiful and highly saturated
  • Botanicals or Florals
  • Create a wall mural

Why We Love Wallpaper in the 21st Century

You can fall in love with the wallpaper trend all over again for a couple of different reasons. It is a great way to add a layer of texture and/ or color and can really put the finishing touch on a space. Depending on the space that you are using the wallpaper in you can use it to appeal to different senses. It can be used to appeal to the sense of touch and also a subtle color or design can be added to a wall where shelves will be installed. This will create layers of not only colors but also materials and will have a pop of color peeking through from between your shelves.

Wallpaper is a great choice for tying in themes, therefore they are great for kid’s rooms. It can also provide an alternative to purchasing a room full of themed furniture and décor items as well. Strategically placing wall coverings, certain areas or architectural details can be highlighted or details can be introduced where there were previously none.

Where to Use Wallpaper

Use wallcoverings in your living and dining rooms so as to create feature walls, in your bedroom to create a headboard wall or in your powder room. You can even include some wallpaper on your ceiling.

Where will you be adding wallpaper to your new SilverBeam Home? Comment below and let us know how you feel about this new comeback of Wallpaper.

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New Home – What Now?

by Bevony on May 15, 2019 No comments

So you bought your first home! Congratulations, we are super happy for you to have reached this milestone in your life. But what do you do now? We know you are tempted to purchase all the home goods at all the home goods and furniture stores but wait, let’s hold off on all of that for right now. Yes, we understand that your new home is a new start and filling it with a bunch of new things feels like the right thing to do. But let’s face it, there are monetary constraints and it makes no sense to put yourself into debt with a house full of brand new items. So what do we suggest should be the new purchases for your home? Keep reading to find out.

1. Lighting

Lighting is a very important factor in every home. In most cases, each room will require different levels of lighting based on how it will be used. Your office may require more lighting than your TV room for instance as well as your bathroom may require more lighting than your bedroom. The fact of the matter is you will need lighting before you attempt to move anything into your new house so let’s start here.

2. Window Treatments

Window Treatments – the jury is still out whether you should take care of lighting before you take care of the window treatments. These window treatments can really add some happiness to an empty room and they can also keep outside eyes from seeing what’s going on in your house while you are unpacking, moving in, sorting out your space. They can also keep the wandering eyes from knowing that your living room is still empty even though you moved into your new home three months ago. I hear you though, you haven’t got the color scheme and design all figured out yet. You can start off with basic window treatments that are only for allowing privacy. Get some drab drapes or some basic blinds until you have your full design figured out.

3. Side/End Tables

Side/End Tables – you never realize just how important these little pieces of furniture are until you have nowhere to place stuff. The great thing about these is even if you haven’t decided on your design theme or color story you can find neutral tables that can later fit into your chosen theme or story. These tables are very versatile and as such provide you with an exceptional bang for your buck since they can be placed in every room in your home.

4. The Necessities

The Necessities – now we cant list these out for you as these are different for each family. You will need to take stock of all home items you already own and first get those into space. Remember you can always change out into new things later, but for right away we want you to take all functional items that are still working and move them into your new space. Its all about making responsible fiscal decisions. Choose necessities that you don’t currently own and start with those purchases first.

While we understand that each homewoners needs are different going into their first home this list is a great place to start. It wont be a complete list for many and there may even be unnecessary things on there for some but it gives you a good idea to start off your new home purcashing or wish list with.

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Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets for a New Look

by Bevony on April 17, 2019 No comments

You can transform your kitchen without paying out a load of money to completely renovate the room. The most cost effective and time effective way to give your kitchen a fresh new look is to reface your kitchen cabinets.

What is Refacing?

When you reface your kitchen you still make use of the existing footprint. You will remove the old drawers and doors and replace them with brand new ones. The visible exterior of the cabinets is covered with a material that will match the material on the doors and drawers/. This way the cabinets in the rest of the kitchen will match your new doors and drawers. You will have a fast turnaround time when you choose professionals to do the work.

While refacing is not new as it has been around and in use for many years, it is now becoming a very popular choice because of the affordability of the option. It is a great option for small and large kitchens alike and the process of refacing can be done with a variety of cabinets as well. Once the cabinet’s main structure is sound structurally the refacing can be done successfully. If your cabinets are not structurally sound then you will have to completely redo them as refacing won’t work for such a situation. In such a case it just makes good sense to get completely new structures and not just simply reface.

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Refacing experts note that in around 80 percent of cases there is no need to change the footprint of a kitchen. Even kitchens as old as 40 years old will have good solid cabinet structures. And older kitchens can still look more modern with a simple refacing of the cabinet instead of an entire gutting of the old kitchen.

Homeowners are very aware of the affordability and the aesthetic benefits of refacing and so now refacing are increasing. There are many options for homeowners to choose from including wood grain finishes, over 40 matte colors, high gloss colors, and more than 20 different door styles to provide even the most unique taste with something they can love. With so much variety it is easy for homeowners to find a customized refacing solution which is what most homeowners are looking for – a kitchen outside of the cookie cutter closet.

With homeowners value space and organization these days pull out drawers and cabinets are a big hit. Customers can change their drawers and cabinets and can create their dream kitchen without paying the amount it would cost for them to completely re-do their kitchen. Refacing is no longer about simply repainting or refinishing the old doors and putting them back in place. It is about creating a kitchen space that is aesthetically pleasing and functionally meeting the needs of the family that dwells within the house. You can change to soft close hinges, install pot and pan drawers, extend your cabinet boxes, add crown molding and so much more with a modern kitchen refacing.

When you choose your refacing experts they will allow you to choose your colors and style and typically will have the job done in a week if all goes right on your part. More elaborate refacing and changes can make the process longer and also the schedule of the expert you choose will affect how quickly you can have our new kitchen up and running. Most professionals will provide you with a free in-home estimate to include assessments of the current conditions of your cabinets.

Remember that the professionals know what is in style and they know how to meet your needs once you voice those needs to them. Why not talk to experts on refacing today, so you can get your kitchen looking brand new without the price tag of a full-on kitchen renovation.

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