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What is R-Value and Why is it Important?

Now that winter is here, a lot of people are suddenly noticing that their home is cooler than they like, or the furnace has to work very hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. If this is happening to you, we will need to look at the building envelope of your house. There is one term,… View Article

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Choose the Right Hardware for Your Kitchen Cabinetry

“Kitchens and baths sell your home,” says Lynda Reeves, publisher of House and Home Magazine. It’s true. This is where you should go “all out” as you will get the most value for your dollar with these two important, heavily-used spaces. In the kitchen, appliances, layout, tile, flooring and, of course, cabinetry all get lots… View Article

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Luxuries to Splurge on When Planning Your New Bathroom

Bathroom trends are leaning towards a spa-like bathroom experience. Of course, the functionality has to be there also. But in the Pacific Northwest, there are certain things that make a bathroom very inviting and relaxing. Here are a few things to splurge on to take your bathroom from strictly utilitarian… to spa-like oasis. In-floor Heating… View Article

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Wee bit of background about our portfolio of previous work

We believe in transparency, so we only use actual photos taken by ourselves from jobs, we have been entirely responsible for (from Start to Finish: Design-Build-Install) … we do not use library images, there is no “photoshopping” & these are 100% projects completed by Advent Home Solutions (we do not sub-contract our labour to other… View Article

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A Look into Smart Home Technology

As a home renovation business that invests in software and technology, we are constantly following and interested in advances in technology specifically for the home or what is better known as “Smart Home Automation/Technology”.  In this post, we will give you a brief introduction on what Smart Home Technology is, some examples and how you… View Article

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The Power of Panolam Design Kitchens Other Home Renovations

Environment Friendly & Sustainable Cabinet Materials

A huge benefit of custom cabinets is the vast array of finishes to chose from. As part of our mission to not only continually focus on providing our clients with choice and of course continual product improvement from a build quality perspective, we are actively sourcing cabinet materials which not only provide the vast selection… View Article

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Tips on Prioritizing Your Home Renovations

Like most home owners these days, you are likely busy with work, activities, family, and all other stuff we call “life”. Often at the top of your (or your spouse’s) wish list are certain aspects of the home you wish to (or badly need to) renovate … but life takes over and months or years… View Article

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Learn about hidden home service website referral fees?

This morning’s post is in the interest of being open and honest … For the most part, new clients find us either through the traditional means of asking a friend or neighbour, their realtor, asking through the local building supply store or of course like many businesses these days we get calls or emails originating… View Article

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Renovation Project Timelines Business stuff

Project timelines & Decision making

Timelines Whichever contractor you are working with, bear in mind that any provisional timelines discussed are typically based on the initial scope of work as is agreed at that point in time.  If the scope changes then it is highly likely that the timeline will change also … and usually the cost. Adding elements to… View Article

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Design

Implications of Using Natural Materials In Your House

Natural versus “Manufactured” Material Finishes These days the options available in terms of material finishes are virtually limitless and so it can be overwhelming at times.  There are more products available on the market today that are manufactured to look like something they are not, and in many cases, they are very realistic.  However, they… View Article

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About Us

Meet the crew – Part 1

Name: Graham Cofell Normally found in our cabinet shop, Graham is originally from Mississauga, Ontario but relocated to Squamish, BC in 2004 for the rock climbing and has a young family now.  Naturally & rightfully so, his daughter takes up much of his time.  He also has a passion for building custom furniture and other… View Article

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Advent Home Solutions Wins Best Of Houzz Award!

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World Squamish, BC, Canada January 21, 2016 – Advent Home Solutions in Squamish has won “Best Customer Service” award on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodelling and design. Engineer turned home renovation specialist, owner… View Article

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On a completely different vein …

So pretty much all posts in this wee blog of ours to-date have been either technical aspects of what we do, how we do it, but not so much about why we got into the home renovation business & what drives us to keep on getting better.  So here’s Barry’s account of why he keeps… View Article

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Kitchens

Breathing new life back in to a 40+ year old kitchen

OVERVIEW: The client essentially wanted to update the kitchen and increase the available storage without compromising the floor space.  They liked the existing layout with the exception of the oddly placed sink.  There was also a “pass-through” of sorts to the split level dining room below which they wished to retain to some degree or… View Article

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The Power of 3D Rendering For Design Decisions

We get asked all the time … will I like that paint colour, how will the dark vanity look in my bathroom, will those cabinets work well with the overall look I’m after, will the room feel big enough, etc etc.  This is a prime example where utilizing professional architecture software and 3D rendering capabilities not… View Article

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Other Home Renovations

Some “Building Code & Bylaw Basics” worth knowing

So let me start by saying I am not about to reproduce even a condensed version of the BC Building Code in blog form … that’s just way too much information and it’s not exactly the most exciting of topics.  I was at Blue Man Group in Vancouver on Thursday … that was exciting.  Very… View Article

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Assisted Living

Assisted Living Considerations For Your Home

In today’s society it is of course expected to find appropriate solutions all around us for the less mobile to gain access to various buildings and events, whether it be the hotel where you spent your last vacation, your favourite coffee shop, the grocery store, the local pharmacy, the library or an art gallery.  However,… View Article

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Bathrooms

Schluter shower stall waterproofing

Once upon a time in a land not so far away … OK so actually this isn’t a fairy story.  It used to be felt that tiling the walls of a tub surround or shower stall was enough to keep any significant moisture from getting into the walls behind and causing any damage.  It still… View Article

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Bathrooms Kitchens

What’s in a Faucet? Choosing the Right One!

Many people ask us why the huge price range with bathroom & kitchen faucets … and why is the allowance as part of a bathroom renovation often far greater than what I see faucets priced online for? There are few considerations: 1. Is the faucet you saw advertised online certified for use in Canada?  Many… View Article

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Bathrooms

Bathroom Design Dilemma – How to Fix

Ok, so you’ve got to the point of figuring your bathroom needs some love and brought more up to date.  Where to start? Ask yourself the following… 1. Do I want to change everything about the existing bathroom (one extreme) or are there just a few smaller elements that I’m not crazy about (the other… View Article

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Other Home Renovations

Quick over view of the home renovation process

Here is a summarized version of what the home renovation project cycle typically looks like from conception to actually getting started: 1. You, the homeowner, figure it’s time to update one or more rooms and/or the exterior of the home.  This may be in part forced upon you due to a number of reasons such… View Article

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Welcome to the new look Advent Home Solutions!

The purpose of this blog is basically for us to share new product information and to talk about some of the systems/solutions we use as regards home renovations and what their benefits are.  We will try not to wander too far off topic 😉 For starters; some thoughts on decks … Now is a great time… View Article

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