Author: Advent

Author: Advent

Clearing Clutter in the Kitchen
July 16, 2019 Uncategorized Advent

Does your kitchen resemble some version of this??? Solving clutter in the kitchen gives you more room to work and can free up storage space that you never knew existed. These are detailed tips for getting your kitchen better organized and keeping it that way. Removing Clutter From Your Kitchen: Start with a clean kitchen.

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Cabinet Door Options
July 16, 2019 Uncategorized Advent

Building cabinets isn’t the only thing we do, but it’s one of those areas where the number of possibilities can be confusing so we have added a section to the revised website which explains some of the cabinet door options. Bear in mind we are a custom shop though so if you don’t see what

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Life in Invermere & the Columbia Valley
July 4, 2019 Uncategorized Advent

As a Scotsman who moved to BC in 2003 I’ve always said that this place is a lot like Scotland if you stretch it out in all directions (including vertically) and then cover everything in trees … we have trees in Scotland, but mainly in the valleys and some parts are pretty windswept and barren

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Relocating cabinet shop to Invermere, BC
April 5, 2019 Uncategorized Advent

In December of 2018, just a few days before Xmas, we relocated home & cabinet shop from Squamish to Invermere, BC. 7 return trips & almost 14,000km of driving later we are finally settled and loving the new location & looking forward to serving the Columbia Valley communities as well as our client base in

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Find The Best Countertop For Your Dream Kitchen
April 19, 2018 Bathrooms, Kitchens Advent

Your kitchen counters can make a strong design statement but they are also essential in making your use of the kitchen efficient and safe. Countertops need to look good and work hard. They have to be resistant to scratches and heat. They also need to be food-safe and easy to clean.

How to Get the Most out of Working with Us
March 1, 2018 About Us Advent

Our number one goal is to deliver what we promised & do it in a manner which earns your trust while demonstrating our passion for what we do.

To reach this goal, it is very important to us that we get to know each other before we work together. This mutual respect and understanding is the basis for our success.

Accuracy and Craftsmanship Produce Magical Results
February 23, 2018 About Us, Cabinetry Advent

In our article “Superior Hardware for Your Cabinets” we told you about some of the cabinet hardware we like to recommend.
The hardware is produced by Blum Inc. and we are impressed by the quality of the materials and the workmanship used.

While we get a kick out of using really good tools, that is not the reason for this considerable investment. Our focus is on delivering the highest quality products to you with the highest efficiency possible.

How to Choose The Perfect Tile For Your Home
February 13, 2018 Bathrooms, Kitchens Advent

Tiles have been used in homes for 12,000 years, and since then many different kinds of tiles have emerged. The styles, colours and designs are too many to list, but we want to introduce some basic guidelines for choosing what type of tile to use for your project.

The four most common materials for tiles are ceramic, porcelain, stone and glass.

Superior Hardware for Your Cabinets
January 17, 2018 Cabinetry Advent

Choosing the right hardware for your custom cabinets is crucial to the long-term success of the project. After all, the custom cabinets should not only look nice but also perform to a high standard and stand up to daily use by you and your family.

In the design process, we usually take our customers on a tour of suppliers that specialize in high-quality hardware options to choose the right hinges, drawer slides, pulls, etc. for their project.

Over the years we have come to recognize a few hardware brands that regularly outperform others. The innovation of design and functionality, as well as the quality of the materials and the high production standard, make these products the best choice in the long run.

What is R-Value and Why is it Important?
November 8, 2017 Building Envelope Advent

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,

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Choose the Right Hardware for Your Kitchen Cabinetry
November 2, 2017 Cabinetry, Kitchens Advent

“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

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Luxuries to Splurge on When Planning Your New Bathroom
October 13, 2017 Bathrooms Advent

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 and

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Why You Should Invest in Custom Kitchen Cabinets?
October 6, 2017 Kitchens Advent

Many clients have a long list of items on their “to renovate” list. Kitchens are often the top of the list and take the biggest chunk out of the renovation budget. There are so many costly aspects to renovating a kitchen: appliances, plumbing, lighting, hardware, countertops, and, of course, cabinets, among many others. Don’t Settle

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Wee bit of background about our portfolio of previous work
February 2, 2017 About Us, Business stuff, Design, Kitchens Advent

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

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A Look into Smart Home Technology
December 23, 2016 Bathrooms, Design, Kitchens, Other Home Renovations Advent

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

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Environment Friendly & Sustainable Cabinet Materials
December 21, 2016 Design, Kitchens, Other Home Renovations Advent

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

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Tips on Prioritizing Your Home Renovations
November 17, 2016 Bathrooms, Kitchens, Other Home Renovations Advent

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

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Learn about hidden home service website referral fees?
May 3, 2016 Business stuff Advent

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

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Project timelines & Decision making
March 10, 2016 Business stuff Advent

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

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Implications of Using Natural Materials In Your House
March 9, 2016 Design Advent

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

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Meet the crew – Part 1
January 26, 2016 About Us Advent

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

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Advent Home Solutions Wins Best Of Houzz Award!
January 21, 2016 Home Renovation Awards Advent

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

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On a completely different vein …
June 24, 2015 About Us Advent

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

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Breathing new life back in to a 40+ year old kitchen
May 14, 2015 Kitchens Advent

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

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The Power of 3D Rendering For Design Decisions
February 12, 2015 Design Advent

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

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Some “Building Code & Bylaw Basics” Worth Knowing
March 31, 2014 Other Home Renovations Advent

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

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Assisted Living Considerations For Your Home
February 3, 2014 Assisted Living Advent

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,

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Schluter shower stall waterproofing
January 9, 2014 Bathrooms Advent

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

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What’s with waterproofing behind tile … isn’t tile waterproof?
March 12, 2013 Bathrooms Advent

We often hear homeowners asking why go to all the time & expense of waterproofing behind the tile when creating a full tiled shower or tub surround … “My buddy sealed the grout and put silicon along the bottom of his shower so isn’t it waterproof?” In a word, nope!  There is a common misconception

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What’s in a Faucet? Choosing the Right One!
February 28, 2013 Bathrooms, Kitchens Advent

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

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Bathroom Design Dilemma – How to Fix
February 28, 2013 Bathrooms Advent

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 questions… 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

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Quick over view of the home renovation process
February 27, 2013 Other Home Renovations Advent

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

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Welcome to the new look Advent Home Solutions!
February 24, 2013 Uncategorized Advent

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

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