Renovation

Downing Street Toronto, ON

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Aluminum Railing and Northern Composite...

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Product Showcase: Longboard

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Take a peek at a recently project we’ve completed. The siding is an extruded aluminum panel called Longboard. We think it’s the main design feature of this...

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Ault Crescent Brooklin, ON

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Ault Crescent Brooklin, ON

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Warwick Ave Ajax, ON

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Warwick Ave Ajax, ON

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Summer 2019 – What’s lurking under your porch?

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Summer 2019 – What’s lurking under your porch?

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How to Visually Make a Room Ceiling Look Higher

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

If you’ve ever been to the Haunted Mansion at Disney World or a fun house at a carnival, you’ll understand that optical illusions can easily trick the mind and blur the lines between what’s real and what’s imagined. Once you’re locked into the Magic Kingdom’s Portrait Chamber with no visible exit, the room seems small and claustrophobic—or does it? When the room goes dark and then illuminated spooky pictures start to stretch, your eyes are drawn up. Was the ceiling always that high? How about those mirrored fun house mazes where every “hallway” leads to a dead end? You were sure you knew the way out but your eyes deceived you time and time again. If you’ve always wanted soaring vaulted ceilings but felt stuck with flat, low or moderate room heights, you can apply the same principles to visually make your room ceiling look higher. Take a look at some of the “tricks” professional designers incorporate into their plans: STRUCTURAL CHANGES Uncover the ceiling’s architectural framework This modern, urban style eliminates the ceiling covering and leaves exposed pipes and ductwork. In addition to providing more overall headroom, the bare ceiling will give the room a more open feel. Remove crown molding Any molding that protrudes down from the ceiling will make it seem even lower than it actually is. Remove the crown molding for a clean look or replace with a narrower style. Be sure to paint the molding the same colour as the ceiling to give the illusion of extra height. Install flush-mounted lights Any hanging lights will draw the eye downward and make the ceiling feel lower. Where possible, replace these with flush-mounted or recessed lights. In places where a hanging fixture is necessary, such as a dining room chandelier, choose a light, airy style with lots of crystal or glass that you can see through. Be sure to leave at least 36″ of space between the table and the light so the ceiling seems higher. Include uplighting or wall sconces Wall lights that shine up and/or down trick the eyes into believing the wall is taller and therefore, the ceiling is higher. Decorative uplights bounce light off the ceiling and create visual height. Use wide expanses of windows The more windows you have in a room, the more natural light filters inside and the larger the space feels. First-floor patio or French doors also help to connect your room to the great outdoors with a limitless ceiling. Add transom windows Stacking transom windows above doors and windows naturally draws the eye upward. The extra light shining through and bouncing off the ceiling will create an optical illusion of more height as well. Contact an Ecoline Windows representative to discuss transom window options for your home. Raise door openings If you’re able to do some renovation work, raising the interior door openings close to the ceiling and installing wide base moldings will double the impact of a taller room. Reposition kitchen cabinets Instead of leaving a gap between the top of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, hang your cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. Change out a few solid doors with glass to give the illusion of space. Better yet, remove the upper cabinets entirely and replace with open shelving for the ultimate space maker. Use the fireplace A fireplace is often the focal point in a room and you can use it to emphasize the room height. Take the fireplace surround all the way to the ceiling and eliminate the mantle to maintain long vertical lines. PAINTING HACKS Lighten the colour Most ceilings are...

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