Contributed by: Kathy Flaxman
Call it fifty shades of pure — it’s as if some form of white magic has captured the imagination of homeowners in neighbourhoods like Cabbagetown. Home renovations are surging in popularity and at the top of the dream list is the kitchen, a room that will boast the latest cabinetry, countertops and backsplashes, most often in various shades of… white. Probably not fifty shades, but likely more than one in cabinets, counters, backsplashes and even some floors.
And a surprise: sometimes the sink, long the bastion of stainless steel, may now actually be black. At the recent Interior Design Show, displays were basically awash in white, almost shimmering in pristine elegance, punctuated by black sinks, in strong contrast.
Do homeowners worry that they may not recoup their investment should they sell? “Almost any improvement to a home should help it retain or increase in value,” says Owen Robinson of Weenen General Contracting Limited. According to James Lapointe of Royal LePage Real Estate Service, this only becomes a worry in the short term. “If clients are planning to sell, this becomes a concern,” he says. “I look at sales in the area and advise clients only to go to a certain ceiling based on values. Interest rates are low and many people have access to funds and in a lot of cases people want to make their mark with a property and for them, sometimes the sky’s the limit.”