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Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

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Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

Part of interior design is ensuring that all the pieces of a space work together. That includes the furniture, fixtures, homewares, accessories, decorations, and last but not least, the artwork. Presenting your art in your newly decorated space can become an artform itself! 

You may have small pieces and larger pieces and are unsure of how and where to hang them. While it may seem daunting at first, we can help you create the masterpiece you’re dreaming of. Follow along as we share a variety of ways to hang your art in your home to complement your space and your own unique style. 

Looking for more at-home support? Why not download our art hanging measurement guide!

Hanging your art on a wall

If you’ve got an empty stretch of wall space and a canvas or framed piece to fit into it, our advice is simple! Hang your art so that the center of the frame is about 60 inches above the floor. 

Hanging your art above furniture

Whenever you’re hanging art above chairs or sofas, you want to make sure that your art is not wider than the seating that you’re hanging it above, and that it’s centered above it. You want the bottom of your artwork to be 6 to 8 inches above the furniture once it’s hung! 

For hanging art above tables, you’ll want to follow the same rule about width of the art we mentioned above. Allow for 10 to 12 inches of space between the bottom of the art and the surface of the table. This may need to be adjusted for other decor items on the table such as lamps. 

Hanging stacked grouping in small spaces

Hanging stacked groupings of art in small spaces such as between two doorways is a popular choice to fill negative space. In this case, space all of your artwork evenly either 1 or 2 inches apart. The centre of your display should be 60 inches up from the floor. 

Hanging stacked groupings in larger spaces

A larger display can feel a bit daunting to put together, but with some patience and time, the reward of the final product is more than worth it! 

Apply the same initial rules as above – space everything evenly 1 or 2 inches apart, and make sure the center of your display is 60 inches above the ground. 

Pro tip: Try laying out your artwork on the floor first and rearranging it until you have the perfect combination that works for you. 

Salon style grouping in larger spaces

A mixture of artwork and objects can really bring a wall to life! 

We recommend using paper, scissors, and brown paper to create templates of the art sizes and shapes you’re planning to hang. Use painters tape to hang your paper templates on the wall to create a mockup of your new display before committing to hanging in any formation. 

Leaning art and mirrors

Leaning art or mirrors can look great in a lot of different locations, such as on mantles or shelves, furniture, on a narrow ledge, or even on the floor. 

We recommend securing all heavy leaning pieces or mirrors to the wall to avoid any accidents, especially if you have children or pets! 

Art on bookshelves

Art can bring a little bit of life to a bookshelf and fill some empty space if you haven’t got enough reading material to pack the shelves yet. 

Try using plate stands or easels on bookshelves to make the art stand out. 

Now you’re ready!

Hanging art is often an overlooked part of pulling your space together. After moving or renovating a space, it’s frequently the final task, and people will grab a stud finder and a screwdriver, and hang the art without measuring. 

With a little extra time and care, properly hung artwork will not only make your space more appealing to the eyes, it will also tie together the entire room. 

With this guide, you’re prepared to hang any and all kinds of art! Want to keep these tips for a later date? Grab the downloadable measurement guide we give to all of our Good Space clients! 

How to create your own interior lifestyle for 2021 

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When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, people had to adjust to interior living fast. Now we’re a year in, and people haven’t just adjusted, they’ve evolved their spaces into a fully functional interior lifestyle! Good Space has received great inspiration from clients wanting to adapt their homes to more indoor living, even having to think a little outside-of-the-box! For instance, bedrooms have become offices, living rooms into gyms, and garages into sacred spaces just for you. Instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as the human capacity for adapting.

This has created interior design as we’ve never seen before, and we want to share these ideas with you so you can start planning your own creative space. We have worked on 2 interior design plans and are currently working on 1 plan that gives our clients new interior lifestyles. This includes: 

  • a his and hers shared office and a sewing area just for him
  • building a She-Shed for a mom to find a creative retreat in, 
  • and a basement “Batcave” that a family can enjoy entertainment in. 

Read below to find out how we infused the new interior lifestyle for each of these projects. 

Sewing Room Delight 

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Husband’s Sewing Room Plan

Do you have a room for your specific hobby? This is always important so you have a place to express yourself and grow your skills. We featured our client’s cozy Bungalow in an extensive case study a while back, but there was one room we didn’t feature. This is the husband’s brand new sewing room and their fun two workstation office.

In the initial Inform Phase, we planned out with them what they wanted the space to accomplish. The husband loved to sew but didn’t feel like he had the room to do it and they each wanted a workstation for their various projects. We then devised a Good Space Plan Online to put the sewing area in the home office while maintaining two work areas. We sourced them functional desks, storage, while reusing existing bookshelves and specified millwork design that could give him a place to sew in a small space. 

What this design tells us is no matter how small a space may be – there is always room to utilize. Take a look around the room you’re in right now. Are there nooks and corners that aren’t being used? This is the best way to create a hobby space for your new interior lifestyle. 

She-Shed for a Busy Mom

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Dwaina Sprague She Shed

Our founder Dwaina’s blog on her She-Shed was hugely popular! In it she talked about the need to create a shed in her backyard just for her. She said the “size of a space doesn’t matter, but the intention does”. For busy moms and partners who have a lot on their plate, finding a space to retreat and relax that’s just for them is important for your overall wellbeing. That’s where the She-Shed has become so revolutionary. 

“Size doesn’t matter but the intention does.” – Dwaina Sprague

Our new client echoes the feelings a lot of working moms share right now. Women still do most of the heavy lifting for domestic responsibilities. Plus, work is done primarily at home now (thanks Covid)! Our client needed a place to seek calm, relax, study and get some work done and that’s why we’re creating a personalized She-Shed.

She-Sheds are different for each woman, but they have this in common: 

  • Warm and comfortable in design, 
  • Highlights your hobby or specific things that spark joy,
  • A place to reflect and dance or stretch or just sit on the floor and meditate.
  • Always includes a potential for extra seating and that extra teacup to share the moments. 

We hope this new She-Shed will be ready by this summer. Until then we’re enjoying creating a space for our client that she can call her own. 

Entertainment Batcave for the Whole Family

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The new interior lifestyle is not just about spaces for work and meditation, they’re also for fun! It’s important that we enjoy the time we spend indoors right now. What better way to do that then create an entertainment room for the whole family! 

Our client recently built a custom basement entertainment room, or “Batcave” as he calls it. In it we used a bold wall colour to give a sense of grounding. We sourced them a stunning and comfortable custom sectional from Van Gogh Designs, plus a media unit from Mobital Group. The entire renovation was done with the professional help of Lyle Construction. It’s now a room befitting for Bruce Wayne and an entertainment space that every family deserves. 

We can’t wait to see the movie marathons they binge while enjoying their new interior lifestyle in this room. 

How to create your own multifunctional space

With these great examples of functional design done differently, we bet you are eager to start to recreate your own space! Well, we are happy to start you in the right direction with a few tips. 

In the past, we wrote about how to create a sacred space. A sacred space is a small corner, room, or nook that is just for you to decompress after a long day. To create a sacred space you should: 

  • Declutter your space,
  • Giving purpose to your space,
  • And add the right lighting and ambiance.

Creating a multifunctional space is not that different from creating a sacred space. The main difference is you want your multifunctional space to be able to serve more than one purpose. Your living room may need to become a homeschool for your kids, and your garage may need to be a place for you to exercise right now. 

Here are the top tips on how to create a multifunctional space for your interior lifestyle from Canadian Home Trends:

Invest in Storage

Store away any unnecessary furniture or clutter that doesn’t serve the interior lifestyle you’re trying to accomplish. The amount of space in your home is more important than ever. Our frequent partner and favourite professional organizer SOS My Space can give the best advice on how to organize and store clutter. 

Use Every Inch of your Space

There are ways to maximize the entire surface area of your homes. For example, corner desks are a great way to utilize often forgotten corners into office spaces. They look great too! 

Design it Up

Multifunctional spaces still need to feel homey. Just because we’re adding practicality to it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t let the fun of design go. Make sure to add personal touches to your multifunctional space that are unique to you. This will make using your new space more fun and invigorating. The last thing we want is to turn your bedroom into a cubicle. 

Creating a creative, multifunctional space is what makes an interior lifestyle more fun! As we mentioned before, instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as a way for us to adapt and come out of it stronger than before. 

Not New Normal, New Lifestyle 

We’ve learned a lot from this pandemic through the bad and the good. But the best thing we can take from it is our newfound respect for and the privilege of our homes. Our homes give us so much to look forward to. It’s now the place we work, Zoom, educate, dance, exercise, and play in. Our newfound appreciation for our homes will be part of our lifestyles forever. 

Good Space wants you to look around your homes and make mental note of the functions each room gives you. Ask yourself if the room is doing each function to the best of its ability. If not then, we are more than ready to help you create your own hobby space, multifunctional space, She-Shed, or entertainment room. Contact us now to share what you would like to accomplish this year with your home and create the multifunctional space you’ve always dreamt of. 

 

Contact us for a quote!

 

Good Space Year End Review: Home is the light to an interesting year.

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It’s time for our year-end review! We’ve finally made it to the end of 2020 and for that we are grateful. Seriously, this year has been no easy feat and we should all pat ourselves on the back for making it through. 2020 has had its fair share of challenges, surprises, and opportunities for growth. But we’ve always said when the going gets tough outside, it’s the spaces on the inside that we should look to. 

As Good Space looks back at the year we’ve had, we recognize how much we have to be grateful for. We were able to transform a record number of home spaces into comfortable and sacred ones. Dwaina moved into her new home, and Molly got engaged! This year we’ve learned that no matter how dark it may seem out there, our homes are the light we find comfort in. 

Here are our highlights of the year that have managed to make 2020 a memorable one for Good Space Plans Online. 

A record number of Good Space Plans

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Vancouver Bungalow Project

When COVID-19 first hit in March and people were told to stay at home, we were quick to help families adapt to their smaller surroundings. Our homes became more than just places to sleep and eat, but multi-functional spaces to work, play, and keep our minds at ease. 

This year alone we were able to do 15 Good Space Plans for families to feel more comfortable in their homes. We helped create at home classrooms for kids, home offices for the parents, and living rooms that could help the entire family find comfort and escape.

Foray into Renovations

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Before and After West End Bathroom Renovation

This year also helped us move more into full-scale renovations. Our clients were able to stay home more and had much more time on their hands. This helped them be able to work on renovation plans they’ve always dreamt of! Good Space did over 10 renovations through our full-service option this year. We upgraded kitchens, created new bathrooms, opened up space, and even added new flooring. If you are interested in doing a full-scale renovation plan for your new home check out our plans here. 

New Good Space services available

With the number of Good Space Plans we were receiving, we adopted new interior design packages. This would help accommodate different desires people had for their space. As a result, Good Space debuted three new plans in 2020 which include: 

  • Concept and to-scale floor plans: Not sure where to start? We make it easy for you to visualize your future space with to-scale floor plans. It gives you an in-depth and accurate plan to show exactly how your space is going to look.  From there, you can use your plan and continue with Good Space and bring your project vision to life!
  • Furnishing: Need help sourcing quality and economical furnishings? We help you with the goods (furniture and accessories of a space) and create a detailed plan for you, that help to keep interior design affordable and easy to implement. Need more than just furnishings? See below for significant upgrades!
  • Renovation: This plan takes your feedback and vision and we prepare a detailed guide and model to renovate your space. We also work with our preferred contractors to help deliver full-scale renovations. 

Each plan’s price is related to its scope of work. Prices get added on to each step you take. Start your own personalized plan here.

$30,000 raised for Covenant House

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Good Space has been long-time supporters of Covenant House BC, helping to end homelessness for youth in our community. Every year we’ve participated in their annual Sleep Out to raise money for their Vancouver house. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s sleep out couldn’t be hosted in the alley behind Covenant House Vancouver. Rather it had to be in our own homes and outdoor spaces. Nevertheless, we kept the spirit of the sleep out alive with our team “Brave Space” and slept in Dwaina’s yard. 

Why did we call it “Brave Space”? Because we understand it takes incredible courage to leave situations you know are unsafe. We want to help youth enter into brave spaces even if they may feel uncertain in order to find community and safety there.

Through our sleep out and support from our family, partners, and friends, Brave Space was able to raise a whopping $30,000 this year! This will help the 104 youth who come to Covenant House Vancouver every day find family, food, shelter, community, and a brave space they deserve. 

This holiday season, youth need your help more than ever. Find out ways to support Covenant House here. 

Dwaina moved into her cozy Kits home 

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Moving Day for Dwaina!

The world may have slowed down during 2020, but that didn’t mean we did! Our founder and principal designer, Dwaina Sprague, was able to move into her Kitsilano cozy home this summer. With help from SOS My Space, Dwaina was able to make moving during a pandemic a breeze and even wrote a blog on how to successfully move with little stress during the summer. 

Dwaina not only moved into her new home, but she also bought her own getaway space on the beautiful Sunshine Coast! Have you ever wanted to see the intimate steps and know how to build a new home? Follow Dwaina’s Instagram and Facebook as she breaks ground on building a home from scratch on her social media this coming year. She will share new build and home decor insight so you can create your own dream home – no matter where or how big it is. 

Dwaina and Molly shared how to run a family business

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Last Mother’s Day, Dwaina and Molly were featured on Workin’ Moms podcast to discuss the ins and outs of being a mother and daughter team. In the episode they talked about: 

  • Maintaining a healthy personal and working relationship,
  • What kids learn from working parents,
  • And why home should be a priority. 

As a business, Good Space Plans Online puts family as their priority. We were honoured to have been invited by Gisele Forge to be on the show and share what our homes and families mean to us. Check out the podcast with Dwaina and Molly here. 

Molly got engaged and jumped out of a plane with her fiancé’s grandma! 

This year for Molly Sprague has all been about taking big, big leaps of faith. She took her first leap of faith when she got engaged to her partner Fraz! He proposed while on their favourite walking spot at Burnaby Lake. In such an uncertain year, Molly found certainty in the word yes and the happy couple is planning their nuptials for 2022 on the Sunshine Coast. 

The second leap of faith was a literal one when Molly and her fiancé’s 91-year-old grandma decided to jump out of a plane and go skydiving for the first time! No time for fear in 2020. You go, grandma!

molly skydiving

2020 has kept us centred 

When storms seem to blow around us, our homes are the compass we can follow. Our mission this year was to give comfort and peace to families. Who may have been struggling to find balance in such uncertain times. We also have deep gratitude for our homes, families, and friends and want to extend ourselves to those less fortunate. 

No matter what else 2020 or the next year throws at us, we believe that through our home and building spaces, we can weather through anything and find peace. Happy holidays and we wish you a Happy New Year!

Holiday Decorating and Space Redesigning Tips for Winter

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Tis the season for holiday decorating.

The air is getting crisp outside, which means the holiday season is around the corner. Even though you may not be having a big Christmas party at your house this year, a festive-looking home will help to lift your spirits for the holiday season. 

Whether you want to take this changing of the seasons as an opportunity to do a complete redesign of your space or just add elements to boost the festiveness of your home, an interior designer can help.

Let’s look at a few holiday decor tips you can do on your own and discuss what you need to know about starting an online interior design project at this time of year:

Holiday design and decor tips

It’s been a rough year for many of us. With the rising cases of COVID-19 in our province, we’re expecting many to be spending more time at home with their immediate families. You can help to raise everyone’s holiday spirit with a home that’s festively decorated inside and out. 

Here are some great tips for decorating your home for the holidays this year:

Swap seasonal colours

Winter is a great time to swap out key items in your home to change up the colour scheme. This season is great to feature traditional red and greens, frosty blues and whites, or glitzy silver and gold. Swap out pillows, accent pieces, and decor items to match the new colour scheme. 

wicker reindeer

Decorate outside

Get festive by hanging up lights on your house and outdoor trees. We’ve seen some stunning holiday displays using wicker reindeer. Place a festive wreath on your front door to show off your holiday spirit.

Bring in new plants

The holiday season is perfect for displaying floral arrangements in your home. Consider getting a festive poinsettia for your coffee table or kitchen island or decorating with some fresh evergreen branches.

Use hurricane vases

These work year-round and you can swap out what’s inside based on the season. For winter, put some fresh cut evergreen branches, holly tree cuttings, or even fill them with holiday ornaments. 

Place your Christmas tree

If you celebrate Christmas, put your tree in a spot in your home where you can enjoy it the most. Make sure it doesn’t obstruct how you move through your home. If you have children consider putting it somewhere they can see as they walk down the stairs on Christmas morning.  

Decorate the table

This is a great place to decorate, even if you’re not hosting formal dinners this year. A festive table runner and centrepiece that matches your seasonal room color scheme or theme, can add a warm ambiance to your dining room. 

Greenery on the fireplace mantle

The options are nearly endless for what you can do with this space. A green garland or real evergreen/holly tree clippings look fantastic wrapped around some LED, battery-operated candles and holiday bits and bobs. 

An interior designer can help you choose the right holiday decor and decorate your home to fill it with Instagram-worthy shots while making your home comfortable and liveable.

But, if you feel that right now is the time for something a little more substantial and long-term for your home decor, then you might want to consider…

Starting an online interior design project in Winter 

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The changing of the seasons is a popular time to do a more in-depth redesign of your indoor spaces. If you’re getting a bit tired of your current home decor and design, maybe now is the best time to consider refreshing your space! 

Working with an online interior designer puts you in control of the project with the guidance of an expert assisting you every step of the way. When you work with online interior designers like the team at Good Space Plans Online, then all consults are done via video conferencing or the phone. No one outside your bubble or “Safe 6” ever enters your home. 

Here are the 3 steps of what you can expect when working with Good Space Plans Online:

Step 1 – Inform: What do you need?

Before undertaking any home design or decor project, it’s good to start with a look at your habits, lifestyle, personal style, and routines. 

We often ask our clients to collect pictures of designs, styles, and pieces they like. We also want to know a bit more about your lifestyle and habits. For example:

  • Do you have kids? 
  • How do you spend your time when you’re at home? 
  • Where are the main entrances and most trafficked areas of your home? 

If you plan to have regular overnight guests in the future when COVID restrictions are lifted, we will want to consider that in your plans. 

Once you put together your thoughts about the style you want, your interior designer will ask you to take a few measurements of your space and existing features and furniture. Then, they will start shopping around to source suggestions for the perfect furniture, decor, and floor plans to reflect your unique personality, style, and needs. 

Step 2 – Enlighten: Let’s make your plan

This is when your Good Space interior design team works their magic to research, shop, and design your space! Giving you your very own design plan to follow. At your next meeting with your interior designer, they will share new floor plans and provide options for every element, including floors, walls, windows, and ceilings if they were part of your design request. 

When doing an interior decorating project near the holiday season, your plan may include temporarily moving furniture and other items to accommodate cheery holiday decor. Your designer will explain everything in your design plan and this is your opportunity to ask questions so you can further customize your designs. 

Step 3 – Inspire: Finalizing your designs

Now that you and your designer have chatted more in-depth about your proposed design plans. Your designer will take your feedback and suggestions and create the finalized design plan. Then your final plan will include all the details of every element of your project. This may also include sourcing the products for you. 

The next steps move at your own pace and can be adjusted based on your schedule. Your online interior designer has given you everything you need to purchase and create the space of your dreams when you’re ready to get started on your own time. 

Get a free estimate!

Ready to elevate the space you’re living in? Visit our free estimate link to learn how much or how little it costs for the home of your dreams! You can also call us to book your Good Space plan today and begin transforming your home for the holiday season and beyond.

Good Space Plans Online Home Renovation Plans.

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Do you have a home project that needs more than interior design?

Maybe your bathroom is tired or isn’t functioning for you? Does your kitchen discourage you from cooking or entertaining? Are you tired of apologizing for the running toilet in your powder room? 

If you want to feel fully prepared for your renovation, we have a Good Space Plan Online for that.

Did you know we offer online home renovation plans? 

That’s right, we’ve been doing interior design plans since Good Space came into the world in 2007. We work with you to bring the vision you have for your home into a reality. Now through our trusted online interior design process, we are able to support clients across the country. Meet our newest service, Online Renovation Plans! We are now offering Online Renovation Plans for kitchens and bathrooms to help empower you as the project manager to understand the design, instruct trades, maintain a timeline and stick to a well-defined budget. 

A Good Space Renovation Plan Online is perfect for spaces where you are limited to the changes to your kitchen and bathroom that are possible. Online plans are great because they work with your existing footprint. In the construction world, these are called “Re and Re”, “Remove and Replace”.

What is the difference between a Furnishing Plan and Renovation Plan?

Furnishing Plan

A Good Space Plan Online furnishing is a process focusing on YOU, your  space planning and function. Addressing everything that will go on your floors, walls, windows and ceilings; lighting and all the goods for your living spaces. We work with items you might want to keep, support the letting go of what you’re ready to move on from and select anything new required to complete your space. We will show you how it fits and exactly where to buy it.  Typically it is not messy to implement your Good Space furnishing plan – a bit dusty – probably some drop-sheets for painting but there is no demolition.

Renovation Plan 

A Good Space Plan Online Renovation is a process focusing on YOU, your space planning and function. We address and specify the floors, walls, windows and ceiling – fixtures,  finishes, materials, equipment, lighting and provide you with a full Interior Design construction drawing set ready for you to get competitive bids and quotes on your renovation project. 

If you are hiring a General Contractor, your Renovation Plan is your contract and agreement with them.

If you are the General Contractor or Project Manager, your Renovation Plan is how you will do all your budgeting, timing, purchasing and hiring and instructing trades.

Implementing your Good Space Renovation plan is going to get messy – although typically a “Remove and Replace” project does not involve significant demolition, there is still some demo, dust and noise, but you will be well prepared for it and the final result will be absolutely worth it! 

Our online home renovation process

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Our client’s kitchen renovation with Good Space Plans

Self-isolating? Or too busy to come to meetings? No problem!! Our full attention and creative energy will be with you in your home but our physical selves won’t. Our renovation planning process follows the same steps as all our Good Space Plan Services, including:

    • Access to your password-protected Project Portal 
    • Completing your Good Space Portal Tasks
    • Series of Online Meetings with your dedicated Interior Designer reviewing your submitted information and the Good Space Plan we have created to prepare you to achieve the goals you have for your home.

Along with your Interior Design construction drawing set & specification package in your Good Space Online Renovation Plan, you will also receive guides on how to manage your project. How to vet and hire a tradesperson, glossary of terms with Interior Design terminology, lighting tips and tons of information to educate and empower you for your upcoming project.

What makes Good Space renovations different? 

Years of experience 

In the last few months, a lot of interior designers and home renovation companies have shifted focus to online design. We’ve been a trusted local interior design firm since 2007 and offering Online Interior e-design services since 2014. We’ve worked through the kinks and sanded down the edges over the years to make our services approachable, accessible, affordable and achievable. Not to mention fun to our Interior Designers and clients. 

We put the focus on YOU

We take the time to have your dedicated Interior Designer learn more about you, how you live and the goals you have for your home. The central focus of each Good Space Plan Online we create us about our client YOU. At the end of the day, we want you to feel at ease and utterly happy in your space. 

We do Re & Re renovations for any kitchen or bathroom in apartments, condos or single-family units. 

If you live in an apartment or condo, you may have certain structural restrictions – did you know you may have a concrete ceiling and floor?  If that’s the case, don’t fret, you can still renovate. Your Good Space Renovation Plan Online has the information you may require for your strata and any permitting needed to complete your renovation

No matter what kind of home or space you live in, we can support you. 

Contact us about your next home renovation project 

Before you rip out your toilet or kitchen sink, find out more about our online kitchen and bathroom renovation plans by requesting our “Your Space” plan. Tell us your renovation plans in the comment section. Add in some images and we’ll respond to your questions along with a quote. 

So, are you ready to begin your spring renovation project? We can’t wait to help you renovate your space. We empower you with a Good Space Plan Online that is achievable and affordable.