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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.

 

Home-Life Package Ideas

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Home-Life Package Ideas

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Chances are the space you’re using in your home right now has become multipurpose and a smorgasbord of functions. Your living room is now a gym; your dining room a classroom; and the once-forgotten nook in the corner of your bedroom is now a home office. 

If you’re living in a condominium, then you know how small your small space has drastically become. The 1.5 rooms in your apartment are multi-purpose because it’s where you spend all your time living. 

You might become aware of how easy it is to get lost in the clutter and hubbub of it all. But fear not. We believe in optimizing every space to fit our client’s personality and needs. That’s why we’ve developed a brand new “Home-Life” Discount Package to serve you. 

The Home Life Discount Package is taking $500 off our regular “Your Space” package, starting as low as $800 dollars per package. This discount is available until the end of May. 

It’s our way of helping you create more function and style in the space you spend all of your time in, especially now when we’re being asked to stay indoors. 

But How Do Our Packages Work? 

Our Good Space Plan packages come in three options. 

Some Space Package 

Perfect for a small and cozy one-bedroom apartment at $ 3,200.00. This plan includes the entrance, dining area, living area, bedroom, and functional fix up for one bathroom.

More Space Package

Better for larger homes and apartments that are two bedrooms, including the entrance, living room, dining area, master bedroom, a kid’s bedroom or guest bedroom or den or flex space and functional fix up for two bathrooms at $ 4,500.00. 

Your Space Package

If you want more or less than what the other two packages provide, then Your Space is the package for you. The price of your plan will depend on the number of rooms chosen. The rooms are based on functionality rather than walls. For example, a living room/dining room shared space is considered two rooms.

Do you Need Help with Just a Single Room or a Few Spaces in Your Apartment? 

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The new Home-Life Package is your answer then! 

Based on the ‘Your Space’ package, Home-Space takes into account the room you use most often for many purposes. You might be using your living room as an office and children’s playroom at the same time. Or, your bedroom has become your sanctuary/gym and home school study. Whatever it is we will provide a quote based on the size of your room and take $500 off our regular Your Space pricing. 

The Home-Life Package Builds Function and Style in Your Multipurpose Space

Because we’re an online, e-design company, we don’t need to be in your homes at all to help you! We love working with our clients’ existing furniture and if you need help repurposing what you already have, we can do that too.

We understand what it’s like to live in a small space with other people. If you feel your space is too cluttered, or you lack the privacy you need for peace and quiet, we can help by restructuring the space to fit your specific needs, while adding the flare to meet your own personal style.

What Do We Need From You?

To access our Home-Life discount, just select the ‘Your Space’ package in our package plans. All we need from you are:

  • Photos of the space(s) you are looking to renovate
  • A few notes on the function it is currently serving. 
  • Notes on how you want it to serve you.

We will provide you with the quote and $500 off discount. 

Every package includes a questionnaire for us to learn more about you and your style. We will also book a video call between you and our online interior designer to discuss the use of your space, including its function, light, colours, furniture and what your expectations are for the end result. From there, our design team creates a floor plan and design to follow your vision and YOU get to start bringing it to life!

Let’s Look at “Home” Differently. 

Our Home-Life package will help keep you busy and loving your home while staying inside to flatten the curve

We know you’re staying inside because it’s what’s best for the health of our neighbours and communities, but we also want you to love the space you’re in while isolated. We hope this package helps to ignite that spark of creativity and joy you may be searching for right now. We are just a call or email away. Email us hello@goodspaceplansonline or (604) 669-2064

 

6 Truths about Online Interior Design

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6 Truths about Online Interior Design

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Have you looked at your home lately and wanted to change the way it looks, or even how it makes you feel? Do you feel overwhelmed with how to start? Then online interior design (also known as e-design) may be the next step for you. 

Through virtual connection, interior designers can help you create a beautiful space that connects your personal style with your lifestyle…and all without stepping a foot into your home. Wonder how that’s even possible? Then here are 6 truths about online interior design you may not have known:

1. An e-designer doesn’t have to be in your home to design 

How online interior design works

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With online interior design, we never step a foot into your home. Instead, we set up virtual meetings to review the details of your home and discuss the goals and aspirations of your place. 

Photographs, accurate measurements & good conversation is what support us in creating your space without physically being in it. With this information, e-designers can think spatially and help you envision what your new space will look like through diagrams, images, mood boards and floor plans. 

2. Online interior design is more accessible 

Unlike those interior design shows on TV, e-design is accessible to everyone, and where you live won’t affect your access to professional support and guidance. This works great for those living in remote communities, or are unable to be home for in-person meetings. 

E-designers can also work around your busy schedule by having our design consultations over the phone or video chat conferencing while you’re at home or work. As a result, the meetings move quickly and commuting time is cut out of the equation. You could even have the meeting in your pyjamas and no one would be the wiser!

3. E-design is more affordable

We believe everyone should have a home they love living in, and e-design can help make that happen at a fraction of the cost of full-service interior design.  Through online systems, virtual meetings and collaboration between the interior designer and client, a great design is within reach for more people than ever before.

Our e-design service package is a set-price, with no hidden fees. We have a payment schedule after your initial deposit, to equalize the payments over the design process. Additionally, Good Space Plans offers a money-back guarantee if you choose to cancel your Good Space Plan before our first designer meeting.

4. E-design removes any risk you make on DIY renovation

Have you ever bought a new piece of furniture, then discovered it didn’t fit in your building elevator? Or, have you ever brought home a new decor item, then realized it didn’t work in your room at all? Have you ever spent thousands of dollars on new flooring or countertops that didn’t actually serve your needs?

The truth is, planning is the biggest, most important part of renovating a home. It minimizes risk and better manages your budget. 

With online interior design, planning and risk management is done early on in the project. We provide accurate dimensions of your space and the furniture we select so everything fits to how you envision it. We also plan around your budget and share links to every item we recommend to meet your style preference.

And with our expert eye, we can help save you from making the wrong choice when purchasing items for your home (like purchasing furniture that won’t fit into your home). 

5. Online interior design can help change the way you feel about your space

Often homeowners will engage an online interior designer when they fall out of love with their space or if it no longer serves their functional needs. A successful design project is marked by falling in love with space again. It’s about changing the way you feel when you’re in your own home or office. 

To reach that goal, we create a collaborative e-design process where YOU become the centre of it all. Through our design process, we get to know your personal style and lifestyle to make your home or office reflect your own needs. The end result is a plan that’s perfectly suited to who you are and help you fall in love with your space again. 

6. E-Design gives you control of your project 

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We often cringe at those home shows on TV where the designer does one consultation and sends the homeowners away until the big reveal. The homeowners lose the benefits of collaboration and lose control of the project. 

However, with online interior design, YOU are the driver. We provide our expert consultation and explain the “why” behind every choice we recommend. You are engaged in every decision and ultimately decide on how much you spend and how you want the designs implemented. 

Through this type of collaboration, we get to see the sense of pride every homeowner experiences at the end of their project because they were part of the process from beginning to end. 

Getting started with Online Interior Design

We can simplify the online interior design process into 3 steps: 

  1. Together, we collaborate
  2. Then, our design team creates
  3. And, you make it come to life

At Good Space Plans Online, we address 5 key elements into every design: Function, Surfaces, Light, Goods, and You! “You” is at the centre of everything we do because your style and needs will be reflected in the items we recommend and the space around you. 

When you’re ready for us to get to know YOU, check out our custom Good Space Plans and choose the plan that meets your needs or contact us if you’d like to chat with one of our team members today. 

Spring cleaning Tips from the Home Experts

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Spring cleaning tips from the home experts

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Longer daylight hours are finally upon us and the sunshine is (hopefully) here to stay. But, those gorgeous warm rays are going to highlight all the dust and dirt in our homes! Time for some spring cleaning tips from the home expert team at Good Space Plans Online!

We’re going to share some of our favourite decluttering and spring cleaning tips, and how you can incorporate Spring 2020 home decor trends into your home. 

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Cleaning tips for Spring

Spring cleaning can seem like a gargantuan task so many of us avoid it! Like any big task, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make a huge difference and helps increase the likelihood that we’ll actually do it. 

Here are some of our favourite tips to make spring cleaning easier this year:

  • Declutter first: Decluttering your spaces can make a quick, noticeable difference. Seeing how much cleaner your home can be when you get rid of things you don’t need, can be a great motivator to keep tidying and cleaning! That’s why we always suggest decluttering as our first spring cleaning tip. 
  • Use a checklist: Do you love the satisfaction of crossing stuff off your to-do list? Then make a list of everything you want to clean and check it off as you go along. Here is a handy spring cleaning checklist you can start with. 
  • Break it up: If your list looks too daunting, break it into chunks. You could do a few tasks every day, do it one room at a time, or group similar cleaning tasks together. 
  • Work top to bottom: Try to clean higher areas first. This way if dust and debris fall down, you won’t have to re-clean areas you’ve already done!
  • Consider green: When possible, consider eco-friendly cleaners for your home. A steam cleaner is a great, chemical-free way to clean sofas and floors. 
  • Hire help: Who says you have to clean your own house! Hire a reputable cleaning company to clean the things you don’t want to!

When you finish any big cleaning job, reward yourself! Maybe you can go out for dinner (as a bonus this means no dirty dishes tonight). Break open a bottle of special wine. Book yourself in for a special spa treatment. But of course, the BEST reward is just walking around in a clean, clutter-free home!

And, now that your home has been tidied and cleaned, it’s time to bring the Spring inside your home. Next, we’ll look at what spring 2020 design trends we’re expecting.

Spring home decor trends for 2020

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Spring signifies rebirth and fresh starts and this year’s home decor trends are no exception. This session we’re expecting design trends that create new space for new energy and rebirth.

Here are some spring home decor trends from House Beautiful:

  • Pops of pink: Picking a bright accent colour is a great way to easily celebrate the season. This spring, we’re expecting pink to be a popular colour. It’s fresh, bright, and can be easily worked into your room as an accent pillow, throw, rug, or fun decor item. 
  • Pendant lights: Pendant lights have long been a popular home decor trend, but this season we’re going to see them in larger clusters. Perhaps you could add them around a traditional chandelier over your dining table. We’re also going to see more pendant lighting made from natural materials. 
  • Floral wallpaper and wall decals: We’re not talking tacky turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper, instead, look forward to larger floral patterns and designs. They are sure to become a great conversation piece at your next housewarming or party.
  • Neutral walls: If floral wallpaper is too loud for your style, then choose a neutral wall colour. It will stand the test of time and work with virtually any furniture and seasonal decor you bring into the room. 
  • Bird decor: Following in the natural and floral themes of Spring 2020, we’re expecting to see whimsical touches of bird-themed decor around the home. 
  • Rattan pieces: Furniture made from rattan palms add great natural-looking textures to your space. Look for Rattan furniture in either vintage or modern-looking designs based on your design style. 
  • Mixed metals: Don’t be afraid to mix different metal fixtures and hardware in your home. We’ve seen some great kitchens with miss-matched knobs and handles. To avoid too much chaos, pick either a finish, colour, or shape to be consistent, and then mix and match other qualities.

Sometimes after doing your spring cleaning, you may notice that it’s also time to buy new furniture for your home! 

We always love to support local and Canadian designers and manufacturers, so we recommend:

When you do choose to buy new furniture, be sure it can actually fit in your space. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had people come to us saying they bought a new sofa or dresser and couldn’t get it inside their home!

To avoid this, download our free guide to ensuring a smooth furniture delivery this spring. 

And if you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan.

Essential spring/summer moving tips for 2020

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Essential Spring Moving Tips for 2020

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Now that things are starting to open up again after the COVID-19 quarantine, many homeowners are considering moving this summer. If you are planning to move into a new home this spring or summer, now is the time to start preparing. Moving can be a challenging time with so much to do, so many vendors to coordinate, and so much cleaning and packing involved. 

Which is why we are going to share a few tips to make your spring move easier and avoid any costly moving mistakes while staying safe during COVID:

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Tip #1: Start decluttering now

Even if you move later in the Spring or Summer, a good tip is to start decluttering and tidying right now as to not overwhelm yourself later. If you’re also selling your current home, your realtor is going to ask you to do this too – less stuff in the space shows off the great things about your home!  

Start decluttering and packing away items you don’t need now, so you can do it without the pressure of time leaning on you. 

Once you’ve cleaned, what do you do with everything you no longer need or want?

  • Recycle it: Take it to a recycling center to be safely recycled.
  • Upcycle it: Can you give that dresser a new coat of paint, or turn those old tires into garden planters instead of throwing them away? (hint: Pinterest is a great place to get upcycling inspiration).
  • Give it away: If your niece has been eyeing up that family heirloom and if you no longer have room for it consider giving it to her
  • Donate it: There are many organizations that will gladly accept donations of used clothing, furniture, and household items. Hint: there are many organizations out there that are seeking donations for vulnerable people during COVID-19. 
  • Have a garage sale: Host a garage sale to get rid of unwanted stuff, make a little extra cash, and not have to worry about transporting it. Make sure to wear personal protective equipment and ensure things are being sanitized properly. 
  • Call a junk removal company: If you have lots of stuff that really can’t be given a new home, put it all together and call a junk removal company who can safely get rid of your unwanted item. 

Once you’ve decluttered, start deep cleaning your home. You can do it yourself, or hire a cleaning company that specializes in full-house cleans for moves. 

For more tips on decluttering and tidying of your home, check out this post full of spring cleaning and decluttering tips

Tip #2: Hire a moving company early

Now that things are starting to open up again, the competition to get a moving company is going to be tight. And unless you’ve got lots of kind friends with big trucks, we suggest always hiring a moving company soon! They can transport all your stuff much more efficiently and safely than your buddies…and in less time!

Hiring a moving company has great value and here are some ways to manage your costs:

  • Book a weekday move: weekends are the busiest for moving companies so if you can take a day or two off work mid-week your cheque book will thank you. 
  • Book mid-month: Most people take possession of their homes at the beginning/end of the month, so that’s when moving companies are in high demand and often raise their prices. Move mid-month to save money. 
  • Move in Spring: Spring is considered the off-season – this may work to your advantage.  so there are more deals to be had than summertime moves. 

Tip #3: Be cautious of changing spring/summer weather

Spring on the west coast of Canada is so beautiful, but it can also be unpredictable. It’s entirely possible for it to rain on your moving day! Be prepared with covers and wraps for any furniture or household items that you don’t want wet. 

Tip #4: Plan your Interior Design and Decor themes before your spring move

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Moving into a new home is a great time to elevate your new decor. Consider the style of your new home, the neighbourhood, and your personal style preferences. 

How do you elevate your decor for your home? First pick your general style (casual, formal, traditional, contemporary, minimalist…etc). Then build a Pinterest board that really inspires you. An example would be from one of our clients, Elaine Fairey, who planned her own dream living room from Pinterest. If you have a particular love for a specific geographical region or culture, then you can use it as inspiration too.

If part of your decor plan includes painting, do it before you move all your belongings and furniture in the house. Why? Because 1) it’s much easier to do it when your house isn’t full of stuff that you need to work around and cover with drop sheets, and 2) because if you don’t do it now, you’re less likely to do it later. 

Above all, remember to consider your lifestyle and how you live – pets your schedules – in your home decor plan. For example, if you choose a white, clean, and minimalistic design, will you be able to maintain it? 

Tip #5 Plan your spaces before you move 

What home decor theme(s) have you picked for your new home? We recommend creating a furniture space plan ahead of time to plan where your furniture will be best placed. It’s possible that your current furniture won’t fit the space or the vision you have for your new home. 

To help you decide whether or not to keep your existing furniture, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Do you still like it? If it’s a piece of furniture you’ve fallen out of love with, now is the best time to find it a new home (aka donate, recycle, or toss). If you still like it, can you make it work as-is or through upcycling?
  2. Does the style work with your new decor and design vision? Often the style of your current furniture doesn’t really work with your vision for your new home. For example, you may be moving into a heritage home, and have modern pieces that would look odd in your new home. If it doesn’t fit with your new vision, consider not bringing them to your new house.
  3. Does the item actually fit in your home? Consider not just the space it will take in your house, but whether it will even fit through the door! Thankfully we’ve got a free furniture moving guide that can help you figure that out. 

Have Fun!

Moving into a new home in Spring is such an amazing time! Planning a spring or summer move? Then there are many things you can start prepping now so it’s not all left to the last minute. Start by decluttering your home. Then prepare and packing what you don’t need now. Finally, start to plan your new home decor.

If you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan Online.