Will building an addition add value to my home?

Building an addition on your house is one of the most involved and expensive renovations that a homeowner can commit to. While it’s important to understand the scope of such a project, the magnitude alone should not be enough to discourage you from going forward. There are many excellent reasons to build an addition – and adding value to your home is one of them.

Defining value

When you think about the value that an addition will add to your home, it is important to consider both the resale value and the added enjoyment that you and your family will get from adding extra living space to your house.

For a growing family, having extra space can mean the difference between staying in a neighbourhood that you love and having to move. Adding a sunroom, dining room or family room can mean more time spent entertaining friends and family as well as more room in the home to get away for a little downtime. Building a home office, workshop or studio can give you more freedom by not having to commute every day.

Resale value is also important. If you don’t have a large master bedroom with an ensuite for example, adding one can positively affect the price tag of your home when it comes time to sell. If resale value is one of your main concerns, it is a good idea to consult with a real estate agent who is familiar with your neighbourhood.  They will be able to give you advice on what type of home additions bring in the highest prices from home buyers.

Why not just move?

Moving is certainly one way to get the extra space that your family needs without having to go through the renovation process. While this option should not be discounted entirely, it is important to remember that there are drawbacks here to.

First of all, you may not be able to get your desired amount of space and floorplan and still remain in your neighbourhood of choice. There are almost always compromises.

Second, while putting an addition on your house is an investment that will allow you to recover a good portion of your costs when you sell, there are expenses involved in moving which cannot be recovered such as movers’ and lawyers’ fees. And if you think that this is a small amount, think again – it is estimated that the amount you spend moving once you include fees for buying and selling will equal about 10% of the purchase price for a property.

If you spend 10% of the value of your current property on renovations instead, you might be able to add that sunroom you’ve always wanted, an ensuite bath or another addition.  And you won’t have to uproot your family in the process.

Putting an addition on a house takes time and money but it can also be very rewarding in the end. The value you gain both from added enjoyment of your home and the actual selling price are important factors to consider when making your decision.

Courtesy: The Reno Pros

How much does a home addition cost?

A home addition is one of the most expensive renovation projects a homeowner may undertake. Its also one of the most exciting projects because an addition is literally brand new space that didn’t exist before. The opportunity to design a new space with added features and finishes and expand the living area of your home is a very engaging process that will breathe new life into your daily routines.

Is the investment worth it?

We encourage our clients to consider property value – both current and post-addition. Enlisting the help of a real estate agent and a bank appraiser will provide valuable insight. Adding more square footage and greater street appeal will obviously increase the value of your home. However, this level of investment should be balanced with the valuations of other homes in the same area.

We also encourage our clients to consider their own lifestyle needs and desires. In our opinion, this is equally if not more important that resale value. ROI (return on investment) should always be a consideration for any major investment but this is not only measured financially. Functionality, capacity, style, leisure, pleasure and pure satisfaction are legitimate ROI for a remodeling project.

Variables that effect cost

While there are common material and labour costs for building an addition i.e., lumber, fasteners, framing labour, etc., there are many variables that will impact the overall cost of an addition. The design alone can impact the price given the shape of the layout, the roofline, the structural design – the more complex, the more expensive.

The type of rooms within the building envelope vary in cost also. A bedroom for example is far less expensive to build and finish than a bathroom or kitchen where plumbing and additional electrical requirements add substantially to the cost-per-square-foot.

Fixtures and finishes will also dramatically impact the cost of a home addition. For example, a simple kitchen faucet can be purchased at a big box store for as low as $99 or a brand name, touchless, stainless steel or black powder coated version can cost upwards to $1000 purchased at a high-end kitchen & bath showroom.

Home technology is an inspiring new aspect of space design. When remodeling, there are opportunities to include smart features like automated lighting controls, thermostats, security systems, smoke and CO detectors and even integrated sound systems.

Understanding the project process and cost breakdowns

Its important to understand that building an addition is a major project. The guidance, insight and efficiency that you will receive from a qualified design/build team is invaluable.

Although daunting at times, the process should be an enjoyable one. After all, you are embarking on an exciting transformational journey!

The following is a breakdown of some of the associated costs:

  • Architectural design services – this professional discipline is critical to a successful addition. The design of both the layout and the exterior esthetic can make or break the functionality and the appeal of the finished project. With home additions there should be considerable thought given to the way in which the new building blends with the original – this is where your architect can really shine. The architect will also ensure that all codes and bylaws are adhered to and provide all the details for the building permits to be processed in a timely fashion. Cutting corners here or failing to provide the proper documents can delay the start date of your home addition project unnecessarily.
  • Demolition and preparation – There is a lot of work to be done prior to the start date. Building out will require excavation which could include moving or removing trees and shrubs or existing structures like garages, sheds, gazebos, etc. Building up will require demolition of the roof and will require breaking through into the main floor at some point to build access to the upper floor (stairs) and to facilitate new plumbing, HVAC and electrical wiring. This means there is main floor preparation to clear the way and minimize the impact to the existing floors.
  • Support structures must be built – this includes roof trussed and beams that connect the existing structure to the new one. Roof trusses can be built on site or pre-engineered. Building on site is more labour intensive but may be necessary depending on the roof design.
  • Exterior finish options include, brick, stone, vinyl siding, stucco or any combination of these elements. There is a wide range of roofing options from clay to steel and the more traditional ashphalt shingles. Window sizes and styles also vary and should be chosen carefully to fit the overall design and scale of the structure.
  • As mentioned earlier, the fixtures and finishes selected will impact both the design and the overall cost of the project. There are many choices for flooring, wall finishing, cabinetry, trim, hardware, etc.
  • The addition of smart technology in your home addition should be considered as it is the perfect opportunity to hardwire different elements and enable you to expand the capacity for more devices in the future.
  • Plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems will need to be evaluated to ensure that they are capable of the added ‘load’ that will be placed on them with the additional space.
  • Landscaping may be necessary once the addition is completed. Ashphalt or paving tile, interlocking brick – even new sod and shrubs may need to be part of the overall plan.

The bottom line      

Price isn’t everything and shouldn’t necessarily be the most important factor in the decision to build out or build up with your new home addition. However, a budget is necessary to ensure that you get good value and that you are prepared to see your home addition project through to completion. We recommend a contingency of at least 10% of the overall project cost for unforeseen expenses or for upgrades along the way.

On average, a home addition with Verve Studio will cost $225/sq.ft.

The range of addition prices will vary depending on the type of space that is designed. A basic room – bedroom, living room, etc. will be costed at $175 – $200/sq.ft. where a bathroom or kitchen will be in the range of $300 – $325/sq.ft.

How to tell if a wall is load-bearing

Most people enjoy an open floor plan these days, but it’s impossible to achieve that look in older homes without taking down a few walls. Since some of those walls might be keeping the rest of the house standing, it’s important to understand how load-bearing walls work and be able to identify them.

People often ask me if certain walls in their home can be torn out, and it isn’t always easy to tell just by looking at them. Newer houses or those that have previously undergone structural renovation—like adding or removing rooms—are particularly difficult to decipher, so it’s always a good idea to check with an architect or engineer before actually picking up a sledgehammer. (There may be permits required as well, so check with your local building authority.)

Of course, there are plenty of reasons you may want to have an idea of which walls may be load-bearing, even before you’re at the point of calling in a pro. Here are a few things that can help.

Understand the Structure

A structural wall actually carries the weight of your house, from the roof and upper floors, all the way to the foundation. (The weight that is being transferred down at any given point in the house is called the “load”, hence “load-bearing walls.”) Because this weight is transferred from one level of the house to the next, load-bearing walls are typically directly over one another on each floor. Exterior walls are always load-bearing, and if there is a previous addition involved, some exterior walls may now look like interior walls, but they are almost certainly still load-bearing.

Start at the Foundation

In a house that has an unfinished basement or easily accessible wall, finding the beams— typically a metal I-beam or a multi-board wood beam—is a good indication of where the weight of the house is resting. A wall directly above those beams (and any walls directly above those walls) are probably load-bearing.

Look at the Floor Joists

If you can see the floor joists, either from the basement looking up to the first floor, or from the attic looking down to the floor below, note their direction. A load-bearing wall will often be perpendicular to floor joists. If you see a wall that appears to be holding up an intersection of joists at any point, that wall is likely load-bearing as well. (Not all walls that are perpendicular to floor joists are load-bearing, and a load-bearing wall may occur at a place where there is not an intersection of joists as well, this is why it’s important to look at the overall structure of the house.)

Look Above

If a wall doesn’t have any walls, posts, or other supports directly above it, it’s far less likely that it’s load-bearing. This is also true when looking in the attic. If you have an unfinished attic, but see knee walls (walls under 3′ in height that support the roof rafters) those are likely directly above a load-bearing wall as well.

Courtesy: Kit Stansley

 

Kitchen Budget Calculator

Using your home’s value to determine a reasonable budget

The 5 to 15% Rule

The 5 to 15% rule is a guideline that is widely accepted within the remodeling and building industries and can help you get a sense of what is reasonable to spend given the value of your home.

The 5-15% rule states that the entire kitchen project should cost no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home. The national average is 8%.

The basis of the rule is that if you spend less than 5%, there is a good chance you may be devaluing your home. If you spend more than 15%, there is a good chance you are overspending, and will not recoup your investment at a reasonable rate.

Things to consider in determining the percentage that works for you

Your evaluation of how much you spend should take into account the prominence of your kitchen within your home (the more prominent it is, the more impact it has on the value of your home), how much time you and your family spend in the kitchen and of course, how much you can afford. Up to a point, the higher quality home you live in, the higher a potential buyer’s expectation will be regarding the condition of the kitchen and the bigger the impact it will play in the appeal of the home.

National Standards

The National Kitchen Bath Association conducted a recent survey in which they found that on average,homeowners using professional services (this is not a DIY budget) allocated their budget as follows:

Cabinetry 48%
Countertops 18%
Appliances 15%
Fixtures 6%
Lighting and electrical 5%
Flooring 5%
Walls and Trim 3%

Credit: Toronto Cabinetry

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Hot Water Tanks

The scientific community is pretty much in agreement, global warming is occurring. We all want to do our part – recycling our waste, smaller vehicles with greater fuel economy, saying ‘no’ to plastic grocery bags at the local market, etc. More and more Canadians are become energy conscious when it comes to energy usage in the home, and a significant portion of energy goes into heating our domestic water.

Tankless, instantaneous, on-demand hot water heat has never been more popular. And why shouldn’t it be? Energy efficiency is reported to be in the 80-85% range (95-97% for the condensing units), tankless heaters only heat the water when you turn a tap on, they’re almost silent running, and CO2 emissions are reduced by 900-1000 pounds per year per average household installation! Time to replace your water heater? You’re of course going to want to replace it with a tankless system right? Well – maybe.

Before jumping in with both feet, know what you’re getting into. Tankless may work great for your household dynamic, but it’s not for everybody.

It’s a Tankless Job

Probably the main thing to realize is that a tankless system is just that – tankless. No water storage tank at all. With a tankless system, when you turn on a hot water tap, here’s what happens: Opening the faucet allows water to flow inside pipe and out the faucet. A flow sensor within the tankless system detects this flow usually within a couple of seconds. Once flow is detected, the system’s computer (yup, there’s a computer) tells the tankless unit to come to life, firing up the burners and starting up the exhaust fan (these are various levels of “silent”, but none as silent as not having a fan at all). The cold water goes through these burners in a series of small water channels (a heat exchanger) quickly heating the water to a predetermined temperature (also continually monitored by the computer). Once appropriately heated, the hot water is sent on its way to the open faucet. When the faucet is closed, the flow sensor notifies the computer that flow has stopped, which in turn shuts down the burner and goes back to sleep awaiting the day flow begins anew.

This flow that we’re speaking of is also important when considering a tankless unit’s practical use. Various tankless models are designed with various levels of maximum flow. This flow is measured in GPM (gallons per minute) for a set tempurature rise. Many tankless units considered to be multi-bathroom use capable, can produce 9 GPM of heated water with a 35 degree fahrenheit temperature rise. This means that if the cold water entering the house is 40 degrees fahrenheit, the unit is capable of “instantly” heating it to 75 degrees at 9 GPM of flow. This same unit would also be rated at approximately 7 GPM with a 45 degree fahrenheit temperature rise, so it can keep up with a solid 85 degrees (about the temperature of a swimming pool) at 7 gallons per minute of flow.
Typical flow for: GPM
(gallons per minute)
Bathtub 4
Wash machine 3
Dishwasher 3
Shower head 2.5
Kitchen faucet 2.2
Bathroom faucet 1.5

I’m probably losing you here, but it’s important to understand this before going tankless! If you’re like me, you probably like to have a nice hot shower (about 105 degrees) so the tankless unit will need to raise the water temperature 65 degrees. To accomplish this temperature rise, we can guesstimate the flow rate would be around 3½ to 4 GPM. Thankfully, my shower head only allows 2½ GPM of flow, so I’m in the clear by 1 ½ to 2 GPM. Fingers crossed that no-one turns on a dishwasher or wash machine!

Since you likely currently have a typical old-fashioned hot water tank, let’s look how that works. When you turn on a hot water tap, water flows from your hot water tank (that is already filled with hot water) to the faucet. Hmmm. Which system is truly “instantaneous”? No computer, no fan, no waiting for burners to come on to heat,  and no flow reduction based on temperature demand. Its full flow all the way at 140 degrees. A standard hot water tank can easily handle simultaneous usage. My wife and I have a standard 40 gallon natural gas John Wood hot water tank, and two teenage daughters. There is never any thought to turn off the wash machine or dishwasher when someone is in the shower, and we have never run out of hot water. Flow limitations for a standard hot water tank system is dependent upon the waterline sizing, not the water heating capability.

Energy Requirements

Tankless heaters have no time to gradually heat the water, it needs to heat the water fast, efficiently and now! This is why a typical gas tankless heater runs at a whopping 199,000 BTU. Thankfully, it only fires on demand, but when the demand is there it FIRES! If you have an hour long shower, its firing for an hour long. A typical hot water tank relies on its storage (usually 40 to 50 gallons) and an extended recovery time (30 to 40 minute range). In my previous house I installed a quick recovery 50 gallon hot water tank, that recovered quickly enough that even when we had lots of guests staying over, it easily kept our water hot. It was a 50,000 BTU tank.

BTU (British Thermal Unit)
One British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy it takes to heat 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. With appliances, the BTU value refers to BTUs per hour.

Lighting an ordinary match and letting it burn its length radiates about 1 BTU of energy.

Imagine lighting 199,000 matches and you can see the energy released by a tankless water heater in an hour!

Energy Efficiency

Most tankless units are energy efficient within the unit themselves. I mentioned before that typical tankless units run at 80-85% efficiency and the higher end condensing units upwards to 97% energy efficiency rating. What may surprise you is some natural gas hot water tanks have energy efficiency ratings as high as 95%. Some commercial hot water tanks are rated as high as 99.1% efficient! Modern hot water heaters are much more efficient than they used to be. If you put your hand on the side of a modern hot water tank that’s full of 140 degree hot water, the tank shell isn’t even warm, it will feel cool to the touch.

Insulate your hot water lines!

The greatest culprit in heating loss comes not from the heating system used to heat the water, but rather from hot water lines in the house that aren’t insulated. If you have a tankless water heater sending hot water down 50 feet of un-insulated water line, it loses energy the whole way along the line until the pipe is heated up to the same temperature as the water inside it. This is why the water seems to gradually get warmer until finally its hot. The same is true for typical storage hot water tanks. The tank can be as efficient as can be, but if the water lines aren’t insulated, it must waste energy heating those lines up before you finally get the full benefit of the hot water. If you have un-insulated hot water lines in your house that are also part of a recirculation system, the recirc line will actually heat your house, albeit very inefficiently.

Cold Water Sandwich

People investigating tankless systems or who’ve spoken with someone who owns this sort of system will invariably come across the term “cold water sandwich”. What does this mean? With a tankless system, let say your spouse just had a shower so the water lines between the shower and the tankless heater are all hot. Now its your turn for a shower, so you jump in and turn the water on. Immediately, there is hot water coming because the lines are all full of hot water, and you’re in there happily singing at the top of your lungs. But remember, tankless systems aren’t truly “instantaneous” – and I love this part – so while the flow sensor is waiting for a ½ gallon of cold water to go through before it decides to come to life and start heating, you’ve got a ½ gallon of cold water barreling down the line toward you while your singing in the shower. “IEee!” Cold water sandwich! Kind of like putting a bucket of cold water above a partly open door.

So what to do about this? We always, always put in a water storage tank to work in conjunction with a tankless heater. Anywhere from a 2 to 30 gallon electric works just fine for this. It acts as a buffer to ensure that any cold water is completely absorbed by the hot water tank – not by your backside. Also, the electric tank will be always be ready and waiting for you, full of hot water, so you truly get the instantaneous heat you’ve grown accustomed to. Instead of the electric tank having to heat up cold 40 degree water, it is fed only hot water from the tankless heater, making it more efficient. There are also hybrid hot water heaters that combine both tankless with a storage tank in one unit.

To be fair, many tankless water heaters now try to reduce the cold water sandwich effect using various methods. On of these methods is to measure the length of time between the last hot water usage and the current hot water request. If the time is short enough (a minute or two), the tankless unit will fire up within one or two seconds reducing the amount of cold water coming at you. Whatever method is used, the cold water sandwich is still with us, and something you need to be aware of.

Final thoughts

The biggest plus that I can give to a tankless system is that is takes up less space. It hangs up very nicely on the wall. When installed correctly, it’s a clean looking unit. However, by the time you’ve also installed the “buffer” tank, the space savings start to dwindle. When installed correctly, a tankless system can be as efficient as a high efficiency storage tank, but the installation price is certainly higher, and you end up having a water storage tank anyhow. Tankless is very trendy right now, and yes we do install them, but you might want to talk to us about high efficiency water storage tanks that will save your pocketbook as well as the environment. If your convinced a tankless system is right for your situation, get a price quote for installing a tankless hot water heater in your home.

Credit: Home Plumbing Service, Vancouver, BC

The energy in your environment

At Verve Studio our design philosophy is influenced by the understanding from science that everything is in motion. This motion causes vibrations throughout the universe. Physics explains that all matter at a sub-atomic level is made up of particles that are constantly moving and colliding creating friction, harmonic vibration and energy.

Energy is something we experience as we interact with our environment and with the people and objects in it. When designing spaces for living or working we explore and attempt to utilize the forces of energy that can be both strong and subtle. For example, there can be intensity in bold structure and rich hues versus the gentleness that can be experienced in soft textures, lighting and certain natural elements.

We have all felt energy variances on a personal level too – in our physical being. Energy surges when we are stimulated but we can just as quickly lose that feeling when we are tired or stressed. Other people impact our energy level in ways that either drain it from us or really get the juices flowing!

On a more metaphysical level the ancient wisdom traditions suggest that energy can and should be harnessed and directed to flow in ways that promote health, prosperity and overall well-being. Feng Shui is a Chinese cultural practice that addresses the ‘invisible forces’ known as qi or chi that bind the universe, earth and humanity together. Similar concepts exist in other cultures like Prana, the Hindu Sanskrit term for ‘life force’ or Lung, the word used in Tibetan Buddhism to describe the subtle flow of energy connected with the five elements of nature (air, fire, water, earth and space). Christianity, Islam and Judaism also celebrate life energy through encouraging spiritual connectedness to creation and the Creator.

Through a variety of interior design and renovation/revitalization projects we have come to understand that designing great spaces is both a science and an art. Achieving a positive, creative flow of energy is key. This requires connecting with the people living and functioning in a space and the space itself.

Understanding the lifestyle and desires of the people living in a home for example is vital to a meaningful design. But we also believe that ‘every space has a voice’. This is another way of saying that there is energy inherent in everything – including bricks and mortar. Successful design requires an appreciation for the vibrations or ‘vibe’ that a space generates or has the potential to generate.

This is important regardless of scale or format. Traditional style and historical restorations are usually guided by the determination to preserve and/or recreate that which was originally intended. Whereas contemporary and transitional design involve achieving a certain look and feel that captures the trend. Each strategy is greatly enhanced through a concentrated effort to discover and incorporate energy flow.

Following the principles of Feng Shui, it is possible to attract and direct positive energy. This involves both allowing and redirecting energy so that it is not lost or wasted. There is some skepticism of this concept particularly in western culture. However, an expanded awareness and acceptance of life energy, chi, karma, etc. has made these ideas more mainstream and relevant in modern design.

So how exactly do you uncover and/or create positive energy flow?

Sometimes this is major work if we are trying to restore significant features. However, like the archeologist that uncovers an architectural wonder it may prove to be well worth the effort. In other cases we may renovate or build something completely new. This also requires some determination and commitment but the freshness of a new space can invite an entirely new wave of energy and be life-changing. In most cases there are adjustments that can enhance existing spaces through thoughtful creative ideas to rejuvinate and revitalize.

During an initial design consultation in a home for example, we will look for ways to create excitement and interest utilizing the architectural features of the property – like painting one wall to make it a focal point or shaping window treatments to highlight a great view. We also look for areas where space can be enlarged visually by reworking the layout to increase floor space or removing clutter from the sightlines and we always strive to invite more ambient light. On the subject of light, there are many opportunities to really ramp up the vibe with targeted, mood-enhancing lighting.

Referring to the Feng Shui Bagua map, there are areas of a home that can be constructed to invite and celebrate prosperity, fame & reputation, love & marriage, health & family and more. Special consideration is given to entranceways where energy enters the home and the various places in the home where life unfolds. There are even strategies for bathroom design to ensure that energy isn’t literally ‘flushed down the toilet’.

The obvious – or maybe not so obvious – objective is to create spaces that are functional, attractive and comfortable to live and/or work in. We will serve ourselves well if we can tap into the energy that surrounds us. Ultimately, ‘creatively energized’ spaces will bring us happiness and harmony with our surroundings and with the others that share them with us.

Why is colour so important?

At Verve Studio, we approach each new design project by asking ourselves “what does this space need to come alive?”

To break this down, we look at the following:

  • What are the unique architectural features? Or, what can be done to create features (custom millwork or glasswork, crown moulding, etc.)?
  • What are the focal points? Or, what can be done to create one or more focal points of interest (textured finishes, artwork or sculpture, built-ins, etc.)?
  • What is our décor theme going to be (urban chic, modern, contemporary, transitional, etc.)?
  • And perhaps most importantly….
  • What is our colour palette going to be?

Colour is all around us – including the absence of colour (black and white). Some of our favorite artwork is black and white –photography and abstract, impressionist mixed media. Colour is part of our spatial experience… sky is blue, clouds are white and grey, grass is green. Elements are also associated with colour. In traditional Chinese art and culture, for example, black, red, grue (a combination of green and blue), white and yellow correspond to the five elements of water, fire, wood, metal and earth, taught in traditional Chinese physics.

Colour is a form of non verbal communication. Its meaning can change from the positive to the negative from one day to the next. For example, a person may choose to wear the color red one day and this may indicate they are ready to take action, or they may be passionate about what they are going to be doing that day, or again it may mean that they are feeling angry that day, on either a conscious or subconscious level.

Here is a colour psychologist’s interpretation of the positive meaning of certain colours…

  • Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.
  • Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful.
  • Green is the color of balance and growth. It can mean self-reliance as a positive.
  • Blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity.
  • Indigo is the color of intuition. In the meanings of colors it can mean idealism and structure.
  • Purple is the color of the imagination – creative and individual.
  • The color meaning of turquoise is communication and clarity of mind.
  • Pink is unconditional love and nurturing.
  • Magenta is a color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.
  • Brown is a serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection and material wealth.
  • Gray is the color of compromise – being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors.
  • Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides – it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.
  • Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
  • White is perfection – purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.
  • Black is secretive and the unknown with an air of mystery.

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With this kind of potential for colour to impact feelings and emotions, the strategic use of colour in the overall interior design plan is crucial – whether creating a warm, inviting and restful place or injecting energy and excitement. Colour – including the impact of light and shadow – can contribute to the feelings or mood (conscious and unconscious) that one experiences in a space.

So, this is why colour is so important.

The creative use of colour can help to evoke the desired response that any given project demands – from satisfying a client’s need for a space that reflects their personality and provides the sanctuary they desire to creating a showstopper property for the realtor/owner that is competing with thousands of other properties for sale in the market.

In November 1993, Canadian singer, Celine Dion released the album ‘The Colour of My Love’. The album sold over 6 million copies in the US, 4 million in Europe,  close to 2 million in Canada and over 1 million in Japan.  We’re not sure what the colour of love is – maybe passionate purple or hot pink – but at Verve Studio we believe colour is a big hit and worth exploring, in all shades, for its meaning and its emotional impact!

For examples of colour in action visit: www.vervestudio.ca