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Backlogs Grow, Business Remains Solid

Despite growing challenges, members rate the future industry outlook highest in a year; 55% said the scope of their average project had increased in Q1 versus the same period in 2021, while only 7% reported a decrease. Nearly twice as many…

International Trade Rebounds

International trade in goods rebounded significantly in 2021, following the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. The value of Canada's merchandise exports and imports rose to record highs in 2021, while the number of…

Return On Design Investment: Money

RODI can be quantified in money saved, productive employees, and increased profitability. This article will show you how we have achieved these results for our clients based on the hundreds of commercial design projects. Small improvements…

Creating The Space For Possibilities

Within 200 years, we have taken a forest of 100% original growth and reduced it to under 3%, and only a fraction of the value from this extraction has remained here for future generations. High-quality wood from other places seems more…

Prices And Profit

Many people would think that someone in business for over 35 years would know everything, right? But Gerald Van Woudenberg, President of Van Arbour Design, knows there’s always more to learn. “Start with being curious and open,” explained…

A Case for Colour in the Kitchen

White cabinets remain popular after dominating the kitchen design scene for the past decades. They’re considered failproof, offer a clean and timeless look, and fit in with various styles, from farmhouse to minimalist to traditional. This…

Custom Made Concepts Hits the Road

“I was approached by a man in his sixties planning to travel all over North America in this van. He had hired somebody to do an initial concept of what he wanted and reached out to me for help because he’d seen my millwork and liked what I…

The Total Package is Dynamic

Dynamic Kitchens produces, on average, eight to ten full custom kitchens per month and are heavily focused on retail, which accounts for about 70% of their business. The other 30% is made up of a few select builders, renovators, and…

Integrating Tech Into Kitchen Design

Rapid advances in home technology are changing the way designers think about kitchen design and the expectations of their client base. This is especially the case concerning Millennials — the ones driving the integration of technology and…

6 Popular Backsplash Trends

Sometimes overlooked in renovations, the backsplash is a key detail in kitchen décor. When properly matched with cabinets, countertops, and accessories, it sets the tone and mood of the central room of the home. The backsplash is practical…