New Home, New Tech!

Everyone wants to save money, make life easier, and frankly, have cool gadgets in the home.  While some features are more practical than others, consider these advances in new home tech for your new or remodeled home.

HOME AUTOMATION:

Advances in home automation make it possible for virtually everything in your home to work together—from lighting, energy use, heating and cooling, security systems, door locks, garage doors, pools, home entertainment, and more. The options are limitless and it can all be controlled—even remotely—from a single screen, touch pad, or smart phone (iPad, iPhone, Android).

Some companies today make products that do what many new technologies only promise to do: make life easier by combining all of your home automation controls into one touch pad. Control devices can be retrofitted with components that “talk” to your home’s electronics—from the thermostat and alarm to the home entertainment system.

SOLAR POWER:

We have all heard this one before, but we’ve been waiting for a breakthrough in residential solar, and here it is.  A solar system can produce 20 to 100% of the annual power needed to run a home.  In Ontario we even have government backed homeowner incentive programs to help get you started and with the incentives the electricity off the roof is close to the same as buying power from Hydro One.  Add future rate increase(s) and the solar electricity gets cheaper every year.
Check out Solar Ontario for some more info.

INDOOR KITCHEN COMPOSTING:

While not quite as cool as home automation or outdoor media systems, indoor composting can be as easy as throwing out the trash—and a lot less smelly.
home composter sporting a carbon odor filter and an automated grinder that renders garden-ready fertilizer in just two weeks is available in the Linkyo Kitchen Composter. The indoor/outdoor bin slips inside any standard 15-inch-wide base cabinet.  Install it under kitchen countertops for easy access while working in the kitchen.

SUN TUNNELS:

Not every dark room is suitable for a skylight. The room may not have space on the ceiling or the attic may have obstructions. The Velux Sun Tunnel is a flexible tube that can navigate rocky paths out to the light and deliver into the room a small, round portal of light (14 inches or 21 inches in diameter).
These tunnels can bring light to typically dark areas of the house—closets, hallways, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Plus, the design is a lot more elegant than the typical window-on-the-ceiling skylight.

WIRELESS SPEAKERS IN CAN LIGHTS:

Can lights are small circular lights inset in the ceiling. They add elegance to any room. Now you can have the advantage of combining can lighting with ceiling speakers.
The Klipsch LightSpeaker system, which won the innovation award at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, is particularly cool because the speakers are wireless and install like a light bulb—just screw them in.
You can program each system for two different zones, so you can listen to different music in different rooms. Let there be light—and sound!

SMART GRID APPLIANCES:

As you work toward making your house interconnected, master-controlled, and wireless, don’t leave out the washing machine.
LG and other companies are increasingly offering smart grid appliances that you can control from your smart phone or tablet computer—or even remotely. When you’re on vacation, you won’t need to wash a load of laundry back home, but with this new technology you can monitor the energy use of each appliance and diagnose problems from ANYWHERE.
You’ll also soon be able to determine how much electricity or gas your appliances are using. With this knowledge, you can adjust when you use your dishwasher or dryer based on your utility’s peak time. Peak times are high-usage hours, and utility companies charge more during those times.
Setting your appliances to operate in low-usage times IS smart! And wouldn’t it be cool to tell your laser robot vacuum to have the house cleaned before you get home.

White Kitchen BackSplash Trends

Good Morning we hope that everyone is having a great week so far.  This weeks post we wanted to touch base on backsplash tile.  The options are endless, we do offer packages for backsplash to be added to your kitchens.  Different levels to choose from etc.  However customizing your kitchen can also be an option, getting creative and thinking outside the box. Here are some of our favorite backsplash ideas for lighter kitchens.

This first one was featured on ‘ Love it or List it Vancouver’, I just fell in love with the originality of it.  A modern porcelain tile that comes in a mix of 5 slightly different patterns.

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Another Beauty, this almost diamond shaped backsplash is a mixture of both Carrera and grey marble.

A classic way to incorporate a subway tile.  Simple changing the way it is layed, this herringbone backsplash is stunning.

This space overall I am in LOVE with.  From the open concept upper shelving, farm sink and of course the backsplash.  This backsplash is an arabesque style mosaic, they can come in stainless, marble and porcelain.

A mixture in this backsplash, overall it is all calacatta stone with an arabesque mosaic center feature.
Hope you enjoyed these kitchens and backsplash as much as I did!
Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Heritage Homes
 

Mud Rooms: What Are They and How to Best Utilize Them in Your Home

Hello everyone, this weeks posting is all about mudrooms.  Winter and fall being the two seasons where layers seem to be never ending.  You find yourself needing space and an area to store all of those winter boots, jackets and scarves.  This is when a functional mudroom becomes very handy.  In most of our plans mudrooms do come with the home, however the built in shelving does now.  We do offer build in bench and shelving as an option to finish customizing your home.  Below I show some photos of great ideas to include in your homes for mudrooms.

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Simple hooks, wall paneling and a shelf.

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Custom built ins like these help keep things DE-cluttered and organized.

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This can easily be achieved as a DIY with building a box for a bench , some upholstery fabric and cushion, shelf and hooks from your local hardware store.

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Have the space to keep your mudroom hidden? Do so with a rustic barn door!

Great ideas for mudrooms, even if you don’t have tons of space to do build ins or a bench. adding some decorative hooks can also be beneficial, better than seeing coats cluttered in a corner and piled on top of each other.

Ask us how to get custom shelving and bench into your home.

Lilly Cordeiro, Sunlight Heritage Homes

How To Get Your Furniture Arranged The Right Way.

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So you have bought your brand new home and you don’t know where to start when it comes to filling it up with furniture.  Knowing the basic layout rules can be a huge help, and get you a fun a polished look to every room.  I’ve taken some of the basic rules of furniture arranging and parted them into 10 simple tips. These will absolutely help you figure out where to put things, where not to put things and how to assist you with the choices you will be making.

Tip #1

Planning
First things first, before moving any actual furniture you need to have a plan in place.  Test your design on paper to make sure everything is included and in order.  Measure the room’s dimensions, noting the location of windows, doors, heat registers and electrical outlets, then draw up a floor plan on graph paper using cutouts to represent the furnishings. Or, better yet, use a free online room planner, they have everything these days.  Learn to draw the space and test various furniture configurations. It’s less work and a lot more fun.

Tip#2

Function

You need to think about how many people will be using this space and how the room will be used.  That will ultimately lead you towards what type of furnishings you’ll need and the amount of seating required.

Contemporary Living Room by Las Vegas Architects & Designers DANIELLA VILLAMIL INTERIORS

Tip #3

Focal Point

Knowing what your focal point is, is a very important aspect when furnishing a space.  It can be anything from a fireplace, view, television etc.  You would then organize the furniture accordingly.  If you plan to use this room to watch TV the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore, if you’ve got a 40-inch television, your chair should be 120 inches away.

Transitional Living Room by Chicago Photographers Marcel Page Photography

Tip #4

Priority

Place the largest pieces of furniture first, like the sofa in the living room or a bed in the bedroom. Usually these pieces should be facing the focal point in the room. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart to keep it close in proximity for conversation. Unless your room is a little smaller, try to avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls.  About a 6″ gap between the walls and furniture will give the illusion that the space is larger due to the shadow it creates.

Tip #5
Symmetry
We all have learned about symmetry at one point in our lives.  This is a very useful tip when it comes to styling your home.  Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms, this is when you can split a room in half and each side is exactly the same. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual.  Keep in mind that the pieces you do use fill the same amount of visual weight.  If this is off your room will look off as well.
Tip #6
Traffic
This is when Function ties into the space as well.  You need to think about the traffic flow through the room, the pathways into the room.  Don’t block that path with any large pieces of furniture if you can avoid it. Allow 30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic areas and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones. A maximum seating area is 12 ‘ x 12’.  So be sure to consider anything bigger you would need to split up and create a different seating area.
Tip #7
Variety
You want to vary in the size furniture pieces you use throughout the room.  Doing this allows your eyes move up and down as you scan the space.  Balance a larger or taller item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or use art to replicate the scale or visual weight).  Try to avoid putting two of the similar size objects next to each other.  This can look bland and un lively.
Tip#8
Contrast
This is all about mixing different shapes of furniture.  Combining straight and curved lines to help create contrast. If the furniture is modern and more linear, throw in a round table for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular or straight edged piece. Also consider pairing solids with voids.  For example combine a leggy chair with a solid side table, or a solid chair with a leggy table.
Tip #9
Easy Use
When placing your furniture in a room you should definitely keep in mind the proximities.  By Placing a table within easy reach of every  seat, being sure to combine pieces of similar scale, and make sure every reading chair has an accompanying lamp. Coffee tables should be located 14 to 18 inches from a sofa to provide sufficient legroom.  This also takes your guests comfort into consideration, imagine having a glass of wine and not having a place in easy reach to place it down for a minute.
Tip #10
Circulation.
So far I have only been discussing seating areas in living rooms and family rooms, bedrooms. However a dining room is just as important In a home.  Make sure there’s at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be enough. In bedrooms allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door.
With all of these Tips I am sure that filling up your home will be a lot less stressful and a lot more fun.  This wont make you a designer over night but it will most defiantly help you and make decorating more fun rather than work!
Lilly Cordeiro

 

Getting ready for the Holidays!

Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree… Its that time of year again when our homes will soon be filled with greenery, tinsel and eggnog.  When is the appropriate time to put up your Christmas tree?  Some people say Dec 1, others just go with family tradition.  I say anytime after Halloween is acceptable.  Its such a beautiful time of year, why not start as early as you can.

Here are some of my unique Christmas Tree favorites that I have gathered together. Enjoy! Feel free to share your Christmas Spirit and trees with us.

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Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Heritage Homes

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to share with you…

Our Upcoming Projects

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Sunlight Homes will be building in the Doon South Area, a Community called ‘ Grasslands of Stauffer Woods’.  Grasslands is a beautiful community near parks and walking trails, it is surrounded by Green space and minutes away from every big city amenity.  This community offers spacious homesites, close to schools, shopping and the highway.  This community will specialize in pie shaped lots, 30ft wide home sites.

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Cedar Hallow Communtiy is located in London Ont, Sunlight Heritage Homes is introducing new plans in this great area of London.  The neighbourhood will consist of 30ft- 36 ft lot home sites.  It is conveniently located in north east London, Cedar Hollow takes advantage of a breathtaking setting along the Thames River.  Below are some of the models we have for this community.

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Fox Field offers quiet, enriched living on the eastern edge of London. With quiet streets and lots backing onto green space, Fox Field is located a stones throw from shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and schools. Everything a new family could wish for is right at your fingertips. The sizes for these homesites are 30ft & 36 ft wide.  Below are the models we are introducing to this Community.

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Westbury Internation is located in London, next to Andover Trails.  These home sites are 42ft wide.   If you’re looking for prime location, Westbury Internation is the neighbourhood for your family.  It’s just a short walk from London’s newest shopping plazas on Wonderland Road as well as nearby entertainment, transit and schools.  In addition, one of the city’s most beautiful nature trails – which extends from Southdale to Wharncliffe is at your doorstep.  The models are as follows:

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Meet Our Team

In Office Staff

Wilson Ribeiro

185765_10150097690921531_721607_n Wilson Ribeiro is the Owner of Sunlight Homes, he has been in the business for 19 years. His father started the company over 25 years ago, which Wilson then became interested in joining the family business.  Although he is the owner he is very much involved in the process of every customers home building experience.  Which is what differentiates the company from a lot of other Home Builders.   Wilson’s focus is on building a strong team of people who strive for excellence each day.   His passion for what he does, is what allows the company to succeed and progress the way it has for 25 years.

Customer relationships, understanding needs and ensuring customer satisfaction are Wilson’s top priorities.  He is always keeping up to date with the latest home trends by travelling and attending Home Building Conferences all over the U.S.

Wilson is married with two beautiful children, who both attend school in Brantford Ont.  On his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, camping and enjoying life to the fullest.

Roger Sprague

photoRoger is our Chief Designer, Estimator and Office Manager of Sunlight Homes.  He is a Sheridan College Grad in Art Fundamentals and Graduate in Small Business.  Roger has also been in the home building business for about 19 years, he has been with Sunlight Homes since 2006.

Over his summers he spent his time building log homes near St Jacobs.  Since then he has worked as Master Estimator and full time Designer.  Roger is still very passionate about art which does play a major role in his designing and printing at Sunlight Homes.

On Roger’s free time he enjoys working on marketing and advertising.  He likes the outdoors and spending time with his family.  He is most content when he is at work, he truly loves what he does.

Lilly Cordeiro

photoLilly is our Customer Service Coordinator, Social Media Manager and Decor Consultant for Sunlight Homes.  She is committed to customer satisfaction.  Lilly has over 8 years experience in Customer Service, she recognizes the importance of a great first impression.  She will go the extra mile for you ensuring that all facets of your new home experience, meet the expectations of Sunlight Homes and you our valued Customer. Assisting you with your colour selections and finishing the home of your dreams.  Our decor centre is a place where your dreams become reality.

Lilly is currently enrolled in the ‘Interior Decorating’ program at Conestoga College part time.  On her free time she enjoys re decorating spaces, boating, being by the water and social gatherings with family and friends.  She has a great interest in travelling and hopes to travel the world as much as she can throughout her life.  Although she does not have any children, she adores spending time with her three nieces who bring so much joy into her life.

Svetlana Taran

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Svetlana is the Financial Accounting Manager for Sunlight Homes.  She has been with the company for 5 years, however she has 12 years experience in the accounting field.  Svetlana moved to Canada from Russia in 2000, she is always staying up to date and working towards her professional designation by taking courses required.

Svetlana has been married for 24 years to her husband Suerguei and has two beautiful children: her daughter Angela and son Sasha.  She enjoys all the time she can get with her family. Family dinners, vacations and quiet evenings together.  She also has a great passion for ballroom dancing and danced for over ten years.

On Site

Jose Torres

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Joe is the site supervisor for Sunlight Heritage Homes.  Joe takes ownership of his work, with his outstanding leadership and onsite management.  He is a great asset to Sunlight Homes.  It is essential and ensuring that each project will be built accordingly knowing that Jose is on our team.  Joe brings 16 years of construction related experience to our company.

On his free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family and two children.  Cottaging, boating and riding motorcycles are his top three favourite pass times.

Joe Braga

photoJoe has been with Sunlight Homes for 10 years, he is our after sales service representative.  Joe brings a great energy to our team, his genuine and caring personality really reflects in his work.  He began in the construction industry in the mid 80’s doing roofing, he has learned the trade over the years.

Joe has been happily married for 42 years and lives in Cambridge with his wife.  On his free time he enjoys reading, participating in volunteer services for the church, and serves food to the less fortunate.