Hide and seek

The broad appeal of secret-room renovations

If you love those scenes from old movies where a wall opens to reveal a secret room, you can now put yourself squarely in the picture. Hidden rooms in houses – usually custom-built homes, rather than existing structures – are growing in popularity, and for good reason.

“The demand for these rooms is huge right now, partly because thieves aren’t taking televisions or stereos anymore – they’re going after your identity,” said Sandy Scheiris, CEO of Nulock Builders Inc.


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Family-friendly facelift

For Patricia Kan and Sam Schnitman, finding the right designer made their dream home a reality

Whether it’s adding a few pops of colour and some fabulous artwork, or completely redoing the interior aesthetic, a designer can make all the difference when it comes to creating a polished look. That’s why Brazil natives Patricia Kan and Sam Schnitman, who moved to Calgary three years ago, turned to Katie Rioux of DWK Interiors when it came time to furnish and decorate their new home in Mahogany. The couple wanted a family-friendly design for their three girls, aged 10, 14 and 21 – one that would highlight the home’s stunning views of the surrounding wetlands. Rioux utilized neutral shades and soft textures, highlighted by pops of “bling” in the fixtures and hits of soft turquoise, creating an elegant and warm ambience that’s perfect for cozying up by the fire or entertaining large groups. (more…)

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