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Trump Toronto to St Regis Retrofit and Rebranding Complete





Last week, the signs saying ‘The Adelaide Hotel’ came down. The name, an interim measure chosen for the duration of the renovation of Toronto’s former Trump Hotel and Residences, was done with. All finished up inside, new signs saying simply “St. Regis” went up in their place.

Looking across Adelaide Street to the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteLooking across Adelaide Street to the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

Inside the front doors, if you visited during the building’s original incarnation, you’ll noice major changes to the space which was predominantly black before. Redesigned by DesignAgency and Chapi Chapo Design, now warm wood and marble tones have been added, and the wall between the bar and reception has come down, replaced with a divider that separates reception from the lounge bar. It’s much more open, and creates a much roomier space to relax in.

The lobby and lounge at the St. Regis Toronto, image courtesy of Marriott HotelsThe lobby and lounge at the St. Regis Toronto, image courtesy of Marriott Hotels and Resorts

Innvest, owners of the building since gaining control from Talon International in 2016, contracted with Marriott International to manage the property and open the first St. Regis location in Canada. Among Marriott’s five luxury brands, St. Regis comes with traditions established by John Jacob Astor IV over a century ago with the opening of the first St. Regis in New York City. 

Cutting the ribbon on the St. Regis Toronto, Marriott Hotels and ResortsCutting the ribbon on the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

Following a ribbon cutting with officials from Marriott, Innvest, the St. Regis Toronto’s General Manager Tim Terceira, and Toronto Mayor John Tory, the first of the St. Regis’ nightly sundown sabrage ceremonies was performed, when a sabre is quickly drawn up the neck of a champagne bottle, taking its top and cork off. If you’re in the lobby lounge at that time, you’ll be treated to a glass of the bubbly.

Ground Floor Elevator Lobby at the St. Regis, Marriott Hotels and ResortsGround Floor Elevator Lobby at the St. Regis, image by Craig White

One of the major changes to the St. Regis is found on the 31st floor, where the restaurant which was known as America, again, featuring a predominantly high contrast black design before, has been completely redesigned by DesignAgency and is now rechristened Louix Louis. (You pronounce that the same for both spellings: Louie Louie.)

Louix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteLouix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

Having moved the bar out from under the single-height section at the west end of the room, it has been relocated along the south wall, with shelves and shelves of whisky climbing four metres and now stocking bottles from over 500 brands. While it is a restaurant and not just a bar, the whole room has been redesigned around whisky, with the deck inspiration being an imagining on what it’s like to be in a whisky glass. The tones are less glitzy while being warmer and informal, but still emphasizing elegance and sophistication.

Louix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteBehind the bar Louix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

Especially comfortable and intimate is the west end of the room where the bar used to be, and where tables can be had with 31st floor views looking across Canada’s financial crossroads of King and Bay, with the vista stretching out beyond Union Station to the lake.

Louix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteIntimate setting with a view at Louix Louis at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

The hotel rooms have been getting updates too, with certain floors complete now. Full floors will be closed to complete the renovations over the coming months.

John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteInside the John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

We took a look at the John Jacob Astor suite on the 30th floor, the largest in the hotel wth a large meeting space, a “living” area, a kitchen, and two bedrooms. 

John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteBedroom in the John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

The larger of the two bedrooms is pictured above, its bathroom below. Everything here is luxury and elegance, and the hotel will no doubt become a favourite of the well-heeled traveler as time progresses. The same can be sad for the residential suites in the building’s upper floors now too. The new building ownership, management and branding has made it much more attractive to live in the tower, and in the time since conversion on July 27, 2017, 56 suites have sold, including the massive three-level penthouse suite. Only 18 suites remain for sale in the building, and we are told “they are going fast”.

John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig WhiteBathroom in the John Jacob Astor suite at the St. Regis Toronto, image by Craig White

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The cost of renovating your bathroom in Toronto in 2021





Home renovations can be a big task, especially bathroom renovations where you have to work with either an awkwardly shaped space, or one with lots of pipework and very little natural light.

Nonetheless, getting a bathroom renovation by Easy Renovation to change your existing bathroom layout, improve the ambience or add more natural skylights can be worth all the trouble. But determining how much a bathroom renovation would cost is important while setting a budget.

The pandemic has changed a lot of things with social distancing rules, working from home, and for some, being made redundant. Therefore, having a complete grasp of the financial implication of a bathroom innovation is very important.

Owning your dream bathroom can be made a reality and the good thing is, regardless of your financial situation, there are always available options. If you also decide to put up your property for sale in the future, a bathroom upgrade would be a great investment—as it would add significant value to the property. Your bathroom renovation project, like every home renovation, can either be very affordable or extravagant, but one thing is certain, you’re bound to have a more refreshed, stylish and modernistic space.  

Looking through detailed sketches of luxurious and expensive bathrooms can be quite tempting, especially when you’re on a budget. However, your bathroom can be equally transformed into something that looks just as modern, stylish and refreshing but without the heavy price tag.

Conducting a partial bathroom renovation means you only have to change a little part of your existing bathroom rather than tearing it down and starting from scratch. If you intend to carry out this type of bathroom renovation in Toronto, depending on the size of your bathroom, you can spend between $1,000 – $5,000. With a partial bathroom renovation, you can save money by tackling smaller problems that exist in your present bathroom—or you can just upgrade a few of its features.

Partial bathroom renovations are quite affordable and would leave your bathroom feeling new and stylish without being time-consuming or a financial burden—which is important considering the economic impact of the pandemic. Repainting the bathroom walls, replacing the tiles on the floor and in the shower area are examples of partial bathroom renovations which is the cheapest to accomplish.

A more expensive and popular bathroom renovation is the standard 3- or 4-piece renovation. This renovation type involves a lot more services that are not covered by a partial renovation budget. To execute a standard bathroom renovation in Toronto you need a budget of about $10,000 – $15,000.

Unlike with a partial renovation, you would have to make a lot more changes to various elements of your bathroom without the hassle of changing the overall design. You can easily restore your current bathroom into a modernistic and classy space that fits your existing style. Making changes to more aspects of your bathroom is quite easy since there is more room in your budget to accommodate it.

A standard 3- or 4-piece renovation includes everything in a partial renovation plus extras such as revamped baseboards, installing a new bathroom mirror, buying new lights, installing a new vanity, changing the toilet, and buying new shower fixtures.

If you’re one of those looking to make a complete overhaul of your existing bathroom, then the option of a complete bathroom remodel is for you.

Unlike a bathroom renovation, remodelling means a complete change of your current bathroom design and layout for one that is newer and completely unrecognizable. The possibilities when remodelling a bathroom are endless especially when you have a large budget of over $15,000. That way, you can get the opportunity to create the perfect bathroom for yourself.

In addition to all that’s available with a standard bathroom renovation, bathroom remodelling allows you to make bathtub to shower conversion, relocation of plumbing, relocation of the toilet, reframing the bathroom and even relocating the shower.

In conclusion, a bathroom renovation can be a very important upgrade to your home and depending on the features that you decide to include, in addition to the size of your bathroom, this would influence the total cost of the project.

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7 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers In Calgary





Buying a house for the first time can be overwhelming to say the least. If you’re wondering what neighbourhood to go with, what you can afford, or even how to just get started on the process, let us take some stress off your hands! We’ve teamed up with Hopewell Residential to give you 7 tips to ensure the home you end up with is everything you dreamed of.

Hopewell Residential is a five-time Developer of the Year award winner, so their expertise is second-to-none in Calgary and beyond. Who better to learn home-buying tips from than the homebuilders themselves?

Create a checklist of needs & wants

This is a biggie. When you’re buying your very first home, you’ll want to weigh your needs vs. your wants. Ensuring you have what you love in your first home is a big, big deal.

What should you do? Easy. Set up a list of needs and a list of wants, but be pretty strict with yourself, and make sure you take your lifestyle into consideration. With the increase in remote work over the past year, it’s important to keep in mind that a home office or flex room might just be the key to maximizing at home happiness. Especially if you’re thinking you might be expanding your family later on, spare rooms and extra space is key (but more on that later!).

Or for instance, you might need a home in an area with a high walkability score, but you want to be close to certain amenities. Set yourself up with the right level of compromise and the number of homes that actually fit your ‘perfect’ idea will skyrocket.

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‘Don’t give up’: Ottawa Valley realtors share statistics, tips for homebuyers in ‘extreme’ sellers market





The real estate market in the Ottawa Valley can be summed up this way: people from far and wide are in a buying frenzy, but there’s hardly anything to buy at the “store,” and the limited inventory is overpriced.

This “stampede” — as one realtor described it — will affect rural towns as residents grapple with finding affordable housing and agonize over their inability to purchase homes in their price range.

“We are seeing a lack of inventory in all price ranges,” said Laura Keller, a real estate agent from Carleton Place.

Helen Vincent, a Renfrew realtor, said she’s never seen a market like this in her 36 years of practice. “We postpone offers for four to five days in order to get all the buyers,” she said.

Multiple offers — between seven and 10 — became the norm, with cash offers and no conditions, as buyers faced bidding wars. “In Ottawa, they have up to 50 (offers),” she added.

“It’s very stressful. You’re going to get nine (people) ticked off, and one happy. So many people are disappointed,” Vincent said.

Terry Stavenow, an Arnprior realtor for 40 years, said that “the pent-up need took over with inventory going low. It made a stampede on everything that was available.“

“Brand new housing — it’s very much gone. Several building developers are rushing to get inventory. They usually don’t do construction in the winter months,” said Stavenow.

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