Spring 2012 Newsletter
Feature Renovation: New Life to a Tired Home

The Challenge:


Rob and Rosalie felt it was time to add life to their 1921 home. At the same time they wanted to overcome some of the challenges they were experiencing such as low, sloping ceilings in the master bedroom that was too small and a kitchen that just "did not work" especially for someone who loves to cook and entertain.


They were convinced an addition would be necessary. After spending time discussing their dilemma with Jennifer and Nathan, Designers and Project Managers at Pioneer Craftsmen, they were initially hesitant about what they were presented with; a design that addressed all their needs without adding additional floor space and a schedule that worked within the time frame they requested. However, Jen and Nathan earned their trust and today they are thrilled with the outcome.


The existing kitchen was gutted and walls removed resulting in a bright, modern, open concept kitchen. Rob is proud of his "magic corner". What would have been a Lazy Susan in years gone by is now a fully accessible corner cabinet that pulls out making the deep back section easily accessible. The built-in, double wall oven and large island are a few of the many great features. The original hot water radiators were incorporated perfectly into the design. Rob has lots of elbow room now and no longer collides with family and guests while creating his culinary masterpieces. While someone is cooking, the other has additional space to just hang out in the space created for the "therapy chair".




2013 Calendar Contest


We know it's a little early to be talking about 2013 but bear with us. Each year we receive many inquiries from clients wondering if their project will be featured in the Pioneer Craftsmen Calendar. Choosing is always difficult as there are so many wonderful projects our clients entrust us with. This year we are doing something different! We're taking the decision out of our hands and letting the world decide.


From June 15th through to September 15th we're running an on-line contest. Projects receiving the most votes will be featured in the 2013 Calendar. But that's not all -
There's a Grand Prize for the project receiving the most votes!


A wonderful overnight get-a-way at the beautiful
Elmhurst Inn and Spa, Ingersoll, Ontario


So check our website during these dates and vote for the project(s) you like best.


Jen’s Den

Spring has sprung ... early! Sorry for your loss skiers and snowmobilers, but I'm happy for a mild winter. What a season!


I don't know about you, but I am floored by the colour coming out in fashion this year. A virtual rainbow has exploded in retail stores. We've been cloistered in a grey/beige shell so this is very refreshing to see. It's also inspiring for adding a splash of colour in our homes. I applaud Rob and Rosalie, owners of this issue's Feature Renovation, for their determination to have a Granny Smith apple green backsplash. It makes your mouth water. What a great way to start your day!


I hope you feel inspired to embrace the colour splashes, too. I was reminiscing about the 80's (with a roll of the eye) and the busy floral wallpapers and coordinating borders plastered in every room that we all thought were great - oh my!! No wonder the general public has been scared off using wallpaper. But don't be worried about a jolt of happy colour or a graphic pattern mixed with solids and neutrals for balance.


Wallpaper can be a great addition to a room or a single wall in your home, creating instant punch and personality. If you are unsure of how to accessorize or find artwork for your décor, an accent wall in a graphic pattern could do it all. With a framed mirror you could be all set. And what a way to start your colour pallette ... picking a paper you love and then plucking out variations on the tones and shades of colour it provides.


Although I'll always encourage the use of neutrals and classic colours in the things that you can't change easily in your home, a shot of colour here and there can't hurt.


Ah, I think I hear the wallpaper books calling my name!

2012 National Award


While writing our Fall 2011 Newsletter we knew the Feature Project had been voted a finalist in the Canadian Home Builders Association SAM Awards for Best Kitchen. In March we learned "We Won! Best In Canada!!" Thank you Andre and Vanessa for allowing us to enter your project. (check out our website for more photos)


Thank you also to Geoffrey and Juliana. Your project was also a finalist in these awards, quite an accomplishment since this is Canada wide.




Brand New Home

Happy Family and the Humanitarian Build Team including our very own Jamie and Betsy Adam. (originally featured in the Fall 2011 Newsletter)


Spicy Baked Shrimp (thanks Mona)



1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp cajun seasoning
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh or dried parsley
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soya sauce
pinch cayenne pepper
1 lb uncooked large shelled deveined shrimp



Preheat oven to 450°. Combine first 7 ingredients in baking dish. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Bake until shrimp is cooked, approximately 10 minutes.


Serve over pasta. This can also be served with crackers as a delicious appetizer.



From the Corner Office

It has certainly been busy around here this Winter and Spring! We've attended conferences in Boulder, Colorado and Mont Tremblant, Quebec, commenced the training for the first ever "Green Renovator" certification course in Ontario, and implemented a Mentorship Program. Needless to say, we're excited about the upcoming year and applying our new found knowledge as we strive to offer the absolute best experience, sustainable products, service and value to our clients.


There is an incredible knowledge base within our team; in fact we believe it's the best in the region. It has recently gotten even better. We have three new faces to introduce to you this issue. Derek, Frances and Richard come with valuable experience to complement our design and production staff, and they are ready to assist you with your next project.


We take great pride in all our renovations, however when some of them are recognized as the Best in Canada we must share!
"Best Kitchen Renovation in Canada" awarded to Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd. by the Canadian Home Builders Association. Read more about it inside!


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind referrals; they are the life blood of our success. Our team's promise to you is to treat every referral with the same respect and enthusiasm as we have shown you. We are ready and energized to offer inspired living spaces for your friends and family.


Have a safe and happy Summer.

Three New Faces to Pioneer Craftsmen

Derek MacDonald and Frances Boychuk, Designers/Project Managers and Richard Kruger, Lead Carpenter, all come with a wealth of knowledge and their own special touch to help make the Pioneer Craftsmen experience the best it can be for all our clients.
We're excited to have them on board!


Thought for the Day

It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to keep it.
Willy Brandt

Waterloo Region Home Builders' Association Renomark, Renovators Mark of Excellence Greater Kitchener - Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Better Business Bureau - Kitchener National Kitchen & Bath Association Centre For Family Business - Waterloo Region As a quality-focused contractor, Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd relies on GuildQuality's customer satisfaction surveying to help them deliver an exceptional customer experience.

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