No matter where you might stand on the current political spectrum in Canada, there’s no denying that there is a very real trend toward buying Canadian. Whether it’s ketchup, clothing or Canadian vacation destinations, an increasing number of families and individuals are choosing to buy local.
For home owners looking to keep it Canadian with their home improvements, there are several different ways to keep your home reno dollars in the country. And if you think that the choice for Canadian means sacrificing superior quality, think again. Canada has some of the world’s most innovative and attractive products for inside and outside of your home. Here are just a few…
Canadian Paint: Beauti-Tone by Home Hardware
Beauti-Tone is Home Hardware’s line of paint. It is Canadian owned and made in South Western Ontario. You can find Beauti-Tone exterior and interior paints and stains in an incredible spectrum of colours…including those perfectly perky pinks in the above picture (the colours are Miami Nice, Don’t Burst My Bubble, and Pink a Boo, in case you’re wondering).
Beauti-Tone offers a paint type for every project, whether you need a low VOC option for the new nursery, furniture paint, deck stain … or if you happen to need a high coverage paint to help turn your now college-bound son’s former bedroom into the craft room of your dreams.
Take a look at our recent review of Beauti-Tone’s Designer Series all-in-one paint and primer.
Canadian Stone Veneer: Fusion Stone
Fusion Stone is a 100% Canadian, family-owned manufacturer of stone veneer products. Their products are versatile, lightweight and easy to install. The stone veneer can be attached to a wide variety of surfaces, including metal, wood, brick, and cement. You can use Fusion Stone’s products for exterior and interior applications, to add texture and interest to things like fireplaces, bars, or feature walls. Fusion Stone is mold resistant and water repellent. It comes in 8 gorgeous colours and and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Canadian Quartz: HanStone Quartz
HanStone Quartz is Canada’s venerable manufacturer of high quality quartz slabs for use as countertops, tub surrounds and much more. Their gorgeous collections are influenced by the different textures and nuances of the Canadian landscape, including the Urban Collection (inspired by Canadian cityscapes) and the breathtaking Shoreline Collection (inspired by the beauty of Canadian shores). Most recently, they’ve unveiled their Boutique Collection, featuring seven beautifully luxurious designs. We happen to be partial to the Mercer, featured in the image above.
The incredible beauty of HanStone Quartz is backed by quality that is second to none. HanStone Quartz is durable, resistant to stains and heat, and easy to maintain…did we mention that it’s absolutely gorgeous? Definitely, keep this Canadian company in mind when planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation!
Canadian Furniture: Leon’s
Did you know that Canadian furniture giant, Leon’s, has recently taken steps to highlight the pieces in their inventory that are Canadian-Made, and that they’ve sold more made-in-Canada sofas than anyone else in the country? With conveniently located Leon’s stores in every province, it means that choosing a Canadian-made sofa is just as easy as choosing a Canadian-made ketchup, cereal, or ice cream.
When you visit your local Leon’s, be on the look out for the maple leaf and Made in Canada mention. Or, simply visit this special Made in Canada section on their website! This will help you select from a vast selection of Canadian-Made furniture pieces, including sofas and beds, coffee tables, media stands, dining sets and more.
Canadian Hardwood Flooring
This brand likely needs no introduction, since they are one of the most widely known Canadian home improvement brands around. Mirage produces a wide variety of hardwood options, available in numerous species, textures, colours and finishes for clients in Canada and around the world. Mirage’s head office and two plants are located in Saint-Georges, Quebec.
Of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to Canada’s outstanding home improvement offerings! If you’re a fan of another great Canadian home improvement product, visit us on Facebook and let us know.
For more information and inspiration on home improvement and home renovation, explore the extensive library of articles here on eieihome.com. If you’re looking to connect with local contractors, be sure to browse our listings of Canadian home improvement professionals.
Lead Image Source: HanStone Quartz –Boutique Collection