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The People Who Have Made Us: Mike Walker, of Legendary Coaching

Our Tips for Home Renovations That Actually Pay Off

The Best Fall Spots in Muskoka

Our Favourite Fall Decor Ideas

The Projects That Made Us: 1970’s Home & Pool Reno

The True Cost of a Kitchen Renovation

The Best Biking Trails in Southern Georgian Bay

The Best Beaches in Southern Georgian Bay

Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Muskoka

The People Who Have Made Us: The pb+j Team

What You Need to Know About Building a Home in Ontario

The Milestones That Made Us: Significant Challenges Along the Way

Fun Things to Do in Kawartha Lakes

Our Favourite Beaches on Lake Simcoe

New Home Design Trends in 2020

The Projects That Made Us: Bertuzzi Accessible Reno

The Best Golf Courses in Parry Sound

Your Guide to Working from Home at the Cottage

The Milestones That Made Us: Tech That Changed Everything

The People Who Have Made Us: The Gilbert + Burke Team

8 Reasons to Consider Going Design-Build

7 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Outdoors

The Projects That Made Us: Contemporary Boathouse + Luckey Lane Cottage

5 Things to Staying Safe and Inspired at Home

The Milestones That Made Us: Notable Media Attention

The Projects That Made Us: Price Cottage

An Insider's Guide to Fishing in Muskoka

Transitioning to New Environments

Stay Safe and Productive During COVID-19

The People Who Have Made Us: Brian, Randy, and Cathy

2019 Report: Home Renovation Trends by the Numbers

The Projects That Made Us: Georgian Bay

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 6: Post-Construction

The Milestones That Made Us: Key Events That Stand Out

The Projects That Made Us: Moorelands Camp

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 5: Build - Finishing Touches

20 Stories for 20 Years

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 4: Build - Foundations

The Best Winter Activities in Muskoka

Talking Transparency: The Cost of Building a Simcoe, Parry Sound or Southern Georgian Bay House

Gilbert + Burke Supports the 2019 Dream Ball

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series - Part 3: Design & Pre-Construction

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series - Part 2: The Discovery

Building a Home: Start to Finish, Cottage by the Lake

Ideas for Renovating your Home's Exterior

How to Decorate Your Home for Fall

To Build or Buy? The Good and the Bad

Featured in Style at Home Canada April 2019 Issue

Featured in Hideaways Magazine Muskoka 2019

Insider’s Guide to the Kawarthas

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Gilbert + Burke Provides Professional Interior Design Services

The Perks of Going Passive House

4 Ways to Get Ready to Enjoy Spring at the Cottage

Gilbert + Burke wins 4 awards at the PKHBA Housing Design Awards Gala

Get To Know Gilbert + Burke: A Conversation with Peter Groza

Trends for Construction in 2019

Building a Custom Home? Here are 6 Common Mistakes and Pitfalls to Avoid

Gilbert + Burke wins "Excellence in Outdoor Living Space" award at SCHBA Awards of Creative Excellence

6 Red Flags to Look Out for When Selecting Your Contractor

Cozy Winter Recipes for Your Cottage Guests

Taking the Steps Now to Enjoy Your Summer at the Lake

3 Home Improvement Trends That Were Everywhere in 2018

2018's Hottest Home Improvement Trends

Get To Know Gilbert + Burke: A Conversation with Brian Gilbert

How To Make Your Summer Cottage Renovation Dreams A Reality

6 Best Muskoka Day Trips

6 Reasons The Cost to Build a Custom Home is More Than You Think (But Is Worth It!)

Screened-In Porches: How to Build the ‘Muskoka Room’ of Your Dreams

Home Improvement Trends: Patios & Pergolas

Home Renovation Apps: A Professional's Review

A Beautiful Lake Rosseau Boathouse: How We Built It

The Vintage Cottage Rebuild vs Remodel Quiz

5 Summer Real Estate Trends You Should Know About

Home Improvement Trends: Small Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Home Improvement Trends: Mudrooms

Easy Summer Recipes for Your Cottage Guests

Custom Home Build Timeline Planner

Get to know Gilbert + Burke:  A Conversation with Cathy Burke

Designing a Custom Home? Start With Your Goals.

Is it Time for Kitchen Renovations?

The 8 Most Common Custom Home Delays

Need A Muskoka Contractor? How To Find The Perfect Fit For Your Southern Ontario Cottage.

Thinking Of Building A New Home? Let's Discuss Foundations.

Should You Join Gilbert + Burke At The First 4-day Spring Cottage Life Show?

The National Home Show - 5 Reasons to Visit Gilbert & Burke

The Essential Pantry Items For All Southern Ontario Cottagers

10 Professional Tips To Consider When Renovating Your Canadian Bathroom

2017 Report: Canadian Home Renovation Trends By The Numbers

How To Plan A Realistic Timeline For Your New Cottage

Home Improvement Trends: Decks and Docks

How To Get The Chic Lake Rosseau Cottage Style On Any Lake

Why 2018 Is A Perfect Year To Build Your Custom Home In Ontario Cottage Country

5 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Your Home ROI Significantly

What It Really Means To Be RenoMark™-Certified

The "Entertainer's Delight," the Ultimate Holiday Hosting Home

3 Simple Must-Try Holiday Recipes for Canadian Cottagers

The Complete Checklist for Designing Your New Kitchen

Talking Transparently About the Cost to Build a Muskoka, Haliburton, or Kawarthas House

Seriously, Should YOU Love It, Or List It?

How to Choose Your Luxury Home Builder

Home Improvement Trends: Bathrooms

3 Reasons You Should Invite Your Home Builder Into an Open House

Home Builder Horror Stories (And How to Avoid Them)

Three Things to Know for the Fall Cottage Life Show

Home Improvement Trends: Master Bedroom

Why We Love to Be Southern Ontario Custom Home Builders

How to Know If You Should Build a Custom Home or Invest in a Subdivision

Construction Company Considerations for The Kawarthas, Haliburton, and Muskoka

Home Improvement Trends: The Kitchen

Requirements for Muskoka Cottage Maintenance

Making Your Cottage Accessible

Spotlight on Annual Events in Cottage Country

Your Muskoka Cottage: 8 Ways to Increase its Value

How to Turn Your Cottage into Your Forever Home

Building the Crew

Tips to be the Best Muskoka Cottage Host

The Homeowner’s Dilemma: Rebuild, Remodel, or Rest Easy? [Quiz]

Looks We Love - Beautiful Muskoka Cottages

Emerging Trends in Building

Up and Comers: Lakes to watch for building a home in Ontario

Things you might not have considered when making your home renovation budget

How to stay cool in a heatwave

Get to know us: A conversation with Andrew Quinn

To DIY or not to DIY?

From finding frogs to building fires, these are our favourite cottage memories

How to get away from cottage getaways

The 5 best golf courses in Muskoka

The best cottage-ready recipes

Value vs Cost: What are you really paying for?

Building Communities

Community News: Visit us at the Spring Cottage Life Show

5 easy ways to stay safe at the cottage this summer

What is “visitability” and how do you use it?

Get to know your bylaws

A letter to home dreamers

What does cost per square foot include, and leave out?

Home design that works hand-in-hand with building codes

Assessing the risk of choosing a "local builder".

How seasonality affects your new home build

Fall Cottage Life Show is on. Come say hello!

The complete guide to planning, designing and building a custom home

Building a dream for your new home: finding the right materials

Building a dream for your new home: budget matters

Building a dream for your new construction home: building codes and permits

Building a dream for your new home: One-of-a-kind design

Building a dream for your new home: Location, Location, Location

Building your dream house: choosing the right partner

Building your Dream Home: Defining the vision

Summer homeowner tips: how to keep your home cool

Your dream cottage remodel: Choose your path wisely

Your guide to vintage cottage remodelling

The challenge of making an old cottage new again

Why is a cottage renovation different from a home project?

The Cottagers New Build or Remodel Checklist

A cottage owners dilemma: to build or to remodel?

Proof that Canadians love the cottage

Room Ideas That Bring the Outdoors In

Set the Visual Tone of Your Home with the Right Doorway

Window ideas that balance natural and artificial light

Renovation Do’s: Find a Renovationship™ expert

The Ultimate Home Renovation Guide

Get the best from spring home show season

Spring into Cottage Season starting at the Cottage Life Show

Canadian Home Renovation Market Trends By the Numbers

The value of dreams

Your professional guide to room-by-room home renovation

Key relationship management tips for a home remodelling project

The 3 Most Common Questions asked at the 2016 GTA Home & Reno Show

Fresh Remodelling Tips For Your Next Bathroom Project

How to get the most out of your next basement remodel

How to achieve immediate and future ROI from your kitchen remodel

Muskokan Elegance: Creativity Makes Old Materials New Again

Case Study: A Stunning Pool Room to Match its Ravine-Side View

Muskoka in the Pines: An Elegant Lesson in Form Meets Function

Winter Is Here. Is It Time to Remodel the Basement?

Understanding Design-Build and its Benefits to Your Next Project

Your Dream Kitchen: Combining the Right Design, Material, and Colour

Best Practices When Hiring to Remodel the "Heart of The Home"

The Guest Suite of Your Dreams: A Luxurious Place to Stay

Convert An Empty Nest Into A Fulfilling New Space

Your Dream Entry: Where Your Home Makes Its First Impression

What to do with a vintage cottage?

A signature addition: Gilbert + Burke welcomes acclaimed designer Peter Groza

Your Dream Skylight: Stargazing from Indoors

Your Dream Cottage: Bring Your Style “Up North”

Creating a Custom Room with a View at the Cottage

Your dream windows: an extension of interior and exterior space

Your Dream Walk-in Closet

Looking at Home Colour Trends for Spring 2015


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