Design comes to surface in Prince Edward County. As a lifelong County resident, Evan Nash has a pulse on the design trends that inspire the area.
The Home Hardware owner gives Caesarstone an in-depth look at life in the County-side, providing us with
PEC-inspired renovation tips and ideas on how to bring Lakeside living looks to your urban homestead.
NASH OF THE NORTH
The Nash Home Hardware has been owned and operated by my family since 1905. As the fifth generation to own the store, I started my lifelong career at eight, sweeping the floors for a $1 an hour. I basically grew up inside the hardware store.
It may sound cliché, but the thing I love most about working in a small town is helping people. My customers are my neighbours and friends – people I have known most of my life, if not all of it.
When they come into the store, my job may be as simple as recommending a product or as complex as helping them plan a home renovation. Being an intricate part of a small town community and knowing that people rely on you when they need help is very rewarding.
The thing I like about my line of work is the creativity component. I think that people can craft a much more enjoyable life by shaping the environment around them.
Working in the industry gives me the confidence and skills necessary to build spaces that I truly love. In turn I am happier because I am surrounded by beauty.
My personal design sense grows and evolves as I learn and gain experience from working on different projects, but I have always enjoyed reacting to what is available and improving on it. I have always preferred renovations to new builds. Working in an authentic hardware store and living in mostly older homes all my life, I have always been drawn to heritage and restoration. Through travel, I’ve expanded my knowledge and appreciation for modern architecture and contemporary design, but I still like to apply new concepts to existing structures. Like the mix of refurbished hardwood and a new Caesarstone countertop. I love to think about how I can take something existing and improve on it, contemporize it, or repurpose it.
LIFE IN THE COUNTY
As a small business owner I work a lot. But I tend to spend my spare time renovating. My wife and I have moved four times in the last seven years. And it’s given us a vast knowledge and appreciation for the County. In my mind the beauty of living in the County is two things: first, that you are part of a community, and second is the lake. Everything revolves around being outside and in or on the water. The beauty of nature is truly at your doorstep.
Prince Edward County has a large retired population. A place where people settle down to enjoy life. As a result, many build their dream home. They are not willing to compromise on quality or design, yearning to build the home that they have worked tirelessly for throughout their career. They want space to entertain not only guests, but the beauty of Prince Edward County.
I renovate many homes where people are upgrading their kitchens, updating their appliances and finishes. Caesarstone is always a great option when it comes to upgrading any living space, adding an elevated edge to any space.
PEC: NOW TRENDING
A major trend in Prince Edward County is vacation rentals. Many people are renting out their homes, cottages, bunkies, and suites to the tens of thousands of tourists seeking comfortable ‘PEC-inspired’ accommodations. Renters in the area seek to make their property a standout, inspiring many to take on DIY-design tasks of all different calibers.
However, there’s a shortage of skilled trades in the County, creating an incredible opportunity for those with design experience to thrive. There is a lot of room for growth in the design industry in PEC, particularly if they are able to design and build or offer project management.
My store is the largest retailer of major appliances of any Home Hardware or Home Hardware Building Center in Canada. This means I spend a lot of time talking kitchens. My most useful tip – block out the kitchen in real size. A good kitchen designer will take you through colour tones and finishes, but functionality is also key. It is incredibly important to consider who will use the kitchen and how, then make a list of wants and needs as well as design challenges for the space. Where do you want the garbage, the sink, the fridge, etc.? How many people will occupy the space? What surfaces do you need? It’s important to understand not only the beauty of a product, but its functionality? Is it durable? Long lasting? Easy-to-clean? That’s why, when customers ask me about countertops and backsplashes, I always recommend Caesarstone.
Even when designing our kitchen, a major challenge was our backsplash.
We love the large windows in our kitchen, particularly the two on the back wall of the kitchen which let the evening sun stream in at dinner time. The problem was the mudding on the corner wasn’t perfectly straight, making it nearly impossible to tile up. The only solution? Caesarstone. With help from both them and Elizabeth Margles we created a plan to use Caeserstone up the wall. The look was simple but dramatic. It added depth to the room where things had previously looked plain. The surface functioned perfectly of course, and allowed us to retain the look of our beautiful windows. A reno that truly rejuvenated our space, keeping intact the one-of-kind PEC aesthetic.