All posts by Leslie Andrachuk

Appliance Repair vs. Buying New

These days it seems that appliances — just like cars– have a shorter lifecycle than ever before. In many cases, middle of the road appliances are expected to last about 10 years or so. This leaves many of us having to ponder “repair or replace” when appliances start to break down. Recently,...

/ January 6, 2017

Top 6 Special Mention Projects of 2016 – Editors Pick

At HomeStars we see tens of thousands of home projects during the year that are unusual or worthy of special mention. It was pretty difficult to narrow our choice down to 6 for 2016, but we did it! Here are our favourites. Company: Hunt Heritage Masonry The facade of this...

/ December 20, 2016

Price Points for Pool Installation or Restoration

The dead of winter is the perfect time to start thinking about planning that new pool that you’ve always been dreaming about installing in your backyard. To help you along, following is a selection of new and renovated pools at different price points from homeowners who have submitted reviews on...

/ December 19, 2016

Top 6 Best Backyard Transformations of 2016 – Editor’s Pick

Yep, unless you’re a skier or a winter enthusiast, we bet you’d like to be hanging out in any one of these backyards right now. If you close your eyes really tight and take a deep breathe, you can imagine yourself here – in our most favourite backyard retreats of 2016…....

/ December 14, 2016

Top 6 Kitchen Renos of 2016 – Editor’s Pick

The kitchen is the heart of the home; the place where family and friends gather to eat, drink and enjoy being together. This could be one of the reasons why a kitchen renovation is considered one of the best investments you can make in your home. We see thousands of kitchen renovations...

/ December 12, 2016

Top 6 Built-Ins of 2016 – Editor’s Pick

Everybody loves a good built-in. Not only can they increase property value, they also increase how functional and organized your home is while you actually live in it. Built-ins can be useful anywhere in your home, from your basement, mud room, kitchen, living room, home office, or of course, your bedroom closet....

/ December 5, 2016

Top 6 Basement Renovations of 2016 – Editors Pick

A basement renovation can be a costly, time-consuming undertaking, but is often well worth it. Gorgeous is the only word we have to describe our top 6 basement transformations, which is great because basement renos are not cheap. In fact, according to our data, collected from thousands of homeowners, basement renovation costs...

/ November 28, 2016

Average Costs Of Keeping Your Home Warm

Oh Canada! While there are many advantages to being a small, nordic country, one disadvantage is the constant battle to keep heat inside and cold outside of one’s home. The majority of Canadian homes are heated by furnaces with the exception of Quebec, where the majority of homeowners use electric, baseboard...

/ November 24, 2016

Top 6 Bathroom Renovations of 2016- Editors Pick

A bathroom renovation can increase the value of your home, and also provide lots of pleasure to your family while you’re living there. Much to our delight, the HomeStars content team sees tens of thousands of bathroom renovations sent in from across the country each year. With great difficulty, we selected our top...

/ November 18, 2016

Tis The Season To Get The Fireplace You Want And Need

As we descend into the short days of winter, thoughts turn to creating cozy spaces in the home. The Danish call it Hygge. Hygge cannot be translated as a word, rather it is a feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you spend a winter evening at a friends place, laughing, eating,...

/ November 14, 2016