Category: Architects, Builders & Engineers

Considerations When Building An Off-Grid Cottage or Cabin

If you’re thinking of purchasing a second home, whether it be a cottage, cabin, lake house, camp or other, you may be considering going totally off-grid. It’s an exciting idea for homeowners who want to actively reduce their carbon footprint, and get closer to nature. When considering buying an off-grid property, there...

/ May 15, 2017

Kitchen Design – Q&A with a Professional

Remodelling your kitchen provides the best return on investment of any home renovation. Why?  Because the kitchen is the focal point of your home, day-in and day-out. It’s where your family congregates two or three times every day. Upgrading your kitchen with the latest innovations will not only make meal...

/ January 30, 2017
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The 411 On HomeStars’ New Scoring System

‘NO BULLIES NO CHEATS’, the CEO & Founder of HomeStars wrote emphatically. She had gathered a ‘trust task force’ following the surfacing of a story regarding an Ontario builder who’d ran himself into massive debt, filed for bankruptcy and kept the deposits of a number of stranded homeowners. The team was devastated as...

/ September 12, 2016
Custom Kitchen Cabinetry by Mooza Wood Arts

Kitchen Renovation Checklist Part II – The Renovation

Renovating a kitchen can be a dusty, messy experience that also robs you of a functional and favourite room of the house until the reno is complete. Being prepared can make it a little easier. In a previous blog post we looked at the preplanning and planning stages of a kitchen renovation....

/ July 20, 2016

Kitchen Renovation Checklist – Planning The Reno

Ah, the joys of a kitchen renovation! The truth is, most of us plan the kitchen of our dreams for years. If you’re lucky enough to be building your dream kitchen or even if it’s not quite your dream, but pretty great anyway, you’ll want to use our handy checklist to help...

/ July 5, 2016
Kitchen renovation by Fresh Home Innovations

Tasteful Kitchen Renovations At 6 Different Price Points

There is no doubt that the kitchen is one of the most valuable rooms in a home, and one in which many family memories are made. Not only is it a space for cooking but it’s also one for entertaining and congregating. The Toronto Star claims that the average price for...

/ June 28, 2016
Backyard entertaining

Backyard Entertaining

Backyard entertaining is all about enjoying the company of friends, neighbours or relatives in a relaxed outdoor setting, along with hot food and cold drinks. The ideal set-up should make it easier for you to multi-task: chatting with guests while serving drinks and cooking food. 1.  BBQ is the Cornerstone...

/ June 27, 2016

What Kind Of Budget Do You Need For Your Bathroom Renovation?

The bathroom is a relatively new invention in the history of humanity. For most of history, humans gathered together in communal spaces to perform rituals and functions necessary for ongoing health and proper hygiene. Today, the bathroom is ubiquitous and perhaps the most personal space in a home. It is also...

/ May 16, 2016
unfinished cedar shows natural weathering

Deck Repair vs. Deck Replacement

A beautiful hardwood deck helps you enjoy outdoor living, mere steps outside your back door. And in the evening, it connects the warm comfort inside your home to the cool serenity of your backyard. Eventually, deck repair will be required, from cosmetic to structural. Fortunately, most deck problems are not structural...

/ May 11, 2016
Underpinning a basement

HomeStars U – Underpinning and Benching 101

Underpinning is an often-daunting renovation, where your basement floor is lowered to increase ceiling space.  This involves altering the foundation of your house, and as a result should not be taken lightly. In 2012, this home in Toronto collapsed during an underpinning job. In this edition of HomeStars U, Daniel Johnston, from True North...

/ May 5, 2016