Category: Carpentry & Woodworking

Deck and Arbor

Backyard Living – Examples of Deck Construction at Four Price Points

As summer approaches, the anticipation of once again enjoying the beautiful outdoors is building. If you have a deck, or want to have one built, this is a great time to either make repairs to an existing structure, or get started on designing a new one. Multiple options are available to the homeowner these days...

/ May 3, 2016
Upper deck by Lasko Construction

HomeStars U – Deck Construction Materials 101 (Video)

Gone are the days when all decks were built with hardwood. Today we have so many options- hardwood, PVC, or composite – how do you make the right choice of deck construction materials for your needs? To help you make this decision, HomeStars spoke with deck builder Oren Lasko from LASKO Construction to...

/ May 2, 2016
Shabby Chic She-Shed

Building Your She-Shed

Shed: Middle English, to divide, separate, from Old English scēadan; akin to Old High German skeidan to separate, Latin scindere to split, cleave, Greek schizein to split. First Known Use: before 12th century. Fast forward one thousand years give or take a few and every woman we know who owns a house wants her own She-Shed. It’s the place where she can...

/ April 21, 2016
Beautiful Kitchen Renovation

HomeStars U – Kitchen Renovation 101 (Video)

Today, our Home Professionals from Bravehart Building and Oborne Contracting examine kitchen designs that have timeless style. Our experts weigh the pros and cons of different counter-top materials, discuss quantifying kitchen cupboard budgets, and fitting an island in your space.

/ April 5, 2016
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HomeStars announces Giving Back Award winners

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015. We received over 200 entries and selected the 78 most deserving companies listed below, who went ‘above and beyond’ in giving back to their communities. The winning companies listed below...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Love Your Stairs

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards (GBA) to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  HomeStars would like to congratulate Love Your Stairs for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Rizwan Mian, “I volunteered for a charitable organization (AMJ International)...

/ February 15, 2016

When buying your first place, keep in mind these Do's and Don’ts

So you’re ready to spread your wings and fly – into the nest of homeownership? It’s an exciting step and since it may be the biggest purchase of your life, it is also normal to feel some nerves. In fact, there’s a lot to know as the new kid on...

/ October 28, 2015

Our Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Forget long-stem roses and chocolates! Get your Valentine something they’ll appreciate year-round. Here are some truly thoughtful and creative gift ideas for your sweetheart! 1. Handyman Services: Kill the honey-do list. 2. Junk Removal: What’s more romantic then giving up something for the one you love? 3. Closet Organization: Take...

/ February 13, 2015

Best of 2014 Winners

We have travelled across Canada to award the country’s best home improvement companies. Tonight we are wrapping up awards season in Toronto. This is our seventh year awarding contractors who have done outstanding work, based on homeowner reviews. Check out the winners in your region! Toronto’s Best of 2014 award...

/ February 2, 2015

Home Theatre 101

Consumers often associate home theatres with a lot of clunky equipment. Mike Widerman of Toronto Home Theater debunks these myths by showing us a sleek and modern home theatre that doesn’t skimp on picture and sound.    Myth #1: TV’s are better than projectors At the heart of this room...

/ January 9, 2014