Category: Concrete, Brick & Stone

HomeStars' recap of the 2011 BC Home + Garden Show

If you didn’t get to the 2011 BC Home + Garden Show, you missed the largest home consumer show in BC. And there was indeed a lot to see. The home show gave consumers everything they could possibly need from inside out and floor to ceiling. Exhibitors included companies featuring gutters,...

/ March 7, 2011

Safety first…your Home Fireplace

There’s something extra special about a fireplace. It doesn’t matter if it’s wood-burning, gas or electric, a fireplace adds ambiance to your home especially during the winter. Whether you have already lit your first fire of the season or not, here are a few important fireplace safety tips to remember:...

/ December 29, 2010
Custom Kitchen Cabinetry by Mooza Wood Arts

Kitchen Trend 2010 & Predictions for 2011

Awhile back I started sorting through reviews on kitchens to find our favorite kitchens of 2010. While looking through reviews and photos (one of the best parts of this job is checking out some of the gorgeous renovation pictures homeowners add to their reviews) I was surprised by how similar...

/ November 4, 2010
Traditional Wooden door by Doors Galore

IIDEX and Green Building Fest Round-up

A review of a few of the items from IIDEX (the International Interior Design Show), including a review of Dufferin Concrete, Accoya Wood, MADE Design, and ReOrient.

/ September 29, 2009
Finished basement by Remodel Construction Company

A Cautionary Story for Home Owners: Preventative Steps for Storm and Rainwater Management

It is now essential that owners familiarize themselves with the basic issues and some of the science of rainwater control, at least within the bounds of one's own property. It may not be as exciting as undertaking a new renovation, but poorly designed drainage control systems can eventually cause serious...

/ June 9, 2009

Insulating paint — an alternative to traditional insulation

Our previous house was constructed in the standard manner for the 1950s:  double brick walls with no insulation between the two brick layers. In the winter the exterior walls felt like the inside of a refrigerator. One insulation company told me that while a blow-in foam insulation could be inserted, it would...

/ January 27, 2009

The things you learn when your house breaks down…

When I moved into our newly constructed house there was a naive side of me that expected everything to work perfectly for at least the first five years. In hindsight, it seems to me that the best house to move into is a four to six year old home, after all the kinks have been...

/ January 20, 2009

The Home of the Future – Business Week covers the HomeBuilders Show

Business Week has a good article this week about the trends in homebuilding. Based on some of what is going to happen this year at the biggest show in the industry, the International Builders Show.

/ January 12, 2009