Category: Landscape, Yard & Garden

Fall gardening

Fall Gardening Guide

Fall is arguably the most important of all seasons for your garden. Fall gardening work done now will produce impressive results come spring. Here’s a handy fall gardening guide with some helpful links on how and when to prepare your garden.  September: Add compost or manure to garden beds and...

/ September 22, 2016

10 Most Popular HomeStars Pins in July

July was a hot month, not only in terms of heat but also in Pinterest activity! We love seeing which images are most popular with our Pinterest community. It’s clear they had backyard retreats on the brain. If you like what you see, click the image to check out the company’s HomeStars listing....

/ August 1, 2016
Backyard stone work done by HomeStars Photo of the Day

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
BBQ

The HomeStars BBQ Guide

Your BBQ is the essential appliance for backyard entertaining and the rest of your set-up should be built around it. There are many types of BBQs to choose from and this HomeStars BBQ Guide will help you choose the one that’s right for you. What size? The size of your BBQ...

/ June 24, 2016
Back deck French doors by Long Life Windows & Doors Ltd.

Top 5 Door Replacement Questions Asked By Homeowners

In addition to windows, replacing doors is one of the best ways to spend money on your home. New doors can add value to your home, increase curb appeal, and saves you financially on heating and cooling costs. More importantly, doors provide necessary security and, in turn, make your home comfortable...

/ June 21, 2016
Deck by BBG Carpentry

HomeStars U – Deck Safety 101 (Video)

You might not think of safety as an aspect that you need to pay attention to with regards to your deck or front porch, but believe me, it’s important for you, and for anyone who ventures onto your property. I learned this the hard way a few summers ago as I stood on my...

/ May 25, 2016
Deck maintenance by Beaver Brothers of Richmond Hill

Summer Deck Maintenance

Decks go through a lot throughout the year. In winter and autumn, they’re subject to harsh Canadian winter, and in the spring and summer, they’re packed full with friends and family enjoying the warm weather and good times. This means they need to be properly maintained so that they can...

/ May 18, 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
Stunning backyard oasis by All-Pro Landscaping & Carpentry Ltd.

What Kind of Budget Do You Need For Your Landscaping Makeover?

More than just a need to “keep up with the Jones’, landscaping is a way to increase the value of your home if you are planning to sell in the near to medium-term. It’s also a fantastic way to create a private and personal outdoor oasis that you can enjoy year after year if...

/ May 9, 2016
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