Category: Landscape, Yard & Garden

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

Deck Maintenance – ‘Clean, Stain, Maintain’

There are four steps to proper deck maintenance: Clean, Stain, Maintain, Repair.  Deck repair was covered in this earlier article, so now we’ll focus on how to Clean, Stain and Maintain your deck. A word of caution: Cleaning and staining your deck is hard physical work and there are many ‘tricks...

/ 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
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
Beautiful backyard retreat by ForeverStoneDesign Inc.

Best Of HomeStars Award – Ontario Landscape Contractors and Designers

Trust, reliability, creativity, knowledge. All of these characteristics are important when choosing a landscape contractor and designer. At HomeStars, we’re here to help you find the trusted landscaper you’ve been looking for, and the best way to start is here with our round-up of the 2016 HomeStars’ Best Of Award winners in the landscaping category in...

/ April 28, 2016
deck repair vs deck replacement

Best Of HomeStars Awards – B.C. Landscape Contractors and Designers

It’s not uncommon to find it challenging to locate a great landscape contractor and designer that you can trust. At HomeStars, we’re here to help. If you’re looking to do any major (or minor) renovations or landscaping to your front or back yard, start your research here with our round-up of the 2016...

/ April 28, 2016
Photo courtesy of New Look Landscaping

Best Of HomeStars Awards – Alberta Landscaping Contractors and Designers

Finding a great landscaping contractor and designer that you can trust can be a challenge — at HomeStars, we’re here to help. If you’re looking to do any major (or minor) renovations or landscaping to your front or back yard, start your research here with our round-up of the 2016...

/ April 28, 2016
Green lawn

Average Cost of Lawn Maintenance in Alberta, BC and Ontario

Each year as the soft winds of Spring sweep away the chill of Winter, the minds of most homeowners turn to their lawn. Beautiful sweeping lawns of green grass grew to popularity with the British upper class in the 17th and 18th century, but they were very labour-intensive to maintain, which...

/ April 27, 2016