Category: Walls & Ceilings

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

A skylight in a condo? It will cure your blues too!

Sceptics aside,  Cliff Arnall’s theory of the third Monday in January being the most depressing day of the year seems to me to hit the mark. What with holiday let down, credit card bills and a severe lack of daylight for those of us in northern climes,  January can be a pretty...

/ January 13, 2009

Thinking of buying a new furnace?

It invariably happens that your old furnace takes its last dying breath on the coldest day of the year. If you’re lucky enough to have known that your furnace was on its last legs you will have been able to do some  research ahead of time. If you haven’t, well, maybe we here...

/ January 9, 2009
A delightful She-Shed - or Scriptorium - for writing by Shed Solutions of Calgary

Eco-Friendly Building Materials

By Kelly Turnbull Sacchidananda Design Solutions There is no doubt about it; everyone wants to be more environmentally responsible. However, going green can be a little overwhelming. The best advice I can give is to pick your battles. You don’t have to save the world all at once.  Just a...

/ November 24, 2008

Our Favourite Paint Colours

Our living/dining room is currently painted a very neutral Grey Mist (CC 80) from Benjamin Moore. If you’re looking for a nice neutral colour, this one fits the bill. It’s a warm grey/green and neutral without being boring. Only I’m still looking for something a teensy bit livelier. I called Sandy at Sandy’s...

/ September 22, 2008

Our new “Question of the Week”

We’re introducing another new feature for our Forum. It’s called the “Question of the Week.” This is a chance for you to vent/elaborate and share stories about common things we’ve all done. The purpose of the Question of the week is a bit of fun, a bit of learning and...

/ September 17, 2008

Helpful Paint Websites

When my husband and I bought our first condo, I painted our diningroom what I thought was a nice deep burgundy. At least that’s the way it looked under the fluorescent light at the paint store. When we put it on the walls it turned out to be raspberry. It...

/ May 1, 2008

Wallcoverings and More…

Wallpaper is “in” again. Ten years from now we will likely all be cursing it as we scrape the remnants of it off our walls mumbling “what were we thinking?” but in the meantime, it does add a dimension to your walls that paint can’t. When I was at the...

/ April 30, 2008

How’s The Mold In Your Basement?

It’s springtime, and the snow has melted (supposedly…let’s see if we don’t get one last snowstorm). Most homes have basements (or your home may BE a basement if you’re in a basement-level condo or apartment), and as winter melting and spring rains set in, it’s time to think about mold....

/ April 3, 2008
Scale in small spaces via Freshome.com

Drywall Horrors

Last summer we moved into a brand spanking new house. Until now, all of the houses we’ve lived in have been a minimum of 50 years old. In fact I got very used to hearing “wow, I’ve never seen plumbing/electrical work/heating and cooling systems like this,” from the tradespeople. I...

/ February 12, 2008