Category: Windows & Doors

My Spring Renovation – Part II – Planning

“I love deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they pass by.” – Douglas Adams This is Part II of My Spring Renovation. If you missed Part II you can read it here. With our kitchen plans more musings than reality, my wife and I set to put our...

/ April 17, 2009

Top 5 site improvements – based on input from companies

We had a company event a few evenings ago and discussed, as well as formally surveyed the group on what HomeStars could do that would add value. The main objective is helping local businesses reach and better serve their potential clients. The ideas were plenty but the top 5 are...

/ April 13, 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

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
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Different Exterior Window Finishes

If you’re having trouble figuring out if there’s really a snow storm out there or if it’s only your windows frosting over, or if your windows are sealed shut by ice, or they’re just not providing much of a barrier between you and the wintery weather, it’s probably time to start thinking about replacing your windows....

/ December 8, 2008
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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

Winter Window Woes

Winter Window Woes By  Graham Clarke, VP Engineering, Carson Dunlop. Did you know that extreme winter cold can place undue stress on your house? Consider your windows. A graphic example of the effects of extreme cold can be seen on the old single-glazed, metal-framed windows in many older homes. Over...

/ November 20, 2008

Choices for Eco-Friendly Blinds and Shades

When I was at the HomeStars “Meet the Contractors” event a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Ana Pilling from 4Blinds Inc. We began talking about new “eco-friendly” window coverings products and the increasing selection that’s available. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming so choosing a product...

/ November 19, 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

Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency – Part 2

Insulating your home: So, you’ve had your home energy audit (see previous post), and found out you need to insulate. Oh, if only it were as simple as calling up your local insulation company and blowing some cellulose into the attic! Yes, that will help, and of course we have...

/ January 25, 2008