Tag: backyard

Building An Inspiring Dog Or Cat Run

Pets thrive in outdoor living environments just as we do. What better way to show we care – and also protect the investment we make in our landscaping – than by creating a pet-friendly outdoor living space. A run will ensure that your backyard does not become a pet washroom and yet will...

/ May 4, 2017

Play With Creating A Fun, Kid-Friendly Backyard

Backyard season is coming up and what better to keep your kids enjoying the splendid outdoors than a backyard made for kid fun. You don’t need a lot of space, and in many cases, you don’t need a lot of money to make a super fun backyard. Check out the...

/ April 20, 2017

Top 6 Best Backyard Transformations of 2016 – Editor’s Pick

Yep, unless you’re a skier or a winter enthusiast, we bet you’d like to be hanging out in any one of these backyards right now. If you close your eyes really tight and take a deep breathe, you can imagine yourself here – in our most favourite backyard retreats of 2016…....

/ December 14, 2016
Fall gardening

Fall Gardening Checklist

With the warm September weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s hard to believe Autumn has officially begun! 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 checklist with some helpful links on how...

/ September 22, 2016

Autumn Backyard Living

Autumn is near … and so is your backyard! Here are some ideas from HomeStars to help you and your guests enjoy autumn backyard living when the nights get cooler. Let there be heat! Being able to turn on the heat at the flick of a switch will help you really...

/ September 13, 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 entertaining

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
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