Tag: backyard

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
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
Renovated pool deck

HomeStars U – Pool Renovations 101 (Video)

With Summer coming you may be thinking about updating an aging pool with a couple of renovations. Greg Mulvey from Classic Pools and Landscaping, a Best Of HomeStars Award winner, tells us about the top five most popular pool renovations. Waterfalls Adding a waterfall to your pool’s landscape is a...

/ April 18, 2016
Concrete pool

HomeStars U – New Pools 101 (Video)

If you’ve decided to build a new pool this Spring, check out our video on new pool construction. Keith Evans from Land Effects Outdoor Living Spaces Ltd shares the basics on the types of pools available on the market and how much they cost. Concrete Pools The most expensive option starting...

/ April 11, 2016
Pool by Solda Pools

Tips on Winterizing Your Pool

With the beginning of fall comes the crisp weather, comfort food and beautiful colours. It also brings on a lot of unwelcome chores. One of the necessary tasks of fall home maintenance is winterizing your pool. While having it done professionally certainly has it merits, homeowners can successfully do it...

/ October 27, 2010

It’s Almost Outdoor Furniture Time!

I love browsing through the March and April issues of home magazines as the focus is usually on gardening and the backyard. It gets me thinking about spring, and shedding layers of coats and scarves, opening up windows and living more outside than in. I am particularly attracted to the...

/ March 16, 2009