Tag: Renovation

A Lot to Learn From Jay Purvis and the Panel at the Ideal Home Show

On the weekend, Jay Purvis hosted Renovations Dos and Dont’s, a panel for you to pick up some great tips from the pros and get advice on your next home improvement project. The crowd at the event took advantage of the opportunity to get specialized advice from our three panelists...

/ October 4, 2010

6 Effective Ways To Get the Most From HomeStars

HomeStars is a valuable tool for homeowner to find the best contractors. But make sure you use it well. Here are some tips we've learned over time to make sure that you really get the most out of the site while hiring your next contractor.

/ July 20, 2010
Guest Room with Murphy bed by NIICO Millwork Group Ltd.

Welcome New HomeStars

Every month our community of companies who use our site grows. And we're always excited to see companies getting involved and increasing their online communication with their customers.

/ July 3, 2009
Closet via Homedit

Consumer Council Report Offers Insight and Suggestions for Contractors and Homeowners

The Consumers Council of Canada, an independent group which researches consumer issues released a report this week on the Home Improvement industry called Renovation RipOffs, Problems and Solutions. The report examined issues to do with consumer complaints regarding renovations and the home improvement business.

/ June 25, 2009

Thinking of Adding Space to Your House? Hire an Architect

There are some common misperceptions about architects -- perhaps the most typical being that architects are only hired when designing a house from the ground up. Even then, you might be tempted to shy away from hiring an architect thinking that they're all of the Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier...

/ June 17, 2009

A Renovation on a Tight Budget Breathes New Life into a Tired Old Townhouse in Dana Point, CA.

“Cathy, can you please come and help me move? Pleeease??” A reasonable sisterly request. In our particular case there were a few more incentives added to the usual pizza and beer. You see, my sister Jenn lives in southern California in an amazing little “surfer dude” town called Dana Point. I love visiting, and...

/ April 21, 2009

What I Did In My Spring Renovation

“Anyone that’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.” – Ronald Reagan My wife and I out to do our best to prove Mr. Bonzo is wrong – you see, rather than go south this year, “we” decided...

/ April 7, 2009
Unique green barn door by Rain City Renovations

A Home Renovation Advisor Bridges the Gap Between Homeowner and Contractor and/or Designer

There’s ‘renovating,’ and then there’s ‘RENOVATING.’ The difference is in the size of the jobs. Renovating a powder room is one thing. There are bills for one sink, one toilet, a new mirror, a light fixture, maybe some new flooring, a plumber, a painter and an electrician.  You can eyeball...

/ March 3, 2009
Incredible use of small space. This is the set for the tv show "Girls", created by © Laura Ballenger Design

Home Decor Trends for 2009: Where to Save and Where to Splurge. Tips from Vicky Sanderson

Vicky Sanderson, Columnist for the Toronto Star and writer of two blogs, “On the House” and “Conversation Piece” will be appearing at the National Home Show  which opens this Friday, February 20, 2009. If you aren’t familiar with Vicky’s blogs, take a peak. “On the House” is full of useful information on the latest in...

/ February 17, 2009
Over the stove cabinetry by Raywall Kitchen Cabinetry.

Sometimes Great Companies Can Have Bad Luck…

I have had a lot of compliments on my kitchen and dining room over the past few years. We renovated the kitchen in 1998 – wow is it that long ago – and then followed up around 2002 with built-ins in the dining room. Now when the topic comes up,...

/ February 9, 2009