Tag: Summer

Bruce Peninsula

The Best Weekend Getaway Spots in Canada by Province

 Are you in dire need of a summer vacation? Why venture outside of Canada when there are so many beautiful spots within driving distance perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you are looking for a quiet romantic escape with your significant other, a fun time with some friends, or a...

/ May 19, 2017

Your 2017 Cottage Opening Checklist

The May long weekend is quickly approaching, meaning that cottage season is finally here! Before you can relax and enjoy all of the summer fun, the cottage must be opened, which can be an overwhelming task. In order to ensure that you cover all of the basics, while still making time for...

/ May 15, 2017

Student Moving Tips for Back to School

With September just around the corner, most recent high school grads are preparing to start their freshman year in college or university. Students who choose to attend a post-secondary school in a new town will be moving away from home for the first time, which can be stressful and time...

/ August 9, 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
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
Atlas Care Air Conditioning technician

Air Conditioning Basics with Atlas Care

HomeStars sat down with Michael Grochmal, President of Atlas Care Heating And Cooling to ask a few questions about the best options for home air conditioning. What are the different types of air conditioning systems?   The most common types of air conditioning systems include: Ductless High velocity/SpacePak Conventional or...

/ April 15, 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
Viking fiberglass pool and water feature by Land Effects Outdoor Living Spaces Ltd. of Scarborough.

What to Look for When Hiring a Pool Contractor

In a recent issue of Pools, Spas, & Patios, John Petrocelli of Backyard Getaways Inc. wrote a great article titled What to Look for in a Pool Builder. John has over twenty years experience in the pool industry and offers a lot of insight to anyone who is looking to...

/ July 23, 2010
Finished basement by Remodel Construction Company

Summer Drinks With HomeStars

In the spirit of all of this nice weather in Toronto, HomeStars invited local companies listed on the site to join us for a couple of drinks and snacks: wings, and deep fried cheesy sticks (to name my personal favorites). It was a really fun time for all who attended....

/ May 28, 2010