Passive House

Passive House Design 101

While passively heating one’s house with solar energy has been a concept that has existed since the beginning of time, certified modern Passive Houses are a concept that came to life in Germany and Sweden in the late 80’s. The original goal of this method of home design is to create buildings that...

/ April 12, 2017
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Best Driveway Surfaces for Canada

When it comes to deciding which surface is best for your driveway, most Canadians choose between three good options: Asphalt, Concrete and Interlocking Stones (also known as paving stones or pavers). We spoke to the experts to find out the details every Canadian needs to know before deciding on a...

/ April 10, 2017
miDoor: It has a special feature of numerous alarms that will be triggered so that you know when your garage door is prompted unawares.

Opening Your Garage Up to Home Automation

Automatic garage door openers have been around for some 40 years or so, but with advances in technology as well as home automation, garage door openers deserve a second look. Wireless Technology The whole meaning of the word wireless has changed immeasurably in the past 10 years, and much of...

/ April 6, 2017
If your love is your car, treat it to a fabulous race deck by Park Place Garage of Kelowna.

Reorganizing And Reimagining Your Garage

It’s the time of year when we start to think of shining the light on all corners of our home. Spring brings the opportunity to renew and refresh, to organize and cultivate. Often ignored, garages tend to be that place where we put stuff that we don’t want in the...

/ April 5, 2017
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HomeStars Photo of the Day

It seems like spring has finally sprung! We can’t wait until it’s warm enough to enjoy patio and backyard weather like these homeowners. Green Apple Landscaping gave this house a complete backyard transformation, including a storage space and maximizing their greenery. Check out the full review to see the before of what this...

/ April 3, 2017
A cute shared room for boys or girls.

Room for Two: Shared Kids’ Room Ideas

If you’ve got more kids than bedrooms in your home, learning how to create a shared space that both children will be happy in is the difference between a fight before bed each night and sweet dreams for everyone in your home. Sharing a room doesn’t have to result in...

/ April 3, 2017
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April HomeStars Star Reviewer Contest Now Open

A Smart Home Is A Happy Home More Reviews = Better Odds To Win! April showers may get you down, but these prizes to make your home smarter are sure to bring a little sunshine to your day! Have you hired anyone to work in or around your home recently? Not...

/ April 3, 2017
Master Bedroom design by House of Jade Interiors

Creating A Peaceful And Rejuvenating Home Through Feng Shui

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing structures with the surrounding “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together. This is known as qi. While embracing an ancient Chinese art might seem daunting to the average Canadian, getting started with feng shui is a fairly simple process. This ancient art...

/ April 3, 2017
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Shining a Light on Home Electrical Wiring

To most homeowners, electrical wiring is a mystery. Wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – hidden behind walls, light switches and receptacles throughout your home. When something goes wrong, most are a bit intimidated, which is a good thing, since amateur wiring can be a safety hazard and even...

/ April 3, 2017
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HomeStars Photo of the Day

Take a look at this full condo transformation! It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do for a home. Durham360Painting painted every room in this condo to give it a cool and sleek downtown vibe. We love the choice of different greys throughout. Great job! See the full review here....

/ March 29, 2017