All posts by Ayla Lefkowich

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How to Avoid Burst Pipes

Have you ever filled up a water bottle and placed it in the freezer overnight, only to find that it broke through the plastic the next day? Water has a unique ability to expand when it turns into ice, which is literally very cool for a science experiment, but a...

/ February 13, 2018

What to Do First: Paint or Buy Furniture?

Giving your place a fresh makeover is always exciting, whether you are moving into a new home, or planning on fixing up various spaces in your current abode. It takes a lot of energy flipping through home and style magazines, scouring Pinterest boards for design inspiration, not to mention trips...

/ February 6, 2018
popcorn ceiling

What Is the Point of Popcorn Ceiling?

Popcorn ceilings, otherwise known as stucco ceilings, acoustic ceilings, or cottage cheese ceilings, were hugely popular in residential houses built between the 1930s and 1990s in Canada. Characterized by their textured look and feel by being stippled with a sponge, or sprayed on with a hopper gun using a special...

/ February 1, 2018
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What to Do When Your Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain

Many of us have experienced something like this: one minute you are washing a pile of dirty dishes, and the next you hear a strange gurgling sound coming from the mechanical depths of your kitchen sink. The water is staying put, perhaps even changing colour and starting to rise; suddenly...

/ January 25, 2018
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How Much a Home Energy Assessment Can Save You

There’s no denying it anymore – winter is here, and cities throughout Canada have been breaking records this past December with sub-zero temperatures, some even colder than Mars! It’s common sense to bundle up before stepping outside this season, but what can you do to ensure your house stays warm? A...

/ January 16, 2018
hosting a party tips

10 Easy Ways to Be a Better Host

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time to dig up old favourite recipes, get ready to visit family and friends, and host festive get-togethers! Put your entertaining jitters at ease with these 10 tips to be a better host when you plan on throwing a party. First Impressions:...

/ December 14, 2017
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The Differences of House and Condo Renovations

Regardless of the size of your space, owning a roof over your head involves a fair share of maintenance and upkeep. Some people enjoy condo living, while others prefer a house with a backyard. And, when you are planning to renovate your property, houses and condos play by different rules....

/ December 5, 2017

10 Easy Renos To Increase Your Home’s Value Before Selling

Many homeowners can attest to the fact that, once you buy a piece of property, the hard part is not quite over yet. While it still is exciting and fun to decorate, organize and plan for the future, homes require a lot of work and upkeep. Even if you don’t...

/ November 8, 2017

10 Easiest Home Automations To Save Energy

Imagine being able to control and monitor your lights, heating and air conditioning, and even your appliances, without even being in your home. Sounds futuristic, but home automation – technologies that can automatically or remotely control your home’s systems through your mobile devices, laptops, or tablets – is a growing...

/ October 17, 2017
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How Much Do You Really Save During Off-Peak Electricity Times?

Canadians are blessed (or cursed, depending on your feelings towards winter and summer) with living in a country that has four seasons. However, unlike Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concerto, paying for energy bills throughout the year is not always music to our ears. Homeowners, small businesses, and renters alike may...

/ August 30, 2017