Category: Foundations

Writing a Review Can Be Very Rewarding

Review writers on HomeStars help others in their community make the right decision when it comes to home contracting, but this isn’t the only way you can give back (or get a little something) when you write a review.  There are currently several charitable promotions available in communities across Canada...

/ May 23, 2011

Restoring a Heritage Grist Mill in Spencerville

While we try to help a wide variety of community groups at HomeStars, it isn’t often that we find a charity or a project that directly relates to renovations. Thus we were eager to support the Spencerville Mill Foundation in its ongoing pursuit to restore a great heritage building. The...

/ May 16, 2011

HomeStars List: Top 5 Books on Home Improvement

If you love research and reading with a side of home improvement you will love this post. Today, we are sharing my five top picks in home improvement books. It doesn’t matter if you are a do-it-yourselfer or searching HomeStars for companies to hire, these books can offer inspiration and...

/ March 29, 2011

Steps to Avoiding a Spring Thaw Disaster

With warmer temperatures finally here, Calgarians are seeing the results of this winter’s record snowfall in the form of rushing creeks flowing into drains, and flooded  streets throughout the city. Yes, we have probably all now experienced the thrill of driving through that first puddle of the year, and alas,...

/ March 16, 2011
Basement renovation by Domilya Group

Fight a Flooded Basement with Drain Tiles

Rain is inevitable in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Granted, we get a small reprieve during the summer months but fall brings it back with a vengeance.  It’s this time of year that brings to light problems with your foundation drain tile. Heavy rains, cluttered downpipes and gutters are often...

/ November 26, 2010
Finished basement by Remodel Construction Company

A Cautionary Story for Home Owners: Preventative Steps for Storm and Rainwater Management

It is now essential that owners familiarize themselves with the basic issues and some of the science of rainwater control, at least within the bounds of one's own property. It may not be as exciting as undertaking a new renovation, but poorly designed drainage control systems can eventually cause serious...

/ June 9, 2009

A Home’s Building Envelope and its Energy Efficiency

This is a guest post written by Debra Fenwick of Fenwick Design Group. Lately, the buzz in home renovation has been about the importance of the home’s building envelope and its effect on energy efficiency. The envelope is defined as the outer layer of the building that separates the living space...

/ March 10, 2009
Finished basement by Remodel Construction Company

Basement Flooding and The City’s Responsibility.

It’s “April showers” time! Just what we need after a record breaking snow filled winter… more water! Sure we’ll get those flowers in May, but we may also be stuck with the not so pleasant flooded basement before that happens. The city provides information on how to avoid flooding in...

/ April 1, 2008