Tag: Home Renovation

A suite in Camrost-Felcorp’s Blue Diamond condominium development in Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood.

Consider the Emotional Side of Your Reno

There are a number of guides online to direct you in how to prepare for a renovation. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association lists 10 steps to a successful home renovation: Do your homework Find out how much you can afford Look for a professional renovator Choose our contractor Check references...

/ December 3, 2010

Tips on How to Handle Multiple Home Renovations at Once

When doing work on your home there are complexities in hiring someone. You have to find and compare three companies, get three estimates, call references, check them out on HomeStars.com, schedule appointments, take time off of work – the list goes on. This list becomes compounded when you have multiple...

/ October 28, 2010

Construction Waste and Innovative Building Techniques for Green Homes

While the sustainable houses at Kortright Centre were built to showcase "best green building practices" one of the features of the homes, that may get lost over time, was the careful consideration of minimizing waste and energy use during construction. The goal of the homes was not only to showcase...

/ May 5, 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

Lowe’s Survey: More Canadians to Renovate Thanks to Home Renovation Tax Credit

Lowe's Canada and Angus Reid Strategies conducted a survey about whether or not Canadians were going to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. The short answer is almost half of home owners will renovate their home in some fashion.

/ February 5, 2009
Kitchen Renovation done by Newview Renovations

Renovation Meta-Planning – An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The whole purpose of HomeStars, of course, is to help homeowners make planning decisions about home improvement. So what do we think of companies whose job it is to help with those planning decisions? Hey, that’s not for us to say – yes, we can certainly opine, but… – ultimately...

/ March 6, 2008
Photo taken from Delco Renovations Homestars page

Useful Websites for Home Renovation

Renovation Research Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – For Consumers An indispensable resource for your home needs whether purchasing or renovating. It contains advice on improving energy efficiency, financing your renovation, and hiring your contractor. Canadian Home Builders Association Provides information on factors to consider when designing the kitchen. Fantastic...

/ October 12, 2007
Custom kitchen cabinetry by Mooza Wood Arts.

Home Shows Are a Useful Tool When Planning a Renovation

Finally Spring is here. The snowdrops have bloomed and next will be crocuses and grape hyacinths. I love this time of year — except for the mud, I could definitely do without the mud. But other than that I love Spring. Spring also means the National Home Show (April 13-22,...

/ April 9, 2007

The .com is now ours!

The law of the internet jungle… when you launch a web based business GET THE .COM first! After being live for 16 months, we now own ours. I chose HomeStars as the name of the company as it was simple, and somewhat descriptive about what we are all about. It...

/ April 6, 2007

HomeStars Blog is Rolling

Hi all, I’m Andrew Goodman, one of the early team members of HomeStars, a website founded by Nancy Peterson to help homeowners sift through the good, the bad, and the ugly of home improvement contractors and retailers. There are already thousands of reviews on the site, and more are being...

/ November 3, 2006