Tag: Summer

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

Late Summer, Early Fall Colour for your Garden and Urns

The weather has been beautiful of late, but my summer plants are starting to look on the seedy side. My garden urn in particular is looking less than spectacular.  When I go to the grocery store and browse through the nurseries I am uninspired by the purple cabbage and purple...

/ September 9, 2009
After shot of the kitchen by Envision Custom Renovations Inc

Photos from the Habitat for Humanity Restore BBQ

Yesterday Habitat for Humanity hosted a BBQ for Toronto contractors hosted by Toolgirl, Mag Ruffman. There was Rickard Red beer sampling from the fine folks at Molson (thanks @molsontonia & @molsonferg), and the food was provided by Dukes Pubs - notably the Duke of Kent at Yonge and Eglinton. Both...

/ August 14, 2009
Outdoor kitchen

Six Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Central Air Conditioning Unit (for the least cost)

Central air conditioners are likely the largest electricity consumer in your home (unless you have a heated driveway like we do, in which case your CAC will look like an energy sipper in comparison!). There are many steps you can take to maximize your unit's efficiency with very little effort...

/ July 28, 2009

Cottage Chic Decorating Tips from Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson has a new show about decorating her cottage, which she talked about this morning on the radio.  She was on air to promote her new mini-series: Sarah’s Cottage. The most important advice I took away from that interview was the following: 1. Don’t send your old city furniture...

/ April 2, 2009

It’s Almost Outdoor Furniture Time!

I love browsing through the March and April issues of home magazines as the focus is usually on gardening and the backyard. It gets me thinking about spring, and shedding layers of coats and scarves, opening up windows and living more outside than in. I am particularly attracted to the...

/ March 16, 2009