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Found 17 blog entries about Home Renovations.

 

Time for new windows?

Whether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t even exist. Even if you don’t, you probably know that a lot of glass and natural light is awesome, but it comes at a cost. As windows age and homes settle, windows can distort ever slow slightly. It’s not enough that you’d notice, at least until the first cold blasts of Arctic air are blowing into your home.

Short of waiting for a major blowing snowstorm, how can you if it’s time for new windows? And what do you do if it is? We’ll walk you through it. Read on, reader!

Signs Your Windows are Giving Up the Ghost

When it comes to the big things in your house, windows are pretty huge. On the

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Breakfast nooks

It’s the most important meal of the day, so why are you spending your mornings eating over the sink on your rush to get ready for work? For many homeowners, there’s a perfectly cozy and wonderful alternative in their home that they might not even be using: the breakfast nook.

From Formal Dining to Chaotic Meals in the Open

Many people have long ago converted their formal dining rooms into home offices, instead opting for kitchen bars or dropping a dining set close to the kitchen in their open floor plan homes. These options are ok if all the chaos of eating in a non-space doesn’t put you off your feed.

For those who need a little more privacy, a quiet place to drink their morning coffee and contemplate life for a few minutes, the breakfast

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Smoke Detector Facts

Every morning, it’s the same thing. You get out of bed, take a shower, burn the toast and then curse the smoke detector. Although it's singing the song of its people can be incredibly loud and awful to hear, the truth is that smoke detectors save lives. So, while your smoke detector may sing way off tune, it’s trying very hard to protect you and your family from smoke- and fire-related hazards, like your morning toast.

It’s time to check your smoke detector batteries yet again — and to learn more about those white pucks that hang out on the ceiling.

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Smoke Detector

Every single day, your smoke alarms hang around next to the ceiling, just waiting for something to go wrong. They don’t ask for much, which is why

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Your new home has an amazingly huge closet, but a startling lack of places to hang stuff. Sure, you could pile all your extra clothing, shoes and accessories in the corner, or move your antique dressers into the empty space, but there’s probably a better solution. Why not try a closet storage system?

Getting Started with Custom Closet Storage Solutions

If you cruise the aisles of your favourite home improvement store, you’ll eventually come to the DIY closet storage systems. Here, you’ll find a wide range of products, from basic wire shelving to wire and metal kits and laminated wood kits. The choices are sometimes overwhelming, to be quite honest.

Do you need a double rod system? Should you get one of those fancy cubby hole pieces for your

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Remember Baby-Proofing? Welcome to Age-Proofing! More and more people are choosing to stay in their homes after retirement. More and more people are choosing to live out their lives for as long as possible in their own homes. People are living longer, living healthier lives and technology and access to care has made aging at home possible. Living independently is far more desirable than moving to a retirement home.

Aging is a reality for all of us and as fit and active as we are, our physical and home comfort needs do change as we get older. If you’re nearing retirement, have recently retired or perhaps you’re continuing your career longer (lots of people are delaying retirement too!), it’s a good idea to think about some customization of your home to

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Summer is closing in, hockey and basketball are coming to an end and baseball is in high swing (See what I did there?). Let’s be honest, most guys in this day and age for the most part are pretty big into sports, and they are always looking for a place to unwind and relax while watching their favourite athletes top the competition. So, why not build your significant other a man-cave?

What is a “Man Cave”? In short it’s a little personal space that your guy can claim and personalize. You know his beer-hat collection? He can display it proudly in his space and
not in the living room; Win-win right? All joking aside, everyone needs a little space they can call their own and guys like their club houses! There are many kinds of approaches to creating this

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Everyone wants to improve their home with two things in mind; enjoying those improvements while living in the home and recouping the investment upon the sale of the house.

We all know that there are some improvements that are sure to yield a great return and some that won’t and they will all cost you money. Here are some relatively (RELATIVELY)  inexpensive freshen-uppers that are worth considering if you want to sell your house now or down the road. If you’ve got the budget to do more, by all means, but here are some bare-minimum ideas that will definitely go far!

  1. Kitchen – A new kitchen faucet, new door handles, and updated lighting. Consider new appliances or at least ones that match. 
  2. Bathrooms – An energy efficient toilet, new toilet
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flood-warning

It’s not Spring yet and it may seem far away, but warmer temperatures are in sight and at this time of year it can happen quite suddenly. With the volume of snow on the ground, we can only hope for a gradual, slow, steady thaw because any quick melt poses a real concern for basement flooding. While it might seem too soon to be concerned, it’s never too early to take some precautions. There are some things you can do to help avoid a huge water problem in your basement should the spring thaw come like Vin Diesel in ‘The Fast and The Furious’.

Tackle some of the following tips as weather permits and changes over the coming weeks. Start the process of protecting your home now with what CAN be addressed. As the mountains of snow begin to melt, you’re

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While we’re still in the thick of Winter, spring really isn’t that far away. Now is a good time to think about some home improvements and do some planning!

Everyone wants to improve their home with two things in mind; enjoying those improvements while living in the home and recouping the investment upon the sale of the house.House made of tools over white background

We all know that there are some renos that are sure to yield a great return and some that won’t and they will all cost you money. Here are some relatively (RELATIVELY) inexpensive freshen-uppers that are worth considering if you want to sell your house now or down the road. If you’ve got the budget to do more, by all means, but here are some bare-minimum ideas that will go far!

  1. Kitchen – A new kitchen faucet, new
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The signs are all there. The days and nights are starting to cool. Fall weather is on its way and soon after, well, that-which-we-shall-not-speak-its-name… While it may not be time to fire up the furnace for a while yet, it won’t be long before we’ll have to. So let’s start thinking warm thoughts!

A townhouse with basement windows showing.

Was your Granny’s house drafty? Seems like the sort of thing that was considered the norm way long ago. These days, we not only want our homes to be cozy and warm in the winter and stay cool in the summer, we also know that a well-insulated home will reduce heating and cooling costs and is far better for the environment as well. Fall is a great time to assess the insulation quality of your home. Here are a few tips and some information that you may

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