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The Quest for Space and the Open Concept

The Quest for Space and the Open ConceptMany homes in and around the Greater Toronto Area predate the boom in open concept floor plans that gained popular in the 1980’s. Many of these homes were designed with compartmentalization in mind and aimed to add privacy for the occupants and assist with environmental control as HVAC systems where not what they are today. As HVAC systems improved architects started to design more spacious layouts by creating more open floor plans that incorporated design [more]

Heated driveways in Toronto, the GTA, and Southern Ontario

Heated driveways in Toronto, the GTA, and Southern OntarioWith the average winter snowfall number for Southern Ontario around 107cm annually many homeowners dread those early morning or late evenings where they are forced to clear their walkways and driveways in order to maintain a safe and functional property. The burden of having to dig one’s property out from the white blanket of cold has made for some real frustrating and negative stories. From the homeowner in mid-town Toronto who has no where to [more]

An In-Depth Look At Waterproofing Your Home

An In-Depth Look At Waterproofing Your HomeArguably the most overlooked home renovation by far has to be waterproofing. The reality is you can’t blame homeowners for wanting that new fancy kitchen or bathroom, as it is aesthetic to the eye and used everyday. Kitchens and bathrooms also add tremendous resale value, but what good is resale value if your basement is flooded or even worse you are staring down the barrel of six-figure foundation repair. Having a proper waterproofed home is [more]

How clean is your contractor?

How clean is your contractor?The old proverb “cleanliness is godliness” literally parallels the importance of being clean to the ultimate human symbol of power, god.  Now I’m not a religious person, but does being clean really impact our lives to this extent? Humbly I would have to agree and say yes. Cleanliness is purity, cleanliness is organization, and ultimately cleanliness is a respect for the natural world.  Therefore the importance of cleanliness is profound and in my world as [more]

Renovation Pricing Uncovered

Renovation Pricing UncoveredIn this day and age finding a reliable and solid contractor to complete a remodel or renovation can be a very daunting task. The reality is that no independent contractor or contracting company is alike and this can make an apples-to-apples comparison a  unrealistic and non-existent goal.  From the stand point of a contractor this becomes a larger challenge when a potential client is taking on multiple bids for a project and price enters as [more]

Back Water Preventer Valve in the City of Toronto/GTA

Back Water Preventer Valve in the City of Toronto/GTAJuly 8th, 2013 is a day that many Torontonians and people living in the GTA will not soon forget. A torrential downpour of 100 millimetres of rain according to Environment Canada trounced the previous one-day rainfall record leaving many with out power, crippled commuters, and for many homeowners left their basements a flooded soggy mess. In the days that followed the storm every single news outlet in the region was showing homeowners starting the remediation [more]

Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Tips for a Healthy Lawn Tips For A Healthy Lawn Aerate:This means removing plugs of dirt from the lawn so that air, water and nutrients can reach the roots. Over seed: Keep your lawn thick and healthy by regularly adding grass seed in the early spring and late fall. Mow smarter: Reduce the growth of weeds by cutting your grass less often. Keeping the lawn between 6 and 8 cm high blocks out the light weeds need to germinate. Feed it naturally: leave your [more]

Goodbye Shovel, Hello Heated Driveway!

Goodbye Shovel, Hello Heated Driveway! Is there anybody out there that actually enjoys shoveling snow? I mean waking up earlier than usual only to go out into the frigid morning to perform some lengthy back breaking labour, not fun. In recent years a  solution has emerged in the form of heated driveways, walkways, and porches. Heated driveways can be found in two different type of systems. The best and most popular system is called electric radiant heating systems. This system can [more]