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March 2014 - Posts

Don't shy away from pattern play
Spring is the perfect time to take decor risks, and playing with various patterns is a simple but effective way to inject a burst of stylish impact in the home. Sometimes though, mixing patterns can be more intimidating than inspiring, so Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert from Benjamin Moore, explains why we need not be afraid of the art of pattern play... Read More...
Spring into a finished basement for added space
After a winter of hibernation, the spring is a perfect time to begin renovation projects that will impact your home's overall energy efficiency and save you money. An unfinished basement can be a major source of energy loss costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. Read More...
You've decided to sell your home – now what?
The home selling season is about to heat up. If you've decided to enter the market, you're in good company, says Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “Spring tends to see an increase in real estate listings, but it also brings out the buyers,” Dorner explains. “In order to achieve the best possible results, careful planning and know-how are required in the home selling process.” Read More...
Signs that show you're ready to buy a home
If the thought of the reawakening real estate market excites you, you may be ready to buy a home. Aspiring homeowners will need to have a few things locked down before taking the plunge. Read More...
Now you can paint outside in cool temperatures
After the deep freeze of winter, you may find the exterior of your home a little worse for the weather. The wear and tear of subzero temperatures and lashings of snow and ice can leave rain gutters broken, sidings warped, or paint cracked and faded. With spring just on the horizon, now is the time to consider some rejuvenation. Read More...
Paint your way into spring with trendy colours
Spring is the time to lighten up, and there's no better way to get ready for the season than with a fresh coat of paint in your home. An abundance of inspiring hues are in full bloom right now and Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert at Benjamin Moore, shares her favourite colour palette picks, as follows... Read More...
Put some spring into your homes ambiance
Spring is the season of rejuvenation. Getting in the spring mindset starts with refreshing your nest, and updating your homes décor. Updating your home for the spring season can be as simple as organizing winter clutter, freshening the décor, and a few DIY projects that anyone can do. Here are some tips that will have your home looking rejuvenated and you feeling excited for the spring months ahead... Read More...
Spring cleaning: Good For your home and the environment
Ontario households will soon embark on the annual tradition of spring cleaning. Organizing your basement or garage is a great way to free up space. While cleaning out your home, it is important to remember cardboard, plastic, cans and glass can be recycled. But this does not necessarily mean tossing these items in the Blue Box. Read More...
Is it Time For a Roof Replacement? What to look for...
Most homeowners hate when it comes time to spend the money and replace their roof... Most of us would rather splurge on new floors or a bathroom reno, something we can "ooh" and "aah" at the sight of. But, the fact is, your roof is Read More...
Spring decor trends - bring the beach house home
Why wait any longer for the full colour of spring? While the trees thaw and the sun is shining earlier in the mornings, most of us admit we are eager for more. So why not a fresh coat of paint inside your home? It might just be the quickest way of banishing the winter doldrums to give you a fresh start to spring... Read More...
Inspect your home for damage
Annual spring cleaning is routine throughout the house – and now with the frequency of weather extremes, we are also advised to inspect for damage. Weight from heavy snow and ice, for example, can have an effect on the slope of your yard or the effectiveness of your outdoor pipes and drains. Read More...
Carbon monoxide safety gets a national focus
“Last year both the Yukon and Ontario governments passed laws to make CO alarms mandatory in homes with gas-fired appliances, wood and gas fireplaces, as well as attached garages and carports,” says Gignac. “That's a fantastic step forward in preventing carbon monoxide deaths and injuries. But laws or no laws, it is education and awareness that are required in every city and town in every province. And so I will be doing my best to warn all Canadians about this silent killer.” Read More...
Spring forward to a safer home
Every spring safety officials urge us to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time. We depend on them for early warning of fire and exposure to the deadly gas, so it's important that alarms are working at all times. But there is one more step that homeowners need to take to ensure that their family is truly protected: Check the age of those alarms and replace any that are past their prime. Read More...
No need to change batteries in newest smoke alarms
Keeping your family safe just got a whole lot easier. A new line of 'worry-free' smoke alarms addresses the most common complaints about current devices, namely: “They go off when I cook; They chirp in the middle of the night when the battery needs changing; I don't know which alarm to install where; and, I'm not sure when to replace them.” Read More...
Backyard Beautiful... Where tranquility begins at home
As home owners search for the perfect property to set down roots, there is a growing trend to spend more outdoor time at home. Gone is the desire for long treks to the cottage and the maintenance required on two properties. Or, for many others, locating Read More...
Decorate to stimulate all five senses
An article in the 'New Home Living' section of the Hamilton Spectator this weekend, discussed how to account for and incorporate all of your senses when decorating. Here's a sneak peak into the article: See: Walk into a room and ask yourself Read More...
8 Questions to Ask When Choosing Insulation
As homeowners we are faced with a large range of home improvement options, all of which will increase the value of our homes. But, it's important for every homeowner to assess their individual needs, what they want to achieve, and understand the options Read More...