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The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

Ice Damming Ice and icicles on your roof may be cute, but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. As snow continues to pile up on people’s roofs this winter, homeowners are up against more than cold morning […]

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Flooring What You Need To Know – Your home décor starts on the floor

Flooring What You Need To Know – Your home décor starts on the floor

Flooring What You Need To Know First, a few basic statements: 1. Medium brown hardwood has a long aesthetic life. 2. Highly detailed oak and exotic woods can steal the room’s focus. 3. Red — cherry wood, red oak and chestnuts — can be difficult to work […]

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Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating Solar water heaters can reduce annual water heating bills by 50% to 80%  Water heating can constitute 15% to 25%, or more, of the energy use of a home. The approximate annual cost to operate water heaters ranges from $300 for a minimum efficiency […]

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10 Steps to Building A New Home

10 Steps to Building A New Home

By Christine Cooney, Direct from the Designers Staff Writer Many of us dream of one day owning our home. We may purchase an existing home, select a new home in a development or build a new home. Direct from the Designers understands that building a new home […]

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A Step By Step Guide To Formaldehyde in Your Home

A Step By Step Guide To Formaldehyde in Your Home

Formaldehyde Danger Sign   What is formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colourless gas. At elevated concentrations, it has a strong, pungent odour and can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and lungs. Formaldehyde is released into the home from a variety of indoor sources. Some resins, or glues, […]

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How Much Should You Spend For Your Dream Home Plans?

How Much Should You Spend For Your Dream Home Plans?

Dream Home Plans As you consider building a custom home, take some time to look at the house plans and blueprints that are available to you on the internet. When choosing house plans, you will need to assess your lifestyle, the size of the home, and the budgetary […]

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House Paint 101 – What you need to know about painting your home…

House Paint 101 – What you need to know about painting your home…

A gallon of paint can cost as little as $15 or well over $100. What’s the difference? The paint can labels are not very informative. Many companies don’t list their ingredients. Even when they do, you have to be a chemist to understand them. House Paint 101 […]

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Radiant Floor Heat: Caressing Your Mind, Body and Your Soles…

Radiant Floor Heat: Caressing Your Mind, Body and Your Soles…

There is no doubt that radiant floor heat is a superior method of heating your home. Its popularity is steadily increasing as people discover that is it not only the most comfortable form of heating but also the most cost efficient. Radiant-Floor-Heat Though comfort and cost are […]

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Top 5 Things You Have to Know Before Purchasing LED Lighting

Top 5 Things You Have to Know Before Purchasing LED Lighting

Purchasing LED Lighting By Nick Senofsky, Lighting Unlimited Buying an LED light is very different than buying an incandescent light bulb.  An incandescent light bulb is a simple device with a tungsten filament. It consistently produces the same type of light with the same characteristics. However, LED […]

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9 Best Home Improvement Repairs For Your Dollar

9 Best Home Improvement Repairs For Your Dollar

Best Home Improvement Repairs If you’re thinking of selling your home in 2015 or just want to ramp up your home value, it’s important to educate yourself on which improvement projects will bring you the most return on your investment. An excellent resource for your research is […]

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Energy-Efficient Homes Could Reduce Energy Use By 65%

Energy-Efficient Homes Could Reduce Energy Use By 65%

By Diane Swanbrow News and Information Services With high winter heating bills on the horizon in much of the country, a new U-M study shows that the total energy used during the life of a typical home in the U.S. heartland could be reduced by 65 percent […]

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Spectacular Sliding Door System: Evolution by Klemens Torggler

Spectacular Sliding Door System: Evolution by Klemens Torggler

Austrian designer Klemens Torggler came up with a spectacular sliding door system. Evolution by Klemens Torggler   The designer’s Evolution Door slides open without the use of tracks. As you can see in the photo above and in the video below (in slow motion), a gentle flick of the wrist can […]

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Housing Starts to Stabilize in 2014 and 2015

Housing Starts to Stabilize in 2014 and 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 6, 2014) – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects the number of housing starts to stabilize in 2014 and 2015. Housing Market Outlook Support from improved economic and demographic fundamentals will be tempered by a combination of a modest and gradual increase in […]

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15 Mistakes Homebuyers Make And How To Avoid Them

15 Mistakes Homebuyers Make And How To Avoid Them

Mistakes Home Buyers Make Buying a home? Avoid These Common Buyer Mistakes! For most of us, buying a home is the single biggest financial transaction we will make. It’s exciting and fulfilling, but it can also be overwhelming, even downright frightening. The pitfalls are many but fortunately […]

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Roofing Shingles: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Roofing Shingles: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What you need to know about roofing shingles If you’re buying a tract-built house, the chances are close to 100 per cent that the roof will be asphalt shingles, the most cost efficient roofing material currently available. The builder will ask you to pick one from a […]

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3D Printing Will Transform Home Building – Contour Crafting

3D Printing Will Transform Home Building – Contour Crafting

Contour Crafting Imagine you’re having a new house built. Workers prepare the building site then a 6-metre tall crane-like gantry is brought in and installed on rails either side of the house. The machine rolls back and forth extruding fast-drying concrete and building up your house layer […]

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A Ban On Doorknobs – Worst Ban Ever

A Ban On Doorknobs – Worst Ban Ever

BY ANTHONY FUREY ,QMI AGENCY One of the most bizarre bans ever is gaining traction in cities across the country. A ban on doorknobs. Ban on Doorknobs First passed in Vancouver last November, now Halifax and Pickering, Ontario, are considering it. What could be the rationale behind […]

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What Do New Home Buyers Want In 2014 And Beyond

What Do New Home Buyers Want In 2014 And Beyond

National Association of Home Builders’s consumer study, “What Do New Home Buyers Want,” takes a comprehensive look at what’s hot and what’s not among prospective home buyers. What Do New Home Buyers Want The 2013 survey was conducted at the tail end of a protracted housing recession […]

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Home Construction Loans

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Home Construction Loans

Home Construction Loans How to get a home construction loans to build your custom home: A down payment of at least 5-10% of the total value of your building project will be required. If your building project (land and house) is projected to be $300,000 you will […]

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Lighter Side of Construction Business

Smartest Dog A structural engineer, an architect and a builder are all standing around arguing who has the smartest dog. The architect says “Watch this. CAD, come here!” And his dog takes a pile of dog bones and makes them into a beautiful building. The engineer then […]

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