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The Health Risks Of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

The Health Risks Of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Engineering of the compact fluorescent light bulbs Canadian federal government has adopted a national standard for lighting efficiency that came into effect in 2014. Most, if not all conventional, incandescent light bulbs do not meet the required performance level. The objective was to make sure that more […]

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The Ultimate Check List For Buying a Fireplace

The Ultimate Check List For Buying a Fireplace

A fireplace will probably be a consideration as you plan your new home. The decision to include a fireplace involves lifestyle, room appeal, and the expected value it will add. Fireplaces vary greatly in efficiency. Some wood and gas log fireplaces operate at very low efficiencies while […]

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Choosing Your New Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing Your New Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing Your New Kitchen Cabinets Are you tired of opening up the same kitchen cabinets, every single day? Although many homeowners love their kitchens, including their kitchen cabinets, there are some who are looking for a change. If you are one of those homeowners, the ones who […]

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Finding the Right Custom Home Builders in Ontario

Finding the Right Custom Home Builders in Ontario

Custom Home Builders Ontario As you drive around Southern Ontario searching for a place to build a perfect new home, the choices can be overwhelming. If you’ve never built a home before, it may seem a little discouraging. How do you build a quality home for a […]

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Featured Floor Plan of the Month

Featured Floor Plan of the Month

We love new floor plans, and we know you do too! Take a look at the Woodlands, 1971 square feet floor plan and drool over this 3-bedroom oasis with 1971 square feet of functional space. It is our latest “Floor Plan of the Month”. PLAN DESCRIPTION This […]

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12 Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Costs:

12 Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Costs:

home insurance The price you pay for your homeowners insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurance company you buy your policy from. Here are some things to consider when buying homeowners insurance. 1. Shop Around It’ll take some time but could save you […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Buy a New Home at Tiny Beaches Enclave

5 Reasons You Need to Buy a New Home at Tiny Beaches Enclave

Woodlands Tiny Beaches Enclave by ICFhome.ca offers a country setting to call home within the rural hamlet of Lafontaine, Ontario. There are six custom estate homes available (one is already sold), all of which are nestled next to beautiful beaches of Georgian Bay. For those who are […]

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8 Affordable Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

8 Affordable Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Affordable Ways to Up Your Homes Curb Appeal By Tim Smith Do you remember driving past potential properties for sale and cringing at one or two that looked just awful from the outside? As a previous homebuyer, you know what makes the grade when pulling into a […]

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What You Need To Know About Ontario Land Transfer Tax

What You Need To Know About Ontario Land Transfer Tax

Land Transfer Tax Calculator Ontario Land Transfer Tax Land transfer tax (LTT) is often overlooked when looking at the total cost of buying a home. All provinces have a land transfer tax, except Alberta and Saskatchewan, who instead collect a much smaller transfer fee. When you buy […]

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What You Need To Know About Construction Liens In Ontario

What You Need To Know About Construction Liens In Ontario

What is Construction Lien Act The concept of a lien goes back to medieval times when it initially applied to ships. In North America, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison came up with the idea of applying liens to buildings. The idea was to encourage builders and contractors […]

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Ontario Hydro Rates – The Study on Cost of Electricity

Ontario Hydro Rates – The Study on Cost of Electricity

The cost to power and heat our homes is something many Ontario residents pay close attention to. The colder-than-normal winter and news reports about rising Ontario Hydro rates have made energy costs a top of mind issue in the province. People want to know why their bills […]

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Waterfront Land For Sale – Northern Ontario

Waterfront Land For Sale – Northern Ontario

Land For Sale Georgian Bay – Where the Good Life Is The Way Of Life. At ICFhome.ca, we know that few decisions are as important as choosing a place to live. So let us share with you, our vision of “Woods by the Water”, the place that […]

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11 Items on Every Home Buyer’s Wish List

11 Items on Every Home Buyer’s Wish List

Green Home Deciding on individual specifications within a custom home build is based on personal choice and preference, however; there are quite a few specifications that most, if not all, homeowners universally want – regardless of family size or status. To help you understand which items should […]

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Top 9 Home Insurance Misconceptions in Ontario

Top 9 Home Insurance Misconceptions in Ontario

Home Insurance As reported by CBC News, an elderly woman battling cancer learned recently that the standard practice isn’t always common knowledge in the home insurance business. (CBC News article “Cancer patient’s home not covered for flood damage because she was away for treatment – Apr 20, 2015). As […]

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Our Most Popular House Plans

Our Most Popular House Plans

Springwood 1592 sq.ft.   It’s not your imagination playing tricks on you if you remember seeing this plan built in your neighbourhood. Here is a version that gives you even more to love! Springwood is a home that will earn the respect of your neighbours while not […]

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Flooring Buying Guide

Flooring Buying Guide

Flooring Buying Guide When building a new home, the flooring you select can give each room its unique character, look and feel. Our Flooring Buying Guide is designed to help you determine what flooring is right for each room. Given the vast array of flooring options available, you’re bound […]

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6 Ways to Bring Down Your Mortgage Faster

6 Ways to Bring Down Your Mortgage Faster

6 Ways to Bring Down Your Mortgage Faster A mortgage is likely one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll make. With a quarter of a million dollars on the line and thousands of dollars in interest – it’s important you take the time to understand the optimal […]

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Home Heating Guide

Home Heating Guide

selecting a heating system After we survived the coldest and the longest winter in recent history, we’re all glad that it’s finally finished, and there is relief from bitter temperatures and the high cost of heating our homes. The awful news in Ontario is that the Ontario […]

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7 Secrets to Designing Your Dream Home

Designing Your Dream Home Having a custom home built for your next property is a significant investment in time and expense, so it’s important that you have it designed to specifications that fit not only your lifestyle but on-going needs too. If you’ve never had a home […]

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Insights From the Mind of the Homebuyer

Insights From the Mind of the Homebuyer

Infographic-Insights From the Mind of the Homebuyer As the busiest homebuying season of the year gets under way, potential buyers are poised to get off the sidelines and enter the market. According to Chase’s national survey “Insights: From the Mind of the Homebuyer”, potential home buyers say […]

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7 Ways to Get Cheap Financing for Your New Home

7 Ways to Get Cheap Financing for Your New Home

Financing For a New Home – Can we afford it? Purchasing a new home takes a major commitment; especially when you’re trying to finance the home as cheaply as possible. Banks and lenders seem to be all over the board when it comes to interest rates and […]

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The Need for Energy Efficient Homes

The Need for Energy Efficient Homes

Flying Cars or No Flying Cars, the Future Needs Energy Efficient Homes Our planet will be a very different place in the coming years. By 2050, Earth will be home to another 3 billion people, of which 70% will live in cities. Although many things about the […]

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It’s Easy Being Green: Products that Will Save Energy, Water and Money

It’s Easy Being Green: Products that Will Save Energy, Water and Money

Easy Being Green With energy and utility costs expecting to rise in the next few years, investing in environmentally friendly products can help you save energy, water—and perhaps most importantly, money. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of products that will help you live […]

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Home Automation – Welcome to the New Age of Homeownership

Home Automation – Welcome to the New Age of Homeownership

Home Automation – Run Your Home Wirelessly Home Automation – What’s Next? While it was something, once seen, in science fiction movies and futuristic films, home automation (also known as SMART homes) are becoming an increasing trend as technology makes a greater push into society. With an increasing […]

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7 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builders in Toronto

7 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builders in Toronto

Custom-Home-Builders in Toronto Deciding to hire a custom home builder in Toronto is a major investment of time and energy. After all, you’re entrusting a company to design, create and build a home specifically tailored to your wants and needs – it shouldn’t be a brash or […]

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