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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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Home Building Costs Increase

Home Building Costs Increase

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders shows the costs of constructing a single-family home were much higher when compared to 2011, reaching $246,553 last year compared with just $184,125 in 2011. Home Building Costs Increase Much of this cost was due to an […]

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Building Toward the Home of Tomorrow

Building Toward the Home of Tomorrow

The Home of Tomorrow — complete with helper bots and automated appliances — has long been the stuff of science fiction. The tech world is determined to make it a reality. Home of Tomorrow Soon, the vision goes, everything from garden products to bathroom appliances will be controlled […]

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The Anatomy of a Great Construction Contract

The Anatomy of a Great Construction Contract

Construction Contract Warning! Failure to read a written agreement is not valid defense! A well-drafted construction contract clearly sets out the work to be done, the price to be paid for the work, and the terms and conditions of payment. The contract should also designate various foreseeable […]

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It’s Cold and My Car is Buried in Snow. Is Global Warming Really Happening?

It’s Cold and My Car is Buried in Snow. Is Global Warming Really Happening?

For years, climate contrarians have pointed to snowfall and cold weather to question the scientific reality of human-induced climate change. Such misinformation obscures the work scientists are doing to figure out just how climate change is affecting weather patterns year-round. Understanding what scientists know about these effects […]

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49 Things You Need to Know When Buying A Lot To Build A Home In Ontario…

49 Things You Need to Know When Buying A Lot To Build A Home In Ontario…

Lot For Sale in Ontario It all starts with buying a building lot.  Whether you long for the privacy a couple of acres in the country promises, or you’ve got your eye on a cute little residential lot in a subdivision, buying a lot and building a house on […]

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19 Things You Must Know When Choosing House Plans…

19 Things You Must Know When Choosing House Plans…

Things You Must Know When Choosing House Plans Finding the ideal house plan to meet your lifestyle and needs may seem time-consuming or overwhelming, but knowing what to look for can help lead you to success when building your new home. 19 Things You Must Know When […]

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2013 PLUMBER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

2013 PLUMBER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

How does this even get past the planning phase?   &%$@# Hmmmmm… Should have measured twice! Apparently, you don’t want anyone seeing your face, but everything else is okay? The oak seat is a nice touch, though. And the purpose for the door is? This stall is […]

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Cost of Solar System for Your Home

Cost of Solar System for Your Home

Cost of Solar System for Your Home Whether you’re remodeling your home or on the hunt for a new one, the cost of a solar system is on everyone’s radar these days. Installing a solar energy system can give your home that extra edge while saving you […]

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All You Need To Know About Construction Lien Act In Ontario

All You Need To Know About Construction Lien Act In Ontario

Construction Lien Act In Ontario – Introduction  Those involved in the construction industry are continually faced with financial risks not encountered in other commercial contexts. These financial risks stem from the fact that most construction work is carried out by different construction trades people who have no […]

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Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale House Walls Straw-bale home construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly: wheat, rice, rye, and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both. The first straw-bale structures we know of were built about a hundred years ago by European settlers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. […]

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Post and Beam Homes

Post and Beam Homes

The world of post and beam is one where homes are snug, warm and draught free. Post and Beam construction is a method of building homes with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber Where low energy running costs are matched by precise engineering quality and a new […]

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20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs

20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs

Log Home – 20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs Everything you need to know to create a warm, comfortable, attractive log home. Over the last 30 years, architects and designers have taken log cabin design to places our founding fathers could scarcely imagine. Yesterday’s one-room cabins […]

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