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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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Construction Insurance: It Is Not As Difficult As You Think

Construction Insurance: It Is Not As Difficult As You Think

Construction Insurance – Do You Need It? Insuring Your Home While Being Built – Construction Insurance Even though insuring a home while it is under construction or being built is not directed by any laws, it is a must, especially if you finance all or a part […]

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18 Signs to Avoiding Contractor Scams

18 Signs to Avoiding Contractor Scams

At the beginning, we have to state that only a small percentage of contractors are bad apples. Those who are will cost you large in time and money. Fortunately, scammers and con artists are pretty easy to spot as long as your desire to save money doesn’t […]

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The Cost of Home Building – Dreaming of Building a New Home, but Worried About the Expense?

The Cost of Home Building – Dreaming of Building a New Home, but Worried About the Expense?

How much will my dream home cost – What you need to know about a cost of homebuilding: If you are considering having a custom home built, the following information will help you get an idea of the home building cost exclusive of land. The Cost of […]

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Buying a House With a Well and Septic System

Buying a House With a Well and Septic System

From: Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation Buying a House With a Well and Septic System In rural areas, many homes do not have connections to municipal water and sewer lines. Homeowners rely on privately owned or communal (shared) wells as their drinking water source, and individual septic […]

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Radiant Floor Heating and Hardwood Floor

Radiant Floor Heating and Hardwood Floor

Living in a radiant heat home provides you with a level of comfort that no other heating method can match. So, how do you combine this luxury with valuable hardwood floor?   Radiant Floor Heating and Hardwood Floor Is the combination of radiant floor heating and hardwood […]

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Guide To Operating & Maintaining Your Septic System

Guide To Operating & Maintaining Your Septic System

Maintaining Your Septic System The way you treat your septic system will influence how long the system lasts and how well it functions. If you own or rent a property served by an on-site sewage system, you need to think about how your actions affect the system. […]

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Insulation R-Value? – Don’t Forget About Air-Sealing

Insulation R-Value? – Don’t Forget About Air-Sealing

By Leigha Dickens When we talk about energy efficient building, everyone wants to know about the R-value. R-value-home-energy-loss “R-value” (that’s the inverse of the BTUs of heat transferred per hour per across a square foot of surface area per difference in temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, on either side […]

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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – All You Want To Know

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – All You Want To Know

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) represent another choice for builders seeking alternatives for R-30 (or higher) walls for single and multifamily construction. Although a substantially different system than the more typical ICF construction methods, SIPs can achieve equally impressive results cost-effectively if the nature […]

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Energy Efficient Home For Sale in Tiny Township

Energy Efficient Home For Sale in Tiny Township

$449,900.00 Energy Efficient Home – Less than $100 per month to heat this 1600 sq.ft. home in the midst of the winter: Wow, is the only word to describe this luxury “to be built” home!  Executive 3 bedroom/ two full bath luxurious bungalow with stone & siding, […]

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Hydronic Heating

Hydronic Heating

Invisible, Clean, Quiet, Efficient and Dependable – Living With Hydronic Heating is One of Life’s Simple Delights In North America forced air heating is still the most popular because of its low installation costs. However, it is the most expensive type of heat to operate and the […]

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Geothermal Heating Costs

Geothermal Heating Costs

A geothermal system is a heating and cooling unit designed to extract the natural heat stored in the ground during the winter and discharge heat from air conditioning to the relatively cold ground in the summer. This article discusses geothermal heating costs in Ontario, Canada Geothermal Energy […]

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Energy Efficient Home

Energy Efficient Home

“Design energy efficiency into your home at the start and the benefits will pay off for years to come…” Energy Efficient Home Study after study shows that the total energy used during the life of a typical home in Canada could be reduced by at least 50% […]

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Wind Turbine – Should You Install One In Your Back Yard?

Wind Turbine – Should You Install One In Your Back Yard?

1. How do residential wind turbines work? A wind turbine, which is installed on top of a tall tower, collects kinetic energy from the wind and converts it to electricity that is compatible with a home’s electrical system. Wind-Turbine in action In a standard residential application, a […]

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Insulated Concrete Forms – FAQ

Insulated Concrete Forms – FAQ

1. What can you build with Insulated Concrete Forms? Cast in place concrete walls for bearing and non-bearing walls that have superior insulation built-in. You can use ICFs for foundations, exterior above grade walls, sound walls, residential, commercial, and industrial walls. ICF concrete construction is also used for […]

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Building With Insulated Concrete Forms

Building With Insulated Concrete Forms

Building With Insulated Concrete Forms Insulated concrete forms (ICF) is a method of building walls for reinforced concrete ordinarily manufactured with a rigid styrofoam insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior walls. 9 Things You Should Know Before You Start Building With Insulated […]

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Solar Radiant Floor Heating – What You Need To Know

Solar Radiant Floor Heating – What You Need To Know

Solar Radiant Floor Heating Solar hot water heating systems are compatible with radiant floor systems for a multitude of reasons: 1. The radiant floor system requires water temperatures in the same range that the solar system can generate. 2. Hydronic baseboards and fan coil systems, by comparison, […]

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Wood Burning Stove – 23 Things That May Save Your Life!

Wood Burning Stove – 23 Things That May Save Your Life!

23 Things You Need To Know About Wood Burning Stoves That May Save Your Life! Note: Before installing a wood burning stove, seek advice from your stove dealer, your local building inspector or fire department. And check with your insurance agent. The insurance company may have its specifications […]

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Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

ICF-great-case-study Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) wall most commonly consist of concrete between polystyrene foam, although other form materials such as polyurethane, recycled wood and cement mixtures exist. Insulating Concrete Forms Wall The foam is usually two flat pieces of either expanded polystyrene (EPS, average R-value of 3.8 […]

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Simple Kitchen Ideas

Simple Kitchen Ideas

Simple Kitchen Ideas Update your kitchen with kitchen design ideas for everything from kitchen cabinets to kitchen islands. You don’t have to be stuck making meals in a kitchen that’s as dead as a doorknob. With little imagination and some effort, you can create a great personalized […]

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