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7 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builders in Toronto

7 Questions to Ask Your 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 rushed decision. With […]

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Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2015 and Beyond

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2015 and Beyond

Having a custom kitchen is an ideal solution for anyone wanting to create a functional, practical space with current modern kitchen design trends. Although every kitchen should have the unique characteristics a home owner brings to the space, following these to 10 trends can help you optimize […]

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Top 9 Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale

Top 9 Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale

If you’re purchasing a home from a new home builder, it’s important to consider which, if any, upgrades throughout the home you’d like to have installed. While it’s important to create the home of your dreams, it’s also important to consider the resale value of you upgrades […]

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What You Need To Know About Septic Systems Before Purchasing A Building Lot in Ontario

What You Need To Know About Septic Systems Before Purchasing A Building Lot in Ontario

Planning to purchase a lot to build a home in Ontario? Before you do anything else, check if a public sewer system is available? If not, you will need a septic system to treat and dispose of sewage from the home you plan to build. What type of […]

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An Open Letter To Every Homeowner Who Has Been Ripped Off By A Home Builder

The builder who offers the biggest house for the lowest cost has most likely compromised quality at every step of the construction process. The problems manifest later. Faulty foundations, moisture intrusion, and shoddy framing are often at the root of problems, which show themselves as gaping cracks, […]

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Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation – Which One Is Better?

Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation – Which One Is Better?

Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation Before we can go into that we need to start by saying that in the foam insulation industry there are usually two types of foam insulation being used, open-cell and closed-cell. There are several major differences between the two types, […]

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11 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Buying Tiny Township Real Estate

11 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Buying Tiny Township Real Estate

Looking to relocate to a peaceful, scenic area away from city living? If this sounds appealing, consider Tiny Township as your new location. Tiny Township is located on the peninsula that separates Severn Sound and Nottawasaga Bay at the south end of Georgian Bay. It extends southward into the […]

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Buying Property in Ontario

Buying Property in Ontario

Many people in Ontario will buy a home or a piece of land at some point in their life. This is one of the biggest decisions anyone makes. It generally entails spending a lot of money and for decades making payments on a mortgage. Therefore, before you make any […]

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Plumber of the Year 2015 – Awards

Plumber of the Year 2015 – Awards

  Here at ICFhome.ca, we love a good plumbing joke. Plumbing is the only game where a good flush beats a full house every time! So, every year we compile a list of some of our favorite bits of plumbing related humor and funny pictures to share with […]

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How To Find The Best Home Builders in Ontario

How To Find The Best Home Builders in Ontario

We have never met a client looking for an average home builder. Choosing the best home builder for your needs and for the kind of home you are after, is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make in your home building process. While some custom builders construct […]

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13 Most Expensive Luxury Homes in Ontario

13 Most Expensive Luxury Homes in Ontario

The most expensive house in Canada isn’t in Vancouver. It isn’t even in Toronto. It’s on the outskirts of Calgary: Property values are going up in the ultra-luxury market. Of the 20 Most Expensive Homes In The World owned by members of the Forbes Billionaires List, only […]

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All About Gas Fireplaces

All About Gas Fireplaces

A Special Place in the Home Fireplaces have long held a special place in the hearts of Canadians. At one time an essential source of heat for warmth and cooking, they remain a gathering spot for family and friends, a symbol of romanticism and comfort, and a […]

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For A New Home, Humidity Is a Double-Edged Sword!

You did not take me seriously when I told you to watch the humidity in your new home! I am really mad! In the recent month, I received 3 phone calls from my last year’s clients about their homes. The floor boards are splitting and the drywall […]

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“How To Build A Home Without Going Broke”

“How To Build A Home Without Going Broke”

“How To Build A New Home Without Going Broke” Whether you’re hiring a Builder, or a General Contractor, using a Construction Consultant or managing your job as an Owner-Builder, you can use the resources presented to you here to get the home you want. Once in a […]

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For sale in Georgian Bay

For sale in Georgian Bay

Welcome to your brand new ICFhome.ca dream house. This is the perfect three bedroom, two bathroom, single level home design, offering more than 1839 square feet of living space for sale in Georgian Bay. The home design features a post and beam front porch. Upon entering the […]

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Cost of “Greening” Your New Home in Ontario

Cost of “Greening” Your New Home in Ontario

Most builders, especially mass production builders, build to the Ontario Building Code standards only; meaning that they build to the minimum allowable standards equating to more profits for them. In Supplementary Standard SB-12 Energy Efficiency For Housing, March 15, 2013 update, you can see those standards up to date. If, […]

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ICF Foundation Pros and Cons

ICF Foundation Pros and Cons

When built with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), foundation forms remain in place, and provide insulation on each side of the concrete. The foundation of every building is fundamental in the transfer of all loads throughout a building into the ground. In areas where earthquakes and high winds are […]

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Home design trends for 2015 – The Most Wanted List

Home design trends for 2015 – The Most Wanted List

Current trends indicate that, in 2015, new homes will be smaller, greener and more casual. At the end of 2014, NAHB Research Centre conducted a survey online in two phases. The first phase used screening questions to identify recent home buyers, who purchased a home in the […]

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All You Ever Wanted To Know about Spray Foam Insulation

All You Ever Wanted To Know about Spray Foam Insulation

With the increasing cost of energy, and a focal point on health and green environmental issues, builders, architects and other building professionals are recommending insulation materials to add exceptional performance value to construction projects. Spray foam insulation is still one of the best ways to significantly reduce energy […]

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How to Design and Build a Deck

How to Design and Build a Deck

Deck Design Requires A Careful Consideration A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but provides a focal point for enjoying the outdoors. You’ll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck – it […]

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Southern Ontario Home Builder Claims Minimum of 50% Energy Savings on New Homes

Southern Ontario Home Builder Claims Minimum of 50% Energy Savings on New Homes

Meet “Steve Jobs” Of Energy Efficient Home Building! As North American households face heating bills averaging at least 20 % higher than last years; the connection between household energy use and energy prices is evident to everyone. Energy efficiency remains the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to help […]

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Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms

Whether you’re building a home or a multi-level commercial structure, you can’t beat the rewards of building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). ICFs provide a lightweight, high-strength alternative to using conventional wood frame construction. What are insulated concrete forms? Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow styrofoam blocks […]

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Do I Have To Like My Builder?

Do I Have To Like My Builder?

So now you’ve selected a competent builder. But you may ask, “Do I have to like the guy? If he has a good reputation as a builder, does it really matter if I like him?” Yes, it matters. Don’t sign a contract with a builder you don’t […]

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Is ICF Expensive? No It’s Not!

Is ICF Expensive? No It’s Not!

Myths surround all aspects of our lives. Home construction is no different. One such myth is that insulating construction form (ICF) is expensive. This is not the case, at all. We at ICFhome.ca, ontario home builders, often have to convince clients otherwise. The reason why many people […]

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Helping You Understand Mould During Home Building

Helping You Understand Mould During Home Building

The home building industry is certainly unique in the way that the end product is put together. A huge assortment of materials and trades people all make their way to an outdoor site where the final product—the house—takes shape. What’s more, all of this activity takes place […]

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