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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

Tiny Beaches Enclave by ICFhome.ca offers a country setting to call home within the rural hamlet of Lafontaine, Ontario. There are 6 custom estate homes available (one is already sold), all of which are nestled next to beautiful beaches of Georgian Bay. For those who are already […]

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8 Affordable Ways to Up Your Home’s 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 driveway. Now as a homeowner, you need to […]

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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 (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 land or an interest in land in […]

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What You Need To Know About The Construction Lien In Ontario

What You Need To Know About The Construction Lien In Ontario

What is Construction Lien Act The concept of a lien goes back to medieval times when it originally 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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A study on the costs of electricity in Ontario

A study on the costs of electricity in Ontario

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 electricity prices have made energy costs a top of mind issue in the province. People want to know why their bills are […]

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Waterfront Land For Sale – Northern Ontario

Waterfront Land For Sale – Northern Ontario

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 Cedar Ridge, the place which is is quickly becoming Georgian […]

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11 Items on Every Home Buyer’s Wish List

11 Items on Every Home Buyer’s Wish List

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, home owners universally want – regardless of family size or status. To help you understand which items should be […]

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Top 9 Home Insurance Misconceptions in Ontario

Top 9 Home Insurance Misconceptions in Ontario

As reported by CBC News, an elderly woman battling cancer learned recently that the common 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 revealed by […]

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Our Most Popular House Plans

Our Most Popular House Plans

  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 respect of your neighbours while not appearing pretentious. Inside, the […]

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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 wide array of flooring options available, you’re bound to find one […]

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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 way to bring it down faster, saving you […]

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Home Heating Guide

Home Heating Guide

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 really bad news in Ontario is that the Ontario Energy Board uphold […]

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7 Secrets to Designing Your Dream Home

Having a custom home built for your next property is a major 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 built before, the decision […]

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Insights From the Mind of the Homebuyer

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 they aren’t concerned about navigating the home-buying […]

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10 Coolest Automation Products for Your Home

10 Coolest Automation Products for Your Home

Home automation products, while not new, haven’t gained widespread adoption. However, interest continues to build. Among all consumers, 48% said they were either “extremely or somewhat interested” in purchasing home automation products. Among smartphone and tablet owners, the numbers are higher with 62% of consumers saying they […]

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8 Ways to Get Cheap Financing for Your New Home

8 Ways to Get Cheap Financing for Your New Home

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 amortization periods – making your decision a tough one. Fortunately, […]

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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

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 green. Energy Efficient […]

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Home Automation – Welcome to the New Age of Homeownership

Home Automation – Welcome to the New Age of Homeownership

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 prevalence in modern home building, smart […]

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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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