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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 acceptable standards, equating to more profits for them. In Supplementary Standard SB-12 Energy Efficiency For Housing, March 15, 2013, update, you can see those rules up to date. If, […]

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ICF Foundation Pros and Cons

ICF Foundation Pros and Cons

ICF Foundation When building 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 […]

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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

Trained applicator applying spray polyurethane foam insulation in wall cavities. 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 […]

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How to Design and Build a Deck

How to Design and Build a Deck

Deck Railing Design 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 consider carefully the design elements that go into your […]

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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. Insulated Concrete Forms – Heat Absorption Capacity What are insulated concrete forms? Insulated […]

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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?” New-Home-Builder Yes, it matters. Don’t sign a contract with a builder you […]

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ICF Foundation Cost

ICF Foundation Cost

ICF Foundation Cost? There is no way you can do this with poured concrete walls. One of the first questions asked when planning a home is “How much will my project cost?” Questions involving pricing, can’t be properly answered simply by information posted on the internet, regardless of […]

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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 vast assortment of materials and trades people all make their way to an outdoor site where the final product, the house takes shape. Mould While Building What’s more, all […]

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More Discussion on “Cost Per Square Foot”

More Discussion on “Cost Per Square Foot”

Cost Per Square Foot The biggest point when buying a new home always comes down to cost per square foot. Cost per square foot works great on TV shows. However, when it comes to a unique home, they provide only a little relationship to what is real. […]

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How Buyers Drive Builders Crazy

How Buyers Drive Builders Crazy

Buyers Drive the Builders Crazy  Do buyers drive builders crazy or vice versa? At some point in the home-building process, nearly every customer will say, “This builder is driving me crazy.”  And — surprise, surprise — buyers also say and do things that drive the builder crazy. […]

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76 Things You Should Know About Accessible Design

76 Things You Should Know About Accessible Design

Accessible Design Building Homes With Accessible Design One of the significant demographic trends in the North America during the past two decades has been the increase in the percentage of individuals with disabilities. It is projected that by 2030, 25 percent of all North Americans will be […]

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Choosing a Custom Home Builder in Ontario

Choosing a Custom Home Builder in Ontario

Choosing a Custom Home Builder – What You Need to Know If you’re in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Whether you are buying a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision, […]

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What Does A Home Builder Do?

What Does A Home Builder Do?

What all does it take to build a house? Today’s homes resemble multifaceted machines and the successful home builder has the knowledge, organizational skills and drive to build them. What Does A Home Builder Do So, What does a home builder do? A home builder must understand […]

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19 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builder

19 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builder

Picking the right home builder is a key step in the quest that points to your dream home. Asking builders the 19 questions underneath will assist you to choose the right builder to construct your home — and give you trust in your choice. These questions will […]

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Should You Stage Your Home To Sell Quickly?

Should You Stage Your Home To Sell Quickly?

Should You Stage Your Home When selling your home, you want it seen by as many potential buyers as possible. First and foremost, you’ll want to find an agent that specializes in your geographical area and has a strong internet presence; ninety percent of all buyers begin […]

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Six Benefits To Building a New Home

Six Benefits To Building a New Home

1. Get it your way. When you buy new, you get to call many of the shots. From choosing the lot, the colors, the materials, the amenities and the fixtures, you’ll end up with a new home that reflects your personality and tastes. Benefits To Building a […]

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New Homes – Builders Ontario

New Homes – Builders Ontario

New Homes-Builders Ontario Fresh Standards Being Instituted in New Homes – Builders Ontario The home building industry has been through significant changes and advancements in the last couple of years. Just a few years back, we at ICFhome.ca –  new homes builders in Ontario were bent upon […]

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The Ultimate Solution To The Seat Down vs. Seat Up Argument

The Ultimate Solution To The Seat Down vs. Seat Up Argument

The folding toilet that saves water and space in the bathroom: Seat Down vs. Seat Up Argument Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley, who are students at the University of Huddersfield, may have invented the toilet of the future or solved one of the age-old debates: Seat Down vs. […]

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Why We Love Steel Frame Homes – And You Should, Too!

Why We Love Steel Frame Homes – And You Should, Too!

Steel Frame Home Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Steel Frame Homes Lightweight steel framing is a practical, code approved solution to few of the challenges that builders face today when using wood in framing homes. Although the idea of steel creates a picture of heavy […]

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Do I really need a home security system?

Do I really need a home security system?

Yes, you do! There is always the risk of fire, theft, or home intrusion. Whether at home during the day, asleep at night, or away, you will feel safer knowing that you, your family, and your home are protected. Home Security System A security system is your […]

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Home Price Versus Lifetime Cost

Home Price Versus Lifetime Cost

You’re buying a new house. You’re thrilled and relieved. But if you’re like most new-home buyers, you’re also confused. What, precisely, do you need to know — and how hard is it to find out? Home Price Versus Lifetime Cost First on your need-to-know list is the […]

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How to Lower Home Insurance Costs When Building a New Home

How to Lower Home Insurance Costs When Building a New Home

There are several ways to reduce your homeowners insurance cost and premiums when in the process of building a new home. In fact, it is easier to do this when building a home rather than buying a completed home. Reduce my home insurance costs The text below […]

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The Ultimate Checklist for Buying Front Entry Doors

The Ultimate Checklist for Buying Front Entry Doors

Everyone likes making an entrance, and your front door is one of the first design elements that guests see when first arriving at your home. You want your door to be inviting and aesthetically pleasing to match your home’s exterior. The front door is also meant to protect […]

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Kitchen Trends in 2014 You Must See

Kitchen Trends in 2014 You Must See

The kitchen industry is seeing a shift away from the almighty all white kitchen trend which has swept the industry over the past couple of years and is now seeing a move towards natural materials, brass accessories, monochrome minimalism and patterned splash backs. Kitchen Trends in 2014 […]

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