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The Intermediate Guide to Solar Water Heating Systems

The Intermediate Guide to  Solar Water Heating Systems

Solar Water Heating Systems Solar water heater is a device that is designed for heating water directly by using the energy from the sun. The solar water heating system consists of the following pieces of equipment: A solar collector. An insulated storage tank. Electric pumps. A cold […]

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Pricing New Homes Per Square Foot: What No One Is Talking About

Pricing New Homes Per Square Foot: What No One Is Talking About

Pricing New Homes Per Square Foot How Price Per Square Foot influences your decisions when building or buying a new home What is a price per square foot for new homes these days? In one form or another, this question is one of the most asked from […]

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The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

Ice Damming Ice and icicles on your roof may be cute, but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. As snow continues to pile up on people’s roofs this winter, homeowners are up against more than cold morning […]

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Flooring What You Need To Know – Your home décor starts on the floor

Flooring What You Need To Know – Your home décor starts on the floor

Flooring What You Need To Know First, a few basic statements: 1. Medium brown hardwood has a long aesthetic life. 2. Highly detailed oak and exotic woods can steal the room’s focus. 3. Red — cherry wood, red oak and chestnuts — can be difficult to work […]

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Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating Solar water heaters can reduce annual water heating bills by 50% to 80%  Water heating can constitute 15% to 25%, or more, of the energy use of a home. The approximate annual cost to operate water heaters ranges from $300 for a minimum efficiency […]

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10 Steps to Building A New Home

10 Steps to Building A New Home

By Christine Cooney, Direct from the Designers Staff Writer Many of us dream of one day owning our home. We may purchase an existing home, select a new home in a development or build a new home. Direct from the Designers understands that building a new home […]

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A Step By Step Guide To Formaldehyde in Your Home

A Step By Step Guide To Formaldehyde in Your Home

Formaldehyde Danger Sign   What is formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colourless gas. At elevated concentrations, it has a strong, pungent odour and can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and lungs. Formaldehyde is released into the home from a variety of indoor sources. Some resins, or glues, […]

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How Much Should You Spend For Your Dream Home Plans?

How Much Should You Spend For Your Dream Home Plans?

Dream Home Plans As you consider building a custom home, take some time to look at the house plans and blueprints that are available to you on the internet. When choosing house plans, you will need to assess your lifestyle, the size of the home, and the budgetary […]

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House Paint 101 – What you need to know about painting your home…

House Paint 101 – What you need to know about painting your home…

A gallon of paint can cost as little as $15 or well over $100. What’s the difference? The paint can labels are not very informative. Many companies don’t list their ingredients. Even when they do, you have to be a chemist to understand them. House Paint 101 […]

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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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