The foundation: Boring, maybe – but critical

The foundation of your home deteriorates over time just like everything else. It just takes longer to break down. Every 40 to 50 years, it needs to be dug up

The fireplace: Warmth is a beautiful thing

A fireplace is romantic. It’s soft. It casts a gentle light and makes everything rosy and cozy. It’s also a practical, simple, and cost-effective part of a home. So it’s probably

A sweet investment

By Francie Healey You might not think that a simple wooden deck would be such a big investment. Expensive? Yes, it can be. But it can increase the selling potential of

Good news? A new roof really lasts

By Francie Healey You probably groan when you see the signs that your house needs a new roof. It’s a big expense and a large “event”, for sure. But it’s likely less

Guest suites: How to love your visitors

Guests on their way? Are you ready? No matter how much you enjoy their company, there’s a lot to be said for making sure they have their own space in your

Insurance matters: Ahhhh! Cottage Life

The Great Outdoors! Smores - Campfires - Family Time - Sun Cottages today are homes.  They are seldomly built as shacks with an outhouse anymore.  Most of us want to have

How to get the perfect kitchen

Renovating your kitchen can be an exciting, but overwhelming, prospect. How do you start? How do you know what you need, what you like, or – even more perplexing –

The Last Word: How the puzzle fits

By Herb Lagois Earlier this year we were invited to our friends’ home. On their dining table was a partially assembled puzzle. Typically, the border was mostly done, some of the

Men are sheds, women are mud rooms

Of course, men and women are equal. But that’s not to say they’re the same – especially when it comes to renovating. Renovators who have been in the business for years know

Renovator profile: Mike Martin — Making time for quality

By Francie Healy Mike Martin, still a young guy, has been in the renovation business for 30 years. But he figures he’ll never retire. He loves what he’s doing too much. Practically