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

Navigating the permit maze

By Francie Healey If you have never experienced the world of Renovation, you might be overwhelmed by the permit process. Most people are. It can be a complicated and confusing maze,

Renovate . . . and then sell

By Natalie Belovic When you renovate your home, even if you don’t plan on selling it soon, you are also increasing its value. But if you are planning on selling in the

Bright ideas for Spring

By Francie Healey Some people love winter in Canada. And some people say the only good thing about it is the sweetness of Spring when it’s over. The thing is, no matter

Dream or nightmare? Your choice

It might actually be the most important question you ask ­– more important than what the renovation will look like, how much it will cost, or when to begin. The renovator

The benefits of green homes

Green construction fills an important need; it offers a much-needed alternative to the status quo, which is essential, given the current state of the climate, new environmental protection laws, and