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5 things every homeowner should know about commercial insurance before renovating

Greg Strahl By Greg Strahl Your home is your castle. It is the biggest investment you will ever make, and your sanctuary away from a hectic world. So, when you decide Read more...

How to have a smooth renovation

Well, okay. Truth be told, a renovation is going to be stressful. But there are things you can do to minimize the stress and even enjoy the journey. First, hire a Read more...

Don’t waste money on amateurs

It can be scary, deciding to do a major renovation. Should you do some of it yourself? Should you get a handy neighbour, friend, or relative to do it for Read more...

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 Read more...

OakWood profile: The story behind the success

He wrote: So imagine my surprise when I walked into OakWood founder John Liptak’s gigantic design centre in east-end Ottawa to learn that his $10-million building is Canada’s highest Read more...

Building your wish list: Beginning your renovation planning

Renovating? Put on your thinking cap. It’s time to do some serious dreaming. But even before you start that list, take a good hard look at your lifestyle and your personal Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

Looking out my window

By Francie Healey When winter storms and summer rains swirl around your home, you’ll want windows that keep you dry, warm – and your energy bills lower. If it’s time to replace Read more...