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ottawa renovates spring 2017

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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, Read more...

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 Read more...

Green renovation: How to protect the future with your home

By Roy Nandram Natural resources are becoming more scarce and more expensive, and yet people are looking for increasing levels of comfort in their homes. Is there a way to have Read more...

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 Read more...

Renovator profile: Sandy Hill Construction

 By Francie Healy Nathan Gurnham and Serena Brownrigg-Gurnham, new co-owners ofn in Ottawa, make a formidable team. For more than 10 years before they bought the company, Nathan worked for its former Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...