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OR Cover fall 2017

Going “Green” —

What does it Really Mean? By Vivian Astroff For award-winning industry veteran Paul Denys, going green is more than buying green-labeled products. It’s a way of living and thinking. “Being able to do Read more...

The Last Word

Design your outside world… and enjoy   By Herb Lagois As beautiful as the outdoors is in Ontario, outdoor living can be a challenge due to weather and insects. When designing a home, Read more...

It’s a guy thing

Renovation can be about more than you think By Kathryn Young It's tempting to think the word 'renovate' simply means to remodel or repair a room or building. But oh, how naïve you Read more...

Don’t go near the slippery slope

Amateurs are bad enough… and then there are the scammers   There are three things you need the most when you hire someone to renovate, says Mike Martin. First, you need security. Second, you Read more...

Happy wife, happy life… but where’s the remote?

By Francie Healy   What do women want in a home? They want open-concept kitchens. They want great appliances. They want everything nicely organized. They want to be able to find things. And Read more...

First it gets ugly…then it gets pretty

It’s a family thing By Francie Healy There’s something the same about the two Jacques men. You can’t put your finger on it at first, although you know you should be able Read more...

Digging down to basics

It’s not necessarily an obvious thing. It’s not like a leaky window frame or loose shingles on the roof. But the foundation of your home, over time, deteriorates just like everything Read more...

Ask the Expert

Carolyn Munro of Carolyn Munro Designs, Kanata ( I have just bought a wonderful older house downtown. It’s full of charm and possibility, but the kitchen and bathroom are drab, dull, Read more...

Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association

Renovators’ Council Message from the Chair   Welcome to an exciting new year in the renovation industry. I’m glad to be part of the effort to educate the public through Ottawa Renovates, the Read more...

The Last Word

Design your outside world… and enjoy   By Herb Lagois As beautiful as the outdoors is in Ontario, outdoor living can be a challenge due to weather and insects. When designing a home, Read more...