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OR Cover fall 2017

From tires to screwdrivers

Whatever it is, you don’t have to trip over it anymore Al Gauvin understands, perhaps better than anyone, how messy a garage can get. He’s spent 20 years installing central vacuum systems, Read more...

Ask the Expert

My husband and I have just bought a small house in the country. We love it, but we’re expecting our first child, and we’ll need more space. We’re considering putting Read more...

10 simple ways to warm up an old house

Next year you’ll have it renovated. Meanwhile, keep out the chill Don’t be colder than you need to be this winter, especially if your house needs upgrading. Here are some things Read more...

Taking the Mystery (and Scam) Out of Home Renovations

Any aficionado of  TV home renovation shows knows the pitfalls. The reno jobs on which costs balloon without warning.  The scammers who ask for a deposit upfront, never to be seen Read more...

Go ahead. Spend!

This year you actually get money back This year Canadians had good news in a bad economy: now’s not the time to stop improving our homes, but to go flat out Read more...

The man behind the designs

He’s complex, talented, visionary, and clients love him By Francie Healy Excuse the mess, says renowned designer Gerhard Linse of his office and studio on Colonnade Road in Ottawa. But the “mess”, if Read more...

The Last Word

Why Renovate? By Herb Lagois Building a new home has many advantages: flexibility with architectural design; energy-efficient solutions; indoor air quality control; alternate construction techniques; and green building techniques. So why renovate? Being able Read more...

 How to make beautiful nights

First: don’t shiver in the drafts            Quick! What’s one of the best ways to be warm and cozy all winter? Ask Mark Wardrop of Ottawa Windows and Read more...

Cast a glow… and stay warm

Enjoy those inviting flames from fall to spring Who ever heard of falling in love by the clunk of a furnace? You can sit around and listen to it run if you Read more...