Home renovations / Guides

Windows and doors

How to install windows

...home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will...

Timber frame home being raised
Wall assemblies - new construction

Foundations and structures

...home might cost more up front, but once it’s paid for you’ll see a net savings from lower operational costs. A better-built home will also be more comfortable, ...

DIY air exchanger installation video

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...home ventilation Canadian supplier Ecogenia

Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...home-design templates from a generation past. Think of all those older homes which have grand front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come i...

Cambrian Black Granite

A new colour option for granite counter tops

...Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of buildi...

Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...homeowners with a choice between having higher heating bills or chilly feet. It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floors, making t...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...home or cottage renovations over $2,500 until April 1, 2017, capped at $10,000. When you do home renovations like changing your furnace or insulating your attic...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...home upgrades are carried out, encouraging homeowners to take advantage of government-funded renovation and retrofit programs. “Universal home energy labelling ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...home air quality is suspected to be one of the main causes. Renovations are a part of life that are sometimes very much necessary, sometimes just very much...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...home. It can come in handy for yourself, but also it's a great feature if you sell your home. Even if you go on vacation for a week it can help you and you...

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: a pyramid scheme that actually works!

...home 8 Home improvements that save money: 1. Caulking: Air leaks account for an enormous amount of heat loss in a home. In a really leaky house, a ...