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Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

A new colour option for granite counter tops

There are substantial environmental impacts that come with shipping building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is fo...

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Windows and doors

How to install windows

Watch more videos The Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosin...

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it wi...

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Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and som...

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Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

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

Some provincial budgets have made big announcements regarding renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovatio...

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Recycled quartz Eco counter top
Kitchens

Choosing kitchen countertops

The most common kitchen counters you will see are laminate countertops. They aren’t very durable and they contain a lot of formaldehyde. Really the only thing ...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair , a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green h...

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Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association ( CHBA ) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are l...

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Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we w...

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Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

WATCH MORE VIDEOS Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, s...

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Timber frame home being raised
Wall assemblies - new construction

Foundations and structures

There are many choices to make regarding choosing a building envelope, starting with a basement foundation or a slab-on-grade, and a multitude of different bui...

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