Renovations / Guides

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres...

Real estate

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

...renovations and upgrades prior to selling: Energy- efficient appliances : Make informed choices based on the EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for EN...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable mater...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and s...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

Top Tips for preparing a home for winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your home in many ways , and sometimes your house will return a fail...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional e...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

It is a very wise idea to have the air of your home checked for high levels of radon gas. Health Canada has identified exposure to radon gas as the second lead...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...renovations to ensure that the established budget is respected. This is where beginning with an integrated design process proves to be invaluable. Many design...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying ...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...renovations are needed, and that means open up your wallet. Nothing good ever comes from warm air leaking out of a building in winter. Nothing. Some older-sch...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help you pay for t...