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...alk-ability Emergency services: hospitals, fire and police Municipal services: access to power, water and sewers (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greener...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...astes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdated features sell more slowly and for less than modern, updated homes. A quick sale is important when you're buying and selling at the s...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of building materials. This can serve to limit material choices somewhat, Italian marble for example won't win you any points. This new Cambrian Black granite quarry is located in Saguenay and operated by Po...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Appliances

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

...also uses as little as 10 litres of water per load. Think about the implications of that for a minute in a world facing catastrophic water shortages. It's true that the Drumi is rather small, as being compact and maneuverable is one of it's selling points. But if it takes as little as six minutes to wash and rinse a ...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...home have modifications that will make it easier for you to age in place? For example, does it have a walk-in tub or shower? You should also look for homes that are a single-story, have wide doorways to accommodate a walker, and have lower cabinets and countertops. If these home modifications don’t exist in your ideal ...

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 looking for when they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Wa...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...aution; do not actually hook up water and electrical lines, simply have them ready. The same thing applies to water; run lines towards a main water feed ready for future installation and allow enough slack for them to be easily connected. Pre-framing rooms for future changes can also save materials, money and headach...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...anada) It is highly recommended that you also have an attestation form (if applicable for your retrofit) confirming that: Installation of an electrical or mechanical system has been completed by a trained and licensed professional Geothermal system was installed in accordance with CSA standards The heat pump ha...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...al climate-change naysayer. Building for a changing climate is a smart idea The IECC* climate zone map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelines for more sustainable and resilient house construction. As valuable a...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...al component of a wall system is having an intact air & vapor barrier . Without one, you sacrifice durability, energy performance and comfort. Air leakage makes homes drafty and very costly to heat, and escaping moisture will wreak havoc inside walls. Stripping exterior walls to the sheathing is a great starting place ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...ate and depreciate over time - whereas regular real estate tends to appreciate . As anybody who has ever owned an RV or a boat in a damper climate knows, water leaks, high humidity from cramming too many people in a small space, and the damage and mold that can cause can be simply horrid, as well as adversely affecting...