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Mike Holmes: Promise made, promise kept — some tips on how good contractors can win over homeowners
Usually I take to this space to speak directly to homeowners. I do my best to educate them about the best practices when it comes to renovating, buying, or selling their home, as well as offer tips on finding good contractors and home inspectors. I ...
Mike Holmes: The importance of testing your home for radon — it could save your life
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and come November, I’m going to talk about radon. Why? November is Radon Action Month and, for me, that’s my reminder to talk about this deadly toxic gas. Long term exposure to radon can lead to ...
STEVE MAXWELL: Building a table - a Q&A tutorial
Back in October, I heard from a reader named Katherine. She was planning to build a craft table for painting, gluing and cutting in her home work room. Join me as I answer Katherine’s questions about the kind of challenges facing any ...
HOMEBODY: Crafting with a Cricut
Now homebodies, this might seem like a bit of a different kind of column, but I’m pretty excited about it. Since starting this series, I’ve found a new creative and crafty side of myself. The amount of YouTube videos I watch, magazines ...
Inside the Bridle Path, a Toronto oasis where celebrities love to build extremely lavish mansions
The Bridle Path, a lavish neighbourhood in North York, Toronto has often been coined “Millionaires Row.” With its dazzling mansions spread across a few streets, it’s no surprise the neighbourhood has grabbed the attention of ...
How one B.C. church built in 1939 transformed into this gallery (and it can be your home for less than $300K)
The turquoise lining around the building, to go along with a red timber and the four flying female figures attached to the walls, offer subtle hints that the old Holy Rosary Catholic Church is, in fact, no longer a church. Instead, the property in ...
Want an island? Here are six you can choose from, including five off the B.C. coast
If you’ve ever dreamt of owning an undeveloped island, where you can create your own paradise away from the rest of civilization, Colliers International might have an opportunity for you. A Vancouver-based real estate firm that specializes ...
Open concept renovations retaining some area defining touches
Edmonton builders and contractors are seeing a sizeable demand for home renovations. “In this economic climate people are really staying put and renovating instead of buying the bigger home, especially if they really like their ...
STEVE MAXWELL: Choosing a chainsaw, boiler replacement, deck finishes
Q: What dependable chainsaw would you recommend for a homeowner pruning and cutting small to medium size trees? I was thinking maybe a 14-inch to 16-inch size saw would be good. A: That’s a great question and a surprising number of ...
How to store firewood the right way
A fireplace is a cosy and warm spot around which a family can gather. The home and real estate resource HomeGuides.com indicates that 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace, which is up from 36 per cent in the 1970s. Naturally, fueling a ...