Category: Building & Renovations

5 Ways to Prevent Costly HVAC Repairs

Let’s face it, replacing HVAC systems is horrifically expensive. You cannot afford to buy a new system every season when problems pile up. The systems are running throughout the year and consume a lot of energy. Therefore, just like your cars, your HVAC systems need to be frequently cleaned, checked-up, and maintained to reduce expensive […]

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5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing systems in most homes do their job quietly, making many people underrate their importance. However, plumbing problems are, at some point, inexorable. When these problems do occur, homeowners are left most often frustrated. Simple methods can resolve some of these problems, yet complications arise. In other instances, they require the services of a professional […]

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Five Considerations for Expanding Your Home With a Prefab Building

Does your current home need additional space for storage or living? Do you desire additional space for an office, guest living quarters or an activity room? If money is no object, adding an extension to your house may be your first choice. Often this requires employing an architect and contractor. Consider the use of a […]

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How to Extend Your Front Porch

The months which fall during spring and summer can be the perfect time to tackle outdoor projects around your home. One project, which will require a bit of planning and careful execution, is extending your front porch. Before taking on such a task, make sure you’re ready with the right materials, equipment, and know-how to […]

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Choosing the Right Style of Cabinets to Make Your Room Incredible

Cabinets are often a focal point in a room, with the eyes of anyone who enters naturally drawn to them due to cabinets commonly occupying a great deal of space. Cabinets have a huge effect on the feeling of a room so it is important that cabinets are given an appropriately large amount of consideration […]

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Top Qualities of an Electrical Contractor

Electricity is an ever-present need in the modern world. Nearly every aspect of your life is touched by electricity in some way, from the food you eat to the obvious lights and computers you use. The wiring in your home is a potentially hazardous and delicate system that age, misuse, or poor planning can degrade. […]

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How To Simplify Your Next Renovation Project

Expensive and stressful; two words often used to describe the home renovation process. If you’re planning a home renovation project, project delays, household disruptions and overspending can all lead to a lot of frustration. To avoid this, it is important to plan ahead, get organized and set realistic expectation. These three tips below will ensure […]

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Expert Advice: How Much Paint do I Need?

Q. How much paint do I need to paint my room? A: In generally, a medium size room (12’ by 12’ with 8’ high ceilings) will usually take about ¾ of a gallon per coat for the walls. It is important to choose a good quality paint to ensure proper coverage with two coats. My […]

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6 Areas of Your Home That Need Protection During Remodeling

The purpose of remodeling your home is to make it better than it was before. However, some areas are vulnerable to damage during the home construction process. Whether you intend to tackle the renovation project yourself or hire a contractor to handle the work, there are steps you can take now to protect certain areas […]

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Transform Your Basement into a Rental Suite

If you live in a desirable area and you’ve been thinking about transforming your basement to attract renters, now may be the perfect time. In today’s housing economy, converting your basement into a rental suite is an excellent way to help pay off your mortgage, while providing affordable living accommodations for low-income renters. Not only […]

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How to Create a Multi-functional Basement for the Whole Family

The finished basement is a space in the house where the whole family can come together to enjoy some communal time. If you’re looking to renovate your basement to make it more usable, consider that this space is often expected to take on many functions such as being a living room, a guest space, and […]

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Expert Advice: Carpet Repair – Clean First or Stretch First?

QUESTION: My carpet has bumps and I want to get it stretched and cleaned. Should I have it cleaned first or stretched first? We asked Pablo of Curly’s Carpet Repair and this is what he recommends: There are people and/or cleaning companies who will tell you to get it cleaned first and than stretched. They […]

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Expert Advice: Grid-tied Solar Energy Systems

QUESTION: Can you explain a grid-tied solar energy system to me. What can I expect when installing a system like this? ANSWER: “Grid-tied” means that your home is still connected, or “tied” to the BC Hydro power grid. When the sun is shining, your house will use the solar energy first and if you require […]

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