Say goodbye to mold

July 24, 2019

The word mold can strike terror in the hearts of home owners. It can cause health problems, especially for the ultra sensitive person. But consider this. Our homes are more tightly sealed than ever. They are warm and many of us add moisture either with humidifiers or everyday water uses. It's the perfect setup for mold.

Mold is a fungus with hundreds of varieties. It's pretty easy to spot in the bathroom but it could also be lurking in out of the way places such as a utility area, crawl ...

Small improvements make most of utility room

July 24, 2019

Call it what you will -- utility room, laundry room, mud room -- the names say it all. It's a place for the washer and dryer to live, a place for wet and dirty clothes to hang out, a landing point for muddy boots and chore jackets, you name it. If you have one of those multipurpose rooms and you'd like it to do even more, or at least do it more ...

The Big clean

July 19, 2019

Scrub, wipe and polish. It must be spring and time to sweep away the grime of winter. & Don't forget to recycle It's been a long, long winter, but spring is making slushy inroads, which means it's time for the annual ritual of spring cleaning. This is when we wipe away winter's grime and hopefully go even further and recycle unwanted items, ...

Microhood a must for any Kitchen Upgrade

July 3, 2019

Looking for a nice way to upgrade your kitchen and add both counter space and convenience? You might not need to look any further than replacing your existing range hood with a microwave/hood combination. Now known generically as a microhood, this useful appliance comes in a variety of colors, sizes and features to fit the requirements of just ...

Ten Tips On Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

June 24, 2019

Tip #1 – Turn off the lights when not needed, even as you go from room to room in the course of your day (or evening) According to ENERGY STAR, as much as 20 percent of a home’s energy use comes from light bulbs. Using a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) requires about 75 percent less energy than incandescent, but lights that are turned off ...

Five Simple Ways to Freshen Up Any Interior

June 17, 2019

In the paper recently, a whole page was devoted to asking people what for them was the first sign of spring -- me, I start buying pretty vintage stuff I don't need (more so than usual.) I don't care how timeless your furniture or how good your self control, once that fresh spring air billows through the curtains you can't resist the lure of ...


June 16, 2019

Making the most of your dollars is always a smart idea. Whether you're purchasing a new car, a new wardrobe or the latest technology tool, you want to be sure this is something that really makes a difference in your life – something of real value. Even trivial purchases should bring you a measure of joy that makes it worthwhile. Never is this ...

Net Zero bonus

June 6, 2019

A dozen demonstration homes across the country to prove benefits of going green. Imagine a house that can monitor the outside temperature and weather forecast before deploying the window awnings or divert excess heat coming off the rooftop solar panels to run the clothes dryer. That house, called EcoTerra, opened last week in Quebec, the ...


June 2, 2019

No one needs to tell you when your neighbors are away. Little signs such as the car not being moved out of the garage or the mail piling up sends an instant message. And what about the lights? Is the house totally dark or is the porch light on 24 hours a day? If you notice these things, it's likely that burglars notice them even faster. If you ...

Little house, big flip

May 29, 2019

After some creative renovations, Toronto's tiniest home is back on the market and poised to make its owner a tidy profit. When David Blois opens his front door and says, "Let me give you a quick tour," he's not kidding about the quick part. Five months ago, he bought the littlest house in Toronto, a 300-square-foot home squeezed into what ...
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