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Your smart home is here

Your smart home is here What a time to be alive! Why you ask? Two simple words – home automation. Home automation has certainly come along way over the last few years, and I believe will transform the home of the future. For those that are not familiar with home automation it can be described as the ability to connect and control household items using internet network connectivity.  A wide array of items including appliances, environmental control systems such as [more]

Building an addition to your home in Toronto and the GTA - Costs, process, and approach

Building an addition to your home in Toronto and the GTA - Costs, process, and approach The most common mantra and number one rule of real estate is “location, location, location” and for good reason. While most attribute the famous mantra to the financial value of their property there are many other important contributing factors that attract one to purchase a home in a specific location. These factors include school district, recreation, surrounding nature, shopping, entertainment, public transportation, health care, and jobs. Unfortunately in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), [more]

Stand-Alone Garage Revitalization

Stand-Alone Garage Revitalization If you take a drive around the City of Toronto you will noticed that many homes built over the last 100 years or so include a stand-alone garage unit located at the side or the back of the property.  If you take a closer look at these stand-alone structures you will notice that most have been neglected and in a lot of cases are falling apart. This should not come as a big surprise seeing [more]

Heated Driveways Toronto: Advanced Radiant Systems

Heated Driveways Toronto: Advanced Radiant SystemsThis year we received a record number of inquires from people wanting heated driveways. It is very clear that many fellow Canadians hate shovelling snow as much as I do and dislike dealing with third party snow removal contractors.  Shovelling means early morning in the cold, an extremely labour intensive process, and many just don’t have the time, or the desire. Dealing with snow removal contractors means yearly contracts, which can be paid in vain [more]

The Quest for Space and the Open Concept

The Quest for Space and the Open ConceptMany homes in and around the Greater Toronto Area predate the boom in open concept floor plans that gained popular in the 1980’s. Many of these homes were designed with compartmentalization in mind and aimed to add privacy for the occupants and assist with environmental control as HVAC systems where not what they are today. As HVAC systems improved architects started to design more spacious layouts by creating more open floor plans that incorporated design [more]

Heated driveways in Toronto, the GTA, and Southern Ontario

Heated driveways in Toronto, the GTA, and Southern OntarioWith the average winter snowfall number for Southern Ontario around 107cm annually many homeowners dread those early morning or late evenings where they are forced to clear their walkways and driveways in order to maintain a safe and functional property. The burden of having to dig one’s property out from the white blanket of cold has made for some real frustrating and negative stories. From the homeowner in mid-town Toronto who has no where to [more]

An In-Depth Look At Waterproofing Your Home

An In-Depth Look At Waterproofing Your HomeArguably the most overlooked home renovation by far has to be waterproofing. The reality is you can’t blame homeowners for wanting that new fancy kitchen or bathroom, as it is aesthetic to the eye and used everyday. Kitchens and bathrooms also add tremendous resale value, but what good is resale value if your basement is flooded or even worse you are staring down the barrel of six-figure foundation repair. Having a proper waterproofed home is [more]

How clean is your contractor?

How clean is your contractor?The old proverb “cleanliness is godliness” literally parallels the importance of being clean to the ultimate human symbol of power, god.  Now I’m not a religious person, but does being clean really impact our lives to this extent? Humbly I would have to agree and say yes. Cleanliness is purity, cleanliness is organization, and ultimately cleanliness is a respect for the natural world.  Therefore the importance of cleanliness is profound and in my world as [more]