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What’s the difference between oil based paint, latex-based paint, and water-based paint? Oil-based paints tend to be the popular choice for interior painters, because the liquid is durable. Once dried, it takes a lot of punishment from anything that touches it, such as smoke, air and even water. Oil paint is strong, and is therefore the go-to choice of paint for most painting contractors. Sounds like oil-based paints are the perfect paint, right? Not so fast. Oil-based paints require homeowners to play the waiting game, as the liquid takes...read more
You are a homeowner in Toronto (or within the GTA) and have decided to have your house, loft, condo or apartment repainted. Great! Now which interior painting company do you call? Choosing an interior painter should be based on a checklist if qualifications. Understand, like most things you buy, that you get what you pay for. If you’re going to hire a painting contractor in the local classifieds, as inexpensive and talented as she or she may be, you should be looking at more that saving a couple of bucks in the least amount of time. Here are...read more
Continuing the trend from 2013, the kitchen will remain the area that receives most attention in the home purchase & renovation process, from both men and women – unanimously, homeowners list it as the #1 area of the house to be remodeled. Here, we take a look at what drives kitchen renovations, how much renovations increase the home resale value, and what kitchen trends we’re going to see in 2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Renaissance...read more
Refinishing the staircase is something many homeowners have on their list of DIY projects, but before they roll up their sleeves, grab the sanding disk, and hope for the best, many years go by, and that nasty carpet that came with the house is still in place. But if dreams of polished hardwood steps and white-painted risers have finally convinced you to do away with that worn-out carpet you’ve come to abhor, you are probably on the hunt for some good – and not so costly – ideas to revive your staircase. Here are three DIY stair...read more
Sunrooms, also called sun porches and Florida rooms, offer up the comforts of indoors, along with the opportunity to view the natural beauty of the great outdoors. In a properly-designed sun room, you can appreciate the glories of summer sunshine without being exposed to heat and burning rays; in wintertime, you can enjoy snow-covered scenery without the discomfort of bitter winds and frigid temperatures. A place to dine, socialize, or merely sit savor the view, a sun room is a private oasis that can add a feeling of expansiveness,...read more
Aside from the kitchen, basements are one of the highest-risk areas for infestation in your home. Due to the dark, moist, and undisturbed nature of most basements, pests can survive and thrive no matter how harsh the weather is outside. Even when food is scarce, pests will nest there for shelter and travel throughout the home to find something to feed on. The good news is that with simple preventative measures in place, you can keep invasive insects and rodents outside, where they belong. Following are seven tips to take your basement back...read more
The majestic effect of natural stone on residential homes simply can’t be overstated. There is probably no other cladding material in use today that so powerfully summons up images of permanence, value, integrity and natural beauty. Resonant with historical overtones – think medieval castles, French countryside villas and colonial field stone farmhouses – yet versatile enough to fit in with the most contemporary and transitional of architecture, stone can be used to spectacular effect to accent chimneys, cover exposed foundations and add...read more
Few areas of the home are more prone to infestations than your pantry. The abundance of food and ease of access make it an easy target for a variety of pests. Although you have many declared enemies, you should expect your food reserves to fall into the hands of beetles, moths, ants and other small insects, which prefer a balanced menu, comprised of seeds, corn, rice, and barley. Once inside, pantry pests will not only cause damage to stored products, but they can also contaminate your food and put your family in danger of becoming seriously...read more
So, you’ve fallen in love with the new, flashy glass mosaic backsplashes. Highly reflective and brightly colored, these upscale glass tile patterns often feature combinations of greens and blues to evoke the illusion of shimmering seawater; in earthy combinations of bronzes, browns and golds, they provide a dynamic, sun-splattered look. Or maybe you covet the charming artisanal look of a backsplash of hand-painted tile. Or, you would love the jolt of color a bright new backsplash in a vibrant shade can provide. However, in tough economic...read more
With staircases finally receiving the attention as a vital design element and focal point, there is an accompanying interest in the dramatic possibilities of balustrades. The balustrade – the term encompasses the supporting balusters, also called spindles, the handrail, and any supports such as newel posts – plays a major role in rein forcing and accentuating the design of the staircase; it also serves important safety functions. Today’s balustrades are crafted in an assortment of intriguing materials and textures, and in a wide range...read more