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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
“Popcorn” ceilings, the result of a decorative spray-on treatment developed in the late 1950’s, are not held in particularly high esteem these days. However, these distinctive textured ceilings, also known as “cottage cheese” and “stucco” ceilings, were once considered extremely chic.In the 1960’s through the 1980’s,they were the “gotta-have-it” design element; the absolute last word in faux finishes. Easy to apply, noise reductive, and capable of hiding unevenness and design flaws,“popcorn” ceilings enjoyed...read more
Ants may not do much damage to your home when they enter, but they can be a nuisance when an infestation occurs. But let’s face it, preventing ants from entering your home is pretty much impossible. No matter how many ways you try to ant-proof your home, there will always be a way for ants to find their way in and infest your home. However, there are preventative steps you can take to greatly reduce the probability of ants entering your home, and you don’t need to break the bank on home repairs to do so. The key to preventing ants from...read more
There is a revolution in interior design, and it is starting from the ground up. After decades ofhardwood, tile and various styles of carpeting dominating the scene, a new trend in flooring has appeared. Painted floors – bedecked with jaunty stripes, bold checks, or intricate patterns, rendered in a riot of colors from pale cobweb silver to the brightest tangerine and deepest turquoise — are taking the design world by storm. As countless homeowners are finding out, painting the floor is one of the quickest and easiest waysto...read more
As a design element, it seems innocent enough. After all, it’s a clean, unobstrusive shade of white. It’s basic, and it’s functional. What’s the harm? Plenty. The truth is: your bland ceiling may be doing more than you realize to detract from the look of your carefully-designed, creatively-decorated room. In fact, the more dynamic your design scheme, the more a boring, uninspired ceiling can become an unintended focal point, drawing attention to itself by its very lack of character. If you’ve lavished attention and inspiration on...read more
The exorbitant cost of utilities is a permanent concern for Toronto homeowners, forcing them to always be on the lookout for accessible ways of increasing energy efficiency and lowering monthly expenses. Kitchen remodeling is by far the most effective way of saving money on energy while boosting the house’s appearance, allowing homeowners to recoup as much as 70-90 percent of the investment after selling the house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the kitchen can be one of the most wasteful rooms in the house. Cooking, lighting...read more
For most of us, our home is our life investment. Not only is it the largest financial purchase we will make in our lifetime, but it’s also the most meaningful emotional investment. Some families begin with a starter home, and then graduate to a larger residence as children join the family or as the financial picture matures. Other families will adapt their existing home, childproofing against any hazards to curious toddlers and expanding to make extra room, features for play, and other unique touches as the family’s needs evolve. Later...read more