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If you’re a grill master, backyard bartender, deck dweller, hot tub enthusiast, or an all-around fan of outdoor living, then this weekend was made just for you! That’s because the inaugural Backyard Living Expo started today, and will run until Sunday, at the International Centre in Mississauga. Read More
Many Canadians are making financial sacrifices to complete home renovations this summer. As a result of their planned renovations, nearly one-quarter say they are not paying down debt as fast as they should be, 25% aren’t saving enough for emergencies, and 21% are not saving enough for retirement as they focus on renovating their home Read More
Bringing the Outoors In
Great new ways to Maximize your Outdoor Spaces and Keep Insects Out!  Enjoy the Outdoors Outdoor living has become the norm in today’s home design. Seamlessly blending outdoor and indoor spaces allows homeowners to maximize time spent in the fresh, outdoor air while still enjoying the conveniences their home has to offer.
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Holly Attfield

It’s time to sell your home … to yourself
If you’ve ever had to prepare a house for sale, then you know just how busy a time it can be. Then, after weeks or months of home improvement, many homeowners take a step back, and look around at their newly repainted, decluttered, much improved space and wonder why they hadn’t done any of it prior to putting their house up on the market.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Great gifts for dads
Looking for some last-minute Father’s Day gifts? Whether you’re shopping for a handyman or car buff, grill master, beer lover, or a guy who already has everything, we’ve got a list of some fantastic ideas that are sure to make dad smile.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Canada 150 Home Sweet Home: Week 2 prize reveal

This week’s giveaway: Keurig K200 (red)

Canadians are crazy about coffee. In fact, we are #3 in the world for coffee consumption per capita. So, it's only fitting that this week's prize is a coffeemaker from Keurig® in a very patriotic shade of red.
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Take the money and run
Equity-rich boomers downsizing outside city After living in Bermuda and Toronto, Andree Thorpe and her husband, Bill Vanderwoude, built a dream home on Howe Island on the St. Lawrence River.
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Buying vs. Renting a Cottage
As the warm weather approaches, so does the desire to pack up and take off to a cottage by the lake. Somewhere you can relax and enjoy the nature around you. However, we don’t all have a beautiful lake home that we can whisk ourselves away to on the weekends. Owning a cottage seems wonderful, a little personal paradise, but the reality of owning a cottage, may not always be so glamorous.
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Alexis Perikleous

Know your pool deck options
The pool deck is an essential part of your swimming pool installation or renovation. While the pool itself may receive the majority of your attention, taking the time to carefully select the right decking materials is just as important.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Curb appeal clean up hacks
The warmer weather is officially here! That means cleaning up the garden, getting your lawn under control, and findung ways to inject interest into your home’s first impression. Of course, spring and summer are also about enjoying yourself and spending time with family and friends. So, here are some quick and easy curb appeal clean-up hacks to help you improve your home’s first impression without having to sacrifice too much rest and relaxation.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Plan deck lighting sooner, not later!
Why deck lighting needs to be planned at the earliest stage of your new deck project. Preparing to build a new backyard deck is exciting, particularly if it’s something you’ve wanted to do for a while. Second only to remodeling the kitchen, creating a new outdoor living space is a top priority for many homeowners. Canadians have an insatiable appetite for soaking in every moment of the warmer weather, and perfecting our backyard spaces allows us to take it all in comfortably.
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Darla Grant-Braid



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