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In Home Digest Online, the articles under the Renovating section will help you with tips & advice on renovating your home or landscaping your garden. You will find articles on planning a family bathroom to creating better space in your kitchen to having a weed free garden and making your backyard a vacation destination.

Refresh your kitchen on a budget

Refresh your kitchen on a budget

Published: 06/12/2012 by MARK NOONAN in Renovating

Do you have a shoestring budget? You can still get show-stopping results.

Hostas & Ferns growing together naturally

Hostas & Ferns growing together naturally

Published: 07/23/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

Hostas & ferns, growing together naturally...

If the price seems too good to be true, be careful, it may be!

A commitment in the renovation and building business means "money." This is the time when you sign a contract and give a deposit to begin...

Getting in the Zone

Getting in the Zone

Published: 06/27/2012 by Bruce Cromie in Renovating

The guys at the Zoning Desk don’t bite. They are there to help.

Streams, Ponds and All Things Watery

Streams, Ponds and All Things Watery

Published: 05/14/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

Every garden is a contender for some kind of water feature, from stream to pond to fountain, or, for the truly ambitious, a waterfall.

Ten Best Front Door colours

Ten Best Front Door colours

Published: 05/12/2012 in Decor

Make your home a head-turner with the right front door colour.

Start Summer Off Right with Some Cottage Opening Tips from Saniflo

Opening the cottage is the one of the most exciting times of the year and the perfect opportunity to do some renovations, such as adding ...

How to fix a squeaky floor

How to fix a squeaky floor

Published: 06/25/2012 by Evelyn in Renovating

If you have an annoying floor squeak in your house, either loose floorboards are rubbing together or the nails that hold them down are mo...

Gardening with children

Gardening with children

Published: 09/19/2012 by Richard Rix in Family

Children and gardens go together naturally, though adults can get in the way!

Improving your home security

Improving your home security

Published: 05/12/2012 by Grand Alarms in More

The selection of home security systems is quite easy for some people. Most will want to do it themselves. Yet there are others who want t...

Gardening - Great things in small parcels

Gardening - Great things in small parcels

Published: 04/14/2006 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

You can get up close and personal when working in a tight space.

Hallway Painting

Hallway Painting

Published: 02/25/2012 in Decor

The hallway of possibilities. When it comes to painting your home’s hallways, do you have tunnel vision? You’re not alone. “The number on...

Weeds - Never let ’em set seed

Weeds - Never let ’em set seed

Published: 03/29/2012 by ROBERT NORRIS in Renovating

How to have a weed-free garden...

CASE OF THE BAD CONTRACTORS

CASE OF THE BAD CONTRACTORS

Published: 01/21/2013 by Gino Sgovio in Renovating

Cases of bad contractors are often, if not always unreported by homeowners. Take a read and see what you can do, and how to protect yours...

Preparing your house for painting

Preparing your house for painting

Published: 09/10/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Surface Preparation, Peeling or blistering paint is most often a result of excessive moisture in the substrate. Prevent reoccurrence by d...

Swaying in the Breeze

Swaying in the Breeze

Published: 07/17/2012 by Richard Rex in Renovating

Ornamental grasses add interest to gardens of all sizes.

Don't let mould get ahold in your home

Don't let mould get ahold in your home

Published: 09/11/2012 by George Kent in Renovating

What's the connection between windows, mould and your health?

Preventing winter trouble in your home

Preventing winter trouble in your home

Published: 07/24/2012 by Bruce Cromie in Renovating

Tips to help avoid panic renovations.

A shady character, tips for shade gardens

A shady character, tips for shade gardens

Published: 09/11/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Our dauntless gardening editor visits a friend's sun-deprived yard and plants useful advice for gardening in the shade.

Clear the air

Clear the air

Published: 07/24/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Reduced natural ventilation, too much humidity, the use of chemicals and other factors can lead to unhealthy air in your home or workplac...

Preparing your trees for winter

Preparing your trees for winter

Published: 02/22/2013 in Renovating

Extra care now will pay off in the spring.

Fall Fix-Ups

Fall Fix-Ups

Published: 07/24/2012 by Evelyn in More

Advance preparation is the key to getting ready for winter.

Painting the Perfect Picture

Painting the Perfect Picture

Published: 06/25/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Approach it one brush stroke at a time.

Surviving the reality of reality

Surviving the reality of reality

Published: 07/23/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Why home renovations usually take 30 days to complete, not 30 minutes like on reality TV programs.

Aluminum Home Wiring

Aluminum Home Wiring

Published: 07/04/2013 by Sean Duggan in Renovating

For those of you who own, or are considering owning, a house built between 1967 and 1976 (approximately) you may have to deal with the is...

Brighten up your abode this fall

Brighten up your abode this fall

Published: 08/24/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

New dinnerware collection can complement any occasion

How to protect your home while vacationing during the winter months

How to protect your home while vacationing during the winter months

Published: 01/17/2013 by Mike Kwiatkowski in Decor

Weiser has come up with these 10 easy tips for protecting yourself and your home during vacation this winter.

Practical pathway practices

Practical pathway practices

Published: 06/20/2012 by BRIAN BURTON in Renovating

How to choose among the many materials that can be used to construct a garden pathway, including natural stone, interlocking concrete pav...

Prepare your home for the fall

Prepare your home for the fall

Published: 08/12/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Protecting your home is an ongoing process.

Soak it Up in a whirlpool or soaker tub

Soak it Up in a whirlpool or soaker tub

Published: 06/25/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Take a little time away from today's fast pace for relaxing in a whirlpool or soaker tub.

Builder upgrades are expensive, so save now and splurge later.

On the drive to work every day I pass countless former corn fields that now boast semis, singles, two-storeys, bungalows and park setting...

Rock Gardens Rock!

Rock Gardens Rock!

Published: 06/19/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

Here's an interesting way to express your personality in the garden. The range of plants that you can grow in a rock garden allows you to...

Realizing Special Dreams

Realizing Special Dreams

Published: 08/01/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Some projects need a specialist rather than a generalist.

Shape up your trees

How to repair tree damage after a storm...

Yard Clean Up - Time to Get Busy, Spring is here!

Yard Clean Up - Time to Get Busy, Spring is here!

Published: 04/30/2013 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Tread carefully as you prepare your yard for the year ahead.

Renovation tax credit benefits seniors

Renovation tax credit benefits seniors

Published: 05/06/2013 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Seniors take on home renovations for all kinds of reasons. If you’re making home improvements to help you or a loved one get around the h...

Property Maintenance - Keeping up appearances

Keeping up with the outside appearance and maintenance of your property can be time-consuming. Driveways and walkways can crack and becom...

Estimating the cost of a renovation

Estimating the cost of a renovation

Published: 02/02/2012 by JOE BENINATO in Renovating

There’s more involved in a complete bathroom renovation than you might expect. I am often asked, “Why are bathroom renovations so expensi...

Tips on how to prepare your fireplace for the season

Tips on how to prepare your fireplace for the season

Published: 01/21/2013 by Mike Kwiatkowski in Decor

Napoleon Fireplaces have provided some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the season.

Fall Renovation Ideas

Fall Renovation Ideas

Published: 06/25/2012 by Bruce Cromie in Renovating

There is still time to build before the snow flies.

Lady Lavender

Lady Lavender

Published: 06/14/2012 by EVELYN in Renovating

Soothe the senses with a gem from the garden.

Move the living room into your own backyard

Move the living room into your own backyard

Published: 05/25/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

It’s time to expand your living to the outdoors by creating a backyard that is customized to your lifestyle.

Five Top Kitchen Tips

Five Top Kitchen Tips

Published: 03/05/2012 by MARK NOONAN in Renovating

Planning a kitchen renovation? Take a look at these top tips to help you plan the perfect kitchen.

Own your own island…in the kitchen, that is

Own your own island…in the kitchen, that is

Published: 05/25/2012 by MARK NOONAN in Renovating

Kitchen renovations these days often include an island. It’s not always possible to add one, but when there is enough space, a kitchen is...

Can Soft Water Save You Money?

Can Soft Water Save You Money?

Published: 06/18/2012 by William Roebuck in Health

Hard water is a problem for some homeowners, even those on municipal systems. Hard water refers to the level or concentration of calcium...

Spring Cleaning Tips from Weiser Lock

Spring Cleaning Tips from Weiser Lock

Published: 04/05/2013 by Sadie Chapple in Decor

Spring Cleaning Tips from Weiser Lock

What’s your bathroom style

What’s your bathroom style

Published: 08/12/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Here’s help to decide whether traditional, modern, contemporary or transitional is the best look.

Waterproofing helps keep basements dry

Waterproofing helps keep basements dry

Published: 01/11/2013 by Tony Romanelli in Renovating

Waterproofing helps keep basements dry...

It's parsley, sage and rosemary time!

It's parsley, sage and rosemary time!

Published: 06/26/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

A welcome addition to the garden, many herbs are easy to grow.

Sometimes you just have to re-sod

Sometimes you just have to re-sod

Published: 07/30/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

As with most other jobs, the hard part in achieving an attractive lawn lies in doing the preparatory work.

Buying a new furnace: Tips from the pros

Buying a new furnace: Tips from the pros

Published: 01/21/2013 by Mike Kwiatkowski in Renovating

With winter upon us, heating bills will be on the rise and for people looking to lower their costs, the best place to look is of course a...

Find your garden personality

Find your garden personality

Published: 05/21/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

No matter what your personality, there are many simple ways to infuse your garden with unique style.

We Promise You a Rose Garden

We Promise You a Rose Garden

Published: 06/20/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

The queen of flowers will reward you for your efforts.

Plan now, build later

Plan now, build later

Published: 07/23/2012 by BRUCE CROMIE in Renovating

Starting to plan now for that spring renovation makes good sense.

Communicate with the contractor to avoid misunderstandings

Be clear about the reason for renovating before you start.

Is it time for a new furnace?

Is it time for a new furnace?

Published: 01/11/2012 in Renovating

Expert tips on reducing heating costs for next year’s cold season...

Spring Renovations - 7 Basic Steps

Spring Renovations - 7 Basic Steps

Published: 03/28/2013 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Review these seven practical steps before you plan your spring renovation.

Aging in place – beautifully

Aging in place – beautifully

Published: 06/03/2012 in Renovating

Certified specialists can make medical and age-related renovations appear to ‘disappear’

How to get Prime Space & Storage

How to get Prime Space & Storage

Published: 02/28/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Space and storage always come at a prime real-estate cost in any house.

A detailed 'Scope of Work' ensures you know what you're paying for

The next step on our series on renovation guidelines starts after you obtain a set of working drawings for your new home, addition or ren...

Going Ornamental

Going Ornamental

Published: 06/25/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Smaller trees fit in nicely where space is at a premium.

The kids in the bathroom

The kids in the bathroom

Published: 04/29/2012 by Mark Noonan in Decor

Here are some practical tips for planning a family bathroom...

Why planning is critical in renovations

Why planning is critical in renovations

Published: 07/23/2012 by Bruce Cromie in Renovating

Permits can cause delays and headaches so it’s best to apply for them early in the renovation process.

Simple Summer Renovations

Simple Summer Renovations

Published: 07/30/2012 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Small renovation projects can add a lot when it comes to summer fun.

Budget Bathroom Makeover

Budget Bathroom Makeover

Published: 06/20/2012 by CATHERINE FANTAUZZI in Renovating

Small changes can have large effects even if your bathroom budget is limited.

Renovation Disasters - Who’s fault is it anyway?

Renovation Disasters - Who’s fault is it anyway?

Published: 05/06/2013 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Sometimes renovation disasters are not just the fault of the contractor.

Make your backyard a vacation destination

Make your backyard a vacation destination

Published: 04/29/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Arnts Topsoil: The Landscape Supplier can help you make your backyard a vacation destination.

5 steps to a better lawn

5 steps to a better lawn

Published: 06/20/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Every homeowner takes pride in their lawn. It provides hours of enjoyment, adds curb appeal to your property, and is a source of filtered...

22 tips for making magic in your yard

22 tips for making magic in your yard

Published: 09/17/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Here are 22 tips to help beautify your garden and your community.

The Edible Garden

The Edible Garden

Published: 08/01/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Vegetables are fun and satisfying when you meet some basic needs for growing them.

Keeping you cool and still save on energy costs

Keeping you cool and still save on energy costs

Published: 09/19/2012 by Evelyn in Renovating

Simple tips to help us all avoid the "dark days of summer."

5 Great Reasons to Garden

5 Great Reasons to Garden

Published: 03/28/2013 in Renovating

Gardening lets you relieve stress, take time for yourself and unwind, says expert.

Time to beat the heat is now

Time to beat the heat is now

Published: 06/18/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

Many plants and lawns wilt during the height of summer. If you start to plan now, your garden can cope with drought.

Tuning in to trees

Tuning in to trees

Published: 06/27/2012 by RICHARD RIX in Renovating

Giants of the garden deserve privileged status but be sure to set a few stiff ground rules for them.

Choosing the right BBQ for you: Propane, Natural Gas or Charcoal

Choosing the right BBQ for you: Propane, Natural Gas or Charcoal

Published: 01/21/2013 by Mike Kwiatkowski in Decor

Charcoal, natural gas and propane are the three leading contenders in the debate over which fuel to BBQ with and Napoleon Gourmet Grills ...

Give your lawn a facelift

Give your lawn a facelift

Published: 01/05/2012 by William Roebuck in Renovating

Garden from the ground up. Simply improve the soil.

Contain your enthusiasm

Contain your enthusiasm

Published: 06/26/2012 by Richard Rix in Renovating

Plant containers, or pots, add a welcome level of drama and versatility to the garden.

Why today's faucets should be considered jewellery for your home.

We face many demands today as we navigate ourselves and our families through the challenges of life. We're balancing the responsibilities...

Investing in your home is just like investing in your portfolio

I’m one of the lucky ones. I really enjoy where my career has taken me. Every day I wake up and bring my passion for renovations to the f...

Here's the "scoop" on a feel-good, do-good occupation in the yard.

What's not to love about composting? Here's your opportunity to create a product your plants will love, while eliminating a good deal of ...

If you love where you live

If you love where you live

Published: 05/29/2012 by HME Mobility in Renovating

As we all age, we start to ask ourselves one question: ‘How am I able to stay in the home I have lived in and loved for many years?’ At ...

Questions to ask before buying a cottage

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Shopping

Cottaging is arguably the favourite summer pastime of many Canadians, so it's no surprise that at some point many consider purchasing a c...

Don't Sacrifice Your Nest Egg for Your Nest

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Money

Becoming a homeowner is one of life's greatest milestones. And while it's exciting and thrilling, owning a home is certainly one of the m...

Tips for a great yard

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Outdoor

Warm summer days mean more time spent tending to our lawns and gardens. Here are some tips to help make your yard one of the best on the...

Larson Electronics Releases New 14” LED Task Light with 50’ Cord Reel

Larson Electronics has added to its extensive range of industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of a fourteen inch LED drop l...

every wall counts!

every wall counts!

Published: 10/13/2015 by DVIRA OVADIA in Decor

Why you shouldn’t neglect decorating your hallways and corridors.

Are You Looking for the Perfect Frame for your Sliding Closet Doors?

Closet panels are not just for closets anymore!

Why You Should Purchase Custom Sliding Doors

Why You Should Purchase Custom Sliding Doors

Published: 10/30/2014 by Harry Levinson in Decor

the joy of custom sliding doors

This Little Helper Will Light Up Your Holiday Season

This Little Helper Will Light Up Your Holiday Season

Published: 10/29/2014 by Tamar Dobner in Renovating

The elfLight Distributed by RP Toys Allows You to Illuminate Your Home and Outdoor Space in Just Minutes

The Slick Side of Drawer Glides

The Slick Side of Drawer Glides

Published: 10/08/2014 by Harry Levinson in Organizing

The hidden side of drawer slides

Wall Colors and Lighting

Wall Colors and Lighting

Published: 09/11/2014 by Jumie O. in Decor

Wall Color and Lighting are 2 small things that make a huge difference to the look and feel of a space. As a visual person who loves all...

Larson Electronics releases a Hand Lamp with 10 Watt Colored LED Bulb and 25’ Cord

Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a drop li...

Larson Electronics releases a New 160 Watt General Area Use High Bay LED Light Fixture

Longtime leader in commercial and industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 160 watt low prof...

Monterrey Design Build

Published: 06/25/2014 by Michael Tsimidis in Renovating

The Best Home Improvement Tips To Make The Most Of Your Projects

RAW - Storage Locker 3202

RAW - Storage Locker 3202

Published: 06/18/2014 by Kim Graham in More

The installation is the event—RAW takes over storage locker 3202 for Toronto’s Architecture A-list as design bash of the season returns w...

Let's Dance

Let's Dance

Published: 05/08/2014 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Don’t keep your renovation budget a secret.

Five Daring Colours To Decorate

Could you be ready to try them in your home?

‘Phenomenal’ Lavender –

Pretty in the Garden and Spectacular for Culinary and Home Use This easy-to-grow lavender gives you more to love.

Home Renovations - Tips to Reduce Stress

Reduce Stress During Renovations Top tips to help make a reno as painless as possible.

Dream Kitchens

Dream Kitchens

Published: 04/10/2014 by Kimberley Seldon in Decor

Dreaming of a Dream Kitchen? Here are the latest ‘must-haves’ for the up scale kitchen

Season-long interest in the garden or in containers.

Toro® TimeCutter® Zero-Turn Mowers

Toro Time Cutter Offers Speed and Versatility

New Online Tool Makes It Easier For Designers to Specify Wood in their Projects

Four Seasons Sunrooms

Why Sunrooms Are Good For Your Health

The Reno File

The Reno File

Published: 12/02/2013 by Mark Noonan in Renovating

Home Renovation Contractors are our Partners!