It’s back to school! When can I start my home renovation? By: greening homes

September 11, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. It’s back to school time (and back to life) time. Now that the kids and you are back to reality after the summer break, you may be taking a serious look at your dream home renovation. You are not alone. This time of year, […]

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Why it’s much better to relocate during your home renovation By: greening homes

April 18, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. Should we live in the home during the renovation, or temporarily relocate? Often, homeowners choose the former to save money and avoid the inconvenience of moving. In so doing they typically spend more money overall and can make decisions they later regret. Living in […]

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Planning a renovation? Timing is everything By: greening homes

February 7, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. Early in the year we often field inquiries about spring home renovations. How soon can we start? That’s all going to depend on the project’s scope. If you plan to expand the building envelope, it could take a lot longer to get your approvals. […]

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Ontario’s building code changes will improve your home performance and comfort By: greening homes

December 6, 2017
Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Changes to the Ontario Building Code come into effect on January 1, 2018, stipulating greater emphasis on airtightness, higher requirements for mechanical ventilation of homes, and more effective insulation installation. If you are planning a home renovation, these changes will impact some of your decisions. The changes are part of an ongoing provincial plan to […]

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Aging in place in Toronto By: greening homes

November 20, 2017
Alternative housing, Planning a Renovation

Once upon a time it was not uncommon for Toronto homeowners to purchase and sell several homes in their lifetimes. Property was affordable and people moved to accommodate a growing family or to live in a neighbourhood that better suited their needs and lifestyles. Nowadays, a growing population is up against limited residential stock. Consequently, […]

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Reducing your heating costs when the price of fossil fuels increases By: greening homes

September 6, 2017
Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Next year, the Canadian government’s national rising fee on carbon will begin in an effort to meet Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets made in Paris in 2015. What does this mean for you? All provinces must have a carbon fee starting at a minimum $10 per carbon ton, rising by $10 every year until 2022, […]

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The benefits of managing the subtrades on your behalf By: greening homes

August 25, 2017
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of a series – Planning your home renovation. You are planning to hire a general contractor to transform your house into your dream home. General contractors often come with a team of construction managers, carpenters, and sometimes designers to help make it happen. The tradespeople, typically referred to as subtrades, provide […]

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Building trust – working collaboratively with your home renovator By: greening homes

July 17, 2017
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of a series – Planning your home renovation. Trust. It’s critical for any relationship, especially when a major investment, such as a home renovation, is involved. In addition to referrals from reliable sources, working collaboratively with your home renovator is an excellent way to build that trust. Happily the Internet has […]

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