Not easy being green? Think again By: greening homes

January 28, 2019
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Planning a Renovation

When people think of a “green” home renovation, they often envision high performance windows or a well-insulated attic. We also hear that while it would be nice to go green, it’s unaffordable. In reality, environmentally-responsible renovations, when done right, go beyond windows and insulation, and can save you money. A responsible renovation factors in the […]

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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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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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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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Access to laneway housing: an interview with Lanescape’s Craig Race By: greening homes

June 19, 2017
Alternative housing

Photo: The Lanescape team. Craig Race is second from left. Photo credit: Lanescape. Recently, we caught up with Craig Race, an architect and co-founder of Lanescape to learn more about laneway housing and its efforts in making them accessible in Toronto. Lanescape is a citizens’ advocacy group that is building political will for the City […]

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You’re ready to renovate! Now what? By: greening homes

June 1, 2017
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of a series – Planning your home renovation. So you are thinking of renovating your home. Great! Renovations can add considerably to your home’s comfort, aesthetics and value. They can also add considerably to your family’s stress level if not planned well! Depending on the project’s scope, several months may be […]

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