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Tap into an extensive repertory of interesting articles about renovation and construction. Should you DIY or outsource to a professional? How to go about a specific project? Should you renovate before selling? Access a wealth of expert-contributed posts on an exhaustive variety of topics, organized by convenient categories, so you can find spot-on information.

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Gardening
Tips for Preparing for Spring Gardening

Spring comes late in many parts of Canada and it is advisable not to rush preparing the gardens in wet soil. Other preparations can be done such as pruning trees, getting power tools ready and cleaning up the winter debris from the yard. In addition mixing the garden compost will ensure thick mulch and plenty of nutrients without buying chemical fertilizers.

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Patio
Landscaping With Outdoor Patios

Outdoor patios can extend the Canadian summer by allowing a dry, flat places to relax out of the cold spring and fall winds. Patios should be planned for budgetary concerns and also to take advantage of the sun and to avoid noisy traffic areas. Outdoor kitchens, hot tubs and recreational equipment can also be considered.

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Concrete driveway
Concrete Driveway Construction

Concrete driveway construction can greatly enhance the curb appeal of a home. Whether it is made from dyed concrete or exposed aggregate concrete driveways provide a stable, functioning deck for the yard while providing a beautiful design statement. A professional contractor should be involved in the design and process of pouring the concrete for the driveway.

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General contractor
Hire a Contractor For the Right Job

To hire a contractor, just use a lot of common sense. Think of the project that needs to be completed and do a whole lot of planning. This will not only get the details straight before starting it will help when getting bank financing. When hiring a contractor make sure that he or she is licensed, get references and, most important of all, get everything in writing.

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Kitchen Countertop
10 Ultimate Kitchen Countertop Materials

Kitchen countertops are the workhorse of the home's interior because this is where the meals are prepared or sorted for storage. The material that makes up the countertop is important to how it can be used. In addition a quality countertop can increase the value of the home and make it more desirable when the time comes to sell.

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Basement remodeling
Basement Remodeling Tips and Ideas

Basement remodeling is a great way to add living space without the cost of adding a whole new section to the home. First, the basement should be inspected for leaks and cracks, and these should be fixed by a professional. Then the homeowner should decide the primary use for the basement so that the plans can revolve around this purpose. With good planning a basement renovation can be a great addition for living space.

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Radiant in-floor heating
Radiant In-Floor Heating

Radiant infloor heat is one of the most efficient ways to heat a home. This is because once the floor is heated the rest of the home is more comfortable. In other words there are no cold spots. Hot water or hydronic infloor heating is made up of PEX tubes encased in a mortared slab or under the wooden substrate. Electrical in-floor systems are also popular and are easier to install by do-it-yourselfers.

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