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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
Bryan Tuckey -President and CEO of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) discusses one of home renovation's most frequently asked questions. Most home renovations especially those that involve major construction, alterations or demolition require a building permit. Permits help protect you, your home and your community by making sure your project is structurally sound and follows all regulations. Yet people too often question the importance of permits and sometimes they are tempted to undertake projects without having the required permits in place. An unprofessional renovator may be willing to take on your project without obtaining permits, and bypassing required permits may seem like a way to save time and money but it could very likely end up costing you a great deal.  Undertaking work without following the permit process could result in renovation deficiencies, substantial fines and having to redo work. Lack of required permits may affect your home’s insurance coverage and it could also lead to problems when you sell your home. Permits are issued by local municipalities and application processes and the rules governing building permits vary depending by where you live. A critical step in obtaining your permit is ensuring that your project complies with the Ontario Building Code, municipal zoning and other applicable laws. Getting a building permit can be a complicated process. It can take several weeks or even months to obtain and it can be a bit overwhelming, so a good approach is to work with a professional renovator who is experienced with permit applications. RenoMark™ professional renovators are very familiar with permits and they will guide you through the process. They will assess your project and explain whether or not a permit is needed and what it will take to get one, and they will work on your behalf to acquire any that are needed. As well, they will arrange for all inspections required under the permit. BILD created the RenoMark™ program in 2001 to help homeowners distinguish professional renovators from underground contractors.  A key feature of the program is the RenoMark™  Code of Conduct which all members agree to abide by. It mandates that they provide written contracts for all jobs, have at least $2 million in liability insurance and offer a minimum of two years warranty on all work. Find a RenoMark™  professional at www.renomark.ca. If  you have questions about permits or the renovation process or you’re thinking about renovating be sure to attend one of our “Five Steps to a Successful Renovation” seminars. They have two experienced professional RenoMark™ renovators who will walk through the five essential steps to a renovation, offer helpful tips and answer questions from the audience. The educational sessions  are free and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at BILD’s offices at 20 Upjohn Road in Toronto. There is one on May 16 and another on June 20. For more information or to register, email us at renomark@bildgta.ca.  
Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and is a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments. He can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/bildgta), Facebook (facebook.com/bildgta) and BILD’s official online blog (bildblogs.ca).   Read More
Where to Sweat Vs. Spend On Kitchen Renos
We’ve all heard how much value a kitchen renovation adds to your home. Still, taking the plunge – or sledgehammer – to an overhaul can be intimidating because it can cost upwards of $20,000 on average. The good news is that knowing where to sweat and where to spend is half the budget battle. As I renovate my blah builders’ kitchen into a thing of beauty and functionality for my family, I cut costs where I can.
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What does your faucet say about you?

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A look in the nation’s washrooms reveals our differences MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (Feb 28, 2017) – Canada has its share of stereotypes, eh? To some, Canadians are the quiet type, likely on their way to the rink, wearing a toque and being far too polite about it. “This country is too big for one catch-all stereotype,” says Adam Findlay, Senior Marketing Manager of Pfister. “Being Canadian isn’t just about clothing, donuts or beer. It’s also about faucets. Yes, faucets.
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Mother’s Day gifts of relaxation
Mother’s day is on the way, which means you’re probably starting to think about what you might want to give that special lady in your life. Whether it’s your wife, mother, grandma, or other special someone, she’s certain to appreciate that you’ve remembered her.
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Darla Grant-Braid

How to tackle a foundation crack repair
Realizing that you have a foundation crack in your home can be a costly problem and if you don’t tackle the issue head on you can be stuck with a bigger repair bill than initially planned. We spoke with Tony Romanelli, President of RCC Waterproofing – a family operated business since 1920,
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Devon Gleed

Deck out Your Deck
It’s that time of year where we upgrade and transform our backyards and decks into a Canadian paradise. This spring renovate your deck into the oasis it deserves to be. With these additions, you’ll be blown away at how much more time you’ll want to spend outside.
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Devon Gleed

Red Hot Real Estate Markets: Durham Region, Ontario
It’s been over a week since Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Toronto Mayor John Tory met to discuss how they might cool the red hot real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area, and yet real estate in the GTA seems hotter than ever before. As interest continues to exceed housing availability, would-be homebuyers are seeing housing costs soar from Clarington to Barrie to Waterloo, and Hamilton. However, there are some towns, cities and regions that seem to be especially hot. Today, we’re taking a look at one such red hot real estate market in Ontario: the Durham Region.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Décor Tour: Canadian high style at Elte Mkt
Do you love shopping for furniture? Are you on the hunt for that perfect piece to tie your room’s décor together?  Need to make your home more “Pinteresting”? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of those questions, then, you are going to love eieihome.com’s new Décor Tour series! Décor Tour will take you to some of the hottest Canadian resources for home furniture and décor. For our series debut, we’re starting off with a stroll through the aisles of Canada’s ultimate destination for affordable luxury –the venerable Elte Mkt!
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Darla Grant-Braid

The Ultimate Meat Lover’s Guide To A Healthy BBQ Season
Barbeque season is literally right around the corner and it’s time to ask yourself if your grilling selections are as healthy as they could be. Today’s article will provide you a complete run down of all the of best (& worst)  meats to barbeque this season and offer some additional insights into how you can dress and grill them in the healthiest manner possible.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH




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