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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
A Breakdown of Kitchen Renovation Costs
When people start contemplating a kitchen renovation, the biggest question they typically have is “how much will it cost”. Kitchen renovation costs will vary, based on geography, materials, and precisely how much work needs to be done to achieve the desired result. However, there are some averages that can be looked at to help you get a feel for what you may need to spend.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Will Healthy Eating Boost Your Immune System?
Nobody enjoys getting sick, and so there is naturally a great deal of interest in the steps a person can take to improve their immune system. Inevitably, this interest leads people to ask the question What can I eat to boost my immune health?  The first thing that I would say in response to this question is that there is no single food
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH

How drainage easements can impact your landscaping plans
A look at how drainage easements can impact your landscaping plans. Spring is nearly here, so of course now is the time when homeowners begin to think about making some changes to their landscaping. However, before you begin planning that new garden or hardscaping layout, it is essential that you know exactly what you have the right to do with your land, and what you don’t.
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Darla Grant-Braid

The Butler Did It…In the Servery
“Dinner is served”, announced the butler to the guests. Formal dinners of a time gone by were announced and overseen by the butler. While the role of this trusted home manager is scarce in todays’ society, one thing has made a resurgence in newly-built homes. It’s the butler’s pantry or servery.
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How to build a profitable basement apartment
Undergoing a basement renovation is a common household renovation project that Canadians undergo. Creating a basement apartment is a great addition for households with multiple families or for people who are looking to make a couple extra bucks a month. eieihome.com sat down with the owner  On Centre Design Build, Andrew Bridi.
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Devon Gleed

Backyard Living Expo Launching in GTA
A one-of-a-kind show is coming to The International Centre in Mississauga this spring, just in time for backyard, patio and barbecue season. From April 21-23, 2017, grilling enthusiasts, green-thumbers, landscapers, home renovators and virtually anyone with an interest in backyard furniture, patios, decks, and more will come together for a jam-packed weekend at the Backyard Living Expo – an entirely new event in the GTA, that will offer visitors an early look at all of the trendiest backyard products and pieces for 2017.
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Standout accents that make your powder room pop
The powder room may be a small, but it’s a space where you can create a big impact. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box when you’re decorating your powder room and let your creativity flow. We found some half baths that we love and couldn’t help but share.
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Devon Gleed

De-cluttering Basics 101
The winter months are coming to a close and it’s time to sort out your spring-cleaning plan. De-cluttering can make your home feel fresh, clean and brand new. Use a step-by-step guide to ensure a smooth and effortless de-clutter session.
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Devon Gleed




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