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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
Racing ahead with energy-efficient homes
Sustainability in the housing industry was the centre of EnerQuality’s (EQ) Housing Innovation Forum and Awards [...], Thursday, Feb 23. One of the interesting presentations was regarding the world’s first labelled Active House, built in Centennial Park by Great Gulf Homes, which was awarded Best Green Marketing Campaign winner at the EQ Awards held after the Forum.
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Easy Springtime Home Makeovers
If you’ve had enough of winter’s chilly gray, now is a great time to get a jumpstart on spring! It’s time to clean up, clear out, and redecorate your home. Here are a few projects that are bound to put a little spring into your step and your home.
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Darla Grant-Braid

National Home Show offers expert reno advice 
If you’re thinking of starting a renovation project look no further than the National Home Show which runs from March 10 to 19 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. The National Home Show is North America’s largest home and garden show featuring products and services for your home. There is something for everyone at the Show with more than 700 exhibitors on the floor.
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Extreme hobby rooms
If the home is your castle, then why not give yourself the royal treatment, by indulging in a renovation project that gives you absolute joy? Today, we’re getting personal, by exploring extreme hobby rooms. These rooms aren’t just for the wealthy! If you’re a homeowner and you have an unfinished basement or a spare room, you can transform that space into an oasis dedicated to fun and relaxation.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Is your home carrying an extra 40 pounds?
Did you know that over 40 lbs of dust materializes in our homes over a year? Learning more about dust and dust mites can make you feel icky but consider reading more to learn about dust and dust mites and how to minimize their existence.
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Devon Gleed

FAQs about Steel Roofs
Many of us live in neighbourhoods where asphalt shingles cover almost every rooftop but steel roofs are quickly becoming increasingly popular. Are you unfamiliar with this type of roof? eieihome.com spoke with General Manager of New Steel Roofers, Max Guerra, to learn more about this durable roofing option.
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Devon Gleed

6 Insider tips for smart renovation budgeting
During the recent “GTA Home and Reno Show” we sat in on a trade presentation for home renovation professionals. While much of what was presented was specifically intended for individuals working in the home improvement industry, we were able to take away some vital insider tips on smart home renovation budgeting. So of course, we are going to pass those tips along to you!
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Darla Grant-Braid

How to choose a statement wall mirror
In addition to serving a more utilitarian purpose in the bathroom or in a bedroom, mirrors can also add a lot of character to other rooms in the house. This is where a good statement wall mirror can really shine. A statement wall mirror offers far more than just a reflective surface, but rather serves as art and also helps to make your space seem bigger. Here are a few details to consider when shopping for a wall mirror that will not only reflect your face, but your interior decorating style as well.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Function meets style in the kitchen
Celebrity designer Jo Alcorn discusses practical, yet stylish kitchen design tips. The kitchen is the heart of the home so it’s a bonus when you can have an open concept to more living zones. This once multiple room traditional home in the east end of Toronto has now become a functioning family living space.
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Avoid a poor renovation experience
Each year millions of Canadians plan to undergo home renovation projects. They either tackle the project themselves or hire a professional to get the job done properly. Whether you’re painting a bedroom or completely redoing your kitchen, you can hire help or do it yourself.
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Devon Gleed




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