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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
Anatomy of a bathroom renovation
Is there a bathroom renovation on your home improvement wish list? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Home renovations are big business right now, particularly in areas where the cost of buying a new home may seem prohibitive.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Keep the Heat out and Enjoy Your Backyard
For the last 100 years, scientists have been exploring the reason why temperatures are so much warmer in the city compared to the rural areas surrounding them. This phenomenon, called an urban heat island, is a direct result of our activities. Unfortunately, with global warming, this increased heat continues to go up in areas with lots of stone and concrete like parking lots and even in our own backyards.
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5 Creative Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard
Your backyard can provide a much-needed and well-deserved escape from the chaos of everyday life. Between family, work, friends, hobbies, and not to mention household upkeep, an infusion of serenity and calm is sometimes necessary; and your backyard is the perfect place to get it!
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Is Your Outdoor Fireplace Legal?
The idea of turning your backyard into a camp site and cuddling up next to your very own fire may sound appealing, but it may also be in conflict with Ontario Fire Law. Despite their popularity in homes across the city, outdoor fire places are not permitted for use within the City of Toronto.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH

The Sunroom: an underutilized essential
eieihome.com looks at how adding a sunroom allows Canadian homeowners to extend the enjoyment of outdoor living. Spring is here and in full bloom, which means it’s time to get out into your backyard to prepare for outdoor living season. Chances are, you’ll be inspecting and maintaining your deck, bringing the garden back to life, or opening your pool.
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Darla Grant-Braid

What type of gardener are you?
Gardening season is just around the corner (and frankly, for some of us, it can’t come soon enough).  So, to kick things off, we thought we’d take a bit of a tongue in cheek peek at the different types of gardening styles you might find amongst your friends and family.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Canadian Tire’s Premier Paint reaches New Heights
Living in a grey world simply does not exist with Canadian Tire’s Premier Paint collection. From delicious Lemon Tart yellow to luscious Rideau Canal blue, there’s something for everyone. eieihome.com was invited to join interior designers and TV personal, Colin and Justin, to view the World’s Largest Paint Swatch. At a whopping 35,000 sqft. the only way to truly enjoy this unique spectacle is from 1,000 ft. up – in a helicopter.
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Devon Gleed




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