Top 2017 Design Trends Forecasted by IDS17
Toronto, ON – January 3, 2017:  For 19 consecutive years as one of North America’s leading design conferences and the first global design fair of the year, the Interior Design Show (IDS17) is an annual catalyst to discover the latest design trends and innovations from across Canada and around the globe. (more…)
- January 12, 2017

Industry builds cities and creates jobs
Thousands of people from across the GTA work in the building, development and home renovation industry. Building and renovating homes involves a lot of different professionals and the industry is one of the largest employers in the GTA. In 2015, it employed more than 196,000 people in on-site and off-site jobs. (more…)
- January 8, 2017

How to choose a snow thrower
If you’ve come to the conclusion that shoveling snow just isn’t your thing, it may be time to invest in a winter power tool. With as much snow as some parts of Canada can see during the winter months, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enlisting the help of technology. (more…)
- January 4, 2017

8 Scenarios Where You Need To Call an Electrician
Let’s face it, even the savviest Do-it-Yourselfer is not likely to have the knowledge and proficiency required to carry out tasks related to electrical wiring safely and effectively. Electrical work can be both complex and dangerous and thus, for your safety and your sanity, it is important to understand when you need the help of a professional. (more…)
- December 26, 2016

12 Days of Giveaways: Prize #5

A Closer look at the Professional Interior Design Consultation with Margie Doyle-White

Today, you could win a 2-hour interior design consultation with Margie Doyle-White. Margie is a highly experienced interior designer, spokesperson and former co-host of the popular Canadian home improvement show -Take This House and Sell It! (more…)
- December 14, 2016

Why don’t developers build more single-family homes in the GTA?
In October, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on housing market trends in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to BILD, an industry association for the land development, homebuilding and renovation sector. One of my charts demonstrated that ground-oriented housing (single-detached, semi-detached and townhouse) completions in the GTA declined from 29,242 in 2004 to just 12,156 in 2015 per CMHC data. (more…)
- November 20, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for new homeowners
In need of great gifts for new home owners? Here’s a list of gadgets, necessity and just all around fantastic finds for those on your holiday gift list who are just settling in to a new home. As always, we’ve broken down our suggestions by price point, to ensure that there’s something for everyone. (more…)
- November 17, 2016

Housing For All Ages And Stages
It seems to be a common housing theme in the GTA: too little rental accommodation, too few options for seniors who wish to downsize, and too expensive for first-time buyers. In response to these needs the Township of Scugog in north Durham Region, proactively organized a housing advisory committee in 2014 which has been actively diagnosing the issues and providing helpful recommendations. (more…)
- October 24, 2016

Lack of shovel-ready land impacting new home prices
  While the growing challenge of housing affordability in the GTA is complicated, no one should say that the Ontario government’s growth policies are not contributing to the problem. Housing supply, development and land use all have a direct bearing on the price of housing and decisions about them should be based on facts and evidence. (more…)
- October 18, 2016