Monthly Archives: September 2019

Patio of the Week: Year-Round Gazebo Glory in Toronto

Interior designer Karen Sealy longed to change her tight Toronto backyard into a garden she can use yearlong, spending as many months as possible outdoors. Enlisting help from a crane was only the start; Sealy changes up the style of her garden escape. Below we’ll have a gander in its jaunty summertime 2013 style, together […]

Do Banks Earn Money?

Many times the bank to which you create your mortgage payment isn’t really the owner of your mortgage. You may have applied for your loan with a bank, closed it with the same bank and today make your payments to that bank, but that bank may no longer own your loan. Banks frequently sell mortgages […]

Chill Out: 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat Outdoors

Summer doesn’t need to send you and your visitors clinging to the conveniences of air conditioning, especially if you’re eager to make your backyard a little more inviting with the addition of a welcome colour, air movement or possibly a splash of water. By incorporating one or more of these cool features to your outdoor […]

Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Tarragon

For many folks, tarragon is just one of those herbs you’ve heard of but don’t really know. It is not particularly flamboyant or too aromatic, yet its leaves are a staple of classic French cuisine, and its light aroma is said to repel insects. It is a compact plant, usually less than 2 ft tall, […]

29 Home Projects to Make You a DIY Superstar

Even though home improvement knowledge gets passed down from generation to generation, many of us still somehow figure out how to punch a dozen holes in the wall while searching for a stud, or screw up something as simple as painting the walls. And while many dream of being a true DIY guru, it’s not […]

Basement of the Week: Modern Style Converts an Concrete Box

This Minneapolis couple needed more living room: a distance where they could hang out together, in which they could amuse, something which could double as a guest suite. But their lot size and town restrictions would have left an improvement hard, if not impossible. The solution for their 1914 bungalow put below ground. “While the […]

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outside Grill Area

When the weather cooperates, there are just a few meals more agreeable than those you can enjoy on your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a holiday mood — even if you’re only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make more than your grilling zone […]

We Can Work It Out: Living (and Fixing) Together

I’d been married over a decade when I said to my sister, Torey, my regret that my husband, Paul, never washed. Torey’s jaw fell. “Whaaaaaat?” “I said he doesn’t do any cleaning” “You have got to be kidding me,” she explained. “He is always cleaning” “Whaaaaaat?” This was my turn with the disbelief. As though […]

Could Techies Buy a Home Fixing California that is Floating?

Imagine working and living on a floating community 12 miles off the coast of Northern California. Blueseed, a Palo Alto start-up founded in 2011 by Max Marty and partly backed by Mike Maples of Floodgate, wants to make that a reality. The crazy idea is that foreign-based companies and their workers may set up shop […]

An Indian High-Rise Trips the Light Fantastic

Looking up at the 17th floor of a certain residential tower in Malad, a suburb of Mumbai in India, a few citizens frequently wonder what the heck is going on up there. At night the brightly colored interiors glow vibrantly in each colour of the rainbow. Some nights all the rooms are bathed in blue; […]