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Urban living at Les Terrasses Gabrielle

Nov 15th, 2017 | By

By Randy Ray  Les Terrasses Gabrielle’s unbeatable lifestyle and prime location next to the Rideau River are catching the attention of members of Ottawa’s 55+ community who are seeking hassle-free urban living without the complications of home ownership. The eight-storey luxury apartment building at 411 North River Road offers one- and two-bedroom residences ranging in
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The ins and outs of renovation warranties

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

(NC) When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are many details that need to be spelled out in your work order or contract. These include a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay the contractor and when.
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Renovate with fire safety in mind

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

By Scott McGillivray (NC) The best time to improve the fire safety of your home is during its construction or when renovating. I’m a big believer in building fire protection directly into the structure of a home. After all, active fire measures, such as smoke detectors, combined with built-in or passive fire safety measures can
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The most important question to ask before renovating

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

You’ve decided it’s time to move ahead with your long-planned renovation project. You’ve collected all sorts of great ideas and product pictures, visited the local home show and spent many hours online looking at what other homeowners have done in their projects. Now, you’re shopping for a professional contractor who will make it all happen.
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Home prices steadily rise across the country

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

(NC) Canada’s residential real estate market posted strong home price appreciation in the second quarter of 2017, with most regions displaying healthy housing trends. According to Royal LePage’s House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast, the price of a home in Canada rose 13.7 per cent year-over-year to $609,104 in the second quarter. Over the
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Explore parts of Canada’s oceans for the first time

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

(NC) Despite space being the “final frontier,” our oceans are an even bigger mystery. We often hear that we know more about the surface of the moon or Mars than the ocean floor. In fact, 95 per cent of the world’s oceans are unexplored. Oceana, an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation, has been conducting
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Four kitchen fixes for great compliments

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

(NC) No matter if you’re an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur, if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills. So why not take it
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Transform your dark attic into usable bright space

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

(NC) An attic or loft conversion is a terrific way to maximize the unused square footage and increase the value of your home. Depending on your family’s needs, you can renovate the space to turn it into a bedroom, studio, office/study, or playroom. Here are some ideas to help you turn this design challenge into
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Get an energy audit

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

If you’re thinking about renovating or installing a few new features in your home, why not add some energy-saving upgrades to your list? Whether it’s replacing the furnace, updating your insulation or replacing the windows, first consider having an energy audit done. You could lower your energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and receive incentives
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The years may have gone by, but the memories linger … new book by The Trivia Guys

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Randy Ray is a familiar name with readers of Y@H.  The Ottawa resident and his long-time collaborator Mark Kearney of London, Ont., provide readers with interesting facts and stats in their monthly It’s a Fact column as well as their contribution to Over The Back Fence. The Trivia Guys have just released their 10th
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