Tag Archives: alterations

When is Home Renovation Worth It?

When is Home Renovation Worth It? by LAURA ADAMS Due to the soft real estate market, selling a home can take years and leave you with a big financial loss. Many home owners have decided that instead of going through the heartache, they’d rather stay in their home and have a home renovation done. But…
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DIY Faux Brick Wall Panel

DIY Faux Brick Wall Panel   As a photographer of my own tutorials, I always search for variations in photography props including backdrops, tables or floors, light compositions and other related decorations to make a pleasant scene just like those pictures shown in the magazine. One of my favorite backdrops and also the hardest one…
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10 Cutting-edge, Energy-efficient Building Materials

10 Cutting-edge, Energy-efficient Building Materials   The drive for energy-efficient building comes down to a quest for the so-called tight envelope. In builder lingo, the better a structure keeps out the wind and the rain, the tighter its envelope.   And if you can achieve that tight envelope while using some kind of renewable, recycled…
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Trend Alert: Planked Wood Ceiling

Trend Alert: Planked Wood Ceiling Wendy Hyde   What is a ceiling? Is it simply a roof over our heads, so to speak? The answer to that question by designers is increasingly "no!" A ceiling really can be a fifth wall. And that opens up endless possibilities for interesting treatments.   One of the ceiling…
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Tips for laying bricks

Tips for laying bricks   As with most trades, when a trades person lays a brick, it looks so easy, and when you (or I ) try it, it doesn't work so easily. So I went to the trades training section of George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario to pick up some of those little…
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How to Salvage a Space with Slanted Ceilings

How to Salvage a Space with Slanted Ceilings Make Those Low Walls Work in Your Favour Lily Gahagan   Okay, so your attic ceilings drop dangerously low, leaving the smallest square of livable space where you can actually stand without getting a crick in your neck. All is not lost. With a little finesse, you…
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