Installing a new front door is one of the best investments a homeowner can make – it provides security, privacy, and an upgrade to your property's aesthetics and curb appeal. But are all doors created equal? We look at the three major types and give you the facts.
These nine actionable tips can help you put together the bathroom of your dreams! Because we use the space for so many different things, bathroom lighting fixtures should create a space that is both functional and flattering. We’ve consulted the experts, and here’s what you need to know.
Ontario's Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) is a must-have before building in that province. It’s similar to the requirement in most parts of the United States that local architects or engineers inspect/stamp blueprints before homeowners can receive a construction permit from their municipality’s building department. Here's what you need to know.
Flooring takes up a lot of the material in a new house, so it behooves you to make sure your not hurting the environment. We look at most popular eco choices: cork, bamboo, engineered wood, recycled (reclaimed) wood, recycled-glass tile, wool carpeting, linoleum, and polished concrete.
Did you know there are at least 7 kinds of building lot to choose from? Finding just the right one for your dream home construction project isn't always easy. And when you choose the perfect lot, you’ll need to match your house plan to it. Here’s what you need to know.
Did you purchase plans from The Plan Collection? Have you built your amazing new home and wish everyone could see it? Now they can with our first photo contest! Submit a photo of your home and share it with friends and family for a chance to win a $300 Visa gift card!
Everything about the house plan you’ve just found is essentially perfect — from the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the visual aesthetic. The only problem? You wish you could reverse, or “flip,” the plan. We offer options to do just that
Love fireplaces? Brace for some bad news: a fireplace and the subsequent chimney aren't the blessing you might consider them to be. Many home improvement professionals see your chimney as a liability instead of a commodity and actually recommend sealing it up permanently. Here are some reasons driving that suggestion.
In Denmark, an entire way of life is built around hygge (hoo-gah) – creating a comfortable ambiance, a home where you can relax and into which guests are welcome. A few simple tweaks and additions to your home can help to create your own cozy atmosphere.
The surface material of a roof is important, but no matter what you use to cover it, a roof wouldn't be possible without the base material below. The perfect base, or roof sheathing, material is lightweight, dimensionally stable, strong, and affordable. Here's how some popular sheathing options stack up.
The most likely source of drafts coming into your home is gaps around windows and doors. Other draft causes could include missing siding or insulated glass that has that has sprung a leak. In general, as a home wears, the more likely it is to develop drafts and air leaks.