SOLID MASONRY VS BRICK VENEER
While this issue is not at the centre of the unity debate, we in Ontario should realize that Canadians in the rest of this country think we're a little nuts because of our fixation with brick houses. Our theory is that people in Ontario were raised on stories like the "Three Little Pigs". We want a house that nobody can huff and puff and blow down.
“We dig a hole in the ground, we call it a well - and we wish water would go into it. We dig another hole in the ground, almost as deep and much wider - we call it a basement, and we wish water wouldn’t go into it.”
(NC) A backyard pool or hot tub can be the crowning touch that will elevate your backyard to a five-star vacation destination without worrying about travel hassles or accommodations. The decision to add a pool or hot tub to your lifestyle will affect you and your family long after the installation is complete. Choose the right dealer by investing some time before you invest your money.
New construction using aluminum siding was most popular about 40 to 50 years ago. Now, after withstanding the elements for so long, the siding may still be in good condition, but chances are the factory-applied coating is not.
Early detection and a quick response can protect your home from mold, wood-destroying fungi and wood-boring insects.
Environmentally concious people everywhere are discovering composting as a rewarding way of beautifying their property while reducing pressure on overtaxed landfill sites. Composters turn organic waste material into a valuable resource - rewarding your composting efforts with an abundant supply of nutrient rich humus for a beautiful and healthy garden.
The A-Z of housing terms from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Did You Know?
Poor caulking is one of the most common exterior complaints among new home owners. Water penetration can turn your dream home into a nightmare. For the builder, it can be a recurring one, because water not only damges the house cosmetically, but can do serious structural damage.
Windows let in light, and during winter they can also let in the cold, and they can be wet and frosty – sometimes encouraging the growth of mold, and damaging interior trim and finishes. Here's some tips on how to tame your windows and save money!
Ice melting socks! (nylon hose filled with safety salt)
The Ice Storm that hit eastern Canada in 1998 gave rise to extensive research into ice accumulation on roofs. Many of the techniques discovered are for skilled tradespeople only. No ice problem on a roof is serious enough to risk broken bones—or worse. And there is a delicate balance between removing ice and damaging the roof.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.