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Celebrating the Grape

Oct 23, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

It’s that time of year…the Niagara Wine Festival is on. Running through September 30, the region is focusing on the wineries and vineyards, tastings and events, all with a local flair. The odds are good that you will come home with a bottle or several based on new discoveries. For those who are passionate about their wine, stowing it on a shelf somewhere is not appropriate. And kitchen trends over the past couple years have seen a sharp decline in wine fridges. So where should your new vintages be stored prior to consumption? The wine cellar, naturally.

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New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed...

Jul 27, 2011

New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed... much more complex than if you were doing the same work in a private house.

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Understanding Permits

Jun 23, 2011 by Level One Construction

As a homeowner, you are not legally permitted to perform your own renovation work, with the exception of the electrical, but it is strongly recommended amateurs not do this as disastrous results can occur.

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WHY IS MY BASEMENT WET?

Jul 02, 2009 by The Crack Doctor

Water can only enter the basement through some type of opening. The most common openings allowing water to enter are foundation cracks.

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Build the Ultimate Basement

Dec 03, 2008 by Silverwall Construction Inc.

Whatever your needs, the least costly way to increase your living space is to make proper use of your basement.

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Consider a Finished Basement

Nov 26, 2008 by HSA

For many homeowners, finishing the basement provides the solution to many items on the family “wish list”. A place to play, a space for entertainment, a home office, organized storage – the uses for an attractive basement are limited only by your imagination.

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Venture Into the Darkness

Apr 01, 2008 by Owens Corning Canada

A home’s crawlspace is often used for storage and may be a place that homeowners rarely explore. With its low ceilings, minimal light and often cluttered space, venturing into this unchartered territory might be a little scary. Though you may not have any idea what you are storing in your crawlspace it is important to know that air flows in and out of there, and can affect the overall health of your home. Crawlspaces are built directly above the ground, which means that …

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How to Stop Your Home's Rising Energy Costs

Mar 31, 2008 by Owens Corning Canada

The cost of moving into a new home can be quite steep. New homeowners are often focused on buying new home furnishings, appliances and accessories. But one other important thing to consider is how your home can help you save money in the long run. Insulating your basement is one way to help put money back into your pocket. An insulated basement can help reduce energy costs and increase your living space, as well as help increase the resale value of your home. A …

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Fixing a Wet Basement

Feb 14, 2008 by GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

Growing up in the west end of Toronto, our three-storey attached Victorian row house had beautiful stained glass windows, spacious rooms and a third floor bedroom large enough to house four children. The basement, however, housed the mountain of coal dumped through the basement window, quarterly, which fed our furnace – that was it! In the early 1950s, people just accepted the fact that basements were dark, dank, wet and only about 6 feet high. Today it’s a different …

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Basement Insulation Building Science

Feb 14, 2008 by Barricade

Basement insulation, specifically extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, is the best basement insulation to use for residential basement construction. Dow Chemical invented XPS insulation, giving it a closed cell structure that proved to be ideal for use in basement insulation projects. There are no holes or voids that would allow water to penetrate. In fact, Dow’s XPS insulation is so waterproof that it is used to make billets for floating docks. Because it has high …

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Vaulted Ceiling Insulation

Feb 11, 2008 by Barricade

A great basement-finishing product that insulates and neatly finishes basement walls has taken on a second role as a simple and effective way to insulate and finish vaulted ceilings. It took one imaginative homeowner in northern Ontario to discover this new application for the Barricade system. The beauty of the product is that homeowners can complete projects themselves. The homeowner was researching online to learn how to insulate a vaulted ceiling for his vacation …

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Not all Basement Subfloor Systems are Created Equal

Feb 11, 2008 by Barricade

When it comes to basement flooring ideas, a subfloor is a necessity, not an option. But why do you need a basement subfloor system? For basement remodeling, there are three important features that a basement subfloor must provide: Basement Floor Moisture Control, Basement Floor Insulation, Basement Floor Sound Control, Basement Floor Moisture Control. Basement concrete floors, because they are built right on top of the soil, are cold and damp. Warm, moist …

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Ventilating Basement Radon Gas in the Home

Feb 11, 2008 by Barricade

Radon is a natural gas derived from uranium found in the soil that is odorless, tasteless and invisible. It seeps out of the ground and enters the home usually through cracks and crevices in the basement and can affect other areas of the home. In the open air, the amount of radon gas is very small and it does not pose a health risk. However, in some confined spaces like basements and underground mines, radon gas can accumulate to relatively high levels and can become a …

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Energy Saving Basement Finishing Ideas

Feb 11, 2008 by Barricade

In Ontario, all new homes built after 1975 had to have basement foundation wall insulation with an R12 rating just two feet down from the sill plate. This was designed to prevent condensation from forming on the top half of the foundation wall that was exposed above ground level. This code provision is a standard component of all Canadian and United States building codes today. For older homes built before 1975, there was typically no basement insulation. Recently, the …