Putting outdoor space to the best use

Jason Mancuso of The Awning Factory focuses on providing customers with the best ways to make their outdoor living enjoyable

Putting outdoor space to the best useJason Mancuso is owner of The Awning Factory. Tell me about The Awning Factory and what you do? Mancuso: The Awning Factory provides various shade solutions for homes, businesses and restaurants. We basically help create outdoor spaces that can be more effectively used. Often we’re called out to decks or backyards where a lot of…

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle options

From pickup trucks to minivans, what vehicle to rent, beg, borrow or even buy when you're moving - depending on the size of your home

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle optionsOn the fun scale, moving is right up there with looking for a job, root canal and shovelling snow off the driveway. And it’s made even worse if you don’t have the right vehicle (not to mention friends who have suddenly all left town). Borrowing your buddy’s hatchback and cramming it full of your stuff…

Items Everyone Needs in Their Toolbox

Items Everyone Needs in Their ToolboxHaving a toolbox that’s equipped with all the essentials will help you get those all-important DIY projects done. It would be a shame if you couldn't complete a project on time because you don’t have the right tools. The good news is this article can help you understand what toolbox items are essential for many…

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in them

Brigitte Lepage talks about the Capstone Custom Homes values of caring for clients, being accountable, innovative and passionate

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in themBrigitte Lepage is co-owner of Capstone Custom Homes. What is Capstone Custom Homes and what does it do? Lepage: Capstone Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder based in Calgary. We’re also a relationship builder, a people-focused business that builds outstanding homes. The relationships that we have with our clients and everyone we deal…

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easier

Tomasz Sztuk of Sztuk Architecture explains why focus on long-term sustainability, efficiency and good detailing pays off

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easierTomasz Sztuk is owner of Sztuk Architecture. Tell me about you and your company. Sztuk: I’ve been practising architecture in Canada since 1991. Before starting my own firm, Sztuk Architecture Inc., in 2013, I worked in Calgary in capacities ranging from junior architect, to director of design, to principal. In addition to running my own…

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovations

Half of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year but the average spend is the lowest it’s been in six years

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovationsCanadian homeowners are continuing to cut back on home renovation spending this year, with the average spend the lowest in six years, according to a CIBC poll released on Tuesday. The annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll found that 49 per cent of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year, but the average spend of…

Big dreams come with tiny homes

Brian Hawkins of The Tiny House Movement talks about the significant advantages in store for people who downsize

Big dreams come with tiny homesBrian Hawkins is owner of The Tiny House Movement. What is the Tiny House Movement? Hawkins: The Tiny House Movement has been around for more than a decade, but it's really taken hold the last three years. It's become much more mainstream with the help of TV shows on HGTV, Netflix and the DIY network.…

Designing homes with well-being at the forefront

Margot Schulman of Schulman Design talks about creating environments where all people can thrive

Designing homes with well-being at the forefrontMargot Schulman is owner and CEO of Schulman Design. What is Schulman Design and what do you do? Schulman: We are a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm focused on universal design and fostering well-being for all people, especially those with accessibility and mobility needs. What sets us apart is that we take a…

A growing business helping people downsize

Terry Brown of Crate It Storage and Relocate Stress Free talks about the variety of ways they can help people deal with life changes

A growing business helping people downsizeTerry Brown is president of Crate It Storage and Relocate Stress Free Inc. What is Crate It Storage and what does it do? Brown: Crate It Storage is a storage service for our clients who have smaller storage needs. It’s a pickup and delivery service, warehouse type storage and where the client only pays for…
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