Construction Nightmare?

How do you make sure that renovating or building your dream home does not turn into a construction nightmare? If a massive renovation or a new-home build is in your immediate future, how will you guarantee there’ll be no “if only we’d…” or “in hindsight, I wish we had…” recriminations once the project is well…

Choosing Window Treatments: Pros and Cons

Deciding on the right size, color, fabric and pillow configuration for your couch took three weeks. You still haven’t decided on the paint color for the bedroom, despite having seven different shades of blue in swatches up on the wall. It seems like every design decision you’ve made in your home was critical, but the…

Is School Improvement Part of Your Ownership Strategy?

Neighborhoods with good schools often carry higher value for home buyers with children, so if you want to raise values in your neighborhood, supporting school improvement may be a valuable undertaking. Improving the ranking or reputation of local schools involves community investments on many levels, and it generates benefits for everyone that extend well beyond…

Are You Torturing Your Trees?

Trees are stuck with you. They can’t run away when you make life tough for them. Trees have no voice and must suffer in silence. The worst thing is that many well-meaning, even tree-loving, property owners unwittingly torture their trees. Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or you’ve planted trees…

Layering on the Luxe: Jewel Tones for Fall and Winter

Want to know the hottest trend for home for fall and winter? Look to your fingers. And your wrists. And your neck. Yes, those gems—more specifically, those jewel tones—are inspiring all the looks for home today. “After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction (we’re looking at you, inoffensive beige,…

Condo Renovations: Making The Most Of Your Space

In real estate, nothing ever stays the same. In Toronto, the types of condo buyers are constantly changing, says real estate agent Cynthia Goodchild of Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Johnston and Daniel Division. Many buyers are now families or young couples with a baby on the way. They don’t want to rent but can’t…