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Jan. 24, 2020 | Natalie Noble

The top safety considerations for DIY renovators

Taking the DIY route with a home renovation is always tempting when trying to update a space while spending less. However, while TV and magazine experts make it look easy, successful and safe execution of these projects requires a lot of legwork before putting hammer to nail.

"Not understanding exactly what's involved in a renovation project is where the DIY can really come into peril," said Barry Johnson, co-owner of Dependable Renovations.

For the determined and prepared, Johnson broke down some of the most important safety considerations for DIY renovations:
The kitchen, post-renovation. Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal

Oct. 16, 2019 | Natalie Noble

My First Home: Julie Van Rosendaal, cookbook author & food columnist

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Long before Calgary culinary personality Julie Van Rosendaal fell in love with her Ramsay home, which was built in 1906, her mother declared it "Julie's House."

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Oct. 16, 2019 | Barb Livingstone

Renovation and organization tips to transform your cramped kitchen

It's important to be honest with yourself about space needs, expectations, lifestyle and budget when looking to upgrade or renovate your small kitchen.

Both Steve Francis, owner of Aspire Renovations, and Karen Allbright, owner of organizational design company Calm Order, agree homeowners must plan well to ensure changes to the kitchen improve its function.

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Oct. 10, 2019 | Natalie Noble

Roof maintenance and monitoring protect your home from top to bottom

Thanks to Mother Nature's rotating extremes of freezing snow and thawing chinooks in the Calgary region, our rooftops require special attention. Like a solid foundation, the roof is essential to a home's structural integrity. Poor maintenance can result in major damage, inside and out.

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Oct. 10, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

How to choose the siding material that's right for your home and your budget

If the siding on your house has seen better days, the good news is there are a wide variety of products to choose from to replace it, each with its own pros and cons. Neil MacDonald, assistant store manager with Home Depot Canada's Beacon Hill location, says it's important to remember that while material cost is a major part of the equation, people also need to consider ease of installation, or factor in the cost of a professional install, when deciding on new siding.

Here is a comparison between the most common siding products (click to expand):
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Oct. 10, 2019 | Josh Skapin

Double duty: Basement renovations increase living space and resale value

Renovated basements offer the dual benefit of extending a home's usable square footage and bolstering its resale value.

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Sept. 11, 2019 | Kirby Cox

SPONSORED: How a kitchen reno can boost your home value

Whether you own a home or you're looking to buy, the kitchen is the lifeblood of the house. Not only do we cook, prepare food and eat in our kitchens, but we also spend quality time in them. Ever notice where the group congregates at a party or where people go first when they enter the house?

Garage construction is one of the few renovations that can produce a dollar-for-dollar return on investment in the form of resale home value.
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July 18, 2018 | Stefan Strangman

Free parking

How building a garage can dramatically increase your home value

Driving has always been a way of life for Calgarians, and given the ubiquity of cars in in the city, garages are a must for almost every home.

Whether looking to build a home for the first time or renovating an old one, detached or attached garages are the options most builders choose. However, special builds also exist and can even include underground parking or tunnels, at costs upwards of $35,000 for a triple-detached unit.

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June 20, 2018 | Cody Stuart

Picture perfect

Eight tips to prepare your home for listing photos

There are many dramatic changes you can make when preparing a home for photos. Renovating a bathroom or kitchen can reap big resale rewards, while a fresh coat of paint or new siding can add serious curb appeal. But for those working with a limited budget or on a shorter timeline, there are more subtle changes that can have your house looking its best prior to an open house or having photos taken.
Mia Parres, a high-end residential designer, will join co-host Rob Evans, a self-described master contractor, at this year’s Calgary Home + Design Show, returning to the BMO Centre Sept. 22 to 25. Supplied photo

Sept. 22, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

Heavenly renos

Annual Calgary Home + Design Show comes to town at the perfect time

Alberta's home renovations sector is booming.

The Calgary Home + Design Show is back for its 34th year.

Seems like a match made in heaven.

Brought about by ongoing economic uncertainty, more Albertans are looking for ways to upgrade their space rather than their place. According to Statistics Canada, investment on residential renovation in the province has increased by 3.8 per cent over the first six months of 2015 to $3.1 billion.

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