House Renovations

Creating a Healthy Home

Whether you live alone or have a large family, creating a healthy environment is an important step to well being and living a longer, happier life. Making a healthy home does not mean you need to change your whole lifestyle but starting with a few small steps can lead to bigger ones in the long run.

The Center for Disease Control provides a comprehensive list on their website of things you can do around the house to make it a healthier place for everyone. It gives you tips by each individual room such as things you can do in the kitchen, garage etc. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/byroom/index.html

Better Homes and Gardens offers over 20 suggestions to create a healthy home including using low VOC paint and replacing carpet with easy to care for wood. They also suggest saving electricity and water through changing not only fixtures but also the way in which you use them. You can read all of their helpful ideas at http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/advice/expert-advice/25-tips-for-a-healthier-home/

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Some easy first steps include adding more energy efficient products to your household, using natural cleaners, drying your clothes on the clothesline, and installing a whole home water purification system.

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Toronto Interior Design Show

This past weekend we had the pleasure of visiting the Toronto Interior Design Show, better known to the web world as the IDS Toronto 2013.

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The show was a great way to see upcoming trends in the marketplace and to check out some amazing art. There were talks from celebrities in the interior design business, including Linda Reeves, Suzanne Dimma, Brian Gluckstein,  and Hudson’s Bay Company president Bonnie Brooks among many others.

Some trends continuing throughout 2013 from the show were copper accessories and bathroom fixtures, studded furniture, bold colours, and unique wall coverings (including the up and coming reclaimed wood wall panels). Reclaimed wood tables were also a popular choice for exhibitors at the show.

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Surface Innovation Exhibitor IDS Toronto 2013, http://www.surfaceinnovation.ca/products/barnwood/

Overall it was a great show, and we are looking forward to taking part in Toronto IDS 2014, whether it be another year of visiting or taking part as a business.

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Great DIY and Project Sites

With so many ideas on the internet, sometimes you have to wonder how they are all made and if you personally can make them. There are a couple of great websites which show how to make original DIY projects.

Want to start a home project? Ever wondered how something you saw was made? Instructables is a self explanatory website that provides instructions on how to make/do almost any project in the books, all uploaded by users with pictures of their finished projects.
http://www.instructables.com/

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The Family Man is a specific section of the Instructables website which provides answers for all home remodeling questions.http://www.instructables.com/group/familyhandyman

The DIY Network is another site that offers home improvement help, complete with a blog and pictures uploaded by fans. http://www.diynetwork.com/

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Do It Yourself, similarly to the DIY Network, provides inspiration and instructions for home projects from making your own aquarium stand to how to level a basement floor. http://www.doityourself.com/

So many ideas, so little time!

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Green Kitchen Countertops

If you are going to be, or want to renovate your kitchen, green countertops are a great way to add something new and environmentally friendly into the house. Eco kitchen counters can be a bold focal point or a minimalistic accent thanks to the many different options now available for use. The following articles provide more information on the many types and styles of green kitchen countertops,

Green Living offers narrative on 4 of the most used green recycled countertops:

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http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/green-kitchen-countertops

This article from The Kitchen Designer provides over 15 examples of resources that are used as green countertops and is a great read if you are looking for something beyond the normal Eco kitchen materials:

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http://www.thekitchendesigner.org/journal/2007/10/15/green-kitchen-countertops.html

The last article from the Reliable Remodeler website outlines materials used for kitchen countertops that make a statement:

http://www.reliableremodeler.com/blog/index.php/2008/07/01/kitchen-countertop-materials/

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