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9 Essential Deck Renovation Hacks For Your Dream Deck

  Summer projects will quickly fill your weekend calendar and for many, a decking project will be included on the to-do list. We at Citywide Sundecks & Railings, have compiled these 9 deck project hacks so you don’t waste your mone…

Spring For These 5 Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Once you’ve decided to undertake a bathroom renovation, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning in order to make sure the end result is exactly what you wanted.  Working with a professional contractor who has experience with bat…

Renovation Ideas That Maximize Storage And Minimize Clutter

If you are wondering what you could possibly add to your home to maximize storage and minimize clutter, you may be surprised to know just how many options exist!  Closet organizers. Building custom shelving in your closets is very effec…

The Benefits of Renovating

How Renovating Can Benefit You Psychologically Actively taking the initiative of a task or project can boosts your energy. Handling renovations can impact you psychologically for the better. Studies have shown those who have an unclutt…

What Maintenance Can I Perform Myself On My AC?

The HVAC unit in your home is a vital piece of equipment that you depend upon throughout the year to stay warm or cool. Without  proper AC maintenance, your HVAC system can encounter problems. Here are some steps you can take as a homeown…

Why Does My AC Smell?

There’s nothing like the feel of cool air from your air conditioner on a hot summer day. The only thing that could ruin it would be an odor like dirty socks drifting in from the AC vents. If your air conditioning starts to smell, it’s best…

Why is my Furnace Filter Black?

A black furnace filter is a red flag that something could be seriously wrong with your heating system. While it may be that you haven’t changed the filter in a really long time, it could be a sign of more serious problems including: Inadequate…

Spray Foam Insulation Reduces Collective Carbon Footprint

There is no doubt that the world’s climate is changing. We see it in the increased temperatures across the globe as well as the growing number of severe weather events such as tornados, cyclones, hurricanes, etc. Ergo, the earth is wa…

What Baeumler Approved Means to Us.

Let me tell you a bit about Bryan Baeumler and his ethics since he is a great representative for those of us in the industry who hold to age-old values: honesty and quality. Bryan reminds us of our own values. Humble Beginnings Bryan grew up lik…

DIY Inspection Tip: Condensation / Icy Windows

In cold weather you might find condensation forming on the interior of windows, sometimes resulting in ice build-up.  This happens for two reasons: The interior pane of glass is very cold, There is excessive humidity in the house air…

Bryan Baeumler Q&A – DIY – failure is price of admission

Hi, Bryan. We have a small, three-season cottage built above a boathouse. The floor is insulated with pink fiberglass insulation; it has two thin layers of plywood subfloor and underlay, on top of which is carpet. We’d like to replace the ca…

Custom Lighting is for More Than Just Inside Your Home

With spring on its way, (I hope!) it’s time to start thinking about creating your perfect outdoor space.  More and more families are shifting their focus from the inside of their home to the outside.  This has been a trend in warme…

Ditch the Screen, Keep the Home Control

Stop what you’re doing and look around. If you’re not alone, I can almost guarantee someone around you is looking at a screen. A smartphone screen, a tablet screen, a computer screen, or a television screen. Even if you are alon…

Home Control on a baby registry?

Diapers, mobile, onsies, home control system?  Yes, you read that right.  Every new parent should have a home control system on their list of must have items for baby’s arrival.  Why?  Simple.  Home control si…

Energy Savings with Home Control

     Energy savings is certainly a hot topic right now.  With the cost of hydro rising rapidly, everyone is concerned with cutting energy costs and saving money.  Most people know about the simple fixes such as u…

Tips for hiring a Contractor

When you make the decision to do a renovation it’s an exciting time and no one would fault you for wanting to jump in with both feet.  Before you do hire the first contractor that comes up as result on your Google search though, ther…

A Paid Consultation Can Save You Money

Pay now…save later…think of it as the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once.” When you are planning a renovation, there are many exciting things to think about, such as new paint colors, rearranging the existing p…

Hire an ‘LEC’ – It’s the Law

Did you know that in Ontario, the only businesses legally able to do electrical work at your home or business are Licensed Electrical Contractors? An LEC will have a valid ECRA/ESA license number and will also have all the necessary insuran…

Asbestos in the Home – Getting started with a DIY basement remodel

Although most of your free time might be spent on the deck or outdoor patio these days, summer is the perfect time to take care of a few indoor renovations. Instead of being trapped indoors with the mess of a remodel in winter, summer allows you…

Bryan Baeumler – Advice for DIY and home repairs

Hi, Bryan. Our house was built in the late 1980’s; we bought it in 1993 and ever since have had problems with it shifting. One season doors will close, the next they won’t. Drywall tape has ripped away on the vertical in two different rooms. Til…

Bryan Baeumler – Even the experts count on reno surprises

Hi, Bryan. We live in an old home on a ravine lot. There is a persistent problem with a foul smell — like sewage — that comes and goes through the middle of the house. We can go weeks without the smell but it always returns. We have tried everything…

Bryan Baeumler – Inner (household) peace can be yours

It’s definitely interior renovating season. We’re in the middle of winter and it’s freezing cold outside. You don’t want to be out there or poking your head in the attic. Now is a great time to take an hour or two to walk around the house w…

Bryan Baeumler – Spring weather can make your floors mov

We moved into our Linwood custom home in the country 10 years ago. The kitchen floor is red oak — from a tree on our cottage property. The wide plank flooring was laid and pegged by a local tradesman, but they had trouble laying it without gaps…

Bryan Baeumler – There’s more than one way to insulate a house

Having less-than-ideal attic insulation is, essentially, another way of burning money. Chances are you know this, and have packed your uppermost level like a sardine can full of insulation. But that may still not be enough. Our 1 1/2-stor…

Bryan Baeumler – Venting bathrooms, stopping leaks, sloping drains

Hi, Bryan. We bought a 1-1/2-storey, post-war home in East York, flipped, about 18 months ago. The flippers put in a three-piece bathroom at the top of the stairs. There is no window and the fan is controlled by the light switch. The towels don…