Kitchen Lighting Tips

Gone are the days when kitchens had a single overhead light fixture and that was it. In today’s homes kitchen lighting is an important element that contributes greatly to the look and…

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The best way to maintain the value of your home is with regular and consistent maintenance, and the best time to do thorough checks of your house is when the seasons change. Read More »

Hardwood, Laminate or Vinyl: Which Would You Choose?

I love the look of real wood floors, and I’m not the only one. “Hardwood flooring throughout” is the number one phrase in North American real estate listings. But as much as…

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Sound – A Growing Part of the Housing Conversation

Density has become a greater priority for urban planners. With intensification, more people than ever before are living in closer proximity to one another, in higher numbers. While it can be great…

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Kitchen Renovations #ReturnOnLifestyle

The main reason homeowners do a kitchen renovation is to update it – but not just for its looks. These days people renovate their kitchens to improve functionality, storage, and more than…

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How to Choose the Best Drain for Your Shower

When planning a shower project for your home or rental property, one decision that seems small but is actually important revolves around what drain to use in the shower. Here are a…

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Understand How Your Renovation Money is Spent

Clearly defining your renovation project and payment schedules ahead of time will set up the appropriate expectations for both you and your contractor.

Here’s what each one should include.


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Scott McGillivray and Crew

How to Hire a Contractor (and the rest of your renovation team)


One of the most common questions I get is “can you recommend a contractor in my area?” The answer unfortunately is no. I have a trusted group of people I…

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How to Maximize a Laundry Room Renovation

If you’ve got kids, you’ve got laundry, and if you’re not careful it will take over your entire house. Even without kids laundry is a chore that always needs to be dealt…

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Sound Insulation Explained

One of the most common complaints of homeowners with income suites is sound transfer from the renters, and likewise with renters, it’s sound transfer from the homeowners. Nobody wants to hear what’s…

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