Water Leakage in Your Home

Part 1: Preparing your home for heavy rainfall Nobody wants to have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of water leakage and penetration into their home. Unfortunately, due to weather, flooding or structural damage, it is sometimes unavoidable. What can you do as a homeowner to prepare and educate yourself on how to manage […]

Your Home’s Smoke Alarm

The smoke alarm has come a long way since its inception as simple heat sensing devices over a 100 years ago. Today, there are a wide variety of manufacturers and types of smoke alarms and an equal variety of building codes for their placement depending on where you live. Here in Ontario, new regulations have recently […]

Home Insulation: Effective Insulation Options for Your Home

When it comes to home insulation, we all know that that the question isn’t “should I insulate?” but rather “what type of insulation should I use?” Properly installed home insulation provides an effective barrier between indoor and outdoor air and is key for home comfort, energy conservation and cost-savings on your utility bills. There are […]

Ottawa Infill Renovation

To conclude our series on Ottawa home renovation zoning by-laws, we are going to talk about infill. Infill is further construction and use of land within an already built up area. In the interest of maintaining neighbourhood character and consistency, most cities have infill provisions in place that affect any custom home addition and construction. […]

Ottawa Renovation Zoning By-Laws Series

Zoning by-laws may seem complicated, but here is a quick discussion for how to understand which type of zoning your home is classified under and how this affects your proposed home addition or Ottawa renovation. In Ottawa, there are 5 main residential density zones (R1 to R5) and each contains its own characteristics, set by […]

Ottawa Home Zoning By-Laws

Often we hear from customers that see renovations or home additions on television, or in a magazine, and want to duplicate that process with their home here in Ottawa. However, since every city is different in regards to zoning by-laws, below are some key points to keep in mind before falling in love with a […]