Author Archives: James and Alicia

How to Declutter Each Room of Your Home

Spring Cleaning Decluttering

Spring Cleaning Time!  I can hardly believe how fast 2015 is going by. I love separating my months into missions. February is tax month but March is spring cleaning month! For those who are so sick of the cold, first day of spring is March 20th which will be here sooner than you realize (hopefully). The first step to our ... Read More »

How to Get the Best Deal on Your Mortgage for a First-Time Home Buyer

first time home buyers

Even for home buyers going through the process for the second or third time, home buying can be ridden with a variety of emotions, including anxiety, stress, doubt, happiness and anticipation. Once you get beyond some basic decision-making, such as location, mortgage financing may remain high on your list of concerns. Financing your home at the best possible terms requires ... Read More »

Yes, These Are the Drones You’re Looking For

construction technology

In research laboratories and factories across the globe, the future of the construction industry is being molded, and the question doesn’t seem to be “What If?” but rather, “Why Not?” Read my latest article on Building Blok about how drones are revolutionizing construction and what we can expect to see in the near future. Below is a snapshot of what you’ll ... Read More »

Fireplaces: The Heart of the Home

heart of the home

I have a personal fetish with fireplaces. So many nostalgic memories of sitting in front of our stone fireplace, curled up and reading a book. The crackle of the fire and the warm rush it brings to your face. But boy have fireplaces changed over the past century! Check out this infographic on the evolution and history of fireplaces. Infographic via: ... Read More »

Taking Concrete Cues From the Romans

Romans and concrete

When you step into a nicely cooled room on a sweltering summer day or can warm up your house without having to build a fire in every single room as the snow piles up, you’re probably glad you live in modern times. Building materials have advanced to allow for much better insulation, strength and durability than that of the ancients. ... Read More »

Cheat Sheet: Best Way to Organize Your Bathroom Cabinet

organize your bathroom

  I’ll be honest. Our bathroom is one horrifying mess. It’s not because we’re messy people though. You see, the bathroom is one of those areas that we haven’t quite renovated yet. Since we would have to pull everything out before we renovate, we thought it would just waste time if we actually tried organizing it before renovating. Having a messy bathroom though ... Read More »

The Top 8 Ways to Create a Sustainable Home

There are many ways to increase the sustainability of a home, some are simple and inexpensive, and others are not so convenient. Take a look at 8 ways to improve the energy efficiency of a house and see if you can implement changes that could save both energy and money. 1 . Lighting: using energy efficient bulbs can reduce the ... Read More »

Creating the Perfect Bathroom for Him

bathroom

You may think that for a man, the bathroom is just a functionary room. A means to an end. Somewhere just to “go”, and to clean. But you may be surprised that some, most, or if not all men want a few creature comforts in the bathroom, just to make the room feel a little more comfortable. Here are five ... Read More »

2015 Best Interior Design Trends

Lions Den Office - Ali

Check out these 2015 interior design trends to help you get started on your home decor or remodel. Colours As far as colours go in 2015, there is one consistent thread – dark blues are set to become the dominant choice. Specifically, navy has been tipped to be the colour of choice for a range of things. Wallpapers, furniture, carpets ... Read More »

Why You Need Construction Equipment Telematics

construction telematics

Read my latest article on The Blok about construction equipment telematics. Just to give you a snapshot, read below: “Equipment telematics provides the opportunity to use radio frequency identification to track machines, and even to learn how to better use equipment for greater efficiency. General contractors, subcontractors and most other principals in construction projects can benefit from equipment telematics. The ... Read More »

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