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Towering Tower

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Towering Tower

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Toronto’s CN Tower is about to get some company at the top of the city’s skyline. A proposed 95-storey building is being planned for a site at the foot of Yonge St. At 307-metres tall, it would surpass current holder as the cities tallest building (First Canadian Place at 298 metres), though would still be nearly 250 metres shorter than the 553-metre high CN Tower, once the world’s tallest “freestanding structure.”

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Come Home to Something New

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Come Home to Something New

And it’s no surprise. Because home buyers across the country are expecting more these days. More space. More windows. More closets. More conveniences. And more dazzle. The kind of “mores” you just don’t find in older homes, no matter how cozy they are. While many home buyers are attracted by the “mores” new homes have to offer, they also say they find the “lesses” very appealing. Less maintenance. Less repair work. And less costly heating and cooling bills. Builders are listening closely to the “mores” and “lesses” that their buyers are demanding. And they’re responding with dramatic new home designs that offer a whole new world of attractive style options and amenities at an affordable price. Sure, older homes can be quaint. But when it comes to design, comfort, convenience and value, nothing compares to a brand new home. When asked what factors motivated them most to “buy new,” home shoppers across the country cited the following reasons:

“…livable floor plans”

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New homes these days feature maximum light and spaciousness. Whether modest or grand, new home layouts combine informal areas for family activities, workable kitchens for comfort and ease, gracious formal rooms for elegant entertaining and cozy areas for privacy.

“…imaginative design” Open and airy design appeals to a majority today’s new home buyers. To accommodate this trend even small, compact homes are being built with soaring ceilings, dramatic entry ways, deluxe master baths and innovative windows for a feeling of spaciousness.

“…lots of light”

A house filled with natural light bestows warmth, charm and uplifting feelings on those inside. To capture as much sunlight as possible, builders are making use of innovative strategically planned windows, sky lights and variety of sun spaces that make new homes look and feel more open, inviting and spacious.

“…durable, low maintenance materials”

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New home builders are wise to affordable, earth friendly, low maintenance building materials that make it possible to conserve natural resources without sacrificing comfort. For example, “engineered wood” – a man-made composite lumber – uses half of the wood fiber of sawn lumber, but is considered stronger and much cheaper than the conventional product. A wide variety of other innovative materials – many of which are recycled – are also finding valuable uses in new home construction.

“…cost-saving”

Here’s a fact that hooks many a new home buyer. New homes consume half as much energy as homes built prior to 1980. Thanks to more efficient heating and cooling systems, better windows, controlled air filtration and improved insulation, new homes can save owners substantial sums every month. Besides the economical advantages, HVAC systems in new homes also provide more comfort and convenience year round.

“…fire-protection & other safety measures”

Occupants of new homes are almost six times less likely to die in fires than occupants of older homes. A growing number of new home buyers are aware of this statistic and factor it into their purchasing decision. Throughout the country more and more builders are offering the latest smoke detection systems, circuit breakers and ground fault interrupters making new homes a safer choice for concerned families.

“…healthy living environment”

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When it comes to health risks, new homes offer clear advantages. Asbestos– which can cause serious respiratory disease – has been removed from shingles, piping, cement board, roof tar, floor tiles, ceiling tiles and insulation. Lead is no longer used in paint or as solder for plumbing. Formaldehyde emissions from particle board and hardwood plywood also have been eliminated. What’s more, in certain regions of the country, new radon prevention techniques are being built into new homes to prevent potential health problems.

“…stronger, quieter construction”

Extra bracing and framing anchors help new homes with stand high winds, storms and even earthquakes. In addition, new building materials make roofs and floors stronger and quieter than those older homes where board sheathing was used. New kinds of trusses for roofs and floors increase strength and also allow builders to offer a much wider range of design possibilities by eliminating most bearing walls.

“…abundant storage space”

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Closets, closets and more closets. It seems new home buyers just can’t have enough of them. Home builders realize that storage space is something their purchasers crave. They’re responding with walk-in closets, built-in shelving and innovative storage areas to meet their buyer’s growing demands.

“…less upkeep, less hassle”

With siding, windows and trim that never require painting, new homes are not only easy to maintain, they also keep their fresh attractive appearance year after year. Also worth noting, decks that embellish new homes these days are typically made of pressure treated lumber designed to resist rot and insects and retain their beauty from season to season.

“…more luxury and convenience”

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Enter a new home and you’ll immediately notice amenities designed to add ease to your lifestyle. You’ll find state-of-the-art kitchens with beautiful and functional built-in appliances, high-efficiency central heating and air conditioning, numerous electrical outlets, plus luxurious bathrooms with large vanities, mirrors, medicine cabinets, enclosed showers and often whirlpool tubs. Look around. You’ll see that new home communities tend to look even better with age! As owners add personal decorative touches and landscaping, the homes in a new community acquire added charm… and added value.

“…a home that will age well and appreciate”

Research shows that in many cases new homes appreciate more, at a percentage of their original cost, than older homes.

“…new homes are better homes”

If you’re hunting for a new home that satisfies all of the items on your wish list, “new” is definitely the way to go. So why deprive yourself any longer? Once you’ve made your move to your new dream home, you’ll wonder how you survived so long without it.

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Boffo Restrooms

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Boffo Restrooms

Cintas Canada holds an annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest for commercial commodes. The five finalists have been selected and the public is allowed to vote on the winner until August 17.

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Getting Started with Home Renovation

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Getting Started with Home Renovation

Taking on your very first home renovation projects? Congratulations! This is going to be an exciting phase in your life as a homeowner. Whether you’re making a small upgrade to the powder room, or diving into a major reno in multiple rooms, here are 5 important things to consider before you get started.

Communication

This is going to be the most important part of ensuring that you have a positive renovation experience. We’re not talking about communicating with your contractor (although that is also very important). This is about maintaining open lines of communication with your significant other, business partner, family member, or whomever you might be taking on this project with.

Things like your vision for the space, budgets, details, and frustrations over unforeseen repairs, etc. can all cause disagreements. That’s why it’s essential that you talk things out upfront and throughout the project.

Planning & Research

Beginning your project with thorough research and a good plan is right up there with communication in terms of importance. While not everyone can fully visualize the outcome of their project, you can still prioritize and get a feel for the process of taking on a renovation.

Spend a lot of time visiting home shows and showrooms, browsing magazines and finding inspiration on sites like Pinterest. Look for design elements that delight you and take note of finishes and styles that you think would fit in with the look of your home as well as your lifestyle.

Budget

Home renovations always cost more than you initially think they will. Side projects happen unexpectedly, you end up needing more materials than you had estimated, or you just can’t live without that gorgeous tile you saw online the other day.

When planning out your budget (making a project budget really is a must do) add to extra fields: contingencies and splurges. Allot some extra funds to each line item. This will help you be better prepared when the price tag starts to creep upward.

Estimates are exactly that. They vary from project to project and differ depending on where you live within the country, province, or even within the city. That’s one of the reasons why you can see complete gut job renos on those home improvement shows that come in at a fraction of the price you might find locally.

Project Duration and Deadlines

Speaking of timelines … home renovation projects almost always take longer than you’d imagined they would. The best thing you can do is to plan for a flexible timeline. Projects can start later than you’d expected, and they can take longer than your contractor had initially estimated. This is why it’s never a good idea to plan a reno right before a holiday or major event, such as a wedding or the birth of a child. Make sure you have a sizeable chunk of time between your estimated completion date and the event.

DIY or Hire a Contractor

Many renovation projects will require you to hire a professional. Sometimes, even if you are relatively skilled at certain home improvement tasks bringing a professional in to do the job is the best decision. Here’s why. While you might have the ability to do a passable job, home renovation isn’t your fulltime job. That means you won’t have time to dedicate the major portion of your day to the work. Things will take longer, partially due to time constraints and partially due to lack of experience.

Bottom line: Unless you have extensive home renovation experience, the best choice is usually to hire professional.

Ready to find a contractor?

Take the next step and connect with local contractors in your area. You’ll find extensive listings here on eieihome.com for everything from general contractors to plumbers, landscapers, interior designers and much more. Our listing will allow you to read reviews, view galleries of past projects, and read informative articles based on contractor interviews. This really let’s you get to know each contractor to see if they’ll be the right fit for your project.

Once you’ve browsed the reviews, contact at least three contenders. Request quotes and additional information and then choose the best candidate.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome

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Cleaning is good for your health

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Cleaning is good for your health

Maybe it’s time to see cleaning as less of a chore and more of a benefit to your wellbeing. The benefits of cleaning your home run deeper than lifting dirt off kitchen countertops and floors. According to a national survey conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of Vileda, Canadians revealed a profound connection between their home, its cleanliness and their wellbeing. More than three quarters (77 per cent) agreed that when their homes were clean, it allowed them to better focus on their self-care. A significant majority of Canadians (81 per cent) said the overall cleanliness of their home was an indicator of how they were feeling. Whether washing dishes or sweeping the floors, 88 per cent of Canadians say they feel more in control of their lives when their home is clean.

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Leger’s online survey of 1,560 Canadians was completed between April 27 to 30, 2018, using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. The margin of error for this study was plus or minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Leger’s online panel has approximately 400,000 members nationally and has a retention rate of 90 per cent.

For Canadians, home is more than a place to hang their hat. Eighty-four per cent of respondents felt their home was a reflection of who they are, while 67 per cent saw it as a sanctuary where they could shut out the outside world, unplug and relax.

“When life gets busy, I can easily become overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done around my home,” said lifestyle and DIY expert Denise Wild. “Tackling small cleaning tasks on a daily basis helps me stay on top of the mess. Cleaning gives me tangible results, so my spirits get an instant lift with each small job I accomplish.”

While 82 per cent of respondents felt cleaning gave them a sense of accomplishment, most Canadians still need a little coaxing when it comes to housework. Sixty-five per cent of respondents listened to their favourite music to get them in the mood, while 70 per cent of women were more likely to use music as a motivator.

And while music can change our mood, the act of cleaning can be used as a therapeutic tool as well. Almost half of the women surveyed agreed that cleaning was an outlet for negative emotions (48 per cent) – as compared to 38 per cent of men — while three-in-10 respondents said they found washing dishes therapeutic.

“Vileda understands the connection between a clean home and a positive impact on wellbeing,” said Patrizia Cacchione, marketing firector, Vileda Canada. “Cleaning can be a chore. We know that sometimes we need a little nudge to get started, so we designed our products to make the task at hand easier.”

Whether your daily cleaning to-do list includes wiping down countertops or picking up endless amounts of pet hair, a thorough clean can help to clear your mind and make it easier to focus on the more important things.

https://www.vileda.ca/

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Exterior Decorating

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Exterior Decorating

Usually the fancy painting goes on the inside of the house. A Florida couple painted the exterior of their home to look like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night for their 25-year-old autistic son. The artwork made headlines when local bylaw officers tried to get them to paint it a solid colour. City council recently ruled they could leave it as is.

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Premier League season starts

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Premier League season starts

Suffering from post-World Cup football withdrawal? Relax, the English Premier League season kicks off tonight with Manchester United playing Leicester City. The other 18 teams play on Saturday and Sunday.

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OS&B Press Release

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OS&B Press Release

Team Epping Announces Partnership with OS&B for 2018-2019 Season

 

[TORONTO]—The current 10th ranked curling team in the world led by John Epping announced today that they’ve reached an agreement with OS&B, a leading manufacturer and distributor of plumbing products, on a partnership for the 2018-2019 season

The partnership will see the OS&B logo positioned prominently on the left sleeve of the jersey worn by all Team Epping athletes.

“We’re very excited to announce this partnership with OS&B for the upcoming season,” said John Epping, a three-time Grand Slam of Curling Champion and 18-time winner on the World Curling Tour. “OS&B has been a leader in their industry for over 40 years and it means a lot to us that they’ve selected Team Epping to partner with.”

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In addition to the uniform branding, Team Epping will also attend a major trade show as ambassadors of OS&B, provide promotional support through Team Epping social media channels and provide meet & greets with their customers and executive team.

“We are thrilled to partner with Team Epping for what we believe will be a fantastic season for one of the top ranked curling teams in the world,” said Brent Cornelissen, President of OS&B. “OS&B is proud to be an industry leader in our world and we know our support of Team Epping will help them in their goal to be the leader in their world.”

Team Epping added a couple of veteran players over the offseason with 2018 Olympian Brent Laing and four-time World Curling champion Craig Savill set to join skip John Epping and Third Mat Camm. Savill’s return to the rink has been a well-documented and celebrated one after he took a leave of absence to fight Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he has successfully beaten. He reunites with Laing, with whom he won two Tim Hortons Briers, two world championships and 12 Grand Slams.

During the 2017/2018 season, Team Epping was directly featured on more than 60 hours of live television coverage at major events across the country on Canada’s top sport networks – Rogers Sportsnet and TSN.

For more information and partnership inquiries contact:

Jeff Dykeman
One Eleven Management Group Inc.
jeff@oneelevenmg.com
www.oneelevenmg.com
647.400.4460

About OS&B:

OS&B®, founded in 1975, is a leading Manufacturer and Distributor of Plumbing Products.  Located in Oakville Ontario, OS&B® is Canada’s largest manufacturer and Distributor of Bath Waste & Overflows, Traps, Lavatory Drains, Shower Drains, Tubular Brass Fittings and various other Plumbing parts. OS&B® is also the patented inventor of the ITD35. A rough-in drain for free standing tubs that makes installation a 10-minute job instead of 6 hours.

OS&B® services the Wholesale and Retail Industries.  They also manufacture for and supply to some of the largest OEM Plumbing Brands in the world offering in-house product design and testing in order to address specific needs and requirements.  Exclusive trademarks of OS&B® include Clicker™, Cable-Drive® and Fill&Drain™. Check out the website at www.osb.ca

About One Eleven Management Group:

One Eleven Management Group is a unique sports and entertainment company that specializes in partnerships, sponsorship, consulting & event management. Established in 2016, One Eleven Management Group counts an impressive roster of early clients including: comedian Gerry Dee; the PGA of Canada; TSN sportscaster Natasha Staniszewski; PGA TOUR Champions winner Rod Spittle; world ranked curling squad Team Epping and world acclaimed golf resort Cabot Links in Inverness, N.S.

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Video: DIY Cement

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You think mixing bags of cement is a pain? Try making it from scratch.

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Survey Says…!

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Survey Says…!

In April, the CHBA surveyed 1,500 Canadians across the country for their thoughts on homeownership. Some of the key findings were that:

  • 75% of Canadians view homeownership as a key to financial security
  • 80% feel becoming a homeowner is more difficult than it used to be
  • 80% of renters would like to own
  • 50% of renters don’t think they’ll ever be able to afford to buy
  • 76% think that ultimately only the “very rich” will be able to afford to live where they want to
  • 2/3rds think the government has an important role to play in helping Canadians become homeowners
  • Only 10% think the government’s doing a good job at that.

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