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Protecting your wood and laminate floors

Laminates and wood floors have a lot going for them. They look good, they’re easy to keep clean and they don’t harbor dust mites or odours.
Living by the lake

Living by the lake

I met Mike and Alice Ogden almost 25 years ago as cottagers with a summer place next to a little lake near my house.
Compost toilets make cottage sense

Compost toilets make cottage sense

When a kitchen fire destroyed the lakeside heirloom cottage of Mike and Alice Ogden back in June 2005, they decided to rebuild in a way that blended appropriately with the lakeside setting of their property, while also allowing the new cottage to become a year-round retirement home.

Installing a bathroom fan that works

Cold weather is on its way, and this means bathroom exhaust fans will become more important.
Fabric shelter ideal low-cost storage space

Fabric shelter ideal low-cost storage space

If you’ve got a shortage of covered storage space at your home or country place, then you may have thought about a fabric shelter.
Blades for building outdoors

Blades for building outdoors

Summer’s the best season to make your outdoor building plans a reality, but there’s something you need to realize.
Dryer vent proves worth over the long haul

Dryer vent proves worth over the long haul

Winter is the time when the quality of your dryer vent really matters, and if your vent is like most in Canada, you’ve got some work to do.
Petrovic play deserves credit

Petrovic play deserves credit

Unless the Red Deer Rebels can find a way to sneak into a playoff berth with their depleted lineup, the team’s last big event of the season will be the presentation of the individual team awards.
Houseworks: B.C. volcano keeps Canadians from slipping

Houseworks: B.C. volcano keeps Canadians from slipping

Like many Canadians, I have walkways, steps and porches that get slippery each winter, but for years I’ve been disappointed with salt, ice-melting products and sand for boosting traction. They’re messy, they often damage concrete, residue gets tracked into the house, and they don’t even work all that well. These drawbacks are what prompted me to look at a new Canadian winter traction product that uses a volcano to solve the traction challenge.
Boredom a powerful creative force

Boredom a powerful creative force

In the 1920s, the fields outside my windows resounded with the music of bagpipes and violin.