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April 2014 Issue
love your living space again
Clear Cut believes your kitchen or bath renovation has to start with great design. So to deliver more to our customers, we’ve launched an online magazine with design tips, information, links, and resources.

April 1, 2014

Kitchen Flooring 101: Find Your Material Match

» Floors take a beating under the best of circumstances, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen — command central for cooking, homework, family gatherings and more. So it's important to find a kitchen floor that can withstand constant traffic and make the style statement you want. Below we


March 15, 2014

11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

» If you?ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it?s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what?s to come.


February 15, 2014

Windows & Doors 101

» Whether you?re building a new home, remodeling an existing living space, or replacing old, leaky windows and doors, North Star has the quality, custom-made products to fit every need ? in every shape and size.?Our quality windows and doors are made of durable vinyl, so they never need to be painted. And because they look great, as well as being energy efficient, they will increase the value of your home while they reduce your energy costs.


January 15, 2014

The Importance Of Professional Kitchen Cabinets Installation

» The kitchen is an important room in any home. Meals are cooked and eaten and it is a high-traffic and high-use area. The space needs to be organized well to accommodate all the kitchen equipment and there has to be sufficient place to move around. Keeping all these things in mind, kitchen remodeling seems like a daunting task to many homeowners. In terms of redesigning, it is one room that stays untouched for years.


December 15, 2013

8 Creative Accents to Set Your Holiday Table Apart

» It's that time of year again, when dried leaves crunch under the soles of your boots, the evening air is crisp and it's time to gather with family and friends for food and drink.


November 15, 2013

12 Ideas to Make a Great Entrance

» You get only one chance to make a first impression. That old saying applies to houses as well as people. It doesn't matter if your house is big or small; the entry can set the tone for the full house experience. I may be guilty of being too emotional about houses, but I love the way a house can evoke a feeling. Decorating is my preferred vehicle of expression; much like music or literature, thoughtful design can create a mood.


October 15, 2013

8 Ideas for High-Functioning Mudrooms

» Mudrooms help us transition from our adventures in the great outdoors to the comforts inside our homes. But when packed with clever built-ins, space-maximizing storage and nifty organizers, a mudroom can also become a high-functioning, double-duty space that can accommodate anything from folding laundry to making crafts.


September 15, 2013

How to Tackle Your Home To-Dos

» Don't we all have a running mental list of "little" things to get done around the house? When those things remain undone, they can add up to make a big difference in how the home looks and feels. Here you'll learn how to make a thorough list of minor home improvements and find the motivation you need to check everything off.


August 15, 2013

Blast Decluttering Roadblocks Once and for All

» Change your thinking to get the streamlined, organized home of your dreams, with these guides to overcoming mental decluttering snags.


July 15, 2013

Art, Edibles and Community Make Magic in a Pittsburgh Garden

» With a name like Friendship, is it any wonder this neighborhood created such an enchanting community garden?


June 15, 2013

10 Ideas for Summery Dining Room Decor

» Bring in beach finds, garden goodness and nature-honoring artwork for a dining room as fresh as the season.


May 15, 2013

11 Elements of the Perfect Sunroom

» Relax in your own sunny retreat right at home ? these features will make your sunroom comfortable, inviting and entertaining.


April 15, 2013

Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment

» It's the fundamental question facing anyone who has ever embarked on a home renovation: How likely am I to get the money back when I sell my house? There's no easy answer, because what a buyer might be willing to pay depends on many factors ? everything from the choice of project to the materials you use to the value of other homes in your neighborhood.


March 15, 2013

Top 5 Home Renovations For Roi

» So, you want to speculate to accumulate.  In Real Estate, there sure are dollars to be made.  But, (you knew that 'but' was coming didn't you?!), you need to be wise about what projects you sink your money into, to ensure you get the best possible return on your investment (ROI).


February 15, 2013

Ideal Colour Shades To Jazz Up Your Kitchen

» Designing a kitchen is as important as any other room of one's abode. In fact, kitchens need more attention and detailing in the entire home painting or renovation process. For some people, the task of doing up their kitchen ends at fixing drawers, the basin and deciding where the refrigerator and other appliances would fit in. There is much more to add to the look of this space and colour shades can help you rightly achieve it.


January 15, 2013

Garden Windows: What Is a Garden Window?

» Do you have a green thumb? Then, you may be interested in having a garden window instead of plain flat pane window. Read this article to learn more about why homeowners are adding garden windows to their homes.


December 15, 2012

Choosing Bay or Bow Windows

» 1. How to Recognize Them
2. Why to Choose Them
3. When to Use Them
4. Where to Place Them
5. What To Look For


November 15, 2012

Business Leaders

» In business, there are a lot of issues that come up in day to day operations. With a keen eye on keeping costs down while profits up, most businesses prioritize efficient initiatives that benefit overall operations. But which companies take the environment into account? Annually, Mediacorp rates Canada?s Top 100 Green Employers. Improving their overall environmental footprint in Canada and globally, this month, Business Review Canada highlights Canadian businesses that are at the top of their industry in business and in environmental initiatives.


October 15, 2012

Eliminating winter window condensation

» Does condensation build up on the inside of your home?s windows during the heating season? If it does, you?re not alone. Winter window condensation is a growing problem in Canada and its root has a surprising origin.


September 12, 2012

10 simple tips to prepare your home for winter

» With winter right around the corner, the time has come once again to prepare your home for the cold, frosty weather. Just by following these simple steps to weather-proof your home, you could save hundreds of dollars each year on energy costs.


August 26, 2012

Ultimate Guide to Green Building

» Maybe Kermit the Frog was wrong: It could be easy being green -- at least when it comes to buildings.


July 15, 2012

Off the Job Safety - Barbecue Safety

» Barbecue season is upon us. This means many people will be enjoying cooking and eating food that was prepared in this manner. It also means people will be injured and thousands of dollars of property damage will result because of carelessness. Even people who use combustible products safely at the worksite will make mistakes and ignore safety practices once they are at home. As a fire fighter and paramedic I have responded to many barbecue fires that could have been prevented.


June 22, 2012

Rainwater Harvesting Revival

» Rainwater harvesting is an ancient practice that is finding a place in the 21st century. Archeological evidence of rainwater harvesting dates back 6000 years in China. There are ruins of cisterns still standing in Israel dating back as early as 2000 B.C. Capturing water is a natural survival instinct that humanity cannot avoid. The need for food, water, and shelter is the same today as it was 6000 years ago.


May 20, 2012

Hire a Kitchen Remodeller for Your Next Project

» A kitchen remodeller is a person or company that you should hire when you want to renovate your kitchen. A kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in a home. It is not only the place where food is prepared and eaten, but it is also used for entertaining and as a place where people gather. When you decide that this vital room is outdated and needs a new look, you should hire a company that specializes in this. There are so many different things that you can do to this room to transform it into a room that is welcoming and comfortable. There are also things you can do to make it more functional and this will make it nicer for you if you are the one that will be spending time in their cooking.


April 18, 2012

Decking Materials to Enhance Your Home...

» As trends in the housing market are encouraging homeowners to focus on upgrading their current homes rather than selling, one of the smarter investments a homeowner can make is to build a new deck, regardless of the cost of the decking material.


March 19, 2012

Shingle Manufacturing Process With GAF-ELK

» The definitions of shingles can be broke down into organic or asphalt definitions. Organic shingles are really asphalt shingles that are made with an organic mat underneath. Organic mats, which are typically made from recycled paper that is formed into rolls of felt mat. Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking that organic shingles are the only type of asphalt shingles, which is not true. There is asphalt in both the organic shingle and the fiberglass shingle. Organic shingles require more asphalt since they rely on the asphalt to make the mat stronger.


February 16, 2012

Spring Home Renovation Preparation

» As winter delivers its last icy blast this month, turn your thoughts to the sunny days ahead. Planning your garden and spring renovations is a lovely way to pass the long winter nights, and get a jump on things when the spring days arrive.


January 15, 2012

Tips for a Successful Bathroom Renovation

» It's a well known fact that the bathroom and the kitchen are the most expensive rooms in the house, but putting some thought and planning into the project before hand can help save some money and stress whether you are doing it yourself or bringing in a contractor. And even if you're not planning to sell your property in the foreseeable future, you do want to bear re-sale value in mind - do you really want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars for a high tech designer bathroom knowing that if you had to sell the property, you would never get back that money, especially if the design is very "personal"? These issues can make it very difficult to sell a property when the time comes.


December 15, 2011

What Are Prefinished Hardwoods?

» Decorating the inside of your home to suit your every need takes a lot of thought in order to create rooms that you will be satisfied with seeing on a daily basis. It is important to choose materials for your walls, flooring, and counter space that will provide a firm foundation that will prove to be reliable. When deciding on your flooring there are many factors you need to consider to ensure longevity in the purchase. Considering the every day maintenance is crucial in your choosing as well as to prevent a never ending day to day upkeep. Many homeowners are resorting to prefinished hardwood flooring due to their rich appearance, durability, and many other desirable attributes they offer a home.


November 15, 2011

Bathroom Remodeling Don'ts - What Not To Do

» Bathroom remodeling takes time, careful planning, and precise execution. The objective of a bathroom remodel is to upgrade the appearance of your bathroom with the latest bathroom fixtures, designs, and styles. However, bathroom remodeling can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you don't install your new fixtures and furnishings yourself, simply selecting that perfect bathroom vanity, sink, and mirror can be more complicate than you think, especially if you've never remodeled a bathroom before.


October 15, 2011

Will Solar Power Work for Canada?

» Every day people in Canada hear on the news about the high cost of electricity and its production and the problems with the environment.


September 15, 2011

The Romance of Skylights

» With more and more people going 'natural' and looking for elements that bring home the Earth, elements like skylights and solar blinds are becoming very popular. According to interior designer, Joe Hash, "Skylights bring in a lot of drama to the room if they are properly installed. Nothing can beat walking into a room that is drenched in natural sunshine and a clear, blue sky". No wonder architects and designers are turning to skylights in a big way. For the interior decorator, skylights do not use up any extra space though they are able to create a sense of openness and vast spaciousness.


August 15, 2011

The Basics of Four Seasons Sunrooms

» Four seasons sunrooms are beautiful structures built into the side of your home. It allows you to enjoy an outdoor environment with all the indoor comforts. Wind, rain and the unwanted invasions of the insect world can be kept at bay as you comfortably enjoy your outdoor experience. Four seasons sunrooms require less effort and time to build than the traditional 'brick and mortar' add-on and can add to the resale value of a home. As a living space, it can be used in any manner you desire and furnished to your taste.


July 15, 2011

Door Entry Handlesets For the Modern Home

» What ever happened to the plain, brass door knob on your entry door? Well, to be honest, it is becoming as rare as brass in decorating new homes. Nickel and chrome are the new bright or antique brass. You can have polished nickel, brushed chrome, or a clear chrome that adds to the look of your new home.


June 15, 2011

Planning on Building a Deck?

» A deck can be a beautiful addition to your home and create an excellent flow between the inside of the house and the garden. A good deck could even add value to your house if you intend to sell it at a later date. Decks are great places to relax, play with the kids or hold parties, from barbeques to wedding receptions, and if you are lucky enough to have some water on your property, be it a pond, a river or a lake, then a deck is more or less essential! Decks come in many shapes and forms, from pre-built snap-together designs to completely home-made creations, built from scratch from timber.


May 15, 2011

Radiant Floor Heat: Warms Your Soles But Doesn't Empty Your Pockets

» There is no doubt that radiant floor heating is a superior method of heating your home. Its popularity is steadily increasing as people discover that not only is it the most comfortable form of heating, but also the most cost efficient.


April 15, 2011

New Roof - Advantages Of Metal Roofs

» If you need to repair your roof or even to make a new one, you should learn a lot about roofs, the materials they are made of and design. For the roofs of private houses, hotels and small shops, it will be better to use the best quality metal tiles made of steel. You can find this type of coverage in every market. It is appropriate for all the seasons and for marine and mountain conditions. Placing the metal tiles is easy, thanks to the good design and all the accessories for roofing.


March 15, 2011

Bamboo Flooring Review - Pros and Cons of Bamboo Floor

» Bamboo, which is actually considered a grass instead of a tree, grows much more quickly than most types of hardwood. Usually the bamboo is harvested between three and six years. Compare that to hardwood trees which can take anywhere from 40 years to 120 years to mature. That's a big difference obviously and is the main reason it is considered such a good Eco friendly option to hardwood.


February 15, 2011

Hot Trends for Bathroom Remodeling in 2011

» The bathroom of the 21st century is a place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy, not just a place to wash up. More and more people are commissioning bathroom remodeling projects that not only improve the overall look of the space but improve its function as well.


January 15, 2011

Expand Your Room With Bay and Bow Windows

» The right arrangement of windows can enlarge your living areas, creating the effect of the outside being an extension of your home. Natural light and your home's exterior surroundings can seem as much a part of your living room as your couch or television.


December 15, 2010

Fiberglass Versus Wood For Your Front Door

» Homeowners who are in the process of upgrading or renovating their homes will consider changing the front door to the house. The front door is one of the most heavily used parts. Traditional wood doors tend to wear out quickly. Even if a wood door is not replaced periodically, the finishing can peel or crack in little less than a year.


November 15, 2010

Stucco Versus Vinyl Siding For a House Exterior

» When you are considering how to finish the outside of your house, you may want to consider the advantages of stucco versus vinyl siding. While the first one certainly is an attractive finish for your home, it does require maintenance and repair, while the second one is virtually carefree. Frequently the choice of whether to maintain an old stucco finish or simply cover it with vinyl siding simply depends on how much maintenance the old stucco finish needs.


October 15, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

» There is no doubt that hard wood flooring lends an air of natural elegance and a warm welcoming glow to any home. Hardwood flooring has a timeless air of quality and it certainly exudes a feeling of permanence. Hardwood floors are natural and so it brings a natural earthy feeling inside your home which is something that more synthetic flooring just can not match - there is just something about the feel of hardwood that can't be duplicated in a factory and it has been said that installing solid hardwood flooring in your home is a great investment that will retain its value over time.


September 15, 2010

Choosing a Good and Affordable Contractor

» When making home improvements, some homeowners choose to handle the project themselves. However, individuals with little home improvement knowledge will have to rely on a contractor. Selecting a good and affordable contractor is essential. Because some contractors are shady and charge ridiculously high fees, picking the right contractor requires research. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best contractor for your next home improvement project.


August 15, 2010

Kitchen Remodeling - Survive, Thrive, and Revive

» Kitchen remodeling is a fun and effective way to update your home for your enjoyment and for better future resale value. If you're considering a kitchen remodeling project you probably have lots of questions, and are wondering how to get a great finished product AND best survive the project.


July 15, 2010

6 Great Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material

» Get beyond the brand names and your countertop options really just come down to a handful of materials. The choices can seem overwhelming, but the truth is that there's never been a better time to be in the market for a new counter. Once upon a time, you were lucky to have some faded laminate as a small prep area beside the sink. Today, you can choose from hundreds of colors, patterns and textures, in materials ranging from natural stone and acrylic sheets to quartz composites and stained concrete. Here's a detailed look at the six most popular countertop materials: natural stone, solid surfaces, plastic laminate, ceramic tile, wood and concrete.


June 15, 2010

5 Reasons Not to Have a New Roof Installed Over an Old Roof

» So you need a new roof and are trying to decide whether or not to try and save some money by having the new roof installed over an existing layer of roofing. This technique is quite common in many areas and many roofing contractors don't see any problem with this method and have no problem trying to sell homeowners on a lay-over or go-over as this technique is called. They are wrong.


May 15, 2010

What is an Average Asbestos Removal Cost?

» Asbestos is a toxic material seen in a large number of materials such as insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring tiles, sprayed-on plaster for acoustic or decorative walls or ceilings, and plenty of others. Asbestos dust particles are extremely tiny and once airborne can be sucked into the lungs. As soon as the body's immune system cells attempt to break down the dust particles lodged in the lung tissue the immune system cells die. Scar tissue grows all over the lifeless cells and continues do to so for many years after being exposed.


April 15, 2010

6 Steps For Safety - Asbestos Popcorn Ceiling

» Asbestos popcorn ceilings were installed in hundreds of thousands of homes across the country in the 1970s because they hide ceiling imperfections and they reduce all sorts of noises. When asbestos popcorn ceilings were first applied, they were applied either with a polymer type substance or with a silicate material. This extensive use of asbestos in popcorn ceilings predated our knowledge of the health problems (such as lung cancer and mesothelioma) associated with its use. If your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, you should take proper precautions to avoid health problems because series or even fatal problems may occur.


March 15, 2010

The Bathroom Reno - Get it Right!

» Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the key rooms people pay attention to when buying a house. If you've decided to renovate, then it's important to get it right.


February 15, 2010

What Are Dual Flush Toilets?

» The latest innovation in bathroom technology is the dual flush toilet. As the name implies, these toilets allow you to choose from two different kinds of flushes. Why is this necessary? Well, excuse the crudeness of the next sentence, but getting rid of a number one requires less water and energy than trying to flush away a number two! You can save your water consumption by purchasing a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose between a high or low volume flush for all purposes.


January 22, 2010

Creating your dream remodel – a kit

» Kitchen and bathroom remodeling is generally acknowledged as having the best rate of return on investment. But let's be honest–most of us don't renovate for the long-term financial gain–we renovate our home to create a more enjoyable living space.
When I set out to remodel, with all the details and the length of time it involves, I like to remember it's about the advantages that a new kitchen or bathroom brings, not the work it takes to get there.


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