Thursday, July 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With summer in full swing, the days are longer and the weather is nicer, which means you and your little ones will want to spend as much time outside as possible. A great way to pass the time can be finding outdoor activities that double as exercise! Your kiddos will be wiped by the time they’re done, and you’ll get some well-deserved down time. While spending an afternoon at a local park serves as a great way for the kids to have some much-needed fun in the sun, why not consider setting up a backyard playset offering the kids a multitude of things to do like climb, swing, and slide from the comforts of home?
If you’re up for a good old-fashioned summer DIY project, read on to learn about some unique playsets you can use as inspiration to build your own dream setup!
How much do elaborate playsets cost?
While you could surely hire a professional to build a backyard playset, it can also be a fun DIY project a handy weekend warrior could tackle. Plus, when you ...
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
If you have a passion for building, and you want to take on a unique project, we’ve got just the thing for you: a DIY live edge table. Live edge furniture is a great way to add beauty to your home and create a unique talking piece for future entertaining.
What’s a live edge table?
Remember that beautiful table at your family cottage? The one they seemingly stole from a fairy tale? Yup, that’s a live edge. These tables incorporate the natural edge of a piece of wood directly into their design. They’re rustic, raw, modern, and chic, not to mention sophisticated and built to last. A traditional live edge table will have tree bark on its sides; however, some people choose to remove it to avoid the bark possibly becoming brittle and breaking over time. In recent years, live edge tables have grown in popularity among furniture and design enthusiasts everywhere. Here’s what you need to know to build one.
How can I build my own?
For such a beautiful pi ...
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Tired of cooking in your cramped kitchen? Are your circa-1980 cabinets ready for the dumpster? A new kitchen can help boost property values and greatly improve your overall enjoyment of the home.
The catch? A kitchen remodel isn’t a weekend project. Depending on how involved your plans are (replacing cabinet doors vs. gutting the whole room), your project can either be affordable and simple, or expensive and complicated. Here’s how to figure out whether you have the resources to go the DIY route or if you’re better off hiring a professional.
Evaluate your goals and your skills
Kitchen renovations take money and time, says Brandon Fuchs, owner of North Canadian Construction Group (NCC), which operates in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“You have to determine: are you planning on selling your home and just renovating it to freshen it up, or is this your forever home?” he says. “And if you’re in an expensive neighbourhood and ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Community gardens are a growing addition to many urban neighbourhoods. They provide a space for bartering, collaboration, education, and sometimes pizza! Across Canada, communities are extending their shared spaces to include pizza ovens, beehives, yoga classes, and gardening lectures.
Most gardens encourage family members of all ages to participate. The multi-generational approach allows for ideas and resources to be shared with greenhorns and green thumbs alike. And as more and more Canadians show interest in pursuing self-sufficiency and food security by growing their very own menus, it’s time to get involved!
Just keep in mind that COVID-19 may impact how some gardens operate. Your local municipality should have more information on their website.
History 101: The wartime victory gardens
During WWII, “victory gardens” (homegrown vegetable gardens) were promoted by the U.S. and Canadian governments to help alleviate food shortages. Any available greenspace was ...
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
The Bank of Canada has kept its overnight lending rate target at its effective lower bound of 0.25 percent for more than a year to support the country's economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as the country enters its second year of the pandemic, the Bank appears unlikely to change its tune anytime soon.
The Bank announced on March 10 that it would keep the overnight rate at 0.25 percent, possibly until 2023, during a regularly scheduled announcement. Furthermore, since August 2020, the conventional five-year mortgage rate has remained unchanged at 4.79 percent.
James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub.ca and President of CanWise Financial, explains the latest news on the Canadian mortgage market and how it may affect consumers in 2021.
What the latest Bank of Canada rate announcement means
In the mortgage industry, the Bank's decision to keep the overnight rate at 0.25 percent was not unexpected, according to Laird. What's more important, he says, is the Fed's reaffirma ...