Eliminating Drafts

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no Comment.    Jan 18, 2016 | 11:03 am


How to Keep Your House Warm in These Cold Winter Months Many homeowners associate winter with shoveling snow several times a day, dealing with broken tree branches after a severe storm, and other outdoor problems. However, what about the indoor problems associated with winter? One major indoor problem that you may encounter is a drafty house: You and your family never seem to feel warm enough no matter how high you set your thermostat, yet your energy bills are steadily climbing throughout the winter months. Do not replace your HVAC system yet! Instead, try locating and eliminating drafts around your home using the following tips that we find useful. Eliminating Drafts: Windows are the most common source of drafts, particularly in older homes. Move your hand along the window frame to check for a cold breeze that could be coming through virtually invisible gaps. If found, consider applying weather strips…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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no Comment.    Jan 05, 2016 | 1:13 pm


The beginning of the year is a time for looking back and celebrating your victories, as well as looking ahead for ways to learn from past mistakes. Not only is this the first step towards self-improvement, but it can also be a great first step towards home improvement! What does your house need? Whether your home is old or new, there is no end to the work it takes to keep it looking and functioning at an optimal level. The simplest way to motivate yourself and ensure that the necessary work is done in a timely manner is to make a list of New Year’s resolutions for your home. The following are a few important elements that you might wish to add to your list: Begin the brand new year by insuring your home against any unforeseen circumstances, if you have not done so already. Create a budget specifically for home…

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Making Room for Holiday Guests

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no Comment.    Dec 15, 2015 | 10:05 am


One of the best things about the holiday season is getting to see all your family and friends, which often means providing accommodations for overnight visitors. Whether they are coming from the opposite side of Ontario or halfway across the world, whether you live in a large multi-room mansion or a small apartment, you want to ensure that your honoured guests are absolutely comfortable throughout the duration of their stay with you. All of us at Norseman Construction & Development want you and your guests to have a pleasant holiday, which is why we have would like to offer our expert advice on how to make room for your holiday guests in your home as well as in your daily routine: Start with preparing their room. If you do not have a designated guest room, rearrange your home office, a child’s playroom or another miscellaneous space so that it can…

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Holiday Decorating: Inside and Out

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no Comment.    Nov 30, 2015 | 11:10 pm


Holiday Decorating It’s that time of the year again! We are less than one month away from Christmas, and although there is still no snow across most of the GTA, the holiday spirit is beginning to emerge once more. And what helps bring out your holiday cheer more than decorating your home both inside and out? There are endless options for holiday decorating, often making one feel lost and unsure of where to begin. If you are facing this dilemma and have trouble deciding on what is best for your home, we hope that the following decorating tips will help you get started:   1. The holidays are nothing without a beautifully decorated Christmas tree! The most common option is a traditional pine or fir tree with a rich palette of red and gold glass ornaments, entwined with a string of colourful lights. Or, you could decorate your tree to…

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Heating Your Home: The Pros and Cons of Different Fireplaces

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no Comment.    Nov 17, 2015 | 10:58 pm


In the distant past, a fireplace was a permanent fixture in every room in the house as the primary source of heat throughout the cold months of the year. Today, fireplace use has migrated mainly to the living room area and its primary purpose is adding elegance and a feeling of antiquity to your home - while also having the secondary purpose of heating your space. If you are a homeowner thinking of installing a fireplace in your new or existing home, it is important to become well-educated about the three common types of fireplaces available today – wood-burning, gas, and electric. To help take the stress out of your selection process, we have compiled a short and simple list of everything you need to know about fireplaces! Wood-Burning Fireplaces [row] [column lg="6" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] Pros: A wood-burning fireplace most closely resembles traditional fireplaces, complete with the flickering…

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The Importance of Lighting

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no Comment.    Oct 28, 2015 | 10:46 pm


Types of Lights and their Uses The period between the end of October and early March is a time when you need indoor light for more than one-third of your waking hours – a time when you can truly appreciate the lighting in your home. What you may not realize, however, is that there is so much more to indoor lighting than the illumination it offers! Like any design element, lighting can significantly improve a room’s style and comfort, truly making it your own. Whether you are choosing lights for a brand-new home or hoping to refresh the look of your current home, consider the four main purposes of lighting – functionality, space, accent, and colour management – prior to making the final decision. To assist you with your lighting selections, here is a list of all the common types and their uses: Chandeliers and Pendant Lighting Primary purposes: Space…

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Parging and Waterproofing

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no Comment.    Oct 16, 2015 | 10:37 pm


An Important Aspect to Basement Renovations: Parging and Waterproofing It is the middle of October, and winter is quickly approaching once again. Winter’s approach means heavy rains followed by snow, which then melts in early spring. This often leads to a flooded basement – a common problem in the GTA and surrounding areas. The solution? Parging and waterproofing. If you are planning to renovate your basement, these are two steps that you absolutely cannot neglect. This aspect of the renovation should be completed with the assistance of experts, but it is well worth the extra time, expense and effort. Once the foundation of your home – where your basement is located – is accessed, is it important to begin with repairing any cracks or holes. Particularly if your home is older, the foundation’s integrity may have been compromised due to age and/or Canada’s extreme weather conditions, thus allowing moisture to…

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After the Renovation – Choosing the Right Furniture

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no Comment.    Oct 01, 2015 | 10:20 pm


You have recently competed a home improvement project, and now it is time to choose your new furniture and décor to showcase the newly renovated space. Perhaps you have decided to keep a few antiques or items that you are particularly fond of, and you need to find a way to incorporate them into the room where you plan to place them. Thus, you might be asking, “Where do I begin?” To create a beautiful and perfectly harmonious interior design, try some of the following tips and see how easy it is to make a house into a home: [row] [column lg="4" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] Choose furniture and décor that matches the architectural style and colour scheme of your home or each individual room. [/column] [column lg="4" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] Consider the room’s built-in design elements, such as a fireplace or shelving units. [/column] [column lg="4" md="12" sm="12"…

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The Value of Curb Appeal

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no Comment.    Sep 15, 2015 | 10:07 pm


The Value of Curb Appeal and How to Improve Yours You have likely heard of the term “curb appeal”, yet you may not be aware of the full extent of its meaning as well as its importance. Curb appeal is the appearance of your home’s exterior as a whole, and it is the first impression your home makes to guests, real estate agents and potential homebuyers alike. This, in turn, can improve the value of your home. Why? The reason is simple: If the exterior of your home is aesthetically pleasing, the home is more likely to be sold sooner than one that is less so. The following is a before and after photo of a top up addition we did on a home here in Toronto, which one would you prefer? If you are looking to improve your home's curb appeal, try one or a few of these great…

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How to: Choosing The Right Paint Colour For Your Home

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no Comment.    Aug 31, 2015 | 9:38 pm


How to Choose the Perfect Paint Colour Choosing paint colours is one of the most important aspects of any home improvement project. You may not be consciously aware of it, but the colour of a room can significantly affect your mood and comfort level. Consequently, choosing paint colours without the right preparation can lead to mistakes and thus make your home remodeling process that much more tedious and costly. To help you make the right choice for your home’s paint colours, we have compiled the following list of ideas that we hope will inspire you! [row] [column lg="6" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ]   MOOD 1.       Determine the mood of each room and think of which colours best reflect that mood. For example, if you would like a room’s atmosphere to be calm and serene, among your ideal choices would be a pale blue or green. [/column] [column lg="6" md="12" sm="12" xs="12"…

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