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4 Tips for Creating the Ideal Utility Room

4 Tips for Creating the Ideal Utility Room

Google the phrase "utility room," and the first million or so links contain the phrase "laundry room." But a good utility room is much more than just a station for your washer and dryer. An overlooked aspect of home improvement, the utility room often sits between the garage and the main area of the home. At its finest, a utility room reflects the crucial aspects of both of those spaces. There are a few things to consider when designing the space.

For the love of restoration

For the love of restoration

Brampton couple aims to 'bring it forward' in Napanee

The Ryans haven’t named their newest historic home, built circa 1803, but they’re thinking about it. Who knows? It might even come to them during the restoration process – a journey they like to think of as “organic.” “I’ve got this idea about how it’s going to go, but once I’m there and I’m experiencing it, things will grow out of it,” says Steve Ryan, a Brampton, Ont.-based home renovator who recently purchased a one-acre property in Napanee, Ont., and will be moving there this fall, along with his wife Gloria.

A summer barbeque that hits all the right notes

A summer barbeque that hits all the right notes

With the final few weeks of August stretching before us, time is ticking to make the most of the dog days of summer. Summer is so much less formal than any other time of year so this is a great chance to sharpen your hosting skills in a fun, casual setting. Hosting a barbeque is an easy (and delicious) way to enjoy family and friends, while squeezing the most out of late summer’s heat. Whether you have a balcony, terrace or backyard, here are some of my secrets to hosting a barbeque that will have your friends lining up, plates in hand (real plates, no paper please).