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Transform your home today to stay safe tomorrow

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While many can only dream of the day they'll retire, for Baby Boomers, that dream is becoming a reality. But retirement doesn't necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and more, adults choose to “age in place,” remaining in their current home, even after retirement. Here are a few ways to add extra convenience today – and ensure a safe home in the future.
Change Up Common Areas When thinking about the long-term, start with the layout. In a perfect world, it's ideal to have all the key living spaces – bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom on the first floor. If your home wasn't built with a first-floor bedroom or bath, and stairs have to be a part of your plan, install no-slip strips on the edge of each stair to limit trips and falls. Next, make sure there's plenty of room to move. Aim for doorways that are at least 31 inches, though 35 inches is ideal. Tight corners and doorways are a challenge for those with walkers or canes. For stress-free opening and …

Commuter Life: Is Living Outside Of The City Worth The Hassle?

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Commuter Life: Is Living Outside Of The City Worth The Hassle?
A writer from Hamilton crunches the numbers. BY 
Photo by MrDanMofo from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. I really did enjoy it at first. Sitting on the GO train for two hours every day—from Hamilton to Toronto, and back again—offers a glorious, uninterrupted opportunity to read. During the first month of my commute to my job downtown, I devoured six books. I hadn’t read six books so quickly in years. In the mornings, the train ride felt like a gradual easing-in to the day, and in the evenings like decompression, a chance to mentally unwind after work. One of my coworkers told me it seemed very European, taking the train into the city every day. The novelty wore off fast. I began to understand why, when I first told friends and colleagues I was commuting in from Hamilton, they recoiled in horror. An eight-hour workday becomes a 12-hour one when you live cities away—80 kilometres one-way, in fact. I leave my hou…

Recessed Ceiling Designs: The Best Way To Accentuate A Room

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Recessed Ceiling Designs: The Best Way To Accentuate A Room BY  · MARCH 9, 2016 Having a recessed ceiling can definitely be a great decorative feature for any room in the house because it can serve to accentuate the beauty of the room even further. It will make the room appear just right in size; not too big, but not too small and either. Aside from this, it will be a structurally sound design addition that will help you increase the longevity of the room for sure. Here are some examples of photos that you can use as a basis for your own recessed ceiling in the future. If you want to go for an all white color scheme for your dining room, a recessed ceiling will be a good way for you to accentuate the design without doing anything more than necessary. Source: hgtv Additionally, you can play around with the architectural design of the recessed ceiling as well. Notice the two levels of the ceiling in this picture. The inner level served to frame the lights of the room. In turn, this …

9 ways to start an urban garden

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9 ways to start an urban garden by  29/02/2016 As someone who lives in downtown Toronto, I can tell you first hand that some of the preconceptions about the Big Smoke are spot on: it’s smoggy, there’s not a ton of green space so it’s hard to get those essential nutrients and, sometimes, it can even be a bit suppressing when it comes to getting that fresh air we all so desperately need. With the recent influx of condos popping up in every previously unoccupied nook and cranny of the city, Torontonians are quickly losing much of our green space. Despite these eco obstacles, we can thank crafty humans, Pinterest and the Internet at large for helping to spread the green love. Urban gardeners and green thumbs from around the world have united on the Internet to deliver awesome options and ways for urbanites to start wonderful, space-saving urban gardens that provide us with essential nutrients and fit into tight living spaces. Without further ado, check out our list of nine…

Toronto Housing Starts in February 2016

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Newsroom > News Releases > 2016 > Toronto Housing Starts in February 2016Toronto Housing Starts in February 2016TORONTO, March 8, 2016 — Housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) trended at 42,352 units in February 2016 compared to 45,296 in January 2016 according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
“While housing starts in Toronto trended lower in February, low listings of single-detached homes in the resale market have resulted in some demand being carried over to the new home market as indicated by higher trending single-detached home starts, ” said Dana Senagama, CMHC Principal Market Analyst for the GTA.
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations, a…