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Little House on the Property: Ottawa’s Coach House Proposal

Are tiny houses about to start popping up in Ottawa backyards? If proposed new zoning bylaws gain solid footing, it will soon be legal to build and rent small separate dwellings, referred to as ‘coach houses’, under certain conditions. These units may offer solutions to many dilemmas facing homeowners and buyers, such as the need […]

The Psychology of Interior Design

When you think of interior design, what comes to mind? Many of us picture paint chips and fabric swatches, but there is so much more to design than achieving a certain aesthetic for your home. In fact, design psychology is growing in popularity as a field of study. In the 1990s, Dr. Susan Lee Painter […]

Buying a Home as a Single Parent

The idea of home ownership may seem daunting as a single parent, especially as home prices are on the upswing in many areas. But single people, including single parents, are owning homes in record numbers, and benefitting from these rising home values. According to Statistics Canada, more than one in four homes in Canada were […]

Downsize Your Stuff Without Downsizing Your Spirit

The decision to downsize your living space can land you big savings in costs and time. But the challenge of downsizing your stuff can be daunting. Careful planning, some healthy mental and emotional strategies, and arming yourself with a great team will help you look forward to a smooth transition to your new home. Build […]

Ottawa in Autumn: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Season

Not ready to say goodbye to summer? We hope this list of fun fall activities makes the transition a little easier. With beautiful scenery and plenty of local events, autumn is one of the best seasons to be an Ottawan. See the Leaves. Canada’s fall foliage is unparalleled. Even residential streets are transformed into an […]

5 Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home

Moving into a new house is an exciting occasion and the chance for a new beginning. At the same time, a new house may not instantly feel like home. It takes time to settle into your new surroundings and make a place your own. Here are five of our favourite tips to speed up the […]

Why Community Matters

In the age of technology, our community sometimes gets less attention than our Facebook friends, but research shows that community is a vital component of our health and happiness. So what exactly is community and why is it so important? What is community? The Oxford Dictionary defines community as a group of people living together […]

Why Homes Matter

Buying a home is one of our most important purchases, not only because of the financial significance, but also because of the emotional impact. A home means more to people than simply somewhere to live; it is a place that evolves with us over the years and becomes the scene of many important memories. So […]

Everything You Need to Know About Ottawa’s Greenbelt

Ottawans are lucky enough to live in a city that boasts 20,000 hectares of protected green space; the National Capital Greenbelt is one of a kind and the word’s largest publicly owned greenbelt. Since summer is finally on our doorstep, here are some interesting facts about the Greenbelt and, most importantly, tips for making the […]

10 Things You Might Not Know About Ottawa

Ottawa has been Canada’s official capital since the Confederation of 1867, and has since developed into one of the country’s most important political, technological and cultural hubs. If you live in Ottawa or are considering a move to the area, there is plenty of interesting information to learn about this city. Here are ten facts, […]

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