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Home & Cottage

Many of us have an abiding fondness for the large cars we remember from our childhood. Built like a tank, with space for four bottoms across each bench seat,...

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Cottage Revival

WE HAVE this little cottage in our family on the south shore of Nova Scotia. My grandfather built it with the help of some of my uncles in the 1960s. It’s a...

Family Room Fireplace Facelift

THE DAYS ARE getting shorter and the leaves will soon be turning. Over the next few weeks we shift our attention, little by little, away from our backyards and...

Summertime, and the Gardenin’ is Easy

WHILE SOME of us live for gardening and can’t think of anything we would rather do, there are always those moments when we do want to kick back and relax...

Plenty of Pellets

Pellet stoves appeal to many homeowners who wish to break free from the high financial and environmental costs of heating with fossil fuels. But if you were to...
An inspector should examine the roof completely for missing or damaged shingles, ridge cap, or flashing.

An ounce of prevention...

It’s getting to be that time again—but while we begin to dig out the toques and boots, there are a number of things we can do to prepare the roof for winter, in...

The Functional Home Office

”Form ever follows function.” This famous quote from the American architect Louis Sullivan has been, like many emphatic statements, hotly debated over time...
Built-in fire pits for the patio area are another popular alternative for zone heating.

Zone Heating

In the days before central heating, people stayed warm in winter by sticking close to a stove or a fireplace and closing off the rest of the house. Many an...
Jim Smith and Norm Plant grow four or five different varieties of garlic and harvest about 1,800 bulbs plus plenty of garlic scapes every year.

A Growing (and delicious) Obsession

I’m standing in a field of raised garden beds that are planted with what French physician and writer Henri LeClerc referred to as “the stinking rose.”...

Electric Fireplaces

Ah, there’s nothing like sitting in front of a cosy fireplace for relaxation and comfort. Add a couple glasses of wine, some soft music and voila—instant...

Hot Ideas

With their energies and resources directed toward closing a successful restaurant in Edmonton and returning to Nova Scotia to start a vineyard, 
Peter and Sara...