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Home & Cottage

NOT ALL KITCHEN parties are toe-tapping evenings with live performances of seafaring songs, but they all take place in and around the kitchen, and they all...

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The traditional brick or stone fireplace creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in any room, but framing fire has changed dramatically in recent years. Space...

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...
Designer Judith Mackin’s pups pose near her ethanol-burning fireplace.

Design By Fire

Whether gathered around a campfire or patio fire-pit, a hearth or kitchen cook-stove, Atlantic Canadians love their flames. Over time, stoves and fireplaces have...

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...

Home is Where the Hearth is

It's not surprising that people often look for a fireplace when they go in search of a new home. A fireplace evokes the comfort and security of home and the...
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...

Gutter Talk

IN THE HEADY world of home improvements, checking your gutters may not sound that enticing, but maintaining and replacing them is an absolute necessity in...
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...
Today’s fireplace inserts, such as the Legend G35 Insert pictured above, offer high efficiency and low emissions.

Up in smoke

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,...

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...