Making Where You Live
a Better Place to Be.

Welcome to Housecraft. I started this blog by sharing stories about DIY renovations, interior design, gardening
and recipes. Over time I realized that where you live isn't just about your house. When you zoom in it's about
your the health of your body and mind. When you zoom out it's about your community. We're all our own
ecosystems. From now on I'm going to take a wider look around. Hope you'll join me.

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Die Popcorn Die: A Flat Ceiling is a Beautiful Ceiling
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Joy of Dimmer Switches
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Open Up: Creating Interior Windows in Load Bearing Walls
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Plant Profile: Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus)
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Breathe Easy: How to Stop Your Neighbour’s Cigarette Smoke From Coming In
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The DIY Decorator’s Eco-Friendly Lighting Dilemma
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Green Thumbs to the Rescue: the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton
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Soft as a Baby’s Bottom: Drywall Seams Without Sanding
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Let There Be Light! Part 7: Taa-Daaa!
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Recommended Reading: John Pile’s “A History of Interior Design” (3rd Ed.)

Die Popcorn Die: A Flat Ceiling is a Beautiful Ceiling

Everyone hates popcorn ceilings, including me. I hated mine enough to go through the dusty hell it takes to get rid of them. Here’s what happened, and it was so worth it.

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Joy of Dimmer Switches

If you care at all about the quality of lighting in your home, you should install dimmer switches on your fixtures for better control. And it’s not just about mood – choosing the right dimmers means you can save money on energy if you leave them on a lower setting.

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Open Up: Creating Interior Windows in Load Bearing Walls

If you’re trying to get a little more light flowing around your house, sometimes putting a window inside your home is the answer. But can you do this safely, without bringing the house down? When we were trying to figure out if we could put an interior window in one of our walls, this is the post I wish had been around.

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Breathe Easy: How to Stop Your Neighbour’s Cigarette Smoke From Coming In

For non-smokers, few things are worse than having cigarette smoke come in to your home through a wall shared with a neighbour. Now that so many of us live in townhouses and condos, it’s a pervasive problem. When we experienced the problem, here’s how we solved it – mostly.

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The DIY Decorator’s Eco-Friendly Lighting Dilemma

Let’s face it, even though there are lots of eco-friendly lighting solutions out there, some people don’t use them because they light they provide is ugle. In this post, I look at WHY the light is so different, and how low-energy light bulbs are getting better all the time.

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Green Thumbs to the Rescue: the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton

The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton have a mission: to help more people enjoy all forms of gardening. Mary Ann Van Berlo talks to me about the club and how they put their expertise at your service, no strings attached.

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