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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Recommended Reading: “Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens” by David A. Slawson
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Plant Profile: Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca Minor)
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Removing Interior Walls: A Structural Wall Detection Primer
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Detail Your Bathroom the Jennifer Priest Way
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Recommended Reading: “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way” by Jake Hobson
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Colour and Other Strategies for Small Spaces
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Recommended Reading: The Home Lighting Effects Bible by Lucy Martin
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Plant Profile: William Baffin Rose
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Home Renovations: Should You DIY?
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Yes Virginia, It’s Yucky: Compost Management for Neat Freaks

Plant Profile: Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca Minor)

Periwinkle (or Myrtle, Vinca Minor) is hardy in Ottawa and a wonderful, shade-tolerant ground cover. With its glossy leaves and easy-going ways I love this plant – but people in other climates should beware, as it can be invasive. Learn the full roster of pros and cons in this post.

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Removing Interior Walls: A Structural Wall Detection Primer

How to tell if a wall is load-bearing (structural) or not, with a diagram of using joists to determine structural walls.

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Recommended Reading: “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way” by Jake Hobson

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to shape your trees and shrubs so they look like a classical Japanese garden, this book is for you. Jake Hobson’s “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese way” is a great read and provides step by step instructions on techniques.

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Colour and Other Strategies for Small Spaces

We’ve all heard how light colours will make you feel like you’ve got more space. But this isn’t always true. Here area some different strategies for using colour to enhance the look of a small space.

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Plant Profile: William Baffin Rose

Tough, thorny and pretty, William Baffin is a great choice for gardens with brutally cold winters. It can, perhaps be too vigorous…as I learned when I planted it. It eventually earned the nickname “the rose monster”…find out why.

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