Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Averra on HTGV Massive Moves

Averra Developments on HGTV
Averra Developments big house move finally aired on HGTV’s show Massive Moves a couple weeks ago! The Vancouver heritage home was safely moved to its new home on Vancouver Island.
The HTGV show, Massive Moves shows the entire thing. Check out the Coastal Cruise episode.
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Making a Custom Teak Countertop

The use of teak in counter tops is becoming increasingly popular among designers and clients for its hardwood attributes, rich red/brown grains, and resistance to water and moisture.
Here is some of our advice and steps to helping you creating your own custom teak countertop.
Purchasing and Selecting Teak Raw Material
Most teak comes from sustainable  …

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Save energy by using On-Demand Tankless Water Heaters

What is the most efficient source of hot water for your home?
Based on a recent study from the CMHC, comparing gas fired on-demand hot water heaters and conventional hot water holding tanks, the on demand water heaters proved to be the most cost effective using 46% less energy.
Although clearly the way to go for  …

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Feng Shui Do’s and Don’ts when building a home

What is QI? Qi (pronounced ‘Che’ or ‘Chi’) is a principle based on traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine. It is translated as the flow of life energy, the breath of any living thing.
We researched a little bit on some positive and negative Feng Shui practices to keep in mind when you are decorating/building your home.

Do:
1) Lots of  …

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1915 Heritage Home move on Dunbar a Success; looking forward to the future.

The Dunbar character home that was featured in The Province, The Vancouver Sun, and on various Vancouver news broadcasts including the CBC has now been successfully moved from its original property and is waiting on a barge dock at the Southlands Musqeum Indian Reserve before crossing the Georgia Straight on its way to its new  …

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Vancouver Street Life Filmed in 1907

We came across a Youtube video of early film footage of Vancouver in 1907 shot by Seattle filmmaker William Harbeck who tragically died on the Titanic as the voyages official film maker 5 years later. This video was recently found in an attic, restored and uploaded.
There were a couple of comments posted on the video  …

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Interior Design for Small Spaces

In Vancouver, where square footage comes at a high price, perhaps it’s not how much storage space you have but how you use it and asking yourself what you really need. Whether it is about built-ins, building up to the maximum height of your rooms or having your furniture function in multiple ways, check out this  …

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Solar Hot Water Systems in Vancouver

Interested in using solar power to help heat your home’s hot water? Now might be the time to investigate whether or not your house is suitable for solar hot water.
For a limited time, Vancouver’s Solar Home Pilot is offering a $3000 incentive towards the cost of solar hot water systems in Vancouver. The funding  …

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LED lights in the home

While Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) is popular because it is an energy-saving light bulb that fits into a standard light bulb socket, the light it casts still doesn’t compare to incandescents and there is much concern about the toxic elements that are contained within the fragile bulb.  Breaking these bulbs in the home is not  …

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