BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Steffani Cameron

Steffani Cameron is a Victoria BC-based writer on a variety of topics. Here on the BuildDirect blog, she specializes in writing about smaller, urban spaces. How do you make the most of your smaller space? How do you decorate it to suit you? And how do you wage the war against clutter and win? This is Steff’s specialty.

corner shelf kitchen
  Do you really need more space, or can you just use your space better? Here are some ideas to get you thinking! *** I’ve been looking at a lot of European homes for a long time now and...
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In the 21st century home, we’re rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here’s a great example. *** In Lincoln, Nebraska, a quiet, dirty little revolution has taken hold. Spurred on by climate-change...
renters agreement insurance
Insurance makes the difference from having the worst day of your life versus starting the worst chapter of your life. Protect yourself, even as a renter. *** Lately, I’ve had reason to investigate insurance a lot and I’m constantly...
backyard gardening
Food security has never been more insecure. Here are five reasons to take charge of your own food security with an edible garden. *** We’re on the heels of harvest season and it’s a glorious thing if you’re a...
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Today, technology is improving in leaps and bounds. What it means at home is impressive. Here’s how you can harness Bluetooth for at-home comfort. *** Convenience is always highly sought-after by tired, huddled masses. When it comes to life at home,...
California wildfire in neighborhood
With dry weather and conditions, fires are more common. What can we do to understand them better and prevent a fire especially during dry spells? Take a look. *** With summer forest fire season raging locally, some of us...
food garden leafy vegetables
If urban development is the undoing of nature’s brilliance, then permaculture how to of bring nature back to itself. Learn more about this sustainable practice. *** Earlier this year, I wrote an intro to native and invasive species. It’s...
Blue Australia
The driest continent on the planet needs serious water conservation in serious drought. What can we learn from their ways? Read on! *** Climate change is on my mind a lot these days, and for most folks who live...
woman happy living alone
Over 50% of North America’s 31 million people living alone are female, and experts say decorating their homes is part of the new feminism. *** I absolutely loved this story in the Globe & Mail, “For women who live...
happy parasailors
Science tells us that it’s easier to be happy when you invest in experiences and not materialism. Why? Read on. *** We live in a world filled with industries who only make money if they convince you to buy...
handing over the cash money
A rich relative dies and leaves you $100,000. How would you use that money to improve your home? What’s your dream project? Here are 5. *** I asked on Twitter recently what folks would do around their home if money was...
buy local produce
A controversy in Canada has reignited debate: What’s better — buying local food, or buying imported organic? This writer says: Buy local! Here’s why. *** Canada’s grocery industry was rocked by a whistleblower revealing that a large organic chicken...
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On Spain’s south coast, they take their patios seriously, and will usually have more than one. One will always be a high-walled, shaded patio. Here’s why. *** I have seen few private homes in my lifetime that have included...
Mediterranean style deck and backyard
In the dog days of summer, there’s no better lifestyle to emulate than the Mediterranean’s. Here are some ideas to bring that lifestyle to your yard. *** Few people in the world seem to enjoy the outdoor life as...
cluttered room
People often call themselves a “hoarder,” but are they really? Here’s a quiz to help you see the difference between “hoarding” and “clutter.” *** In May, I wrote a column called “Hoarding: Not Just a Bad Habit,” and one...
man doing laundry
Recent research shows that the ground zero in the fight for gender equality actually starts with how fathers view housework at home. *** We’ve seen things change a lot around the home in the last five or six decades,...
shabby chic home office
When you work from home, your whole home can be your office. Why not create some little work nook corners for short-term tasks? *** For most folks, work is all about routine. Same desk, same position, same lighting, same...
donation box consigment
Home downsizing is an opportunity to make a little money; emphasis on “little.” Here are some tips on when to downsize, consign, or donate your stuff. *** Downsizing is a big decision and it’s time consuming. What’s surprisingly emotional in...
swimming boy
Let’s separate the fear-mongering from the facts and talk about drowning dangers that every swimmer needs to be aware of. *** Some of my greatest childhood experiences came from the class pool parties that inevitable happened every late spring....
couple working from home
Working from home, co-working, and the old-school office are the most common ways we know how to work. Until now. Enter the Scandinavian idea of the Hoffice. *** There has never been a better time to telecommute for work,...
donation box clothes
  Downsizing is intimidating! Here’s a practical look at where to start with the easy stuff. *** Minimalism is my new drug. I want more of less and I want it now! If you’re reading this, you’re already in...
eiffel tower sunny morning tree
France is getting big news this spring with radical laws for everything from food waste to solar roofs, and even giving the Eiffel Tower an enviro-makeover. *** It’d be nice to think the whole world will just up and become...
spacious lounge living area
Whether you live with stress or anxiety, or you’re just tired of cleaning and clutter commanding your time, minimalism can radically change your life. *** Slowly, I am embracing minimalist life. Soon, I’ll be as minimalist as they get,...
pollinating bees in a field
It’s the height of the busy bee season and you might find a swarm, or worse, a beehive in your yard. Here’s how to save them and you! *** Bumblebees and honey bees keep the world eating. As the...