About All Things Home

Are you searching for a new home in the Ottawa area or getting ready to renovate your current one? Then you’ve come to the right place. We created All Things Home to give you an impartial online source for resources and information on buying a home and home improvement. And that saves you valuable time and effort.

As journalists, we have been covering the Ottawa housing market for over 10 years. We know the builders. We know the area. And we know how to find the information you need.

There’s no other site or resource that gives you the in-depth information you’ll find here — with an exclusive focus on Ottawa. You’ll learn about Ottawa’s communities, the builders and where model homes are located. And you’ll find professional advice and fresh ideas on remodeling and maintaining your home. We also connect you to Ottawa’s builders, renovators, services and suppliers — we do the research so that you don’t have to.

Explore the site and come back often. We’re Ottawa’s No. 1 source of information for all things home. And be sure to sign up for our free updates so you don’t miss our latest articles.

Who we are

Anita Murray


I’m a self-confessed HGTV junkie and gardening hack with a love of beautiful spaces. While my own 1970s bungalow is still a work in progress (full-time work and three kids = no time or cash), since 2011 I have had the fortune to visit many of Ottawa’s stunning homes and share them with readers.

A career journalist with more than 25 years as an editor and writer at the Ottawa Citizen, before launching All Things Home I was the Citizen’s Homes Editor for five years, covering the new and resale home markets, design, architecture, renovations, gardening and more.

Memorable projects at the newspaper included a year-long effort to produce the Buyer’s Guide to New Homes and countless themed sections focusing on topics such as building green, small space solutions, the Housing Design Awards and the annual Homes for the Holidays tour — topics that we’ve continued to cover with All Things Home.

A strong working relationship with Patrick made it a natural for us to continue a partnership when I chose to leave the paper and strike out on my own in 2016. Besides our appreciation for the housing industry, we share a love of black dogs, cheap Ikea breakfasts, small-town living and writing stories.

Patrick Langston

Patrick Langston


You don’t know me, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I can’t stop doing it. Admiring lovely, smartly designed homes, that is. Noticing the way they sit proudly on their lots as if proclaiming to the world, “Someone cared enough to plan me well, and I’ll still be here, cherished and occupied, years from now.”

I’ve indulged that passion for homes by writing about them for many years with All Things Home and, before that, for the Ottawa Citizen and other publications. What topics have I covered? Everything from new-build homes, green building and renovations to architecture, news about the local housing market and special topics like this article about protecting your home against climate change, an article which was a finalist for two national publishing awards.

My love affair with all things homes was sparked ages ago when my wife and I bought a 1904 farmhouse outside of town. Since then, I’ve rebuilt the old place (it’ll be finished soon – really!). I like to think my two daughters learned something about self-sufficiency by growing up in a DIY household.

Anita and I have worked together for more than a dozen years on homes-related stories and special projects. With All Things Home, we have the opportunity to help you discover whatever you need to know about homes.

And yes, we are both nuts about black dogs. All dogs, in fact. And all homes.



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