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  • New home starts strong, outlook promising

    Looking at the first five months of this year, the total number of new home starts in Winnipeg and the surrounding area is on par with last year. As noted earlier in the year, the multi-family (apartments, townhomes, condominiums) are ahead of last year's pace, while the single-family homes are . . .

    July 4, 2015

  • Free-flowing

    Two-storey with walkout basement offers room to grow
    Free-flowing

    In life, some things can be deceiving.Take a home's listed square footage, for instance. Because a floor plan might be ill-conceived, a 2, 500-square-foot home might feel small and lack flow. On the other hand, a smaller home, say, just over 1, 600 sq. ft. in size, might feel larger . . .

    July 4, 2015

  • Summer is a great time to renovate your home

    I'm glad that I waited until now to promote the spring and summer renovation season. Usually, we try to get things going full speed during the May long weekend. You remember, that was the weekend that featured hail and snow.If you haven't done so already, July and August are the . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Fully loaded

    Linden Woods condo development boasts affordable luxury
    Fully loaded

    A new condominium development -- Murano Gardens of Linden Woods -- is offering a different take on buying a condominium."Our goal with Murano Gardens is to get away from the upgrade mentality typical of so many new developments, " said developer Anupam Kothari, president of Toronto-based Kothari Group. "We want . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • A love storey

    Artista has fun with varied floor levels in two-storey home
    A love storey

    Designing a new home is a tricky proposition.On the one hand, builders want to come up with a design that's striking and memorable. At the same time, however, that design must be practical, which is to say it must be user-friendly in every aspect. Artista Homes has achieved that -- . . .

    June 20, 2015

  • Vertical value

    New townhomes offer buyers the choice of basic or upgraded finishes
    Vertical value

    In real estate, it's a word that tends to be overused: value.Yet, that's what young couples, growing families and empty nesters are looking for in a new home -- a place to hang their hat that meets their needs without costing a fortune. A & S Homes designed Waterford Landing . . .

    June 13, 2015

  • Study profiles new home buyers across Canada

    Study profiles new home buyers across Canada

    The Altus Group recently published a short paper that profiled new home buyers across Canada. Admittedly, hard data are scarce, with the best information coming from major urban centres. However, the observations ring true across the country.Approximately one in 100 households, or one per cent, purchased a newly built home . . .

    June 13, 2015

  • Degrees of separation

    Family members won't feel like they're on top of each other
    Degrees of separation

    If there's one thing a growing family can't live without, it's space.Then -- in no particular order -- other non-negotiable new-home features would be utility, separation and, of course, style. That said, style is nice, but if a home isn't everyday livable, style is just meaningless window dressing.The Amherst III . . .

    June 6, 2015

  • Winnipeg must balance supply and demand

    In Winnipeg, we tend to take choice of housing for granted. We have a good mix of multi-family choices. We can also choose among various types of single family detached homes. We also have the choice of new neighbourhoods being developed in the city.Not so in Toronto and Vancouver.In the . . .

    June 6, 2015

  • All in the family

    Amber Trails home perfect for multi-generation living
    All in the family

    At first glance, the foyer of 60 Dana Cres. -- a.k.a. the Corsica -- seems straightforward.With a formal dining room/den to its right and a handy two-piece bathroom to its left, it gets the 2, 296-square-foot, two-storey home off to a practical, spacious start. That said, it's not the only . . .

    May 30, 2015