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  • All the right moves

    Extensive planning is key to a successful renovation
    All the right moves

    A big renovation requires a trustworthy contractor. That's why Morgan Whiteway chose Red Seal Builders to complete a large addition to his two-storey home in the Norwood area, including a basement and a large attached double garage. "It's the kind of project we really enjoy, " said contractor Cory Kloos, who founded . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Address issues with home before warranty expires

    Question: We've been living in our newly built home for about a month now. We have a home warranty that will cover some of the problems we might find and I just came across some issues that I was hoping I can get advice on. I noticed one of our . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Contain your excitement

    Take weather, weight into consideration when deciding what planter to use
    Contain your excitement

    If the sight and scent of all the fresh greens, boughs, birch poles, magnolia leaves and stems of red berries at your local garden centre is enough to inspire you to create a seasonal container display at your front entry, take time to consider the type of container you will . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Sirococcus disease a blight on spruce trees

    Sirococcus disease a blight on spruce trees

    Of all the tree issues that concern property owners, unquestionably Colorado blue spruce and the green variety of Colorado spruce year after year top the list.This variety and species of spruce simply has lost most of its ability to deal with a host of disease and pest issues. I have . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • No need to break bank to update decor

    No need to break bank to update decor

    Readers often contact me to share their ideas and decorating successes. I've enjoyed hearing from you over these past 15 years. (Has it been that long?)Linda D. recently contacted me to share her story of decorating triumphs while living on a fixed income. I dropped in on her a few . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Don't cry over spilled milk or mouldy bird feeders

    QUESTION -- Can you please tell me how I can prevent mould from forming in my hummingbird feeder? Orve, WinnipegANSWER -- The easiest solution for resisting mould in feeders is to move the feeder into the shade. When it comes to hummingbird feeders, the rule of thumb is to change . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Room to move

    Proper design, updated materials help drab, undersized bathroom
    Room to move

    No matter how much you like your home, there always seems to be one space that, well, just doesn't work.In many cases, that space is an undersized bathroom. It seems no matter how much you wrack your brain, you can't come up with a solution to bring newfound function to . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • How to give a room a great personality

    How to give a room a great personality

    Our feature photo, courtesy of Benjamin Moore Paints, boasts a room with personality galore. If this room could speak it would say "I'm stylish, luxurious, current and inviting". How do you get a room to sing its own praises? You have to start with doing the unexpected. Let's dissect this . . .

    November 15, 2014

  • Solutions: Fixing stains and wobbly locks

    QUESTION -- I have four butter knives from the American Silversmiths Collection, and they have stains on them I can't remove. They look like smudges. Can you help? Janet (Winnipeg) ANSWER -- You may want to purchase the commercial cleaning product recommended by the company. If not, combine two cups of . . .

    November 15, 2014

  • Take care with tree care

    Take care with tree care

    Lots of people like to save money if they can do the job or most of the job themselves. I receive hundreds of calls each year about concerns people have with their trees and shrubs. There are essentially four areas associated with trees and shrubs of which people are concerned: (1) . . .

    November 15, 2014