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Want parents close by? Build a granny suite

Fifteen years ago, it was frowned upon to apply for a permit to build an addition called a granny suite. In those days, the preferred nomenclature employed by the City of Winnipeg was servants' quarters.Apparently, the city's mandarins believed granny suites would become rental units in parts of the metropolis . . .…

Renovation & Design - Photos help you picture  that perfect decor

Photos help you picture that perfect decor

So you think you know what you want for your decor but can't quite make the final decisions. If you happen upon a photo of what you want, then you've found the answer to your concerns. Seeing your ideas set out in a room can allay your concerns about whether . . .…

Avoiding mould grief in basement insulation

111I am currently developing my basement. My home was built in 1974. The previous owner had already framed the exterior walls and installed pink R12 fibreglass insulation along with a vapour barrier, probably around seven years ago. The vapour barrier was not sealed with acoustic sealant, only stapled. I have . . .…

Exotic locales inspire gardeners

European travels can fill mind with numerous new, creative ideas

"I am out of the country until the snow disappears and will have no access to my emails or phone during that time."It's a message that resonates at this time of year as wanderlust fuels the desire to travel. What exotic locales enticed you to escape, if only for a . . .…

Renovation & Design - Be gentle when cleaning marble floors

Be gentle when cleaning marble floors

QUESTION -- I have a problem with stains on marble flooring. Most stains are water and the tiles are also dulling with no shine. Is there a cure? Many thanks in advance. Glenda (Niverville)ANSWER -- Regardless of anything else you may have heard, don't ever allow yourself to be tempted . . .…

Closed concept

Builders bucked current trend in favour of distinct spaces for unique Borealis Bay home

As a home builder, it can be difficult to be daringly different with home designs.Why? Because the homebuilding industry is driven by trends that include open-concept great rooms. Most homes on the market today, for better or for worse, are centred around wide-open great rooms.Thankfully, there's the occasional design that . . .…

New Homes - Love the livability

Love the livability

Square-footage boost elevates Sage Creek bi-level

Sometimes, it's the little details that can take a new home design from good to great.An example of that is the Kendal, a 1, 520-sq.-ft. bi-level design, said Hearth Homes sales manager Liam Milne."This version of the home is up approximately 100 square feet from three years ago. The extra . . .…

Trends in construction industry could be hitting home soon

Every day, I receive selected articles from across the country about issues that affect the residential construction industry. These can involve a multitude of topics ranging from government legislation to research studies to local issues. This past week, I noticed a few issues or trends occurring around the country that . . .…

New Homes - Back to basics

Back to basics

Forgoing fancy options can reduce a home's price significantly

As anyone who's bought a new home knows, it can be -- to say the least -- a challenging process. One of the biggest challenges (if not the biggest) is staying on budget. After watching all the shows on HGTV, it can be exceedingly difficult not to deck out a home . . .…

New Homes - Newport a whole lot of house

Newport a whole lot of house

Five-bedroom bungalow has versatile design

When the designers at A & S Homes designed the Newport, they had one thing in mind: create a versatile home ideal for a family or empty nesters. Mission accomplished, said RE/MAX Performance Realty's Rob Hutchison, a sales representative for A & S Homes. "This home can be adapted to any need, . . .…

Surprises await

Vintage 1900s home not what you would expect inside

It's a saying we all know well: Don't judge a book by its cover.As clichéd as it might be, in this case -- 102 Ruby St., a two-and-a-half-storey, early 1900s-vintage home in Wolseley -- the saying is very much appropriate. From the outside, it looks like most Wolseley classics -- . . .…

Resale Homes - Best of both worlds

Best of both worlds

Decked-out bungalow offers country feel only a short drive from city

If you've been looking for a king-sized home that offers gracious living in a countrified setting, there's no need to leave the city behind to find it.Well, almost. Turns out, a meticulously-maintained 2, 105-sq.-ft. bungalow -- a gold-award winner in the 2008 spring Parade of Homes -- is available in . . .…

Resale Homes - SOLD FEB 14

SOLD FEB 14

OFFERED:River Park SouthADDRESS: 7 Westbourne Cres.ASKING PRICE: $369, 900TAXES: $4, 533.70SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 258BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 50 x 174LISTING AGENT: Terry Isaryk, Re/Max Performance Realty, 204-999-7653OFFERED:Bridgwater LakesADDRESS: 106 Eagleview Rd.TAXES: $430, 121TAXES: Not yet assessedSQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 832BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 2.5LOT SIZE: 46 x 118LISTING AGENT: Mark Kogan, Cornerstone Real . . .…

Resale Homes - Realistic real estate

Realistic real estate

Home is priced to reflect a balanced market

With today's balanced real estate market, it's critical for sellers to list their homes at a realistic price. Why? It's simple. If a home -- no matter how good it is -- is overpriced, it might sit on the market for 40 to 60 days or longer. As fetching and functional . . .…

Family home is move-in ready

River Park South charmer loaded with updates

In today's balanced real estate market, a high percentage of solid, well-located homes aren't selling as quickly as many vendors might like. The reason for that is simple: vendors often balk at the notion of updating their home in key areas. In a day and age where the preference for a . . .…

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