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Use a hair dryer to stretch tight shoes

QUESTION : I own a pair of shoes that have a stretch fabric over the top of the shoe. I tried them on as I need them for a wedding this weekend and they are tight. How can I stretch them a bit so they feel more comfy? Thanks, Shirley, . . .…

Renovation & Design - Unique decorating ideas for unusual spaces

Unique decorating ideas for unusual spaces

There's something interesting about a room that has unusual lines. Angled, low ceilings or walls, dormers, cut-ins or jut-outs can all be charming at first glance. When a space is outside of the box it can be inspiring, but also a little daunting when it comes to decorating. We had this . . .…

Renovation & Design - Cabinet quality something worth considering

Cabinet quality something worth considering

The saying "a five dollar horse with a fifty dollar saddle" relates to our current practice of purchasing mass-produced kitchen cabinets and mounting more expensive granite counters on top of them. Most of the cabinets produced today look good on the outside. However, if discerning buyers check the materials used to . . .…

Renovation & Design - Open air, open design

Open air, open design

Privacy, plants, lighting all come to play in personalized outdoor spaces

When professional landscape designer and horticultural consultant Lyndon Penner was a child in Saskatchewan, he asked for a playhouse to call his own. His grandmother responded by growing one for him.   Russian mammoth sunflowers which grow to a height of some 10 feet in a single season were planted in the . . .…

Renovation & Design - Electrical repairs off limits to DIYers

Electrical repairs off limits to DIYers

Everyone knows I'm not a big fan of people doing work around their home that they are not qualified to do. Leave it to the pros and you should only have to do it once. But getting a professional to do every little thing your home needs can be expensive -- . . .…

Canadian Home Builders' Association takes message to Ottawa

Last Tuesday, representatives of the Canadian Home Builders' Association descended en masse to Parliament Hill to talk housing with elected and administrative officials. It was part of the annual Forum for Growth and the goal was to educate, inform and enlighten. The residential construction industry supports more than 900, 000 jobs . . .…

New Homes - Eldwood offers exceptional value

Eldwood offers exceptional value

Randall Homes design big on interior space, natural light

For a young family looking to move up to a new home, the objective is simple: find one that offers exceptional value. That value comes in the forms of affordability and livability. While the home needs to be spacious -- in the 2, 000-square-foot range -- it must also be priced . . .…

New Homes - Size matters at Oxbow of Tuxedo Point

Size matters at Oxbow of Tuxedo Point

Home owners looking to make a lateral -- or, for that matter, first -- move to a condominium in southwest Winnipeg have a new entry on the list to choose from. Called Oxbow of Tuxedo Point, the community -- which, like Oxbow on the Seine, is a collaboration between Towers Realty . . .…

New Homes - Lake VIEW

Lake VIEW

Design maximizes ambience of Bridgwater home

The design of a new home isn't as straightforward as it might seem, Jason Arlt says.Take 106 Lake Bend Road, for example."The first thing that came to mind when we looked at the lot is that we absolutely had to maximize the lake view, " he says."The lot is situated . . .…

Tempest in teapot over 'high risk' analysis

Quite a stir was caused in Winnipeg on April 29 when Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CEO Evan Siddall was in town for the Housing and Homelessness Conference. The CMHC had just published its second special edition of the Housing Now Canada House Price Analysis and Assessment. In it, Winnipeg . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold may 16

Sold may 16

Sold-Offered for May 16, 2015:   SOLD: RM of Springfield ADDRESS: 41 Estate Rd. ASKING PRICE: $549, 900 SOLD PRICE: $485, 000 TAXES: $5, 797.11 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 300 BEDROOMS: 5 BATHROOMS: 4 LOT SIZE: 389 x 560 LISTING & SELLING AGENT: Greg Michie, The Greg Michie Team, 204-336-2800   SOLD: East Kildonan ADDRESS: 444 Neil Ave. ASKING PRICE: $249, 900 SOLD PRICE: $245, 000 TAXES: $3, 057.80 SQUARE FOOTAGE: . . .…

Resale Homes - A rare vintage

A rare vintage

Custom design, country-estate feel sets 50-year-old home apart

In many instances, it's realtor speak. However, in this case, Brent Fontaine isn't making an overstatement when he talks about 93 Victoria Crescent. "This home really is a rare find -- few homes come up for sale on Victoria Crescent, but when they do, you need to act quickly if you really . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold May 9

Sold May 9

SOLD:St. AndrewsADDRESS: 470 River Rd.ASKING PRICE: $849, 900SOLD PRICE: $852, 500TAXES: $8, 559.83SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 251BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 2.54 acresLISTING AGENT: Greg Michie, The Greg Michie Team, 204-336-2800SELLING AGENT: Greg Tino, Remax Executives, 204-987-9800SOLD:Ile des ChÃÂȘnesADDRESS: 24009 Prefontaine Rd.ASKING PRICE: $325, 000SOLD PRICE: $320, 000TAXES: $3, 855.47SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, . . .…

Resale Homes - Condo of quality

Condo of quality

St. Vital unit high in livability, value

Two things are paramount if you're a professional couple or empty-nest couple looking for a condominium.First, it has to be livable. Second, the build quality -- and finishing quality -- needs to be high. If you're paying a good dollar for a turnkey home, the value has to be there.With . . .…

Resale Homes - Country charm in Wolseley

Country charm in Wolseley

River setting sets tone for home

IT sounds like a pipe dream: owning a home on the river in Wolseley -- and paying less than $4, 000 in taxes. Yet, that's what you get with 902 Palmerston Ave., a quaint 910-square-foot bungalow built in 1922, said Realty Executives First Choice's Eric Neumann. "This home represents a rare opportunity . . .…

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