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Renovation & Design - 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 . . .…

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 . . .…

Renovation & Design - 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) . . .…

Housing Forum proves highly informative

The Manitoba Home Builders Association conducted its annual Housing Forum last week at the Victoria Inn. There were 19 educational seminars presented. The day started with keynote speaker Ron Buist, former marketing director for Tim Hortons, informing the crowd about the humble beginnings of the industry giant and how the Roll . . .…

Renovation & Design - High on ornamental grass

High on ornamental grass

Provides contrast and tranquility to gardens

Deer resistant. These two words are a powerful descriptor and make a good argument for including ornamental grasses in your landscape. At Assiniboine Park, home to Winnipeg's largest garden as well as a deer population that has demonstrated a steady appetite for a range of plant material no matter the time . . .…

New Homes - No small feat

No small feat

Functional design makes most of undersized lot

Being an inventive, imaginative lot, builders relish the opportunity to rise to a challenge. That's exactly what happened when Spencer Curtis and his design team at Hilton Homes were given the responsibility of building a spacious home on a lot that was significantly narrower than normal at 54 Appleford Gate in . . .…

New Homes - Everything in its place

Everything in its place

Livable and lavish

There tends to be two types of show homes. The first simply overwhelms you with a quick burst of in-your-face wow factor. The second, by contrast, is more subtle in its spectacularity. The moment you walk in, you're aware of the wow factor, but it doesn't fizzle out. Rather, the various . . .…

New Homes - Natural beauty

Natural beauty

Two-storey home with walk-out basement is grand yet practical

As cutting-edge as new homes with modern designs can be, there's the risk of the design being too modern. When that happens, a home filled with white finishes, stainless steel appliances and a wealth of windows can end up feeling cold. That's not the case with 129 Autumnview Drive, said . . .…

Let there be light

Modern-themed home filled with windows, artistic touches

It isn't often you walk into a foyer of a new home that sports a three-piece glass wall that greets you in grand style.Yet, that's the scene that unfolds the moment you enter 29 East Plains Drive, a two-storey Artista Homes design in Sage Creek. However, it's the scene on . . .…

New Homes - Livable layout

Livable layout

New home has plenty of pizzazz, but functional design is where it shines

Admit it or not, when it comes to new homes, people tend to gravitate to pizzazz rather than practicality.Yet, at the end of the day, it's practicality (in particular, a home's layout) that makes a home livable. The design team at Parkhill Homes designed 10 Orchard Gate -- a 1, . . .…

Resale Homes - A concrete choice

A concrete choice

Affordable condo mixes in modern elements to maximize space

If you're a young professional just starting out - and looking for your first home - affordability and value is a priority. In most cases, a home possessing those two attributes is a one-bedroom, apartment-style condominium. Find the right one, and you stand to get a dwelling that checks in at . . .…

Resale Homes - Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

QUESTION: My eight-year-old granddaughter made me a lovely fall wreath out of dried leaves at her girls club. I would like to know if there is anything I can spray on it to preserve it for another year. It will be kept inside. From a very proud Grandma, Winnipeg.   ANSWER: Keeping . . .…

Resale Homes - Ready to go

Ready to go

Bridgwater Forest bungalow offers all the benefits of a new home without the wait

With the popularity of Bridgwater Forest and Lakes unrelenting, there are two options you can pursue if you want to live there. First, you can build a new home, but it could take up to a year to complete. The second option is to find a like-new home on a . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold Nov 1

Sold Nov 1

SOLD:MaplesADDRESS: 4 Bondar BayASKING PRICE: $199, 900SOLD PRICE: $201, 000TAXES: $2, 680.84SQUARE FOOTAGE: 812BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 30 x 104LISTING AGENT: Sheldon Zamick, Sutton Group Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-291-8403SOLD:Linden WoodsADDRESS: 4312-193 Victor Lewis Dr.ASKING PRICE: $187, 900ASKING PRICE: $180, 000TAXES: $2, 107SQUARE FOOTAGE: 911BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: CondominiumSELLING AGENT: Vijay . . .…

Distinctive dwelling

Royalwood property resembles brand-new homes seen in newer neighbourhoods

If it weren't for the fact you knew you were in Royalwood, you'd almost swear you were in Bridgwater Forest.With its cultured stone facade, front porch and non-protruding attached garage, 75 Bridgeway Cres. greatly resembles many homes that line the streets in Bridgwater Forest and Bridgwater Lakes. However, the home . . .…