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Can opener can do more than open cans

QUESTION -- Whenever I purchase household items that have thick packaging encasing them, it takes me a mountain of time and frustration to remove the plastic. Often my scissors can't cut through the thick plastic. Do you have any ideas to make this easier? Gloria (Grand Pointe)ANSWER -- Run a . . .…

Renovation & Design - Switching to energy-efficient bulbs a bright idea

Switching to energy-efficient bulbs a bright idea

Renovation time is a good time to save moolah. It's easy. Just ensure any new light fixtures you buy are equipped with Energy Star approved bulbs and, at the same time, replace existing incandescent lamps in your home with energy-efficient ones. Potential power savings can be almost $140 per bulb.To . . .…

Renovation & Design - Prevent problems with proper subfloor preparation

Prevent problems with proper subfloor preparation

Question: We are building a new home and it's visually important that the five-inch wide engineered hardwood flooring run parallel to the 19.2-inch on centre, spaced wood web-engineered truss floor joists. The builder is installing a 3/4-inch thick OSB subfloor, glued and screwed. Internet research says it's not advisable to . . .…

Renovation & Design - Hello Dahlias

Hello Dahlias

From the gardens of kings to your front yard

This time every year my appetite begins to grow for the prospect of bold, audacious colour in the garden. As agreeable as pastel pinks, whites and silvers can be, serving to draw the eye along, illuminating a shady area or acting as a harmonizer, what appeals now is the vision of . . .…

Renovation & Design - Get the biggest bang for your buck

Get the biggest bang for your buck

HGTV's Scott McGillivray tells you how to make your reno profitable

If your home is outdated or in dire need of repair, renovation may be necessary to get it ready to sell. But which home improvements will fetch the most money? Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV's hit series Income Property, gives his top five recommendations, "to ensure you get the most . . .…

New Homes - Time to shut down housing-start falsehoods

Time to shut down housing-start falsehoods

With the analysis of last year's performance and the predictions that come for this year and beyond, there are always a variety of theories and speculations offered to spur discussion and perhaps create some controversy.Although they succeed in getting people talking, they can also create false harm if believed.Following are . . .…

New Homes - And now for something different

And now for something different

Trifecta of homes from Hilton functional, affordable

No question about it -- many prospective homebuyers would like to buy a new home.However, in many cases, one major issue prevents them from making the purchase: affordability. Reality is, most folks simply can't afford to shell out $450, 000 or more for a new home, as much as they . . .…

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 . . .…

Resale Homes - Marvellous mansion

Marvellous mansion

Big, lovely home will generate rental revenue aplenty

It's something we've all dreamed about -- having our own luxurious mansion to live in.Ideally, it would be situated on a quiet, mature lot. Moreover, that lot would also exude a countrified charm (with its generous width and depth, surrounded by mature trees), yet be close to a wide range . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold

Sold

Sold-Offered for Feb. 28, 2015:   SOLD: Maples ADDRESS: 14 Leamen Ave. ASKING PRICE: $324, 900 SOLD PRICE: $310, 000 TAXES: $2, 749.83 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 358 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 57 x 100 LISTING AGENT: Lynda Mackie, RE/MAX executives 204-890-9960 SELLING AGENT: Tony Panchhi, RE/MAX executives 204-987-9800   SOLD: St. Norbert ADDRESS: 183 Le Maire St. ASKING PRICE: $189, 900 SOLD PRICE: $187, 000 TAXES: $2, 288.59 SQUARE . . .…

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 . . .…

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