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Renovation & Design - Holiday decorating need not be over the top

Holiday decorating need not be over the top

Shopping malls are decorated, wish lists are growing and children are trying their hardest to be at their best. The holiday season is drawing to a close and Home Hardware, through it's Beauti-Tone Paint Division, has project ideas to help. "The holiday season is the perfect time to throw understated to the . . .…

Renovation & Design - End sewage smells through process of elimination

End sewage smells through process of elimination

Questions: We live in a rural area and have a well, septic tank, effluent pump and septic field. The house is a 1, 400-square-foot bungalow with a partly finished basement. We have a strong sewer smell coming from the laundry room downstairs. There does not appear to be any "liquid" . . .…

Renovation & Design - Now we're cooking

Now we're cooking

Colleen Zacharias on outdoor ovens

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose... This holiday season, a growing number of outdoor cooking enthusiasts may be humming the lyrics to this classic song composed in 1946 by Mel Torme and Robert Wells, as they prepare delectable dishes in their newly acquired pizza ovens . . .…

Renovation & Design - Tough on crime

Tough on crime

Safety screen thwarts criminals, prevents falls

Renovating is an advantageous time to upgrade the safety features of your living space to help prevent break-ins, home invasions, serious injuries and, in some cases, death. Stan Bardal, president of Secure All Inc., has cutting-edge materials that will secure your house, condo or cottage against intruders and much more. One product . . .…

Renovation & Design - Weathering winter

Weathering winter

Tips to keep ice dams, frozen pipes and more at bay

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. But even when winter does its worst feel confident that with the proper maintenance, you can make it right. Here are some of the biggest problems I see and a few things you can do about them. Roof -- ice damming: Typically the two . . .…

Aging in Place an idea whose time has come

I am frequently asked to gaze into the crystal ball and forecast coming trends and changes in the residential construction industry. Normally, I don't have to look any further than the Parade of Homes or the Renovation of the Year Awards. These events bring out the best in new-home construction and . . .…

New Homes - Living large

Living large

Bridgwater Lakes home right size for today's family

As a builder, it's critically important to listen to customers to create functional new designs. That's how Hearth Homes came up with the design of the Hawksbridge, the latest Bridgwater Lakes show home, found at 112 Lake Bend Road. "We spend a lot of our time thinking about what people want in . . .…

New Homes - All in the family

All in the family

Bridgwater home can accommodate the whole clan

There's one certainty if you're a large family or multi-generational family looking for a new home.You know size matters. Consequently, Kensington Homes has come up with a design -- the Brampton -- to provide king-sized families with adequate space.At 2, 858 sq. ft., the two-storey home -- which is just . . .…

Tweaking it to the max

Sterling Homes' team improves on Montara's already successful design

As good as a new home's design might be, it can always be made better.Which is exactly what the design team at Sterling Homes did when they subtly tweaked an already successful home plan, The Montara: make the 1, 675-square-foot bungalow better in several key areas."The tweaks started with giving . . .…

New Homes - Functional and elegant

Functional and elegant

Sage Creek bungalow offers exceptional attention to detail

When it comes to show homes, function must come first. Once a functional design is achieved, elegance can then be woven into the overall design. The design team at Maric Homes had that in mind when they conceived the floor plan of 25 East Plains Drive, said Phil Mosher, Realty . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold & offered

Sold & offered

Sold-Offered for Dec. 20, 2014:   SOLD: Westdale ADDRESS: 87 Dellwood Cr. ASKING PRICE: $219, 900 SOLD PRICE: $216, 000 TAXES: $2, 219.54 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 152 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1.5 LOT SIZE: 30 x 100 LISTING AGENT: Ken Maines, Maximum Realty, 204-999-9078   SOLD: South Tuxedo ADDRESS: 25-124 Portsmouth Blvd. ASKING Price: $199, 900 SOLD PRICE: $203, 000 TAXES: $2, 400.22 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 018 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: Condominium LISTING . . .…

Resale Homes - Fits just right

Fits just right

Corydon condo has location, functionality and value

Young couples and empty-nesters looking for a home have a lot in common. They tend to look for value and functionality and location is paramount. In many cases, they have a budget that falls in the $200, 000-to-$250, 000 range. A functional condominium in a central location for under $210, 000 is exceptional . . .…

Resale Homes - Cottage country in the city

Cottage country in the city

Elm Park beauty perfect for growing family

Buying a home tends to be an exercise in compromise. Which is to say, no home is perfect. No matter what, there's always one or two things about a home -- as good as it might be -- that you wish were different. However, there is the occasional home that, while not . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold DEC 6

Sold DEC 6

SOLD:WildwoodADDRESS: 769 Waterford Ave.ASKING PRICE: $419, 000SOLD PRICE: $409, 000TAXES: $3, 779.74SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 400BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 50 x 150LISTING AGENT: Scott Moore, Realty Executives Premiere, 204-995-7355SOLD:St. AdolpheADDRESS: 7-409 Main St.ASKING PRICE: $209, 900SOLD PRICE: $209, 900TAXES: $1, 741.19SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 019BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: CondominiumLISTING AGENT: Dan Vermette, . . .…

Resale Homes - Postcard perfect

Postcard perfect

Churchill Drive home a sight to behold

It's a classic Manitoba winter day: crisp and clear, the snow crunching underfoot as you survey the scene unfolding around you.In this instance, you're on a serene stretch of Churchill Drive, the road and adjacent river curving away from you, the river covered in glistening snow.Then, right on the road's . . .…

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