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When replacing siding start with a clean slate

Question: I read an article you wrote on the Internet and it prompted me to ask about a new siding project on our home we are planning. The house still has the old cedar lap siding, which has become a bear to upkeep with paint and caulk and so much . . .…

Renovation & Design - Embracing insulating concrete forms

Embracing insulating concrete forms

Home renovations often include large additions or finished basements. Many people are telling their contractor to build their basement, and even the upstairs walls, with insulating concrete forms (ICF), which exceed R-values recommended by the Manitoba Building Code. "The present code requires a minimum R-20 insulation in a finished concrete basement. . . .…

Renovation & Design - Coming attractions

Coming attractions

Think perennials as the first buds begin to bloom

One of the greatest pleasures in spring as we walk through the garden, taking care to avoid compacting soggy-wet soil with our boots or the premature use of garden tools, is seeing the first shoots of perennials emerging. But there is always the nagging concern some of our favourites won't . . .…

Renovation & Design - Coordinating successfully  is easier than you think

Coordinating successfully is easier than you think

Matching sets can be boring. Why let someone else determine which accent chair goes with your sofa or that table lamps have to match. Coordinating items rather than playing it safe with matching sets is a great way to break out of the world of matchy matchy.Using the art of . . .…

Renovation & Design - Comforting treat for winter-weary tootsies

Comforting treat for winter-weary tootsies

QUESTION - The dry winter air has been hard on me this year. Can you recommend a household solution for cracked, dry heels? Bruno (Brandon).ANSWER - You may need to consult your physician if the skin is badly cracked. To soothe your skin temporarily, make a foot bath using 14 . . .…

New Homes - HOP hopeful province will renew funding

HOP hopeful province will renew funding

Housing program helps deserving families realize their dream of home ownership

IF anyone ever doubted the difference Housing Opportunity Partnership makes in peoples' lives, all you have to do is ask Realtor Frank Zappia. "The only way I can put it is that the people fortunate enough to qualify for a home are absolutely thrilled to become homeowners, " said Zappia. He said . . .…

New Homes - Room to grow

Room to grow

River Park South home has livable space upstairs and down

If you're the parents of two or three children, space is paramount. Unfortunately, that need tends to conflict with reality, which dictates that a home possessing 2, 000 sq. ft. of living space might not be affordable. It's time to re-think that equation, said Rene Giroux of Kensington Homes. "(Our) designers have . . .…

New Homes - Shadow Ridge great fit for many needs

Shadow Ridge great fit for many needs

No matter whether you're a single, young couple, or empty nesters, the issue is the same: Affordable housing is hard to find.Consequently, those looking for a first new home or move-up home can be caught in a serious quandary. What to do -- grind your teeth and pay what you . . .…

New Homes - Viewing tips for the Spring Parade of Homes

Viewing tips for the Spring Parade of Homes

The first week of the Spring Parade of Homes has concluded, and the fabulous weather has resulted in tremendous crowds visiting the new show homes. Last year, -45 C; this year, 5 C. Fantastic! Each year, we print a primer for Parade attendees; just a couple of tips to maximize . . .…

New Homes - More than you bargained for

More than you bargained for

Crocus 2 makes new homes affordable

If you're on a tight budget, purchasing a new home can be a financial stretch.That means several demographics - from growing families to young couples to empty nesters - can find it difficult to afford a brand new home. Bearing that in mind, Odessy Homes has come to the fore . . .…

Resale Homes - Good as new

Good as new

River Grove beauty well-cared-for

One of the best aspects of buying a new home is that it's, well, new. Which is to say, when you walk in the door, everything is shiny and unspoiled, from the floors, to the countertops to the windows, and so on; it's a genuine thrill to know no one else . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold and offered

Sold and offered

SOLD: Maples ADDRESS: 34 Pearce Ave. ASKING PRICE: $259, 900 SOLD PRICE: $255, 000 TAXES: $2, 760.17 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 062 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1.5 LOT SIZE: 53 x 120 LISTING AGENT: Lynda Mackie, RE/MAX Executives, 204-890-9960 SELLING AGENT: Jen Lopez, Century 21 Advanced, 204-925-7999   SOLD: East Kildonan ADDRESS: 478 Roberta Ave. ASKING PRICE: $259, 900 SOLD PRICE: $280, 000 TAXES: $3, 171.38 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 060 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: . . .…

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 -- . . .…

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