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Renovation & Design - Roof ice damming related to air sealing and insulation

Roof ice damming related to air sealing and insulation

Question: I have an ongoing problem with ice damming. I did change the shingles on the roof twice. The last time was seven years ago. Now, I am thinking of changing the furnace to a high-efficient unit, plus I would like to change my attic insulation to foam insulation. There . . .…

Drain snake is best bet to unplug toilet

QUESTION: I plugged the toilet and tried to plunge it, but it won't drain. Help! Brad, WinnipegANSWER: Wow, I admire your honesty. Most people would have blamed this on someone else. Since the plunger failed, your next step is to purchase a drain snake, which is a long wire coil . . .…

Renovation & Design - Dividing-wall debacle

Dividing-wall debacle

Bungalow renovation takes a turn for the worse, but owners happy with end result

Live in a gloomy, cramped bungalow built in the late 1940s?Why not remove a few divider walls to open those tiny rooms to let in the light and accommodate a growing number of family members, including grandchildren?That is what Rick and Victoria Preston did recently to their 1, 200 square-foot . . .…

Renovation & Design - FIREPLACE ADDS FLASH to backyard setting

FIREPLACE ADDS FLASH to backyard setting

Elevates landscape with stunning effect

For landscape designer Colleen Watson, fall is one of the most exhilarating times of the year. The same goes for many homeowners, too.What's driving them? Backyard projects that are nearing completion.On crisp fall days when temperatures are in single digits more days than not, Watson has all the incentive she . . .…

Renovation & Design - De-cluttering great way to create more space

De-cluttering great way to create more space

When my husband and I decided to downsize from our home to a condo, I knew I had a heavy task ahead of me.Sorting through 30 years of 'stuff' took a year of evenings but I got a good head start before we even purchased our new place. I boxed . . .…

New Homes - In with the new

In with the new

Bonneville redefines design from top to bottom

As a new home builder, you never want to be accused of falling victim to an insidious malady. That malady is none other than Same Old Syndrome (otherwise known as SOS), an affliction that has been known to cause prospective homebuyers' eyes to glaze over, a condition that can be relieved . . .…

New Homes - You want space?

You want space?

The Ambassador II offers four levels of living area

It's a commodity that king-sized families prize above all others.That commodity? None other than space. If you're a family composed of two adults plus three or four hyperkinetic kids, you can never have enough space. Turns out, Ventura Custom Homes had that need in mind when they designed The Ambassador . . .…

New Homes - Simply stunning

Simply stunning

Home eschews fanciful for functional

When it comes to show homes -- especially at times when the Parade of Homes is on -- it's easy for builders to get carried away with their designs. While it's good to showcase innovative new materials, products -- or even a revolutionary floor plan -- there's always the danger of . . .…

New Homes - It's a family friendly abode

It's a family friendly abode

Home's floor plan can accommodate everyone's needs

If you're a large family -- say five or six people -- you require two things in a home. First, that it's spacious. And second, that it contains a multitude of separate spaces within a large envelope that, for all intents and purposes, needs to exceed 2, 000 square feet of . . .…

New Homes - Parade-goers in for some great fall treats

Parade-goers in for some great fall treats

IF the weeks leading up to the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes are any indication, builders are going to be very busy during the three-week event that runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 5. "People already started coming out to look at my show home in early September, " reported Cheryl Thurston, . . .…

Resale Homes - Pretty on the inside

Pretty on the inside

Interior ambience a compelling asset of custom-built home

In terms of livability, not every home is created equal.That's why you can walk into one home and feel something is missing, while another feels perfect the moment you set foot inside. After taking a moment to think about it, you realize it was the small, intangible details that made . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold and offered

Sold and offered

SOLD:WestonADDRESS: 970 Alexander Ave.ASKING PRICE: $132, 970SOLD PRICE: $133, 000TAXES: $1, 060.24SQUARE FOOTAGE: 785BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: 36 x 70LISTING AGENT: Rachel Gendron, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-781-2485SELLING AGENT: Rene Estabillo, Century, 204-987-2121SOLD:NorwoodADDRESS: 73 Hillcrest Ave.ASKING PRICE: $219, 900SOLD PRICE: $212, 500TAXES: $2, 295.38SQUARE FOOTAGE: 774BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: . . .…

Resale Homes - Solid starter

Solid starter

River Heights gem an affordable option

One of the downsides to looking for a solid starter home is that on a limited budget, you may not get the location you want.In other words, young families or couples just starting out often have to buy their first home in a more remote part of the city to . . .…

Resale Homes - Quality reborn

Quality reborn

1970s-era Maples home lovingly remodelled

It's funny how we perceive age. If you're 37 years old, you still consider yourself to be relatively young. But 37 years old for a home? Well, that's starting to get up there.   That is, unless the home has been brought up to contemporary standards. That's exactly the case with 19 Lavender . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold and offered

Sold and offered

SOLD: Lakeside Meadows ADDRESS: 92 Lynn Lake Dr. SOLD PRICE: $315, 000 ASKING PRICE : $329, 000 TAXES: $3, 644 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 292 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2.5 LOT SIZE: 54 x 100 LISTING & SELLING AGENT: Apee Panchhi, RE/MAX Executives Realty, 204-771-5500   SOLD: Downtown ADDRESS: 1205-15 Kennedy St. ASKING PRICE: $160, 000 SOLD PRICE: $150, 000 TAXES: $2, 235.42 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 840 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: Condominium LISTING . . .…