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Renovation & Design - GARDENING: The secret world of  tomatoes

GARDENING: The secret world of tomatoes

Enthusiasts say there's an entire universe of the fruit to explore

When it comes to tomatoes, there are two distinct camps of tomato lovers. Those who have been raised on commercial hybrid tomatoes purchased at the grocery store and those who insist on nothing less than locally grown tomatoes. A growing number of tomato enthusiasts are seeking out the delicious, juicy flavours . . .…

Renovation & Design - RENOVATIONS: Orient expression

RENOVATIONS: Orient expression

Gimli business specializes in Far East flair

A trip to the Far East by a mother to visit her daughter blossomed into a family business that will unveil unique handmade products from Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries to Manitoba beginning in May. Designers and members of the general public in search of unusual items with which to . . .…

Renovation & Design - CONNIE OLIVER: How to not go insane choosing paint colour

CONNIE OLIVER: How to not go insane choosing paint colour

When it comes to decorating, painting is an easier task than choosing a colour. That's the finding of a survey of Canadians' painting habits conducted by CIL paint. Forty-four per cent of respondents pointed to colour selection as the biggest challenge they associate with painting projects. This compares with 34 per . . .…

Renovation & Design - MIKE HOLMES: Home inspections benefit buyers and sellers

MIKE HOLMES: Home inspections benefit buyers and sellers

Springtime is home buying (and selling) season. By now most people know why you need a home inspection before you buy a house. If you don't, let me give you a reminder: You can end up buying a can of worms that will cost you tens of thousands of dollars . . .…

Renovation & Design - ASK THE NSPECTOR: Calming a noisy furnace

ASK THE NSPECTOR: Calming a noisy furnace

QUESTION: My question is regarding my loud furnace. We built a 1, 700-square-foot typical rectangular bungalow around 20 years ago. To me, the furnace has always been loud to the point that you have to turn up the volume on the TV whenever the air conditioning or heat goes on. . . .…

New Homes - Design gamble

Design gamble

Home offers a unique segmented lower level

When builders go outside convention with an aspect of a home's design, it's a calculated risk. In the case of the Hutchinson, a 2, 017-square-foot bungalow found at 167 Lake Bend Rd. in Bridgwater Lakes, the design gamble -- a segmented rather than open-concept lower level -- has paid off. "Pretty much . . .…

Tackling Canada's skills shortage proves challenging

I had the pleasure of attending a Skills Manitoba event on April 10 and came away feeling good about the quality of young people being trained to lead the next generation of skilled labour in this province. However, after reading some commentary from across the country and looking at our numbers . . .…

New Homes - An empty nest with flow

An empty nest with flow

Beautifully designed Sage Creek house spacious, airy, well-defined

Hearth Homes sales manager Liam Milne comes straight to the point when speaking about the design concept of 39 Borealis Bay. "This home was designed expressly to meet the needs of empty-nesters, " he said of the 1, 615-square-foot bungalow with walk-out lower level, sited on an oversized walk-out lot deep . . .…

New home represents a fresh lifestyle start

When we say in this column that a new home is a good investment, it's often only taken in one way: money. We invest in stocks, bonds or precious metals to make money, so naturally, many people think that an investment in a new home has a goal of making money. Our . . .…

New Homes - A win-win proposition

A win-win proposition

Lavish million-dollar estate home in South Pointe tops HSC Foundation lottery

Although spring may not be in full bloom quite yet, he Health Science Centre Foundation's Winner's Choice Lottery has become an annual rite of the awakening season. As is always the case, the lottery is a win-win scenario: Proceeds from ticket sales represent a direct contribution to the health care and . . .…

Resale Homes - Cavernous condo

Cavernous condo

Well-suited for everything downsizers need and want

Empty-nesters looking to downsize to a condominium usually have three priorities. First, their new abode needs to offer decent square footage. If you're moving into an apartment-style condominium from a 2, 000-square-foot (or larger) home, an 850-square-foot unit just won't suffice. Second, the condominium needs to be well-located, ideally in close . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold & offered: Apr. 19-14

Sold & offered: Apr. 19-14

SOLD Sun Valley Park Address: 175 Alberhill Cr. Asking Price: $319, 900 Sold Price: $314, 900 Taxes: $4, 374.39 Square Footage: 1, 456 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Lot Size: 45 x 102 Listing & Selling Agent: Apee Panchhi, Re/max Executives Realty, 204-771-5500 Fort Rouge Address: 515 Kylemore Ave. Asking Price: $224, 900 Sold Price: $230, 000 Taxes: $2, 379.08 Square Footage: 748 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Lot Size: . . .…

Resale Homes - Rare vintage in River Heights

Rare vintage in River Heights

Home boasts great location and solid foundation

While River Heights is — and will likely remain — one of the city’s most alluring communities, buying a home there can be a risky proposition. Granted, you’re getting a great location and a home with all kinds of yesteryear character. However, at the same time, there’s also the possibility you’ve . . .…

Resale Homes - SOLD & OFFERED: Apr. 5-14

SOLD & OFFERED: Apr. 5-14

SOLD:East KildonanAddress: 480 Locksley BayAsking Price: $236, 900Sold Price: $225, 000Taxes: $2, 698.95Square Footage: 1, 086Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2Lot Size: 48 x 100Listing Agent: Candice Bakx-Friesen, Sutton Group-Kilkenny, 204-801-6663                    Selling Agent: Kim Tran, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, 204-989-7900St. JamesAddress: 275 Parkview St. Asking Price: $194, 900Sold Price: $206, 200Taxes: $2, . . .…

Resale Homes - Room to grow

Room to grow

Stylish country home boasts plenty of space

It may be something you've been thinking of doing for quite some time. That something? Going off the grid with your family, or at least as far off the grid as they'll permit, seeing as they (the kids, mostly) want to stay somewhat connected to civilization. While that's not easy to do, . . .…