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Renovation & Design - The mystery  of the missing cold-air vents

The mystery of the missing cold-air vents

QUESTION: We have a 1948 1�-storey house. Just wondering why there are no cold-air return vents in the upper level or basement, just on the main floor?Bill YoungerAnswer: There are a lot of differences between modern homes and those built in the first half of the last century. Some of . . .…

Renovation & Design - How to make canned spaghetti sauce yummy

How to make canned spaghetti sauce yummy

QUESTION: Is there a trick to making tasty spaghetti sauce without making it from scratch? Wess, Russell ANSWER: Yes. Here is the trick: Save about one cup of water from the cooked pasta. Strain the noodles as normal, you will notice that they are sticky (which is fine). Stir in . . .…

Renovation & Design - Crown Spas celebrates grand opening

Crown Spas celebrates grand opening

The May long weekend was a snow job for those who believe in global warming, but it didn't prevent tenacious Manitobans from booking a record number of campsites. We remain cockeyed optimists, even though we know from bitter experience variable weather conditions are a hallmark of this capricious season called . . .…

Renovation & Design - Fire blight disease slowly winning the battle

Fire blight disease slowly winning the battle

I receive hundreds of questions each year from readers, clients and those who visit my website. Here are two questions that keep popping up:Question: In the past few years, you have commented and described the symptoms and control of fire blight disease on crabapple and mountain ash trees. Is the . . .…

Renovation & Design - Make a splash

Make a splash

Grasses add colour, texture to your garden palette

This season, daring to be different with ornamental grass varieties has never been easier. Among the most versatile of plants, grasses are perfect partners for perennials and annuals in both beds and containers.The human eye can see more shades of green than any other colour. The palette of colour for . . .…

New Homes - Contemporary design in a compact space

Contemporary design in a compact space

Fortune Homes model packs big punch, cutting-edge features

It's something home builders do on a regular basis: when confronted with a challenge, they get creative.Which is exactly what Fortune Homes owner George Kwan did when time came to build a brand-new home on a compact 25-foot-by-100-foot infill lot in St. Vital."My goal was to create an advanced contemporary . . .…

Developers and buyers of homes pay enough

Gordon Sinclair Jr. wrote an excellent column on May 16 regarding a questionnaire that was requisitioned by the City of Winnipeg. The survey, in one form or another, has been around for years; however, it appears this year's version was attempting to verify pre-ordained answers rather than seek opinions.Sinclair was . . .…

Canadian Home Builders' Association takes message to Ottawa

Last Tuesday, representatives of the Canadian Home Builders' Association descended en masse to Parliament Hill to talk housing with elected and administrative officials. It was part of the annual Forum for Growth and the goal was to educate, inform and enlighten. The residential construction industry supports more than 900, 000 jobs . . .…

New Homes - Eldwood offers exceptional value

Eldwood offers exceptional value

Randall Homes design big on interior space, natural light

For a young family looking to move up to a new home, the objective is simple: find one that offers exceptional value. That value comes in the forms of affordability and livability. While the home needs to be spacious -- in the 2, 000-square-foot range -- it must also be priced . . .…

New Homes - Size matters at Oxbow of Tuxedo Point

Size matters at Oxbow of Tuxedo Point

Home owners looking to make a lateral -- or, for that matter, first -- move to a condominium in southwest Winnipeg have a new entry on the list to choose from. Called Oxbow of Tuxedo Point, the community -- which, like Oxbow on the Seine, is a collaboration between Towers Realty . . .…

Resale Homes - Comfiest of condos

Comfiest of condos

Smart layout makes unit feel like house

It's an intangible that doesn't come with every resale home: pride of ownership.Re/Max Performance Realty's Jim Born said he has a condominium -- a 1, 272-sq.-ft., two-bedroom-plus-den unit on the top floor at the Legend at Creek Bend -- that has it in spades."As you walk from room to room, . . .…

Sold May 23

SOLD:CharleswoodADDRESS: 291 Marlton Cres.ASKING PRICE: $639, 900SOLD PRICE: $610, 000TAXES: $5, 090SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 841BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 90 x 245LISTING AGENT: Marina Novelli, The Property Exchange Group, 204-803-7842SELLING AGENT: Brandt McKillop, RE/MAX Town & Country, 204-467-8000SOLD:Elmwood ParkADDRESS: 280 Bredin Dr.ASKING PRICE: $329, 900SOLD PRICE: $348, 000TAXES: $3, 671SQUARE FOOTAGE: . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold may 16

Sold may 16

Sold-Offered for May 16, 2015:   SOLD: RM of Springfield ADDRESS: 41 Estate Rd. ASKING PRICE: $549, 900 SOLD PRICE: $485, 000 TAXES: $5, 797.11 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 300 BEDROOMS: 5 BATHROOMS: 4 LOT SIZE: 389 x 560 LISTING & SELLING AGENT: Greg Michie, The Greg Michie Team, 204-336-2800   SOLD: East Kildonan ADDRESS: 444 Neil Ave. ASKING PRICE: $249, 900 SOLD PRICE: $245, 000 TAXES: $3, 057.80 SQUARE FOOTAGE: . . .…

Resale Homes - A rare vintage

A rare vintage

Custom design, country-estate feel sets 50-year-old home apart

In many instances, it's realtor speak. However, in this case, Brent Fontaine isn't making an overstatement when he talks about 93 Victoria Crescent. "This home really is a rare find -- few homes come up for sale on Victoria Crescent, but when they do, you need to act quickly if you really . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold May 9

Sold May 9

SOLD:St. AndrewsADDRESS: 470 River Rd.ASKING PRICE: $849, 900SOLD PRICE: $852, 500TAXES: $8, 559.83SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 251BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 2.54 acresLISTING AGENT: Greg Michie, The Greg Michie Team, 204-336-2800SELLING AGENT: Greg Tino, Remax Executives, 204-987-9800SOLD:Ile des ChênesADDRESS: 24009 Prefontaine Rd.ASKING PRICE: $325, 000SOLD PRICE: $320, 000TAXES: $3, 855.47SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, . . .…