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Renovation & Design - Re-staining readiness

Re-staining readiness

What to consider when prepping for the job

I've received a number of questions and comments from readers concerning a July 5 column on how to prep a deck for re-staining. As a result, I've decided to return to the theme to answer the queries and respond to the opinions in order to share the information with other . . .…

Crepe expectations

Tasty delicacies just the beginning at 'little slice of Europe'

One of Manitoba's most unusual and charming attractions recently underwent an extensive renovation. The Whytewold Emporium, often referred to as "a little slice of Europe" on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg, is now 3, 000 square-feet larger due to an initiative by owner Karen Cote and her husband, Jan Cote. The . . .…

Renovation & Design - Multiple methods for fighting mosquitoes

Multiple methods for fighting mosquitoes

QUESTION: I tried your Listerine-based mosquito repellent and felt it was not strong enough, so I tripled the Listerine involved, as none of the ingredients should really cause any side-effects. It was better, yet still not as good as a DEET-based spray. My dog had 50-plus skeeters on him, and . . .…

Renovation & Design - Building rustic charm

Building rustic charm

Decorating projects for your summer home

Ah Summer. Sandy beaches, pristine lakes, warm winds and long days. Want to create the carefree and relaxing charm of a summer getaway year-round in your home (without the mosquitoes)? Beauti-Tone has created a collection of projects, many using colours from the Colour Comes Home collection, to help put your . . .…

Renovation & Design - Outdoor wood projects demand careful thought, research

Outdoor wood projects demand careful thought, research

Now that it's summer many homeowners have outdoor projects on their minds. The most popular are decks and fences, and the most popular material for these types of projects is wood, by a long shot. When it comes to outdoor wood projects and materials, the three big contenders are pressure-treated or . . .…

New Homes - Maximum livability

Maximum livability

Clever design details add space and light

There's a singular reason why bi-level cab-over designs remain popular with families.That reason is none other than function. With four distinct levels -- the basement, an expansive foyer situated seven steps below the main level, the main level (front-oriented dining room, great room, bedroom wing with two bedrooms and four-piece . . .…

New Homes - Building on strengths

Building on strengths

Randall's Hillcrest incorporates others homes' positives

One of the keys to staying relevant as a new homebuilder is to keep learning from previous designs.That's because as good as one design might be, it can always be modified to make it better. Turns out, 15 Grey Owl Place -- a brand-new design called the Hillcrest -- is . . .…

New Homes - Opportunity awaits

Opportunity awaits

Country home minutes from the city

Often, a Realtor will refer to a home -- whether it be of the new or resale variety -- as an "opportunity."In many cases, they're simply talking up the home to generate interest. That's not the case with 448 Lucille Bay in St. Adolphe, said Cornerstone Properties' Garry Hirsch."This home . . .…

New Homes - Good place to nest

Good place to nest

Condos offer space for those who are downsizing

One of the biggest issues empty nesters face when they downsize from a single family home is space. Suffice it to say, it's not a simple task to make the transition from a 2, 500-square-foot home (including perhaps another 1, 500 square feet downstairs) to, say, a 1, 400-sq.-ft. apartment-style condominium. . . .…

New Homes - F-words describe this beauty

F-words describe this beauty

Move-in ready from top to bottom

When you have a growing family and are looking for a new home, your wish list tends to be dominated by features starting with letter F. Those features? None other than function, and flexibility. And, if possible, fully-finished. Paul Saltel, sales representative for Ventura Custom Homes, says the Harvard Grande I-13 - . . .…

Resale Homes - Contemporary twist

Contemporary twist

River Heights home is best of both worlds for buyers wanting both an old neighbourhood and a new house

As alluring as River Heights' centrality and beauty is, there's a downside to acquiring a home in the area. That downside is that you'll likely be laying out your hard-earned dollars for a home that's somewhere in the neighbourhood of 60 to 100 years old. And the reality of such . . .…

Like a cottage near the city

Ample charms in two-storey in mature neighbourhood

Serenity. It's a sought-after commodity, yet one that's often hard to come by in the city.Consequently, in order to gain peace and quiet, many people opt to move to newer bedroom communities where it might be quiet, but, because many such communities are newer, the lots are immature, making for . . .…

Sold/Offered July 12

SOLD: River Heights ADDRESS: 665 Oak St. ASKING PRICE: $349, 900 SOLD PRICE: $378, 500 TAXES: $3, 899.48 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 260 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1.5 LOT SIZE: 39 x 120 LISTING AGENT: Debbie Meyers, Monopoly Realty, 204-791-9129 SELLING AGENT: Cory Kehler, RE/MAX Professionals, 204-477-0500   SOLD: Transcona ADDRESS: 37 Berens St. ASKING PRICE: $289, 900 SOLD PRICE: $290, 000 TAXES: $3, 223.76 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 200 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT . . .…

Easy life

Townhouse condo mixes convenience with livability

These days, many young professional couples are opting to buy condos for a turnkey lifestyle. Schedules are crammed with work, socializing and travelling. They don't want to spend time cutting grass, shovelling, painting and other time-consuming maintenance. But once they get into that condo, they notice a lack of living and storage . . .…

Resale Homes - Contemporary condo

Contemporary condo

St. Vital suite from the '70s totally renovated

Purchasing a condominium in a 40-plus-year-old building comes with positives and negatives. The positives are the unit is often quite affordable, and is in a solid building in a well-located spot. The negatives are the building may be in need of upgrades -- and the suites may be, ahem, somewhat dated. While . . .…

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