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Keep sump pump hose safely above ground

Question:I was reading an old Free Press article about sump pumps online and saw your contact information. My husband and I just built our first home and haven't landscaped yet, but are doing so beginning of June. Our neighbour, who's yard is much higher than ours, has his sump and . . .…

Renovation & Design - Reader feedback on fencing options

Reader feedback on fencing options

I received feedback recently from readers concerning my fence column of May 9. One gentleman wanted to know why I hadn't included PVC or polymer fences in the article. Another said the information I provided on chain-link fences was out of line with his experience with the product.As to the . . .…

Renovation & Design - Bed headboards for a unique space

Bed headboards for a unique space

I received an email from a reader about my column that ran May 16 entitled Unique ideas for unusual spaces. The column was about finding solutions for decorating atypical rooms such as an attic bedroom with angled walls.One suggestion I had made in that column was to opt for a . . .…

Renovation & Design - In living COLOUR

In living COLOUR

Maximum visual impact the goal when planning garden

There are many factors that influence our plant selections when we visit greenhouses in the spring.Some of these include rational choices based on thoughtful assessment of our garden space or an inventory of containers waiting to be filled. But how do we explain the rationale behind impulse purchases? I've never . . .…

Butcher block cleaning tips

QUESTION -- Is using vegetable oil on new butcher block a good idea? Or do I need to pick up some mineral oil or something like that? Thanks. Anna, WinnipegANSWER -- For everyday cleaning, wipe butcher block with dish soap and water. Rinse with water. To sanitize butcher block, combine . . .…

New Homes - All in the family

All in the family

Amber Trails home perfect for multi-generation living

At first glance, the foyer of 60 Dana Cres. -- a.k.a. the Corsica -- seems straightforward.With a formal dining room/den to its right and a handy two-piece bathroom to its left, it gets the 2, 296-square-foot, two-storey home off to a practical, spacious start. That said, it's not the only . . .…

New Homes - Manitoba home starts expected to stay steady

Manitoba home starts expected to stay steady

According to a recent Housing Market Outlook report by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the three Prairie provinces will combine for a marked decline in starts in 2015 and 2016.However, one of the provinces (Manitoba) and one of the major cities (Winnipeg) will be doing just fine, with no . . .…

New Homes - 'Hybrid' project offers hassle-free housing

'Hybrid' project offers hassle-free housing

When Karma Development Corporation bought a five-acre plot of land in South Pointe, its brain trust -- Marc Kipnes and Myles Kraut -- decided to do something different with it.Instead of embarking on a high-density, apartment-style condominium project, they decided to do just the opposite: design a low-density project with . . .…

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 . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold May 30

Sold May 30

CrescentwoodADDRESS: 564 Mulvey St.ASKING PRICE: $199, 900SOLD PRICE: $187, 500TAXES: $2, 170.02SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 130BEDROOMS: 1BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 25 x 92SELLING AGENT: Steve Mackenzie, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000Wellington Crescent/CrescentwoodADDRESS: 504-323 Wellington Cres.ASKING PRICE: $289, 900SOLD PRICE: $285, 000TAXES: $3, 968.24SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 460BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: CondominiumLISTING AGENT: . . .…

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 . . .…

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