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Smart fixes for frost-damaged closets

Question: At the bottom of two closets in our 1954 bungalow there is frost and damage to the plaster walls. Can you please suggest an inexpensive way to solve this problem?Thank you. Lawrie MarmelAnswer: There are a couple of simple things you can do to prevent frost . . .…

Getting rid of smelly odours trapped in the closet

QUESTION: I stored some clothing in a box that became wet after our basement flooded last spring. I haven't washed the clothing but they really smell. What is the best way to get rid of the stink? Alfred (Springfield, MB)ANSWER: Before washing the clothing, soak them in hot water and . . .…

Summer preparation key to tree health during winter

Reduced light intensity and declining air temperatures at the beginning of the fall season causes green leaves of most deciduous trees (leaf-dropping trees) to turn colour and eventually drop from the tree. Most people are unaware that during the summer months these trees are preparing for winter by producing over-wintering . . .…

AFFORDABLE in Armstrong's Point

East Gate gem rare chance to enjoy historic area

When people think of Armstrong's Point, they think of history -- and large, stately homes.A residential area developed in the late 19th and early 20 centuries, Armstrong's Point streets are lined with mature trees, and many homes back onto the Assiniboine River. Lots are oversized, and for the most part, . . .…

Renovation & Design - Thirfty handyman saves big bucks

Thirfty handyman saves big bucks

Homeowners can save a stack of cash on renovations by using elbow grease and sourcing recycled or sale-priced building materials, cabinets and furnishings.Marc Gregoire and his wife, Julieta Hernandez, calculated they saved thousands of dollars renovating the interior and exterior of their home in St. James through sweat equity, recycling . . .…

Tweaking it to the max

Sterling Homes' team improves on Montara's already successful design

As good as a new home's design might be, it can always be made better.Which is exactly what the design team at Sterling Homes did when they subtly tweaked an already successful home plan, The Montara: make the 1, 675-square-foot bungalow better in several key areas."The tweaks started with giving . . .…

New Homes - Functional and elegant

Functional and elegant

Sage Creek bungalow offers exceptional attention to detail

When it comes to show homes, function must come first. Once a functional design is achieved, elegance can then be woven into the overall design. The design team at Maric Homes had that in mind when they conceived the floor plan of 25 East Plains Drive, said Phil Mosher, Realty . . .…

New Homes - Classic charmer

Classic charmer

River Heights home offers a thoughtful layout in a great location

Not all River Heights classics were created equal.Most of the homes built between 1900 and 1930 ooze character, but the layouts and features vary greatly.As a result, some homes are far more livable than others. The 2, 000 sq. ft., two-storey home found at 106 Niagara Street is a prime . . .…

New Homes - No small feat

No small feat

Functional design makes most of undersized lot

Being an inventive, imaginative lot, builders relish the opportunity to rise to a challenge. That's exactly what happened when Spencer Curtis and his design team at Hilton Homes were given the responsibility of building a spacious home on a lot that was significantly narrower than normal at 54 Appleford Gate in . . .…

New Homes - Everything in its place

Everything in its place

Livable and lavish

There tends to be two types of show homes. The first simply overwhelms you with a quick burst of in-your-face wow factor. The second, by contrast, is more subtle in its spectacularity. The moment you walk in, you're aware of the wow factor, but it doesn't fizzle out. Rather, the various . . .…

Resale Homes - A concrete choice

A concrete choice

Affordable condo mixes in modern elements to maximize space

If you're a young professional just starting out - and looking for your first home - affordability and value is a priority. In most cases, a home possessing those two attributes is a one-bedroom, apartment-style condominium. Find the right one, and you stand to get a dwelling that checks in at . . .…

Resale Homes - Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

QUESTION: My eight-year-old granddaughter made me a lovely fall wreath out of dried leaves at her girls club. I would like to know if there is anything I can spray on it to preserve it for another year. It will be kept inside. From a very proud Grandma, Winnipeg.   ANSWER: Keeping . . .…

Resale Homes - Ready to go

Ready to go

Bridgwater Forest bungalow offers all the benefits of a new home without the wait

With the popularity of Bridgwater Forest and Lakes unrelenting, there are two options you can pursue if you want to live there. First, you can build a new home, but it could take up to a year to complete. The second option is to find a like-new home on a . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold Nov 1

Sold Nov 1

SOLD:MaplesADDRESS: 4 Bondar BayASKING PRICE: $199, 900SOLD PRICE: $201, 000TAXES: $2, 680.84SQUARE FOOTAGE: 812BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 30 x 104LISTING AGENT: Sheldon Zamick, Sutton Group Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-291-8403SOLD:Linden WoodsADDRESS: 4312-193 Victor Lewis Dr.ASKING PRICE: $187, 900ASKING PRICE: $180, 000TAXES: $2, 107SQUARE FOOTAGE: 911BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: CondominiumSELLING AGENT: Vijay . . .…

Distinctive dwelling

Royalwood property resembles brand-new homes seen in newer neighbourhoods

If it weren't for the fact you knew you were in Royalwood, you'd almost swear you were in Bridgwater Forest.With its cultured stone facade, front porch and non-protruding attached garage, 75 Bridgeway Cres. greatly resembles many homes that line the streets in Bridgwater Forest and Bridgwater Lakes. However, the home . . .…