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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. . . .…

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 . . .…

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 . . .…

Vinegar will get rid of gunk from kettle

QUESTION: The water-level indicator in my electric kettle is edged with brown gunk. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Lorie (Winnipeg) ANSWER: Depending on your water source it may be minerals, rust or calcium. All you need to do is boil a half cup of vinegar . . .…

Renovation & Design - Home inspections benefit buyers and sellers

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 . . .…

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 - 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 . . .…

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 . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold & offered

Sold & offered

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, . . .…

Resale Homes - SOLD & OFFERED: March 29-14

SOLD & OFFERED: March 29-14

SOLD: Wolseley Address: 462 Stiles St. Asking Price: $284, 900 Sold Price: $285, 000 Taxes: $3, 152.54 Square Footage: 1, 280 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Lot Size: 25 x 87 Listing Agent: Eric Neumann, Realty Executives First Choice, 204-885-8999 Fort Richmond Address: 7 Laval Dr. Asking Price: $299, 900 Sold Price: $327, 500 Taxes: $3, 214.50 Square Footage: 1, 120 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Lot Size: 52 x 110 Listing . . .…

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