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Renovation & Design - Pretty BELLS

Pretty BELLS

HEUCHERA a beautiful plant, but only if you grow it right

I know for certain that all of my hosta plants will eventually re-emerge from their winter sleep at some point this spring. The only thing that might spoil the perfection of the furled-up leaves of hosta as they poke through the ground with assuredness is if a rabbit comes by . . .…

Know cottage requirements before building

Question: I have just purchased land in the RM of Gimli and will be looking to clear and build on it, if not this year then next. We are only looking at a 900-square-foot cottage. The problem I'm having is that every foundation person is quoting me about $16, 000 . . .…

Look to great outdoors for colour inspiration

I love it when the new paint colours come out. It's like seeing the new spring fashions on the runway. New ideas, great new colours and colour combinations abound.Just as each fashion designer has their own idea on what's trending, so too do paint manufacturers have their own take on . . .…

Renovation & Design - Renovation products spring to life at show

Renovation products spring to life at show

I've always thought renovation and spring are synonymous because they both refer to revival and rebirth. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word renovation is derived from the Latin renovare, meaning to make new, impart new vigour or revive. The word spring, when used to denote a season, is a . . .…

Renovation & Design - Timing is everything when pruning fruit trees

Timing is everything when pruning fruit trees

Once buds open, it's too late

Recently, I assisted a group of community volunteers who wanted to know how to properly prune orchard fruit trees consisting of varieties of apples and plums. We are currently in a short period where the window for early spring pruning is an opportunity to do some pruning of trees and . . .…

Building a new home a good investment

For those of you who visited a number of show homes during the Spring Parade of Homes, you may have noticed some brochures highlighting the top reasons to build a new home. We don't have enough space to go through all of them here; however, the following are a few . . .…

New Homes - Perfectly balanced

Perfectly balanced

Sage Creek bungalow artistic, functional and affordable

Designing a new home is not an easy task.On the one hand, there's the necessity of building in a certain amount of wow factor to make it attractive to prospective buyers, on the other hand, it's critically important to design it to be livable. Err too much either way, and . . .…

Everything for your home this weekend

the RBC Convention Centre is going to be the main attraction in the city this weekend after the Home Expressions Home and Garden Show opened Friday.Manitoba's premier home show runs today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.The Home Expressions show features more than . . .…

Getting out... and going in

Mild weather gives this year's Spring Parade of Homes a boost

Last year, the landscape surrounding show homes during the Spring 2014 Parade of Homes looked like a winter-bound scene from the movie Frozen.Fast forward to the Spring 2015 Parade of Homes, and -- thanks to an early spring -- the scene has been markedly different, said Mike Moore, president of . . .…

New Homes - HOP hopeful province will renew funding

HOP hopeful province will renew funding

Housing program helps deserving families realize their dream of home ownership

IF anyone ever doubted the difference Housing Opportunity Partnership makes in peoples' lives, all you have to do is ask Realtor Frank Zappia. "The only way I can put it is that the people fortunate enough to qualify for a home are absolutely thrilled to become homeowners, " said Zappia. He said . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold Apr 11

Sold Apr 11

SOLD:Shaughnessy HeightsADDRESS: 1114 Alfred Ave.ASKING PRICE: $149, 900SOLD PRICE: $146, 000TAXES: $1, 776.74SQUARE FOOTAGE: 912BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: 50 x 91LISTING AGENT: Charlene Urbanski, Lifestyles Real Estate, 204-612-6655SELLING AGENT: Gagandeep Puri, Coldwell Banker Preferred, 204-985-4300SOLD:East KildonanADDRESS: 717 Prince Rupert Ave.ASKING PRICE: $239, 900SOLD PRICE: $257, 000TAXES: $2, 732.06SQUARE FOOTAGE: 961BEDROOMS: . . .…

Resale Homes - Bungalow fits your budget

Bungalow fits your budget

Affordable Silver Heights home an alternative to smaller condominiums

No matter whether you're looking for a move-up or a move-down home, or your first home, one thing is certain: It isn't a cheap proposition.Consequently, first-time buyers, singles, young couples and empty-nesters can face a vexing dilemma: Should they buy a single-family home or a condominium?In many cases, the scale . . .…

Sold Apr 4

Sold-Offered for April 4, 2015SOLD:Waverley HeightsADDRESS: 126 Lake GroveASKING PRICE: $379, 900SOLD PRICE: $388, 000TAXES: $4, 748.62SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 301BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 80-ft. frontage (lake lot)LISTING AGENT: Lee Almstrom, Re/Max Professionals, 204-999-7577SELLING AGENT: Bruce Harvey, Re/Max Professionals, 204-997-7744SOLD:River HeightsADDRESS: 434 Oxford St.ASKING PRICE: $389, 900SOLD PRICE: $382, 500TAXES: . . .…

Resale Homes - Fully, completely up to date

Fully, completely up to date

Move right into totally modern condo

One of the problems associated with buying a condominium in an "older" building is the unit might be, well, dated.And while a building constructed in 1972 isn't all that old, there's the possibility many of the units within it might be in need of an update. As attractive as a . . .…

Roomy as advertised

Condo townhouse features three levels

Buying a home tends to be an exercise in restraint.Which is to say, when you're in the market to buy a home, there's a tendency to go into a viewing with low expectations. That way, if the home isn't exactly what it appeared to be in the online photos, you're . . .…