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Batt insulation can lead to mould grief

An uninsulated basement can account for up to 30 per cent of the total energy loss of a house. This chilling statistic has motivated many homeowners to reduce their monthly electric or gas heating bills by insulating their basements with fibreglass or stone-wool batts. Here's the rub: Though this is the cheapest . . .…

Renovation & Design - Relationship between contractor and homeowner is a partnership

Relationship between contractor and homeowner is a partnership

Sometimes when I speak to homeowners they're confused about what they think a contractor is responsible for versus what they need to cover. Homeowners sometimes think a contractor will take care of everything during a renovation. The truth is the contractor-homeowner relationship works more like a partnership -- you each . . .…

Avoid the dryer when dyeing jeans

QUESTION: My problem was one that you mentioned in the paper about dyeing jeans. I tried on three occasions to dye faded jeans using RIT dye, (Royal Blue) and I got the colour I wanted. Then I tried setting the dye with cold water and salt. Every time I put . . .…

Renovation & Design - Hearty heritage

Hearty heritage

Seed collectors are helping to keep crops alive for future generations AND THEY'RE READY AND WILLING TO SHARE

What are the benefits of growing plants from seed? Sure, it's more economical to start your own plants but isn't the extra work unnecessary when you can just buy ready-to-go plants at the greenhouse in late spring? Browse through one of the many seed catalogues that have landed in gardeners' mailboxes . . .…

Renovation & Design - Watch out for extra moisture in sun tunnels

Watch out for extra moisture in sun tunnels

Question: In a previous edition of the Winnipeg Free Press, you addressed the question relating to the removal of skylights. You highlighted general concerns about the installation of skylights, such as condensation and leakage. These are concerns I share. There are several areas in our home, however, that could use . . .…

New Homes - Newport a whole lot of house

Newport a whole lot of house

Five-bedroom bungalow has versatile design

When the designers at A & S Homes designed the Newport, they had one thing in mind: create a versatile home ideal for a family or empty nesters. Mission accomplished, said RE/MAX Performance Realty's Rob Hutchison, a sales representative for A & S Homes. "This home can be adapted to any need, . . .…

New Homes - Economist bears good news for home sales

Economist bears good news for home sales

Winnipeg Realtors recently held a breakfast session featuring respected economist Benjamin Tal. Tal spoke to a sold-out audience about the economy in general and, more specifically, the housing market. His message was good news mixed with some caution. He noted the lower Canadian dollar should help the manufacturing community when it comes . . .…

New Homes - Moving right along

Moving right along

Waterford Green a booming community in northeast Winnipeg

While the popularity of communities such as Bridgwater Lakes and South Pointe is unquestioned, there's another community that's booming, too. That community is none other than Waterford Green. While it tends to fly under the radar due to its northeast location, it certainly hasn't been ignored by consumers, said Lombard North . . .…

New Homes - Let there be light

Let there be light

'Modern family' bungalow's unique layout really brings in the sun

When it comes to designing a home expressly for the purpose of family living, sometimes the best thing is to start anew. That's exactly what the design team at Ventura Custom Homes did with its show home at 5 Orchard Gate in Oak Bluff West, said Ventura's sales representative, Elliot Tardiff. "This . . .…

New Homes - Affordable townhomes in Sage Creek

Affordable townhomes in Sage Creek

Many new-home buyers assume $350, 000 -- or more -- is needed to acquire a new home in a cutting-edge community.That's not the case in Sage Creek, said Streetside Developments' Jessica Willis."We're very excited about Bluestem Townhomes, which are located at 301-1555 Des Hivernants Blvd., " she said. "They're a . . .…

Family home is move-in ready

River Park South charmer loaded with updates

In today's balanced real estate market, a high percentage of solid, well-located homes aren't selling as quickly as many vendors might like. The reason for that is simple: vendors often balk at the notion of updating their home in key areas. In a day and age where the preference for a . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold & offered: Jan 24

Sold & offered: Jan 24

OFFERED: Maples ADDRESS: 30 Lavender Bay ASKING PRICE: $319, 900 TAXES: $4, 293 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 722 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 2.5 LOT SIZE: 58 x 100 LISTING AGENT: Vijay Guliani, Realty Plus Inc., 204-897-0800   OFFERED: St. Francois-Xavier ADDRESS: 2566 Hwy. 26 ASKING PRICE: $299, 900 TAXES: $3, 376.15 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 200 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 8.9 acres LISTING AGENT: Chris Guenther, Living Real Estate of Winnipeg, . . .…

Resale Homes - Affordable & move-in ready

Affordable & move-in ready

Fort Richmond bungalow in a choice location

If you're a young family looking for a move-up home, you have a choice to make. Do you buy an older resale home, or buy an entry-level new home in a new community? Royal LePage sale agent Glen MacAngus said the choice may not be that difficult, providing you objectively assess the . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold

Sold

SOLD: St. Boniface ADDRESS: 351 Des Meurons St. ASKING PRICE: $159, 900 SOLD PRICE: $155, 000 TAXES: $1, 659.95 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 672 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: 25 x 120 LISTING AGENT: Shawn Sommers, Century 21 Carrie.com, 204-818-0707   SOLD: West Transcona ADDRESS: 215 Rosseau Ave. W. ASKING PRICE: $204, 900 SOLD PRICE: $200, 000 TAXES: $2, 133.46 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 840 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 40 x 100 LISTING . . .…

Resale Homes - Dated dandy in Woodhaven

Dated dandy in Woodhaven

Meticulously maintained two-storey on treed lot screams potential

There's one certainty about any resale home: It's not going to be perfect.Consequently, when you buy a home -- in this case, a home that would be considered a move-up home -- you need to look at the bigger picture. That means looking at the age of a home, its . . .…

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