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Renovation & Design - Many potential causes for stained shingles

Many potential causes for stained shingles

QUESTION: I was wondering if you can tell me what causes roofs to become discoloured. A black, wavy line appears on the shingles, particularly on the lower rows. I think it has something to do with how the roof breathes. -- Lyle RileyANSWER: Deterioration to bitumen-based shingle roofing is a . . .…

Renovation & Design - Patience is key when bringing your lawn to life

Patience is key when bringing your lawn to life

Lawns make up the majority of most of our yards. Even though more people are replacing lawns with perennials beds and edible gardens, turf care is still paramount in our gardening minds. As we enter our long goodbye with winter and embrace our too-short summer, here are some tips for . . .…

Pesky critters driving gardener squirrelly

QUESTION: I have a problem with squirrels. They dig up bulbs in my garden faster than I can replace them. Is there any solution? Eugenia (Warren, Man.)ANSWER: What works for one squirrel will not necessarily work for all squirrels, but here are some effective solutions to try. Begin by distracting . . .…

Renovation & Design - Respecting home's heritage by rejecting clichés

Respecting home's heritage by rejecting clichés

It is rare and refreshing to view a renovation that does not conform to the open-area concept that has become a modern cliché.Homes renovated in the first decades of the 21st century will be known for their conspicuous lack of divider walls, including load-bearing ones replaced by engineered beams. The . . .…

Renovation & Design - PRUNING a cut above

PRUNING a cut above

Trimming shrubs takes a bit of knowledge, BUT WORTH THE EFFORT

If you left the stalks standing on most of your herbaceous perennials over the winter, it's easy enough to head outdoors one fine spring afternoon to cut them down to the ground. The newly cut stems are likely to see a few more dustings of snow but it's a nice . . .…

New Homes - LUXURIOUS and livable

LUXURIOUS and livable

Well-balanced home doesn't miss a beat

For a large family, a home has to be many things.On the one hand, it needs to be spacious, yet warm and welcoming. At the same time, it has to offer a seamless combination of style and utility. And it must be laid out in such a way that it . . .…

Housing starts on track with last year's numbers

The numbers are in for the first three months of the year and, if one looks deeper into the mix, we see that new home starts are right where they should be, with the promise of continued growth.First-quarter starts for single-family detached homes are exactly even with last year. Last . . .…

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 . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold April 18

Sold April 18

SOLD:Sargent ParkADDRESS: 1315 Spruce St.ASKING PRICE: $239, 900SOLD PRICE: $239, 900TAXES: $3, 071.21SQUARE FOOTAGE: 935BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 1.5LOT SIZE: 50 x 100LISTING AGENT: Chris Guenther - Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-998-8173SOLD:East St. PaulADDRESS: 21 Kindersley Dr.ASKING PRICE: $624, 900SOLD PRICE: $610, 000TAXES: $5, 069.83SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 213BEDROOMS: 5.5BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 80 . . .…

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 . . .…