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Summer's not just for major renovations -- sweat the small stuff, too

Summertime is the best time for building projects and renovations, such as refinishing the deck, putting up a fence or painting outdoors. Mother Nature is on our side, in terms of weather (for the most part), so we can really dig in and get our hands dirty to get that . . .…

Use baking soda to clean concrete driveway stains

QUESTION: My friend had a new driveway poured, he also had an apple tree nearby that dropped those little apples on the driveway with a splat and left dark brown marks. What would you suggest he use to remove those marks? Elvira, WinnipegANSWER: Sprinkle the driveway with a box of . . .…

Renovation & Design - What's wrong with my apple tree?

What's wrong with my apple tree?

Often I am asked what the most common problem people have with trees is. Trees in Manitoba are separated into two categories: coniferous evergreen and deciduous broadleaf. Colorado blue spruce tops the coniferous problem list, and fruit trees, apple especially, top the broadleaf problem list. This year I am receiving . . .…

Renovation & Design - Creative compositions

Creative compositions

The BOSS can tune up your home and your guitar

You've gotta have a whole lot of love for a guy who is a musician, a producer and a renovator."I've been playing music since the age of six, " said Marc LaBossiere, a well known Canadian musician who used to spend 50-plus weeks a year on the road with his . . .…

Renovation & Design - Installing protective layer beneath shingles always a good idea

Installing protective layer beneath shingles always a good idea

Question: I'm going to be building a new 1, 700-square-foot bungalow in Winnipeg and I was hoping you could help me with a few issues. I'm wondering if it's worth the cost to have roofing paper put on my roof before the shingles. There are different types of sheathing available . . .…

New home starts strong, outlook promising

Looking at the first five months of this year, the total number of new home starts in Winnipeg and the surrounding area is on par with last year. As noted earlier in the year, the multi-family (apartments, townhomes, condominiums) are ahead of last year's pace, while the single-family homes are . . .…

New Homes - Free-flowing

Free-flowing

Two-storey with walkout basement offers room to grow

In life, some things can be deceiving.Take a home's listed square footage, for instance. Because a floor plan might be ill-conceived, a 2, 500-square-foot home might feel small and lack flow. On the other hand, a smaller home, say, just over 1, 600 sq. ft. in size, might feel larger . . .…

Summer is a great time to renovate your home

I'm glad that I waited until now to promote the spring and summer renovation season. Usually, we try to get things going full speed during the May long weekend. You remember, that was the weekend that featured hail and snow.If you haven't done so already, July and August are the . . .…

New Homes - Fully loaded

Fully loaded

Linden Woods condo development boasts affordable luxury

A new condominium development -- Murano Gardens of Linden Woods -- is offering a different take on buying a condominium."Our goal with Murano Gardens is to get away from the upgrade mentality typical of so many new developments, " said developer Anupam Kothari, president of Toronto-based Kothari Group. "We want . . .…

New Homes - A love storey

A love storey

Artista has fun with varied floor levels in two-storey home

Designing a new home is a tricky proposition.On the one hand, builders want to come up with a design that's striking and memorable. At the same time, however, that design must be practical, which is to say it must be user-friendly in every aspect. Artista Homes has achieved that -- . . .…

Resale Homes - Firmly planted

Firmly planted

Wolseley character home perfectly suited for putting down roots

When a realtor refers to a listing as a character home that's not always a good thing.In many cases what the realtor is actually trying to say is the home is dated.That's definitely not the case with 295 Aubrey St., said Realty Executives First Choice's Eric Neumann."The home has been . . .…

Resale Homes - 118 years young

118 years young

Crescentwood gem breaks the mould on what 1890s-era houses look like

Think of a two-and-a-half storey home built in 1897, and several images form in your mind.Foremost among them would be the image of a traditional-looking home, perhaps with a pillared/covered front entrance, a front porch and triangular, peaked roof. And that's exactly what you see when you gaze at 606 . . .…

Resale Homes - SOLD Jun 13

SOLD Jun 13

SOLD:St. JamesADDRESS: 255 Roseberry St.ASKING PRICE: $149, 900SOLD PRICE: $142, 900TAXES: $1, 327.78SQUARE FOOTAGE: 505BEDROOMS: 1BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: 25 x 108LISTING AGENT: Chris Guenther, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-998-8173SOLD:River BendADDRESS: 111 Maplegrove Rd.ASKING PRICE: $269, 900SOLD PRICE: $265, 000TAXES: $3, 563.57SQUARE FOOTAGE: 890BEDROOMS: 2BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 36 x 100SELLING AGENT: . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold June 6

Sold June 6

SOLD:Bridgwater ForestADDRESS: 64 Bridgeland Dr.ASKING PRICE: $599, 900SOLD PRICE: $592, 500TAXES: $6, 247.40SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 625BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 3LOT SIZE: 53 x 102LISTING & BUYING AGENT: Scott Moore, Realty Executives Premiere, 204-995-7355SOLD:West St. PaulADDRESS: 2 Stephen's LaneASKING PRICE: $614, 900SOLD PRICE: $575, 000TAXES: $4, 673.99SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2, 050BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2.5LOT SIZE: . . .…

Resale Homes - Rarified atmosphere

Rarified atmosphere

Homes in St. Norbert neighbourhood don't come up for sale often

For some unknown reason, certain neighbourhoods seem to fly under the radar. One such neighbourhood can be found in St. Norbert off Cloutier Drive in an alluring enclave of homes tucked away neatly on Stormont Drive. A tranquil area featuring oversized lots surrounded by stands of mature trees -- many of the . . .…

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