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Renovation & Design - Little GREEN house

Little GREEN house

Larsen Truss technology fuels super-insulated reno

While working in Edmonton in April, 2013, I got the call every Winnipeg homeowner fears -- an ice dam of glacial proportions had perforated our roof membrane and the melt was leaking through the dining room electrical fixture, turning our light into an aquarium. It was a miracle the massive . . .…

Renovation & Design - Tips from the pros on how to paint your home

Tips from the pros on how to paint your home

It's well known that painting is the most affordable way to update your decor but if you don't have a lot of experience with painting the task may seem daunting. Luckily, paint suppliers are here to help. CIL paint has introduced a new service to answer consumer paint questions.From the . . .…

Renovation & Design - Resurrection of the lily

Resurrection of the lily

A new weapon in the war against the lily beetle

Picking and squishing has become a daily ritual for gardeners who are growing lilies. Locked in a battle with the lily leaf beetle, some gardeners check religiously under a ladder of narrow lily leaves for rows of oblong reddish orange eggs in the quest to save their lilies. The lily . . .…

Why is the poplar tree so unpopular?

I have written a great deal about the problems with poplar trees, especially the Swedish aspen and Tower poplar -- two of the most commonly planted trees in the poplar tree family. There are larger poplar trees than these two which also can be of great concern for people who . . .…

Permanent marker need not be permanent

QUESTION: I just discovered several Sharpie/permanent marker smudges on my dark brown leather sofa. Is there any way to clean this? I kindly thank you! Shauna, WinnipegANSWER: Attempting to remove these stain may make the areas additionally visible, therefore you may want to leave them alone. However, here are a . . .…

New Homes - Transitional style

Transitional style

Defined spaces the signature of this South Pointe stunner

Designing the floor plan of a new home can be a tricky business. Make the design too open-concept, and you run the risk of making a home's great room feel cavernous and lacking intimacy.Make it too segmented, and a home can lack flow and the pleasing interplay of natural light . . .…

Show homes open for viewing all summer long

Many of you may think that new show homes are only open twice a year, during the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes. Although those two events certainly receive the greatest publicity and feature more than 100 new homes available for viewing at one time, the various new home builders . . .…

New Homes - Bungalow with walkout basement loaded with livability

Bungalow with walkout basement loaded with livability

When it comes to new home designs, creativity can be a good -- or not so good -- thing. Apply it judiciously and a home can be a balanced design that's equal parts flair and function. Go over the top -- that's easy to do when you're trying to make a . . .…

New Homes - Functional flair

Functional flair

The Tuscan is adaptable, affordable and stylish

When it comes to family life, size definitely matters.At first glance, a home that comes in well under the magical 2, 000 sq. ft. mark might seem undersized. And at "just" 1, 457 sq. ft., The Tuscan -- the newest show home from Randall Homes in Sage Creek -- might . . .…

Vancouver residents vote against tax increase

Vancouver residents recently voted No in a plebiscite regarding a $7.5 billion transportation plan. A significant 61.7 per cent of voters rejected the notion of increasing their sales tax by 0.5 per cent to help fund this major infrastructure project.Jordan Batemen, the leader of the No campaign, argued that TransLink, . . .…

Resale Homes - Handsome hideaway

Handsome hideaway

Country privacy without the long commute

Every homeowner has surely dreamed at one time or another of living in a home that is private, yet close to a wide range of amenities. That dream can be difficult to attain. If you have kids enrolled in sports and extra-curricular activities in the city -- and if you . . .…

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: . . .…