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Proposed legislation would benefit consumers, renovators

Last week, Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux introduced legislation that will make renovations a more pleasant experience for consumers and contractors. Bill 14, known as the Consumer Protection Amendment Act (Home Improvement Contracts), mandates that every home renovation or improvement transaction must be preceded by a written contract. This allows the . . .…

Adequate tools essential in tree care

I give numerous courses during the year, usually in the spring and the fall, to people who are interested in the care and pruning of trees. There are specialized tools that are useful to the property owner for working with trees and woody shrubs. The basic tools are hand pruners or . . .…

Bathroom exhaust fan critical to maintaining dry home

Question: My daughter and her partner bought a River Heights bungalow last November. It has a bathroom that has a window in the shower wall and no fan in the bathroom. The plan is to eventually use this as a guest bathroom and build a nice new bathroom downstairs. However, . . .…

Renovation & Design - Treat yourself

Treat yourself

An inspired landscape design — the gift that keeps on giving

Will 2015 be the year that your landscape undergoes a makeover or facelift? If you have ever declared, "Bah, humbug, " at the thought of investing in a landscape renovation, you have probably also wished at times for an attractive, functional landscape. One where you can relax in a space that . . .…

Glue, tile dust should do the trick

QUESTION: We live in a 1930s heritage home and there is natural tile in front of the fireplace. Unfortunately, the tile has been scraped by the bottom of a chair. We have tried to fix it but with no luck at all. Would you have a suggestion for us? Robert, . . .…

New Homes - All in the family

All in the family

Bridgwater home can accommodate the whole clan

There's one certainty if you're a large family or multi-generational family looking for a new home.You know size matters. Consequently, Kensington Homes has come up with a design -- the Brampton -- to provide king-sized families with adequate space.At 2, 858 sq. ft., the two-storey home -- which is just . . .…

Tweaking it to the max

Sterling Homes' team improves on Montara's already successful design

As good as a new home's design might be, it can always be made better.Which is exactly what the design team at Sterling Homes did when they subtly tweaked an already successful home plan, The Montara: make the 1, 675-square-foot bungalow better in several key areas."The tweaks started with giving . . .…

New Homes - Functional and elegant

Functional and elegant

Sage Creek bungalow offers exceptional attention to detail

When it comes to show homes, function must come first. Once a functional design is achieved, elegance can then be woven into the overall design. The design team at Maric Homes had that in mind when they conceived the floor plan of 25 East Plains Drive, said Phil Mosher, Realty . . .…

New Homes - Classic charmer

Classic charmer

River Heights home offers a thoughtful layout in a great location

Not all River Heights classics were created equal.Most of the homes built between 1900 and 1930 ooze character, but the layouts and features vary greatly.As a result, some homes are far more livable than others. The 2, 000 sq. ft., two-storey home found at 106 Niagara Street is a prime . . .…

New Homes - No small feat

No small feat

Functional design makes most of undersized lot

Being an inventive, imaginative lot, builders relish the opportunity to rise to a challenge. That's exactly what happened when Spencer Curtis and his design team at Hilton Homes were given the responsibility of building a spacious home on a lot that was significantly narrower than normal at 54 Appleford Gate in . . .…

Resale Homes - Cottage country in the city

Cottage country in the city

Elm Park beauty perfect for growing family

Buying a home tends to be an exercise in compromise. Which is to say, no home is perfect. No matter what, there's always one or two things about a home -- as good as it might be -- that you wish were different. However, there is the occasional home that, while not . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold DEC 6

Sold DEC 6

SOLD:WildwoodADDRESS: 769 Waterford Ave.ASKING PRICE: $419, 000SOLD PRICE: $409, 000TAXES: $3, 779.74SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 400BEDROOMS: 4BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 50 x 150LISTING AGENT: Scott Moore, Realty Executives Premiere, 204-995-7355SOLD:St. AdolpheADDRESS: 7-409 Main St.ASKING PRICE: $209, 900SOLD PRICE: $209, 900TAXES: $1, 741.19SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 019BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 1LOT SIZE: CondominiumLISTING AGENT: Dan Vermette, . . .…

Resale Homes - Postcard perfect

Postcard perfect

Churchill Drive home a sight to behold

It's a classic Manitoba winter day: crisp and clear, the snow crunching underfoot as you survey the scene unfolding around you.In this instance, you're on a serene stretch of Churchill Drive, the road and adjacent river curving away from you, the river covered in glistening snow.Then, right on the road's . . .…

Resale Homes - A concrete choice

A concrete choice

Affordable condo mixes in modern elements to maximize space

If you're a young professional just starting out - and looking for your first home - affordability and value is a priority. In most cases, a home possessing those two attributes is a one-bedroom, apartment-style condominium. Find the right one, and you stand to get a dwelling that checks in at . . .…

Resale Homes - Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

Glycerin works well to preserve a wreath

QUESTION: My eight-year-old granddaughter made me a lovely fall wreath out of dried leaves at her girls club. I would like to know if there is anything I can spray on it to preserve it for another year. It will be kept inside. From a very proud Grandma, Winnipeg.   ANSWER: Keeping . . .…