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Renovation & Design - Giving thanks for a great year of building

Giving thanks for a great year of building

As 2014 draws to a close, the Manitoba Home Builders' Association wants to take this opportunity to recognize and thank those people who made this past year a success. The residential construction industry is a huge part of Manitoba's economy, accounting for a $3.9 billion impact, more than 27, 000 . . .…

Renovation & Design - Just a bit of paint can transform a room

Just a bit of paint can transform a room

I often suggest using colour in the décor in small doses to begin with. Painting a focal wall is an easy way to add colour without committing yourself to adding colour to the entire room. Focal walls also allow you to use a richer colour than you might if you . . .…

Renovation & Design - Reno worth the wait

Reno worth the wait

Unlike television renovations in which an entire house is completed in one hour, in reality some renos can take more than 40 years to finish, not including the small details. Chris Ranick and her husband bought a home in East Kildonan in the early 70s which was built near the end . . .…

How to remove dangerous lead paint safely

Question: My boyfriend and I own a home in Winnipeg that was constructed in the late 1930s and we have some concerns about lead paint. Our baseboards and windows are coated in layers of thick white paint and they were not cleaned prior to painting. There are thick clumps . . .…

Renovation & Design - Breathe in deeply

Breathe in deeply

Aromatics soothe, heal, lift your spirits

All the rich food, late nights, and other indulgences getting you down this holiday season? Need some relaxation and revitalization or perhaps even some relief from cold and flu symptoms? The plant world could hold the answer to what ails you. From brewed teas to essential oils, salves and tinctures, plants . . .…

Aging in Place an idea whose time has come

I am frequently asked to gaze into the crystal ball and forecast coming trends and changes in the residential construction industry. Normally, I don't have to look any further than the Parade of Homes or the Renovation of the Year Awards. These events bring out the best in new-home construction and . . .…

New Homes - Living large

Living large

Bridgwater Lakes home right size for today's family

As a builder, it's critically important to listen to customers to create functional new designs. That's how Hearth Homes came up with the design of the Hawksbridge, the latest Bridgwater Lakes show home, found at 112 Lake Bend Road. "We spend a lot of our time thinking about what people want in . . .…

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 . . .…

Contemporary living

'Pride of ownership is very apparent' in Assiniboine Woods home

It's a quality that not all resale homes possess: pride of ownership. The moment you walk into 57 Lannoo Dr. in Assiniboine Woods, that quality is obvious, said REMAX Professionals' David De Leeuw. "The owners of this home are really fussy and meticulous, and that nature is definitely reflected in the condition . . .…

Resale Homes - Sold & offered

Sold & offered

Sold-Offered for Dec. 20, 2014:   SOLD: Westdale ADDRESS: 87 Dellwood Cr. ASKING PRICE: $219, 900 SOLD PRICE: $216, 000 TAXES: $2, 219.54 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 152 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1.5 LOT SIZE: 30 x 100 LISTING AGENT: Ken Maines, Maximum Realty, 204-999-9078   SOLD: South Tuxedo ADDRESS: 25-124 Portsmouth Blvd. ASKING Price: $199, 900 SOLD PRICE: $203, 000 TAXES: $2, 400.22 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 018 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: Condominium LISTING . . .…

Resale Homes - Fits just right

Fits just right

Corydon condo has location, functionality and value

Young couples and empty-nesters looking for a home have a lot in common. They tend to look for value and functionality and location is paramount. In many cases, they have a budget that falls in the $200, 000-to-$250, 000 range. A functional condominium in a central location for under $210, 000 is exceptional . . .…

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, . . .…