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Renovation & Design - Timber!


Cutting down the proverbial cherry tree

This column is about how to cut down a dead or living tree threatening to fall on your home or, worse, your neighbour's new deck and spa.Before you read on, please consider this caveat: In this politically correct world, it's difficult to write a renovation/DIYer column without offending some of . . .…

Renovation & Design - Smorgasbord


A bounty of delicious flavours from the homegrown garden

This summer, in what has been an exceptional growing season, local backyards will be serving up a veritable smorgasbord of fresh flavours and signature dishes. Ask a vegetable gardener about their tomatoes, cabbages, beets, beans, zucchini or whatever else they are growing and be sure to have a pen and . . .…

Renovation & Design - Decorate with fabrics to create a new look

Decorate with fabrics to create a new look

If I come across a great piece of fabric, it inspires me to make changes to my decor. Whether it is the colour palette in the pattern or the pattern itself, my head is filled with possibilities for updates. I don't always follow these decorating urges, otherwise I'd be changing . . .…

Vegetable oil removes grease from cast iron pans

Question: Do you have a solution on how to remove grease that seems to be baked onto the bottom of my old cast iron frying pan? I have tried some commercial cleaners, but they didn't work. Maybe you have a remedy that will work. You have such interesting hints in . . .…

Renovation & Design - Yellow tree leaves a symptom of hot, dry summer

Yellow tree leaves a symptom of hot, dry summer

A number of people have called me recently about the premature yellowing of tree leaves and the subsequent drop of many hundreds of those leaves. The trees that are the worst culprits are hybrid poplars including Swedish aspens, Amur maple and silver maple. These trees tend to have shallow root . . .…

New Homes - Creative castle

Creative castle

Bridgwater Lakes two-storey features 3,600 sq. ft. of inspired living

When it comes time to choose a new home it's the subtle design features that most often separate one home from another.Those features are especially important when you're buying a luxury home, as you want it to be different from other homes, so as to reflect your own unique style. . . .…

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 . . .…

Resale Homes - SOLD AUGUST 1-G3


SOLD:Sage CreekADDRESS: 2 Baptiste Tourond Rd.ASKING PRICE: $398, 000SOLD PRICE: $385, 000TAXES: $4, 227.74SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1, 394BEDROOMS: 3BATHROOMS: 2LOT SIZE: 41.5 x 114LISTING AGENT: Scott Moore, Realty Executives Premiere, 204-995-7355SELLING AGENT: Dustin Marks, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000SOLD:North EndADDRESS: 1226 Troy Ave.ASKING PRICE: $219, 900SOLD PRICE: $222, 000TAXES: $3, . . .…

Resale Homes - Ahead by a century

Ahead by a century

102-year-old Riverview home blends modern features with classic charm

As fetching as some homes appear from the outside, when it comes to mature neighbourhoods, looks can be deceiving. Which is to say, while a century-old home might possess curb appeal in spades, there's a chance the home might be dated and lack function inside. That's why 335 Balfour Avenue . . .…

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 . . .…