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Homeowners won’t want to miss out on the Red Deer Home Renovation & Design Show, set to run Oct. 20th-22nd at Westerner Park. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Central Alberta is excited to host the 2017 Red Deer Home Renovation & Design Show which will feature more than 80 exhibitors. There will be an array of booths and displays to check out, from renovators, the trades, suppliers and designers to lots of educational sessions as well. “This year the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Alberta partnered with a new local group of designers – The Designers’ Alliance of Central Alberta. The group helped us put together this year’s speaker schedule and theme – Design for Everyone. We have many talented local designers at the show to help attendees with their design challenges,� said Denie Olmstead, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “Anyone with children under the age of eight will know Peppa Pig. Peppa will be at the show for meets and greets on both Saturday and Sunday. Bring your cameras! Don’t forget that children under the age of 12 are free to attend,� he added. Hours for the event on Oct. 20th are from noon to 8 p.m. On Oct. 21st, hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 22nd they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Oct. 21st at 11:30 a.m. check out ‘Renovation 101’ with local designers Kelly Holyoak and Sofie Blunck who will share their knowledge and years of experience in the home improvement industry. At 12:30 p.m. Angela Sommers will discuss the topic of ‘Planning for Landscaping in Fall and Winter’. At 1:30 p.m. Ellen Walker’s talk, ‘Benefits of Hiring a Designer’ will begin followed at 2:30 p.m. with Nadine Carter’s session entitled ‘Transitioning from Old to New’. Later in the day at 3:30 p.m. there will also be a designer panel group discussion. “Listen in and enjoy a casual panel group dis-


cussion by four local design professionals on ‘Reno Mistakes to Avoid’ and ‘Where to Spend the Money Where it Matters’.� Following the discussion at 4 p.m. will be ‘Ask a Designer’. “Are you looking for new design ideas for your home? Not sure what today’s design trends are? Not sure which direction to go with your design? Or just looking for inspiration? Designers will be available to speak directly to the general public on a one-to-one bases. Time allotments will be established. The public is encouraged to bring photos and questions to talk to a local designer to ask their professional advice.� On Sunday, Oct. 22nd at 12:30 p.m. Sommers will again speak on ‘Planning for Landscaping in Fall and Winter’; at 1:30 p.m. Walker will again address the benefits of how a designer can help with renovations and Carter will again discuss the topic of ‘Transitioning from Old to New’. Meanwhile, it’s a great team to be a part of as the details of the annual show come together. “The opportunity to further relationships with trades and suppliers and to meet potential customers at the Red Deer Home Renovation & Design Show makes it very satisfying and a great experience,� said Chris Beaumont, CHBA – CA Trade Show Committee Chair. “Through their dedication and experience, the CHBA-CA staff and volunteers organize and run the Home Renovation & Design Show like a well-oiled machine! Well done!� For complete details, check out

Now is a great time to fertilize according to Mike House, general manager of Nutri-Lawn in Red Deer. “Even though the tops of the grass, the blades, are starting to slow and not growing as much, the roots are actively taking lots of nutrients,� he said. He said it’s a good time to put on a fertilizer that has both nitrogen and potassium in it. “Potassium’s for the winter hardiness, and the roots are always looking for nitrogen to store up for the winter. It just makes the lawn that much nicer coming into the spring.� House said this can be done in October and up to as late as the ground freezing. He said they typically tell people to not cut their grass shorter than about two and a half to three inches. “Cutting it too short is definitely one of the big things that causes people most of the problems. You expose the roots. The lawn’s more apt to burn in the heat.� He said the more grass blade you have the more roots you’re going to have.

“The bigger the root system, the more healthier the turf, but we do recommend that for the last cut of the year, when the lawn has finally stopped growing, we do recommend cutting it a little bit shorter than you usually do.� He said it’s also a good time to aerate the lawn. “There’s really not a lot you can do wrong in the fall. It’s just a good time to put the lawn to bed, to give it some extra nutrients and aerate it, and cut it a little bit shorter before winter,� said House. He said for those people who back onto wooded areas with lots of trees, they will get problems with moles in the spring that chew off grass and create little tunnels in their lawns. “That’s one of the reasons why cutting it a little bit shorter can help keep the moles away.� When it comes to having that nice, green lawn, he said proper water is a big part of it, along with proper cutting and fertilization. “A good fertility program is

key. Lawns are always looking for nitrogen,� he said. In the winter with lawns going dormant under the snow, it’s all about prepping it in the fall, and once things start coming up in the spring, you start the caring process all over again. He said people should make sure the grass isn’t still frozen when they go back to caring for their lawns again. “You don’t want to be walking on it when it’s frozen,� he said, adding that anytime after the second or third week of April is fine. He said the biggest reason people don’t have a nice lawn tends to be due to improper cutting, so either cutting too short or not cutting frequently enough, and not putting enough water on it. “You don’t need to water that often but you do need to water heavily. If you can do that once a week, you’re fine,� he said, adding that there’s no need to water right now as there is typically enough moisture in the fall that you don’t need to.


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Getting your home ready now for the icy winter cold Kim Wyse

Fall is here! Maybe, it seems that in one day we experienced fall, winter and then spring thaw and rain. No wonder the weather confuses us and causes our systems to say what the heck? It is the season of not knowing what shoes to wear and of leaving coats in cars and at work because of cold mornings and warm afternoons. Is there a more confusing time of year? We have holidays which piggy back that go by in a blink as we look over the looming horizon of winter

and Christmas. Many people now start planning the installation of their Christmas lights ‘before the snow flies’ bringing yet another holiday preparation into the fall months! We act like squirrels running this way and that using the last of the warmish days to repair and replace things on our homes that we can’t imagine doing when it is freezing outside. People with wood stoves are gathering wood like birds building a nest and the final garden items are being pulled and stored as we take advantage of beautiful fall days. Be careful not to leave your car unlocked during fall as you may find a bag of potatoes or carrots placed inside via some good-hearted neighbour. With the looming winter months ahead, we immediately think of outdoor improvements and feel the need to tackle those jobs that will haunt us if we don’t finish them before the snow flies. Exterior storm doors and windows are important to look at to make sure they are sealing properly and cleaned out to allow for smooth movement during the cold/not so cold days when you may want to open them for fresh air. It is a good time to get up on your roof to check for debris or possible holes or damage to prevent those areas from leaking and freezing which causes an incredible amount of damage over time. Tuck your hoses and anything water-related away in a safe place, drain underground sprinklers and be sure to turn off any exterior taps before the temperature drops. It can be easy to forget about our outdoor water until a deep cold

hits and problems arise! Ensure that exterior venting from dryers is clean and properly sealed and make sure to check the exterior of your dryer vent over the winter for excess ice buildup as the warm air coming from this vent will cause moisture to freeze on the exterior of your home and can plug the vent if not checked. Give the exterior of your home a good once over to look for any perimeter breaches such as windows, siding and foundation. Those small bits of damage which may have occurred during a hail or wind storm can be a huge headache in the colder months or may show up as a big problem in the spring. Take advantage of the milder temperatures and fill/fix things now before they

become exposed to bitter cold. This is also a good time to clean gutters and downspouts as they are probably full of leaves and dirt and will develop a chunk of debris-filled ice which can overflow and damage foundations when the weather warms. This is the time to get out and about and give your home the full all points inspection before you have to fight the freeze. Check it, inspect it and fix those areas now and then sit back in the winter knowing that your home is protected when Mother Nature roars. Kim Wyse is a Central Alberta freelance designer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Realtor/Ask a Designer’.

Look back on last season for a good garden next year BY CARLIE CONNOLLY

When it comes to planning ahead for next year’s garden season, looking back on the last season is key to remembering what you did well and what you did not so well according to Alfred Prins, greenhouse manager at Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre. He said making notes and saving labels would help in the planning process. “Otherwise next spring I get more people come in and say, ‘Well I had this plant, but I don’t remember what it was and it did really well,’” he said with a laugh, adding that if you don’t do a little planning you won’t remember what you have for when it comes to ordering or sourcing your plants. Prins said beyond that, you can start looking at the garden and soil itself. “Was the soil real hard? Do I need to beef it up for next year? A lot of that can be done in the fall,” said Prins. He said a lot of soil amendments and basic fertilizers, but primarily organic matter, particularly Peat Moss is a good idea. “As soon as the annuals are pulled and cleaned and the vegetables have been dug, that all can be incorporated, turned over, the soil prep can be done, so that takes some of the workload off of spring that way.” He said if you want flowers like tulips or daffodils in the garden


for springtime, they need to be planted now. “If you like growing garlic you plant that now as well,” he said, adding that it comes up in the spring and you get nice harvest. He said if you were to plant that first thing in the spring, it’s more of a risk on whether you will get anything by the end of the fall. He said people can also do a lot of digging and transplanting of perennials and shrubs in the fall, once they’ve had hard frost, which is now. When it comes to what makes for a healthy garden, a few things come to Prins’ mind. “Of course everybody thinks the soil first, a normal well drained, reasonably rich soil mix with a fair bit of organic matter in it so it doesn’t compact too hard.” He said a good location is also an important step. “A good location for a healthy garden means probably some shelter, so some trees around or buildings or fences. If it’s widely open, it’s going to get wind blasted all the time,” he said. For those wanting good yield from their garden, they need at least a half a day of sunshine on it every day. “If it’s sitting in heavy shade of course it’s not going to yield much.” Another important step is competition. He said if large trees are too close with branches hanging over, and the roots are underneath, they’re taking everything out of the soil and are taking the sunshine away, therefore you won’t get much growth.

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Exercising your fall financial fitness This time of year we all clean up the yard and make sure our vehicles are ready for winter but perhaps we should also check our overall finances to make sure that they are winter-ready too. We know we should keep everything up to date but this seems to get lost in the ‘busyness’ of everyday life. Experts suggest that we take one day a year to make sure things are current. Now that the kids are back in school consider scheduling a full day off work with your spouse (if applicable), turn off your phones, grab a pumpkin

spiced whatever and get down to work! 1. Tidy up the paperwork – we are supposed be able to find any piece of important paperwork within two minutes. If you have collected a pile on your desk then now is the time to spend an hour or so filing it properly. Things to keep: • government correspondence • proof of debts paid • bankruptcy or OPD documents • separation agreement 2. Review your will and make sure it is up to

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date. Organizing your affairs properly is an amazing gift for the loved ones left behind. 3. Review your insurance policies. Do you have enough life, disability and critical illness coverage? Disability is the number one reason for mortgage default in Canada. If you or one of your children suffer a critical illness it can quickly wipe out all savings. None of us want to leave our loved ones unable to take care of themselves. Is your home owner’s policy still the best for you? Changes can be made within insurance policies without us noticing until it is too late. Assessing your coverage annually makes good sense. (Take a lunch break!) 4. Review your finances. How is the savings plan or debt reduction strategy coming along? How are your investments performing? Having no plan is planning to fail they say so this annual look will give you the knowledge of where you need to adjust. 5. Review your borrowing. Are you in the best

credit card for your situation or the one given you by default at the bank? You can negotiate the terms with your company to a lower rate and no annual fee. How soon is your mortgage up for renewal? This is also negotiable and you should always start shopping for the best mortgage about three months before renewal. There are all sorts of amazing professionals out there who you can enlist to help you stay financially sound. A lawyer, accountant, financial planner, insurance broker and of course a mortgage professional are the people you need in your life. If your assessment of any of the things above requires additional guidance or changes then reach out to your circle ASAP. And after all this is done…it is time to pour a glass of wine and celebrate that fact that you can weather the winter knowing your financial fitness is where it should be. Well done! Pam Pikkert is a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres - Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer.

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Re-introducing velvet! Noble and sophisticated by nature, velvet has always been considered a stately fabric. This autumn, it’s making its way back into our homes to create an atmosphere best described as cozy chic. Whether used sparingly or abundantly, velvet always makes a statement. For a beautiful interior that’s in with the times, opt for darker colours like purple, forest green, burgundy or indigo. Remember, the richer the better! Between couches, armchairs, benches, carpets, curtains and headboards, there are so many ways to add a little (or a lot of) velvety softness to your home this fall!


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Building or upgrading to an energy efficient home BY TODD COLIN VAUGHAN

Creating or upgrading to an energy efficient home is a trend that not only can help with the environment, it can also potentially lighten the load of energy bills in your home. Falcon Homes Site Supervisor Aaron Kerchinsky said there are many things you can do when building or upgrading your home to ensure energy efficiency. “My initial response would be to focus on your windows,” he said. “That will be your weakest point for letting heat enter or exit your home. You need to upgrade from a double-glaze window to a triple-glaze window. You need to ensure your install is done properly so they are as efficient as they can be. “There are many different ways you can improve your home efficiency, but keeping it simple—if you lose less heat: that is the best place to start.” Windows are the number one place where thermal is lost or gained in your home, according to Kerchinsky, however, he explained that how your house is situated also plays a huge role in conserving energy. “If you have large windows facing south—that will give you great thermal heat through the sun,” he said. “In the summer, that will give you too much heat so if you plant a deciduous tree—in the winter with no leaves that will let the sun come right in your windows as opposed to summer when the trees will provide shade.” Many ways to conserve energy in your home are fortunately built right in to the latest appliances. New ovens,

fridges, taps, dishwashers, lighting, washing machines and dryers all have stricter guidelines they are required to follow in terms of energy. This means upgrading any of these mechanical systems will help your home be more energy efficient. Another place where energy can be lost is in basements. “With basements, you want to focus on the walls and insulation,” Kerchinsky said. “Typically they would be R12 (insulation rating) and you can upgrade to R20 with minimal cost. You want to make sure your joint space to the upper part of the house is also insulated well.” With newer homes typically being ‘open concept’, Kerchinsky said it becomes crucial to have a proper HVAC system to ensure airflow is being properly dispersed. “You don’t want to waste energy trying to heat or cool—if you have proper air flow, it will make a big difference,” he said. He added that there are many improvements with insulation you can make if you want to spend a little extra money. “You can increase the thermal quality of your home by improving the insulation in your walls, adding exterior insulation or increasing your attic insulation. Those are valuable to your home,” he said. LED lighting, automatic thermostats and simply being diligent about shutting off lights and turning off taps are all ways, Kerchinsky said, that homeowners can conserve energy without huge monetary up-front costs. “I start people off small and you can go all the way into solar power and geothermal—there are all sorts of new technologies that have been used for a number of years and are closer to perfection,” he said.


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Part of the beauty of home ownership is being able to create a space for yourself. For many people, creating an ultimate rec room, or man cave as it is often called, is one of the first steps people take once their move-in is complete. While many people focus on upholstery and their TV options, the coup de grace of a rec room is often items like billiards tables, fooseball tables and shuffleboards. David Johnston, owner and operator of Playmore Tables and Games in Red Deer, specializes in helping clients create the rec room of their dreams. “If you have an endless budget, a lot of guys will do a pool table, fooseball table, a shuffle board, dome hockey and of course the arcade games,” he said. “There is quite a bit you can add if you have the space and money.” Johnston said a huge part of what they do is consulting with clients, meaning awareness of the space available for rec room is crucial. “We would know square footage in order to know whether there is room for a pool table, ping pong table, arcade or fooseball,” he said. “If you have lots of space, you can get lots of toys. Room size is a good place to start so we know what

you have dedicated to your man cave.” While the price of rec rooms can quickly skyrocket, Johnston said it is very much possible on a condensed budget. “If you didn’t have much of a budget, you could go with a beer pong table, they are only around $150,” he said. “From there, there is fooseball tables around $800 and ping pong tables are $350-$400. Pool tables start around $2,000 and up once you get everything you need. There is lots of wall decor and dart boards which are not that expensive at around $100.” He added lighting can be a relatively inexpensive piece that can add a lot to a room. “Neon is still very bright and adds cool ambiance to your man cave,” he said. “It is still fairly popular. They start around $150 to $1,600.” Johnston said the first piece most clients want is a pool table, followed by retro arcade games like Pac Man and Galaga. “We also have games like pinball. People often go for the virtual pinball which has 864 games in one,” he said. Johnston said most people do a ton of research before building their rec room, however, they are more than willing to consult and work with their clients who don’t have a clear vision. “With a lot of space, people can go with whatever they want,” he said.




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Special Features - Fall Home Improvement 2017  


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