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Creating Neighbourhoods,

greg Yakobovich, president

One HOme At A time At Yakobovich Homes, we’ve assembled a knowledgeable team who pride themselves in professional work. We employ most of our own tradespeople, giving us a distinct advantage to control and deliver a quality built home for today’s clients. We continue to set standards in our industry and build homes of which we are proud. If you are proud, you are happy. We deliver blueprints to our clients for approval before starting, and consult from start to finish. We supply detailed specifications to our clients and project management. Our success is measured by our customers’ satisfaction. The best advertising we can have is word of mouth! • Certified Master Builder, exceeding standards of home building • Committed to incorporate Energy Star and R-2000 requirements in all homes • Members of the New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan • Established relationships with knowledgeable and dependable trade and supply partners • Committed to building an energy-efficient quality home for customers in today’s market, one home at a time

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Our specialty is residential design, commercial design and certified foundation design. We plan and produce construction drawings that will create a living space unique to your needs and lifestyle. Recently affiliated with KRN Tolentino Architecture, we now offer a wide range of commercial design services • custom residential design • certified foundation designs • commercial design services

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elcome to our spring issue of Fine Homes Regina. What a welcoming thought that spring is just around the corner! I love our four seasons, and I am definitely ready for some warm sunshine and deck time. This issue’s cover story features the excellence of Century 21 Dome Realty Inc., and we extend congratulations to their many award-winning REALTORS®. There’s nothing like a spring trade show to kick off the season. Many businesses featured in this issue will also exhibit their products and services at the annual Regina Spring Home Show. Be sure to check them out inside — and at the show. Are you starting to think about spring cleaning? We offer some tips to get you going. Are you experiencing basement problems with your home? This is a common problem in Regina, and a number of qualified professional businesses can provide solutions. Have you been considering condo living and what’s in it for you? We cover that topic, too. Whether it’s creating a bedroom sanctuary or designing a functional kitchen, building or renovating our homes is always exciting. And it’s especially invigorating when creating or upgrading backyard oases for the warm season ahead. Backyard amenities are endless — from water features to outdoor kitchens! Our national columnists once again offer more creative and practical advice. Meredith Heron dresses the fifth and sixth walls (ceilings and floors), Shell Busey weighs in on walk-in tubs and showers, and Ken Beattie gets us ready for the growing season ahead. Inside this magazine are an impressive array of local businesses and services ready to help you with home building, improvement projects and beautifying your home — inside and out. Enjoy the season ahead… happy spring!

Spring 2014 VOLUME 5 ISSUE 1 Associate Editor Sherry Lee

Staff Writers Alyssa Rudyck Brandi Parnell Henny Buffinga Rebecca Schneidereit Tori Stafford

Apolline Lucyk Courtney Tait Tobie Hainstock Tonya Lambert Trina Annand

In-house Design Amber Moon Brittany Pickrem Lisa Redden

Brittany Lloy Elisa Malfitana Natasha Burkholder

Photography Aidan Morgan Calvin Fehr Heather Fritz Henry Godnitz Meredith Heron Scott Goodwill

Contributing Writers Katrina Geenevasen Ken Beattie Meredith Heron Shell Busey

Sales Manager Jacob Dietrich

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Regina Spring Home Show: Exhibitors to Watch For

84 Functional Kitchens: Design a Kitchen that Works

26 COVER: Century 21 Dome Recognized for Excellence

96 Meredith Heron Dresses Floors and Ceilings

40 Create a Home Library

106 Shell Busey: Walk-In Bathtubs and Showers

66 Reclaim Your Basement

130 Your Backyard Oasis

78 Your Bedroom Sanctuary

156 Ken Beattie Gets Ready for the Growing Season




40 130 to protect them from harsh weather conditions. Finally, be prepared for rain or shine. It is wise to design your outdoor living space with a partial roof, pergola, gazebo or an umbrella that can be set up for an extra sunny day or unexpected rain or drizzle.


Outdoor Bars Outdoor bars are another upgrade that can really bring your backyard to the next level. They are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space if you like to entertain. As with outdoor kitchens and living rooms, your outdoor bar can be simple or extravagant. Popular upgrades include wine and beer coolers, bar sinks and builtin kegerators for a genuine bar experience. When planning your outdoor bar, keep in mind the same considerations as for outdoor kitchens and living rooms. Ensure that all your appliances are safe for outdoor storage and use, and design with your primary functions in mind.

Lighting and Heating It is important to plan for adequate heating and lighting options to enable you to make the most of your outdoor space. High quality space heaters are essential, and a fire pit, fireplace or even pizza oven can become the focal point of your outdoor lounging space in the evenings. If you have an outdoor kitchen or bar, make sure that you have ample lighting options in thatDEPaRtMEntS area in case you end up hosting a late night appetizer party or midnight


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lunch, and make sure light fixtures are disbursed around the whole space to create ambiance.

Children’s Play Areas Play areas for the children are essential if you have young kids, and the options are endless. When planning this area, keep in mind the ages of your children and the estimated lifespan of the play area. Many play area options, such as swing sets and tree houses, can be enjoyed for many years, especially if you have children of varying ages, so be sure to invest in wellmade, durable equipment.


Landscaping Quality landscaping can work wonders for an outdoor living space. Paths, greenery, water fountains, waterfalls, flowers and plants can provide the perfect final touches to make your outdoor living space truly magical. If you are not a gardener or plant person, a professional can work with you to plan your overall yard and find plants and greenery to brighten up your space with minimal maintenance.


The options are endless to turn your backyard into an oasis of pleasure. Enjoy the summer!

106 Home Improvements and Renovations

76 Condo Living

148 Outdoor Living/Seasonal trends

78 Bed and Bath

158 Realtor Directory

84 Dream Kitchens

159 Service Directory

96 Inner Beauty and Design




Regina Spring

Home SHow 2014 exhibitors to WAtch For By Apolline lucyk





he Regina Spring Home Show has long been a spring highlight for homebuilders and homeowners. This year, it will be held in the Canada Centre Building at EVRAZ Place from March 27 to March 30. With over 152,000 square feet of innovative home improvement products and ideas, the show attracts creative minds from all over southern Saskatchewan. It is an important event for anyone interested in improving their property or involved in Saskatchewan’s thriving homebuilding industry. Every year, the event showcases products and ideas from more than 300 exhibitors specializing in kitchen, bed and bath products and design, landscaping, exterior finishing and decking options, foundation repair and much more. This year’s show will feature two guest speakers: Anna Olson and Jim Caruk. Anna Olson is a popular celebrity chef best known for her popular show Bake with Anna Olson, which airs on the Food Network across Canada. Olson has authored a number of bestselling cookbooks including Sugar, Back to Baking, and Anna and Michael Olson Cook at Home. Her popular series Bake with Anna Olson, Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson have aired in 40 countries worldwide, and gained a strong following across Canada. Jim Caruk is a leading national construction expert and television personality. His hit series, Real Renos, has been on the air for seven seasons, and is both instructional and entertaining for anyone interested in homebuilding and renovation. He is the principal of Caruk Group Construction, Founder of

Build-it-Yourself Learning Centres, and the National Ambassador of DEWALT, Stanley and Bostitch Tools. With an impressive career, he’s proven to be an entertaining speaker not to be missed. The Regina Spring Homes Show is a great place to get motivated for your exciting summer projects. Check out the following companies inside this issue that are exhibiting at the show: AAA Solid Foundations........................ p. 68 Artisan Design Build ............................. p. 20 Beuma Concrete Specialties ..............p. 138 C21, Dome Realty Inc ............................ p. 26 Canridge Roofing ....................................p. 116 CNG Stone Products ..............................p. 10 Colored Shale Products Inc ............... p. 146 Curb-Ease Regina................................. p. 140 Dignity Bath Solutions ........................ p. 108 Down to Earth Fencing Inc ................ p. 144 Dreamicio Stucco & Accent Mouldings ................................p. 147 Dufferin Homes ......................................p. 44 Duperreault Renovations .................... p. 110 Fanny’s Furniture & Kitchens .............. p. 89 Floform Countertops............................. p. 95 Ground Up Foundations........................p. 74 JS Basement Works................................p. 75 Mirror Image Concrete Polishing ......p. 118 Mustang Construction ....................... p. 120 ON AV ........................................................ p. 16 Parkland Carpet One..............................p.114 RenoOps Canada ................................. p. 109 Simply Stowed ........................................ p. 65 Spray Pros ................................................. p. 52 Suncoast Screen Enclosures ..............p. 136 Sunset Bay Hot Tubs .............................p. 151 Superior FD Coatings ...........................p. 126 The Ensuite..............................................p. 128 Tidy Time Saver ....................................... p. 14




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t CNG Stone Products, you will get the best quality materials installed by trained craftspeople who take pride in their work. “I’m very lucky to be working with a strong team with lots of experience,” says Scott Tresek, owner of CNG Stone in Regina. “We put a lot of pride in our work.” CNG Stone offers a wide selection of beautiful exotic granite to choose from. Not sure what to pick? The sales staff will help you find what will work with the colours in your kitchen or bathroom. Tresek explains that with their laser-measuring technology, measuring and cutting is a very quick but precise job. Paying close attention to detail and accuracy, the measuring process can be done within 20 minutes. Once the granite is measured and cut, installation generally takes just a few hours. Because they understand the inconvenience of having a kitchen renovated, CNG Stone Products focuses on being quick and exact with their delivery and installation. “We guarantee that the granite will be installed within two weeks after the cabinets are installed,” remarks Tresek. Quality product combined with impeccable craftsmanship and outstanding service: that’s what you get when you choose CNG Stone Products. The showroom is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call or visit them online for more information or to book a consultation.

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“We had a fire in our home and decided that since we were renovating, we would change the countertops too. We had them work on the kitchen and the bathrooms. Scott and Susan took the time to show us their wares and helped us choose the right countertop. The crew were very hard working, personable and professional. They were a real pleasure to work with. We would definitely suggest CNG Stone Products to anyone.” —James and Kathryn Harris

“We were doing a kitchen reno with our addition and had gone to a few other companies, but our custom cabinet maker suggested CNG Stone Products. Susan was really great! She was on board with whatever I wanted to do. Her customer service was awesome! The installers showed up when they said they would. They were clean, courteous and careful. They even gave me information about how to clean and care for the granite. We are so pleased that we are planning on doing more work in our home and CNG Stone will be the first people we call.” —Laurie Pechey




“I’m a home builder and I’ve been using CNG

Stone for a number of years. They’ve worked on kitchens bathrooms and laundries for me. I’ve been really impressed with the quality of their workmanship. They always complete the job on time. I’m very happy with their work and would highly recommend them.” —Tim Trithart, Trithart Homes

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Save Your Marriage Use a Professional House Cleaning Service


o you often come home from work completely exhausted, only to find your home in complete disarray? All you want to do is put your feet up and relax, but the nagging voice in your head is telling you that your bathrooms need a good scrubbing and the floors are in desperate need of a good cleaning. Do you dream about being one of your neighbours who has the luxury of coming home to a sparkling clean home because they have hired a cleaning company? Are




you tired of fighting with your spouse and children about cleaning? It’s time to take back your free time and call the professionals to take over. The Tidy Time Saver Professional Cleaning Service is here to help you create some free time in your busy life. Sharla Shaw Tidy Timesaver 202-2206 Dewdney Ave 306.546.1505

Keep Your HoMe HealtHY Get Your Blinds Professionally Cleaned


sing our ultrasonic blind cleaning machine, we are able to clean many different types of blinds: faux wood blinds, pleated shades, honeycomb shades, silhouettes, luminettes, vignettes, vertical vinyl, vertical free hang, vertical cloth, mini blinds, micro blinds, venetian blinds and wood mini blinds. While many of us spend the time cleaning our homes and getting the carpets cleaned every so often, we often forget about our blinds. Blinds are the

perfect place for allergens, germs, pet dander and nicotine to hide. By having your blinds cleaned at least once a year, you will have a much healthier home.

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magine the luxury of having the control of your heating, lighting, cooling, entertainment, security, sprinkler systems and more — all at your fingertips, no matter where you are. With a Control4 Home Automation system from ON AV, everything is controlled from one master remote control, smart phone or smart device.

and money,” explains Kent Magnuson owner of ON AV. Home automation makes it possible to preset your heating or cooling system to adjust the temperature when you are away. You can even program the timing on your sprinkler system to water your lawn or garden at the best possible time of the day for proper soil saturation.

What once seemed like a pricy luxury or something from a science fiction novel is now an affordable and convenient feature to add to your new or existing home.

The most appealing aspect of home automation is the convenience. Your home automation system can be programmed to include a number of features, such as controlling your lights with program timers, adjusting the thermostat when you are away or even

“Home automation ties everything together for you, which saves you time

being able to monitor your home from almost anywhere in the world. Your Control4 system can be accessed from your smart phone or smart device for added convenience. Be as simple or as elaborate as you choose — it’s completely up to you! Easy to use and very adaptable, your new home automation system doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, Magnuson advises that it’s best to start out with a couple of items in your new system to get the feel of how it works. You may wish to add to your Control4 system as you get more accustomed to using it. This is easily done. “We will design the system

L-R Team ONAV, Kevin Beattie, Chris Kish, Devin Keefe, Dave Biskupek, Kent Magnuson, Tanya Magnuson, Steve Vancha, Jesse Wintonyk.




for the customer and work with them from start to finish,” he comments. When it’s a new construction, ON AV will work closely with the builder, making sure that everything is done according to schedule. The ON AV team will educate you on new available technologies and how they may benefit you and your new home. They have extensive experience retro-fitting systems for your existing home, and will sit down with you to plan out a system that will work with your lifestyle and budget. ON AV is a Platinum-Certified Control4 dealer and 2013 Canadian Dealer of the

year. What does that mean for you? It means you can trust ON AV to offer you a top-quality product and the very best in customer service. “Among the team, we have over 90 years of combined experience in the audio video industry,” notes Magnuson. “We will walk you through the process and explain it all when we’re done.” That solid background also comes with the added peace of mind that ON AV has worked with the most prestigious homebuilders and contractors around.

system will enhance the security, efficiency and convenience of your home. Call ON AV and find out how you can get started with your Control4 Home Automation System today.

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Get an amazinG new Home at Great Value by Courtney tait PHOTOS Calvin Fehr


f you’re in the market for a stylish home at an affordable price, look no further than Artisan Design Build. The company creates innovative, highquality homes with a focus on value for the money. “The value that we provide is hard for a competitor to match,” says Michelle Lam, Artisan’s marketing manager. “People can’t believe they’re getting what they are for the amount they’re paying, especially those who are doing comparison shopping.” One of Artisan’s popular collections is the Spark series laneway homes. These designs are available in four models, ranging from 1249 sq. ft. to 1572 sq. ft. Floor plans include two and three




bedroom models, making them ideal for young couples, families and retirees. “Our laneways, along with our finishes, provide an option for new homebuyers that they would not have otherwise,” says Lam. Laneway homes feature a driving lane behind the home for access to parking with the option for a garage, rather than an attached garage. These homes start at $244,804 plus the lot. Artisan excels in modern design, carefully sourcing finishes to offer a luxurious feel without the expensive price tag. Their design and build process is streamlined to be efficient, enabling them to keep costs down. All of Artisan’s designs feature high-end finishes such as quartz countertops, tile backsplashes in the

kitchen, and undermounted sinks. The quality of the build matches the modern style with triple pane windows and ICF basements. For buyers interested in a townhouse style design, Artisan has recently released the Glide townhomes, part of the Ice series. The three-bedroom floorplan features an open-concept design, with nine-foot ceilings on both the main and upper floors. Stucco exteriors, large windows and flat rooflines create a sleek curb appeal. “These townhomes offer a desired premium modern lifestyle,” says Lam. Glide townhomes are 1404 sq. ft. and offer a large kitchen island, master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet,

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second-floor stackable laundry, and a semidetached garage. The modern design, along with features such as air conditioning and ENERGY STAR high-efficiency gas furnaces, adds to the townhouses’ outstanding value. Prices for a Glide townhome currently start at $389,000, a promotional price that the Artisan team encourages buyers to take advantage of. Artisan homes are built in such neighbourhoods as Edgewater and Harbour Landing, with plans to also join the new developments of Coopertown and Westerra. Interested buyers can view several showhomes from the company’s collections, including an Ice series home at 5274 Aviator Crescent and a Spark series laneway home at 5301 Mitchinson Way. Recently opened is a three-bedroom, garagefront design from Artisan’s Spark series, at 5752 Pearsall Crescent. “People think our showhomes are filled with upgrades, as our style is modern, and the finishes are what would typically be considered upgrades in the building industry,” says Lam. “But with our showhomes, what you see is what you get.” View the show homes Monday to Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 12 to 5 p.m. Your standard for living is about to go up. Artisan Design Build 7-1801 Turvey Road E 306.546.8030 FineHomes





ith spring coming, days getting longer and the sun shining, it’s easy to see that your windows are going to need a good cleaning after a long winter. And of course, window cleaning is one household chore we all love to hate. The streaks always appear, no matter how many times you wash and dry, and of course, there are all those windows you can hardly reach, or the ones that need a ladder to climb up to. It’s timeconsuming and potentially dangerous,

and something that no one really wants to do—well, almost no one. The team at Capital Window Cleaning has been doing windows for more than 20 years. They enjoy cleaning windows, and they’d be happy to clean yours.

Don’t risk injury Capital’s team of window-cleaning experts are fully trained with all the right equipment to get the job done. Why risk your personal safety and wellbeing,

when you can hire professionals who can get it done quickly and leave your windows sparkling clean.

Don’t pay forsomeone else’s mistakes Many people are willing to offer you a deal to clean your windows, but did you know if they are not properly insured, you could be liable if they injure themselves on your property? The Capital team is properly insured, so there’s no risk to

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you, or your home insurance, when they do the job.

Ensure a long life for your new windows The right equipment in the hands of an expert means a long life for your windows. Capital Window Cleaning has all the equipment to ensure that your windows are not only clean, but also scratch-free with no film left behind. Your windows will look clear year after year.

Family-friendly Capital also uses non-toxic window cleaning products. This means your family and your pets aren’t exposed to any unnecessary harsh chemicals. Finally, getting someone else to clean your windows means you don’t have to, and you can spend your time doing something else. Capital Window Cleaning will get the job done well and efficiently. That includes any window— inside or out—with any kind of glass. Evening and weekend appointments are available, and Capital Window Cleaning can provide a free estimate when you’re ready to let the spring sunshine in through shiny clean windows. The choice is clear… your windows will be too.

Get ready for spring and fall cleaning Once you book your appointment for spring and fall, Capital Window Cleaning will contact you when your booked date is approaching. They will then followup with a phone call when the job is done. This saves you having to call to set up the second cleaning and gives you access to a discount rate.

Capital Window Cleaning 2802 Dewdney Avenue Regina 306.529.9656




DeDicateD anD DepenDable Yard and Home Maintenance By Tonya LamberT


edicated and dependable are two words that come to mind when one thinks of Darren and Jaimie McClare of D’s Deeds Yard and Home Maintenance. When Darren and wife, Jaimie, opened their business in the fall of 2008, they did so by loading their baby in a wagon and walking around the Lakeview neighbourhood handing out 20 fliers. Since then, the business has grown steadily with many new customers who have heard of the couple’s reliable and friendly service from satisfied neighbours.




D’s Deeds offers a wide variety of services to meet all your yard and home maintenance needs throughout the year. Services including rooftop snow removal, commercial and residential yard maintenance, yard clean ups, tree and shrub planting, rototilling, junk removal, sod and sprinkler installation, sprinkler blow-outs and skid steer services. D’s Deeds has expanded recently, and with their larger team, is now able to install both decks and wooden fences. In addition, Jaimie, with five years of interior design experience, is able to advise

clients on colour choices for both interior and exterior use. D’s Deeds works with homebuilders as well as homeowners. The company was recently hired by one of the city’s largest homebuilders to do their sod and sprinkler installations. They are also available to plant trees and shrubs in the city’s newest yards. Darren and Jaimie are proud to be a family-owned and-operated business and to live and work in Regina with its great

people. “We treat our customers like friends, not as a business opportunity,” says Darren. “We love being known for our work ethic and our honesty (good oldfashioned help). We will never turn down a job for being too small. We are honest, fair priced, and go above and beyond the expectations of our customers.” D’s Deeds offers discounts to seniors and new homeowners. Having grown their business almost entirely by word-of-mouth, you know that the team at D’s Deeds not only meets, but exceeds, their clients’ expectations. “Darren is a hardworking young man and is always there to help,” says client, Edward Kleckner. “D’s Deeds is truly a family-run business: everyone pitches in to help each other. They have a good strong work ethic and are concerned about their customers.” Barbara S., another satisfied customer, exclaims, “Anyone who calls for the services of D’s Deeds will be dealing with not only a hard-working young man, but one with genuine warmth and high intelligence as well as an amazing work ethic!” “Most companies don’t make time for small jobs, but for us, no job is too small,” notes Darren. Whatever your yard or home maintenance needs — whether removing snow in the winter, raking leaves in the fall, rototilling the garden in the spring, or mowing the lawn in the summer —Darren and Jaimie McClare of D’s Deeds in Regina are there to help you. They are dedicated and dependable. Give them a call today. Pictured Darren and Jaimie McClare

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Charity Begins at HOME…

#1 Fundraising Office in Canada!

$83,462.01 . . . and so does corporate responsibility. CENTURY 21® Dome Realty agents and staff are committed to Easter Seals and sending kids to camp. Each year, CENTURY 21® Dome agents and staff organize and volunteer at numerous fundraising events and also donate themselves to this cause. As the CENTURY 21® charity of choice internationally, our office has been invited to experience a number of events where we can see firsthand the incredible difference this organization makes. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our team of agents and staff, but we feel the best accomplishment is to be a top fundraising office in Canada supporting Easter Seals year after year. The teamwork and hard work of our offices to raise funds for children with disabilities to be able to attend summer camp, and then to see

the smiles we put on those children's faces, is an amazing feeling. Camp Easter Seal is about helping children living with disabilities to be able to experience opportunities that they may be unable to experience elsewhere. Since 1994, CENTURY 21 Dome in Regina has been raising funds for Camp Easter Seals in Watrous, Saskatchewan, and since then, we have raised over $1,250,000. CENTURY 21® system members around the world have supported Easter Seals since 1979 as their national “charity of choice” through local fundraising activities and volunteerism. To date, more than $100 million has been raised for this charity.

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Congratulations Multiple CENTURION® Winners

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Thanks to all my family, friends and clients who have supported me over the past 11 years!

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TO ALL OUR AWARD WINNERS DOUBLE CENTURION® Producer 2013 #38 Top Producing Individual in Canada Thank you to all my clients, past and present. “ Your continuous support and referrals helped me to reach #38 in all of CANADA. I couldn’t have achieved it without you!

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“We’ve been transferred around quite a bit and have dealt with many realtors. What we love about Lynne, she listens!! But she also makes great suggestions. She really puts our personal needs first and foremost.” - Cory & Susan L.

“Lynne was extremely efficient and effective. She listened to what we wanted and found us the perfect home in 24 hours. We were under a tight time frame which she met and we had our home secured within 48 hours of meeting her.” - Dean & Anna F.

“We can’t say enough good things about Lynne. She listened to our every need and got us exactly what we wanted. She was always very professional, reliable and always available. I have already recommended her to everyone I know.” - Desiree & Jordan B.

“Lynne was fantastic! She got us the house we wanted at a great price! She was always available to answer any questions and resolve any problems. We would highly recommend her to anyone!” - Barry & Jennifer G.


AWARD WINNING EXCELLENCE & PROFESSIONALSIM LYNNE BOBYCK, REALTOR® 4420 Albert Street, Regina SK 306.790.3686 Catherine Paul-Williams Administrative Assistant

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TO ALL OUR AWARD WINNERS I would like to thank all my clients for placing their trust in me to help them find a home that suits their family. It was truly a pleasure working with all of you, and I look forward to helping many more families buy or sell their dream homes in 2014.

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EXPERTAdvice The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Mortgage


or most people, applying for a mortgage is not something that is done very often. Whether you are a first time homebuyer looking to apply for your first mortgage, or you are a homeowner and have had a mortgage for a long time and are looking to apply for a new mortgage, you may be wondering what you will need and how the process works.

Cari Skjerven Mobile Mortgage Specialist Affinity Credit Union Regina Area 306.552.6468

The best place to start is to get a preapproval initiated. Talk to a mortgage specialist so they can assess your situation and take a look at your financial picture to determine what mortgage amount you can qualify for. This process will provide you with a price range you can work within when shopping around for a property. To complete the pre-approval, the mortgage specialist will require a few things from you. These include employment/income verification, confirmation of down payment funds and closing costs and your assets and your liabilities. As well, they will obtain a record of your credit history. If the pre-approval amount doesn’t meet your expectations, there may be options they can offer you to make changes to your financial picture which could potentially increase the mortgage amount you can qualify for.

It is important to seek out a mortgage expert who will take the time to assess your individual situation and one who has your best interests in mind to ensure you are in the right place for home ownership, or to change your home ownership situation. Once your pre-approval is in place, you can start shopping around for a property that fits within your price range. When you find the one and decide to make an offer, you will be required to put down a deposit. This will come from the down payment funds that were verified during the pre-approval stage, so it is important to ensure you have that cash on hand. If the offer is accepted, then a copy will be sent to your mortgage specialist to obtain final mortgage approval. Once all the conditions have been removed, your mortgage specialist will make arrangements for you to sign the mortgage documentation. This will then be sent to a lawyer with instructions to finalize the transaction, so you will need to choose a lawyer and provide your mortgage specialist with their contact information. Sometimes the mortgage process moves along quickly; at other times it can take longer. Regardless of how long it takes, it will all be worth it in the end when you are in the home of your dreams.









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fter the invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press in the 1400s made mass production of books possible, people have amassed large collections of them. There was a time when a home library was a necessity, it not only displayed a person’s knowledge, but also spoke of their thirst for experience. With the advent of the minimalistic lifestyle and eBooks, you may wonder if the home library has become less popular, but according to Fran Underwood, senior interior designer at Underwood and Moore, the home library is enjoying a rebirth in the modern home.




Stemming from the mentality of everything in its place, the modern home library is the ultimate storage solution and décor statement at the same time. Underwood says she has seen a rise in the number of clients looking for home libraries. “People are still looking for ways to keep books. The home library has been downsized just like every other room. My clients are struggling to find ways to accommodate what they want to keep; they have attached a lot of memories to items they have collected. A bookshelf is not just a place to store books anymore,” remarks Underwood. Decorative accessories, mementos and photo albums have all made their way into the modern library. Homeowners looking for




a dramatic statement can create a full floor-to-ceiling wall of books, removing the need for a dedicated library room. “Books from the past tell us something about where we’ve been, contemporary books tell us who we are now,” says Marlo MacKay, communications coordinator for Dalhousie Libraries. “In the future, our books will give people the impression of what it was like to live in this time. Traditional books still very much have their place. I can’t get an author to sign my eReader.” Electronic readers do have their place; after all, it would be physically impossible for someone to carry around hundreds or even thousands of books. Unlike physical books, eReaders lack a multi-sensory experience; you cannot sit

down with a digital device, feel the paper between your fingers, smell the age of the book and read annotations made in pencil by previous generations of readers. When a library is created in a family home it serves an important function, it brings a family together. Without having each person’s books scattered around the house, interaction happens, creating a reading space in this busy world of after school activities and texting is fundamental. “Each book is like a friend because I’ve connected with it on a deep level. I think for people who have children in their home it’s especially important to have books around. When I was a child we always had books and I know that fostered a love of reading,” says MacKay.

“The more kids we can get to fall in love with reading, the lower illiteracy rates will be.” Reading with children is not only a way to make time for family, but an educational process ensuring a great future for a child. Now bookcases come in all shapes and sizes, and a variety of materials, wood, glass, metal, plastic, the possibilities are limitless. For those without a vast collection of books, there are minimalistic options that hang on a wall, invisibly giving the sense of books that are hovering, another bookcase creates the illusion that books are simply stacked on one another until they touch the sky. Today’s modern aesthetics are as much about the beauty of the stored items as

the storage solutions themselves. Rather than organizing books in traditional alphabetical format, a rainbow of colour can be created by pairing colours together, creating a design statement. If hiding books is the order of the day, simple or ornate doors can hide the visual clutter and present a blank wall to the eye. “Regardless of the size of your space, you can create a storage solution for books. You need to make use of every available corner; a lot of people don’t think to use the full height of rooms. Books often pass from generation to generation and they tend to pile up. The key to incorporating a library into a home is to pick the books you love and make a home for them,” says Underwood.

No matter what a person’s personal style is, or the space in a home, there is always room for a good book. “My home library tells a story. Upon seeing my bookcase you might be able to guess what I was like, if you had never met me. It is important to keep the books that have touched you in some way, books that make you laugh, cry and have changed you. And most importantly, books that are connected to memories and people,” notes MacKay. A home library is far more than a way to organize a home, it is a way to make and share memories, the perfect space to spend a rainy day. Give it a chance, and it can become the heart of a home.






ave you ever had a house built for you? If so, you know that endless complications can arise during the building process which can greatly increase the stress of an already monumental project. Problems finding contractors, cost overruns, construction delays, move-in delays and banking issues are only some of the complications that can surface when building a house. There is, however, a way you can avoid many of these problems and still end up with a beautifully built new home. Dufferin Homes in Moose Jaw, Sask. sells affordable, quality Canadian-built ready-to-move homes and commercial buildings to customers all over

Saskatchewan. Owned and run by fatherand-son team, Glen and Roger Blager, Dufferin homes works closely with two modular homebuilding companies — Triple M Housing Ltd. in Lethbridge, Alta. and Grandeur Housing in Winkler, Man. — to construct high quality, modularbuilt homes and structures for both urban and rural customers. Thanks to their connection with these two distinct modular homebuilding companies, Dufferin Homes offers a wide variety of modular-built homes and commercial structures, which can be made to fit most specifications you require. “Seventy-five per cent of our business is to farms and acreages for

acreage or ranch-style homes. The recreational cottage market and also the small commercial prebuilt office market are really taking off lately. We are also seeing an increased interest for infill housing in the cities and have done six homes right in Regina,” comments Roger. All Dufferin Homes are built to National Building Code standards, and both of the manufacturers they work with construct all their buildings and structures 100 per cent indoors, assuring high quality materials are used. Dufferin Homes offers a wide variety of residential and commercial models which come “ready to go” with appliances, along with other standards such as window

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coverings on most models. Additionally, they are able to incorporate most desired customizations. In today’s fast-paced society and all the responsibilities that pull us in different directions, the last thing you want to worry about is delayed building processes and unfixed prices on such a significant project. With Dufferin Homes, you can avoid much of this and purchase a high quality home with far less headache and hassle. The team at Dufferin Homes are professional and very dedicated to their clients, from the initial sale through to the delivery of your home. They love to see their clients fully happy with their new homes, and are always available

to answer questions and help with decisions along the way. Thanks to their commitment, Dufferin Homes is an A+ Member of the Better Business Bureau. As one happy client remarks, “This year I purchased a ready-to-move home through Dufferin Homes in Moose Jaw. I could not be more pleased with my new home. Robbyn in sales is so helpful and patient. The moving crew is fearless (my home site is up a steep hill). Jack and his crew make sure everything is in place after your home arrives. I would recommend Dufferin Homes to anyone interested in purchasing a quality, affordable home.”

Contact Dufferin Homes today to discover the options for your new home.

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Hauling WitH Care… Almost Anything Anywhere By Brandi Parnell Photos Calvin Fehr


here are many occasions when a delivery service comes in handy. Sometimes you are not physically able to lift the contents of a load; sometimes your vehicle isn’t large enough. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Maybe you’d rather avoid a yard of topsoil dirtying up your vehicle. Or maybe it is as simple as wanting to use a professional mover to ensure your valuables arrive in excellent condition. Whatever your reason, Trevor Coderre of Hello Delivery ensures your belongings are protected every step of the way.

For more than 10 years, Coderre has been hauling and delivering large and small loads with a smile. He is a Regina native. His rates are reasonable and his service is top notch. “I love meeting new people. I love going the extra mile,” he says. “I am the end of the line; dealing with me guarantees that your haul will be taken care of as if you were doing the work yourself. We are predominantly a home delivery service. You buy an appliance, a piece of furniture or home electronics, and we will take care

of the rest. We will pick up your purchase and deliver it to your door.” Coderre has trusted partnerships with reputable local businesses such as Gilroy’s, Krazy Kileys, Maytag, Franny’s and Fiorante Floors & Home Furnishings, but does not place any limitations on where he will go to pick up or deliver a load. “Summer is coming. We’ll even deliver yard and gardening supplies,” says Coderre. “You call, we haul.” Hello Delivery will do house moves, small ABOVE Need name and Trevor Coderre




I love meeting new people. I love going the extra mile.

apartment moves, dump and scrap metal runs. He will deliver to the cottage or your office. In his second year of operations, Coderre’s business is growing quickly, and he is looking to expand his staff, all while maintaining the high standards for which he is known.

your garbage and dispose of it for you.” His ideal client is anybody. He hauls almost anything anywhere. Together with his mother, who is one part of Hello Delivery, Coderre prides himself on efficient, reliable staff. He wants his clients to know they can count on him.

“The way I see it, we customize moving,” Coderre says. “We will deliver furniture to stage a new show home, or we’ll collect

“We’re happy to go over and above,” Coderre says. He knows that when he is hired for a job, he is responsible for delivering goods in the same condition he picked them up. Characteristics Coderre feels separate him in his line of work are efficient time management skills and attention to detail. Currently, Hello Delivery operates Monday through Saturday. New and repeat clients are always welcome. Hauling is available for local and long distance deliveries. “There is something to be said for doing business with a local company,” he says. “I am just a phone call away.” Reliable service and a friendly smile: call Trevor and his staff at Hello Delivery for a free estimate or to arrange your delivery. Hello Delivery 147 Rae St Regina 306.530.4356




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EXPERTAdvice Purchasing Property: What’s Important?

comfortably and happily for years? Does it have good potential for equity growth of your real estate investment?

Rick Roland, B.Ed., BA, REALTOR® Royal LePage Regina Realty 3889 Arcola Ave East 306.591.0163

For the nest scenario, the purchase focus should be your family’s present and future needs. Is there enough space for bodies and accumulated belongings? Four bedrooms will usually accommodate three kids plus a parent or two, but don’t forget to account for bikes, sleighs, hockey equipment and Barbie doll houses, as well as space for kids, pets and tired parents. Choose a neighbourhood with people you would like to associate with. Check out police statistics for safety and the nature of reported crimes in the area. Interview neighbours after you have fallen in love with a home, but before you “tie the knot.” Find out what your potential next door neighbour thinks about the area.


You may have to pay a little more for the home that has everything. Some people walk away from their perfect home because they didn’t get it at “their” desired price. While you shouldn’t pay more than you can afford, you may have to stretch to purchase the home that has everything you are seeking. Alternatively, you may decide to scale down the wish list to keep within budget.

The most significant yet easy step is determining what is important to you. Why are you buying a property? Is it to own the perfect nest where you (and your family) can live safely, securely,

Those who want the dream home that has it all and appears to have good potential for equity growth should be prepared for a careful and thorough home search. Look also for the good deal: the “ugly duckling” into which you can inject

urchasing property can be a trying and confusing time. It’s really a decision-making process, so let’s develop a plan of attack.

cash and sweat equity to turn a profit when selling. Be conscious of your skill and expertise level when setting yourself up for projects. Put a dollar value on the personal time it will require. Be accurate when costing materials and contracting. Discuss with your mortgage broker the possibility of getting renovation costs added to the initial mortgage so that the project can be totally funded at the onset and not taken out of savings. Under-funded projects often result in unhappiness. Weigh out the importance of equity growth, safety, security, comfort and happiness elements. What would you not want to compromise on? Determine the affordability factor. Know the upper limit of your abilities, and understand the risks of stretching yourself to the limits. Things such as change in health, job security, marital relationships and the world economy all happen. Don’t base decisions on catastrophic possibilities, but be realistic about what the future could hold. A mortgage should be viewed differently than other consumer debt; it is essentially a type of forced-savings program. The entire mortgage payment is coming out of your bank account, but only the interest portion is going “out the window.” It is a cost of home ownership. The principal portion of your monthly payment is building equity in your home. This, plus any growth in the property’s value will be available when you sell. Happy house hunting!




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he Garage Door Depot is one of the leading Canadian retailers of residential and commercial garage doors, openers and accessories. Franchised from coast to coast, they offer customers the latest products from top industry brands, professional installation, and exceptional customer service. “The purpose of our company is to change the image of overhead door companies,” says Mike Dirven, owner of the Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton Garage Door Depot franchises with his wife, Debbie Dirven. “We recognize that the overhead door industry, like every other industry, is always changing, and we pride ourselves




on trying to be on top of all of the current trends. Currently, the strongest trends are door colours, electronics, uniqueness and garage accessories.” The Dirvens operate as a family business, which includes their eldest son, Justin. Together, Dirven and his son manage sales, service, repairs and installations. As the Office Manager, Debbie takes care of day-to-day operations, bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, as well as some sales, and is assisted in the office by Reghan Olm, whose main responsibility is data entry. Since starting their business on May 1, 2012, they have set themselves the highest

goals in customer satisfaction, while recognizing that there is always room for improvement. “We pride ourselves on our great customer service, product knowledge, franchisee network, excellent employees, high quality and varied product lines, and above all, honesty,” says Dirven. “Our goals are to provide great customer service, to provide the right products to customers, to build a great reputation, to attract employees with the right attitudes, and to never stop learning and to continually look for new opportunities and products.”

The Garage Door Depot is outfitted with a fleet of fully equipped trucks, and is capable of doing most repairs and services without having to order in parts. They offer retail sales, service and installation of Amarr garage doors and Liftmaster Professional grade openers for both residential and commercial spaces. As well as their retail services they provide the Installation Services on behalf of Costco Wholesale and Lowes. They also install Clopay garage doors for Home Depot in Regina, and garage door openers for Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, and Canadian Tire stores on behalf of Quick Contractors. They focus on the sales and installation of others brands of doors as well, however, as part of their commitment to meet customer needs. “Our customers are very important to us, because without them we would not succeed,” notes Dirven. To make the process as convenient as possible for clients, The Garage Door Depot offers free in-home garage door replacement estimates. To ensure that the job is always done right, every technician is fully trained at The Garage Door Depot head office in Port Coquitlam, BC, and continues to receive training on new products and services on an ongoing basis. This Spring, Dirven and his son will head to North Carolina to participate in further training in commercial doors, rolling steel doors, fire doors, and Liftmaster commercial openers.


To book your free in-home estimate or enquire about their products, contact the Garage Door Depot today. L–R Mike Dirven, Reghan Olm, Debbie Dirven, Justin Dirven.

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ocated at 446 Greenside Terrace in the Fairways West condominium development is Yakobovich Homes’ stunning show home. Upon entering the property it’s clear to see that a great deal of time, thought and craftsmanship has gone into its construction.

The oversized 42-inch door and open foyer are stylish and welcoming, featuring plenty of space for greeting guests. Closets and storage cupboards are within close proximity and help eliminate the clutter of coats, boots and hats as you enter the home. ABOVE Greg Yakobovich




With 1,643 square feet per level and a triple-attached garage, this unit has plenty of space to fit your lifestyle. This attractive four-bedroom, three-bathroom walk-out comes complete with many extras that transform it from a house to a beautiful and comfortable home. Yakobovich Homes has gone the “extra mile” to think of the little things that mean so much to a homeowner. Bright and spacious, this home features custom cabinetry in the kitchen, wetbar, laundry room and all bathrooms.

The consistency in design of the cabinets throughout the home adds an attractive finishing touch. Granite countertops provide a lovely and functional accent that will last as long as you wish. Tasteful energy-efficient lighting offers function and atmosphere to every room. Custom built-in blinds throughout are fashionable for any decor and easy to maintain. Enjoy the luxurious look of rich hardwood throughout the living areas. You’ll love the warm beauty of these stunning, easy-tocare-for floors. Decorative top-quality tile




is both practical and stylish in the service areas of the home. The open-concept living, dining and kitchen area is ideal for entertaining or enjoying a quiet evening at home with the family. A bonus room off the front entry features large windows and stylish French doors. Whether using it as a formal dining room, office or quiet sitting room, you’ll find yourself enjoying the character of this treasured corner of the home. The great room looks out onto an environmental reserve which offers a peaceful break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of city life. A large deck with two-way fireplace offers the ideal setting to enjoy the quiet at the end of the day or to spend with friends and family. The kitchen area also offers plenty of extras that any cook will appreciate. Soft-close custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a large pantry with motion-sensitive lighting are just a few of the exciting features that are included. The master bedroom is a lovely retreat nestled within the home featuring large windows overlooking the back area. An extensive walk-




in closet with motion-sensitive lighting and sturdy built-in shelves and drawers are a delight to any homeowner. In the ensuite, you will find the same attention to detail that is evident throughout the home. A large shower with three shower heads, lighting, glass doors and gorgeous ceramic tile is a wonderful place to start your day. Enjoy the luxury of warm and soothing in-floor heating as you step out of the shower. Other extras include a stylish built-in makeup mirror and vanity. The downstairs area has been finished and includes a family room with wet-bar, bedroom, bathroom and bonus room. This spacious area features plenty of natural light and looks out onto the environmental reserve. The covered cement patio offers a cool and refreshing place to relax on a warm summer evening. The Control4 system offers the latest in home entertainment and security technology. The home automation system controls temperature for different rooms, home security and the entertainment systems. A fresh air-to-

air exchanger ensures the best in air quality. This helps to eliminate dust and other allergens which can cause health problems for you and your family. You will appreciate the amount of closet and storage space that is conveniently placed throughout the dwelling. Whether it’s a built-in bench with storage at the spacious entryway, a large walk-in pantry in the custom kitchen or additional closet space tucked beneath the staircase in the basement, you will have plenty of room to neatly store all your belongings. Not a single square inch is wasted. As a condominium owner in the Fairways West development, your condo fees cover various services. These services include watering of front grass and snow removal. Each homeowner is responsible for the care and maintenance of their own dwelling. Seeing is believing! To truly appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of this lovely show home you must see it for yourself. Show home hours are Monday to

Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Builder Behind the Beauty As a homebuilder in Regina since 1997, Yakobovich Homes has seen many changes over the years, but their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has remained constant. “Because your home is something you take pride in, we know that excellence and attention to detail are important when building your home,” says Dwayne Flaman of Yakobovich Homes. Yakobovich Homes pays attention to the little things that transform the house they are building into the home you love. “At Yakobovich Homes, we will custom design and build your plan or ours,” remarks Flaman. “Everybody’s unique,” he comments. “Everybody’s got their own taste or style. We want to help our clients personalize their home to what they want.” This is




done by including the little things that you may not always think of. Whether it’s built-in drawers and cupboards installed in your walk-in closet, attractive mirrors and shelves installed in the hallways or painting the utility floor, the team at Yakobovich Homes is pleased to offer their customers the “little extras” that count. With their own top-of-the-line cabinet maker and carpenters on staff, your home will get the quality craftsmanship you’ve always dreamed about. You can be confident in the amount of care and precision that goes into the constructing of your home. There’s no such thing as cutting corners for Yakobovich Homes — as a customer, you get the best!

An R-2000 Homebuilder As an R-2000 homebuilder, Yakobovich Homes uses the latest technology and materials to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Typically, an R-2000 home will use about 30 per cent less energy than other homes of comparable size. Mechanical systems for ventilation, heating and cooling that meet the R-2000 standards are required. Energy-efficient doors and windows are installed to minimize the amount of air leakage. Extra insulation and careful air sealing are additional features you will find in your R-2000 home. Water-saving faucets, showers and toilets, as well as the use of recycled materials, assist in keeping the ecofootprint at a minimum. For indoor air quality, R-2000 home builders use products that are focused on the reduction of air pollutants. This is done by using such materials as approved paints, varnishes and finishes.

Ensuring Your Complete Satisfaction Because your satisfaction is priority number one with Yakobovich Homes, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open even after you’ve moved in. Follow-up visits are typically conducted six months and a year after you’re settled into your home. They will walk through the home with you to ensure that you are happy. “We want to know how our customers feel,” says Flaman. “If there is a problem, we will do our very best to address it.” Flaman notes that Yakobovich Homes capitalizes on the talents of local subtrades that have partnered with them from their beginning. Follow-up on any issues that may arise is only a phone call away. Yakobovich Homes is also a member of the New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan. This is a third-party guarantee of the builder’s warranty. Your home is the most important investment you’ll ever make, and Yakobovich Homes strives to ensure that your best interests are looked after. “A relationship is a two-way conversation,” Flaman remarks. “If our customers have a problem, we encourage them to give us a call, so we can look after it for them right away.” Located at 265 Quebec Street, the friendly people at Yakobovich Homes are pleased to have you come in to ask questions or set up a consultation. For more information call 306.546.5353 or check out their website at

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Spring cleaning can be one of the most refreshing and rewarding activities you undertake all year. Consider these tips to help you get through the process.




Declutter front entrance, pantry and workspaces every spring.

De-clutter high-traffic areas Maria Nagel from Simply Stowed Custom Closets recommends that your front entrance, pantry and workspaces be de-cluttered and reorganized every spring. Nagel fields many calls about creating customized storage for front entrances. “Everyone’s kind of bombarded by the amount of items in their entryways. It’s okay in the winter, because people only have one or two pairs of boots,” she says. But we need better storage systems in place to contain all our summer shoes, because “people get tired of the dirt.” Above all, don’t clutter your front entryway with shoes you no longer wear; they only collect more dirt and mess your home. The pantry is another important area to clean in spring. Deep freezes should be sorted through as well. We tend to collect extra canned goods, food items and noodles, and if we’re not careful, our pantries fill up with unneeded items with overdue expiry dates. Come spring, make note of all items and dispose of those that have passed their expiration date. Closets also need spring organization and cleanout. We all have shoes and dresses bought on a whim, and some still have the tags still intact. Free up some much-needed space by taking these items to the local consignment store or Salvation Army. Don’t ignore your desk with discarded dried-up pens, loose receipts and paperwork that have accumulated over the months. This will this refresh your workspace and may even expose some misplaced paperwork!

Pat recommends that before you begin to clean your house for dust and grime, you should change your furnace filter every three months. “If your furnace filter is not changed, it will start pumping dust and dirt out into your house, so it’s very important to change it before you do your spring cleaning,” she recommends. Sharla from Tidy Time Saver Professional House Cleaning Service notes that blinds are also important to clean throughout the year, and can easily get missed. “Blinds are a huge area for germs and allergens to collect,” Sharla remarks. Both Pat and Sharla recommend that you focus first on your kitchen and bathrooms, areas where the most germs collect. Pat also recommends cleaning from the top down. Dust and grime fall downwards, so starting at the top will

prevent you from needing to re-clean areas. Get behind furniture, and into the nooks and crannies that you don’t usually clean.

Why hire professional cleaners or organizers? Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. If you are tight on time, or simply don’t have the inclination, a professional cleaning company can be a real life saver. “The real benefit of hiring professionals is that you don’t have to lift a finger,” says Sharla. “And we know exactly where the dust collects, and can clean it efficiently. We can be in and out in a few hours.” Consider hiring a professional cleaning or home organization service or both. You’ll gain more personal and family time in a fresh, clean and organized home. Who doesn’t want that?

Clean for dust and dirt “Spring is the time when we get to finally open all our windows after the winter,” remarks Pat from Just Maid Time. After months of being shut inside our houses, it is important to do a thorough cleaning to remove all the dust and grime that has collected over the winter.

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Reclaiming your



t’s common in Regina to have basement problems, including basement wall cracking, flooding and sloping floors. However, there are ways to prevent or minimize these problems, and to fix them when they arise.

can absorb up to 30 grams of water,” explain Steve Bauer and Dale Obleman at AAA Solid Foundation Repair Ltd. “As a result of the expansion that occurs, lateral pressure can cause basement walls to crack or break, and floors to heave.”

clay soil may eventually seep through the basement wall. Or, as the clay soil gets wet and swells and then dries, powerful forces crack basement walls and floors,” and these cracks can let water into your basement.

Regina’s Peculiar Soil Problem

The City of Regina’s website states that Regina’s heavy clay soil can contribute to basement flooding in two ways. It can block the flow of water away from the building’s backfill zone, and it can swell and crack concrete walls and flooring. It explains: “Water trapped between the basement wall and the undisturbed

While 2011 and 2012 were very wet years, 2013 was unusually dry, and therefore the gumbo has now retracted greatly, causing the outer walls in many basements to sink. Wet gumbo can cause problems, but excessive dryness can, too. It is important to maintain relatively stable moisture levels around the foundation of your house.

Regina is built on an ancient lake bed. Because of this, the ground in the Regina area absorbs water easily and shifts almost continually throughout the year. This soil, commonly referred to as gumbo soil or native clay, is technically called sodium bentonite. “Ten grams of this clay




repair company brings an engineer to inspect the damage and draw up a plan for repair and prevention. The foundation crew will then return to install several steel beams vertically against the wall to hold it in place against further damage.

2. Knee or Pony Walls A slightly more substantial procedure, these walls are only used in basements that cannot be repaired by wall bracing. Some older basements were built with cindercrete blocks, bricks or even with stones, and wall bracing is insufficient to fix the problems. In these cases, a new concrete wall is poured on the inside of the existing basement wall to brace it and support the home.

Preventative Measures Although there is no sure way of protecting your basement from these various problems, there are measures you can take to prevent, or at least postpone, issues from arising. The most important preventative measure to secure your house from basement flooding is to ensure that the moisture level in the soil around the foundation does not get too high or too low. Bauer and Obleman recommend that your eavestroughs, leaders and downspouts are kept clean, and drain the water far from your house.

It is also wise not to have much foliage around your home’s foundation, adds Bauer. “Trees and shrubs can become snow traps during the winter, and in the summer they take away moisture from your foundation, making your foundation walls weaker,” he advises. Extra snow accumulation can lead to excess water around your house when the snow melts. If you encounter serious basement problems, the following options can help to make your basement structurally sound.

1. Basement Wall Bracing Basement wall bracing is a common service to restore and strengthen your basement. When required, the foundation

3. Exterior Dig-outs and Waterproofing In cases of serious moisture problems, a basement may require waterproofing. This process involves digging around the foundation, repairing the outside of the wall, sealing it and covering it in a waterproof membrane. Weeping tile is then installed and the space around the house is backfilled with rock and sand; the gumbo dug out from around your house is put on the last two feet, creating a watershed. While basement problems exist in the Queen City, take heart — there are solutions to reclaim them.




Doing Your Basement Repairs Right…



solid foundation is something that is crucial these days, whether it is for a relationship, a sports franchise, financial institution or your home. AAA Solid Foundation Repair is a firm believer in this premise and regards your home as your “castle.” AAA Solid Foundation Repair, consecutive Consumer Choice Award winners for 2013 and 2014, works to determine what is in the client’s best interests. Dale Obleman, coowner of the company with 30-years-plus experience in the industry, has a personal motto: “same problem, different address,” implying the company has encountered many different basement scenarios.




In the foundation business for more than 20 years, AAA has built their business upon some highly regarded principles that are prevalent in any successful enterprise. They recommend that consumers understand the importance of working with a reputable contractor that satisfies a list of guidelines. AAA Solid Foundation Repair is a registered business with the City of Regina. They are an A- plus member of the Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan and have the necessary insurance to protect both their employees’ and customers’ best interests. Furthermore, they recommend that potential clients

ask for references for work from past customers. Steve Bauer, Obleman’s partner, suggests “if your contractor cannot provide references for a job, either they have not done very good work in the past or have a past in which they have not done much work at all.” Both owners agree that the market for basement contractors has greatly increased, and that people in need of basement repairs should do their homework on who is doing their contracting. Every homeowner is entitled to having projects completed properly the first time rather than paying twice to redo inferior work.

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Spring Home SHow Y In the general scheme of things, when a home is bought that is not built brand new, structural repairs on a basement are an afterthought. Lighting, paint, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms and other functional elements are the main considerations for any renovation/ remodel. Bauer comments, “We definitely are not the ‘wow’ factor when it pertains to the overall end product of the project.” Obleman adds, “We aren’t building pianos.” However, with the volatile soil conditions in Regina, the “native clay” can undergo large volume changes dependent on water content, and thus exhibit extreme

GROUP l–R Sean Christiensen , employee; Travis Zerie, foreman; Dale Obleman, owner; Steve Bauer, owner; Christina Bauer, Robin Cormack, employee By Tobie HainsTock Photos Henry GodniTz

ou could have built that dream kitchen or your man cave. Instead, you braced and waterproofed your basement. You probably won’t have your house featured in Home & Garden, but you have added precious equity to your home and built a solid foundation.

lateral pressure on foundations. The experts from AAA Solid Foundation Dale Obleman and Steve Bauer are recommend taking precautions. They co-owners of AAA Solid Foundation and their missionstructural statement is suggest that aRepair, professional quite simple: “We Fix Basements.” They engineer prepare believeain foundation providing the highestreport level of workmanship and expertise. “We treat before proceeding with any major your home like our own,” comments Bauer. basement renovations. According to In Regina, basement problems have grown exponentially are during the three years. Obleman, “Engineers thelast experts “My house never leaked for 25 years with our soil conditions and a can until now,” is becoming commonrelay catch the best advice to homeowners. Five different contractors can give five different repair scenarios, but at the end of the day it is what the engineer recommends that counts.” Bauer adds, “In order to obtain a City of Regina building permit, an engineer’s report is

phrase. As Obleman remarks, “There are two types of basements: those that leak and those that will leak, unless repaired.” One of the biggest investments people will make in their life is their home. While many aesthetic features are addressed when doing renovations or maintenance, the foundation is often left out, and by then, the budget is depleted. As Obleman always quips, “your walls won’t uncrack.” Combine that with the extreme soil pressures we have experienced the last few years, and it is a recipe for distress. States Bauer, “I see it all the time — new houses, old houses — all throughout Regina.”

then sell it. “Every week, I see two or three cover-ups,” says Bauer. As a former home inspector, Obleman has inspected more than 9,000 houses, and has plenty of experience spotting problems in the basement. Bauer advises that before buying a home, look on the outside of the building for indicators of basement issues, such as stress points. “It’s also always a good idea to get the history of the house before buying it,” he adds.

required. Furthermore, it is a guideline for contractors to deliver the proper service the homeowner requires.”

When asked to what they can attribute their success, OblemanSometimes remarks “The leakage in the basement is problems. customer is our employer,caused we by doother what is Bauer and Obleman can tell if the issue is really in best for them.” the basement and will let the customer

Most of the time, problems are covered up when owners renovate a home and

know. “A lot of the time the problem is just a quick fix,” Bauer states.

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f you live in a home with a basement in the Regina area, you know that our clay-based soil wreaks havoc on foundations. While construction standards vary over time and location, it is safe to say that a majority of local basements will need serious work. Many will need replacement. Eight years ago, a Regina home in the midst of a basement replacement collapsed as the cribbing and wooden beams supporting it broke away. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but the home was left beyond repair. This particular incident triggered inventor, Monty Wensel, to establish Failsafe Basement Replacement & House Lifting Inc. He recognized the need for a safer, more secure method of lifting homes and suspending them.




Failsafe utilizes its own innovative “Atlas” house lifting system, and has completed more than 100 successful lifts in North America since 2007. Now in the fifth generation of development, the Atlas HLS 5.0 (patent pending) provides tradespeople unencumbered access when demolishing and replacing basements. The emphasis on safety provides peace of mind to those who live in the home and those working beneath it. For the typical homeowner, the task of replacing the basement of their home is a daunting proposition. If the owner acts as the general contractor, there is a significant amount of specific knowledge and information they will need. Coordinating the procedure and booking various tradespeople is also a challenge. In addition, there is the anxiety of having your home

supported by stacks of wood cribbing. Failsafe Basement Replacements & House Lifting offers premium ICF basement replacement packages beginning at $80,000 for a modest sized home. Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction for the basement walls results in a superior build quality, will greatly improve thermal efficiency, and will actually increase both the value and livability of your home. By including an exterior entrance and a nine-foot ceiling, a basement can be converted into a comfortable, revenue-generating suite. Infloor radiant heat is also a popular option. According to Cameron Wensel, sales manager, Failsafe strives to put clients at ease during a potentially stressful procedure: “We’ve gone to great lengths


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with our educational and marketing material, which is now featured on the new website. There are explanations of the process, the Atlas HLS 5.0 equipment and some of the options clients will want to consider when replacing a basement.” “Everyone has different needs: some want a basic basement, some want a walk-in suite, and some with a bungalow on a crawlspace want to add both a basement and a main story addition to triple their living space,” adds Wensel. “We encourage anyone even considering a basement replacement to have a look at the web site. It may spark a creative idea or answer a question you didn’t know you had. There’s also some interesting aerial photography from our friends over at Java Post.” Failsafe House Lifting 306.543.7302 Regina, SK




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Quality and detail on time By Brandi Parnell Photos aidan Morgan

crafts·man (krăfts′mən) n. A man who practices a craft with great skill.





ard work is all he knows. He practices his craft with great skill. He is a craftsman. JD (Gyslain) Gaudreau of JD Drywall Ltd. has been honing his technique for over 32 years, skills he inherited from both his dad and uncle, who did the same line of work before him. With the many changes occurring in the trades, JD separates himself by doing everything by hand — no tape guns or bazookas. Top drywall installation involves planning and selecting the right length drywall for the each job. From

start to finish, JD brings hard work and expertise to ensure seamless installation. Some may say his approach is “old school,” but this allows him the freedom to put more detail into his work. In 2014, JD hopes to expand and grow his business — one craftsman at a time. “We’re living in a great economy. There is a lot of new development construction in Regina. I will take on any job and I’ll find a way to make it work. We do all sorts of drywall, taping, sanding… even textured ceilings.”

Regina’s strong economic performance will translate to a job growth of approximately 2.3 per cent in 2014. With a focus on detail, JD hopes to capitalize on that growth. “I like working,” he says. “I’ll take whatever comes my way.” Both in and out of town, JD specializes in basement projects, but can do any type of drywall work. He does everything from new home construction to renovations to garage work. No job is too big or small. “Ninety per cent of my customers come from word-of-mouth referral. My business is mostly referrals,” JD says with pride. His customers appreciate his hard work and trusted approach to business — and the fact that JD Drywall Ltd is a family-run business. JD is the owner/operator; his wife, Sandra, is the bookkeeper; and his brother, Joel, also works with him. Daughter, Deena, and son, Marcus, help with clean up on job sites. JD Drywall ensures each job site is left in order. “It’s great knowing I can count on my family when I need them,” he adds. JD has lived in the Queen City for 37 years. He comes with experience and is anything but “fly-by-night.” In fact, he is just the opposite; JD runs his business by the clock, completing his work on scheduled time. “2014 will be a good year,” JD adds. “I am excited to have partnered up with two smaller homebuilders. There is a lot of work in our city. And I’m just the right man for the job.” He stands behind his reputation; he has quality in his blood. For a free quote or to book JD Drywall for your small or large drywall project, call or email today.

EmploymEnt opportunity If you are experienced, semi-retired and looking for occasional work, call JD at 306.581.7178.

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here is a common misconception that the word condo refers exclusively to a privately owned apartment unit. In fact, the term condominium is actually a legal definition that refers to a type of ownership — not a type of structure. Condos can come in many different shapes and sizes, from apartments, row houses and townhouses to duplexes, bungalows, and even mobile homes. Condo ownership means owning the interior space of a dwelling, with the




freedom to renovate and decorate as you please; it also means sharing the exterior elements — including hallways, elevators and recreational facilities — with every other owner in the building, as well as a managing entity. Whether condo living is the right environment for you largely depends on your lifestyle. It is ideal for people with hectic schedules or those who spend a significant amount of time away from home because it requires less time commitment than owning a house. Condo

owners do not own the exterior of their home, and therefore are not required to maintain their yard. Certain chores are supplied for residents, such as grass cutting and snow and leaf removal, since these sections are considered common areas. In some cases, services also include interior maintenance, such as plumbing, heating and electrical problems. Condo ownership can be a great first step for first-time homeowners such as young couples, students, single professionals or anyone else ready to

leave rental properties, but not quite fiscally prepared for the mortgage on a starter house. As an added bonus, condo ownership gives inexperienced homeowners the chance to gradually learn how to properly manage their home, without being overwhelmed or intimidated by having the full responsibly thrust on them all at once. Condo life is also ideal for current homeowners who are looking to downsize. These individuals may be empty-nesters or retirees looking to transition into a smaller space, and simplify their lifestyle while retaining all the comforts of owning their own home. Along with having outdoor maintenance taken care, condos are also a great way to minimize housework, as they are generally less spacious and take less time to clean. Although condo living has been described as the best of both worlds because it gives people the advantage of home ownership without the hassles, there are many other advantages to condo living besides having your yard work done for you. Condo ownership can be fiscally rewarding. Condos are competitive in price and, because they come in all different shapes and sizes, are available at a wide range of prices, allowing those of moderate income to own their own dwelling. Although owners will most likely be subject to condo fees, they can potentially save money on maintenance fees, repairs and renovation costs. Another perk is that paying mortgage payments instead of rent is a contribution to your personal assets. With the potential to grow in equity, condos are not only a great way to save money before buying a house, but are a means of making money through resale or renting it out after you have moved on. Many condominium complexes include built-in amenities, such as exercise rooms, rec rooms, hot tubs, indoor or outdoor pools, saunas, tennis courts, community clubs and more. Condo fees contribute to these additional facilities, but who wouldn’t be willing to pay a little extra for a hot tub? Location, location, location. Again, because condos come in many different shapes, they can be found in many

different areas, including the heart of downtown or close to major shopping centres and malls. These are prime places to live, especially in larger cities, as they place young people close to the action, and older people within walking distance of most major amenities. Once you have decided that condo living is right for you, there are a few things to watch for while perusing the market. When evaluating a potential property, find out how much the monthly condo fees are, as these will likely be more expensive in buildings with additional amenities. Don’t live where you will be paying for access to facilities you aren’t going to use. Familiarize yourself with the condo board. Find out how they operate, and what you, as a homeowner, are responsible for. Ask about any conditions, such as pet

restrictions, age restrictions and rental restrictions. Find out if they have enough money in their reserve fund to cover the cost of all future maintenance issues, and whether costs for improvements are taken directly from this fund, or if you may be asked to contribute an additional sum of money to future development. Find out who your neighbours are going to be. While condo complexes can be a great way to meet new people and become part of a community, watch out for buildings where tenants seem particularly noisy, inconsiderate, or prone to leaving their old couch in your parking space. Lastly, assess whether or not the parking situation suits your needs by determining where residents are required to park and how many spots you would be given. Condo living has much to offer for those who choose it.











f all the rooms in your home, the master bedroom offers the greatest opportunity for rest and rejuvenation. It’s a place to ease the stresses of the day, indulge in self-care and discover a sense of calm amidst a busy life. From Egyptian sheets to en suite soaking tubs, options abound for transforming your sleeping space into a serene sanctuary.

Colour Me Peaceful A peaceful mood can be evoked with a colour palette that makes you feel relaxed. While cool shades such as blue, green and grey tend to evoke a calm feeling, warm colours such as red and yellow — while sometimes overstimulating — can make for a cozy atmosphere if used in moderation (used on just one wall or with accent pieces such as cushions.) Start by creating a colour file with images you gather online. Hone in on three to four colours you are most drawn to, then choose one as a base. From there you can build on the palette with similar hues, a contrasting tone (warm if your base is cool, and vice versa) and an accent shade. This palette will be your guide when choosing furniture, bedding, rugs and lighting. For walls that promote rest, consider using cool, light neutrals within your palette for a clean look that will help to clear your mind. Want to experiment before deciding? Paint a large square of each colour you’re considering on one wall, and keep the samples up for a few days, noting how the colours look at different times of day. Once you’ve

chosen, paint the entire wall that colour; if you’re still in love, you’ve likely found the perfect hue.

Blissful Bedding A bedding upgrade is the quickest way to a good night’s rest. If you don’t yet have a memory foam mattress, consider making the switch. Aside from being ultra-comfortable, memory foam helps to support the body and ease pain, which can minimize the amount you wake through the night. Even if you don’t opt for this particular style, it’s important to your sleep health to invest in a quality mattress that suits your needs. If your current mattress is over a decade old, you’re due for a new one! A down featherbed is the next step to bed bliss. This goes beneath your fitted sheet, creating a plush, billowy layer.




Window Coverings for Wellbeing When choosing window coverings, assess what kind of light the room has. If streetlights shine into it, you might opt for roller shades that manage light and control glare. If it’s bright in the morning (and the light wakes you earlier than you’d like) you’ll want ample coverage so you can sleep soundly. Window treatments such as silk drapery panels, pleated floor-to-ceiling drapes and sheer fabrics (all in your palette, of course) can add romance and luxury.

Adding Ambience to Your Walls Now it’s time to add more personality through wall decor. While patterned wallpaper is likely too busy for an entire room, one dramatic wall papered with a design that blends with your palette can bring interest and dimension to the space.

Another option (if you’re not ready for the full memory foam mattress upgrade) is a memory foam topper. Whatever you choose, make sure you flip and rotate the topper every three months to preserve its lifespan. For the ultimate sleep, try Egyptian bedding. It has the longest cotton fibers available, making sheets, blankets and pillowcases both strong and extremely soft, so you can drift into dreamland quickly and easily.

Luxury Lighting Nothing creates a soothing ambience as effectively as soft, sophisticated lighting. One option is to add wall sconces to either side of your bed’s headboard. From antique to modern, sconces are available in a range of styles, and can replace nightstand lamps, simultaneously decluttering your bedside table and framing your bed beautifully. Consider your overhead lighting to be both functional and mood-setting. A plain fixture can be given a stylish boost by covering it with a paper lantern or replacing it with an elegant chandelier. And don’t forget the power of candlelight! Try scented soy or beeswax candles for a natural dose of calm.




For artwork, choose imagery that relaxes rather than stimulates you. Naturethemed paintings typically evoke feelings of peace and serenity, and abstract art can loosen the mind, with a focus on colour and texture rather than detail. Have a favourite place you’ve travelled to? Choose a couple photos from the trip, and get them professionally framed or printed on canvas. Lastly, experiment

with hanging mirrors to reflect light and open up your bedroom. This will give you a feeling of relaxed expansiveness.

Serene Soaking An ideal bedroom sanctuary includes an en suite space to soak, where you can release tension and relax before bed. Soaking tubs come in four general styles. Free-standing includes the oldfashioned clawfoot and pedestal kind, as well as modern versions. Framed soaking tubs are supported by a wood or metal frame, and commonly seen in minimalist bathrooms. A drop-in soaking tub is designed for an enclosure that’s typically flush with the bathroom floor. Corner baths are generally larger than other soaking tubs, and work well in corners with windows, so you can enjoy natural light or starry views. Most of these soaking tubs are available with massage and bubble jets — a must for those who are serious about serenity. However you go about creating a more peaceful bedroom atmosphere, remember that proper rest is essential to your wellbeing. Approach this project with the knowledge that it’s an investment in your health and happiness, and get ready to unwind.

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magine coming home after a long, busy day at work. You can feel a headache starting from the tension you have been carrying in your shoulders. Your mind feels like mush; you don’t want to make any more decisions, solve any more problems. You just need to relax.

Shower. You turn on your favourite music, pour in some sweet-smelling aromatherapy oils and switch on some mood lighting. You sink down onto the seat and relax, letting the steam carry your stress away. In a short while, you emerge feeling refreshed, ready for an evening of fun.

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The steam showers have provided us with the perfect solution for our bathroom renos. The unit we chose for our master bathroom gave us the elegance and luxury we were looking for while upgrading a small bathroom. The tub combo unit we chose for another bathroom is perfect for a growing family. We receive instant reaction from guests seeing the showers for the first time. We received such great service from the staff at Dynamic Bath & Shower. They helped to make the process very smooth. —Stacey aboVe Andy Reimer; photo by Connie Cronin

$4,000 and $7,000 – dramatically less than constructing one from scratch and so much easier to install. EAGO steam showers from Dynamic Bath & Shower come completely self-contained with stress-free, simple installation. They can be easily integrated into a new home build or even a renovation, as all steam shower panels will fit through existing standard doorways for ease of set up and installation. Additionally, a flexible drain connector is available that will meet any existing roughed-in plumbing. There is no extra expense for faucets, taps or shower heads; simply install and start enjoying immediately. Studies have shown that the use of steam showers can improve one’s health and wellbeing. Steam showers are beneficial to the respiratory system and immune system, removing harmful toxins from the body, providing relief from respiratory infections and reducing the incidence of snoring. Using

a steam shower after working out reduces the production of lactic acid, which stops sore muscles before they begin. Steam prevents skin from becoming dehydrated and itchy during the cold winter months. Deeply moisturizing, steam increases skin’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of age lines. “Essentially our steam showers are great showers with the ability to provide a wellness experience when you want one,” says Andy Reimer, sales and marketing representative for Dynamic Bath & Shower. Steam showers are great investments and raise the value of your home. Dynamic Bath & Shower’s EAGO steam showers can be purchased directly from their Thatcher Avenue location, at the Co-op Home Centre or through your home builder. For people wishing to incorporate a steam shower, massage tub or infrared sauna into their building plans, spec sheets are available online which can be sent directly to your homebuilder.

The American Journal of Public Health states, “The effects of steam induce a feeling of euphoria, relaxation, and tranquility.” Dynamic Bath & Shower offers affordable elegance and luxury that will enhance your health and well-being. As owners, Ike Dyck and Donna Stomp like to say, “We didn’t invent elegance. We just make it affordable.”

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Designing a Kitchen that “WorKs” for You by Apolline lucyk


ever before have we had so many diverse options available for our kitchens. For this reason, it is more important than ever to take functionality into account when designing your new kitchen. Kitchens are one of the most important areas of our house, and as cooking becomes more of a family activity, kitchens are becoming bigger and busier. It is more important than ever to make sure your kitchen works for you.

Keep things off the counter One of the most important features of a functioning kitchen is ample counter space. For this reason, it is good to have niches and pull-outs to stow away your appliances. “More and more often people want to keep their appliances off the counter,” remarks Greg Huber from Kekuli Bay Cabinetry. “It is very rare now that we will build a kitchen with the microwave right on the counter. Usually it will be above the counter, and pull-out microwaves are becoming very popular.”

Don’t forget drawers Huber says that drawers have become one of the most popular features in modern kitchens, because of their convenience. “Today, everything’s in a drawer, if possible,” he says. “The days of having cabinets with doors around your kitchen are gone.” People are finding they don’t want to rummage around for the box of lasagne at the very back of the cupboard. Instead, they are opting for drawers and pull-outs in where everything is easily accessible. “It makes things so much more convenient,” he says. Huber notes that in the past, people had fewer drawers in their kitchens, but with the emergence of customizable drawers and pull-out options, they have really risen in demand. “Years ago, there would be a cutlery drawer, and maybe a couple other drawers in the kitchen. Today, everything’s a drawer, if possible, and we customize them based on what customers want to do with them.” He says that you can also put a pull-out





behind a cupboard door if you wish to have the look of a cupboard, but the convenience of a drawer.

Make room for extra hands Since cooking is becoming more of a group activity, people are planning their space to accommodate more people in the kitchen. “Prep sinks are becoming popular,” says Huber. “Traditionally it was always just a single sink mounted under the window. And that’s still happening. But often, if people have the space, they’ll incorporate a prep sink in another area of the kitchen, because kitchens aren’t just for one person anymore.” With a prep sink in another area of your kitchen, you can have separate work stations for different people working in the kitchen; this can be far more functional when there is more than one person working in the kitchen.

Invest in quality appliances There are many new kitchen appliances on the market to make your life easier, and your kitchen more productive. Huber says it’s remarkable how many new options people have in kitchen appliances every year. “Warming drawers are very handy, and have become quite popular in kitchens these days,” he remarks. “Cooktops paired up with built-in double ovens seem to be coming back, as well,” he notes. Huber also says that pull-out fridges have become very popular in the last few years for their convenience. A pull-out fridge is incorporated into your base cabinetry, either in the wall cabinetry or in an island. Greg says they can be incorporated as part of a secondary work station in the kitchen. Since there are so many useful appliances on the market, it is important to be confident you have found the best appliances to suit your kitchen and culinary needs. Most appliances can be worked into the cabinetry as well, for a more elegant or rustic look.





Choose durable countertops Stone and quartz countertops are very popular at the moment due to their durability and high heat resistance. It is especially important to have countertops which are durable and heat-resistant in your kitchen, as they need to withstand regular use, and the occasional kitchen mishap. However, there are also other more excellent materials which can be installed for countertops such as laminate, butcher block, stainless steel, marble and concrete. These materials can be very durable and resistant as well, if properly cared for. It is useful to note that some surfaces allow an integrated sink for seamless look, while others require a surface mount or an under mount sink.

Find the right flooring Since kitchens are always so busy, they must withstand a lot of foot traffic, spills and scrapes. Thankfully, there is a diverse range of options to choose from these days that will help your kitchen function at its best.


Do you want a wide range of colours and styles to choose from? If so, ceramic tiles may be your best bet. If you like the look of stone, porcelain tiles may be the way to go. Laminate is a great option for





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kitchen will be. Huber says that top lighting is very important in kitchens, and pot lights are very popular nowadays; they do not collect dust, and are easier to clean than most light fixtures. Undercabinet lighting is also very popular: it helps illuminate your counter space. Over-counter lighting is also very popular in kitchens as a way to dress up your cabinets and get more light into the kitchen.

The better your workspaces are illuminated, the more functional your

Whether building or renovating, get your kitchen functioning for you!

busy families, as they stand up well to scratches and stains. Meanwhile, wood is consistently in style and gives kitchens a warm and welcoming look, while cork is becoming increasingly popular because it’s nice to walk on. Other options include natural stone, concrete, vinyl, linoleum and laminate. Be sure to consider and evaluate the pros and cons of each style before committing to a type of flooring.










or 20 years, the Cupboard Brothers — Ken and Kim Kowalchuk — have been building top-quality custom cabinets for homeowners and builders around the province. What started out as a two-person operation quickly grew into a thriving business. Today, Cupboard Brothers employs a staff of approximately 45 skilled people, offering the latest in computer and manufacturing technology in the industry. Over the years, Cupboard Brothers has acquired a reputation for building a topquality product that is competitively




priced. How are they able to do this? Ken explains that everything is built on site in their processing plant at 1333 Park Street in Regina. “Nothing is outsourced. We’re not stuck to a catalogue,” he adds. As custom cabinet builders, Cupboard Brothers are happy to take on any project you have for them. Whether you are building a new home or doing renovations, the staff will sit down with you and design the cabinetry that will best fit your lifestyle. Imagine owning beautiful high-quality cabinets that are designed to your specifications. Elegant,

detailed and stunning: your cabinets will serve you well for as long as you own your home. Ken points out that every aspect of the cabinet is built to last for years to come. The cabinet boxes are entirely made from 5/8-inch materials, including the backs. This reinforces the durability of the cabinet. “A lot of cabinet companies will use 1/4-inch thick centre door panels, but we use 3/8 inch. So, it’s very, very rigid and prevents the doors from warping and twisting,” he affirms.

The Cupboard Brothers’ high quality custom cabinetry is not limited to kitchens and bathrooms. “We also offer customized closet solutions,” Ken comments. Cupboard Brothers can design beautiful and unique closet units that will keep you organized and make your room look stunning. For the garage and workshop, Cupboard Brothers builds strong and sturdy cabinets that are stylish and functional. The attitude of continuous learning and constant improvement allows the Cupboard Brothers to look at the manufacturing process and develop newer, more efficient techniques. This allows the quality of the product to remain high, while keeping a competitive cost for the customer. As Cupboard Brothers continues to grow and develop, so does their product line. Introducing an exciting new “DIY” product line has opened the doors for new consumers to experience the Cupboard Brothers’ quality. Perfect for the smaller contractors, or customers wanting to do it themselves, this new product may be shipped anywhere in the province. Conveniently available online, you still get the Cupboard Brothers’ quality and competitive price. “The difference between our DIY product line and anywhere else is that we’re still providing the same cabinet quality and finish as you would see on our custom product,” says Ken. Do you have a lot of building projects on the go? Ask about their Builders’ Advantage to receive further discounts. Whether looking for something custom built or a DIY project, you can trust Cupboard Brothers to offer you style, selection and quality. OPPOSITE Kim and Ken Kowalchuk, owners with Cupboard Brothers staff

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he staff at The Bevelled Edge work very hard to achieve the high standard of service and product that they are now being recognized for. They know that nobody and no process is perfect, but they strive to get as close to that target as possible. Bevelled Edge staff tries to reward their customers for faith placed in them. They value their relationships with individual families, small businesses and corporate customers.

Lorna, John, Neil and Grant Glasser are the family members who own and operate The Bevelled Edge. They are supported by a great staff. Several senior staff members provide great experience and expertise, and mentor newcomers to the trade. The Bevelled Edge Countertops fabricates a variety of different materials in their warehouse: quartz, granite, acrylic solid surface and laminate. They carry materials from many different suppliers,

and always have access to the latest colours and patterns. Their showroom was created to show the many options available to individual and corporate customers. It is a “must see” to make all the necessary choices for the final decision of a countertop purchase. The Bevelled Edge Countertops is keeping prices competitive and always striving to improve on every other aspect of their business. The motto “style, selection, service” has been a guiding force from the beginning;

ABOVE Consumer Choice Award, Countertops - Regina and area - 2013 L–R Ryan Riley, John Glasser, Lorna Glasser, Bill McBride




ABOVE The Bevelled Edge staff. Photo Scott Goodwill. RIGHT L–R Neil, John, Lorna and Grant. Photo Cal Fehr

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see the effort people often expend in choosing the perfect wall colour, but all too often they miss the opportunity to dress their fifth and sixth walls: floors and ceilings. For that matter, there is nothing I love more than adding a bit of unexpected to a ceiling or a floor. Ironically, I find it easy to convince clients to adorn a child’s ceiling in either a nursery or a toddler’s room — less so in other areas — but they are always game to dress these rooms up.




the remaining walls. I tend not to do this with just paint; I prefer it to be a paper or a pattern using paint-like striping. This is for the little lady above brother’s room, so we painted the stripes on the ceiling to liven things up a bit.

| If you paint your walls a deep colour, you


may not want to leave your ceilings a pure white. We often soften our ceiling colours a bit and use a chalky white or opt for a different colour altogether. This makes the transition less jarring and keeps the room feeling bigger and more open. People often ask me whether or not they paint their crown moulding the same as the wall colour or make the ceiling colour different altogether. I tend to match my crown to the ceiling unless I’m opting for a different colour on the ceiling. In that case, I make sure my crown and my trim match so that the ceiling colour will stand out. Once you’ve addressed your ceilings, look down to the floors. Area rugs are a great way to lessen the bowling-alley feel if you have hardwood floors, although I often get people who claim they want to see their floors — their big ticket investment item. I usually point out that the contrast of an area rug on the floor will only serve to highlight the flooring and do double duty to anchor the furniture arrangement, which is always more pleasing to the eye. There are so many options for area rugs these days; indulge me as I share a few of my own favourites.

Ideally, when papering a ceiling, the room should have crown moulding. I don’t always stick to this, but it really does yield a much more impactful finished product.

| In this space, we added a hand-blocked

wallpaper to a nursery for a sweet young lady. The bonus is that it really is only one wall of wallpaper, so it requires a minimal investment. I am not a fan of accent walls unless they are ceilings or if they make sense in the architectural layout of the room. I’m willing to concede a headboard wall, for example, but you have to make sure that you have achieved balance on





In this two-storey living room, we needed to make the seating area feel more intimate and inviting. We opted for a custom-designed hide area rug. The Align rug is part of my new exclusive collection of rugs. It’s a tone-on-tone hide, and the geometric pattern adds some life to the arrangement without being overly bossy. It both grounds the space and keeps it feeling open and airy — no easy task!


We wanted to have fun in this foyer. The clients love colour, and they are not shy and retiring in their choice to adorn the walls in a deep magenta. We knew that opting for a bold colour on the walls meant we had to balance it out with a statement piece for our area rug. Our Max rug does just that. We’ve married it with this custom daybed in lieu of a regular bench/ console unit and then pumped it up with our pillow story. I love to make bold statements in a foyer; transition spaces are where risks can be taken. Pattern and colour on either a ceiling or a floor require minimal commitments and are easy to change. Wallpaper these days is not made the same way as in the past, nor is it as traumatic to remove it or change it up. We always recommend hiring a professional installer to prepare your walls and hang your paper, and warn that if you are inclined to do it yourself, to never do it with your spouse; more divorces happen because of cowallpapering attempts!




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s there a fresh colour palette that you may have never considered? Furniture placement you never thought possible? Decorative accents that make you smile everytime you lay eyes on them? How about window dressings that magically create uncomplicated sensibility, yet sexy, style?

This is the Imagination of hnh designs People often think that hiring an interior designer is expensive, an extravagance they cannot afford. However, what you might not realize is that not only will hiring a designer help your vision of your future or current home become a reality, it can ultimately save you money. Indecision, self-doubt and being overwhelmed almost always results in overspending and dissatisfaction. This is where a good designer can guide you to achieve spectacular results.

Kerri Ermel of hnh designs is “THAT” designer What sets Kerri apart from other interior designers is how much she values her customers and caters to them. She is happy to help you with as much of your interior design as you wish, from simply giving suggestions in a one-time consultation to taking your project right to completion. Kerri moved to Regina in 2007 after working as a registered nurse and owning a design and custom window covering business in Estevan for several years. After settling in Regina, she worked as a designer for Alford’s before reopening her company, hnh designs inc. Kerri associates and has worked with many professionals around the city, and can recommend trusted contractors and suppliers, if need be. Along with design and decor services, hnh also offers custom Hunter Douglas blinds, as well as custom drapery, bedding and accessories.

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s our culture advances so does our methods of entertainment. It seems like every day there is a new bigger and better TV: 20-inch floor model TVs have given way to 50- and even 80inch 3D smart TVs that come with all sorts of different accessories. As a result of all the technology we need better ways to organize it; it is no longer simply a matter of plugging in a TV. When an entertainment system has been completely customized to your every need, why shouldn’t the unit that houses it? “Storage is very important in the modern open plan home because you can see any clutter from multiple spaces. A custombuilt unit can be versatile and funky, and with the right craftsman at your side the piece can become a timeless heirloom,” notes Chantelle Butterfield of Funktional Space. Butterfield also points out that it is important to design a custom unit intuitively. In recent years we have had a very steep technology shift. Use adjustable shelves where possible when designing your piece for a more one-of-a-kind look. Units can have custom-sized lit shelves that can hold precious mementos or decorative items for display. With today’s larger TVs and homes, a completely built-in entertainment wall can often be the solution for accommodating even the largest TV. With wall-to-wall shelving, home owners can keep a home neat and tidy; whether enclosed or not, shelves can store anything from electronics and DVDs to books and toys. Butterfield has a simple tip for anyone looking to buy or build an entertainment unit: always remember to measure your electronics. A large TV on a small unit can look top heavy or be unstable, and electronics don’t often fit in standard-sized shelving. Custom units don’t need to only inhabit the family room, they are equally at home in a bedroom or even the patio with TVs made to last outside. Just imagine catching your favourite show under the stars. For those with a more restricted budget, Butterfield notes there are a number of great ready-made options. “Custom isn’t the only option. A lot of people are opting for store-bought pieces or mounting their TVs on the wall. You can achieve a modern, sleek look or a rustic, cozy look with this option. A long low glass piece

or even a wood antique piece can create that perfect style to fit in your home.” A common trend for the last few years has been to mount a TV above a fireplace so that a room’s focal points are not split. The problem with this is that it is not comfortable for prolonged periods; the right layout can accentuate both your fireplace and a beautiful entertainment unit. In 2014 homeowners can expect to see more white tones, warm greys and

real wood, Butterfield notes. She also emphasizes that it’s important to not get stuck on trends. “People often pick very trendy styles and finishes, but it’s important to remember that trends have a shelf life. Something that is fantastic now might look cheap and dated in a few years. Buy pieces that you truly love and that are high quality. An entertainment unit can be one of the best investments you make for your décor,” she remarks.







lot of homeowners — especially those who are having mobility issues — have asked my opinion of walk-in bathtubs and showers. I’m not really in a position to be advising people as to what they should or should not have, but I do have an opinion which I will share with you in this column. When dealing with walk-in bathtubs and showers, I’d like to give you a “heads up” on a few items that you should be aware of and research if you are considering either of these options to help ease mobility issues. Let’s talk about walk-in bathtubs. This is the type of tub where you open the door, sit down and fill it with water. As you can appreciate, while you’re sitting in the tub waiting for it to fill up with water, you could require a little more heat in the room (for example, radiant heat on the wall) to keep you warm while the tub is filling.




When you are in the tub, what is keeping the temperature of the tub at a comfortable level? Some of these tubs have elaborate controls and systems to keep the water warm. Is there a bladder where the water will go, then be preheated and re-circulated in the tub? These items are most likely optional, but keep in mind there will be good, better and best walk-in tubs available to you. What happens when the water is being drained out? Keep in mind that you have to leave the door closed and stay in the tub while the water drains. How will you rinse yourself off? These tubs are a considerable investment, so make sure you are satisfied with the answers you are receiving. You may have to enlarge your existing bathtub drain to accommodate the drainage for the new walk-in tub. If the plumbing has to be moved to install the tub, make sure a permit is issued. If you live in a townhouse or condo building, you will need to first check with your strata council or management

company to ensure that you are approved to install a walk-in tub in your unit. There are alternative solutions available such as bathtub conversion kits, which will convert your present bathtub into an accessible one. You can also have a custom safety seat bench to provide safe transfer into the bathtub and for safe seating. You may want to consider a roll-in/walkin shower. With all the jets you can have installed on the shower wall, personal hand-held showerheads, and built-in benches and safety hand rails, these showers can be a viable option to walkin bathtubs. I’m not negative about walk-in tubs, but I want to bring these items to your attention before you decide to make a sizeable investment. For more home-improvement information, to send Shell an email, or to watch Shell’s Ask Shell Coffee Break go to

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“Any need — interior or exterior — we can look at it and provide a solution,” says Duperreault.


hen it comes to home renovation, it’s comforting to know there is somebody there for you who is not only going to look out for the best interests of your home, but is dedicated to doing the best job possible while they are there. With Duperreault Renovation, this is exactly what you are going to get. Offering customers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor construction and renovation services, they strive to provide knowledgeable industry “know-how” and the most quality finished product possible. “Customers are usually surprised by the amount of flexibility and level of consultation we provide. They are always pleased with the quality of work that we do. We want to make sure that the client is satisfied and pleased with




the finished product, which is why we pay a lot of attention to detail,” says Jean Duperreault, owner of Duperreault Renovation. Duperreault Renovation will take on any job, no matter the size. They can do everything from exterior maintenance, such as roofing, siding, landscaping, deck and patios, to window replacement. They also provide interior renovations and finishing services in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, including flooring and tiling. Although they don’t do major electrical work, the possibilities are endless as to what they can accomplish. “Any need — interior or exterior — we can look at it and provide a solution,” says Duperreault.


Duperreault Renovation is comprised of Jean, and his son, who is a third year apprentice in the industry, and one other employee. They are joined by a handful of others during the busier seasons. Although his team is small, Duperreault considers their size to be an asset in many ways, enabling them to offer customers certain advantages that larger companies may not be able to provide. “Because we are a small company, we don’t have a lot of jobs on the go [at once], so, we can start a renovation project faster than most larger companies,” Duperreault explains. We are more flexible than large companies, as their deadlines are a lot more restrictive than ours. As well, we listen to our customers closely and can adjust the job as we go.” Duperreault explains that another advantage of being a smaller company is that they are able to spend more time with their clientele, allowing them to fully understand exactly what customers want. They counsel clients as much as possible on the best solution for their individual situation.


“The whole concept behind what we are doing is to try and provide the client with a finished product that they would be proud to show off… which is why we try to do a lot of consultation with them,” says Duperreault. “If we are not in a position to satisfy the customer’s needs, we will suggest other companies who might be a better fit for them.”

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here are many different reasons to retrofit your home. Whether you have been living in the same house for 30 years and are in desperate need of an upgrade, or have just purchased a new house that needs a little “TLC” before it feels like home, retrofitting is a great way to upgrade your lifestyle by working with what you already have. Kris Pockett, owner




“Usually people are just looking to freshen things up and make [their home] more comfortable,” says Kris Pockett, owner of Kris Pockett Construction. “A lot of older homes don’t have much for lighting, and are always cold and damp. Now that homes have gone up in price, a lot of people are choosing to take equity out of their homes and reinvest it back into the house…

[which] usually means better lighting, better windows, better insulation, better flooring, nicer kitchens.” Pockett has been successfully retrofitting houses for the past six years with the help of his experienced team, who are capable of performing almost every aspect of a complete home renovation. This includes design concepts, framing, building, insulating, floor installation, painting, plumbing and electrical work.


“We have completely gutted out homes and brought them back to life with all the modern comforts,” says Pockett, who explains that retrofitting does more than just add comfort and value to your home by updating it structurally and stylistically; it is also financially beneficial for anyone shopping for a new home. Instead of spending more money on a new house on a smaller lot, in an area that is still being developed, Pockett recommends buying an older, much more affordable house, on a bigger lot in a mature neighbourhood, with wider streets and taller trees, and then upgrading it to fit your lifestyle. “As long as the foundation is solid, you’re typically way further ahead financially retrofitting [an older] house than spending three times as much to get half the lot and two-thirds the house. Retrofitting easily pays for itself in that respect.” Pockett is happy to report that he has had many satisfied customers over the past six years. So many in fact, most of their business has come from referrals alone. He makes a point of doing very little sub trading, finding it more convenient for customers by saving them time and money.


“Most people are very impressed [with us] along the way…and when they see the final product, that’s what blows them away,” Pockett remarks. “I enjoy the challenge of bringing these older houses back to life and making them productive again. That’s basically what it’s all about for me every day… I like to just come in and work with customers on designing a space and bringing their dreams to life. It’s a really nice feeling at the end, when you wipe up that last bit of paint and say ‘there you go,’ and walk away leaving them happy.” Kris Pockett Construction 2412 Parliament Ave Regina, SK 306.541.3046





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his year, Shaver’s Sash & Door will celebrate their 100th anniversary. Founded in 1914 by H.A. Shaver, Shaver’s Sash & Door has remained a family business, evolving with the times to provide customers the best quality in custom manufactured wooden fixtures, mouldings and millwork.

Allen’s father, Roy Shaver, worked for his grandfather after school and weekends until his grandfather passed away in 1953; Roy then purchased the business. He continued to operate at the Cornwall location until building a new facility on the corner of 6th Ave. East and McKay Street in 1964.

“Herman Addison Shaver originally started building houses in and around the Regina area in 1910,” explains Allen Shaver, the current owner of Shavers Sash & Door — and great-grandson to the company’s founder. “In 1914, he changed to more of a manufacturing business… [producing] a variety of products, such as wooden pulleys for grain elevators... row boats for the Regina Beach Boat Club, but eventually settled on building windows and doors, which became the mainstay for the company for many years to follow.”

Much like his father, Allen worked many long hours to make the business successful. By the age of 11, he was able to run all the machines and was a great asset to his dad. As years went on, Allen began replacing the aging equipment with new technology. As the company continued to grow, a bigger facility was needed. In 1999, Allen partnered up with his sister, Arlene Grams, and fellow employee, Gord Plessl, to purchase the building on 230 4th Ave. East, where they are currently located.




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music with them,” says Day. “They can set it, and leave their phone on their table.” The speaker can emit sound up to 30 feet from the phone it’s connected to. Other sound devices include mirrored cabinets that come with a stereo stick on the side, and toilets with a remote that tunes into the radio. Those interested in the ultimate musical experience while they soak will appreciate the vibracoustic tub, which matches its pulses to the song it’s synced to. “Buoyant rhythms provide a spa-like relaxation in the tub,” says Day. The technology for bathroom tunes has been popular with The Ensuite clientele, particularly the younger demographic. “People are amazed that these products are available,” says Day. “We get lots of orders.” If you are in the process of choosing bathroom faucets, you might consider Kohler’s Artifacts faucet collection, with options of three different spouts and handles, available in five finishes. “They allow you to pick and choose different pieces,” says Day. “People might become tired of the look of their faucet, and with these, they can change the handle or spout without getting a new faucet.” The Artifacts line is available in contemporary and traditional styles. The Ensuite’s premier showroom features the largest number of working displays in Saskatchewan, offering Kohler products, as well as several other brands. Whether you’re renovating or building, the expert staff can help you make the right choices based on your taste and budget. “We take people through a checklist of style, price point, and how it works with existing products,” says Day. From sound to spouts, sampling the array of options at The Ensuite is the best way to educate yourself on what will most benefit you and your lifestyle. “There’s lots of variety to see and try out,” says Day. “We’re here to help people with their bath and kitchen needs.” The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen Showroom 678 Cornwall St. Regina 306.352.3626


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pring is soon here and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your backyard for hours of outdoor enjoyment. Make this the year to do those backyard upgrades you’ve been dreaming about.

Hot Tubs Hot tubs are one of those great backyard accessories you can enjoy year-round. Hot tub technology has advanced significantly over the years, so now is a great time to research your options. Many new hot tubs have hydrotherapy jets. With a hydrotherapy hot tub, your relaxation time actually doubles as a hydrotherapy massage, helping improve circulation, decreasing joint pain and often accelerating the body’s natural healing processes. Some also have chromatherapy (colour therapy) and aromatherapy features… and they come in all sizes!

Outdoor Pools There’s nothing like having your own pool to jump into with family and friends. If you plan to install an outdoor pool in your back yard, ensure that you are well-versed in outdoor pool maintenance. Skimming, vacuuming, cleaning and chlorinating are all essential practices to keep your pool refreshing and inviting.

Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms Outdoor kitchens and living rooms are one of the most innovative ways to upgrade your backyard. When planning, it is important to consider what you will want to use this space for. The main functions of your outdoor kitchen or living room greatly affect what furniture and appliances you choose to install, along with the overall layout of the area. For example, if it is to be primarily a lounging space equipped to host a dinner party, allow for ample lounging space and lounging furniture, and just stick to the basics in the kitchen and food preparation areas. However, if you love to cook, and plan to use your outdoor space for luscious dinner parties and family feasts, be sure to also allow for ample food preparation space and all the appliances you need. When planning your outdoor living space, choose resilient materials and appliances which are safe for outdoor storage and use. It’s good to plan for ample storage space for both kitchenware and appliances




to protect them from harsh weather conditions. Finally, be prepared for rain or shine. It is wise to design your outdoor living space with a partial roof, pergola, gazebo or an umbrella that can be set up for an extra sunny day or unexpected rain or drizzle.

Outdoor Bars Outdoor bars are another upgrade that can really bring your backyard to the next level. They are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space if you like to entertain. As with outdoor kitchens and living rooms, your outdoor bar can be simple or extravagant. Popular upgrades include wine and beer coolers, bar sinks and builtin kegerators for a genuine bar experience. When planning your outdoor bar, keep in mind the same considerations as for outdoor kitchens and living rooms. Ensure that all your appliances are safe for outdoor storage and use, and design with your primary functions in mind.

Lighting and Heating It is important to plan for adequate heating and lighting options to enable you to make the most of your outdoor space. High quality space heaters are essential, and a fire pit, fireplace or even pizza oven can become the focal point of your outdoor lounging space in the evenings. If you have an outdoor kitchen or bar, make sure that you have ample lighting options in that area in case you end up hosting a late night appetizer party or midnight




lunch, and make sure light fixtures are disbursed around the whole space to create ambiance.

Children’s Play Areas Play areas for the children are essential if you have young kids, and the options are endless. When planning this area, keep in mind the ages of your children and the estimated lifespan of the play area. Many play area options, such as swing sets and tree houses, can be enjoyed for many years, especially if you have children of varying ages, so be sure to invest in wellmade, durable equipment.

Landscaping Quality landscaping can work wonders for an outdoor living space. Paths, greenery, water fountains, waterfalls, flowers and plants can provide the perfect final touches to make your outdoor living space truly magical. If you are not a gardener or plant person, a professional can work with you to plan your overall yard and find plants and greenery to brighten up your space with minimal maintenance. The options are endless to turn your backyard into an oasis of pleasure. Enjoy the summer!

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Reimagine the Possibilities of YouR outdooR sPace By Apolline lucyk


egina Interlocking Paving Stone Company (RIPSC) began as a small business in 1987 and has grown into one of the premier paving stone and retaining wall companies in the Regina area. The City Square Plaza, RCMP depot and many other commercial and high-end residential projects stand as a testament to their skill and experience at paving stone and hardscape construction. Client satisfaction is put first and foremost at RIPSC. “As a small business




owner, every single project gets my full personal attention,” says Lyle Ulrich, owner. “I limit the number of projects I have at any time so I can ensure a personal connection with my clients.” And Ulrich’s personable approach to business and attention to detail has gained him many devoted clients. “We have many lifelong clients who contact us immediately after purchasing their new home to make sure we are available to once again transform their yard into an ideal setting,” he remarks.

RIPSC offers a wide variety of hardscaping options for both residential and commercial properties, from outdoor bars and retaining walls for outdoor living areas to attractive, high-quality driveways. “The popularity of paving stone and hardscape products has increased recently due to an increase in new and exciting products such as straight and curved blocks to build outdoor bars and retaining walls,” Ulrich shares. “Seating walls with pillars surrounding a patio have become very popular as well, and highlighting these

areas with low voltage LED lighting has become very popular in the last few years.” Outdoor bars are an especially popular feature in the spring and summer months, and Ulrich has noticed a great increase in demand for them in recent years. Outdoor bars form the perfect gathering point for friends and family, and can be designed to accommodate your catering needs and budget. Outdoor bars can be sleek and simple to provide a focal point to the yard with minimal maintenance and upkeep, but they can also be as elaborate as you wish. RIPSC can outfit your space with barbeque, an outdoor fridge, a bar sink, power outlets and much more. They can also install low-voltage LED lighting to make your bar an extra special place to relax in the evenings. Driveways fashioned from paving stones have also become increasingly popular due to their visual appeal and durability. Ulrich notes that the most important part of building a driveway that will last is constructing a solid base preparation, and “this is where we excel,” he says. “We construct a driveway that will require little, if any, maintenance for decades to come.” With RIPSC, an average driveway installation takes only three to four days,

and with a paving stone driveway, you can park on it the minute the crew leaves. There are countless ways to make your space more inviting and functional, and Ulrich is always more than happy to discuss hardscaping options with customers. “Outdoor living areas such as courtyards and patios are an ideal location to show off your style,” he shares. “By using paving stones, a look of elegance and comfort will be conveyed.” Contact the Regina Interlocking Paving Stone Company today to reimagine your outdoor space. Regina Interlocking Paving Stone Company 306.591.3852 LEFT Lyle Ulrich, owner. Photo Calvin Fehr




Attention Homeowners: Imagine a durable, versatile and attractive patio cover. One that delivers shade on hot days, protects your family from harmful UV rays and keeps your deck and outdoor furniture dry during a rainstorm. Suncoast Screen Enclosures will custom build your louvered roof as an addition to your home/business or as its own free-standing patio cover. Our built-in guttering system effectively channels away rain runoff to prevent flooding and structural damage. The louvers are operated by a hand-held remote which is charged by an efficient solar panel. Open the louvers slightly to increase ventilation, or a full 180 degrees allowing maximum sunlight into your home. Suncoast Screen Enclosures offers a screened-in, outdoor area that allows you to enjoy your deck, pool, spa or patio without the sense of being enclosed in an indoor space.


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These esthetically pleasing and durable sunrooms protect you from the wind, hot sun, rain and the nuisance of annoying and dangerous insects. A Suncoast 3 season room works in the winter by keeping your deck area free of snow for the enjoyment of your spa and barbecue. The roof can be made of screening to allow an uninhibited view of the sky with other roof options available. Let Suncoast Enclosures help your patio have a stylish look and feel with the benefits of a fully adjustable louvered system, screen enclosure or three-season room. Give us a call today for your free estimate. Check out booth number 552 at the Regina Spring Home Show.

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EUMA Concrete Specialties has been meeting the concrete building needs of people in the Regina area for over 20 years. BEUMA was formed in 1991 when cousins, Roy Beuker and Andy Idema, decided to merge their contracting companies to better meet the demands of a rapidly expanding customer base. Business for BEUMA has changed over the years in sync with market trends, including new, improved techniques, and an ever-expanding repertoire of

equipment and materials. Largely concerned with the construction of community swimming pools in their early days, the cousins have shifted to doing pool decks, patios and outdoor kitchens. This aligns with the firm’s increasing focus on decorative forms of concrete: they have transitioned from pool deck coatings to decorative concrete floor coatings to decorative concrete. Andy has since retired from the company, but still comes by occasionally to help out. Roy’s wife, Bev, has recently

become more involved in the decision making and administrative aspects of the business. As Roy explains, “There aren’t many jobs like decorative concrete; it’s creative, it’s fun, you get to operate all kinds of machinery, and at the end of the project, you can’t help but pause and look back with pride on something that is really, really sharp looking.” Andy, and staff members Thomas, Sam, Dan and Mira, all agree. People are choosing to use decorative concrete more and more often in OPPOSITE L-R Sam, Bev, Roy, Dan, Thomas, Mira




their homes, yards and businesses. A remarkably durable substance, concrete can now be made to look extremely attractive. The vast array of methods for adding aesthetic appeal to concrete, combined with the flexibility in shaping it, means that clients have the option of participating in the creation of a one-ofa-kind utilitarian work of art. The crew at BEUMA Concrete Specialties offers customers several types of decorative concrete from which to choose. Stamped concrete, especially popular for outdoor work like pool decks, sidewalks and patios, is designed to look natural — like stone slabs or wood. It can even incorporate items such as semiprecious stones, fossils or shells. Polished concrete is an increasingly common form of flooring for office

buildings, basements and garages. The concrete floor is ground to a smooth mirror-like finish. Polished concrete floors are popular because they are longlasting, smart looking, environmentallyfriendly, and both easy and inexpensive to maintain. An infinite palette of colors is available, either through a dye process or by integrally colouring the concrete at the Redi-Mix plant. For those desiring a more unique finish, BEUMA offers acidstaining; this alters the colour of the concrete not through dye, but through a chemical reaction creating a distinctive mottled look. One of the rising trends in interior design is the use of concrete countertops and sinks. At BEUMA, they are skilled at creating stylish countertops, sinks and even garden benches and furniture to meet the exact individual specifications

and needs of each client. Fixtures can be built into countertops at the customer’s request. If you are looking to add value to your home, office or yard in the form of a durable, practical and gorgeous new decorative concrete addition, BEUMA Concrete Specialties are the people to call. As owner Roy Beuker notes, “BEUMA Concrete Specialties is large enough to finish your project on time, but small enough to care about providing old-fashioned, Saskatchewanstyle customer service and quality workmanship.” BEUMA Concrete Specialties 2853 23rd Avenue Regina, SK 306.352.0080




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ecorative concrete landscape borders are a fun and effective way to amplify the aesthetics of your yard. They provide that essential finishing touch to any outdoor space and, with the help of trained professionals and a little imagination, can be tailored to dress up any location. At Curb-Ease™, they make it their mission to help clients beautify their yards with a wide range of decorative landscape curbing, providing




an excellent customer experience and proficient industry experts. “Our staff is very well trained,” says Scott Bellamy, owner of Curb-Ease™ in Regina. While Bellamy has been in the curbing business in Regina for one year, the Curb-Ease™ franchise has been in operation for almost 20 years, giving them a wealth of knowledge and experience which they diligently pass

on to their employees. Bellamy explains that all installation crews are fully trained and qualified to produce a premium quality job. As a national company, workmanship and materials are guaranteed by the Curb-Ease™ corporate head office, where they maintain an aggressive research and development initiative to improve on existing products, and

introduce new products that service customers’ needs. Curb-Ease™ offers the widest variety of patterns available, including brick, slate, stone and even wood grain. When it comes to landscape edging, Curb-Ease™ leads the industry in quality products, professionalism and customer satisfaction. To further customize their borders, Curb-Ease™ also offers a variety of colour options. Whereas many other curbing companies use a dye to colour the outside of the concrete, Curb-Ease™ is unique in that they use integral colours to colour their concrete. This means the colour goes all the way through, and will remain consistent for years, even if the concrete is damaged or chipped. “A lot of times we try to match the colour to bricks or trim that customers

have on their house,” says Bellamy, explaining that the design process is often collaborative. “A lot of customers have an idea in mind of what they want. They may have a landscaper that has already started the design…and we can go in and cater to that, or we can also sit down and plan out a design concept with customers from the beginning.” Due to their superb customer relations and professional workmanship, CurbEase™ has flourished on “word of mouth” since coming to Regina in May. Bellamy explains that after neighbours have seen them in action, they are often called back to the same block to do more installations after completing a job. “The quality of our product and workmanship speaks for itself,” says Bellamy, who notes that people recognize

the quality of their product, and value the fact that their crews are personable and professionally trained. Bellamy warns customers not to be fooled by similar products, as CurbEase™ decorative concrete borders are only installed and offered by certified professional Curb-Ease™ owneroperators. Whether it is an acreage, park or front yard, they are equipped to take on both residential and commercial jobs of any size, and will beat any competitor’s written estimate. Curb-Ease Regina 306.994.7111 L-R Tyler Bellamy, Scott Bellamy, Sherry Bellamy, Buddy, Shaya Bellamy




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magine yourself surrounded by friends and family, caught up in an exciting game of Billiard in your very own customized recreation room. You have spent the afternoon catching up on one another’s lives, lounging on the patio and enjoying hot burgers straight off the grill. Later, you will relax over a round of nightcaps as you debate who actually won that last game of darts.




With the help of Gould Billiard and Patio, these dreams can become a reality. With everything from indoor furniture, bar décor, dart boards and table games to patio sets, outdoor grills and barbeques, Gould Billiard and Patio is a one-stop shop for all your indoor and outdoor home recreation needs. “Pool tables and patio furniture are our two main products, and then of course

we have all kinds of indoor games and rec room furniture as well,” says James Magouliotis, owner of Gould Billiard and Patio in Regina. At Gould Billiard and Patio, they carry an extensive section of patio furniture, as well as several in-store models for customers to get a feel for. This spring, they will be adding Ebel products to their line up. An extremely reputable

name in patio furniture, Ebel specializes in a variety of weather-resistant wicker pieces. Along with providing customers prompt delivery, helpful service, insightful product knowledge and reasonable prices, at Gould Billiard and Patio they also give customers the opportunity to customize their furniture, as part of their mission to provide customers with the best possible service, and ensure that every customer leaves feeling satisfied. “You can pick and choose the colours that you want, including the frame colour and the fabric,” Magouliotis explains. “We’ll go above and beyond to make sure that the customer is happy with their purchase. If a customer is having problems choosing colours for their pool table or fabrics on their patio set, we’ll go

to their home free of charge to help them pick out their colours. I’ve been in the business long enough to have developed an eye for that kind of thing.” Gould Billiard and Patio also carries three full lines of fire pits to complete your backyard oasis, including models from Ebel, as well as Homecrest, another trusted industry brand. Two exciting models they carry include The Big Green Egg, an outdoor BBQ and smoker that can be used to grill, smoke and even bake, as well as the Oriflamme fire pit, the hottest burning fire pit on the market. “The Oriflamme fire pits burn at over 60,000 BTUs,” says Magouliotis. “They also have a lot of different design aspects, so you can pick your top, burner and base and glass colour as well.”

Whether you’re dreaming of your own custom games room, in-home fully furnished bar, new grill or backyard patio set to enhance your exterior home décor, let the experts at Gould Billiard and Patio help you. They will personalize your next home recreation project with their varied selection and helpful service. Make your happy place a reality.

Gould Billiard and Patio 1146 Broad Street Regina 306-522-1442 TOP RIGHT L-R James Magouliotis and Dean Lusok, owners





DOWN TO EARTH FENCING is locally owned and operated. We’ve proudly served Regina, Estevan, Weyburn and surrounding area since 2008. Our friendly and professional staff will make sure your fence is installed with accuracy by paying special attention to detail. The main focus of our business is the sales and installation of vinyl fence, aluminum & PVC railing. We have also expanded to commercial and residential chain link and ornamental fencing. We sell D.I.Y packages delivered to your door with post pounders and compressors to rent. We also offer contractor pricing. Come see us at our new location at 2209 Redbear Ave. (south of SGI on Fleet St).

Fully licensed and insured. No job is too big or too small. We look forward to doing business with you. Call for a free estimate or use our on-line estimate page.

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SplaSh of CharaCter Add A

to Your Yard By Katrina Geenevasen


hen the days are long and the air is warm, nothing induces relaxation and refreshment like the cool nature of water. So it should come as no surprise that outdoor water features are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners.




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With so many options available on the market today, there is something to suit every design and budget. Whether you’re going for something glamorous and elegant or simple and refined, your backyard’s landscape — and you — will benefit from the tranquil beauty of a water feature.

Miniature Ponds Both scenic and versatile, miniature ponds can enhance yards with even the most limited of spaces. Be sure to choose a dry, level site that gets plenty of sunshine throughout the day and isn’t too close to a tree — falling leaves will contaminate the water. There are two types of ponds to choose from: pre-formed or liner-type ponds. Both have advantages and disadvantages, you just need to figure out what will work best for you and your yard. Pre-formed ponds are better for novices — they come in various shapes and sizes, and are made of a heavy-duty material that can withstand extreme Canadian conditions.

If you’re more creative and want to custom-design the shape and size of the pond on your own, a liner-type pond is the better option. Just be aware of the type of liner you purchase — some are not fish-friendly. In order to keep the pond as naturallooking as possible, incorporate rocks of varying shapes, colours and styles, as well as plants. Speak with your local gardening centre for tips on what types of plants will best suit your pond.

Be sure to call your utility company before you put your shovel in the ground to mark any buried lines that may be in your yard. Also, keep in mind what utilities you’ll need for your water feature, like electricity and water Remember to work with your landscape, not against it — you’ll save yourself some headaches in the long run Keep the safety of children in mind

If you want to add some wildlife, koi and goldfish are good options for Canadian ponds, as they’re good and hardy. Just add a few at a time, and keep a close eye on them—disease problems can occur if you’re not careful.

Waterfalls and Water Walls Waterfalls or water walls can add stunning visual interest to your yard — and there’s nothing like the sound of falling water to help you relax after a long day. Do you prefer a more natural and organic look?

Water cascading down rough stones or slate might be a good option. For added effect, have the waterfall tumble into a whirlpool for a spa-like feel. If you want to install a water feature that provides an unexpected surprise, a stairway fountain is another option.

“Bubblers” Do you prefer a more eclectic, compact look? Re-purpose an item like a bowl or garden pot to give it new life as a “bubbler.” All you need is a pump, some rocks and pool tubing. Birdbaths are another option if you prefer something smaller with little maintenance. You just need to change the water every other day to keep it fresh and safe for the birds that will frequent it. The options are limited only by your imagination.






HELPING YOUR LANDSCAPE THRIVE Owner Alicia Putz started Thrive Landscape Design five years ago. Since then, she has completed hundreds of custom landscape plans for homeowners. These plans include, but are not limited to, new construction homes where the yards are a blank slate and the homeowners are at a loss of what to do with the space. Enjoying a challenge, Alicia also loves to renovate existing yards where tired landscape need refreshing (see above).


Alicia consults with her clients throughout the design process to ensure the plan is done to their specifications. Thrive’s clients get a design they are 100% satisfied with because they have input along the way. The design package includes everything you need to complete the design yourself. You can also hire one of Thrive’s recommended contractors to do the installation.

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Transform Your BackYard inTo a Personal reTreaT BY Tobie HainsTock PhoTos calvin FeHr


his season, why not enjoy the perfect getaway? Escape to the tranquility of the outdoors, featuring exclusive use of the pool and hot tub whenever you choose. Enjoy relaxing in the warm sun with friends and family without having to make costly reservations and book months ahead of time. This season, why not let Sunset Bay Leisure transform your backyard into the lovely retreat you’ve always wanted?

All Weather Pools — the Best of Pools and Hot Tubs Nothing is more refreshing than a relaxing dip in your own backyard pool. Whether getting some exercise, relaxing after a long day or enjoying some fun with family and friends, your All Weather Pool is available for your enjoyment — all year long. Also referred to as “swim spas,” these pools combine the best parts of pools and hot tubs into one.

Because these units are above ground, and no digging or special equipment is required, they are easy to install. The entire model is craned in and filled with water. Simple, attractive and luxurious — you, your family and friends will enjoy your All Weather Pool for years to come. “It also runs very efficiently,” comments Tory Morissette, owner of Sunset Bay Leisure. In many cases your All Weather Pool will cost less than $2 per day to operate.







Choose from a wide variety of pools to suit your lifestyle and needs. The selection includes such models as the Arctic Ocean, which combines a therapeutic hot tub with an endless lap swimming pool. This is the largest unit offered by Arctic Spas, and is very popular for entertaining, keeping fit and spending time with the family. Other available models include the Athabascan, Wolverine, Kingfisher, Juneau, Hudson, the Beauport, and the all-new Okanagan, which features the first-ever swim-up bar.

Hot Tubs Built for Canadian Winters No matter what time of year it is, Canadians love to hot tub. Sunset Bay Leisure offers a complete line of top quality hot tubs. “We’ve been carrying Arctic Spas since opening in 1994,” states Morissette. He explains that they are the only brand specifically built for Canadian climate. “Other brands tend to freeze up during the winter months,” he adds. He notes that all parts and service for Arctic Spa are provided locally. All Arctic Spas are built with the finest materials and most advanced technology to withstand our harsh weather. These luxurious hot tubs are available in sevenfoot, eight-foot and extra-long models — perfect to accommodate your needs. Style, comfort and hours of enjoyment whenever you choose — all in the convenience of your own backyard. Now, this is living!

Stunning and Durable Patio Furniture What’s a backyard getaway unless it’s complete with stunning and durable outdoor furnishings? Sunset Bay Leisure offers an exciting line of patio furniture. North Cape International is one of the leading manufacturers of top-quality resin wicker furniture. Choose from a wide selection of lounge sets, dining sets, tables, storage units and more. Stylish and durable, your North Cape patio furniture will look stunning season after season.

Barbecues, gazebos, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and more — Sunset Bay Leisure has everything you need to turn your backyard into the paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

Impeccable Service, Impressive Delivery Options You can’t be a leader in your field like Sunset Bay Leisure without offering the best in customer service. “We have an incredible staff that’s dedicated to customer satisfaction,” says Morissette. “They are long-term employees who take pride in what they do.” Whether it’s chemical for your hot tub or answering questions, Morissette says their door is open to assist people with whatever they need. “We also offer free delivery service up to 200 kilometres,” he adds.

Don’t miss the Sunset Bay Leisure display at the Regina Spring Home Show, March 27 to 30 at the Brandt Centre. “It’s our biggest display ever!” expresses Morissette. Sunset Bay Leisure is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 3 p.m.

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DIY LANDSCAPING Supplies, Support and Plans in One Location BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK


o, you want to do some landscaping. You know what you want and how you want it to look. You’re even looking forward to doing it yourself. But you just might need a little helpful advice along the way.

But where do you start? You look at your yard and you know what you’d like to see there, but you just don’t know where to begin and what will work out for the best. “Bring in your ideas and we will help you come up with a plan that will work right for your yard,” Stefan says.

purchased as well as step-by-step instructions. “Be sure to check out the online video support featured on our website.” Video instruction can be found at and more advice is provided through hand outs and followup emails that go along with your purchase

With a love for outdoor living, and a combination of more than 35 years experience in the landscaping industry, Sean Stefan and partner Steve Kesslering of The Rusty Shovel offer more than gardening and landscaping supplies. “We offer supplies and support to our customers,” states Stefan.

In most cases, a do-it-yourself project such as this is a one-time-only situation and you want to get it right the first time. Because of the extensive experience of the The Rusty Shovel staff, they are able to pick out trouble spots in the design, or factor in future issues that most people wouldn’t think to consider. “We try to think of the things that you’re not thinking of in order to help carry the project through to completion,” says Stefan.

Offering fast and friendly service is a priority at The Rusty Shovel. According to Stefan, if you bring in your ideas and order your product in the first part of the week, you will have your supplies and instruction by the weekend, if not that same day, depending on the type of project. With their sprinkler systems for example, when you provide a scale drawing of your yard plan, they will put a package together with all the parts you need and provide a copy of your plan that shows exactly where each sprinkler

A lot of customers are coming into The Rusty Shovel planning to do the landscaping themselves to save on labour costs.




He adds that when you visit The Rusty Shovel, you get the products you

should go and what nozzle and fittings are required for each sprinkler. Stefan says they have a great line of landscaping and sprinkler products to choose from when planning your outdoor look. “It’s good to come by and see what we have available to help you through the planning process,” he says. Blu-lock by Hydro-Rain is a popular sprinkler pipe-fitting system featured at The Rusty Shovel. This is a quicker and easier method than traditional pipe fittings because it utilizes push-and-go technology that requires no tools or tightening. Another popular product line is the Aquascape pond and pondless waterfalls. These items come with easy-to-follow instructions which will have your yard looking fantastic in no time. Pond and pondless kits feature Aquascape’s 20 products in 20 steps philosophy, which will help you create beautiful water features without having to guess whether or not it will work when it’s finished. A great looking and functional yard is enjoyable not only for you, but for your friends and neighbours as well. Beautifully landscaped yards equal a beautiful looking city, and everyone enjoys that. For more information about completing your own landscaping or sprinkler installation, call 757.2227, visit them online or drop by at 680 Angus Street. The Rusty Shovel is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Rusty Shovel Landscape Shop 680 Angus Street, Regina 306.757.2227 L–R Sean Stefan and Steve Kesslering












o cheating now! It’s only the final weeks of winter and not a great time to plant just yet; ok, maybe a few things for those of you who are keeners. Iwill offer some tips a bit later in this article for early seed starting and the like. For those of you who are following my travel articles in Fine Lifestyles, you will know that I’m basking in the heat of the Caribbean sun this month, enjoying the lushness of foliage only imagined in Canada. Perhaps you will consider joining me on one of these fantastic excursions one day. The mention of tropical foliage actually twigged a notion for me and that is to incorporate some more unusual plants in my garden this season. Actually, as I travelled around the prairie provinces last summer, I did see some pretty creative use of tropical plants in municipal gardens and street planters. This is the time of the year to do some serious planning for the upcoming garden season, so let’s go with that. First of all do not be frightened by palms; they are much tougher than most give them credit for. Depending on the time of year that you purchase them, their price ranges in the neighbourhood of a large hanging basket of annuals. Naturally, palms are not hardy in mid-western Canada, so they too are considered annuals, unless you have a substantial amount of room in the house or a greenhouse to overwinter them. Perhaps the most commonly found palm is the areca, usually sold in 10- to 14-inch black containers. As with most tropical plants, the growing media is very light, insisting that there is ample water at regular and frequent intervals. The reason the media is so light is that these plants are mass produced in the “deep south” under shade cloths and almost constant irrigation. Force feeding and abundant moisture stimulates rapid growth in a very short period of time and increases the profit margin of the grower also. Keeping this in mind, you may well want to plant the palms into a more moisture-retentive mix, much like Pro-Mix BX. I have had great success using this media accompanied by regular feeding with a soluble plant food.

Other notable tropicals include hibiscus, dipladenia or mandevilla, jasmine and, of course, calla lilies. These characters have become staples in the garden centre “exotic” sections and are actually rather easy to grow. Again, remember to acclimatize these plants as they are sun lovers, but grow fast and furious in shadier exposures. Consider them to be like you taking a sunny vacation in the south, without proper sunblock or gradual exposure to the sunshine: your skin will burn. Now, for the seed sowers in the crowd — as well as the “early birds.” Tomato and green pepper seeds can be started anytime now, with a good date to remember being St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Keeping this in mind, it is indeed time to order your supplies. Crucial to successful germination and healthy seedlings is sterilized media and good air circulation. These two points of

concern are easily attended to if proper equipment is used. Venting the seed beds by simply uncovering the container for a few minutes daily will allow fresh air into the germination area. Some retail germination kits will have a lid for the container with venting capabilities. A good preventative for fungal infections on these seed beds is to dust the surface of the media lightly with baking powder. This abates most of the common fungal issues encountered in a moist, warm and humid condition. Bear in mind that very few seeds require light to germinate, however light is essential in gradual doses after germination as well. Enjoy this time of the year as we prepare for the grand growing season ahead. Best of luck. Ken Beattie is the manager of Habitat Programs with the Canadian Wildlife Federation

Remember that even though these palms come from the sunny south, they have been grown in shade, so they must be acclimated to our sun. Areca palms, as with most palms, will tolerate moderate to deep shade in Canada, but perform best in good light. If you intend to have your planters in full sun, set the containers into progressively stronger light, otherwise the palms will brown terribly. This won’t kill the plant, however, with a short growing season they look a bit “tattered” for a good part of the season. I have used palms as accents in the garden in tall, slender containers as well as planting them directly into my garden. If you plant directly into the garden, amend the soil so that it has oodles of peat moss, compost or other such organic matter; areca as well as other palms just love this addition, and it helps with your watering schedule too.







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