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Several friends of mine are in the process of downsizing as they prepare for a move. After hearing about their experiences, I'm convinced that parting with one's possessions – some to throw away, others to give to friends and some to donate – should be considered an Olympic sport, particularly for people who have lived in their homes for 25 to 35 years. I moved in 2006 and started purging a couple of years later, determined not to have a basement full of “stuff.” A few weeks ago, caught up in my friends' downsizing frenzy, I decided to organize a lifetime of photos and then proceeded to look into some boxes that I hadn't investigated for some time. It was amazing to see that possessions that were important to me even a few years ago now have no part in my life. Although the purging process was exhausting, it was satisfying and I can honestly say I could now pick up and move on a moment's notice. In this issue of Lifestyle, we've featured several stories where change forms a recurring theme. Writer Ellen Ashton-Haiste interviewed a homeowner in north London who wanted to transform her dysfunctional kitchen, fit for only one person, into a roomier version. An extensive renovation succeeded in giving her a practical, contemporary workspace and a larger laundry room. She and her husband even placed a time capsule, containing information about their family and the renovation, in an empty space inside their new kitchen island. We also visited Stone Haven, a beautiful home in Grand Bend. Crafted from Owen Sound ledgerock, each brick chiselled by hand, the home exudes an English cottage aesthetic, complete with landscaped gardens. Looking ahead to fall, we've included our annual auto feature with profiles of seven luxury vehicles that range from the fun-to-drive 2014 Acura MDX to the agile 2014 Lexus IS. And if a renovation is in your plans, you'll want to read our story on the Parade of Renovations, the London Home Builders' Association's annual event. It provides Londoners with a rare opportunity to tour recently renovated homes. This year's event takes place on Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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says Cathy Spencer-Quenneville, business development and sales representative with Stage It With Jennings, a subsidiary of Jennings Furniture and Design in St. Thomas. Stage It With Jennings, launched last March, has several thousand square feet of space in its London warehouse filled with designer furniture, bedding, art, window treatments, and accents to provide quality rental furnishings for a home requiring a decorative touch for the sales market. Above: The living room, with its wood-burning fireplace, is staged as a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the street views. This photo: The bay window in the dining room provides a backdrop for wine accessories.
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It's a concept that Bonnie Pierotti, owner of Bonnie Pierotti Designs, took advantage of when putting a renovated Old North London home on the market this summer. Pierotti took the period home she describes as “a beautiful old home that needed to be modernized, updated,” and gave it a thorough facelift. She had a vision of a family home, contemporary and comfortable, retaining its historical ambiance. The renovation incorporates many upscale features. The
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Above: The decor in the girl's bedroom started with the side chair. Colours from the floral print were used in the accessories and the deep pink feature wall.
To complete the decorating and create the desired atmosphere, Pierotti turned to Spencer-Quenneville and Jennings' owner Renee Carpenter and their warehouse of furnishings and accessories. “It was exciting,” SpencerQuenneville says of working with Pierotti. “It started with a fact-finding mission – what is the vision – and built from there. We were feeding off each other to make that dream vision a reality.” With “family” in mind, Pierotti complemented the second-floor master suite with two children's bedrooms.
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Pierotti also brought outdoor art from her home to embellish the deck and a wooden bench with cushions to make the front porch inviting. A finished attic loft, with an ensuite bathroom, was staged as a cosy den but, Pierotti points out, it could easily have become a guest suite, teenagers' hangout, exercise room or home office. The overall result is a home that's been drawing considerable interest from prospective buyers. It's “beautifully done,” says Jan Lesser, a broker with Sutton Group Realty Services, the listing agency. “The staging makes it feel like home. It adds to the appeal of the property.” Without staging, Pierotti says most people can't perceive a home's potential. “People see better than they think,” Lesser agrees. “A bare bones house doesn't look like a home, so it's smart to stage it. Then people can imagine themselves in the home.” Spencer-Quenneville says research shows that investing in staging nets a I like it. Can we do the “Reduce better sale priceHeat andGain a faster sale. “The and Loss, Eliminate cost is minimalFading in terms of maximizing the returns.” of Furniture & Fixtures, Increase Security, Add Privacy, Increase Stage It WithEnergy Jennings Savings,works Lifetimewith Warranty” .. or something like that...their home builders, who want to make Thanks so much model homes appealing to buyers, and Andrew with homeowners eager to make the best impression. Often it's just a matter of decluttering, Spencer-Quenneville says. “When it's your home, you don't see the clutter.” It's also about “editing and neutralizing,” she adds, explaining that not all buyers are going to appreciate that purple wall the homeowner loves. “Neutral colours are best; let the accessories add the sparkle and the pop.”
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Participating artists will be offering workshops, gallery events, art talks, special discounts, and interactive tours for the public during the two-day event. Visitors will be able to catch a glimpse behind the scenes as ideas come to life and will learn first hand how pottery is crafted, how paintings are created and how artisan jewellery is designed. There will be many opportunities for art lovers to meet with the artists themselves and learn more about their passion for their craft. The Elgin Arts Trail is a program that invites visitors and residents alike to celebrate the finest visual arts attractions that Elgin County has to offer. It takes visitors on a journey to 15 studios and galleries across Elgin County and St. Thomas that feature original paintings, sculptures, glass art, photography, pottery and other hand-crafted items.
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That information is exactly what London homeowners can find at the 23rd annual Parade of Renovations, presented by the Renovators’ Council of the London Home Builders’ Association (LHBA). The event takes place on Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 city homes. “They can see a home renovation, up close and personal,” says Peder Madsen, of CCR Building and Remodeling, this year’s Parade chair. “They can ask questions and meet the renovator who did the work. It’s a good way to get out and meet multiple renovators and see the quality of their work and their individual styles.” September/October, 2013
r e n ovat i o n s o n pa r a d e Adds Lois Langdon, executive officer of the LHBA: “It’s a unique opportunity to get inside a renovated house. Otherwise, unless you know someone (who has done a renovation project) or you’re in one of the trades, you don’t actually get to see that.” The Parade, held during national Renovation Month, is a popular event with London and area residents, Langdon says, noting that 500 to 800 people turn out to tour the homes. “Twenty-three years is a long time to have an event and have it still be successful and interesting,” she says, crediting the Renovators’ Council. “It’s always been a very energetic and engaged committee and it’s maintained its energy over all the years.” And, says Langdon, there is a diverse range of projects offered on the Parade. Visitors are amazed at the transformations, she says. “Generally there are pictures of what it looked like before. Then you step inside and it’s totally different and it’s instantly ‘ooh’
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Below: Millennium Construction and Design used some innovative solutions to create a large open space in this north London kitchen, including bumping out an exterior wall (right), building a shorter wall for a beverage centre (left), and opening access to the adjacent great room.
By Ellen Ashton-Haiste When Ann LaRocque decided to create a new kitchen in her 18year-old north London home, she wanted something contemporary and interesting that spoke to her personality. “I love the change,” LaRocque says as she surveys the bright, open space that replaced the smaller area she describes as “a oneperson kitchen.” She credits Mark Vaandering of Millennium Construction and Design for coming up with solutions to enlarge the room and give it a fresh, modern appeal. “I always try to get a read on the client, to give them something that reflects who they are,” says Vaandering. “And, when this was done, I said to Ann, 'it is really you.'” Three walls were removed and an exterior wall was bumped out 30 inches to accommodate a counter and a six-burner gas stove plus a corner walk-in pantry. The bump out was also extended through to the adjacent laundry room, creating more breathing room in what had been a cramped area.
A double-sided fireplace and a wall with two doorways had separated the former kitchen from the great room. The fireplace was removed – “there are two others in the house, so it wasn't necessary,” LaRocque says – and the wall was replaced with a sixfoot partition creating archways to the great room at either end. On the kitchen side is a beverage centre with cabinets for mugs, glassware and bar supplies and a counter with a narrow trough sink. “That is so handy,” LaRocque says. “When you're making the coffee you don't have to carry water from the main sink. And when I'm entertaining, I fill it with ice.” Vaandering extended the beverage counter a foot beyond the wall at one end to tie the kitchen and great room together. The centrepiece of the kitchen is a two-tiered island, with a higher work area that incorporates a deep sink and a dishwasher, and a lower tabletop for dining. September/October, 2013
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The additional space is a welcome transformation but the details incorporated into the renovation really “make” the room, LaRocque says. She particularly likes the cabinetry of flat-panel birch plywood with a highgloss finish, matched in the integrated panels that conceal the refrigerator. Vaandering kept the cabinets on the outside wall low, topped them with black trim and inserted transom-style windows above to let in natural light. Lighting was important for LaRocque. The upper windows, under-counter lighting, pendants over the island and wall of windows overlooking the backyard deck and pool area all serve to make the space bright. The counters are granite – black with silver and gold veins along the counters that flank the stove and on the beverage centre. Cream granite counters with black veins create contrast on the island and table. LaRocque is also enthusiastic about the new travertine marble flooring with radiant in-floor heating. “I like the fact that it's natural stone,” she says. “And, it's so durable and easy to clean. We have a dog and pool, so we needed something to take the wear and tear.” In fact, she liked the flooring so much that she carried it through the great room and the foyer. The entire renovation took five months and was completed in the summer of 2012. LaRocque is quick to point out the professionalism of the Millennium team. “They were fabulous – trustworthy and respectful. They even looked after the dog.” Jack, an English Labrador, was just a puppy at the time of the renovation. In fact, LaRocque threw the Millennium team a completion party at the end as a thank you. And future owners of the home, who decide to re-renovate the kitchen, will make an exciting discovery. LaRocque and her husband, Jim Simpell, placed a time capsule, containing newspapers, magazines, pictures of the renovation and information about their family, in an empty space inside the island.
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AN ENGLISH COTTAGE AMBIANCE INFUSES THIS GRAND BEND HOME The character of Marje and Ron Overholt's home in St. Joseph, north of Grand Bend, is carved in stone. The exterior is crafted from Owen Sound ledgerock, each brick handchiselled by a team of stonemasons headed by Wes Boddy, an expert in heritage stone. The sills and lintels are polished stone from the same quarry and the outer walls are topped with dentil molding, a clas-sical architecture feature of small, repeating blocks. Stone was also used to create a patio enclosure and a backdrop wall for a garden island in the centre of the circular cobblestone driveway at the front of the home. “I love the stone,” Marje Overholt says. “It's like an old English cottage style but a more modern version.” The 2,650-square-foot bungalow at 33972 Moore Court, off Hwy. 21, is listed with Trudy and Ian Bustard Real Estate for $749,900. The home was built by the Overholts in 2000.
Top: The exterior of the home is hand-cut stone, as is the backdrop for the island in the circular driveway. Left Top: The gas fireplace in the great room is surrounded by a wall of windows overlooking the backyard. Left Centre: The couple designed their kitchen cabinetry, including an oval island with lighted display shelving at either end. Left Bottom: The living room and dining room feature vaulted ceilings and are separated by an archway.
Above: A wall with lights set into the handcut stone encloses the patio.
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Asian aspects of certain “local” dishes. Cooking on the barbe (barbecue) is very popular, whether you choose tender beef, lamb, sausages or scrumptious seafood. Fresh and flavourful, Barramundi (Australian cod) is a local favorite as are lobster and Sydney rock oysters. Wine is a big commodity throughout Australia and some of the world's best whites and reds hail from different regions, especially the New South Wales areas. For whites, sip and savour Chardonnay or Semillon; for red, it is all about Shiraz. The Aussie name for Syrah, Shiraz stuck after Scotsman James Busby, considered the father of Australian wine, brought these grapevine clippings from the Rhone to Australia in 1832. The full-bodied varietal thrived and the country became a large producer of this robust red wine. Enjoy your time down under!
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ith summer holidays fading into the past, all of us are getting back into our regular routines.
For prospective new-home buyers, this might mean exploring new developments and housing styles. In this issue, weâ€™ve included a tour of some of those possibilities, ranging from upscale homes in a private enclave to family homes in new subdivisions, and also communities geared to empty nesters. The locations stretch from Grand Bend through London to Dorchester and Ingersoll. Take the tour with us and enjoy.
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As mid-life baby boomers become mature zoomers, more and more are seeking a home that will allow them to live independently well into their senior years. That’s exactly the philosophy behind Village On The Thames in Dorchester, a development by Barry Wade Homes. The homes, primarily bungalows and one two-storey plan, are accessible for any type of mobility issue. A level access from the garage to the mudroom accommodates walkers, scooters and wheelchairs. “They can also be customized to meet any need or desire of the purchaser,” Wade says. All units have main-floor bedrooms and laundry facilities, eliminating the need for stairs. An open-concept kitchen and great room plus nine-foot ceilings and transoms add to the sense of spaciousness. Purchasers at this stage of life are also looking for more upscale features. The model home showcases several such upgrades including a gas fireplace, granite counters and custom shelving that transforms a hallway from the master bedroom to the ensuite bathroom into a walk-in closet/dressing room. Upgrading to a finished basement can also incorporate a third bedroom, bathroom and office. Village On The Thames is nestled on 35 acres along the Thames River with landscaped gardens and walking trails throughout.
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In Ingersollâ€™s new Harrisview community, the two-storey Ivystone model home is ideal for a busy family, says Suzie Dennis, assistant sales manager for Doug Tarry Homes. The 2,195-square-foot floorplan features a main-floor office, which could also be used as a den, off the foyer. The main hallway leads past the dining room, the powder room and mudroom to an open-concept great room and kitchen at the rear of the home. The kitchen includes a walk-in pantry with glass doors, a granite-topped centre island and a terrace door that opens to a rear deck. On the second floor, an open sitting area overlooks the foyer. The space could be redesigned as a separate room, possibly a craft room, Dennis notes. There are three second-floor bedrooms, including the sizeable master suite, which stretches across the back of the home. It includes a large walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a glassed shower. The second floor also encompasses a main bathroom and a laundry room. The home features hardwood and ceramic flooring, and nine-foot ceilings throughout. It also includes a two-car garage with additional storage. The price, including upgrades, is $400,796. All Doug Tarry homes are built to Energy Star specifications and are solar ready.
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Mc Millan & Co. MEADOWLANDS OF SUNNINGDALE
During the last three decades, Bruce and Dana McMillan and their team of skilled tradespeople and suppliers have built their reputation one customer at a time through relationships of trust and understanding, say the owners of McMillan and Company and Interiors With Dana. â€œWe offer creative assistance in every aspect of decision taking. We include all the time it takes to help make dreams come true,â€? says Bruce McMillan. Working closely with the home purchasers and learning about their lifestyles and their needs leads to the inclusion of details that make a home personal. In fact, the McMillans are detail oriented in all of their architectural designs, adding distinctive characteristics such as timber framing, natural stone and brick masonry exteriors, covered and screened porches and smaller grill decks. These elements are showcased in their model home on Callingham Drive in the Meadowlands of Sunningdale, located between Richmond Street and Wonderland Road. Other highlights there include a walk-in kitchen pantry, a study with a vaulted ceiling and built-in bookcases, and a luxurious master bedroom retreat with an ensuite bathroom that opens to a walk-in closet with a custom storage system. Downstairs, the lower level includes a games room/media centre with a wet bar and a cold room.
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STONEBRIDGE ON SUNNINGDALE
In north London’s Stonebridge on Sunningdale community, Rembrandt Homes is offering a collection of 43 bungalows and two-storey homes. “It’s a lovely area, close to amenities,” says sales representative Christine Davies. Medical facilities, the university, London Aquatic Centre and Masonville’s stores, restaurants and services are nearby. The community also borders the 36-hole Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. The current model home showcases a popular bungalowwith-loft plan. Here, the dining room and kitchen lead to the living room, which has a vaulted ceiling and terrace doors that open to a rear porch. The spacious master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and corner soaker tub. The loft, which overlooks the living room, includes a second bedroom and bathroom. The unfinished basement could accommodate a third bedroom, recreation room and bathroom. The homes in Rembrandt’s Stonebridge collection offer a spacious ambiance. Most have an open-concept design and all have nine-foot ceilings. Main-floor laundry rooms provide added convenience. Standard features include ceramic tile or hardwood flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and foyers, and broadloom carpeting in bedrooms, living and dining rooms. All of the homes are Energy Star qualified. Exteriors feature stone or brick detailing, concrete porches and interlocking stone driveways and walkways.
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Sophistication, combined with the serenity of nature, is the lifestyle blend that Old Oak Communities is offering buyers in its condominium development at Parc Centre. The first phase of this development, off Oxford Street at Beaverbrook Avenue, is Nuvo Condos, a modern four-storey building of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. “We set out to create something special here,” says Greg Bierbaum, president of Old Oak Developments. “Our focus is on developing a unique urban environment, while offering purchasers custom finishes in their condos.” Model suites showcase many upscale features that are standard here. These include nine-foot vaulted ceilings with a selection of tray finishes and coved crown moulding; custom cabinetry and granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms; and choices in hardwood laminate flooring, Italian solid porcelain oversized floor tile and minimum 42-ounce bedroom carpeting. Storage lockers are available with same-floor access. The community also features an urban park with trails and gardens that belie its location just minutes from major commercial and shopping centres, and close to downtown London. Bicycle storage is provided with grade access to a path system. Residents also have access to Parc Centre Place, a recreation facility with a fitness centre, pool and the Sugarcreek Café.
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Nestled on a quiet crescent in the Wickerson Woods neighbourhood, west of Byron, the newest model home by London’s Pine Tree Homes showcases a wealth of features available from the custom builder. The 2,000-square-foot ranch home, one of just five in this private enclave, includes “all the extras,” says builder/developer Fil Abrantes. This includes in-floor heating, granite counters and surround sound throughout. The open-concept kitchen-great room stretches across the rear of the house with a wall of windows opening to a covered patio enclosed with a glass railing. A barrel-vaulted ceiling in the great room is carried out to the patio ceiling. Both the main-floor master bedroom and guest suite feature walk-in closets and ensuite bathrooms. The main level also has a study, a two-piece powder room and a laundry room, which provides access to a two-car tandem garage. The lower level features a home theatre with a motorized roll-down screen, an oversized recreation room, a full bathroom and a third bedroom/ office. A plaster accent wall along one side of the recreation room has glass doors leading to a 12-by-20-foot wine cellar and tasting room. Heated floors in this level are porcelain tile, each one different “to give a natural look,” Abrantes says. The home’s exterior is maintenance-free stone and stucco.
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Southwinds DEER RUN, GRAND BEND
A gracious stone entrance welcomes visitors to the custom model home on Timberwood Trail in Deer Run, a South Winds Development community six kilometres south of Grand Bend. Inside, a wide hallway leads from the foyer to the openconcept kitchen and great room, which overlook a sizeable rear deck and yard, enclosed by mature oak and pine trees. Developer Stacey Graham says the kitchen, with its central island and breakfast bar, walk-in pantry and dining area, is an ideal space for entertaining. The kitchen opens to a comfortable family room, which features a corner fireplace. At the front of the home, the master bedroom incorporates a large walk-in closet and a three-piece ensuite bathroom. Across the hallway, a spacious second bedroom has direct access to the main bathroom. The home features hardwood floors and granite counters throughout, as well as oversized windows that convey an abundance of natural light into the interior. A generous two-car garage offers plenty of storage space. Homes in Deer Run are set on half-acre treed lots. There are several floorplans available or buyers may choose their own builder. The community is located off Hwy. 21, directly across from Pinery Provincial Park, which offers wide sandy beaches and nature trails.
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STATION PARK ALL SUITE HOTEL CONTINUING A TRADITION OF COMFORT IN LONDON By Kym Wolfe Sure, there have been changes at Station Park All Suite Hotel since the inn was purchased by Fortis Properties last October. Most, however, have been behind the scenes away from the public's view, says Lori French, Station Park's sales and marketing manager. With the acquisition of Station Park, Fortis now owns 23 hotels across Canada, six in Ontario. Five of the six Ontario properties, excluding London, are Holiday Inns. Following the recent retirement of Station Park's general manager Randy Pringle, Micheline Murawsky – previously general manager at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge – is now managing Station Park. Still, there are no plans to change the Station Park All Suite Hotel name or brand. Its success as an independently branded hotel has been recognized by Nora Duke, Fortis's president and chief executive officer, who describes Station Park as a “solid performer in the London market, with an established history of providing outstanding guest customer service and support to the local community.” Based on the value of its reputation, expect to see the London property retain its current name and identity. Some visible changes will be apparent in 2014, with an expected $1.5 million in renovations to the lobby and other first-floor space, as well as some of the guest rooms. French says all changes are designed to enhance the property and guest experiences. The majority of Station Park's business comes from corporate and business clientele. The hotel has126 guestrooms, each a two-room suite, and 1,800 square feet of meeting space. Located in the heart of Richmond Row, the hotel is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants as well as some of the city's major entertainment venues.
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THE ANNUAL EVENT BRINGS ARTISANS TOGETHER FROM ACROSS ONTARIO
The Lambton Fall Colour and Craft Festival, to be held Oct. 19 and 20, has been a Lambton Shores autumn tradition for 32 years. “It's always held the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we're one of the earliest shows in the fall season,” says event co-ordinator Gwen Watson. “It's a great opportunity for people to start their Christmas shopping.” The event typically attracts more than 5,000 visitors. One of the attractions for shoppers is the ability to meet the individuals who created the items on display. The show brings together professional crafters and artisans from across Ontario who offer a variety of handcrafted goods, including a large selection of one-of-a-kind items. With more than 90 exhibitors, the festival is spread over two locations, at the Lambton Heritage Museum just south of Grand Bend, and at the Legacy Recreation Centre in nearby Thedford. Visitors will find everything from wrought-iron work, glass art, jewellery, soaps and giftware to clothing, fashion accessories, home décor, farm produce and baked goods. The village of Thedford's Fall Fantasia and the 10th annual Poinsettia Holiday Shopping Tour also run the same weekend. Fall Fantasia features a farmers' market and sidewalk, bake and yard sales along Thedford's Main Street and in the village centre. The Poinsettia Holiday Tour has shoppers follow the poinsettias to a variety of vendors in the Northville/Port Franks area, including a stop at the tearoom operated by the Ausable Port Franks Optimist Club in the community centre. The Lambton Fall Colour and Craft Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children, which provides access to both the Lambton Heritage Museum and Legacy Centre sites on either Saturday or Sunday. Proceeds from the show support activities and programs at the Lambton Heritage Museum. The museum complex consists of two exhibition galleries and seven historic buildings that capture the rich human and natural history of the Lambton County region. September/October, 2013
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2013 LINCOLN MKZ ELEGANT MKZ HERALDS A NEW ERA FOR LINCOLN BRAND Distinctive styling plus advanced technologies and an abundance of amenities set Lincoln's MKZ mid-size luxury sedan apart from its predecessors. Up front, there's a fresh look to the brand's signature split-wing grille while the steeply raked windshield, sweeping roofline and flowing rear end create a sleek, more aerodynamic profile. The elegant interior features a new instrument panel with LCD instrumentation, wood trim, heated front seats and SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, plus innovations such as a push-button gearshift selector. Quietness in the cabin is assured with a standard active noise control system, while Lincoln Drive Control, which integrates engine, transmission, body and chassis systems, delivers a refined ride and engaging dynamics. The MKZ is available with a choice of three powertrains. A 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder is standard, producing 240 horsepower. That output compares with a traditional V6, yet its fuel consumption is an impressive 9.2 litres/100 km in city driving, 5.9 on the highway. If you prefer more power, a 300-horsepower, 3.7-litre V6 is available. Both engines are paired with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with sporty steeringwheel-mounted paddle shifters. Frontwheel drive is standard with either engine, but an all-wheel-drive system is available.
2014 BMW X5 THIRD-GENERATION X5 RAISES THE BAR FOR STYLING, COMFORT, DRIVABILITY The third generation of the BMW X5, the founding model in the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, arrives in mid-November and is expected to set a new benchmark for its class with a fresh body design, spacious interior with luxurious appointments and outstanding versatility, all combining to make this new iteration a superb and efficient driving experience. The exterior is an evolutionary extension of the current X5's design, with the front end dominated by twin circular headlamps that sweep into the signature twin kidney-shaped grille openings. The view from the side accentuates the elegantly stretched profile, highlighted by a character line that flows over the muscular wheel arches and culminates in the taut shape of the X5's tail end. Inside, you'll immediately notice the raised seating position, allowing better visibility. The instrument panel is set low with its horizontal lines extending into the door panels. To increase versatility, the rear seatback is divided into three sections. Each can be folded to increase cargo space, which ranges from 650 to 1,870 litres, depending on the configuration. A third-row seat is available. The X5 will be offered in two trim levels – the X5 35i, with a base price of $62,900, and the X5 50i, starting at $76,500.
2014 bmw 4 SERIES coupÉ SPORTY NEW MID-SIZE MODEL JOINS BMW’S COUPÉ LINEUP There's an addition to the sporty twodoor ranks at BMW with the introduction of the all-new 4 Series Coupé. Arriving this fall in showrooms, this midsize coupe slips into the BMW lineup between the popular 3 Series and the larger, upscale 6 Series and 8 Series models. It will be available in four variants – the 428i and the all-wheel-drive 428i xDrive, both powered by a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, and the 435i and 435i xDrive featuring a 3.0-litre Twin Power Turbo inline six. The 428i Coupé comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed sport automatic is available. The 428i xDrive is offered only with the eightspeed automatic. Standard on both 435i models is either the eight-speed automatic or the six-speed manual gearbox. The 4 Series Coupé is visibly larger in width and wheelbase than its 3 Series sibling, with a silhouette that's longer and lower. Its front end features characteristic BMW design themes, including the double-kidney grille, four round headlights and a large air intake in the front apron. Pricing for the 4 Series Coupé starts at $44,900 for the 428i and $49,000 for the 428i xDrive; the 435i Coupé starts at $54,900 and the 435i xDrive at $55,600.
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The seven-passenger 2014 Acura MDX is built on a new platform that delivers improved ride, more dynamic performance and increased fuel efficiency. This third generation of Acura's luxury SUV is totally redesigned inside as well, with a roomy new cabin layout highlighted by luxurious appointments. Power is supplied by a new, directinjected, 24-valve 3.5-litre i-VTEC V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters to enhance the vehicle's sporty flair. The new MDX, with a variable cylinder management system, has an estimated fuel consumption rating of 11.2 litres/100 kilometres in city driving and 7.7 in highway usage. The MDX's drivetrain includes SHAWD – Acura's Super Handling AllWheel Drive system – with Agile Handling Assist technology. This MDX is more fun to drive, with quicker acceleration, more responsive braking and more precise steering. The vehicle's suspension was tuned on the famous Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany, where it improved the previous model's lap time by eight seconds. Four trim levels will be offered – the well-equipped base MDX, a navigation package, a technology package and the top-of-the-line Elite package. Pricing starts at $49,990, which is a $3,260 reduction from the outgoing model.
Drivers of the 2014 Cadillac SRX midsize luxury crossover will find nighttime driving less challenging – and safer – thanks to the availability of a new headlight system. Intellibeam is now included as part of Cadillac's Driver Awareness Package on the SRX. The system ensures the headlamps are always at the proper intensity without relying on driver input – the sensor automatically switches from high beams to low beams when it detects oncoming traffic. The system is part of numerous advanced safety technologies built into the SRX that utilize radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to help prevent crashes. The roomy, five-passenger SRX is available in a base model plus three option packages: Luxury, Performance and Premium. All models are powered by a direct-injected 3.6-litre V6 that generates 308 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. It is matched with a six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with a driver-selectable Eco feature that alters the shift points for improved fuel efficiency during normal driving conditions. All-wheel drive is available with all but the base model. The system features an electronic limited-slip rear differential, which not only improves traction in slippery road conditions, but also provides side-to-side torque transfer along the rear axle to enhance control during hard cornering.
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f you’re thinking of using MelBarr Design Build for your next renovation project, be prepared to talk about your lifestyle – a lot. That includes how and when you use different rooms in your house, what features are important to you, what you like about your property right now and, for those elements you don’t like, why not? Also, will you stay or are you planning to sell? “I’ll push beyond the aesthetics to look at the functional,” says
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