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The season to spend more time indoors. And as you look around your rooms, visions of renos may dance in your head.

Renovations provide a new look, better function, and a higher market value on your home. If you love your neighbourhood but aren’t so excited about some aspects of your house, maybe it’s time to start thinking about what you could do. This issue, we provide ideas on renovations, including expert advice and features on homes in the Regina area. We’re also excited to introduce new features this month that you will find in every issue. In addition to our Welcoming and Reconnecting With features on members of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, we have added three new features. In Developing Regina, we discuss innovative ideas and issues around Regina’s new developments. In Building a Dream, we feature a new home build. In My Space, we feature the living spaces of experts in the field. We continue to examine various aspects of your home in our upcoming issues. Please also look for us online at www.leaderpost.com/homes/yourehome or at http://reginahomebuilders.com/youre-home/. We hope you feel You’re Home with us. Come on in,

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contents

features

ask an expert

16 developing regina

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28 new home

90 stu's remarks

Streetscapes

Prairie Paradise

44 my space

High on the Hill

48 welcoming Lowe's Canada

50 Reconnecting with Alford Floors & Interiors (1967) Ltd.

76 Dealing with qualified professionals

Renovate with professionals

financial Q & A

Financing a renovation Don't Confuse Greenfield Development with Urban Sprawl

renovations 10 ugly room turns beautiful kitchen Kitchen contest winners

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Worry-free renovations

24 spend to save money and energy Retrofitting

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36 satisfaction of a new space 40

the air you breathe Duct cleaning

54 mother nature plans basement renovation 58

fitting in a bathroom

Bathroom renovations made easy

66 from golden oak to hazelnut Renovating a kitchen

72 the weather outside is frightful Fireplace technology

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let the light shine Replacing windows


contributors editor julie folk

art directors bonnie bird jacquie bumphrey

photography shawn fulton

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vienna di ruscio www.vmdphoto.com

susan hill

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contributing writers renie forster Julie Folk Jodi Gillich tory gillis Tammy McLean Peter Mills Stu NIEbergall

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Ugly Room turns After photos by: Vienna Di Ruscio Before photos by: Jason Christbason

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atalie and Cory Mitchell had a kitchen with character.

Now they have a kitchen that functions and reflects their own personalities and lifestyle of a young, active family. “It’s our dream kitchen,” said Natalie as she stood among the shining cappuccino cherry wood cabinets, with Cory and their two daughters playing in the open living room and dining room space. The Mitchells entered the Ugly Kitchen Contest at the 2011 Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association Spring Home Show in March. A few months later, they received a phone call. Angus Smith, Manager of Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, was sitting in on the other end of the phone call, which was being placed from the RRHBA office. A committee had been formed to decide on the winner of the contest, and it was time to let them know.

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"It's our dream kitchen," said Natalie as she stood among the shining cappuccino cherry wood cabinets…


They loved their home and the area, but were ready for a kitchen that would suit their busy lifestyle.

Beautiful By JULIE FOLK

Kitchen

“Natalie didn’t believe us at all,” said Smith, as it seemed too good to be true for the Mitchells, who had forgotten about entering the contest and described their feelings as shock and terrific surprise. “So I drove over to their place and gave them my card. There were some ugly kitchens (entered), but (the Mitchells) definitely deserved it.”

The Mitchells’ home, built in the 1960s, was panelled with tongue and groove cedar, giving it a cabin feeling, or, as Natalie said, “we lived in a sauna.” They loved their home and the area, but were ready for a kitchen that would suit their busy lifestyle. Val Allen of Kitchen Craft helped design their kitchen, while partners in the contest – Floform Countertops, Alpine Ceramics & Tile, Richardson Lighting and Alford Floors & Interiors (1967) Ltd. – provided materials and professional advice.

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"Love, love, love," said Natalie, "It's beautiful!"

The kitchen is now transformed into a very functional, workable space. The dishwasher was moved from the edge of the kitchen, where when opened it impeded anyone walking up the stairs, to the middle of the room. The sink was transferred to the corner, providing a larger countertop surface. The Mitchells have ample space to prepare food on their butternut rum granite countertops. The microwave, which had been boxed into the pantry, was placed above the stove and the pantry was remodelled into cabinets. “Every square inch that can be used has been utilized in some way,” said Natalie. “Between the fridge and stove, now we have a cupboard with a bit of countertop; I absolutely love the sink in the corner. The function is awesome, and there is so much more room in the cabinets. I can actually reach things now.” “It’s a lot easier,” added Cory. “Two people can be in the kitchen at the same time.” When the Mitchells won the contest, they decided that not only should they renovate their kitchen, but they wanted to transform the rest of their home to match. They began by opening up the kitchen and dining area into the living room, removing a wall. They re-wired, re-insulated, and re-drywalled. The tongue and groove cedar was removed, the wallpaper underneath scraped off, and finally the walls were repainted.

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“Little by little it was redone,” said Natalie. “It’s so nice having it finished.” They worked with Allen on the design of the kitchen. She provided three designs and they customized from there. “You’re making sure it’s going to fit first,” said Smith of any kitchen renovation. “Then the process goes from fit and functionality to a finish phase where you’re designing colours, engaging the flooring, and matching the cabinets and countertop — it’s fun.” The salem door style of the cherry cabinets was matched with the oriental hardware, irresistible phoenix linoleum, lighting, and what Natalie feels really ties the room together – the tile. “The backsplash is my favourite,” she said. “It goes perfectly with

everything else we chose. It has the darks from the cabinet and the lighter tones of the countertop. And the polarized glass just reflects the lights.” Smith said any kitchen renovation should be all about having fun during production. The Mitchells were impressed with how kitchens have changed over the years, and how just one room can greatly enhance a home. A kitchen renovation can be completely customized to your tastes, style, and budget, so Smith encourages people to understand what is available now. “Nothing compares to a new kitchen,” said Smith. “It’s quite rewarding to have so many people walk away very happy.” And as for the Mitchell’s feelings on their kitchen? “Love, love, love,” said Natalie. “It’s beautiful!”

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Stroll through our new park recently named “Green Meadow Park” The Greens on Gardiner, located in southeast Regina, features quality homes built to high energy conservation standards, in a “greener” residential development. Several prestige lots will permit home designs with lower level walkouts and exceptional views. Stay active walking, jogging or bicycling on an extensive system of neighbourhood walking paths and park areas - over 40 acres of green space plus environmental reserve. The Greens on Gardiner has completed Phase One of Green Meadow Park. Phase Two will be completed in 2012. See our rendering come to life. The Greens on Gardiner is a community providing various types of residential housing and offering families from all walks of life the opportunity to live in a diverse, well planned, environmentally friendly community. An environmentally friendly approach to greenspace. Several strategies are in place for surface water and greenspace management:

Installation of high-efficiency irrigation systems throughout the development. Park space used to manage stormwater runoff from roads and concrete sidewalks. Landscape design that incorporates environmentallysustainable practices, such as use of drought-tolerant turf and plants, planting of shade trees along 50 per cent of sidewalks, patios and driveways, and permeable paving wherever possible.

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The city of Regina is growing. And while our population and land area expands, so do ideas and progress as Regina developers draw on concepts of the past as well as move to inspirations of the future.

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We talked to the developers of our new communities about the look of their streets and what residents can expect when they drive into Regina’s newest neighbourhoods. We discuss their streetscapes – and what does streetscape really mean? It is the landscaping, sidewalks, lighting, safety, visibility, and the intangible feeling of entering a neighbourhood.

Sidewalks Walk through many of Regina’s existing neighbourhoods that were developed in the 1950s. A common theme is a sidewalk separated from the street by green space. This idea is returning in many new developments, as it provides pedestrian safety, enhances the streetscape, and offers space for snow removal. “The sidewalks are widened,” said Lorne Yagelniski of Yagar Developments Inc., developer of The Greens on Gardiner in east Regina. “We’ve got an eight-footwide sidewalk and a nice landscaped strip between the sidewalk and the curb so it creates a nice, relaxed look with room for people to walk by on the on-street greenways, and that in itself adds a real nice characteristic of the street.”


The separated sidewalks, as opposed to a sidewalk attached to the curb, allow space for trees such as American elm, in addition to a variety of lighting. The traditional cobra lights are often being replaced by more appealing lamp posts, which fall between trees on the street. While this is done at an additional cost to the builder, it also provides a friendlier feel. “It just creates a finish,� said Kevin Reese of Karina Developments Ltd., who has developed Maple Ridge, The Creeks, and is beginning Hawkstone. Sometimes there is confusion on who is responsible for the landscaped area between the sidewalk and the street. While the land is City of Regina property, it is helpful to have homeowners provide additional care for the area. In fact, on properties without separated sidewalks, there is an area of property next to the sidewalk that is property of the City, but is incorporated into the landscaped front yard of the homeowner.

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The separated sidewalk primarily provides a barrier between pedestrians and traffic, creating a safer community.

Street Design In a community, roads are used by more than just vehicles. Bicycles, skateboarders, rollerbladers and pedestrians all use the road. For example, Woodland Grove Drive in east Regina is going to be widened by

The Greens on Gardiner, with an additional lane strictly for bicycles and people. The streets need to be safe for everyone involved. In Harbour Landing, Dundee Developments is incorporating an idea that has not previously been used in Regina design. “What we’ve done is flared out the

corners,” said Paul Moroz, Land Development Manager at Dundee, in describing the roads of future phases. “What it does is makes for easier pedestrian connections so you have a shorter distance to cross the street. It also designates the parking lanes a bit better, into what we call a slot... It encourages pedestrian activity, and will slow the traffic because the road is a bit tighter. The intention is to balance the walking and the parking and the driving.” All developers are considering vehicles and pedestrians, in addition to planning for future maintenance, such as snow removal. The planning of a community is also beginning to change. Often houses now front the areas such as parks and school yards instead of only backing onto them, which creates a safer green space as there is more visibility towards it. “We’re trying to have houses facing the park,” said Moroz. “You get a really nice streetscape and people are more inclined to use the space.”

Walkability Sidewalks lead to the walkability of a community. New developments are being designed so that walking is encouraged for residents. Access to greenery, park space, and City pathways are incorporated into the initial planning. w w w . c o a s t a p p l i a n c e s . c o m

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unattached back garages connected to a back lane. This eliminates the need for driveways, providing a safer street to walk on.

Moroz of single family homes, condos, and apartment buildings in the same community. “It’s creating a really nice looking streetscape.”

“Walking down the street, you’re walking down a very pleasant walkway, with the experience of being safe,” said Yagelniski. “We’re trying to make those experiences as best as possible.”

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Every development has unique characteristics that provide a distinct feeling when entering the community. Sometimes it’s hard to know what it is –

is it because of the islands that provide additional greenery and traffic control? Or is it the secondary address numbers lit up in the front yard? Or the green spaces surrounding the build? Whatever it is, when driving in, a new community is designed for a comfortable, friendly feeling – whether you’re just visiting or calling it home.

A street is a puzzle made up of many pieces – the houses that front it. Most new areas have architectural guidelines to create a harmonious look to the community. “They’re not hard rules, and we’re not trying to take away people’s creative license to design their home; we’re trying to have some consistency in the way the houses look,” said Reese. “We’re trying to encourage different housing designs that will have, what I would call, nicer street appeal.” Homes are being built around garages, with the garage recessed into the build, so the front entrance becomes more prominent. There is also a product mix in most developments now due to affordability – there are more options for a wider range of budgets. “With a nice product mix you’re starting to see different types of development,” said

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RenoMark

TM By Julie folk

Renovating. The word stirs a variety of feelings in different people. For some, it is excitement. For others, it’s anxiety. Anxiety, however, can be erased by working with a credible professional. It makes life through renovating much easier and worry-free. Renovations are completed for a variety of reasons, including improving the aesthetics and function of the home, and adding to the market value. The Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association can help make the process easier. They have made available the RenoGuide, which will take you through the five steps of a successful renovation. They also have RenoMarkTM, which identifies experienced Renovation Contractors who have agreed to the RRHBA Code of Ethics, and a renovation specific Code of Conduct. By working with a member of RenoMarkTM, you can rest assured that the business provides warranties, is focused on customer service, and is diligent about their work and your project. RenoMarkTM members believe in professionalism, information,

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and education. They are a vital part of the renovating industry network and are legitimate businesses, causing no worries about “fly-by-night” operations. They offer expert advice and take care of all details of a renovation. Most importantly, they make things easy for you, the homeowner. The RRHBA is committed to guiding homeowners in both renovations and new builds. They provide a wealth of information on renovation. The RRHBA’s Five Steps to a Worry-Free Renovation or Addition: 1 – Carefully plan your project. Understand what your project will include, and talk to the necessary professionals. The contractors can provide advice on planning and pricing, in addition to municipal approvals. Also decide on how you will live during the project. Realistically, how long will the renovation take? Will you have to relocate, or function differently in your home? And don’t forget your neighbours and clean-up. Talk to your neighbours, and ensure the contractors clean up the site at the end of each day.


2 – Select a RenoMarkTM renovator. As mentioned above, a qualified professional is the key to a successful project. To select the right contractor, ask the renovator about their experience with similar projects. Also ask for references, in order to talk to people who have worked with the contractor. Many renovators have designers to help in the planning, or will work with designers to ensure the project meets your expectations before you start. At the beginning of the project, make sure you are on the same page with the renovator – do you agree with initial drawings, materials, workmanship, price, and timing? Also talk to your renovator about tradespeople to work with for various elements of the renovation. 3 – Have a written contract. When you agree upon drawings, pricing, and timing and are ready to commit, sign a contract with the renovator. Include the price, payment schedule, timetable, and instructions on protecting areas in the home that are not part of the reno. Now is the time to resolve any issues, rather than during construction. If the renovator won’t work with a contract or does not want to pay GST, find someone else – go back to Step 2. 4 – Check on progress. More than likely, you will be living around the renovation or have ample opportunity to watch the reno occur. If you have questions or desire changes, talk to your renovator as soon as possible. Also be aware that if you request changes or additional work during the renovation, it will most likely cost extra time and money. If you do make changes, sign a change order to the contract with your renovator.

• Carry applicable licenses and permits. • Maintain a professional level of knowledge of current building codes, permit procedures, and technical skills through continuing education. • Maintain a safe and organized worksite. • Return phone calls within two business days. Regina RenoMarkTM Renovators include: • Armada Construction Corporation • Bar T Construction & Pre-Stainer Ltd. • Chippers Contracting Ltd. • Doing It Right Construction • Fenk Construction Ltd. • Fix Building Products • Home Solutions • HYBRID Construction • Innovation Renovation & Roofing Inc. • J & C Custom Cabinets Ltd. • P.B. Custom Cabinets Renovations & Millworks • Regina Window & Exteriors • Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations Ltd. • Trithart Homes For more information, visit www.reginahomebuilders.com or www.renomark.ca.

5 – Discuss your concerns. As with Step 4, if anything concerns you during the renovation, talk to your contractor as soon as possible. If the quality of work or timetable is not being met, discuss with your renovator on how to resolve these issues. RenoMarkTM Renovators agree to the following standards: •B  e a member in good standing of the Regina & Region Home Builders' Association (RRHBA). • Abide by the RRHBA Code Of Ethics. •P  rovide a detailed, written contract/ scope of work for all jobs. •O  ffer a minimum two-year warranty on all work (excludes minor home repair). •C  arry a minimum of $2 million liability insurance. •H  ave coverage for workplace safety and employers' liability and/or work only with subcontractors who carry such coverage.

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a year before she discovered her dream location. Now, she can cook supper, entertain friends, and drink coffee on her spacious balcony with the view of the park that has meant so much to her throughout her life. Watching sunrises and sunsets, Cheryl realizes her happiness is at Evans Court, with friendly neighbours and literally a family who has been a part of the entire process of moving in. Merna, Bruce and Matt Evans are hands-on with each member of their community. Ramsgate Hall features six spectacular floor plans, from 1,115 to 1,563 square feet. The 36-unit apartment condominium complex is integrated into the development of Evans Court, also featuring Birkshire town homes and single family homes. Contact the Evans Development Group to learn what Evans Court is all about – and how it can fit your lifestyle.

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Spend to save

Money and Energy By Tory GIllis

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laine Vachon of Regina said it’s easy being green. Three years ago, she and her husband took stock of their home’s energy efficiency right before they started renovations.

before “We knew (we had) an older furnace, and we had been told by someone who came to look at it that we may have to replace it in the near future. And our house is a little bit older – it was built in 1958, I believe – so we just had really old windows... everything was just kind of old, so we wanted to do some upgrading.” The couple heard about federal and provincial incentives that help energy-conscious remodelers pay for their home improvements. Vachon said it was an easy decision to join the program. “If I’m going to replace my furnace, I’m going to get some money back for it. Who could pass that up?”

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She contacted a local property inspection company for an energy evaluation, which she said was “really eye opening.” “They did a little test on how air-tight our house was – and ours was not at all…They give you a really detailed description

after of where you’re at, and where you could be,” she said. “We actually had two windows done in our house before we got (the evaluation). So (the evaluator) went to one of the new windows… and you could see the draft blowing.” Vachon said she wasn’t surprised to learn she had a drafty house, but she didn’t expect some of the problem areas. “They even showed us how the air was blowing through the electrical outlets,” Vachon explained. “In our bedroom, they held a piece of paper up and the paper would blow away from the wall. Even on the interior walls, they showed us how the air was seeping in.”


Celine Novak of AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service said customers can still book energy evaluations while grants are in place. Saskatchewan’s EnerGuide for Houses program (SEGH) is set to close in October 2013, while the Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes program ends in March 2012. Novak said their specialized audits are booking a few weeks in advance, but they only take one to two hours to complete. She said it’s not just for people who want to reduce their environmental impact, because it also helps with energy bills.

Vachon said she wasn't surprised to learn she had a drafty house, but she didn't expect some of the problem areas.

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Vachon said her evaluator made the process simple. They were presented with an energy rating and a list of what they could do to fulfill the grants’ requirements. She appreciated especially that they filled and filed the grant paperwork for her. They also received reminders from AmeriSpec telling them how much time was left, and they could call their evaluator for advice along the way. Applicants had 18 months from the first evaluation to complete their work, but the Vachons finished with three months to spare. “We replaced the furnace, upgraded windows, insulated the basement and attic, installed low-flow toilets, energy bulbs, and all the caulking they suggested,” she explained. You’re home  Winter 2011  25


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Money and Energy

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After putting a total of $9600 into their 900 square foot raised bungalow, they received $4,280 in rebates. “We got more money than we really thought we would,” she said. “I tell all my friends about it. Because if you’re doing any upgrades, do it that way. You’re going to benefit from it and you’re going to get some money back.” Rebates aside, Vachon wanted to find out how much of a real difference the retrofits made for her budget. So she asked for her SaskEnergy bills for the three years prior to her 2008 renovations, and the three years after the work was complete. “When we were done, I was curious to know whether we were really saving any money, because at first I didn’t see much of a change to our energy bill,” she said. But the energy usage rates from before their upgrades averaged around double their present usage. “So if we hadn’t done any of that stuff, I’d probably be paying a lot of money to SaskEnergy right now.”

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after Novak said many homeowners are shocked by how much their home loses energy, and the short evaluation can save a lot of money in the long run. Evaluations make it easier for homeowners to obtain the maximum reimbursement. People who follow the prescribed upgrades like Vachon can make their renovation dollars last. Any home or residential building can receive up to $10,000 in total rebates or up to $5,000 in rebates per government. Vachon said the money was a bonus after she eased her furnace worries. “It may have ran for many more years, but we just didn’t want to take the chance and we didn’t know when another grant would be available.”


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arla, Nathan and Zachary Serbu have certainly found their oasis – in the middle of the prairies.

When they moved from their home in Edenwold to Balgonie, they wanted to find a home they would live in forever; one that would be a place where all three of them could feel comfortable while at the same time guests would feel welcome and invited. “I just wanted really clean lines and a warm and cozy and inviting home where people felt comfortable,” said Carla. “I think we achieved that because people sit here and say, ‘I love it.’ There is nothing I would change or do over again. I just love everything.” The front entrance of the home is spacious and can handle crowds and shoes when the Serbus are entertaining. The foyer then opens

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up into a beautiful great room, backdropped by a prairie landscape that stretches into the distance through a large bay window. The kitchen, living and dining areas are softened by the vellum yellow walls and accented by cappuccino maple cabinets and the natural maple, cashmere finished hardwood. Flowers and pieces on the wall add punches of colour throughout the room, with the fireplace providing cosiness and warmth. Comfortable furniture from Alford’s compliments the space. “We really knew what we wanted,” said Carla, who decorated the space herself. “We had an idea of how much square footage we wanted in each room.”

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Carla, Nathan and Zachary Serbu have certainly found their oasis in the middle of the prairies. community, their son Zachary, now 12 years old, had to attend school in Balgonie as the Edenwold school is Kindergarten to Grade 6. They decided it was time for a change and looked to Balgonie, which resembles a sister community to Edenwold.

They still have the small-town feeling, with a few more amenities.

They also knew they wanted to build with Ripplinger Homes, who had built many houses in the area. Together with Ripplinger, they purchased the lot and began the design. The ground was dug in July of 2010, and one year less a week later they moved into their dream home. The Serbus had a list of wants and needs that they were able to incorporate into the home as it was a custom build.

The kitchen was a priority for cooking and entertaining, and so the cabinets and large granite-topped island were designed. The master bedroom was built to be spacious as the Serbus didn’t have a need for a third bedroom on the main floor. Downstairs in

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the walk-out basement, there is also a game room for Zachary in addition to a large entertainment unit. “We really wanted to make sure all the floor space was useful and utilized as much as possible, and I think we achieved that,” said Carla. “We were here for every single step – how we wanted the closet built, the light switches placed.” Ripplinger also made helpful suggestions along the way, such as installing a sink in the laundry room – Carla said she uses it every day. The basement is the entertainment centre of the house. In addition to the 65-inch television, the bar in the corner, complete with granite countertops, provides the perfect space to have company, while the homestead green walls are inviting. "We chose to have in-floor heat rather than a second fireplace downstairs, which added to the warmth and cosiness in the winter months," said Nathan.


The entertainment continues throughout the home, as Audio Warehouse designed an audio system with speakers in all rooms in addition to the deck. The backyard and back deck were also key features of the home, which the Serbus took great advantage of during a beautiful 2011 summer. “Their deck is really nice and spacious, with a patio underneath,” said Leanne Ripplinger of Ripplinger Homes. “There is also a glass railing, which makes it nice and open when you have that prairie.” Ripplinger Homes has built many homes in Balgonie in the past. Almost all aspects of the build are similar to a house within the city, however they are often larger as wider lots are available. When the build is customized like the Serbus, they work closely with the clients to ensure all the wishes and needs are looked after. “One of the nice features I really like about their house is their front entrance,” said Ripplinger. “I find it nice and open with the storage compartment and access to the garage. It’s a nice, open, inviting entrance.” Other features were specifically designed for the Serbus, including the large basement entertainment unit and the makeup counter in the bathroom. “The fact that their house is a walkout is really nice, and the built-in basement bar and entertainment unit worked really well for their lifestyle,” added Ripplinger. Now that they are completely moved in, the Serbus are looking forward to continuing to acquaint themselves and enjoy the home they plan to live in for the rest of their lives.

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Paying cash Generally acknowledged as the least expensive way to finance most purchases, paying cash allows you full use of your future income, freeing you from monthly payments and interest charges. Be sure not to use up all your cash reserves to finance your project as you may need cash to cover unexpected expenses or handle contingencies. Carefully consider all your options before deciding to pay cash.

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Using your credit card to purchase materials is a convenient way to pay for projects you do yourself. If you use your card and pay your account in full each month by the due date, you’ll have the benefit of a short-term, interest-free loan.

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A line of credit is typically extended by a financial institution that offers immediate access to some or all of a pre-determined amount of cash when you wish to use it. A line of credit is well suited to projects which proceed in stages, and where you do not require all your financing up front. A line of credit may be secured or unsecured. Interest rates on a secured line of credit are generally the lowest of any type of personal credit. Interest is charged from the date of the purchase and you only pay interest on the portion of the credit that is outstanding. Most lines of credit require that a minimum payment — equal to the amount of interest owing plus a small percentage, approximately one percent to three percent of the balance — be paid each month. Otherwise, repayment terms are usually very flexible, allowing you to make lump-sum payments at any time. Most lines of credit are subject to a regular review by the financial institution (usually annually). 34  You’re home  Winter 2011

Personal loan Personal loans allow you to borrow a specified sum of money to be repaid over a predetermined time period. Interest rates are generally higher than on a secured or unsecured line of credit, but less than those charged on credit cards. The interest rate may be fixed (rate remains constant for the full repayment period) or variable (rate floats with the prime rate). You can generally repay all or part of the outstanding loan at any time without penalty.

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Very similar in nature to a personal loan, a home improvement loan is an installment loan, extended by a financial institution or other body or agency, with monthly payments calculated over a specified period of time. Often subsidized by the government, terms may be attractive, if you qualify. Check with your municipal building department to ask about any home improvement loans that are available in your area.

increasing your mortgage If you have equity established in your home — the current market value of your home is more than what you owe on it — you may be able to remortgage your home and borrow additional funds for your renovations. Sometimes referred to as “add-on financing,” you can generally borrow an additional amount that brings the total borrowing against your home up to a maximum of 80 percent of the current value of the home (or up to 85 percent if default insured, in which case mortgage default insurance is required and a mortgage default insurance premium will apply).

The current mortgage interest rate charged on your new addon financing may differ from your existing mortgage rate. If this is the case, then interest rates will be weighted and your new monthly mortgage payment will reflect the “blended” rate. You may incur out-of-pocket expenses to obtain and register the new mortgage and for an up-to-date appraisal/property valuation of your home. These costs can vary depending on where your home is located and where your mortgage is registered. If the equity take-out includes the improved value of the renovations, or if the equity take-out is 25 percent or more of the current market value prior to renovations, then the renovations are deemed to be major. Major renovations are to be financed under a construction mortgage program. Your financial institution will provide you with full details.


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"It's very satisfying to see the difference," Bandorf said. "Customer satisfaction is the bottom line." A customer must know what they want before committing to a renovation. They should discuss it with a professional renovator to determine what is plausible. Some houses pose different challenges than others.

depending on how much furniture they have – you have to have it emptied out,” he said. “One of the more popular things now is to rent those big storage containers that you’re seeing being dropped off.”

“Whether it’s a basement development or a bathroom reno, it’s nice to have a want and wish list and then we sit down with the customers and say, ‘Well, this is feasible or this isn’t feasible,’” he said. “I will also do a layout ... and I can show the customers all the different toys that are available, if you want to call it that. Some of the stuff that is available out there for the cabinetry is phenomenal. Everything from pull-down shelving... the accessories that are available now for cabinetry is amazing.”

P.B. is primarily doing custom cabinetry, something Bandorf said intimidates some customers before committing to a renovation.

He said a lot of customers, regardless of their age, are adding more features to their cabinets than in the past. Older kitchens, for example, have everything on lower cabinets with a fixed or adjustable shelf. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re 30 or 80 – we’re getting tired of crawling on our hands and knees and digging stuff out,” he said. “I always have been designing all of my cabinets, especially the lowers, with roll-outs. Everything is roll-outs for accessibility.” One thing Bandorf reminds his clients is that not everything is initially possible. Older homes, for example, require additional, perhaps unanticipated, maintenance. “One of the issues that you run into is lack of power,” he said. “The older homes have the smaller panels and we’ve had to put in a full new panel. Especially when you’re starting to get into wanting a full bathroom, or you want central air.” Before a renovation begins, Bandorf said there is really only one thing a homeowner needs to do – clean. “Really the only thing the homeowner has to take care of is – 38  You’re home  Winter 2011

“As soon as someone thinks about custom, right away people think, ‘It’s going to be an exorbitant price,’” he said. “And no it’s not because we design the cabinets whether it’s custom closet designs, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, or wall units ... I can’t justify charging a huge difference.” Every design can hit a snag or have extra space. Bandorf said he can make customers happy with extra space with pretty much any home because he does the custom design. “There are some design reasons why you have to have fillers, but they don’t have to be the big unsightly things that we’re used to seeing,” he said. “We’re always just finding new ways to make the best use of the space.” P.B. specializes in cabinetry, but they also do renovations for every room in the house. “We are working on a full basement development right now and it’s turning out fabulous,” he said. “The customers are just ecstatic. It’s an older home and basically we gutted the entire basement and went from there.” Bandorf emphasized the importance of knowing what you want before the renovation begins, but he also said some great ideas can come spontaneously – like a flat screen TV in the bathroom he installed in one of his projects. The homeowners can watch television from their jet tub.


Working with other people and contractors is often an essential part of renovating a room. Bandorf said it’s up to the customers to decide how they want jobs to be divided up. “The homeowner might have a contractor already that they know and want to deal with,” he said. “So they can deal with all of that and we will work with them. Or we can take on the entire project. We have plumbers, electricians, drywallers that we work with and then afterwards we do the finishing. “We’re doing all renovations. Not full structural add-ons, but things like full basement developments.”

The suspense during a renovation can be exciting, agonizing and frustrating. “Patience is a virtue,” he said. “Depending on what’s involved, I mean you’re into it for three months probably – it’s not a quick process. The time element has a lot to do with what is involved in the development itself. Are we just doing a basic rumpus room and that’s it? That can go fairly quickly. When we’re getting into a full, 1,200 square foot basement – it’s not a weekend project by any means.”

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he countertops glisten, the hardwood shines, and the carpet is dust-free.

The house is neat, tidy, and polished – but what about the air circulating through it?

An often overlooked aspect of maintenance in the home is a vital component as it directly affects your health and the air you breathe – the cleaning of the ducts that circulate the air throughout the home. A very important time to have the ducts cleaned is after a renovation or new home build, said Dennis Moscaliuk, owner of Klean King Vac Ltd. “What ends up happening is they do the cutting, the drywall, sand the walls and do demolition, breaking off drywall and having the dust floating in the air,” said Moscaliuk. “The builders are (cleaning the ducts) because CMHC (Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation) did a study a few years ago and recommended the ducts be cleaned because of the drywall dust, the sawdust, and how it affects the respiratory system. Drywall has lime in it, and it can dry out the air pockets in the lungs and cause respiratory issues.” While after a build or renovation is one of the most important times to have the ducts cleaned, it is also important to ensure the entire system – ducts and furnace – is properly maintained on a regular basis. Moscaliuk recommends having the system cleaned at least once every four years – possibly more frequently. “It all depends on your lifestyle,” said Moscaliuk. “If you smoke in your home, if you have pets, if you have young children or elderly, if you have any kind of respiratory issue like asthma or emphysema, it should be done every two years. If you don’t have any of those, every three or four years is fine.”

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Over time, ducts become a place for dust mites, mold, dead skin, hair, allergens, and contaminates, all of which will affect health if not properly cleaned out. Often items are stuck in the ducts, such as children’s toys, clothing, rodents and nests, and other debris. It can also affect energy efficiency in the home.

become repeat clients. “We never hesitate to show people how dirty their system is before we start and what it looks like after it’s clean. Once they see what they’re breathing and what potentially could be harmful, they become regulars.”

“Your whole system has to be cleaned to be efficient and effective,” said Moscaliuk, adding that first-time customers typically

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Duct cleaning effectively cleans your system, but it’s also important to keep the house clean to prevent the ducts from becoming dirty again. Part of the duct system is the furnace itself. The furnace, used of course for heating the home, is also used as the air conditioning system. If the furnace or the coil becomes grimy, the air flow is reduced and the cost of heating your home increases. A duct cleaning company cleans the entire system to keep it running smoothly.

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estled into the prairie landscape at Buffalo Pound Lake is a cabin.

While it was recently built, it looks like it has been sitting in its natural habitat

for years. The design of the cabin has been ongoing in the mind of John Robinson since he and his wife Janet bought land near the lake in Valley View seven years ago. “The house is a simple form,” said Robinson, owner of Robinson Residential Design Inc. “It recedes into the landscape, which is how we wanted it to.” After years of camping on the land, the Robinsons decided to go ahead and build the cottage which John had been dreaming of. Two and a half years ago, their cottage took shape. While the design was years in the making, the actual build came together much more quickly. “I used to work on all of the Habitat builds,” said Robinson, who is now on the Board of Habitat for Humanity. “It was the most fun five days of the year. I’ve built things but never been able to match that. My original thought was, let’s do a blitz build in five days, invite all of our friends, and have a big party. We decided on three days so it was easier for people to make it.” Over the three days, 150 people – coworkers, friends, neighbours, and others who were interested in the construction – helped assemble the cabin in what resembled a barn-raising from Saskatchewan’s earliest farmers. “When you build a house like this, along with it goes community because you work together for three days,” said Robinson. “That’s what I wanted to get, that bonding you get from working on projects together.”

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High on the hill Photography by Vienna Di Ruscio

The Robinsons carefully co-ordinated the build prior to the scheduled three days. All of the volunteers provided information on their availability and expertise, allowing Janet to schedule each worker throughout the construction. By the time day 3 was complete, 95 percent of the cabin was finished. The next day the millwork was completed in the morning as people began to tour the freshly built home. A walk up the hill through the yard begins a visit to the cottage. Robinson has spent the last two years landscaping the yard – by returning to its original growth. Robinson planted native grass, white spruce, and white fir as the natural landscape has grown back around the cottage. Wooden planters for garden vegetables hold up the hill, while the fire pit is built of timbers, reclaimed bricks, and grey concrete squares. The pit itself is made of a steel wheel tractor rim.

The door opens into the intimate first floor, featuring three bedrooms and a bathroom. “We wanted the downstairs to be cosy and enclosed, while the upstairs is really open,” said Robinson. “When you come in here on a winter’s day, it feels warm and like a little cabin in the woods.” The pine walls and fir woodwork provide a comfortable atmosphere in each of the three bedrooms. The walls are decorated in paintings created by Robinson’s aunt 50 years ago, and a large, crafted painting of a scrabble board with the name of every person who helped in the build.

While it was recently built, it looks like it has been sitting in its natural habitat for years.

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The bathroom features a steam shower, which adds to the energy efficiency of the home. Before heading upstairs, the crawl space of the cottage is one that is actually worth seeing, as it features many of the green elements of the Robinsons’ getaway. “This is the rain water harvesting system, which is a filtering system for roof water,” said Robinson. “We have an HRV (heat recovering ventilation), and we have no furnace or fireplace or wood stove. I love it. It’s heating and cooling.” The walls and roof are SIP (structural insulated panel) building material, providing air tightness and an R-value. The attic is heated – it’s vented and part of the interior envelope. The carpets have 25 percent recycled content, the flooring that looks like linoleum is actually marmoleum, which is made of rubber linseed oil, and the lights are LED or compact fluorescents. The hardwood flooring is hand-scraped maple, which has an interesting history. “It’s scraped and put together in a prison in Louisiana,” said Robinson. “The prisoners hand-scrape them all and beat up the boards. If you turn over the board, there’s a number on it in felt pen; that’s the inmate’s number. They take real pride in their work.”

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Walking up the stairs, the abundance of windows is apparent by the amount of light. When turning around the corner of the stairwell the view – on all four sides of the room – is breathtaking. Buffalo Pound Lake stretches to the horizon in each direction. Turning 180 degrees, the prairie woods are right outside the window, as trees surround the home and the prairie grasses run up and over the hill to a copse of trees in the skyline. The Robinsons often receive visits from deer attempting to taste their landscaping. “It’s an incredible site,” said Robinson. “We have the lake on one side, and the view of the hills and the trees in the back. I just love it.” In the summer, the overhang prevents the upstairs room from overheating while welcoming the brightness of the sunlight. In the winter, the angle of the sun allows the light to warm the room. “It’s totally different from any other house I’ve ever designed, because of the windows,” said Robinson. “We didn’t put any bedrooms on the top floor because we didn’t want any partitions. I wanted (it so that) wherever you’re standing to be able to see in all four directions.”

The furniture of the upper floor is simple; the table and chairs fit perfectly into the dining area even though the Robinsons found them at a garage sale for only $50. The area rug was formed by the carpet installers – they took a piece of leftover carpet from the bottom floor and bound the edges to create the unique living area rug. The black granite that accents the kitchen was actually a piece Robinson hadn’t planned on, but it worked well in the room. It is also part of the green build, as granite lasts forever.

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The upright piano in the corner is a player piano, which the Robinsons enjoy. For them, the cottage is about outdoors, family and friendships. It’s where they visit with neighbours, entertain friends, and spend their family Christmases.. It’s where they come to get away from it all. And yet they find that in the middle of Saskatchewan’s nature, is where they really want to be.

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The walls require little adornment as the view provides all the decoration necessary. In the corner hanging are the few items that are a testament to Robinson’s background, as he has framed and hung his grandfather’s carpenter’s tools. His grandfather died in 1914. Robinson felt that because his grandfather was a carpenter, he’d be impressed with the carpentry that built the cabin.

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It’s a home improvement warehouse well-known throughout North America, where the do-it-yourselfer, contractor, or any homeowner can spend hours browsing through the 21 different types of products. And yet before Lowe’s Canada even moved in, they were aware of the benefits of membership with the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, and became a part of the organization for a variety of goals. “The reason behind (joining) was being able to network with a group of folks who are going to be our customers and relate to them,” said Cheryl Ginter, Store Manager of Lowe’s in Regina. “We want to be sure we meet their needs.”

By Julie Folk and the sharing of information to be excellent. Lowe’s has also found the Membership Directory very useful as they often work with fellow members. Lowe’s prides themselves on availability of products in addition to customer service. They cater to both homeowners as well as commercial clients. In addition to the 27,000 products in store, if customers cannot find what they need on the shelves, special order catalogues with over 200,000 additional products are available. “One of the things we offer is call buttons,” said Ginter. “You push the button, and automatically a page goes out saying, ‘Help is required at Ceiling Tile,’ for example. This signals our associates and we respond

to those buttons in a very timely manner.” Lowe’s is also committed to Habitat for Humanity. They work with the organization throughout North America, and here in Regina they recently donated $15,000 to the Women’s Build that was just completed. They also donate materials, and are looking forward to committing labour time as well as instructional sessions to future builds. “It was nice to partner together with (Habitat for Humanity) and other business members,” said Ginter. They are now looking forward to growing with the Regina community and fellow members of the RRHBA.

Ginter appreciates the opportunity to meet other members of the RRHBA, discuss business, and build a positive relationship and rapport to become an integral part of the community. “There are members who have been around for 50 years, and (they) have knowledge you can work together with,” added Ginter. To join the RRHBA, a prospective member enlists sponsorship from other members of the Association. The first year is a trial, as the other businesses have an opportunity to evaluate the new affiliate. “That’s important because it lends to that credibility of a membership,” said Ginter. Lowe’s worked closely with the RRHBA in the application process, and discovered the information in terms of progress, networking, educational opportunities 48  You’re home  Winterl 2011

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alking into Alford Floors & Interiors (1967) Ltd., one feels the ambiance of the surroundings. It’s a place you want to sit down on a plush couch to have a coffee, or curl into the corner of a soft sectional to visit with a friend. The atmosphere of the showroom is the same as one would desire in the living room of their own home. This is what Alford’s is – a business that holds quality and personal service of utmost importance. A long-standing member of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, Alford’s began as a flooring store in 1967. Wayne and Verna Alford developed the business, and in 1973 they began to sell furniture and accessories as well. Wayne passed away in 1980, and Verna and her team, including her brother and Vice President, Malcolm Beug, continue to uphold and grow the tradition of Alford’s. “We were one of the first companies to offer interior design services,” said Beug. “When we went into furniture, our designers began to bring together flooring and furniture. Interior designers have the expertise and the eye to tie everything together.” Alford’s works with the community on residential renovations as well as new home builds. They have also been involved in commercial projects, such as City Hall, the TC Douglas Building, and the Hotel Saskatchewan. Their clientele is very diverse, and they have furniture and flooring to offer every style and budget. The showroom features their variety, from flooring to furniture options, and the opportunity of a designer to bring everything together. The showroom itself has been used many times for movie sets and wedding photos, and is complimented by numerous suppliers. Since 1974, Alford’s has proudly been a member of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. Beug has sat on the Board of Directors, and Alford’s finds there are many benefits from their membership. “It’s networking, and getting to know the people who are committed to the Association,” said Beug, adding that all companies receive additional credibility and quality from their membership in the RRHBA. Alford’s has especially enjoyed their inclusion in the RRHBA Spring Home Show. They have always been a participant, and appreciate the opportunity to be involved. “We always feel our time spent there is well worth it,” said Verna. “The Home Builders’ Association handles it very professionally.” The displays at the Spring Home Show were judged each year. Alford’s was a multiple winner until Verna became a judge of the displays herself. Overall, they appreciate that they can trust the quality of other businesses who are members of the RRHBA.

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“It’s a comfort to know we have an Association that we can not only go to with any issues, but we can go to if we want to work with a contractor,” said Verna.


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from 1,013 square feet to 1,488 square feet, and in the styles of two or three bedrooms. Two of the designs also include regulation basement suites, which can be rented completely independently to cover a large portion of the mortgage costs. A contemporary yet strong eye-catching exterior will feature dark siding, shakes to the roof peaks, and stacked stone. Inside, there are two colour pallets to choose from. While an upgrade package is available, some of the many standard features include the Trademark Trim Package, Air Conditioning, an HRV System and Progressive Home Warranty. Prices start at $299,900. Contact Trademark to learn more about their inaugural development to be featured in the Landings in Harbour Landing.

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cott and Rhonda Halliday weren’t planning on renovating their basement. They had worked on their kitchen the year before, and were content to live renovation-free for a while. But as record rainfall pounded the province last June, it was clear Mother Nature had other plans for the Hallidays.

One more renovation later, the couple and their two young daughters – eight-year-old Makayla and four-year-old Karley – couldn’t be happier. The formerly dark and wall-boarded basement is now bright, open and drywalled. “I bet we use it probably 80 percent more than we ever did,” said Rhonda Halliday of the family’s new space, which hadn’t been updated since the house was built in 1978. During a severe downpour on June 21st, a backed-up sewer caused the family’s basement to fill up with four inches of water in twenty minutes. The entire basement of their Carievale, Saskatchewan home had to be gutted, and fast. 54  You’re home  Winter 2011

After receiving a flyer in their mailbox and a recommendation from Rhonda’s sister, the Hallidays contacted Regina-based renovation company HYBRID Construction.

Since insurance covered a good portion of the renovation, HYBRID submitted estimates to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for the family, explained Halliday. After getting the green light from SGI, the basement was gutted and literally built from the ground up again. From the beginning, the family had a game plan, and they stuck to it, said Halliday. “It’s not fair if you’re making changes while they’re trying to do their jobs,” she added. The plan to update the basement included making it more open and suited to the family’s needs. A rumpus room opened up the space, and a storeroom was added for functionality. A bedroom and bathroom completed the renovation. New carpet was installed and troffer lights were outfitted with daylight bulbs to brighten things up.


Throughout the process, the family was happy with the work of HYBRID Construction. Halliday canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall a single problem that was left unresolved. In one instance, HYBRID noticed a flaw in the drywall, and they took the initiative to come back and fix it, she said.

throughout the province. Between staying in hotels and making the trip to Regina and back, HYBRID worked hard to keep the Hallidays in the loop and stay on schedule, which they did. And that is just part of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy, said Jerry Ricci, one of the founding partners of HYBRID Construction.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;That meant a lot to us,â&#x20AC;? said Halliday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really wanting to make a ruckus, (but) they did. They righted their wrongs and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave until they felt their job was a hundred percent. We were very happy with the quality of work.â&#x20AC;?

Ricci, his sister Angela, and Jason Daum started HYBRID about four years ago. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a strong foundation on customer service and quality work, Ricci explained, adding many customers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like the Hallidays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; come to them as referrals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely stand behind the work that we do,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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While Daum has 20 years of experience in the industry, the Riccis grew up with a father and uncle in construction. Ricci recalls being in high school and having his father wake him up on the weekend so they could work on a house. “As much as I wanted to,” he said with a laugh.

Despite the possibility of unforeseen problems, both Halliday and Ricci agree fixing up a basement is worth it.

The company’s main focus is exterior work, but they’ve also worked on many basements. The jobs range from putting in a bathroom to gutting a basement and putting it back together. Most inquiries come from young families looking for more space in their home, Ricci said. From their first meeting with the customer, HYBRID aims to let them know everything that is involved, Ricci explained. But even simple jobs, like adding a bathroom, can present unforeseen challenges. “If somebody wants to put a bathroom in, there might be more involved than what they actually think,” he said. For instance, the contractor might have to break out the concrete to get the plumbing lines run in. Other challenges during renovations could include structural issues that are discovered once the drywall and exterior walls have been removed, said Ricci. “It’s very difficult to assess that until you actually come upon it.” He added communicating with the customer throughout the renovation is a top priority for HYBRID. “It just comes down to communicating with them and just keeping them aware of what’s happening and how everything’s going,” said Ricci. Despite the possibility of unforeseen problems, both Halliday and Ricci agree fixing up a basement is worth it. It’s an easy fix compared to buying a new home, and increases the value of a house. “They have an option,” said Ricci, speaking of homeowners looking to make changes. “Either go out and build a new house or buy a new house, or renovate what they have.” For many, like the Hallidays, renovating what they have was the clear choice. While the renovations will help them get a better price for their home, Halliday said her family won’t be moving anytime soon. “We’re very happy where we’re at.”

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Alford’s

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Alford’s offers window coverings that suite everyone’s taste, from shutters to blinds to fabric drapery and sheers. We carry a large

variety of fabrics to help create your one-of-a-kind window treatment. From simple panels to more elaborate window coverings, including swags, beading and tassels, we have something for everyone.

YOU’RE AN Alford’s window covering expert, Jocelyn Pander is available to help you create unique and elegant window coverings for all types of windows and styles. Feel free to come in and look through our large selection of fabric and blind options or call Jocelyn and she would love to set up an appointment to help you find your perfect and unique window covering!

Jocelyn Pander

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Bathroom By julie folk

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hen it comes to bathroom renovations, there is certainly no one-size-fits-all solution.

Every bathroom is as unique as its homeowner. In a renovation, many factors come into play, from the wishes and desires of the person using the bathroom, to the age, condition, and style of the current bathtub and shower. There are many styles of bathtubs and showers, but what it comes down to is function. How is it going to be used and what will be most practical? The important aspect is to have a professional take a look at what you need prior to starting. Different products and styles work in different spaces. Randy Shalovelo, Branch Manager of BathFitter Regina, offered advice on various situations.


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Lining The most affordable and easiest renovation is lining the current bathtub or shower. This can be used in situations where there are no current problems. “In a liner situation, things have to be in great shape,” said Shalovelo. “It’s normally a cosmetic change – colour or style.” Liners are typically an acrylic bathtub liner with a matching one-piece wall system, or a shower surround. Shower tub doors are often added to modernize the bathroom. Karen Runions and her husband live in Kipling, and that’s exactly what they wanted – an upgrade on their existing bathtub/shower. They contacted BathFitter, who came out and in half a day completed the installation.

Every bathroom is as unique as it's homeowner.

The tub surround, walls and ceiling were prepared. The tub liner then neatly fit over top. The Runions decided on a white surround. It’s wider on the ledge, slightly deeper, and the tub surround was brought out about two or three inches. They also added a curved shower rod for additional room inside the shower. “The ceilings really added to it, and it’s a curved ceiling,” said Runion. “We’re very happy that we decided to go with it.” Phyllis Mengel was looking for a new bathtub liner to accompany the entire bathroom renovation she and her son were completing in their 100-year-old farmhouse near Holdfast. In addition to the aesthetics, the function of the bathtub was also important for Mengel, who uses a wheelchair. BathFitter installed a new acrylic bathtub and shower liner in addition to bars so that Mengel could easily use the bathtub. Mengel chose a white liner to match her white bathroom with blue trim. “I enjoy it immensely,” said Mengel, who has lived with the remodel since December of 2010. “It’s perfect. I was really pleased.”

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The important aspect is to have a professional take a look at what you need prior to starting. remodelling There are times when a bathtub liner or shower surround will not fit over the existing system. Full removals and the installation of a new bathtub or shower are sometimes required, or desired. The advantage is that a bathtub or shower can be completely customized – to a walk-in shower, free-standing shower, or custom-size shower – in addition to any style of bathtub. There is no limitation. A removal is required when there are issues, such as mold beneath the bathtub. “When things are in very terrible shape, that’s when a complete removal needs to be looked at and we get to the root of all the problems that are there,” said Shalovelo.

tub-to-shower conversions A very popular option is a tub-to-shower conversion. This is a time when function fully comes into play in the decision to remodel. An existing bathtub can be easily altered into a large shower enclosure. A one-piece acrylic shower surround is installed, in addition to the accessories that are available in every type of bathroom remodel.

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“Tub to shower conversions are a fantastic option,” said Shalovelo. “They’re very popular with people who are starting to have problems crawling into and over bathtubs. We will convert their tubs into walk-in showers.” Larry Sentes had started on his own bathroom remodel and knew one thing – he really wanted a shower. “I haven’t had a shower in this house for 24 years,” he said. “I had my first shower a couple of weeks ago and that’s all I’ll have from now on.” Sentes had plastic tiles on the walls of his bath. He stripped them off and was going to put new tiles on, but found the glue existing on the wall needed to be removed. He then inspected for mold behind the drywall, and decided he had progressed far enough in the process that he would be interested in converting to a shower. He called BathFitter, and now the acrylic surround reaches the roof, with accessories such as corner mounts, soap dishes and a hand bar adorning the side. The next step for Sentes – a painter by trade – is to complete the remainder of his bathroom to match the new shower, as he will begin working on the vanity and flooring.


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4818 UPSON ROAD — HARBOUR LANDING

Our Dream is Building Yours

By Tim Jones For L-P Specialty Products

Harmony Builders is the fresh face of home building in Regina and area. Thanks to the extraordinary vision of its owners, the husband and wife team of Matt Rogina and Katrina Stettner, Harmony Builders is set to change the home building experience from top to bottom. Both Rogina and Stettner bring more than 10 years of experience to the table, and that experience shows. In just its first two years, Harmony Builders has already begun to rake in the awards. In year one, they took in two awards from the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association: the company received the 2010 Best Show Home award 1500 - 1799 sq. ft., and Rogina received the 2010 Beaver award for his contributions to the industry. “It’s our first year and we won two awards, that’s a big, big honour. So we’re very proud of that,” Stettner said. These awards would come as no surprise to those who have worked with Harmony Builders, as they treat quality and customer service as job number one. Their goal is simple: “We want to be able to show people you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a quality house,” Stettner said. They mean it, too. When it comes to homebuilding, they treat every house they build as if they were moving into it themselves, and that kind of quality care and attention extends from their tradespeople right to the top. Rogina inspects all of the work on every house himself, making sure that the job’s done right every step of the way. “It’s funny, when you set the bar higher your trades will set the bar higher, too,” Stettner said.

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For all of their focus on quality, it would mean nothing if it wasn’t paired with their focus on customer service. When it comes to building a home, they can build where you want to build and how you want to build it. In Regina, Harmony Builders are available to build in the Greens, Harbour Landing, Lakeridge and Skyview. Harmony Builders is also ready to build homes in the towns of Lumsden, White City and Pilot Butte. When you are ready to build, Harmony Builders is ready for you. Whether you go with one of Harmony Builders’ own pre-set plans or develop your own, they are ready to build it. If a client has “another plan that they like that they’ve found, [they can] just bring it to us and I’ll price it out for them. There’s no cost to price it out,” Stettner said. If you’re interested in seeing Harmony Builders’ quality workmanship for yourself, they just so happen to have a brand new show home that opened October 1st. The home, located in Harbour Landing, is a massive 4,200square-foot home built in a beautiful French Tudor style. It comes with a bevy of options that demonstrate just what Harmony Builders can do. The show home features a spacious custom kitchen and a home office with a custom library that has a rolling ladder. There is also an all-marble shower, three fireplaces, a massive theatre room in the basement, a huge bar and the buildings centerpiece, a floating staircase that you can see right through. Just to top things off, the show home is a fully automated smart house. “You tell it to turn on your lights, set your alarm, turn on some music…it will do whatever you say,” Stettner said. If you are planning to build a new home in Regina and area, you owe it to yourself to give Harmony Builders a chance. They truly are Regina’s hidden gem. To find out more about Harmony Builders, please check out their website at www.harmonybuilders.ca.

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By julie folk

very time Barb Neumann walks into her kitchen, she feels a sense of satisfaction. It was a long process to get there, but in the end, she said it was completely worth it.

She never would have made it down the path of kitchen renovation without the help of the professionals, who had the eye, the experience and the knowledge to bring it all together. “We really had no idea of where to start,” said Neumann of renovating the kitchen area of her Lakeridge home. She and her husband, Harry, were struggling with the amount of golden oak in their house and how to blend a new renovation with the existing design. They began researching and found help at Lifestyle Cabinetry/Cabinet Outlet Inc. Sales and Design Consultant Jessica Peterman greeted them in the showroom and within a couple of weeks she was reviewing designs with Barb. “We started with bringing in pictures of our kitchen. Then, before we had committed to doing anything, she drew up a couple of designs, and we were pleased with what she had,” said Neumann. “I was having a hard time understanding going to darker cabinets and what kind of granite, and she took me to other homes to give me a visual.”

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Peterman helped Neumann select the cherry wood cabinets in Hazelnut stain, the Ubatuba granite countertops, the Travertine mosaic glass and tile and ceramic tile flooring. They worked with subcontractors in addition to Lifestyle Cabinetry, blending function, Neumann’s style and contemporary design. “(Jessica) was really thoughtful in making sure it all tied together and flowed well, with the colour scheme, decorating and (post-renovation visit),” said Neumann. “I just love the whole thing. It’s exactly how I wanted it.”

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The process of renovating a kitchen can be a long one, as the Neumanns found out. But Peterman cautioned them about the time frame, a point that she and Janine Kallis, both Sales & Design Consultants with Lifestyle Cabinetry, reinforce often with their clients.

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Every time Barb Neumann walks into her kitchen, she feels a sense of satisfaction.

Depending on their clients, design consultants spend as much – or as little – time on the renovation that is wanted and needed. The most important element is to ensure the kitchen is functional for the homeowner. “We get a really good idea of how they live and how other spaces are going to be affected, and then (look at) the finishes,” said Peterman. “We talk about windows, lighting from the electrical perspective, and how can we change a footprint so it functions for what you do,” added Kallis. “Some people love to bake and need big work surfaces; some love to cook and need room for three people to work in their kitchen. So it depends on the space, how do they function in that space, and how does it flow with the rest of the home?” It’s important to understand what you don’t like about your current kitchen, and what you do enjoy about it so it can be incorporated in a new design. It is also important to consider your budget, as a kitchen renovation can be modified accordingly. Brian McIntyre of Floform Countertops said his clients are often renovating, and upgrading to a more substantial countertop. Some are completely revamping a kitchen, which most often includes cabinets, while others are looking to do smaller updates.

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She never would have made it down the path of kitchen renovation without the help of the professionals…

McIntyre said when homeowners are renovating on their own – without a designer or cabinet company – they all start in different places. Some choose flooring first, others tile and others countertops. When he talks to homeowners, he makes sure they have plenty of options to choose from, including different colours and styles of countertop. “There is a lot of communication between each business,” he said. “Some people want input while others know in their mind what they want, and take just a couple of samples.” Renovations are becoming more popular, as people enjoy their neighbourhoods but want to update to current styles. They also wish to increase the value of their home, and the kitchen is, arguably, the most important room in the house. However, at the end of the day, what it comes down to is the aesthetics, function and enjoyment. It’s your house, so make it a place you love to come home to. Tips to get started – From Lifestyle Cabinetry: 1 – Measure your space – including windows and doorways. The more information you have, the better. 2 – Determine what parts of the renovation you will do yourself and what parts you will contract. These elements can include 70  You’re home  Winter 2011

cabinetry, flooring, plumbing, electrical, drywall and painting. You could hire a general contractor to coordinate the project. 3 – Gather information and quotes. Choose reputable professionals and businesses, as they can take the stress out of planning your project, guiding you along the way while incorporating your input and budget. 4 – Find your inspiration and be sure to communicate it. How do you want your new space to look and feel? Bring in pictures and ideas to help transform your dream to life. 5 – There are many details to cabinetry, including door styles, species of wood or material, and finer details such as interior options, accessories and mouldings. A professional can help with the details, providing options to suit each individual. Cabinetry is integral to the look you want to achieve because of its strong, visual appeal. 6 – There are many finishing touches to consider, including the countertop, flooring, backsplash, paint colours, sinks, faucets, and lighting. It can be overwhelming so a professional can help simplify the choices to complete the overall look, reflecting the homeowner and how the family functions.


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When the chimney of their 28-year-old wood burning fireplace caved in due to a hot fire last season, they decided it was time to re-evaluate their options when looking to replace the fireplace. Their decision – to install a gas fireplace – took them downstairs as well, to adding another gas fireplace in their basement. They decided to install a Heat & Glo 6000/8000 in the basement, featuring a centre flame rising from modern media. “We’ve tried numerous ways to heat the basement, and nothing has worked,” said Lisa. “We tried this, and it really pumped out heat!” When the Wrights arrived at Northern Fireplace Ltd. to begin choosing a new fireplace, they were surprised at the numerous options available – fireplace technology has come a long way. “What kind of fireplace do you want?” is the first question, said Lisa. “Then there are myriads of choices; it’s unbelievable. Do you want logs, do you want crystal, what colour of crystal, do you want matching lights, or reflections?”

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The Wrights installed a heatilator Novus Evolution on their main floor. The minimalist design works well with the stone facade, and the porcelain interior lining reflects the flames rising from the glass media.


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The style options for fireplaces today include everything from a long, narrow look to a clean-face fireplace with a larger viewing area. Steve Flett, President, and Tony Huslie, Store Manager, at Northern Fireplace Ltd. often find that customers aren’t prepared for what is now available. They are pleased to offer professional advice to ensure their customers find the best solution. Some people come in because their fireplaces are due to be changed; most pre-fabricated metal boxes have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Other people are interested in changing the facade of the fireplace and decide it’s the perfect time to convert the fireplace as well. “It would be wise for people to talk to the fireplace installer prior to them framing out the existing fireplace,” said Huslie. In addition to the actual fireplace install, there are many other factors to consider. “There are things that need to be done first – the gas lines, 74  You’re home  Winter 2011

electrical, pre-wiring for thermostats, wall controls,” added Flett. “Certain units will require special wiring, whereas some of the standard units don’t.” Venting is another important issue to review. It should be addressed before the install, as there are many parameters to consider. Many times it’s wise to install gas lines for future fireplaces during a renovation so the natural gas is accessible later on. There continues to be a mix of gas and wood-burning fireplaces sold. For many, such as the Wrights, gas offers convenience, as wood buying, cutting and cleanup is no longer an issue. However, wood-burning fireplaces are a great option for others, especially if wood is readily accessible.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wood technology has advanced in great leaps and bounds so you can get overnight burns that heat your whole house if you want to,â&#x20AC;? said Flett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ambiance of wood.â&#x20AC;? There is also the fact that there are places in Saskatchewan without access to natural gas. A woodburning fireplace then becomes an excellent back-up heat source. The style options for fireplaces today include everything from a long, narrow look to a clean-face fireplace with a larger viewing area. In gas fireplaces, the log look is available, or there are small stones or crystals that come in various colour options. Fire box panels also are available in many forms. Accent lights lend the fire box additional ambiance and vanity mirrors provide an endless look to the flame.

Fireplace exteriors vary greatly from home to home. Stone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stack stones and flagged stones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are popular. The Wrights had their upstairs fireplace completely refinished with stone, including the hearth, where before was porcelain tile. The look gives an inviting, warm feeling to their living room. Other homeowners are doing the opposite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; removing the hearth and lowering the fireplace to the floor so a television hangs atop the fireplace. Corner units and three-sided units are also options to think about; many of these are built into new homes in the great room area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It (will be) great for Christmas when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gathered around the fireplace and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold outside,â&#x20AC;? said Lisa, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives that ambiance.â&#x20AC;?

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hen consumers are looking to build a new home or to make improvements to their home or yard, they look to the professionals that make up the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. The Association is composed of over 260 businesses that are involved in some capacity with the Residential Construction Industry. The membership includes Home Builders, Community Developers, Trade Contractors, Renovators, Service & Supply Companies, and Other Professionals. But what makes RRHBA members qualified to do the job? In order to qualify for membership in the Association, businesses must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, which includes agreeing to deal honestly and fairly with their customers, to stand behind the quality of their work and service commitments, and to conform to the principles of good community planning and support for the environment. All members must go through a screening process before their membership is approved, and once approved, members are still subject to a one year probationary period.

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must have completed the Certified Professional Home Builder’s Program, which is created specifically for Builders and is comprised of eight modules that cover the areas of expertise that a Home Builder requires. Certification ensures the Builder has the knowledge required to be in the home building business. In addition, every Builder member must be a member of a third party new home warranty program. Membership in a new home warranty program provides protection to the consumer. As a minimum, it generally includes deposit insurance and protection against defects in work and materials as well as major structural defects. Additional coverage may include defects in the home’s mechanical systems or building envelope. The home buyer may also be able to upgrade a “basic package” and get extended coverage. Some provinces have found new home warranty so important for the consumer, that they have mandated all Home Builders to be a member of a third party new home warranty program. When Home Builders are members of their professional association, they have access to all kinds of research and information on new products and techniques in the home building industry, through national publications, and through attending committee meetings which provide a forum for valuable information exchange. Members can keep up to date on technological advances, regulations, products and materials, financing and design. This means that they have the know-how to provide the home buyer with the latest and the best in the marketplace. Building a new home takes teamwork and the


skill, expertise and cooperation of many suppliers and trades. Members have access to a network of professional companies and individuals within the Association, providing service to the Residential Construction Industry. A large demand for energy efficient housing has arisen largely due to a combination of environmental awareness coupled with the increasing cost of homeownership. The ENERGY STAR for New Homes program is relatively new but has already claimed the “best in class” standard for energy efficient housing in Saskatchewan. Many of the Builder members of the RRHBA are Energy Star Certified Builders. This means that they are trained and licensed to build Energy Star qualified homes. As such, when hiring a Builder member, not only are home buyers hiring a qualified professional, they can also select from those who are Energy Star Certified as well.

Qualified Professional renovators If home owners are planning on making home improvements and are looking to find a professional Renovator, the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association has implemented the RenoMark™ Program. How does this translate into a benefit for the consumer? RenoMark™ members have agreed to abide by the RenoMark™ Code of Conduct which includes providing a detailed written contract for all jobs, offering a two year warranty on all work, having coverage for workplace safety and employers’ liability, carrying a $2 million liability insurance, and maintaining a professional level of knowledge on current building codes, permits etc. Home owners assume huge risks when they hire a renovator without the proper paperwork. When there is no liability insurance, the homeowner is responsible for everything, if anything goes wrong. No contract means no recourse if anything goes wrong. No permits pulled means no

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inspection. The RRHBA ensures that their RenoMark™ members abide by the higher standards in the RenoMark™ Code of Conduct in order to avoid these issues.

upholding higher standards All members of the RRHBA have agreed to uphold high standards in the products and services they provide to the public. The Association itself upholds high standards in representing its members, and this translated into being the recipient of three national awards, conferred by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association at the National Conference in Banff this year. The RRHBA won the award for making the greatest progress and achievement over the previous year, the trophy for the highest increase in membership, and the award of honour for the Executive Officer of the year. The RRHBA is an award-winning Association with award-winning members. At this same National Conference in Banff, Munro Homes Ltd. won the National SAM

Award for Best Production Home, 15002200 square feet, for their “Waterford” show home in Harbour Landing. This is an incredible accomplishment, considering this is the first home in Regina to have ever won a National Award and only the second home in Saskatchewan to ever have won a very distinguished SAM Award. Whether consumers are looking to go with a newly built home, or to make some home or yard improvements, they look to the qualified members who make up the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. Award winning Association, and Award winning members! To find a complete list of the Association members, go to www.reginahomebuilders.com. The Membership Directory can be obtained by contacting the office at 546-5225, 1801 MacKay Street in Regina. The RRHBA staff are happy to help connect the public with their members.


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The modernist architecture is enhanced by a rich layering of natural materials, such as Madagascar walnut, marble, stone, granite and an African mahogany hardwood floor. From the main level, with its 14-foot ceilings, the amazing and inviting parents’ retreat with a custom five-piece ensuite, fireplace and office alcove, to the fully-developed lower level with cozy in-floor heating, this five-bedroom home will have to be seen to be appreciated. For more information about this or any other Munro Home design, visit the website at www.munrohomes.com, find Munro Homes Ltd. on FACEBOOK or call us at 596-2727.

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hey light a room, frame a view, and heat the home. Often we look right through them, not even observing that they are there.

Windows are an important feature to the home; one that we sometimes forget about but are extremely important in the efficiency and maintenance of any house. Like most aspects of a house, the technology of windows has grown tremendously in the past few decades. New windows translate to lower heating bills, less maintenance and a warmer winter. So how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? Jamie Halbgewachs, Vice President and General Manager of Glacier Glass Service Ltd., said the two major reasons to change are for increased energy efficiency and the maintenance-free aspect of new windows. “Some of the programs the government is offering push people to upgrade their windows,” he said, referring to the EnerGuide programs which offer rebates for efficient upgrades. “And people are too busy to scrape and paint windows – they’d rather be out on the golf course or somewhere like that.”

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The frames of the majority of new windows are PVC – polyvinyl chloride, instead of wood or metal. In addition to the vinyl siding in many styles, shapes and colours, there are innovative styles available. Metal-clad wood creates a classic wood style with aluminum components. There are also hybrid windows, which are metal-clad vinyl. They offer a maintenance-free vinyl interior and exterior aluminum cladding.


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Wooden window sills will typically rot over time, which is a sign for a window upgrade. Often with older aluminum windows, ice will build up, creating a draft, also signalling the time has come for an upgrade. On older windows, weather strippings break down and cranks and windows break, also resulting in drafts. While technology has changed in window sills and frames, it is the glass itself that has been drastically upgraded. “Glass has come a long way and continues to improve year after year,” said Halbgewachs. “Triple pane windows are pretty commonplace now. (Most) windows we sell here are triple pane with low-E and argon gas in them.” Low-E is short for low emissivity. Emissivity is the value of the ratio of heat emitted from a material. Windows are covered in a low-E coating, which reflect more heat. In the winter, the heat indoors is reflected back inside. In the summer, heat from sun is reflected away from the window, keeping it cool inside. “There are a lot of different types of low-E available that do different things. Some have greater UV protection, which keeps flooring and furniture from fading. Some have greater heat rejection, so if the window is facing south, maybe on a lake, and the (homeowner) wants to reject a lot of heat, there are specific windows for that. There are low-Es that can make your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer. So there are a lot of different options now for the glass you choose, depending on the end result you want.”

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UV protection, light transmission, and R-value are all factors to consider, and the homeowner needs to decide on the importance of each to determine which glass would best fit their house. R-value is the thermal resistance of a material. The majority of homeowners who are upgrading look to replace the existing windows, rather than drastically renovate a room, as it can be expensive to resize windows when replacing them. The style of most windows in Saskatchewan is casement and awning windows. Sliders are available as well. Typically the latter are less common because of the design â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is an interlock where drafts can occur, and sliders in the past were only available in double pane. However, technology is changing, and new product lines are becoming available with triple pane in sliders. The final decision to make in replacing windows is the hardware finishes. Unlike years previously, there are now a variety of finishes, such as satin, nickel, pewter, black and antique bronze to choose from for cranks and levers. While windows arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly â&#x20AC;&#x153;trendy,â&#x20AC;? there are interesting new ideas being introduced all of the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The glass is really where the most change is,â&#x20AC;? said Halbgewachs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to the premium low-Es, there is neat glass, which is almost like a self-cleaning glass. In Regina, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a test run to see how it performs over time.â&#x20AC;? Neat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; naturally clean â&#x20AC;&#x201C; glass includes a thin coating of titanium dioxide, which captures UV rays and then uses it to loosen dirt from the window. When water hits the window, it rinses away the dirt, leaving a clean window with no additional work on the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part.

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RRHBA Member Directory 1 Stop Vacuum Centres

Convoy Supply Ltd.

Evans Development Group Inc.

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Cornerstone Masons Ltd.

Everflow Eaves & Exteriors Inc.

Access Communications

CrackMaster Concrete

Evolution Insulation Inc.

Advance Door Systems

Crawford Homes (1991) Ltd.

Exterior Finishers Direct Inc.

AECOM

Creative Door Services Ltd.

f.y. construction inc.

Affinity Credit Union

Creative Kitchens Ltd.

Fanny’s Furniture & Kitchens

Alford Floors & Interiors (1967) Ltd.

Crown Appraisals - Randy Toth

Federated Insurance

All Weather Windows

Crown Shred & Recycling Inc.

Fenk Construction Ltd.

Allman Homes & Realty Ltd.

CTV

Fiorante Homes and Commercial Ltd.

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service

Culligan Water Conditioning

Fix Building Products

Ardel Steel

Cypress Homes Ltd.

Floform Countertops

Armada Construction Corporation

D & J Paving Stones Plus Ltd.

Floors By Design Ltd.

Arrow Plumbing & Heating

D & S Homes Ltd.

FM Residential Designs & Consulting Inc.

ASL Paving Ltd.

Dakine Home Builders Inc.

Focus Corporation

Aspen Granite

Daytona Homes Regina Ltd.

Fries Tallman Lumber (1976) Ltd.

Aspen Homes Ltd.

Deiana General Construction Ltd.

G.R. Distributors Inc.

Associated Engineering Ltd.

Delta Regina

Gang Nail Trusses & Building Components

Association of Regina REALTORS Inc.

Deveraux Developments

Geiger Homes Ltd.

Audio Warehouse

DGL Suncoast

Gellner Homes Ltd.

Authentic Developments Inc.

Doing It Right Construction & Welding

Genivar Inc.

Award Homes Ltd.

Domco Construction Inc.

Gentek Building Products Ltd.

Bank of Montreal

Dominion Lending Centres/Team Kehler Inc.

GES Global Experience Specialists

Bar T Construction & Pre-Stainer Ltd.

Dundee Developments / Homes by Dundee

Gilroy Homes Inc.

BathFitter Regina

Edward Jones Investments

Glacier Glass Service Ltd.

Baywest Projects sask Inc.

Emco Corporation

Golden West Radio (800 CHAB/COUNTRY 100/mix 103)

Best Price Railing Ltd.

Emerald Park Homes Ltd.

Habitat for Humanity Regina

Better Business Bureau of Sask. Inc.

Enercon Products Ltd.

Halcyon Spas

Biofoam Spray Foam Insulation & Coatings

Enterprise Saskatchewan

Harmony Builders Ltd.

Boyd Excavating Ltd.

EnviroFoam Insulation Regina

Harris Rebar

Brandt Tractor Ltd. Brock White Canada Budget Blinds Builders’ Plumbing and Heating Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation Canadian Condominium Institute Canadian Home Builders’ Association Canadian Home Builders’ Association - SK Canadian Western Bank Canridge Roofing CAP Masonry

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RRHBA Member Directory Harvard Developments Inc.

North Ridge Development Corporation

Shield Integration Ltd.

henderson insurance inc.

Northern Fireplace Ltd.

Shoemaker Drywall Supplies

Home Solutions

Northern Tar & Tile Ltd.

Sierra Construction Ltd.

Horvath Homes Ltd.

Northern Tropic Solariums

Sign A Rama - Regina

Huntwood Custom Cabinets Ltd.

Nu-Fab Building Products

HYBRID Construction

Oak Park Developments Ltd.

SK Environmental Industry & Managers Association

Hydeman Property Management Ltd.

Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP

SlabMaster Ltd.

Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan

Olympic Paving Stone Inc.

South Country Equipment Ltd.

Operation Dirt (2006) Inc.

Spray Guard Air Tight Solutions Inc.

Inland Concrete Div of Lehigh Hanson

Overhead Door Co. & Door Store

Spray Jones

Inland Metal Mfg. (1994) Ltd.

P.B. Custom Cabinets Renovations & Millworks

Spraywest Inc.

Innovation Renovation & Roofing Inc.

Pacesetter New Homes Ltd.

spring green homes ltd.

I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd.

Palandri Cabinets

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

J & C Custom Cabinets Ltd.

Paradise LeisureScapes

Steel Craft Door Sales & Services Ltd.

Jastek Master Builder

Paramount Plantscapes Ltd.

Stellar Electric Ltd.

JELD-WEN Windows and Doors

Parkland Carpet One

Sterling Plg, Htg & A/C Ltd.

JGN Kitchen Cabinets

Phantom Screens

Sthamann Homes Inc.

JIC storm-tite Windows & Doors

pinkwood ltd.

Stucco by Tom (2010) Inc.

K.M. Burgess Agencies Ltd.

Ply Gem Canada Inc.

Sun Life Financial

Kanuka Thuringer LLP

Power House Electric Ltd.

sun west construction ltd.

Karina Developments Ltd.

Prime Fasteners

Sunset Bay Leisure

Kaycan Ltd.

Professional Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Superior Cabinets

KC Renovation Warehouse Ltd.

Progressive Home Warranty Solutions Inc.

TD Canada Trust

Kelturn Drywall Ltd.

PV Disposal

Ted’s Quality Roofing Inc.

Kenroc Building Materials Co. Ltd.

Queen City Glass (1961) Ltd.

Terra Developments Inc.

Kim Shaheen Financial Inc.

R.N.G. Marketing Inc.

The Brick

Kitchen & Bath Classics

Rawlco Radio (Jack FM/News Talk 980/Z99)

The Lung Association of Saskatchewan

Kitchen Craft Cabinetry

RBC Royal Bank

Thomas Sand & Gravel

Klean King Vac Ltd.

Realty Executives Dale Ripplinger & Associates

Timberstone Distribution Regina

KMP Law

Regina & District Chamber of Commerce

Town & Country Plumbing & Heating (2004)

Kratz Homes Ltd.

Regina Construction Association

Trademark Homes Inc.

Krazy Kiley’s AudioTronic

Regina Geothermal Solar Inc.

Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre

Lafarge North America

Regina Regional Opportunities Commission

Trithart Homes

Larry’s Sheet Metal

Regina Soffit & Eaves Ltd.

Truss T. Mfg. Ltd.

Leader Post - Div of Postmedia Network INC.

Regina Window & Exteriors

Ultimate Insulation

Lennox Ind. (Canada) Ltd.

Reimer Custom Homes & commercial Inc.

United Drywall Ltd.

Lifestyle Cabinetry/Cabinet Outlet Inc.

Renewed Kitchens

Uponor Ltd.

Lionsgate Developments Inc.

Richardson Lighting

Usonia Homes Inc.

Loewen Windows

Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations Ltd

Van Der Velden Masonry Ltd.

Loraas Disposal Services Ltd.

Ripplinger Homes

Varsity Homes Ltd.

Lowe’s Canada

Robinson Residential Design Inc.

W.F. Botkin Constr. Ltd. Ready Mix Div.

MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP

Rona Home & Garden

Wappel Construction Ltd.

McKercher LLP

Roofmart Prairies Ltd.

West Harvest Inn Regina

Midwest Surveys Inc.

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Westmount Developments Ltd.

Mikron Homes & Construction Ltd.

Westridge Homes Ltd.

Miller Thomson LLP

Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association

Mintz & Wallace C.A.’s

Saskatchewan Housing Corporation

Wheatland Fireplace

Monarch Homes (1970) Ltd.

Saskatchewan Research Council

Wheatland Roofing Inc.

MPM Construction Services Ltd.

SaskEnergy

Wiens Stucco Wire Ltd.

Munro Homes Ltd.

SaskPower

Wilco Contractors Southwest Inc.

Myrah Appraisals

SaskTel

Willows Tulloch

N.I.S. Contractors Ltd.

Schandre Estates Inc.

Wood Country

National Home Warranty Group Inc.

ScotiaMcLeod - Prairieview Wealth Management

Wood Ridge Flooring Ltd.

New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan

Security Building Supplies

Yagar Developments Inc.

Nimbus Water Shop

Shatkowski Homes

nordwest stucco ltd.

Shaver’s Sash & Door Ltd.

North Prairie Developments Ltd.

Sherwood Co-op Home Centre

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closing remarks By Stu Niebergall, Executive Director Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association

Don't Confuse Greenfield Development with Urban Sprawl Greenfield development refers to development on land that has not been built on before, occuring on a cities’ urban fringe.

• Our new neighbourhoods will become the prime building blocks of urban growth for the future;

Urban sprawl and greenfield development share only one common trait – they both occur on the outskirts of urban areas. Unlike urban sprawl, where there is little or no suburban planning, greenfield development is about efficient urban planning that aims to provide practical, affordable and sustainable living spaces for growing urban populations. The planning takes future growth and development into account as well as seeks to avoid the various infrastructure issues that plague existing urban areas.

• New neighbourhoods are becoming more sustainable by taking inspiration from more compact community designs like in the Cathedral and Lakeview areas;

• Although greenfield development will not get rid of cars, we have great potential to build communities that are less dependent on cars, by utilizing these compact designs;

• Incremental changes and a “gentle urbanism” can bring out all we want to achieve to make our new communities more sustainable, and our Community Developers are embracing this approach in their new community designs;

• New neighbourhoods can deliver on sustainability and be warmly received by consumers by adopting a gentle approach to creating greater density;

• Housing affordability needs to be an important consideration in any policy decisions that impact infill and greenfield development in our city.

Regina is currently in a process to formulate the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP), which will shape the way future growth will unfold. The public consultation process, Design Regina, that accompanies the new plan is such a great idea. We all need to be involved in the conversation about the future of our city. Citizens, Community Developers, Builders and Public Officials all need to be engaged in this process. As the Association that represents the creators of these future communities and the businesses that will build our future homes, we have a lot at stake in the Official Community Plan and we have fully participated in the Design Regina process, adding these perspectives:

• Growth needs to include both infill development, as well as greenfield development;

• As valuable and important as the Downtown Plan is to anchoring our city, our real destiny lies in the design of new neighbourhoods that lie outside the downtown core – new neighbourhoods that arise out of greenfield development;

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Though both Community Developers and City Planners in Regina are already embracing these ideas in their new community designs, they are currently being stifled by the existing regulations. In fact, it is impossible to build some of the types of ideal sustainable communities that many people would love to see in our city due to current regulations. So we hope our point of view is being heard in the Design Regina process. When plans for our future developments involve citizens, Community Developers and Public Officials, then we will get the best possible outcome. We love our city and we want to get it right.


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