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As autumn’s kaleidoscope of colour fades to winter white, the burrowing instinct kicks in. The long winter ahead is a great opportunity to tackle a myriad of home renovation projects, from updating your decor to transforming a kitchen or bath. A recent survey conducted by Leger Marketing for one of Canada’s major banks reveals that Saskatchewan and Manitoba are leading the country in home renovation activity. Over two-thirds of home owners in Saskatchewan plan to renovate their homes this year, compared to the national rate of 51 per cent. The survey also identified the five most popular home renovation projects: kitchens (39 per cent); bathrooms (35 per cent); basements (16 per cent); bedrooms (11per cent) and family rooms (10 per cent). This edition of You’re Home is sure to inspire your plans to renovate and decorate. Discover the newest trends for kitchens and baths. Learn how to achieve showhome style in your home, with helpful tips from professional decorators. Find out how you can make your renovation project more environmentally friendly. A great design is the first step to any building or renovation project. This edition of You’re Home turns the spotlight on the housing designs shaping Regina’s newest neighbourhoods and offers valuable tips for designing the custom home of your dreams. Come on in,
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29 my space
35 your home and the law
11 your house, your way
55 developing regina
50 your home as an investment
Home is where the Heart is Fusion of styles creates unique housing mix
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84 reconnecting Conexus Credit Union
53 your home in real estate 59 10 tips for a smooth renovation 70
your home in design
91 landscaping with carson arthur The 5 Big Backyard Excuses
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Don't settle for someone else's house
18 hiring a professional renovator 33 renomark™: sign of confidence 37 going green creates a win-win situation 44
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62 kitchen magicians
Designers help fulfill your kitchen wish list
contributors editor jeannie armstrong
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66 renovated exteriors Functional and stylish
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92 best foot forward
New flooring trends in home décor
new homes 47 show home style
How to achieve it in your own home
87 modern designs Turn up appeal in Stone Ridge
jeannie armstrong carson arthur miranda burski tom eremondi julie folk christeen jesse andrew livingstone wendy livingstone tammy mclean Stu NIEbergall pavan sandhu carol todoruk michelle tyndall
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our House, settle for our Way Don't someone else's house By Wendy Livingstone
ometimes, spending a little money can save you a lot. When it comes to having house plans custom-designed, the expenditure can also help to ensure that you move into a home that has been built specifically to suit your needs and wants, rather than to merely appeal to the average homebuyer. John Robinson, along with a team of designers at Robinson Residential Design Inc., believes that a well-designed home can often include all the features that a home buyer wants, but in a smaller size than was previously thought necessary - and the home will be uniquely theirs. “A lot of people come with preconceived ideas so we tell them to just take a step back from it and let us figure it out, and we might find something that works better. Sometimes people think that their house has to be, say, 2,000 square feet but we can show
them how, through moving things around and re-shaping it, we can actually get the house smaller and still get it to work. It just takes a bit of work re-doing the layout. Sometimes, we can make the structure simpler and that has probably one of the biggest impacts on price,” said Robinson. But cost savings are not the only benefits of a custom-built home. “We want people to walk into your house and say, ‘I know whose house this is’,” he added. The process of creating a home design that is perfect for its intended residents begins with the designer determining exactly what is important to the home buyer. “We want to be able to think like they do,” said Robinson. “We ask a lot of questions at the first meeting - sometimes we will ask questions for an hour. But we try to make it a fun process - fun and rewarding.”
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The site orientation of the home will determine the most advantageous location of features such as windows and doors.
One of the first questions is, “Where is the house going to be situated?” The site orientation of the home will determine the most advantageous location of features such as windows and doors. Another initial consideration is what style the purchasers would like the house to be: contemporary or traditional. Then, the buyers are asked what they really want in their home and what they dislike about some other houses. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common places where buyers want to make changes. To further determine an individual’s specific needs, other questions might include: • How many people do you want to sit at the dining room table every day, and how many do you want to sit there at Christmas time? 12 You’re home Winter 2011 2012
creating • Do you have a pool table or exercise equipment? • Do you have a special piece of antique furniture that you would like to display prominently? • Do you have large furniture pieces? Robinson uses digital furniture pieces to make sure there is adequate clearance for traffic flow. Those who have special collections, such as sculpture and/or artwork, are asked to inventory it so that a spot can be allotted for each piece, and the lighting is then designed to highlight it. Designers can help home buyers get the most enjoyment of the features they want included in their homes, such as a great room. Robinson suggests that seating in the great room be placed so that it faces away from the kitchen, eliminating the constant reminder of work that may need to be done.
Designers also work with the home’s exterior, making sure, for example, that window styles are congruent with the rest of the home. Robinson said that a common mistake made when planning exteriors is placing features such as brickwork on the front of the house only and not wrapping it slightly around the side so that it has a finished look from all angles. Designers may steer home buyers away from certain features that they have learned are best to avoid, such as a bonus room over the garage. “It basically has a cold floor, cold walls and cold ceiling. At the end of the day, it’s not really bonus - it’s costing them a fair bit to build it, to frame it, to span over the garage and to heat it. From a cost point of view, it’s best to work that square footage into your house rather than over the garage. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best place to build.”
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The process of creating a home design that is perfect for its intended residents begins with the designer determining exactly what is important to the home buyer.
Another consideration is storage. Many homes are now being built without a basement, making provision for storage even more important. “Attics were once popular storage spots,” said Robinson, “but today, with truss framing and lots of insulation, the attic is pretty much inaccessible. Storage is something that you have to plan for. We will try to get as many closets as we can scattered throughout the house. In a garage, we can quite often get built-in storage high on the walls.”
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Home buyers often feel that they need more rooms than they really do. “They think they need a family room, a den and a bonus room, and then they’ll put a games room in the basement. At the end of the day, do they really use all those rooms? They think they’ll use them more than they do. So by showing them how they might use those spaces, we can sometimes cut some of those rooms out and give them space they can use more day-by-day.” But the purpose of hiring a designer is not so that you can build a home that the designer would like to live in. “The main thing we try and tell people is that we are helping them design a house, but it’s not about us - it’s about them in the end. It doesn’t really matter what we like as much as we want to find out what they like and try and make it all work,” said Robinson. At a cost of less than one per cent of the price of the house, money paid to have a custom-designed home, regardless of its size, can be money well spent. “It makes a lot of sense to me,” said Robinson. “They are going to spend more than that on the blinds for their windows.” n
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When Bill and Charlene Roszell wanted to construct their second home in June of 2011, they chose Emerald Park Homes as their builder and have been thoroughly impressed by the experience, and by the quality and the unique character of the home that it has produced. “We were really pleased with the down-to-earth, relaxed nature of both Garry and Lorena,” said Bill. “They’re very easy to deal with. They have real-world experience, so they understood that building a home is a big decision for anybody, and they were willing to take the time to listen to the things we wanted and were able to help us incorporate a lot of those things into our home.”
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That amiable professionalism allows Emerald Park Homes to maintain communication with its clients throughout the building process. “They’d meet with us on-site to look at things, so I was able to keep tabs on the whole build project right from beginning to end and able to work with Garry on revisions, and he was very accommodating if we did have any changes that we wanted to make through the building process.” “We did build a home seven years ago or thereabouts, and that experience was okay, but we didn’t have the same flexibility in the build and the quality of workmanship wasn’t quite as good. It was a more relaxed experience with Emerald Park Homes, and Garry and Lorena, than with the other homebuilder that we worked with.”
We were really pleased with the down-to-earth, relaxed nature of both Garry and Lorena,” said Bill. Photos by Calvin Fehr
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That focus on professionalism, flexibility and quality extends to the tradespeople enlisted by Emerald Park Homes. “I’m extremely pleased with the trades folks that they do have that work for them. They’re very professional folks, very nice folks and they do very good work.” Consequently, Roszell is earnest in endorsing the builder that created such a quality home, and such a positive experience. “I would recommend them to anybody — friends, family, you name it — and I have, as a matter of fact. I’ll take any opportunity to recommend them because I do believe that they’re a quality builder that provides a great product. Ultimately, we’re very pleased with the results that we got from the folks at Emerald Park Homes.”
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hen undertaking a renovation, whether you are re-doing your kitchen, or adding a new addition to your home, do it right the first time by hiring a professional renovator,” says Stu Niebergall, President & CEO of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association (RRHBA).
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Renovating your home should be a positive experience, free from stress and worry. To accomplish this, you should have full confidence in your renovator, knowing that you are hiring a qualified professional. What do you look for to determine whether the renovator you are hiring is a professional? Niebergall says that a professional renovator will be able to
By Tammy Mclean help you from start to finish, from design to completion and should be able to offer you suggestions on the best way to accomplish your plans. A professional renovator will have the technical knowhow and be able to deal with challenges and problems, and have access to a network of staff, sub-trades and suppliers who are ready to contribute their expertise to your project.
Other things to look for would include an open book with a proven track record. A professional renovator will be ready to supply you with references - previous customers who can testify to the quality of the work done. Your renovator should also be able to provide you with accurate pricing, and provide a detailed written contract. Niebergall says that if a project goes poorly you have little if any legal recourse in court if there is no written contract. A professional renovator also carries insurance and has protection when it comes to work place safety. “It is better to be safe than sorry,“ says Niebergall, “and in the unlikely event of an accident causing injury or damage to your own or neighboring properties, a professional renovator’s insurance protects you from liability and cost.”
"when undertaking a renovation, whether you are re-doing your kitchen, or adding a new addition to your home, do it right the first time by hiring a professional renovator.”
Professional renovators will also carry all applicable licenses and permits. “Without a permit, there is no inspection to ensure that the job was done right,” says Niebergall. Finally, a professional renovator will provide a warranty on their work, and with professional installation, there is no risk of voiding the manufacturers’ warranties on materials and products.
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a timely manner and should supply you with all of their contact information. Where do consumers look to hire a professional renovator? They look to the RRHBA RenoMark™ Program. The RenoMark™ is the mark of excellence in the home renovation industry. RenoMark™ Renovators have agreed to abide by the RenoMark™ Code of Conduct which includes being a member in good standing with the RRHBA; providing a detailed written contract; offering a minimum two-year written warranty; carrying a minimum $2 million in liability insurance; and having coverage for workplace safety and employers’ liability. RenoMark™ Renovators also agree to carry applicable licenses and permits, maintain a professional level of knowledge and technical know how, maintain a safe and organized work site, and return calls within two business days. Niebergall warns that some of the red flags to look for are when the renovator insists on cash payment. “Be wary of renovators who ask for a cash payment before the work is done,” says Niebergall. “Some shady renovators demand cash payment and then have been known to run off with your money.” Also watch for those who vastly underbid all other contractors. “They may have the best price, but that doesn’t guarantee the best work,” Niebergall says. Another red flag is when you have difficulty being able to contact the contractor. A reliable renovator should be returning calls in
The RenoMark™ members of the RRHBA hold regular meetings to keep up to date on the industry. The meetings also provide a forum for renovators to get to know and learn from each other. In addition, as members of the RRHBA, RenoMark™ Renovators have access to all kinds of suppliers and tradespeople who are also qualified members of the Association. So how do you find a RenoMark™ Renovator? Go to www.reginahomebuilders.com. You can trust your next renovation to the qualified professionals of the RRHBA. n
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