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Create a peaceful home simply by soundproofing With televisions, home theatres, computers, video games, stereos and cell phones, our homes are louder than ever. By soundproofing certain rooms in the house, you can turn your home into a quiet sanctuary and relaxing escape. Insulation is key. Used in professional recording studios, stone wool insulation is an excellent acoustic barrier that effectively absorbs sound thanks to its density and nondirectional fibre structure. For home use, industry experts recommend a Roxul product called Safe n’ Sound insulation. It’s an easy-to-install material designed for use inside walls, ceilings and between floors. Simply cut with a serrated blade or bread knife and push into place. For the best soundproofing results, install the stone wool material in your media rooms, children’s playrooms, washrooms and laundry room. Because it provides high sound absorption and reduces the transfer of noise from one room to another, the rest of your home will be left undisturbed and your life, uninterrupted. newscanada.com


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Trendy gardens are adding lots of colour this year There’s nothing like colour to bring life back to our outdoor spaces –

Relax And Let The Plants Do The Work: Have you always wanted to start gardening but just can’t seem to keep your plants alive?  Fear and doing that with flair starts with imagination. not, more and more new gardeners are learning that you don’t have to spend hours a day to impress your backyard guests.  Try low mainHow do you envision the beauty of your property this summer, be it the tenance annuals like PC Gigantico Selosia Dragon’s Breath to spice up patio, the deck, your terrace, or the entire backyard? Picturing it and your planters.  Or, if you love to garden but aren’t sure about plant armaking a plan is an important first step, so to help jump start this prorangement, try pre-planted garden mixes.  It’ll take the guess work out cess, let’s consult a specialist on the topic. Peter Cantley, a gardening of gardening but still result in planters and baskets that are perfectly expert for the President’s Choice brand, has put together his list of the colour coordinated.   biggest gardening trends at the moment, bound to put you in the mood for your spades and trowels: Colour Me Green: Forget the white picket fence; the ever growing trend of backyard colour is moving beyond the garden and into backBright Begonias: Nothing says summer like brilliant colours and again yard structures.  Fences and sheds are trending towards darker colours this year, gardeners are looking to have their outdoor spaces dazzle like navies, blacks and dark forest greens.  If you’re planning on doing with different shades and hues.  Many have already dubbed 2016 some outdoor building, or giving the fence a quick coat of paint, think “The Year of the Begonia” as this bright annual is winning fans across about these colours that are sure to give your outdoor space a modern both Canada and the United States. It’s not just traditional begonias feel. that people are talking about however. The newest varieties are loaded with colours and bred to enjoy the sun and shade.  They’re prefect Food Gardens: Lastly, a trend that’s becoming even more of a “moveto liven up any area of your garden.  ment” in the past few years is growing your own food. continued on pg 13


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Whether its fresh herbs on the windowsill or planters and gardens filled with new and exciting varieties of exotic berries, growing our own food has never been more on trend. Planting edibles is an exciting opportunity to learn about new and different varieties of fruits and veggies so don’t be afraid to experiment this season.  Or for something truly unique, try the PC Ketchup and Fries, a unique tomato grafted onto a potato plant.  Who knew that you can grow tomatoes and potatoes on the same plant?  It’s just another exciting step in the world of gardening.  Small Spaces, Big Ideas: It’s no secret that urban Canadians are moving into smaller spaces.  Downtown condo buildings are on the rise and there’s no room for a backyard when you’re living on the 40th floor.  Amazingly, condo dwellers aren’t letting their high-rise spaces prevent them from enjoying beautiful potted plants.  Low-maintenance tropical plants and terrace-friendly succulents can make any condo or apartment balcony a delightful place to be. newscanada.com


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A glance at home prices across Canada With much attention to home prices these days, property owners are increasingly curious about the value of their homes. According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, Canada’s residential real estate market showed strong year-over-year price increases in the first quarter of 2016.  The Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) real estate markets continue to lead the country in home price appreciation while Quebec shows promising signs of renewal, particularly in the Greater Montreal Area.

low Canadian dollar and a rapidly expanding U.S. workforce are stimulating economic growth and housing demand in our largest metropolitan areas. Conversely in cities like Calgary, the ongoing drags in depressed energy prices and worrisome employment trends have taken a material bite out of sales volumes.” To view the chart with aggregated regions and markets visit royallepage.ca/houseprices. This site provides historical house price data as well.

The median price of a home in Canada increased 7.9 per cent yearover-year to $512,621 in the first quarter of 2016. The price of a two-storey home rose 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $629,177, and the price of a bungalow increased 6.8 per cent to $426,216.  During the same period, the price of a condominium increased 4.0 per cent to $344,491. “A glance at our national House Price Composite points to a very strong Canadian real estate market, yet the findings contain extreme regional disparities of the kind we haven’t seen in over a decade,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “Like an economic triumvirate, the impact of rock-bottom interest rates, the

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Create the perfect poolside oasis Many Canadians look forward to basking underneath the warm sun and enjoying delightful dips in the pool. Is it time to bring life back to your cabana, pool house or deck? Here, Benjamin Moore’s colour and design expert, Sharon Grech, offers tips on the perfect application of stain or paint: Plan your attack: Painting a wood surface takes time and planning, so pay attention to all of the details. Is the wood old or new? Has it previously been stained? How much time do you have to complete the project? Don’t overlook the important step of planning. Pick the right product: Working with high-quality stain and preparation products will make staining significantly easier. “Pick a product that’s easy to apply and will enrich and enhance the grain of the wood surface,” says Grech. “Quality stains will prevent mould and mildew growth, and will hide imperfections in the wood. My favourite stain is Arborcoat, which is better for longterm maintenance and is available in a variety of beautiful colours.” continued on pg 21...


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so pick shades that are bright and fun. “For the overall surface of a cabana or deck, keep the natural look of the wood by using a semi-transparent stain. Add colour by painting the ceiling inside the cabana in a vivid blue like Blue Lagoon 2054-40 and contrast the deck rails with a dark grey stain like Ashland Slate 1608,” suggests Grech. “Tie it all together with patterned cushions and colourful drinkware, Once the surface has been properly examined and stripped perfect for poolside lounging.” if necessary, it’s time to wash and sand: More information is available at www.benjaminmoore.ca. • Ideally, wash the surface with a pressure washer as it will remove most surface grime; • Alternatively, use a commer- newscanada.com cial deck cleaning product and scrub with a deck brush, being sure to rinse clean; Don’t skip the prep work: Examine and evaluate the design features you want to update. “Look for things like rotted wood, mildew and old stain, all of which will play a factor in how the new stain will adhere,” says Grech. “If you do find any of these, be sure to use an appropriate product to return the wood to service, and always replace rotten wood.”

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Top 3 equity-building renovation tips to tackle in the summer

Are you ready to create some lasting memories now that the good weather days are returning? No matter whether it’s enjoying the company of family or taking in the beautiful landscapes of Canada, there is always a little piece of paradise that can be found during those scorching hot days. You don’t, however, have to travel very far to find your oasis. With a few renovations, you can create a world that reflects you and your family – and projects of this kind also help to protect your investment. “Renovations add value to your property,” says Sylvain Renaud, vice president, personal lines at Intact Insurance. “Before you do any renovation work, my first tip is to contact your broker to make sure you’re sufficiently covered.” Here are three more summer renovation tips: 1. Driveway If your driveway is pushing 20 years old, it’s probably time to redo it. The materials in asphalt start to fail over time and patching up spots is only a temporary fix for a bigger problem. Warmer months provide the perfect opportunity to create a smooth, bump free driveway,

with time and high temperatures being key factors to avoid premature hardening. 2. Protect your basement from water damage When refinishing the basement, make sure to deep-seal the concrete to prevent water seepage, water vapour and soil gases like radon. This can protect you from problems down the road. 3. Roof Replacing your roof can save you money in the long run. Use materials that are resistant to hail and wind for both the roof and siding. newscanada.com


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