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SHOW HOME SPOTLIGHT Gilroy Homes’ show home embraces prairie modern style

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ALL IN THE FAMILY The Kratz name stands for quality

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An eye for colour

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Why keep Regina growing?

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RECONNECTING It’s all about the people at Sherwood Co-op

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FUTURE HOME What’s app with that?

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HOMEOWNERS’ INSURANCE 101: How to ensure your policy is the perfect fit

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LEADING THE WAY: Gavin Semple named ABEX Business Leader of the Year

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WELCOMING Homes by JMS a runaway success

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Welcome to the latest edition of You’re Home Magazine, the official magazine of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. Look inside for great information that will help you make the most of your home, whether you’re renovating an existing home or planning to build a new dream home. Topics in this edition include: how to express your personal style through colour; choosing replacement windows that complement the character of your home; new innovations in home automation; a look at the latest in TV technology, and much, much more! It’s all waiting, inside You’re Home!

Email: jarmstrong@postmedia.com

Contributors EDITOR JEANNIE ARMSTRONG

ART DIRECTOR CHRISTINE PEARCE

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ASK AN EXPERT… About Home Design

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CARSON ARTHUR Outdoor kitchen adds luxury to your back yard

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MARC SALTZMAN Get the skinny on new TVs

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CLOSING REMARKS

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WRITERS JEANNIE ARMSTRONG CARSON ARTHUR TOM EREMONDI ANDREW LIVINGSTONE ASHLEIGH MATTERN SHERRY MCCORMICK STU NIEBERGALL PAT REDIGER MARC SALTZMAN CAROL TODD

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Gilroy Homes’ show home embraces prairie modern style

by Sherry McCormick PHOTOS COURTESY OF GILROY HOMES

Gilroy Homes’ beautiful show home

located at 4233 Albulet Drive in Harbour Landing is replete with many unique features that live up to the company’s motto: Better by Design. Quality craftsmanship is evident on all levels of this luxury-laden 1,957 square foot two-storey home. “Designed with the idea of combining a modern theme with a prairie touch, the windows depict a linear design. We combined

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this with exterior accents of prairie stone and earth tone stucco,” said Ted Reilly, Operations Manager of Gilroy Homes. “As you walk into the front entrance, the open concept stairwell gives the home a charismatic impression. It is open from the second floor levels all the way to the basement. The main level features laminate flooring in the living area, kitchen, powder room and laundry room.”

The kitchen sparkles with a country classic charm, combining white cabinets with a black granite island countertop. “The fullsize pantry and stainless steel appliances make the kitchen a chef’s delight,” said Reilly, “and the pendulum lighting fixtures are also very complementary to this room.” Accessible from the dining room is the beautiful 10x16-foot covered rear deck. “This outdoor space entices one to be outdoors. The view is alluring as it overlooks the environmental reserve that borders the property,” said Reilly. On cooler evenings, one can enjoy time by the fireplace in the great room living area. The prairie stone design we see on


Designed with the idea of combining a modern theme with a prairie touch, the windows depict a linear design. We combined this with exterior accents of prairie stone and earth tone stucco.” ted reilly, operations manager, gilroy homes

the exterior of the home also complements the fireplace and the large windows in the room maintain the open feel that prevails throughout the home. Views of the environmental reserve can also be enjoyed inside the great room. Three generously-sized bedrooms and a loft await on the second level. Double entry doors open to the master bedroom. “The walk-in closet is one of the most impressive features. It’s very large and can be noted as a room of its own. Beyond the walk-in closet is a luxurious ensuite, featuring double sinks, a make-up counter and shower. One of the best things about this room is the corner standalone tub, where one can soak while enjoying a remarkable view,” Reilly said. The show home’s lower level is fully developed, making it an ideal space for fam-

ily activities or an inviting extra room for hosting guests. It also leads out to a large patio and back yard. This is an ideal space for entertaining in the warmer months. A fourth bedroom and full bath are also great features of the lower level. The home is complete with a heated 22x24-foot double car garage. It is constructed to Gilroy’s “Quality Plus” specifications, including high-energy efficient furnace, air conditioning, water heater and HRV.

There are many amenities close to this Gilroy home. Shopping, restaurants, banks and gas stations are all just moments away. It is also just a five-minute walk from the new elementary school that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Gilroy Homes’ show home at 4233 Albulet Drive is open for viewing Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.gilroyhomes.ca. You’re Home  winter 2016 | 13


expert about Third Party New Home Warranty ask an

Q: I’ve given my home builder a deposit towards the purchase of my new home. How can I be sure my deposit is protected? A: Not all warranty programs offer deposit coverage, and for some it’s an added option. Make sure your warranty program includes protection of your deposit. Cash deposits are payments that bind your agreement with a builder. Deposits are paid prior to the start of construction. With deposit protection you should be covered in the event the builder does not complete the sale and the customer does not receive anything of value because of bankruptcy, default, insolvency or fraud by the builder. It does not cover reimbursement because of a contract dispute between the parties. The Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program includes up to $50,000 Deposit Protection when your builder is a Registered Builder Member of the Program. For a full list of Builder Members, visit: www.nhwp.org. Q: When signing a purchase agreement with a home builder, what should a homeowner keep in mind? A: The purchase agreement or building contract is an agreement, which sets out the mutual obligations between the purchaser and the builder. To be valid, any verbal understandings or agreements that lead up to the contract signing should be documented in the contract. Unless they appear in writing, verbal agreements are not part of the contract. As the purchaser, you’re obligated to pay for and take possession of the home you have contracted for upon its completion.

Denise Mildner, CEO New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan Inc. 306.373.7833 director@nhwp.org www.nhwp.org

The builder is obligated to construct the home according to your contractual specifications and to complete the transfer of title. The purchase price is the agreed upon price of your new home (and lot if applicable) plus GST less the GST rebate granted by the federal government to new home buyers plus any adjustments. The purchase price also includes any agreed to changes in the plans and specifications at the time of the contract signing. Additional tips to remember: • Read any pre-printed standard clauses • Know and stipulate what the builder is to supply and install • Determine exactly what the purchase price includes • Do not sign in haste • Ensure you fully understand all aspects of the contract • Ensure the contract accurately reflects your wishes • Have your lawyer review the wording and your obligations

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AN EYE FOR

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by Ashleigh Mattern

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Holli Appelquist, principal designer at Appelquist Interior Design Inc., jokingly calls herself “a colour therapist,” but the title is apt. When doing a colour consultation, Appelquist says she takes the whole person into account. What kind of car is in the driveway? What clothes are they wearing? How have they styled their hair? What colours are in their closet? What is their personality like? “We pay attention to them as an individual and help them express their own style and personality through colour,” she says. It takes the average person up to six months to choose a colour for their house, and Appelquist says she’s had clients who have taken longer than six months. With a designer helping you, it can take about an hour and a half – the average length of a consultation. “A good colour consultation would include a lot of soul searching. Do I want to feel warm and cosy? Open and fresh? Bright, lively, energetic, reflective, peaceful, happy?” said Appelquist.


It takes the average person up to six months to choose a colour for their house. With a designer helping you, it can take about an hour and a half – the average length of a consultation. of You’re Home Magazine. “It doesn’t need to look like your house at all,” she said. “You can love the way a room feels, or love that one particular colour blend…. Sometimes a picture says a thousand words.”

“The more descriptive you can be, the easier it can be for that professional to assist you in getting that look.” When working with an interior designer, Appelquist says you should expect to be asked a lot of questions. Prices vary between designers, but Appelquist says you should spend $100 to $200. At the end of the consultation, you’ll have a whole new look ready to go – Appelquist comes armed with paint swatches, and gives her clients a colour right then and there. Sometimes decorators offer discounts for paint, too, so be sure to ask. Of course, you don’t need an expert to help you make a decision, and she has many tips for people who’d prefer to do the soul-searching on their own. FIND INSPIRATION Choosing the right colour is a personal endeavour. Do some homework online, and tag pictures you love, or flip through your copies

CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER Stuck on what colour to choose? Pare down the room to the absolute essentials – take out anything that might realistically be able to go. “It helps you to imagine what else that room can be. Often we get caught up in the plethora of stuff that we put in our home, and tend to not really see it after awhile.” DON’T BE AFRAID Paint is inexpensive, especially if you’re painting yourself, and you can always repaint. “It’s just paint,” Appelquist said. “There’s no sense in crying over spilled paint.” If you’re still hesitant, test the colour: Paint sample boards and note how the colour changes in morning, afternoon, and evening light. MATCH THE FURNITURE “If you’re designing a room from scratch, the world is your oyster, but most people who are looking to repaint or refresh a room need to coordinate the existing pieces,” Appelquist

said. Noticing the undertones is especially important when choosing colours to match. A cool yellow is light and bright, while a warm yellow will be more rich – like caramel. It’s easiest to match cool with cool, and warm with warm. You can mix cool and warm undertones, but you have to know what you’re doing or it may end up being an eyesore. FOLLOW THE TRENDS… OR DON’T! The colour purple is on the trend horizon and greys are still hot as the connecting neutrals with pops of other colours. If you want to be ahead of the game trendwise, Appelquist suggests going on a shopping spree – or at least peer through the windows. “We already have fashion leads. In design, if you go shopping for clothes, you’ll know what’s coming in for home décor,” she said. Of course going for a classic look is always an option. Appelquist says contrasting shades of black and white are a safe bet, and because both of those tones are neutral, any colour can be added to the mix when you’re ready. For more details, visit www.appelquistinteriordesign.ca. You’re Home  winter 2016 | 17


Why

keep Regina

?

growing Growth is precious and it requires our leaders and our citizens to believe growth is important. If you don’t agree, close your eyes and picture Regina 20 years ago. Now open them and look how far we’ve come. Going backwards doesn’t make much sense.” stu niebergall ceo, regina & region home builders’ assocation

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It was less than a decade ago that Regina was in the midst of a housing crisis. In just one year, from 2007 to 2008, the average selling price of a home in Regina had increased by 37 per cent. The rental vacancy rate was near zero, at 0.5 per cent. Fuelling the shortage of available housing was Regina’s rapid increase in population. According to Census Canada, the city’s population increased by 8 per cent from 2006 to 2011, jumping from 194,971 to 210,556 people. Although population growth has moderated over the past couple of years, Regina has continued to grow. Statistics Canada’s most recent population count for the city of Regina is 223,000. There is a lesson to be learned from the growing pains that Regina and its residents experienced just a few short years ago, said Stu Niebergall, CEO of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. “The city was unprepared for growth. We hadn’t been making enough of the future investments to ensure the infrastructure was in place and that we had enough housing supply in the system to take that pressure.” Regina developers and home builders quickly responded to the increased demand for housing stock in our city. New neighbour-

by Jeannie Armstrong

hoods blossomed throughout Regina. On the city’s east side, developing communities include The Greens on Gardiner, The Creeks and Kensington Greens. New subdivisions on the west side of Regina include Skyview, Maple Ridge, Hawkstone, Coopertown, Edgewater, Greenside Terrace and Fairways West. Southwest Regina also expanded, with the introduction of Harbour Landing. Not all of Regina’s growth has resulted in an extension of the city limits. Growth has also taken place in the heart of the city, including Evans Court and Canterbury Park. It’s important to not take Regina’s growth for granted and assume that growth will just continue under its own perpetual momentum, said Niebergall. “Growth is precious and it requires our leaders and our citizens to believe growth is important. If you don’t agree, close your eyes and picture Regina 20 years ago. Now open them and look how far we’ve come. Going backwards doesn’t make much sense.” To highlight the importance of sustained growth, the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association and the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce recently launched an awareness campaign: “Keep Regina Growing.” u


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The new neighbourhoods that have sprung up across the city bring with them a host of amenities that all Reginans can enjoy, including phenomenal parks, new schools, recreation facilities and new commercial ventures.

Initially designed to spark conversation and thought prior to the October 26 municipal election, the “Keep Regina Growing” initiative will continue to advance and increase in momentum. “We want this to become a forum for people to keep the conversation going about why growth is an important part of the DNA of our city,” said Niebergall. Why is it important to keep Regina growing? Niebergall replies, “For Regina to continue to improve, we need more housing. We need more infrastructure. We need more transportation options. We need more opportunity. We need more small businesses. Essentially, we need more of Regina!” Growth generates new opportunities in our city, said Niebergall. “It drives the economy, improves culture and encourages innovation.” Population growth in Regina has significantly expanded the City’s tax base over the past decade. “That tax base expansion, just on property tax, for example, is perpetual for our City. It’s revenue that the City receives, not only to pay for services in new communities, but to increase services for all Regina residents,” said Niebergall. The new neighbourhoods that have sprung up across the city bring with them a host of amenities that all Reginans can enjoy, including phenomenal parks, new schools, recreation facilities and new commercial ventures. “We have three new schools that are presently under development,

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serving both new and existing communities. Again, those new schools are a direct result of continued growth in Regina,” said Niebergall. Regina, like the rest of Saskatchewan, used to be a place where generations of young people left to find success. “Now young people are moving here,” said Niebergall. “I’m blown away by the new entrepreneurs who are now doing business in Regina, particularly among millennials and late generation-Ys. The number of 30-somethings who have opened up businesses here is phenomenal. Again, that’s only occurred because they saw opportunity ­­­– and that opportunity has only arisen because of the growth in our city.” The most common complaint expressed about Regina’s growth concerns traffic issues. What was once a seven-minute commute to work may now take 15 minutes. “People get frustrated by that,” agrees Niebergall. “But the solution to that problem is not to stop growth. The solution is for municipalities to fix the traffic problems. However, if you stop growth, you also lose the resources from the City that significantly help pay for those traffic solutions.” Niebergall says that Regina is the envy of many North American cities that lack the space to expand their boundaries. “Our city is not full. We have room to grow up and out, and inside, all at the same time. We believe that people should be free to choose to live in places that are urban or rural, in communities that are compact and walkable or that are low-density and car-centric. The great thing about our city is that it is in this unique vantage spot, where we can actually offer all of that to our citizens.” Niebergall hopes the “Keep Regina Growing” initiative will become a forum for people to continue to talk about the city’s growth and the important advantages growth brings to the community. “We’re very unapologetic that we see growth as being very beneficial to our community. We have started this conversation and now we’d like to see where the people of Regina – including our communities and our industries – choose to take this movement,” said Niebergall. “We’ve come through a significant growth period in our province and our city. We are seeing new and increasing headwinds from that perspective. There are outside factors that we can’t control, but the one thing we can control is to make sure we’re not stepping on our own feet when growth opportunities present themselves.” To learn more and share your thoughts on why and how growth is good for our city, visit www.keepreginagrowing.ca.


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When you have an architecturally stunning

architectural windows by Ashleigh Mattern PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLEAR VIEW WINDOWS & DOORS

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home, the last thing you want to do is choose windows that don’t match the style of the home. Stuart Rogers, Business Development Manager at Clear View Windows and Doors, says matching new windows to an existing style on a house is one of the areas where an expert can excel. “One of the big benefits to working with an expert is really their education and understanding of the different options. That’s something we pride ourselves on – our customers understanding what they’re getting, the benefits, and seeing the different options.”


Rogers says people are looking to integrate every aspect of the home into a unified style, including windows. They’re being asked to match the architectural design of the house, whether that be a squared-off contemporary design, or the character of a Craftsman style. “One of the things I would look for in an architectural window is actually incorporating the style and design of the window into the house. Eighty per cent of windows are white PVC, very standard, but we are having more and more people choose different styles and looks to accent or complement the style of the house.” Most often, Rogers sees this attention to detail in new construction, and in the renovation of 100-year-old homes. “Those are the two bigger ones where people are starting to pay more attention to the design of the door, the design of the windows, to match,” he said. “People buy those 1920s houses for the character and the design, so we’re ensuring that what we do matches the time period properly.” Discussions will include talking about colours, trim, and other details. For example, houses built in the 1920s have windows that slide up and down, and they’ll have wide trims. “We’ll retain that to keep the character and the charm of that look,” he said. “When it comes to the whole look and feel of the house, you have to take more into consideration than just the function of it. There are different styles of windows which fit better in the character of the home.” They’ll also study the rest of the neighbourhood for inspiration. If there is a style that is common on the street, Roger says they try to incorporate those design elements to retain the cohesive look of a neighbourhood. “That’s something we see a lot – where people have held off doing windows in those older houses because they’ve seen standard windows put in, and they don’t like the look of the house afterwards.” Adding character windows is actually not

When it comes to the whole look and feel of the house, you have to take more into consideration than just the function of it. There are different styles of windows which fit better in the character of the home.” stuart rogers, business development manager, clear view windows and doors

that much more expensive than adding standard windows – there are so many styles to choose from that fit so many levels of budgets, you’ll easily find what you’re looking for, especially with the help of an expert. New materials and design options are constantly being added to the market, so Rogers highly recommends you speak to a professional to find out what is available. He is especially excited by some of the new material technology being introduced, such as lowmaintenance fiberglass that can be stained, and has all the same character as a traditional wood. You will need to invest more time into choosing the right product, though. An expert can narrow down your choices, but it will still be up to you to review the options and make a decision. Feel free to get creative! You can make stand-out choices with unique features – like different colours, grills, trims, and shapes – while still staying true to the original architecture. “Windows can really change the way a house looks,” Rogers said. To learn more, visit www.clearviewregina.com. You’re Home  winter 2016 | 23


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Are you looking to the resale market for a “fixer-upper”? Here are some important points to consider:

Q: I am looking at existing homes that require upgrades in the future. What should I be looking for? A: Location is very important, but also investigate the condition of the foundation, furnace, roof, doors and windows and site drainage. Reports by an engineer and a home inspector can confirm the health of the home. Q: We can live in a smaller house now but should we be looking at future site potential as well? A: It is worthwhile to consider what expansions might be possible should you require a larger home later. This might be basement development, an addition or perhaps adding a second floor. In any case paying down your mortgage on a smaller home now will be easier if you can delay the expansion and renovations. Q: Are there advantages other than cost for me to purchase an existing home? A: It is important that your home offer the space and character that you want to make it yours. A home that needs an upgraded kitchen or bathroom will be priced lower, and offers you the opportunity to design the space and select finishes that you like. You can also select interior and exterior finishes that may need upgrading in the future. Q: I am unsure of the potential for a house we have selected. How do I know whether the property is worth investing in? A: Robinson Residential Design can visit the home with you before you purchase it, to comment on the possibilities for future renovations and improvements. Perhaps you would like to incorporate a secondary suite to offer financial assistance. After hearing your requirements and budget considerations, a preliminary plan can be prepared that you can take to your contractor and sub-trades to determine the cost. Q: How does phasing affect the outcome? A: Pick your priority items and determine which aspects of the renovation can be delayed to best suit the sequences of construction and your building budget. Careful planning now can ensure that future upgrades will all fit into your complete building scheme. 24 |  You’re Home  winter 2016

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last five years is likely: “There’s an app for that.” This is especially true when it comes to home automation – and one that will become even truer in the future. Research firm Gartner Inc. says that by the year 2022 the average family home could contain more than 500 ‘smart’ devices. Paul Williams, vice-president of Lighting and Comfort for Utah-based Control4, says that’s just the start. “According to our estimates, there are more than 9,400 whole home automation devices currently on the market that can be controlled by apps.”

While apps promise to make your home easier to manage and automation systems easier to control, it’s also true that many consumers are confused by the sheer number of available apps and technology protocols. Control4 recognized this problem early on and began working on its solution, Williams says. “What Control4 has worked to do over the last 10 years is to build a platform − or what we like to call an ecosystem − for all of those whole home automations. In the midst of having all these products, we wanted to find ways to simplify how people live with technology.” u


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When Control4 was launched, he says home automation was serving “one per cent of the one per cent income bracket. They were very expensive to install and meant the number of people using them was very limited. “Control4’s goal was to bring that technology to a much broader demographic by making it more affordable – both in terms of the equipment but also in terms of the amount of time it takes to install. We’ve also made the software easier for installers to use. In the beginning they’d have to understand C++ but now it’s all drag-and-drop and much more simplified. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to be able to install home automation.” For smart home systems, Control4 offers controllers that Williams says “are the brains of the system and keep track of the rules. The controller sends out commands to all of the devices in your home, so it’s basically the coordinator of all of your automation.” Homeowners communicate with the controller via what Control4 calls ‘user interaction devices.’ “These can be a touch screen that’s mounted to a wall, or a portable touch screen that’s carried around the house, but we also have a growing number of people using the Control4 app on their mobile devices – be it IOS or Android, tablet or phone. This is because it allows users to control their home automation from not only inside the home but also from outside the home and even from anywhere in the world.” While Control4 offers a complete home automation package, it also offers subsystems, he adds. Home owners can opt for systems that control just the lighting, home audio or video, security or heating and cooling systems. Williams points out, too, that Control4 doesn’t have to be exclusive in your home. “We have a lot of ‘co-opetition’, meaning our system works with competitor systems. We’ve left our ecosystem open to other competitors because that will make it easier for homeowners to control all of their devices the way they want.” He adds, though, that Control4 is not a do-ityourself project. Because of its intricacies, the company says its system is only installed by professional dealers. The Control4 website identifies at least a half-dozen companies in the province that sell and install its home automation products. 28 |  You’re Home  winter 2016

These include Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association members Audio Warehouse and ON AV Inc. “Once the professional installation is done, though,” Williams says, “homeowners can find the app store on the devices, download it, enter their credentials and then the Control4 app automatically reads their system and sets it up for them.” He says the app uses a dynamic user interface that only shows homeowners the systems they’ve installed. “It will do this room by room. So, if I’m in a room that only has lighting, the app knows that and

that’s the only thing you’ll see on the interface. Users are only presented with the systems that they control in that space – it makes it much more simplified.” While adding convenience to the home, he says consumers installing home automation systems are adding resale value to their homes. “How much depends on each market but we know that wherever you are, a home automation system will at least make your home stand out from other homes on the market at the same time.” For more information, visit Control4. com.

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“For most of us, our homes are the largest purchases we will make,” said Jason Galon of Galon Insurance Brokers. “It’s important to protect our investments – our homes and our possessions – from risks including fire, theft, vandalism and water damage.” Before purchasing home insurance, you must decide whether to shop directly from an insurance company or an insurance broker. Many experts agree that working with an insurance broker is the best option. As Galon explained, brokers use their professional knowledge and experience to help you properly assess your insurance needs, shop for the best value in insurance coverage and help you in the event of a claim.

“The advantage of going with a broker is that we’re going to be looking at several different insurers to provide the best coverage option choices and consider the most economic premium,” he said. “They have access to several insurers, versus direct insurance agencies where they’re only selling their one product. Brokers not only give consumers different options, but truly explain the coverage options and give the consumer the freedom to choose.” Upon visiting an insurance broker, customers will complete a replacement cost worksheet to calculate the reconstruction cost of their house. They will be asked details about the construction of the home, the


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percentage of flooring on the main level, size of the deck and garage, among other things. “When visiting a broker, it’s important to have knowledge of your home, though you can always change the information on the worksheet afterward,” Galon said. “It’s all about creating an accurate map of your home, so in the event of a loss, your home can be replaced back to what it was.” After completing the replacement cost worksheet, it’s time to explore your options. Galon explained that two of the major types of coverage packages are Broad Form and Comprehensive Form. Both forms provide All Risk or All Perils coverage on your home and detached struc-

tures, meaning that you’re covered for all types of losses, with the exception of the standard policy exclusions. The major difference falls on the coverage for your personal belongings. With a Comprehensive policy, your belongings are covered under the All Risk or All Perils coverage, while a Broad policy covers your belongings on a Named Perils basis, meaning you’re only covered for the types of losses that are listed in your policy wordings. There are also a number of additional options you can add to your policy, such as identify theft coverage, increased limits coverage and glass deductible buy down. As Galon explained, many people don’t realize that they have to buy additional insurance for seasonal vehicles that aren’t plated and don’t have an auto policy, even if they’re parked in the garage. In the insurance industry, as is the case in many industries, change is a constant. Galon said that there have been significant changes to sewer back-up coverage. Now, it’s priced accordingly to whether your home was built on or near a flood plain, or in an area where the storm sewers and related infrastructure

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Leading THE WAY Gavin Semple named

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Gavin Semple, Chairman, Brandt Group of Companies

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On October 22, Gavin Semple, Chairman of the Brandt Group of Companies, was recognized by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 ABEX Business Leader of the Year, a distinction that followed over four decades of experience within Brandt’s operations. Semple is grateful for the recognition. “I’m obviously honoured to win this prestigious award, especially when I think about all of the very successful businesspeople in our province,” he said. “We’re just one story in the province of Saskatchewan – there are a lot of great success stories, and it’s a real honour for me to be picked.” However, he recognizes that the award is a result of more than just his own efforts. “I accept this on behalf of the 1,800 who work at Brandt,” said Semple. “I’m just one of many that contribute to the success of the organization. Across the country, we have approximately 200 other leaders and managers that do the heavy lifting, and I just get to take home the hardware. 32 |  You’re Home  winter 2016

“Most leaders know that success is seldom due to the efforts of any one person,” Semple said. “It’s due to the efforts of a highly-motivated team.” It is unsurprising, then, that Semple attributes the success of the Brandt Group to its philosophy of putting employees first. “It’s all focused around people,” said Semple. “It always comes back to obtaining, training and retaining the brightest and the best people.” This people-centric approach has defined Brandt for some time. “We’ve been focused on that for several decades, so we want to not only find the best, but we want to develop a culture that results in our employees wanting to come to work, enjoying their work and being fulfilled at doing their job,” Semple said. “When you create that kind of culture, people perform at a high level. When they perform at a high level, they deliver extraordinary results.” It is partly the need to attract and retain the best personnel that has aligned the interests of Brandt with those of the Regina & Re-

gion Home Builders’ Association (RRHBA). “We have about 900 employees in the Regina area, and those 900 employees and their families are all housed in the Regina area, so it’s a critical piece for us,” said Semple. “When I think back to two or three years ago, when the market was very buoyant, we were bringing in a lot of new employees and there was a housing shortage. “That really emphasized to us the importance of housing to economic development, not only the economic development that results from the actual construction of the houses themselves, but, indirectly, it allows us to bring in the employees that we need to run our businesses and to house them successfully in the Regina area.” With the right employees in place and working together, Brandt has extended its reach into new markets and technologies. “I’ve been at Brandt for 44 years, and when I started, it was a little company on Toronto Street that had 25 employees and was doing just under $1 million in revenue,” Semple


We want to develop a culture that results in our employees wanting to come to work, enjoying their work and being fulfilled at doing their job. When you create that kind of culture, people perform at a high level. When they perform at a high level, they deliver extraordinary results.” gavin semple, chairman, brandt group of companies

said. “We were very reliant on just one industry – primarily agriculture – and we still do a great business in agriculture, but we learned early on that it cycled, so we had to diversify, and we did that. “Today, we’re doing $1.5 billion, so, we’ve had tremendous growth over that period of time,” said Semple. “We’re sort of an opportunistic company. We look at opportunities that have some synergy with our core businesses, so that’s kind of the way we’ve grown: new products, new markets, new ventures, all adding to our diversification strategy.” Semple likens Brandt’s diversification of manufacturing to modern farming. “We’re kind of like a farmer that grows wheat, canola, lentils, peas and a variety of crops, knowing that they may not all be high-priced at the same time or they may not all produce at the same volume, but, overall, it’s a good diversification strategy,” he said. “As a business, we take that same approach.” Diversification, however, must not come at the expense of quality and expertise. “The specialization is as important as diversification,” said Semple. “We don’t want to be a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ – we want to be diversified, but we do it through specialized business units so that each business receives focus.” There again, the Brandt Group’s membership in the RRHBA has been an asset, as the Association provides intimate feedback from Brandt’s end-users. “Many of the members are customers of ours,” Semple said. “We sell them construction equipment that they use in the course of their business, so, in that respect, it’s very important to us. “It keeps us close to the activities that are going on in the Regina area as far as home building is concerned, and that’s important to us.” Learn more about the Brandt Group of Companies, at www.brandt.ca.

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When Josh Kasper, the founder and carpenter behind Kasper Construction Inc., took advantage of a quiet period in his industry, he discovered unexpected fulfillment and success. After building a house for his own family, he found that others wanted to employ the full range of his home building talents, and he established Homes by JMS to work closely with them to make their dream homes a reality. “He worked for several home builders as a subcontractor doing framing, carpentry and finishing, and, when the industry slowed down, he built our house and has helped friends do theirs,” said Mandy Kasper, who co-owns and co-manages Homes by JMS and Kasper Construction with Josh, her husband. “He bought a couple of lots, and the plan was to just do a couple of houses to keep busy until things picked up again. Then it just kind of blew up. Now, we have signed 16 contracts… Homes by JMS was born from there.” She attributes this success to Homes by JMS’ modest scale. “We build a limited amount of houses per year, and, with the small amount of staff, the relationship between the client and the builder is a lot more intimate as opposed to going to a larger home builder,” said Kasper. “That’s what our clients have so far told us: that’s their favourite thing about us. Also, due to our smaller scale and minimal overhead, we are able to get clients into a new home they love at the most affordable price.”


We build a limited amount of houses per year, and, with the small amount of staff, the relationship between the client and the builder is a lot more intimate as opposed to going to a larger home builder.” mandy kasper, co-owner, homes by jms

Although some clients prefer to limit their involvement in the construction process, Homes by JMS is more than willing to oblige those who favour a more hands-on approach. “They’re really a part of building their house,” Kasper said. “Most of our clients want to be involved in every step along the way. “We allow everyone to come into the house at any time to see what’s going on. They can talk directly to Josh at any time. They send him text messages so there’s no kind of middleman – they’re speaking directly to the builder at all times, so it makes for a better experience for them for what they’re looking for, because they feel like they’re really building their own house.” Of course, Josh and Mandy’s experience in building a house for their own family is an asset in creating homes for others. “Most of our clients have families, and we are a young family, so we can build houses to suit that need,” said Kasper. “If they don’t want that, that’s no prob-

Many of the homes constructed by JMS are designed with families in mind, with open concept floor plans. Homes by JMS also designs and builds houses with rental suites, adding to their affordability. Supplied

lem, but we always keep families in mind with open-concept spaces and rooms that accommodate children. “Also, a lot of our homes have rental suites in the basement, so it’s a great way for young families to get a new property and also have some supplementary income to pay for it.” Homes by JMS is still new to the marketplace, but the Kaspers were eager to acquire a membership in the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association (RRHBA). Their certificate arrived in September. “Basically, we joined because of the networking opportunities, and being part of the Association

allows you to network with other builders and trades,” Kasper said. “If you’re in the industry of home building, you want to be part of the Association.” Homes by JMS has already received some positive attention due to its membership in the Association. “Since becoming a member, I noticed that we do have more hits on our website page,” said Kasper. “I think, in getting our name out there more, they definitely assisted in that. Plus, having their logo on things adds to our credibility.” The Kaspers’ short time as members of the RRHBA has also proven informative. “They also provide lots of insight into the industry, updates on things that can affect home builders directly,” Kasper said. “They also provide lots of educational opportunities as well, such as the Certified Professional Home Builder Program. We’re working on that and have just one more course to complete.” Kasper looks forward to the RRHBA’s monthly meetings, dinners and other gatherings. “It’s not just a business thing, it’s also a social thing, where you just get to meet all different sorts of people in the industry,” she said. “Building a home from scratch involves so many people, and it really is a team effort. It’s great to connect with people from all the various aspects of home building. So, it’s really about the community, and being part of the Association allows you to take part in that.”

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When it comes to any kitchen, the same principles apply to function and flow in the space. Having lots of work surface and being able to move between the different areas within the kitchen is always going to impact the design.”

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Carson Arthur is a nationally recognized outdoor design and lifestyle expert and host of HGTV’s “Green Force” and “Room to Grow.”

Outdoor kitchens continue to be a backyard luxury that more homeowners are making a reality in their spaces. With more appliances being built to withstand our Canadian environments, any options that you have inside are now available outdoors too… with a few extras. Smokers and barbecues have become a focal point for the outdoor kitchen but there are some design tips that you should incorporate to make the most of your backyard investment. When it comes to any kitchen, the same principles apply to function and flow in the space. Having lots of work surface and being able to move between the different areas within the kitchen is always going to impact the design. The challenge with an outdoor kitchen is the smoke. It is a lot tougher to control airflow outside so understanding which way the wind blows in your back yard is the very first thing you need to establish before you design the kitchen. Always try to keep the barbecue so that the smoke blows away from the working areas. Plan to use long lasting elements in your outdoor space but be prepared for stains and weathering. Picking quartz and granite for the inside is a great way to include natural elements into a space; unfortunately, these materials don’t survive our winters. Instead, we use wood and stone like concrete, natural flag and pavers to create counters and structures. The biggest challenge with these products is that they are permeable, which means the water will penetrate into them. It’s not a structural issue but you need to be prepared to have increased wear-and-tear as a result. Make sure to add seating around your


outdoor kitchen. As the family griller, I want to be a part of the fun. They say that the party always moves into the kitchen because it’s the heart of the house; the same thing happens in the back yard with the outdoor kitchen. Like any indoor renovation, having a budget before you start the project is extremely

important. The main difference with adding an outdoor space is that you are starting from scratch, which adds extra costs. A reasonable budget for a decent outdoor kitchen with a small outdoor fridge, a medium-sized grill and countertops is around $10,000. Most of the kitchens I’ve been installing outdoors have also included a pergola and an

island with a sink and plenty of seating for guests. The average cost is closer to $25,000 but with an expected return-on-investment of almost 100% according to several online sources, adding this extra outdoor room is really paying off for homeowners. So instead of remodeling the inside this year…why not add a little luxury into your backyard?

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The name says it all – for almost 60 years, the Kratz name has stood for quality home construction in Regina. Co-owner Ralph Kratz says the familyowned and operated company’s commitment to quality has been the bedrock upon which its success has been built. “We stick with the quality. People like it,” he said. Ralph, his wife Pam and his brother Joe Jr. currently operate the business established 56 years ago by father Joe. Arriving in Canada from his native Germany in 1958, the family patriarch began building on his own before starting the company that now bears his name. 38 |  You’re Home  winter 2016

Joe Sr., keeping to the old-world work ethic and commitment to quality, set the high standard for the company in 1960, and, since then, the Kratz Homes’ commitment to quality and service has built a successful business with a dedicated clientele. That client base even sees customers returning to buy their second homes from them. “We have long-term clients. There are people we built for in Uplands a long, long time ago and we’re building new houses for them again,” he said. And, the name really stands for something in the community. “When we see our houses being re-sold, we usually see in the paper that they’ve been branded ‘Kratz-built’,” he said. Part of that commitment to service and quality is attributable to the knowledge and extensive experience of the staff, many of whom have


When things got a little crazy here the last seven, eight years, we didn’t try to corner the market or anything and build everything we could. We just stayed building houses the way we always have.” ralph kratz, co-owner, kratz homes

been with the company for more than 30 years. Many of the tradespeople who work with Kratz Homes are, like Ralph and Joe Jr., the offspring of the tradespeople who worked with founder Joe back in the day. “We’ve got some that are second-generation, where their dad worked with my dad back when. They’ve taken over from their parents, too,” he says. That kind of long-term commitment is felt by the clients as well. “When you have almost a personal relationship with the trades, they’re not just doing the work and you never see them again,” he said. And, father Joe, still going strong in his 80s, continues to keep an eagle eye on the operation, happily running his skid steer and ensuring the Kratz quality is maintained. Ralph started working with the company in the summers during high school, but the building bug didn’t really bite until he graduated and had time to really sink his teeth into the business. “I stayed with it and started enjoying it once I got more involved,” he said. He is proud of the family tradition of quality building, regardless of the vagaries of the economy. Kratz continues to build ten to 12 houses a year, focusing on one

customer at a time and resisting efforts to expand quickly during a boom. “When things got a little crazy here the last seven, eight years, we didn’t try to corner the market or anything and build everything we could. We just stayed building houses the way we always have. We even turned people away,” he said. Kratz Homes uses the most current and up to date architectural designs and exceeds most of today’s structural and environmental requirements, using the highest quality materials to build strong, structurally sound homes. Standard features include acrylic stucco, hardwood floors, custom cabinets and stone countertops throughout, as well as steel beam construction, rebar in the floating basement floors, high efficiency furnaces and PVC windows for environmental efficiency. The homes can be found throughout the city, from the north in Uplands to the new subdivisions in the east at The Creeks and to the south in Harbour Landing. From every point of the compass and from the ground up, Kratz Homes will continue to stand for quality and client commitment —from their families to yours. For more information, visit www.kratzhomes.com. You’re Home  winter 2016 | 39


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Sherwood Co-op by Carol Todd

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From its start back during the Great Depression, Sherwood Co-op has remained true to its prairie roots, while continuing to respond to the everevolving marketplace and building for the future.

Sherwood Co-op, along with other consumer-driven co-operative enterprises on the prairies, began as a way for people to band together to find solutions to the problems they were facing during the 1930s. Now 67,000 members strong, it continues to adapt and expand in response to society’s evolving needs. Co-op members are currently served by three Food Centres, the Home and Building Centre, and six Gas Bar/Convenience Store/Car Washes in Regina, as well as a Gas Bar in White City/Emerald Park and branches in several other centres. Sherwood Co-op has long operated a branch location in Indian Head and this year it added facilities in Southey, Dysart and Montmartre, bringing the total number of locations to 18 in six communities.

One of the largest retailers in Regina, Sherwood Co-op is also in the midst of adding another location in the city, this one in the high traffic area of south Albert St. The new Gas Bar/Convenience Store/Car Wash is currently under construction, with completion slated for 2017. Troy Verboom, Sherwood general manager, says the Co-op is also looking at adding two more gas bars in Regina and is currently pursuing land in Southey for a new hybrid facility there. Grocery shoppers can enjoy a full range of food products, as well as a pharmacy, at the Co-op’s food stores. “All our facilities are clean and well lit, and are fully stocked,” said Verboom. Top quality items sport the Co-op in-house brand in all food sections, and the Co-op Gold Pure pork and chicken offer the purity that today’s shoppers want. Co-op Gold Pure Pork comes from animals raised in Western Canada without antibiotics, is 100 per cent vegetable-fed and raised without added hormones. Co-op Gold Pure Chicken is raised without antibiotics, is grain-fed with no animal by-products, and is free run, meaning they are housed in an open-concept barn without cages.

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Verboom says the Co-op also supports local farmers and producers with its Grown at Home, Raised at Home and Produced at Home program. “We’re supporting the beef industry in this province, as well as growers. The Co-op has done a very good job of connecting with those farms to bring their product to market in all Co-op stores.” He points to the Sherwood Co-op Home and Building Centre at 615 Winnipeg Street North, with its drive-through yard, as the ultimate in convenience shopping. “Unlike some of our competitors, you can drive through and pick up whatever is needed and just toss it in your vehicle. It’s very convenient,” he said. In addition to the full range of lumber and other building and landscaping supplies in the exterior yard, the interior of the building contains any type of construction or home improvement supplies a contractor or homeowner might need. Customers can also rely on estimation and contracting services. Completely renovated in 2012, the Home and Building Centre offers a “nice shopping experience,” said Verboom. In addition to the home and building products, Verboom also points to another area of interest. “The home décor and flooring department is staffed by knowledgeable people who keep up with the latest styles and trends.” In addition to ensuring its products and services keep pace with modern needs, Sherwood Co-op’s members also continue to benefit from its business, with more than $3 million in equity payments shared with its members in 2016. The Co-op also keeps up with today’s best business practices, including building a network

of professional relationships. A member of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association since the early 1990s, Verboom says Sherwood Co-op values the “building of relationships” that membership in the Association brings. From its roots in the soil of the Dirty 30’s

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You’ve no doubt seen how gorgeous today’s televisions are – just take a stroll down the TV aisle of your local electronics store to see for yourself – but you might not be sure what’s behind this unprecedented picture quality.

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For one, many of today’s televisions have an Ultra High Definition (UHD) screen, which delivers four times the resolution of a Full HD 1080p TV. Often referred to as 4K TV, these new televisions provide an incredibly lifelike image made up of more than 8 million little dots (“pixels”) rather than roughly 2 million. Not only are prices dropping for 4K TVs, but a lot of 4K content is readily available these days, whether it’s on-demand video services (like Netflix), cable or satellite set-top boxes that support 4K, new video game consoles, and new Blu-ray discs that deliver movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD quality. Even if the source content isn’t in 4K, these new televisions will “upscale” regular HD to near 4K quality. Another buzzword to familiarize yourself with is high dynamic range (HDR), which reproduces a wider range of brightness levels than conventional video, bringing greater colour and contrast to the 4K screen. Not all 4K TVs offer HDR, but it’s a worthwhile feature to look for. Along with 4K/Ultra HD and HDR, today’s televisions also enjoy much larger – and in some cases, curved – screens, fast refresh rates to smoothly handle motion, better backlighting technology, and powerful processors for faster Smart TV performance. u


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GET SMART A good number of TVs today are Smart TVs, which let you access a number of online services without having to buy an additional piece of hardware, such as a media player (like Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast), video game console, or Wi-Fi-enabled Blu-ray player. Many TVs today let you download and run apps tied to video services (like Netflix, YouTube); music streaming; social media sites (like Facebook, Twitter); online photo albums; interactive games; news, weather and sports; and so on. A few Smart TVs include a web browser, too, and might include video camera for Skype calls. And then there’s Android TV. Built into many new TVs, Android TV leverages the best of Google, including downloadable apps and games from the Google Play store, streaming media services, voice control (via a microphone in the remote), support for multiple languages, and wireless communication with Android and iOS devices.

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SOUND MATTERS Regardless of the brand or size of TV you decide to go with, there’s one unfortunate downside to incredibly thin televisions: flimsy audio. After all, if your television is only a couple of millimetres thick, how good do you think the pancake-flat speakers will sound? On the flipside, many homeowners don’t want to bother with a bulky and pricey audio-video (AV) receiver and six speakers (including subwoofer) spread throughout the TV room either. Instead, you can supersize your home theatre’s audio with a horizontal sound bar that sits just above or below your television and simulates surround sound for your music, movies, TV shows, and video games. They’re easy to setup, relatively inexpensive, and many sound bars include Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly play music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Some also include a wireless subwoofer to play elsewhere in the room, and responsible for the low-frequency bass.

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Biofoam Spray Foam Insulation & Coatings

economic development regina inc.

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Kanuka Thuringer LLP

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How to find the right resources

when thinking about a new home or renovating an existing home A lot of information is required today by potential home buyers before they are ready to make what is one of the biggest decisions of their lives. Choosing to invest in the right home and neighbourhood for you and your family has a significant impact on your lifestyle, so it is important to access the data that will help you through what can be a daunting task. The great thing about today is, you have so much access to information to help you decide between buying an existing home or buying a newly built home. One of the best resources you can access to help you through much of the decision making, while helping you understand the process is www.reginahomebuilders.com. Here you can learn about Regina’s newest neighbourhoods, while seeing the available new homes in those new neighbourhoods. The “New Home Locator” at this site shows you many of the new homes that are available in Regina’s existing neighbourhoods. If you are looking to better understand the benefits of building a new home over buying an existing home and then renovating, check out www.freshstartbuildnew.ca. This online resource demonstrates how a newly built home provides so many benefits that will save you time and potentially provide you with a lower cost of home ownership. See how energy efficiency is already built right into a new home and how modern design can maximize your experience and lifestyle in a new home. If you see renovations as the best fit for you, also go to www.reginahomebuilders.com and under the Consumer section, you will find over a dozen resources to guide you through the renovation process of working with a professional renovator to get the result you are looking for. Answers to questions such as “Should I hire a professional, how do I find a professional renovator, how do I evaluate a professional renovator or what are some early signs that the renovator is not a professional?” and many more can be found there. 48 |  You’re Home  winter 2016

HGTV and websites like www.houzz.com provide you with no shortage of design ideas and tools to help you include the personal touches that reflect you. If you are building new or renovating your existing home to sell, it might also be important to think about some of the preferences that people are looking for in a home. Avid Rating Systems along with our National Association (CHBA) has conducted an extensive study to better understand what is most important to Canadian home buyers today. The “top 10” features in 2016 are: 1. Walk-in closets 2. Energy-efficient appliances 3. High-efficiency windows 4. Overall energy-efficient home 5. Linen closets 6. Kitchen island 7. Open-concept kitchens 8. Garage 9. Large windows 10. HRV-ERV air exchange systems Incorporating these preferences in your own design and style choices can add value to your home and keep it more relevant to the current housing market. Finally, by going to www.reginahomebuilders.com, you can find the builders in Regina that are Certified Professional Home Builders and the renovators in Regina that are Renomark™ qualified, one more way to mitigate even more risk when investing in your home. Take the time to do your homework and you should find that your new home buying experience or remodeling plans can be a positive experience and a great way for your home to be part of the lifestyle you want.


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pany’s coming! As the seasons change, so do the ways we can transform our homes, through designs that last and seasonal touches that make our living areas warm and inviting for our winter guests and ourselves. This year, the holidays will be a time to create a theme throughout your home, curating signature pieces in bold metallics, complemented by matching holiday decorations and accessories. Traditional holiday decorations can enhance existing décor without overwhelming it. For example, match a small basket or bowl to your accent colours in the living room, and fill it with gold and silver ornaments. Or add candles to end tables and shelves with colourful ribbons that complement the room.

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Holly and pine boughs are a natural fit for holiday decorating. As well as bringing a natural feel to your room, they can be highlighted with lights and ornaments to trim fireplaces and bannisters or to create a front door that is inviting to guests. Centrepieces will be the show stoppers this year. They can be large or small, traditional, with greenery and candles, or modern with bright colours to enhance the table. A centrepiece can be live, or made from products that will last a lifetime, and be a keepsake for the future. Holiday décor doesn’t have to be a strain on your budget, and doesn’t have to be limited to snowflakes, wreaths and once-a-year accessories. There are plenty of ways to update the look of your home that are simple and wallet-friendly. Visitors over the holidays will enjoy the new look and you’ll have updates that will last you well into the new year. Being comfortable and happy in your home, from the front door to the kitchen to the bedroom, is the key to any season. But hosting friends and family in your warm and welcoming space, enhanced with decorations that bring your unique take on winter to the forefront, is the best way to say ‘Happy Holidays – from our home to yours!’

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