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Summer 2013

Brandon and Area

Must haves in a basement bar BUILD A

DeCK Buying a new home without the stress

Save on energy

It’s a World


Brandon and Area Design Your Home magazine is a Brandon, MB based company created to promote and feature all the great trades in our local area. With the limited amount of media in Brandon and area, this magazine will assist you and your company with great exposure. Design Your Home magazine will help local companies feature their business and the special work they do. Design Your Home magazine will focus on the home and proper ty. Each issue you may see ar ticles on Home and Building, Real Estate, Design and Decorating, Landscaping, and special featured Home and Business.

Why feature in Design Your Home: • Local Home Magazine. • Over 15,000 magazines published • 3 readers per issue, equals to 45,000 points of exposure. • Timeless, often kept and referred to again and again. • Published 4x per year: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring • Located in very high traffic areas • Delivered to a target audience. • We have articles that feature tips and advice from Home owners and experts. Images: (TL, BR) Amanda Sneddon Photography, Interior Designer Tracy Slobodian, (BL) Kara Matthews

Contents 18

Feature Home



Feature Business

In Every Issue

Home Improvements

4 . . . . . 12 . . . . 18 . . . . 26 . . . . 30. . . .

6 . . . . . Building a Deck 28. . . . Common Tools for the Everyday Landscaper

Letter from Editor Feature Business Feature Home My IDIAH Enjoy the Summer Sun Safely

Design & Decorative

Lifestyle 8 . . . . . Buying a new home without the stress! 32. . . . Save on your Summer Energy Bill! 33 . . . . Wine Advice

10 . . . . It’s a 3D World 16 . . . . Automated Window Coverings 24 . . . . 7 Must Haves For Setting Up A Basement Bar

Disclaimer Reasonable care is taken to ensure that Design Your Home Magazine ar ticles and other information on the web site are up-to-date and accurate as possible, as of the time of publication, but no responsibility can be taken by Design Your Home magazine for any errors or omissions contained herein. Fur thermore, responsibility for any losses, damages or distress resulting from adherence to any information made available through Design Your Home magazine or website is not the responsibility of Design Your Home magazine. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Design Your Home magazine. All interior and exterior home improvements/repairs should be consulted by a professional, prior to the star t of the project. Adver tisements and the content, including photos, of adver tisements published within Design Your Home magazine are solely by the adver tiser. Design Your Home magazine does not accept responsibility for opinions expressed in adver tisements for copyright issues with regards to photo, adver tising, copy and adver tisement, nor shall they find liable thereby.


Letter from the Editor

Our Community Organizations involved in The Westman Ultimate Disc League (WUDL). It has been operating in Brandon since 2007 and is managed completely by volunteers. The league is made up of co-ed teams, that are there for camaraderie and physical activity. ( ) Are you looking for a great contact spor t? The Brandon Barbarians Rugby team is an active, sociable spor t which is one of the fastest growing in Nor th America. You don’t need much to play rugby: cleats, a mouth guard, some shor ts and socks and you are set! It is truly a game for anyone. (


e are now on our third edition of Design Your Home magazine. During the process of being a new magazine for Western Manitoba, it has given me a new appreciation of our great communities. The work that goes on to make our communities better with strong organizations and passionate members sometimes goes unseen. I have recently been introduced to a few in our area. The Chamber of Commerce is one of the great organizations that allows you to be heard and be involved in changing policies. It encourages networking with other businesses in your community with special events. The Brandon Chamber of Commerce puts on special event Gala dinners, luncheons, and Friday morning coffee get-togethers. The members are very involved in the community; their mission is “to encourage growth in the Brandon community by fostering a progressive business environment, favourable to enhancing exciting and attracting new business”. There are community activities that are built for the enjoyment of getting out with others. I’m personally

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If you are interested in getting down and dir ty, join the MANITOBA MUDRUN! Manitoba MudRun is a fundraiser for the Dauphin Rotary Club and MS Society. It is a 10km trail run with 20 obstacles thrown in for some extra fun and challenge. It’s a chance to get dir ty and raise money for some wor thy non-profit groups. It is not a race, the goal is that every par ticipant finishes the course. It’s a personal challenge, you vs. the course. They do not keep track of times. (www.houndspor Here are a few community activities that I’m apar t of and I encourage you to get up and join the fun. Stewart Dyck Publishing Editor, Design Your Home


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ne of the most beautiful additions to any home is a deck. Not only does it

add beauty, a deck also adds value to your home. 6 | DESIGN YOUR HOME | SUMMER

But there is much to think of when preparing to build a deck. A poorly built deck can be a disaster. Following are 10 things to consider before you build your deck. 1. Purpose First of all, what is going to be the primary purpose of your deck? Enter taining guests -- you’ll need to consider how many guests you want the deck to hold, because more guests equal more weight. A play area for small children --

safety is essential. Whatever your intended purpose, think

8. Tool Time

it all the way through before star ting to build.

Make sure you have all the tools on hand that you will need for the project. There may be additional expenses added to the project to buy these tools. If you do not have this kind of experience, you should consider the next point very carefully.

2. Location, Location, Location The next thing to consider is the location. Landscaping issues may crop up exactly where you think you should place your deck. You should consider entrances and exits to your home. Access to your deck is essential -- if you can’t get there, you can’t enjoy it. 3. Deck Plan You will need to have a deck plan, which will serve as a guide for the entire project. It doesn’t require a professional work-up, but you should be thorough. 4. Attaching Deck To Your Home There are many ways that a deck can be attached to your home. Although the deck can be freestanding, it is not very practical or safe. If you decide to attach your deck to the house, you will need to decide how you will cut away the siding at the joining point. You will also need to determine if the framing of your home is strong enough for the deck. 5. Deck Supports

9. Professional Help Decking is a big project to under take if you are a weekend handyman. If you have little construction experience, decking is not a good beginning learning project. Poorly built decks are very dangerous. If you cannot handle the project, it needs to be in the hands of a professional. 10. Extras The final thing to consider is any extras you might want to build into and onto your deck. You might add a decorative handrail or you might want flower boxes on each corner, or perhaps built-in seating for your guests. Whatever extras you choose will personalize your deck. Although building an outside deck can be a huge undertaking, it is a great place for many activities - sunbathing, barbecues with friends, a safe place for the children to play, and/or hot tubing. -DYH

Deck suppor ts are an impor tant par t of this process, so you will need to decide exactly how many footings and posts you will need, and where to place them. 6. Decking Material What type of decking material do you plan to use? Composite decking materials are a great choice because they have been chemically engineered to avoid the problems of traditional wood. However, if wood is your choice, redwood, cedar and pressure treated pine are all popular because they resist rot and decay. If you choose another wood decking material, you will often need to provide protectant and sealant material. 7. Permits Remember, different areas have different zoning laws and requirements so it is impor tant to find out what permits will be required to build your deck in your area. While some areas require an official building permit, others will require only a periodic site inspection. Some require both. Check with your city government to decide what actions you need to take.

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ou’ve probably heard it said many times that buying a new home can be one of the most stressful things you can do. Buying a new home is an exciting time too, though: here’s how to do it the easy, stress-free way! 8 | Design Your Home | Summer summer

Don’t break the bank An extravagant new pad may seem worth breaking out the credit, but struggling to pay the bills is no fun at all – as you’ll fi nd out. To minimize fi nancial stress, it’s always a good idea to set a strict budget and stick to it, no matter how tempted you feel! Shop around for a mortgage and insurance, and remember to budget for any renovations you’ll need to take care of soon after moving in. Take your time Like most of us, you’re probably desperate to get your foot on the property ladder – or to move up it if you’re already there. Don’t be in so much of a hurry, that you jump at the fi rst house you see and risk ending up with something that’s not quite perfect. This is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so take your time! Have a contingency plan If you fi nd yourself caught in a “chain” (you can’t move into your new home until the previous owners move out, but the people buying your new property are desperate to move in), your stress levels will rocket unless you have a contingency Ask for help! It might be the simplest way to beat moving stress! plan.The last thing you want is to be stuck with a bridging loan (a loan to tide you through the gap between buying one home and selling another), so make sure you have somewhere to go, even if it is the spare room in your parents’ house, in case your chain breaks down. Plan out your moving day It’s only one day of your life, but you should ideally start planning your move as far in advance as you can, to make sure it’s as stress-free as possible. Pack up everything you don’t use on a daily basis and label your boxes with the room they’ll be going to in the new house to make unpacking easier. Ask for Help Don’t be afraid to ask for help with packing boxes or moving large furniture. That is one of the reasons why you have friends and family, to support you on your big move. A moving party can be a great way to get work done faster, more enjoyable, and it is a good way to say good-bye to your neighbors. Have plenty of food, beverages and moving supplies available. Make sure you choose a time of day in which it won’t disrupt or inconvenience your helper’s lives. By following these tips, you make buying your dream home less stressful for you and your family. -DYH

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any of us are interested in creating the perfect Home or Landscape, but don’t know where to start. A lot of people have a diffi cult time envisioning what the fi nished product will look like. If you have an idea in your head, a few sketches, or rough drawing you are on your way. Custom Design Landscaping and a Home Design professional can help you turn your dreams into a workable plan.

4. The client reviews the preliminary drawings and discusses any questions and changes they would like to see with the draftsman. These discussions can be either by phone, email, fax, or in person.

The introduction of Visual 3D Software, gives you the ability to see your home or yard before the shovel even hits the dirt. Providing a computerized design, customized to your own personal preferences, should be your fi rst step.

5. Once the client is satisfi ed with all the details of the drawings the draftsman completes the drawings to create construction drawings suitable to use for obtaining required permits and for the actual construction of the project.

Why choose a Drafting & Design Services?

6. Before the customer takes possession of the completed drawings it is also the responsibility of the draftsman to obtain any required engineer review and have the drawings stamped by the engineer.

• Design assistance • Preliminary drawings for design and pricing purposes • Complete working drawings including engineer stamping as required • 3D rendering • Materials lists Steps to your Home Designing:

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Whether you are planning a new home or renovating your existing one, they can help you through the design and preliminary stages and provide a complete set of plans for your project. They also work with an engineer to provide stamped engineered drawings when required.

1. Draftsman and client meet to discuss the project. The client brings whatever notes, sketches, pictures, and ideas they have. The responsibility of the draftsman is to understand what exactly the client’s needs and vision are for the fi nished project. 2. The draftsman draws preliminary plans incorporating as much as possible the customer’s wishes and possibly suggesting a few features of his own. 3. The draftsman sends the preliminary drawings to the client for review. This is very likely done via email.


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A Design Landscaper can help with design ideas, plant selection, and a realistic visual of the large task at hand. Why choose a Design Landscaper? • Assistance with design and plant selection. • Easy plant identifi cation. (botanical and common names) • Tips and recommendations provided for the design, to assist the client. • Colourful digital images that can be viewed and shared. • Computer generated 3D tour provides a realistic visual of the design that leaves nothing to the imagination

• 3D tour of your new design provided on a YouTube link (DVD also available, if preferred) Step 3: Design Presentation: • Portfolio provided with 2D CAD drawing, plant list (information and quantity), tips and recommendations • Reveal video to customer and provide YouTube link It is not always easy to see your vision, but with the right help and guidance you can make your vision come to life. - Courtesy of Westman Drafting and Longscape Design

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Feature Business By Kyla Henderson

Photography: Kara Matthews, Sterling Images


f there’s one spot that you can find green all year around, it’s The Green Spot. Located at 1329 Rosser Avenue East on 10 acres of land, nestled close to the Assiniboine River, the garden centre is so much more than the beautiful plants it sells for your garden.

“The Green Spot Home & Garden in Brandon is a large production and retail facility and as such is able to offer a wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees adapted to our area, plus a complete garden hardware supply. “We have increased our offering to include home and patio decor and several fashion lines. We make a special effor t to merchandise products that are not found at other retail outlets in the market area thus creating a unique shopping experience,” said Bernie Whetter, owner of The Green Spot Home and Garden.

The Green Spot in Brandon boasts more than 30,000 sq. feet of retail space, plus 126,000 square feet of production greenhouses. The Green Spot didn’t star t out on such a large scale. When it opened 25 years ago under Herman and Jean Vreeman, it was a small market garden and greenhouse. Their son, Dick Vreeman took over in 1999 and star ted a major expansion of the business until current owner Whetter took ownership in 2007. Whetter has continued to expand product lines at The Green Spot and added a second location in Onanole, MB, The Green Spot Cottage Country, opened in the spring of 2012, par tnering with the new Foxtail Cafe, to offer a truly unique garden shopping experience. The Green Spot Cottage County is located at 10 Victor Avenue in Onanole, between the town of Onanole and the south gate to Riding Mountain National Park. “I was approached by Tyler Kaktins, (owner of the Foxtail Cafe) in 2010, if I was interested in joining him in a project at the Onanole location. At that time, our vision was to create a market place with The Green Spot and the new Foxtail Cafe as the anchor businesses,” Whetter said.


The Foxtail Cafe had its grand opening at the beginning of June this year, and Whetter says he’s confident the two businesses will do well with the par tnership formed. The Green Spot Cottage Country is open in Onanole from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s not the only business expansion the Green Spot has undergone in the last year. Whetter’s nephew, Orlando Whetter, added his landscaping business, Whetter Landscaping, to the Green Spot. Whetter said the established landscaping business, which has been operating out of Brandon for the last 12 years, is a good fit with what The Green Spot already offers its customers. You can find more information about the landscaping services offered, at the Brandon location. The Green Spot Home and Garden in Brandon and The Green Spot Cottage Countr y tr uly do offer a unique shopping experience to ever y different type of customer out there. Exceptional products, great variety, convenient services like offering to plant your planters for you, delivery for a nominal fee and centre pieces for your big family event. The Green Spot also runs a number of demonstrations and how-to classes early in the spring and during the Christmas season. The Green Spot is a great place to find a gift, and if you just can’t decide, gift cer tificates are available. Whetter said the dedicated staff is really what makes The Green Spot so special.


“We take pride in our customer service. Many of our seasonal staff return year after year bringing continuity and exper tise to their positions. Because of our large open retail space, our staff is able to express their creativity as they merchandise the products. This makes their jobs fun and is something that our customers really enjoy,” Whetter said. “I think the biggest product we sell to our clients is pleasure. Whatever we do, where ever we expand, our focus will be on bringing or

offering pleasure to our customers. Because our products are not a necessity for living, we can focus on some of the pleasure elements of life although some people may say that these pleasures are a necessity!” Although spring is a bustling time for The Green Spot, other seasons really stand out. “We also love Christmas at The Green Spot. It is such a magical time with all the poinsettias, the lights, and the glitter of the holiday decor. We make every Saturday in December a Christmas par ty with enter tainment, “There is always something coffee and shor tbread, product sampling and demonstrations,” Whetter said. The Green Spot always has new... It’s like Christmas every time a shipment comes in..." something different every time you visit. “There is always something new - new varieties of plants every year, new styles of patio furnishings, and wall ar t. It’s like Christmas every time a shipment comes in - it’s always a surprise,” Whetter said. Whetter said he enjoys meeting the people most about The Green Spot. “In this business, customers come to us not because they have to, like groceries, the accountant or lawyer, but because they want to. They are buying products and services that bring them happiness and satisfaction. We rarely have unhappy customers. Sometimes that happens when we are busy and there are long line-ups at the cash out counter but even then, they love the atmosphere - the sights, and smells of the greenhouse are pleasing.”

The Green Spot Home and Garden in Brandon is open all year. Hours in the busy spring season are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and when it slows down, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “People still are surprised that we’re open 12 months a year. They think of us as their spring plant supplier and forget about all the other products we offer for the rest of the year. We are gradually getting the message across but it’s a slow process,” said Whetter. The Green Spot has a great website that will answer many of your garden questions, including a page featuring a plant search that will tell you everything from amount of light to soil type, at For more information, call The Green Spot at 204-727-5884. Holidaying at Riding Mountain National Park? Visit our locations for your shopping and dining pleasure.

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Automated Window Coverings


an you fathom a day in the near future where all window coverings are motorized? Some may find it hard to believe, but Smart homes which have long been portrayed as a popular concept are fast becoming a reality. Here at Budget Blinds we offer motorized window coverings through our vendor partners who use SOMFY as their choice of motors, ensuring that your “home automation investment� will bring significant long-term added value to your property.

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What can be motorized? Today awnings, exterior shades, blinds, interior shading products and drapery all have the choice of being motorized. Motorized window coverings provide convenient solutions for day-to-day living. Motorization is becoming more popular due to the following reasons: • Ease of use – by simply pushing a button, you can raise, lower, open, close and tilt your window coverings. It’s no longer necessary to climb into the bathtub, reach over furniture, step onto a stool in the kitchen or climb the ladder in a two story foyer to adjust shades and blinds. Motorization also solves the problem of trying to adjust large or heavy shades and provides ease of use for the elderly or handicapped. • Energy savings – by using product add-ons such as timers or sun sensors, you can have your window coverings close at set times or when the sun reaches certain points in your home to help reduce heating and cooling costs. • Glare control and Privacy – control light and privacy with the convenience of one button control to ensure all window coverings are completely closed • Expanding your living space – as you venture out to the deck to enjoy the summer months, control those shades with motorization options including wind sensor that will automatically raise your shades at certain wind speeds to protect your investment

Control your window treatments at a touch of a button or program them to open and close when you desire.

• Cost – pricing of motorization and automation have gone down in the last few years as technology and motorization becomes more common • Integration – control your window coverings through technology of cell phones, tablets or computers. SOMFY products can be integrated into home automation systems including SOMFY’s own TAHOMA system. If planning to build, renovate or simply want to put in window coverings, work with Budget Blinds and your contactor(s) to determine the best method to power your new motorized window coverings. Options include battery power, plug-in transformers or hard-wired. It will save you time and money in the long run. We have seen first-hand the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays on flooring, cabinetry and artwork. Budget Blinds is pleased to announce the addition of Inspired Drapes to our line of window coverings---and yes drapes are definitely in style!!! Go to “Motorized Drapes Powered by Somfy” on Youtube for inspiration…and then call us at Budget Blinds for your complimentary in-home consultation. - Courtesy of Budget Blinds

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Feature Home

By Crispin Butterfield, Urban Theory Interior Design Photography: Kara Matthews, Sterling Images

A kitchen space designed over three quarters of a century ago with functionally to modern-day culinary standards.


here are only a handful of streets in the city that capture the hear ts of those with a penchant for distinguished style and the charm of eras gone by, and that’s exactly what happened to this par ticular homeowner and her husband one evening after a walk through the city’s prominent University Area. 18 | DESIGN YOUR HOME | SUMMER

The attraction and character found nestled beneath the canopy of mature trees lining 22nd Street can be seen in some of the most coveted little pieces of residential proper ty in Brandon, and the draw to one home in par ticular had the couple inquiring about the proper ty even though it wasn’t listed for sale at the time. For some, the idea of owning a significantly older home can seem daunting; the list of continual repairs and upgrades can run the block and back again. But that didn’t deter the couple from moving forward. “My father had a century old home, so as a girl, I grew up in similar surroundings. When we were looking for a Brandon home, I knew we were intentionally looking for a character property, something rich in details and history”, comments the homeowner. Designed and built in 1926 by noted Brandon architect Edmund Fulcher, (many of the houses on and around 22nd Street were also designed by Fulcher), the home stands proud today with many of its original features and highlights. The first - and most captivating - can be found in the front facade decorative stained glass window; a sailboat, depicting Fulcher’s love of sailing and open waters. As one enters the home, the original front door, door knocker and handle, leaded glass side windows, and front foyer light fixture shows just how much love and care has been shown this house over the years. Typical of period homes, each room on the main floor is compartmentalized, sectioned off from each other and reminiscent of a time where piano rooms, parlors, and sitting rooms existed solely for entertaining and guests alike. Although the state of the home had been kept in tip top condition over the years, one of the two areas the couple knew they would be tackling before they moved in would turn out to be the most rewarding. The kitchen, with its original painted plywood cupboards and tiny storage spaces, was first on their list. “We knew right away that we wanted to open it up, and make better use of the space that was there”, says the homeowner. “It had three separate doors on different walls, which made it impossible to have a good run of cabinetry, and the fridge stuck way out into the floor space”. Understanding the magnitude of a full-scale kitchen renovation in an older home, the couple set to work immediately to find reputable contractors who catered to custom design and finishing. Enter Graham & Jacqui Watson from Kitchen Gallery on 9th, located in historic downtown Brandon. “Our Realtor

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“Opening up part of the kitchen wall into the dining room allowed for the addition of a fantastic peninsula workspace, and eliminated the closed in feel of the period-style kitchen.”

had Kitchen Gallery redo her own kitchen, and was highly impressed with Graham and Jacqui’s services”, she says. “We didn’t know exactly what we wanted as far as a design was concerned, but we did know that we wanted the kitchen to feel organic, and like it had always been a part of the house”. With Kitchen Gallery’s team of kitchen design experts, the process of planning out and designing the new space began fi rst with an initial visit by Graham to the home, and then through various meetings at the showroom with their inhouse designer. “We enjoy designing cabinetry layouts and are always up to the challenge of creating that specifi c kitchen or bathroom for our clients, especially with the needs of older homes”, says Jacqui Watson. “It is gratifying creating one-ofa-kind custom designs that provide the function, layout and style that our clients envision for either a renovation in a older home, or for a new house or cottage project”.


“...retrofitting an older home can bring you the charm and olden-day atmosphere... while incorporating important modern-day conveniences.”


The task of taking a kitchen space designed over three quarters of a century ago, and turning it into something functionally pleasing by modern-day culinary standards, was something Graham and his staff were no strangers to. “The homeowner was clear about her ideas and wanted to maintain the character of the home and ensure the style of the kitchen reflected the era of the house”, says Watson. “As with all older character homes, space is a necessity and we were able to establish a layout that would meet their requirements”. The cabinets, manufactured by Decor Cabinets, a custom Talora cabinetry line, allowed them to design and configure the cabinet layout to an impressive 1/8” in size, eliminating the bulky fillers that other standard cabinets require. “We were able to create a custom design, functional layout, and a specific style for all of their needs”. Opening up part of the kitchen wall into the dining room allowed for the addition of a fantastic peninsula workspace, and eliminated the closed in feel of the period-style kitchen. Not afraid to suggest drastic changes like these, Watson knows the value behind these larger renovations, and is prepared to oversee them every step of the way. “We have the experience and flexibility working with new and older homes, and are able to problem solve for issues prior to installation and at times, on site during an installation.”

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A traditional palette of soft creams, stony grays, and deep chestnut makes up the myriad of tones and finishes in the new kitchen. “We spent a few hours going over materials with their designer in the showroom. I always knew I wanted lighter, creamier cabinets indicative of the 1920’s and 1930’s”, says the homeowner. Staying true to the materials used back when homes of this period were built, the couple was also adamant about incorporating a natural soapstone as their countertop into the design. “What I’ve always liked about soapstone is the soft and matte marbling effect it has”, she says. Not a commonly used material at the best of times, finding a workable supplier required some extra research and serious sourcing. “Soapstone is quarried naturally with no synthetics, composed primarily of talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnetite”, offers Watson. “It is heat and stain resistant and when oiled, soapstone exhibits an even more dramatic color variation”. Eventually sourced out of Seattle, WA, and installed without a hitch, the stunning kitchen feature proves that sometimes, the best things are worth searching high and low for. As one moves through the rest of the house, the amalgamation of old and new culminates in a charmingly vintage and elegantly shabby chic style. Family heirlooms nestled amongst the house add well-worn patina and warmth, something the

couple says was imperative when creating a fresh beginning for their family in this house. “What was important for me was to create a soothing and calm atmosphere, nothing too busy”, says the homeowner. “I’m deeply affected by my home’s overall ambiance”. And part of that ambiance includes local antiques and artistry on unconventional display throughout the home. The pair of custom vessel sinks in the upstairs bathroom do not go unnoticed. “I turned an antique dresser into a vanity, and had the sinks put in so our two daughters could each have a sink to brush their teeth at”, she says. It’s personal touches like these that make the house feel instead like more of an old soul of a home. There are wonderful stories linked to many of the fixtures and items gracing the rooms of the house; from the crisp and cheerful paint colours, a great aunt’s side chair, the vintage globe light fixture from an old family farm, the dining table that once belonged to a grandmother... one can feel the importance that ‘family’ holds in this household, which helps complete each space with the kind of finishing touches one can’t simply find in a store.

home’s charm alive. “Stick with your ideas”, says the couple. The process of carefully removing and preserving these aged items can turn many trades people off of a job, but finding the right people to work on your home will reap many rewards. “There may be contractors you run into that don’t want to take the time or focus on the detail. But there are contractors out there that will help you reach your goals”. By having the patience and most importantly, the right team, retrofitting an older home can bring you the charm and olden-day atmosphere you may have always dreamed of living amongst, while incorporating important modern-day conveniences.

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7 Must Haves For Setting Up A Basement Bar


hen setting up a basement bar, there are some must have items that are needed or your basement bar won’t really be a bar but just a basement pretending to be. Of course, there are some extras like a games table or pool table that will really set the bar off. However, consider the following 7 must haves in order to set up your very own basement bar to enjoy a night with your friends, parties, game days and then add the extras when you can afford to. 24 | DESIGN YOUR HOME | SUMMER

Must Have #1 A Basement This might seem obvious, but to have the best basement bar ever you really need a traditional basement. There are many benefi ts to this that include being on a completely different level than the rest of the house so noise won’t be transmitted and bother those above you. Of course, you can make a basement bar in whatever space you call the basement, but a true basement bar needs a basement. Must Have #2 A Bar Ok, obvious requirement number two is a bar. A basement bar needs a bar that is set up to serve beer and gives the appearance that your basement bar is really authentic. You can buy a readymade bar, hire a carpenter to build you one, or give it a go yourself by buying the lumber and downloading step by step instructions from the Internet. As long as you have a basement and a bar your basement bar just needs some accessories.

Must Have #3 A Kegerator

Must Have #6 Fridge

A kegerator is a refrigerated keg that will keep your beer cold at all times and be ready to serve anytime the basement bar is open.You don’t want to have to buy six packs and litter your bar with bottled beer when you can serve beer straight from the keg. Keg beer is special and will make your basement bar even more so.

A Fridge gives you the convenience of having everything in one spot. It will save you trips to the kitchen to get soda, snacks, and ice. Nothing will impress your guest more when you hand them a frosted mug from the freezer. Having everything within arm’s reach will also assure you won’t miss an important goal on T.V or your buddy going all in during your Poker game. Must Have #7 Wet bar

Must Have #4 A Big TV/Projector

Having access to water to assist you in making ice, frosting your glasses, or to quickly rinse out dir ty mugs, is another must have. It is one of those things, when you have it; you wonder how you lived with out it.

No, you don’t have to have the biggest screen television on the market, but it will help. Buy the largest screen television One warning with having a great basement bar, you will you can afford for your basement bar, or one that fi ts the be hosting many gatherings and your guests will have a space well if your basement is really small. This will allow for hard time leaving. -DYH great game watching like the Superbowl, NHL Playoffs, and other great games.

Must Have #5 Seating This might seem generic, but seating is a must have for your basement bar. If your friends are joining you for a night of poker or Monday night Football they need a place to sit back and relax while drinking some of your keg beer. So, be sure to have some bar stools around the bar as well as comfy couches and chairs surrounding the TV, with your poker table nearby so there is plenty of seating wherever the action is taking place.

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t’s getting warmer outside and the kids are tired of being couped up all winter. Time for

some summer outdoor activities to help build your child’s mind and creativity…while having fun!

Here are some activities, recipes and games to do with children of all ages this summer in your backyard. Remember to have them help in the preparing of the activities, as that is just as much fun for many children and a great learning experience when measuring ingredients and gather supplies.


Try this Big Bubble recipe for lots of outdoor fun! This is a great, easy recipe to let even little kids help in measuring and mixing ingredients. You will be making this recipe many times this summer I bet! Big Bubble Recipe • 6 cups of water • 1 cup of corn syrup • 2 cups of liquid dish soap • 2 tbsp baking powder Mix all 4 ingredients together trying not to create bubbles. Let sit for 1 hour before using. Want to make an easy bird feeder for the backyard, with supplies you more than likely already have at home? Here is an easy project to do with younger kids, or have older kids make on their own.

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder Supplies needed: empty toilet paper roll, smooth peanut butter, bird seed Spread smooth peanut butter over the roll, completely covering it. Then roll in a pan of bird seed. Now all you need to do is place the roll over a smaller tree branch in your back yard and voila! What could be more fun than painting on the sidewalk outside!! Here is a super fun and easy recipe that will have your kids creating masterpieces just outside your house. It is also a great recipe to make with smaller kids to teach them colors and what happens when you mix some colors.

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the food coloring and mix up different colors. Take outside and star t painting it on the sidewalk! Tip: if you let it sit for too long, the corn starch will star t to settle on the bottom, so don’t make up too far in advance of when you want to use it! Note: This washes away with water or in the rain, comes off of cars, skin and clothes. Outdoor Jenga! Here is a fun game for the whole family this summer! While kids and adults of all ages will love the larger version of this game, smaller kids can also use the blocks for building when the game isn’t being played. Supplies: 2x4 wood, mitre saw, sander

Liquid Chalk • 1 cup of corn starch • 1 cup of water • Food coloring • Muffin tin or containers to mix colors in Combine the corn starch and water together, once mixed, separate in a muffin tin or smaller containers. Now take

An adult will need to cut the 2x4’s into one foot pieces. You will need 60, one foot pieces of wood. Sanding the edges is optional, but creates a cleaner, smoother edge when playing with. Stack the wood flat in rows of 3’s on top of each other, changing the direction in each row. Now star t playing! I hope these easy recipes and fun activities can create some great summer memories for you and your family this summer in your very own backyard!


Common Tools for the EVERYDAY Landscaper


or the avid do-it-yourself landscaper, the right tools are impor tant. After all, if one wishes to save money on the expenses associated with having a well cared for yard, it is best to make sure that he or she has all of the tools necessary to create an attractive landscape. By understanding some of the most common tools used for basic landscaping needs, you can ensure that you have everything you need to keep your lawn in the best possible shape, bringing delight and distinction to your grounds, be they large or small. Shovels, rakes, trowels, and hand cultivators These are the most basic of tools when it comes to landscaping. Every home should be supplied with these basic implements. They make just about every landscaping


endeavor possible. Shovels to remove sod and turn soil, as well as dig the holes necessary for fi xtures like trees and hardscapes, Rakes are essential to smooth out planting beds and prepare ground for things like sod without packing the dirt. Trowels and hand cultivators allow you to perform minute work that requires more attention to detail. All of these tools are necessary to the proper functioning and care of a landscape. Pruners and shears These tools are used to improve the appearance of woody plants and trees. They keep plants from encroaching in other areas, and they also promote the overall health of the plants. They help maintain a neat appearance, and if you have topiary concerns, they are indispensable in maintaining a set shape. There are hand pruners, tools that help with the smaller branches and are easier to use, loppers for getting thicker branches that are too large for pruners, and even pruning saws that can help you with the toughest of branches. Hedge shears provide a way for hedges to be trimmed more conscientiously than with electric or gasrun trimmers (although these are widely available and can make maintaining hedges much easier). Lawnmower This is perhaps one of the most common and most obvious of landscaping tools. It is meant to keep the grass at a

reasonable level, and to keep the lawn neat and healthy. Related to lawnmowers in the trimming department are things like weed whackers, which are very useful in keeping edges that can’t be cut by a mower nice and neat. Additionally, the use of some special machinery, designed to eliminate thick brush is useful to have on hand, even it is only in the form of a machine rented once a year. Other tools of interest Of course, there are specialty tools that may be needed depending upon on the features of your landscape. If you have a water fixture, it is important to make sure that you have the proper pumps and filters, and that you have little skimmers that can allow you to remove larger pieces of debris from the water. Automatic sprinklers can make watering the lawn and your other plants much easier, and you should have a garden hose for special watering needs. Regular household tools such as hammer and nails, levels, and drills can be helpful if you have built landscape features like patios, decks, pergolas, and trellises. They can also be useful in building things like containers and creating raised beds. Wheelbarrow A wheelbarrow will always be of infinite use for the avid landscaper and improver. Wheelbarrows are very useful

for moving debris as well as bringing needed implements to their proper places. They haul dirt and bring in plants. They make it possible for one person to carry a load that otherwise she or he would not be able to handle. For the serious landscaper, a wheelbarrow is indeed necessary. Larger tools Air compressors, trailers, gas augers, garden tillers, chainsaws, power cutters and trimmers can all be rented at local rental dealers like C and C Rentals. When you have all of the tools necessary to take care of your landscape, then you are well rewarded for your hard work. Acquiring the more common tools can also save you money in the long run, as they can be used over and over again. Additionally, many of the more common landscape tools are fairly small in size and easy to store in a garage or a shed. As long as they are kept neatly arranged in place, they are easy to get to when needed, and not hard to find. Proper maintenance of you tools is impor tant: keep them from becoming rusty, and make sure your lawnmower and other gas or electric implements are well oiled and always have plenty of gas. Proper care of your tools ensures that you will be able to properly care for your landscape, for years to come. - DYH

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Enjoy the Summer Sun

Safely W By Bill White

e like to be outside on a sunny day. The warm rays of the sun feel good on our skin but be careful.

Stay in the shade and out of the hot sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Protect yourself and love ones from the harmful effects of the sun.

Wear sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection.

Over exposure to the sun can be serious.The sun's rays are UV or ultraviolet rays. These rays can cause a variety of concerns such as sunburn, skin cancer, eye damage and skin aging. Plan on protecting yourself and especially children by following a few simple safety rules: Plan to be outside in the early morning or late afternoon.


If you are in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. wear light clothing such as long pants, long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim to protect your skin from sunburn.

Use a sunscreen lotion or cream that is SPF 15 (sun protection factor) or more. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out and reapply 20 minutes after being out in the sun to ensure even application of the product and better protection. Don't forget your lips, ears and nose. These par ts of your body burn easily.

Sunscreen gets washed off by water and sweat. So, put more sunscreen on after you go swimming or if you are sweating. If you have a sunburn take a cool bath or shower or apply a cool damp towel. You should apply a moisturizing lotion several times a day but leave blisters intact. If a blister bursts on its own apply an antibacterial to any open areas. An over the counter pain reliever may be taken if needed but use caution when giving to children. Do not use home remedies as they may delay healing. If you get a fever or severe blistering occurs see your doctor. Heat stress and heat stroke can be a serious result of too much sun. Signs to watch for are pale skin, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, nausea, profuse sweating, rapid pulse, fast shallow breaths and muscle weakness or cramps. If you experience any of these symptoms get out of the heat quickly, rest in a cool, shady area. Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol or caffeine. Seek treatment immediately if the skin feels hot and dry, not sweaty, or there is confusion or loss of consciousness, severe headache, vomiting or shortness of breath. To help avoid heat stress or heat stroke don’t over exer t yourself, drink at least a litre of water an hour (no alcohol or caffeine), wear loose, light colored clothing and stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible. Use fans or air conditioning if possible. If you are working in the heat take frequent breaks. If you are working outdoors take the break in a shady spot preferably in a breeze. NEVER leave children or pets in a vehicle in hot weather even if the windows are “cracked” Finally, be a good neighbour - check on the elderly and chronically ill persons regularly to make sure they're bearing up under the heat. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Bill White has been associated with work place safety committees for 25 years in the government and the private sectors

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Save on your

Summer Energy Bill


aving money on your summer energy bill is not only great for the family budget, but is also benefi cial to the community. It takes only a few simple steps to cut your energy bill by as much as 20%-50%.

Saving energy doesn’t have to be as painful as a sunburn, nor does it have to cost much money or time. It has more to do with changing a few energy-wasting habits. And where costs are involved - such as having your cooling system checked annually by a professional - the expense can be offset by making your system more effi cient and longer-lasting. 1. )Close draperies or shades during the day to block the sun. 2.) Keep cool air in by installing insulation and weather stripping. 3.) Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside. When using the stove, vent heat outside with a range hood. 4.) Use a microwave instead of an oven. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.


5.) Use the air-dry feature on dishwashers. 6.) Service air conditioners annually and change the fi lter regularly. Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home, and turn air conditioners off when no one is home. 7.) Use cold water rather than hot when doing laundry. You will save about 85% of the energy it takes to wash clothes. 8.) Dry your cloths outside on a clothesline. 9.) Save energy by using the fast rather than slow spinning cycle when washing clothes, since the fast cycle removes more water. 10.) Switch to energy effi cient light bulbs that use onethird of the energy than incandescent light bulbs. Remember that appliances account for about 15-20% of your household’s energy consumption. The refrigerator is the biggest energy user, followed by the freezer, the washing machine (if it uses hot water), the dryer, the dishwasher and the stove. By using a microwave oven, a toaster oven, a crock pot, or an electric skillet, instead of the larger appliances, can save on your energy bill monthly. -DYH

Wine Advice

Wine Storage


hru-out history wine has been stored or preserved in a number of ways, from amphorae buried in the ground to pine resin coated vessels. It was only after the 18th century, after the introduction of bottles and corks, that consumers have been involved in intentional storage. It was then that consumers acknowledged that wine, mainly red wine, could improve with age.

By far, the majority of wine - approximately 95% - is not meant for extended aging, in other words, it will not improve with age and will actually deteriorate over time. Nearly all white and most rose wines fall into this category, but even young wine, kept for the short-term, should be stored with care. When keeping wine for the short term, store bottles in a cool environment, on their side, and avoid direct sunlight. For quality wine meant for aging it is best to have a designated wine storage area, ideally a wine cellar, wine cave, or wine vault. Wine caves or vaults are made specifi cally for wine storage and are available as single compartment or divided compartment units, each section with independent settings. These self-contained, refrigerated, plug-in units suit a number of decors. Some are obvious wine storage, as often seen in an under-counter kitchen or bar version, or decorative, as glassfronted cabinets, a console or armoire. The main advantage of a multi-compartment wine caves or vaults is the separate compartments can be set at different temperatures, whatever setting is the ideal temperature for the wine you are storing. The ideal temperature range for aging is between 13-15 degrees C.. For wine not meant for extended aging, store white wine between 8-10 degrees C, and red wine between 16-18 degrees C.

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If you have a wine cellar the temperature should be kept between 13-15 degrees C., and humidity at a minimum of 70%. Bottle placement varies, but most wine should be stored at an angle, ensuring the cork will not dry out. Avoid vibrations, as they disturb sediment, and ensure the area is odor-free and there is no direct sunlight. Refrigerators, although often used, are too cool, and the vibrations too severe. They are best avoided, but if used never store good quality wine in a refrigerator for longer than one week. Many wineries that had practiced traditional wine making methods in the past, methods that called for aging, have adopted practices that make aging requirements minimal or unnecessary. To help identify aging requirements, check the bottles label or winery web site. Kate Wagner Zeke Sommelier(ISG) Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator(SWE)


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