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North Carolina, Rashawn Nance saw firsthand the dedication needed to run a successful small business. His stepfather owned cleaning and construction businesses — giving Nance the inspiration for Super Guys, which he co-launched in Regina in 2016. Offering cleaning and renovation services, Super Guys uses a combination of ecofriendly products, advanced technology and exceptional customer service to ensure the job is done right the first time. “I don’t want our customers to have to call multiple companies to get things done,” says Nance. “With Super Guys, you have one company to deal with for the entire process.” Super Guys’ window cleaning service eradicates every spec of dust and dirt, leaving

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With advanced software programs, Super Guys makes it easy for clients to book services, ask questions and receive cost estimates. Communication is a top priority for the company, so client requests are responded to swiftly. In 2018, Super Guys was nominated by the Regina Chamber of Commerce for two awards — New Business of the Year, and Marketing and Promotional Achievement. The company gives back to the community in various ways, including its Back to School program, which supplies kids with backpacks full of school supplies.

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What’s Going On

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Expert Advice Advice ExpErt

uring 2017, we’ve worked with over 350 homeowners, homebuilders, and property managers to help fix issues in their homes and buildings. As attic experts, we assess the entire building envelope and look for opportunities to increase the efficiency of your attic system.

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water dripping from Another common issue we’ve your ceiling? Have encountered in attics is inadequate you noticed condenventilation systems. This includes your sation forming on roof ventsthe andperimeter intake ventilation from your of your ceiling? Is water soffits. Even though it may appear that soffit dripping from the attic hatch or bathis venting room through tin, awe often fan?perforated You may have problem. After a complete inspection, we work find homes with soffit pan installed directly common reason together with homeowners to create a over the The originalmost plywood. This blocks condensation and moisture unique plan based on their needs and any fresh air from entering your attic andform inthe anroof atticvents is due to anrequire. imbalance budget. During our five years in business venting out as homes somewhere in the system. An attic and 40-plus years of experience in the The number of roofrequires vents isn’t random, assembly three things to construction industry, we’ve seen it all. either. There is aproperly: connection between function Here are three of the most common the number of roof vents, the insulation issues we’ve found in attics and 1 ofAdequate size your home, and the how they affect your home. amount of soffit ventilation. 2 Proper vapour barrier If your home doesn’t have Compromised Sufficient venting 3 enough roof or soffit Vapour ventilation, this can re you planning to renovate, vents to siding — you've changed the lead way Barriers If one of these three factors is to trapped moisture in the upgrade or redesign your the home compromised functions. (Brown spots) or not up to standard, attic assembly. This can home this summer? Whether the result bemade frost with and good moisture These changes have allwill been Vapour barrier breaches compromise your insulation you are updating your home's in themore atticenergy assembly. intentions accumulation of making the home are a common issue found and potentially turn into mold. exterior, getting a new furnace, changing This can become problematic when efficient. However, these changes must be in attics. They often cause those the windows or getting the shingles Low/Uneven the accumulation turnsaffected back into balanced. The area we see mostInsulation often ugly brown spots to appear on your replaced, you're changing the way your (cold room) water climb by these changes iswhen the attictemperatures space. ceiling. The vapour barrier is the first line home performs. These changes can create above freezing. The us melted frost can of defence between the air in your home Insulation keeps warm in Attic spaces require three components unwanted side effects. cause severe damage to your home. and the air in your attic. If the vapour winter and cool in summer, but inadequate to properly function: a vapour barrier, We've the old saying "renovations barrierallisheard compromised (tears, holes, or will ventilation. neverThe experience insulation Most results in condensation. warm insulation and people adequate If a lead to moreitrenovations." Sometimes, deteriorated) can result in condensation, problem until they change humid in these your home condenses onsomething these just oneairof components fails, the homeowners overwhelmed the mold or even feel complete structural by failure on their home that affects cold areas with lowcondensation insulation. Over time, the result ranges from to mold financial stresssheathing). of renovating. Most times, (rotten/moldy building Examples include thiscomplete cycle can resultenvelope. in mold behind walls or to structural failure. You may renovations can be systematically ordered new house wrapping under a new in your attic. jeopardize all the hard work and money There are common areas in a home’s so they are more efficiently completed. job, adding new windows, you've putsiding intoinsulation those very design that leads to breaches in the vapour Areas with low canrenovations. be the result or upgrading to create a new detailed furnace. All At Ultimate Insulation, we pride As attic experts, we can barrier. These areas include lightourselves fixtures, of a few things. First is over-ventilated these will thermal change imaging, the performance in helping andchases, property owners reports that include roof sewer stacks,home chimney and dropped soffits, creating wind in the attic that blows ofand a house and can potentially efficiently that affect assessment structural integrity. We cancause ceilings. Anyplan formrenovations of staining around these insulation around. Next is insulation that problems in the attic assembly. the building envelope the your home.vapour Every also address the your home faces by areas is likely a signofthat has become wet issues from condensation in the opposi clockwise from top left Low/compromised Insulation, time you change something in a house properly designing a custom attic system barrier requires expert attention. Your Regina and region Attic Experts attic. Finally, if there has been foot traffic frozen exhaust vent no longer functioning, — from windows, doors, furnace, range damage.specific towill youruse needs. technology and experience frost accumulation, frost will melt and cause structural

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from renovations, such as new pot lights cause of or a to newtroubleshoot hood range,the thisroot can compress insulation, creatingfrost a cold spot. condensation, and moisture. We provideattic you with a report outlining Yourwill trusted experts know what the problem and recommendations to do. Call for your complimentary and to correct the issue. Foran your complete home analysis, where attic complimentary attic inspection, contact expert will do an attic inspection. We can the Attic Experts diagnose issues usingtoday! our thermal imaging

cameras and provide you a full report on site after the complete inspection. Our professionally trained staff will provide you with solutions and5ensure home star your ratings functions to the highest and most efficient “Ultimate Insulation has just level possible. finished extensive attic repairs after

Call today to request your in complimentary condensation resulted soaked inspection. insulation and water dripping from the attic hatch. Wheatland Roofing recommended them and we are glad we followed their advice. Wade was quick to find the problems and offer solutions. The work was professional and the workers friendly and accommodating. We highly recommend this local, family company and have already done so to family and friends. Besides the fantastic work, they really care about the customer and Regina is lucky to have them. Thanks Wade and family!” —Pat Carlson

Wade &Wade Joel Murray & Joel Murray owners Wade & Joel Murray owners

owners Ultimate Insulation– –The The Attic Attic Experts Ultimate Insulation Experts Ultimate Insulation – The Attic Experts 1322 Elliott Street Regina 306.205.7366 306.205.7366 306.205.7366 service@ultimateinsulation.ca service@ultimateinsulation.ca service@ultimateinsulation.ca www.ultimateinsulation.ca www.ultimateinsulation.ca www.ultimateinsulation.ca

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CLEANER AIR THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME

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id you know that over time, the air ducts in your home can be traps for contaminants such as mold and mildew, dust mites and bacteria? Prairie Dust Busters uses state-of-the-art equipment and a direct contact cleaning process to ensure your ducts and entire HVAC system are thoroughly cleaned — removing contaminants and improving air quality. “Air ducts accumulate dirt and debris over time, and these contaminants recirculate throughout your home every time the furnace or air

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conditioning runs in a never-ending cycle of stale air,” says Jamee Szauter of Prairie Dust Busters. Jamee suggests cleaning the ducts of your home or commercial property once every two to four years, and more often if you have pets or suffer from allergies.

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Now in its 26th year serving the Regina community, Prairie Dust Busters is known for being innovators in their industry. The company is the first duct cleaning business to introduce the Skipper System to the Regina area. Such technology includes sending cameras into the ductwork to analyze

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5 star ratings Two Thumbs up! I still ca not believe how awesome this company is. Not only did they do a super great job of cleaning my disgusting ducts in a house I had just bought, they also showed exceptionally caring customer service. —Jennifer Longman Amazing service, would highly recommend to anyone looking to get their furnace cleaned. Great value for the price. Excelled in customer service and were very polite. They were so respectful and helpful that I called their Manager this afternoon to say how impressed I was. Service technicians were early, clean and professional. They took the time to explain what they would be doing as well as showing/explaining issues that were found. The guys also took off their shoes each time entering the house so no dirt was tracked into the house and laid mats to protect our flooring. They were very thorough with the service and made sure to ask where all vents and cold air returns were to ensure all ducts were cleaned. Will be recommending highly to friends and family and will definitely be using them again the next time our furnace needs to be cleaned. Very impressed. —gottschall11

After the work is completed, Prairie Dust Busters is able to provide before and after photos so you can see the effectiveness of their work.

analyze the build up of dust and debris in the system. Szauter adds, “We don’t just use air and suction alone to clean your duct; with our direct contact cleaning devices that travel down the entire length of all register and duct, we clean thepipes buildup ofmain dust and debris. “Withevery our direct contact cleaning Unparalleled Customer Service squaredevices inch that of your ducts by air washing travel down the length of all register pipes and main Prairie Dust Busters’ team of highly skilled and well-trained ducts, we clean every square inch by air washing and scrubbing and scrubbing the system.” After the work technicians ensures that their customers receive the best possible the system,” says Jamee. is completed, Prairie Dust Busters is able to service. Technician Garry Peesker, for example, has been with the Along withand the aft Skipper System, Prairie company more than 25 years, offering unparalleled expertise. And all provide before er photos so you canDust Busters uses air whips, brushes and a full line of robotics to carry out their work. technicians salaryof based (as opposed to working on commission). Th eir customer service is aare source pride see the“We effhave ectiveness of their work. every cleaning tool made for this industry,” says Jamee. Prairie Dust Busters also backs that’s gained attention in other circles, up their work with a 100 percent money guarantee. If for some reason a problem should occur, Rebuilding With the Best Proud to Provide Award too. For three years in back a row, the business they will not take payment until you are satisfied with the work. For In 2017, a fire destroyed the company’s warehouse and nearly all has won the Consumer Choice Award for Winning Customer five years in a row, Prairie Dust Busters has won the Consumer Choice of its equipment. While devastating to the business, it was also the Number One Duct Cleaning Business Award for the Top Furnace and Duct Cleaning Business in Regina and an opportunity to rebuild. Jamee sought out the newest, most Service for Excellent Customer Service. in Regina and for Excellent Customer technologically advanced equipment available, purchasing new Szauter cannot emphasize enough how portable cleaning units that are the strongest in theService. world. With their oftreating expertise “Wehigh are alllevel about everybody with respect and making sure important customer service is to everyone are completely satisfiedit’s with the job we have done for them,” says and dedication tothey customer satisfaction, He also ordered a new custom-made furnace truck, which in thearrived company: “We are all about treating Jamee. “We’re a family is business in time for the fall 2018 season. The truck, which tookwhy Prairie clear to see Dust Busters such you can trust.” everybody with respect and eight months to design andmaking build, is sure ideal for Regina’s largest a trusted company. Call them today to book properties and residential they commercial are completely satisfied with homes. the your furnace and duct cleaning. job we haveDust done for them. Prairie Dustwhich allow for more Prairie Busters uses 10” inch vac hoses suction than the typical 8 or 6 inch Busters backs up their work with a 100hose. per Due to its size, the compressor was installed in the middle of the truck along with cent money back guarantee. If for some Prairie Dust Busters a special-made air tank. This compressor operates at 250 psi for 11142 Wascana Meadows reason a problem should occur, Prairie residential homes and can be increased upwards of 500 psi for Regina largestwill sizednot commercial ducts. “It’s the strongest truck the Dust the Busters take payment until 306.721.3722 company haswith ever built, ” says Jamee. “We call it the beast.” prairiedustbusters.ca you are satisfied the work. Customers can also enjoy peace of mind Prairie Dust Busters knowing Prairie Dust Busters offers a 11142 Wascana Meadows team of highly skilled and well trained REGINA & ARE A REFINEDHOMES 13 Regina technicians who have been with them for 306.721.3722


FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION MADE IN SASKATCHEWAN

BY ELIZABETH IRELAND

Regina-based Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations is a family-run company that’s been in business for 33 years. “We are well-known in the region for our millwork and kitchen cabinetry. Less well-known is that we build and renovate all sorts of other rooms and commercial properties with the same attention to detail. We are much more than a cabinet business,” says owner Rick O’Dow.

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5 star ratings “Rick and his staff did our new home in 2013 — kitchen, three baths, laundry room and a large custom walk-in closet. Couldn't be happier with his designs and how it turned out. Everything was on time and right on budget. They do exceptional work, would recommend them to anyone if they want the best there is in cabinetry.” —Kelly H. “We absolutely love our kitchen and would be hard pressed to find any flaws. He has a hard-working professional crew who, once started, got the job done in good time. From the design phase to the finished product was a positive experience.” —Randy H.

If you love your house and your neighbourhood, there’s no reason to move if you can have quality renovations done to exact specifications. Other projects where Rick and his team shine include bathrooms, custom closets, laundry rooms, basement renovations and additions to existing homes. Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations has won many awards over the years, including those from Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association. Also working for the business are Rick’s two brothers Rodney and Shaun, his wife Maryanne and his son Devin. “We use our own designer from concept to completion of a project. Customers can view their projects as 3D renderings and appreciate the details of custom manufacturing and craftsmanship that’s done right here in Saskatchewan,” says Rick. Rick is proud to share with customers that their custom cabinets are manufactured with Saskatchewan products and the company truly promotes a made-in-Saskatchewan philosophy. Custom millwork projects also include beautiful bathroom vanities, bookcases, built-ins, home entertainment centres and home bars. In addition, Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations is an authorized dealer for several high-quality international brands. These include ASKO Appliances, Hunter Douglas window coverings, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf Gourmet appliances and Duraco Windows. The Regina showroom is open Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment.

n fact, Rick describes “home update” renovations as popular right now with his customers. These update renovations include everything from installing new windows and flooring to painting and general contracting. The end results are stunning, as well as being functional and livable spaces.

Rick’s Custom Cabinets & Renovations 3121 Saskatchewan Drive Regina 306.352.6044 rccabinets@sasktel.net rickscustomcabinets.com

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Many people find that their time slips away from them during the week, and as the months go by, they feel more and more dragged down. Everyone is capable of cleaning their home, however we have discovered from speaking with numerous clients that their time is precious. Minutes are valuable and spending time cleaning takes away from so many other positive things in life. 18

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We have some clients who make sure to have a meal in the slow cooker on the days their home gets cleaned. They say it is so nice to return home from work to have supper ready and an evening to do as they please. We have learned that spending time with children or our spouse is crucial to a strong family unit. Having the time to sit with a child to help with homework in a clutter-free area allows you and your child to complete tasks with more focus and absorption of the information at hand.

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Had one the best experiences today. Crystal, Katie and Chealsey showed up precisely on time, so pleasant and personable. However, their professional manner is what impressed me the most. Now, the end result of the work they did at my house, outstanding. Thank You Rhonda Dundas

I had a Tidy Time Savers team come in and give my house a top-to-bottom clean and they were amazing. I was home with my 9 month old, but we were able to go about our routine pretty normally - even naps! - as the team was so quiet and efficient. They cleaned almost everything - things I never even noticed needed it before! Seriously, my house has never been so clean. Would totally recommend them to anyone!

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GUARANTEED TRADE PROGRAM CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF BUILDING THE CITY’S FINEST HOMES BY ELIZABETH IRELAND PHOTOS PICTURESK MEDIA

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rawford Homes’ Guaranteed Trade Program provides a unique opportunity to make money on your existing home — over and above its appraised value. As a homeowner, you have the potential to maximize your current home’s equity, all while moving into a new Crawford Home without stress.

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5 star ratings “Crawford homes built my dream home and my grandparents and my sister in laws... very professional, very enjoyable and my many thanks to them.” —Brandon Renneberg

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NEW LOCATION, BETTER SERVICE,

SAME GREAT PRODUCTS BY JENN SULLY PHOTOS CALVIN FEHR

After nearly 30 years in the industry, Suncoast Enclosures in Regina has moved shop to serve you better — and they’ve brought along their same top-of-the-line products.

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5 star ratings

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he new Suncoast Enclosures building is located on the South Service Road off Highway No.1 West in Regina. By making the move, Suncoast Enclosures have been able to bring their whole team together. “Now that we’re all in the same location, we will be able to better utilize all of the fantastic members of our team,” says Don Larwood, general manager. “Not only that, the bigger space means that we have more great options for our customers.” What kind of options? The new space encases the Suncoast Enclosures warehouse, as well as their showroom. It’s your one-stop shop when you’re looking for a new, personalized space to enjoy the great outdoors.

Speaking of Options

You won’t find any cookie-cutter designs at Suncoast Enclosures! Every job is custom built and each enclosure is designed to suit your needs and complement your home. Maybe you’re looking to enjoy the sunshine and views of the great outdoors — without the bugs. That’s when Suncoast Enclosures’ screen rooms (their forte!) come in handy. Whether you want a full view, protection from the wind, or a more private room, Suncoast Enclosures provide a variety of screening options. Maybe you’re looking to extend your outdoor experience beyond the few months of summer that Saskatchewan gets? Suncoast Enclosures’ threeseason rooms provide your family with extra space almost year round. Bonus: three-season windows can be retrofitted to an existing structure down the road! Suncoast Enclosures also offers louvered roofs that can serve as a durable, versatile patio cover for your outdoor space. These louvered roofs can be flat or pitched and be built as an addition to your home or freestanding. Plus, they are operated by a hand-held remote which is charged by an efficient solar panel.

Keeping the Quality

Suncoast Enclosures is a 2018 Consumer Choice Award winner and a recipient of Refined Lifestyle’s Best of

the Best award. No matter the shape, colour or size of the enclosure you choose, you can be sure your structure is built of the finest quality materials available. “Our quality products set us apart,” says Don. “All our frames and louvered roofs are built with a maintenancefree, powder-coated aluminum that is both lightweight and incredibly strong. They will withstand the elements and never corrode or rust.” Suncoast Enclosures’ screens are built with a patented spline and groove system that prevents the screen from sagging or being pushed out over time. And, whether clear, tinted or white, Suncoast Enclosures’ polycarbonate roofs are designed and engineered to withstand Canadian snow loads, winds and UV rays year after year. Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to retreat indoors! “Come by the new space, call or visit online,” says Don. “Let’s get the most out of your outdoor living area!”

Don Larwood, General Manager Suncoast Enclosures Regina & Saskatoon 1.877.449.5106 don@suncoastenclosures.com

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CONDO LIVING

BY COURTNEY TAIT

STYLISH

STORAGE

In the last few years, a “less is more” approach has taken root in the design and lifestyle lexicon, with simple living celebrated as a path to contentment. The first step in embracing the trend is decluttering — a process some have taken on with guidance from organization gurus such as Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (Her philosophy: Keep only items that spark joy.)

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ut even those of us who have pared our belongings down need a place to put them. And if you live in a space with limited storage, like a condo, it can be a challenge to keep clutter at bay. The good news is that alongside the minimalist movement, another trend has emerged: storage as decor. By approaching storage solutions creatively, you can conceal or display your “stuff ” in ways that are functional and stylish.

BASKET BOUNTY

The versatility of a basket cannot be overstated. And while these woven beauties go back to the early days of humankind (traces of baskets have been found in the Egyptian pyramids!), when styled right, they read as fresh and oh-so-organized. Baskets are ideal for corralling one of the primary clutter culprits: paper. Bills, lists, cards and random pieces of mail continually pile up, spreading across surfaces and encroaching on our serenity (and sanity). Recycling or shredding whatever isn’t needed is important, but in the meantime, stash excess paper in a pretty lidded basket. They come in a range of sizes and shades and look lovely on a desk, console or shelf. Plus, gathering paper piles into one out-of-sight spot is an instant Zen booster.

Other uses for a stylish basket? Throw blankets and pillows, magazines, craft supplies, bathroom products and remote controls. It’s like an analog app: there’s a basket for that.

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If you have a small bedroom closet, organization can be tough to master. No matter what kind of hanging shelves, shoe racks and matching hangers you use in an effort to simplify, limited space can (literally) cramp your style. But what if you bring the inside contents out into the open? With an upscale garment rack, you can display REGINA & ARE A REFINEDHOMES

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of items you need space for and find the right shelving option to suit your needs.

your most attractive bags, shoes and outfits in a way that’s easily accessible, keeping the rest tucked away. This storage solution works well in a corner or against the wall of your bedroom or, if it’s wide enough, in a hallway. A variety of styles are available, so we recommend avoiding the basic chrome rack on wheels, as it has a factory feel that will detract from your display. Opt for one in black, white, wood or an attractive gold or rose-gold metallic. A shelf or two along the bottom designates space for shoes, while a shelf along the top (either attached or hung separately) can be used for framed art. Hooks on either side create space for bags. On the rack, hang select items that present the “best of ” your wardrobe. You might want to edit down to just two or three colours to keep the look cohesive. Rather than filling it completely, leave space between each item so the eye has a place to rest. Consider this a rotating installation, refreshing it each season with pieces you love.

SHELFIE SHOWCASE

If you follow any designers on Instagram, you’ve likely come across images of beautifully curated shelves with the hashtag #shelfie. But featuring books, ornaments and special trinkets in a photo-worthy way isn’t just for the professionals! Vertical shelving enables you to showcase items so they look cohesive rather than cluttered. Rather than scattering various beloved pieces on surfaces throughout your home, arrange them all on a set of three or more shelves. Shelf displays range from simple floating shelves to entire units. Before you decide on specifics, consider their purpose: what will you display? Will they double as a bookcase? Do you need them to stash office supplies as well as family heirlooms? (Some shelves come equipped with drawers or stylish crates that can pull in and out, increasing their storage capacity.) Make a list

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As with your garment rack, a pared-down palette goes a long way in making shelves look thoughtfully put together. Shelfie style isn’t about displaying every sentimental piece from your past; it’s about showcasing the “greatest hits.” Place an old photograph next to a modern vase. Pop a pretty plant onto a stack of books. (To borrow from Marie Kondo, opt for items that spark joy.) However you arrange your shelves, keep in mind that they are a reflection of you — your life and your personal taste. Let them be inspired!


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CENTURY 21 Dome Realty Inc.

NEW BRAND, NEW & IMPROVED SERVICE

Bold. Modern. Sophisticated.

“We are extremely excited. These are very exciting times for our agents,” says Nolan Tabashniuk, Chief Operating Officer (COO) with Century 21 Dome Realty Inc. “We were caught off guard when we got word of the new branding, new logos and new colour scheme,” the COO adds. “We were somewhat shocked, given the history of the branding of Century 21 Global and the awareness of its brand around the world. However, thanks to the support and marketing expertise of our corporate partners, we have been very impressed with the response of our prospective clients. Our new brand stands out from our competitors, and later this year, we are excited to launch all new yard signs, new physical signage within our office space and exterior signage. We truly are becoming the gold standard in real estate.” Century 21 Dome Realty has consistently been one of the top producing brokerages in the real estate market relative to the number of homes sold in Regina. With one of the largest sales forces in the city and a highly recognized brand after operating for 36 years in Regina, Tabashniuk is confident the new branding will help to better serve their clients. “We know that more than 70 per cent of our business comes from repeat clients and word-of-mouth as our clients introduce our agents to their friends and family, so our agents are constantly staying in touch with their clients even after they

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take possession of their new homes. We also know that calls from our yard signs are the second largest source of business for us, so we wanted to really differentiate our yard signage and give our sellers the advantage of being more visible to passersby than any other options available in the market.” Tabashniuk adds: “We are confident that more sellers will choose Century 21 Dome Realty now because we are giving them the ability to increase the visibility of their home for sale when someone drives through the neighbourhood. Because today’s market conditions favour the buyer, sellers are competing for their attention. The buyer has a lot of options when it comes to which home, which neighbourhood and which price point they want to invest in.” Century 21 Dome Realty is also launching all new websites, property search options, and online marketing and promotion in late 2018 to further differentiate themselves from their competitors moving into 2019. “There really isn’t much technology that has not been changed, updated, upgraded and enhanced,” chuckles Tabashniuk. “The purpose of redesign of everything online comes back to buyers and sellers. We asked sellers what they wanted to promote their listings and we asked buyers which tools they want to find their next home — and then it was built for us. I am confident this will change everything for us, and we are excited to bring the new look to Regina before the end of this year.”


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generations • community • life

A Vibrant and Welcoming Place to Live BY ELIZABETH IRELAND

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A Day in the Life s a resident, you can wake up and begin your day in your own suite. The Village offers bright and spacious suites with the option of a studio, one bedroom or two bedrooms. Head out and you’re greeted warmly by a professional concierge with your daily paper. Your next stop is Perk & Taps — a licensed beverage house featuring specialty coffees and house-baked treats that are perfect for your morning breakfast. It’s 10 o'clock and time to join the fitness or wellness program of your choice. Go back to your suite afterwards to change clothes for lunch and perhaps a family member is coming to visit. Located right in the Village, Roots Kitchen & Bar is an excellent casual dining option for a sit-down meal with guests. Residents have flexible meal plans, plus Roots Kitchen & Bar recently revamped and relaunched its menu to offer more options for residents and the community.


"The entire Village is a home for our residents, not just their individual room. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place to both visit and live,” says Mayson Bernt, the Village’s Director of Brand & Marketing. The afternoon could include more recreational activities, spending time with your pet, or taking the Village’s private shuttle bus to a medical or dental appointment. You can get your hair cut and coloured on-site. With a range of salon services, Studio 3 is open to both the Village’s residents and the public. And, there is still supper and evening activities to come!

Living Arrangement Options The Village offers three different possibilities for living arrangements. The Independent Living lifestyle is perfect for residents looking for social engagement, multiple amenities, independence and fun. Professional housekeeping and laundry are included, and residents can schedule assistance with daily care. Assisted Living services allow residents to enjoy all the advantages of Independent Living with some added peace of mind. With Assisted Living, unique needs will be tended to by the Village’s experienced staff. Onsite care professions include Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, therapists and personal support workers. The third option — Supportive Living — offers the Village’s professional care staff for residents 24/7 to ensure the support that residents need to not just live, but to thrive. Diverse care needs are addressed, such as memory care, respite care and palliative care. Supportive Living is offered to anyone with higher care needs (not just seniors) and incorporates scheduled therapy services. Private dining spaces with flexible meal plans are also available. The Village is proud to bring together innovative seniors programming with Independent, Assisted and Supportive Living. Both Perk & Taps and Roots Kitchen & Bar are open, for not only residents and their families, but for the public to enjoy. Menus can be found online at harbourlandingvillage. ca/dining.

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TECH FEATURE

GADGETS

& GEAR

10WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMARTER IN 2019

BY MARC SALTZMAN

nyone remember Rosie, the robotic housekeeper who petered around The Jetsons in the 1960s? “I swear on my mother’s rechargeable batteries,” she once joked, when asked by Judy Jetson to keep a secret. While we’re still a few years away from a domesticated humanoid robot that can wash our dishes and make our beds, today’s smart home products are designed to make your living space safer, more energy efficient, and easier to maintain. Here is a look at 10 smart ways to bump up your home’s IQ.

ecobee4

Using an app or your voice, programmable thermostats let you conveniently adjust heating and cooling settings, but some — like ecobee4 ($249) — can automatically optimize settings per room. By sensing occupancy, this smart Wi-Fi thermostat works with

room sensors to help manage hot or cold spots in your home, detecting if someone is there, and delivering the optimal temperature to individual rooms. You get one sensor in the box, along with the thermostat, but it supports up to 32 sensors. A two-pack of sensors costs $79. There’s also built-in Amazon Alexa support via its internal speaker and microphone, so you can ask to read you the news, help plan your commute, set a timer, adjust the temperature and much more.

colours), dim or brighten a room, set up timers and other scheduling options, or remotely access your lights from wherever life takes you. The Philips Hue White & Colour A19 Starter Kit ($249) includes a wireless bridge that allows you to control up to 50 hue devices and includes four LED bulbs to get you started. These bulbs also work with many popular smart home platforms.

Philips Hue

Not only do LED light bulbs consume a lot less power than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, and last considerably longer, smart LED bulbs like the Philips hue family let you manage your lights through an app — be it to change its colour on demand (from 16 million

Ring Video Doorbell

Quite simply, this trendy $129 gadget lets you see who’s at your front door — whether you’re home or not. Working in conjunction with a companion app on smartphone or tablet, this Wi-Fi doorbell shows who’s on your doorstep (in clear 720p HD), and you can have a two-way audio conversation with your visitor. Motion sensors detect movement up to 30 feet, and send you automatic alerts, so you can be notified even before they press the button. All recorded footage is stored to the cloud, in case you ever need it.


opposite ecobee, Philips Hue this page Ring Video Doorbell, August Smart Lock, Petcube Bites Camera, Google Home Max

August Smart Lock

Speaking of your front door, the August Smart Lock ($199) lets your smartphone be a surrogate key to let you into your home. Simply walk up to your front door and your smart deadbolt will automatically unlock, as long as your smartphone is with you (and yes, there are safeguards in place, if you don’t). You can also email someone a “virtual key” to give them temporary or permanent access to your home; you can also set a schedule for these virtual keys, such as only working on specific days of the week or hours of the day (ideal, for example, for live-out help).

Google Home Max

Fusing a great-sounding speaker with a smart and versatile personal assistant, Google Home Max ($499) is one of the best gadgets you can buy today — especially for music lovers. Simply join this high-fidelity speaker to your Wi-Fi network, pair your favourite services (like Spotify or Google Music), and then ask to play a specific song, album, artist, playlist or genre. Available in charcoal or grey — covered in acoustically transparent fabric — it will optimize its sound based on the kind of room you place it in. Under the hood, you’ll find dual 4.5-inch woofers for deep, balanced bass and custom tweeters for crystal-clear highs. It’s a smart speaker, too, so ask for info, control your smart phone or make free phone calls to anyone in Canada or the U.S. (no landline needed).

Petcube Bites Camera

Keep an eye on your pet while at work, and even dispense treats on demand. That’s the premise behind Petcube Bites Interactive Wi-Fi HD Pet Camera ($199). Simply connect this high-def camera to your Wi-Fi network, install the free app on your smartphone or tablet, and then kiss your dog or cat goodbye as you leave the house. Now, wherever life takes you, launch the app, talk to your pet, snap a pic or shoot video (even in the dark, thanks to night vision support), and dispense a treat from the launcher by swiping your screen. So now you can see what your furry friend is up to all day.

LG B7 4K OLED TV

If you agree big is beautiful (and thin is in!) then wait until you plop down in front of LG’s 65-inch B7 4K Smart TV ($3,295). Instead of a LED-backlit LCD television, LG’s premium TVs boasts OLED (pronounced “oh-led”) screens for a superior image including sharper colour, support for HDR (high dynamic range) and Dolby Vision, and unprecedented contrast ratios (with super dark blacks). Not only is the LG B7 incredibly thin — because each pixel is its own light source, therefore no backlighting is required — this television is a lot more energy-efficient than other TV panel types. Along with a phenomenal picture, it’s a smarter Smart TV, too, with LG’s own webOS 3.5 platform driving the performance. REGINA & ARE A REFINEDHOMES

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Husqvarna Automower 315X

Why mow your lawn when you can have a robot do the dirty work for you? Sit in your Muskoka chair with a cold one in hand and watch as the Husqvarna Automower 315X ($2,499) cuts your grass with its three quiet blades. The robot can cover up to 1,600 square metres before it needs recharging — at which time, it’s smart enough to return on its own to the charging station, power up and then continue mowing. Powered by GPS-assisted navigation and by following a guidewire that you place along the perimeter of your property, the weather-proof mower can even handle lawns with a complicated shape, steep slopes or obstacles. There’s app and voice support, via Amazon Alexa.

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

above Husqvqrnq Automower, Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, Chamberlain MyQ

This fridge may be cold, but the tech is superhot. Samsung’s Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators (from $4,599) are available in 3-door and 4-door French door models, and they house several innovative features including an intuitive app that lets you see inside your fridge (via a camera) when you’re, say, at the supermarket, and you can’t remember if you need milk, eggs or cheese! The 21.5-inch LED touchscreen can serve as a digital corkboard, recipe book, photo album, music player and more. And Samsung’s voice technology lets you utter verbal commands to ask about weather, time, add products to shopping lists, manage to-do-lists and more.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage

Turn your existing garage into a smart garage with Chamberlain’s MyQ Garage ($129). Easy to install (and in less than 30 minutes), this system lets you know if you’ve left the garage door open — and close it, if desired — from anywhere in the world. The free smartphone app also lets you open it remotely to allow someone access to borrow a tool or drop off a package, or you can set up custom alerts, such as a notification if you left garage door open for a specific period of time. The MyQ works with your existing Wi-Fi network, and easily connects to most existing garage door openers.

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hese days, the table sitting in front of couches in living rooms spanning the country could go by various monikers: magazine table, snack table, laptop table, foot rest. And yet despite its versatility, the “coffee table” title has stuck since it was coined as such in the late Victorian era (as an alternative to the taller “tea” table).

Whatever you use your coffee table for, the style you choose can transform the look and feel of your lounging zone. If you’re craving a living room refresh but don’t want to redecorate the entire space, here are five coffee table styles to inspire.

The Ottoman

Any parent who has survived (or is currently going through) the toddler stage knows that coffee table corners can quickly feel like danger zones. The ottoman-as-coffee table is a stylish option that’s also safe for young ones. Available in round, square and rectangular shapes, ottomans are soft to the touch and have a relaxed aesthetic that can complement a range of room styles. If you like the look but want a touch of formality, choose one with legs and/or a tufted fabric. Want it to double as a seat? Opt for round and legless. Setting down drinks on an ottoman requires a tray, but that, too, can be a stylish accessory that adds to the room. Another bonus? Ottomans often come with built-in storage, so you can stash excess books, magazines, toys or throw blankets, helping keep the rest of the room clutter-free.

The Two-Table Trend

If your style leans eclectic, you might be partial to the clustered coffee table look, combining two or three side tables of varying heights rather than featuring one larger table. This option is excellent for entertaining, as the smaller stature of the tables makes them easy to move around as needed. The look works best with round shapes and suits a space that’s fluid and unfussy. The trick to cohesion: make sure the tables share a similar element such as the material, shape or finish. 36

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seeking out a table that’s made with reclaimed wood, which is gentler to the environment. Even better, have one custom made with local reclaimed wood. Knowing the story behind the wood and the craftsperson who creates your table will give this piece serious heirloom potential.

Tabletop Style

How you style your coffee table is as important as the table itself. The trio of books, a tray, and a plant or vase of flowers is a classic combination that’s easy to make your own. Display a coffee table book that speaks to you, with images that reflect a passion or interest. Add a lowmaintenance plant or a favourite vase filled with seasonal blooms. If your coffee table is rectangular, try a round tray and vice versa. And be sure to include a candle for evening ambience. Of course, it’s essential to keep the rest of your furniture in mind when choosing your coffee table. You may love the glam look of marble, but if the rest of the decor is country cottage, it will feel out of place. Scale is another important factor for both aesthetic and function. Make sure the table (or table cluster) is in proportion with your couch or sectional and doesn’t dominate the space or look too small. A good rule of thumb? Choose a table that’s the same height as your couch or a couple inches lower, and around two-thirds the length. Happy coffee table hunting!

5 STYLES TO REFRESH Your LIVING ROOM Industrial Design

Typically merging a wooden surface with metal legs, the industrial coffee table is at once rustic and sleek. If your coffee table doubles as a dinner table, this workhorse of a design is ideal, holding up to frequent use with a large stature that welcomes multiple household members to gather around it. Aesthetically, industrial design can veer into the cold side, so make sure you pair this style with a cozy rug and keep some cushions and throws nearby.

Marvelous Marble

The fastest way to make your living room go glam is to add a marble-topped table. Crisp and elegant, this coffee-table trend is here to stay. While the style works in a round or rectangular shape, we especially love it in an oval design, which mixes length with curves. Marble isn’t the most budget-friendly material, so if you love the aesthetic but not the price, consider finding a faux option. (We won’t tell.) A luxe twist? Instead of white, opt for gray or black marble. It’s easier to keep pristine and looks decidedly classy.

Live Edge

Showcasing the natural beauty of wood, live-edge furniture brings warmth to any space, and is especially inviting in coffee table form. The knots and flaws of the wood slab are kept rather than cut away, resulting in an organic shape that’s as sculptural as it is functional. If you go this route, consider


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DETAILS ll too often, we are contacted by clients who are in a hurry. Along with this sense of urgency is a heightened expectation that every detail be just so, that every pillow and candle holder is specifically curated (thank you, Pinterest), and that we designers can just snap our fingers and make it all appear by the weekend.

Those special details are extremely important. They are what elevate a good design to an amazing one. Yes, function is important and so are cabinet colour and countertop materials. But, it’s the finer details, the well-thought-out and expertly executed elements that make people wonder, “How did they do that?” I recently stopped by one of House Envy Interior’s client projects, for which I did the 3D renderings, and Christy not only nailed the function and aesthetic of the space, but she absolutely knocked it out of the park with the details. Chris Murray Custom Cabinets is behind the flawless execution of those design details. Sleek black cabinets were enhanced by both beveled shaker and recessed beaded door styles, accented with brushed gold cabinet pulls. Taking it one step further, the cabinets were done in a face-framed style. Large crown moulding and heavy, furniture-style toe kicks add another layer of detailed craftsmanship. It is essential to choose fixtures that complement the style of the room rather than choosing what’s trendy for right now. A brushed gold bridge faucet sits atop a cast iron farmhouse sink. A peekaboo oak adds that depth of amazing detail. Bringing in a slight change of material is an effective way to visually separate different zones in a space. The bar backsplash received an antique mirror finish brought in from Montreal rather than the marble herringbone that was applied to the other walls in the room — classy, beautiful and curated. That

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same antique mirror was also applied to the upper cabinets in the bar area, instead of clear glass you might expect. The key is how these details lean more to the unexpected side. Speaking of backsplash, the material and pattern are extremely important details. This kitchen is classic, classy and luxurious. A beautiful marble tile in a small herringbone pattern with a brushed gold (yes, gold) tile edge was the perfect accent to the black cabinet work. I love all things tile, including a good classic subway. Would a subway have worked here? Sure it would have been okay, but you’re not going for okay and neither are we.


The marble herringbone backsplash is classic, luxurious and reminiscent of grand kitchens from years gone by. In this particular space, it is also a bit understated for good reason; it’s not the feature, and it wasn’t meant to be. The custom hood atop the professional range is the standout on the wall. The backsplash serves as an accent or another layer (and a well thought out one, at that). Inspiration for these finishing details can come from many different places. We pull inspiration from spaces we see when we travel; restaurants and lounges offer up great detail work when it comes to design elements. We pull inspiration from fabrics we see, from colours in nature, from other designers (yes, it’s true), and from our clients. We have quite a collection of inspiration files going at any given time, but to put together a flawlessly executed and detailed home means taking a step back, taking a breath, and taking that extra time to truly design out those extra-special features — and then, let the craftsmen take the time to bring those ideas to life for a space that transcends the trends. Trust us, it’s worth it.

Amanda Brady, Clear Space Designer clearspacedesignco.com amanda@clearspacedesignco.com Amanda's residential design experience over the past decade includes projects ranging from small interior renovations to 10,000 sq. ft. custom homes. Her passion for amazing design is supported by her technical construction knowledge; she knows how to build what she is proposing. Clear Space was created with one goal in mind — to create beautiful, functional spaces that clients never want to leave.

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pon walking through the doors at Jillian’s Design Elements, all of your senses are awakened. The beautiful two-storey boutique and design firm features home decor items, giftware and fashion accessories handpicked by founder Jillian Bilawchuk.

“We always have something fresh and new for people to see and be inspired by,” says Jillian. The team at this award-winning business goes above and beyond to provide customers with an enjoyable shopping experience. With stylish, sophisticated displays, the shop is ideal for browsing whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to see what catches your eye. You’ll find a range of artwork, artistic vases and other decor, jewellery, purses and fashion items, and furniture. The majority of furnishings offered are Canadian-made; upholstered pieces from brands such as Van Gogh Designs, Stylus and Pinnacle are available, as well as dining room furniture from Dinec and Amisco. While the boutique showcases select furniture pieces, Jillian can source other items from these brands, customizing for colour, shape and style. Fabric samples are available in-store, so you can touch the varying textures to help you decide what’s right for your home.

For those who can’t resist a fantastic scent, Jillian’s features Lampe Berger fragrance lamps. Celebrating the fall season, new scents include Pumpkin Delight and Orange Cinnamon. As for sound, listen closely and you’ll hear the tick tock of the shop’s latest collection of European CLUSE watches. The face of these elegant watches is made of solid marble, making for a luxe accessory — the perfect gift.

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variety of fine jewellery pieces, including these beautiful engraved initial bar necklaces for $29.95.

Lampe Berger Paris Create a unique ambiance in your home, office, vehicle or wherever you desire with exquisite fragrances from Lampe Berger. With lamps as beautiful as the aromas they decant and available only in select locations, Lampe Berger has established an international reputation of excellence.

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ranite and quartz provide a timeless yet modern look to any home. Whether you’re looking to update the kitchen, the bathroom or the fireplace, stone is an unmatchable choice. And Regina’s CNG Stone Products is the only source for gorgeous granite and quartz. “We work hard to provide the best selection of stone,” says owner Scott Tresek. “The only way to appreciate it is to see it.” While granite is still popular choice for countertops, quartz is another amazing option. Quartz, with its marble-like looks and good durability, is great for everyday use. “While marble is beautiful, it’s too soft and easily scratched,” says Scott. “However, quartz has a marble look without the marble issues.”


w c a Whatever you’re looking for, CNG Stone is home to more than 100 colours of granite and hundreds of colours of quartz. The selection is astonishing, and if CNG doesn’t have what you want (which is unlikely), they can find exactly what you’re looking for. They can arrange appointments for warehouse viewing in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. If you’re willing to travel, they will help you find you more options until you’re happy.

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f European design has any influence on the Canadian market, the next big thing in entertainment will be the kitchen island. Sure, kitchen islands aren’t new, but recent technical and design advances are elevating the kitchen island from merely functional work zone to highly desirable entertainment centre.

From pop upbars to pop open kitchens On a recent visit to the biennial international EuroCuccina2018 show in Milan, Italy I saw the future. The show attracts innovative kitchen and bathroom manufacturers from around the world. I was amazed and amused. Some trends are crazy fun, like pop up bars from the depths of the island counter. With a push of a button a square section of the counter rises, revealing a well-lit, multi-tiered ample bar complete with bottles and glasses. I was also surprised to see a modern, large box with French doors open to reveal a modern, functional u-shaped kitchen, complete with wine fridge!

Heart of the home, life of the party In Europe, the kitchen island has become the true heart of the home — functionally, visually and socially. Where good food and drink is respected, almost revered, the island is seen as the place where we come together to eat, drink, enjoy and discuss. Modern, sleek, custom-furnished islands dominate the room in European design while the rest of the kitchen seems to disappear.

The kitchen is disappearing Appliances are built in, paneled and blended into unembellished cabinetry. Door handles, knobs and pulls

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are virtually non-existent; cabinets lack profile or details, the kitchen as we know it simply recedes into the background. In fact, upper cabinetry has disappeared altogether. Ergonomically-speaking, tall upper cabinetry isn’t convenient for all, especially when it comes to Universal Design — design for all abilities. Instead, open shelving with decorative displays and plant walls are in fashion. What remains is a custom-designed, finely crafted piece of furniture that coordinates with your main living space to act as the main focus — a magnet for social gatherings.

Where’s the work zone? Where is all the work done? Pantries are expanding, or a second pantry is being added to handle storage, prep and clean up. Counters are being added to accommodate working, smaller appliances, so the messy work is performed behind closed doors — the function of the scullery back in the day.

Deserted island? So, what’s left? Islands will still feature sinks, but come equipped with covers to seamlessly hide all functional components. Cooktops are still popular; most were induction-based, so heat doesn’t transfer. Vent hoods, now a decorative and functional feature in many of our kitchens are being replaced with downdraft systems that disappear when not in use. Gone were the all-white kitchens, many of the built-in walls featured contrasting islands. Beautifully-crafted drawers of varying depths replaced doors. Grey and black, the popular colours, were mixed with natural wood tones or dark wood. Customized niches, lighting and drawer facings added to the island charm.

Island hopping When one island simply isn’t enough, many kitchens featured a second; one for some function, the other strictly for entertaining. The second island allows for extra seating and can be used for buffets, bars and décor. Underneath, the extra storage can hold serving ware, bar fridges and warming drawers for hors d’oeuvres. Party central! We may not be ready for these changes in how we live. We like our appliances and give them prominent space in our kitchens. But don’t say you weren’t warned! Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. Familiar to TV audiences for her show, Colour Confidential, and appearances on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show and Moving The McGillivrays on HGTV, Jane is always an engaging personality. Her professional design firm, Jane Lockhart Interior Design has focused on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail projects since 1997. In addition to her full slate of client projects, Jane has created two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.

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ccording to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and Tree Canada, trees are not just important for the environment; they have real value when it comes to your actual home. Trees on your property can be worth more then $19,000 and save you more than $175 per year on your energy bills. • Current research shows that homebuyers prefer houses on streets that have trees. In fact, properties with healthy mature trees show an increased value of between three and five per cent over homes that have none. This means that on the average Canadian home, those trees are worth between $10,500 and $19,000.

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• Trees are nature’s outdoor climate control but they also impact the inside of your home. A well-placed tree that shades your home in the hot summer months can save you up to $55 each year, and an additional $120 in winter heating costs. When it comes to the winter months, most homeowners would rather be inside under a blanket beside a fireplace. Unfortunately, there are a lot of outdoor jobs that get pushed off into spring that really should get done right now. Once the leaves have fallen off your shrubs and bushes, its time to prune and reshape. Before you go crazy however, scratch the surface of the plants to make sure that there is no green under the bark. If it’s all dried out, then that branch can be removed without causing the plant any serious damage. This is also the perfect time to bring in your arbourist to tackle any of the

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For the last few years, I’ve been getting more homeowners questioning the large trees in their yards. After ice storms, hurricane force winds, and now record snowfalls, the trees on our properties have taken quite a beating. Before you decide to get rid of your trees in favour of less yard work, there are a few things you might want to consider.

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Having storage in the backyard is always a good thing. A shed is the perfect solution for all those awkward items that don’t seem to fit anywhere else such as wheelbarrows and grass-covered mowers. Unfortunately, we have a bad habit of putting our sheds in the worst possible locations. Too often, I see the garden shed at the back of the property or on the other side of elaborate gardens. Neither are ideal locations when you need to get something out a FOcal POint in the of the shed in the middle of winter. The other OF the yard missed opportunity for a shed is the privacy it I’m not sure where the idea started tha can create. Most sheds have a roofline that is is a better yard or that a bigger lawn is a between eight and 10 feet tall. This is perfect “Holistic spaces - good forinyou goodtoforkeep the plan Unfortunately, ourand efforts the for hiding neighbours! If you are thinking about a shed for spring, consider started pushing elements to the edge of prop Increased awareness of what we put into our spaces is driv putting it to the side of the yard, close to the house. By turning the shed today, I see homeowners with a yard that a movement towards using more natural items. Think “y sideways and having the door facing the deck or patio, you have easier fence on all sides, several gardens pushed studio in the jungle” when trying to picture these spa access, and at the same time, you can create a little extra privacy for both property andspaces a large lawn the m Homeowners seek toline create they candown disappear you and your neighbour. nothing inviting about a space like this. and feel at one with nature. Look for unconventionalIn elements to thespaces. centre of your spac feeders andadding wind mobiles in these BeWare the Mulch! and a pergola, or a small patio with chair For years I’ve warned homeowners to avoid the bright red mulch. In“Colour my focal point in the centre of theblocking yard instead blocked gardens:” Colour in opinion, red mulch in the sun is the only thing you see when lookingyard at a is taking you visually push your neighbours away b a big step forward. Whether it’s us garden. It visually overwhelms the plants. We now have more colours than moves to the centre, instead of the edges. one colour group of plants or actually painting ever available such as blues and purples. Who sees the beautiful plants when surrounding fence and walls, adding bright so • isPlant your shade trees on the south side of bigon limbs dead wood, whichmulch? may snap off there your eye keeps focusing theand intensely coloured Finally yOur sections ofgive colour in the yard garden is replicating thesO ind during the winter and cause damage to your some science to support my dislike of the “fake” stuff. While some mulchesthe property to create the most protection trend. Homeowners gravitating towards these pop Breathing rOOM homeof and property. are organically dyed, many the new products are chemically treated andfrom the summer sun. Make sure you colour say Every they find their yards “more joyful” and “ individual planting single house inguidelines almost every single the chemicals slowly leach into the soil. Yikes! If you are determined to gofollow the If you are now looking forward to 2019 and of positive energy. ” Millennials are specifically us for the each type of tree that you plant. in Canada has a garden jammed up against for the colour, choose amight product that is safe adding for the aenvironment. be considering new tree, there Don’ttoassume thathomes all treesapart, grow the same, outdoor p colour set their treating the front windows. Very few of these are ac are a few s simple rules to picking the right even ifasthey come from the same family. commitment. choices transitional because this or is aa temporary challenging spot for plant one. The type of tree makes a big difference when it comes to valuation. Trees that don’t do well in an urban setting can negatively impact the homes around them. Species such as willow, poplar, balsam fir and Manitoba maple all have less than desirable qualities, making them better for rural locations. The best deciduous trees for home valuation continue to be the ones with great fall colour like Autumn Blaze Maple or the slower growing varieties such as oaks because they provide more shade and stay healthier longer. The location of your trees is also important. If you are planting new trees next spring around your home, use these simple tips as a good general guideline for placement. • Evergreens and conifers should be placed on the north side of your property. That way they help to block the cold winds in the wintertime. To maximize their effectiveness, don’t plant your evergreens in a straight line. Instead, stagger then in a zigzag pattern.

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