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do anything ISSUE 01 SPRING 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

• Design a functional,

beautiful outdoor space.

• Building a garage has never been easier.

• Build with peace of mind. • Build an energy efficient home.

• Tips on building your first home.


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Design a functional, beautiful outdoor space BY HEATHER LAURA CLARKE

When the weather warms up, Canadians can’t wait to start enjoying their

outdoor spaces. Decks, patios, and porches become important living spaces of any home during the spring and summer – it’s just a matter of determining which option works best for you.

If you’re planning to create a functional, beautiful outdoor space, here’s

where to begin ...

DETERMINE THE KIND OF SPACE YOU WANT: Do you want a deck close

to the kitchen, so you can easily BBQ up a few steaks while still keeping an eye on the potatoes in the oven? Or are you dreaming of a patio tucked in the back of your yard, where you can sip a cold drink amidst the shady trees?

“Everyone has a different property, and a different plan for how they want

to enjoy their space,” says Doug Chamberlain, who owns Chamberlain TIM-BR MART in Muskoka. “If they’re not sure what they want, we walk them through their options and help them figure out the best plan for them.”

LOOK INTO REGULATIONS AND REQUIRED PERMITS: If you’re building an

above-grade deck, it needs to be certified as a safe structure – and there are other regulations that could come into play. You’ll need to present structural plans and a site plan that indicates the distance to the property lines from the proposed deck, as well as provide construction details. A deck attached to your home requires footings, and so does a detached deck that’s more than two inches above the grade. You’ll also need to arrange for inspections of the footing and the finished product.

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FROM ROUNDED STAIRCASES AND STONE COLUMNS TO SUNKEN SEATING AREAS AND OUTDOOR KITCHENS, THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF UNIQUE WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE.


PROPERLY PLAN FOR WEATHER CONDITIONS: Canadian

and have another section set up as a lounge area – with

winters can be tough on an outdoor space, with the driving

outdoor couches, chairs, and tables for hanging out. Many

snow and ice potentially damaging your structures, surfaces,

people are also adding fire pit areas or outdoor fireplaces

and fixtures – so it’s important to consider your environment.

for night-time entertaining.

“We sell a lot of aluminum railings, because they’re guaran-

“A fire pit dramatically increases the amount of time

teed not to rust or fade – even during Canada’s harsh winters,”

people spend in their yards once the sun goes down,” says

says Chamberlain. “You get a clean, uniform look that will stand

Chamberlain. “You can sit around the fire and talk, or roast

up to anything Mother Nature throws at it.”

marshmallows, and just enjoy those summer evenings.”

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A RAISED DECK: If you have

DESIGN A SPACE THAT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE: From

a deck stretching out above a walk-out basement, you

rounded staircases and stone columns to sunken seating

have the ability to create two separate living spaces. Rain

areas and outdoor kitchens, Chamberlain says there’s no

dripping through the decking to the space below isn’t an

shortage of unique ways to dress up your outdoor space.

issue if you install a proper ceiling.

of their lawns and gardens by installing clear glass panels

“We always tell our customers about the DrySnap®

More and more homeowners are showing off the beauty

Under Deck Rain Carrying System, because it allows them

below their deck railings and stair rails.

to take advantage of the space beneath their deck,” says

Smith. “It channels water away and keeps the space below

cated look,” says Chamberlain. “They give a more polished

nice and dry, so it’s like having an outdoor living room

effect than typical wooden spindles, and the clear glass also

below your deck.”

makes it easier to keep an eye on kids running around

GO BIG OR GO HOME: A typical deck used have just

“We find Nuvo Iron™ panels give a deck a really sophisti-

the property.” ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES: During the warm months,

enough room for a BBQ and a few pieces of patio furniture.

But today’s decks are getting larger and larger, with many

many homeowners enjoy tackling little projects to add

homeowners opting for sprawling multi-level structures.

personality to their backyard spaces.

“Patio furniture is a lot larger than it used to be, and people

are finding they need a bigger deck to accommodate

level, like BBQ tables, birdhouses, benches, and two-seater

everything comfortably,” says Smith. “You want to be able

Adirondack rocking chairs,” says Chamberlain. “Sometimes

to move around the table and push chairs in and out easily,

it’s the little things that can really make a space feel like

so it’s important to consider the size of your furniture.”

your own.”

“We have project suggestions for budget and skill

PLAN DIFFERENT ZONES: Some homeowners like

to designate one spot of their deck for BBQing and dining,

Adding accents like lighting, plants or a water fountain can make your outdoor space even more unique and inviting.

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Building a garage has never been easier. BY HEATHER LAURA CLARKE

Whether you need a zone for woodworking projects,

START BY THINKING ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S

an in-law suite, or just a spot to park your vehicles, a ga-

UNIQUE NEEDS: Do you want a garage big enough to

rage can be one of the most rewarding additions to your

store three vehicles? Or something just large enough for

property.

a vehicle and work bench? Do you want a single-storey

garage, or would you benefit from having an office, stor-

“A lot of homeowners know this is something they

want, but they’re not sure where to begin,” says Brian

age, or a two-bedroom in-law suite upstairs?

Bowers, with TIMBER MART. “They like that they can walk

into a TIMBER MART, chat with one our employees, and

functional as building an addition on your home, because

we help them figure out exactly how to get the garage of

you’re gaining valuable extra living space,” says Bowers.

their dreams – even connecting with them contractors to

“With the rise in elderly parents moving in with their adult

do the work.”

children, having a secondary living space on your proper-

“Adding an extra storey to a garage can be just as

ty can really come in handy.” If a brand-new garage is on your wish-list, here’s what

you need to know ...

to their garage, to make it easy for people to change and

Many families with pools also like to add a bathroom

shower without going into the house.

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“We help customers figure out exactly how to get the garage of their dreams – even connecting with them contractors to do the work.” BRIAN BOWERS

COUNT UP YOUR WHEELS: The old standard of a

how close the building will be to your home – as well as

two-car garage is quickly changing, as many families

to the edges of your property – and provide details

have three or four vehicles – including seasonal cars that

about the construction and materials.

require storage during the winter months. Motorcyles,

bicycles, ATVs, boats, Ski-Doos, Sea-Doos, and scooters

permit, you need to arrange for inspections of the footing

also need places to be stowed. If you own an RV, consid-

(prior to backfill), the framing (prior to drywall), and the

er building a structure with 24’ ceilings and two doors for

final structure. Not every structure will need all of the

easy storage and drive-through abilities. Some home-

inspections, but it’s a good idea to check at each stage.

owners with multiple vehicles choose to save space by

adding an auto-elevator to literally store vehicles on top

Sure, you’re excited about your handsome new garage.

of each other.

But consider the feelings of your neighbours, who may

not appreciate their new view – or the racket caused

PLAN YOUR STORAGE NEEDS:

ARRANGE FOR INSPECTIONS: Once you have your

KEEP YOUR NEIGHBOURS INFORMED:

It costs an estimated $3,000 to rent a storage facility for

during the construction.

one year. When planning your garage, Bowers recom-

mends adding areas for storage – or a dedicated storage

them sketches of how the finished product will look,”

room – to keep your belongings secure on your own

says Bowers. “Give them advance warning before the

property. Corralling yard tools and sports equipment on

construction crews arrive, and do your best to keep them

the walls – with hooks and shelving – keeps the floor

from getting disgruntled during the build.”

clean and increases the amount of useful space.

DETERMINE THE BEST LOCATION: “Detached

“Talk to them about what you’re planning, and show

THINK ABOUT RE-SALE DOWN THE LINE:

A useful, aesthetically-pleasing garage can greatly

garages are growing in popularity, and so are rear ga-

increase your home’s value when it’s time to sell. Buyers

rages – which leave the emphasis on the front of your

are attracted to well-organized garages with storage

house,” says Bowers. “But a garage can’t just be plunked

bins, drawers, cabinets, and shelving. Painting, sealing,

down anywhere on your property, so be sure to check

or tiling the floors – as well as finishing and painting the

your local regulations.”

walls – is a powerful finishing touch.

PLAN THE LOOK AND FEEL: Garages can be de-

signed to look like smaller versions of your home, with high-quality siding, trim, and doors – even Victorian-style gables and Colonial windows. A white garage door is a classic, but many homeowners are adding interest by painting them deep blue, grey, or a warm beige tone. Oil-rubbed bronze carriage door hardware is an easy way to add character.

SECURE YOUR PERMITS: Make sure you have a clear

understanding of the regulations before beginning the project. In order to place an accessory building larger than 215 square feet on your property, you need a building permit from the city. You’ll need a site plan showing YOU CAN DO ANYTHING 7


Build with Peace of Mind Building your dream home can seem like an overwhelm-

BLUEPRINTS

ing task. There are so many decisions to make, and so

Every comprehensive Home Plans package comes

many people involved - most of them speaking technical

complete with blueprints, including:

terms that you may or may not understand. But when you choose a home plan from your local TIMBER MART,

• A personalized cover sheet complete with

it comes with a little something extra, built-in-peace

a rendering similar to what the finished home

of mind.

will look like. • A complete set of elevations.

ADVICE

• A fully dimensional foundation plan.

The friendly experts at your local TIMBER MART are

• Fully dimensional floor plan(s).

focused on helping you make your dream home a reality.

• A cross section.

They’re available to help every step of the way with ideas

• A recommendation material list.

and advice that home buyers and builders have been trusting for years.

PRICING Material prices are reviewed at the beginning of the

CHOICE

project, so you know what the recommended materials

TIMBER MART offers a wide variety of house designs

are, the quantities and the estimated cost.

to match every lifestyle and dream. Whether it’s a small starter home or something larger, a cape cod or a large

MATERIAL QUALITY

two storey, there’s a home design for you. Also,

Rest assured that the materials used in the construction

TIMBER MART’s design service experts can customize

of your dream home meet the highest quality and most

any design on your specifications, adding that unique

modern engineering standards. We use brand name

personal touch to the home of your dreams.

products from top manufacturers that we have built trusting relationships with over the years.

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All materials meet or exceed national, provincial and

DELIVERY

municipal building code regulations. Your material list

Your local TIMBER MART will work closely with your home

will include instructions for:

builder or deliver components as you need them in stages on an agreed upon schedule, minimizing the risk of theft or

• Grade stamped kiln-dried lumber throughout – in all

damage due to exposure, and helping to ensure a clean,

walls, floors and root trusses.

safe and organized job site.

• Plywood sheathing are for all roofs and floors with OSB on exterior walls. • Insulation, vapour barrier, air barrier and all necessary caulking. • Drywall and drywall accessories. • Interior doors and colonial trim. • 25 year roof shingles. • High-quality windows. • Insulated metal entrance doors. • Aluminum soffit and facia. • Siding throughout.

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Build an Energy Efficient home. With the rising cost of heating your home, building a home that is as energy efficient as possible is becoming ever more important. By using less energy for the day-today operation of your home, you not only same money, you benefit the environment as well. R-2000

AIR TIGHT

The R-2000 Home has been the Canadian standard for

Controlling the air that can escape or enter the structure

energy efficiency in construction for 20 years. The stan-

is essential to reducing heat loss. An R-2000 Home is

dards for an R-2000 Home have been revised over time

wrapped in specialized plastic fabric on the outside ( just

as new technologies and materials

beneath the siding) and protected again on the inside by

have become available in the industry. The standards

a plastic vapour barrier. Both plastic barriers are taped

that have to be met to be considered an R-2000 Home

and sealed at the joints to maximize their air retention.

are high, based on the amount of energy the house con-

Since heat moves from warm to cold, small areas where

sumes and the efficiency of things like heating systems,

air and heat can migrate such as around electrical outlets

insulation, air flow, ventilation, materials chosen and the

are sealed with expanding foam.

amount of water used by the home.

A major area where air and heat can be lost is around the doors and windows. The air seals on these products

HEATING SYSTEM

have been greatly improved. Most quality windows now

When considering what kind of heating system to

have double panes filled with gas to increase the R-value

purchase for your new home, don’t look at just the cost

and they are coated with an ultra violet film to protect

of the unit itself. You should also consider the cost of

your furniture.

installation and operation over the life of the unit. A more efficient system may cost a bit more initially but will save

Weatherstripping and construction on the doors you

you money every day as you heat your home. There are

choose should be of the highest quality and many steel

also a wide range of fuel choices available including

entry doors systems have an increased amount of

electric, oil and natural gas. Along with fuel choice there

insulation in their core construction.

is also the decision about the delivery of heat in your home. Choices include forced air, electric or hot water

THE MATERIALS YOU USE

baseboard or radian heat.

There are several concerns to be aware of relating to the materials you choose to build your home with.

INSULATION Since you are trying to save money heating your home,

Are the materials made from recycled materials or

you want to keep that heat in. The R-2000 Home re-

by-products of the creation of other materials? Some

quires increased insulation in walls and attics and spaces

strand boards and parallam beams can be manufactured

where heat can escape. That same increased insulation

from chips created as by-products of other materials -

will help keep your home cool in the summer.

reducing the need to cut down trees for these products.

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Tips on Building Your First Home. You’ve thought about it and now you’re doing it, you’re

CHECK BOX FIND THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR

building your own home. It is an exciting decision to make. Being able to choose, plan and live in a home

It’s always a good idea to get at least three bids and

that fits your personality is a dream for many, but now

remember the old adage, “if it is too good to be

you are making that vision come true.

true, it probably is.”

HAVE YOU DECIDED ON A STYLE OF HOME?

☐ SIGN A CONTRACT

If you need inspiration, go to open houses

To ensure that both you and your builder are

or remember what you like about the design of your

satisfied with the work, make sure the details are

friends’ and neighbours’ homes. Make notes. If there

spelled out in a written contract.

is an interesting detail or feature, write it down so that it doesn’t get forgotten during the excitement

☐ DO YOUR RESEARCH

of building

With the internet and groups like your provincial Homebuilders Associations, reams of information

Where you will build is very important too. If you

is available to help plan your home. The Canada

already own the land you plan to build on, your

Mortgage and Housing Corporation also offers

options may be more open than if you are building

useful information including valuable question and

in an established subdivision. Many subdivision

answer sheets. Their website address is www.

developers have restrictions called “covenants”

cmhc.ca.

which may force you to build a house of a certain size or style. These covenants are in place to assure

☐ GET RECOMMENDATIONS

that all the homes in the area are worth about the

To find a good contractor, ask around. Your local

same. Remember that this is an investment and

TIMBER MART deals with contractors in your area

even if this is your dream home, there may come

every day and would be happy to give you names

a day that you will have to sell it. Protecting your

of companies they trust.

investment as you begin will help ensure its value in later years.

☐ CHECK THE SMALL PRINT Not offering a warranty on their services, poor

There are a lot of other things to consider about the

workmanship and extra costs are all pitfalls on the

location of your new home. Distance to shopping,

path to feeling good about building your new

schools and work have to be thought about.

home. Remember not every contractor plays by the rules. It is best, of course, to avoid these people. ☐ TAKE CONTROL OF LEGAL MATTERS Beyond choosing a good contractor, you will also need a lawyer and a banker to handle legal matters and financing. Finally, remember that many home builders are more concerned about structural integrity and the attractiveness of your home from the outside.

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Timbrkids lends a helping hand BY CATHY WALSH

Timbrkids helps organizations across Canada that are focused on the health and well being of children. With an overall mandate to fund registered charitable organizations that aim to be inclusive, make a difference at a grass-roots level and benefit as many children as possible. Timbrkids is focused on supporting several smaller, local charities rather than large national organizations – places where a few thousand dollars will make a real difference. In 2013, Timbrkids funded 24 projects worth over $90,000. Local TIMBER MART dealers match every dollar, which means in total, over $180,000 went to local charities in communities across Canada. Funding was distributed to a wide variety of organizations including: community food hampers at Christmas, after school and community programs for youth, morning snack and lunch programs at schools, and funding for new playgrounds and recreational programming to name a few. More details can be found at timbrkids.ca

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If you know an organization that could benefit from Timbrkids funding, application information can be found at: http://www.timbrkids.ca/how-to-apply/.

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Featured Home Plan

ONE STORY

PLAN TBM2427

64'-7"

Total Living Area: 2427 sq. ft. Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5

Garage: 20'3" x 21'10" Two-car Garage with architectural side windows. Special Features: Lots of windows for outside views and extra lighting. Open-concept Living space ideal for entertaining and shared family time. Built-in kitchen serving island. Master Suite extends from front to back of home with front alcove.

BEDROOM #1 11’6” x 12’11”

KITCHEN/NOOK 15’4” x 19’11”

BATH

W.I.C. 6’6” x 9’5”

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BEDROOM #2 12’11” x 17’1”

MASTER

LIVING

LNDRY

17’11” x 30’1”

5’6” x 7’6”

15’2” x 18’5”

PWDR 4’6” x 7’6”

DINING 12’6” x 12’9”

GARAGE 20’3” x 21’10”

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5’1” x 9’4”

M.BATH 16’0” x 15’2”

65'-0"

Main Level: Recessed entry and front Dining area. Open-concept 17'11" x 30' 1" Living Room and 15'4" x 19'11" Kitchen and Nook. Master wing has large Bedroom, luxurious 15'2" x 18'5" Master Bath with spa, and room-size Walk-In Closet. Secondary Bedrooms and second Bathroom. Laundry and Powder Room discreetly located.

Main Level: 2427 sq. ft.


Featured Cottage Plan PLAN TBM1909

COTTAGES

32'-0"

Total Living Area: 1909 sq. ft. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3.5

W.I.C.

W.I.C.

4’2” x 8’11”

4’2” x 8’11”

BATH 5’10” x 10’7”

Second Level: 15'3" x 17'0" Loft, Master Suite with 10'6" x 13'0" Bedroom, roomy Walk-In Closet and Master Bath. Additional Bedroom with Walk-In Closet and Ensuite. Level open to Living Room below.

LNDRY 3’2” x 5’10”

BEDROOM #1

BEDROOM #2

11’11” x 13’11”

11’11” x 13’11”

39'-2"

Main Level: Front entry to open concept 9'8" x 10'6" Living Room, 14'3" x 19'0" Kitchen/Dining area with eating bay, and Powder Room. Bedroom wing has twin 11'11" x 13'11" Bedrooms with Walk-In Closets and shared spa Ensuite. Convenient 3'2" x 5'10" Laundry.

32'-0"

PWDR 3’5” x 6’1”

W.I.C. 4’0” x 8’11”

M.BATH

KITCHEN/DINING 14’3” x 19’0”

W.I.C.

LIVING

7’5” x 8’6”

BEDROOM #3

7’5” x 9’5”

9’8” x 10’6”

11’11” x 13’11”

BATH 4’11” x 6’8”

Garage: None. Main Level: 1070 sq. ft.

37'-2"

Special Features: Charming exterior features portico welcome Porch. Ensuites and Walk-In Closets for all Bedrooms. Upstairs Loft. Second level open to Living Room below.

MASTER 10’6” x 13’0”

LOFT 15’3” x 17’0”

OPEN TO BELOW

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Second Level: 839 sq. ft.

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Featured Garage

3 CAR 37'-6"

PLAN TBM780 Total Area: 780 sq.ft. (72.46 sq.m.)

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23'-11"

37'-6"

STORAGE

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23'-11"

Foundation Option: Frost footings or Slab on grade.

1st level


Featured Garden Shed PLAN TBM96

11'-9"

Total Area: 96 sq.ft. (8.92 sq.m.)

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12'-0"

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