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MAY - JUNE 2014 VOLUME 12 ISSUE 3
TIPS & TRICKS for home organization RENOVATION PROJECT:
A HOME FILLED WITH CHARACTER
PLUS! SPECIAL SECTION:
GET OUTSIDE! Everything you need to get summer-ready
CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION » PROFESSIONAL RENOVATORS
RENOVATION BY: RENCON INDUSTRIES INC.
DO IT RIGHT… HIRE A PROFESSIONAL RENOVATOR. GET IT DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME Choosing a recognized professional renovator is the best decision you can make when renovating your home! Being an informed and knowledgeable consumer is essential and since 2007 RenoMark has raised the bar by identifying renovation contractors in the Edmonton Area who have agreed to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Code of Ethics and a renovationspecific Code of Conduct. Renovate with confidence – hire a CHBA-Edmonton Region RenoMark renovator for your next renovation and embrace the renovation process with a sense of security and peace of mind. For more information on CHBA-ER, RenoMark or to access a complete list of CHBA-ER & RenoMark members visit www.renomark.ca/EdmontonRegion
THIS ISSUE’S PARTICIPATING MEMBERS:
Ph. (780) 435-6304 www.serenitycontracting.ca
Ph. (780) 454-1513 www.coogeeconstruction.ca
Ph. (780) 660-1026 www.fortresshomes.ca
Ph. (780) 414-0686 www.ackard.com
Ph. (780) 466-1952 www.apollosunrooms.com
SERVING EDMONTON SINCE 1989
A Company Built On Referrals
Ph. (780) 483-2666 www.fullhouserenovations.com
Ph. (780) 481-7671 www.aquarianrenovations.com
Ph. (780) 986-2160 www.renconindustries.ca
Ph. (780) 479-6032 www.homestyleconstruction.ca
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF MEMBER CONTRACTORS CALL (780) 425-1020 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.RENOMARK.CA/EDMONTONREGION
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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 3
MAY - JUNE 2014
22 28 cover story
summerready NOW BY SARA DUCK
tips & tricks
10 Gienow Renovations
16 Floral or ikat
just got better BY HEATHER RYAN
14 Home Style Construction Superior Craftsmanship, Outstanding Service BY SALINA YARA HALABI
36 Selection and Style at
Edmonton’s Tile’s Trend
COVER COURTESY OF CRATE&BARREL Visit crateandbarrel.ca
30 Wall flower BY ELISA KROVBLIT
34 Shed some light on storage BY SHELL BUSEY
38 Decoding the code BY MICHAEL NYIKES
08 Renovate for the character BY MARIE SOPROVICH
06 Editor’s notebook
28 Hiring a reputable
features home experience
in every issue
BY SARA DUCK
13 Winners for the 2014 Awards
32 Don’t just spring clean, get organized
BY HELLEN BUTTIGIEG
outdoor living 18 Hardscaping and your new home
BY SHANE’S LANDSCAPING & CONTRACTING LTD.
MAY - JUNE 2014 VOLUME 12 ISSUE 3 VICE PRESIDENT, WALL2WALL MEDIA
Jacqueline Hill EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / DIRECTOR OF CONTENT
Susan Legge DIRECTOR OF SALES, NATIONAL
Josh Heppner SENIOR SALES MANAGER, WESTERN CANADA
Edwin Rizarri ART DIRECTOR
Sarah Jang EDITOR/ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Nancy Chemait 780.619.3241 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES
Let the sunshine in…. The snow has finally melted and Old Man Winter has made his reluctant exit (for now). Let’s chase away those winter blues and let the sunshine in. The theme this issue is “Get Summer Ready” so it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work! A little elbow grease now will pay off in a big way later, and we have an issue chock full of ideas and inspiration to help get you on track for the warm days ahead. Nothing says spring like flowers, and the floral motif is popping up everywhere this season. You will find these blooming buds on everything from cushions and rugs to furniture and wallpaper. No matter how much (or how little) of this trend you want to take on, you can easily incorporate it in your home décor with the help of our designer tips inside. This issue we bring you the first installment of our Outdoor Living feature. Our cover feature shows you how to get your deck and patio spaces ready to dine in style, and get your garden prepped for growing. We also give you a crash-course on hardscaping: what it is, and how and when to use it. Whether you are completely transforming your outdoor space or just accessorizing your yard, we can help you create your own backyard oasis. Home Décor & Renovations Magazine is proud to announce the winners of the Renovation Awards at the CHBA-ER Awards of Excellence, which took place on Saturday March 15. See page 13 to read about the celebrated event that recognized the best in the industry. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Enjoy the fresh air, enjoy the warmth, and most of all, enjoy the read.
Shelley Balla 587.784.4044 Jennifer Mizier 780.217.6778 PRODUCTION MANAGER
Bala Gnanapandithan PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR / GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Mohammad Haidarpour GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Caroline Wassef CONTRIBUTORS
Hellen Buttigieg Shell Busey Sara Duck Elisa Krovblit Michael Nyikes Heather Ryan Marie Soprovich Salina Yara Halabi Home Decor & Renovations magazine is published six times a year. Home Decor & Renovations magazine is distributed throughout Edmonton and Greater Edmonton area. This publication has been designed for the renovation market as a guide. Home Decor & Renovations magazine carefully inspects all ads for accuracy, however, the publisher and the printer shall not be responsible for any mistakes, design errors or incorrect information which is provided by the advertiser or their representative. The advertising herein, including the photographs and all artwork is the property of Home Decor & Renovations magazine and not that of the advertiser. The advertiser has purchased the right of reproduction in Home Decor & Renovations magazine only and does not have the right to reproduce the ad in whole or in part in any other place or publication without the consent of the publisher. The entire contents of this publication are protected by copyright and are intended for the sole use of the public.
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PO Box 458 Station Main Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2K1
Renovate for the CHARACTER HOME EXPERIENCE by MARIE SOPROVICH Owner Aquarian Renovations
EVERY RENOVATION IS A CUSTOM BUILD AND THE O’BYRNE’S FAMILY HOME
has captured the character home experience in every way! “Our house has a sense of discovery. The ‘wow’ factor when we bring friends and family through for the first time is so rewarding. We take delight in our new space and we are so happy with how it has all turned out. As we sit down post Reno and contemplate the project we feel, with great confidence, that we wouldn’t do anything different.” Simon and Lianna are eager to share their enthusiasm for the major renovation they created with the help of the team from Aquarian Renovations. “Our home has all the functionality and meets the needs of our contemporary family. Not only that, our house is filled with a character that we could never achieve with a new build. The essence of our home is uniquely our own and we just love it.” To dare greatly and imagine the kind of life that works for you and your family is so important when you are considering a renovation. When Simon and Lianna purchased in this established older neighbourhood they were looking for a lifestyle that would work for their planned family. As a young urban couple who had lived the adults only, condo lifestyle, they looked for a neighbourhood to call home for their family. They wanted a place where community meant connecting with family 8 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS MAY - JUN 2014
and friends. Where schools were solid and within walking distance for their children. Where there was an active, engaged community spirit and a place close enough to the downtown so they could still remain a one car family. They found all these things and for many years the structure of their older home worked. As the family grew and their lifestyle matured, there were things in the house that just didn’t work anymore. Having enough bedrooms for everyone on the same floor was important and the current space didn’t allow for that. The growing family needed more bathrooms, closet space, areas for entertaining, and designated playing
space for the children. The stairwells were cramped and there were issues with existing electrical as well as other structural repairs. Staying in the neighbourhood, even during the renovation was essential. “We can still be a one car family from our home and that is so important for us. We chose to renovate for many reasons. Primarily we wanted to stay in our neighbourhood and we really liked our house - it just needed a lot of work to transform into the dream home we were envisioning for the next phase of our lives.” “Our vision was an unfolding one. We wanted a design that was visually attractive and intellectually stimulating. A dear friend of ours had a renovation done on their home and recommended Aquarian to us. The Aquarian team really helped us figure out what we wanted, what we could afford, and what would work for this space.” Lianna went on to describe her “Goldilocks renovation”. The first part of the renovation was the kitchen and at that time the rest of the house was still in the dream stage of tomorrow land. Thoughtful preplanning from the Aquarian team encouraged Lianna and Simon to put new plumbing work through the kitchen walls in the event of a future renovation which may include adding a bathroom in the upstairs space above the kitchen. “That was good thinking.” Lianna recalls. After the kitchen was renovated and the family was enjoying the refreshing new space, the rest of the house by contrast was wanting attention and the “Goldilocks” renovation started to percolate in full force. Planning began again and the first renovation design was grand! It had all the bells and whistles and the drawings were beautiful. As the plan grew the budget did too and it became too much for the family. So back to the drawing board – everyone went for a very minimalist renovation that ended up being just too skinny. Finally, after careful consideration and a little more added to the design budget, renovator and client found the happy sweet spot where design, function, budget and beauty were all satisfied. “And so we came down to the third and final draft that would evolve into our project. We added to these plans as the renovation unfolded, and were delighted to explore different roof line options which ultimately expanded the upstairs and still kept the costs in line. When we realized we could actually open up the space to full height and get a bonus room for the girls to hang out in we were overjoyed! Your team was so accommodating and supportive of the changes we needed to make as the project came together. I know we had a lot of change orders,” Simon recalled, “but we needed to be in it to really feel the space and are so grateful for having a flexible contractor, design team and amazing carpenters who made it work.” For Simon, who has a passion for the city, the climate, and the part of the world we live in, he takes particular delight in the look of the exterior. “It embraces the elements of our long winter nights with some spectacular outdoor lighting. The stone work was done with true artisan workmanship of the past and we learned so much about what real stone work should look like. I love the comfortable portico where we
can sit, enjoy the outdoors and greet our neighbours.” The roof line salutes the character and heritage of the area and creates the space inside for their family to be comfortable, all sleeping on one level and feeling very safe and at home in their new space. Yes indeed, Lianna and Simon agree, “This renovation feels ‘just right’.”
MARIE SOPROVICH OWNER OF AQUARIAN RENOVATIONS; WRITER, VISIONARY, LEADER.
Visit www.aquarianrenovations.com or call 780.481.7671
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Gienow Renovations JUST GOT BETTER by HEATHER RYAN
company known for designing, manufacturing and installing beautiful, high-quality windows and doors just got even better. Gienow Windows & Doors has merged with Ply Gem providing an opportunity for customers to enjoy not just window and door installations, but complete exterior projects through Gienow Renovations. “Ply Gem is a great company; they’ve been around for 70 years and have a similar culture to Gienow’s except that they are much larger and have a much broader range of product available,” says Dallas Paquette, director of retail operations for Gienow Renovations. The merger is a great fit as “it takes all our strengths and links it up to all of Ply Gem’s, so you have two companies with long histories and experience working together, and we get to expand our product portfolio to better meet our customers’ needs,” he says. “We now have the opportunity to offer a broad assortment of products to our customers for their home exteriors all in one place.” “We also see a trend toward people being more aware of styles for their home’s exterior,” Paquette says. “One of the exciting things about joining with Ply Gem is we can now offer a designed exterior. So, for example, if a customer wants a Cape Cod-inspired exterior, we can co-ordinate all the elements.” Customers are invited to visit Ply Gem’s Designed Exterior Studio visualizer tool at plygem.ca where they can check out different styles, colours and products to discover a look they want. Of course, the expert professionals
at Gienow Renovations also meet with customers in their home to discuss their project, provide advice on design and give a free estimate. Along with the expanded product line, a major benefit to clients using Gienow Renovations is its one-stop service. “We handle the entire job from designing and manufacturing of the product to installing and providing a warranty,” Paquette says. “When doing a renovation with us, customers don’t have to deal with going through a separate contractor, supplier and manufacturer; it’s all us. If homeowners have a question or concern they just have to make one phone call. Also, getting the product and installation directly from us is a big cost benefit to the customer.” Further, homeowners can take comfort in knowing the renovator provides a 10-year warranty on the labour and a lifetime warranty on the product, and that they’re getting quality products that are energy efficient, safe and designed to improve their home’s appearance and comfort. To book a renovation project or for more information on Gienow Renovations, visit gienow.com or call 780.454.7366.
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2014 Awards of
EXCELLENCE CELLENCE in HOUSING
C H BA
E D M O NTO N
E XC E LLE N C E
H OUSI N G
Celebrating Excellence Congratulations to the winners and finalists of this yearâ€™s Awards of Excellence in Housing. Your achievements represent the best of the best within the residential construction industry.
FEATURE 2014 Awards of
EXCELLENCE CELLENCE in HOUSING
Winners of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in Housing Innovation, dedication & commitment
ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014,
the Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Edmonton Region hosted its 34th Annual Awards of Excellence in Housing Awards Gala, formerly known as the Sam Awards to a sold out crowd of over 1,600 people. The Awards of Excellence in Housing pay tribute to the best in sales and marketing ideas, outstanding products, superior home building, and exceptional neighborhoods. Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in Housing! Established in 1954, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton
Best Exterior Renovation
Ackard Contractors Ltd. Home Style Construction Ltd. Home Style Construction Ltd. Ackard Contractors Ltd. Aquarian Renovations
Saskatchewan Drive Residence Acreage House Belgravia Residence Laurier Heights Residence Glenora II Residence
Winner Finalist Finalist Finalist Finalist
Best Interior Renovation
A Cut Above Living Home Style Construction Ltd. Habitat Studio The Remodelers Ackard Contractors Ltd.
Scoggins Acreage House 2three4 Merrick Interior Saskatchewan Drive Residence
Winner Finalist Finalist Finalist Finalist
Best Renovation under $200,000
Ackard Contractors Ltd. The Remodelers Home Style Construction Ltd. Aquarian Renovations Ackard Contractors Ltd.
Lessard Drive Residence Bird Interior Belgravia Residence Valleyview Residence Virginia Park Residence
Winner Finalist Finalist Finalist Finalist
Renovator of the Year
Home Style Construction Ltd.
Region, represents over 400 member companies comprised of builders, developers, renovators, trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers, engineers, financial institutions, and a host of allied professionals.
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HOME STYLE CONSTRUCTION
Home Style Construction SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP, OUTSTANDING SERVICE by SALINA YARA HALABI to discuss the renovation needs. The next step involves Cal visiting the home to evaluate the renovation. Once the client and Cal come to an agreement for the project, the renovation experts take over! Layouts are offered, and for larger scale projects, computer drafting and 3-D renderings are provided. All carpentry work is done by an in-house team, which includes demo, framing, drywall, finishing carpentry and cabinet installation. Sub-trades involved in the renovation process are all companies who have formed strong relationships over many years with Home Style Construction, and all provide services at the same elevated level that is expected by Cal and his team. The one-on-one personalized experience continues with Cal accompanying all clients on their product selection visits. Having an experienced professional on-hand to provide guidance when choosing products for the project’s specific needs ensures customers aren’t left confused or overwhelmed with the
or over 25 years Home Style Construction has been expertly renovating and restoring homes in the Edmonton area. Over two decades of renovation experience has established Home Style Construction’s reputation of being a premiere home renovator that can tackle even the most complex job and ultimately provide clients with an exceptional end result. As this year’s winner of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence Renovator of the Year honour, Home Style Construction now has the official acclamation to support what hundreds of extremely satisfied customers have been raving about for over twenty years. A Member of Renomark and the Canadian Home Builders Association, Home Style Construction offers complete design services for both interior and exterior projects. The extraordinary team behind the company is lead by President and Owner, Cal Tebb. Cal began working in home renovations 26 years ago and from the start his attention to detail surpassed customer expectations. His belief in always ensuring he and his team work to the highest of standards and with the utmost integrity has lead to the success of the company and is what fuelled their strictly referral-based business. The word of mouth factor speaks for itself, and the endless supply of happy clients provides context to the company’s mantra of “we succeed only when we meet and exceed the expectations of our customers”. The team at Home Style Construction offers clients an unrivalled and professional experience from start to finish. The attention to detail shines from the initial stages of the project where all customer calls are returned by Cal personally,
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large amount of options available. Customers often offer Cal images of inspiration for what they imagine their space or home to look like, and Cal strives to achieve the desired look within the project. Cal explains “every customer is different, so every project we do will be different” and continues to explain how his team doesn’t go into a job following a certain prototype. Each project is dealt with as a blank slate. Once a project is underway, Cal’s assistant takes over and is onsite daily with their skilled team, getting the project done right and on schedule. Clients often see Cal onsite, making sure each job is on track and at a level of quality that exceeds customer expectations. An immaculate attention to detail is what one would say sets Home Style Construction apart from other renovators, but it is also the fact that they are not afraid of a challenge. “Nothing is impossible” Cal explains, “we have customers call us that tell us they have been turned away by other renovators for certain jobs, and then we come in and tell them how we can make their project happen”. It is this unique quality that has put Home Style Construction in a league of their own for home renovations and restorations, and it is a major factor in their recent Renovator of the Year award win. Their most current project, a 101-yearold home in old Strathcona, is the embodiment of the team’s enjoyment and skill in taking on challenging projects. The residents of the Old Strathcona home requested a renovation that included an addition, but also wanted to ensure their home’s character was left intact in order to preserve their family’s memories. Cal and his team made this all possible and more, and the customer moved back into a picture perfect home that was beyond their expectations. And that is what clients have been provided by Cal and his team - over 25 years of renovation projects that have involved a personalized experience and an end result that is something one can only dream of. To learn more about Home Style Construction visit their website at www.homestyleconstruction.ca or call 780.479.6032. MAY - JUN 2014 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS 15
floral OR ikat DECORATING IS ALL ABOUT CHOICES! WE SHOW YOU HOW TO INSTANTLY UPDATE YOUR SPACE WITH KEY PIECES THAT SUIT YOUR STYLE. by SARA DUCK
1. Cushion from Poppy Collection. $20. VISIT BOUCLAIR. COM 2. B. Smith Charleston Rug in Chocolate. $40-$110. VISIT BEDBATHANDBEYOND.CA 3. Liliana Armchair in Pale Floral. $550. VISIT PIER1.CA 4. Floral Bath Towel by Threshold. $13. VISIT TARGET.CA 5. Karlstad Footstool in Bladåker Blue, Beige. $149. VISIT IKEA.CA 6. Floral Heart Print. $12 to $48. VISIT RIFLEPAPERCO.COM
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1. Printed Cushion from Baroque Collection. $20. VISIT BOUCLAIR.COM 2. Ikat Links Wool Rug. $419 to $839. VISIT WESTELM.COM 3. Drew Chair in Strie Ikat: Ultramarine. $999. VISIT CRATEANDBARREL.CA 4. Ikat Bathroom Towel Collection by Mia. $14 each. VISIT BEDBATHANDBEYOND.CA 5. TURHAN SQUARE POUF. $70. VISIT BEDBATHANDBEYOND.CA 6. Chariklia Zarris ‘Ikat’ No. 2 Open Edition Giclee Print. $295. VISIT OVERSTOCK.COM
OUTDOOR LIVING MAY - JUNE 2014
ACCENTUATE YOUR HOME WITH
HARDSCAPING THE LATEST
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support and pleases the eye. Shape and accent your landscape with one or a combination of our numerous walls that boast the utmost performance and grace. SEAT WALLS – Function and form Create the ideal
setting for entertaining your family and friends with seat walls. From elaborate patio enclosures to built in benches, flower and garden beds, seat walls allow you to create beautiful and functional surrounds with durable long lasting structures for any landscape. OUTDOOR LIVING – The perfect place to entertain Add a fireplace, fire pit, grill surround, pergola or any inventive combination to create an enchanting outdoor living environment. Ideal for relaxing and entertaining family and friends, outdoor living rooms provide the best of both worlds - the comfort of the indoors in a natural setting. The attractive focal point provides an environment that begs to be experienced. No other home improvement can so quickly, easily and affordably produce such a striking visual impact while adding permanent value to your home.
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WHAT IS HARDSCAPING?
Definition: “Hardscaping” or “hardscape” refers to the inanimate (non-living) elements of a landscape. In particular, as the name implies, “hardscaping” refers to hard elements such as those composed of concrete, brick or stone and also wood. For instance, constructing a patio or deck is a hardscaping project, as is a brick walkway, a stone wall, a stone water feature or a wooden fence. The possibilities are endless when accentuating your new home with the many applications of hardscaping. The array of products both ready-made and natural available on the market today is extensive. Imaginative ideas and adventurous designs delicately balance the best in form and function. Make your outdoor living spaces extraordinary with the unique combinations available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Hardscaping benefits are the perfect accent to a variety of homes landscapes both large and small. Hardscaping serves very useful and practical functions. The best place to start when considering the addition of a hardscaping feature to your new home is to contact a qualified full service landscaping contractor. Below we have listed a few of the more popular hardscaping applications:
WATER FEATURES – Liquid assets for your yard Water features add soothing sights and sounds to help you relax and de-stress. With today’s technology, adding a water feature to your outdoor living space has never been easier or more affordable. From a babbling brook, to an eye catching waterfall or a custom koi pond, a water feature is a welcome addition to any outdoor space making you the envy of the neighborhood. There are several more hardscaping applications than listed here; we have barely scratched the surface on all that is available. Every month, we will continue to provide you with the information you need to make a well informed and smart landscaping decision. You cannot go wrong with the smart investment of a quality hardscaping feature – not only will it be a welcome sanctuary for your family, children and pets for years to come, it will also increase the value of your home. Shane’s Landscaping & Contracting Ltd. specializes in residential, estate and acreage landscape construction. From patios to water features, driveways, retaining walls, lighting, walkways, fences, irrigation, garden beds, boulders, barbecue, fire pits and the new synthetic grasses, we can help make your landscaping beautiful. Planning your landscaping is an exciting time and we are here to help. Our team of friendly knowledgeable and hardworking staff can make your landscaping dream a reality. Call us now for a consultation.
PAVING STONES – Endure the test of time From warm and
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Helping Edmonton and area experience Outdoor Living at its Best for 31 Years!
eachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio has helped our customers experience outdoor living at its best for 31 years. We are Edmonton and area’s premier outdoor living store – offering the greatest selection of top name brands in hot tubs, patio furniture, barbecues, and outdoor kitchens. We help you make the most of Edmonton’s long summer days – and enjoy the stars on cold winter nights. As the exclusive dealer for Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we have three locally-owned and operated locations in Edmonton and area. Beachcomber Hot Tubs are 100% Canadian made and sold around the world to customers who insist on the very best. Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio is a company built on care for the health, happiness, and well-being of our customers. This is not an abstract ideal, but a very real presence that you should expect to experience in all your dealings with us.
For over 12 years, Edmonton and area customers have been coming to Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio for our impressive selection of premium brand name barbecues. We carry a wide range of barbecue islands and bbq carts by Bull, Napoleon, 20 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS MAY - JUN 2014
and Saber – the top choices among seasoned grillers. Custom orders are available on all of the brands we represent. Satisfaction Guaranteed: All our barbecues are fully backed by Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio and are covered by some of the best manufacturer’s warranties in the business.
As Edmonton’s premier retailer of high quality casual outdoor furniture, Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio can turn your deck or patio into an oasis. You’ll find an incredible selection of aluminum, all weather wicker, wrought iron, and steel furniture to reflect your personal taste and style. All are manufactured to the highest standards by suppliers who stand behind their workmanship, using only UV protected fabrics. We’ve been Edmonton and area’s premier outdoor living store for 31 years – offering the greatest selection of top name brands in Dining Sets, Bistro Sets, Fire Pits, Sectionals, Chat Sets, Umbrellas, and Heaters. Beachcomber is the leading name in hot tubs for a reason. They’re safe, durable, energy efficient, wellconstructed and full of standard features. These hot tubs are built for everyday use and will stand the test of ADVERTORIAL
time. In fact, many customers are still enjoying their Beachcomber Hot Tub over 20 years later. They’re built to last. And last. And last. Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio is the exclusive distributor of Beachcomber Hot Tubs in the Edmonton area. No matter which model you choose, all are consistently built to the same exacting standards using the highest quality materials and workmanship. The only difference is in the size, design, configuration and available options. That’s why every hot tub we sell is backed by the Beachcomber Worldwide Guarantee. Looking after our customers long after the sale is made sets us apart. It’s a big reason why we’ve been able to build our business based on client referrals, a stellar reputation and the repeat patronage of our loyal customers.
For more information or to learn more about the Products and Services Beachcomber Hot Tubs & Patio provides visit www.beachcomber.ab.ca West Location: 15139 118 Avenue Ph. 780-448-9815 South Location: 5213 99 Street Ph. 780-435-3338 Sherwood Park Location: #3-201 Kaska Road. Ph. 780-467-1119
Celebrating 31 Years
We are Edmonton and area’s premier outdoor living store – offering the greatest selection of top name brands in hot tubs, patio furniture, barbecues, outdoor kitchens, and saunas. We help you make the most of Edmonton’s long summer days – and enjoy the stars on cold winter nights.
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GET summer-ready now THINK IT'S TOO EARLY TO START CREATING YOUR BACKYARD OASIS? THINK AGAIN! EARLY PLANNING, MEANS YOU CAN SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THE SUMMER MONTHS AHEAD. by SARA DUCK 22
DINE IN STYLE
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Striped Resin-Wicker Bistro Chair. $100. VISIT HOMESENSE.CA
Chinese Chippendale Outdoor Armchair $80. VISIT HOMESENSE.CA
Jardine Expandable Dining Table. $1,079. VISIT WESTELM.COM
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PREP YOUR GARDEN
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Don’t just spring clean, get organized by HELLEN BUTTIGIEG
includes getting rid of things you don’t need. So get into those storage spaces, drawers and corners, give everything the good old spring clean and get organized, permanently. Start by making room for spring. It’s that wonderful time of year again when we can put away the winter gear and lighten the load. Although there’s never enough storage, there are creative ways to better utilize existing spaces for storing out-of-season items. Here are some ideas to consider: add another shelf above the existing one in all the closets, and purchase under-the-bed organizers. If your bed is not high enough, you can get a bed riser to lift it. Consider creating a document on your computer that serves as an index to outline where you’ve stored what. When winter returns, you won’t have to rely on your memory to find what you need. Name that room. Rooms that don’t have a specific purpose often become dumping grounds for clutter. Before you begin de-cluttering, go through your home, room by room, and determine how you want to use each space. Identify which items support the purpose of the room and which ones should be moved elsewhere. Go for the “no-brainers” Toss old newspapers, things that are broken or have missing parts and clothing items that are permanently stained or damaged. Jump-start your spring cleaning with baby steps. If you don’t know where to begin, start small. Pick just one room. Moving clockwise, remove anything that doesn’t belong in that room and place it in a “move elsewhere” box to deliver to the room it should live in. Pull out anything that doesn’t give you joy or value and place it in a “give away” box. Designate this room as a “no-clutter zone” so you will always have a sanctuary to escape to as you tackle the next room. SPRING HAS FINALLY ARRIVED AND YOU MAY FEEL the urge to purge!
When it comes to cleaning and getting organized, it’s usually not a matter of needing more storage space, it’s about needing better storage, as well as organization that works for you. It’s also about having a good plan, which 32 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS MAY - JUN 2014
Keep the momentum going with a “best before” box. If you can’t quite bring yourself to let go of certain items, even though you aren’t using them, consider packing them in a box and writing a “best before” date on it six months away. Put this date on your calendar as a reminder. If you don’t go into that box again before the expiry date, donate it to charity without opening it again. This provides you with a cooling-off period, making it easier to detach.
ONLY ONCE THE PAPERS ARE SEPARATED SHOULD YOU THEN BEGIN SHREDDING, FILING AND CREATING A LIST OF ACTION STEPS THAT STEM FROM THE PAPERWORK YOU SORT. Smart storage You’ve probably heard the term ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. This is so true, but it’s only part of the solution. The second half of this wisdom is to keep things in a logical position. For example, keep keys by the exit door, coffee and filters in the cupboard above the coffee maker, and magazines in a basket beside the chair where you do most of your reading. Not only will this make it easier to find what you need quickly, it will also cut down on steps and save you time. When trying to find a home for something, instead of asking ‘where should I put it’, ask ‘where would I use it’. Empty spaces result in smiling faces When reorganizing a closet, a dresser or a cupboard, empty it out first. It’s motivating to see the space empty and this will give you immediate gratification. You are also likely to sort through the contents more thoroughly. However, when organizing a large area, empty only a section at a time, sort it and then move on to the next section. The giveaway box Keep a “giveaway” box in or near your closet. Any time you try on clothing that you don’t feel comfortable in or that you don’t look fabulous wearing, drop it in the box. Do the same for items that you discover you no longer like or need. Once the box is full, put it in your vehicle and deliver it to the nearest donation depot or thrift shop. This is what I call painless purging! Clean out the garage If your garage is cluttered, it’s a good time to tackle it. Empty out the entire garage, or work in sections (depending on the amount of clutter and the amount of time you have to clear it). Place like items together in categories: car care, tools, sporting, gardening etc. Create a pile for things you no longer need or want. Heavy duty shelving units and clear bins work great for storing these items within their categories – don’t forget to label. Brackets and hooks work for large items like ladders and bikes. Don’t forget to take the discarded items to the dump if they cannot be sold or donated, and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a garage you can actually park your car in! Paper piles got you overwhelmed? Separate before you organize. When sorting through piles of paperwork, there
is a tendency to skip a step, and this can lead to feelings of overwhelm and stop the process before any progress is made. Before attempting to organize your papers, you need to separate them. Label 4 piles/bins/boxes/trays: 1. Shred, 2. Action, 3. File, and 4. Recycle. Do not try to organize at this time – just separate. Only once the papers are separated should you then begin shredding, filing and creating a list of action steps that stem from the paperwork you sort. Let go of ‘obligation clutter’ ‘Obligation clutter’ refers to the stuff we are holding on to because we feel a sense of duty. It can be gifts we’ve received, heirlooms we’ve inherited, or things we are saving for our kids. If you are holding on to any of these types of things, I’m giving you permission to let them go, and here’s why: You have no duty to keep gifts forever. The last thing the gift-giver would want is for their gift to be a burden. If a gift you gave were unused, wouldn’t you be happier if it were donated, so someone else could enjoy it? Memorabilia without mess If you have bits and pieces of memorabilia piling up all over your home, it’s time to create a memory box. Purchase or repurpose one container for each family member. Choose plastic bins, photo boxes, hat boxes, vintage suitcases or old-fashioned picnic baskets to store precious mementos. Be selective about what goes inside, and when the containers are full, remove one item before putting another item inside.
HELLEN BUTTIGIEG Hellen Buttigieg, CPO, is a Certified Professional Organizer, life coach, TV host, author and owner of We Organize U. Visit her website, weorganizeu.com, for a free e-Book on how to find more time, energy and inner peace. Contact Hellen at 905.829.2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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SHELL BUSEY: ASK A PRO
Shed some light
on storage by SHELL BUSEY
EVERY SPRING THERE IS A LINE UP AT BUILDING
Supply stores or specialty stores that sell products or materials to construct outdoor storage. This is to accommodate the miscellaneous materials that have accumulated either from moving, downsizing or extra purchases. Often this accumulation ends up in the garage and you are forced to inconveniently park your car in the driveway or on the street. There is a lot more to a storage shed or building than simply building a box with a roof over top. Plan ahead as to what you are going to be storing in the shed, hand tools, garden tools, garden chemicals “ugg” or car parts and so on. You may find that in many cases a lot of items should have been weeded through, thrown out or donated to charity. As you start your planning do not forget to check your local city or municipal bylaws as well as your strata if you live in a complex. Regulations may govern what size you can build, what are the height restrictions, foot print size and even sometimes the materials to be used as well as what it will be used
for. The bigger the structure the more potential use of adjustable racking or shelving. I do not recommend a combo structure with a storage area and a children’s play area attached. The reason for this of course is that you don’t know what type of items you may be storing i.e. dangerous or combustible materials and/or garden chemicals, sprays or weed killers. Separate storage areas are needed for these types of materials. Now for the big question? Will the structure be wood, plastic or steel? Whether it will be a home built or a packaged type will depend on what type of cosmetic look you want in your back yard area. As a safety precaution you should
THERE IS A LOT MORE TO A STORAGE SHED OR BUILDING THAN SIMPLY BUILDING A BOX WITH A ROOF OVER TOP. PLAN AHEAD AS TO WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE STORING IN THE SHED, HAND TOOLS, GARDEN TOOLS, GARDEN CHEMICALS “UGG” OR CAR PARTS AND SO ON. 34 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS MAY - JUN 2014
consider not placing the structure away from a fence unless you are able to get behind or beside it and if so use a gate that allows for access but not a security breech. I’m sure by now you can see that there is a little more to outdoor storage than just assembling a building and sticking it somewhere on your property. Here are some items to consider: › Wood is your best choice, you can build shelves inside, paint or stain to match your home and control entry and security. › Plastic: a lot to choose from but still plastic with no or limited ways to add shelving for best use of area to yield storage. › Metal: Similar to the previous plastic choice with the exception that it is metal and in most coastal regions salt air will cause havoc with the exterior and any movable rollers etc.
WOOD IS YOUR BEST CHOICE, YOU CAN BUILD SHELVES INSIDE, PAINT OR STAIN TO MATCH YOUR HOME AND CONTROL ENTRY AND SECURITY.
The end result of any additional storage being provided is to develop a plan, create it, build it and commit to keeping it tidy.
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TILE’S TREND OFFERS FLOOR AND WALL TILES FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND IN A MYRIAD MATERIALS INCLUDING GLASS, PORCELAIN, CERAMIC AND MARBLE. Tile’s Trend is located at #7, 445 Parsons Road, and they boast an impressive inventory of contemporary and trendy tiles from around the world; all of which are perfect for anyone doing a home renovation or new home construction, and who are looking for something unique. In the last year, they’ve improved a lot and doubled the amount of products they have. And they’re confident they know what their customers are looking for, so they’ve got the products and advice to match. Tile’s Trend offers floor and wall tiles from all around the world and in a myriad materials including glass, porcelain, ceramic and marble. They have some very cool new arrivals including tiles in purple, blue, silver and gold and much more. In short, with their plethora of selections, they’re any designer’s dream shop. Speaking of designers, what’s trending this year? For those who are renovating, Tile’s Trend says the trend is 36 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS MAY - JUN 2014
in glossy tiles; no one wants matte this year. Crackle glass is also popular, as is diamond-shaped tile for backsplashes. Black, white and grey tiles and backsplashes are en vogue. Metallic and mirror tiles, and bubbled glass and pebbles—for walk-in shower mosaics—are also hot right now. They’re always getting in new products, and they pride themselves on their large inventory. As do their customers. They keep hearing from their customers that they have the best selection in Edmonton. That probably explains why after less than two years in the market, they’re already seeing repeat customers. To see why people love this place, visit Tile Trend’s website at www.tilestrend.com, give them a call at 780.485.2277 or better yet, stop by their showroom today. Tile’s Trend is open from 10am to 6pm Monday–Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday. They’re also on call on Sundays, if you happen to swing by their shop and need some help.
PRODUCT & SERVICES DIRECTORY AW N I N G S Canfab Products Ltd 12819-144 ST 780.451.4341 www.canfabproducts.ca D E C O R AT I V E PA I N T I N G Unfauxgettable Interiors 780.999.5609 email@example.com www.unfauxgettable.ca FLOORING Payless Wholesale Flooring & Lighting 18415-104 Ave 780.487.2700 www.paylessfloors.ca H O M E R E N OVAT I O N S Ackard Contractors Ltd. 780.414.0686 www.ackard.com Aquarian Renovations 780.481.7671 www.aquarianrenovations.com Appollo Sunrooms 780.466.1952 www.apollosunrooms.com Coogee Construction Ltd. 780.454.1513 www.coogeeconstruction.ca Fortress Homes & Renovations 780.660.1026 www.fortresshomes.ca Full House Renovations 780.483.2666 www.fullhouserenovations.com Homestyle Construction Ltd. 780-479-6032 www.homestyleconstruction.ca Rencon Industries Inc. 780.986.2160 www.renconindustries.ca Renovations of Excellence 780.441.1243 www.wedorenos.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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Decoding the code by MICHAEL NYIKES
I have recently had questions emailed to me asking what the impact of the Model National Energy Code is on the Alberta Building Code?
Improving energy efficiency standards for building construction codes supports Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy, which looks to energy efficiency and conservation as one of the three main approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing demand on Alberta’s energy resources. The development of the new Model National Energy Codes started in 2007 at the initiation of the Council of Energy Ministers from across Canada. In 2008, all provincial and territorial governments endorsed the upgrading of the original 1997 Model National Energy Codes by 2012 for both buildings and houses. The work on the new codes has been undertaken by the National Research Council (NRC) with full participation of all provinces and territories. The National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) was published in November 2011 and the energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings in the National Building Code (NBC) were issued in online format on December 21, 2012. Both the NECB and energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings in the NBC are proposed to be adopted as published to support consistent application of these codes across Canada. This will help ensure builders who wish to work in other jurisdictions will be working with consistent standards and will reduce costs. Energy codes and energy efficiency requirements are essentially the same as construction codes, like the Alberta Building Code, except they have energy efficiency as an objective. Otherwise they deal with the same building materials and systems as covered by the Alberta Building Code. The same provincially
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trained and certified safety codes officers that issue building permits and inspect construction will be trained and certified to handle energy codes. Following an initial transition period the permitting, inspection and approvals process will occur exactly as it does today and should not impose any additional time constraints on those needing permits. Complying with the energy codes will likely add to the initial construction cost of most buildings. However, there are reports suggesting that for houses there will be zero impact on a family’s monthly household budget. This is because the added monthly mortgage charge on a standard 25 year mortgage will be offset by the amount saved on the monthly heating bill through reduced consumption. Other factors that affect construction cost include: ›› Some homebuilders are already building to high energy efficiency standards which may mean zero increase for their homes. ›› Size and configuration (i.e. square footage, number of stories, lot orientation). ›› Location in the province, meaning homes in the south can be constructed slightly differently from those in the north to achieve the same level of energy performance. ›› Commodity costs both during construction and once occupied. Future Decoding the Code columns will continue to answer readers’ questions about how the provincial building code affects their projects. Email your questions to me at email@example.com. Be sure to include which city you live in, as well as your phone number in case I need to follow up with you.
MICHAEL NYIKES Michael is a nationally recognized speaker, columnist, and leading industry expert on building codes, residential construction, building envelope science, and environmental design. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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