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  • AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011 VOLUME 13 ISSUE 4

    MANITOBA EDITION | FREE

    www.homedecorandrenovations.com

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    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 1 8/12/11 4:48:38 PM

  • hire aprofessionalrenovator.

    Do it right

    Its the best renovation decision you can make. For over 70 years, members of the Manitoba Home Builders

    Association have upheld their commitment to quality, service and professionalism, keeping Manitobans

    among the best-housed people in the world. For your peace of mind, make the smart move contact a MHBA

    RENOVATORS COUNCIL member for your next renovation. The MHBA RENOVATORS COUNCIL is affiliated with

    the Canadian Renovators Council of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

    Choosing a professional renovator

    This issues participating members:

    For a complete list of Member Contractors call 925-2560 Or visit our website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca

    CanadianHome BuildersAssociation

    Manitoba Home Builders Association Professional Renovators

    PHOTO BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    Ph: 474-2334 Fax 453-0639

    Ph: 237-4294 Fax: 235-1120

    Ph: 779-6900 www.allcanadianrenovations.ca

    Ph: 895-0265 Fax: 895-7735

    OswaldLIMITED

    Construction

    Ph: 293-3151 www.harwoodbuilders.com

    CERTIFIED MASTER RENOVATOR

    Ph: 953-3002 www.hrmasters.ca

    Ph: 233-8687 www.starbuildingmaterials.ca

    Ph: 228-3303 www.sakcon.ca

    Ph: 204-997-5040 [email protected]

    Ph: 781-9383 Fax: 253-4091

    Ph: 586-1684 Fax: 568-0147Ph: 204-275-2682 www.fortunehomes.ca

    hire aprofessionalrenovator.

    Do it right

    Its the best renovation decision you can make. For over 70 years, members of the Manitoba Home Builders

    Association have upheld their commitment to quality, service and professionalism, keeping Manitobans

    among the best-housed people in the world. For your peace of mind, make the smart move contact a MHBA

    RENOVATORS COUNCIL member for your next renovation. The MHBA RENOVATORS COUNCIL is affiliated with

    the Canadian Renovators Council of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

    Choosing a professional renovator

    This issues participating members:

    For a complete list of Member Contractors call 925-2560 Or visit our website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca

    CanadianHome BuildersAssociation

    Manitoba Home Builders Association Professional Renovators

    PHOTO BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    Ph: 474-2334 Fax 453-0639

    Ph: 237-4294 Fax: 235-1120

    Ph: 779-6900 www.allcanadianrenovations.ca

    Ph: 895-0265 Fax: 895-7735

    OswaldLIMITED

    Construction

    Ph: 293-3151 www.harwoodbuilders.com

    CERTIFIED MASTER RENOVATOR

    Ph: 953-3002 www.hrmasters.ca

    Ph: 233-8687 www.starbuildingmaterials.ca

    Ph: 228-3303 www.sakcon.ca

    Ph: 204-997-5040 [email protected]

    Ph: 781-9383 Fax: 253-4091

    Ph: 586-1684 Fax: 568-0147Ph: 204-275-2682 www.fortunehomes.ca

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 2 8/12/11 3:37:51 PM

  • aug - Sep 2011 | home dcor and renovations | 3

    hire aprofessionalrenovator.

    Do it right

    Its the best renovation decision you can make. For over 70 years, members of the Manitoba Home Builders

    Association have upheld their commitment to quality, service and professionalism, keeping Manitobans

    among the best-housed people in the world. For your peace of mind, make the smart move contact a MHBA

    RENOVATORS COUNCIL member for your next renovation. The MHBA RENOVATORS COUNCIL is affiliated with

    the Canadian Renovators Council of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

    Choosing a professional renovator

    This issues participating members:

    For a complete list of Member Contractors call 925-2560 Or visit our website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca

    CanadianHome BuildersAssociation

    Manitoba Home Builders Association Professional Renovators

    PHOTO BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    Ph: 474-2334 Fax 453-0639

    Ph: 237-4294 Fax: 235-1120

    Ph: 779-6900 www.allcanadianrenovations.ca

    Ph: 895-0265 Fax: 895-7735

    OswaldLIMITED

    Construction

    Ph: 293-3151 www.harwoodbuilders.com

    CERTIFIED MASTER RENOVATOR

    Ph: 953-3002 www.hrmasters.ca

    Ph: 233-8687 www.starbuildingmaterials.ca

    Ph: 228-3303 www.sakcon.ca

    Ph: 204-997-5040 [email protected]

    Ph: 781-9383 Fax: 253-4091

    Ph: 586-1684 Fax: 568-0147Ph: 204-275-2682 www.fortunehomes.ca

    hire aprofessionalrenovator.

    Do it right

    Its the best renovation decision you can make. For over 70 years, members of the Manitoba Home Builders

    Association have upheld their commitment to quality, service and professionalism, keeping Manitobans

    among the best-housed people in the world. For your peace of mind, make the smart move contact a MHBA

    RENOVATORS COUNCIL member for your next renovation. The MHBA RENOVATORS COUNCIL is affiliated with

    the Canadian Renovators Council of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

    Choosing a professional renovator

    This issues participating members:

    For a complete list of Member Contractors call 925-2560 Or visit our website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca

    CanadianHome BuildersAssociation

    Manitoba Home Builders Association Professional Renovators

    PHOTO BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    Ph: 474-2334 Fax 453-0639

    Ph: 237-4294 Fax: 235-1120

    Ph: 779-6900 www.allcanadianrenovations.ca

    Ph: 895-0265 Fax: 895-7735

    OswaldLIMITED

    Construction

    Ph: 293-3151 www.harwoodbuilders.com

    CERTIFIED MASTER RENOVATOR

    Ph: 953-3002 www.hrmasters.ca

    Ph: 233-8687 www.starbuildingmaterials.ca

    Ph: 228-3303 www.sakcon.ca

    Ph: 204-997-5040 [email protected]

    Ph: 781-9383 Fax: 253-4091

    Ph: 586-1684 Fax: 568-0147Ph: 204-275-2682 www.fortunehomes.ca

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 3 8/12/11 3:37:57 PM

  • 4 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    105 Panet Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2J 0S1 Ph: (204) 233-4966 Email: [email protected]

    paramountwindows.com

    S e e i n g Y o u t h R o u g h i t A l l . t h At S PA R A M o u n t.

    since the beginning of history, windows have been designed to let in light. Keeping out the elements came later. the modern word comes from the old norse word, vindauga, meaning wind eye. in old english, it was called eagduru, or eye-door. Some of the earliest were paned with flattened pieces of animal horn, and plates of thinly sliced marble. Paper windows were once the norm throughout Asia. the Romans were the first to use glass, known as fenestra in latin.

    our part in the story began in 1948, when Stan Dudeck opened up a small, family company called Paramount, specializing in custom wooden windows and doors. From day-one, Paramount has always embraced innovation, moving into PVC, metal-clad, and composite windows as technology improved. today, were one of the few window makers that offers a variety of materials, colours, styles and types. We offer everything from value-for-money vinyl to custom hand-built wooden windows to suit heritage homes, and state-of-the-art fusion-insulated air-cell core triple-paned windows. thinly sliced marble plates, not so much.

    Timeless design and peerless quality, for over 60 years.

    WeRe YouRS.

    eveRY geneRAtion hAS itS WinDoW on the WoRlD.

    Quality materials and tradespeople arent cheap, but neither is the cost of replacing or repairing work that wasnt done right the first time.

    Trikor Builders doesnt believe that cutting corners to save time or money is the way to build a home or renovate a room.

    We believe you are trusting us with one of your most precious possessions and we owe it to you, and ourselves, to do things right the first time.

    Good enough isnt good enough for Trikor Builders.

    BuildinG a new home or

    renovaTinG a room?Please contact Brian or

    Victor for a [email protected] | tel: (204) 663-3818

    www.trikor.ca

    TrikorBuilders_Renovations_Aug2011.indd 1 03/08/2011 2:39:39 PMMB Reno 08-2011.indd 4 8/12/11 3:38:06 PM

  • 105 Panet Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2J 0S1 Ph: (204) 233-4966 Email: [email protected]

    paramountwindows.com

    S e e i n g Y o u t h R o u g h i t A l l . t h At S PA R A M o u n t.

    since the beginning of history, windows have been designed to let in light. Keeping out the elements came later. the modern word comes from the old norse word, vindauga, meaning wind eye. in old english, it was called eagduru, or eye-door. Some of the earliest were paned with flattened pieces of animal horn, and plates of thinly sliced marble. Paper windows were once the norm throughout Asia. the Romans were the first to use glass, known as fenestra in latin.

    our part in the story began in 1948, when Stan Dudeck opened up a small, family company called Paramount, specializing in custom wooden windows and doors. From day-one, Paramount has always embraced innovation, moving into PVC, metal-clad, and composite windows as technology improved. today, were one of the few window makers that offers a variety of materials, colours, styles and types. We offer everything from value-for-money vinyl to custom hand-built wooden windows to suit heritage homes, and state-of-the-art fusion-insulated air-cell core triple-paned windows. thinly sliced marble plates, not so much.

    Timeless design and peerless quality, for over 60 years.

    WeRe YouRS.

    eveRY geneRAtion hAS itS WinDoW on the WoRlD.

    Quality materials and tradespeople arent cheap, but neither is the cost of replacing or repairing work that wasnt done right the first time.

    Trikor Builders doesnt believe that cutting corners to save time or money is the way to build a home or renovate a room.

    We believe you are trusting us with one of your most precious possessions and we owe it to you, and ourselves, to do things right the first time.

    Good enough isnt good enough for Trikor Builders.

    BuildinG a new home or

    renovaTinG a room?Please contact Brian or

    Victor for a [email protected] | tel: (204) 663-3818

    www.trikor.ca

    TrikorBuilders_Renovations_Aug2011.indd 1 03/08/2011 2:39:39 PMMB Reno 08-2011.indd 5 8/12/11 3:38:08 PM

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    AUG/SEP 2011

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    66

    08 EDITORS NOTE

    THE PAST DONE PERFECTLittle grain elevator on the prairie

    SECOAIR SYSTEMS IMPRESS WINNIPEG HOME OWNERS Eradicating mold once and for all

    SUNROOMS ARE IN-SEASONRoyalwood couple re-creates their gazebo experience

    HANGING IN THE NEW KITCHENSocial interaction done old school

    A 5-STAR RENOVATIONBringing the world home

    COTTAGE COOLHD&R goes north to chat with designer Karen Sealy of HGTV Canadas Summer Home to get some tips and tricks for cottage owners.

    F E A T U R E

    1629

    34

    404671

    LOVINGOUTDOOR LIVING

    C O V E R S T O R Y

    11142426

    50

    52

    54

    56

    66

    74

    D E P A R T M E N T S

    RENOVATIONS SPENDINGREMAINS STRONG

    DESIGN IN DETAIL

    OLYMPIC COACHING FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS DIYERSOlympic Builders Supply knows how

    DEFINING SPACE WITH LIGHT MPD Glass dividers a natural for open concept design

    PAPER HAMMERS HAMMER AWAY AT NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    SOMETIMES SPAS NEED FACE LIFTS TOORefreshing the Riverstone...

    STREET SMARTNew doors and windows offer curb appeal aplenty

    MODERN DESIGNJonathan and Drew Scott of Property Brothers help a couple with extravagant ideas move into the house of their dreams.

    THE LEADING LIGHT IN SOUTH WINNIPEG

    20 22 32445860

    647678

    STYLE LIKEA PRO

    URBAN TRENDS

    COTTAGE ESSENTIALS

    GO VERTICAL OR GO HOMEUse the wall to store it all

    WHATS NEW

    GET FLOORED!Make an impression by taking advantage of modern fl ooring options to customize your wood fl oor easily and affordably

    RENOVATING YOUR HOMEBetter bathrooms

    BASEMENT RENOVATIONFOR NEW OPTIONS

    WELL BUILT MEALS

    T I P S & T R I C K S

    Bringing the world home

    WRITTEN BY MARGARET ANNE FEHR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARCY FINLEY

    Design + BuilD

    Angstrom Builders Ltd. is a design-build company offering services in design and project management. We put our clients first regardless of the size or scope of the project.

    experience makes a Difference Weve worked on countless projects in both the residential and commercial sectors. Our skilled staff is experienced in building a range of structures. We work seamlessly with engineers, designers and architects thanks to our solid project management skills and team approach.

    And were with you from start to finish. The cornerstone of a hassle-free project is great communication. We go to great lengths to ensure there are no surprises.

    let us show you how we can help can transform you vision into reality, contact us today for a free consultation.

    (204) 474-2860 angstrombuilders.com

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    34

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    Its nice and rare to work with people you feel you can completely trust. This is how I felt about Angstrom Builders during the renos they

    completed on my 100-year-old house. The work was excellent quality and showed great concern for details and for the ultimate look of the entire

    project. I would have total confidence relying on them for future projects.

    inge gasparD

    making your vision a reality

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 6 8/12/11 6:06:03 PM

  • 66

    20

    VOLUME 13 ISSUE 04

    AUG/SEP 2011

    11

    66

    08 EDITORS NOTE

    LOVINGOUTDOOR LIVING

    THE PAST DONE PERFECTLittle grain elevator on the prairie

    SECOAIR SYSTEMS IMPRESS WINNIPEG HOME OWNERS Eradicating mold once and for all

    SUNROOMS ARE IN-SEASONIsland Lakes couple re-creates their gazebo experience

    HANGING IN THE NEW KITCHENSocial interaction done old school

    COTTAGE COOLHD&R goes north to chat with designer Karen Sealy of HGTV Canadas Summer Home to get some tips and tricks for cottage owners.

    C O V E R S T O R Y

    F E A T U R E

    1629

    34

    4071

    11142426

    50

    52

    54

    56

    66

    74

    D E P A R T M E N T S

    RENOVATIONS SPENDINGREMAINS STRONG

    DESIGN IN DETAIL

    OLYMPIC COACHING FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS DIYERSOlympic Builders Supply knows how

    DEFINING SPACE WITH LIGHT MPD Glass dividers a natural for open concept design

    PAPER HAMMERS HAMMER AWAY AT NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    SOMETIMES SPAS NEED FACE LIFTS TOORefreshing the Riverstone...

    STREET SMARTNew doors and windows offer curb appeal aplenty

    MODERN DESIGNJonathan and Drew Scott of Property Brothers help a couple with extravagant ideas move into the house of their dreams.

    THE LEADING LIGHT IN SOUTH WINNIPEG

    20 22 32445860

    647678

    STYLE LIKEA PRO

    URBAN TRENDS

    COTTAGE ESSENTIALS

    GO VERTICAL OR GO HOMEUse the wall to store it all

    WHATS NEW

    GET FLOORED!Make an impression by taking advantage of modern fl ooring options to customize your wood fl oor easily and affordably

    RENOVATING YOUR HOMEBetter bathrooms

    BASEMENT RENOVATIONFOR NEW OPTIONS

    WELL BUILT MEALS

    T I P S & T R I C K S

    Design + BuilD

    Angstrom Builders Ltd. is a design-build company offering services in design and project management. We put our clients first regardless of the size or scope of the project.

    experience makes a Difference Weve worked on countless projects in both the residential and commercial sectors. Our skilled staff is experienced in building a range of structures. We work seamlessly with engineers, designers and architects thanks to our solid project management skills and team approach.

    And were with you from start to finish. The cornerstone of a hassle-free project is great communication. We go to great lengths to ensure there are no surprises.

    let us show you how we can help can transform you vision into reality, contact us today for a free consultation.

    (204) 474-2860 angstrombuilders.com

    12

    34

    57

    68

    Its nice and rare to work with people you feel you can completely trust. This is how I felt about Angstrom Builders during the renos they

    completed on my 100-year-old house. The work was excellent quality and showed great concern for details and for the ultimate look of the entire

    project. I would have total confidence relying on them for future projects.

    inge gasparD

    making your vision a reality

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 7 8/12/11 3:38:15 PM

  • 8 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    editors note editors note

    Our city is largely comprised of older homes in need of renovation. In fact, Winnipeg has the third oldest housing stock in Canada, right after Halifax and Montreal. More than just looking for a simple update, an increasing number of Winnipeg homeowners want their homes to be at the cutting edge of style, technology and creature comforts.

    We are most fortunate to have such a talented pool of renovators to call upon. The creativity and experience our professional renovators have acquired is clearly seen in the ads and stories we publish from issue to issue. When working on our editorial features, we speak with all of the homeowners and in over 13 years have yet to hear any negative comments. Professional renovators collaborate with the very best suppliers, as well as other professionals like interior designers and architects.

    Are you one of the many homeowners who would like to stay in your older home but need to renovate? What can you do to ensure that you have a positive experience? The answer isnt as difficult as you might think. In a nutshell, make sure to do it right, hire a professional. Do not attempt to take the cheap, short cut approach. Hiring an amateur contractor, or, doing the work yourself, may very well end up costing you time and money.

    Working with a member of the Manitoba Home Builders Association will ensure that you have a positive experience and that your renovation goals are achieved. A professional renovator works with you from start to finish, has the necessary technical know-how, and works with an experienced network of staff, subtrades and suppliers. A professional renovator will direct you to speak with past clients. This allows you to evaluate their work and learn of their reputation.

    Dont be fooled by someone unqualified who is offering you the lowest price! In the end, you could very well be paying more. Professional renovators will provide you with accurate pricing as well as a detailed written contract. They will also have liability insurance and workers compensation coverage to protect you from liability and cost.

    The MHBAs adage to do it right, hire a professional, is a wise course to follow. Instead of risking a failed renovation attempt, you will be confident knowing that your home is in good hands.

    merLYn mintY, EDITOR

    vice President, nationaL reaL estate

    Jacqueline Hill

    editor-in-chieF

    Susan Legge

    editor/accoUnt eXecUtive

    Merlyn Minty 949.6416

    art director

    Sarah Jang

    saLes manaGer

    Conni Robinson

    accoUnt eXecUtive

    Kim Smith 949.6801

    saLes coordinator

    Steve Nelson 949.6408

    vP, aUto & home channeLs, mediative

    Bill Wolch

    nationaL accoUnt manaGer, mediative

    Andrea Berry

    ProdUction manaGer

    Bala Gnanapandithan

    ProdUction co-ordinator/GraPhic desiGner

    Mohammad Haidarpour

    GraPhic desiGners

    Jeff Betts, Angelo Praturlon, Caroline Wassef

    PhotoGraPhY

    Artistic Impressions, Darcy Finley, Duality Photographic, Tim Leyes,John Queenan Publicity

    contriBUtors

    Hellen Buttigieg, Sara Duck, Margaret Anne Fehr, Debbie Golub, Mike Moore, Yanic Simard, Kim Schroeder, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Candace Loewen Smith

    distriBUtion

    Via Home Delivery & Free Pick-up Newsstands

    distriBUtion Locations

    Selected Assiniboine, Cambrian, Vantis and Steinbach Credit Unions, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Royal, TD and Scotia banks, McDaimid Lumber Stores, Safeway, Sobeys, Dakota Family Foods, Charleswood Do-It Centre, ICI Paint Stores. 65 new yellow street box locations which includes all stand aloneTim Hortons locations.

    HOME DCOR AND RENOVATIONS magazine is published by Wall2Wall Media located at 401 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C 5J5. Home Dcor and Renovations, magazine is distributed throughout Winnipeg. This publication has been designed for the renovation and decor market as a guide. We 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 Wall2Wall Media and not that of the advertiser. The advertiser has purchased the right of reproduction in Home Dcor and 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. 2011 Wall2Wall Media.

    Wall2Wall Media is a trademark of Yellow Pages Group Co. in Canada.

    Wed LiKe to hear From YoUHome Dcor and Renovations Magazine welcomes your comments, questions, stories and suggestions!

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    AUG/SEP 2011Volume 13 Issue 04

    RENOVATE WITH CONFIDENCE

    PUBLISHED BY

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    With our personal Design & Build System, we will work withyou and help to make your wishes come true.

    Winnipegs 1st Renovated Display Home will be opening late February.

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    AT CHARACTER HOMES LTD, OUR DESIGN/BUILD APPROACH TO RENOVATIONS CONTINUES TO WORK AND PRODUCE EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL & EFFICIENT PROJECTS.

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    DESIGNCharacter Homes design/build approach means that you will enjoy the convenience and ef ciency that comes with working with one company throughout your entire project.

    BUILDCharacter Homes will look after the design, plans, permits, construction, interior design selections, and everything else that is necessary to get the job done right.

    LIVEYouve taken your dreams to us and weve turned them into reality. All you have to do now is sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful home!

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 8 8/12/11 3:38:29 PM

  • EDITORS NOTE EDITORS NOTE

    Our city is largely comprised of older homes in need of renovation. In fact, Winnipeg has the third oldest housing stock in Canada, right after Halifax and Montreal. More than just looking for a simple update, an increasing number of Winnipeg homeowners want their homes to be at the cutting edge of style, technology and creature comforts.

    We are most fortunate to have such a talented pool of renovators to call upon. The creativity and experience our professional renovators have acquired is clearly seen in the ads and stories we publish from issue to issue. When working on our editorial features, we speak with all of the homeowners and in over 13 years have yet to hear any negative comments. Professional renovators collaborate with the very best suppliers, as well as other professionals like interior designers and architects.

    Are you one of the many homeowners who would like to stay in your older home but need to renovate? What can you do to ensure that you have a positive experience? The answer isnt as difficult as you might think. In a nutshell, make sure to do it right, hire a professional. Do not attempt to take the cheap, short cut approach. Hiring an amateur contractor, or, doing the work yourself, may very well end up costing you time and money.

    Working with a member of the Manitoba Home Builders Association will ensure that you have a positive experience and that your renovation goals are achieved. A professional renovator works with you from start to finish, has the necessary technical know-how, and works with an experienced network of staff, subtrades and suppliers. A professional renovator will direct you to speak with past clients. This allows you to evaluate their work and learn of their reputation.

    Dont be fooled by someone unqualified who is offering you the lowest price! In the end, you could very well be paying more. Professional renovators will provide you with accurate pricing as well as a detailed written contract. They will also have liability insurance and workers compensation coverage to protect you from liability and cost.

    The MHBAs adage to do it right, hire a professional, is a wise course to follow. Instead of risking a failed renovation attempt, you will be confident knowing that your home is in good hands.

    MERLYN MINTY, EDITOR

    VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL REAL ESTATE

    Jacqueline Hill

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    Susan Legge

    EDITOR/ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

    Merlyn Minty 949.6416

    ART DIRECTOR

    Sarah Jang

    SALES MANAGER

    Conni Robinson

    ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

    Kim Smith 949.6801

    SALES COORDINATOR

    Steve Nelson 949.6408

    VP, AUTO & HOME CHANNELS, MEDIATIVE

    Bill Wolch

    NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER, MEDIATIVE

    Andrea Berry

    PRODUCTION MANAGER

    Bala Gnanapandithan

    PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER

    Mohammad Haidarpour

    GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

    Jeff Betts, Angelo Praturlon, Caroline Wassef

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Artistic Impressions, Darcy Finley, Duality Photographic, Tim Leyes,John Queenan Publicity

    CONTRIBUTORS

    Hellen Buttigieg, Sara Duck, Margaret Anne Fehr, Debbie Golub, Mike Moore, Yanic Simard, Kim Schroeder, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Candace Loewen Smith

    DISTRIBUTION

    Via Home Delivery & Free Pick-up Newsstands

    DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS

    Selected Assiniboine, Cambrian, Vantis and Steinbach Credit Unions, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Royal, TD and Scotia banks, McDaimid Lumber Stores, Safeway, Sobeys, Dakota Family Foods, Charleswood Do-It Centre, ICI Paint Stores. 65 new yellow street box locations which includes all stand aloneTim Hortons locations.

    HOME DCOR AND RENOVATIONS magazine is published by Wall2Wall Media located at 401 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C 5J5. Home Dcor and Renovations, magazine is distributed throughout Winnipeg. This publication has been designed for the renovation and decor market as a guide. We 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 Wall2Wall Media and not that of the advertiser. The advertiser has purchased the right of reproduction in Home Dcor and 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. 2011 Wall2Wall Media.

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    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 9 8/12/11 3:38:39 PM

  • 10 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    OUTDOOR LIVINGBY candace LoeWen smith

    cover s torY

    Have you been so busy this summer that youve neglectedyour own backyard? There is still time to design your own outdoor

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  • OUTDOOR LIVINGBY candace LoeWen smith

    cover s torY

    Have you been so busy this summer that youve neglectedyour own backyard? There is still time to design your own outdoor

    living space tailored to your lifestyle, so you can enjoy it nowand in the seasons to come!

    loving

    entertain in style, with a glamourous cabana as your

    garden focal point! alpine Dining Chair (23-in.x23-in.

    x37-in). $625; alpine Rectangular Dining Table with

    glass Inset (38-in.x72-in.x30-in). $1,975; Tuuci pavilion

    (10 ft. x 10 ft.). $7,865, pictured in white, available in a

    variety of colours.

    visit andreWricharddesiGns.com

    PictUred here

    entertain in style, with a glamourous cabana as your

    garden focal point! alpine Dining Chair (23-in.x23-in.

    x37-in). $625; alpine Rectangular Dining Table with

    glass Inset (38-in.x72-in.x30-in). $1,975; Tuuci pavilion

    (10 ft. x 10 ft.). $7,865, pictured in white, available in a

    variety of colours.

    visit andreWricharddesiGns.com

    aug - Sep 2011 | home dcor and renovations | 11

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 11 8/12/11 3:39:17 PM

  • 12 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    WHAT COMPRISES AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE?

    Outdoor kitchens, canopies, retractable shades, privacy walls, outdoor ranges, gas and propane replaces, furniture and so much more fun stu ! Depending on your budget, space and imagination, your outdoor living space can be almost anything you desire! Simple or elaborate, an island or a room its all up to you.

    Consider the space you have available before running out and buying anything; the more room you have will allow more kitchen options. is doesnt mean that a smaller space gets less, only that you will need to be more judicious in how you design and use the area.

    Outdoor cooking has come a long way since the Hibachi and burnt hot dogs. Now, delicious meals of plank salmon and ai shrimp in garlic bu er can o en be found on the outdoor barbecue range the only limitation is your imagination.

    Outdoor ranges have so many di erent styles and options, whether gas or propane, and they are e cient for entertaining large groups or small intimate a airs.

    With extra storage areas beneath the barbecue range plus side burners, trash compartments and even a mini-refrigerator theres no need to run in and out of the house. e di cult part is selecting the outdoor barbecue range that will work for your entertainment style and budget. Select the perfect working countertop from wood, natural stone or winter-friendly, heavy-duty stainless steel. Stainless steel can take abuse, withstand the weather and is easy to clean. Remember to have a proper chopping block.

    Permanently install your barbecue range or roll it away to storage. e choice is yours depending on the unit and whether you want to use it year round why not barbecue in the winter? Can cooking be any more fun? e complete outdoor kitchen can even be equipped with sinks to wash up, instead of going inside and missing all the fun.

    Someone once said, Good fences make for good neighbours. But what do you do when you dont have a yard just a deck or patio? Build a privacy wall! Privacy walls come in many forms, from live plantsto solid partitions, while o ering privacy and acting as a wind break. Large extendable umbrellas, xed canopies and retractable awnings will allow enjoyment of your patio or deck regardless of the weather. You paid for your deck or patio so why not use it e ectively?

    Traditionally, some form of wood created a partition, and while generally reasonable in price,it does require ongoing maintenance. Solid wood designs or la ice are a ractive and functional, but if you want something that is easy to care for, consider some of the new durable no maintenance partitions. Vinyl walls are secure, durable and never need painting perfect for the busy lives of todays familyor snowbirds.

    Start thinking out of the box when planning your privacy wall; the colour on the exterior of the wall doesnt have to be what you see on the interior. is is especially important if you live in a condo complex or area with architectural restrictions. Why not apply faux stone or brick to the inside wall to get that authentic look without the cost or weight of natural stone? Normally, this is found on the front of homes to add a distinctive look, now try adding it to your privacy wall for rich outdoor living.

    Living privacy walls? Why not? Ask any greenhouse which plants are best for climbing and covering the desired area. Perennial clematis grow quickly, are quite thick and come back every year. e lush green leaves o er shade and privacy.

    Remember to add those nal touches such as accent colours and lighting to your new dynamic deck. You should have lighting that will permit you to prepare food properly, as well as mood lighting that ts those starlit evenings. Decorative and functional lighting can be set up to highlight special exterior designs and to doubly serve as a security feature. Recreations of unique period pieces in hand-rubbed patina nishes, coppers, wood or tin are sure to please, whether a ached to the house or post mounted gas lights. With the right choice in light xtures you can further enhance that perfect outdoor kitchen rustic, elegant or contemporary. Your home is sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood as it glows into the night.

    Add outdoor speakers for music for evening entertainment. For a touch of interest, as well as practicality, check out the music speakers that look like garden rocks. So music will ll each corner of your yard with these unique speakers. Outdoor plug-ins for miscellaneous items are another consideration. ese choices may need permits and most de nitely need trained professionals to install. ese are not areas to cut corners.

    Keep the parties going with a patio heater as the evening cools. A er that delicious meal, join friends

    and family around the outdoor replace or patio re pit. ere are several fuel choices for deck re pits. Gas, propane, solid fuels and even electrical re pits can be found in a variety of styles, like chimeneas, saucers on wrought iron stands and many more. If you plan on using your outdoor kitchen year-round, consider a traditional built-in replace check out municipal by-laws rst before you buy.

    Creating a warm and inviting outdoor living space will encourage frequent use,as well as improve the real estate value of your home. Open the doors of your creativity and design the outdoor living space that will give rise to gourmet meals and great memories!

    WHAT COMPRISES AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE?

    Outdoor kitchens, canopies, retractable shades, privacy walls, outdoor ranges, gas and propane replaces, furniture and so much more fun stu ! Depending on your budget, space and imagination, your outdoor living space can be almost anything you desire! Simple or elaborate, an island or a room its all up to you.

    Consider the space you have available before running out and buying anything; the more room you have will allow more kitchen options. is doesnt mean that a smaller space gets less, only that you will need to be more judicious in how you design and use the area.

    Outdoor cooking has come a long way since the Hibachi and burnt hot dogs. Now, delicious meals of plank salmon and ai shrimp in garlic bu er can o en be found on the outdoor barbecue range the only limitation is your imagination.

    Outdoor ranges have so many di erent styles and options, whether gas or propane, and they are e cient for entertaining large groups or small intimate a airs.

    With extra storage areas beneath the barbecue range plus side burners, trash compartments and even a mini-refrigerator theres no need to run in and out of the house. e di cult part is selecting the outdoor barbecue range that will work for your entertainment style and budget. Select the perfect working countertop from wood, natural stone or winter-friendly, heavy-duty stainless steel. Stainless steel can take abuse, withstand the weather and is easy to clean. Remember to have a proper chopping block.

    Permanently install your barbecue range or roll it away to storage. e choice is yours depending on the unit and whether you want to use it year round why not barbecue in the winter? Can cooking be any more fun? e complete outdoor kitchen can even be equipped with sinks to wash up, instead of going inside and missing all the fun.

    Someone once said, Good fences make for good neighbours. But what do you do when you dont have a yard just a deck or patio? Build a privacy wall! Privacy walls come in many forms, from live plantsto solid partitions, while o ering privacy and acting as a wind break. Large extendable umbrellas, xed canopies and retractable awnings will allow enjoyment of your patio or deck regardless of the weather. You paid for your deck or patio so why not use it e ectively?

    Traditionally, some form of wood created a partition, and while generally reasonable in price,it does require ongoing maintenance. Solid wood designs or la ice are a ractive and functional, but if you want something that is easy to care for, consider some of the new durable no maintenance partitions. Vinyl walls are secure, durable and never need painting perfect for the busy lives of todays familyor snowbirds.

    Start thinking out of the box when planning your privacy wall; the colour on the exterior of the wall doesnt have to be what you see on the interior. is is especially important if you live in a condo complex or area with architectural restrictions. Why not apply faux stone or brick to the inside wall to get that authentic look without the cost or weight of natural stone? Normally, this is found on the front of homes to add a distinctive look, now try adding it to your privacy wall for rich outdoor living.

    Living privacy walls? Why not? Ask any greenhouse which plants are best for climbing and covering the desired area. Perennial clematis grow quickly, are quite thick and come back every year. e lush green leaves o er shade and privacy.

    Remember to add those nal touches such as accent colours and lighting to your new dynamic deck. You should have lighting that will permit you to prepare food properly, as well as mood lighting that ts those starlit evenings. Decorative and functional lighting can be set up to highlight special exterior designs and to doubly serve as a security feature. Recreations of unique period pieces in hand-rubbed patina nishes, coppers, wood or tin are sure to please, whether a ached to the house or post mounted gas lights. With the right choice in light xtures you can further enhance that perfect outdoor kitchen rustic, elegant or contemporary. Your home is sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood as it glows into the night.

    Add outdoor speakers for music for evening entertainment. For a touch of interest, as well as practicality, check out the music speakers that look like garden rocks. So music will ll each corner of your yard with these unique speakers. Outdoor plug-ins for miscellaneous items are another consideration. ese choices may need permits and most de nitely need trained professionals to install. ese are not areas to cut corners.

    Keep the parties going with a patio heater as the evening cools. A er that delicious meal, join friends

    and family around the outdoor replace or patio re pit. ere are several fuel choices for deck re pits. Gas, propane, solid fuels and even electrical re pits can be found in a variety of styles, like chimeneas, saucers on wrought iron stands and many more. If you plan on using your outdoor kitchen year-round, consider a traditional built-in replace check out municipal by-laws rst before you buy.

    Creating a warm and inviting outdoor living space will encourage frequent use,as well as improve the real estate value of your home. Open the doors of your creativity and design the outdoor living space that will give rise to gourmet meals and great memories!

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 12 8/12/11 3:39:58 PM

  • WHAT COMPRISES AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE?

    Outdoor kitchens, canopies, retractable shades, privacy walls, outdoor ranges, gas and propane replaces, furniture and so much more fun stu ! Depending on your budget, space and imagination, your outdoor living space can be almost anything you desire! Simple or elaborate, an island or a room its all up to you.

    Consider the space you have available before running out and buying anything; the more room you have will allow more kitchen options. is doesnt mean that a smaller space gets less, only that you will need to be more judicious in how you design and use the area.

    Outdoor cooking has come a long way since the Hibachi and burnt hot dogs. Now, delicious meals of plank salmon and ai shrimp in garlic bu er can o en be found on the outdoor barbecue range the only limitation is your imagination.

    Outdoor ranges have so many di erent styles and options, whether gas or propane, and they are e cient for entertaining large groups or small intimate a airs.

    With extra storage areas beneath the barbecue range plus side burners, trash compartments and even a mini-refrigerator theres no need to run in and out of the house. e di cult part is selecting the outdoor barbecue range that will work for your entertainment style and budget. Select the perfect working countertop from wood, natural stone or winter-friendly, heavy-duty stainless steel. Stainless steel can take abuse, withstand the weather and is easy to clean. Remember to have a proper chopping block.

    Permanently install your barbecue range or roll it away to storage. e choice is yours depending on the unit and whether you want to use it year round why not barbecue in the winter? Can cooking be any more fun? e complete outdoor kitchen can even be equipped with sinks to wash up, instead of going inside and missing all the fun.

    Someone once said, Good fences make for good neighbours. But what do you do when you dont have a yard just a deck or patio? Build a privacy wall! Privacy walls come in many forms, from live plantsto solid partitions, while o ering privacy and acting as a wind break. Large extendable umbrellas, xed canopies and retractable awnings will allow enjoyment of your patio or deck regardless of the weather. You paid for your deck or patio so why not use it e ectively?

    Traditionally, some form of wood created a partition, and while generally reasonable in price,it does require ongoing maintenance. Solid wood designs or la ice are a ractive and functional, but if you want something that is easy to care for, consider some of the new durable no maintenance partitions. Vinyl walls are secure, durable and never need painting perfect for the busy lives of todays familyor snowbirds.

    Start thinking out of the box when planning your privacy wall; the colour on the exterior of the wall doesnt have to be what you see on the interior. is is especially important if you live in a condo complex or area with architectural restrictions. Why not apply faux stone or brick to the inside wall to get that authentic look without the cost or weight of natural stone? Normally, this is found on the front of homes to add a distinctive look, now try adding it to your privacy wall for rich outdoor living.

    Living privacy walls? Why not? Ask any greenhouse which plants are best for climbing and covering the desired area. Perennial clematis grow quickly, are quite thick and come back every year. e lush green leaves o er shade and privacy.

    Remember to add those nal touches such as accent colours and lighting to your new dynamic deck. You should have lighting that will permit you to prepare food properly, as well as mood lighting that ts those starlit evenings. Decorative and functional lighting can be set up to highlight special exterior designs and to doubly serve as a security feature. Recreations of unique period pieces in hand-rubbed patina nishes, coppers, wood or tin are sure to please, whether a ached to the house or post mounted gas lights. With the right choice in light xtures you can further enhance that perfect outdoor kitchen rustic, elegant or contemporary. Your home is sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood as it glows into the night.

    Add outdoor speakers for music for evening entertainment. For a touch of interest, as well as practicality, check out the music speakers that look like garden rocks. So music will ll each corner of your yard with these unique speakers. Outdoor plug-ins for miscellaneous items are another consideration. ese choices may need permits and most de nitely need trained professionals to install. ese are not areas to cut corners.

    Keep the parties going with a patio heater as the evening cools. A er that delicious meal, join friends

    and family around the outdoor replace or patio re pit. ere are several fuel choices for deck re pits. Gas, propane, solid fuels and even electrical re pits can be found in a variety of styles, like chimeneas, saucers on wrought iron stands and many more. If you plan on using your outdoor kitchen year-round, consider a traditional built-in replace check out municipal by-laws rst before you buy.

    Creating a warm and inviting outdoor living space will encourage frequent use,as well as improve the real estate value of your home. Open the doors of your creativity and design the outdoor living space that will give rise to gourmet meals and great memories!

    13

    WHAT COMPRISES AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE?

    Outdoor kitchens, canopies, retractable shades, privacy walls, outdoor ranges, gas and propane replaces, furniture and so much more fun stu ! Depending on your budget, space and imagination, your outdoor living space can be almost anything you desire! Simple or elaborate, an island or a room its all up to you.

    Consider the space you have available before running out and buying anything; the more room you have will allow more kitchen options. is doesnt mean that a smaller space gets less, only that you will need to be more judicious in how you design and use the area.

    Outdoor cooking has come a long way since the Hibachi and burnt hot dogs. Now, delicious meals of plank salmon and ai shrimp in garlic bu er can o en be found on the outdoor barbecue range the only limitation is your imagination.

    Outdoor ranges have so many di erent styles and options, whether gas or propane, and they are e cient for entertaining large groups or small intimate a airs.

    With extra storage areas beneath the barbecue range plus side burners, trash compartments and even a mini-refrigerator theres no need to run in and out of the house. e di cult part is selecting the outdoor barbecue range that will work for your entertainment style and budget. Select the perfect working countertop from wood, natural stone or winter-friendly, heavy-duty stainless steel. Stainless steel can take abuse, withstand the weather and is easy to clean. Remember to have a proper chopping block.

    Permanently install your barbecue range or roll it away to storage. e choice is yours depending on the unit and whether you want to use it year round why not barbecue in the winter? Can cooking be any more fun? e complete outdoor kitchen can even be equipped with sinks to wash up, instead of going inside and missing all the fun.

    Someone once said, Good fences make for good neighbours. But what do you do when you dont have a yard just a deck or patio? Build a privacy wall! Privacy walls come in many forms, from live plantsto solid partitions, while o ering privacy and acting as a wind break. Large extendable umbrellas, xed canopies and retractable awnings will allow enjoyment of your patio or deck regardless of the weather. You paid for your deck or patio so why not use it e ectively?

    Traditionally, some form of wood created a partition, and while generally reasonable in price,it does require ongoing maintenance. Solid wood designs or la ice are a ractive and functional, but if you want something that is easy to care for, consider some of the new durable no maintenance partitions. Vinyl walls are secure, durable and never need painting perfect for the busy lives of todays familyor snowbirds.

    Start thinking out of the box when planning your privacy wall; the colour on the exterior of the wall doesnt have to be what you see on the interior. is is especially important if you live in a condo complex or area with architectural restrictions. Why not apply faux stone or brick to the inside wall to get that authentic look without the cost or weight of natural stone? Normally, this is found on the front of homes to add a distinctive look, now try adding it to your privacy wall for rich outdoor living.

    Living privacy walls? Why not? Ask any greenhouse which plants are best for climbing and covering the desired area. Perennial clematis grow quickly, are quite thick and come back every year. e lush green leaves o er shade and privacy.

    Remember to add those nal touches such as accent colours and lighting to your new dynamic deck. You should have lighting that will permit you to prepare food properly, as well as mood lighting that ts those starlit evenings. Decorative and functional lighting can be set up to highlight special exterior designs and to doubly serve as a security feature. Recreations of unique period pieces in hand-rubbed patina nishes, coppers, wood or tin are sure to please, whether a ached to the house or post mounted gas lights. With the right choice in light xtures you can further enhance that perfect outdoor kitchen rustic, elegant or contemporary. Your home is sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood as it glows into the night.

    Add outdoor speakers for music for evening entertainment. For a touch of interest, as well as practicality, check out the music speakers that look like garden rocks. So music will ll each corner of your yard with these unique speakers. Outdoor plug-ins for miscellaneous items are another consideration. ese choices may need permits and most de nitely need trained professionals to install. ese are not areas to cut corners.

    Keep the parties going with a patio heater as the evening cools. A er that delicious meal, join friends

    and family around the outdoor replace or patio re pit. ere are several fuel choices for deck re pits. Gas, propane, solid fuels and even electrical re pits can be found in a variety of styles, like chimeneas, saucers on wrought iron stands and many more. If you plan on using your outdoor kitchen year-round, consider a traditional built-in replace check out municipal by-laws rst before you buy.

    Creating a warm and inviting outdoor living space will encourage frequent use,as well as improve the real estate value of your home. Open the doors of your creativity and design the outdoor living space that will give rise to gourmet meals and great memories!

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 13 8/12/11 3:40:24 PM

  • 14 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    dePartments

    Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders Association

    To review a list of MHBA recommended renovators and to review the Homeowners Guide to Green Renovation, please visit the Manitoba Home Builders Association website (www.homebuilders.mb.ca) and the RenoMark site (www.renomark.ca).

    RENOVATION SPENDING, DEFINED AS THE SUM OF RESIDENTIAL ALTE TIONS, improvements, conversions and repairs, is a $60 billion business annually in Canada, with improvements commanding 75% of that gure and repairs the remaining 25%. Manitoba and Winnipeg have long been reputed to be the renovation capitals of Canada. Even though we dont always follow national trends, we can always learn from them.

    Nationally, spending on renovations increased by 9.2% in 2010; while increasing by 11.5% in Manitoba over the same period. Forecasts for 2011, have spending declining a bit across the country while increasing ever so slightly here in Manitoba. Two primary areas that are causing the national dip are Ontario and British Columbia. e Harmonized Sales Tax has hit the legitimate renovation industry hard in those two provinces. With the introduction of the HST and no relief or exemptions to encourage renovations, honest contractors are being taxed double the previous amount. is has resulted in 75% of all renovations going the way of the underground economy thereby forcing honest people to bear the brunt of the tax load.

    However, Winnipeg still has the 3rd oldest housing stock in Canada and those older houses will require renovations. Our boom in existing home sales also bodes well for the renovation industry. Many households make necessary repairs, as well as cosmetic changes, prior to selling, in order to increase the a ractiveness of the house to maximize sale potential. In addition, many people renovate a er buying, in order to adapt their new home to their individual needs and tastes. e basic premise of the house may be exactly what they were looking for, but various rooms, furnishings and xtures are adapted to taste.

    e Home Renovation Tax Credit was introduced in the 2009 federal budget and was a resounding success. About $2.3 billion was paid out, or about 75% of what was originally set aside. Residential renovation spending rose 18% over the period and 3 million homeowners, or 1 in 3 owner-occupied households, took part and received an average rebate of $700. Given the fact that this was obviously a tremendously successful program for the government, consumers, retailers and contractors, perhaps the federal government and/or the provincial government should look at resurrecting it in some fashion. By forcing contractors and consumers to declare

    the work performed in order to collect the rebate, the increased tax revenue alone would pay for the program. e recently announced continuation of the eco-Energy Retro t Initiative is a sound decision and a welcomed program for Canadians, but we can never lose sight of what more we can do to improve the economy, the industry and our lifestyles.

    Renovations spendingremains strongBY miKe moore, President, MANITOBA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 14 8/12/11 3:40:43 PM

  • aug - Sep 2011 | home dcor and renovations | 15

    dePartments

    Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders association

    To review a list of MHBa recommended renovators and to review the Homeowners guide to green Renovation, please visit the Manitoba Home Builders association website (www.homebuilders.mb.ca) and the RenoMark site (www.renomark.ca).

    RENOVATION SPENDING, DEFINED AS THE SUM OF RESIDENTIAL ALTE TIONS, improvements, conversions and repairs, is a $60 billion business annually in Canada, with improvements commanding 75% of that gure and repairs the remaining 25%. Manitoba and Winnipeg have long been reputed to be the renovation capitals of Canada. Even though we dont always follow national trends, we can always learn from them.

    Nationally, spending on renovations increased by 9.2% in 2010; while increasing by 11.5% in Manitoba over the same period. Forecasts for 2011, have spending declining a bit across the country while increasing ever so slightly here in Manitoba. Two primary areas that are causing the national dip are Ontario and British Columbia. e Harmonized Sales Tax has hit the legitimate renovation industry hard in those two provinces. With the introduction of the HST and no relief or exemptions to encourage renovations, honest contractors are being taxed double the previous amount. is has resulted in 75% of all renovations going the way of the underground economy thereby forcing honest people to bear the brunt of the tax load.

    However, Winnipeg still has the 3rd oldest housing stock in Canada and those older houses will require renovations. Our boom in existing home sales also bodes well for the renovation industry. Many households make necessary repairs, as well as cosmetic changes, prior to selling, in order to increase the a ractiveness of the house to maximize sale potential. In addition, many people renovate a er buying, in order to adapt their new home to their individual needs and tastes. e basic premise of the house may be exactly what they were looking for, but various rooms, furnishings and xtures are adapted to taste.

    e Home Renovation Tax Credit was introduced in the 2009 federal budget and was a resounding success. About $2.3 billion was paid out, or about 75% of what was originally set aside. Residential renovation spending rose 18% over the period and 3 million homeowners, or 1 in 3 owner-occupied households, took part and received an average rebate of $700. Given the fact that this was obviously a tremendously successful program for the government, consumers, retailers and contractors, perhaps the federal government and/or the provincial government should look at resurrecting it in some fashion. By forcing contractors and consumers to declare

    the work performed in order to collect the rebate, the increased tax revenue alone would pay for the program. e recently announced continuation of the eco-Energy Retro t Initiative is a sound decision and a welcomed program for Canadians, but we can never lose sight of what more we can do to improve the economy, the industry and our lifestyles.

    Renovations spendingremains strongBY miKe moore, President, MaNITOBa HOMe BuILDeRS aSSOCIaTION

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    Showroom Open to the Public.

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 15 8/12/11 3:41:41 PM

  • OVER THE YEARS, MIKE AND MOI S Oakbank house, built in the 80s, has worn it uniqueness well. e original owner, a structural engineer, had designed and built the 3 storey house as a bit of an homage to its prairie se ing and history. If you can imagine a 3 storey building on the edge of Oakbank in the middle of fairly untouched parkland. meant to emulate a grain elevator, thats our house, says Mike. As well, it has a detached garage that looks like a train station.

    Back in the day there was train service here along with a small grain elevator on our street beside the train tracks so the house was meant to capture some of the history of the train, the prairies and the farming community.

    e house was also built with an interesting structural element an interior sha that went from the top of the house down to the basement equipped with windows designed to deliver natural light within the home interior. Its a cool concept, says Mike, but the problem was that the kitchen, dining and family room areas were blocked o by the sha . As a result, the kitchen was really unworkable making it di cult for Moira and me to cook together and prepare meals, plus the 80s style kitchen was de nitely showing its age.

    e time was right for a full-scale renovation and Mike and Moira hooked up with Roger Brodeur of Renovations Plus to get the project underway. In order to create a fully functioning space, walls and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    It was challenging because there was a lot of structural work that had to happen prior to moving walls, says Roger. ere was a lot of relocating especially through the sha that was an original feature of the house. Structural issues in moving the walls, heating, and plumbing were tricky. e kitchen sink was located in the corner of a

    FEATURE

    Little grain elevatoron the prairie

    WRITTEN BY MARGARET ANNE FEHR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    The past done perfect

    PICTUREDA feature within the space that was

    a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an

    onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in buffet in the

    newly created formal dining room.

    MIKE AND MOIRA ARE SO GLADTHAT THEY ENTRUSTED THEIRPROJECT TO ROGER AND HIS RENOVATIONS PLUS TEAM.

    PICTURED TOPIn order to create a fully functioning space, walls

    and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and

    music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    OVER THE YEARS, MIKE AND MOI S Oakbank house, built in the 80s, has worn it uniqueness well. e original owner, a structural engineer, had designed and built the 3 storey house as a bit of an homage to its prairie se ing and history. If you can imagine a 3 storey building on the edge of Oakbank in the middle of fairly untouched parkland. meant to emulate a grain elevator, thats our house, says Mike. As well, it has a detached garage that looks like a train station.

    Back in the day there was train service here along with a small grain elevator on our street beside the train tracks so the house was meant to capture some of the history of the train, the prairies and the farming community.

    e house was also built with an interesting structural element an interior sha that went from the top of the house down to the basement equipped with windows designed to deliver natural light within the home interior. Its a cool concept, says Mike, but the problem was that the kitchen, dining and family room areas were blocked o by the sha . As a result, the kitchen was really unworkable making it di cult for Moira and me to cook together and prepare meals, plus the 80s style kitchen was de nitely showing its age.

    e time was right for a full-scale renovation and Mike and Moira hooked up with Roger Brodeur of Renovations Plus to get the project underway. In order to create a fully functioning space, walls and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    It was challenging because there was a lot of structural work that had to happen prior to moving walls, says Roger. ere was a lot of relocating especially through the sha that was an original feature of the house. Structural issues in moving the walls, heating, and plumbing were tricky. e kitchen sink was located in the corner of a

    FEATURE

    Little grain elevatoron the prairie

    WRITTEN BY MARGARET ANNE FEHR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    The past done perfect

    PICTUREDA feature within the space that was

    a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an

    onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in buffet in the

    newly created formal dining room.

    MIKE AND MOIRA ARE SO GLADTHAT THEY ENTRUSTED THEIRPROJECT TO ROGER AND HIS RENOVATIONS PLUS TEAM.

    PICTURED TOPIn order to create a fully functioning space, walls

    and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and

    music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    16

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 16 8/12/11 3:43:18 PM

  • OVER THE YEARS, MIKE AND MOI S Oakbank house, built in the 80s, has worn it uniqueness well. e original owner, a structural engineer, had designed and built the 3 storey house as a bit of an homage to its prairie se ing and history. If you can imagine a 3 storey building on the edge of Oakbank in the middle of fairly untouched parkland. meant to emulate a grain elevator, thats our house, says Mike. As well, it has a detached garage that looks like a train station.

    Back in the day there was train service here along with a small grain elevator on our street beside the train tracks so the house was meant to capture some of the history of the train, the prairies and the farming community.

    e house was also built with an interesting structural element an interior sha that went from the top of the house down to the basement equipped with windows designed to deliver natural light within the home interior. Its a cool concept, says Mike, but the problem was that the kitchen, dining and family room areas were blocked o by the sha . As a result, the kitchen was really unworkable making it di cult for Moira and me to cook together and prepare meals, plus the 80s style kitchen was de nitely showing its age.

    e time was right for a full-scale renovation and Mike and Moira hooked up with Roger Brodeur of Renovations Plus to get the project underway. In order to create a fully functioning space, walls and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    It was challenging because there was a lot of structural work that had to happen prior to moving walls, says Roger. ere was a lot of relocating especially through the sha that was an original feature of the house. Structural issues in moving the walls, heating, and plumbing were tricky. e kitchen sink was located in the corner of a

    FEATURE

    Little grain elevatoron the prairie

    WRITTEN BY MARGARET ANNE FEHR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    The past done perfect

    PICTUREDA feature within the space that was

    a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an

    onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in buffet in the

    newly created formal dining room.

    MIKE AND MOIRA ARE SO GLADTHAT THEY ENTRUSTED THEIRPROJECT TO ROGER AND HIS RENOVATIONS PLUS TEAM.

    PICTURED TOPIn order to create a fully functioning space, walls

    and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and

    music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    17

    OVER THE YEARS, MIKE AND MOI S Oakbank house, built in the 80s, has worn it uniqueness well. e original owner, a structural engineer, had designed and built the 3 storey house as a bit of an homage to its prairie se ing and history. If you can imagine a 3 storey building on the edge of Oakbank in the middle of fairly untouched parkland. meant to emulate a grain elevator, thats our house, says Mike. As well, it has a detached garage that looks like a train station.

    Back in the day there was train service here along with a small grain elevator on our street beside the train tracks so the house was meant to capture some of the history of the train, the prairies and the farming community.

    e house was also built with an interesting structural element an interior sha that went from the top of the house down to the basement equipped with windows designed to deliver natural light within the home interior. Its a cool concept, says Mike, but the problem was that the kitchen, dining and family room areas were blocked o by the sha . As a result, the kitchen was really unworkable making it di cult for Moira and me to cook together and prepare meals, plus the 80s style kitchen was de nitely showing its age.

    e time was right for a full-scale renovation and Mike and Moira hooked up with Roger Brodeur of Renovations Plus to get the project underway. In order to create a fully functioning space, walls and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    It was challenging because there was a lot of structural work that had to happen prior to moving walls, says Roger. ere was a lot of relocating especially through the sha that was an original feature of the house. Structural issues in moving the walls, heating, and plumbing were tricky. e kitchen sink was located in the corner of a

    FEATURE

    Little grain elevatoron the prairie

    WRITTEN BY MARGARET ANNE FEHR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC

    The past done perfect

    PICTUREDA feature within the space that was

    a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an

    onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in buffet in the

    newly created formal dining room.

    MIKE AND MOIRA ARE SO GLADTHAT THEY ENTRUSTED THEIRPROJECT TO ROGER AND HIS RENOVATIONS PLUS TEAM.

    PICTURED TOPIn order to create a fully functioning space, walls

    and ceilings needed to be moved radically with adjoining space from a nearby bathroom and

    music room appropriated to contribute more real estate to the kitchen layout.

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 17 8/12/11 3:43:36 PM

  • 18 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    by JMR Design Ltd.

    233-RENO(7366)101-329 Cumberland Ave. Winnipeg, MB

    www.renovationsplus.ca

    Blending design,workmanship and value!

    Kitchens Bathrooms

    Rec Rooms

    Additions

    FeatUre

    cantilever section which needed to be re-insulated to address a cold spot and leveled out. In- oor heating was installed under an expanse of shiny ceramic tiles to ensure that cold would be kept at bay with the ooring helping unify the multi-area oor plan.

    Once completed the main oor was ready to be out ed with Kitchen Designs by Dcor maple cabinetry which consisted of shaker style doors, stained in Sierra, a rich dark brown. Solid brushed stainless steel straight handles adorn the fronts of doors and drawers providing a contemporary contrast and texture. Countertops and the island surface were topped with Black Pearl granite. Upper cabinetry extends to the ceiling for maximum storage while a roll top countertop garage keeps appliances behind closed doors while preserving the uncomplicated pro le of the millwork.

    A feature within the space that was a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in bu et in the newly created formal dining room.

    We were working with a piece of onyx that was 5 long by 18 inches high, says Mike. We wanted to back light the onyx as a backsplash between the upper cabinets and the countertop. We

    ended up making a sliding door roller system where the whole panel of uorescent lights could slide out, but when its closed, it integrates right into the cabinets so you dont even know its there. Its one of the highlights of the renovation and provides wonderful ambient lighting.

    Mike and Moira are so glad that they entrusted their project to Roger and his Renovations Plus team. Weve been waiting to do a renovation like this practically from when we rst moved in which was 18 years ago. is was the right time for us to do it. We went with these guys because they seemed to get it.

    Roger himself is a very a able guy. e quality of the trades people on his team is second to none. His carpenters are excellent; the nishing work is excellent, the painter is fantastic. Everyone worked together to do a really great job!

    Renovations Plus is located at 101-329 Cumberland Avenue and can be reached at 233.7366.

    PICTUREDOnce completed the main fl oor was ready to be outfi tted with Kitchen Designs by Dcor maple cabinetry which consisted of shaker style doors, stained in Sierra, a rich dark brown. Solid brushed stainless steel straight handles adorn the fronts of doors and drawers providing a contemporary contrast and texture.

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 18 8/12/11 4:01:04 PM

  • by JMR Design Ltd.

    233-RENO(7366)101-329 Cumberland Ave. Winnipeg, MB

    www.renovationsplus.ca

    Blending design,workmanship and value!

    Kitchens Bathrooms

    Rec Rooms

    Additions

    19

    FEATURE

    cantilever section which needed to be re-insulated to address a cold spot and leveled out. In- oor heating was installed under an expanse of shiny ceramic tiles to ensure that cold would be kept at bay with the ooring helping unify the multi-area oor plan.

    Once completed the main oor was ready to be out ed with Kitchen Designs by Dcor maple cabinetry which consisted of shaker style doors, stained in Sierra, a rich dark brown. Solid brushed stainless steel straight handles adorn the fronts of doors and drawers providing a contemporary contrast and texture. Countertops and the island surface were topped with Black Pearl granite. Upper cabinetry extends to the ceiling for maximum storage while a roll top countertop garage keeps appliances behind closed doors while preserving the uncomplicated pro le of the millwork.

    A feature within the space that was a hit with both homeowners and renovators was the installation of an onyx back-lit surface between the upper display cabinet and the granite countertop of the built-in bu et in the newly created formal dining room.

    We were working with a piece of onyx that was 5 long by 18 inches high, says Mike. We wanted to back light the onyx as a backsplash between the upper cabinets and the countertop. We

    ended up making a sliding door roller system where the whole panel of uorescent lights could slide out, but when its closed, it integrates right into the cabinets so you dont even know its there. Its one of the highlights of the renovation and provides wonderful ambient lighting.

    Mike and Moira are so glad that they entrusted their project to Roger and his Renovations Plus team. Weve been waiting to do a renovation like this practically from when we rst moved in which was 18 years ago. is was the right time for us to do it. We went with these guys because they seemed to get it.

    Roger himself is a very a able guy. e quality of the trades people on his team is second to none. His carpenters are excellent; the nishing work is excellent, the painter is fantastic. Everyone worked together to do a really great job!

    Renovations Plus is located at 101-329 Cumberland Avenue and can be reached at 233.7366.

    PICTUREDOnce completed the main fl oor was ready to be outfi tted with Kitchen Designs by Dcor maple cabinetry which consisted of shaker style doors, stained in Sierra, a rich dark brown. Solid brushed stainless steel straight handles adorn the fronts of doors and drawers providing a contemporary contrast and texture.

    MB Reno 08-2011.indd 19 8/12/11 4:01:22 PM

  • 20 | home dcor and renovations | AUG - SEP 2011

    ONCE YOUVE PAINTED THE WALLS and brought in all of your beautiful pieces of furniture to your newly designedroom, and you think its time to sit down and enjoy youre space think again! Accessorizing is the next, most important and nal step. Its is like pu ing the cherry on the cake it doesnt look (or taste!) as good until youve done it!

    1 FRESH FLOWERS

    You can never have too many fresh owers in your home. Its especially nice to purchase them when youre expecting company. Flowers as simple as white

    tulips can cheer up any room, and theyll give your home a nice scent too. You can also make your own oral arrangements by combining tall branches and a few stems of in-season owers such as lilacs.

    2 PILLOWS

    If your furniture is feeling bare and bland, adding some pops of colour and comfort is made easy with a few cushions. row pillows are a great way to experiment with pa ern and colour, and are easy to change when youre ready for something new.

    3 ENHANCING WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

    Even the most beautiful pieces of furniture need to be decorated to feel more warm and inviting, for example, a foyer console table. To warm up the look, you can decorate the area underneath. Try sliding in two small o omans or stools, and decorating the tops of them. Decorate with books and small accessories like trays and boxes. Decorate the console, too, with coordinating accent pieces.

    4 TEXTURE

    Playing with texture is a very important trick when it comesto a well-decorated space. Its not only about experimentingwith di erent fabrics, but di erent nishes as well. A room that has varying textures is more interesting, and will help take the eye around the room rather than having it focus on one spot.I like to bring wood, metal, glass and painted pieces all together in one space.

    5 MID-CENTURY PIECES

    I feel like every room should have at least one mid-century piece of furniture in it. I like when rooms look like theyve taken years to put together, even if they havent. In your living room, you can have a modular sofa, but take the dcor up a notch by bringing in one or two Chiavari chairs.

    6 THE COLOUR BLUE

    You can never go wrong when accessorizing if you stick witha blue colour pallet. Keep it simple and stay monochromatic, using as many shades di erent of it as you want.

    7 HEIGHT S

    When styling, be sure that the pieces you are decorating withare at varying heights. Having everything at the same level is less interesting.

    8 AR T WORK

    When it comes to artwork, people o en step away because they are unsure of how to position it on the walls. e general rule of thumb is that the middle of the artwork should be at eye level. Artwork should be hung no more then seven to ten inches above a table, and ve to eight inches above a sofa. If youre still not con dent, you can always rest your artwork on a surface and have it lean against the wall. If youve got a lot of small art pieces, consider grouping them together. If youve got large pieces, they should be hung separately.

    9 MIRRORS

    Adding mirrors to any dcor is a great way to nish o a room. Mirrors make the room appear larger, re ect light and add ahint of sparkle to the space. e larger the mirror, the greaterthe a ect will be.

    10 LIGHTING

    Lighting can always make or break the overall ambience or impact the dcor can have in a room. Adjustable pot lights on a dimmer switch are always a good option because the lights can be positioned to highlight or draw the eye away from a particular area. A dimmer switch is a great added feature, helping set the mood that you are trying to achieve, without having to make it a full-time commitment.

    Style like a proADDITONAL TIPS

    1 Accessorizing in groupings and in odd numbers is often a safe bet when decorating

    2 Antique shops are great when shopping to find that one-of-a -kind accessory that your space is calling for

    3 Dont buy all of your accessories in one place. Shop at a minimum of three different places.BY Yanic simard

    tiPs & tricKs

    Yanic is the principal designer of the Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Simard often applies his signature high/low and old/new combination design techniques in developing unique designs. Simard has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and has appeared as a regular guest expert on Citytvs CityLine. For more information visit tidg.ca.

    Yanic simard

    1. MULTI -PURPOSING If you have a very small space, you may not have separate living and dining areas. Combine the two by purchasing a high streamline sofa or sofa bed and a few side chairs that can be tucked away when not in use. When dining, bring the chairs in towards the sofa and place a round dining table in the middle. If you decide to go with the option of the sofa bed, this room is now not only a living and dining room, but also a guest bedroom. Also consider multi-purpose furniture; a large o oman with a top that opens can serve as a co ee table, extra seating and even storage for blankets and pillows.

    2. PROPORTIONS If your furniture is oversized in comparison to the area its in, you will not get maximum use out of every inch of your home. Choosing furniture that is proportionate to the space is key when designing your place. Dont fall in love at rst sight. Bring a measuring tape (which should be or will become your best friend when furnishing a small space) with you when you go shopping, and if the piece is too big just walk away! Youll nd something be er!

    3. CONTAIN THE CLUTTER Practical storage solutions are a must when space is limited, so make use of your vertical space. Consider hiring a company that specializes in custom-built closets. Closet organizers will save your life! Floor-to- ceiling wall units and book shelves are also a great way to make use of the vertical space in your home, and can be a great place to store items and show o some of your prized possessions.

    ONCE YOUVE PAINTED THE WALLS and brought in all of your beautiful pieces of furniture to your newly designedroom, and you think its time to sit down and enjoy youre space think again! Accessorizing is the next, most important and nal step. Its is like pu ing the cherry on the cake it doesnt look (or taste!) as good until youve done it!

    1 FRESH FLOWERS

    You can never have too many fresh owers in your home. Its especially nice to purchase them when youre expecting company. Flowers as simple as white

    tulips can cheer up any room, and theyll give your home a nice scent too. You can also make your own oral arrangements by combining tall branches and a few stems of in-season owers such as lilacs.

    2 PILLOWS

    If your furniture is feeling bare and bland, adding some pops of colour and comfort is made easy with a few cushions. row pillows are a great way to experiment with pa ern and colour, and are easy to change when youre ready for something new.

    3 ENHANCING WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

    Even the most beautiful pieces of furniture need to be decorated to feel more warm and inviting, for example, a foyer console table. To warm up the look, you can decorate the area underneath. Try sliding in two small o omans or stools, and decorating the tops of them. Decorate with books and small accessories like trays and boxes. Decorate the console, too, with coordinating accent pieces.

    4 TEXTURE

    Playing with texture is a very important trick when it comesto a well-decorated space. Its not only about experimentingwith di erent fabrics, but di erent nishes as well. A room that has varying textures is more interesting, and will help take the eye around the room rather than having it focus on one spot.I like to bring wood, metal, glass and painted pieces all together in one space.

    5 MID-CENTURY PIECES

    I feel like every room should have at least one mid-century piece of furniture in it. I like when rooms look like theyve taken years to put together, even if they havent. In your living room, you can have a modular sofa, but take the dcor up a notch by bringing in one or two Chiavari chairs.

    6 THE COLOUR BLUE

    You can never go wrong when accessorizing if you stick witha blue colour pallet. Keep it simple and stay monochromatic, using as many shades di erent of it as you want.

    7 HEIGHT S

    When styling, be sure that the pieces you are decorating withare at varying heights. Having everything at the same level is less interesting.

    8 AR T WORK

    When it comes to artwork, people o en step away because they are unsure of how to position it on the walls. e general rule of thumb is that the middle of the artwork should be at eye level. Artwork should be hung no more then seven to ten inches above a table, and ve to eight inches above a sofa. If youre still not con dent, you can always rest your artwork on a surface and have it lean against the wall. If youve got a lot of small art pieces, consider grouping them together. If youve got large pieces, they should be hung separately.

    9 MIRRORS

    Adding mirrors to any dcor is a great way to nish o a room. Mirrors make the room appear larger, re ect light and add ahint of sparkle to the space. e larger the mirror, the greaterthe a ect will be.

    10 LIGHTING

    Lighting can always make or break the overall ambience or impact the dcor can have in a room. Adjustable pot lights on a dimmer switch are always a go