JUST LISTED : 114 Covehaven Court NE

In the respected Covehaven section of Coventry Hills, family living has never been more comfortable. A stunning vaulted entry leads to an open plan living/kitchen/dining, perfect for entertaining or hanging out with family. Kitchen aesthetics have been newly updated to suit the modern palette, and an attractive half-bath sits conveniently right around the corner. Completing this level is a bonus front room perfect for media, hobbies or a home office.

Upstairs is made for relaxation with three bedrooms and two more bathrooms, featuring an enormous master with 4pc ensuite. More unique charm includes: a gas fire place in the living room, a large fenced yard with storage and space for 4 (!) cars, and a private backyard play structure that can only be described as awesome.

Add close proximity to exciting amenities like theatres, shopping, restaurants, the VIVO Rec Center and a short drive to the airport, and you’re sure to please everyone under your roof.

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How to Start a Remodeling Project

When the itch to remodel hits you, create a plan that works. The first step in all remodeling projects, large or small, begins with careful planning to ensure you get the most out of your budget.

From designing many projects over the last decade on HGTV and with my firm I can confidently state that you really need to stay focused on your design style and direction. Being consistent and following your path will ensure your project is seamless and less stressful.

1. Begin with Inspiration

Even your favourite travel destination might inspire you to remodel. Create a stylebook and fill it with photos of your favourite kitchen, decor and artwork. I often have design sessions with clients who just want some ideas, inspiration and rough sketches. This is a great opportunity to hone your style and colour palette while picking your designer’s brain for reno tips.

2. Define Your Goals and Priorities

Think about what you want to achieve from your remodel. What are your goals? Create a list and prioritize all the projects to complete and any major repairs. No matter what size your reno is, you have to consider all the details – from plumbing and electrical to HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). If your renovation includes any of these elements, ensure that you have a game plan for relocation and contingency.

3. Create a Budget and Timeline

Determine the money you have to spend and define a timeline for completion. Knowing this will help you stay on budget and ensure you reach your goal without steering down a path you didn’t plan for. I always tell my clients to put aside 15% for a contingency fund, not to be confused with overspending, it is used for unpredictable construction costs. Make sure to work and consult with a designer, and invest in floor plans.

4. Find a Contractor

Interview at least five contractors, and look for ones that work regularly in your area. This will avoid having them travelling across the city to get to other job sites and possibly abandoning your project for days at a time to complete others.

5. Set Your Plan in Motion

Allow your vision to take shape by researching paint colours, furniture, lighting, accent pieces and anything else you would like to incorporate into the design of the space.  Sometimes, choosing the right decor can be overwhelming. I often get called-in to help make colour suggestions and the right choices to match your budget and vision. A short design consultation can take a lot of stress of your plate.


Toronto-based celebrity and award-winning designer Dvira Ovadia, principal of Dvira Interiors, is known for her appearances and design work on various HGTV shows. Dvira and her team uses their profound understanding of design to create stylishly smart spaces. Servicing clientele throughout Ontario and Greater Toronto Area.

www.spray-net.com  @DVIRAdesigner

Orange is the New Black

Ok – so maybe tangerine! But man this brazen, fire-licked hue has been popping up everywhere this summer.  Garden and home accessories, clothing and sunglasses, I even saw a cute bike in happy creamsicle.

Adding a dose of 70’s style to your home with a mid-century modern piece will be sure to wow your friends and family.  This colour is like adding a hit of spice to your summer. It’s hot, hot, hot!

Best Advice

“Add visual interest with bold pattern. Your main pattern should have no more than two colours. Then, bring in a multi-coloured patterns that harmonize without being too matchy. And don’t just think fabrics; pattern can come from accessories like lamps of vases” Richard Ouellette

Savour la vie en…mandarine!

How To : Maintain a Wooden Floor

In recent years, wooden flooring has reached further than it ever has before, namely into traditionally tile-only areas like kitchen and entryways. Driven by people’s desire for a seamless flow from room to room, this trend means hardwood is subject to increased wear and moisture. Depending on the level of exposure, water and other liquids can cause wood to discolour, warp, crack or rot.  You should minimize direct moisture, using water very sparingly when cleaning and wiping spills promptly. The good news is that hardwood, weather solid or engineered, is protected this days with a plastic-like polyurethane coating. However, scratching can compromise the finish, so keep surface dirt in check and avoid wearing shoes (particularly high heels) inside.

Atmospheric Pressure

Wood is easily affected by the air around it, so aim to keep the temperature and humidity levels in your home as consistent as possible. Avoid a change of more than 3 degrees Celsius on any given day and use a central or stand-alone humidifier in the winter to replicate the moisture-rich air of the warmer months.

Choosing a Cleaner

Overly acidic or alkaline wood cleaners that may ruin your floor’s finish, while oil-based products can leave a filmy residue and actually attract dust. Look for pH-neutral, residue-free solutions.

Care Schedule

Follow the timeline below to keep your wooden floors looking great long term:

  • Daily: Remove surface dirt before it causes scratching by vaccuming with a hard-floor attachment or sweeping with a dry microfibre mop.
  • Weekly: Mop with a specialty cleaner in small sections to avoid moisture sitting on the surface for too long.
  • Every 3 months: Bring back shine and fill in little scratches by polishing with a water-based product.

 

From Style at Home February 2016 (producer Mary Levitski)

Bringing Home the Trends

People often ask me what trends I’m seeing in home decor. Here are my thoughts (for whatever they are worth)

One of the biggest things I have seen this spring is mixed metals. Yup, I’m as shocked as you are. I always thought you wanted to stick with one, but nope – platinum, gold, copper and steel – as long as they’ve got a metallic sheen they go together.

Pastels, which we knew was coming from the Pantone colours released last fall, but they are all over! Whether it’s accessories or the wall colour, there are so many ways to bring these colours into your home. Don’t be nervous, start with the accents and build from there into a warm and energetic space.

We have been seeing this trend for awhile, but WHITE! Clean, crisp and fresh – white is making a name for itself this year.

Bringing the outside in with plants and greenery. Nice pops of green in rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms – choose whatever fits your home decor.

As always, I encourage to support local! So get out there and shop, adding these trends to your home today.

Basement Windows : What you need to know!

Are you thinking of renovating your basement?

Before you start, you should be aware of all of Alberta’s safety code requirements.  You will require a Building Permit if your alterations are more extensive than cosmetic upgrades. A Development Permit may be required if your proposed renovations do not meet Land Use Bylaws requirements.

There have recently been building code changes to basement window wells. A window well is a space maintained partially or fully below the adjacent soil for a window – also known as below grade.

Basement windows can come in many shapes and sizes. If you are developing a recreation rooms, games room or office, the size of the window is not a matter of building code concern. However, if you decide to develop a bedroom, the size of the window is very important!

The Alberta Building Code requires that bedroom windows have at least 0.35 m2 (3.8 sq ft) of clear opening that a person could crawl through, with no dimension less that 380mm (15 inches). This requirement ensure that there is an alternative way to escape in case of fire or emergency.

Where basement windows are located partially or fully below grade, a window well is also required. These requirements have been in place for many years. In the 2014 Alberta Building Code, which became mandatory last November, the clearance in front of the bedroom windows increased from 550mm to 760mm. This requires a larger window well. These clearance also applies to any obstructions around the window, like overhead hazards that prevent a safe exit.

Any time code changes, it can present new challenges for the home building industry.  So I recommend that you used a trained professional for your installation and to ensure you are meeting these codes.  Check out 5.0 Stucco for your window and exterior needs.

Excerpt from Home and Renovations – April 2016 (By Vanessa Gash)

 

Property Brothers : 10 Must Haves

Based on their experiences with clients on their hit TV show Property Brothers, here are the Scott brothers’ top 10 dream home must-haves:

  1. Open living plan with clear sight lines
  2. Ample kitchen counter space
  3. Separate pantry
  4. Kitchen island
  5. Mega-storage everywhere
  6. Master suite with master bath and walk-in closets
  7. Deck or patio for outside entertaining
  8. Energy-efficient fixtures and appliances
  9. Two-car (minimum) garage
  10. Low maintenance landscaping

Excerpted from Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House

What is Staging?

Staging is the process of preparing a property for sale!

Homes that are staged sell faster and for more money.  This is achieved by creating immediate buyer interested in your property.

When a property is placed on the market it has features and benefits that are both good and bad. The job of a staging professional is to enhance the positive aspects of the property, show off the architectural details and make your home stand out from the competition.  This is extremely important for the photographs needed for online postings. Most buyers are looking at photos before venturing out from property to property.

Most staging professionals have access to furniture on a monthly rental basis. The fees are minimal when compares to the length of time and empty/unfurnished property is on the market. Most buyers cannot envision their possession in the home because often an unfurnished property looks smaller than it actually is. It was been proven that most buyers place their sofas in the exact spot the sellers sofa was, thus proving that buyers need to see the property furnished.

It is also beneficial to bring in a professional stager to offer advice in an occupied property. This process often involves removing excess furniture and de-cluttering. By removing clutter, the rooms suddenly seem to become larger, allowing the homeowner to start the packing process and the emotional separation from the home to begin as well. Encourage the children to help in the de-cluttering process so they feel like they are part of the decision.

One the editing has been completed, the best features of the property are highlighted so that the less appealing aspects, if any exist, become minimal. The home must become de-cluttered and de-personalized. Cleaning is also an important step, the property must be spotless. A fresh coast of neutral paint is never a bad idea an the return of investment is very good, especially since most homeowners can paint themselves or offer friends and family the bonding experience that comes with helping out. (Okay, the pizza and beer that comes with helping out).

Try looking at your property through the buyers eyes, as though you’ve never seen it before. Ask a friend to be completely honest with you an critique your home. It is also a great idea to photograph each room yourself and look at it through the “lens”. This can really let you see what others may see. The home must be clean, organized, de-cluttered and de-personalized. If this has been done it should result in both more money for you, as well as sell faster than the competition.

Laura Le (Creative Enhancement Inc)

Laura Le has owned Creative Enhancement for about sever years. Laura complete courses with Accredited Staging Professionals, Canadian Staging Professionals and Canadian ReDesign Association.  Creative Enhancement has been a member of the BBB since 2005, phone: 403-807-8591 www.creativeenhancements.ca

Colours for Spring

Mostly calm and cool colors – with a little bit of pop — will be on-trend in spring 2016. Pantone recently released its 2016 Spring Fashion Color Report, a forecast to which colors will gain traction in the new year. Expect these on-trend colors to not just pop up in fashion but also expect to see these hues in more home furnishings and accessories.

Here are Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring:

1. Rose Quartz

 Rose Quartz

  2. Peach Echo

Peach Echo

 

 3. Serenity

 serenity

4. Snorkel Blue

serenity blue 

 

 

 

5. Buttercup

buttercup

 6. Limpet Shell

 limpet shell

 7. Lilac Gray

Lilac Gray

 8. Fiesta

fiesta 

 

 

 

9. Iced Coffee

 iced coffee

10. Green Flash

 green flash

 

 
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Great Organizing Tips

Nearly 43% of people consider themselves disorganized.* Whether you’re naturally organized or you’re part of the 43%, here are some tips to help you get and stay organized.

1. Sort by type and colour. Whether you’re organizing your books, clothing or other items, putting items of similar function and colour family together creates a clean and orderly appearance.

2. Invest in the right tools. If you want your items to last, make sure you store them right. For example, to help ensure that your business or special occasion clothing stays in wearable condition, buy nice hangers. Wood and fabric-covered hangers drape your clothes well, and help your clothing maintain their shape. Us wooden hangers to hang your suits, jackets or business clothes and padded fabric hangers for delicate dresses and blouses.

3. Store your seasonal clothing on a metal rolling rack, and keep it in your attic, basement or garage. Cover it to help ensure that your clothing stays dust-free until you need them again.

4. Commit to organization. It’s easy to fall back into old habits from time to time. However, to ensure that your storage spaces remain organized, commit to keeping them that way. When you put away your laundry, make sure everything goes in its designated location. And, to keep down the clutter, when you buy a new item, get rid of something you don’t
use anymore.

5. Display collectibles, such as designer handbags, in storage cubes or on shelves. That way you can enjoy looking at them every tim you open your closet.

* Source: IKEA Life at Home Survey, July 2012