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    AD{CS6170838} HOMES OCTOBER EDITION A Special Supplement to Northeast Sun This section was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content studio GOOD NEIGHBOR DISCOUNT PROGRAM SEND US A REFERRAL & RECEIVE 5 TO 10 PERCENT OFF

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    AD{CS6169534} 2 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 Laundry rooms are rising from the heaps Toronto Sun wash and dry. to feel like the rest of the house. It all begins and ends with the laundry With eco-friendly, energy saving and Style, colour, multiple options in cabinetry are all considered. This includes a room...or does it really ever end? Laundry, pre-loading options, these machines do that is. much of the manual labour for you. New mix of closed shelves for better storage and Where once we would own, “one good closet depth and condo-sized machines large open ones to hold baskets or hampers outfit” and a few select pieces to get make it easier to locate them where you of dirty laundry storage within the room. through the workweek, Canadians now need them. Optional cabinet pullouts make it easy own and wear loads of clothing throughout Under-mounted stainless sinks, much to store and locate cleaning products and the week. That means we’re spending more like a large kitchen sink is a popular choice the iron. time doing laundry. today as they are far easier to clean than the Not to be overlooked are the surfaces that From beating our textiles against rocks past white plastic ones. have clearly gone highbrow with quartz by the river to modern day laundry facilities, much has changed. hand washing. Typical kitchen faucets have Quartz is a pure, natural mineral mixed Larger sinks also better accommodate being a favorite choice for counter tops. Where once the laundry room was a migrated to the laundry room as well for with strong materials that is recast to be place the privileged never visited let alone better efficiency. impervious to germs, heavy wear, stains used, to that “ugly duckling” room squirreled away in an unfinished basement, We now see raised faucet heights that and water. Clearly this is a good choice for can accommodate buckets under for easier a laundry room. laundry rooms have been elevated to function better for families. filling and sprayer attachments that are a Finally, get out of the dark. Even if it’s Laundry rooms are appearing on main good option to rinse larger items or for dog tucked away in the basement, your laundry room can benefit from natural light but floors and second floors to get closer to the washing. clothes that need constant upkeep. Other helpful upgrades for the laundry if that’s not possible, make sure your room Our clothing has a life cycle that includes room include in-drawer, foldout ironing is well appointed with task lighting so you hand or machine washing, air-dry or boards, pullout drying racks and pedestals can see the results of your work. machine drying, spot cleaning, ironing and to raise the front-loading machines. Laundry is a task that won’t be going repairing. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Laundry rooms have also experienced away anytime soon so why not do it in a Higher demand on these facilities a growth in cabinet design. Elevating the space that works for you and just happens mean we are starting to invest the money laundry room to a user-friendly, every-day to be an attractive space. After all, you and to improve a space we’re in more room means we are designing these spaces your clothes are worth it. often. This can be as simple as adding a countertop surface for folding clothes to sophisticated upgrades now on the market. If you are looking to upgrade this important room begin with the laundry machines themselves. Some companies offer impressive systems that do more than just Choice in real estate agent is the first decision REDUCED 110 4th St N Family home on 2 lots. Fenced and ready for the kids and pets. 3 bedrooms on main, new flooring, fresh paint. Backyard has covered deck. MLS# 566705 $169,000 REDUCED Waterfront! On the banks of the Saskatchewan River you have the opportunity to build your own log cabin. Scots Landing Boast Marina, Boat launch, and WORLD CLASS FISHING! One of Saskatchewan’s Top Golf courses, only few miles away! Power, nat gas and water at access. MLS# 573982 $97,000 Linda Swehla Susan Burgess To view full color feature sheets for all current listings for all Agencies, call us at 862-4800 REDUCED RE/MAX NIPAWIN The Right Agents for Today’s Market www.nipawinrealty.com 610 6th Ave W, Nipawin Bungalow with 2 bedrooms on main. Everything you like: huge living room, separate dining area from the kitchen, large bathroom with jet tub pus a 2nd bathroom started(2 pc) in basement. MLS# 578809 $99,900 703 Alfred St, Nipawin in town feel. Beautiful private 2 acre lot in Klemmer Subdivision. Several updates include siding, septic mound redone, main floor painted and new flooring. MLS# 571666 $169,000 REDUCED Acreage: Torch River, SE 36-50- 15 W2nd 11 acres. Ready to build on, gas and power nearby. Excellent location-just a few minutes from Nipawin. MLS# 568794 $54,900 157 1st St, Carrot River, SK This home has had so many updates, new windows, furnace, hot water heater, flooring!! This four bedroom home is sure to suit all your needs, beautiful updated kitchen, 3 bathrooms, plus a 900 Sq/f garage!! Located in Carrot River. Call today to view!! MLS# 587499 $180,000 209 1st Ave. W., Box 490 Nipawin, Saskatchewan 306.862.4800 remax.nipawin@sasktel.net 523 Parkdale St, Carrot River Sweetinside and out! And has lots of parking and green space. Character and charm. 4 bedrooms with possibility of 5 in total plus 2 bathrooms. The 145 x 300’ yard is like a picture MLS# 584430 $185,000 100 Macmillan Road, White Fox The 3,630 sq ft metal clad building with shingled roof has 220 power. Excellent concrete floor. Presently used as a Mechanical shop. Equipped Body Shop and light Paint Booth-sealed and vented. This is a commercial property MLS# 583032 $75,000 Ptn NW 20-50-11 W2nd, RM of Moose 102 Maple Road, Nipawin 2 214 Railway Ave, White Fox SK Simpkins Acreage, Codette Location Range Looking for your own piece bedroom home has had many Spacious 2 bedroom mobile home and Lifestyle. Nothing compares to this sheltered, private home on 140 acres of paradise, for a reasonable price. 3 upgrades including kitchen that seems bigger than a house! (127 cultivated), surrounded by natural The sunken living room is very nice beauty, only 10 minutes south of Nipawin. bedroom mobile home, updated kitchen, bathroom and yet maintains its homy space with large window. Large This is a unique 2100 sq ft passive some flooring, new electric furnace, siding older home charm!! Also includes solar design home features large south entry keeps you from climbing stairs windows, vaulted cathedral Pine ceilings, redone. Park like yard close to Carrot River. single garage outside=no snowy-slippery steps! super-insulated. MLS# 587796 $105,000 MLS# 587137 $174,900 MLS# 587928 $105,000 MLS# 586541/586546 $584,500 EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED By Stephen Moranis Edmonton Journal One way or another, we all seek the comfort of our own habits - where we get fuel for our car, where we buy our groceries and even where we get our hair cut. Habits are great; they do not require us to analyze or think about the impact of these decisions. We know what we’re getting into. If only buying a home were so easy, but it’s not. We only do it a handful of times during our lifetime, and the consequences of making a bad decision can leave us wallowing in regret for years. Will your new home be worth the debt load you’ll be taking on? Is it really a wise and fiscally responsible investment decision? In such an emotionally charged environment, how do we bring reason to the table? For most people, the answer is a real estate agent, but which one? Well, let’s start with choosing the agent to sell our house. Those well-coiffed, well-dressed agents driving their fancy European cars are all trying to make their best first impressions with you. They will tell you, with barest modesty, they are the No. 1 agent for you and their track record proves it. The first test should be: Does this agent really look like the one who you saw promote themselves on billboards, their website and their business cards? What has caused them to age so quickly in the last week or two since you received their Sold Card or Market Activity Newsletter in your mailbox? The stress of their work must be taking a very great toll on their youthfulness. I’m not saying that you have to pick the youngest and best looking agent, but why do all agents need to look like they did in their high school or university graduation pictures? I would give them a failing grade for creating a physical gap between what they pretend to be and who they actually are. Remember, less than 10 per cent of listing agents double end or sell their own listings. So how they set the table and encourage the full and unabashed co-operation from the rest of the real estate community is crucial. Do they have a favourable industry reputation and track record and can they positively work well with all of the dozens of agents who may be showing homes to you? How are they going to manage possible multiple-offer scenarios? You need to be comfortable that they both have these skills and experience, and that they can operate under the pressure of competing bidders. Ask them how many competitive offer scenarios they have been involved in with their listings. How many bidders were there and what was the ultimate selling price? Are these agents always available to you by text, email and/or cellphone and is it going to be them alone or are you being handed over to their assistant or team member? It’s as if you needed an operation: You choose the surgeon, but do you care if you end up with the resident or intern? You must confirm this service commitment, as the busiest agents will be handing you offto their less experienced team members who will be doing most if not all of the work. When choosing the buying agent your move may be across town or to another city. Of course your agent may not have the knowledge, experience and market intelligence needed to uncover the subtle nuances that could exist in your new neighbourhood. This is critical to you. Bottom line? Choosing your agent requires patience. You should interview at least two or three and have the winning agent back at least once more to follow up on your buying requirements. That’s not to say all this preparation will eliminate your own stress in buying a home, not by a long shot. But starting with the right choice for your agent can certainly improve your chances of a happy ending to your real estate adventure.

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    AD{CS6170630} FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES 3 Important pre-baby home improvements Start planning now to get jobs out of the way before winter By Shari Kulha It’s not always possible to get the right contractor for the job right away, so now is a great time to start planning jobs and repairs — especially when it comes to your home’s exterior — that should be addressed before temperatures start to drop. If there are exterior paint or staining jobs — such as your windows, doors, siding, decks, fences, etc. — that you still haven’t checked off your to-do list, you should get those done before outdoor temperatures fall below 10 C, day and night. Anything cooler can affect the finish and adhesion. Morning dew can also affect an exterior paint job. The good news is there are specific paints that can cure at lower temperatures, but in most cases, you should finish the job while it’s above that 10 C mark. If your roof needs to be reshingled, you should look for a good roofer now. How do you know if your roof needs reshingling? There will be a lot of asphalt granules in your eavestroughs/gutters, torn or missing shingles, shingles that are curling or buckling, and bare spots on the shingles themselves. These are all signs you need to reshingle. Any exterior recaulking should be done sooner rather than later. You can hire a pro or do it yourself, but make sure to use a rubberized caulking that is made specifically for outdoor applications. I recommend hiring a pro. Not only are they experts when it comes to application and product — you can spot a bad caulking job when you see one — but they’ll also check around every termination point, venting and all your windows and doors to make sure there is a proper seal. If your house needs any masonry repairs, such as tuck-pointing or brick repairs, a contractor who specializes in that kind of work can be booked two to three months in advance. Also, if you’re planning on doing any kind of interlock work, you’ll need dry weather to install the polymeric sand that goes in between the interlock. It’s not always possible to get the right contractor for the job right away, so now is a great time to start planning jobs and repairs. If the windowsills are cracked, get those replaced by fall. On some homes the windowsills are brick, which I don’t like because they’re prone to cracking, crumbling and spalling, and any cracks are an entry point for water and moisture. I’ve seen cracks so bad they run across the entire windowsill. Brick and mortar are porous, so they absorb moisture. It doesn’t make much sense for a windowsill — which is meant to divert water away from your house — to be made of a material that absorbs water. I would replace brick windowsills with a solid piece of precast concrete. I prefer one solid piece rather than two shorter pieces joined together because the mortar joint is where problems tend to start. If you have a foundation crack or basement leak, that is definitely something you need to fix as soon as possible — before winter. Any crack that you can fit a dime into needs to be looked at by a professional, such as a structural engineer or foundation specialist. Again, the best foundation repair pros are booked in advance, so I would start calling the right people now. You should also get any pool work or repairs done before the end of fall, such as replacing the liner, which is a two- to three-week job — or it’ll take three to four weeks during the pro’s peak spring/summer season. And it isn’t too late for landscaping projects. If your property needs any landscape work that requires a contractor, such as regrading or interlock, you can still get it done. Most landscaping projects can go all the way through until the end of fall, so you still have some time to book the right pro. Most homeowners think they can wait until fall to get their home’s exterior ready for winter, but they forget about all the work and planning that goes into doing a job right. What about your research on what needs to be done and why, products, materials and of course, hiring the right pro to do it when it you need it done? Don’t put it off. Do it now and you’ll be in a better position to get it done right. Watch Mike Holmes in his series, Holmes Makes It Right, on HGTV. For more information, visit makeitright.ca. Darla Grant-Braid Toronto Sun Converting a spare room into a stylish baby sanctuary is the most obvious (and enjoyable) pre-baby home improvement on the minds of most expecting parents, but did you know that there are other essential changes to be made throughout your home? Whether for health reasons, safety, or simply to make room for all of the extra stuff, your new bundle of joy is about to have a big impact on various rooms in your home. Install a ceiling fan. Placing a fan in your baby’s room can significantly reduce the risk of SIDS. In fact, experts claim that it can reduce the risk by as much as 72%! Of course, the best place for a fan in a room frequented by children is the ceiling. Upgrade your laundry room. The laundry room is about to become one of your home’s busiest spaces, so why not spruce it up before baby arrives? Invest in high-efficiency laundry pair (if you don’t already have one), improve the storage (to keep your laundry pods far, far out of reach) and add a countertop for easy folding and sorting. Replace old windows. In addition to being hard on your home energy bill, old windows can let drafty air into a room. This is something you definitely don’t want with a brand new baby in the house. Worse than that, old windows tend to have moisture problems, FALL SPECIAL FREE Piles On Spring Bookings Book Now & Enjoy in April Extend That Summer Season! *some restrictions apply “No Wind, No Bugs, No Rain” Let us design you a room with aview Contact Information ram.mgt@sasktel.net 306-764-5470 either due to condensation or degrading seals, and moisture leads to mold (and the potential for more serious health concerns). Reconsider your flooring. Your flooring is going to be very important in the next year or two as baby learns to roll over, crawl and walk. If you have all hard surface flooring, you’ll want to create some soft, safe zones, either with well-padded, washable area rugs or rubber mats. If you already have wall-to-wall carpet you should have them professionally cleaned prior to baby’s arrival. He or she will be crawling around before you know it, so you’ll want to make sure that your carpeting is safe and sanitary. Finish your basement. If you’ve ever thought that you might eventually finish your basement, now is a good time to get it done. In a year or so when you’re stumbling over toys and excess baby gear, you’ll be very thankful for the extra space. Make sure that your basement renovation is completed by a trained and reputable professional. A qualified professional will not only ensure that your finished basement looks great, but that everything is up to code. You should also ensure that your basement is waterproofed, well-insulated and fitted with egress windows for the safety and comfort of your new baby and everyone else in the home. • Factory Direct Pricing • 10 Year Warranty. • Best Prices In Western Canada Guaranteed • Local Installer Available Custom Designed to Suite Your Lifestyle www.factorydirectsunrooms.ca

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    AD{CS6169463} 4 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 What to do if you find water in your basement By Special to National Post A basement flood can happen any time. A lot of areas these days are experiencing sudden rainfalls that often cause quick floods. But Mother Nature isn’t the only cause of basement leaks and floods. There could be a drain backup; the sump pump could stop working or a pipe might wind up blocked. A leak in the foundation, overland flooding or a simple pipe burst can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Whether it’s caused by Mother Nature or some mechanical malfunction, knowing what to do after a basement flood can help stop a bad situation from getting worse. If you see, hear or feel water in the basement, the first thing to do is see if you can quickly identify the source of the water coming in. If you can locate the source, you want to block it, stop it or turn it off immediately. • Steel Roll Formed To Custom Lengths • Many Different Colors To Choose From Then you should call your insurance company and document the damage with photographs and a log of the events. Your broker will help you assess the damage and get it fixed so that your insurance will cover it. Natural flooding in the basement can be caused by flash floods, prolonged rainfall or storm related damage. I remember helping after hurricane Katrina and the floods in southern Alberta and I will never forget the destruction I saw — it still blows my mind to this day. These are pretty extreme examples, but it reminds us to never underestimate the power of nature and to make sure we prepare for major storm events, which unfortunately are becoming more common. During a major rainstorm, the ground becomes saturated with water. This puts pressure on your foundation wall. It can also overwhelm the foundation’s drainage system, which is called the weeping tile. This can result Leask Roll Forming A Division of VersaFrame Inc. UNBEATABLE PRICES! in back-flowing water and clogged drains. Surface water can also rapidly fill window wells or push in through windows, doors, or cracks. It’s important to understand this difference because some home insurance policies in Canada don’t cover damage caused by overland flooding. If what caused the basement flood was something mechanical, like a backedup drain, malfunctioning sump pump, or drains backing up, there are solutions. In most cases, the problem can be solved by turning off the water main. Once you have identified the source of the problem, start planning for cleanup and damage repair. Always start by talking to your insurance company. They will have tradespeople that are approved to do the restoration work. It may be tempting to mop up the water and quickly fix the areas affected. But whether it’s a small puddle in the basement or the entire basement is flooded, all it takes is 24 hours for mould to grow. Check all areas potentially affected by the flood, including behind the walls. Electrical wiring may be compromised. If that’s the case, you will need a licensed professional electrical contractor to come in and check out your home’s electrical setup — especially if water rose as high as your outlets, switches, fixtures and appliances. The insulation in the basement might also be soaked. If it is, it must be replaced. Before any rebuilding can start, everything needs to be completely dry. This can take weeks. When it comes to rebuilding, only hire a contractor who specializes in restoring water-damaged homes — and always do your research! Dealing with the aftermath of a basement flood can be a headache. While prevention is key, how you deal with a flood can minimize costs and repairs. Do your research, hire pros and rebuild using mould-resistant materials and products. If you do it right the first time, you’ll only pay for it once. Metal Siding • Metal Roofing • Custom Trims • Lowest Prices Leonard Wollman Office: (306) 466-7921 E-mail: leaskversaframe@gmail.com Manufacturer Direct 2 Km South and 1 Km West of Leask Box 280 Leask, SK S0J 1M0 Delivery Available www.versaframe.ca

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    AD{CS5912064} FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES 5 SPECIAL FACTORY PURCHASE, HURRY IN 6 BRAND NEW HOMES, SAVE OVER $ 28,000. 00 The best things in life are shockingly affordable. 1120 SQ FT • 3 BEDROOM • 2 BATH • FULLY FURNISHED • HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE • APPLIANCE PACKAGE $ 475 MONTH PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST O.A.C. 2 5% 25 YEAR INTEREST RATE AVAILABLE O.A.C. BASED ON 10% DOWN GET A NEW HOME WITHOUT THE WAIT NEW FACTORY BUILT HOMES STARTING AT UNDER $ 100 SQ/FT COMPLETE CUSTOM BUILT HOMES, BRING YOUR IDEA FACTORY DIRECT PRICING! COMPLETE TURNKEY HOUSING WE SUPPLY, DELIVER AND SET UP! APPROVED WE HAVE FAMILIES MOVING IN TO BRAND NEW HOMES THIS SPRING HWY # 2 SOUTH PRINCE ALBERT 306-763-8100 TOLL FREE 1-877-230-3818 Homes built in Canada for Canada www.trunorthhomes.ca FREE DELIVERY & SET-UP WITHIN 100 KM RADIUS

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    AD{CS6170873} 6 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 Finding a place to rest your headboard By Claire Young Calgary Herald When I was a kid I used to dread going to bed; now I can’t wait. And though little has changed with the nucleus of the nocturnal nest — namely the mattress — more emphasis is being placed on form rather than mere function when it comes to the elements around it. I may be biased (or possibly overexposed) but I think bedroom furniture is actually getting better looking. Gone are the heavy faux baronial pieces that used to accompany ’70s waterbeds; likewise, splintery wicker curlicues drowning in a froth of ruffles and ribbons from the ’80s have also thankfully gone the way of the dodo. Far from being stuck in neutral, however, today’s bedrooms seem somehow more timeless — or, if they do feel retro, they at least recall the easyto-live-with lines of understated midcentury cool. Bed-wise, upholstered headboards still seem to rule the roost, more often than not combined with padded side rails and low footers, although we have seen excessive button-tufting and nailheads diminish of late. In their place, beautiful textured or even patterned fabrics have taken the emphasis off printed bedding to make a bolder and more permanent statement. Regardless of textile selection, smart consumers are choosing durable and easy-toclean options for this purpose, especially if the headboard is meant to prop up regular pre-slumber reading. Wood-framed beds still make an appearance but do so in a more subdued way, executed in gentle, greyed finishes that call to mind a beach retreat, Scandinavian cabin or Belgian farmhouse. On the more dressed-up end of the spectrum, ROD’S DECORATING CENTRE LTD. 266 16th St W, Prince Albert • 306-922-1377 YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPERTS STOP IN AND CHECK OUT OUR REGAL SELECT & AURA PREMIUM PAINTS! Store Hours MONDAY TO FRIDAY - 8 AM TO 6 PM • SATURDAY - 8 AM TO 5 PM CLOSED SUNDAY & STAT. HOLIDAYS clean-lined casegoods in light and dark wood evoke the crisp elegance of a ’50s nuclear-family crash-pad, often with integrated handles or sculptural hardware. Regardless of what you choose, remember that a tall headboard can actually emphasize the vertical lines in a room and make ceilings appear higher. When it comes to creating the best bedrooms, it’s all in the mix. While I do appreciate a couple of co-ordinating elements (a good way to create harmony in a smaller space), the days of all-in matched furniture suites are over. Savvy homeowners are now choosing eclectic blends of distinct yet harmonious pieces to fill the roles of nighstands, dressers, vanities and the like. I’m particularly fond of pairing matching bedside tables with a statement dresser and then establishing a common fabric theme between an upholstered headboard and an accent chair or two. This is most effective when the dominant textiles in the space allow you to mix things up and not be pinned down by one set of bedding. When it comes to lighting, layered is the way to go — although I must admit that nothing excites me more than choosing cool bedside fixtures. While I love a good lamp, when space is at a premium I will often opt for a handsome set of swing-arm sconces or even pendant fixtures hung between 18 and 24 inches above the surface of the nightstand. A good tip for readers: try to keep your light source roughly 18 inches from your outside shoulder for maximum efficacy. Dimmers are also a must, as they allow you to adjust lighting up and down for maximum flattery depending on the kind of day you’ve had! Given that we spend approximately one-third of our lives in slumber, it’s important that the choices you make in this most secure of spaces work for you. After all, your bedroom is your sanctuary — we don’t want you losing any sleep over it. Sweet dreams. Choosing the perfect mattress The wrong mattress can leave you tos sing and tur ning all night. To avoid the negative health eff ects that come with restless sleep, you need a bed that fits your specific needs and sleeping ha bits. Here are five cri teria you should con sider when shop ping for a new mattress. 1. Comfort Trying your mattress be fore buying it is a must. Don’t be shy about stretching out on the different in-store mo dels. Make sure to lie in the position you usually sleep in and to take as much time as you need. Your goal here is to determine if the mattress is a good fit for your body. 2. Support Your mattress should mould itself to your unique body shape while supporting your spine in a natural position. Proper alignment will save you from waking up with back and neck pain and will vary according to whether you sleep on your back, stomach or side. 3. Box spring compatibility Newer mattresses might not be compatible with your current box spring. They tend to be heavier and thicker than previous mo dels, and older bed frames aren’t always able to properly support them. 4. Spend more to get more Keep in mind that a new mattress is extremely important to your health and wellbeing. A good night’s sleep will improve things like your memory, immune system and mood, so it’s prudent to spend a little more on comfort and quality to get a better night’s rest. 5. Bigger is better Size matters when it comes to your mattress. A larger bed is preferable if you tend to toss and turn a lot at night. Having more space also allows couples to move around without disturbing each other.

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    AD{CS5911566} FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES 7 Creating a killer closet on a frugal budget Toronto Sun Your wardrobe may not be runway worthy but that doesn’t mean you can’t easily create a fashionably stylish closet space on a frugalista budget. Whether you have a modest cupboard or a spacious walk-in, here are my top five tips to maximize function, minimize clutter, and transform your “meh” closet into a trendy treasure box that even Carrie Bradshaw would be envious of. Play peek-a-boo with a fun hue. An obvious tip for decluttering any closet is to remove all of the contents, purge and donate the excess, and then strategically restock the space by category (i.e. garment type, colour, etc.). But since we’re talking “stylish” closets, I believe there’s one step that often gets missed during the wardrobe overhaul process -- painting! While the contents of your closet are removed and being inventoried, why not take the time to add your favourite hue inside. I find that when I ask most people what their “happy colour” is, they answer with bold, vibrant hues full of character, but when I ask those same people if they have that colour anywhere in their home, they laugh and answer no. Colour is such an easy way to show off our unique personalities, yet so many of us decorate timidly with gray and beige, and to that I say ‘Boring!’ I get that just because fuchsia pink or lime green makes you smile doesn’t mean you want your living room wrapped in it, but why not add your “happy colour” to a private nook of the house like inside your closet. That way, every time you open the door, you’re greeted with a peek-a-boo hue just for you. Seasonal swap. Regardless of your closet size, it’s easy to get overloaded with clutter. Especially if you live in a four season locale where you likely store everything from floppy sun hats to bulky snow suits, space can run at a premium. One of the best ways to create instant space is to do a bi-annual seasonal swap with your clothing. Spring and summer, fall and winter, rotate your wardrobe to create instant breathing room on your shelves and hangers. “But where the heck do I put all of the off-season items?” Well, one of my favourite secret wardrobe weapons are reusable vacuum sealed clothing bags. I fill the clear bags up with categorized collections of everything from tees and tanks to sweaters and scarves, and I vacuum seal them to a third of their size, label the outside of the bag, and then stash them away under my bed. Up, up and away. Nothing cramps a small closet’s style more than a cluttered floor. Dirty clothes, shoes, shopping bags, more shoes, there just never seems to be enough room to put everything, so items inevitably end up on the floor. Instead of covering your horizontal flooring surface with hoards of stuff, why not maximize your vertical storage potential by getting things up, up and away. Think about adding a narrow shelf about a foot below your ceiling around the perimeter of your closet for shoes and handbags, and don’t underestimate the storage possibilities on the back of a swing door. If you have mirrored sliding doors, consider removing the mirror from one panel and add painted pegboard and hooks to hold jewelry, and for walk-ins, install hooks on underutilised slivers of wall space to take advantage of all hanging opportunities. If you’re organizing “up”, you may want to invest in a slim and stylish folding step stool to help you reach those freshly stashed away goodies on display. Make a statement with furniture. Open shelving in a closet for folded garments is a-okay, but if you prefer to “stow” rather than “show” your items that don’t get hung up, why not make a bit of space in your closet for a statement furniture piece such as a petite dresser. Now, if you’re thinking “I barely have room in my closet now, how am I suppose to fit a dresser”, here’s how. Look at raising up one of your existing hanger poles to a height that you can comfortably hang shirts and blouses while still leaving room for a cabinet or dresser to slide underneath. You can label the drawers and keep your freshly folded goods well contained and out of sight. Oh, and if playing peeka-boo with a wall hue has you feeling a bit nervous, why not add a fashionable splash of colour to your tucked away furniture piece. Making a stylish statement with colour is fast and easy with new DIY friendly products such as spray Chalked paint in fashion forward colours like blush pink and serenity blue. I always love the impact of an unexpected furniture piece hidden in an unexpected place! Accessorize your accessories. If you really want to up your closet ante, why not tap into your inner designing diva and dress your space to impress with bespoke accessories. Ditch the mismatched wiry metal hangers and opt for a curated collection of matching wooden ones. For items that need to be tucked away, invest in matching storage bins to line your shelves and add custom looking metal label plates on the side, and if you have the room, why not add a vintage chandelier to light up the space. Don’t let a small closet cramp your style! By tackling a wardrobe overhaul and injecting some colourful personality into your space, your closet can easily and affordably be dressed to impress. PRAIRIE NORTH CO-OP HOME & AGRO CENTER Railway ties – Lift of 25 per pallet $199.99 while quantities last! If you are doing any strapping for metal, this is for you. Cull lumber – PWF and SPF Many sizes and quantities to choose from – 50% off Call Karen and Lionel today. Prairie North Co-op Home and Agro Centre Highway #3 and #41 west 1-306-752-2555

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    AD{CS6170839} AD{CS6170834} AD{CS6169871} 8 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOMES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 Keeping emotions in check Toronto Sun As a designer, my job is as much about recognizing how not to design a space, as it is how to. Most of us embark on a redesign by first pulling inspirational pictures and pretty spaces that have the look. I, myself, usually begin by asking clients to compile boards on Pinterest, so that I can start to get a literal picture into what the ideal looks like to them. It’s a very telling process, for sure, especially if I ask two people, like a husband and wife, to each create their own boards independently. Then I get the fun job of finding the common links, and feeding into their individual wants with enough acknowledgements so that everyone feels like their vision is reflected in the final design. Pretty pictures, aside, a great design goes deeper than window dressing, offering solutions to wants, needs and inefficiencies. Something I encourage everyone embarking on a project at home is to walk through room by room, look at the big picture and determine what doesn’t work. This process is a terrific exercise to get the dialogue started. Not surprisingly, the best designers are great listeners first. Our relationship with our homes is continually evolving. As our parenting dynamics and relationships changed from the be-seenbut-not-heard of the ‘40s and ‘50s to the now always watchful and at least attempted engagement of the contemporary parent, so too have our relationship with our kitchen. We want connectedness in our lives and the removal of walls and visual barriers in our home is a physical representation of that want. This new trend of open concept living is not without downfalls, The key to success from a design perspective is to anticipate the downfalls during that initial design. Here are my top five open concept kitchen problems solved. 1. Problem: Open kitchens mean unwanted visitors under foot. Solution: Add a drink fridge on the outside edges of the kitchen. This allows both little ones and guests to grab a drink without getting in the way of the chef. Adding pre-dinner nibbles here like cheese and grapes along with juice boxes allows them to fulfill their own hungry requests. 2. Problem: Visual clutter on the counters. Solution: Plan a place in advance for all the larger items like small appliances and microwaves. Consider putting the microwave below the counter for ease of access 3. Problem: A utilitarian look kills the cozy feel to adjacent spaces. Solution: Opt for integrated appliances and warm natural materials like wood or stone that allows a glance from the family room to be less of a reminder the pan needs to be scrubbed. 4. Problem: Paperwork and homework will start to accumulate Solution: The open kitchen means more of the daily functions will migrate in and inevitably be left on the counter. Plan ahead and add cabinets on the outside of the kitchen designated as homework supplies, and household bills 5. Problem: Fewer upper cabinets Solution: Open kitchens look best when there is a nice amount of negative space. Planning in a healthysize pantry cabinet easily replaces a full run of traditional upper cabinets and offers a more streamlined look. -- Melissa Davis is a celebrity designer well-known for her appearances and work on several HGTV programs. Keep heating bills down By Myke Thomas Calgary Sun When temperatures go down, energy bills go up, but here are ways to manage the higher costs. Than Merrill, real estate expert, CEO/founder of the real estate education company, FortuneBuilders former host of A&E’s Flip This House, offers these tips: Reverse Your Ceiling Fans It is no secret: heat rises. Homes with ceiling fans that have a reverse function can produce an updraft that transfers the heated air accumulating at the roof down throughout the living space. 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