Renovations

Renovations

This summer it is going to get HOT. Our summers have consistently been experiencing higher levels of heat, for longer durations. While this makes some people want to stay inside, parked in front of the AC unit, we want you to still enjoy the outdoors! With that in mind, here are some tips for landscaping that beats the heat:

First, invest in a Pergola! These are your new best friend. The structure themselves offers shade from the sun, even more so in time as flowers grow across it. Not only is it functional for helping to add shade, but they look beautiful and can become quite the garden statement piece. Pergolas can also be adapted to any size or design you want, making them functional for any space.

Second, embrace nature! Instead of clearing…

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Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home and increase its value! Whether you are planning to sell or simply want to enhance your living space, here are some renovation projects to consider this season. It may be forecasted to snow this week (YIKES), but you can start planning now.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades: Consider making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, such as installing a programmable thermostat, upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, or adding insulation. These upgrades can not only save you money on energy bills but also increase your home's value.

Curb Appeal Enhancements: Start with the exterior of your home to make a great first impression. Consider painting the front door, adding new house numbers, installing outdoor…

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Renovating your property is not only a way to enhance your living space, but also a strategic investment to increase its value. If you're looking to sell now or in the near future, making sure you home is still attractive and trendy is important. Strategic renovations can significantly impact its market worth. Here are some renovation ideas to consider:

  1. Kitchen Remodel: The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home and a focal point for buyers. Consider updating cabinets, countertops, and appliances for a modern look. Adding a fresh coat of paint and new fixtures can also breathe new life into the space.
  2. Bathroom Upgrades: Bathrooms are another area where renovations can add value. Consider upgrading fixtures, installing a new vanity,…

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In the competitive world of Calgary real estate, standing out from the crowd is crucial when selling your home. While granite countertops and walk-in closets have long been the norm, buyers are increasingly seeking unique and unexpected amenities that set a property apart. 

Here are some unusual home features that pay off big time when it comes time to sell your home:

1. Secret Rooms and Hidden Passageways: There's something inherently intriguing about a hidden room or secret passage within a home. Whether it's a concealed home office, a wine cellar behind a bookshelf, or a hidden playroom for children, these covert spaces can add an element of surprise and delight for potential buyers.

2. Home Theater and Gaming Rooms: With the rise of…

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In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the way people view and approach residential construction and design. The rise of green homes, also known as sustainable or eco-friendly homes, reflects a growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional housing and a desire to create living spaces that are more energy-efficient, resource-conscious, and in harmony with nature.

Green homes are designed and built with a focus on reducing their carbon footprint and minimizing the use of non-renewable resources. Here are some key factors contributing to the rise of green homes:

  1. Environmental Awareness: Increased awareness of the depletion of natural resources has prompted homeowners, builders, and governments to seek…

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When it comes to decorating your home, a limited budget doesn't have to limit your style and creativity. With some resourcefulness and a few clever ideas, you can transform your living space into a cozy and stylish haven without breaking the bank. Here are some practical tips and ideas to help you decorate your home on a small budget:

  1. Plan and prioritize: Start by creating a plan for each room in your home. Determine which areas require immediate attention and focus your budget on those spaces. Prioritizing allows you to allocate your limited resources effectively and avoid overspending on unnecessary items.

  2. Embrace DIY projects: One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your home is by embracing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.…

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Did you know that Calgary has one of the highest people : dog ratios in all of Canada?

That is right! Here in YYC we love our furry friends. Part of caring for a dog is making sure they have the space to roam and play outside to get some fresh air. That being said, here is how to make your backyard dog-friendly:

Purina writes, “Keeping your backyard fenced in is a great first step to creating a dog friendly backyard and ensuring that your dog is safe during his time outside. Make sure your fence is: Tall enough for your dog (some larger breeds of dogs need considerably higher fences, especially if they are energetic and like to jump around), free of gaps (it’s important to make sure that there are no holes or gaps in your fencing for your dog to…

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We've all heard it before: that house has good bones! But what are good bones? Today you're going to find out. 

First, what does it mean when someone refers to a home having good bones? Moving.com defines it as this: "In general, a home with “good bones” is considered to be a good home with the potential to be a great home. It typically describes a fixer-upper or some sort of neglected house (think: diamond in the rough) that features quality, well-made construction – hence the good bones meaning."

A home having good bones is a great thing! You certainly shouldn't buy a home with bad bones. However, you need to proceed with caution. A home having good bones can sometimes be another way of saying that the home needs a lot of work; the bones are good,…

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Bedrooms are a place for ultimate rest. Here are some ways to make yours more cozy and restful:

  • Create Ambiance with Lighting: "A cozy bedroom needs light, but not just any kind of light. Turn off the overhead fixture after dark and concentrate on low light. The key to an intimate mood is incorporating various sources of lighting, including soft bedside lamps and strategically mounted ceiling lights for a touch of drama." (Architectural Digest)
  • Use Dark & Warm Colours: "While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber." (HGTV)
  • Choose Calming Art: "Art selections are intensely personal and taste-driven, but Julie Daniel, from Los Angeles-based…

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With Albertans feeling the crunch of utilities, here are some easy tips to save this winter:

Get an Energy Audit: Save On Energy writes, "you can't save on energy unless you know how you're using it. Getting an energy audit is the best way to understand what upgrades you should be making and it helps to identify if your home is running efficiently and effectively." Some households may be eligible for a free audit, so get some quotes today to find out where your home is expending the most energy!

Add Property Insulation: "None of the changes you make on your roof will improve home energy efficiency unless you have a quality ventilation system. Make sure all areas in your house such as attics, basements and crawlspaces are properly insulated. This…

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