June 6, 2016
By: Mike Moore
Renovations Right Outside Your Door
With the nice weather that we have been experiencing this year, one couldn’t help but turn their attention to the outdoors when considering what needs to be done in your home. You may have ideas about decks and patios, what to put on the decks and patios, extensions to these areas, recreational areas, maximizing the potential of your yard and the various amenities that can put you over the top in fabulous.
The first thing you see when you walk out your back door should be your deck or patio. If you don’t have one, I’d recommend building one. We had a tremendous mosquito-reduced summer last year, but we all know that won’t last forever, so a little separation from the lawn can be a good thing. The magnitude is up to you but the mind races with ideas. Let’s explore a few options.
A multi-level outdoor structure allows various activities but also a bit of separation and privacy. One area or level could be designed for lounging; whether it be reading, socializing or just stretching out in the sun. Another could be for eating, perhaps a table and four chairs under an umbrella. The barbeque, a staple in any Manitoba home in the summer or all year, can be found close by. On the third level, we find the hot tub. There were dozens of models for all tastes and budgets. Inexpensive to maintain, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing, and fully operational all year; they are the perfect complement to the outdoor living space.
Of course, there are plenty of other amenities available that would further enhance the back yard living experience. Fire places or fire pits, lighting, sound systems and a portable bar are just a few suggestions.
Beside the deck or as an extension, we are presented with sunroom or seasonal living space options. Gazebos continue to be very popular. Your yard can be whatever you make it to be. There are beautiful landscaping designs, recreational areas, perfect lawns, flowers, shrubs, trees and countless other options to make your yard your own paradise. For those who wish to cut back on the grass cutting while enhancing their recreational lifestyle, there is plenty of information available on pools.
For anyone who has visited recent consumer trade shows like the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show, there was an endless list of possibilities for renovation and décor just outside your back door. For those who didn’t, hopefully this gets you started in your thinking about bringing new life into your outdoor environment. Home renovations are for the whole home; enjoy yours to the fullest.
May 6, 2016
Congratulations to three MHBA members!
2016 CHBA National Awards
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association has announced the finalists for the 2016 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence. Finalists are selected by a national panel of judges who review all entries.
J & G Homes in Brandon is among the finalists in the New Home Category. His entry was for a Custom Home, detached from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet.
In the Home Renovation Awards we have two members recognized, both in two categories:
Make It Home - Kitchen under $65,000 and Whole House under $250,000
Harwood Builders – Whole House under $250,000 and Whole House $250,000 to $500,000
CHBA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lee notes: “These prestigious awards are all about excellence and the very best in new homes and home renovations across Canada. The announcement of winners will be highly anticipated.”
November 16, 2015
By: Mike Moore
Renovators Recognized at Reception
The RenoMark Renovators Council of the Manitoba Home Builders Association held its annual Renovation of the Year Awards Night on November 4 at the Victoria Inn. A total of 27 entries were received in 6 different categories. A panel of judges reviewed and evaluated all 27 entries, scoring them on criteria devised specifically for this competition. The quality of work was amazing and all 27 projects were on display on signs posted in the room. Competition was extremely close and only a point or two separated many entrants.
Each category was broken into sub-categories by price point to enable the judges to fairly compare one project to another. The categories and descriptions of each were as follows:
Additions – Any project that increases the enclosed square footage of a home for use on a year round basis. The winning entrants were Over and Above Custom Renovations, Oswald Construction, Sakiyama Construction and Rempel Builders.
Kitchens – Any kitchen project that changes layout and/or cabinetry in the interests of improving traffic flow and/or changing appearance of the overall kitchen. Winning entrants were Sheldon’s Renovations, Make It Home and Oswald Construction.
Bathrooms – Any bathroom project that involves new fixtures, resurfacing walls and floors, and/or changing size or layout. The winning entrants were Over and Above Custom Renovations, Dynasty Bath and Harwood Design.
Exteriors – Any project that changes the exterior appearance of the home. The winning entrant was Rempel Builders.
Basement – Any basement project that finishes a previously unfinished space or remodels an existing basement space. Winners were Hammerdown Renovations and Harwood Design.
Whole House – Any project that renovates at least 75% of a homes’ interior square footage. Winners were Make It Home, Harwood Design (2 awards) and Sakiyama Construction.
Congratulations and thanks go to all participants in this year’s event. A considerable amount of work goes into the preparation of each entry. All entries will be on display at the Ask a Renovator booth at the Winnipeg Renovation Show January 15 - 17, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg. They are also featured in Home Décor and Renovations Magazine. For a complete listing of all MHBA renovators and more information on the RenoMark quality code, visit the Manitoba Home Builders Association web site at www.homebuilders.mb.ca.
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