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We met Mike three years ago during a very stressful time in our life as we moved from Petawawa to Edmonton.  As a Military family, our time was limited to purchase a home and Mike was there with us day and night until we finalized the purchase. He was dedicated and persevered during a difficult time in the housing market.  Mike had a calm demeanor and found a home...
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We would not hesitate to recommend Audrey and Mike!!!   Simply put - they are fantastic and a cut above the rest!!  Both are very professional, knowledgeable, innovative, creative and furthermore, they truly care about their clients!  They go the extra mile and that made all the difference to us when we tasked them with selling our condo during a tough time in the housing market....
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(NC)-Wood finishes can provide protection from the elements by repelling water and reflecting harmful UV rays. They are versatile and easy to apply, but care should be taken to ensure effective results.

Here are a few answers to the top questions on applying exterior wood stains:
 

Q: What is the ideal temperature to apply a wood stain?

A: Apply when surface and air temperature is between 10ºC and 35ºC.
 

Q: In which conditions can mildew grow on wood or the surface of a coating?

A: When the following conditions are present:

- 80% relative humidity.

- 21°C or above.

- 21% moisture content of the wood.
 

Q: What can prevent a coating from penetrating into wood?

A: It can be caused by mill glaze (planer crush). Examine the wood for these shiny surfaces and proceed to sand them where they are present before applying stains. It can also be caused by patina, the grey dead wood fibres on the surface of bare wood after sun exposure. It can easily be removed by using a wood cleaner.
 

Q: When using Cetol finishes, why is it always recommended to perform a test with the number of coats required on a sample of the wood?

A: Because the final colour may vary on each wood species and its opacity may vary with application. However, the days of applying several coats for some wood protection projects may be over. Some of the more progressive manufacturers are making more efficient products. Sikkens, for example, has introduced an innovative new wood care stain that contains a unique combination of water and oil-based materials to deliver both the strength and durability of an alkyd stain and the ease of use of an acrylic product.
 

Made from a unique alkyd (oil) and acrylic (water) hybrid mix, the new Cetol SRD line is a premium flat finish stain that requires only one coat on any exterior wood surface - from decks and fences, to rails, siding and outdoor furniture. It is specially formulated to deliver maximum penetration, colour retention, adhesion and resistance to ultraviolet rays, humidity, rain, sleet and snow.
 

More information is available online at www.sikkens.ca.

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House painting is like getting a makeover that adorns your home. You need it timely according to the changing trends of taste for color and design. It's bit tough to know where to get started.

This article will show you how to choose house paint colors that will effectively add beauty to your home's design and style. It highlights the important points of choosing the appropriate colors for various areas of the house. Your home reflects your personality, your way of living and thus by contrasting colors you can give the illusion of your royalty, taste, and your likes. It's also important to know the difference between exterior house paint and interior house paint, considering differences between both types. It's also good to know the color effects and contrasting that your point choices will create. You can explore various colors and select according to your taste through virtual online sources and paint websites.

The whole idea of selecting suitable colors for exterior or interior house paint is a little confusing, but we'll help to explain it here. First is   selecting the color type for interior and exterior paint, like latex based paint or oil based paint, a glossy finish or flat finish etc. Painting contractors will help to give you the best options that suit your needs according to your home, type of wall and different areas of the house. Although the idea of painting yourself is tempting, one should understand that painting is a long term addition to your home. You cannot keep changing it every now and then. 

If you are going for exterior house paint, than the paint you choose should suit the weather of your area. No doubt painting contractors will surely take care of this and make suggestions. Factors like external moisture, heat, constant rain and other unfavorable weather conditions cause problems like peeling, chalking, fading etc. While choosing interior house paint you should be concerned about easy removal of stains and washable paint, which keeps it looking alive and fresh.

Even if all these provisions are cared by a professional painter, we are still left with one basic question. Which color to select? The color of the paint is a big part of decorating your home. While choosing colors for interior house painting you should consider the following points.

If your house is comparatively small, pastel shades will make it look spacious because they reflect more light. Pastel paints are suitable if there is a limited source of light, such as a basement or the staircase. Also, basic shades of white or light colors will be fine if you already have a color contrast running through your furniture, curtains, and interior decorations. You may go for diverse colors for different areas like the main hall, reading room, guest room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, living area and so on.

For color lovers there is a wide range of bright color schemes waiting to be explored. Oranges and yellows are known for representing energy and enthusiasm. You can use these bright colors in your children's room to create an energetic environment. These ideas really work in making of their room look cool. One can also add some creative designs like wall prints or wallpapers to make the rooms more attractive, especially in a hall or spacious bedroom.

If you have a garden then lighter shades of green or brown can be used around your gardening area. Even if you have a few planters or bushes, it will appear to be an abundant garden. For a royal look you can paint your house with very light tint of camel brown color and add maroon interior to highlight the furniture.

If you are going for exterior house paint then again try sticking to basic neutral pastel shades of white, pale yellow etc. Or try going with bold colors and use pastel shades for painting windows, and again a dark shade for the roof top. You should try to blend your house in your surroundings. Get more ideas from vast resources available online.

by: Nick Taylor 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_7104.shtml 
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 438 16311 95 ST in EDMONTON.
766 sq ft FULLY FURNISHED 1 bedroom luxury condo in Eaux Claires Promenade, a highly desirable complex just behind Namao shopping centre. Located on TOP FLOOR for security, features of this non-smoking home include modern open concept floor plan, large bedroom, corner gas fireplace, insuite laundry with over sized storage room, gas BBQ & forced air heating/cooling with included central air conditioning. Good size kitchen has stainless steel appliances with newer microwave hoodfan, plenty of cabinets & counters including a large working island. Condo contributions include water, heat & gas utilities. Energized parking stall seen from south facing balcony for vehicle remote start. Plenty of overnight visitor parking right in front of building. This home shows excellent, is picture perfect & priced right. Call Mike at780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Affordable%20decorating%20tipsFeeling uninspired in your space? Updating the decor in your home is an easy way to add more color, style and personality to rejuvenate your residence. Whether you're making a few updates, like new artwork or wall colors, or renovating an entire room with a completely new look, decorating should be fun, not stressful. With a few simple tips, you can up the design ante in your home without breaking the bank.
 
Decorative painting for design
 
Painting can consist of much more than simple strokes of one color. Take things to the next level with decorative painting. Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design. Sponge and fabric paint rollers provide unique patterns to give your walls a one-of-a-kind look. Low in price and high in design, using textured rollers is a great option for redecorating on a budget.
 
Painting stripes in your room is a refreshing way to update your current color scheme. A sequence of wide and narrow stripes in complementing colors is a stylish option. To achieve crisp, clean lines between each stripe, painter's tape will get the job done. It will also help to prevent paint bleed, leaving precise lines and keeping the transition between your colors looking sharp.
 
A plethora of plates
 
Artwork is a great way to change things up and give any room a boost. Expensive traditional framed pieces of artwork aren't your only option anymore. Instead, create an eclectic art piece with plates you already own, or find them at garage sales and antique stores. Opt for various sizes and shapes and attach each one to your wall with plate hooks. You can cover an entire wall, or focus on a smaller area - but before you get started, be sure to lay out your design on the floor first. This way, you'll achieve your desired look, without extra nail holes on the wall from hanging as you go. 
Perk-up hallways with runners; rooms with rugs
While re-energizing your home, the hallways may seem a little drab. Add a pick-me-up to your walkway by hanging portraits with funky frames along the walls. Add a runner along the length of the floor for a touch of pizzazz. Runners come in a multitude of lengths, patterns and colors - not to mention price ranges. Updating the flooring will keep your feet cozy and help to diminish the sound of footsteps during the night. 
Affordable%20decorating%20tipsIf you have a space you want to update, but a full room makeover isn't in your budget, consider an area rug to spruce things up. If the color in your room is dull, the rug can add visual interest and a pop of color, serving as an aesthetically pleasing addition. Area rugs also help to break up the space of a larger room and can add grandeur to a small space. A new rug will also protect your pre-existing carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors, keeping them looking newer, longer. 
 
Opt for accents as design elements
 
No home redecorating project is complete without a few perfectly placed accents. These interesting items stand out from your primary colors and furniture pieces, offering a fresh look to any space. Accent pieces - like chairs, frames or vases - will spice up a monotonous color scheme, while harmonizing with everything else you may already have in a room. Consider a bright beanbag chair for your child's bedroom, a bold lawn chair on your patio to enthrall while entertaining or a lamp base in a complementary color on your console. Keep in mind accents are meant to speak for themselves; so there's no need to have another elaborate piece in the room to pair with an accent piece. Just one affordable piece is all it takes.
 
When the redecorating bug bites, embrace the opportunity to freshen up your home inexpensively. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of design inspiration, you can easily make over any space into one that's perfect for you.
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Caption 1: Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design.
Caption 2: Painting stripes in your room is a refreshing way to update your current color scheme.


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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 3197 WHITELAW DR in EDMONTON.
Fantastic home located in the Heart of Windermere! Extremely well kept professional home with almost 1400 sq ft of living space. Main floor features open concept with neutral tones, cozy living room with fireplace and laminate flooring. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, eat up bar, espresso cabinetry and spacious dining with patio doors to maintenance free deck overlooking your fully landscaped yard. Upstairs, you will find a unique layout with bonus loft boasting plenty of room for your office or sitting area. Both bedrooms are very large and EACH have their own walk in closet and full ensuite bathroom. Lower level is unspoiled and ready for your personal touch& has roughed in plumbing for future bathroom. No winter scrapping with attached garage and convenient interior door. Close to all amenities including fine dining, shipping and easy access to Terwilliger and Whitemud Drive. With NO condo fee's, this home shows great and is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home.
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 111 16344 109 ST in EDMONTON.
This 2 storey, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse condo is perfect for a young family. Nice floor plan with large living room, functional kitchen including all appliances and brightly lite dining area. Convenient 2 piece bathroom completes the main level. Upstairs is the full bathroom, 3 bedrooms with master bedroom large enough for a king size mattress set. Full basement has laundry area which includes washer & dryer plus plenty of room for storage and/or hobby area. Hot water heated, no furnace or water tank to maintain while CONDO FEES INCLUDE ALL HEAT & WATER. Professionally managed complex includes newer windows, siding, fencing & extra parking is available for multi vehicle families. Fenced yard is perfect for young kids & pets while you are within sight of complex children's playground. With a short walk to public transit, day care & schools, this family home should be ranked number one on your must see list! Call Mike at780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 16210 2A ST NE.
Nestled in prestigious community of Quarry Ridge, this executive 5 bedroom family home offers over 3100 sq ft of living space. As you enter this exquisite home, welcomed by spacious foyer with ceramic tile & wrought iron stair rails. Impressive kitchen features stainless steel appliances with side-by-side freezer & fridge, gas stove, raised breakfast bar, solid maple espresso cabinets & back splash matching home's d?cor. Master bedroom graces upper level with vaulted ceiling, study area, full ensuite & deep walkin closet. Downstairs, full family room with fireplace, 2 additional bedrooms, full bathroom & oversized storage room. Entertain family & friends on covered deck while admiring impressive ravine view. Other features are Hunter Douglas blinds, triple paned windows, tankless hot water on demand, central air conditioner, 3 tiered deck & dedicated dog run. Built on half acre lot in quiet cul-de-sac close to Quarry Golf Course, this is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 70 16823 84 ST in EDMONTON.
Welcome to Lakeview Greens! Inside this 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, the kitchen has abundant counter space, maple cabinets and features all appliances. Open concept, the full sized living room has west facing patio doors to the centre court, perfect play area for kids. Steps away is convenient 2 piece washroom. Large master bedroom includes spacious walk-in closet big enough for his and hers. Two more bedrooms of good size are also upstairs. Finished basement with separate den large enough for big screen TV, ideal for multimedia room or family room. 3 piece bathroom finishes off the basement. Save on heating bills with furnace air exchanger with heat recovery system. Off main floor hallway entry door is the attached garage so no more winter scraping. Park 2 more vehicles on your widened parking right out front of the home. Easy access to Military Garrison, all shopping, parks & public transit. Located in pet friendly complex, with quick possession & low condo fees, this home shows great and is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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We all know hot water is a necessity. Most of us have water heaters at home and do not give it a second thought, we just assume we will have hot water on a daily basis until... You are standing in the shower and the water goes cold because someone in the other part of the house decides to turn on the water- maybe trying to get the dishes done after dinner. Or we get ready for that therapeutic evening bubble bath so we can unwind and there is no hot water. If this sounds familiar it may be time to consider a tankless hot water system.

Let's discuss the advantages of replacing your old hot water tank with a Tankless water heater. Have you found yourself scratching your head when the electric bill comes? Most of us have. Depending on your household size and use, your conventional hot water tank can drive your electric bills through the roof.

Did you know that most conventional heaters make up for almost 20% of your household energy consumption? Think about this for a moment. 20% is a lot of consumption when you begin thinking about the different household items that make up your electric bill...clothes dryers, stoves, heat, washing machines, lights, hair dryers and the list goes on. So when you think about it, 20% for the use of hot water is quite a bit of your electric bill. This is why if you are a conservationist or a home owner that simply wants to save money and enjoy effective water heating, consider switching to a different system. It may be time to try using a tankless water heater.

With electric bills soaring and people becoming more eco- friendly, many are now considering installing a tankless water system. The advantages to having a tankless system may outweigh the disadvantages. Let's review some of the reasons why installing a tankless heater could be very beneficial:

Tankless hot water heaters are energy efficient. You can cut your heating cost to up to 30%. Tankless systems work differently from conventional water heaters. With a Tankless water system the water is heated only when it is needed. When you turn on the faucet, that is when the Tankless heating system kicks in and the water is heated (using a heating element). This kind of system is also called "Instantaneous" or "On Demand. "

With tankless water heaters there is a constant flow of hot water, so this allows everyone in your home to have hot water at the same time- no more being deprived of hot water in your home! It does not matter if two or more faucets are running at the same time. But be sure to speak to a professional plumber so they can advise you on what you may need to properly supply your entire house or what your options are regarding installing two or more of this type of system to meet larger instantaneous hot water demands.

You should know that tankless water heaters are considered safer because the system does not store water that can be a breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella. Keeping the water temperature at an appropriate level is important to prevent these types of bacteria from thriving.

Preventive maintenance is still periodic- the same as a conventional heater - but the cost is less. Perhaps one of the best advantages of a tankess water system is that if you do what the manufacturer requires, it can potentially last up to 20 years and still maintain its efficiency.

by: Trish 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_7339.shtml

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Natural materials are very much at home these days. Field stone hearths, wooden parquet, cork floor tiles, wicker furniture, driftwood and sea glass come to mind. So, how about using natural materials to dress up your windows?

"Shades made from natural materials such as wood and bamboo have been available, and popular, for quite a while," says Mary Dobson, spokesperson for Levolor Window Fashions in Canada and also a guest expert on CityLine. "This fall, we are launching a really beautiful collection that offers a far wider choice of colors and textures."

As a decorator, I find these harvested materials very easy to work with. They seem to blend naturally into so many color schemes and harmonize with almost any style. The question is - can a woven bamboo and jute fabric do as good a job of filtering light and screening the window as standard materials?

"Yes, the fabric may be woven from jute, bamboo, reeds and other grasses, but where necessary, a liner is incorporated to filter light and ensure privacy, so that performance is similar to other types of shades," says Mike Muyal, the director of marketing at Levolor. . "The light filtering or black out is totally your choice. Also, natural shades can be equipped with advanced operating features such as top down/bottom up."

Although it is possible to review new products and colors and options on-line, Mary Dobson strongly recommends working through an independent retailer, or selected home-improvement retailers, whose experienced decorators will help ensure a perfect fit and hassle-free installation.

Take a look at the many colors and textures of natural shades at www.levolor.ca.



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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 438 16311 95 ST in EDMONTON.
766 sq ft FULLY FURNISHED 1 bedroom luxury condo in Eaux Claires Promenade, a highly desirable complex just behind Namao shopping centre. Located on TOP FLOOR for security, features of this non-smoking home include modern open concept floor plan, large bedroom, corner gas fireplace, insuite laundry with over sized storage room, gas BBQ & forced air heating/cooling with included central air conditioning. Good size kitchen has stainless steel appliances with newer microwave hoodfan, plenty of cabinets & counters including a large working island. Condo contributions include water, heat & gas utilities. Energized parking stall seen from south facing balcony for vehicle remote start. Plenty of overnight visitor parking right in front of building. This home shows excellent, is picture perfect & priced right. Call Mike at780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Does your home feel tired, worn or outdated? Do you walk into rooms and wish they looked more like the pictures in magazines? You're not alone. Many homeowners have put off home improvement projects. But now, they have decided to invest in enjoying their home and turn their days of home improvement dreaming into reality - especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

A Beautiful Bath

Start by choosing a stylish new faucet, such as the Moen Boutique faucet, to accentuate the area. The transitionally designed faucet provides water-saving benefits and an attractive design to meet the needs of any décor. The suite is available in some of today's most popular finishes, Chrome and Spot Resist™ Brushed Nickel. Spot Resist Brushed Nickel is a unique finish which does exactly what it says - resists fingerprints and water spots.

Finally, update your shower to create a relaxing and spa-like environment. Depending on your budget, you can create the ultimate retreat with a vertical spa... or simply upgrade your current showerhead. Moen offers a variety of showering choices, so whether you prefer a rainshower, handheld shower, wall-mount showerhead - or even a combination - there's an option in any price range.

Form and Function in the Kitchen

Once you've updated your bath; the kitchen, not far behind in appeal, is a rewarding home upgrade. Similar to the bath, upgrading countertops - which consume a large area of the kitchen - is an ideal place to start. While laminate is the most cost-effective choice, solid-surface options, such as marble or granite, offer an upscale look, added durability and functionality.

When a new surface is selected, finish off the counter area with a high-tech kitchen faucet. Take a look, for example, at the Moen Arbor pulldown kitchen faucet with new MotionSense technology. It utilizes advanced sensors to detect a user's movement in two sensing zones, and with a simple wave of the hand, immediately responds to your needs by setting water flow in motion. Simply place an object - like a cup or your hand - near the base of the faucet or wave your hand above the faucet to turn the water on and off automatically. You can also adjust the faucet's temperature and flow the traditional way, using its convenient side handle. With MotionSense, tasks like washing dishes, filling a glass of water and preparing the evening meal can become quicker and more efficient. It's like having a second set of hands in the kitchen - perfect for when your hands are too full or too dirty to turn on the faucet.

Finally, flooring, as one of the largest surface areas in the kitchen, is an ideal upgrade that can set the tone of the room from the bottom up. And, today's flooring manufacturers offer resilient flooring in a variety of materials, colors and patterns to meet your functionality, style and price needs.

So, no matter what your vision, follow the trend, and soon you can turn your dreams of a new kitchen or bath into a reality. More information is available online at www.moen.ca.



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Please visit my new public Open House at 16103 100 ST NW in EDMONTON.
Open House on Saturday, June 7, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Still looking for a family home? At almost 1300 sq. ft, this 3+1 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4 level split makes a great home. Kitchen will satisfy any chef with ample cupboard space, counter tops and features all appliances. Enjoy entertaining in your formal dining room or main floor living room. Upstairs, master bedroom has plenty of room for your bedroom set, his & hers closets and convenient 2 piece ensuite. Other 2 bedrooms are also good size. Enjoy the cozy wood burning fireplace in the family room, perfect for big screen TV. Fourth bedroom, laundry and 3 piece bathroom finish this level. Downstairs, the games room is large enough for pool table, bar or games room. Plenty of storage in the separate utility and storage rooms. Enjoy family & friends in fully fenced yard backyard with established veggie garden. No winter scrapping with oversized 24'x24' insulated double car garage. Close to schools, shopping & public transit & major throughways, this family home shows great and is priced right. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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