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DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: Who's on First?

DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: Who’s on First?

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DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: Who’s on First?

by Brendan Charters
Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Architect, Designer or Builder—who gets retained and why

Unless you are a confident DIYer with lots of spare time, a home improvement project is usually born when someone puts pen to paper to retain the services of a professional. But who do you hire and in what order? Well, it’s neither an easy nor a one-size-fits-all answer.

ASSEMBLY REQUIRED - Architectural, interior design and building execution are all required to bring a project like this to reality.
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED – Architectural, interior design and building execution are all required to bring a project like this to reality.

WHERE TO START

The duty does fall upon you as the homeowner to take this first crucial step. Regardless of your experience or knowledge of construction or design, if you will be retaining the services of someone else to assist with the project, it is essential that you detail your wish list. Start high level, with the must-have items; for instance, a two-storey rear addition of a specific size, or the gut renovation of an existing kitchen or basement, or a 3,500-sq.-ft. custom home—whatever the high-level description of the project may be. Then figure out your realistic budget, and don’t be afraid to share it with those who will be helping you with the project. This will help people understand quickly if your goals match your pocketbook. Sure, retain a contingency for the unforeseen or unknown items that can come about in a project, and for items that the build may not include, such as furniture or appliances, but sharing the budget will help avoid both the homeowner and the professionals from wasting their time.

WISH LIST - Decide what the end goals are and your true budget to see if there is a fit.
WISH LIST – Decide what the end goals are and your true budget to see if there is a fit.

INTERVIEW THE EXPERTS

The second step is to meet with people—at least a couple from each discipline (architect or designer, interior designer and builder), and two to three firms that may roll all those services into one (i.e. Design-Build). We recommend meeting at the proposed project site, as it will allow the professionals to identify any potential obstacles to undertaking your wish list, such as trees, neighbours or other potential structure or site conditions. Get an understanding for their rough costs in a project like the one you are planning, and also use the time to get to know them and their process. Take notes, as different people will give you different advice and all of it could come in handy down the road, no matter who you ultimately retain to help. Designing and building a home or large addition/renovation project is unlike most other transactions. This service arrangement can involve working together daily for a year or more, and attitudes, egos and personalities need to mesh as well as the scope and budget do for the project to be a successful undertaking.

FINISH LINE - Touring finish suppliers early in design can help determine budget needs for finishes.
FINISH LINE – Touring finish suppliers early in design can help determine budget needs for finishes.

DECISION TIME

The third step is to retain services to commence the project development. This is the scariest, we know, but is the only step that thaws the project freeze we discussed before, and is required to convert the project into something real. If you are hiring someone for architectural design, as well as interior design, and a third person to build the project, we recommend bringing them all on-board simultaneously. It may only involve a minor commitment at the outset to buy some time, but will help ensure that the architectural design and interior design stays in line with the budget, and most importantly what it will ultimately cost to build. If you have a single source design-build firm retained, getting updated budgets upon crystallizing the basic floorplan will ensure budget constraints are adhered to if design changes are needed. It can be done early in the design phase, and thus be cheaper. Likewise, if you are selecting your own interior finishes, or retaining professional interior design help, we recommend touring suppliers to get a sense of tastes for finishes, and how those costs fit in against the initial budget. A high and low(er) type selection in the early stages will help your designer and your builder understand where your goals are esthetically, and will also help you to learn the cost impacts of your decisions related to finishes, and what compromises you may have to make to keep the project within the budget.

SERENITY NOW - The right budget, the right team and the right attitude ensure a dream home come true.
SERENITY NOW – The right budget, the right team and the right attitude ensure a dream home come true.

DETERMINE THE COURSE OF ACTION

The final verdict is that while some may say you should start with a builder first, others will suggest the architect or designer needs to come first. We feel that ultimately the homeowner or project initiator comes first, and that upon the first project idea development, the other three disciplines should quickly follow, but in unison as soon as possible to ensure an accurate and successful outcome. It is ultimately up to you, the property owner, to decide how you bring them together, either by way of building your own team of designers and builders, or reaching out to a single source design-build provider. Neither option is right for all projects, nor for all consumers, and we urge you to meet with all options to see which people and process will work best for you and your specific project.

SMOOTH PROCESS TO DESIRED RESULTS

When planning your own addition, renovation, or custom home, remember there is real value in working with a professional to design and build the space. Remember, the process is as important as the final product here, not just the price. We recommend you start your search at the relevant professional associations to explore your options, including the OAA (Architects), AATO (Architecture Technologists), ARIDO (Interior Designers) and BILD or RenoMark, the home of the professional builder and renovator, to find the true industry professionals. Best of luck with your next exciting project!

Brendan Charters is Partner at Toronto Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc. – 2017 OHBA Renovator of the Year.

eurodale.ca

@eurodalehomes

(416) 782-5690


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Guglietti family spearheads research into children’s brain cancer

Guglietti family spearheads research into children’s brain cancer

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Guglietti family spearheads research into children’s brain cancer

The fight against childhood brain cancer has a new ally in the We Love You Connie Foundation founded by Marco and Michela Guglietti.

The fight against cancer has a new ally in the We Love You Connie Foundation. After losing their daughter to pediatric brain cancer diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), Marco Guglietti, president of Rosehaven Homes, along with his wife Michela knew that more had to be done to prevent this tragedy from touching others.

Marco Guglietti, president of Rosehaven Homes, with his daughter, Connie, who died of brain cancer when she was 8 years old.
Marco Guglietti, president of Rosehaven Homes, with his daughter, Connie, who died of brain cancer when she was 8 years old.

In 2017, they founded the We Love You Connie Foundation along with Marco’s brothers, Silvio, Riccardo and Johnny Guglietti. To date, more than $1.1 million has been raised for SickKids Hospital in Toronto and Montreal Children’s Hospital so both can continue in their efforts to research and eliminate DPIG once an for all. Marco and his brothers have committed to donate an additional $1 million-plus over five years.

The leading cause of brain tumour death in children, DIPG is a rare brainstem tumor. This inoperable and terminal condition is almost exclusively found in children, mainly between the ages of 5 and 9 years, but can occur at any age in childhood and rarely in adults.

The Gugliettis lost their extraordinary daughter, Connie Monica Guglietti, aged 8, to DIPG in 2016. She was a bright star of the family and the foundation is created in loving memory of this special little girl – in the hope that other children can recover from DIPG.

You can help as well with a donation. For more information and to donate, visit

https://www.weloveyouconnie.com


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INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

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INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

by David Wilkes

Partner with a Pro for your Reno

I am a proud Torontonian who is fiercely connected to my neighbourhood. I’ve lived in this great region my entire life and, for the last 25 years, raised my family in the east-end of Toronto. We’ve done more than one renovation to our house, which added value and made it our home. Like many Torontonians, my neighbourhood is a part of my identity.

In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our neighbourhoods. They are what make our region great. We value them and recognize the importance of creating livable communities through their development and revitalization.

Increasingly, GTA homeowners are choosing to stay in their neighbourhoods because, like me, they love them. They are renovating rather than selling and creating the home they want in the area they want to live.

Photography: BigStock.com
Photography: BigStock.com

REPUTABLE RESOURCE

There are more than 200 RenoMark renovators in the GTA. All of them agree to abide by the BILD Code of Ethics and a renovation-specific RenoMark Code of Conduct. They understand the value of customer service, provide warranties and continually educate themselves on trends, materials and new regulations.

UNDERGROUND ECONOMY SPIKE

Unfortunately, the introduction of the HST in 2010 accelerated the growth of an underground economy in the renovation industry. A report released by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) in November 2017, shows the amount of residential renovation spending through contractors that leaked underground fluctuated between 38 and 40 percent between 2010 and 2016.

The underground “cash” economy in home renovation and repair poses significant risks, including worker safety liability risks for the homeowner if workers are not covered by the WSIB, no warranties, unfair competition with reputable contractors and loss of tax revenues.

This underground industry also undermines the integrity of the HST system. The report suggested that provincial and federal governments lost $16 billion in potential tax revenues through residential renovations undertaken by illicit contractors in Ontario during the same period.

FINDING CONSUMER-FAVOURED SOLUTIONS

Instead of fostering an underground economy, which encourages the avoidance of paying taxes, the OHBA has recommended the Ontario government consider introducing a tax rebate that would incent homeowners to document properly, and report their contractor renovation projects as well as a Home Renovation Tax Credit for energy-efficient upgrades.

Our colleagues at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association are also active partners with the Minister’s Underground Economy Advisory Committee, sharing industry information and recommendations with the Canada Revenue Agency on how to best address the impact of working around the system.

BILD has written its own renovation Service Standard of Excellence that was presented to the City of Toronto, outlining a practical system that would put the consumer first. The Service Standard of Excellence would speed up approvals and make Toronto City Hall more efficient. This would ease consumer frustrations and steer them away from using the underground economy.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? If you’re considering a renovation, your first step is to go to renomark.ca. There you will find the RenoGuide (Five Steps to a Worry-Free Renovation), the RenoMark Code of Conduct and you can use the Find a Renovator tool to find a participating renovator near you. If you’re a renovator in the GTA looking to get involved with the RenoMark program, email us at membership@bildgta.ca.

David Wilkes is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA.

For the latest industry news and new home data, follow BILD on Twitter, Facebook, BILD’s official blog, and bildgta.ca.


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Aging in Place

Aging in Place

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Aging in Place

by Michael Moskowitz

To prepare for the impending wave of seniors Canada needs to rethink how it supports the aging population.

Aging is a complex topic. And where much of the debate is often spent focused on the healthcare spending implications, there are many other elements that need to be explored. For example, isolation of seniors has real implications for our society. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, social connection should be a public health priority. As our population continues to age, the result will be a dramatic greying of Canada’s demography – one that has implications for housing, the healthcare system, national economy and government policy.

To prepare for this impending wave of seniors – the largest cohort ever according to Statistics Canada – Canada needs to rethink how it supports the aging population through the implementation of functional housing and care solutions that will allow them to thrive within their communities.

By 2031, nearly one in four Canadians will be over the age of 65. Thankfully we can look to other nations who are grappling with this situation. In Japan this demographic shift will happen over next 10 to 20 years. Because Japan’s government, businesses and society are facing these challenges earlier than North American countries, we can learn and benefit from their innovations and technology and start considering how we can better serve our seniors.

In fact, as the Japanese recognized isolation would have a negative impact on its large senior population, a steady increase in retirement communities emerged throughout the country. Not simply homes, communities. City planning and design has a focus on senior support, which better enables elders and healthcare workers to lead healthier lives.

A recent report from Senior Care Canada examined senior care in Japan, highlighting how the government has worked hard to quickly problem solve and create solutions as demand for senior care services has grown. In addition to implementing innovative products to assist the elderly and their caregivers, they have also restructured resources, such as schools that were no longer required, to convert them to care and community centres for seniors. This has translated into a better quality of life.

How can Canada learn from this model?

As a society we need to learn how to design for purpose and function, not just the lowest cost. By investing in innovative solutions that will enable our seniors to thrive, we are providing a strong foundation for them to maintain their health, lifestyle and independence.

Panasonic recognized the importance of merging the various aspects of caregiver services with housing solutions and the positive impact it could have on Japanese senior citizens and healthcare workers, and created a functional facility in Owada called Age-Free Life.

Uniquely, Age-Free Life was designed by “living environment planners” who fully understand both architecture and nursing care. By employing this level of expertise, Panasonic has built long-term relationships of trust by providing home remodeling services for nursing care based on construction circumstances and the physical conditions of the individual.

By increasing the synergistic effect, Age-Free Life better enables Japan’s seniors to thrive and lead healthy lives in their golden years while decreasing the strain on social and healthcare services.

While the example in Japan is on a large scale, there are smaller scale things we can look at as we prepare for the pending wave of seniors in our nation. We can look at how homes are designed and built to ensure that seniors can live at home longer – from storage to accessibility support. Looking at residential care, can we invest in products that help our healthcare workers provide care that will not harm their bodies as well?

What Canadians can extract from Japan’s model is the duty private industries and the government have to prepare for changes in our demographics.

It is more important than ever to invest in infrastructure, products and services that will help seniors remain independent, while ensuring healthcare workers are supported. Architects and builders need to evaluate and anticipate the needs of Canadian seniors, to ensure sustainable housing is in place.

We need to rethink our approach to support the aging population by implementing functional housing and care solutions that will allow seniors to thrive, before senior care becomes a healthcare or financial crisis.

Michael Moskowitz is president of Panasonic Canada.


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RENO & DECOR Magazine - June/July 2018

RENO & DECOR – Jun/Jul2018

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RENO & DECOR – Jun/Jul2018

Launched in 1990, R&D is Canada’s Home Idea Book, inspiring readers with the latest decorating/renovating tips and trends.

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Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It's Much Healthier

Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It’s Much Healthier

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Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It’s Much Healthier

Future generation of Canadians face health risk from life indoor

The VELUX Group has unveiled the results of The Indoor Generation report – a survey that found an overwhelming misconception about the impact on our health caused by spending too much time indoors, especially on children, whose bedrooms which can be the most polluted room in the house.

The Indoor Generation refers to the growing number of people who spend the vast majority of their time indoors – currently 90 per cent of their lives – compared to previous generations.

Everyday home life activities, such as cooking, cleaning, showering, lighting candles, air drying clothes indoors and even sleeping and breathing, all contribute to polluted indoor air, which over time can lead to mould and damp homes, increasing our risk of developing asthma, respiratory diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Pollutants present in everyday household objects are releasing toxins into our homes – detergents and the plastic toys that we give our children to play with, as well as building materials, are just some of the items which can worsen our indoor air quality.

It’s believed more children will suffer from asthma or allergies unless homes and public buildings are better ventilated, and the chances of being diagnosed with asthma increase by 40% if you spend too much time in damp, mouldy buildings.

The survey also found a significant disconnect between how people think they live their lives and the way they actually do, with only a quarter of people (26%) in Canada saying they spend 21 hours or more inside. But the actual figure is far more worrying, with previous research discovering a new ‘indoor generation’ who spend about 90% of their time – and often in dark, poorly ventilated and unhealthy buildings. In fact, 1 in 6 Europeans live in unhealthy buildings.

Peter Foldbjerg, head of daylight energy and indoor climate at VELUX, said: “We are increasingly turning into a generation of indoor people where the only time we get daylight and fresh air mid-week is on the commute to work or school. Modern life can often involve an early start to the day, race to work where we spend eight to ten hours inside an office and then straight home, or sometimes making a stop off for groceries or for a quick workout inside a damp and sweaty fitness centre.

“Most people think that indoor air, the air in their homes is better than the air we breathe outdoors, but, it may be worse, up to five times more polluted than outside,” said Nels Moxness, President & CEO, VELUX Canada Inc. “The numbers in our report indicate a lack of awareness about the impact of always being indoors – and today’s indoor generation children are those who are most likely to suffer from conditions that affect their physiological and psychological state. Through this report we aim to educate and foster discussion around healthier living habits.”

VELUX has launched a short film “The Indoor Generation” to raise awareness of the importance of living in healthy homes and the small changes that everyone can make to improve their living environment and indoor air quality. Check it out here.

Six simple steps to make the air inside your home healthier:

  • Open your windows at least three to four times a day to allow fresh air in and open your blinds to let the sun/natural light into your home
  • Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the extractor fan or open a window when showering
  • Turn hood fan on when cooking and open your windows
  • Don’t burn candles
  • Dry clothes outside
  • Clean regularly with environmentally friendly products
  • Inspect home fans
  • Hypoallergenic air filters in HVAC systems and air purifiers

theindoorgeneration.com


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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Outdoor Living

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Outdoor Living

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Outdoor Living

by Rise Levy

DURABLE & STAIN-RESISTANT

Hemp fibre has woven its way into ARD Outdoor’s CANVAS collection. Beautiful, durable, and stain-resistant, sustainably cultivated hemp mixed with olefin gives this strap material a depth of texture, strength and luxury. Paired with UV- resistant Sunbrella fabric, the CANVAS club chair shown with teak base is also available with aluminum legs.

ARD OUTDOOR
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LUXURIOUS OUTDOOR SEATING

Luxurious deep seating and wide armrests make Dot’s Amari Modular Seating Collection an elegant composition for any setting. The combination of extra wide and thin all-weather wicker offers an elevated designer look. Thick, high-density foam cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric are included and harmonize perfectly with the multi-faceted tones of the wicker.

D.O.T. FURNITURE
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SERIES 9 GRILL

The all-new ultra-reliable Series 9 Grill from Fisher & Paykel delivers the full package with impressive new features that cater to a wide repertoire of cooking styles. Designed to deliver the functionality and power demanded by a professional chef, these grills are built to withstand both the demands and the weather, 365 days a year.

FISHER & PAYKEL
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LOUVERED PERGOLA SHADE

Rolltec is introducing a new shade to the Canadian market—the Louvered Pergola. This totally customized pergola features sturdy aluminum construction. Motorized rotation of the louvers allows an adjustment of the amount of incoming sunlight. When louvers are closed, the area under the pergola is completely waterproof.

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Elliot Lake

Elliot Lake

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Elliot Lake

Affordable retirement is within reach

If you’re looking for an affordable place to retire, without compromising on local charm and amenities, Elliot Lake might just be the answer. Here, you can reside in a friendly environment, with a plethora of natural attributes right outside your door, for as little as $517 per month.

Located in Northern Ontario, the City of Elliot Lake is situated midway between the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. This modern city combines the hospitality of a small town with the services of a major urban centre. Just beyond the city centre, the pristine wilderness, along with thousands of lakes, provide countless opportunities for hiking, camping and world-class fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts, as well as those who are looking for a slower pace of life, have found exactly what they’re looking for in Elliot Lake – in addition to a very attractive price point.

UNBELIEVABLE VALUE

For more than 25 years, the Elliot Lake Retirement Living Corporation has been offering contemporary rental accommodations – attracting thousands of retirees. Apartment rentals start at reasonable $517 per month, while townhomes are priced from $662 per month, and homes from $733 per month.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Elliot Lake boasts an efficient transit system and a low crime rate, as well as 24-hour ambulance, fire and police services. Residents have access to a first-class hospital, and to a continuum of care. With more than 400 businesses, there’s a number of services and amenities to choose from. National retail chains include Foodland, No Frills, Canadian Tire, Pet Valu, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall, to name a few. In addition, the five major banks service the community, and independently owned restaurants and shops are local favourites.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

In addition to the umpteen lakes that offer some of the best opportunities in Ontario for canoeing, boating, fishing and kayaking, there are two beautiful beaches within the community. Elliot Lake is home to a tennis club, a curling club, fitness centres and a municipal, indoor swimming pool, as well as cross-country, snowmobile and ATV trail systems. Inside the city limits, is the Mount Dufour ski area, and Stone Ridge at Elliot Lake – an 18-hole championship golf course.

The city has a dynamic cultural and arts community. The wilderness surrounding Elliot Lake is a natural canvas, and is well-represented by painters and photographers. Locals enjoy various clubs, community groups and associations, as well as drama, dance, music and pottery classes – to name a few.

Elliot Lake Retirement Living Corporation is offering a Discovery Tour of Elliot Lake. The tour includes city highlights and available properties, in addition to a free night at the Hampton Inn. Book a second night for just $50 (plus tax) and take the time to imagine your retirement years in blissful comfort.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1.800.461.4663

retireelliotlake.com


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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Appliances

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Appliances

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Appliances

by Rise Levy

ABSOLUTE ATTENTION TO DETAIL

The new line of SMEG Portofino ranges are inspired by the lights of small Mediterranean harbours. There is a perfect match in the contrast of vibrant colour and cool stainless steel. Portofino ranges can fit into most kitchen types, they can slot in between the furniture, or be used as a free-standing appliance. Portofino is finished with coloured sides. They have been designed and made with absolute attention to detail, becoming themselves an internal design object.

EURO-LINE APPLIANCES INC.
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SOPHISTICATED AND EXQUISITE

The IMPRESSA Z9 One Touch TFT from Jura Canada is setting new standards on multiple levels thanks to its impressive coffee quality, user-friendly operation and captivating design. Made from high-quality materials and to Swiss standards of precision, this elegant automatic speciality coffee machine is the epitome of the strong and silent type.

JURA CANADA
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STEAM & CONVECTION A SUPER COMBO

THE JennAir 24″ Steam and Convection oven, available at Appliance Canada, is a versatile wall oven that uses steam to preserve nutrients in vegetables and tenderness in meats, and convection for evenly-baked pastries and roasts. Use steam and convection together for food that’s tender inside and roasted or crisped outside. It features 4.8-inch Glass Touch Controls with LCD.

APPLIANCE CANADA
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CLASSIC GAS STAINLESS STEEL & COLOUR RANGE SHOWPIECE

Fisher & Paykel’s Gas Ranges are the showpiece of the kitchen and deliver outstanding performance. The large oven capacity allows you to cook multiple dishes and its instant heat and precise control add to the classic stylish finish. Available in stainless steel, black, red or white colour finish.

FISHER & PAYKEL
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FORM MEETS FUNCTION

At the intersection of form and function, is the LG Black Stainless Steel QuadWash dishwasher. Powerful and bold, it features four Multi-Motion arms that rotate back and forth while spinning and TrueSteam technology offers an exclusive on-door four-steam jet design for maximum steam coverage to give you less water spots for sparkling clean dishes.

LG APPLIANCES
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PREMIUM DESIGN & EFFICIENCY

The Whirlpool compact washer and dryer has a 24-inch width and ventless design. It is flexible enough to install virtually anywhere, making it their most space-saving design available. Available at Canadian Appliance Source, its minimal frame allows it to fit perfectly within a modern style living space. The Whirlpool 24-inch font load washer and dryer are the perfect addition to condo living, thanks to its compact, efficient, and premium design.

CANADIAN APPLIANCE SOURCE
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ELEGANT NEW COLOUR

The 24-inch Black Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer is the latest addition to Sharp’s line of kitchen appliances. As a complementary appliance in a black stainless-steel kitchen, its rich, elegant finish is an absolute show-stopper for your dream kitchen. Coupled with the convenience features and quiet operation that are standard to all of Sharp’s products, this model allows you to showcase your design savvy and create a premium kitchen that flows with your lifestyle.

SHARP ELECTRONICS OF CANADA LTD.
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Flats at Black Creek

Flats at Black Creek

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Flats at Black Creek

Where style and nature unite

Situated in a truly spectacular setting along Black Creek in Port Dover, is the premiere community by Black Creek Developments. Only 39 freehold condominium homes will make up the Flats at Black Creek. Rugged, craftsman-style exteriors are complemented with hand hewn oak timbers to fit in with the natural surroundings.

COMFORT-INSPIRED QUALITY

This newest development is cradled on 21 acres of old-growth Carolinian forest. The river is outside your back door, and provides access to the crystal clear waters of Lake Erie. Imagine quiet paddles through tranquil waters – there really isn’t a better way to unwind and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Black Creek Valley.

The exterior facades of the Flats at Black Creek are intended to blend in with the beauty of the surroundings, while the inside spaces offer up all the modern conveniences in well-designed, energy efficient layouts.

The homes at the Flats at Black Creek combine insulation techniques that far exceed the Ontario Building Code standards, and help to improve the comfort and efficiency during heating and cooling periods. Upgrades include spray foam-insulated basement floors, continuous air barriers, R-60 ceilings and more.

ONTARIO’S PLAYGROUND

There’s plenty of time to enjoy all that this area has to offer, as lawn maintenance and snow removal are included in the low monthly fees. Future planning includes a docking facility on the river, so that residents of the Flats at Black Creek can dock their boat right in the own backyard.

Port Dover is located in Norfolk County, which is often referred to as Ontario’s Garden due to its rich soil. Some of the province’s best produce is grown here. A budding winery business is attracting new attention, and is being recognized for their wide range of products. Residents and visitors come from all over to check out the farmers’ markets held in Simcoe and Port Dover.

Perched on the tranquil shores of Lake Erie, the town of Port Dover is one of the true gems of Southern Ontario. It’s located on the north shore of Long Pont Bay, which was named as one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in 1986.

Port Dover has just the right blend of small-town relaxation and big-city bustle. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre draws thousands of attendees to a wide variety of plays and musical performances throughout the year. And when Friday falls on the 13th of the month, a wave of fun descends on the area when motorcycle enthusiasts converge on the town, along with street bands and vendors. Port Dover’s July 1st parade is one of the oldest, and biggest, in Canada. Events include the Calithumpian parade, the boat parade and the Tatoo marching band.

Black Creek Developments is committed to building extraordinary houses. Combined with inspiring designs and an unwavering dedication to quality, they work closely with their clients to ensure that all the details that go into making a house a home are included.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Centre is located at 55 Blue Nose Drive in Port Dover.

519.583.9009


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