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HOMES Publishing Group - 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament

HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

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HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

HOMES Publishing Group’s 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament in support of Raising the Roof, at Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Etobicoke on Sept. 20, raised $15,000 – pushing the 16-year total to $305,000.

Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.
Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.

“We are so proud and grateful for the support of our clients, suppliers and friends over the years, for such a worthy cause as youth homelessness,” says Michael Rosset, founder of HPG and a long-serving board member of Raising the Roof.

Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.
Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.

Raising the Roof provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.

Bob Finnegan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.
Bob Finnigan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.

“The homebuilding industry shows its collective heart through such events, and we are humbled by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved, every year,” adds Rosset. “To raise more than $300,000 for such an important cause over the years shows the depth of resolve of this industry to find a solution before the challenges become systemic and multi-generational.”

HOMES Publishing Group staff volunteers get ready for the day.
HOMES Publishing Group staff ready for the day.

Photos: Brian Geller, photoartists.ca


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The National Home Show 2019

4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

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4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

Having a backyard or even a balcony (no matter how big or small) is a luxury these days for most people, especially the closer you live to the city. And, with square footage getting smaller and more expensive, maximizing the potential of every inch of your space, including your balcony, is crucial. It’s time to start thinking of your exterior as an extension of your home. You can create a slice of paradise even in the smallest of spaces with just the right touches, and National Home Show experts are here to prove it.

Here are four ways to make the most of your small outdoor space:

1. Look for space saving furniture

Just because your balcony may be compact, doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped, or that you have to sacrifice luxury for space. Look for furniture that is comfortable, without be bulky. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t fit a table and chairs. Folding furniture for a small space can be just as pretty as stationary counterparts these days, and retailers such as Andrew Richard Designs are offering double-duty options in sleek designs that don’t add bulk to your space. Think chairs with armrests that double as a side table and space dividers that are also storage bins.

Also, don’t forget to organize and optimize your available space and consider exterior walls and railings as part of your canvas – perhaps lights along your railings to illuminate your balcony and help keep the floor area free of clutter, freeing up more space for essential furniture.

2. Decor makes all the difference

Cold, bare concrete walls and floors wouldn’t make your condo feel homey, so why would they your balcony? Inexpensive wood deck tiles or simply stencil painting a pattern onto the concrete can add instant warmth to your balcony. Incorporate small outdoor area rugs or throw cushions instead of heavy furniture to add texture, comfort and personality, as well as make your area appear bigger. And don’t be afraid to add bright colours to your petite space. Your outdoor area should represent your style, just as much as your interior choices.

3. Take your garden to vertical heights

Starting from the ground up, AstroTurf is an easy way to replicate that suburban yard feel on your city balcony that won’t frustrate condo management. Don’t be afraid to get your green thumb on, even in a small way, by scattering tiny potted herbs around your outdoor space, but remember to hang them vertically to avoid taking up valued floor space. Placing plants at various heights will also help add major interest and height to your space, and don’t hesitate to be creative, says Peter Bonanno of Curb Appeal. Think about perching some planters on balcony railings or investing in a sleek and possible portable privacy screen for added seclusion. But, be sure to fill platers with outdoor, seasonal flowers that can withstand the elements and ever-changing weather conditions.

4. Lighten the mood

Whether it’s with lights or a little fire, light it up and set the mood in the process. Even if you can’t swing railing lights, outdoor lanterns and even simple mason jars filled with sand and a candle are perfect to light up a summer night on your balcony. If heat and ambiance is what you’re after, mini portable tabletop heaters come in a variety of finishes and colours. Not only will these help you extend your outdoor time on cooler, shorter days, but they’ll also keep away pesky mosquitos. Just be sure not to light things up too much, as you wouldn’t want to ruin the view of a perfect starlit night sky.

If you’re looking for even more inspiring home, condo and garden ideas, and want to see these tips come to life, visit the Outdoor Living Feature at the National Home Show presented by ReMax and co-located with Canada Blooms from March 8 to 17 at The Enercare Centre in the Exhibition Place in Toronto.

For further information on the National Home Show or Canada Blooms, at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, visit the website.

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