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Kitchen reno budget tips

Kitchens are popular gathering spots in many homes. That popularity is reflected in various ways, including how many homeowners choose to remodel their kitchens. A 2019 report from the home renovation and design resource Houzz found that kitchens were the most popular room to renovate in 2018. Homeowners considering kitchen remodels should know that the ... Read More »

A beginner’s list of garden tools

The right tool for the job is essential to working safely and efficiently. This is as true in the garden as it is in the workplace. Novice gardeners may not know which tools they really need. The following are eight items that can serve as a solid foundation for beginning gardeners. 1. Gloves Your hands ... Read More »

The Plethora personality

Sechelt shop-owner James Covell says he’s embarrassed by this photo taken after winning a Sunshine Coast Business Excellence Award on Feb. 28. Covell says he was just following the instruction to strike a goofy pose. But it is also an illustration of the personality that lead him to open Plethora Fine Foods in 2017, and ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast Business Excellence Awards winners

The winners of the Sunshine Coast 2020 “Business Excellence Awards” – in 10 categories – pose at the awards ceremony Feb. 28.  From the left, back row: Vineet Miglani and Nidhi Kamboj, High Beam Dreams, community impact business of the year; Lance Seabrook, Midway Power Line Services, legacy business of the year; Gwyntie van Tuyl ... Read More »

Mortgage qualifications, February sales and short-term rental regulations

The Canadian government recently announced revised mortgage qualification rules that will come into effect on April 6.   Current rules require would-be buyers to qualify for a mortgage using the Bank of Canada’s average five-year-rate. But starting in early April, qualifying using that Bank of Canada rate goes out the window. According to a department ... Read More »

The bathroom of your dreams

What began as a utilitarian space for personal sanitation has, in modern times, transformed into one of the most coveted rooms in the house. Bathrooms have become a place to relax and unwind, and new bathrooms are on the tops of many homeowners’ wishlists. Bathrooms can be as lavish as budgets allow. Wish lists can ... Read More »

A fresh look for spring

Spring is a season of rejuvenation, and that spirit of renewal can take hold inside a home. Warm weather and longer hours of daylight make spring a perfect time to imagine a home’s interior design in a new light. The following are a handful of decor ideas: • Wallpaper: Wallpaper fell out of favor years ... Read More »

The benefits of hiring a property manager for your investment property

This week I have been dealing with squatters at one of the properties I have listed. The landlord moved out of town and didn’t know that the tenants on the lease had “sub-let” the property to their friends. These tenants then moved out and the “friends” were now living in the property alone. Rent stopped ... Read More »

Coast winners of the Small Business BC Awards

It was smiles all around at the Small Business BC Awards banquet Feb. 21 in Vancouver, where the Coast’s member of parliament posed with the owners of two winning businesses from Gibsons. From the left: Tim Bedford and Stephanie Heins, of Ginger Jars; MP Patrick Weiler; and Nidhi Kamboj and Vineet Miglani, of High Beam ... Read More »

Canada likes Coast liquor

Local craft distillers Bruinwood Estate Distillery and 101 Brewery & Distillery came away winners at this year’s Canadian Artisan Spirits Competition which judges craft spirits from across the country. Bruinwood made an impressive sweep wining gold with “Excellence in Terroir” for their K’Neko, which is a honey spirit made from their own hives.  Bruinwood won ... Read More »

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