Home & Garden Category

story by Janice Henshaw – With the real estate market so hot, is it still a good idea to renovate the bathroom if you plan to sell your home soon? Michelle Holmes and Erin Mackenzie (Holmes Realty) agree that money spent on updating the kitchen and bathroom before a sale results in a good return. “Clean, white, and bright” bathrooms are a plus, says Michelle. Cabinetry with storage space is preferred to a pedestal type sink. A floating cabinet with motion sensor lights underneath is an excellent choice, added Erin,Read More
by Katie Kroeker, Pacific Ridge Landscapes – Is your backyard ready for the “After” times? For obvious reasons, this year’s patio season is likely going to be a bit different, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it, plan ahead and stay connected. Here are six ways to party like it’s 2021! More space. Celebrate in social distance style! Instead of the traditional shared seating / barbecue area, look for ways to create multiple seating areas. Perhaps it’s a kids area and an adults area or aRead More
story by Janice Henshaw & photos by Janis Jean Photography – Piers Island is a 250-acre private Gulf Island situated between Colburne Passage and Satellite Channel. If you are travelling by ferry from Swartz Bay north to Tsawwassen, Piers Island is on your right as you leave the ferry dock. There is one perimeter road called McKenzie Crescent. Residents walk, bike, ride horses, or drive electric golf carts – there are no cars, and no stores. The Island is divided into 131 properties of which 128 are oceanfront; three largerRead More
story by Janice Henshaw – Sometimes we need a break from our usual activities, especially this winter! So how about planning a cool home reno project? As we spend more time in our homes, reinventing our personal space becomes more of a priority. And it can be super fun! The first step is to carefully assess our home – what looks good, what is outdated, what do we like, what do we need, what makes us cringe? Energy Efficient Upgrades Good news! There are rebates available to help with upgrades.Read More
story by Janice Henshaw, photos by Janis Jean Photography – Why does a homeowner decide to go to all the trouble and expense of adding a cottage to 0.99 of an acre in North Saanich? Sheila, a certified professional accountant and partner in Paterson Henn CPA, (Sidney) and her husband Serge Gabilondo, a sailboat rigger at Blackline Marine Inc. in Canoe Cove, decided to build the cottage as a vacation rental; it would create a solid investment for their retirement years. However, plans change and now they have family movingRead More