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  1. Wine Cocktails

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    You enjoy wine. You enjoy cocktails. Combine them and celebrate the pleasures of summer. Simple to make, a delight to serve, these refreshing, thirst-quenching wine cocktails are sure to delight.

    Wine cocktails serve a dual purpose by stretching your wine budget and adding a touch of flair to entertaining. An inventive way to experience the flavour and aromas of wine. Elevate wine cocktails to a level of sophistication by adding a simple garnish-a sprig of rosemary, citrus, apple or pear slice, seasonal fruit and/or a rimmed glass.

    The following simple, basic recipes may be created with wine and kitchen staples. A commonly used component of cocktail recipe is simple syrup. As promised, easy and quick to prepare, made from only two ingredients, both kitchen staples. Heat equal parts sugar and water at medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Seal tightly in a glass jar and refrigerate for up to a month.


    Simple delightful Kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho) comes from the Basque-country of Northern Spain where it is locally known as Rioja Libre or Jote. This sangria-esque beverage was created to make lesser quality red wine palatable.

    • 2 cups (500 ml) inexpensive red wine (Rioja or Cabernet Sauvignon)
    • 2 cups (500 ml) chilled Coca-Cola
    • Ice
    • Fill cocktail glass with ice. Add equal parts red wine and cola: Stir. Garnish with lemon. Serve.

    Rosé Negroni Sbagliato

    A classic Italian cocktail with a twist, Rose Negroni Sbagliato requires only three ingredients to create this delightful fruity, floral, and herbal cocktail.

    • Campari 2 tbsp (30 ml)
    • Sweet Vermouth or Lillet rose 2 tbsp (30 ml)
    • Chilled dry sparkling rosé wine 2 tbsp (30 ml)

    Pour Campari and Lillet into lowball cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Stir gently. Serve. Add colour with a Garnish of lemon or orange peel. If you prefer a bitter cocktail use more Campari than sweet vermouth, should you prefer sweeter, use more sweet vermouth.


    Popular rosé wine morphed into adult slush.

    • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) simple sugar
    • 2 ½ ounces (75 ml) fresh lemon juice
    • 1 750 ml bottle of dry rosé wine (preferable dark-coloured and boldly flavoured)

    Pour rosé into a 13×9 inch pan or large zip-lock freezer bag. Freeze for a minimum of six hours or until firm (it will not completely freeze due to alcohol content).

    Place the frozen rose into a large plastic container, add lemon juice, up to 4 tablespoons (60 ml), to taste, simple syrup. Return to the freezer until ready to serve. Garnish with a strawberry.

    Watermelon Rosé Paloma

    Tajin, a condiment company in Mexico, makes a blend of chili pepper, lime, and salt. Purchase this or make your own chili lime salt with ¼ cup (60 ml) flaky sea salt, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) chili powder, pinch of granulated sugar and lime zest. A delicious combination of spicy, salty, sweet.

    • 2 cups (500 ml) watermelon – blend in blender and strain (refrigerate up to 5 days). Cool. No watermelon? No worries, substitute fresh ruby grapefruit juice.
    • 1 ½ ounces (45 ml) silver tequila
    • 1 tsp (5 ml) fresh squeezed Lime juice (1/2 of a lime)
    • 4 ounces (120 ml) sparkling or still chilled dry rosé wine
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) chilled sparkling water

    Individual serving: rim a cocktail glass with chili lime salt, add ¼ cup (60 ml) watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, and rosé. Stir gently, add ice and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with watermelon and /or thyme.

    Grapefruit Wine

    Refreshing mix of tangy grapefruit and dry rose

    • 1/3 cup (80 ml) granulated sugar and 1/3 cup (80 ml) water or substitute pre-made simple syrup
    • Boil sugar and water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
    • 1 750 ml bottle dry rose
    • 1 ½ cup (375 ml) grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed is best
    • Ice
    • Grapefruit for garnish

    Combine chilled rose and grapefruit juice. Add sugar/water mix or pre-made simple syrup. Fill glass with ice, pour in juice wine mix, garnish with grapefruit.

    Wine Spritzer

    Classic and refreshing. Chose the flavours you wish through your wine selection. Desire a hint of sweetness? Purchase Torrontes, Moscato or off-dry rose and use sweet fruit for garnish. Prefer dry? Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc with a tangy citrus garnish.

    • 4 oz (120 ml) chilled wine
    • 2 oz (60 ml) club soda
    • Chilled glass with ice
    • Pour wine and club soda over ice, garnish with fruit and serve.

    Hibiscus Cocktail

    Want to make an impression? Serve this gorgeous cocktail at a reception or wedding shower.

    • Hibiscus flowers in syrup (available from specialty grocers)
    • 1 750 ml bottle well chilled Prosecco Superior DOCG

    Place a whole hibiscus flower in the base of clear cocktail glass. Fill with chilled prosecco. Spoon 2 tsp (10 ml)  hibiscus syrup down the side of the glass. Serve.


    Kate Wagner Zeke, Sommelier(ISG)

    Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator(SWE)

  2. 5 Kitchen Trends

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    Kitchens have come a long way in design and functionality.  They will always be at the top of the list for most popular renovation projects, and it’s no wonder, kitchen innovation is one of the fastest growing areas of the home.  Here are a few innovative ways to change up your kitchen in 2022.

    Large Windows

    Having a large window in your kitchen will create a spacious and fresh feel by enhancing the natural light and brightening the space. 

    Minimize Upper Cabinets

    Invest in a large walk-in pantry to accommodate a variety of kitchen appliances and dishware. This will minimize the number of upper cabinets you require, contributing to a more streamlined appearance and flow.

    Pantry Plug-In

    Add a dedicated area in your pantry for small appliances that can be plugged in.  Moving items such as your coffee maker or toaster will contribute to minimal counter clutter and enhance your workspace.  Make sure to work with a certified electrician when considering this addition, as there are special code requirements for electrical outlets in enclosed spaces.   

    Dish Drawer

    Look to incorporate lower drawers for your dishes, as they are more versatile.  Using a Peg Organizer can prevent dishes from moving around and keep them organized. 

    Hanging Shelf

    Integrate a hanging shelf over your island for everyday dishware.  They will always be available and minimize cupboard space, keeping an open feel to your kitchen. 

    A kitchen is often the heart of your home, so consider these unique design ideas to make your space as versatile as possible!

  3. A Stone Above the Rest

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    Your landscape not only gives your home curb appeal, but it can also be designed to give you an outdoor living space for you and your family. 

    In recent years, people realize that their outdoor space is very valuable and functional. More time is being spent outdoors in their yards, and people are making the most of their space. No longer are backyards just grass and trees, they now include stone patios, built-in outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, along with pergolas and outdoor areas separated by stone retaining walls. Outdoor kitchens now have the options to include a mini fridge, sink and side burners. A task like this may seem overwhelming, so talk to the professionals at Alternative Landscaping Ltd. to help get you started on your vision. 

    To create the ideal outdoor living space for your family, you have to work with your landscape. The size, slope and shape of your yard will help dictate what your options are. This is where the professionals will be able to give you the best advice from their years of knowledge, experience and up to date software.  You can receive 3D images of your yard before a stone is even turned, giving you the confidence in your project. 

    There are many styles of stone when it comes to outdoor projects that can really change the look. The Belvedere stone by Barkman is a popular stone to give you that aged, more natural look. This stone can be used for pillars, firepits and retaining walls. For a more modern look with clean lines, the Zenwall by Belgard is a great option for a retaining wall. Both are available at Alternative Landscaping, along side a large selection of stone for any outdoor project. 

    While focussing on the function and structure of your outdoor living space, don’t forget about the softscape. This includes all living elements of your space and can really tie everything together.  Shrubs and perennials help soften up your space and add some colour, while trees can help create more zones, as well as privacy. These elements are not to be overlooked when building a cohesive outdoor living space. -DYH

  4. Emjay Homes

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    When you think of a Ready to Move (RTM) builder, you most likely think of a home built on their work site, and then their job is done. That is not always the case. James and Michelle at Emjay Homes will work with their clients up to any stage of the project. You could consider their current build, the complete package!

    At 1450 square feet, this spacious, open concept bungalow has features that are to be desired. The main living area showcases hickory beams and 9-foot ceilings throughout. Continuing with the colour tone, the kitchen is finished in custom hickory cabinetry, with a stained coloured island. No detail was overlooked in this kitchen and would please any cook!

    This home stands out in a rich black siding from Canexel and a beautiful Fusion Stone veneer chimney accent in Raven. Large windows provide the owners with plenty of natural light for the perfect front and back views of the property. The owners will enjoy those views, while relaxing in front of their gas fireplace in the family room. The home consists of 3 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, perfect for any family. 

    This custom RTM home was built on the Emjay Homes job site, in Austin, Manitoba. By doing so, they were able to keep quality high and extra travel expenses down. Once the structure was complete, it was moved by CNC Building Movers to the owner’s property. Awaiting here, Emjay Homes has constructed the foundation with a crawl space, that the home will be moved onto. It will have a two-car attached garage once the home has been moved onto the foundation. Emjay Homes is currently working with trades to connect the home to water, sewer, gas and electrical.

    When having an RTM home built by Emjay Homes, you can work with them to construct your home to your specifications or have them take care of the entire project for you. RTM homes can come with all the luxuries of a home built on site, and with over 18 years experience in building RTMs, it might be time to give James and Michelle a call today.

    At Emjay Homes, they pride themselves on high quality construction, excellence in service and value-added affordability, and it shows!

  5. Decked Out for Summer

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    When it comes to building a deck, there are many options to consider.  Composited decking, vinyl decking, western red cedar, and treated wood to name a few. Weighing the benefits of each style, as well as your budget, can help you decide which deck material is right for you.

    Available at Windsor Plywood, Moisture Shield composite decking is a low maintenance, high performance, long-lasting decking option.  They have 12 colour options, sure to match your exterior, from solid one-tone to two-tone colours ranging from grey to brown. Moisture Shield resists rotting, swelling and splitting unlike other composite options on the market. It is mold and mildew resistant, which makes it great in humid or wet locations, and can even be submerged in water. Composite decking can last 25-30 years with warranty varying in length. For those with sensitive feet, Moisture Shield offers Cool Dek, a line that is cooler on paws and feet, compared to other composite decking on the market. Check out the in-store display at Windsor Plywood, and compare the difference between regular composite and Cool Dek.

    Western Red Cedar has always been known for beautiful decks that are made to last. Cedar decking is rot resistant and will not warp in high humilities. This deck choice is a great alternative for docks on the water. Cedar requires less maintenance compared to other wood on the market and will naturally age to shades of grey, so staining is not required. 

    Global Dec-k-ing offers a vinyl product perfect for decks, balconies, walkways, flat roofs, and a great option for boat floors. It is a PVC membrane, glued to a surface to create a 100% waterproof finish.  This product comes in a variety of colour and pattern options.  Global Dec-k-ing is maintenance free, ensures durability in any climate, and is backed up by a 20-year warranty.

    Treated Wood is a more traditional style deck with a natural look.  They are very durable, can stand wear and tear from the elements, and with proper maintenance can last 10-20 years.  You have many stain options that can enhance the look of your deck, creating more time and maintenance, but saving you more money upfront. 

    To finish your deck, be sure to check out the railing systems at Windsor Plywood.  Pro-Built railing is constructed from aluminum alloy and has a high-quality exterior metal coating.  It is corrosion-resistant, which means no rusting, no spotting, or need for repainting.  Pro-Built aluminum rails are a low maintenance system that offers you a variety of styles, including narrow and wide pickets, glass inserts, and a wind wall.  You will find white and black in stock at Windsor Plywood in Brandon, with many other colour options available.

    Be sure to stop by Windsor Plywood on 18th Street North in Brandon to check out their deck options.  With experienced staff to quote your deck project and help with which deck option is best for your environment. They carry a wide range of selection, sure to help you complete your summer decking project this year.  -DYH

  6. In The Market for a New Home?

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    Have you decided to take the plunge into home ownership, or have you outgrown your current home?  There are many options available for you, and a professional real estate agent can help walk you through them. 

    The price for a home in Brandon has been growing, on average $10,000 a year for the past several years according to Brandon Real Estate Board. The average price topped out at $303,431 in 2021.  If that growing number scares you, just remember, there are always plenty of homes available in a variety of price brackets in many communities. Not only did the average cost of a home rise in 2021, but the number of units sold was up 13.5% from previous year. No matter if you were looking at a house or vacant property in 2021, it was definitely a seller’s market. 

    When getting ready to sell your home, a professional real estate agent will help give you a fair evaluation of your home, negotiate on your behalf and complete the necessary paperwork.  A realtor brings experience and knowledge in order to price your home in this competitive marketplace to help maximize your potential profits. They will explain any conditions within an offer and help you make a decision on how to proceed or not proceed.  Using a realtor can help alleviate many stresses of the transaction like negotiating and paperwork, in order to make the transaction as stress-free as possible.   

    When it’s time to look for a new home, you have some options to consider; buy an already built home or build a custom home. Did you know that a real estate agent can help you, not only view and purchase a house on the market, but they can also show you vacant properties for sale and connect you with a builder. Discussing with your agent what you want in a home or location can help them show you what would work best for you and your family. 

    Buying an established home has many benefits. You will be able to visualize yourself in the property, having an established yard can save you years of work and you can obtain a shorter possession date.  But, if you can’t seem to find what really works for you or your family, building is a great option. You can design the ideal floor plan, literally from the ground up. Working with a builder to create a floor plan for your family, can give you a home you will enjoy for years to come. 

    Brian Baker at Royal LePage/Martin-Liberty in Brandon is very knowledgeable in both selling homes and property. He not only has houses for sale across Westman in a variety of price ranges, but he has a wide array of vacant properties as well.  From acreages to in town lots, there will sure be one to suit your needs. You may be surprised to learn that empty lots are not only available in new developments, but can be found in established neighbourhoods throughout the city. 

    Talking to professionals like Brian Baker at Royal LePage/Martin-Liberty can help put you in the right direction for your new home. -DYH

  7. Use Your Imagination

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    Coming off of a whirlwind year in 2021, Budget Blinds was pedal to the metal in January 2022.

    They have been so grateful to continue to serve Manitobans and continuously grow their business with customers wanting to update their spaces, renovating, and ‘working from home’ challenges. Sue and Gord Swarbrick, and the local team at Budget Blinds had no shortage of consultations with clients and that is still true today. Add in, them renovating their showroom located at 381 Park Avenue East in Brandon, and you would wonder how they have time to sleep! 

    As with anything, you are bound to run into a few hiccups from time to time and that is what happened with the recent changes to the blind industry by the Corded Window Covering Regulations (CWCR). Created last year, but going into effect May 1, 2022, new regulations will omit any window covering with a cord that is exposed. This not only includes pull cords that are secured, but it also comprises of cords on the backside or between slats of blinds. Some of the most popular selections in the market will be affected, as vendors create modifications to existing products that will need to pass the CWCR testing for child safety. 

    Over the course of recent months, Sue and Gord have been working tirelessly on renovating their showroom. The restructure that the blind industry will see has been felt here as well. While working on bringing in new products to showcase for clients, they have been hitting a few walls due to the elimination of product lines affected. But don’t fret, there are still plenty of options to choose from! 

    The show stopper in their space is a large floating island used to store their samples. It features a Stone Coat resin countertop created by Gord and is the perfect place to get inspired. Their “blind wall” is always a favourite, as it showcases a large variety of options from pull-down to motorized blinds. Sue is currently working on fabricating their drapery wall, which will see completion in the coming months. A wonderful new addition to the showroom is their pillow wall! 

    Pillow Talk by Budget Blinds will feature hundreds of pillow covering options, currently in the most common 18” and 20” size. The wall will consist of 40 sets of pillows that will be in stock and available to take home that day.  You can choose to purchase them with a polyester form fill or without, which will work perfectly with the pillow subscription they are currently developing. This gives customers the benefit of choosing pillow coverings they can change throughout the year with season or trend. All pillow coverings are made in Manitoba by Deasil Custom Sewing. More future plans will include the option of adding embellishments to your pillow or using a luxurious down filling. You will be able to browse from hundreds of fabric samples in order to create your perfect custom pillow. 

    Sue is excited to announce that ‘The Warehouse Workshop’ is open and running events, held by local artisans. The workshops consist of mosaics, painting, resin, and more.  This creative space is available to be used for fundraisers or by groups; you can find them on Instagram @ware.houseworkshop and FB at The Warehouse Workshop for upcoming events.  -DYH

  8. Year of the Garden

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    2022 has been proclaimed Year of the Garden. You will find communities, retailers, and garden centres from coast to coast participating in activities promoting gardening and educating those willing to get their hands a little dirty. 

    Many gardeners have moved to container gardening in the recent years.  It’s perfect if you have a unique or minimal space, and an all-inclusive way to garden for those with disabilities or movement restrictions. A great product I found at Alternative Choice Garden Centre located at 34th and Patricia Ave in Brandon, was the VegTrug. The VegTrug is a durable raised garden bed offered in a variety of sizes and designs. It is sourced from sustainable plantation grown fir and comes with fitted membrane liners; ideal for growing a variety of herbs and vegetables like lettuce, onions, carrots, peppers and strawberries.

    While tomatoes may overtake your raised garden, you can look at dwarf varieties such as the Micro Tom Tomato which only grows 12-18” high.  A pepper variety to try would be the Cosmo Edible Potted Pepper.  It grows 8-10” high and produces red to purple hot peppers.  For vining vegetables, you may want to try growing them up a trellis, while staying away from heavier produce like squash.  You can also include flowers like marigolds, which help keep pests away, at the same time attracting bees and other important pollinators.   

    Keep in mind you should have the proper soil mix when putting together your container or raised bed garden. Top soil is heavy and not ideal for growing. Ask one of the many experts at Alternative Choice Garden Centre for their recommendations on which soil mix to use for your garden. While there, pick up your seeds or starter plants when it is time to plant your garden. 

    What to watch out for!

    New this Spring, look for the Hummingbird Falls Salvia. Perfect for hanging baskets or container gardens, this cascading blue flower is a natural feeder for hummingbirds. Ditch your traditional hummingbird feeder for this beautiful feature plant in your yard. 

    The Supertunia Vista Jazzberry is a hybrid of the petunia. If you want a bold, colourful plant in your container, this is it!  It is a continuous bloomer, as well as heat and drought tolerant. 

  9. Predictive Watering

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    With over 40 years of service in the Westman area, D & B Sprinklers is the one to call for all your irrigation needs.  They provide system installation and service for residential, commercial, sports fields and golf courses.  Their impeccable customer service is what puts them as a leader in their industry, right along side offering up to date, high quality systems. 

    The most innovative product on the market for your irrigation needs is Hydrawise.  It is an industry leading irrigation system with WIFI control.  The benefits of Hydrawise are that it automatically adjusts watering based on highly accurate, internet-sourced local weather data. Based on the local forecast and past history, this system can save you up to 50% of water consumption a year by accurately watering your lawn.    Your system will adjust based on the local forecast, rain probability, wind and humidity to supply your lawn with the precise amount of water.   

    Hydrawise has created an easy-to-use app that gives you the ability to monitor your irrigation system from anywhere in the world.  If you have a smart home set up and want to go hands free, you can add it to your smart home device and operate your system with voice control. 

    If Hydrawise detects an issue with your system, it will notify you with an alert.  Feel at ease knowing that if you have a broken pipe or faulty wire, your system will notify you before it becomes a problem. 

    Technology is expanding every day, why not use it to your advantage and have a system that benefits you.   

  10. Elite Sunrooms

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    Many of us love summer and all Mother Nature has to offer, but when the elements and bugs ruin your precious summer days and nights, wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting in the “outdoors” and still be sheltered from the elements? Or would you rather have some additional space to entertain in or a guest room? A Sunspace sunroom by Elite can give you all of that and more. 

    Elite Sunrooms is owned and operated by Keith Bourgeois, a Red Seal carpenter for 35 years, boasting over 20 years in the sunroom industry. Aiming to provide their customers with a superior product, Elite has chosen Sunspace, a Canadian owned manufacturer. Their rooms never fail to impress customers. From the durability to the aesthetics, you will not find a comparable product. The rooms are engineered for Canadian winters and are customized for each customer. With a wide range of colour options and style of rooms, your dream project can be a reality. Consultation and estimates are free and there are never any hidden costs. 

    Don’t know where to start? Keith has worked on hundreds of projects and can advise you on everything from location of the sunroom to the decor. Elite will take care of everything from obtaining the building permits to hanging the blinds. All you have to do is share your vision for the project and they do the rest. 

    Their team is professional every step of the way and the workmanship and attention to detail is reflected in every room they build. Most projects are completed in a week or less, so you will be able to start enjoying it right away.

    Whether you are interested in extending the space in your home or cottage, or looking for a comfortable way to beat the heat, the rain, or the bugs…. Elite Sunrooms will show you how a sunroom can enhance your life today.

  11. Room for Change – Refreshed + Refurbished

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    Painting isn’t new to Kailan Dreolini of Refreshed + Refurbished.  “Growing up, I enjoyed painting my room with my mom, sometimes every year even,” Kailan tells me.  “I’ve been painting projects for clients for around 4 years now, but my experience goes well beyond that.”

    Kailan is often called upon to re-paint interiors for customers.  She loves the whole design process, doing a walk-thru with the home owners, choosing colours and transforming a space.  But she has really found her niche in refinishing cabinetry.  A job, not to be taken lightly due to the prep work and process it takes to create a beautiful finish, she is always up to the challenge.  According to Kailan, refinished kitchen cabinetry is her favourite project to work on.  It’s a big job, taking up to 2 weeks to complete, but the impact it makes in a home is priceless. 

    Though white is a timeless and the most requested colour when refinishing kitchen cabinetry, Kailan is seeing a trend in two-toned kitchens that is not leaving anytime soon.  This is when clients request a different colour for their upper or lower cabinets, or a different colour for their island.  It creates a unique statement in a kitchen and can really bring out the personality of the home owner. 

    The majority of Kailan’s inquiries are for cabinetry, but you can’t forget about interior walls.  She loves the transformation a new colour can make in someone’s home.  Either a fresh touch up or whole a new look, she can walk her client through colour options and give recommendations if needed.  Her main focus is residential, but will not shy away from smaller commercial jobs. She also fields many calls from property managers and landlords looking for touch ups and minor wall repair. 

    With an entrepreneurial spirit, Kailan Dreolini of Refreshed + Refurbished has created a name for herself.  Her experience, design and passion are really coming through in her projects and creating a lasting impression with her clients.

  12. Navigating Financial Horizons

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    Sunrise Credit Union stands as an example of financial empowerment, and at the heart of its commitment to members’ prosperity lies the Loans Department – a dynamic hub where dreams are nurtured and aspirations are turned into reality.

    Dedicated to fostering financial well-being, the Loans Department at Sunrise Credit Union operates with a customer-centric philosophy, offering a diverse range of loan products tailored to meet the unique needs of its members. Comprising of a dedicated team of seven professionals, the Loans Department at the Brandon Branch specializes in two primary areas to cater to the diverse needs of their members: commercial and personal. In the realm of commercial lending, their seasoned lenders focus on corporate, agricultural, and commercial loan services, collaborating with members to foster growth and prosperity. Simultaneously, the personal lending team diligently engages with members, offering comprehensive assistance in areas such as mortgages, personal and auto loans, refinancing, consolidation, and beyond.

    One of the defining features of Sunrise Credit Union’s Loans Department is its emphasis on personalized service. “We put a personal touch on each member’s file, this creates great relationships and communication with our membership,” says senior commercial loans officer Devin Moore. The employees at Sunrise take the time to understand the individual needs and circumstances of each member. This approach not only builds trust but ensures that loan solutions are custom-tailored, promoting a higher likelihood of success for the members and the credit union alike.

    Sunrise Credit Union is more than just a financial service – it’s a partner in the journey towards members’ financial success. By combining personalized service, innovative solutions, and a commitment to education, Sunrise Credit Union’s Loans Department exemplifies the credit union’s mission to brighten the financial horizons of its members.

  13. Wine Advice: Ready • Set • Summer!

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    Nothing says summer like sangria. A delicious easily adaptable beverage that is quick, flavourful, easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser! Simple alterations or substitutions to ingredients allow you to adapt the recipe to your personal taste.

    There are plenty of options for Sangria including the base wine, which can be white, rosé, or red. The base wine sets the tone for ingredients and embellishments. Food pairing possibilities abound.

    Red sangria is traditional, the beverage originating in Europe where it is made with locally produced dry red wines, many from the tempranillo or grenache (garnacha) grape variety. Quality wine is the most important ingredient. Good sangria starts with good wine. If you would not drink a wine do not use it as a component in the blend.

    Add a personal touch by substituting locally available seasonal fruit in the recipe. If food is served use ingredients to compliment food selections.

    Sangria’s flavor intensifies and improves when you allow ingredients to marry so plan to make sangria a day ahead and refrigerate it in an air-tight container. Left-overs will last 3-4 days in an air-tight container or up to 2 days if stored in a pitcher covered with plastic wrap.

    Garnishing with a slice of fruit, herbs or edible flowers elevates the beverage and occasion. Save time by preparing garnish ahead of time.

    Sangria is often served with ice. If you plan to add ice it is best added to the individual serving glass not the pitcher because as ice melts it dilutes flavour. Adding ice just prior to serving is the most appealing option.

    Traditional ice cubes are most appealing aesthetically and there are options. Look for forms for extra-large ice cube balls and large squares. The larger the cube the better. Large ice cubes melt much more slowly, better preserving sangria’s flavour and keeping the beverage cooler longer. Frozen seedless green grapes are a nice addition with dual purpose.

    Some recipes call for the addition of brandy, triple-sec or other alcohol. These additions add flavour, richness, and viscosity to the blend but do, of course, alter the alcohol level so keep this in mind.

    There are many substitutes such as flavoured brandy, orange flavoured brandy being a popular choice, but other options abound including apple, apricot, mango, and peach which compliment white sangria, while red, blue, and black fruit-based alcohol or brandy compliment rosé and red. Consider the flavour components present in the wine, fruit and garnishes and base your choice on complimentary favours.

    Traditional sangria is red and made with fruity dry red wine. if using a sweeter wine consider reducing the amount of white sugar in the recipe. Sangria’s required ingredients are wine, liquor, fruit juice, fruit, and sweetener.

    Kate Wagner Zeke, Sommelier(ISG)
    Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator(SWE)


    Red Wine Sangria

    • 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity dry red wine
    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) brandy
    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) triple-sec
    • 1/3 cup (80 ml) frozen lemonade concentrate
    • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice
    • 1/4 cup (60 ml) white sugar, to taste
      (if using wine with residual sugar consider reducing the amount)
    • 1 medium orange (sliced into rounds)
    • 1 medium lemon (sliced into rounds)
    • 1 medium lime (sliced into rounds)
    • 1 cup (240 ml) seedless green grapes (frozen)
    • 2 cups sparkling water or club soda (optional)

    Mix red wine, brandy, triple-sec, frozen lemonade, lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar in a large bowl. Add orange, lemon, and lime fruit slices.

    Freeze seedless green grapes. Place grapes on a metal baking pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to up to 2 hours.

    Refrigerate in an air-tight container or pitcher covered with plastic wrap for 8 hours or overnight.

    If desired, add fizz through the addition of sparkling water or club soda

    Add ice cubes to each glass. Add frozen grapes to the pitcher or glass. Garnish with fruit, fresh herbs, or edible flowers.


  14. Epp Law Office

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    Epp Law Office, situated in the vibrant community of Brandon, Manitoba, is a trusted legal resource for corporate, estate planning and administration but is particularly renowned for its high-quality service in real estate law. Boasting a reputation for excellence and client-centric service, this law firm has become a cornerstone for individuals and businesses navigating the particulars of real estate transactions in the region.

    Real estate law, at its core, encompasses a broad spectrum of legal principles and regulations governing the ownership, use, and transfer of real property. It serves as the guiding framework for any transaction involving land, structures, and related assets. From residential and commercial conveyancing transactions and builds to commercial leases, real estate lawyers provide the legal foundation necessary to protect the interests of all parties involved.

    At Epp Law Office, clients benefit from a team of experienced lawyers and staff who provide in-depth service in real estate matters. Andrea Epp and Alex Klippenstein possess an in-depth understanding of local regulations, market dynamics, and the nuances of property transactions. Whether it’s drafting contracts, conducting title searches, or resolving disputes, they are dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective legal representation tailored to each client’s unique needs.

    One of the hallmarks of Epp Law Office is its commitment to client satisfaction and accessibility. The firm prides itself on creating a welcoming and relaxed environment where clients feel comfortable seeking guidance and support for their real estate endeavors. From first-time homebuyers to seasoned investors, individuals and businesses alike trust Epp Law Office to provide them with the personalized attention and expertise needed to navigate the complexities of real estate transactions successfully.

    In the realm of real estate transactions, legal issues can arise at any stage of a transaction. Whether it’s negotiating terms, conducting due diligence, or resolving conflicts, having knowledgeable legal counsel is essential to safeguarding one’s interests and ensuring a smooth and legally sound outcome. Epp Law Office offers a full range of real estate legal services aimed at helping clients achieve their goals while mitigating risks and maximizing opportunities.

    With its dedication to client satisfaction, expertise in the intricacies of real estate transactions, and commitment to providing personalized legal services, Epp Law Office continues to be a trusted partner for individuals and businesses navigating the complexities of property ownership and transactions. Andrea and Alex can also assist their clients in Corporate Law, Wills, and Estate Law.

  15. Westman Fencing

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    With a diverse range of products catering to both residential and commercial needs, Westman Fencing has successfully established itself as a reliable choice for customers seeking durability, aesthetics, and functionality in their fencing options.

    Westman Fencing boasts a diverse product lineup, featuring four primary types of fencing: wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental. Each type caters to distinct needs, offering customers a versatile range of options to choose from.

    Historically, wood fencing has been a staple for homeowners, providing a classic and timeless aesthetic. However, recent years have seen a shift in popularity due to increased lumber prices. Westman Fencing addresses this concern by offering innovative solutions, including the introduction of steel posts for wood fences. These steel posts not only enhance the fence’s structural integrity but also prevent the common issue of wood rot, ensuring a longer lifespan for the fence.

    Vinyl fencing has gained immense popularity in recent times. With a focus on providing maintenance-free solutions, vinyl fencing has become a preferred choice for homeowners looking for durability without the hassle of upkeep. The inclusion of a lifetime warranty further enhances the appeal of Westman Fencing’s vinyl options, providing customers with peace of mind regarding their investment.

    Recognizing the need for affordable and functional fencing solutions, Westman Fencing continues to offer high-quality chain link fencing. Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, chain link fencing remains a practical choice for those seeking security without compromising visibility. They offer chain link products that meet the highest standards of durability, providing reliable protection for properties of all sizes.

    For customers seeking a perfect blend of aesthetics and security, ornamental fencing options prove to be an excellent choice. Crafted with attention to detail, these fences not only enhance the visual appeal of properties but also provide a secure boundary. Ornamental fencing is available in various designs and materials, allowing customers to tailor their choice to match the unique style of their home or business.

    Westman Fencing’s commitment to providing high-quality fencing extends to both residential and commercial applications. Whether homeowners are looking for an elegant vinyl fence or a classic wood fence, or businesses require secure chain link or ornamental fencing, Westman Fencing has the expertise and products to meet diverse needs.

    Westman Fencing stands as a leader in the fencing industry, offering a comprehensive selection of wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental fencing solutions. With a keen eye on innovation and customer satisfaction, they continue to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of the fencing industry, prov-iding reliable and durable options for a wide range of customers.

  16. The Possibilities are Endless

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    Dusty Woodworks, founded by Dustin Knapp, embodies a legacy of craftsmanship deeply rooted in family tradition and a passion for woodworking. Growing up in Brandon, Manitoba, Dustin’s journey into the world of woodworking began at a young age, as he spent weekends assisting his uncle in installing cabinets. Inspired by his uncle’s mastery and his grandfather’s skill, Dustin felt a natural inclination towards woodworking, considering it almost a familial calling.

    After graduating from Assiniboine Community College’s woodworking program in 2007, under the tutelage of mentor Rob Holland, Dustin embarked on a career in the woodworking trade. He honed his skills working for various cabinetry and woodworking companies before taking the leap to establish his own venture in the fall of 2020 – Dusty Woodworks.

    Dusty Woodworks is more than just a business; it’s a testament to craftsmanship, dedication, and unwavering commitment to quality. Partnering with another seasoned woodworker, Danny Ewasiuk, Dustin ensures that every project undertaken by Dusty Woodworks is marked by precision, attention to detail, and a touch of old-world craftsmanship.

    At Dusty Woodworks, the ethos revolves around creating bespoke, high-end projects from wood. From custom-built kitchens to intricate cabinets, each piece is meticulously crafted from scratch. Unlike mass-produced alternatives, Dusty Woodworks takes pride in handcrafting every component locally in Brandon. Their commitment to authenticity means using traditional techniques, ensuring a personalized touch in every creation in favor of CNC machines and automated processes.

    Central to Dusty Woodworks’ philosophy is the belief that “The Possibilities are Endless.” This mantra underscores their dedication to fulfilling clients’ unique visions, whether it’s designing specialty pull-outs for kitchen cabinets or crafting tailored furniture pieces. Clients are encouraged to actively participate in the design process, with Dusty Woodworks offering custom designs and 3D models to ensure alignment with the client’s vision.

    While specializing in high-end kitchens remains a focal point, Dustin extends his expertise to a diverse array of projects. From residential and commercial cabinets to bathroom vanities, dining tables, floating shelves, and entertainment units, the team tackles an extensive range of custom woodworking endeavors. Their portfolio includes butcher block, Quartz and Laminate countertops, custom stair railings, and even Murphy beds – showcasing their versatility and commitment to excellence across various domains.

    What sets Dusty Woodworks apart is their unwavering dedication to quality. Every piece undergoes rigorous inspection to ensure impeccable craftsmanship and functionality. With an emphasis on customer satisfaction, they strive to exceed expectations, delivering not just products but personalized experiences tailored to each client’s needs and preferences.

    As Dusty Woodworks continues to grow and evolve, its foundation remains steadfast – a reverence for tradition, a passion for woodworking, and a commitment to crafting timeless pieces that transcend mere functionality. With Dustin Knapp at the helm, backed by a talented team of craftsmen, Dusty Woodworks is poised to leave an indelible mark in the world of custom woodworking, one meticulously crafted piece at a time.

  17. Transforming Spaces with Precision and Passion

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    In the world of home renovations, every project is a canvas waiting to be transformed into a masterpiece. For Refreshed and Refurbished, a recent project in Souris exemplifies not just a renovation but a testament to their commitment to excellence, creativity, and client satisfaction.

    The scope of the project was meticulously planned – a complete overhaul of the main floor, encompassing everything from painting ceilings, walls, trim, and interior doors to creating a striking accent wall for the TV area. What made this project particularly special was the collaboration between Kailan from Refreshed and Refurbished and the client, whose trust in their expertise was unwavering.

    Having previously worked with the client on painting their cabinets, Kailan and her team were invited back to spearhead the interior painting and design aspects of the main floor renovation. From the outset, they were deeply involved in the creative process, offering guidance on colour selection and design ideas to ensure a cohesive and visually stunning result.

    The colour palette chosen for the project reflected a blend of sophistication and warmth, perfectly complementing the new flooring and existing fireplace. Interior walls and trim were painted in Wheat Bread by Behr, evoking a sense of timeless elegance. The interior doors were adorned with Behr’s Satin Black, adding a touch of contrast and modernity to the space. However, the pièce de résistance was the TV accent wall, which was elegantly crafted using Satin Black by Behr once again, serving as a focal point that effortlessly ties the room together.

    While Refreshed and Refurbished focused on the painting and design aspects, the project as a whole encompassed a myriad of improvements, including new flooring, the removal of textured ceilings, the addition of pot lights, enhancements to the woodwork on the beam, and the acquisition of new furniture. It was a comprehensive transformation that revitalized the entire space, breathing new life into every corner.

    What truly sets Refreshed and Refurbished apart is their dedication to understanding their clients’ vision and translating it into reality. Throughout the project, the client’s confidence in their recommendations allowed them to unleash their creativity and expertise, resulting in a space that surpassed expectations.

  18. They’re Back!

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    In the realm of interior design, functionality and aesthetics often collide, demanding solutions that seamlessly blend innovation with practicality. Budget Blinds, a frontrunner in window treatments, is thrilled to announce the relaunch of Cordless Top Down Bottom Up (TDBU) Honeycomb Cellular Blinds. These blinds, renowned for their ultra-smooth operation and ease of use, are poised to elevate both the style and functionality of any space they adorn.

    The hallmark feature of the Cordless TDBU Honeycomb Cellular Blind lies in its innovative design, which allows users to control both the top and bottom of the blinds independently. This means homeowners can enjoy natural light and maintain privacy simultaneously, a feature that is increasingly sought after in modern living spaces. The elimination of cords not only enhances safety, particularly in households with children and pets but also contributes to a cleaner, sleeker aesthetic.

    What sets the newly launched Cordless TDBU Blinds apart is their incorporation of new ribbon technology.  Budget Blinds partners with more than 14 vendors to offer customers a wide range of options for their homes. Among the various Honeycomb vendors, Norman Window Fashions distinguishes itself as a premier vendor, particularly with its innovative ribbon technology. This advancement ensures a smooth and quiet operation, allowing users to effortlessly raise and lower the blinds with minimal effort. Whether adjusting for sunlight or privacy, the blinds respond with grace, adding a touch of elegance to any room. Moreover, Budget Blinds places a strong emphasis on safety and compliance with regulations. These Cordless TDBU Blinds are designed to be compliant with Health Canada’s health and safety regulations, providing customers with peace of mind knowing that their window treatments adhere to the highest standards of safety.

    Homeowners seeking to elevate their living spaces need not compromise between style and functionality. Not only do these blinds offer unparalleled convenience and ease of use, but they also serve as a testament to Budget Blinds’ commitment to delivering innovation and quality craftsmanship. As we continue to prioritize comfort and safety within our homes, investing in window treatments that marry form and function becomes increasingly essential.

    Budget Blinds of Southern and Western Manitoba’s reintroduction of Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Blinds represents a significant leap forward in the realm of window treatments. With their ultra-smooth operation, and innovative design featuring new ribbon technology, these blinds offer a seamless blend of functionality and style. As homeowners seek to enhance their living spaces, Budget Blinds remains at the forefront of offering innovation, providing solutions that elevate every aspect of home design.

  19. Journey To Wellness

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    At the heart of Brandon, Manitoba, the Lighthouse Wellness Centre stands as a testament to the vision and dedication of its founders, Jenny Steele and Luanne Rae. This dynamic duo has not only brought their dreams to life but has also nurtured a thriving wellness community in the process.

    Jenny Steele, a passionate advocate for holistic well-being, boasts a background rooted in various healing modalities. Armed with a degree in Psychiatric Nursing, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Lighthouse Wellness Centre. Luanne Rae, her business partner and co-owner, shares a similar professional background as a registered Psychiatric Nurse. Luanne contributes her unique perspective to the holistic wellness landscape, working with clients of all ages. Her dynamic knowledge and education in all developmental stages of life includes a special interest in family health. Their combined background in traditional healthcare, coupled with a deep appreciation and education in alternative therapies and holistic mental health care, has played a pivotal role in shaping the services offered at Lighthouse Wellness Centre.

    As Jenny and Luanne recognized a need in the community for diverse approaches to wellness, their business rapidly expanded. They attribute this growth to their belief that things happen for a reason, coupled with the contributions of their exceptional team. Jenny and Luanne hold each staff member in high regard, valuing their big hearts, unique characteristics, and wealth of knowledge and education. This collective ethos has significantly contributed to the growth of Lighthouse Wellness Centre.

    At Lighthouse Wellness Centre, clients can access a range of services, including traditional counseling and diverse options such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Therapeutic Play, Alternative Healing, Vagal Toning, Child Behaviour Consultation and Parent Coaching, Family and Individual Mediation and Debriefs, Community Support Liaison, Trauma Informed Yoga, Resilience Training, Tapping (EFT), Brainspotting, MiCBT, and Psychological Testing. These services cater to individuals, groups, and organizations alike, and the center boasts a team of 11 practitioners dedicated to supporting clients on their wellness journey.

    Lighthouse Wellness Centre addresses common struggles such as anxiety, depression, physical ailments and pain, conflict, ADHD, addictions, identity exploration, gender dysphoria, stress, trauma, grief, anger, family concerns, postpartum and parenting struggles, and various other mental health conditions. Understanding the challenges of navigating the mental health system, Lighthouse offers support to clients at any stage of their healing journey, providing a safe and welcoming environment amidst life’s complexities.

    The commitment of Lighthouse Wellness Centre to holistic well-being is evident in its diverse range of therapeutic services, offering individuals a comprehensive toolkit for achieving mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. By embracing a holistic approach to healing, Lighthouse Wellness Centre continues to guide individuals toward wellness, serving as a safe harbor amidst life’s challenges.

  20. Nurturing Nature’s Canopy

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    Nestled in the heart of Westman and the breathtaking landscape of Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP), Shamrock Tree Service stands tall as a beacon of excellence in tree care. With a commendable six years of experience, this locally owned and operated company has become a trusted name for residents and businesses seeking expert pruning, trimming, stump grinding, and removal services.

    Known for their competitive pricing, skilled climbers, and the ability to tackle challenging spaces, Shamrock Tree Service has carved its niche in the arboriculture industry.

    Established six years ago in Killarney, Manitoba, Shamrock Tree Service embarked on a journey to provide top-notch tree care services to local communities. Over the years, the company has grown not only in size but also in reputation, earning the trust of customers through a commitment to excellence, professionalism, and a passion for preserving the region’s natural beauty. Now, based out of Brandon, as well as Killarney, Shamrock Tree Service, provides its services to the communities of Westman and up to the vast landscapes of RMNP. Whether it’s a residential property, commercial establishment, or the pristine wilderness of the national park, the company’s commitment to tree care knows no bounds.

    Shamrock Tree Service specializes in a range of services aimed at maintaining and enhancing the health and aesthetics of trees. Pruning and trimming are essential components of their offerings, designed to promote healthy growth, improve tree structure, and ensure the safety of the surrounding environment. The company’s skilled arborists employ industry best practices to deliver precise and meticulous pruning and leaves landscapes looking pristine.

    Stump grinding is another area of expertise for Shamrock Tree Service. Removing unsightly stumps not only enhances the visual appeal of a property but also prevents potential hazards and encourages new growth. The company utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to efficiently grind stumps below the surface, allowing for seamless landscaping and eliminating tripping hazards.

    Tree removal, a task that requires both precision and skill, is executed seamlessly by Shamrock Tree Service. What sets them apart is their team of skilled climbers who navigate the complexities of tight spaces that traditional trucks cannot access. This capability ensures the safe and efficient removal of trees, even in challenging locations.

    Shamrock Tree Service understands the importance of affordability, and that’s why they pride themselves on offering competitive pricing without compromising on the quality of service. This commitment to value ensures that customers receive the best tree care solutions without breaking the bank.

    In the realm of tree care, Shamrock Tree Service has emerged as a true steward of nature, combining years of experience, skilled climbers, and competitive pricing. Their unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and the preservation of our landscape’s natural beauty solidifies their position as a go-to tree service provider in the region. For those looking to entrust their trees to capable hands, Shamrock Tree Service stands tall, ready to nurture and safeguard the greenery that graces our landscapes.

  21. The Foundation of Home Design

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    When it comes to home renovations, the flooring is often the unsung hero that withstands daily wear and tear. The team from Red Kayak Flooring tells us that choosing the right flooring, prepping the space, and ensuring proper installation, are crucial steps in creating a long-lasting and visually appealing foundation for your home.

    However, many homeowners tend to overlook the importance of a well-thought-out budget for their flooring projects.

    Creating a budget for your flooring project is not just about choosing the right material; it’s about understanding the entire process, from preparation to installation. One common mistake is underestimating the costs associated with preparing the space for new flooring. Before installation can begin, old flooring may need to be removed, substrates may need to be built up, or at times, may need to be leveled. These steps are critical for the warranty and the longevity of your new flooring and should not be overlooked in your budgeting process. Whether you are building a home or renovating, flooring should be top priority in your budget. Besides kitchen cabinets, flooring takes the most abuse and is the hardest to replace.

    When considering flooring options, engineered hardwood stands out for its numerous advantages. This is the only type of flooring that has the highest return on your investment, adding the most value to your home. Engineered hardwood has a matte finish and beautiful texture; therefore, you no longer have to worry about seeing every footstep, scratch, or pet hair. A big advantage with wood is that it’s the easiest flooring to repair damage or replace boards if need be. It is also designed to withstand fluctuations in temperature and humidity, making it an ideal choice for various environments.

    Engineered hardwood is glued and/or stapled to your substrate, so doorway transitions are not required. With a click vinyl plank or laminate, manufacturers require transitions in every doorway. Our skilled installers can also do some incredible finishing touches that you aren’t able to do as easily with other flooring options.

    If you would like to bring warmth and comfort to your space, adding an area rug consisting of carpet tiles is sure to bring the coziness you are looking for. Embracing the versatility of carpet tiles in your home offers a dynamic and customizable approach to interior design. The beauty of using carpet tiles lies in their flexibility. You can mix and match patterns and colours to create your own design. The biggest advantage of carpet tiles is that you can custom-size your area rug and if you damage a tile, you can just change it out! How do the tiles stay together you ask? All you do is tab them together with supplied “Flor Dots”. So whether you’re looking to add a cozy rug to your living area or transform an entire room, carpet tiles offer a versatile and inviting option to warm up your living spaces.

    In the realm of home design, flooring plays a foundational role that is often underestimated. By crafting a comprehensive budget that includes material costs, preparation expenses, and installation fees, homeowners can ensure a successful and long-lasting flooring project. Engineered hardwood flooring emerges as a top choice, offering low maintenance and longevity. Remember, investing wisely in your flooring not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also adds value and comfort for years to come.

  22. Porch Transformation

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    Adding value, comfort, and versatility to your home is always a priority for homeowners looking to enhance their living space. One remarkable solution gaining popularity is the Sunspace porch conversion walls system, offering a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living while providing numerous benefits for homeowners.

    Sunspace porch conversion walls are engineered with precision to convert your existing porch, veranda or covered deck, into a 3-season sunroom or enclosure. This innovative system utilizes durable materials such as weather-resistant aluminum frames and high-quality windows, ensuring longevity and functionality regardless of the climate. Whether it’s scorching summers or chilly fall days, Sunspace walls maintain a comfortable interior temperature, allowing you to enjoy your porch space throughout the year.

    One of the standout features of Sunspace porch conversion walls is their versatility. These walls can be customized to fit any porch size or configuration, making them suitable for various architectural styles and preferences. Whether you have a small cozy porch or a sprawling outdoor space, Sunspace walls can be tailored to meet your specific needs, seamlessly integrating with your home’s existing design aesthetic.

    With professional installation, by Elite Sunrooms, you can quickly transform your porch into a functional and inviting space without the hassle of extensive construction work. Sunspace walls are designed for minimal upkeep, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor oasis.

  23. A Legacy of Excellence

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    With a rich history spanning over three decades, KM Construction has recently undergone a significant transition as Keith Barkman’s oldest son, Kyle, and his wife, Tara, step up as joint owners. Bringing in the next generation is not just a continuation but an evolution of the business, poised to embrace new opportunities and challenges.

    One of the pillars of KM Construction’s success has been its experienced workforce. Most employees boast an impressive 10 to 20 years of building expertise, ensuring that every project undertaken is executed with precision and skill. This wealth of experience, combined with a dedication to quality, has earned KM Construction a sterling reputation in the local community and beyond.

    The addition of Keith’s youngest son, Grant, to the team, heralds a new chapter in the company’s journey, infusing it with fresh ideas and perspectives while upholding the core values instilled by previous generations. As KM Construction gears up to celebrate its 33rd year in business this fall, it does so with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor.

    Traditionally, Ready-to-Move Homes (RTM) are known as a smaller, more economical housing option, KM Construction is now setting new standards by venturing into the realm of larger, more luxurious dwellings. Character homes spanning 2000 square feet and beyond have become commonplace, many of them featuring attached garages for added convenience and functionality. This shift reflects the evolving needs and desires of homeowners, with KM Construction steadfastly committed to meeting and exceeding their expectations.

    RTM homes have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, thanks to their affordability, customizable designs, and efficient construction process. By collaborating closely with homeowners, KM Construction ensures no detail is left out, allowing homeowners to embark on their new beginnings with peace of mind.

  24. CNC Building Movers

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    Though moving Ready to Move (RTM) homes, new or old, is their specialty, CNC Building Movers also specializes in moving barns, sheds, shops, and garages. With experience and a commitment to precision, they have earned a reputation for seamlessly transporting buildings and homes from one location to another ensuring structural integrity throughout the process. From securing permits to planning routes, they prioritize efficiency and safety along the way. If you are considering an RTM or need a small building moved, reach out to CNC Building Movers.

  25. Letter From the Editor

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    The warmer days we have been experiencing make me think of Spring. Why you may ask? This is the time of year I am thinking about my gardens. Yes! Many gardeners are elbow-deep in seeds and detailed plans for the upcoming year.

    We love to garden in our family. We plant a large edible garden every year with a variety of fruits and vegetables we eat all through the year. Potatoes and squash last well into the winter and many items from the garden we can into salsa, pickles, tomatoes, and jams. Freezing your produce is another great way to preserve it all year long.

    At this time of year, we are planning what will go into the garden and what seeds we need to start early indoors. This year I will be starting peppers and tomatoes early, as well as some flowers. I kept seeds from several of my flowers last year and hope to add them to my planters once again this year. Starting them early indoors ensures they are mature enough to go outside once the weather is warmer. Many seeds you can plant straight into the ground.

    Some plants can be brought into the house over the winter and put back out the following year. I keep my Coleus plants from each year and take care of them over the winter. I will trim them up over the months and propagate the clippings to create more plants for myself, family, and friends. I was able to get a clipping from a new variety of Coleus I do not have and have been growing and propagating it all winter to have several plants ready for summer.

    It does take a bit of planning, work, and patience, but having a garden can be very rewarding for you and your family. It doesn’t have to be a big garden; container gardening can yield just as much produce if you live in a smaller space.  We like to do both! If you are a gardener like me or trying it out for the first time this year, have fun and experiment, what’s the worst that can happen.

    Jaime-Lynn Dyck

  26. High-Speed WiFi

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    With speeds capable of transferring data at lightning-fast rates, WiFi facilitates seamless streaming, rapid downloads, and smooth online gaming experiences.

    Empowering remote work and virtual collaboration, ensuring productivity and efficiency. Moreover, High-Speed WiFi enables smart home devices to communicate effortlessly, enhancing convenience and automation. Businesses thrive with fast WiFi, offering customers seamless transactions and immersive digital experiences. As technology advances, the demand for faster WiFi grows, driving innovation in networking solutions to meet the escalating need for speed and reliability in our interconnected world.

  27. Wine Advice: Perfect Harmony

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    The food is fabulous, the wine divine, together you can create perfect harmony.

    An individual who appreciates wine usually always enjoys eating well. Together wine and food bring out the best in each other elevating a meal.

    Ben from Benny’s Restaurant in Brandon created a menu featuring the local favorites Black and Blue Salad, Classic Carbonara Pasta, and Vanilla Crème Brulé. Sounds delicious! How do you improve this menu? Just add wine.

    Pair each dish with wine and in thoughtfully and consciously doing so, compliment and enhance the flavours of each dish. The goal of food and wine pairing is to make both the food and wine taste better together then they would apart.

    Consider the ingredients in a dish and determine which flavours or components to compliment or contrast. Which flavours and textures play a minor versus major role? Consider preparation and cooking method and the effect it has on the ingredients flavour profile.

    A further consideration is the order each wine is served. Although this does not dictate wine selection it is something to consider as wine is affected by the flavour profile of the food and wine that precedes it.

    The black and blue salad features top sirloin, mixed greens, blue cheese, cucumbers tomatoes and roasted artichoke hearts with a Dijon vinaigrette. A flavourful textured dish served at room temperature. The savory flavours of the steak, blue cheese, tomatoes, roasted artichoke and vinaigrette are complimented by red wines such as a Reserva or Gran Reserva Rioja from Spain, made from the tempranillo grape. With balanced fruit, natural acidity and structure, subtle aged flavour, Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja wines have the right amount of backbone to compliment the various flavours and textures in this dish. Although famous for its wine Rioja is also known for artichokes. Proving once again, the tried-and- true wine pairing advice of if it grows together, it goes together.

    Carbonara pasta is created from a combination of penne noodles, back bacon, portabella mushroom and asiago cheese, coated in a rich smooth garlic sauce. Creamy in texture with subtle earthy mushroom, bacon, and garlic flavours. Carbonara originated in Italy so consider what wines this dish would be paired with if consumed where the dish was created. Red wine made from the sangiovese grape would often be the wine of choice. A Chianti Classico has the acidity needed to cut through the richness of this dish while the herbal, earthy, red berry flavours compliment the saltiness of the bacon and earthy mushroom flavour.

    To complete the meal Ben chose Vanilla Crème Brulé, a personal favorite, with rich vanilla custard and a crunchy chewy caramelized sugar topping. Desserts often pair best with sweet dessert style wines. Here I chose Tawny Port known for its decadent flavours of vanilla, date, raisin, fig, and brown sugar. Consider how the Tawny Ports flavours both mirror and compliment the flavours of Crème Brulé. The rule of thumb for pairing wine with dessert is to select a wine that is as sweet or sweeter than the dessert.

    Food and wine pairing can be as simple or complex as you choose to make it. The most important tip to remember is to experiment, have fun and enjoy!

    Kate Wagner Zeke, Sommelier(ISG)
    Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator(SWE)

  28. Home or Cottage

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    This quality build by Emjay Homes will be on its way to Russell, Manitoba soon enough. Emjay Homes builds RTM homes at their location in Austin, Manitoba, and moves them all across Manitoba and into Saskatchewan. That is the benefit of building an RTM home; more efficient and cost-effective overall.

    If you are looking for the ideal blend of comfort, style, and warmth, this 1198 sq.ft. cottage-style RTM is for you.  This versatile home is designed to cater to your needs, whether you’re in search of a permanent home or a cottage retreat. Boasting a spacious open-concept layout, the main area seamlessly integrates the kitchen, dining, and living spaces. The rake windows, front and back, have angles that mimic the roof line, adding visual interest, light, and a more modern look to your home’s façade.

    With two full bathrooms and three well-appointed bedrooms, comfort is paramount in this RTM home. Each room is thoughtfully designed to provide ample space and privacy, making it a perfect option for families, couples, or individuals seeking tranquility.

    Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by the timeless beauty of hickory wood cabinets finished in a rich Roasted Barley stain. The interior is adorned with Benjamin Moore’s Regal paint, a mark of quality that ensures a lasting and appealing finish. The main colour palette of Manchester Tan creates a soothing atmosphere, while the Smokestack Grey accent behind the cabinetry and above the fireplace mantle adds depth and sophistication.

    For those seeking cozy nights and a rustic atmosphere, the wood-burning fireplace, supplied and installed by Backwood Ten One Seven Inc, is a standout feature. The custom-made mantle, crafted by Prairie Barnwood in Morden, Manitoba, adds a touch of authenticity. The Fusion stone in the shade Fawn beautifully complements the fireplace, tying the interior together in perfect harmony.

    The exterior of the property is a visual delight, featuring Canexcel siding in the elegant Granite shade, complemented by black soffit and facia adding a touch of sophistication. The Gaf lifetime shingles in Charcoal not only enhance the overall aesthetics but also ensure lasting protection against the elements. The fusion stone accent in Carbon on the front facade adds character and charm.

    Emjay Homes’ commitment to excellence is evident in every facet of this RTM home. The combination of functional design, top-notch materials, and attention to detail culminate in a living space that exceeds the expectations of comfort and style.

  29. Heritage Co-op Home Centres – Commitment to Building Dreams

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    In the heart of Manitoba, a shining beacon of community collaboration and unwavering support stands tall – the Heritage Co-op Home Centre. With its roots deeply embedded in the values of togetherness and shared prosperity, this cooperative establishment has become more than just a home and building supply destination; it’s a lifeline for the people of Erickson, Minnedosa, Strathclair, and beyond.

    From modest home renovations to ambitious construction endeavours, Heritage Co-op Home Centre is not only a store but a hub of dreams, solutions, and lasting relationships.

    At the core of Heritage Co-op Home Centre’s ethos lies the concept of cooperation. It’s not just a retail outlet; it’s a collective effort of individuals working hand in hand to empower their neighbours and foster a thriving community. Unlike conventional stores, a cooperative is a living embodiment of shared aspirations and mutual growth. Members, customers, employees – they’re all integral threads in the fabric of this cooperative tapestry, weaving dreams into reality.

    What sets Heritage Co-op Home Centre apart is its comprehensive range of offerings that cater to every conceivable need under the home and building umbrella. From adding those perfect finishing touches to orchestrating major construction projects, the Home Centre is a one-stop solution hub. Let’s take a closer look at the diverse offerings:

    Home & Building Solutions: A treasure trove of products awaits those seeking solutions for their household needs. Whether it’s an elegant revamp of interiors or a structural overhaul, they are equipped to turn visions into tangible results.

    Household Décor: Choosing the right flooring and paint can make or break the ambiance of a space. With expert guidance, customers can confidently embark on their decorating journey, assured of making the right choices.

    Gardening Solutions: For those with green thumbs and a passion for outdoor spaces, the Home Centre offers an array of gardening and outdoor supplies. Cultivate your garden oasis with top-notch tools and materials.

    Lumber: Building from the ground up? Heritage Co-op Home Centre has you covered with a wide selection of lumber materials that form the foundation of construction projects, big or small.

    Estimation & Contracting Services: Beyond bricks and mortar, the Home Centre acknowledges that successful projects require meticulous planning and execution. Their estimation and contracting services ensure that the journey from blueprint to reality is a seamless one.

    With rich offerings, a commitment to excellence, and the innovative touch of visionaries, Heritage Co-op Home Centre stands as a beacon of hope for those with dreams of building, renovating, or simply enriching their surroundings. In a world of possibilities, this cooperative gem is more than a store – it’s a bridge that connects aspirations with reality, one shared project at a time.

  30. Elevate Your Room

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    When it comes to interior design, bathrooms can be overlooked for more prominent spaces in the home. One way to elevate your bathroom is through an accent wall. An accent wall in a bathroom not only adds visual interest, but it allows you to experiment with colour, texture, and patterns that make a powerful statement.

    Selecting the right wall is essential. Typically, the wall behind the vanity or the one opposite the bathroom entrance serves as an ideal spot. These walls naturally draw attention, making them perfect for a bold design element. For our project, we wanted to add a bold element behind the toilet in the toilet room. This was a safe space to experiment and add some flare.

    For a spacious, spa-like feel, we opted for a light, neutral grey tone for the overall bathroom. Introducing the bolder earthy green colour on the accent wall infuses a refreshing energy into the room.  To begin, I taped off the wall and then painted 2 coats for optimal coverage. If you are happy with the look, you can just leave it at that. However, I sought to add depth by incorporating slim, wooden pieces to the wall.

    To create the design, I used painter’s tape and transferred the design I wanted to the wall. This gave me a visual, so I could be sure I was satisfied with the design. I decided to go for a natural wood look, so my next step was to sand down each board before cutting them to size. I started with the larger pieces and worked my way down in size. I attached the wooden elements to the wall using a finishing nail in our trusty nail gun.

    If you want to take this accent wall to the next level, you could caulk around the boards to create a seamless finish followed by painting everything the same colour. For me, I used a painting in our bathroom as inspiration for the colour and the natural wood frame and was very happy with the final result.

  31. Out On Display

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    A showroom adds a physical dimension to a business. While creating a personalized and immersive environment for customers, knowledgeable staff can guide you through the products and offer tailored recommendations, building trust and credibility.

    On top of their Rolling Showrooms, which bring the products right to your home, Budget Blinds has created a warm and inviting space that customers can come to. It is the perfect space to explore specialty products and take in the full experience of motorization. Upon entering the showroom at 381 Park Ave East in Brandon, your gaze will take you to a feature wall showcasing 15 different styles of window coverings allowing customers to try them out and make informed choices. Have one of their experienced staff demonstrate motorized blinds using the voice control of a smart device or check out their custom pillow wall or draperies. Owners of Budget Blinds of Southern and Western Manitoba, Sue and Gord Swarbrick’s business model is in-home consultations, but they believe having a well-designed showroom offers another experience when shopping for window coverings.

    To further expand their reach, Sue and Gord have opened a satellite office at 19 Mountain Street South in Morden, Manitoba. This space serves their customers in Southeast Manitoba, on top of offering their rolling showrooms right to customers’ homes.  This location also features a shared space with Deasil Custom Sewing, the company Budget Blinds collaborates with for their custom pillows and drapery. This collaboration strengthens their offerings and ensures a seamless experience for customers. Here, you will get the same experience as the Brandon showroom; testing out window coverings on their feature wall and experiencing motorization first-hand with the help of knowledgeable staff. Having a physical space where customers can come and interact with products and have their questions answered is important for Sue and Gord. As they continue to operate their showroom, satellite office, and rolling showrooms, they are hoping to expand with another satellite office just south of Winnipeg in the near future.

    Budget Blinds’ showroom concept highlights the significance of offering customers a personalized and immersive environment, fostering trust, and creating lasting relationships with their clientele. Whether visiting their showrooms or booking in-home consultations, customers can expect a premium shopping experience with Budget Blinds.

  32. Alternative Garden Centre

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    The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association has honored Alternative Choice Garden Centre with the prestigious 2023 Garden Centre of Distinction Award.

    This national recognition celebrates their exceptional expertise in crafting remarkable gardens and landscapes. The award highlights their commitment to upholding high standards and advancing the art of gardening through public engagement and innovative technology-driven growing practices. Additionally, Alternative Choice Garden Centre has been distinguished as the 2023 Manitoba Garden Centre of the Year, reinforcing their excellence on a regional level.

    As a comprehensive destination for all things gardening, Alternative Choice Garden Centre offers a diverse array of products and services. Their extensive range includes distinctive gardening gifts, a wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and a comprehensive selection of landscaping materials. Convenient online shopping for retail products is now available, complemented by the convenience of curbside pick-up and daily free local delivery options.

    Within their gift shop, visitors will discover a delightful assortment of gardening-themed products curated for the home. This charming and spacious area showcases a variety of items, ranging from decorative art and home décor to fountains, lanterns, garden sculptures, tropical house plants, and more. During the festive season (November to December), the gift shop undergoes a captivating transformation, evolving into a Winter Wonderland adorned with white twinkling lights, festive decorations, gift inspirations, and freshly-cut Christmas trees and ornaments.

    The Garden Centre is not just a place to shop; it’s also a hub of exciting events and workshops year-round. Popular events, including workshops and Lady’s Night, are offered on their calendar weekly. If you have a specific date or theme in mind for a workshop, they would be happy to customize it for you and your group’s preferences. Watch their social media pages and website for exciting workshops opening up. It’s the perfect place to escape to a warm, tropical paradise in the winter months.

    The greenhouses and nursery are fully stocked each spring, boasting an impressive selection of over 1,000 varieties of exquisite annuals and more than 2,000 varieties of perennials, herbs, vegetables, house plants, and tropical specimens. Furthermore, they offer a wide range of hardy trees and shrubs, hanging baskets, roses, and combination planters. Complementary to their plant offerings, they provide a comprehensive collection of accessories and materials that are indispensable for DIY gardening projects. These resources make it effortlessly achievable for individuals to craft stunning outdoor sanctuaries and landscapes.

    Indoor gardening enthusiasts are also catered to, with an extensive assortment of planters, soils, soil amendments, pest management solutions, mini-greenhouses, and grow lights. Planters are available in various sizes for both indoor and outdoor use. Their stylish and functional planters add a touch of elegance to patios, decks, and walkways.

    A warm invitation is extended to visit Alternative Choice Garden Centre. Their expertise and offerings can guide you in creating beautiful outdoor spaces that transform your home into a uniquely personalized haven of natural beauty.

  33. On Trend

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    Light-coloured wood cabinets have become a popular trend in modern home décor, particularly in the kitchen. The natural look of light-coloured wood creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for any home.

    This trend has gained immense popularity in recent years and continues to be a favourite choice among homeowners.

    Though Refreshed + Refurbished is known for its beautifully painted cabinetry, they have recently worked on several projects where they sand and strip cabinets down to their natural wood state. “Every job will be different”, says Kailan Dreolini of Refreshed + Refurbished, “you won’t know exactly what the outcome will be and you will have to work with it along the way.” Being patient with the process and preparing for changes as you go, is what Kailan has had to do.

    On her latest project, the client wanted the current stain removed and refinished in a lighter stain. Once the cabinets were prepped, the client really liked the look of the natural wood on the maple cabinets and they opted to finish them in a clear coat for protection while keeping the natural wood tone. Many kitchens are not 100% solid wood and will have some particle board. The particle board will not take the stain and have the same look as solid wood, so Kailan works with her clients to find what option they like best to finish the project. In this kitchen, they paint matched the shade of wood to keep a seamless look throughout.

    When updating your kitchen there are many easy, inexpensive ways that make a big impact. In this kitchen, Kailan removed the crossbars in the glass cabinet door for a more fresh, modern look. As well, changing out the hardware in your kitchen can really finish off the new, updated look you are wanting. Gold, copper, silver, and black hardware all look aesthetically pleasing with light-coloured wood which makes it another great reason for choosing it.

    No matter if you are stripping and staining or painting your cabinetry, working with experienced businesses like Kailan at Refreshed + Refurbished is a must. The knowledge and experience will help you make the right decision in creating a new look in your space.

  34. Feature Business: Red Kayak Flooring Co.

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    When it comes to transforming your home or business with quality flooring, look no further than Red Kayak Flooring Co.

    Founded and operated by Mark Jenkins and Bobby-Jo Danielson, their team brings over 100+ years of industry experience to the table. Their mission is simple: to provide customers with a stress-free, personalized experience, guiding them through the process of selecting and installing the perfect flooring for their needs.

    The story of Red Kayak Flooring Co. is rooted in a deep connection to family and the joy of shared experiences. Before the company’s inception, Mark had a simple white work van with his name on it, which they used to transport their Red Kayak to the lake. People who saw the “van with the red kayak” instantly recognized Mark and greeted him with a friendly wave. This observation became a catalyst for the company’s name, Red Kayak Flooring Co. Another familial thread woven into the business narrative is embodied by the quirky sign that proudly graces the company’s entrance. Drawing inspiration from Mark’s father, Bob, a luminary in the flooring industry known for his innovative marketing, the crooked sign stands as a tribute to the spirit of standing out and attracting attention. It’s a way for Mark to honor his father’s legacy by embracing the unique.

    At Red Kayak Flooring Co., the team’s primary focus is on providing and installing quality flooring for their customers. Bobby-Jo and Mark understand that the process of choosing and installing flooring can be overwhelming. Their goal is to take the confusion out of the process and guide customers through every step, from selecting the perfect flooring in their well-organized showroom to ensuring its proper installation. They understand that a flooring purchase is a significant investment, and their commitment to providing transparent and trustworthy advice ensures that customers feel confident in their choices. If a customer already has a product in mind, even if it was purchased elsewhere, they are more than willing to assist with a seamless installation process, putting the customer’s needs first.

    In addition to the expertise of Bobby-Jo and Mark, Red Kayak Flooring Co. boasts a team of seasoned professionals who excel in their respective roles. Kevin Ruddick, with 15 years of experience in the flooring industry, is dedicated to helping customers make the right choices for their specific needs, ensuring satisfaction, and building lasting relationships. Travis Vanderhaeghe, with over 15 years of construction experience, serves as the Install Coordinator, managing their 5 installers. Having all installers employed by Red Kayak ensures a seamless installation for customers. Recently joining the sales team, Amy McDonald brings over 20 years of construction and sales experience. Her experience, drive, and motivation will make her a perfect addition.

    Mark and Bobby-Jo are beyond proud of their installation team.  Mike Mosiuk has been installing flooring for over 40 years and joined Red Kayak just over 2 years ago.  Layne Norrie also became a part of the family 2 years ago; they have watched him grow into a confident and professional installer. Abhi Sunnasy and Ryan Brooking joined them at the beginning of 2022.  Ryan and Travis are red seal carpenters; allowing Red Kayak to do much more than just flooring. For years, Abhi has been a carpenter and cabinet maker, now a professional flooring installer. Between the three of them, they’ve done custom work on stairs, new baseboards, new trim, new doors and even removed walls in clients’ home. Trai Morrice joined the team just over one year ago, bringing over a few years experience in the construction industry. A fun fact about Trai is that he has a slight addiction to Milwaukee tools. All 5 of these guys are extremely hard working, meticulous, professional, and lovable. They ensure every install meets the company’s high standards for quality workmanship; a simply better flooring experience!

    The driving force behind Red Kayak Flooring Co. is genuine care for their customers. They understand that choosing and installing flooring can be overwhelming, but with their guidance, it can be a simple and enjoyable process. Whether it’s a residential or commercial project, Red Kayak Flooring Co. is well-equipped to transform spaces, making them beautiful, functional, and comfortable.

  35. Elite Sunrooms

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    In the realm of home improvement and outdoor living solutions, few names shine as brightly as Sunspace by Elite Sunrooms. With a legacy steeped in innovation, craftsmanship, and a commitment to enhancing the way we experience our living spaces, Sunspace has emerged as a frontrunner in the industry. From sunrooms that blur the line between indoor and outdoor living to resilient patio covers and dynamic door systems, Sunspace by Elite Sunrooms offers a plethora of options that meld elegance and functionality.

    The Model 200 Sunroom, featuring WeatherMaster Vinyl 4Track Windows, encapsulates the essence of Sunspace’s craftsmanship. Designed to seamlessly integrate with your existing architecture, this sunroom comes with an acrylic or insulated roof option. The acrylic roof, available in hybrid or full formats, provides an enchanting interplay of light while safeguarding against harmful UV rays. Its impressive hailstone resistance underscores its durability, with real-world tests showing resilience against hailstones exceeding 2 inches in size.

    For those seeking a sunroom that embraces all seasons, the Model 400 Thermal Sunroom beckons. With dual-pane, low-e argon windows, insulated flooring, and a thermal insulated roof, this sunroom ensures comfort in every weather. Its capacity to accommodate a heat pump allows for a temperature-controlled environment, making it a true year-round sanctuary.

    Sunspace’s Acrylic Patio Roof Cover bridges the gap between aesthetics and practicality. Available in hybrid and full acrylic options, this cover bathes your outdoor area in natural light while safeguarding against UV exposure. Whether you opt for the hybrid version with driftwood hues or the sleek full acrylic version with Heatstop Pearl panels, you’re embracing elegance and resilience.

    The WeatherMaster Aluminum Bi-fold Door System brings versatility to a new level. Perfect for enclosing large openings leading to patios or pool houses, this system offers flexibility through options such as WeatherMaster windows, tempered glass, and thermal insulating glass. It’s a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor living, tailored to your preferences.

    Sunspace’s commitment to excellence extends to decking solutions. The aluminum decking, available in woodgrain colors like Grey and Cedar, offers durability and aesthetic appeal. Paired with Sunspace railings, these solutions create a harmonious outdoor environment that invites relaxation and enjoyment.

    One of Sunspace’s distinctive features is its Canadian origin. With products crafted to meet CSA building codes and requirements, you can rest assured that you’re investing in quality that aligns with stringent standards. This commitment to excellence and reliability forms the foundation of Sunspace’s reputation.

    Whether you’re envisioning a sun-drenched sanctuary, a versatile patio extension, or an elegant outdoor space, Sunspace by Elite Sunroom’s offerings can transform your ideas into reality. The fusion of form and function, elegance and resilience, is at the heart of every product they offer.

  36. Seamless Door Solutions

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    I’m truly impressed by the array of exceptional services offered by Windsor Plywood, and among their standout offerings, the door shop service has captured my attention. For those seeking to replace aging doors in their residences while preserving the existing frames, the challenge of finding a suitable match can often prove to be a cumbersome and time-intensive task. However, Windsor Plywood has unveiled an ingenious solution: their door shop service.

    Imagine this scenario – you possess a door in need of an update due to age or damage. Windsor Plywood steps in as your partner in this endeavor. Simply bring your current door to their expert craftsmen, and they will machine match a new door to harmoniously align with your existing one. This meticulous process encompasses every detail, including the orientation (left or right), knob placement, and hinge height, ensuring a seamless and flawless integration. The team will meticulously measure your current door, ensuring a picture-perfect match.

    The efficiency of Windsor Plywood’s door shop service is another remarkable facet. The majority of projects can be completed within a swift one-hour turnaround, a testament to their dedication and skill. This expeditious timeframe empowers you to embrace the transformation and aesthetic enhancement you seek.

    Diversifying their offerings, Windsor Plywood introduces an alluring addition to their inventory: the Barn Doors from Prairie Barnwood, hailing from the artistic enclave of Morden, Manitoba. These distinctive pieces are meticulously handcrafted, each a one-of-a-kind creation fashioned from reclaimed, new, or rustic-milled solid wood. Prairie Barnwood’s creative spirit thrives at the crossroads of rustic allure and clean, contemporary lines, infused with the latest trends in colour. This combination has propelled them to the forefront of solid wood furniture manufacturing in Canada.

    Further expanding their selection, Windsor Plywood proudly showcases an array of doors from renowned brands like Metrie. With an expansive assortment of flush and moulded panel doors, Metrie, a cherished family-owned enterprise, has earned a reputation for delivering enduring quality across the expanse of North America.

    Windsor Plywood is your definitive destination for a comprehensive spectrum of door types, encompassing everything from resilient exterior and storm doors to inviting interior and barn doors. Whether you opt to seamlessly match your existing doors on-site or embark on an exploration of entirely new door and frame possibilities, Windsor Plywood remains your steadfast partner throughout the journey. And let’s not overlook the meticulous selection of hardware, an essential element that provides the finishing touch to your project.

  37. Letter from the Editor

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    This past year, though our schedule was full, we took the time to give back to our community. Volunteering is a great way to actively participate in your community, engage with passionate individuals and witness the positive, collective efforts that can inspire you.

    This past Spring, we lent a hand at the Fierce Female Hockey camp in Brandon. Fierce Female Hockey is a social enterprise that develops and delivers female-focused hockey programming to its young skaters. It creates a safe and engaging space for females in hockey to learn, grow and connect with their community.  The program was nothing I have ever seen and was truly inspirational and honored to help out. We had our daughter help out this year as well. We have instilled the importance of community and giving back to her and this was a perfect organization for her, as a hockey player to give back.

    Habitat for Humanity is very close to our hearts. I offer my time helping to organize their Designer Bag Bingo early in the year, and then get all sweaty at the Woman Builds in the summer. I truly believe in everything this organization offers to homeowners and like to give back what I can to help them.

    Communities that grow and develop cohesively, are built on a solid base of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your time, look for an organization with similar interests as yours. Many sports organizations look for volunteers, as well as schools, senior homes, and food banks. Giving an hour or two of your time may not seem like much but for these organizations, it’s the building block to their success.                                     

    Jaime-Lynn Dyck

  38. Smart Homes

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    Smart homes are no longer a wave of the future and are becoming more popular in the everyday home. 69% of homes in North America have at least one smart home device. It is shown that once a homeowner has one smart device, the chances of them owning a second or third device goes up significantly. The most common smart devices are security systems, doorbells, home hubs, thermostats, televisions, lights, speakers, plugs, and appliances. 

    While some smart devices help with the home’s efficiency, the majority of owners want them for the convenience. Once you connect your smart device to your network, either wirelessly or hard-wired, you can control your device from any smartphone, computer, tablet, or gaming console. Homeowners are drawn to the security smart devices can offer through smart doorbells and whole home security systems. These systems give them the ability to watch their home and receive notifications from anywhere in the world.

    If you are new to the smart home world, start with a device that will benefit your household. This could be a smart thermostat, lighting or plugs. Plugs are very simple and can make a big impact. You simply plug them into your outlet to connect them to your smart device such as your phone. Anything you plug into your smart plug can now be turned on by that device. This is helpful with hard to reach lamps, once plugged in, you can turn them off and on from anywhere without bending and reaching.

    Pairing your smart device with the right internet provider is ideal. You want to make sure you have a strong, reliable connection in order to run your smart home smoothly.

  39. Catering Up A Storm

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    There is nothing like the perfect food to complete the perfect event.

    Think of the last event you went to, was it a wedding, work luncheon, anniversary party? I bet you can tell me what was served and if you liked it. The food you choose is very important to any occasion, and that is why you need to talk to Ben Hernandez before planning your next event.

    Ben is the owner of Benny’s Restaurant and Catering Services, located downtown in Brandon.  You may have eaten at his restaurant, but did you know he can cater your event or special family occasion for 5 to 200 people? Getting food catered isn’t just for large groups at rented halls, but can be used for intimate family and friend gatherings in your home.  Food options are not just limited to his menu but can be flexible and tailored to your needs. Popular menu items are the Chicken Montebello, the Turkey Dinner, and Prime Rib for supper. Don’t forget to ask him about their amazing selection of appetizers.  The shrimp will be talked about for years to come, trust me!

    When preparing for corporate or team events, they can prepare pre-made meals to be handed out or offer an assortment of wraps, pasta, roasted chicken dinners, and soup and salad. A variety of hot and cold options is sure to be perfect for your needs.

    When it comes to larger events, the staff at Benny’s are pros!  Ben says that the excitement of hosting events and bringing people together is back. He has been booking several Corporate Events and Graduations lately and hears the enthusiasm in people’s voices again.  When it comes to booking events, Ben takes care of all the food and drink options you require. They offer bar services, take care of the license, as well as offer many non-alcohol options. Their staff can even walk around and service the guests at your event, no detail is missed.

    Larger catering jobs require more staff to have it run smoothly.  It is a testimony to the relationships Ben has created over the years, that he can reach out to and count on relatives, friends, and past employees to help out when asked. This goes to show you the type of person he is to work with, and if you have ever met or worked with him as an employee or a customer, you know! Ben will go above and beyond to make sure your event is everything you hoped for.  When everyone remembers the food, he has done his job.

  40. Home Design by Heritage Co-op

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck
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    Heritage Co-op is your complete home package provider. From the first detail put down on paper to your finished home, they are with you every step of the way. Offering customers high-quality home designs, paired with Heritage Co-op’s exceptional material selection gives their customers the ease and convenience they deserve.

    Co-op has a wide variety of home plans on their website at You are able to view them in 2D, as well as 3D format. 3D computer-aided design allows customers the option to virtually walk through their home, giving them the ability to visualize the scale and layout of each room. Concise drawings can reduce costly errors during your build and are a smart investment. Heritage Co-op also offers customers a 3D Virtual Home Tour. Click on the QR code on this page to experience a Virtual home tour today.

    Mohammed Kehinde, also known as Kenny, is the Architectural Designer for Heritage Co-op Home Centre based in Minnedosa, Manitoba. With a degree in Architectural Design and a Master’s in Project Management from the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, UK, he is the liaison with customers and contractors. Kenny works with customers at the Home Centre or he can provide in-home consultations in order to suit their needs. He offers drafting, computer-aided designs, modeling, 3D renderings, animation, and virtual home tours to his customers. Having over 10 years of experience in Home Design and Building Construction Management, he has proven to offer superior knowledge and results to his customers. Kenny isn’t afraid of a challenge, from a whole home concept to kitchens and small renovations, he puts in the effort to satisfy his customers.

    Heritage Co-op has a catalog of home, cabin, and barndominum designs for you to look through. Barndominum you ask?  Yes! This is a country-style home design with strong influences of barn styling; offering open-concept floor plans with rustic aesthetics. They can build your dream home on a rural or urban footprint, providing you with the ideal layout. If you can not find plans to suit your family’s needs, Kenny will work with you to create the designs of your dreams.

    When building your next project, Heritage Co-op is the one-stop destination for you. Let Kenny and the staff help you create your vision today!

  41. Cabin Getaway

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    With Summer upon us, there is no better time than now, to start thinking about a cabin.

    When looking for your “home away from home”, finding that perfect fit for your family can be tedious and may require renovations and long wait periods. That is why building a custom RTM is a great choice. Emjay Homes has a wide selection of cabin and home designs for you to choose from.

    This feature cabin boasts 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with 1432 sq ft, you are bound to have all the luxuries of home. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet, a 4-piece bath, and views to the front of the cabin. The primary bedroom is located on the opposite side of the cabin as the other two bedrooms, making it convenient and private when hosting guests. The open living area showcases a fireplace and large windows, front and back, to let natural light in. The solid oak cabinets in the kitchen are stained in Gray Whale and are complemented by quartz countertops. Durable vinyl plant flooring is perfect for this cabin and is easy to clean. The back entrance is spacious with full laundry and a half bath, ideal for families or when you come in from exploring the great outdoors.

    The layout for this cabin can be set up for a crawlspace or basement, tailoring it to your needs. If you are in the market for a cabin this Summer, make sure you talk to James at Emjay Homes to go over your options. Creating a space customized to your family’s needs will get you enjoying and living in your cabin sooner.

  42. Westman Environmental Services

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck

    Westman Environmental Services (WES) specializes in Hazardous Building Material Assessments, Asbestos Assessments/Inventory’s and indoor air quality. In addition, they also conduct inspections and air monitoring following mould remediations and asbestos abatements.

    Owned and operated by Travis Dominey, they service Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Travis’s 9 years of experience in the industry, led him to open Westman Environmental Services last Spring.

    They work in residential, commercial, government, and with school divisions. Residential customers call when they have inquiries regarding indoor air quality and mould issues. A customer may complain of breathing and respiratory issues and will rely on them to test the home for mould and overall air quality. This can be a common test run in large offices and buildings as well. If issues are found, Travis will give recommendations on how to remedy the issue. Once the work is complete, Travis will come back to test the air quality again for peace of mind that an improvement has been made.

    Travis works closely with contractors to give them reports detailing his findings. When a home is to be demolished or renovated, they will have Travis in to do an Asbestos Assessment. They test materials in the home such as drywall joint compound, pipe insulation, flooring, plaster, and vermiculite insulation, to name a few. From there, the contractor or homeowner will connect with a company that specializes in the removal of hazardous materials.

    If you have concerns within your home or office, reach out to Westman Environmental Services to see if they can help.

  43. Bold + Beautiful

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck

    If you are going to change up your cabinets, why not make a statement! This homeowner went bold and chose Behr Mountain Olive when refinishing her kitchen cabinets.

    Don’t be afraid of colour when looking to update your home. Choose a colour that you love and goes with your style. Kailan Dreolini of Refreshed + Refurbished worked with this homeowner on picking the perfect shade of green while balancing the room with Behr Ginger Sugar on the wall. The champagne-coloured hardware and fixtures really bring an elegant look and pull everything together. The trend of full-colour kitchen cabinets is on the rise again and is a show stopper in this home.

    Refreshed + Refurbished has been running strong for over a year now. This past fall Kailan added 2 more to the team to keep up with the demand. Since Rhonda and Melissa joined the team, Kailan has been able to take on more interior wall projects. “I’m used to working alone, so having a bigger crew gives me the confidence to take on bigger/more projects knowing we will be able to get them done faster while keeping pace with our cabinet jobs, which is definitely our niche”, says Kailan.  Now adding a third team member, Amber, helps with keeping up with the demand while travelling to smaller communities around Westman.  Kailan says her new team has a passion for painting and projects just like herself. She was looking for individuals who have an interest in home design and weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. The team has bonded quickly and work well together, which has taken some of the load off Kailan and given her the time to work with homeowners on quotes.

    Kailan works closely with homeowners to help them pick the perfect colours for their home and style. For this project, the client was a first-time homeowner, and completely made her home her own. As much as people think about resale, it is just as important to love your home while you’re in it. Be bold and make it your own!

  44. Automated Window Coverings

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck

    The window coverings in Patti and Franklin’s home were meticulously selected with the help of the Budget Blinds team. Each room was carefully considered for what the needs would be; privacy, light reduction, room darkening.

    The sunroom off the lower walk-out is a show-stopper. The team installed 3 large automated Solar Roller Shades on the West wall to offer a bit of reprieve from the sun’s intensity, while still enjoying the view. Having them automated on a remote gives the homeowner the ability to adjust their height from anywhere in the room.

    The Deep Charcoal Roller Shades in the living space on the lower level are all automated with rechargeable motors for ease of use. You can add some privacy, as well as a bit of softness to your space by pairing your Roller Shade with Grommet Sheer Drapes. The homeowner wanted to have some privacy in their spare bedroom without always lowering the shade, the Sheer Drape is a perfect answer for that.

    A Solar Roller Shade is very popular for the kitchen and is a great addition to this home. Solar Shades cut the glare while doing dishes or working on the island, while still offering a view. This is a great product that can be used in many rooms throughout the home.

    The Horizontal Shade (Zebra Blind) in the dining room is mounted under a Palladian Shelf allowing them to leave the transom (small detail window above the window or door) open to natural light.  Pairing the Palladian Shelf with the Horizontal Shade is perfect for this room. Horizontal Shades are also available in room-darkening fabrics. The homeowner chose these for their bedroom so they could control the amount of light coming in.

    As you can see, using different window coverings throughout your home makes perfect sense. Book a home consultation with Budget Blinds today to find which products will work best in your home.

  45. 56th Annual Brandon Home & Leisure Show

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck
    Photos by Sandy Black

    Alternative Group is proud to present the 56th Annual Brandon Home & Leisure Show, one of the longest running shows in Western Canada. The show this year will run April 7th to 9th at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. After being off for a couple of years due to restrictions, the show was able to return last year with minimal limitations. This year, the show continues on an upward swing and looks forward to seeing everyone back.

    The show will boast an array of indoor and outdoor themed booths for you to peruse. For outdoor enthusiasts, you can find everything you can imagine for your yard, from stone patios and sheds to hot tubs and planters.  But don’t forget about electric bikes and outdoor living. You will be able to test-ride electric bikes right at the show this year! Camping gear and outdoor kitchens will be on display as well. If it’s renovations or home building you are looking for, look no further! Check out the displays of window coverings, outdoor lighting, and sunrooms. Many local contractors will also be available to answer any questions you may have about building a home. If you are hoping to pick something up from the show this year, we have plenty of booths offering original artwork, cleaning products, straightening irons, beverages, and food. Try some samples and test try products before you buy!

    Efficiency Manitoba is a new Platinum Sponsor of the show this year. Stop by their booth to learn about programs they offer to make your home, business, or community more energy efficient. They will show you how you can save money, energy, and the environment through energy-saving upgrades.

    If you needed another reason to stop by the show this year, it would be for the prizes! Not only do many vendors showcase great prizes to be won in their booths, but Waves Leisure is once again proud to sponsor the Home Show prize. This year, by attending the show, you can be entered to win a beautiful outdoor canopy daybed. For the kids, find the Easter basket and enter them a chance to win a great Easter prize as well.

    Bring the whole family out to take in the Brandon Home & Leisure Show this year. Offering you a one-stop shopping experience under one roof, we hope to see you at the show this year!

    With over 20 years of experience in the business, Sunspace by Elite Sunrooms is locally owned and operated by Keith Bourgeois. They work with quality sunrooms manufactured in Canada and built for our climate. They offer a wide variety of Sunrooms, Screen Rooms, Patio Covers, Decks, and Railings. You can custom design your project with Keith and his team and they will execute it from start to finish. Then sit back and enjoy your increased living space which includes a 15 year warranty. Talk to Keith today!

    Habitat for Humanity – Brandon Chapter, offers families a dream home of their very own. Habitat partners with families who are ready for the responsibility of homeownership, but would not qualify for a traditional mortgage.  The selection of families is based on three principles: need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. Qualifying families purchase an affordable home from Habitat with no down payment, no interest, and a renewable 15-year mortgage.  The families are also required to contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” which can be done by helping build homes, working at the ReStore, or volunteering at Habitat fundraisers.

    How can you help out?  Volunteer your time, give money, or donate items to the ReStore. Every year Habitat has Team Build and Women Build days.  On these build days, you work with a foreman and other members of the community to build Habitat homes. It can be a great team-building day for your office, or a day to help out your community. 

    Contact Habit for Humanity – Brandon Chapter today!

  46. Heart of the Home

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    The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home in this beautiful new build by R&M Homes. The kitchen was designed by Scott Gurr of BdnLux Kitchen & Design. Scott has 26 years in the cabinet business and is a great new addition to the BdnLux family.

    The smooth, sleek lines of the kitchen stand out with the wall-to-wall flat slab maple cabinets. The Millstone finish keeps the space bright but also adds some visual texture. The large, one-level island is a perfect working station and is consistent with the cabinet finishings to maintain continuity.

    Quartz countertops are the perfect choice for busy families as they are durable and resistant to scratches, chips, and stains. An under-mount sink keeps with the smooth lines of this kitchen and makes clean-up easy. The design is finished with a timeless white subway tile backsplash.

    Soft-close drawers and doors are another family-friendly component in this kitchen. They prevent little fingers from being pinched, and the soft-close mechanism will prevent wear and tear on your cabinets, extending their life. The pantry has rollout shelving making all items very accessible.

    Scott really enjoyed designing this kitchen with the new owners. The workstation was a great addition to this space. It boasts ample desktop space, with cabinets flanking the bottom on each side, perfect for file storage. Floating shelves above lighten the space and are perfect to display personal items.

    Scott has experience in all aspects of the cabinet business from designing, colour matching, building, and installing. He enjoys working with clients and making their ideas come to life. Scott brings with him a wealth of knowledge from the industry and is looking forward to learning new things. If you are in the market for a new kitchen, make sure you stop by BdnLux Kitchen & Design and talk to Scott.

  47. Hidden Gem

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck
    Photos Submitted

    Windsor Plywood in Brandon has a hidden gem many are not aware of. Located in the back of the store is a unique wood shop that is truly a class on its own. No job is too big or too small for this space, just let your imagination take over!

    Doors, doors, and more doors. From Barn doors to machining a new slab. If there is a barn door design you have seen or that you can picture bring this design to the store and Windsor’s shop can make it happen! If you have purchased a new door and nothing is wrong with your existing jamb, they can even machine a door to fit. Windsor has even been known to do several knock-down units, so everything is ready to install when you get home.

    Cutting boards, wood countertops, and dining room tables are very popular right now. Windsor Plywood offers a wide variety of exotic and quality wood, as well as live edge when creating a project for your home. All their wood has gone through the kiln and dry process, so they can guarantee no bugs in their product. Bring in your measurements and they can do up a quote for you.

    Custom hot and cold registers are always in steady production in this shop. From wood to vinyl, they can make one to match almost any flooring. Bring in your flooring material and they will create a custom register to match. No more going store to store trying to match one to your floor.

    Spring brings an increase in the production of stairs. From new builds, or renovations, to decks and even landings, they have even been known to do a few spiral staircases!  Windsor will cut your stair stringers or build you the whole unit. Choose from an open or closed rise to even having mortised sides.  This shop will ensure your stairs are up to code.

    As you can see, Windsor Plywood is not your average lumber store, for this is why they are called a finishing store!  If you have a project in mind, bring in your plans and measurements and talk it over with them. From custom woodwork and matching vintage trims, to building toy chests and wine racks, they are always one project away from another happy customer!

  48. Celebrating 25 Years

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    Written By Jaime-Lynn Dyck
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    Celebrating 25 years in business, Chris and Karin Griffin have a great deal to be proud of.

    They started as a landscaping company in 1998, located on Maryland Ave in Brandon. As their business continued to flourish, they realized they would need to expand their business to keep up with the demand. In 2013 they opened their doors at Patricia Ave and 34th Street. This was the beginning of the Alternative Choice Garden Centre, a staple in the south end of Brandon today. Located on 40 acres, this location is the home to their 4 departments; Alternative Landscaping, Alternative Yard Care, Alternative Choice Garden Centre, and Alternative Excavation.

    The Garden Centre is a tropical paradise with indoor and outdoor plants. It has everything you need for your planting needs, as well as amazing patio, bbq, fashion, and décor items. For the do-it-yourselfer, pick up bulk materials including Barkman and Belgard brick products, wood mulches, crushed rock, river stone, soil, and more.

    The Yard Care department offers a 4-season package, taking care of their customer’s needs in any season. Lawn maintenance, fall clean-up, and snow clearing. From a simple mow and weed to being there all winter long to ensure your driveway and sidewalks are cleared, Alternative Yard Care will be there for you.

    Alternative Landscaping is a family business employing over 100 people. Chris and Karin now work side by side with their children, Spencer and Emma. As their kids grew up in the business, they began to love it just as their parents do. Emma is the Office Manager and Spencer is Operations Manager.

    Alternative is a complete residential and commercial landscaping company. From creating planters and designing patios to excavating city streets, they are there to help. They will be celebrating 25 years with special contests, events, and activities all year long, watch their social media pages for details.

  49. Letter From The Editor

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    As spring is upon us, we say goodbye to the cold temps of the winter and hello to chirping birds, flowers sprouting, and longer days. In our home, we put away the hockey skates and pull out the soccer cleats. It is almost like a changing of the guard. Nothing slows down, it just changes to something different.

    The first few months of the year are always busy for us as we create our Spring Issue, work on the Home Show, and the hustle and bustle of school and sports. We wouldn’t change it for the world, but a weekend with nothing planned is always a welcome treat!

    As many have done, we hope to have travel plans this summer. With our passion for new adventures, historical sites, and national parks, our plans are set toward a lengthy road trip to explore new States. But that won’t hold us back from working on projects around the house and yard. Last fall we completed a large patio and I’m looking forward to adding some soft landscape to the edge this year. Watch for the story in our Fall Issue!

    Jaime-Lynn Dyck

  50. Mortgage Planning

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    Buying a new home is a very exciting time in someone’s life. Here are some tips when looking at buying your first home.

    You should be thinking about your credit rating years before it’s time to take out your first mortgage. Take out a credit card and pay it off each month. Make sure you pay your bills on time as well. By taking out small debt and paying it off, you are building your credit score for when you need to take out larger debt, like your mortgage, in the future.

    Save for your down payment and extra closing costs. In order to purchase a home, you need to have a down payment. That amount will depend on how much you are spending on the home. You will also need to have funds set aside for closing costs like inspections, property surveys, insurance, land transfer tax, condo fees, and lawyer’s fees.

    Sit down with your Mortgage Advisor and get pre-approved. This step is very important! It will give you an indication of how much you can spend on a home based on your credit score, debt, and the down payment you have saved. Being pre-approved will temporarily lock you into an interest rate, which helps if the rates increase during that period. You are more appealing to a Realtor if you are pre-approved and some may require it. 

  51. Wine Advice: Selecting from a Wine List

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    A celebration or simply an evening out. You arrive, are seated, handed the menu and wine list. Panic prevails. Far too often diners find wine selection and ordering intimidating. Armed with the following tips it will not be and fellow diners will sing your praises.

    Some wine lists are brief and simple. Red or white, perhaps rosé. Less selection, less stress. Wine selection simplified. Other lists are far more comprehensive, some a single page, others multiple, worse yet, a weighty binder. The number of selections overwhelming, perusing them time-consuming and stress-provoking. So extensive you may wish to abandon wine and order cocktails. But remember, perseverance pays.

    Waiters often request drink orders before guests have an opportunity to peruse the food or wine menu. Take time to determine your meal selection and optimal food and wine pairing while your companions do the same.

    Should you choose to order wine while settling in, consider kicking off the evening with sparkling wine. Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco are cool, refreshing, and excellent palate cleansers. In addition, sparkling wine adds a sense of elegance and celebration to an evening.

    Narrow wine selection by the style of wine (red, white, rosé, sparkling) and weight (light, medium, or full-bodied), grape varietal, and place of origin. Consider your budget. If sharing a bottle, discuss what meals the group will be consuming and fellow diner’s wine preferences. If diversity reigns, ordering by the glass may be preferable. If so, options are generally more limited, the wine costlier. House wine is often bulk-produced and of lesser quality than bottled selections.

    I have found the most wallet-friendly wine selections hail from less familiar wine-producing areas and wineries and those made from less recognizable grape varieties. Such are the bargain wines, the gems, carefully chosen for quality and price. If not, they would not make the list. Order a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, expect to pay more.

    Some menus offer pairing suggestions alongside entrees simplifying selection. A sommelier or server are valuable resources, especially those at finer restaurants where staff receive additional wine education, often focused on menu selections featured at the establishment. Share your or the groups wine preferences, food selections, budget, and request suggestions. If you would rather not openly declare the budget, point to a menu price, and ask for options in that range.

    Bottled wine is presented for approval to the individual who ordered it. Check the label to ensure the wine is indeed what was ordered, and if indicated on the menu, verify vintage date. Once accepted the wine is opened and a tasting sample poured. Sniff, swirl, and taste to assess for faults, if no faults are evident approve the wine. Fellow diners will be served prior to the tasting glass being topped up. In higher-end establishments, women are served prior to men. At times diner age is considered, serving the eldest female to youngest female, eldest male to youngest, finishing with the person ordering. I find this manner of service infrequent.

    Regarding cost, many establishments use a sliding scale to determine menu price. Lower priced menu options have the largest mark-up, the costliest wine the lowest mark-up.

    To get maximum enjoyment wine should be enjoyed at optimal temperature. Do not hesitate to request a chiller for red wine reducing the temperature, in the case of full-bodied wine, to the ideal service temperature of 18 – 20 degrees C., medium- bodied reds to 16-18 degrees C. White wine should be served cool, not ice-cold, and kept cool in an ice bucket. For white wine as with red wine, the lighter the body the cooler the service temperature.

    Kate Wagner Zeke, Sommelier(ISG)
    Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator(SWE)

  52. Getting Ready FOR WINTER

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    There are many benefits to having a fall clean-up.  Removing the leaves from the lawn helps to keep lawn fungus at bay; like gray and pink snow mold. 

    Snow mold is caused when there is an extended period of snow cover on the ground that is not completely frozen. It can also occur under leaves that have not been cleaned up or amongst long grass that could have been mowed once more before winter set in. Additionally, leaves can smother the lawn and kill it off, which becomes frustrating in spring when your investment won’t grow evenly. Last but not least, wet matted leaves are harder to clean up in the spring, which takes more time, and thus your cost increases. Alternative Landscaping Ltd offers a complete fall cleanup of all turf on the property. This includes the removal of fallen leaves and debris, followed by a final mow and trim of the season.

    During fall aeration, small plugs of thatch and soil are mechanically removed, improving natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration”. Turf is then seeded to maintain a thick and healthy lawn. A thick lawn provides less room for weeds to grow.

    Additional benefits of aeration include:

    • Improved air exchange between soil and atmosphere
    • Enhanced soil water uptake
    • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
    • Reduced water runoff and puddling
    • Stronger grassroots
    • Reduced soil compaction
    • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
    • Improved resiliency and cushioning
    • Enhanced thatch breakdown

    Alternative Landscaping recommends aerating in the fall as the cores will stay on the lawn over the winter months and slowly give high nutrients when the snow starts to melt in the spring.

    Residential and Commercial Snow Clearing:

    Alternative Landscaping Ltd will remove snow from your driveway, walkways, entrance, and city sidewalk.  For commercial businesses, they will remove snow from all sidewalks, entrances, and exits, as well as, any city sidewalk bordering the commercial building.  They also offer clearing, hauling of stockpiles, and sanding of all parking lots; including businesses, apartment buildings, and condos. After removing ice from sidewalks, they apply an organic (Eco-Friendly) de-icer comprised of beet juice to the walk surfaces to ensure proper traction and to assist in the maintenance.

    Think Ahead for Spring with the Healthy Lawn Improvement Program

    The best and most sustainable way to prevent weeds from invading your lawn is to maintain it by keeping it properly fed, cut weekly, and watered on a regular basis.  Thick healthy lawns are less likely to have weed infestations as weeds most often pop up where turf is thin and damaged. Alternative Landscaping has put together a program of products and services to increase the overall health of your lawn.  They use an organic weed maintenance product known as Fiesta.  This product must be used in conjunction with other services and products to increase the overall health of the lawn.  They are excited to introduce their new Healthy Lawn Improvement Program to combat the war on weeds invading your turf.

    The program starts in the springtime with 2 applications of Fiesta (21-27 days apart) first with a Spring Jumpstart fertilizer, followed by a slow-release granular fertilizer application that will last 12 weeks.   The third application of Fiesta will commence in the fall with a custom fall fertilizer.  The fall application is a very important part of the Fiesta’s success following the spring/summer applications.  Aeration is also recommended for success the following season.

  53. Building Off The Beaten Path

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    When deciding to build a cabin, selecting an RTM is a popular choice, especially if your lot is located a fair distance away. Being able to build your cabin in one location before it is moved minimizes traveling costs for the crew saving you time and money.

    If you can access your cabin year-round, it is best to build a 4-season cabin. You may not always use it year-round, but having the option as your needs change will be beneficial for you and your family in the long run. Many cabins now have all the luxuries of home. When building a cabin and looking at layouts, keep in mind what you and your family’s “must haves” are. 

    As much as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is also the heart of the cabin as well. Many cabin owners will have a fully functioning kitchen with many upgrades and full-sized appliances. In the latest cabin built by Emjay Homes, the owners upgraded the cabinetry to solid maple, added tall uppers to maximize storage space, and finished with beautiful quartz countertops throughout. A corner, walk-in pantry is ideal for food and extra storage at the lake.

    This custom cabin is 1392 sq feet has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and is built in a shed roof style design.  Inside you will find 13-foot ceilings sloping down to 8 feet, bringing in light and nature through the large windows. 4” baseboards and 3” casings add a modern finish to the space and are standard on Emjay homes. While the cabinetry throughout is in a grey-brown tone, the cabin is painted in shades of grey. Emjay Homes uses a high-quality paint, Benjamin Moore in all their builds. In this cabin, they used a trending shade of grey, Balboa Mist in the main area and Grey Owl in the bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a large walk-in closet along with an ensuite for all the conveniences of home. 

    The exterior is finished in a grey, wood board siding by Canexcel, a product Emjay Homes has been using for over 20 years. It is a superior product to vinyl siding in the elements and customers tend to lean towards shades of grey or brown as it is suitable for many different styles. 

    When considering building an RTM for your cabin, keep in mind it will take 4-5 months to build, depending on product delays at the moment. Emjay Homes works closely with their homeowners on the interior finishes. This can be very individual to each person and the amount of time spent will depend on how customized they want it. Once your RTM is complete the next step is moving it into place. Emjay Homes works closely with the movers to ensure a smooth and seamless delivery of your cabin.

    Craig at CnC Building Movers has been moving buildings for 14 years. His experience and skill are important to builders and homeowners alike. Using top of the line equipment with air ride suspension, they ensure the safe delivery of your cabin or any building you need moved. Using experienced builders and movers will make the process easier and less stressful for you. They will walk you through the process from beginning to end and arrange everything you will need to have a completely finished cabin you can enjoy for years to come. -DYH

  54. Windsor Plywood

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    Take a walk through our woods” is the slogan at Windsor Plywood, Brandon Manitoba.  Located at 1840-18th Street North, Windsor Plywood offers many eccentric items for ALL YOUR FINISHING NEEDS!

    Windsor Plywood Brandon stocks a variety of moldings to help with finishing any room in the house, or to finish something smaller like a picture frame. They offer a wide selection of oak, maple, hemlock, primed pine, and even MDF moldings. There is so many options to choose from such as angle molds, baseboards, burlaps, cabinet molds, casing, cornice, coves, crowns, half rounds, quarter rounds, and many more. They can also help find a match for any old profile used in any house.

    Doors, doors, and more doors! Both exterior and a HUGE selection of high-quality interior doors. Knotty Pine Rio Plank and Knotty Pine 2-panel Square top are huge sellers at this location.  There are also two doors offered that are exclusive to only Windsor Plywood. These are prefinished slabs, with a very unique design on the skins of the doors called Marcia and Laguna.

    Brandon’s, Windsor Plywood has an outstanding amount of exotic woods. Woods from all over the world. Many hobbyists shop here to get something a bit different for that custom one-of-a-kind project they are working on.  Some of the many exotic woods throughout the store are aromatic cedar, bloodwood, lacewood, purpleheart, tigerwood, yellowheart, and zebrawood to name a few. If you are a wood carver you can take advantage of some of their carving woods as well such as basswood, butternut, tupelo, padauk, and even one a bit more well-known, walnut.

    Here you can find a good assortment of plywood. Baltic birch, birch, maple, walnut, mahogany, bending plywoods, marine, and more. There are many options from cabinet building, boat building, furniture building, and yes even a good selection of construction-grade plywood too.

    What truly does make Windsor Plywood Brandon so much different than other finishing stores?

    Their customer service is excellent, they help their customer from start to finish of their projects, and they even enjoy seeing the end results of projects.

    They offer a wood shop in the back. Anything that your mind can imagine, they can help you complete. A lot of stairs are built there, doors are machined, butcher blocks are made, and so much more. The staff even finished a huge 20’ spalted maple live edge front counter there for the store.  You can see it as soon as you enter the store, right up front.

    They host events for the local community to partake in. Here you get the chance to BOTH enter or see projects done by locals!  Once participants are fully entered and projects are on display, go give the store a visit to vote for your favourite project! These events include things like wood carving, scroll saw, wood turning, and more.  Watch their social media pages for when these events take place. (Facebook Windsor Plywood, Brandon)

    They have even been known to host after-hour events for customers who want to work with ecopoxy, but are a little hesitant to do a project their first time.  The staff at Windsor Plywood are very knowledgeable and can walk you through every step. 

    Old 1949 Ford Truck Peter Behrens, Store Manager finished for Windsor’s
    50th Anniversary.

  55. Custom Garage Storage – My Idiah!

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    Having a garage is truly an asset, but it can become a dumping ground pretty fast. To keep your garage clean and functional, you must evaluate what you want to use your garage for.

    For some, it’s just for storing their vehicles, but for many, it is a space that holds tools, equipment, bicycles, and even Christmas décor. 

    This past year we were finally able to check another project off our list, garage storage! By no means did we cover the whole garage, but we had a unique space I knew would be great for shelving, storage, winter gear, and hockey equipment. Yes, all of that! I’m pretty lucky when it comes to projects I dream up in my head. After putting it down on paper, my husband works with me to make it a reality. For this project, we were able to use some 2x4s, scrap wood, old wire shelving, and rods we had laying around. I even had some left-over mud, tape, and paint to make the project look more finished. In the end, we did need to buy some additional 2x4s, as leftover cut pieces won’t always work. 

    We built the storage unit on the top of our 6’ x 3’ landing and continued it down the wall to the floor of the garage. Previously, in this space, we had hooks on the wall to hold our extra winter gear. We were missing out on a large blank wall that had useful vertical space. We incorporated shelving to hold spare boots and potting items I use throughout the year. Next to that, we put up a rod to hold the extra winter gear that we don’t want to store inside the house. It was great usage of this space, as it is located over the stairs and we can hang different length items across the rod. 

    At the end of the unit, we created an area for storing equipment. It will predominately get used for hockey equipment, but we have used it for summer sports as well. We used a wire shelf across the top, as it allows airflow when drying out equipment. You can also use hangers on the wire shelf if needed.  We installed a boot dryer in this area for use on skates, boots, or anything else needing to dry out.  Under the bench is a great spot to store your hockey bag or other larger items.

    To fully take advantage of the vertical space in this area, we put a plywood shelf across the top of the whole unit. This gives us space to store items we can reach while standing on the landing or storing items we don’t use often, further down.

    Evaluate what needs you have for your garage and you too can create a more functional space for you and your family.   

  56. Budget Blinds So much more than just a Blind

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    When you are thinking about purchasing window coverings, your first thought may be of blinds or curtains, but truth be told, there are so many options available to you. Booking a consultation to go over all the incredible options out there, is the best idea, and Budget Blinds brings the showroom to you!!

    The top 3 window coverings in rural Manitoba are the Honeycomb Cellular, the Roller Shade, and the Zebra Blind. We can surely see why they are so popular; they are versatile and offer an array of product options. But, if you are wanting something a bit more unique for your space, you can go through all the product offerings with the team at Budget Blinds. Check out these products you may not have considered before!

    Dual Roller Shades

    Most fabricators offer a “Dual” Roller Shade. The essence is to have two shades functioning in one window. One shade provides privacy or blackout, while the other is sheer or light filtering. It’s the best of both worlds! They are perfect for rooms where you want to control the light like bedrooms, nurseries, home theatres, and living rooms.  They are also a great option for businesses and commercial spaces.  The BB team looks to Norman Window Fashions first, as their cordless mechanism for Roller Shades is possibly the best in the industry.

    Enclosed Door Glass Blinds

    Budget Blinds has been installing these inserts weekly, as they are so popular.  Blinds enclosed between glass gives you privacy and light control without dangling cords and endless dusting, and it’s so slick; one lever handle controls both the lift and the tilt of the blind inside. Gord and Laurie professionally remove the old, tired glass from a customer’s full door, half door, or sidelight and install a new unit. Gord even spends the time removing the glue from the sticker! The customers rave that these inserts are “definitely worth every penny”!

    Fabric Wrapped Cornice

    Such a simple and effective way to add a finishing touch…without a lot of fuss. These cornices are available in hundreds of fabric selections and made locally. Sleek and snazzy or subtle and contemporary, they stylize this top treatment to suit your décor.


    The BB team has noticed an increased demand for Shutters in this market. Shutters come in many paint and stain colour options including custom colours, and suit any décor style. The Shutters used in the side-lights have a split tilt, wherein the bottom opens separately from the top. This application was all about the family dog and having some natural light up top while stopping the bark below. Shutters look amazing in specialty-shaped windows. The Café Shutter in an angle-toped window provides privacy and functionality while maintaining architectural interest. 

  57. 10 Tips for Your Garden This Fall

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    Did you have a great gardening season this year?  A challenging one?  No matter the case, follow these tips for your garden this fall to give yourself a head start in the spring!

    1. Plant spring blooming bulbs like tulips, allium, and crocus. Be sure to plant bulbs at the proper depths and water well. This is also the best time to plant your garlic for the summer 2023 harvest.
    2. Did you have problems with pests and diseases on your shade trees, fruit trees, or shrubs this season? Once your tree or shrub has gone dormant apply a dormant kit so it will leaf out to a happy, healthy atmosphere in the spring. This is a 2-part kit including horticultural oil (kills a number of residing insects and eggs) and lime sulphur (kills residing fungal spores causing diseases). 
    3. Plant trees and shrubs. This is a great time to plant as the temperatures are cooler making it easier for establishing new plantings. Soil temperatures are still warm to produce good roots to anchor in for winter; your plants then wake up to spring warmth from winter moisture. 
    4. Water, water, water! Water your new plants and evergreens right until freeze up. Once your deciduous trees & shrubs have dropped their leaves, they no longer require watering. One exception to fall watering is sugar maples, it is proven that they shut down for winter better with an ease off watering in the fall. 
    5. Extend your container season with grasses and chrysanthemums. They are easily available this time of year and are cold tolerant. Marigolds, ornamental cabbage, dusty miller, petunias, and pansies are also great options for cool weather planters.
    6. Add sea soil compost to your perennial beds for a spring feeding when your plants wake up. Who doesn’t like breakfast! 
    7. Make notes on your garden harvest while it’s fresh on your mind. What worked? What didn’t? What do you want more or less of? 
    8. Split any perennials and move any plants that require moving once dormancy has set in. Add a little seas soil when transplanting to help promote good root growth in spring. 
    9. Cut back and add mulch to those plants that require a little more TLC like some varieties of roses and hydrangeas. Peat moss makes a great insulating mulch and makes for easy spring clean-up as you can work it into your flower bed in the spring. 
    10. Apply your fall sprays like Wilt Pruf on your evergreens to help your evergreens from browning. Wilt pruf is an anti-transparent spray that locks in moisture during the cold winter months. Apply Bobbex to help ward off those hungry deer that like to eat things like your lush green cedars.
  58. R&M HOMES Connecting with Your Home

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    A world of emotion”, is how Jennifer would describe the first time she and her family stepped into their new home.  This would be the first time they were seeing it, with the moving truck parked on the street behind them.

    As a military family, they are used to moving, but what makes this move unique is that they worked with a local builder from start to finish, virtually. 

    Lois Ruston, General Manager for R&M Homes, says this isn’t the first time they helped a client build their home from across the country but it is the first time that the entire process was completed virtually, without the clients ever having the ability to see their space before taking possession.  With today’s technology, FaceTime, Google Duo, and Zoom, they can walk a client through the steps of building their home and picking finishings from start to finish.  The pandemic forced many businesses to turn to these new technologies, but they are definitely here to stay.  Brenda Barnes-Kilmury is the designer for R&M Homes, and she worked closely with the family in selecting cabinetry, flooring, lighting, and finishes. 

    The home is a 5-bedroom, 3 full bathroom bi-level located in Brandon.  The interior walls are finished in soft shades of yellow and green; Honey Mist and Morning Tea.  This creates a warm and bright feeling throughout the entire space.  The cabinetry, by BDN LUX Kitchen & Design, is an alabaster design in Chantilly Lace, again keeping with the bright feel of the home.  Jennifer fell in love with the countertops but was sold on the name; River Gold.  It takes many things to make a house feel like a home and that can include your connection to your selections and their names.  The countertops are a premium laminate, which is very durable, and used throughout the home in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Jennifer and Sean’s wish was to have an earthy, cozy, grounded home and she says that R&M delivered.  They wanted their home to feel a connection to the earth by using more soft, natural tones and finishes, and you can certainly feel that connection when you spend time in their family’s warm and welcoming space.

    The primary bedroom boasts a custom walk-in closet and beautiful ensuite.  The warm tones continue into the bathroom and the custom tile shower.  The pebble stone tile base was a must for Jennifer and completes the space perfectly.  The cabinetry and countertop continue on in this space creating plenty of storage.

    Finding the right pieces for your home can be a labour of love, but Brenda and Jennifer worked closely together to find unique pieces that suit the décor of the home and the essence of the family that lives there.  You will find colour-changing LED lights in the bedrooms throughout the home.  The center is standard light, while the ring around the top shines a (changing) colour onto the ceiling.  This is a fun and unique option, especially loved by the kids!  The beautiful copper-finished arabesque globe chandelier in the entryway creates a warm centerpiece in the space. 

    You can’t help but feel warm and secure in this beautiful space.  Jennifer notes that was very important to her in designing her home with Brenda and the R&M team.  With the uncertainty of the pandemic and a family who is used to moving regularly, it was important that their new home embody comfort, security, and familiarity.  Jennifer and her family feel that they have achieved this, with their oldest child noting that this is her favourite house of the many they have lived in across the country. You can tell that each detail was picked methodically and is a perfect blend with Jennifer and Sean’s style and décor.  This continues into the fully finished basement, complete with 8-foot high ceilings, creating a bright and open space that doesn’t even feel like you are in a basement. 

    Jennifer said they didn’t fully grasp the perspective and ample space that the home provided until they were in it for the first time.  Going through the build with R&M Homes was not your typical process for most clients, but Jennifer, Sean, and their children couldn’t be happier and settled into their beautiful new home. -DYH

  59. Room With A View

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    Having your sunroom come together is like piecing together a puzzle and who better to do that than the experts at Elite Sunrooms by Sunspace. 

    Keith and his crew recently completed this project for a customer.  They start by putting in screw piles that will support the foundation of the sunroom and covered deck.  They use a rubber track hoe that leaves no indents in the lawn, always thinking of the customer first.  Once the beam is installed, they can move on to building the floor.  The Therm-Deck insulated 6 ½ inch floor is rated R26 and the 8 ¼ inch floor is rated R35.  This engineered floor system is used on the 3-season and Model 400 Insulted Rooms.  After installing the floor system, the perimeter flashing is installed as well as the starter tracks to get ready for the walls. 

    Everything really starts to come together once the 2-inch wall system starts being put in place.  Each section typically has a window with the top and bottom panels attached by extrusions to create a seamless structural wall.  After all panels are put in place, they can work on the roof.  The insulated roof gets attached to the wall top tracks.  Once that is all installed, they add flashing to the existing roof and seal it to ensure there are no leaks. 

    This customer wanted a covered deck edition to go with their sunroom.  After all pieces are in place for the sunroom, they move to completing the roof over the deck and adding a support to ensure stability.  Gutters and fascia are installed once the roofing system is finished.  To complete the project, they will use Sunspace AlumaDeck and railings on the covered deck and finish with stairs.

    Watching a project come together is not only satisfying for the owners but for Keith and the staff at Elite Sunrooms as well.  Each project is unique and tailored to their customer’s needs.

  60. A Classic Update Refreshed + Refurbished

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    If you are looking for a little update in your home, paint is a great place to start. Paint can transform a room from walls and trim to cabinetry. Kailan Dreolini at Refreshed + Refurbished has been transforming rooms for years! 

    In her latest project, she worked with the homeowner to update their original kitchen. The owners have lived in the home for 25 years and got a fresh new look at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen. They still loved their kitchen and it was functional for them, so they turned to Kailan for help. 

    Kailan painted the walls in the kitchen a classic colour of Downtown Grey by Behr. It freshened up the room and was a perfect tone next to the cabinetry. With the cabinets, Kailan took the time to properly prep them for paint. The colour chosen was Silver City by Behr, really brightening up the space. New modern door hinges and handles were also added. The homeowners ordered custom countertops and Kailan helped them install a new backsplash to complete the look. 

    Kailan tells us that homeowners change out their countertops about 50% of the time, as it is not always necessary. When looking to update your space, Kailan can paint walls, doors, and trim, as well as cabinetry. She helps homeowners pick out new hinges and handles for their cabinetry and can also replace glass door inserts with a variety of options.  -DYH

  61. Design Your Home – Celebrating 10 Years

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    They say time flies when you are having fun and they are right! 10 years after our first issue came to life, we thought we would tell you, our story.

    Our first home, a small one-story starter, located in the south end of Brandon was our first place to renovate, paint and make our own. That started our appetite for renovation. Our careers soon took us to Winnipeg and Regina, but as luck would have it, it landed us right back in Brandon in 2011. Throughout these moves, we finished a complete basement, ripped out bathrooms, and used paint by the gallons, not to mention landscaping and decks!

    During this time, we loved going through the local design magazine we would find around the city in Winnipeg and Regina. It gave us inspiration and introduced us to local businesses. When our jobs brought us back to Brandon, we opted for a new build in the south end of Brandon, but that didn’t stop us from putting our own special touch on it. Though we had lived in the area previously, we found it difficult at times to find specific options or have people share with us where to go. This gave us the idea to bring a local home design magazine to Brandon, similar to what we have been picking up in other cities.  Stewart spent months researching printing, design, and distribution options and we decided to take the plunge with our first issue in December 2012.

    Our second issue, Spring of 2013, started our relationship with the Brandon Home and Leisure Show. At the time Dave Melcosky was the manager running it, and we worked closely with him to promote the show in our Spring Issue each year. We understood each other’s business, which made it a great partnership.

    As with any business, you need to grow and change along the way. We initially started with 4 issues a year, but 5 years ago we moved to 2 issues to adjust to changing times. We also went through the change of transitioning from Stewart to Jaime-Lynn. Stewart started the magazine and ran it full-time for the first few years building business relationships in the community. Soon after he was offered a business opportunity and the magazine became our passion project but not our full-time job. Jaime-Lynn started to take on more of the operations until she took it over fully 6 years ago. Each issue still goes through both of them before hitting the printing press.

    One thing we strive for is the relationships we have built with our partners over the years. Since day one, we have used the Leech Group for our printing needs. As much as we have grown and changed over the years, so have they and it’s amazing to work alongside a company while you both go through positive change. Leech Printing has been part of the community for 95 years and it’s incredible to watch a 4th generation growing the business. They recently re-branded their company Leech Group to encompass all the aspects of their business from digital and offset printing to graphic design, digital media, and wide format printing.

    Another integral part of our magazine is Scott Kasprick at Reaxion Graphics. Stewart met Scott early on and liked his style and his experience with magazines. Reaxion Graphics will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this Fall and Scott brings in over 25 years of experience to his business. Scott works hand in hand with us, each issue to create the beautifully laid out content.

    Our magazine wouldn’t be getting out across Western Manitoba if it wasn’t for the Brandon Sun. Another local business celebrating 140 years in the community; we have worked with them since our first issue to deliver our magazines to the doors of our readers. Our remaining magazines are located on racks across Western Manitoba in high-traffic areas.

    The relationships we have built with many businesses across Westman helped us design and build our current home 5 years ago. Design Your Home has been a big part of our life in many ways and we hope it has helped you in some way as well. Hearing from our readers and partners warms our hearts and brings a smile to our faces every time.

    I remember clearly the day Jaime-Lynn came into our wee showroom on 10th street to offer up a space in her new magazine. We had much in common, as we were both new business owners and both a keen interest all things home and décor.

    We have collaborated on every issue since the magazine began. The Design Your Home team has been professional to work with, and truly invested in our success as a business partner.

    We look forward to every issue and enjoy the process of both creating the content, through to the visit with Jaime-Lynn when she delivers the mag itself to our showspace.

    Congrats on 10 Years Design Your Home….we appreciate you!!!

    Sue Swarbrick,
    Budget Blinds of Southwest and Southeast Manitoba

  62. Letter from the Editor

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    We have finally got back to traveling!

    This summer we explored the province of Nova Scotia on a family trip and one of the most amazing parts was the house we stayed in. Not even the part that the exterior and property are used in a Stephan King series…but the historic pieces fully functioning inside!

    The historic home was built in 1910 and still shines in all its glory. I studied the architecture of the home trying to figure out what each room would have been used for in the early days. Each room had its own story from original fireplaces, wood paneling, and delicate paintings of flowers adorning the ceiling with plaster embellishments; nothing you would find in homes built today. The grand staircase in the center of the house led to the spacious bedrooms on the second floor. A unique original feature on the second floor was the knob and tube electrical panel on display in a beautiful wood and glass case. Not only that, but the house had many original push button light switches throughout, all operational.

    Though the plumbing was all up to date, many sinks in the home were also original and kept with the heritage feel throughout the home. A feature I liked was the butler’s pantry off the kitchen, a practical space for storing extra kitchen items or possibly used as a prep kitchen in the past. A second (narrow) staircase located near the back of the home is useful in a home of this size. Probably used by the staff originally, it made it more efficient to get around the home depending on where you were.

    Exploring a new location is what our family loves to do. Being able to stay in such a unique home full of history was truly the icing on the cake for this trip!

    Jaime-Lynn Dyck
    Design Your Home

  63. Welcome Back! – Letter from the Editor

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    It’s been two, might I add long, years in the making, but the Brandon Home & Leisure Show will be back at the Keystone Centre April 8th-10th, 2022. 

    With having to the cancel the 54th Annual Show in 2020, just 3 weeks before opening day, new tentative dates had been tossed around for the past two years, looking for the right time to come back.  Everyone is very excited for the opportunity to interact with the public at the show again and take them through what has come out in the past few years.  As we know, building and renovating has not slowed down, so vendors are pumped to get out there! 

    The show will look a little different this year, being set up in the Canada Room, Exhibition Hall and City Square of the Keystone Centre.  You will enter from the East Side at Entrance D where there is assessable parking and easy access from 18th Street.  Be sure to check out the Presentation Stage located in the Canada Room where local businesses will give demonstrations and talk about what to watch out for. 

    We are very excited for the Brandon Home & Leisure Show to open their doors on April 8th.  Looking forward to it and maybe we’ll see you there!

    Jaime-Lynn Dyck


  64. R & M Homes – Building for the Future

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    Much like a home, when you outgrow your space, it’s time to find another one.  Mark Bailey and the R&M Homes team have been working tirelessly to design and create their new location that will open later this summer at 1810 14th Street East. 

    As business is growing, they found their current space located at Park Ave East, no longer a fit for administrative and operational needs.  The push for a new facility also presented the opportunity to incorporate a spacious showroom that will provide their clients with a hands-on experience as they make the selections that will flow together to create their new home.  The location will boast a large 1,600 square foot showroom, administrative and operational areas, and a state-of-the-art boardroom for project meetings. 

    “The spacious and bright showroom will be a welcoming space that will showcase all elements that go into building your dream project, presenting clients with top-quality materials and selections for their building project”, says Lois Ruston, General Manager of R&M Homes.  Promoting unique and fresh design ideas while showcasing an array of sample displays such as exterior selections, cabinetry, countertops, and finishes will lead clients through their build experience and simplify the process of making the many selections involved in creating their dream home.  “We can’t wait for our clients to come and experience our new hands-on space”, says Lois. 

    Creating a cohesive space will enable their team to work together in a creative and productive environment as they develop each project.  Using technology, they can incorporate past projects and current design trends to help clients imagine their project as a reality. 

    R&M Homes is pleased to welcome two tenants into their new, spacious facility.  BDN Lux Kitchen and Design offers kitchen and design services, providing quality cabinetry, countertops, and fresh design ideas that will enhance your space. The second tenant, MNK Mechanical Services, is a mechanical and plumbing contractor that services institutional, commercial and residential needs.  Both companies look forward to serving clients from a professional and spacious new facility, starting in the Summer of 2022

    As Brandon’s most trusted builder for more than a decade, R&M Homes offers a variety of vacant lots around Brandon, that are ready for you to start working on the home of your dreams.  From Brookwood in the south end of Brandon, to Outback in the north end, you are sure to find a neighbourhood that will be a perfect fit for your family. But don’t think you need to be building a new home to access their services, as R&M also works with clients on renovations and additions to their current home. Committed to building a beautiful space that your family can call home, R&M is working on creating their own new home for their staff and tenants to enjoy in the years ahead.