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Renovating by the Numbers - How to Set and Stick to a Budget

While creating a renovation budget isn’t rocket science, it does require skill, knowledge, and flexibility. Ensuring the task list is checked off (known as labour) and making sure the functional design is pretty (known as sourcing) are essential to a successful, on-budget renovation. While it is common for first-time renovators not to have a good grasp on what things cost, they usually do have a very good idea on the investment they wish to make in their home. It’s important to make sure the design plan falls in line with the desired investment!

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Organizing Your Child's Closet

The start of a new year, and the beginning of a new season, often make me think about organizing. Two of my favorite places to start are my children’s playroom and their closets. Once these are finished, my life seems to be in much better order, and our morning routine seems to go much smoother. After our morning routines were running smoothly, it was then that I decided to share a few of my closet organizing tips that have become a way of life for my family now.

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A Parent’s Dream Mud Room

I have often wondered why so many new homes have such horribly designed mud rooms. First of all, the washer and dryer are typically situated in this space. Secondly, this is a space where there tends to be the most traffic in and out of the house. Seriously, could there be a worse design for young families? 

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Renting vs. Buying in Calgary

Across Canada, signs indicate a buyer’s market exists in real estate. This includes the volume of home sales in April of this year reaching a seven-year low for the month and stagnating home prices in most markets - including Calgary, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.  However, purchasing a home hasn’t exactly become easy for prospective buyers, which brings the option of renting to the forefront. So, is it better to rent or to buy in Calgary?

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