Home and garden

This 2021 image provided by LeighAnn Ferrara shows Ferrara’s young son as he watches a rabbit on a grassy patch of his White Plains, N.Y., yard, which is surrounded by planting beds of flowers, vegetables and trees. Many people are converting parts of their grass lawns into more diverse plantings. (LeighAnn Ferrara via AP

North America’s love affair with the lawn is getting messy

Some homeowners seeing a well-manicured lawn as an anachronism, even a threat

 

If you have space on your lot and allowable footprint, one of the easiest solutions to achieving more space is an addition; in other cases, homeowners will need to look up for more space, or down into the basement, says MAC Renovations' Blaise McDonald.

Dig down, lift up or add on: Finding more space for your family

You’ve outgrown your existing home, but love your neighbourhood and have no…

  • Mar 28, 2022

 

February 2, 2022 - Debra Schulze, owner of Khaya Home Decor in Duncan, photographed at her store.  Don Denton photo

Life and style with Debra Schulze

Khaya Home Decor owner makes a lifestyle change

  • Mar 21, 2022

 

A well-designed Waterworks custom lighting plan can be a worthwhile investment enabling you to enjoy your outdoor space after dark.

Why installing your irrigation system during the Fall and Winter seasons is highly recommended

If you’re considering installing a home irrigation system in Victoria, fall is…

  • Jan 3, 2022
A well-designed Waterworks custom lighting plan can be a worthwhile investment enabling you to enjoy your outdoor space after dark.
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says that a rooftop garden does need to be flat to thrive, as his was grown on a rather steep slope. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich mayor’s rooftop is home to an eco-friendly garden

Benefits of a green roof include reducing stormwater runoff and improving home insulation

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says that a rooftop garden does need to be flat to thrive, as his was grown on a rather steep slope. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Using the Matterport 3D camera technology, a 3D virtual tour of the space can help guide a renovation, and help reduce the number of site visits required.

Picture this: Your home renovation in 3D!

Innovation brings another tool to the renovation toolkit

  • Jul 19, 2021
Using the Matterport 3D camera technology, a 3D virtual tour of the space can help guide a renovation, and help reduce the number of site visits required.
Garden centre manager Jack Olszewski and Chris Beaudoin say business has grown by 50 per cent at the Sooke Home Hardware Store. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Flower power: COVID restrictions fuel boom in gardening

More people seeking flowers to add colour, says Sooke landscaper

Garden centre manager Jack Olszewski and Chris Beaudoin say business has grown by 50 per cent at the Sooke Home Hardware Store. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
4 essentials for marketing – and selling! – your home

4 essentials for marketing – and selling! – your home

Your home is likely the most valuable asset you’ve ever owned, which…

  • Jul 20, 2020
4 essentials for marketing – and selling! – your home
“People can feel good about opening their homes when they’re ready to sell; we can do things very safely, with distancing and sanitizing,” says Coldwell Banker realtor Marilyn Ball.

Home selling in the age of social distancing: creativity is key

This spring’s pandemic has spurred an unprecedented level of creativity in how…

  • Jun 29, 2020
“People can feel good about opening their homes when they’re ready to sell; we can do things very safely, with distancing and sanitizing,” says Coldwell Banker realtor Marilyn Ball.
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

The best of both worlds in hotel condo

  • Dec 11, 2019
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit
Garden suites will soon be a legal form of housing in Saanich, B.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Garden suites coming soon to Saanich

Work is underway to legalize purpose-built detached garden suite rentals

  • Oct 22, 2019
Garden suites will soon be a legal form of housing in Saanich, B.C. (Wikimedia Commons)