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VOLUME 34 ISSUE 4 VOLUME 34 IS UE 10
THINGS TO KNOW WHEN RENOVATING A CHARACTER HOME Have you always dreamed of buying a character home and renovating it to add the modern amenities – all while retaining its charm? It’s a common dream, but the reality is that you’re likely to encounter some unexpected hurdles. So it’s best you’re aware of them before you embark on the journey! For example, houses have changed a lot over the last century and so have building codes. Renovating a heritage home means ensuring all of the plumbing and electrical wiring matches the current building requirements. While houseguests can be a great thing, they aren’t so great when they’re unexpected. Case in point – termites, mice and other unwanted creatures. Having pros come in and remove pests can be a costly – but often necessary – part of renovating an old home. Make sure to leave room in your budget for this and other unforeseen expenses.
LEMON OLIVE OIL CAKE Courtesy of www.ehow.com INGREDIENTS: 4 large eggs 1 1/4 cups sugar DIRECTIONS: 1.
Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until light yellow and more than doubled in size for about 6 minutes. 2. Gently stir in 3 tablespoons lemon juice and olive oil. Add the flour, almond flour, salt and baking powder. Stir gently until just combined. Don’t overmix. 3. Pour mixture into an 8-inch cake pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes back clean. Cool completely before removing it from the pan. 4. For the icing, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons lemon juice until well combined. 5. Add to the cake before serving. Slice the cake and enjoy!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons lemon juice (2 lemons, juiced) 1 cup cake flour 1/2 cup fine almond flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 RAINBOW FACTS Courtesy of www.brainycounty.com
A double rainbow occurs when two refractions and two internal sunlight reflections take place.
Rainbows are a circle, not an arch. From the ground, only half is seen as its cut by the horizon. From an airplane, a rainbow is seen as a circle.
A rainbow is formed by the internal reflection and dispersion of sunlight by falling drops of water.
Rainbows created by moonlight are called lunar rainbows or moonbows.
HOW TO SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT Does saving for a down payment seem daunting? It certainly can be – especially if you already pay rent every month. Having a clear plan makes it a much more achievable goal. Check out these four steps to help make your dream of homeownership a reality. • Set a goal. Knowing how much you need to save is the first step. How much do you want to spend on a home? What percentage of that amount are you going to put down up front? Keep in mind that in Canada your down payment amount has to be a minimum of 5% of the home’s total cost. • Start cutting back. Not always the most fun step, but a truly necessary one. Go through your finances for the past few months and see if there are expenses you can cut out. Do you order takeout often? Have a gym membership you don’t really use? Subscribe to more than one streaming service? See what you can cut out and put that money directly into savings instead. • Automate your finances. An easy way to keep track of your income and expenses is to set up automatic payments and transfers. If you automate all your bill payments and essential expenses and set the remaining funds to auto-transfer into your savings account, there’ll be much less of a chance you’ll spend on extraneous items because the extra money won’t be sitting in your account tempting you. • Put overtime pay, bonuses and cash gifts toward your down payment fund. As soon as any additional or unexpected funds arrive in your account, transfer them over to savings. Much like in the previous tip, if the extra money isn’t easily accessible you won’t be able to spend it on things that don’t serve your homeownership goal.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR OLD CLOTHES Ever wonder what you should be doing with your old worn or ripped clothing items – besides throwing them away? True, mending is always an option, but even that has its limits as items become too tattered or too difficult to repair after a time. Thankfully, there are several creative options to try when it comes to repurposing you old tees, pants and dresses. Here are three of them! • Turn old clothes into new clothes. Sure, your favourite sweater is all frayed around the sleeve ends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear it. Cut off the arms and turn it into a t-shirt, or sew it together with some patterned socks and create a new sweater with funky sleeves! • Make something for your home. Got a cool band t-shirt or a blouse with a pretty pattern? Cut a square out of the front or back and then use another piece of old clothing or fabric for the backing. Fill with small shreds of clothing and voila – a one of a kind throw pillow. • Find a textile recycle program. If you aren’t crafty – or just don’t have the time to repurpose old clothing, find a local textile recycling program and drop off your old duds. Depending on where you live, you should have a few options. The best part is that your clothes will get turned into something new for someone else to enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE DIY PAINT Instead of spending your money on store-bought paint, try your hand at making it yourself with this easy flour-based drip paint recipe! This DIY paint is non-toxic so you can safely touch it with your hands. 1. Pour 1 cup of warm water into a bowl. 2. Add 2-3 cups of white flour and 2-3 cups of table salt and mix until smooth. 3. Divide into several separate containers. Each container will be a different colour so divide according to how many shades of food colour you have. Remember – you can also mix the shades to create even more colours. 4. Squeeze a few drops of food colouring into each container and mix until desired colour is achieved. 5. If needed, add water to thin the paint.
SILLY, BUT FUNNY Courtesy of www. funnyworm.com
My grandpa started running a mile a day when he turned 65. He’s 70 now and we have no idea where he is. I’m really good friends with 25 letters in the alphabet. I don’t know Y. Could you please call me a taxi? Okay, you’re a taxi.
Why can’t bicycles stand up on their own? Because they’re two tired. Why do chickens sit on eggs? Because they don’t have chairs. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? If they didn’t stand on any legs, they’d fall over.
REFRESH YOUR HOME WITH A COOL COLOUR COMBO Sure, neutrals never go out of style. They’re also your best bet when readying your home for sale as they appeal to the most people, but what if you want to have a little fun with your colour scheme? Even if you are thinking of selling, a neutral or light coloured wall can be paired with bold, contrasting accessories that will add a wow-factor – without scaring anyone away. One such combo is blue and yellow. Soft blue walls with yellow throw pillows – even a piece of yellow furniture such as a couch – can make a room feel happy and vibrant. Another winning combo? Navy and pink. These two colours bring a masculine-feminine blend to a room. If you’re worried about putting pink on your walls, instead paint your walls navy and add pink by accessorizing. In contrast, if prefer more of a laidback, boho-vibe, try burnt orange and sage green. These warm earth-tones will help your space feel grounded and cozy. Want something more contemporary? Go black and red. Even a room with plain white walls can be woken up with a dash of midnight black paired with dark red. This look works particularly well in a kitchen, where black detailing and red dishes add a dash of excitement to the heart of the home. Last up, even an all neutral space can be made more interesting by pairing different shades. Try dark grey with a soft beige. Or stark white with matte black. These combinations may not be colourful – but they’ll still make a statement!
SPOT THE MISTAKE Courtesy of www.brainycounty.com
There is one thing missing in this image. Do you know what it is?
Answers: The dog is leaving footprints in the snow, but the man isn’t.
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Habitat Ottawa operates non-profit home improvement retail stores across Ottawa called Habitat ReStores, which sell donated, new and gently-used home furnishings, appliances and other reno- vation materials at a fraction of the original price. Proceeds go to the buildings by Habitat for Humanity. Frequently stocked items include: kitchen & bathroom fixtures, cab- inets and countertops; interior & exterior doors; windows & window coverings; flooring & tiles; light fixtures & light bulbs; new paint, stain & wallpaper; hardware, plumbing & electrical supplies; fireplace mantles; trim & mouldings; shelving & hardware; lumber & building supplies; and seasonal products. Don’t need to buy anything? Donate money, or items to the stores. Or volunteer at the ReStore, Community Events, on committees, as office staff or at a build site.
Eric’s Corner T op 3%
When I look at the stats for the past seven days (to Sept 29th), the Ottawa MLS had 386 new listings and 461 sales ( 330 firm and 131 conditional sales). More sales than listings speaks of decreasing inventory of homes for sale, and this has been a part of what has kept upward pressure on the house prices for the past couple of years. On the other hand, the market does appear to be calming since the spring. However, most properties coming out with the appropriate price are sold within the week, indicating that it's still very much a seller's market. As of the end of August this year, the Ottawa stats show the average price for freehold homes up 27.6% year over year and condos up 17.5% year to date. Again it's hard to save fast enough to get into the market if you're not in it yet. Need some help figuring out what this might mean for you and your property? Call us anytime! Have a great fall and stay safe!
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8 Tips To Improve Your Space Did you know that our physical environment can affect our mental state? A cluttered countertop can make us feel uneasy and a collection of mis- matched shoes at the entrance can change our mood as we walk in the door. 1. Out of sight, out of mind. Declutter countertops. Store items in containers behind closed doors or in drawers and fight the urge to place decorative items in every square inch of free space. Keep hallways free of clutter. 2. Keep the path clear. You should be able to move naturally and freely through your space without obstacles blocking the most common path- way. Consider placing your couch and other large furniture against the wall to avoid breaking up the room. . 3. In smaller spaces , consider tables (coffee, dining) that are round or oval to promote good flow, instead of those with hard sharp corners. 4. The size of your furniture should be proportional to the room it’s in. And don’t forget about its purpose: a dining table must also take into account the size and number of chairs around it. People should be able to comfort- ably get in and out of their chairs, and there should still be room to walk around the table when everyone is seated. 5. Let air flow through and around heavy furniture. Avoid piling boxes and storage containers underneath beds and dressers. They look messy and attract dust. It’s better to hide them away in a closet with a closed door. 6. Create fluidity from one room to the next. Paint using a similar colour pal- ette throughout the house. For a pop of colour or texture, add decorative accent pillows or artwork; items that can be changed at any time. 7. Let the light in . Avoid blocking windows at all costs, even partially. Natural light and fresh air can help to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere. You should be able to fully open & close doors without bumping furniture. 8. Consider using an air purifier in your kitchen to remove food odours, or a diffuser in your bedroom or den. If using essential oils in a diffuser, choose light, refreshing scents that do not overwhelm the space.
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