Burlington Burloak Relay For Life 2018

Overview:
Relay For Life Burloak is a 12 hour festival-like fundraising event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, where team members take turns walking around a track. On and off track, there is food and fun at Relay For Life – check out the entertainment, games and many activities, or relax at your team’s campsite! The centrepiece of our event is our moving and inspirational Luminary ceremony at dark, where we remember and honour those that have battled cancer.

Date and Time:
Friday, June 1, 2018 07:00 PM – Saturday, June 2, 2018 07:00 AM

Location:
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
1219 Burloak Drive
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4J7


Burlington Sound of Music Festival

Overview:
So much music, so much fun. Every year in June, music takes over Burlington Downtown and Waterfront. The largest local music event of the year features an eclectic combination of emerging artists, past favourites and current performers. A mix of free and ticketed shows continue all over town for nine days. Activities include the Sound of Music Club Series, Grande Festival Parade, Downtown Streetfest, Family Zone, carnival and vendors. Bring the whole family, you’ll find something for everyone. soundofmusic.ca

Date and Time:
Saturday, June 9, 2018 01:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Upcoming Dates:
Sunday, June 10, 2018 02:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Thursday, June 14, 2018 07:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday, June 15, 2018 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2018 12:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Location:
Burlington Downtown and Waterfront
1400 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 4K3

Category:

  • Culture
  • Other Events
  • Recreation

Burlington Food Truck Festival July 2018

Original Article: https://calendar.burlington.ca/Event/Index/2090cf02-bbcf-4b5b-826d-a8c5009de700

Overview:
Burlington Food Truck Festival is expanding to 3 DAYS! 40 Food Trucks will be serving up some of the best food from around the country. This is a festival you won’t want to miss! Show some of your Burlington love by bringing your friends and family. Oh and don’t forget, there will be FREE ADMISSION, a children’s midway, local performers, cold beer and eating challenges geared to entertain the masses!

Date and Time:
Friday, July 20, 2018 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 22, 2018 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Location:
Spencer Smith Park
1400 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1Y2


Get Brian Gluckstein’s Tips For Mixing Traditional & Modern Decor

Original Article: https: //houseandhome.com/video/get-brian-glucksteins-tips-mixing-traditional-modern-decor/

Go inside a stunning, upscale condo with classical architecture by designer Brian Gluckstein. See how he mixes traditional and modern style in the most effortless way.

To keep the look cohesive, Brian stuck to a neutral palette of whites, greys, creams and pops of smoky blue. In the dining room, silk grasscloth wallpaper is paired with traditional wall paneling for a layered look, while glass and brass lighting offers a contemporary edge. Glass and gold finishes are repeated in the living room, too. Over in the kitchen, taupe marble countertops and brushed nickel hardware warm up the white contemporary cabinets. In the white bathroom, Brian incorporated an oversized mirror, art and modern sconces.


How To Turn A Small Backyard Into An Elegant Oasis

Original Article: https://houseandhome.com/video/how-to-turn-a-small-backyard-into-an-elegant-oasis/

Living in the city has its perks, but having a home with a big backyard isn’t one of them. Horticultural landscape technician Joshua Hollander proves that a lack of square-footage doesn’t mean a lack of potential. Get backyard landscaping ideas and learn how he transforms a small backyard into an elegant outdoor space perfect for summer entertaining.

Over two summers, Joshua made a variety of savvy changes to the urban area. He divided the space into different zones, including a backyard patio, intimate seating area, lounge section and surrounding gardens. Tall trees and a custom cedar screen add privacy, while low-maintenance plants offer easy elegance. Other decorative features include boxwood hedge and ornamental grass. Soft lighting adds a glow after dark, making the backyard ideal for evening entertaining.

 


Design: Transforming Your Space with Light

Original Article: https://myhomepage.ca/design-transforming-space-light-feb2018/

Lighting is an essential part of any interior space, and achieving good lighting in your space can elevate and transform your design aesthetic.

There are many considerations such as functionality, mood and atmosphere that should be taken into account to ensure you are successful when tackling lighting. When you are starting to develop the layout for the lighting in your living space, a good approach to consider is to layer various types of lighting, as it affords you a greater flexibility. There are four basic categories of lighting layers: Ambient, Task, Accent and Decorative.

 

Kitchen IslandLiving Room

 

The first layer of lighting is known as ambient lighting, which illuminates a space, allowing you easy mobility throughout a room. The second layer of illumination is task lighting and, as the name states, it affords you added lighting in a specific area devoted to a particular undertaking such as reading, a kitchen counter space, etc. Accent lighting, is the third layer and is used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space. And, finally, there’s decorative lighting, the fourth layer of illumination, which is simply an accessory to your room. It is sometimes referred to as the “jewelry” in the room or the finishing touches.

 

KitchenDining Room

 

Another source of lighting that sometimes gets missed when designing a plan is natural light. Natural light is the most beneficial, inexpensive and environmentally friendly light available to us. Many condos today are being designed to maximize natural light with an abundance of windows that not only offer us a fantastic source of light, but great views and design aesthetic. If you are considering a major renovation of your home be sure to incorporate as much natural light as possible, be it through enlarging your current window size, adding a transom window above a walkout if space permits, or perhaps adding a skylight.

 

Dining Room

 

Light is essential to interior spaces. It is a powerful tool that has the ability to transform the feeling of a space by simply altering its intensity, colour or placement. It can be one of the greatest challenges in a home…but knowing and understanding the effects light has on your space will help you gain both a balanced and an impressive light plan in your home.


Space-Saving Solutions For Small Condo Kitec

Original Article: https://houseandhome.com/video/small-condo-kitchen-space-saving-solutions/

Designer Cameron MacNeil transforms a builder basic condo kitchen into a modern space with timeless finishes and sleek appliances. Steal his expert storage tips, small space design advice and more.

Cameron swapped the heavy wood cabinets for crisp white ones and replaced bulky appliances with newer, streamlined versions to help expand the space. To increase the size of the countertop, he moved the peninsula a foot closer to the dining area and extended it to create a breakfast bar. Cameron also incorporated extra storage with lower cabinets and a pantry on the side of the peninsula. Caesarstone countertops offer a clean look while a porcelain backsplash that mimics the look of marble adds interest.


Finance: How to Help Millennials Buy Their First Condo

Original Post: https://myhomepage.ca/finance-help-millennials-buy-first-condo-nov2017/
Author: Rubina ahmed-haq

Millennials are so financially strapped that many can’t find the funds to move out of their parents’ home. These are the findings of a new report by the University of Waterloo called Gen Y at home. It finds 47.4 per cent of millennials (also known as Gen Y) in the GTA live with their parents.

The reasons, the study says, is the high cost of housing, debt and job instability.

For young people moving out, your parents’ home can be the first step into adulthood. If you have a young person living at home with you, or you yourself are a millennial that wants to get out on their own, here are some tips to make that happen.

Focus on Student Debt

First One of the roadblocks in saving for a home is having large amounts of student debt. According to the Canadian Federation of Students, the average student graduates with $28,000 in debt after four years of study. That can make it hard to save. After graduation the number one priority should be to get student debt paid. Buying a house when you are still making payments on a student loan makes you financially more vulnerable.

Lower Your Expectations

Millennials struggling to move out should be realistic about what they can afford. Your first home, especially in a city like Toronto, most likely won’t be a detached four-bedroom. Consider smaller places to live. Condo townhomes are a great option to give a house feel, with a driveway and backyard, without the price tag. If your dream is to live in the core of the city, look for new condo projects happening now that fit your budget. By putting down a deposit, usually a fraction of the price of the condo, you can buy time to plan your big move, while the building is being built.

Buy with Friends

Consider buying a larger home with a group of friends. Banks are now offering products that are tailored to those wanting to buy a home in groups of three or more. Before making this decision make sure you talk to the other buyers about what their long-term vision is about the property. If the plan is to sell in five years time and use the profits to buy your individual homes, you can plan accordingly. Or maybe the plan is to hold on to the property and use the profits from any rent collected to supplement your income. Make sure the plan is clear up front.

Check Your Credit Score

It’s never a bad idea to take a peek at your credit score and get a copy of your report. You won’t ruin your credit, as some believe, if you are simply asking for information on yourself. If your score is lower than you expected, take steps now to improve it. Pay your bills on time, don’t carry large amount of debt, and don’t constantly apply to obtain credit, unless you really need it. All this proactive work means it will be easier to get a loan when the time arrives.

Focus on Walking Neighbourhoods

When it comes time to buy, focus on areas where you could survive without a car every day. By ditching it you will save close to $10,000 a year. That’s according to the CAA, and that extra money will help qualify you for a larger mortgage, and give you the ability to make more lump sum payments.

According to the report attitudes about living at home vary. For some, according to the report, co-residence is just about sharing physical space, while for others living with parents means actively being part of a close intergenerational family, sharing domestic work and spending time together.


RAHB REALTORS® Release April Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,185 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in April, 32.4 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 21.7 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

All property listings were 10.5 per cent lower than the same month last year and 5.2 per cent lower than the 10-year average.

“It’s no surprise sales were down from last April, when we saw a record in that month,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill.

Overall residential sales of 1,144 units were 31 per cent lower than April last year. Residential freehold sales were 34.4 per cent lower than the same month last year while sales in the condominium market were 15.7 per cent lower.

The median price of freehold properties decreased by 8.4 per cent over the same month of the previous year, while the median price for condominium properties decreased by 2.1 one per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties declined by 10.5 per cent from April 2017; the average sale price in the condominium market decreased by less than one per cent compared to the same period.

Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. Contact a local REALTOR® for information about your specific neighbourhood or property.

“With the sales-to-new-listing ratio at about 56 per cent in the residential market, we are at the higher end of a balanced market,” added O’Neill. “However, with between only two and two-and-a-half months of inventory, it would not take much to move closer to a seller’s market through the spring.”

The average number of days on market rose to 26 days from 14 days in the freehold market and increased to 29 days from 15 days in the condominium market, compared to the same month last year.

“In general, there is more time to view and compare properties than last year at this time,” noted O’Neill, “so engaging a local REALTOR® should be part of every seller’s and buyer’s strategy.”

Comparison Chart April 2018

Every community in RAHB’s area has its own localized characteristics that influence that market. Please ensure you contact a local RAHB REALTOR® for professional advice.

RAHB Market Activity for Apr
Residential Real Estate Market in Burlington April 2018
Residential Real Estate Market - Hamilton April 2018

 

 

 


RAHB REALTORS® Release March Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,099 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March, 38.6 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 18 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

All property listings were 13.5 per cent lower than the same month last year and 8.1 per cent lower than the 10-year average.

“Our area experienced similar cooling off as is being reported by other real estate markets in the Golden Horseshoe area,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Local sales were lower not only compared to March of last year, but also compared to the 10-year average for March.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 34 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price down 8.6 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 3.2 per cent lower than March of 2017.

Overall residential sales of 1,050 units were 37.8 per cent lower than March last year. Residential freehold sales were 38.4 per cent lower than the same month last year while sales in the condominium market were 35.5 per cent lower.

The median price of freehold properties decreased by 8.2 per cent over the same month of the previous year while the median price for condominium properties increased by almost one per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties declined by 15.5 per cent from March 2017; the average sale price in the condominium market decreased by 1.6 per cent compared to the same period.

Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. Contact a local REALTOR® for information about your specific neighbourhood or property.

“This is the first time in awhile that we’ve seen the average sale price lower than the same month the previous year for both freehold and condominium properties,” added O’Neill. “The condominium market is experiencing less of a drop – not even two per cent – and in fact, the median sale price is still almost one per cent above where it was last year.”

The average number of days on market rose to 26 days from 17 days in the freehold market and increased to 29 days from 19 days in the condominium market, compared to the same month last year.

“For the general downward trend in the numbers comparing March 2018 to March of 2017, we have to keep sight of the bigger picture,” noted O’Neill. “The sales-to-new-listings ratio is still at 60 per cent for the residential market, which is generally considered the line between a balanced market and a seller’s market. In addition, the average days on market is at a comfortable level, providing buyers and sellers time to make informed decisions.”

Every community in RAHB’s area has its own localized characteristics that influence that market. Please ensure you contact a local RAHB REALTOR® for professional advice.

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.

 

 


Slowdown in February 2018 Market

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 779 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February, 40.3 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 25.7 per cent lower than the 10-year average for the month.

All property listings were 15 per cent lower than the same month last year and 21.4 per cent lower than the 10-year average.

“February’s real estate market experienced a significant slowdown, and that’s compared not just to last year, but to the last 10 to 15 years as well,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “In fact, the number of new listings was the lowest in the last 15 years and the number of sales was the second-lowest in that same 15 year period.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 38.9 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price down 0.2 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 12.6 per cent lower than February of 2017.

RAHB-Seasonally-Adjusted-Feb-18

 

Overall residential sales of 752 units were 40 per cent lower than February last year. Residential freehold sales were 42.8 per cent lower than the same month last year while sales in the condominium market were 28 per cent lower.

The median price of freehold properties increased by 2.7 per cent over the same month of the previous year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 4.5 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties was 3.6 per cent lower than in February 2017; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 2.7 per cent compared to the same period.

Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your specific neighbourhood or property.

“Prices in both the freehold and condominium markets have moderated from the year-over-year increases we saw through the last couple of years,” added O’Neill. “Condo prices showed gains in both average and median prices, but the freehold market saw a dip in average sale price and an increase in the median price.”

The average number of days on market increased to 37 days from 22 days in the freehold market and increased to 34 days from 21 days in the condominium market, compared to the same month last year.

“While the days on market has increased substantially from last February, you have to remember that last February was a remarkably active month with record sales for the month. In fact, February 2017 sales were 27.7 per cent higher than the 10-year average.” noted O’Neill. “This February, the average time it took to sell a listed property actually followed the normal pattern for the month – that is, it was lower than it was in January. With the sales-to-new-listings ratio still in the low end of seller’s market, I expect that, like most years, we are seeing the sprouting of the spring market that we usually see in February.”

Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized market. Refer to the accompanying chart, and please ensure you contact a local REALTOR® for professional advice.

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.

RAHB-Comparison-Chart-Feb-2018

 

RAHB-Market-Activity-Feb-18

 

RAHB-Residential-Sales-Burlington-Feb-18

 

RAHB-Residential-Sales-Hamilton-Feb-18

 

 


12 Clever Ways To Make A Space Look Bigger

Original Article: https://houseandhome.com/gallery/12-clever-ways-make-space-look-bigger/

Sometimes it’s easy to feel limited when you’re decorating a small space, but there are ways to fool the eye into thinking you have more square footage than you do. Read on for 12 tricks to visually expand your space.

Bedroom with customer built-ins

 

1. Custom Built-Ins:
Max out awkward spaces with custom built-ins. They not only make clutter disappear, but painting them the same color as the walls makes them recede into the surrounding space.

Photographer: Tracey Ayton
Source: House & Home September 2017
Designer: Erica Schmidt and Ivan Quintana, Medina Design House

 

A Banquette

 

2. A Banquette:
In a small space, a sea of table and chair legs can prove to be a visual stumbling block. Designer Alexandra Hutchison uses a restaurant-style banquette to seat guests in her 640-square-foot Toronto semi, or catch a casual dinner with husband chef Craig Harding. She scores extra points for turning the banquette into storage for bulky items like stand mixers.

Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: House & Home August 2013 issue
Designer: Alexandra Hutchison

 

Low Furniture

 

3. Go Low:
To make a ceiling feel higher, stick to low-profile furnishings like this velvet sofa. Make the impact even more pronounced by hanging the curtain rod right at the top of the wall, and amp up the drapes with black trim to draw the eye up.

Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home September 2016
Designer: Sabrina Albanese

 

Breakfast nook with mirror

 

4. Swap Art For Mirrors
Instead of topping a nook with art, framing a large mirror and painting out the molding to match the walls creates an architectural element that expands space.

Photographer: John Gruen
Source: House & Home October 2016
Designer: Garrow Kedigian

 

beautiful living room

 

5. Be Uniform
Paint is one of the cheapest, easiest fixes for a small space. Don’t break up a room by painting out contrast moldings. In this living room by designer Garrow Kedigian, the crown and baseboards are painted the same mustard color as the walls, which makes them seem higher and conveys a luxe, cocooning feel.

Photographer: Maxime Desbiens
Source: House & Home October 2016
Designer: Garrow Kedigian

 

beautiful kitchen

 

6. Room For Recess
A deep recess in the island (which doubles as the kitchen table) makes it easy to tuck low-back stools out of the way for better flow in the downsized home of designer Jennifer Wright.

Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home September 2015
Designer: Jennifer Wright

 

Stylish living room

 

7. Disappearing Act
Here’s an easy trick to make a small space look more expansive: Choose “invisible” furnishings that seem to disappear, like the glass waterfall coffee table in designer Christine Ralph’s home.

Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
Source: House & Home March 2011 issue
Designer: Christine Ralphs

 

Bedroom design

 

8. Airy Fixtures
Ditch the dense chandelier in favor of something see-through and airy. Designer Sabrina Albanese chose this one which has major drama because of the scale, without the visual weight.

Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: House & Home September 2014
Designer: Sabrina Albanese

 

Airy Living Room

 

9. Clear The Floor
Fashion designer Olympia Gayot chose to opt out of a coffee table, turning a console into a work surface and general catchall, which won’t block the flow in the main space of her 600-square-foot Manhattan walk-up.

Photographer: Eric Striffler
Source: House & Home September 2012 issue

 

Stripped Bathroom

 

10. Thick Stripes
Horizontal striped clothing can make a wearer look bigger, but the good news is it does the same thing for small rooms. A striped wall treatment in this compact powder room makes it feel wider.

Photographer: Valerie Wilcox
Source: House & Home September 2016
Designer: Erika Floysvik

 

Modern Bedroom

 

11. Double Down
Bunkbeds don’t eat up as much floor space, but they are visually heavy — when you can see an expanse of walls, spaces have more breathing room. In her son’s bedroom, designer Sarah Hartill placed the beds end to end (and made sure there was closed storage underneath to cut down on clutter).

Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: House & Home February 2014
Designer: Sarah Hartill

 

beautiful bedroom

 

12. Break Out The Glass
Mirrors are a quick way to add depth, but that’s not the only way to use a reflective surface. As Trudy Crane demonstrates in her 1,200-square-foot apartment, an antique mirror, glass cloche and lantern fixture over the bed let light flow through the room and add sparkle.

Photographer: Monic Richard
Source: House & Home September 2016
Designer: Trudy Crane