Sky rising

Is there a glimmer of hope in Calgary’s struggling downtown office market? A new report by Avison Young suggests the market may be turning the corner following a brutal two years of ploughing through a recession. The vacancy rate in the core was 23.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, up from […]

Living with the Carbon Tax

Energy panel weighs in on the nuts and bolts of the controversial carbon tax Alberta’s carbon tax is one of the most important policy changes in the province’s recent history. How Alberta adapts to the tax will undoubtedly shape its economic landscape for years to come. In effect since January, the $20-a-tonne tax remains a […]

The bounty of Bowness

A town that became a community, Bowness still has an independent vibe all its own The northwest community of Bowness offers plenty of diversity, thanks to the area’s long and varied history. Just take a stroll along the main street and you will feel as though you have stepped back in time. “Bownesians have this […]

Braeside journeyman

Craig Iseke used his cabinetmaking skills to renovate his ’70s bungalow and is loving the results High school teacher and journeyman cabinetmaker Craig Iseke has two loves: hanging out in the mountains (doing outdoorsy things like biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and fishing ), and designing and crafting wood furniture. So when he decided to sell […]

Material insight

Whether building a patio or deck, new materials are expanding creative possibilities Summer is coming and Calgarians are once again preparing to soak up as much good weather and outdoor living as possible. There’s no better place to enjoy a warm summer day than on your very own deck or patio. So, if you’re thinking […]

No rain? No problem

Gardening technology can automate the watering of your garden and can even tell you when your plants need nutrients When it comes to gardening, there are three kinds of people. First, there are those who have zero interest in getting their hands dirty. They wouldn’t know a hosta from a hydrangea, and are happy with […]

Kitchen herbs

Grow your own herbs and inspire your next culinary creation Is there a shortage of basil at the store? No problem. Frost in the garden? No worries. Basil and other herbs are always in season and at your fingertips when you grow them right in your own kitchen. A herb garden in the kitchen is […]

Beyond the MLS® System

Selling a home can be a complicated process and if you’ve never worked with a real estate expert before, you may wonder about benefits of doing so. Andrew Peck, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) shares his thoughts on five benefits a REALTOR® provides to home sellers. Their number one goal is to […]

Taking the plunge

Owning a home with an indoor or outdoor pool is a rarity in Calgary. If you dream of owning a backyard lagoon, here are some considerations before you dive in. Imagine having your own private swimming pool – a place to entertain, exercise or just kick back and listen to the soothing sounds of moving […]

A place for plants

By following three simple rules, you can keep your apartment plants happy and healthy They say you should raise a plant before you raise a pet – it’s a warm-up activity. At the very least, tropical plants are easier to take care of, and cheaper too. Apartment-ready plants, typically in four inch (9 cm) pots, […]