I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an interior designer who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Jennifer Woch from House of J has proven herself to be one of the best interior designers I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Jennifer with her handy list of 21 places to buy furniture in Edmonton!
Looking for stylish furnishings? Not sure where to go? Here is a quick list of some of the hottest spots in Edmonton for furniture and home decor.
The furniture stores listed offer furnishings for every room of your home. The styles very from traditional to modern and everything in-between!
Generally all furniture must be ordered. Although a few furniture stores, such as Reside and Pier 1 Imports, do have some stock readily available. Accessories are usually cash and carry. Order times can vary from 1-2 weeks, or 4-18 weeks for custom orders. Good things come to those who wait!
Most shops will deliver, but there is usually a fee associated with delivery. You can expect custom orders to be a final sale (non-refundable) in most cases, however, some shops will return items and charge a restocking fee.
Before purchasing furniture it is a good idea to think how you function in the space you are buying for. Do you like to lie down while watching t.v. in your living room? Then a comfy couch is a must. Do you mainly entertain guests in the living room? Then perhaps a selection of accent chairs would be a good option.
Another very important consideration when purchasing furniture is size! Before ordering be sure to check dimensions of the item being purchased and the space it’s going into. Ensure it is not too large to get through the front door or around that corner on the stairs up to the bonus room! *Always measure before ordering.
Whether you are ready to start purchasing for your home or you’re simply dreaming of all the possibilities, Edmonton has some excellent options and variety when it comes to home furnishings. Happy Shopping!
Eclectic, mixing traditional, mid century, modern, bohemian styles.
Address: West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 Street #2154
Eclectic, chic, traditional twist. Unique details. Canadian company.
Address: 10502 – 105th Ave NW
Large selection. Industrial with rustic raw elements. Clean classic flavourings and muted tones. Pricing in USD.
Address: Southgate Centre 5015-111st
Large selection. Traditional contemporary, some rustic and nautical elements..
Mid-Century modern with warm clean lines
Address: Southgate Centre 5015-111st
Traditional contemporary with ethnic exotic flavour.
Address:13530-137 Ave// 17515 Stony Plain Rd// South Edmonton Common1910-99st
Very modern, mid-century, clean lines. Canadian Company.
Address: 2950 Calgary Trail
Contemporary with industrial and rustic elements. Edmonton based family company.
Address: 10434 Mayfield Rd
Huge selection. Modern, contemporary, traditional. Edmonton based company.
Address: 4210 Gateway Blvd.
Huge selection. Modern, contemporary, traditional. Edmonton based company.
Address: 4210 Gateway Blvd.
Modern stylish, clean lines. High quality. Edmonton based family company.
Address: 4210 Gateway Blvd.
Tradtional and contemporary classic style. High quality. Edmonton based family company.
Modern mid-century, industrial elements.
Address: Manulife Place 10180-101st
Modern funky, mid-century, clean lines. Canadian company.
Contemporary warm rustic. Canadian made.
Address: 3865-99st// 975 Broadmoor Blvd. Sherwood Park
Old world, traditional, unique. Quality. Edmonton based company.
Address: 10508-109 Street
Modern clean architectural. Edmonton based company.
Address: 10549-124 Street
Funky modern. Mid-century twist. European. Edmonton based company.
Contemporary with flavours of traditional, modern and industrial. Canadian company.
Address: 13620-137Ave// 15427-115aAve// South Edmonton Common1918-99st
Contemporary, transitional, traditional.
Address: 13030 St.Albert Trail// 6120-99st
Contemporary, transitional, homey. Massive selection.
Address: 18715 Stony Plain Rd// South Edmonton Common 1430-99st
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I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an electrician who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Darren Kingstree from Kingstree Plumbing has proven himself to be one of the best plumbers I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Darren letting us all know the amazing benefits of installing a gas line in your home, and how easy it really is.
Most people will put up with what they have, as far as household appliance are concerned. If you have an electric stove, that’s what you’ll use, and that’s the end of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
If you watch any cooking shows you’ll notice no one cooks on an electric stove. Gas is instant and cooks food evenly, and looks cooler too. But as I’ve already pointed out, you use what you have. This is because most people think a new gas line is a great deal more work and money than it actually is.
Adding a new natural gas line is not as hard as you think, although it does have limitations which can increase the price. Dry-walled basement ceilings with coated finishes can make the install more difficult and add to the cost with drywall repair – this means holes in your drywall. You will have as many holes as it takes to install the gas line, to code. If you have a good plumber, they will know a good drywaller and painter that can deal with the repair. An unfinished ceiling or hanging tile makes the install much easier.
Every new gas line installed needs to be inspected by the city, so always make sure your installer is pulling a permit and ask for the permit number. As a home owner, you will need the permit to call the city, and organize the inspectors visit. If your gas line has been installed correctly you will receive a green “passed” sticker. Do not, for any reason, decide that you can do with out a gas permit. You could run into real problems if you ever have a fire, because the first thing the fire inspector will do is look for shoddy workmanship on any appliances that could cause a fire to start. This inspection will also uncover any illegal gas lines (those without permits), if this is the case your insurance company can wash their hands of you, and pay nothing towards your rebuild.
You should always be asked by your installer what the BTU’s (British Thermal Units – this is how volumes of gas are used hourly) are of the appliance that’s being installed. Without this knowledge, there is no way the gas line can be sized correctly.
A gas line has to increase in diameter as the needed BTU’s increase. Barbecues most commonly have 40,000 BTU’s, and the length of pipe also must be factored in.
Most original gas lines, in your home, have a large amount of extra BTU’s, these BTU’s can be tapped into. If you have used up all your BTU’s for a tankless hot water system (which are usually 199,000 BTU’s) you will need to pipe all the way back to the Gas meter.
If you have chosen an experienced, qualified Plumber, they will explain what the scope of work will be, and how it will be carried out. A Certified Plumber will never be annoyed if asked to produce their Journeyman’s card. They have trained very hard and are normally very proud to be certified, so if your unsure, just ask! This will ensure your installer is up to code and up to the job at hand.
If you have ever cooked on gas, you’ll know why professionals choose gas above electric. If you upgrade your barbecue to natural gas, you’ll have the peace of mind that half way through entertaining guests you will not run out of propane and let your steaks go cold!
Patio heaters and natural gas fire pits come in a great variety of designs that can look very contemporary, these will allow you to entertain long after others have moved inside.
When you are in your outdoor kitchen “Think Gas”!
Want to chat with Darren more about having a gas line installed? Connect with him here!
I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an electrician who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Kevin Jackson from Yellow Jacket Energy Services has proven himself to be one of the best electricians I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Kevin letting us all know the amazing benefits of home automation, and the packages that Yellow Jacket Energy Services offers.
Until recently, home automation seemed like something from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Now, there are amazing developments in technology which allow us to be able to control interconnecting features of our home from anywhere in the world.
Having a home automation system installed and making your home “smarter” has so many benefits!
- Save Money – Having a home automation system can save you money with your utility costs for years to come!
- Set your lights to turn off or dim automatically to save energy usage
- Have your outdoor lights turn on when motion is detected, instead of leaving them on all day or night
- Set your furnace and air conditioning to use less energy
- Avoid monthly fees for security features, and monitor them yourself with your system
- Feel Secure – Installing an HA system can mean more security for your biggest purchase, lessening stress and worry about your home and your safety.
- Set sensors and alarms for the whole house, or for rooms of your choice
- Get notified instantly if any doors or windows are opened if they aren’t supposed to be
- Program sirens and strobes to go off if your home is invaded
- Lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, and set reminders to lock your doors remotely
- Get an HD video alert if someone is on your doorstep. You can even scare off a potential thief with two-way voice communication from anywhere.
- Monitor specific cabinets so your children don’t get into something hazardous
- While you are on vacation, make your home look like it’s being lived in
- Set a temperature sensor for when you are on vacation and get notified if your temperature is too low or high.
- Detect water leaks in your home and be notified before your basement starts to flood
- Set your system to notify you about smoke and carbon monoxide, which allows you to call for help instantly.
- Increase Your Home’s Value
- A smart home is cutting edge and will make your property more prominent in the market, will increase interest, and add value to your home.
- User friendliness – The home automation package can be used right from your smartphone and tablet!
- Up your comfort! Set routines such as “good morning” or “movie night”, and set your devices to do exactly what you want during those routines
Yellowjacket Energy Services has a great home automation package for sellers who want to increase their home’s value. This package includes:
- Main control hub (brains of the operation)
- Voice activated controller (install in common area to show clients you can talk to your house and have it control lights, play music, turn up heat, etc.)
- Dimming smart switches and 5 on/off smart switches (pick areas of house best shown with automation and voice control. Also, set as a “vacation routine” to make house lived in, even if it is vacant)
- Moisture sensors
- Water shutoff valve (if any of the 3 above moisture sensors detect a leak, it will automatically close the water main and prevent house from flooding)
- Indoor motion sensors (set up to show clients lights can turn on/off as you walk into rooms without touching anything)
- Smart Thermostat (control by smartphone or voice activation)
Each package can be customized with options from many devices, sequences, and alarms, and the price to supply, install and program everything above is $2,995 + GST, which also includes an electrical permit and inspection report. Yellowjacket Energy Services also offers financing on Home Automation packages based on a 120 month term, but can be paid off at any time without a penalty. If you are listing your home and want to include this package, you can pay $30/month while your home is on the market, then pay the balance when the property sells.
Find more information on Yellowjacket’s home automation packages and services here
Want to connect with Kevin? Keep in touch with Kevin and Yellow Jacket Energy Services!
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The internet is great. It facilitates access to essentially all of the accumulated knowledge on Earth. The open source architecture of the internet allows anyone to create content, which for the most part is in the public interest. However, as most people are aware, there is content on the web which is created either for malicious intent (ie. to sell you something), or simply out of plain old ignorance. This brief blog aims at dispelling a certain myth perpetuated by both of those latter circumstances.
That myth is: Transmission lines cause, among other ailments, cancer and neurological disorders.
Transmission lines are so commonplace that most people are simply immune to their presence within their field of vision. However, when you are purchasing a house, they stick out like a sore thumb. Other than the obvious aesthetic drawbacks to a large transmission line neighboring your backyard, there is a worry about the negative health effects which accompany them.
The debate around the harmfulness of transmission lines is fueled directly from a fundamental misunderstanding of what “radiation” is. There are two types of radiation, non-ionizing and ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation does not possess the energy required to strip electrons (or ionize) from atoms. Ionizing radiation carries enough energy to knock electrons from their orbit, thus being able to change molecular compositions, which in turn may alter cellular DNA.
Transmission lines, microwave ovens, cellular telephones, FM and AM radio, and all household electrical appliances emit non-ionizing radiation.
Ionizing radiation can come from many sources, which may include cosmic radiation, medical imaging, industrial sterilization, and smoke detectors.
At this point, the debate should be over. Transmission lines do NOT emit the type of radiation necessary to impact humans in any negative way.
However, as this common misconception is still alive and well, below is further discussion on the subject.
Here are some excerpts from sources asserting that electromagnetic fields (EMF) from transmission lines are a direct cause of health ailments in humans.
From safespace (www.safespaceprotection.com):
“Strong, artificial EMFs that radiate from power lines can scramble and interfere with your body’s natural EMF, affecting everything from your sleep cycles and stress levels to your immune response and DNA!”
There is no evidence to suggest that the EMF propagated from transmission lines have any causal relationship with anything stated above. A 2002 study commissioned by the WHO (World Health Organization) titled “IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans” says the following:
“There is little experimental or theoretical evidence that mutations could be directly caused by ELF [extremely low frequency] magnetic fields… There is little evidence that ELF electric or magnetic fields can cause malignant transformation of cells in culture.”
A convenient graphic is also shown, which based on your proximity to the transmission line, puts you at risk of many illnesses and disorders.
This graphic, while hilariously incorrect, does raise an important question: what exactly is the field strength based on the proximity to transmission lines?
Well, this is easily determined with a high amount of accuracy, and is shown by the below graphic.
A typical 240kV transmission line right-of-way is about 60m in width. This means that if you are standing directly adjacent to the right of way, the highest magnetic field you would be exposed to is about 8 milligauss. For reference, standing a foot away from your electric stove or a fluorescent desk lamp would expose you to over three times that amount.
From Life Energy Designs (www.lifeenergysolutions.com):
“Another, well researched, way in which EMF interacts with our bodies is through the pineal gland and melatonin reduction… Cancer and other serious conditions are possible results of interrupting this bodily repair cycle.”
Again, this statement is easily refutable. A study produced in 2013 by Elliott et al (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23337237), came up with the following conclusion:
“Our results do not support an epidemiologic association of adult cancers with residential magnetic fields in proximity to high-voltage overhead power lines.”
Of course, as per the scientific method, it is impossible to prove that there is anything on the planet which is correlated with no known health risks. Research can only tell us that no observable correlation to negative health effects exists in any one study. After that, it all comes down to a simple risk/reward approach.
Transmission lines do not cause cancer or any other illness as some may suggest.
They may however, block a tad bit of your view.
Daniel Lang, P.Eng.
Connect with Daniel here!
I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an electrician who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Kevin Jackson from Yellow Jacket Energy Services has proven himself to be one of the best electricians I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Kevin letting us all know how to keep our homes safe this Christmas.
With the Christmas season in full swing, many times people are thinking about all sorts of things, but usually not the state of the smoke detectors in your home. Recent survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Here are some basic key things you need to know:
- Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home, as smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
- In addition to smoke detectors in homes, Carbon Monoxide detectors can play an equally important role in preventing another silent killer.
Typically the months with the highest number of house fires is December and January, which is directly related to Christmas trees, lights and extra appliances. Here are some things you need to know for this Christmas season:
- Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested for safety, and recycle any damaged light sets.
- Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a properly protected receptacle.
- Overloading electrical outlets or circuits is dangerous and can cause fire
- Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
- Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily. When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye.
If you are unsure about any of the above information, let us help you keep your family safe this holiday season. We have WCB and are fully insured for your protection. With multiple Master & Journeyman Electricians on staff we will help you stay safe this holiday season. We are a local company that takes great pride in doing good work. Excellence in Service. Every Customer, Every Time.
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I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Referring my clients to a house inspector who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Brad Hanson from Hanson Inspections has proven himself to be one of the best home inspectors I have had to privilege to work with over the years. Here is Brad letting giving us a few tips on why a new home should be inspected.
There are some very important reasons why new home buyers should always get a home inspection done before purchasing. Buying a new home is an exciting experience, with great opportunities to pick your finishes, choose your colours, and to decide what floor coverings you want. But with all the excitement of choosing your decor and finding your new daily route to work, don’t forget to have your new home inspected. While it’s best to have your first home inspection when the home is in the early phases of construction, when more of the home is visible, it’s still a good idea once it is all finished.
New homes can have a wide variety of problems. Building a home is a complex and often complicated orchestration involving many different subcontractors and their employees, each working on a different system of the house. Each subcontractor has their own set of priorities and commitments. These are not always in line with the builder or the homeowner! While the vast majority of home builders want to build the best home possible, it is very difficult for any builder to carefully inspect each and every portion of each phase of the construction process. With all the different phases happening at once, even the best builders will likely miss something.
Municipal building inspections are not the same as home inspections. The responsibility of the municipal building inspector is to check for compliance to the local building codes for that area. Building codes are based on minimum industry standards. Even so, while most municipal building inspectors are doing their best to keep a close eye on things, they are often hindered by factors and circumstances beyond their control, and this alone will not be effective enough for quality control.
Problems found before you purchase the home can be fixed before moving in to your new home. This can save you from having to deal with dust and noise from repairs being made, or from the inconvenience of having to stay home from work while workers are in your home. While there will likely be some small touch ups and repairs required after you move in, you will want the builder to fix any significant repairs right away.
Defects can be repaired before they result in serious or substantial damages or costs to you. Safety items, such as gas leaks or electrical hazards need to be addressed to protect you and your family. Missing attic insulation that will result in higher utility bills can be installed. Raised shingles, which can lead to water damages such as rotted roof sheathing, should be repaired before you take possession of your new home.
These issues, and having the proper repairs made, matter for resale and they will matter for your peace of mind. When you decide to sell your formerly new home, the buyer will likely get a home inspection. Deficiencies that date back to the original construction will undoubtedly be discovered, even if you did not know that they existed. At this point, it is usually too late to get the builder involved, and these problems are now your own. Your potential buyer will, in all likelihood, either ask that you have these repairs made, or they will lower their offering price to cover the cost of the repairs.
A home inspection on your new home will also allow you to learn about the necessary upkeep and maintenance of your home. A proper home inspection will do more than just identify deficiencies and necessary repairs to be made. It will also highlight many important maintenance steps and requirements that will enable you to protect your investment and the ongoing enjoyment of your problem free home.
As you can see, having a home inspection on your new home can more than pay for itself, both monetarily and with the peace of mind and confidence that comes with knowing your new home is ready to for you to fully enjoy well into the future.
Have a few more questions about home inspections? Connect with Brad through his website.
When you are buying a new house, it is extremely important to check the roof. Knowing about the roof will give you an idea of what kind of maintenance you should expect. Roof damage can be a deal-breaker because roof repairs aren’t something you would want to deal with when you move in.
This article from Crest Roofing gives you 7 roof-related tips to look out for when buying a home.
1) Check what type of roof it is.
As a general rule, the simpler the roof, the easier it is to maintain. There are many types of roofs and for Alberta’s climate, certain types of roofs hold up better than others over the years.
Gable and hip roofs are both simple, easy to maintain, and they are very durable against Alberta weather elements. Check Crest Roofing’s blog for more pros and cons of each type of roof.
Is it a flat roof?
If you’re looking at a flat roof, check to see what kind of material it’s made of. Each type of roofing material for a flat roof has a different lifespan and maintenance requirements. With flat roofs it is also best to have an experienced roofing contractor or roof inspector come do an assessment. Flat roofs can make for beautiful and elegant homes, but if not done right they can cause problems.
2) How old is the roof?
It depends on what the roofing material is and you have to check with the manufacturer for specifics, but here is the general guideline for roofing material lifespans:
Shingled roof: 15-20 years
Tar and gravel roof: Up to 30 years or more
EPDM Roof: 20-30 years
SBS Membrane roof: Up to 30 years or more
Metal Roof: Up to 50 years
Keep in mind that these numbers reflect ideals and to meet these lifespans, the roof will require regular and proactive maintenance.
3) Are there problems with the shingles?
Curling, cracking, buckling or missing shingles are all signs that you may need to get them replaced soon. Here are 5 Signs your Shingle Roof Needs Replacement or Repairs.
4) Check the roof gutters
They may look all right from the ground, but if you actually go up and look into the gutters, you can look for the following things:
- What shape are they in? Check for rust, dents, and gaps.
- Where do the downspouts go? Make sure the downspouts run off somewhere away from the house like into a draining system, rain barrel, the street.
- Is there debris in them? Check for gutter gunk and for shingle granules building up in the gutters. Shingle granules could mean the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan.
- Are they draining properly? Check to see if there is water sitting in the gutters. It should drain properly to avoid turning your troughs into a garden along the eaves of the roof.
5) Is the roof soft to walk on?
There are only two reasons why a roof will be soft:
- The plywood/supports are rotten or weak.
- It is a flat roof that is made with rigid fiberglass insulation. It feels spongy, not soft. (Usually with commercial roofs)
If you buy a house with a soft roof, repairs or replacement are going to have to happen soon.
6) Are there lots of trees near the house?
Trees are wonderful to have on a property. They’re great for shade, you can mark a milestone by planting one, they can provide fruit, and they’re just lovely to look at. Unfortunately they can also be risky to have around homes.
Winter storms that dump huge amounts of snow in a short time can make trees or branches fall onto your roof. It happens every year in Alberta. Especially in Edmonton where we have a lot of old, impressively sized, Elm trees (Did you know? Edmonton has one of the largest concentrations of uninfected American elms left in the world?)
Branches can rub on the shingles and rip or tear them. It might not be happening now, but look for trees that have the potential to make contact with the roof. On flat tar and gravel roofs, trees brush away the gravel and leave the membranes exposed to the sun, which can cause cracking, blisters, and premature wear.
Trees that hang over your roof drop seeds, leaves, and pollen. These seeds can potentially grow under and between your shingles and cause damage. Seeds, leaves, and pollen can also clog up your gutters so at the very least you’d have to be vigilant about cleaning your gutters.
Wildfire danger is significantly increased if there are a lot of old, dry trees around your property and/or neighbourhood. This summer we experienced major home loss due to wildfires, even as close as St. Albert and any damage that you can prevent by not having a ton of trees near your home and roof could potentially save your neighbourhood.
7) Are there water stains on the ceiling or walls?
Water stains look like brown circles on the ceiling inside of the home. They can be caused by leaking pipes, but if the ceiling is on the top floor, it could mean a leak in the roof – make sure and get a proper inspection of the roof done before purchasing a home.
Are you looking for a home in the Edmonton area? We can help you find a home that’s right for your needs, give us a call – let’s chat!
If you are currently house-hunting and looking for experienced roofing pros to inspect your potential home’s roof, get in contact with the roofing experts at Crest Roofing.