Fences

Hello Sunlight Family,

With the warm weather approaching most of our new homeowner’s may be looking to get their yards fenced.  As long as final grading has been completed and you have received confirmation,  there is nothing stopping you.  This weeks blog post, we’ve decided to share a few different looks and ideas for inspiration. There are tons of different styles out there based on the amount of privacy wanted.  Here are some photos of our favorite looks.

We hope you’ve considered out inspirational photos helpful for your next fencing project.

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Adding Curb Appeal To Your Home

Adding Curb Appeal to your home is something that can easily be done.  Here are some tips on how you can accomplish this.

  1. Manicured Lawn- this is very simple way to make your home stand out. 
  2. Paint the Front Door & Trim Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stand out!
  3. Install new house numbers- If your house doesn’t already come with the house number built into it.  Purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures. 

  4. Plant a Tree- Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house, make sure that you have enough space for it.
  5. When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights.  Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time. We hope you found some of these tips useful.

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Easter Decor

With Easter approaching us we thought we would dip into some Easter decor ideas for around the home.

This is a super easy way to just add that touch of Easter to your home without it looking tacky or cheesy. Throw in some Easter eggs into a vase you currently have around the house.

This is a great idea if your hosting Easter dinner.  An easy DIY project that you can do with your kids.  Burlap wrapped around the chairs with a large pom pom and ears!

Why not brighten up the front entry door? This gorgeous wreath really embodies the feeling of spring and Easter. 

 

We hope that we have inspired you to get home DIY Easter Home Projects going.

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Plants for the Homes

Air Filtering Plants

Florist Mum and the peace lily took the top spots when it comes to air cleaning.  They are both effective at removing amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.  Recommendation is having at least one plant per 100 square feet of space. 

The Snake plant is another really popular air-purifying house plant because they’re beautiful and basically impossible to kill — the perfect option if you’re a neglectful young adult.

The Bamboo Palm -This air-purifying palm thrives in shady indoor spaces so it’s a great addition your bedroom or bathroom, especially if you’re going for tropical ~island~ vibes.

Dumb canes come in a variety of beautiful multicolored leaf patterns and they’re super easy to grow and keep as house plants. But they’re actually called dumb canes because of their poisonous effect when eaten, which can slur or stop speech and even close the throat and be fatal in large quantities.  So please make sure to keep them away from young children and pets.

 

Prepping Your Yard For Spring

Happy first day of spring everyone, we thought we would share with you some tips on how to prep your yard for spring time. Hope you enjoy!

Initial Prep Work

  • Wait for Snow to complete thaw
  • Rake your yard to remove twigs, leaves and other debris

Seeding

  • Identify areas of your yard that look thin or patchy
  • Mix soil or compost with a bag of seed
  • Use a rake to break up the ground in patchy areas
  • Spread the soil and seed mixture across patchy areas

Watering

  • Water your lawn long enough for water to reach plant roots
  • Avoid watering for short periods of time on a frequent basis

Mowing

  • check your mowers oil and replace if necessary
  • Have your lawn mower blades sharpened
  • Lower the blades to remove old dead grass

Mulching

  • Buy high quality mulch
  • Add fertilizer to new plants and shrubs before mulching
  • Lay mulch around trees, bushes and gardens

We hope you have enjoyed.

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Svetlana Taran- In House Account Manager

Svetlana Taran SunlightMaster PMSlo#9AE201

Today we would like to highlight a member of our team, a very important member of the team and someone you don’t normally get to see.  She truly is the glue when it comes to all of Sunlight Heritage Homes Finances.

Working Behind the scenes Svetlana is the financial accounting manager for Sunlight Homes.  She has been with the company for eight years, however she has twelve plus years experience in the accounting field.  Svetlana moved to Canada from Russia in 2000, she is always staying up to date and working towards her professional designation by taking courses required.team-svetlana

From office moves to computer crashes she has never left our side.  With her own full time job she never seems to treat her part time job with us any less important.  Without this person, we couldn’t keep growing as we have.  Thank you for keeping us in line when it comes to our finances and all your years of loyalty, we appreciate it all.

Thank You Sveta!

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Laminate Flooring

This weeks blog post we would like to focus on laminate flooring.  Many people don’t realize that you can get a really good quality laminate floor that looks almost just like an engineered floor. Laminate flooring is actually just a photograph of wood printed on a piece of MDF.  Isn’t that kinda crazy?  The description makes it sounds a little fake and low end which is why some people can be turned off from it.  However, laminate flooring has come a long way.  They now have texture and you can really get that barn wood feel from them.

If you are working with a smaller budget and wanting to have that wood look through out the majority of your home.  Laminate floors are definitely something to think about using.  As you can see in the photos above, the higher end two tone laminate flooring resembles oak flooring perfectly.  The two tone variation and texture wont give you that fake plastic look you have seen before with laminate’s.  Now this look is also alot easier to achieve if you choose a lighter color.  If you are set on a dark color i would suggest using a hardwood.  Darker laminate’s can tend to make dust and dirt a lot more apparent and scratches more visable.

Here at Sunlight Heritage Homes we offer several options when it comes to laminate flooring.  Some with less texture and variations and higher end options with tons of grooves and knots just like wood! Here is a photo of a few of our samples from our Design Centre.

We hope you enjoyed this post and that we have changed your outlook when it comes to laminate flooring.

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The Tupling Family

Mr & Mrs Tupling Decided they would like to move to Woodstock to be closer to their family.  When they started their search for their future home they came across Sunlight Heritage Homes.  They loved the detached bungalows Sunlight offers as they have nice large windows through out, letting in tons of natural light.

When selecting their Lot, they picked one where the front of the house will look out onto green space with trees as they are avid bird watchers and lovers.  

They also loved how Sunlight Heritage Homes were willing to adjust and customize the interior of their floor plan.  By changing the stairs to better accommodate their needs, this made their home perfect for them.

The day of their color selection they brought along their daughter and family friend to help them in process. Most of the decisions made were based on the whole families array of dogs and whether certain materials were better for them such as laminate over hardwood. A breakfast bar was added to the island with the grand kids in mind. A customized L shape Kitchen to allow for easier conversation flow while cooking. 

They were surprised as they thought they would be leaning towards more of a grey color scheme when in fact they ended up going with more browns.  Color will be brought into the home with pops of color using area rugs with brilliant blues and chairs with white and yellow combinations.

We sincerely enjoyed working with the Tupling’s and wish them all the best in this next chapter of their lives.

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Decorate with Wallpaper

wallpaper1One of the biggest problem areas in a room is a large blank wall that stares back at you as you enter. These walls create a feeling of emptiness within a room, and sometimes act to disrupt the flow of color and design that’s already in place: or they do not fulfill their potential of creating visual impact in a room.

Wallpaper is an inexpensive and popular way to decorate walls and bring them to life. Depending on the size of the wall, its coverage, and what image it wants to portray, wallpapers lend versatility to a room and allow for your creativity.

 

Working with wallpaper is easy when you know how to do it, and here some tips.

Preparing a Room for Wallpapering

Wallpaper disasters occur because proper preparation of the wall is not taken seriously. Like when painting a wall or upholstering a couch, a significant amount of time must be dedicated to the preparation of a wall. This extra time spent will save you time and trouble in the long-run.

Measure your wall and purchase wallpaper that will cover the entire surface of the wall (allowing for error and pattern matching). Cut your wallpaper into manageable sized strips when you are ready to use them.

To prepare the wall for wallpapering, remove any switch plates, wall fixtures, and socket covers. Clean the wall thoroughly to remove any dirt and/or mildew, and let it dry completely. Search the wall surface for any holes, depressions, or bumps: these may be repaired using a drywall compound or spackling compound. Apply the compound, smooth it as much as possible, and let it dry thoroughly. Sanding is then required to smooth the surface to make it as easy as possible for the wallpaper to adhere to the wall. Then prime your wall with an acrylic adhesive which is recommended by a wallpaper expert. 

The Act of Wallpapering

Once you’ve primed your wall with the adhesive, decide how you want to hang the wallpaper. Go in the direction (right to left or vise versa) that is easiest for you. Cut your wallpaper strips allowing for pattern matching and a small amount of waste at the bottom. Starting from top, apply the wallpaper to the wall.  You may want to precut the holes for the switches, other openings, etc. (being very exact with the measurements to avoid error) or cut them as you proceed to hang the wallpaper (the easiest way).  Either way you must be precise!
Amateurs often end up with the problem of small air bubbles under the wallpaper, or uneven attachment to the wall. Resist the temptation to use a plastic smoother as it may tear the wallpaper or leave marks if used with improper pressure. Instead, use clean soft cloth and apply gentle pressure with the hand, or a light flexible rubber flap – much like the one used to clean windows.

Designing with that Wallpaper

Wallpaper provides an opportunity for colors and patterns to be incorporated into a design. The appearance of a large wall may benefit from wallpaper with patterns or stripes to break their overwhelming size. Use vertical stripes to add height to the room, and horizontal ones to create the illusion of a wider space. Another option is to incorporate a dual design – using a striped pattern on the upper half of the wall and a solid or floral print on the lower portion to create interest.

Use borders near the ceiling to create visual interest and give the illusion of height to the room, as it calls attention to the ceiling.

When using wallpaper in more than one room of the house, you have the option of creating fluidity between two rooms without having to use the same wallpaper. The fluidity may be achieved by staying different tones of the same colors, contrasting colors, or similar patterns.

Building the Room from the Wallpaper

When designing an entire room, wallpaper create a nice visual palette with which to work. Wallpapers, because they provide various color and pattern in their designs, may create a central mood in the room (formal, informal, etc.); the source of a color scheme (from the colors in the wallpaper); and even a pattern that will flow throughout the room (floral patterns, stripes, or dots).

Wallpaper provides a great opportunity for design ingenuity. Don’t be afraid to use the wall to its full potential – either to enhance the design of the room or build an entire room around it.

The Fairway Model Feature

The Fairway- Villages of Sally Creek 

The Fairway Model is featured in our Sally Creek Adult Living Neighborhood.  This two bedroom two bathroom bungalow style home starts at a low cost of $360,400.  With a stone and brick exterior combo that truly adds to its visual appeal.  Upon walking into the home a large tiled foyer greets you, with optimal space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first bedroom located right off the foyer with its own bathroom and closet.  This bathroom has a dual entry, foyer entry and bedroom entry making it convenient for guests.  As you make your way into the house, a mudroom with laundry is located to the right of you attached to the double garage.  An open concept L shaped kitchen to your left with a centered island and granite counter tops.  Engineered Hardwood in the living area is another feature that comes with this home.  You have the option of four color finishes. 

The master bedroom is located right off the living room with a large walk in closet and
en-suite bathroom.  In the en-suite you get a double sink vanity and tiled shower with optional glass enclosure.

Let us know how we can make this model your future home.

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