Today, there are so many TV show about renovating that homeowners get the bug totransform their own homes. If you like your neighborhood and your home has possibilities for expansion, it is a good option. The experts however,make it look easy and their pricesseem to be pretty good! The problem is that many of us do not have the expertise to handle a major renovating project. If you have to hire everything done, the project could get very expensive. Hire experts for specific areas that are not your expertise such as electrical issues and save the unskilled jobs such as demolition, for yourself. This can save money and make you feel a part of the outcome. Set your budgetand them go to work getting 2 or 3 prices for each project being done. Some homeowners get inspired, charge forward and do not do their homework. Check the basic structure of your home and its ability to handle the changes. Here are a few tips if you have decided to charge ahead!
1) Basement renovation can add additional living space for the family, a cozy theatre room and even added income if you have the space to add a rental suite. However before you begin, check that the basement is waterproof. Always inspect the interior foundation to ensure there are no moisture issues or mold problems before beginning. Examine the outside grading to make sure water runs away from the foundation.
Insulation is key. You want your new lower level space to feel comfortable. Make sure yousoundproof it. You want your new space to be quiet and private. Safety is also an important issue. Evaluate the exits in case of a fire. You may have to add a large window or another door. Educate your self on fire resistant materials and alarms and know your local fire codes.
2) Kitchens are often the last area to be upgraded. You can put in a whole new kitchen withcustom cabinets but there are ways to upgrade without breaking the bank. If the basic structure of your cabinets are satisfactory or due to the layout cannot be changed, then consider refacing them. There are several companies out there that will come in, paint the bases and add new wood doors. Ask around and get referrals. We are currently using Heritage Cabinets. They manufacture their own doors in their own factory and they turn out quality work! If refacing is not for you, you might just consider new hardware and an upgraded counter top. This alone will make a huge difference.
3) Consider creating an Open Concept look which is very popular today. Find out which walls are non-load-bearing walls and remove them to create large living spaces. This can give your home a spacious feel, improve flow, lighting and overall function.
4) Garages are being used today for much more than overflow storage or car parking. If insulated properly, your garage can become a rental unit, a home office, a guest suite forcompany or a gathering place for the family. Carpet, quality thermal insulation and a couple of windows can transform your space into added value for you home.
5) Re-evaluate the lighting in your home. If you have opened up spaces by removing walls, you may have to add French Doors or addition lighting to enhance that light open space feel. Color can be a real asset here. Light tones, especially greys are big this year and really do a great job.
6)The finishing touches are vital.Furniture and accessories will be the icing on thecake. Avoid pieces that overpower the space. Large pieces such as wall units can often shrink a room simply by its proportions. Develop an eye for chosing lower profile or smaller scale furniture. Investigate dual purpose pieces such as ottomons which double as storage units for throws, books or even knitting.
Have fun but watch the budget. You do not want your home to turn into a money pit. If you are in the market for a new home to transform into your own space, by using some of theses ideas, call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc. Chatham-Kent today, for all your Real Estate needs.
Many Chatham-Kent and area residents have special memories of fun times at the former Lighthouse Inn overlooking Lake St. Clair at Lighthouse Cove near Tilbury. Our family spent many good times eating their famous Perch Dinners.
As former long-time boaters we have vivid memories of lining up along the break wallon Thursday night ' All You Can Eat Perch Night" waiting for a table. On arriving, you would put in your name and number in your party and then retire to the boat for some comraderie until the PA System announced your table was ready.I remember owner Jim Cooke reminiscing with us one evening when those times were just a distant memory. He said, he was in the kitchen and he and the staff hardly had time to lift theirheads as platter after platter of their delicious perch was prepared and served. It was not unusual to serve as much as 500 pounds of perch. Lake perch was plentiful in those days and no one prepared it better. It was like old home week as we wandered fromboat to boat visiting with friends and anticipating a great dinner.We moored a couple of our boats at the cove for a few years and often stopped at the Inn on Sunday evenings on our way back to the dock after a weekend outing. Good Friday our family was always there and Jim said we were one of the first to make reservations.
I also remember when the Thames River would freeze over in the winter months and we would head out the river on snowmobiles for a great dinner.We lived on the river for many years and the familiar sound of a group of machines passing behind the house always brought back fond memories.
The Cooke Family owned the restaurant for 50 years and many changes took place in thattime. Originally built by Armand and Vera Jacobs in 1946, it was a place for duck hunters and fisherman to stay with 16 rooms upstairs, 42 seats in the dining room and 47 seats in the small lounge. The Cooke's bought it in the summer of 1968. The rooms upstairs were removed in 1980. In the last days of the restaurant, Jim Cooke was always there to greet his guests and have a few words with everyone. As he remembers, the glory days of the place were from the late 1980's through 2001 until the Sept 11 attack on New York changed theway people traveled back and forth to the U.S. even by water. Then the fishing industry declined and perch were not as accessible.Jim spoke with a reporter recently and thanked his many patrons for their years of loyal support. He said their customers were their friends and the restaurant became his family's life. However times change and after closing for the Winter of 2015-2016, he decided not to re-open in thesummer of 2016. It remained standing as a reminder of good times gone by until it was recently purchased and is being demolished to make room for a new home it is rumored, with a spectacular view!
We miss those times but will cherish our memories. Good luck Jim in whatever your future holds.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capitol of Canada and has many Classic Car Events during the summer months. This weekend is one you do not want to miss and is being held at one of my favorite resort locations in our Municipality, Mitchell's Bay.
Saturday, July 21 is a big day for the Vintage Vehicle Lovers. It is the 7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Showat Mitchells Bay. All vehicles must be older than 1997. It will run from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. at the Mitchell's Bay Park. There will be fun for the whole family with lots to see and do, vendors, food concessions and even a bouncycastle for the children. Bring your bathing suits and cool off at the beach after a fun day before you head home. Mitchell's Bay is one of our great area Resorts with boating, fishing, swimming and even a playground and splash pad at the beach. It is one of our favorite places to spend a quiet Sunday, sitting under one of the large shade trees, reading and watching the many activities taking place. If you have not been there, this is a good weekend to try it. You will be back. I am sure.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes and has several lovely Lakeside Resorts within our boundaries. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website regularly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this desirable area.
Dresden Kinstock Music Festival This Weekend July 13-14/2018
If you are wondering what to do this weekend, make plans to visit Dresden and enjoy this year's Kinstock Music Festival at Kinsmen Park in this unique village just a short drive from Chatham. It is a great family orientated weekend with lots of Local and CanadianEntertainment. There will be food and craft booths and even a Beer Garden. Door Open Friday Evening at 5 P.M. Show starts at 6 P.M. Saturday the doors will open at 4 P.M. You can purchase day passes or attend both days for the bargain price of $40.00 Check out the website or call 519-683-4368 and purchase your tickets today. If you are a camper, you may want to take advantage of the few rough campsites for $25.00 and set up for a fun weekend. Space is limited so act today.
Featured Artists are Friday, Runaway Angel, Julia Haggerty, Dirt Country and the Chasers
Saturday Night; Andrew Hyatt in addition to some talented local artists.
Hope to see you there. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and do. Be sure to check my website weekly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this desirable area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Enjoy Chatham-Kent Classic Car Events this Weekend
The 42nd Annual Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade and Car Show will take place Friday June 22-24/2018. The Event boasts hundreds of Antique Cars, boats and tractors for spectators to enjoy at the Car Show and Shine to be held Saturday June23 in Ferguson Park. The first 100 entries receive free admission and a plaque. There will be a parade Friday night, at 6:30 to kick off theevent. This annual parade is one of the largest in Southwestern Ontario and brings thousands of people to Thamesville each year. There will be a Broasted Dinner and live music in the refresh gardens at Ferguson Park on Saturday. The live band 'Dirt Country' will be on stage in the Beer Garden at 9 P.M. and fireworks at 10 P.M. on Saturday conclude the event. Check their website for further details.
June 22nd is also the date for the Blenheim Classic Auto Show and Cruise Night and will no doubt have an impressive lineup of vehicles of all models and makes. The parade of cars will begin at 6 P.M. Friday Evening on Chatham St. South at the Glad Tidings Church. Automobiles must be older than 1988 and there is only room for 100 on the Main St. on Saturday June 23. Sunday the 24th, the cars will cruise to Erieau to line-up for car buffs to enjoy and speak to the proud owners. Be sure to check out the Bayside Brewery. They have afternoon entertainment planned for the patio and it sound like great fun and food for all. Check out the Blenheim Car Show website for more details and to register for the Saturday line-up on Talbot St. in Downtown Blenheim.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capital of Canada and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to our great community. Check out the Schedule of Events for 2018 and be sure to put those dates on your calendar. Come out and join the fun. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with lots to see and do. Call me Wayne liddy 519-351-1038 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate needs and visit my website for choice listings, events and happenings in Chatham-Kent.
According to the latest news report the site plan for the new Chatham Casino has been approved and plans are going ahead to make this $36M project a reality by the middle of 2019.During construction the DresdenGateway Casino will continue to operate. Although this is good new for the Minicipality Of Chatham-Kent, it is bittersweet and a real sense of loss for the Dresden community. Chatham-Kent has received a total of $700,000 in hosting fees from Ontario Lottery and Gaming as a result of the Dresden Operation but Mayor Randy Hope expects to see a considerable increase with the construction of the new facility in Chatham. Gateway is one of the largest Gaming and Entertainment operations in Canada and currently has a presence in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. This is good news for our Municipality and our Economy.
The new facility will have plenty of parking, 2 restaurants, 300 slots and 10 gaming tables. Its location at the corner of Keil Drive and Richmond, the former site of the Wheels Inn has easy access to the 401 via Bloomfield Rd.forr out of town visitors. Other great amenities are its close proximity to the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond and the Holiday Inn Select as well as other hotels, restaurants and coffee shops who will all welcome the new visitors. One of the best pieces of news is that the new 45,000 square foot Casino expects to create 200 new jobs in our Municipality. This is welcome news for our Economy.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community, the area of choice if you are searching for Location Location Location with lots to see and do. Visit and you could very well decide to stay! Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for the latest in Listing and Events in this great community.
You love your home and your neighborhood. However, you are not adverse to adding a few new touches, here and there to give it some pizazz.
Let's cover a few key areas.
Front Entrances: This is the first impression visitors have or your home. Make it welcoming and convenient.
1) Mirror You can either hang a mirror over a table or if possible mirror a wall. This is a great optical illusion for small entrances. and it will give a feeling of spaciousness.
2)Table Place to drop your keys or visitors purse, phone or gloves while guests are removing their coats and shoes.
3) Bench or chair Someplace to sit while removing boots or shoes.
4) New entrance flooring to present the Wow factor
Family Room: With open concept great rooms being so popular today, this is the room where the family gathers and spends most of their time. Separate living rooms although still found in some homes are not the place where families watch television and congregate. If this is the case in your home spend the bulk of your budget on a comfortable servicable sofa with loveseat/chairs or a sectional. If it is possible, you may want to take a wall out between the living room and family room and create a large great room.
Fireplace: This adds warmth to a family room and a great focal point. Televisions can be mounted above which solves the dated problem of where to place the TV. If a gas fireplace is not feasable try an electric fireplace. The cost is much less and you can achive a similar result.
Glass Tables: Accent tables or a glass dining room table or desk will give the illusion of space.
Clutter Removal: If you have numerous books, or other items sitting around, consider a wall cabinet to show your accessories in a more organized way.
Area Rug: Search for a color scheme or pattern that pulls the room together.The rug does not necessarily have to be expensive. It is the overall look that is important.
Color: Monochromatic can be very attractive but not for everyone. If you like color, use it. Add splashes of your favorite tones to that monochromatic room and it will be transformed. This can be accomplished through accessories such as pillows, throws, wall and table art. The beauty of this inexpensive makeover is that when you tire of the look, you can remove the color and enjoy the serenity of that monochromatic room again.
Bedrooms: Chose colors that flow. If the hallway is a cool color keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same pallette. It does not have to be the same color or even similar but if it is also cool, the space will appear larger.
Chair/Table Desk: If space allows, a reading corner is a welcome addition especially to the master bedroom. In a child's room, a desk and chair are often needed for homework. If you are on a budget, watch the garage sales or the kijiji ads. You can slip cover a chair inexpensively or use a wooden chair like a rocker and put a throw and/or cushion on it to match your bedspread. Place a small table for reading beside and the room has a perfect place to read or spend some quiet time. For the child's room search for a compact desk and chair and some wall units if possible.
In all of the above remember greenery! It will add wamth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun!
Wednesday Night Movies at the Chatham Capitol Theatre
I am always tooting Chatham-Kent's horn for being "The Affordable Lifestyle Location" and I have just another example to prove my point. If you have heard someone say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent, they are just un-informed. Chatham-Kent is a very vibrant area with lots tosee and do. We will soon be into the summer months and as far as I am concerned, there is no better location. We are nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes and are often referred to as the Banana Belt. This is a reference to our milder temperatures in the winter time although this year, Old Man Weather decided to play with that a little. Oh well, we will soon be over the cold weather and on to Spring and Summer. Spring often is the shortest season in this area, going from cold to hot but we will see what this year brings. Regardless, before we blink, we will be heading to the beach to swim, boat or open up the family cottage at one of our Chatham-Kent Area Resorts Locations.
Our own Chatham Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham has had some greatentertainment in the past few month. The talented Country Western Star, Aaron Pritchett was here in January, The Bernstein Bears Live made an appearance in March and the National Dance Company of Ireland performed the Rhythm of the Dance to the delight of the audience on March 19, just to mention a few of the recent shows. We are very fortunate to have this Venue right here in our midst in Chatham-Kent. We can enjoy some great entertainment, which I might add is very affordable, and never have to travel far. I hope you are checking the Capitol Theatre's website for upcoming events so you do not miss anything.
I spoke to someone about the great movie, "Wonder", we saw last Wednesday at Movie Night atthe Capitol Theatre and they did not know anything about it. As a result I decided to write about this fantastic affordable evening in this week's blog. Every Wednesday Evening at 7 P.M. at the Capitol Theatre is Movie Night. You can buy a season pass for $35.00 or pay $5.00 at the door for this week's movie. Popcorn is $2.00 and the bar is open. There is a wide variety of movies, sometimes a new release that did not come to our local theatre or perhaps one you missed. Last week's "Wonder" was a real gem and one I believe should be seen by every school child. If you missed it, take my word for it and be sure to rent it. Make it a family night at the movies.This Wednesday's movie April 4 willbe the 1959 Classic, "Ben Hur" with Charlton Heston, next Wednesday April 11 will be 'The Shape of Water" a new film from this year and the following week April 18, Disaster Artist will be showing. There was a great crowd last week so someone recognizes the great value of this movie night. Hope to see your there and enjoy the show!
You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.
Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowlegable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.
Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.
1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive themost return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.
If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge facelift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look.
2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way.
3)If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.
4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an invitingfront entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want.
5)Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.
If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.
6)Accents. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents.They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Fall so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.
If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!
Christmas is over and if you are like us, you probably ate too much. We decided to go for it and buckle down the first of the year. Just less than a week to go! We love the Christmas season at our home. We take turns hosting Christmas and this year was our turn which was really special. We started with appetizers and finished with the traditional turkey dinner complete with 2 dessert choices. We brought out Baby Jesus' Birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. Our daughter even made a beautiful Raspberry Torte which was delicious. They all went home with a care package of leftovers. We love to have everyone here. Some of the younger ones even had a dance contest on the WEE. It was great fun to watch all the energy they have. Being together to celebrate is what is important and a special gift wherever we meet. Many people share that sentiment and I heard recently on the radio, the 5 most popular reasons for the added joy. Besides parties and holidays off work with friends and family, one of the main reasons was the Christmas Spirit. That to me, means simply that people, in general, are happier. Somehow, many are able to put aside their everyday worries, just enjoy each other and the simpler pleasures of life. It is that time of year when Family traditions are celebrated and new ones are made!
I know each year, for many years, our two older grandchildren have enjoyed coming for the weekend, helping grandma decorate cookies and driving to Michigan, to a little place we found, to enjoy the extravagant Christmas light displays. Although they are now 18 and 21, they still come, for the car ride anyway and we had our special night together this year last Friday. It was great. Everybody is so busy but Christmas time is that special time of year when many of us just kind of slow down and smell the roses.Our younger grandchildren are not so fond of driving around inthe car looking at the lights and their Mom is a fantastic baker so we are still searching for that special event that they will always associate with Christmas at grandma andgrandpa's house. My wife thought it might be helping decorate with the teddy bears and the ginger bread decorations but they soon tired of that. Whatever it may be, the best part is just being with them at this special time of year. It may just be cuddling on the sofa, watching their favorite Christmas Movie with the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background. I realize we are very fortunate. Both of our grown children are married with families of their own but they live in this general area. We are still able to get together and celebrate. I hear so many friends speak about their grandchildren located all over the world. Thanks heavens for the Internet and the ability to visit face to face. I am sure that their Family traditions and the memories of them are as important to them as they are to our family.
Santa Claus arrived in Chatham-Kent for the Annual Christmas parade in November. The IODEChristmas Walk was November 18-19 and even though the weather did not cooperate, it was a great time. There have been several Christmas Events and activities in Chatham-Kent.Christmas In Muskoka was held at the Chatham Armouries Nov 28- Dec 2, Elvis, a Christmas Special featuring Pete Paquette at the Capitol Theatre was Friday, December 1 and the Chatham-Kent Chorale also at the Capitol Theatre took place on Sunday December 3, just to name a few. I hope you gathered the family and attended some of these great seasonal events and others that took place in our Municipality. If not, put that on your to-do list for next year.
Chatham-Kent is the affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and enjoy. Build your own Christmas Traditions, Create Memories and Enjoy the remainder of the Holidays whatever you do. Always remember the "reason for the season." Our family likes to have a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. It helps to remind the little ones that Santa Claus and toys are not the most important thing at Christmas. You do what suits your family. Have a blest and Happy Christmas and all the Best in 2018.