Join Sarah Logue, RE/MAX Escarpment Team Logue Realty as we take a look at Waterdown home and the renovation process with a new home.
Welcome. Sarah Logue here on behalf of Team Logue and Remax escarpment. I’m joined with Ziskin and Steve Trust here in Waterdown in this exceptional home. This is a big change for you guys you guys always pick modern clean lines, I feel like i’ve gone back in history to this property and I can’t imagine what you’re going to do with it. So give me the perspective as to what took you from your neat clean modern townhome lifestyle to this massive traditional home.
Well I think Steve has always dreamed of having a more traditional aesthetic to a home and so while our interior preferences are really contemporary I mean what’s not to love about a porch this size and a beautiful established neighborhood and gorgeous old trees and so we saw the outside and we kind of fell in love and forgot about all the things we typically do in a house nd and put in an offer and couldn’t believe we were lucky enough to snag it.
But there was some motivation as to why you needed a bigger home as well Steve that really fell to you.
It did my Mom is now part of the picture in our family living and we wanted to incorporate a space that she could share with us and having her close gives us the ability to provide her extra care and for her to see her grandson
We wanted to have a bit more space and so one of the things we loved about this property is it has a big beautiful two-car garage with a loft above and a pre-existing space for kitchen and bathroom at the back and so that allows us to put her in a space that feels like it’s truly her own, but allows us to get her really close so priority one is getting that space sort of modified and ready.
Okay so this is the beginning of the in-law suite that really drew us to this property. Give me the run down on what’s going to happen in here because we’ve got two levels and a garage we’ve got a lot of pieces back here.
There are a ton of pieces and so in here we were really fortunate there was already a kitchen there’s already a bathroom with a shower and washer/dryer so all we’re doing in here is adding more cupboard space because it was quite limited and making it accessible for my mother-in-law who currently uses an assistive device for walking. We’re going to be taking down the garage door insulating the full space and then adding in an open concept bedroom and living room so that my mother-in-law will be all on one floor.
One of the best features of this garage space is the loft which takes up the entire top portion and has given us the opportunity to expand the space for my mother-in-law and my niece who is going to be accompanying her living in this location we are adding a two-piece bathroom on the far corner so that this upper portion has its own bathroom facility and we’re adding an air conditioning system to the entire structure to complement the air conditioning that’s being built.
We’re still kind of contemplating structural changes potentially opening up certain areas of the house modifying the floor plan we’re moving forward at breakneck speed as per usual.
Okay so there was already some work done to this kitchen but not necessarily your style and you felt that the flow was a little off with this kitchen so give me the picture of how this is going to change.
Yeah so my concern with the kitchen is a couple of things. One it isn’t our style but more importantly the floor space to me isn’t really well thought out, there’s a ton of dead space and huge spaces and so the plan is this peninsula is going to lift and become an island and then lastly we get a full wall of pantry on the left so tons of additional storage and reappropriating a bunch of this sort of floor space that’s kind of unusable to turn it into space for dishes pantry etc.
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Join Sarah Logue, RE/MAX Escarpment Team Logue Realty and Tim Latimer, Home Inspector as they walk you through what to check when inspecting a home. The benefits of a pre-inspection prior to putting your home on the market, or in order to purchase firm during a seller’s market. Pitfalls to watch out for.
hi everyone Sarah Logue here on behalf of Team logue and I’m joined by one of our fabulous resources GTA property inspectors Tim Latimer.
How you doing?
He’s an amazing home inspector that we’ve had the pleasure of working with for years and right now I feel like I’m not seeing you enough.
that’s true the market is a little crazy and we’re getting a lot of stress buyers that are concerned that they’re having to make these bids without a home inspection without knowing what they’re walking into so we’ve attacked this twofold thanks to you:
one we’re doing pre-inspections like this where we can tell our clients if there is anything to be cautious or we can tell our sellers what to repair prior to actually putting their house on the market.
so what would a pre-inspection look like for a seller right now?
For the seller essentially we go in it is a little difficult in winter but we do what we can we essentially go through the whole house and try to find issues that a potential buyer may have. We want to find out the age of the furnace the age of the AC, age of the roof if we can see it of course and as we go through the house we’re looking for potential problems if we see something we flag it and we let people know that there’s HVAC specialists, there’s electricians, there’s people that are going to come and actually give you a hand with the other part of that specialist.
Absolutely. Right and you have such a great resource list I mean there’s many times we’ve been standing somewhere and you’re like this is a forced water heated floor and I’m like what and you’re like don’t worry we have somebody so it’s so we always yeah we always have somebody we worked these guys over a thousand times now to the point where you just even if I had a question for them I just call ask and get you a rough idea of what’s going on with the actual issue and then we can get them in here to fix it.
It’s just it’s getting a lot easier but at the same time it is difficult with covid to come in and try to get you guys set up to buy and purchase it is nice though with the pre-inspection for our sellers we vacate the house you come in do a regular inspection and then we have that available in print PDF from you to give to any purchaser correct so it’s a great advantage for me as a listing agent the person with the sign on the lawn to say don’t worry agents don’t worry MR/MRS buyer we can tell you exactly how old the furnace is we can tell you exactly how old the roof is so they know when they’re bidding on the property.
Exactly and what I’d like to tell a lot of my clients is I’m trying to mitigate those surprises that you may have we are limited in what we can do but even just going and poking your head in the attic space and telling if you do have a potential problem with mold or a potential problem with a bathroom vent fan that comes loose that maybe hasn’t caused a problem yet but will in the future.
Right it’s one of those things where you just want to move in and be like okay I’m confident enough to know that I’m moving into this place and there’s not going to be a surprise the first day that I move in yeah and as agents we don’t want that surprise either on a revisit that’s not that’s not what we want to deal with right so taking care of that client making sure they just know what they’re getting right.
And that’s the other piece that you do great for us so I’ll call you in a panic sometimes because I know offer presentations three days from now and I can’t have a home inspection but I sneak you in yes probably the wrong word yeah we get you in for an inspection for our buyers on anything they’re looking at
Yes essentially what it is is it’s very tough in this market so we tried to pivot to a point where you guys can give us a shout and if we do have a half an hour to an hour we can answer those big questions that you may have what what age is the furnace what age is the ac how is the roof is there any mold or a potential issue in the attic and it gives me that just at least the broad spectrum of what’s going on in the house or the specific questions that your clients may have.
That’s amazing I love both products thank you pre-inspection and my buyer inspection we use it regularly and it just gives us a great feeling of comfort overall. So if you’re questioning how to buy um without an inspection you really don’t have to yeah right
I’m even doing uh facetime now just for specific questions that my clients may have.
Oh that’s fabulous.
Yeah they’re just they’re face timing I know it’s difficult and it’s just one of those things where we do what we can to keep people relatively safe in these crazy markets and people can check out your credentials and your business structure at [email protected] you can email me or it’s on gpiguys.com or ca I have both.
Join Sarah Logue, RE/MAX Escarpment Team Logue Realty with Kristen Ervin, Sales Representative and Trisha Ross, Designer as they discuss the options of building a home from the ground up versus redesigning an existing home. Team Logue has the partnerships to put you on the right course . . .whether it’s picking a paint colour or deciding on a geo-thermal heating & cooling system, we can help!
Hi Sarah Logue here on behalf of Team Logue and Remax Escarpment. I’m joined by Kristen Ervin from Team Logue and Trisha Ross a local designer and executive with HummingbirdHill Construction.
Ladies thank you for today. We’re here to talk about build and design versus construction and re-design. Trisha has done both for us many times and Kristen is in a position where she’s constantly dealing with buyers looking for premium lots or opportunities to build their custom designed house. Would you say that’s an issue that’s hitting you daily?
People have questions, wants, needs, we’re getting it from all angles. It truly is.
Ok so, in neighbourhoods like this, some of our older neighbourhoods in Burlington, we’re finding that people are constantly looking for the tear down opportunities or the complete rebuild opportunities, correct? So Kristen, what’s the question you’re getting asked regularly from our buyers?
Well really they’re coming and saying “I already own this beautiful property but maybe the house isn’t working for me anymore” or perhaps their looking to get into a neighbourhood and do something. They’re in the dilemma, “am I going to do a complete rebuild? Buy a lot? Start from scratch. Or can I work with the bones that are there, maybe even in my own house and make that work for me and what I’m really looking for.”
There’s a lot we can talk about there and of course doing renovations, that scales from something really small, like a quick aesthetic update to a major overhaul and I think people sometimes think that one is a much more affordable option than the other. We can kind of break that down some what.
So today as a starting point we would advise our clients to budget at a minimum $400/sq ft. to build a home from scratch so if we were building a 2500 sq ft home we’d be talking about a million dollars to build. Plus your lot.
If we disect that further, 60% of that cost is hard construction and 40% is really about those finishes which can vary, that really brings you to a $400,000 interior finish.
When you say hard construction what are you talking about? So we need to pour a foundation, we need to frame that house, we need to insulate that house, we need to put a roof on that house, we need mechanical. There’s so much that will happen inside of a custom build versus starting with a home already. So if we look at renovation, at that $400/sq ft. a major renovation with a qualified team is roughly the same.
Ok, major renovation we’re talking pretty full scale, right, like someone comes in and says I want to re-work some walls, I’m looking at unifying flooring and updating kitchens, it gets them basically a new home from the outside walls, in.
Correct. So more than just aesthetic but actually improving the function and flow of the interior by modifying that floor planning. So you could do an addition in that group as well.
Fabulous, so there is the options and it’s great to know that there’s someone whether its a designer or an agent we work in pairing all the time to give our clients the best answers so that if you’re looking at a lot is it worth rebuilding? Or tearing down and starting with something new like this?
Or potentially taking the roof off and going up. Those are all options that we have now.
Well, we’re very happy to have your expertise on camera and your expertise for our clients. We truly appreciate it. If there is any questions on your next step, whether redesign or rebuild, please check us out at teamlogue.ca.
Quarantine times taught us all the importance of making the most of our homes and outdoor space. Join Sarah Logue, RE/MAX Escarpment Team Logue Realty and Jason Anderson, Carved in Stone as they walk you through the various elements involved in Landscape Design. From gardens to 3D renderings to installing a pool or building a strucuture for outdoor entertaining, Carved in Stone can do it all.
Welcome. Sarah Logue here with Team Logue.
I just wanted to welcome everybody as we join Jason from Carved In Stone, our landscaper who’s going to take us through some of the projects he’s been working on. Jason this is a pretty cool time to be a landscaper. One you can work outside in the freedom away from people and two it seems like all of our clients are requesting amazing backyards knowing they can’t get on a plane and vacation outside of their backyard. I feel like everyone’s asking me for pool referrals amazing landscaping referrals are you finding the same in your business?
We’ve noticed I think is that people are spending a lot more time at home and they’re kind of realizing that their backyards aren’t really up to snuff, their property isn’t really up to snuff and they’re really looking at doing stuff now knowing that they’re gonna be spending a lot more time at home.
It’s so true now we’ve had varying levels of requests from people I just wanted to make sure people understood what your company entails like there’s landscapers that just do a patio, or a deck or a little garden and then there’s landscapers that can build you a full outdoor structure with barbecue space and entertainment space. Can you handle all those levels of backyard entertaining?
For sure I mean our specialty definitely is the whole design-build process whether you’re looking for a pool, landscape lighting, stonework, concrete work, outdoor structures, outdoor fireplaces we’ve pretty much covered all of our bases we’ve got some great trades that help us with our framing and our electrical and all that but aside from that we pretty much handle everything in house.
That’s amazing so you guys can give us the whole design right. So if I look at a plain backyard like this you can transform it into my dream oasis?
Yeah for sure we work with a couple designers locally and everybody’s trying to stay on top of trends. We’re also trying to set new trends so we don’t want to be just your cookie cutter landscape project, we want to be able to give you something that nobody else has, something that when somebody comes into your backyard they’re gonna ask you, “who did the work?”
I have seen a lot of your work and I would say one of the unique things about your company is although your style is throughout all those projects you do trend set to the depending on the client and the house, I’ve seen traditional work by you, I’ve seen modern work by you, I’ve seen in-between so you do meld a little bit to the clients wishes and it’s not like this is what’s gonna work and you’re stuck to this one style, so that’s impressive.
Every every customers kind of has their own style they have their own inspiration of what they’re looking for and with the diversity of the products that we’re using now we really have the ability to cater to any style and really bring it to or customize it for the homeowner.
So anyone looking to drop in a pool an outdoor entertainment space an outdoor barbecuing space or just a simple deck and patio they can reach out to you and get a design done for that.
Exactly yeah they can reach out to us. We’ll get back to them in a in a timely manner, we’ll set them up and we’ll be able to provide them with 2d rendering 3d renderings and basically take it from there.
Amazing. Thank you. So cool can’t wait to see your next project.
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hi I’m Lee-Ann Santos i’m Team Logue’s in-house designer and home stylist and tonight I’m gonna be making a butternut squash soup with a rosemary crueton.
So to start I always chop up a full big onion a little bit of carrot and celery diced and I throw that into hot olive oil to get it translucent and to get it softened up before I move on to adding the parsley and cilantro which I will actually throw that in a little bit later. I’ve just got it chopped and ready to go I use a box of vegetable stock but one of the things that I like to add in are these little bullion cubes and I buy the McCormick’s were vegetarian but these are a chicken taste but they’re actually vegetable based and they have brought my soup game to the next level. The spices that I’m gonna add into this soup today and you can add in whatever you like or whatever you have but I’m using ground coriander, some tumeric, garlic powder, a little bit of salt I’ll add pepper in as well there’s some fresh ginger and some fresh garlic and I will throw the spices into the celery onion and carrot mixture once that gets going before I add to stock.
So I’ve got some olive oil into the pot that I get nice and hot I’ve already prepped my squash and carrots. I do about one and a half carats here that I add in to boil later on when when I add in stock some water my bullion cubes and all that. So for now we’ll add in the celery and the carrots I will just stir this around until it’s nice and translucent and softened down so our vegetables are cooking really nicely here so I like to add all of my spices in so that they the heat brings the flavor out of them. So mix in there and then I’ll cook it first couple of seconds you can start to smell it you’ll know that it’s heating up they taste great as a combination and I will now add in all of my squash and carrots so that they can cook for a quick moment with spices as well before I add in any of these liquids. So I’m going to just break up the bullion it’ll break naturally but I just tend to break it up as i put it into the mixture add some pepper give that a little stir around the tumeric give everything a really nice color as well. I always add some tumeric and it’s very good for you.
Okay and now I will add in some stock and today I’m using a president choice organic vegetable broth but you can use whatever you have on hand so you can add in one full broth box or you can make your own just say yes I do like to add in some water as well I never just use the store-bought stock I do like it but I always add some water in two cups of water so while I’m waiting for the stock to come to a boil I’m gonna get my croutons ready for the oven I’ve turned it on to 400 so give it kind of hot I may end up boiling them a little bit near the end but for now we’ll just sprinkle olive oil all over it so yummy I’m gonna add some dried rosemary if I had fresh I would use fresh absolutely but I just have dried for today so that’s fine living my best quarantine life.
I’m gonna use a little bit of dried parsley as well just because I like it and some garlic powder as I tend to put garlic powder on everything. Just mix it around I think I might need a little bit more olive oil actually but you can do it through your own likeness whatever works for you know just try to get all the spices incorporated in there. Let’s see there might be enough so you just sort of mix it all around get it sort of into one level on the pan so everything can bake off nicely and we’ll flip it in about five minutes six minutes and see how it’s toasting. So I’ve got the croutons in the oven I’ve got the stock starting to come to a boil and I’m also going to add as a topping to the soup some pan-roasted pumpkin seeds. Alright so I just do it in a dry pan and just you know whatever just sprinkle a bit every one in there and then I’m just going to do them with a dry pan over high heat until you start to smell them and then once you do I just take them off and pop them into a bowl so that you can sprinkle them on the soup. Okay so I blended everything until the vegetables were soft which they are now with a fork I’ve added in the cilantro and the parsley and I’m just going to use this blender to immersion blender to to grind everything together. You can be sloppy in your own kitchen. Let me just wipe this up.
We’re going to garnish it with our croutons which toasted up really nicely I didn’t even have to boil them they just got nice and browned in a 400 degree oven and that’s just a 70% rye bread I had left over from cobs yesterday and I didn’t want it to go to waste so that’s how why I decided to make croutons for it.
Joshua from Team Logue here gear just doing our kitchen series roasted lamb with roasted vegetable, carrots, green onion, sweet potato. 3.5lb lamb, roasted vegetables cooked for hour and 45 minutes at 350 degrees left under foil 15 minutes ready to cut and eat. Enjoy.
Hi this is Kristen from Team Louge and I’m going to be your host for tonight’s dinner.
Tonight we’re gonna make one of my family’s favorite, chicken enchiladas. So let’s get started!
So the first thing we’re gonna do here is make enchilada sauce. So basically there we go, I’m gonna pour 1/4 cup of vegetable oil into the pot, I’m gonna do that I’m going to add equal parts so 1/4 cup of flour and effectively we’re making like a roux just to thicken our sauce just to give it a little bit more oomf and to stick to our enchiladas as we go.
So just as this heats up I’m going to stir it together let it get all combined so that’s all consistent. Okay so to that I’m gonna add some strain crushed tomatoes I like these I think they’re called Posada they seem to be nice and smooth so they work out well. So we’re gonna add that now I’m gonna go ahead spice this up a little bit.
So I pre measured out some of my ingredients, I’m gonna add about three tablespoons of chili powder to give it that nice Mexican flavor and then we’re looking at a teaspoon of cumin I have one teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder and then about one and a half teaspoons of oregano just so that the tomatoes are not super tart we’re gonna put in about a tablespoon of brown sugar and of course that’s sort of all our spices are in there stir it up it’s sort of that nice dark rich brownie or color because of the chili powder.
So I’m just gonna turn that down to sort of medium-low pop the lid on it. Okay we’re back and it’s time to start assembling our enchiladas so our sauce has cooked down a little bit and come together and is a little bit thicker. Earlier today I just cooked up some boneless skinless chicken breasts just put them in the oven with a little bit of chicken broth and some garlic and salt and pepper and cook those at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
You can buy a grocery store chicken and just shred that out if you’re pressed for time and use that or even those packages of like chicken that already comes to cook to prepare you can do that as well. I think this was like four chicken breasts and I’ll feed my family of six.
So what I’m gonna do is I’m going to take about half of the sauce that we made and I’m going to add this into the chicken and I’m gonna save the rest is gonna be our topping maybe even more like two thirds.
Now this is the basic you know filling along with cheese what I will do is I’ll make a couple like this and then I’m gonna add a little bit of spice because we have people in our family and they like a little bit spicier and some that are super sensitive to spice and sort out a little bit so make a few and then and we’re just gonna get that mixed into the meat. That’s mixed up now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna start assembling so we just have your basic tortilla shell there was a little trick to this that I’ve learned over the years when I first started making these I would actually have a really hot pan of oil on the stove and I would blast the tortillas really quickly so that they would get a little soaked into them but not too much and that way they don’t dry out when they’re in the oven because obviously bread in a hot oven will get really crispy and we don’t want crispy we want nice and sort of soft and chewy.
I’ve learned to cheat over the years with cooking spray. So all I do is I give it a little blast both sides softens it up a bit then I’m gonna take my meat, I’m gonna kind of eyeball it as I said I think I did four chicken breasts it’s gonna end up making eight to ten we have our good old shredded Mexican cheese I’m gonna put mine on spicy ones into a pan I got a little spray my pan so I’ll probably do three or four for the kids that don’t like spice and then what I’m gonna do after that is I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to add some crushed red pepper flakes probably about one to two teaspoons depending on how spicy you want it and then I also have some cut-up jalapeno peppers I’ll put it in there add that and then I’ll keep assembling and I’ll show you the next step when that’s all done.
Okay here we are so we’ve rolled up all our enchiladas and now we’re going to put the finishing touches on them before they go into the oven.so we’re simply going to smother some of this sauce on the top these are my non-spicy babies for the spicy children let’s throw a little bit more cheese okay then these beauties are gonna go into an oven that was preheated to 350 degrees just for about 30 minutes. Really everything’s cooked in it the chicken was precooked so we just want to warm that up melt all the cheese make it gooey goodness and then we’ll come back into serve dinner.
Okay so here we are it is dinnertime at the house, we really need to like have a better name for our family or something but anyways here we are we have our chicken enchiladas spicy and not spicy we’ve paired it with some Spanish rice a little bit of the salad some fresh avocado and then cucumbers and carrots and stuff for the people that are maybe a little bit picky. Some of these people in the background anyways thank you very much for watching this, I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy and stay home stay safe.