Home water filtration systems in the Cowichan Valley

Water is a Cooking Ingredient

Water absorbs tastes from the pipes and conduits in the water system. Additives like chlorine can also affect the taste of this most basic of all ingredients. You wouldn’t use flour or milk that smelled like copper or chlorine so why use less than pristine water in your cooking? Cooking with filtered water can make everything from coffee to pasta taste better not to mention reconstituted juice and homemade pop. Purified water is better for people, makes better infant formula, and is healthier for pets, too. Use in fish tanks, to water plants, and to make cleaning solutions that won’t leave mineral deposits.

Here in the Cowichan Valley, we are blessed with an abundant supply of clean, fresh water. However, that water must pass through miles of pipes, new and old, before it reaches your home or business.

A water filter removes lead and other heavy metals that may be present from pipes. In apartment blocks, water can become stagnant when fewer people are drawing it from taps. If it’s a large building, the water may have been in the internal plumbing for a day or two. Modern conduits are made of plastic which can leach chemicals into the water, and even if harmless, can affect the taste. A good quality water filter is your defence against water contaminants.

Until recently, water purification options were fairly limited. Bottled water and jug-size filters were the two main choices. As purified water has become more popular, filter makers have responded with a range of under-counter appliances that will cleanse thousands of litres of water before a filter replacement is necessary. The result is tap water that has no contaminants, necessary for good health.

You can take the taste test before purchasing a filter. Buy a bottle of good quality water. Brew two cups of tea, coffee, or cocoa. Use bottled water for one and tap water for the other. Which tastes better? It’s almost certain that the drink made with purified water will taste fresher and more satisfying. You can try the same experiment with any food that has water added for a better tasting meal.

Adding an under-the-counter filter will make such a difference you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Questions or comments? Want to talk about your next real estate transaction? Contact Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher today to learn more about increasing your property value with a purified water system

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Kitchen Makeovers to Beat the February Blahs

Are you bored with your kitchen? Is a renovation out of the question? Did you know that a mini makeover can increase the value of your Cowichan Valley home? With some careful upgrades to the most touched pieces, and a colour shift with accessories, a makeover can be affordable and fun. The first step is to establish the scope of your project by considering ambition, time, and money.

New cabinets from IKEA are not expensive, especially if you can install them yourself. With a modest budget and some labour, you can transform the layout of your kitchen to something much more efficient. At the other end of the spectrum, a deep cleaning and new paint on the backsplash costs very little. Or you might find that re-grouting the tile floor and painting the ceiling are all you need to do.

A February kitchen makeover may be planned over four weekends. Here is a sample schedule to give you some ideas:

Week 1

Paint is one of the easiest ways to improve the look of a room. Clean the walls thoroughly with trisodium phosphate (TSP) to remove cooking oils and prep the surface for paint. Traditional colours for kitchens are whites, greens, light blues, and soft greys. Mix and match them to create your own style. Creamy white walls with a pale blue ceiling will expand the space and allow light to bounce around. No time to paint? Simply washing the walls with TSP will brighten them and give the space a fresh look.

Week 2

Replace the faucet with a new one. There is a faucet style for every taste and budget. Most will have a pull out or down spray tool for rinsing beyond the normal reach of a spigot. Newer ones have a touch-less feature that is convenient when your hands are covered in food. If you like your existing faucet, consider a moveable spigot head from the dollar store. It will be a small but welcome improvement.

Week 3

Cabinet pulls and knobs are a terrific way to introduce a new look to your kitchen. They’re easy to install with just a screwdriver. Unless you’re replacing the whole cabinet, try to replace like-with-like. That is, choose simple replacement hardware that doesn’t require any drilling or other modifications. If new knobs aren’t in the budget, remove the old ones and let them soak in a detergent solution overnight. You might be surprised at the difference a deep cleaning will make to their appearance.

Week 4

Window coverings can be changed with the season. In the summer, a translucent venetian blind will keep things light and, in the winter, an insulated roman blind can add a cozy feel while saving energy. The best part is you can leave both up all year round and switch between them. Avoid curtains in the cooking area to reduce the risk of fires.

Want to talk about your next real estate transaction? Need some advice on pre-listing renovations and home staging? Contact Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher today.

Beautifully Renovated Vancouver Island Ocean front Home

Beautifully Renovated Vancouver Island Ocean front Home

This beautifully renovated Vancouver Island ocean front 3 bed and 4-bathroom estate is situated on a spacious 27,094 Sq.  Ft walk on waterfront lot. 

Beautifully Renovated Vancouver Island Ocean front Home

Driving into this property you pass by a useful outbuilding which serves as a large workshop and recreation room area. The shop area could easily be a spacious double garage—if desired. The workshop leads toward a finished recreation room with kitchen, a sauna and a 3-piece bathroom—the perfect cave for quiet recreation. 

Diving further down the driveway you come to a landscaped area with room for several cars which can be parked just above the home.

Entering the home on the level you will find owner has spared no effort to renovate this home with high end finishes. The kitchen is spectacular with quartz counters and stainless-steel appliances including a dual fuel Propane and Electric Stove. The kitchen leads you toward a generous dining area, and a warm and cozy area to enjoy the sun and ocean views with an exit to a balcony facing the ocean. Off the dining room, there is a living room with spectacular ocean views. There is one bedroom on the main floor. Upstairs there is an enormous master bedroom with spacious en-suite and walk-in closet. A family room and second upstairs bedroom finish the upper floor. Downstairs is the laundry room, a recreation area, plenty of storage, laundry and a 2-piece bathroom.

Beyond the home is a gentle path to your own walk on waterfront area. This home and property are truly above average.

For more information or a viewing, please contact Lorne Gait at 250-618-0680. Or email to lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

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Down payment assistance homes for sale in the Cowichan Valley

Down Payment Options

This is a question first-time buyers ask themselves when they find the perfect starter home in the Cowichan Valley. It’s in the right neighbourhood, at the right price, and it shows pride of ownership. All the things a first-time buyer wants in a house or a condo. They can afford the payments but haven’t been able to save a down payment. Luckily, Canadian homeowners have a number of options available to them.

Did you know that the minimum down payment is only 5% of the purchase price? That means a $350,000 home requires only $17,500 to qualify for an insured mortgage. Based on the Realtor.ca affordability calculator, you would need an income of $55,000 to afford the mortgage on this example.

The Government of Canada offers an incentive for first-time buyers. A buyer can receive 5% of the purchase price for a resale property or 10% of the price for a new home. This can significantly reduce payments by reducing the mortgage needed to purchase. The incentive is an equity-sharing arrangement, which means the government has an interest in the property and the loan must be repaid when it is sold.

Through the Home Buyer Plan, regular deposits to an RRSP are a terrific way to save money and taxes, too. Your contributions are deductible from your taxable income so you’re able to save and receive a refund at the end of the year. Saving $300 per month for three years and depositing the tax refund to the RRSP at the end of each year would add up to a down payment for a $350,000 home.

Gifts from parents or relatives can be a helpful way to get started. It’s also possible to borrow the down payment from sources other than the mortgage provider. A personal line of credit can be useful in these types of circumstances if the overall debt service ratio is within allowed limits.

If you’re thinking of buying a home, it’s a good idea to defer large purchases that will affect your credit and debt servicing ratios. For example, buying a car before a purchase – even if you’re in escrow – can affect your debt ratio and cause the lender to withdraw the mortgage offer. The best approach is to wait until you have moved into your new home before shopping for big ticket items or using your credit cards for travel, etc.

With some planning and foresight, a new home might be within your reach already!

Are you a first time buyer? Want to talk about your next real estate transaction? Contact Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher today.

Cowichan Valley eco-friendly home maintenance

Create an Eco-Friendly Zone at Home

January is a good month to look at your home environment for opportunities to detox, go green, and get eco-friendly. Making do, making your own, and doing good are what it’s all about. Here in the Cowichan Valley, we have a special pride in our environment and it shows!

Plants purify the air that we breathe and some species will actually remove toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde. As plants respirate, or breathe, they’re taking in carbon dioxide and releasing pure oxygen. That’s why a room with lots of plants encourages a deep breath. It’s because the extra oxygen feels good. Choose plants that are suitable for your space and ability. In the kitchen, food herbs are very easy to grow and make a nice addition to the menu.

Chemical cleaners can add to the overall toxin load in your home. Consider making your own for windows, bathroom disinfection, and kitchen sanitizing. Bleach is one of the most eco-friendly and safe cleaners available. It decomposes back to the principal ingredient, salt, within a few hours. Ammonia, vinegar, lemon juice, and green tea are a few ingredients in homemade cleaning solutions that are inexpensive and all natural. Recipes are available online for easy reference.

Water is the most important element for good health. Older pipes and apartment plumbing can leave a bad taste. While this is off-putting, poor water quality could also be a sign of contaminants like excessive copper, sulphur, and lead. Contaminated water can have direct, negative health effects such as developmental problems in children and cognitive disorders in adults. The good news is that your tap water can be purified using an under the sink reverse osmosis filter system. Water is also an ingredient in cooking so when you use filtered water, you’ll naturally improve the taste of coffee, tea, pasta, and other dishes that rely on it.

Look around your home for ways to remove plastic from the waste stream. Fabric grocery bags or totes are a little more work to manage but they save trees and keep plastic out of the environment. If you still prefer plastic, bring your own bags to the grocery store. They tuck into a pocket or purse easily and you’ll save a nickel on each one. Sturdy plastic bags can be recycled into kitchen-catcher garbage bags. The handy loops can be tied into knot to keep everything neat.

For a wood and paper alternative, consider bamboo. It’s one of the fastest growing species of plants in the world. It can be used to make paper, furniture, hardwood flooring, and even fabric! When cellulose is extracted from bamboo it can be spun into a luxurious silky textile that is perfect for sheets and garments in place of linen. It’s a wonder plant that we’ll see a lot more of in the future.

Questions or comments? Want to talk about your next real estate transaction? Contact Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher today for information about buying or selling a home in the Cowichan Valley.

Beautiful Ladysmith Executive Home

Beautiful Ladysmith Executive Home

925 Hanington Road, Ladysmith, BC

This executive 6 bed and 4 bath Ladysmith home could be your place to enjoy life and recreate.

Beautiful Ladysmith Executive Home
Enjoy the view of your new home.

Perfect for a multigenerational family, this home boasts a legal two bed lower suite and a main floor with custom finishes.

 

Entering the home, you will not be disappointed as you walk to the main floor. You will gaze toward a formal living room, a family room and kitchen. There are two gas fireplaces to give you a cozy feeling. There are custom kitchen cupboards, an island and high-end appliances.

Down the hall are two bedrooms and a spacious master bedroom with large 5 piece en-suite and walk in closet.

The main floor also gives you a view balcony and a private back yard patio. The views are spectacular of the town and of distant mountains. The suite also has a spacious feel with an open floor plan, fireplace, patio, 2 beds and 2 baths.

Come see this spectacular home. For more information or a viewing, Lorne is ready to help. Let’s get in touch–250-618-0680 or lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

 

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A Map to this Beautiful Ladysmith Executive Home

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Ladysmith Harbour View Townhome

Ladysmith Harbour View Townhome

Ladysmith Ocean View Townhome
Enjoy living in this Ladysmith Ocean View Townhome

Enjoy a semi waterfront lifestyle in this Ladysmith Habour View Townhome at Ladysmith’s “The Lookout.” This 2 bed room and 2 bathroom home is a short walk down a path and through a tunnel to Ladysmith’s beautiful Transfer Beach Park.

Or you can stay home and enjoy the views from the Dining Room, Living room, kitchen, eating nook and deck-breathtaking. The home has a master bedroom on the main floor with walk-in closet and cheater en-suite.

Downstairs is a long garage with room for a vehicle plus plenty of storage. There is a spacious entry way leading to a second bathroom, laundry and an additional bedroom. The Lookout is close to downtown Ladysmith and shopping areas.

The landscaping is amazing with flowering plants from early spring through the fall. There are some rentals allowed based on cap room availability.  At this point the cap room is at the maximum.  One Dog or one Cat are allowed. 

Best of all . . . when compared to other Vancouver Island properties with views, this is truly and affordable Ladysmith Habour View Townhome.  Call or text Lorne Gait at 250-618-0680 for more information or a viewing.

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A Map to this Ladysmith Harbour View Townhome

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Executive Ocean View Home

Vancouver Island Executive Ocean View Home

Vancouver Island Executive Ocean View Home
Vancouver Island  Ocean View Home at 547 Fourmeaux

Check out this Vancouver Island Executive Ocean View Home with Suite located at 547 Fourmeaux Crescent in Ladysmith.  It is in pristine condition with a near new roof.  It is ready for you to make into your next home.  If you want a viewing or more information, let’s get in touch. . . Lorne at 250-618-0680.  or get in touch through this web site.  GET IN TOUCH

Ocean View Home Description

Enjoy an executive lifestyle in this beautiful ocean view level entry and basement walkout 5 bed and 3 bath home. This home boasts a great ocean view, impeccable landscaping, fenced back yard, and is nestled in an area of high-end ocean view homes. Enter the home through a stately front door or drive into your huge double garage.

The garage is deep with a third bay area with lift for automotive Vancouver Island Executive Ocean View Homerepairs-perfect for the hobby mechanic. The home has lovely hard wood finishes in flooring and cabinetry. There is a defined dining room. There is an open feel and ocean views in the kitchen, nook, and living room areas.

All this leads to a large ocean view deck that perfect for entertaining family and guests. The main floor boasts an ocean view master bedroom with a spacious en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. Two more bedrooms and a laundry finish off the main floor. The downstairs of the home has an additional two

Vancouver Island Ocean Views
Enjoy Vancouver Island Ocean views in this executive home.

bedrooms for family and/or guests as well as a huge recreation room with wet bar. Generous storage and an expansive floor area for an in-door workshop conclude the lower floor. A huge bonus is that this house is very nearly able to be suited as an in-law area.   

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Near New Character Home

Near New Character Home

1146 Timberwood Drive
Near New Character Home

Presenting a nearly new, stunning, and affordable 3 bed and 2 1/2-bathroom character style home.  This home is perfect to call your own.  Driving up to the home you will notice the great curb appeal and parking for two cars– one in a deep single garage and one in front of the garage. 

Entering the home from the covered porch, you will find a spacious main floor area which includes a living room with natural gas fireplace, and a gorgeous kitchen and dining area, perfect for family living and entertaining.  The kitchen includes beautiful stainless steel appliances, an island, and a walk-in pantry.  Entertaining and recreation is able to be extended into the backyard through a patio door off the dining room, with a gas hook up available for your BBQ.  Next to the kitchen is the laundry/storage/utility room, a 2-piece powder room, as well as the entrance to the garage, with additional storage available in the crawl space.

The back yard is fenced.  It is perfect for pets, and is landscaped with grass, shrubs and a lovely patio area.  The upstairs has a spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite with tub/shower, as well as two other bedrooms and a third 4-piece bathroom. This home is in pristine condition, and has remaining new home warranty. Located in a quiet South Nanaimo area of newer homes (Timberwood Trail),  it is close to beautiful walking trails, schools, VIU, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, and amenities. A rare find! Call or text Lorne Gait at 250-618-0680 for more information or a viewing.

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 A Map to this Near New Character Home

Here is a Map for you.  This map is from the Nanaimo Airport to 1146 Timberwood Drive.

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Vancouver Island Water View Home

Vancouver Island Water View Home — Now Sold

Vancouver Island Water View HomeCheck out this Vancouver Island Water View Home with Suite.  It has been updated and is ready for you to make into your next home.  If you want a viewing or more information, let’s get in touch. . . Lorne at 250-618-0680.  or get in touch through this web site.  GET IN TOUCH

840 2nd Ave, Ladysmith, BC.

Relax and enjoy the breath-taking views of the ocean, islands and Town of Ladysmith in this stylish three-bedroom plus den character home. While nestled on a hillside, take in the tranquil seascape from live edge breakfast bar or on the upgraded deck. This home has undergone a full transformation from flooring to windows, a modern Beautifully updated Ocean View homestyled kitchen, LED lighting, plumbing, electrical and so much more. There are two meters for hydro and two heating systems. The upstairs is heated with a natural gas forced air furnace. The home would be perfect for anyone whether you are an individual, couple or a family. The ground floor unit has successfully been used as both a rental and B& B accommodations. This unique home is worth the viewing time. Let’s get in touch . . . Call or text Lorne or Morgan at 250-618-0680.

 

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