Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, grass is growing, bees are buzzing, white wine is replacing red - okay maybe not replacing, but definitely being added to the mix.
While many people focus on staging their home interior, the exterior usually gets less attention - even in the beautiful Okanagan. Here are a few tips to up your curb appeal game to get the fanciest yard on the block.
1. Okanagan Specific Landscaping
If this is the year of completing your landscaping, try to choose plants that flourish well in the Okanagan. The Okanagan supports a wide variety of ornamental and native plants - so you have lots of options! Perennials such as Sempervivum and Sedum come in over 100 varieties and they are drought resistant, which is helpful for life in Kelowna.
With so many varieties to choose from, no two gardens in Kelowna will be the same. Your unique color preferences and tastes can shine through in your plant choices.
After months of cold weather, it is beginning to warm up for pool season.
Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your pool goes from winter chilling to summer party.
1. Clean any debris that has gathered on top of your winter pool cover, before you remove it. After you’ve removed the cover, hose it off and let it dry completely before storing it in a cool, dry location.
2. Use a garden hose to fill the water level in your pool back to its normal level. This is typically around the middle of the skimmer opening or halfway up the tile.
3. If you prepared your pool for freezing temperatures over the winter, you will want to reconnect all the pool equipment. This includes reconnecting your filter, pump, heater, and anything else.
4. Once the circulation system has run for several hours, you will want to test your pool water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and Chlorine levels using a good test kit.
5. Last step would be cleaning any debris in your pool, paying extra attention to stairs and steps. In additon, shock your pool to eliminate nearly all the remaining bacteria and contaminants in your water after the winter offseason.
Don’t have a pool but you’ve been dreaming of luxurious lounging and crystal blue water for the summer? It isn’t to late to schedule your pool to get installed so you’re floating with a margarita for the next long weekend. Gibson can help you make those dreams into a reality.
Even though it doesn't look like it yet in the Okanagan, spring is officially only 6 days away. With Spring fast approaching we want to help make sure your home is spring ready.
Here are a few spring maintenance tips to get your home over the winter blues:
While completing your spring maintenance remember to always put safety first. Many home maintenance tasks are better left to the professionals so be sure to hire a contractor or technician if you are not able to handle the task on your own.
Happy Almost Spring Okanagan.
In addition to our amazing local clients, in recent years we’ve had many out of province and even out of country clients. Regardless where our clients live, at Gibson you still receive the same personalized and professional experience.
From the budget creation to design selections, our team at Gibson maintains consistent communication via phone calls, FaceTime, and email. We strongly believe that the custom home building experience should be the same transparent and efficient process wherever you happen to be during the course of your new home construction. As such, other than communication methods, Gibson’s process remains the same during the construction of your home.
The most romantic day of the year is almost here. Whether your single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are some fun ideas from your friendly neighbourhood builder, Gibson Contracting, to spend your Valentine’s evening at home with your significant other or Tinder swipe.
Happy love day from the Gibson Team.
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in homes. When Gibson clients are planning their new kitchen layout we recommend these 7 features to make the most out of your space.
1. Storage, storage and more storage
If you want your kitchen to be functional, one of the most important elements to consider is ample storage space.
Think carefully about what you need to keep in your kitchen, and choose cabinetry to accommodate design selections such as pull-out spice racks, drawers on both sides of the island, and tall wall units.
Homeowners in B.C.’s largest urban centres will need to apply for exemptions from the province’s new speculation tax or receive a bill, whether they are speculators or not, the government announced Tuesday.
The Ministry of Finance said letters outlining the first speculation tax fees and exemption processes will begin arriving at all homes in Kelowna starting this week.
It will be up to all homeowners to apply for exemptions, with a deadline of March 31. Those who don’t apply, or qualify, will be sent tax bills due to be paid by July 2. The opt-out process will become an annual event for property owners under the new speculation tax rules. People who pay mistakenly can get a rebate within six years, according to the ministry.
Home gyms are no longer just the ultimate accessory for the fitness enthusiast. It has become increasingly popular for Gibson Contracting clients to request a designated home gym space. Whether you want a home gym to continue your current fitness journey or finally commit to your New Year’s Resolution, there are many advantages to having a home gym.
A home gym may seem like a large expense to begin with, but compared to the local gym membership fees that range from $1,000 to $5,000 annually. With a quality home gym budget of $5000, it will pay for itself in no time. Plus some gym equipment comes with a lifetime warranty, so you don't need to worry about replacing that spin bike every year.
From the moment you decide to build your custom home, you will start making selections and will probably continue to do so until the completion of your home. This can become overwhelming and may even have you second guessing yourself and the process. To help eliminate some of your anxiety or worry, at Gibson Contracting our dedicated Project Managers and Designers at Mudita Designs are here to walk you through the steps and help you with the selections.
Even if you haven’t selected a builder yet, make sure to keep notes on what styles, materials, colors and look and feel you are going for. By having some starting point, you can begin making your selections. Early on selections include: roof colour, exterior doors, and garage doors. Then you focus on finer details that start to create your home; this includes things like plumbing fixture, cabinets, appliances, lighting, mirrors, shower doors, and similar items for your home’s interior.
During the selection of the finer details, this is where clients find the selection daunting. The Designers at Mudita are here to make it easier for you. Working with your Gibson Contracting Project Manager, this duo will work to keep you on budget, provide styling tips, and help really simplify the process. With each selection, you will begin to see your home come to life.
Do you wish you could mimic the ambiance and luxurious atmosphere you would only find in a boutique hotel? These tips can get you one step further to creating the perfect, relaxing oasis in your own home.
A pivotal part for all rooms, colour is the primary factor that sets the tone and atmosphere. The right hue can even induce sleep. For hotel-inspired luxury living, the palette requires a certain sophistication. Fuschia pink walls just don’t quite cut it.
Opt for contemporary neutral paint for the large pieces in your room, for example headboards, wardrobes, and curtains. Especially when it comes to your wall colours. Our go to colours range from off whites, greige, mushroom, stone and taupe. These hues have a beautiful depth and a soothing quality.
It’s always worth injecting a bit of contrast or colour into your scheme. Dark wood, deep bronze or black accents work well with lighter, muted neutrals as they ground the design and offer ‘weight’. Add punch through bedside tables, fireplace surrounds or statement lighting. Smaller accents – candles, framing or hardware – also work incredibly effectively. It’s amazing what a matte black handle can do to lift a wardrobe door.