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Saanich homeowners won't need council approval to put a garden suite in front or side yards

Saanich homeowners won't need council approval to put a garden suite in front or side yards

Having municipal staff oversee the positioning of garden suites is expected to speed up the pace of approval.
Condo Smarts: 'Your home is not your castle' and other strata lessons learned

Condo Smarts: 'Your home is not your castle' and other strata lessons learned

With more than 34,000 strata corporations across B.C., it is no surprise to reach 1,000 columns on the topic of strata living.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Renovation project a nice break from routine garden tasks

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Renovation project a nice break from routine garden tasks

The result of renovating a garden path was immensely satisfying, one could say almost divinely so.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Tomato plants thriving, despite dreadful start

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Tomato plants thriving, despite dreadful start

Plants are growing and flowering surprisingly well, considering the chilly spring
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Cool spring could be what Nature needed

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Cool spring could be what Nature needed

The first peony-flowered poppy bloom opened to reveal its lovely face on the official opening day of summer
Condo Smarts: If your strata is not enforcing bylaws, it's time to take action

Condo Smarts: If your strata is not enforcing bylaws, it's time to take action

Owners, tenants and occupants have a duty to comply with the bylaws of a strata corporation
House Beautiful: Renovated Oak Bay bungalow the perfect canvas for creativity

House Beautiful: Renovated Oak Bay bungalow the perfect canvas for creativity

Extensive renovations to this late-1940s Oak Bay bungalow resulted in extremely functional living space for a creative couple who needed to slow down.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Old crockery finds new uses in the garden

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Old crockery finds new uses in the garden

Once a person gets started on this track, perhaps there is no end of ways to recruit into new life all sorts of items otherwise destined for being discarded.
Condo Smarts: Buyers beware, and ask questions

Condo Smarts: Buyers beware, and ask questions

Can strata disputes involving arbitration be withheld from potential buyers?
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Secrets to creating a garden on a small plot

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Secrets to creating a garden on a small plot

Dear Helen: My family is still in the process of planting our first vegetable garden. From reading your column, I gather that you have a more extensive area than we do for planting food crops.