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CHBA – Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing

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Van Manna Homes has proudly entered one of our beautiful custom homes into the 2017 CHBA – Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing competition! These annual new home awards celebrate the most creative and professional work in the Calgary home building industry. Last year, Van Manna Homes was a finalist out of over 380 entries from builders across Alberta!

Stay tuned – finalists will be announced on CHBA – Alberta’s website and in a news release to media at the end of July!

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2017 Patio Trends

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Planning Outdoor Spaces for Spring

Can you believe Spring is already here?! At Van Manna Homes, we love keeping up with the latest trends in home design and décor and we thought we’d share with you some of the hottest trends for your outdoor patio for 2017!
Colors: “Life-like” – City Life, Tropical Island, Country Side
Styles: Modern, Bohemian, Coastal
Decorate: Materials, Pillows, Amenities, Accessories

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Colors
The huge trend for 2017 will be replicating scenes from real life through the colors used to decorate your patio set. For example, the “tropical island” color scheme of whites and blues which represent the ocean and the sand, and red and green accents which represent coral and see vegetation.

Styles
Modern
Modern design is popular inside homes and this year it is moving outside the home to the patio! Keeping your design simple will make it easy to decorate with bold accents and decorations.
Bohemian
World travel and a focus on other cultures is huge right now. Bohemian is a very laid back style, and patios this year should have more of the upholstered furniture and rustic wood pieces that show off this style.
Coastal
Patterns and colors (especially watercolor) that mimic the ocean and beach will be very popular as it brings out the relaxed feeling of being by the sea.

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Decorate
Materials/Textures
The go-to will always be black and brown based furniture because both pair so well with a large variety of colors and styles. Wood accenting will be more popular this year as it pairs nicely with both light or dark finishes. Open weaves and braids add flair and are a big trend for 2017, as well as wicker which always adds warmth to a patio. Wicker furniture is timeless and versatile as you can always make fabric changes to keep up with different trends.
Pillows
Pillows, pillows, pillows! This is the EASIEST way to add color to a patio set. This year will see different shapes of pillows as well as more lively patterns and prints including: abstract, stripes, botanical, tribal, animal, and tropical. A newer trend will be adding bean bag chairs to your outdoor space, giving a very laid back feel to the space.
Amenities
Add a mini fridge to your outdoor space to keep the beers extra cold this summer!
Accessories
Plants, lighting and a fireplace and/or fountain will be the finishing touches for patios. Match the bloom color of your plants and flowers to accentuate your patio furniture. A nice option is a living wall – vertical gardens of flowers (beautiful and fragrant) or herbs (fragrant and earthy) are a beautiful feature for patios. For outdoor lighting, use LED lights to save energy and enjoy the longer lifespans – less money spent and less frequent bulb changing. Mimic moonlight to set a relaxing mood by installing lights high up in trees so the soft light comes down through branches looking very natural. A classic feature is of course, a fireplace. Also, adding a pottery fountain to have soothing sounds of trickling water will make your outdoor space a peaceful place to relax.

Our Latest Masterpiece

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Van Manna Homes recently completed this custom infill in the beautiful neighborhood of Bridgeland! Our under the stairs play space in this home was recently featured on Houzz in the ideabook “3 Incredibly Creative Features for Kids.” Take a look here! http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/82061124

Also, check out the neighborhood profile below from Avenue Calgary, and take a look at the pictures of our masterpiece!

http://www.avenuecalgary.com/City-Life/Neighbourhoods/Best-of-Bridgeland/

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2017 Home Trends

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Interior Design Trends for 2017

Natural, Neutral, Nature Colors
Calming shades like green, purple and taupe
– Colors that reflect the rapidly growing “wellness industry”
– Colors that display themes of simplicity, spirituality, etc.

“Raw” Surfaces
Trends are heading in a more “raw & primal” direction with deep silver metals and dark tactile stones
– These are replacing rose gold and high shine metals from last year
– These trends are moodier and artistic; conveying feelings of calmness and comfort

According to Houzz, these will be the decor trends:
– Pendant lights taking place of table lamps
– Wood accents in kitchens with white cabinets and backsplashes
– Walls of tile in kitchens instead of backsplashes of tile, making it more dramatic and extending the tile all the way to the ceiling
– Contemporary style bar stools to give kitchens a more modern look

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One of our beautiful custom homes in Bearspaw, showing examples of wood accents and white cabinets in the kitchen, and some pendant lighting. We are always keeping up to date with the latest trends; contact us anytime to get started on building your dream home!

 

Spray Foam

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Spray Foam Insulation

At Van Manna Homes, we are constantly looking at the most energy efficient and effective ways to build. Thank you so much to Gary and his team at Prima Foam for all the great work you’ve done for us!Springbank exterior

Quick Facts
Spray Foam: Quick expanding insulation used in homes.
R Value: The term given to thermal resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value of an insulation product, the more effective the insulation properties.
Reasons to use spray foam and why it’s your go to alternative to other insulation:

– 2lb closed cell spray foam is designed to have superior properties and is a must if you’re building or renovating a custom home.
– The integrity of spray foam will be noticed right away. Its rigid properties will keep the heat in and the cold out. The closed cell creates a product that is non-air permeable. The benefits of this are to keep pollutants out. Thus, keeping the heat or air conditioning in. This is huge in the savings of your energy bills.
– Spray foam will not sag or lose its original insulation properties, making it a life time product worth investing in.
I.E. You have a garage suite or attached garage and you leave your car running in the garage below – the non-air permeable spray foam prevents those harmful fumes from seeping up into the garage suite or through into your house.

Why Spray Foam?
Prima Foam – “There is no other choice to do your installation because when we combine the R-value with the air sealing qualities of spray foam insulation, all other insulation pales in comparison.”
“There are so many reasons to choose spray foam but number one for me is that it actually works and does what it says it does!” -Gary Mai, Prima Foam

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Why is Humidity So Important in Your Home?

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The drastic change in outdoor temperatures through our cold winter season can pull the humidity right out of our homes. Since cold air can’t hold moisture like warm air can, it feels much drier through wintertime because the air is less saturated with humidity. Low humidity levels in winter can cause several annoying problems, including:

Colds/Respiratory Problems
It is very common to become sick easier than normal in the winter – and there is an explanation: low humidity levels! Our noses and throat dry out easily in the cold winter months, making it harder to remove bacteria, dust, dirt, etc. before they are breathed into our lungs. Keep your throat and nose moist and avoid those colds by increasing the humidity in your home!
Static Electricity
That dreadful shock that comes when you touch an object or a family member… that is directly related to low humidity levels in your house. If you increase the humidity in your home that static charge won’t build up, and you won’t be shocked.
Dry Skin
As I’m sure you’ve experienced, dry skin can be a serious issue in the winter. Low humidity levels cause skin to easily chap and break. Same goes for your scalp – causing flaking (dandruff). Pet dander becomes more predominant in dry homes in the winter, too. Moist air within the home will help keep the skin moisturized to avoid these issues.
Household Damage
When the air within your house is lacking humidity, it will try to find moisture elsewhere. The dry air can pull moisture from wooden furniture or structures in your home, even causing the annoying squeaky floors I’m sure you’ve heard in some rooms. Again, increasing the humidity could help this.

Call us any time for more information on a home humidification system!

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