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Trusted Regina Autobody Shop gives us some TIPS on safe driving in Saskatchewan

Bergens are a local family business and from the moment you walk in the door you will be treated like family! 

They are proud to have an amazing 80 Years Auto Body Experience, and they have been serving Regina Auto Body needs for over 30 Years....they have a loyal customer base that simply wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Bergen's are an SGI Accredited Regina Auto Body and Collision Repair shop  , they offer courtesy cars to their clients and they specialize in foreign vehicles. They are a part of the Auto Body Category.

SAFE WINTER DRIVING IN SASKATCHEWAN 

Driving conditions in Saskatchewan aren’t always ideal. Inclement weather can affect roads and as a motorist, you need to adjust your driving habits accordingly. On average in Saskatchewan, road and weather conditions are a contributing factor in more than 8,500 vehicle collisions each year. These crashes result in an average of 1,530 injuries and 21 deaths annually.

It’s important to recognize that poor visibility – whether caused by rain, snow, fog or bright sunlight – gives you less time to react to hazards.  Slowing down and constantly scanning the road in front of you is the best way to stay safe.


TIPS AND TRAVEL GUIDELINES

  • Posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. When those conditions deteriorate you must slow down in order to maintain control of your vehicle. So even if the posted limit is 100 km/h, in poor conditions you should be driving under that speed.
  • If possible, prepare your car before your trip by checking the battery, windshield wipers, and fluid levels.
  • Be sure your headlights and taillights are functioning properly so that you can see (and be seen) in low visibility.
  • Remember to use caution near intersections when the roads are slippery. Another driver may be approaching too fast and be unable to stop, so you should always look both ways before proceeding, even if you have the right of way.
  • Leave more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you when driving conditions are poor. Slippery surfaces increase your stopping distance, so following another vehicle too closely could result in a rear-end collision. This is especially true in the winter when snow and ice present a unique challenge to drivers.
  • Stay safe in the cold by checking the road and weather conditions before your trip and ensuring that your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
  • Clear snow from your vehicle and be sure your windows are completely free of frost before hitting the road.
  • When you’re driving in the winter, keep both hands on the steering wheel and try to stay in 1 lane as much as possible.
  • If you begin to skid or lose control of your vehicle, remain calm and take your foot off the accelerator. Don’t lock the brakes. Instead, brake steadily, look where you want to go and steer in that direction.
  • A roadside emergency kit is another essential part of safe winter driving.
  • roadside emergency kit is another essential part of safe winter driving.
  • roadside emergency kitBuy or put together and maintain an emergency kit that has:

    • a shovel
    • Blankets
    • Snow brush
    • Ice scraper
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries
    • Flares
    • Booster cables
    • Candles
    • First-aid kit
    • Food
    • Water cup

No matter what causes poor driving conditions – from a winter blizzard or a summer rainstorm – remember that your 1st choice should be avoiding travel altogether. Wait until the conditions improve to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely.

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Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Trusted Regina Landscaping Pros Explain The MANY Benefits of Landscaping

Rapid Lawn Landscaping Solutions Regina is a family-owned landscaping business that has helped its customers achieve sod-quality lawns at less than half the price. They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products...and Reginas best commercial snow removal services.  Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Landscaping and Hydroseeding Experts! In this helpful Regina landscaping tip, they share the benefits of landscaping  ( hint ...it's more than how great it looks! )

   


Benefits Of Landscaping By Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions


It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lush green lawns and landscapes, but did you know their real value is much more substantial than pleasing aesthetics and aromas? That’s right, well-managed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for people and for the environment.


Environmental Benefits of Landscaping


  • Natural Coolants – Grass is much cooler than asphalt or cement. It acts as an “air conditioner” for the surrounding area. In fact, lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil. Trees shading homes can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees.
  • Environmental Cleaners – Grass plays a vital role in capturing dust, smoke particles and other pollutants, and it produces oxygen.
  • Water Protectors – Healthy lawns absorb unhealthy runoff that might otherwise filter into bodies of water.
  • Air Cleaners – Grasses absorb carbon dioxide and break it down into oxygen and carbon. A turf area 50′ x 50′ produces enough oxygen to meet the everyday needs of a family of four.
  • Noise Minimizers – Lawns and plants dramatically reduce noise pollution; they can reduce noise levels by 20 percent to 30 percent over hard surfaces like concrete and pavement.
  • Turfgrass slows down and absorbs runoff into bodies of water.

Even in areas that have water restrictions and are experiencing drought, it is important that lawns and landscapes remain a viable component of healthy communities. There are a number of sustainable practices that will allow managed lawns and landscapes to reduce water usage but still provide important environmental benefits.

Benefits of Commercial Landscaping 

Businesses are more successful when they provide clients with landscaped areas around buildings and plants inside buildings.

  • The research found seven percent higher rental rates for commercial offices having high-quality landscapes.
  • Shoppers claim they will spend nine to 12 percent more for goods and services in central business areas that have high-quality tree canopies.
  • Shoppers indicate they will travel a greater distance and a longer time to visit an area with a high-quality tree canopy and spend more time there once they arrive.*
  • Companies that provide their employees with interactions with nature also benefit. Research showed that workers who could view nature from their desks had a much better job and life satisfaction and better health.

Physical and Psychological Benefits Of Landscaping


  • The benefits of human interaction with plants, trees, and grass are also well studied and documented. Research has found that people find stress relief and healing when interacting with nature or even viewing it through a window.
  • According to Harvard Health Publications, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to focus better after being outdoors. Workers are more productive as well when working in environments with plants, and cognitive function is improved.

But, perhaps more important than what science tells us, is what people instinctively feel about the plants and green spaces in their lives–that the connection makes their lives better, and they want to make an effort to incorporate it into their lives.

In addition to landscape designhardscaping and artificial turf, we also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of landscape supply products. We sell all types of turfgrass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Our professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.






Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your Regina and area landscaping.


Trusted Regina flooring store examines some modern natural wood flooring options for your home

Various types of natural wood flooring are trending today or were trending in the past. So if you are wondering if your favourite wood flooring will ' age well'  our latest Regina flooring article should help you make that decision!  

Is Natural Wood Flooring a Good Option for Your Home?


Do you love Dark Wood Floors?

Dark wood floors are still in style and very popular in new builds. You’ll see shades and tones such as, Espresso, or dark walnut installed in many homes. However, one drawback of these floors is that they will make your room look smaller. Also, another problem is every scratch and dust particle is visible on these floors so they don’t ever look perfectly clean. 

If you have pets or young kids...perhaps these shades aren't the best choice for your lifestyle.  

Light Wood Floors your thing? 

For years, light wood floors were considered old fashioned. However, this is not the case anymore as so many homeowners have started installing light shaded wood floors in their home.

 Among different shades of light wood floors, blonde wood floors have become most popular.

It is because these floors offer endless decorating possibilities and are essentially a blank canvas. Another good thing about light wood floors is that they make your room look more spacious. 

Considering all these benefits, it is very likely that light wood floors will become a trend-turned classic in the years to come.

Dream About Whitewashed Wood Floors?

Whitewashed wood floors make your room look brighter and bigger, and if you are looking for a contemporary look this is a great start!   

These floors are becoming increasingly popular in kitchens and farmhouse style homes.

However, a drawback of these floors is that if the dark wood starts peeking out from underneath, it will somewhat ruin the whitewashed floor’s look. To prevent this be aware that it may not be the best choice for high traffic locations ( such as hallways or near main entrance doors)  - also pets claws and small kids toys may not be a good match! 

Desiring Honey Wood Floors?

This wood shade is just slightly darker than the popular blonde wood. 

As suggested by the name, it is a warm, rich honey wood floor shade that gives a cozy look to your rooms. 

These floors make your rooms look bigger and more open, just like blonde wood floors, but they also add warmth and coziness to them. Another benefit of these floors is that they’re available in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural color so it is very easy to find. 

Honey floors are a classic - so they are ALWAYS going to be in style. 


Trusted Regina Fireplace Experts at Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen and Bath have an amazing line of wood burning stoves

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen and Bath showroom will help you understand why Wheatland has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Regina. This really is where your Fireplace, Kitchen, Bathroom and Outdoor living dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace is a Trusted Regina company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry-leading manufacturers. Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath is your Exclusive Trusted Regina fireplace store.

Have you considered a wood-burning stove?  Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen and Bath has a solution for those chilly evenings and cool rainy days. 


A wood stove has been the traditional way to heat a home over the years and it often is the centrepiece of turning a house into a home. Even though we’re nestled deeply into the 21st century, this type of home heating still makes a lot of sense. Using wood to heat a home has many benefits, from added beauty and ambiance in the home to independence from fluctuating utility bills. 

Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen, & Bath is proud to carry Jotul products. Jotul is one of the world’s oldest producers of stoves, inserts, and fireplaces. Building on a proud Norwegian heritage, they have combined fine craftsmanship with the art of coping with the cold for 160 years.

As a Jotul dealer they carry the following products:

Jotul GF 305

Worldwide, the Jotul Group has earned a reputation for designing and producing award-winning, fine quality, cast iron stoves. 

Based on the award-winning Jotul F 305 woodstove, the Jotul GF 305 DV IPI offers the same modern, cast iron styling in a freestanding direct vent gas stove. Smooth cast iron lines and sleek curves frame an extra-large fire view that only Jotul can produce.  Fueled by the new ceramic JotulBurner III, the Jotul GF 305 presents the perfect union of high efficiency and modern cast iron design.


 

    

Jotul GF 160  

Inspired by the immensely popular Jotul GF 370, the compact Jotul GF 160 DV IPI offers the same spectacular three-sided fire view, but with a truly unique tripod base. A modern design marvel, the Jotul GF 160 DV IPI strikes the perfect balance between form and functionality.
 





Jotul GF 500 DV IPI Portland       


A descendant of our signature best-selling Jotul F 500 Oslo wood stove, the Jotul GF 500 DV IPI Portland offers the same whole house heating capabilities at the push of a button.  Fueled by the new ceramic JotulBurner™ III  the Jotul GF 500 presents the perfect union of high efficiency and timeless cast iron design.





Jotul F 602     

Over 1,000,000 of these fine stoves have been produced and sold throughout the world – making the Jotul F 602 CB the best-selling woodstove ever produced. From the beautiful glass door to the sculpted charging lion on the side plates, this stove is truly a timeless work of art. In fact, you can own the best for the lowest price of any EPA-approved cast iron woodstove!







Jotul F 50 TL Rangeley   

Leading the way in clean combustion technology, Jotul now offers the convenience of top-loading in a non-catalytic wood stove.  Utilizing Jotul’s patent-pending rotating baffle, the Jotul F 50 TL Rangeley, can be easily loaded from the top with the turn of a handle.  For those looking for long overnight burn times, the Jotul F 50 TL Rangeley also has a convenient front-load option that allows for our legendary front-to-back “cigar burn”.
 
 



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Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen and Bath have much to offer:

Trusted Regina Home Builder has some tips on Building a Custom Designed Home - Step 1 The Perfect Plan


Building a Custom Designed Home – Step 1: The Perfect Plan


So, you’ve decided to build a custom home, woo-hoo!! Building a custom home is such a wonderful experience. It allows you to see your own imagination come to life in a home that is uniquely crafted for you and your family.


Now, where should you start?

You’ve probably already got some ideas in mind of what you’re wanting in terms of the floor plan or layout for your new home. Whether it’s three bedrooms on the main floor, or a mudroom off the garage to hide the family’s jackets and boots from guests, or maybe your kids are all grown up so having an office on the main floor is more important than an extra bedroom. Whatever it is, that idea in your head about what you want in your new home – that’s your wish list. So, before you get too far into the process, sit down with your family and write down everything that is on your wish list for your home.



Questions to ask yourself?

  • Where do you want to live? (Smalltown, big city, close to parks and green space, close to schools, close to work, close to family, etc.)
  • Have you picked a lot yet? Finding the right lot is crucial when thinking about your floor plan because the home will have to be drawn up to suit the lot.
  • How many square feet do you want in your home?
  • Bungalow or a two-storey?
  • Do you want to have more bedrooms in your home, or would it be of more value to you to have that space for something else?
  • Would you like to have walk-in closets in all of the bedrooms? Maybe just in the master?
  • Are you wanting a 2 car garage, or 3, or more?
  • Do you prefer an open concept layout or more closed off?
  • Which direction do you want your windows to face in the living room? Do you want lots of sun, or not?
  • Is a walk through pantry from the garage to the kitchen to allow you to put groceries away easily something you’d like?
  • If a young family goes through A LOT of laundries, maybe it would make sense to have your laundry room close to the bedrooms?
  • Is a wet bar in the basement something you’d like to make entertaining a breeze?
  • What else do you have in mind for the home that’s important to you?


The perfect plan:



Once you have an idea of what type of home you’re wanting, we can show you a bunch of different plan options. We’ve got plenty of plans for you to look through at the office to give you a better idea of the kind of floor plan layouts and exterior looks that you like.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with designing your plan and need some inspiration,Emerald Park Homes Pinterest and Houzz boards are a great place find ideas.  The Houzz board has photos of most of recently completed homes that you can browse through.

Before they get too far into the design process of your plan, it’s always a good idea to arrange a meeting with your builder. Together they can sit down and make sure that the kind of house you have in mind is going to fit into your budget. They will also be able to help you pick out the right lot for you and your family. It’s important to pick your lot early on as the house plan will have to be tailored specifically to the lot.


Designing your plan:

After you’ve determined your budget and chosen your lot, their team of designers will work together with you and their dedicated designer to take the ideas of what you like from all the different plans you’ve looked at and put them together into one perfect plan. If you find a plan that they have already had drawn and built before – like a show home perhaps – and you love it, you can always change it around and tweak it a bit to customize it to fit what you are looking for as an option as well.

After consulting with the designer to talk about your plan, they will create a preliminary plan for your home.

From there, they will take you through a virtual walk-through of your home so you can get a feel of what is really going to look and feel like once it is built. 

You can make any kind of changes that you’d like to it. Once you’ve given it the thumbs up then it is ready for us to analyze and start working on pricing it out for you.


Keep in mind:

** Preliminary plans are one of the first steps to getting you a quote for your new home. But, it’s worth mentioning that there are other decisions that need to be made in order for us to do so accurately. Like what kind of finishings you will be wanting in your home, etc. But we’ll get into that elsewhere.



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