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Wearing.PhotoshopdoneWelcome to the Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team’s blog for Huntsville real estate and lifestyle, including the communities of Port Sydney, Utterson, Baysville, Dorset, Dwight, Novar, Emsdale and Burks Falls.

This Bella Lake Gem Is Waiting For You

There’s a growing shortage of properties with lakefront access in the Muskoka region. (As of the end of March 2019 there were approximately 20% fewer listings available than there were at the same time last year). So loved are these waterfront homes or cottages, with the tranquillity they provide, they rarely come to the market. This is especially true for those properties on Bella Lake where natural conservation helps retain the pristine appeal of peaceful waterfront cottage or year-round living. Now you could have the opportunity to live in your own spacious, finely featured cottage/home in the woods. 1048 Buck Island Road is a listing not to be missed if you’ve been waiting for a distinctive lakefront property.

With 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, this 3,141 square foot cottage/home is a sanctuary nestled in the woods. Large windows let in plenty of natural light, which is enhanced all the more by the open floor plan. Wood window and door framing lend warmth to the stone tile flooring in the main rooms, including the gourmet appointed kitchen and dining room. Wood floors in the Master bedroom add to the cottage atmosphere and the feeling of a cosy retreat.

This home welcomes you and your guests with a double-sided fireplace in the entrance, open to the great room. The renovated kitchen, complete with breakfast bar and open concept, make it ideal when entertaining.

The openness of this home expands onto the spacious screened in Muskoka Room and extensive deck, ideal for enjoying the natural splendour with spectacular views of Bella Lake and the surrounding woodlands –views that can be enjoyed year-round. The lower level hosts two spacious bedrooms with lake views and large windows that immerse you in nature. Stay toasty during chilly Muskoka winters, with in-floor heating throughout the lower level.

One of the many attractions of this property is the call of the loons and the extraordinary waterfront on pristine Bella Lake. This is a rare Muskoka property indeed with its own hard-bottom sandy shore; you’ll literally have your own private lakefront beach to enjoy. You can also keep your watercraft accessible with the large dock at the shoreline. An extra bonus is the spacious workshop/garage on site; perfect for auto and woodworking hobbyists.

If you’re seeking the natural tranquillity which can only be found along Muskoka lakes, this cottage/home could be just what you’ve been waiting for. You can view all the details for 1048 Buck Island Road through our guide or our online flip book.

When the time is right to buy a cottage or home in the Huntsville /Muskoka region, or it’s time to sell your property, you want to work with a local realtor partnership, ready to help every step of the way. Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott, Your Real Estate Partners not only call Huntsville home; they care about the community as much as they care about their clients. Together, they will put their expertise to work for you and your Muskoka home dreams. Please call them at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrott.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott do not guarantee accuracy; they recommend information be validated independently.

 

Bella & Rebecca Lakes: Spotlight on Cottage Life

There’s nothing like cottage life around the Muskoka region. Our widespread, natural setting has been a draw for generations of residents and visitors looking for that someplace special to call home. Our love of nature has fostered a long-standing approach of conservation; part of what makes this area so unique is the pristine natural features which our communities take pride in caring for. This can be readily experienced and understood with some time spent around Bella and Rebecca Lakes.

Life around our lakes is more than just a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s a place where communities are formed with people who care about the place they live, and the people who live there. One look at the closely connected Bella and Rebecca Lake communities will show you how true this is.

Lakeside living is in high demand in the Muskoka region, and while we have hundreds of lakes, beach access is at a premium. The rugged territory here has resulted in beautiful shorelines, but with a limited number of beaches. More than 40 years ago The Mabel Hart Brook & Marion Hill Memorial Foundation was established by local residents with the desire to ensure the conservation of the Bella & Rebecca Lake area.

The original foundation members sought to preserve one specific stretch of land, considered the best beach in the area, a 3,100-foot-long area known as Bella Beach or Foundation Beach. The beach is accessible by water, though there is one trail on land which was established to provide emergency access to the waterfront. Bella Beach is truly a unique spot in the Muskoka region. The surrounding land has essentially been left to keep its own natural landscape. Funded by membership dues and donations the MBMH Foundation, it is at its core a community conservation effort.
The goal was to not only protect the land from being over-developed through environmental stewardship but to also keep the land accessible for everyone. The result is over 400 acres of preserved land along Bella Lake, where people can experience the beauty and quiet of the region or waterfront activities along the sandy beach.

Being similar in geography to Algonquin Park, this area just north of Huntsville, off Limberlost Road (District Road 8), is an ideal place for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the serenity of lakeside living.

While the focus of the Foundation has been to protect the lands along and near the beach on Bella Lake, there is also a focus on community. The Bella Rebecca Cottagers Association helps to promote and organize annual events such as the Bella/Rebecca Regatta, the main summer event. With games such as beach volleyball and canoe races, alongside sailing and water skiing, this is the showcase event for the year. Private cottage owners on the lakes have been known to liven up Civic long weekends with live music performances too. There’s also regular beach clean-ups done by community volunteers to ensure the shoreline continues as a clean and healthy lakeside habitat.

 

While development has been closely watched and done with assurances of sustaining the natural beauty of both Bella and Rebecca Lakes, there are cottages available in the area. The cottages along Bella Lake and Rebecca Lake are highly prized for their location as much as for their connection to a community which cares. As a part of the Lake of Bays/Sinclair Township, homes along these lakes offers tranquility with easy access to all your basic needs. Cottages and homes around these two lakes are also ideally situated to enjoy the sights and amenities of Huntsville, which is only 27 kilometers away, as well as The Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve, Algonquin Park, the Hidden Valley ski area and golfing at Deerhurst and Grandview. If you are looking for the ideal cottage or year round waterfront home, this could the just the area for you.

One of the best ways to experience cottage living is to experience life along our Muskoka region lakes. If it’s time to sell, or you’re ready to move to the area, discover the care and expertise of Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott. We’re here to work for you and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrott.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott do not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Spring into Fun this April in Huntsville

April is almost here; it seems we just started a new year, yet here we are getting ready for spring, planning our gardens and looking forward to even more time spent outdoors as the annual thaw returns. April in Huntsville is full of gatherings and events you won’t want to miss – check out the following events coming up around the region and get out for some spring-time fun.

April 6th Huntsville Suzuki School of Music 7th Annual East Indian Banquet. This annual performance and fundraiser is an excellent way to enjoy a night of East Indian cuisine and live music paired with a silent auction to raise funds for this Huntsville organization. Early bird ticket pricing is available through March 22nd, this fundraiser evening sold out last year, get your ticket soon!

April 21st Muskoka Heritage Place and The Nutty Chocolatier Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt 2019. Join residents and visitors in Huntsville for this annual community event. It’s free and plenty of fun, especially for families with young ones. Kids are grouped by age and have an hour to hunt for golden eggs to win special prizes; not to mention a ton of chocolate treats just waiting to be found.

April 26th Adventures in Fashion. Head over to the Algonquin Theatre for a special fundraising event presented by the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Discover some incredible fashions while helping raise funds for new defibrillators for the hospital. A great cause and great fun come together for an evening.

April 27th Muskoka Maple Festival. We’ve mentioned this before, and we’ll share about it again. Downtown Huntsville will be the stage for an amazingly fun outdoor extravaganza, the Muskoka Maple Festival. Get your fill of the best maple syrup around, just waiting on tasty treats like pancakes, pastries and of course, snow-cicles, bits of frozen snow laden with maple syrup, yum!

Get out and enjoy the return of the spring thaw around Huntsville.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Huntsville and area home, cottage or condo, experience the benefit of a partnership in real estate that you can trust.  Whatever your property dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott put our care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

It Will Soon Be Time To Freshen Up Your Muskoka Property Curb Appeal!

As we head into spring, now is an ideal time to plan for updating and freshening up your front yard, especially if you’re planning to list your home on the market soon.  In addition to cleaning up your landscaping, making repairs from winter storm damages and a fresh coat of paint, there are several quick and easy ways you can take your curb appeal up to the next level and draw potential buyers in wanting to see more.

First impressions make lasting impressions.  If your front gate and fencing have seen better days, up their appeal with the addition of a trellis or arbor lattice to highlight the entrance to your property. Planting a fast-growing climbing vine like wisteria or honeysuckle will fill in the area with a fresh burst of natural color too.

Stepping stones and walkways help guide visitors to the door.  Add in outdoor lighting to enhance these areas. You can go as simple as solar light stakes or bring in some extra charm with string lights or a decorative garden set.

If you need to replace your front door or just freshen it up, choosing a bold color that contrasts well with the main color of your home will draw the eye in and make a memorable impression.  Enhance the look of your door or porch with stylish house numbers. Custom tiles with your address can make your home or cottage one to remember in a long line of viewings.

Potted plants along the porch or steps will draw visitors in with an addition of colour and vibrancy without overwhelming.  Incorporate hanging baskets and flower boxes to create attractive symmetry. Updated lighting and a new welcome mat will finish the look.

Including outdoor furniture in your front yard is an excellent way to create a welcoming atmosphere and will enhance your properties curb appeal with ease. Porch swings are making a come back in the latest home and garden trends. If space allows for a sitting area with a table, you can encourage visitors to stop within your front yard and take the space in from a different perspective.

If your landscaping needs freshening up, consider incorporating a berm within your front garden. A berm is a gently sloping mound which helps with drainage and also makes for an excellent focal point for garden plants. Adding in hardscaping features such as a gravel path lined with bricks or a low flagstone boarders around flowerbeds will add a sense of drama to your front yard. 

Find more spring curb appeal ideas with this article at HGTV Canada. When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage, or condo,  Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott are here to work in partnership with you to receive the result you strive for!  Rick & Sandra have the local real estate experience you can rely on. Choose a partnership you can trust and let them put their expertise to work for you. Please call Rick & Sandra  at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

The Benefits of a Trusted Real Estate Partnership

Buying or selling property can be one of the most stressful experiences people go through. The sure way to lower your stress level and be happy with the end result is to work with an experienced, trusted Realtor®.  In our last article, Get to know your Real Estate Partners, Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott we shared some of our personal background for myself, Rick Wearing, and my partner in life and business, my spouse Sandra Parrott. Together we’ve built a long-term partnership that we enjoy putting to work for the benefit of our clients.

As much as we enjoy what we do, it wouldn’t mean much if we didn’t have the knowledge, experience and support that is necessary for success. In addition to selecting a Realtor® you personally like, you should also select a Realtor® that you know has the expertise and knowledge in the local market place and represents a well-established and respected company as well.  We, Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott , in partnership with Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty Inc., Brokerage, bring our expertise to the table every time.

A key place to begin a real estate conversation with your agent, is the local market. As the new real estate year is just getting underway, now is a great time to look back at the real estate year of 2018.

Specifically, let’s look at the markets of Huntsville, Lake of Bays and the Almaquin area, where most of our clients are looking to buy or sell. This summary of information has been taken from the Royal Lepage Lakes of Muskoka Realty Inc., Brokerage 2018 Year End Report dated January 28th, 2019.  Click here to view the report

In summary, although unit sales in 2018 were down compared to previous years, prices were up. This is in all likelihood caused by lower inventory levels.

Unit Sales Huntsville unit sales in 2018 were 294, down from the previous year of 377 (-28%), but higher than the 10 year average of 271 units.

Residential Sales Huntsville residential sales were down 22.02 % in 2018.

Average Price Huntsville residential average price was up 9.1% in 2018 to $381,399 compared to the average price in 2017 of $349,613.

Waterfront Sales Huntsville / Lakes of Bays Waterfront Sales were just under 225 units in 2018, down from the previous three years, 275 units in 2017, 325 units in 2016, and on par with the 10 year average of 225 units.

Almaquin waterfront sales were just under 200 units in 2018, down by over 100 units from both 2016 & 2017 and slightly down from the 10 year average.

Huntsville / Lake of Bays Waterfront Average Price Huntsville / Lake of Bays waterfront average price was up 14.4% in 2018 to $737,776 compared to the average price in 2017 of $644,878.

The Almaquin average waterfront sale price was up 18% to $366,501 compared to $310,261 in 2017.

How did the luxury market perform?

For comparative purposes let’s assume the luxury market is composed of waterfront sales in excess of One Million Dollars. In the entire Muskoka market, there were 137 properties sold in excess of $1,000,000 Dollars 2018. In 2017 there were 198 units sold. That is a drop of 30.8 % from 2017 to 2018 and 18.4% from 2016 to 2018. Based on units sold alone it would appear that the luxury property in Muskoka has been impacted negatively over the past couple of years.

For further information on the luxury markets across Canada please refer to this Luxury Property Report prepared by Royal Lepage which was recently released on Feb. 21, 2019.

In addition to our personal real estate expertise we are happy to represent Royal LePage, Canada’s Leading Real Estate Company, which has a strong heritage and has been providing to Buyers, Sellers and Realtors® Real Estate services successfully for over 100 years. View more information here

With Royal LePage, we as Realtors® have a long-standing, trusted resource that we can put to work for our clients. As a trusted brokerage, Royal LePage has also shown how much they care about the communities throughout Canada. This is most notable in the $29 Million dollars raised through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Having a home means more than a price and set of keys, it means comfort and dignity, which we all deserve; Royal LePage knows this too.

Owned by a strong, reliable parent company Brookfield, Royal LePage is a true Canadian business; 100% of their employees live in Canada. As Canada’s Real Estate Company, it’s no surprise Royal LePage is the #1 Brokerage in 100 different Canadian markets.

Locally, Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty Inc., Brokerage is the largest real estate brokerage in the Muskoka area having 8 offices, with 84 Sales Representatives or Brokers. Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka has been successfully representing Buyers and Sellers in the Muskoka area since 1997. The 2018 Year End Report indicates that Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka is involved in 2.5 – 3.0 of every 10 transactions, the closest competitor is involved in 1.5 -2.0 transactions out of 10.  With over 25,000 homes sold in the Muskoka area Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka has been a market leader since 1997, more than 20 years. These figures reflect the positive results partnerships such as ours can bring to their clients.

Contact us, Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott, Your Real Estate Partners! Whatever your Muskoka home, cottage or condo dreams may be, let us put our care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott do not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Real Estate statistics reported are taken from data provided by the Lakelands Association of Realtors for the period Jan. 1, 2018- Dec. 31st, 2018.

March Around Huntsville

The Spring thaw may take a bit longer to reach this far north, but as we head towards spring this year, there are plenty of fun and exciting things happening to keep us busy. With the March Break soon to be here, take some time and join in community gatherings coming up this month. March weather tends to be sunnier and yet still with plenty of snow left to enjoy. This is an excellent time of year to enjoy all that Huntsville and the region has to offer.

Do you love excellent food?  Do you enjoy cooking yourself?  How about a culinary cottage adventure at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville? Coming up March 1st – 3rd, Deerhurst Resort will be hosting an amazing Weekend in Cottage County, featuring Chef Lynn Crawford, one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs! Here’s your chance to wine and dine with an incredible culinary mind, sample amazing food and learn some tricks of her trade, all while enjoying a country cottage weekend at the resort.

If you think those of us aged 55+, spend all our time in quiet repose, you’ll be in for a nice surprise to learn this is far from accurate. In fact, many of the 55+ age group find great pleasure in a variety of sports and recreation. Come see for yourself just how athletic this generation can be at the Huntsville 2019 55+ Winter Games. Being held March 5th – 7th, check out the camaraderie and competition of this local favourite. 10 different sports with 900 participants – you won’t want to miss this extraordinary event.

For women in business or those considering their own enterprise, connect with PAROBiz Huntsville19 coming up March 7th at the Hidden Valley Resort. This one-day networking event includes workshops, peer circles, presentations and keynote speakers. Presented by the PARO Center for Women’s Enterprise, and an International Women’s Day event, this year’s theme is Innovate for Change. Here’s a chance for you to learn more and harness the power of technology to unleash new ideas and solutions with women in business.

Mark your calendar now, March 25th is Huntsville Day! This annual community event celebrates the original founding of the Town of Huntsville and the first 750 adventurous souls who came to live here. Join the Town Council, our Mayor, local businesses and other community residents as we gather for a fun afternoon at Partners Hall. Share your own Huntsville stories, learn about and contribute to our town timeline. This is an excellent family-friendly gathering, perfect for all ages and a wonderful way to connect with and meet your Huntsville neighbours!

Don’t stay cooped up this winter, get out and have some fun at our March community events.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage, or condo make the process smooth and easy by partnering with us. Whatever your Muskoka property dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott put our care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

An Artful Guide to Hiding the Utilitarian Aspects of Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo

Every cottage, condo, townhome, farm house & estate home has them, and we need them for our homes to work well and keep us comfortable. But that doesn’t mean we want to see them, yet there they are, visible and not very attractive. Not all heating vents, pipes and airducts get enclosed, in many homes they can even be an eyesore, but what can you do? Check out these ideas to help make the inner-workings of your Muskoka property disappear, or at least blend in better with your sense of style and furnishings.

Standing radiators and speakers. If you have an older home with a standing radiator or still enjoy your original surround sound speakers, but don’t want to see them, consider getting a folding screen to discreetly and artfully hide them. With a standing screen you’re also not completely covering these items up so their functionality isn’t compromised. The range of styles you can find in folding screens also gives you an easy way to make an artful statement. Another option is to encase them in an artfully designed cover so instead of an eyesore, they become a conversation piece.

Open shelving spaces. Open shelves are a growing trend, and this brings with it some great design benefits, especially if you want to show off your dishes. But not all things on shelves need to be seen. If you have a closet where the doors are long-gone, or some built-in shelves that are more utilitarian than display, hang a curtain or tapestry to hide the contents. You match the curtain to the wall color so the area blends in or take advantage of the spot to add in a colourful fabric print.

Tech gadgets and wires. These can often become the biggest eyesore, and if you have a lot, they can overwhelm a space. For gadgets such as routers or hard drives, use shelving contact paper to wrap them in something more appealing to your taste. Wherever you need to keep them, a shelf or a desk, they will blend in as a piece of décor. For wires & cords you can build a closed shelf to cover them, or for where you need more flexibility, you can get a cord cover. There are material and colour choices galore. Match them to your wood or carpeting, use fabric to blend in with curtains or furniture, or paint them to match a wall.

Thermostats and light switches. Sure, you can paint switch panels and outlets, so they blend in, but thermostats, security alarm pads and other wall gadgets are a bit harder to incorporate. A bit of creativity can literally make these pieces disappear, yet still be easily accessible. The key is to hang something that doesn’t lay flat on the wall. Add a stylish curtain rod to hang a quilt or tapestry. Or you can place a tall house plant in front of the control. A 3-dimensional wall sculpture may have the perfect section to rest in front of the area you want to hide.  Find more artful ideas to hide home essentials you don’t want to always see with this article at Realtor.com.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, The Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott Team is here to work in partnership with you. Choose a team whose local and realty experience is something you can rely on. Choose a team you can trust and let us put our expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

February is WinterFest Season in Muskoka

February is the peak of the winter season here in Muskoka, and that means it’s time for winter festivals across the region. Listed below are just some of the community festivals which are coming up, so mark your calendar and get the family out for some winter-time fun.

Port Sydney Winter Carnival – February 1st – 3rd.  Three days of free activities await, including horse & wagon rides, snowshoeing, skating, tubing, a pancake breakfast and more. Head over to the Port Sydney Community Hall and Mary Lake Beach for this weekend of fun – the perfect way to get the month started!

Muskoka Winter Bike FestFebruary 2nd.  There’s nothing like fat-tire biking in the snow. Wider tires give better traction allowing for recreational biking all year long. This sport has continued to grow in popularity, culminating in the Muskoka Winter Bike Fest. The race will be held at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville and is family friendly. Whether you join the race or not, there’ll be plenty of fun on hand, including live entertainment, a big bonfire and a kids’ course for the young ones.

Dwight Winter CarnivalFebruary 8th– 10th.  Head over to Dwight for a community carnival full of fun for all ages. Both outdoor and indoor activities will be on hand at the Dwight Community Centre, but the annual dart tournament is held at the Bush Company Bar & Grill. Some of the fun to look forward to includes Kid Kapers games and winter science activities, archery demonstrations, a chili cook-off, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more will be on tap; new this year is a family skate night at the Dwight Community Rink to get the carnival started.

Baysville WinterfestFebruary 18th.  Being held at the Lake of Bays Community Centre & Arena, the activities and treats are free at the Baysville Winterfest, such as ice skating, kids’ crafts, a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate, campfire marshmallows and entertainment. Live music and comedy shows will highlight this winterfest along with donut and pie-eating contests and a local business chili challenge. Also returning this year is the ‘Zoo to You’ exhibit, with more than 20 exotic animals you can interact with.

Don’t stay cooped up this winter, get out and have some fun at our winter festivals this February.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, make the process an easier one with the help of a realty team you can count on for expert representation.  Whatever your Muskoka property dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott put our care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

2019 Kitchen Trends

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to begin planning a kitchen update. Checking out the latest in design trends can provide inspiration for such a project. For 2019, the latest trends point towards what we in Cottage Country already know, that a tranquil home is a happy home, especially when it comes to our kitchens, the heart of any home or cottage.

According to a review of 2019 home design trends by Real Simple, many of the emerging trends work well in creating a serene and comfortable kitchen, as well as a practical one, always an added plus for cooking meals and entertaining. One prevalent design element found in Muskoka homes & cottages is once again being embraced by designers – wood finishes and accents are making a comeback.

Minimalist-modernism with a focus on metal isn’t holding sway as much as it once did. The return of wood finishes along doors and windows, in cabinetry, chair rails and crown moulding among other design elements answers the call to return to a closer relationship with nature; something many of us readily embrace with our Muskoka lifestyle.

Another home design trend connects to the tranquil side of nature through colour. The 2019 Benjamin Moore Colour of the year may have an urban name, Metropolitan – is a shade of gray set to calm and inspire a meditative mood. As a neutral tone, this is a colour which can be incorporated into most any kitchen with ease.

Gone are the days of pure white cabinets too. Instead, lighter shades of greens and blues are on the rise in kitchen cabinet designs. Another design trend gaining in popularity also focuses on cabinets, with open shelving. Having an open-shelf design for your upper kitchen cabinets helps keep the room more open and provides an excellent space to make a decorative statement with dishware, vases and other kitchen accessories.

Sometimes top-quality materials can be costlier than budget allows, but with today’s technology and innovation, new options have been brought to the design market. Porcelain tiles are a great example. With an endless range of designs, title backsplashes and accents in the kitchen make a statement and work well to tie an entire room together. Now “faux” porcelain tile makes this creative design element more readily available.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, work with a real estate team who love where they live and understand the local market. Let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott put our care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.