Contributed by Kathy Flaxman for Weenen General Contracting Limited.
Number one: Walk the neighbourhood! This is the perfect time to explore Cabbagetown architecture. See historic homes, stunning new builds and plenty of inviting residences. “Cabbagetowners take great pride in their homes,” notes Joe Rozman of Weenen General Contracting Limited. “The architecture is amazing and a lot of it has been carefully preserved.” Want guidance? Consult the Cabbagetown Preservation Association website for a start.
Number two: Clean! Yes, it’s time to get the grunge out of your garage and your rooftop gutters! De-junk your basement and consider a lawn sale. Or leave things for the dumpster divers. “Taking care of neglected spots can be very good for a home’s overall maintenance, because when you’re doing it, you’ll find problems and hopefully get them repaired,” Joe points out.
Number three: Get gardening! You’ll get a forest of inspiration at the Allan Gardens Conservatory! Plus, they have plant sales, special events and workshops. And don’t forget there’s a fine crop of plant stores in the neighbourhood.
Number four: Freshen up! Is it time to paint your home? Inside or out, a coat of paint is a way to lift a home and make it sparkle! Maybe it’s time to think about a new colour palette and do a few repairs too. Fix any broken exterior trim and deal with the stain in the ceiling where some water dripped through, years ago. Document the before and after – for fun and posterity.
Number five: Have a party! Have the family over and maybe some neighbours –we were all cooped up too long last winter. Enjoy your home and make the most of the season! Happy Spring!