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Find Quality Craftmanship at Black Forest Wood Company

Black Forest Wood Company is a woodworking supply store that also sells custom tables and doors. They stock the largest variety of lumber species in Canada and are dealers for woodworking tools and supplies from top brand names such as Laguna, EcoPoxy, Tuff Tooth, King, PROXXON, Powermatic and more. Black Forest also teaches courses in woodworking, wood turning, and carving.

What is the Secret to Success for Black Forest Wood Company?

Hand Crafted Wooden Table at Christmas“The two main driving factors behind the success of our business include our unmatched knowledge and skills in the woodworking field combined with organic social media marketing,” says Dylan Thomas, manager of marketing and design.

However, woodworking is a traditional medium, while social media is part of an

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Important Cold Weather Clothing to Survive Winter in CalgaryWinter in Calgary can be brutal! People who aren't prepared may spend much of the year uncomfortable. People who don't dress properly for the weather could even be in danger. The best way to protect yourself is by being prepared. Owning the right clothes, coming prepared every day and keeping the right emergency items on hand can help you stay safe when temperatures outside get very cold indeed. 

Staying warm in Calgary is part of living in this wonderful city. This requires specific items and some are simply essential. Here are some of the items you should consider adding to your collection so you can bundle up and stay warm this winter.

Winter in Calgary can be brutal! People who aren't prepared may spend much of the year uncomfortable.

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How to Choose the Right Homeowner's Insurance CoverageHomeowner's insurance can unfortunately be viewed as an afterthought after the tumultuous process of buying a home. After filling out form after form just to purchase the property, few buyers want to go through the complicated paperwork of their policy. However, home insurance is an extremely handy resource for homeowners to have, and a buyer should understand what their coverage is before they decide on a particular premium.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional or qualified insurance agent before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How a Premium Is Calculated

A homeowner's premium is determined by the amount of relative risk in any given area. From the size of the home to the

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Why Canadian Homeowners Are Going SolarMore Canadian homeowners are looking into residential solar power. Those concerned about the environment and who want to reduce their utility bills are looking into this sustainable source of energy.

Wondering how solar energy works in Calgary homes? Understand more about the benefits of home solar systems and why homeowners are interested in residential solar power to meet energy demands today.

Solar Energy is Clean Energy

Homeowners like the idea that they can tap into a sustainable source of energy and reduce their carbon footprint with "clean energy." The extraction, production and transportation of traditional sources of energy can create toxic by-products and damage the local environment where raw resources are being taken from. The

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The Living Room Restaurant in Calgary

Living rooms. They are about being cozy, welcoming, and a place where you always feel at home. You will get that feeling when you dine at the Living Room, Calgary’s destination for award-winning, contemporary, interactive cuisine.

With so many wonderful places to eat in Calgary, what has set the Living Room apart for 18 years, and why does it have close to a perfect 5/5 rating from nearly 200 people on Google? John Gignac, general manager, tells us why.

“It’s about doing the right things right, with the right kind of people,” he smiles. “We put a strong focus on our customers and have high expectations on delivering an exceptional experience.”

The experience includes a chef tasting menu, small plates, sharing plates, full dinners, and

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Lender's Mortgage Insurance: What It Means for Home BuyersBuying a home with a down payment of less than 20 percent often requires mortgage insurance. Understanding how lender's mortgage insurance works, and what they may be expected to pay for it, is an important step for people interested in purchasing a home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is Lender's Mortgage Insurance?

People keep home insurance so that if something happens to their homes, they do not have to pay a lot of money out of pocket to fix it. Similarly, lenders keep mortgage insurance to protect themselves in the event that a borrower fails to pay back the loan. Lender's mortgage insurance (LMI), also called “mortgage

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Everything You Need to Know About Closing CostsThe home buying process is a long and involved one. At the end, the buyer must pay closing costs before the transaction can be complete. It's very important to know what closing costs are, about how much they'll be and when they're due. Home buyers who are aware of their closing cost obligations may find the home buying process easier and less stressful. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

When, Why and How Much to Pay

During the home purchase process, buyers require the services of many different government offices, businesses and professionals. Closing costs are the various fees associated with these

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How to Sell a Fixer Upper HomeWhen it comes to selling a home, there’s a lot of different steps to take in order to help it find the right buyer. But compared to a move-in ready home, fixer-uppers require some extra love to give them the boost they need. Here are six different ways to help sell a fixer-upper so it doesn’t stagnate on the housing market even in competitive communities like West Calgary.

Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

An agent’s help is invaluable when it comes to selling homes, especially homes that move more slowly like fixer-uppers. Agents make sure the home is well-advertised online and arrange for interested buyers to come see it in showings, and they also know their way around all the paperwork that comes with selling. Hiring an agent is the

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The Best Calgary Neighborhoods for Winter Fun

Although we often associate winter with staying indoors tucked into our cozy living rooms, holding a cup of hot cocoa, winter in Calgary is actually filled with activity! It is in the winter months that the city offers some of the best things to do in Calgary, with Calgary recreation being a hot topic!

Tobogganing, skiing, skating, and walking amongst magical snow-covered scenery are just a few of the recreational activities that Calgarians can enjoy. Not sure where to find these wintery adventures? Or perhaps you are looking for recreation options to keep you out of the chilly air?

Here is everything you need to know about Calgary recreation and the popular Calgary neighbourhoods to seek out for winter activities!

Arbour Lake

Home to

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Bathroom Renovations that Appeal to BuyersMore than ever before home bathrooms are being constructed to be a place of escape and relaxation. Perhaps as a result, bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms of the home to remodel. Updating a bathroom with the latest features and fixtures can help improve comfort, safety and efficiency. Here are some of the latest bathroom trends to consider when thinking about remodeling a bathroom.

Green Fixtures

Eco-friendly bathroom fixtures help homeowners save money on utilities while also reducing their carbon footprint. Some of the most popular green bathroom updates include:

  • Dual-flush toilets. These popular toilets with dual flush functions can save as much as 17,000 gallons of water every year.
  • Recycled glass counters and tiles.
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