• Our New Sustainability Initiative: Bee Suites

    Jul 20, 2017
        

    There is something serious going on with the world’s bee population. Pollinator bees are endangered and Timbercreek Communities has launched an exciting new initiative to help solve the problem. Introducing - Bee Suites!

    The Issue

    Did you know that bees pollinate fruit, nut and vegetable crops that make up 90% of the world’s nutrition? That means that 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by the pollinators who spread the pollen that crops need to grow.

    Worldwide bee populations are currently in crisis. They are dying from exposure to pesticides and habitat loss. That’s why Timbercreek Communities has launched Bee Suites, a Canada-wide initiative to help save endangered pollinator bees and the environment. Inspired by the work of Sustainable TO with other bee habitats Timbercreek Communities felt this was a natural fit for our company as providing homes is what we do!

    About The Initiative

    For the Bee Suites program, Timbercreek Communities will build Bee Suites - new habitats for endangered pollinator bees and divert waste from landfills. We plan to build Bee Suites on our rooftops across Canada.

    So what are Bee Suites? Simply put, they are new homes for pollinator bees. They are built from the old debris (closet and cabinet doors, sinks, tubs etc.) created from renovating our residential suites. They are sustainable new homes for pollinator bees and they divert this waste from landfills.

    The Roll Out

    Our first Bee Suite is located at Broadview Mansions, on the roof of the small garage behind 569 Broadview. It was installed during the week of June 26th, 2017, see more here. We can’t wait for our little friends to find it!

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    What To Expect

    Worried about living close to a bee population? There’s no need. Pollinator bees are barely noticeable and keep themselves busy by collecting pollen. They are focused in their work and don’t sting people unless stepped on or pinched. In fact, only 50% of bees (females) have stingers.

    Help Timbercreek save the bees and the environment by showing your support for The Bee Suites initiative. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact beesuites@timbercreek.com.

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  • How to Plan a Great Last Minute Summer Vacation

    Jul 18, 2017

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    Summertime makes planning a vacation painless. School is out, there are multiple long weekends to take advantage of and the weather is almost guaranteed. If you put off planning a vacation this year but have found some free time this summer, Timbercreek Communities has some tips for planning a great last minute vacation.

    Set Your Budget

    Pretty much everything about a vacation is determined by your budget. How long you can stay away, how far you can travel and what you can do once you get there are just a few of the things that depend on it. A last minute vacation is spontaneous by nature, but still requires some planning. Figure out how much you can afford to spend before you go. Keep in mind that hotter destinations, like the Caribbean, are in off-season during the summer making them much more affordable. You can even find some great deals on unsold cabins on cruises a week or two before departure.

    Determine Your Destination

    You may have a list of dream destinations on your travel bucket list but you should also keep an open mind about locations that present themselves while searching for last minute flights. It may not be what you originally had in mind, but spontaneity is key to any great last minute travel experience.

    Make the Time to Travel

    If you wait for the perfect time to travel, you may find yourself waiting your whole life. There may never be a perfect time, you have to make the time you have perfect. Research has shown that travel is good for you, so don’t put it off. Can you add a vacation day or two to a summer long weekend? Even if it’s only for a long weekend, it’s better than nothing. Don't stand in the way of your travel dreams.

    Know Where You Will Stay

    Don’t go overboard with the spontaneity. Picking up and leaving last minute can be a great feeling, but having nowhere to stay when you get there is not. Plus, they will probably ask you at customs where you are staying. If you are planning a longer vacation, book a hotel for the first few days at least. That will give you time to plan your next move once you get there.

    Go it Alone

    It can be hard for family members or a group of friends to be spontaneous at the same time. Don’t be afraid to go solo. Traveling alone lets you make the most of your time, doing only what you want to do. You can stay on the cheap in a hostel and meet new people, or sign up for a tour group if you don’t want to spend too much time by yourself.

    Timbercreek bids you bon voyage and hopes these tips help you make the most of your time off this summer. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Petiquette 101: How To Keep Your Pet Cool In Summer

    Jul 17, 2017

    Summer in Canada can be sweltering. Because of their fur, high summer temperatures can leave your pet in distress and unable to cool down. Learn how to keep your pet cool and safe this summer with these tips from Timbercreek.

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    Grooming

    Keeping your pet's coat trimmed can make a big difference to their internal temperature in the heat of summer. However there is a double edged sword here. Dog breeds that have an undercoat (that layer of hair that keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer) can be harmed by cutting. With these breeds it’s better to give a good regular brushing to thin out the animal’s coat. The start of summer is the ideal time to groom your pet for ease of maintenance, and maximum cool. Be aware that too short of a cut can open the animal up to sunburn depending on their exposure to the outdoors and direct sun.

    Water/Hydration

    We've all been guilty of forgetting to fill the water dish for our pets. Pets need constant hydration in the heat of summer in order to stay cool, especially if they’re active. Add a second dish to give you a visual reminder to add more water. Be sure to check your pet’s main water dish daily, and consider putting an extra bowl out in another location of the house for easy access.

    Baths

    While time consuming for owners, and typically not enjoyed by most animals, baths are a sure fire and immediate way to cool down. While dogs tend to rebel, and cats scream bloody murder, in the end they feel better for it on a hot day. Of course some dog breeds are swimmers and love a good dousing (like the Golden Lab). For water hating pets even a little shower with the garden hose can cool them off on a hot day.

    Walk Them At Low Temperature Times Of Day

    While cats and birds and other smaller species will naturally 'hibernate' at high heat times of day, owners can choose when to walk their dogs. In summer it's wise to walk your dog during cooler times of day. Mornings and evenings are ideal for most dogs.  Restricting walks to early morning and late evening will help your pets to stay cool (or at least not overheat) while still getting the exercise they need.

    AC/Fans

    What's good for humans can be good for animals. Air conditioning in the hottest months of summer keeps us and our pets cool and comfortable. Imagine wearing a thick fur coat on even a mildly hot day and you’ll get a glimpse into your pet’s typical summer day. Using your AC or turning on a fan can help your pet stay cool on those super hot, dog days of summer.

    Don't Leave Pets In The Car (With Windows Up)

    Never leave your pet in the car with the windows rolled up. On a hot day this amounts to torture. There's more than one folk tale of a pet suffocating in a parking lot. If you have to go out on a hot, sunny summer day, leave your pet at home. If you must take them, be sure to leave the windows down, and try to bring them a dish of water.

     

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you keep your pet cool this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Pick The Right Hat For Your Face

    Jul 11, 2017

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    Hats are great. They're fashionable, they block the sun, they hide bad hair, and they're cool. From baseball caps to golf visors, hats are a fun way to spice up an outfit or clean up not so polished look. The trick is finding a hat and hat style that suits your face shape (and head size). While obvious on paper, we've all had that mirror moment where that sweet looking hat you saw on someone else looks ridiculous on you. Why? It's not just the style; it's your face! Knowing your face shape (oval, round, wide, narrow) makes all the difference in choosing the right hat.  Timbercreek is here to help you pick the right hat for your face.

    Kangol

    Made famous by Samuel L Jackson and golfers the world over, the British driving cap, more commonly known as a 'Kangol' (for the brand's defining style and colors), is one of the most common and versatile hats to wear. Worn forward or back, and with an abyss of colors, patterns and trim accents, the kangol can go well with a huge array of outfits. Before you buy, the kangol is a tough sell for the wide faced and big headed -- both in terms of fit and look. Kangols are also often tough to find in bigger sizes, so keep that in mind as you consider the style. 

    Fedora

    With a range of styles to choose from, Fedoras have been iconic for years. They’ve appeared on characters as diverse as Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), and Johnny Depp. Even though they’re not magical they can immediately transform an outfit. While the thin “stingy” brimmed variety have enjoyed a comeback due to their cheap mass production, they often only fit smaller heads and suit round to oval faces. If it’s width and size you need, go for the larger, classic-brim model, or even a pork-pie hat. Learn more here.

    Baseball

    Good for nearly every face shape and head size, baseball caps are a great investment. While simple in design there’s a wealth of options: floppy, snapback, flat-brim, and stretchy, and equally as many size variations.  A word to the big and wide faced however: fitted wool MLB hat types tend to be slim pickings in bigger sizes. The 7 ¼  to 8-inch range can be hard to find. The floppy, curved peak styles also tend to not be very deep or wide, in other words: good for smaller head sizes and thinner, oval or round face types.

    Floppy

    The floppy brim hat style so hot right now. They tend to come in soft textured felt, wool, or straw varieties with big, wide brims that are fashionable and dramatic. These hats will add a little flair to any outfit. While they tend to most commonly be seen in muted earth tones, they can be found in more playful colors as well.  For fit, while coming in a range of sizes, the floppy is forgiving and moderately stretchable with wear.  As for face shape, this hat is very versatile and can accommodate almost every shape.  

    Cloche

    French for bell, the cloche takes after its namesake with a bell-like shape and harkens back to 1920s and 30s era Paris where it was invented. Typically made of felt, wool, or straw, the style is dramatic but also fun and playful.  For fit, the felt and wool options mold to the wearer, and the shape tends to go well on round and oval faces. It doesn’t hide much, putting more focus on the face than the floppy hat variety does. Most makers offer a full range of sizes, so lots of flexibility there.

    Tilley/Army

    While It's hard to pull off a tilley or army hat (wide brimmed, thick canvas gems) unless you're an Australian crocodile wrangler, or a Navy Seal, it can be done. While generally placed solidly in the "birder" category, a tilley in dark navy, camo, or a bright alternative primary color can transform the hat's doddy heritage into a funky fashionable accent. This style is made for wearing; they’re built like tanks and come in a wide range of sizes. For face suitability, it’s quite versatile - though whether it works on you is really more of a personality thing. You gotta own it when you rock a Tilley outside a of 5-day camping trip.

     

    Timbercreek hopes this article helps you find the right hat for your face! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fun & Cheap Summer Date Ideas

    Jul 10, 2017

    Whether you’re meeting someone new or celebrating an anniversary, great date ideas are always useful. Dating can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Timbercreek has some fun and cheap summer date ideas for you to enjoy with someone you love or someone new.

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    A stroll in the park is possibly the easiest and cheapest of all date ideas.  If the weather is working in your favour it can be a beautiful way to spend the day. Best of all, if you’re nervous you don’t have to look at each other constantly. Up the romance factor by bringing a blanket, some cups and something to drink. Sunset is a great time for your stroll.

    Wine Tasting Event

    In Ontario, the LCBO offers an affordable range of wine tasting events that range from $30 to $100. They also have beer and scotch tastings, as well as longer term 4 week courses. A wine or beer tasting is social, public, and gives you something to talk about with your date. The events are often held in the nice LCBO buildings (like Toronto’s Summerhill location).

    Brunch

    Meeting at night for the first time is often ill advised. A classic brunch out is a cheap and delicious date option not to be overlooked. Brunch is really popular in Canada so you’ll have no shortage of restaurant options to choose from. Check out the best places in Toronto for brunch here

    Happy Hour Drink(S)

    It’s hard to beat happy hour -- another inexpensive daytime date option to consider. Most pubs offer it and more and more craft beer bars are adding it to their rosters. Grab a seat and enjoy a $5 beer or a half price glass of wine with your date. Worst case scenario, you get a cheap drink out of it.

    Street Festival

    In summer, festivals and street events are great options for cheap dates. Many of these events in big cities are free and allow you to walk through a number of big city blocks that are closed to traffic. These fun events usually come with a ton of cheap or free food, beverages, and entertainment. There’s always lots to do and you won’t be locked into a full restaurant meal or long event.

    Jazz Show

    Live jazz, while not for everyone, is sophisticated, interesting, and fun to listen to and watch. Because it’s improvised you’ll get to hear something unique with every show. Going to a concert is a great date idea and takes the pressure off of making witty conversation. If the music is bad it also gives you something to commiserate over. Normally less than $20, a jazz show is a great way to spend a date.

    Coffee

    Who doesn’t like coffee? A coffee date is almost guaranteed to be cheap --  even at Starbucks where it’s only $4 for a latte. Best of all it gives you the option to sit and talk, or walk and talk. Coffee dates can be short and sweet, or be a starting point for a longer date. The best thing about them is their flexibility and low cost.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of cheap date ideas has inspired you to get out there. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website

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