Any project in Muskoka is possible with a help from the right people.
Tell us about your business: Celebrating our gallery’s fifth anniversary, Paint By Munzy exclusively features a collection of original oil paintings and affordable, ready-to-hang canvas prints by my brother, artist Jonathan Munz. Art described by collectors as Group of Seven meets Tiffany stained glass, we proudly offer an extensive collection of truly northern canvas art that’s available both online and at our Waterloo-based art gallery.
What’s the difference between a canvas print and oil painting? Jonathan Munz’s original paintings are hand painted using oil paints on canvas. When a painting is finished, he photographs that piece using a professional camera. Our canvas or “giclée” prints are then made-to-order by printing those high-resolution painting photographs onto canvas. Each canvas print is then hand stretched over wooden bars creating a piece of affordable art that has the look of an original Munzy.
Any tips for selecting a canvas size? Once our clients have narrowed down a shape and size (landscape, portrait, square, etc.) they’re interested in, we recommend using green painters’ tape (that can be purchased at any hardware store) to tape that size option directly onto their wall. We also offer a free in-room mockup service where clients can send us a photo of their space for us to photoshop some art examples into their room.
LARRY SPEERS, STEVE DURRAND, DAVE URRY, JIM SMITH & LAURA SPENCLEY
What does Linwood provide clients? Linwood Homes has a design library of more than 500 home plans in many different styles and sizes to suit any budget or location. “We can also create your own unique custom design,” says Larry Speers. “Whatever you want to build, we have a design and material package or home kit to meet your needs.”
Why do people choose Linwood homes? In its 50th year, Linwood has won the most national awards for “outstanding custom home” by using design and material home packages and a local builder or Linwood Construction services. These awards have been achieved even when competing against homes that cost much more. Linwood homes have the wow factor or that something extra that immediately creates a lasting impression of value and quality, Speers says. Linwood homes showcase soaring ceilings, harmonious living spaces and an abundance of light. Linwood’s use of natural wood features, including western red cedar and exposed Douglas fir beams, is admired throughout the world.
What advantages does custom design offer? Linwood’s proven track record means clients benefit from award-winning expertise to get an outstanding custom home at a great price. The Linwood home package includes the creation of a top-quality design. Working with Linwood’s design experts means clients can create a site-specific concept that can actually be built and meets their budget requirements.
TIM LEFLER, ASHLEY COSTELLO, CARTER VEITCH, BEN GARDINER, JENNIFER VEITCH, DAVE GRIGG, JAYMI MOORE, CORY VEITCH & SEAN GUNN
What’s new at Brown’s? “We just built a new warehouse, 2,000 square feet, to house more product. We’ve always been tight for space because we have a lot of product that we hold for people because sites are not always ready on time,” says Jennifer Veitch. “We’ve also added a new truck and two new delivery guys to try to keep up with the volume that we’re doing right now. We’ve had a fantastic summer season because of the weather.”
What does Brown’s do for customers? “It’s a turnkey type of service. Not only do we help them choose the appliances, we do spec packages for their cabinetmakers or their builders,” Jennifer says. Brown’s teams deliver appliances, uncrate and place them. They take away packaging and old units. The store has two full-time installation teams.
How does a family approach shape your business? “Being third generation in the business, we have a reputation to uphold,” she says. “For us, it’s really important that if a customer comes in with an issue we have a resolution,” Jennifer says. “That’s part of our service. If you have an issue, we’re going to work our way through it with you, rather than just send you off to the manufacturer and hope somebody’s going to care at the other end.”
MARY BOYKO, ERICA FORTIN & CHRIS SINKIC
Tell us about your company: Royal Homes is a prefabricated builder, specializing in custom designs for homes and cottages throughout Muskoka and Ontario. “We feature a prefabricated building, including turnkey services such as excavation and foundations for our homes. That sets us apart from other builders,” says Royal design and sales specialist Erica Fortin.
What makes Royal Homes unique? “We are very flexible in what we design for our clients and the range that we can provide in custom design,” says Erica. “If they have a waterfront property that has a grading change that allows for a walkout basement then we can build to suit on that. We can also provide a bungalow with lofts as well as two-storey homes. We can build to suit, based on the lot requirements and what the town and client want.”
What are the advantages of prefabricated homes? “You have a solid timeline, once a building permit is approved,” Erica explains. “You also have firm pricing, because we are very upfront with our pricing, based on excavation, foundations and all interior-exterior items. Royal Homes is turnkey so we’re actually providing on-site services such as septic, wells and tear-downs in addition to just building their home on their land.”
JAY & SHELLEY WALLACE
What can Fireplace & Leisure Centre do for homeowners? As a family-owned and operated business, we have been gathering valuable knowledge for over 25 years, knowledge we continue to grow and share with customers on a daily basis. We ensure that each customer gets superior service, whether they are shopping for a basic heating stove or a custom designed fireplace. With a product range from outdoor grills and fire tables to gas stoves and wood fireplaces, we have something for everyone.
Are fireplaces a good source of home heating? Absolutely. Thanks to technology, today’s hearth industry offers great fuel efficiency and clean burning units. Many stoves and fireplaces available today can heat your home year-round. As a renewable resource, wood is a great option.
What’s new in the world of fireplaces? A few common trends are contemporary styles, European units and clean-faced wood and gas fireplaces. While companies are coming out with contemporary styles that are more energy efficient, others prefer European-style units that are sleek with low emissions and clean lines. Clean-faced fireplaces with large viewing areas are perfect for customers looking for the open masonry look, feel and ambience, but without the back-drafting and heat loss of an open masonry fireplace.