What to do with those hard-to-donate items

With the arrival of Spring comes the feeling that you need to de-clutter. As you begin tearing the house apart and sorting through all the cabinets and drawers, there always seem to be items that you come across that [ … ]

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Surrey…our homecoming

Even though homecoming is typically celebrated in the U.S. sometime around late September, we couldn’t help feel like it was our own homecoming as we return to the wonderful City of Surrey to build our next community. After years [ … ]

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Build your very own backyard escape

When we think of the word shed, the first things that come to mind are cob webs, old gardening tools and a lot of dust. But now all of that’s changed, sheds are being re-purposed to serve as multi-functional [ … ]

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Pour & Paint event in Maple Ridge

If you enjoy fine arts and wine, don’t miss out on the Pour and Paint event with Lisa Lake on February 14th starting at 7pm at the ACT Arts Centre. Led by professional artists, all supplies are included as [ … ]

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Our first resident of Viridian

Before we even purchased the land for our newest community Viridian, we were informed that there were two permanent, long term residents that we would need to accommodate if we decided to build a community in this area of [ … ]

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Merry Christmas, from everyone at Portrait Homes

This time of year take time to truly appreciate the meaning of the holiday season. Surrounded by friends and family, honour the love in your life and the many blessings you have. Focus on the spirit of giving rather than [ … ]

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Creating multi-functional rooms

Having a limited amount of space to create a functional room for you and your family can be challenging. Creating a space that serves many purposes can be even trickier. This interesting article from Houzz is a reminder to [ … ]

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Kids sharing bedrooms and how to make it awesome

Sometimes it’s simply unavoidable that children will need to share rooms. Even if it’s just a temporary situation there are a lot of creative ways to make sharing a room more fun. Houzz came up with some great solutions [ … ]

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Christmas haven

Looking for something fun to do on Christmas eve? Well stop by the ACT in downtown Maple Ridge for “Christmas Haven”. Starting at 6pm, bring your family and enjoy a festive evening filled with a turkey dinner, local entertainment, [ … ]

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Winners of the Peter Simpson Award

When the President and CEO of GVHBA Peter Simpson decided to retire after 19 years, GVHBA decided to honor his years of hard work by creating the Peter Simpson award. Awarded annually, this award is presented to the GVHBA [ … ]

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Youth-led support group in Maple Ridge

Everybody struggles at some point in their lives, and being a youth can be a really difficult time for most and it’s always important to make sure that your loved ones have resources in case they are struggling with [ … ]

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Decorate for Fall!

With the dramatic weather change that accompanies fall, it’s natural to feel a bit under the weather as your body adjusts to the snap in the air and let’s face it- the lack of sun. However, instead of being [ … ]

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How to create the perfect photo wall

Having photos of your loved ones on the wall can really warm up a space while creating a pleasant atmosphere of fond memories. Sometimes it can be tricky to get started and overwhelming to make sure you get the [ … ]

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Working together to make a difference

  The best part about the holidays is giving back to those in need, which is why we are so excited to be participating in the GVHBA 21st annual Coats for Kids campaign again. Last year we were truly [ … ]

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Pairing natural light with whites and pastels

Everyone has a different style when it comes to decorating their home and if bursts of color or funky patterns don’t suit your taste then we have some great suggestions on how to utilize natural light to accent pastel [ … ]

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