Do you yearn to enjoy your morning coffee in your backyard space? Ontario’s freezing winter temperatures makes enjoying such an experience unlikely. Fortunately, a four-season sunroom gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and natural light of your outdoor space, while being protected from the natural. The following are additional reasons your home would benefit from a four-season sunroom if you don’t already have one.
Increase the Functional Space in Your Home
The addition of a sunroom to your home gives you extra space that can be used for various different purposes. From entertaining friends and family to a place to just sit and relax with a coffee or tea, sunrooms can be whatever you need them to be. Other options for the space are a home office, exercise room or a room to gaze up at the stars at night.
Enjoy the Outdoors
A sunroom enables you to experience your outdoor space while taking advantage of the shelter an enclosed area provides. With a sunroom, you can sit in peaceful serenity and watch the birds in your backyard or snow fall to the ground in quiet peace and comfort. These spaces also allow you to enjoy an uninhibited view of the outdoors all year-round, without having to deal with unpleasant weather, irritating pests or other nuisances.
Create a Sunroom That Fits Your Vision for the Space
Depending on your budget and the sunroom experience you’re looking to create, there are a variety of options available to you. Sunrooms can take various design forms and be made from aluminum, vinyl or even a glass solarium.
At Canadian Home Leisure, we want to partner with you to make your sunroom dreams a reality. Whether you’re looking for a full four-season sunroom or a simple porch enclosure for the summer, we have an option to meet your needs.
A new year has begun! 2017 is complete and 2018 has commenced. For many, the start of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on the year gone past and set new goals for this fresh start. If increasing the use of your outdoor space, is a goal for you this year, the following tips will help you transform your backyard into your dream space!
Maximize Your Deck or Patio
When it comes to outdoor entertaining, allocating more of your backyard to the deck or patio creates space for an outdoor kitchen, dining area and room to just relax. Whether you’re relaxing and enjoying a barbeque with friends in the summer or enjoying hot chocolate around a bonfire in the winter, proper patio space enables you to have multiple spaces to serve different purposes and still allow people to move around freely.
Go for Quality not Quantity
Unlike with indoor furniture, outdoor furniture must not only endure the wear and tear from people but also weather conditions. Rain, snow and ice can all threaten the durability of your furniture, leaving it looking worn and faded. In addition to opting for higher quality pieces, invest in covers for them. Covering outdoor tables and chairs, when they’re not in use, is a great way to protect them from the elements and keep them looking pristine for years to come!
Depending on how you plan on utilizing your backyard, lots of furniture isn’t even necessary. For instance, if your outdoor space will mainly be used as an outdoor retreat for you or your family, opposed to entertaining or large parties, then a more minimalistic approach to your furniture is great.
Consider Hiring a Professional
If you have experience with backyard projects and planning a less technical patio or deck design, professional help may not be needed; however, if you lack the knowledge and equipment for the task, hiring a professional is ideal. This will ensure the job is done in a timely manner and correctly!
At Canadian Home Leisure, we want you to enjoy outdoor living to the fullest, which is why we offer a wide selection of outdoor furniture and appliances to make your experience the best possible!
Canadian winters are a harsh time of year. With freezing temperatures and chilling winds, many opt to spend their time staying toasty warm inside, opposed to braving the elements. Fortunately, with proper care and preparation, hot tubs can be enjoyed all year-round. To get the most out of your hot tub experience this winter, make sure you’re using the following accessories.
Use a Hot Tub Cover
It’s crucial to the functioning of your hot tub to have a cover. Hot tub covers properly insulate your spa, which reduces its energy consumption. By keeping in the heat and preventing the cold air from lowering the temperature of your spa’s water, your hot tub heater won’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature of the water.
A hot tub cover is crucial to keep your hot tub water from being contaminated, preventing critters from accessing the tub and just keeping our bacteria, but as the temperatures drop, hot tub covers become even more important.
Avoid Use of Jets
For winter hot tub use, it can be best to avoid using the jets. This function can blow cool air into the water and can rapidly lower the temperature of your hot tub. If you are interested in using them, use them sparingly and ensure they are turned off after your time in the water is done.
Have a Jacuzzi Robe
Getting out of your nice warm spa in freezing temperatures can be a rather unpleasant experience. Having a nice warm Jacuzzi robe to put on, upon getting out, will help you stay warm. A towel warmer is an effective way to keep your towel or robe warm, while you’re enjoying a soak in your hot tub, so it’ll be toasty warm as you put it on.
Hot tubs are a great way to relax and enjoy your outdoor space in the winter. At Canadian Home Leisure, we are proud to offer first-rate hot tubs for your use. For information on caring for your hot tub throughout the winter, check out our blog: Winter Must Know Hot Tub Tips!
Life has a tendency to get busy and if we’re not careful all our time can be spent on some form of work at the expense of family, friends and fun! Having a games room in your home is a great way to have an easily accessible outlet for recreational activity, with the family and friends.
Spend More Time Together
How much quality time does your family spend together? For many families, finding the time to enjoy each other’s company is difficult enough and then there’s the matter of finding activities that all members of the family will enjoy.
A games room, in your home, is a convenient way for everyone to stop what they’re doing and set aside time to enjoy games as a family. In addition to family entertainment, a games room also gives you more options for entertainment, when you have others over.
Take a Break
Have you ever heard the saying, “everything in moderation?” This proves true when it comes to working. Whether it’s a child doing homework or an adult doing work for their job or around the house, taking time for a break can actually increase a person’s productivity and improve the overall quality of work.
Improve Ability to Follow Instructions
Not only can games pull a family together and serve as a respite from work, but they can also be good for developing a child’s discipline. Games help teach children to follow directions, as well as sportsmanship.
Games rooms come with a number of benefits and can greatly increase your home’s functionality and provide an awesome outlet for fun. At Canadian Home Leisure, we’re proud to offer top-quality products for your games room. From billiards tables to shuffleboards and dart boards, we offer a variety of games for your games room! And if you product ever needs maintenance, we can offer you a hand with this!
With the holidays fast-approaching, many find themselves in eager anticipation of the break from work–prior to the New Year commencing–or for some, it’s the idea of giving or receiving presents. Regardless of what part of the upcoming holidays you’re most excited for, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy it before it’s gone! Below is advice on how to be happy and healthy this holiday season!
Just like with the rest of the year, staying physically active is crucial to our overall health. For many, our food intake increases over the break, which makes staying physically active even more important. If you’re not a big fan of the gym, there are numerous other ways to stay active that may be more to your liking. Some exercises to try this winter wonderland can be:
- Ice skating
- Or even snow sprints!
Leave Time for Rest and Relaxation
As much as celebrating and time with family and friends is part of the holiday season, so is recuperation! You can’t enjoy others company or be there for them when you’re feeling burnt out and exhausted yourself.
It’s important to remember not everyone is fortunate enough to have awesome holidays. For some, this time of year is a reminder of loved ones lost, while others struggle to meet their basic needs let alone have joyous festivities.
Make this the year you pay-it-forward! Whether it’s finding an opportunity to serve in your local community or inviting friends or colleagues, who spend this time of year alone, to be a part of your celebrations. You’ll be surprised how much joy you can receive from helping those around you!
Be Disciplined with Food
Do you have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds over the holidays? With lots of tasty cuisines and more dessert than usual, it’s easy to go crazy on the food. Fortunately, staying healthy doesn’t mean forgoing your favourite meals and desserts.
Instead of eating one giant meal, try eating several smaller portions. It’s also important to watch out for liquid calories, such as those found in alcoholic beverages.
If you love using your outdoor space for entertaining family and friends, late-fall and winter can be a drag, as the cold weather can greatly reduce the appeal of utilizing outdoor living space for many. Fortunately, chilly temps don’t have to move your parties indoors. Use this guide to enjoy your outdoor space well into the winter!
Center Your Food and Beverage Options Around the Winter Season
Outdoor winter parties give you a reason to enjoy food and beverages that accompany this time of year. For instance, hot beverages like apple cider with cinnamon sticks and hot chocolate are great beverage options. For food options, lasagnas, stews and various spaghetti dishes are all excellent main courses. For additional meal and beverage ideas, click here!
Incorporate a Fire Pit
A major concern with outdoor winter gatherings is keeping all your guests toasty warm. Fire pits are an excellent heat source to achieve this goal. To capitalize on the heat being produced, place the fire pit at the center of the party. Benches and chairs can surround the fire pit to so everyone can access the heat.
Fire pits come in both portable and permanent setups, allowing homeowners to choose the best option for their budget.
Have a Sheltered Area
Having a sheltered area helps retain the heat, keeping the food, drinks and guests warm. A sheltered area also helps protect against cold winds and potential rain or snow that would otherwise force you to take your festivities indoors.
At Canadian Home Leisure, we offer an extensive selection of open air, semi-enclosed and fully-enclosed gazebos that serve as great cover outdoors.
Winter is a long season in Ontario and outdoor entertaining is way too much fun to limit to the summer months. Use the tips discussed above to hold successful get-togethers throughout the colder months as well!
Properly caring for your shuffleboard table helps you get the most life out of your investment and keeps it in top shape for years to come. If you’re the proud owner of a shuffleboard table or looking to purchase one, keep these maintenance tips in mind!
Tuning Your Shuffleboard Table
Changes in temperature and humidity level can impact the shape of your shuffleboard, causing it to become misaligned. Shuffleboard climatic adjusters allow you to correct any misalignments, for an optimal playing surface. Depending on the shuffleboard you purchase, climatic adjusters may or may not be included. These adjusters can be purchased separately, should they not come with the board.
Positioning of Your Shuffleboard Table
Avoid having your table next to sources of direct sunlight, such as windows. The sunlight results in constant expansion and contraction of your table that can lead to your table becoming warped. When not in use, both indoor and outdoor tables should be covered. A cover is of greater importance with outdoor tables; however, covering your indoor shuffleboard table helps prevent it from becoming warped.
Cleaning Your Shuffleboard Table
The best method to clean your table is dependent on its finish. The following are cleaning recommendations for various table finishes.
This finish can be cleaned with a damp rag and wiped down. Glass cleaners or multi-purpose cleaners are also safe for use on polymer surface tables, as they won’t damage the finish.
If your table has a lacquer finish, it can be kept looking brand new with a quality furniture wax for wood applications. This can be done with a lint-free cloth, once a month or as needed.
Traditional Wood Finish
For tables comprised of older natural wood, cleaning with a mixture of water and vinegar (1/4 cup) is a good cleaning solution. For optimal results, add a few drops of wood polish, to bring out the natural rich tones of the wood.
Shuffleboards are a lot of fun, don’t let poor maintenance cause yours to deteriorate sooner than it should.
Are you looking to utilize your home space for entertaining friends and family, but limited space has prevented you from throwing the parties you’ve always wanted to? Don’t let space restrictions stop you from having blast with those closest to you! Here are tips for how to entertain in a small space.
Move Around Furniture
To best utilize the space you do have available for entertaining, you may need to move some of your furniture. For instance, moving furniture closer to the walls frees up the most space possible for your guests, preventing them from being huddled together. Also, consider moving furniture that won’t be used to another area of the home, such as your bedroom. This helps free up additional space for entertaining your guests.
When working with a limited space, creativity is key! With a little ingenuity, many areas of your home can be used for a different function to help meet your entertaining needs. If your main dining table doesn’t offer enough space for all your guests, slide together two coffee tables provide another space for dining. Your sink can be filled with ice to form a beverage cooler and a large island, in a small kitchen can serve as a buffet table.
When working with a limited space, it’s not hard for your guests to all congregate together and become all bunched together in one area. Fortunately, as a host, there are steps you can take to keep your guests moving and prevent people huddling together in one area. One of the best things you can do is spread everything out! For example, have your bar, meal and dessert in different areas to help keep people moving and not congregating in one area.
With winter closing in on us, many of us are still trying to come to terms with the chillier temperatures and the outdoor activities that the warmer months allow us to enjoy. Fortunately, colder temperatures don’t mean we can’t enjoy the hot tub any longer. If you plan on using your hot tub this winter, consider the following.
Plan Your Exit from the Water
Unlike in summer, spring or even fall, winter’s colder temperatures can make getting out of a steamy hot tub a shocking experience for your body. To avoid this unpleasant experience at the end of your soak, have a dry fluffy bathrobe or towel nearby to make your exit more comfortable.
Also, in the winter it is important to be cautious for hard ice and snow that could cause you to lose your balance and hurt yourself. Prior to using your hot tub, clear a path from your home to your tub–that is free of snow or ice. And make sure that you wear shoes or slippers with good tread to prevent falling.
Maintain a Reasonable Water Temperature
Maintaining appropriate water temperature is very important with hot tub use. If the water temperature is too high, there’s potential for you to become drowsy and even unconscious, which could lead to drowning.
It’s especially important to watch temperature in the colder months because the colder air surrounding you may confuse your internal temperature and you may be hotter than you realize. When using your spa in the winter months, limit your soaking time to 15 minutes and the water temperature to 100 degrees.
This advice pertains to healthy adults and if you have any known health conditions or are taking any medications that impact how your body responds to high temperatures, you should definitely consult your doctor before using a hot tub.
A billiards table is a great source of entertainment to play with friends and family and makes a great addition to a game room. If you’re considering adding a billiards table to your home, you’ll want to answer the following questions prior to purchasing the table.
What is the Right Size for You?
It’s important to consider where your billiards table will go in your house before you pick it up. When picking the right spot, choose a part of your home with even flooring. Depending on its size, your table could potentially weigh a ton. So take your time picking the right spot so you don’t have to move your table any time soon!
The size of your billiards table impacts the difficulty level. Think of an eight-foot table as being of intermediate difficulty. Longer tables can increase the difficulty as they promote longer and more difficult shots, whereas, smaller sizes cause the balls to become more clustered.
Unfortunately, many of us have space restrictions that put limitations on how large the billiards table can be. You will need approximately six feet of space on each side of the table to provide adequate room to make your shots. If your billiards table is located too close to surrounding walls, be prepared for scuff marks on your walls.
Does it Come with a Warranty?
When purchasing a billiards table, it’s important to consider any needs that may arise in the long-run. For instance, what if the surface of your table becomes damaged or over time the table become not level? Will the place of purchase provide the services to make it right?
At Canadian Home Leisure, we proudly offer a wide selection of high-quality billiards tables, so you can find the best table for your needs. And we don’t stop there, even after purchase our services don’t stop there. If you need your billiards table serviced, we are at your service!
Darts is a great way to pass the time with friends and family. Here are some awesome darts games to enjoy the next time you’re entertaining!
For all the baseball fans out there, Doubleday Baseball is the darts game for you. In this game, you want to score more home runs than your opponent. To play, write the numbers one through nine vertically down the board to represent the innings in the game. To determine the order of play, each player will throw one dart at the bullseye. Order is based from closest to furthest from the bullseye.
The player who through closest to the bullseye chooses between being pitcher or batter. The pitcher’s job is to throw one dart at any number (except bullseye) on the board. The dart is LEFT IN THE BOARD the whole time the batter is at bat (1/2 inning). This will be the scoring number for the batter. The batter has to get as many runners home before scoring three outs.
Fifty-One in 5’s
Fifty-One in 5’s can be played by any number of players. The objective of This game is to be the first player to reach exactly 51. For score, write each player’s name on a sheet or board and keep a running total of each person’s score.
The game works when each player throws three darts in a row. And the hope is that you get a score divisible by 5. For instance, if a player throws a single 20, a single 20 and a single 5, that gives the player to be a total of 45. When divided by 5 this would give the player a total of 9.
The goal of Mickey Mouse is to “close” all your numbers (20 down through 12, any three triples and bulls-eye). You must hit three of a number to close it. To determine playing order, players will each throw one dart at the bullseye. Whoever gets closest goes first. The player who goes first throws three darts in an attempt to close out any of the scoring numbers. Mickey Mouse has no real strategy, except throwing accurate darts.
In an attempt to save money, you may consider realizing your hot tub dreams by purchasing a used hot tub; however, taking this avenue may not have the desired result. Here are some reasons that you may want to rethink purchasing a used hot tub.
Unlike a house or car, hot tubs have a shorter lifespan–quality hot tubs will last approximately 15 years. A used hot tub can have wear and tear preventing the equipment from functioning optimally.
Unlike when you’re purchasing from a hot tub dealer, many used hot tubs are sold by other people looking for others interested in a home spa. In this scenario, it’s hard to guarantee that the individual has properly up kept the hot tub and performed the required maintenance on it.
If you still want to pursue the route of a used hot tub, try finding a dealer who sells them. Dealers have a reputation to sustain and are less likely to sell a poor quality unit. Also, consider buying from a close friend or family member you can trust. And prior to purchasing a used tub, remember to test it to confirm everything works (i.e., heater, jets, etc.)
Benefits of Purchasing a New Hot Tub
New hot tubs come with a warranty that covers the tub and any repairs that need to be done should something break during the warranty period.
Professional Delivery & Installation
Properly setting up your hot tub is extremely important. Any mishandling during the installation can damage your hot tub. At Canadian Home Leisure, we are proud to offer our customers professional delivery and installation.
With used hot tubs, you’ll notice your selection is much more limited. This selection is likely to become even smaller once you’ve eliminated non-reputable sources. Entrusting your spa needs to a dealer opens you up to a wider selection and more updated models.