October 2010 | Issue 58 Cover

October 2010 | Issue 58

Editor's Message

Kitchen craft

Even if you don’t cook, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a well-designed, stylish kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the most used room in any house, a place where families gather together for meals, a comfy spot where parties inevitably congregate. In this issue we take a look at how you can raise the design heat in the kitchen without getting burned.

Aly Velji focuses his professional designer’s eye to addressing the needs to make your kitchen a functional, dynamic and stylish part of the house. He cautions against taking short cuts when planning to renovate and gives helpful tips on getting the best design bang for your buck in his Design and Décor column. My own shopping story on tiles points out new trends for backsplashes and floors, while home staging specialist Julie Dempsey tells us how to make the kitchen more palatable to potential buyers.

Taking the theme further, our ‘green’ gal, L. Sara Bysterveld, discusses ways we can run a sustainable kitchen through recycling and updates us on how the much-hyped City program is doing. Still in the kitchen, DIY dame supreme, Linda Bodo, shows her “magnetic” personality in how to dress up your fridge in her Absolute Bodo column.

The kitchens of our show home profiles are also worthy of being included in any of the cooking shows on the Food Network. Just check out the kitchens at Birchwood Properties’ line of homes they offer in the inner city, including their CityLife and Currie Barracks projects not to mention their Royal Oak Estates development, and see for yourself the terrific persona they project through these creations.

Of course, Willowmere by Landmark Homes in Westmere, out in Chestermere, features one of the most flat-out entertaining kitchens I’ve seen around, and the Brookhaven byGenesis Builders Group in the Airdrie community of Bayside shows how a gourmand kitchen can work perfectly in a bungalow. But for sheer dramatic beauty, it would be hard to beat Morrisson Homes’ Georgian in Auburn Bay, which some lucky person will win as the grand prize in this year’s Cash and Cars Lottery. Speaking of winners, lets all applaud the winners of the 2010 Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing.

Associate Publisher Jim Zang talks about the website and how the home building industry hopes to get the word out on issues to be addressed ahead of the coming municipal elections.

Check out the local shops we feature in this month’s Focus On and the truly amazing wall décor they have – best thing about it is they are all available right here in Calgary. Same with our kitchen tools featured in our Gadgets page. It is all about local content with us!

In This Issue

Beauties of Birchwood

Beauties of Birchwood

Like any beauty pageant contestant knows, it’s not just how you look on the outside…

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Come home to Brookhaven

Come home to Brookhaven

It's easy to conjure images of an endless coastline, craggy beaches and the beacon of…

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The tile files

The tile files

Tile is king in the kitchen. Whether for your backsplash or for your flooring or…

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A higher standard

A higher standard

When your standard home includes skylights, granite countertops in the kitchen, tile and hardwood flooring…

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