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May 2013 | Issue 89 Cover

May 2013 | Issue 89

Oh, what a night!

Few things are as fun as SAM Awards nights in Calgary, where everyone feels like a winner regardless of who actually took home the prize. The feeling of solidarity and camaraderie suffused the room of competitors — or maybe it was just me, because everyone kept getting me drinks. But a big congratulations to everyone — nominees and winners alike — your success is ours, as well, and we’ll continue to support the industry in any way that we can. Readers can see the list of single-family winners in this issue.

The SAM Awards is the home builders’ equivalent to Hollywood’s Oscar night, but as in any such competition, the real winner is always the buyers, as the competitive spirit drives the improvement of products. Take for example our line-up of show homes in thei issue. Shane Homes’ Nolan Hills show homes that grace our cover this month feature some of the most stylishly sensible suburban designs out there that capture a unique family-friendly sensibility with easy class. Innovations by Jayman’s wide-range of new homes in Skyview Ranch just about have everything for any budget without sacrificing style or comfort. Brookfield Homes’ new Side-By-Side line in Cranston is a quantifiable hit with the new Sequoia model a big part of that success, one look inside and you’ll see why. Not to be outdone, Morrison Homes has also come out with what may be a quintessential design for suburban living with the Bentley.

It’s shaping up to be a typical Calgary spring, but let’s not let the uncooperative weather ruin our enjoyment of the backyard. We have Kathy McCormick providing us the latest patio products out there in her Shopping story, while Jessica Patterson gives us some tips on how to throw the perfect barbecue party in your own private outdoor space — now if only the sun will shine long enough.

The celebratory atmosphere of the SAMs seems to be the appropriate backdrop for us to launch our newest monthly feature: Giving Back, where we talk to some of our builder/developer friends and spotlight their community-building efforts. Andrea Cox talks to Hopewell Residential Communities about their outreach project in Guatemala.

Of course we still have Marty Hope and his Hope At Large column has been one of the most well-received write-ups on what’s going on in the Calgary residential market. He’ll fill us in on tasty tidbits on the what’s going on in the home industry as only a true insider can.

These are exciting times in Calgary, the new home market is booming, so many terrific options all over the city. One thing’s for sure, the choices are a-plenty, and making a decision to find your new home starts right here.

Pepper Rodriguez,
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Stylish sensibility

Stylish sensibility

One’s a little bit country and the other’s a little bit rock and roll, but…

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Bentley luxury

Bentley luxury

In Cranston, the prevailing theme seems to be “wide open spaces.”

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Westmere’s winsome charm

Westmere’s winsome charm

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Backyard sizzle

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