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February 2015 | Issue 110 Cover

February 2015 | Issue 110

Spring afoot

It’s no secret; I’m a big fan of the home show experience, and people can readily see me at the Source Media Group booth at all the Calgary events. I love the energy of these shows, connecting with people — including readers — and finding out some of the best products for the industry, which I can then talk about in the magazine. But why I love it really is that they’re a reminder that spring — and warmer weather — is on the way.

This month, we have complete coverage of the upcoming Calgary Home + Garden Show at the BMO Centre at the Stampede Grounds, and I can’t wait to go to see all the new lawn design ideas they will have at this garden-centric show (believe me, my lawn needs all the help it can get).
The backyard is never going to be a problem when you live in the Villas of Riverstone. The Calbridge Homes’ development in this southeast riverside enclave is our cover feature this issue, and the low-maintenance lifestyle they have is just a small part of the total luxury package they offer.

Anyway, what more can be as luxurious as living on the fringe of Fish Creek Park with unobstructed views of the gently flowing Bow River from your bedside — or living room, or deck or kitchen?

We also shine the spotlight on Stepper Homes’ new Hampton show home in Kinniburgh South in Chestermere, and Shane Homes’ Orion II in Airdrie’s King’s Heights. Both are in booming new communities just outside of Calgary, and come complete with a design finesse that fits a family lifestyle. We also take a peek to see what is going on in United Communities’ Nolan Hill in the northwest and see the progress that this Old World-themed neighbourhood is enjoying.

David Crosson gives us some design tips on master bedroom in his STYLE column, and Kathy McCormick tells us the best knives to have handy in her Shopping feature. We complement this nicely with a cutting board photo essay in Aaliya Essa’s Focus On.

A couple of months into 2015, and I’d say things continue to look up for the home building industry — despite the gloomy forecasts the declining oil prices have brought. We’ll talk about this more when we do our market outlook feature next month. Stick around.

Pepper Rodriguez
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In This Issue

Luxury by the riverside

Luxury by the riverside

Luxury can be measured in different ways. It can be about the grand size of…

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Orion’s star

Orion’s star

It takes a special skill to design a home with an open concept, and Shane…

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A personalized fit

A personalized fit

You don’t have to spend millions of dollars to live in an estate home that’s…

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Mythical style

Mythical style

There’s something quite mythical about it. The undulating grasslands, the pristine rolling hills along Calgary’s…

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