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February 2016 | Issue 122

Early start to spring


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 — a lot of them, our 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). We talk to landscape guru — and one of the headliners of the show — Carson Arthur and get his thoughts on how a spectacular garden helps bring up the value of your home.


Speaking of backyards, you’ll have plenty to work on when you move to these new communities — with their bigger lot sizes — outside Calgary that we focus on in this issue. Southwinds is the newest community by Mattamy Homes in Airdrie and Jim Zang talks about the wide range of housing options available here from the renowned land developer and home builder.


Then, we tour the APEX Development communities of Heartland in Cochrane and HillCrest in Airdrie, where their expertise in building communities with families in mind certainly come to the fore. Jayman BUILT’s innovative show homes in King’s Heights round out this issue.


David Crosson gives us somedesign tips on master bedroom in his STYLE column. Which is complemented by Aaliya Essa’s photo essay on night lights in Focus On.


A couple of months into 2016, and I’d say things are better than they seem in 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.

In This Issue

Southwinds Sets the Standard

Southwinds Sets the Standard

With each new community they develop, and each home they build, Mattamy Homes’ reputation for…

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Garden Zen

Garden Zen

Gardens are a way of bringing a small piece of nature into your private space.…

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The homes of HillCrest

The homes of HillCrest

A home on the hill has never been more stylish or easier to own than…

Read more about The homes of HillCrest

Heartland’s connection

Heartland’s connection

Word-of-mouth is a powerful thing, just look at how referrals have transformed Cochrane’s Heartland into…

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