May 2016 | issue 125

Recession or no, SAMs night is still the time to celebrate the home building industry’s achievements for the year. Although this year’s SAM Awards may be a little more subdued because of the current economic realities, it doesn’t change the fact the hard work and dedication everyone puts in to make Calgary homes and communities the best anywhere is something worth celebrating. Congratulations again to all the winners!

The gala night is always a great time to meet up with the builders and developers that I work with throughout the year, and get to discuss things far from show homes and other mundane business matters. Yes, Tim, I like the Blue Jays, but I was a Dodger fan first. Yes, Chris, I liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — I’ve seen it twice. Oops, maybe I wasn’t supposed to admit that latter one — I blame the wine.

That movie will be debated forever by nerds like me — the hype surrounding it, however, was undeniable. But if you ask me, what’s not being hyped enough is Genesis’ new program of offering built-in secondary suites for their new homes in the thriving northeast community of Saddlestone. 

We try to change this in our cover feature in this issue, as we find out that Genesis’ Carlton and Bentleigh models can now be built with a legal secondary suite, which is a brilliant way of making the home work for its owners, making it easier to rent out to help pay the mortgage. It’s a win-win — just like Batman v. Superman.

We also cover the new Homes by Avi show home in Artesia at Heritage Pointe, which showcases a bungalow like you’ve never seen one before. Then we have Excel Homes’ game-changing show homes in Savanna that can be built with up to seven bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. It’s so popular that they’ve sold out lots in the first phase. Cranston’s Riverstone is spotlighted as this month’s community — and if you’re an avid outdoor activities enthusiast, this neighbourhood close to the Bow River may just be the one for you.

Speaking of outdoors, this is awesome spring weather we’re enjoying. And what better way to make the most of it than having some friends over for a deck party? We have David Crosson giving us his tips on planning your perfect barbecue party in Style; and Kathy McCormick gives us her suggestions for the furniture to outfit your private outdoor space in Shopping.

Calgarians still know how to have a good time, despite the tough economy, you just need to find the right crowd to party with. And I can’t thank my industry friends I’ve made through the years enough for the pleasure of their company and making this such an easy job to love.

In This Issue

Making the most of your home

Making the most of your home

Basement developments can be more than just a man-cave or lifestyle room for single-family homes;…

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Amazing elegance

Amazing elegance

Bungalows are usually single-level affairs, a home type mostly favoured by retirees and downsizing seniors,…

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Savanna surprises

Savanna surprises

Excel Homes has a way of listening to their market that results in some of…

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Riverside enclave

Riverside enclave

Driving down Cranston Avenue on the gently sloping escarpment that marks this southeast neighbourhood, the…

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