October 2018 | issue 154

It would just be my luck that the first time I attend the BILD Alberta Awards event in Jasper there would be a terrible snowstorm along the way. Highway 93 near the turnoff from Lake Louise was a blinding, not-quite-undriveable-but-close snowy mess. But with expert driving from my colleagues, Jen Mills and Andrew Best (I wasn’t going to drive under any condition, I was too comfy in the backseat), we still got to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in time for the pyjama party theme night. It may have been cool to share pictures of that, but then again, no.

I want to congratulate all the winners and the finalists of the 2018 BILD Alberta Awards (there’s a partial list inside), and a special thank you to the BILD Alberta organizers and everyone I met from the movers and shakers of the industry from all over the province. It was a very enjoyable three
days although I’m not sure those who joined in the golf tournament enjoyed the weather all that much. Still, three days of food and drinks and friendship kept everything warm and festive.

Among the crew at our table on the first night was Homes by Avi CEO, Monte Kendall, who will be retiring at the end of the year. He is going out on top, having been with the award-winning home builder for the last 18 years. One of the latest accomplishments under his purview is Swift Creek
Villas, which just so happens to be our cover feature this issue. It’s really a downsizer dream nestled in a nature-rich area just west of Calgary.

We also have the latest show homes from Cedarglen Homes and Mattamy Homes featured inside, and those two more than likely will be part of next year’s industry awards nights. We also talk about one of the newest Airdrie communities, Chinook Gate, which is Brookfield Residential’s first
foray in this popular city just north of Calgary.

Christina Loc has design tips on how to style your flex and bonus rooms, Mel Ladner has some awesome gaming gear we can fill those rooms with in her Focus On, and Brandi Holmes talks about where parents can take their young kids for birthday parties. We also got to talk to HGTV’s Mike
Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr., see what’s latest on the dynamic father-and-son TV stars inside.

Quite an eventful month for us here at New Home Living, and if you followed us on Twitter or Facebook or go to our website, you can see all that we’ve been up to, including some behind-the-scenes pictures from the last BILD Alberta Awards. See you around.

In This Issue

Fancy villas

Fancy villas

Bungalow villas are hot! The boomer generation is simply snapping up everything that comes in…

Read more about Fancy villas

Paired excellence

Paired excellence

Seton promises to be Calgary’s community of tomorrow, and Cedarglen Homes’ line of paired homes…

Read more about Paired excellence

The best of times

The best of times

There’s excitement in the air in Chinook Gate, as the first residential community development in…

Read more about The best of times

Flex your design muscle

Flex your design muscle

It is astonishing to consider the progress humans have made during our time here on…

Read more about Flex your design muscle


Condo Living Insider

Grand Openings, Magazine Previews & More...