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Summer 2017 FEATURES 8 COVER STORY: Flexible floor plans offer the perfect fit 33 M eet the Builder of the Year: North Ridge Development Corporation


36 Top landscape trends for 2017 38 GIVING BACK: Lows in Motion shaker targets Parkinson’s 40 Sneak a peek inside Saskatchewan’s most automated home

PARADE OF HOMES 2017 10 2017 Parade of Homes showcases variety 15 PARADE OF HOMES GUIDE BOOK

DESIGN & RENOVATION 12 SHOW HOME SPOTLIGHT: Compass Point is all about choice


12 DEPARTMENTS 14 ASK AN EXPERT: Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association 31 ASK AN EXPERT: New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan 42 ASK AN EXPERT: Maison Design+Build



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elcome to this special edition of Living Spaces, celebrating the 2017 Parade of Homes, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. Inside, you’ll find the official guide to the 2017 Parade of Homes, a showcase of 28 exciting display homes, ranging from townhomes to acreage estates. Also in this edition of Living Spaces, we check out the latest landscape trends, explore outstanding show homes and sneak a peek inside Saskatchewan’s most automated home. Enjoy!

August 8 - September 17

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Jeannie Armstrong

ART DIRECTION Lesley Cockburn


PHOTOGRAPHY Elaine Mark Jeff Lyons Jeannie Armstrong




S U M M E R 2 0 17

Your guide to the 2017

PARADE OF HOMES Sneak a peek inside Saskatchewan's most

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeannie Armstrong Jennifer Jacoby-Smith Jesse Green Hilary Klassen Ashleigh Mattern

advanced home Flexible floor plans offer the perfect fit

Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association

Living Spaces is published by The StarPhoenix on behalf of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association To reserve your advertising space in the upcoming edition of Living Spaces, contact (306) 657-6357 or email: tkittelson@


Our cover photo turns the spotlight on Maison Design + Build’s ‘Skye’ show home. The smart and stylish 1,884 square foot two-storey is located at 236 Secord Way in Brighton. Photo by Elaine Mark, D&M Images.



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Flexible floor plans offer the perfect fit Maison packs luxury into smaller footprint by Hilary Klassen PHOTOS BY ELAINE MARK, D&M IMAGES


nce the exclusive purview of larger homes, luxury is now more achievable and family-friendly. The fresh, inviting feel and amazing features of Maison Design + Build’s show home, located at 236 Secord Way in Brighton, demonstrate the incredible impact of building luxury into a more compact footprint. The Skye show home is one of Maison’s Signature Series floor plans, combining popular features from Maison’s renowned custom-built homes with the affordability of a pre-designed layout. All of Maison’s designs are customizable, allowing homeowners to select and locate luxury in the home, in ways that suits them best. The Skye show home has been very


well received, offering home buyers plenty of luxurious elements and a lot of flexibility. “Everyone has given us so much positive feedback on it. It relates to so many demographics and it feels bright, open and beautiful. It’s not unapproachable, it just feels inviting,” says Jilaire Wagner, co-owner of Maison along with her partner in life and business, Andrew Wagner. An engineer, Andrew handles the technical aspects, while Jilaire handles floor plans, functionality and design. She says together, they create homes that are better than either could have come up with on their own. “It’s a really exciting time for us! People know our name; we’re getting great feedback on both our homes and our


processes, and we’re getting good reviews from our clients,” says Jilaire. The Brighton show home offers a tempting array of luxurious kitchen features. Consider the full-size fridge and freezer, more than 18 lineal feet of cabinet space, the built-in window bench and extralarge island. “It’s a full-on chef ’s kitchen and completely customizable. If you want the 36-inch range or a cooktop with double ovens, it has enough scale to receive any sort of appliance package you want.” There’s island seating, a hidden pantry and great potential for entertaining. The luxurious master ensuite boasts an oversize double vanity with built-in

armoire, a make-up desk, a separate water closet and a six-foot shower with dual shower heads. Various configurations are available to clients. “The floor plan itself is designed to be almost component-based, so you can mix and match your key features and choose design aspects that are important to you,” Jilaire says. “It’s a really smart plan because it is so customizable.” Maison wanted to design a space that felt very classic but also youthful. The home is targeted to young families or those just starting their families who want a home they can entertain in and feel comfortable in. “It feels a little more elegant and grown up.” Features like a 12-foot ceiling with twostep crown in the great room, an elegant built-in fireplace, custom paneling in the stairwell, custom door headers, and other trim details elevate the scale of the finishes inside the house. Families appreciate the degrees of separation provided by two-storey homes with bedrooms upstairs. Noise and privacy concerns become less of an issue. The bonus room upstairs is also an attractive option, especially if they’re not finishing their basement anytime soon. The Skye model provides the option of adding a bonus room over the living room, which adds another 200 square feet to the house. The fresh feel of the show home is due in part to the white palette throughout. “We’re attracted to it particularly because we do a lot of millwork and because it’s fresh and timeless,” says Jilaire.

Maison helps clients choose palettes and finishes they will love for a long time. “I think right now, people are more looking to change things through accessories, furniture, draperies or art. Our goal is always to build a house that looks as fresh 10 or 15 years down the road as the day we turn it over to them.” She says people are investing more in the quality of materials that go into their homes. Maison helps clients select those more expensive items like hardwood, porcelain tile, quartz countertops and marble backsplashes, guiding them on where to splurge and where to save with high/low options. The home demonstrates how a very neutral palette becomes bright and cheerful through interior decoration with tasteful pops of colour throughout its 1,894 square feet. Blues and occasional pinks were inspired by a fabric for a window covering they fell in love with. The use of both gold and chrome highlights the compatibility of mixed metals. Andrew and Jilaire are particularly dialed into consumers in the housing market. Jilaire says the last several years have affirmed their approach to building. That approach is significantly consultative. It includes educating and listening to their clients’ frustrations with their current home, and formulating better strategies for them. It’s about determining what you want your house to do for you, building in custom luxury and better functionality. Visit for show home hours.

It’s an exciting time for Maison Design + Build. At the 2017 Bridges Awards hosted by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, Maison received a Customer Choice Award. They also earned 2017 “Best of Houzz” awards for Design and Customer Service. Their stylish show home located at 236 Secord Way in Brighton has generated a lot of positive feedback.

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2017 Parade

of Homes by Jeannie Armstrong


askatoon’s annual Parade of Homes is back by popular demand, bigger and better than ever! The Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) is proud to present the 2017 Parade of Homes, a showcase of 28 outstanding show homes, designed and constructed by SRHBA builder members. The Parade of Homes opens Tuesday, August 8 and runs through to September 17, meaning you only have six weeks to tour the parade and see all 28 display homes. “Last year, we had a record number of homes in the Parade but we beat that number again this year,” says Chris Guérette, CEO of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. “We also have a record number of home builders participating in the event this year. We’re really excited about the variety and the quality of homes that are being featured in this year’s Parade.” Guérette says the 2017 Parade of Homes will feature the latest offerings in single family homes, townhomes and apartment-style multi-units. “We were fortunate to have a great variety of homes in last year’s parade and we’re pleased to see that continue again this year.” The featured homes represent a wide range of price points, appealing to every demographic. “I think it’s important for a community to have a variety of housing options and that will be very evident in this year’s parade,” says Guérette. The Parade of Homes also turns a spotlight on the city’s newest neighbourhoods, with show homes located in Aspen Ridge, Brighton, Evergreen, South Kensington, Rosewood and Stonebridge. Infill model homes can be found in the mature neighbourhoods of Haultain and Montgomery Place. The Parade also extends to the Lake Vista development in Martensville as well as the rural municipality of Corman Park. Creating a profile on is a great way to organize your parade excursions and keep track of the homes you want to visit. Parade attendees can map out their route, check in at the homes they’ve visited, and even enter to win prizes by answering questions and sharing their Parade visit on social media. Visiting the many homes along the parade route is sure to spark ideas for future renovation and redecorating projects. “You can visit the parade and get ideas for your own home, including the latest home products and design trends. This is really a showcase of housing options in Saskatoon,” says Guérette. The 28 show homes in the Parade will be open for viewing from Tuesday, August 8 to Sunday, September 17. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Fridays.



This year’s Parade of Homes showcases 28 display homes across Saskatoon, as well as in Martensville. Not only will homes be located in the city’s newest subdivisions, the Parade will also feature infill properties in mature neighbourhoods.

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Showhome spotlight


Compass Point is all about by Jeannie Armstrong


ensitive to changing market conditions in Saskatoon, Riverbend Developments Ltd. slowed its pace of multi-family construction in 2016 and concentrated on the completion of existing projects including Willowgrove Suites and the Rosewood and Evergreen Townhouses. Riverbend has also turned to building several single-family homes in Evergreen and Aspen Ridge, another first for the company. Marketed as Compass Point Homes by Riverbend, the show home located in Aspen Ridge at 650 Fast Crescent will be featured in the 2017 Parade of Homes, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. In 2017, Riverbend’s team has resumed its multi-family development activity,


launching a brand-new project with a truly innovative design concept: Compass Point, located on Evergreen Boulevard North in Evergreen. Ground was broken at the Compass Point site this spring. Roger Schmid, marketing consultant with Riverbend Developments says that some units will be move-in ready by late October or early November of this year. The development is located on a prime parcel of land in Evergreen, bordered by a linear park along the south and a large community park with baseball diamonds and soccer pitches to the east. On the other side of Funk Park is the new joint use school site. “We feel it’s one of the best locations in Evergreen,” says Schmid.



Compass Point is comprised of approximately 90 units, built in three phases. What makes Compass Point so unique is that buyers can select from not just one, but four different housing types. “At Compass Point, there will be a choice of bungalow and two-storey models in several configurations and price points,” says Schmid. Each style of housing is available in either two- or threebedroom floor plans. The “W” units are walk-out models, backing on to the adjacent park, available in both bungalow and two-storey styles. Each “W” unit has its own front-facing double attached garage. “It’s the first time that Riverbend has designed a bungalow model,” notes Schmid. There will be 28 “G” units at Compass

Point which are two storey-models facing the park. “With the “G” unit, a covered deck extends along the front of each property. A second ground-level deck is located at the back of the home. Each of these units has an attached front-facing single car garage and a private fenced back yard,” says Schmid. A third option is the “G” two-storey model, with a walk-out basement. The fourth housing style consists of streetfront two-storey townhomes (Unit S) located along Evergreen Boulevard. Each “S” unit includes a private fenced back yard and detached garage. “This is the first time Riverbend has created a multi-family development with such a diverse range of housing styles,” says Schmid. The interiors of each unit at Compass Point will be as impressive as the eyecatching exteriors. “We have upgraded all of the cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting, to ensure we are delivering the ‘must-haves’ that buyers are looking for,” says Schmid. “Riverbend is recognized in the market for its consistent use of quality materials and outstanding workmanship. We continually get comments about the quality of the fit and finish of each Riverbend property.” There are three ‘smart home’ options which Compass Point buyers can consider adding: Wi-Fi controlled Hue lighting by Philips, Nest thermostats and August lock and video doorbells. All three can be controlled by the owner’s smartphone. “Also new this year is the option to have

Riverbend develop the basement of your townhome. There are three different levels of finishing available,” says Schmid. Outdoor living is a high priority for today’s home buyers, says Schmid. “The covered decks with natural gas barbecue outlets have been very popular at our other developments, along with the private fenced back yards. We wanted to ensure both of those features were included in every unit at Compass Point.”

Buyers who want a sneak preview of Compass Point can view the current show home at Evergreen Townhouses, located at 329 Rajput Way. The interior of the Evergreen Townhouse is identical to the two-storey “S” units that will be on offer at Compass Point. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; closed holidays. For more details, visit 2017 | Summer


ask an expert about hiring a safe contractor BY COLLIN PULLAR, SCSA PRESIDENT

Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association 2606 Koyl Ave. | 306.652.0907

What does safety have to do with getting my home renovation or build completed to my satisfaction?

I know most households are concerned with the costs of projects, and certainly want to get the best deal in town, but what they may not realize is that companies that take shortcuts with safety usually have higher injury rates on site. Frequent injuries can lead to those dreaded project delays, produce lower quality work, and cause the cost of your build or renovation to go up. Ultimately, you, as a consumer, end up paying more! That’s why safety is such a great indicator of a company’s ability to get projects done on time, on budget, without project deficiencies and injuries.

What should I be looking for when hiring a contractor?

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One of the big things you should really be asking these contractors is if their workers are adequately trained and if they have a safety management system in place, like the nationally-recognized Certificate of Recognition (COR®) program available through the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). Before hiring a builder, you should also request the following: Business License Proof of Commercial Insurance Letter of Good Standing showing the firm has a WCB account/ all premiums are paid Safety Program Certification (COR®) References from other customers Any other qualifications, certification or accreditation (such as warranty, product certification, or Better Business Bureau Accreditation)

What should I do if I can’t get this information? If you feel like your questions are not being welcomed or they can’t provide the paper work you’re asking for, chances are the company is not invested in proper safety management practices and you won’t be able to gain the same level of confidence that you would from a company that has all of their documentation in place and can openly talk about their commitment to safety. Here are some other questions to consider when hiring contractors, in order to gauge if the company takes the safety of its employees, your family members, pets and surrounding neighbours seriously: Do all of the employees working at heights have proper fall protection equipment / a fall protection plan in place? What types of hazardous materials are being used? i.e. allergens, irritants, chemicals Does the company provide supervision of workers on site? Are supervisors and workers trained? What equipment will they be using? Can it be a hazard? How will they control hazards? How will they secure the site after hours? Home renovations and builds can be stressful. Choose a safe and qualified builder to alleviate potential frustration and ensure you are getting a high-quality product. Make sure they’re COR® certified by the SCSA!


2017 Guidebook

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Monday – Thursday: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Welcome to the 2017 Parade of Homes!

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There are plenty of great reasons to visit the Parade of Homes. Maybe you’re looking for a new place to begin the next stage of your life, looking for inspiration to update your current home, or just want to see the newest trends in design and home building.



The homes in this year’s Parade do a great job of reflecting the diverse range of offerings in Saskatoon’s new home market. There’s a home to fit every stage of life, whether you’re single and looking to purchase your first home, starting a family, upgrading to your forever home, or downsizing for retirement.

SRHBA works continually to improve the professionalism of Saskatoon’s residential construction industry through ongoing training and certification, and the builders who have worked hard to complete the Ceritifed Professional Home Builder program have demonstrated that RTIFIED CE it’s important to them too. Your home is where you should feel most ES comfortable, and SIO BU NAL HOME knowing that the builder who built your home values safety, ongoing education, and professionalism goes a long way to helping people feel safe and secure in their homes from the very beginning. IL D

The Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRBHA), the voice of the residential construction industry in Saskatoon for over 60 years, is proud to present the 2017 Parade of Homes. With 28 homes and 16 builders, this year’s Parade is our largest ever, and we can’t wait for you to see what this year’s builders have to offer!

So enjoy the beautiful homes in this year’s Parade, and remember - these homes are here for you to look at, to try on, and to explore - visit as many as you can, and have fun! Chris Guerette CEO, Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association

12 610 Meadows Blvd. 13 618 Meadows Blvd. 14 696 Meadows Blvd.

Area 3 Brighton 15 211 Secord Way 16 212 Secord Way 17 216 Secord Way 18 220 Secord Way 19 302 Secord Way 20 435 Delainey Road Evergreen 21 263-250 Akhtar Bend 22 650 Fast Crescent (Aspen Ridge) 23 1058 Glacial Shores Common 24 135 Glacial Shores Court 25 330 Maningas Bend 26 2-103 Pohorecky Crescent Lake Vista - Martensville 27 101 Codette Lane 28 185-171 Beaudry Crescent

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South Kensington

427 Childers Way

Efficiency and style are combined perfectly in this classic modified bi-level “Lynbrooke” home designed by North Ridge Development Corporation. It truly has it all, from an eye-catching exterior to modern interior finishes. The main floor open concept layout is enhanced by vaulted ceilings with its focus being on usable living space and functionality. • 1276 sq. ft “Lynbrooke” Modified Bi-level

• 40 oz. BCF nylon carpet & 7.5 lb. underlay in bedrooms & stairs

• 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms

• Vinyl siding exterior with Hardie Board accent & Cultured Stone

• Walk-in closet & ensuite in master bedroom • Kitchen features flat panel maple cabinets with crown moulding, corner walk-in pantry and peninsula with extended countertop for extra work space and spots to accommodate seating for two • Vaulted ceiling throughout living room, nook & kitchen

• Triple-glazed windows • WatchDog waterproofing with 10 year warranty • Attached double car garage with keyless entry • Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession

• Laminate in living room, nook, kitchen & hallway

South Kensington

656 Childers Bend

The Benz IV is a beautiful and modern craftsman-inspired home that’s 2,180 Sq. Ft., has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and a spacious 2-car garage. This stunning home can be found in the vibrant Saskatoon community of Kensington and now’s your chance to move into your dream home. • • • • • •

2,180 sq. ft 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms 2-car garage and optional side entry Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and pantry Full fireplace in a spacious great room with attached nook

• Upstairs laundry and versatile media room 3

August 8 - September 17 Visit for more details and to plan your route!

4034 Centennial Drive

South Kensington

The Zoey is an affordable semi-detached home built to take full advantage of its location and orientation. Welcome guests into the front living room or host more private family meals in the country kitchen, complete with a center island and pantry. • 1201 square feet • 3 bedrooms • 2.5 bathrooms • Quartz countertops throughout • Luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the main floor and bathrooms • 9’ ceilings on main floor • Upgraded cabinets • Private backyard

121-545 Hassard Close

South Kensington

Hassle-free living is so much sweeter with the conveniences of Kensington and Blairmore at your doorstep. Engineered for energy efficiency, quality construction, and eye-catching aesthetics—Kensington Flats took the titles of Innovation of the Year and Best Apartment Style Project of the Year at the 2017 Bridges Awards. • 2 bedroom / 1.5 bathroom floor plan spans 938 sq. ft. + 84 sq. ft. glass-front balcony • Contemporary quartz countertops, undermount sinks and maple cabinetry throughout • ENERGY STAR® stainless steel kitchen appliances and front-loading washer and dryer • 9-foot ceilings with crown moulding throughout • Air conditioning & ENERGY STAR® high performance windows and doors • Secure parking in heated underground parkade + extra surface stall with electrical outlet • First-time homebuyer friendly: applicants may qualify for free down payment support


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South Kensington

375 Hassard Close

The Lincoln Suite is a popular model in North Prairie Developments’ Craftsman Home Series. A modern floor plan loaded with upgrades, featuring a finished basement suite - this home is a must see on your parade circuit! Stop in today to view a wide selection of homes by North Prairie Developments. • Primary Suite 1530 sq ft, 3 bed, 2.5 bath; Secondary Suite 504 sq ft, 1 bed, 1 bath • This home is loaded with upgrades including laminate flooring, quartz countertops, Nest thermostat, Bose speaker, high efficiency furnace, bathroom light sensors, LED light package, and HRV system timers • From the double attached garage you’ll step into the spacious foyer with adjacent half bath and laundry room • As you walk into the open concept living space you’ll be wowed by the modern cabinetry, sleek quartz countertops, a large corner pantry and a convenient breakfast bar

• An adjacent eating area provides plenty of space for dining and entertaining and the living room is bright with ample natural light • Beautiful master suite with walk-in closet, ensuite & spacious 2nd and 3rd bedrooms with an additional bath create a complete second storey to this home • The 1 bed basement suite is chic and fresh with plenty of natural light and privacy from the primary suite. This income property provides homeowners up to $1000 towards mortgage payments!

Montgomery Place

1-3210 11th Street West

Live the lifestyle you deserve at Highlander Ridge II. These North Ridge bungalow townhomes are located in one of Saskatoon’s most treasured neighbourhoods - Montgomery Place. Montgomery is a historic community nestled amongst tall, mature trees giving it traditional charm. • 1206 - 1244 sq. ft. bungalow townhomes • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Kitchen features Fusion finish cabinets, Savanna door style with crown moulding, granite countertops, tile backsplash, & island with extended eating bar • Vaulted ceiling on the main floor • Main floor laundry room with cabinets • Luxury Vinyl tile in bathrooms & laundry room • Laminate in living room, kitchen, nook, hallway & foyer

• 7.5 lb. foam cushion carpet underlay on stairs & in bedrooms • White PVC frames, triple pane windows • Private deck with BBQ gas line included • SuperPro Waterproofing with 10 year leak warranty • Attached 2-car garage with keyless entry • Maintenance-free living with snow removal and yard maintenance • Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession


August 8 - September 17 Visit for more details and to plan your route!

1035 3rd Street E


“The QUATTO“ on 3rd St. is like no other infill project released to Saskatoon market until now. This mature area offers 4 individual homes with their own unique styles & personalities that are impressive, with inspiration & design influences spanning from East to the West Coast. • 1606 Square feet, 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms • Oversized (20x26) Double Detached Garage with Utility Access Door great for backyard entertaining • Superior Cabinetry Millwork with tonnes of Storage • Quartz Countertops from Calsask • Back Entry mudroom with organizers and bench seating • 9 foot ceiling on main floor and basement • Master Bedroom with his/hers sinks • Quality Laminate flooring and porcelain tile flooring

34-115 Veltkamp Crescent


Welcome to Hawthorne Place! These modern 2-storey townhomes are located in one of Saskatoon’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, Stonebridge. Hawthorne Place townhomes are perfect for whatever your new beginning may be!


• 1312-1426 sq. ft. two-storey townhomes • 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms • Open concept main floor with 9’ ceiling • Full appliance package including stainless steel kitchen appliance & front load washer & dryer • Maple cabinets & granite countertops in kitchen complete with island with extended countertops • Laminate in living room, nook & kitchen • Luxury vinyl tile in entry & bathrooms • Large walk-in closet & double vanity sink in master bedroom

• Second floor laundry for convenience • Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) • 7x soundproofing • Vinyl siding with cultured stone accents • Single or double attached garages • 5 designer colour boards to choose from • 10 minutes to City Centre and U of S • Maintenance-free living with snow removal and yard maintenance. • Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession

Monday - Thursday: 7pm - 9pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 2pm - 5pm


1514 Pringle Crescent

You will love the layout of this modified “Lynbrooke” bi-level home with 1548 square feet of living space located in the vibrant Saskatoon community of Stonebridge. With 3 bedrooms and large open-concept living areas, this home is perfect for busy and growing families. • 1548 sq. ft.”Lynbrooke” Modified Bi-level

• 40 oz. BCF nylon carpet & 7.5 lb. underlay in bedrooms & stairs

• 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

• Vinyl siding exterior with Hardie Board accent & Cultured Stone

• Walk-in closet & ensuite in master bedroom • Kitchen features flat panel maple cabinets with crown moulding, corner walk-in pantry and island • Vaulted ceiling throughout living room, nook & kitchen • Laminate in living room, nook, kitchen & hallway

• Triple-glazed windows • Basement waterproofing with 10 year warranty • Attached double car garage with keyless entry • Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession


200-1220 Pringle Way

Urban Living… naturally. At Living Stone Townhomes by North Prairie Developments, condo dwellers can expect the unexpected. This beautifully designed home stands apart from other townhomes with an upper level covered deck facing a beautifully landscaping urban oasis with a social gathering area, surrounded by a Koi fish pond and manicured green space. • This 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1770 sq ft urban townhome offers a contemporary living space perfect for entertaining and socializing • The kitchen has a large sparkling quartz island and plenty of room to prepare meals while entertaining friends and family. The white fusion contemporary shaker style cabinets, upgraded stainless steel appliances, and contemporary wood flooring create added luxury to this chic home.

• The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and ensuite. Two additional bedrooms and a full bath finish off the second level. • The bonus room on the main level features its own walkout covered patio. This space is perfect for family visits or an at home office. • The double attached garage and second level view of the social BBQ area has made the Willow model a hot seller!


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539 Pritchard Crescent


Functionality best describes our Evoke floor plan, with many optional features to suit your lifestyle. This home includes the optional 3rd garage bay, an open concept living room on the 2nd floor, and a main floor office. Combined with the intriguing interior design, you will love coming home.

610 Meadows Blvd.

• 2151 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bathrooms, 3 bay tandem garage • All homes built by Lexis Homes are built and certified as Mike Holmes Approved Homes. This translates into higher quality, better energy efficiency, and a more comfortable home. • The main floor office works well for those professionals who work from home or as a secondary space for the family to focus and study. • An open concept living room / bonus room on the 2nd floor provides a great option for an additional living space in the home.

• The ensuite has a spa-like feel with the generous free standing tub, large custom shower, and separate his and her vanities. • This high efficiency design includes R24 walls, R60 attic, R10 under the basement floor, and triple pane windows throughout. • Functionality is top of mind in this home with a large mudroom, walk through pantry, 2nd floor laundry with dual accessibility, and ample storage space throughout the home.


The James home model is perfect for the family that loves to entertain. The open concept great room is centred around the 11-foot kitchen island with oversize windows that look onto your back deck and park space. Locally made custom-built furniture and accessories have been incorporated throughout the home. 8

• 2020 sq ft custom home plus unfinished basement and an attached 3-car garage • Open-concept main floor with extra high 9-foot ceilings, wide plank flooring, oversized windows and cozy fireplace with tumbled marble and locally custom built reclaimed walnut mantle • Gourmet kitchen includes an 11-foot centre island with a waterfall white quartz countertop, stainless steel kitchen appliances by Frigidaire Gallery collection, 42-inch ceiling height kitchen cabinets with modern natural brass hardware, and a large walk in pantry with built-in coffee station • Master bedroom features a custom-built shiplap feature wall, large walk-in closet and ensuite

with 6-foot tub and modern hexagon mosaic marble 2 more bedrooms, a large bonus room and main bath with a modern floating walnut vanity complete the upper floor Quality interior finishes throughout such as Kohler plumbing fixtures, West End Collection interior doors, Weiser Milan hardware, Benjamin Moore paint, extra high baseboards and much more Maximum energy-efficiency achieved with triple pane Low E windows, R20 wall insulation and R40 blow in insulation in the attic. State-of-the-art surround sound stereo wired throughout the home

Monday - Thursday: 7pm - 9pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 2pm - 5pm


618 Meadows Blvd.

The “Ellesmere” is a beautiful open concept 2 storey home with 1751 sq ft of living space. Specifically designed with a family in mind, it features 3 bedrooms, two and half baths, a large foyer, mudroom and huge second floor bonus room. The 3 car garage, gorgeous granite countertops, elegant spindle rail staircase and two fireplaces provide something special for every member of your family. What makes this home truly stand out from others is the installation of a state-of-the-art solar energy system tied directly to the grid. The savings generated every month will benefit both your family and the environment. • Large Bonus Room

• All Appliances Included

• Separate Entrance for Optional Suite

• Triple Pane Windows

• 2nd Floor Laundry

• Envelope Seal

• Master Bedroom with Walk-in Closet and Ensuite with tiled floors and shower • Driveway and front sod • Solar Energy Package

• R60 Attic Insulation • Watchdog Foundation Waterproofing • Full Synthetic Roof Underlay • 10 Year Warranty


696 Meadows Blvd.

The Morris home is our most popular home at The Meadows and allows the option for a legal basement suite. The home combines a contemporary westcoast style with classic features represented by quality finishes both inside and out. This home is the perfect blend of functionality meets esthetics, offering the spaciousness and luxury highlighted in larger and more expensive homes. • 1392 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms plus unfinished basement suite roughed-in to provide the option of building a legal suite • Open-concept main floor with extra high 9-foot ceilings, wide plank laminate flooring and oversize windows • Gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, white quartz countertops plus 8-foot long centre island • Master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet and ensuite with quartz countertops • Quality interior finishes throughout such as Kohler chrome plumbing fixtures,

West End Collection interior doors, Weiser Milan hardware, Benjamin Moore paint, large ceramic tile floors and exterior cultured stone accent columns • Durability and quality is enhanced with James Hardie fiber cement siding rather than less expensive vinyl • Maximum energy-efficiency achieved with triple pane Low E windows, R20 wall insulation and R40 blow in insulation in the attic • Fully landscaped front yard with a 19-foot wide front porch welcomes you and guests to your home and encourages getting to know your neighbours


August 8 - September 17 Visit for more details and to plan your route!

211 Secord Way


The Juno encapsulates the idea of living large in a small home, this home features an open-concept main floor perfect for entertaining and an owner’s suite with a full five-piece ensuite. This modest home features a big front porch and large front and back windows, making it an easy favourite. • 1501 square feet • 3 bedrooms • 2.5 bathrooms • Large front and back windows • Convenient main floor laundry and mud room off the back entrance • 9’ ceilings on the main floor • Oversized owner’s suite features a nearly 13’ x 13’ bedroom with large, bright windows and 5-piece ensuite with dual sinks • Winged bedroom configuration on second floor allows for added privacy

212 Secord Way


The Benz IV is a beautiful and modern craftsman-inspired home that’s 2,180 Sq. Ft., has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and a spacious 2-car garage. This stunning home can be found in the vibrant Saskatoon community of Brighton and now’s your chance to move into your dream home. • • • • • • •

2,180 sq. ft 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms 2-car garage and optional side entry Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and pantry Full fireplace in a spacious great room with attached nook Upstairs laundry and versatile media room 10

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216 Secord Way

This home is elegant, spacious and bright. The blend of colour tones make this home look & feel crisp and clean but with a comforting feel. The Tudor style home adds much characteristic and class. Features a private den, wonderfully designed kitchen and a stunning bonus room. • 2096 SF “Havenberg Model” plan. • Three bedrooms upstairs with the possibility of a fourth bedroom downstairs, along with a home office near the front entrance • Two bathrooms and laundry room on the second floor and a half bathroom on the main floor. • This home has a very open concept throughout. • The kitchen has a very large eating bar and features a very unique area which could be used for additional storage or as an entertainment area such as a bar. • Upgraded backsplash in the kitchen & storage pantry. • The dining room is vast with ample

space for a family sized table. • The second floor has a very warm comfortable bonus room. • Both the main and second floor living areas have beautiful fireplaces that are encased with white stone. • The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and a “spa” like ensuite. • Built-in speakers • This home features a creative exterior with an attached, oversized, garage with gas heat and a finished floor. • Basement walls are framed, insulated and dry walled. • Comes with a fully landscaped yard that backs a beautiful park.


220 Secord Way

Beautiful two-storey, 2031 square foot, Streetscape home backing green space! This home includes upper floor laundry, central air conditioning, concrete driveway, rear deck, front and rear landscaping, and an oversized garage with pass-thru door. • 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and Bonus Room • Kitchen includes custom cabinets with stone countertop, undercabinet lighting, tile backsplash and large angled island with eating bar and a walk-in pantry. • Bathrooms also come with stone countertop and tile backsplash. The Ensuite bathroom has double vanity sinks, tiled shower and separate toilet room. • Smart lighting and built-in speakers on main floor and in bonus room. • Nine foot ceilings on main floor • Landscaping includes tree, shrubs and underground sprinklers. 11

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302 Secord Way


This 1,693sqft two-storey home has 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It has eye-catching modern interior and exterior finishes. It is custom built from foundation up, including but not limited to; built in cabinetry in the dining room, a wall fireplace/stone feature that extends along the whole wall in the living room, full home audio/lighting system and custom walk-in shower and closet in the master en-suite. This home is a must-see. • 1693 sq. ft. • 3 bedrooms • 2.5 bathrooms • 2-car attached garage • Hardwood floors on main level • Main-level laundry • Gas fireplace in living room • Ensuite features quartz countertops, double vanities, custom shower and walk-in closet

435 Delainey Road


Style and function are blended perfectly in this 1,800 square foot two-storey home located in Saskatoon’s newest neighbourhood of Brighton. This spacious and modern home is perfect for a growing family, complete with 3 bedrooms and a second-floor bonus room! • • • •

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1800 sq. ft “Everett” two-storey home 3 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms Walk-in closet & ensuite in master bedroom Kitchen features Fusion cabinets with crown moulding, walk-through pantry and island with extended countertop for extra work space and spots to accommodate seating for two Luxury laminate in living room, nook, and kitchen Luxury vinyl tile in main entrance, back entry, bathrooms and secondfloor laundry room 40 oz. BCF nylon carpet & 7.5 lb. underlay in bedrooms & on stairs Vinyl siding exterior with Hardie Board accent & Cultured Stone Triple-glazed windows SuperPro waterproofing w/ 10 year warranty Attached double car garage with keyless entry Customer Care Warranty Program w/ 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession

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263-250 Akhtar Bend

Eco-friendly efficiency meets economical sensibility in the community of stacked townhomes at Urban Estates in Evergreen. This contemporary two-storey townhouse-style condo is ENERGY STAR® certified, Mike Holmes Approved™, and equipped with all the essentials—plus separate his-and-hers garages and an extra large balcony for outdoor entertaining. • 3 bedroom / 1.5 bathroom townhome spans 1,254 sq. ft. over 2 levels + 126 sq. ft. balcony • Contemporary quartz countertops, undermount sinks, and maple cabinetry throughout • Walk-in closets in master bedroom and second bedroom, and extra storage off balcony • ENERGY STAR® stainless steel kitchen appliances and frontloading washer/dryer • ENERGY STAR® 95% AFUE high efficiency furnace and tankless water heater • Secure parking in 2 detached single-car garages • First-time homebuyer friendly: applicants may qualify for free down payment support

Aspen Ridge

650 Fast Crescent

Welcome to 650 Fast Crescent located in Aspen Ridge, Saskatoon’s newest neighborhood in University Heights. The “Albert” model is Riverbend’s newest design and features a large foyer with 19’ ceiling and spacious closet. From the large living room windows, 10’ patio doors, to the custom- built cabinets, this is a house you’ll be proud to call home. • 1655 sq.ft. of living space with attached garage and a deck that is the full width of the house (29’x12’) • Large foyer with a 19’ ceiling leads into a large open-concept living space • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, elegant master ensuite • Plenty of closets and storage space throughout • Living room features an exquisite electric fireplace with tile surround • Dining area with a 10’ patio door leading to a large deck • Kitchen showcases custom-built cabinets, quartz countertops and a spacious 9.5’ walnut island • Unique walk-in pantry with cabinets featuring a wine rack

• Mudroom with large closet, laundry area and access to pantry • Upgraded oak hardwood flooring • Porcelain tile in foyer, pantry area and bathrooms with tile accents in front foyer and master ensuite • Energy-efficient, triple-pane, Low E argon-filled windows offering fantastic natural light • EnergyStar 95% high efficiency furnace and EnergyStar 50 gallon water heater • EnergyStar HRV system • Totally maintenance-free building exterior consisting of metal soffits and facsia, cement board siding and distinctive masonry elements • Private entrance to future legal basement suite 13

August 8 - September 17 Visit for more details and to plan your route!

1058 Glacial Shores Common


“Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury” - Coco Chanel. The Cascade by Selkirk Developments is just that - modern luxury full of thoughtful details with your comfort in mind. • 1873 sq. ft., 2-Story • 3 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Bathrooms, Bonus Room • Bright and open great room, centered around a massive 8x4 island • Modern ensuite finished with a large 6x3 tiled shower, double vanity and heated floors • Triple car attached garage, leading to a mud room with built in bench and closets • A well finished home, ready for your family

135 Glacial Shores Court


This elegant EnerGuide rated bungalow impresses with its south facing covered deck overlooking green space and walking trails in beautiful Evergreen. Designed with entertaining in mind, its sprawling open concept floor plan is complete with a built-in sound system, massive walk-in pantry, island seating, basement bar, and two inviting fireplaces.

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• 1914 sq ft on main, finished basement • 5 bedrooms in total, plus main floor den • 11 foot tall ceilings on main with luxurious lighting package • 3 complete bathrooms with infloor heat, two with walk-in tiled showers • Master suite with custom walk-in closet, double vanity, and air massage freestanding bath • Amazing kitchen with gas cooktop, built-in oven, and wine cooler • Walk-in pantry with barn door access and room for freezer and coffee station • Custom built-in sound system

throughout home and deck • Main floor laundry/mudroom with bench and cabinet storage • Stunning hardwood and tile throughout the main floor • Custom maple and glass panel interior railing • Basement wet bar with bar fridge and wine storage • Garden doors to deck off dining and master bedroom • Covered maintenance-free composite deck overlooking greenspace • Contemporary exterior with Quartzite and Lux Panel details • Insulated and painted triple car garage

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330 Maningas Bend

A perfect combination of rustic charm and urban living, the Lodges townhomes are complete with modern luxuries like a spacious double-car garage, openconcept floorplan, private backyard, and conveniently located laundry. Starting at $329,000, the Lodges can be your quiet sanctuary close to the hustle and bustle of Saskatoon! • Quartz countertops • Open concept floor plan • Main floor laundry • Fully landscaped front & backyard • Private fenced backyard • Double detached garage


2-103 Pohorecky Crescent

Live Smart. Live Nature. Live The Pines. The Pines is an Energy Star bungalow and walk-out bungalow townhome community located in the beautiful Saskatoon neighbourhood of Evergreen. Escape to The Pines where you can stroll along the walking paths, enjoy the green spaces, and take in the beautiful pond. • 1142 – 1232 sq ft. bungalow & walk-out bungalow townhomes • 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms • Open-concept main floor with 9’ ceilings • Granite or quartz countertops, tile backsplash with a peninsula or island with extended eating bar • Luxury vinyl plank in living room, kitchen, nook & hallways. Luxury vinyl tile accents the bathrooms, laundry room, and plush carpet completes the bedrooms, closets and stairs. • Main-floor laundry • Double attached garage with keyless entry • Energy Star® stainless steel appliance package and triple-pane windows with low E and argon that provides superior seal to your home. Exterior walls have

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1.5” rigid insulation, ceiling insulation is R-60 and basement has R20 Batt on the interior perimeter walls to ensure proper insulation while reducing the impact on a number of different environmental issues. Faucets and shower heads have low-flow aerators, dual flush toilets and 94% Energy Factor high efficiency water heaters that heat up water on demand to help you save money over time and reduce your environmental footprint. Mitten exterior siding, Hardie trim and Timberstone stone Private deck with BBQ gas line included Maintenance-free living with snow removal and yard maintenance. Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession 15

August 8 - September 17 Visit for more details and to plan your route!

101 Codette Lane

Lake Vista - Martensville

Yes you can afford to own a brand new home! Birchmont townhomes are affordable and conveniently located across from the new Lake Vista schools. These bright and modern townhomes also include a fenced backyard complete with landscaping and a deck, perfect for growing families! • • • • • •

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1240 sq. ft. two-storey townhome 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms Open concept main floor Walk-in closet & ensuite in master bedroom Stainless Steel Kitchen appliance package Kitchen features thermofoil cabinets with quartz countertops & island with extended countertop for extra work space & seating to accommodate four White top load washer & white front load dryer Laminate in living room, nook, & kitchen Carpet on stairs and in bedrooms & upper hallway with 8 lb.

185-171 Beaudry Crescent

hypo-allergenic underlay • Luxury Vinyl Tile in mudroom and bathrooms • 7x soundproofing walls • HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) in kitchen & bathrooms • White PVC frames, triple clear windows • Front yard landscaping with sod & sprinklers • Rear yard landscaping with sod, & pressure treated fence & deck • Super Pro Waterproofing • Concrete parking pad included, optional detached garage • Customer Care Warranty Program with 3 comprehensive service calls during the first year of possession

Lake Vista Estates - Martensville

These beautifully finished homes are second to none. They are bold in harmony with dashing mid to dark tones, light trim and wide open space. These spacious, affordable homes are great for families of all sizes. Close to new school, shopping, recreation, and community center. • • • • • • • • • 16

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This Condo is designed for families of all sizes. 1314 SF two storey homes. Wide open concept which allows for plenty of space. Three bedrooms with a possibility for a fourth bedroom downstairs. These units have two and a half bathrooms Lots of big windows which allows for natural light to shine throughout the homes. The colours were chosen by our interior designer. Plenty of counter space along with a free standing island. Beautifully detailed, clean cut finishes throughout interior and exterior of the homes. Attached single car garage. These homes are made affordable. Close to a school, park and amenities.

ask an expert about Third Party New Home Warranty Denise Mildner, CEO New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan Inc. 306.373.7833 •

During my first year of home ownership, what can I expect regarding service and warranty work? Typically, every new home will undergo a number of substantial changes within the first year after construction. These changes are mostly due to the moisture content of the construction materials, their drying rate and the forces of nature including extreme heat, cold and humidity. The subsequent changes may result in minor damage such “nail pops” and “drywall cracking”. Not to worry; your builder’s service and warranty program will look after your concern within a reasonable time frame. While the expectation may be to call the builder with every little concern, it may be more advantageous to both the builder and you as the homeowner to wait until sometime closer to the first year anniversary date of possession and address all of the concerns at one time, as many of the normally expected warranty issues are a one-time fix by the builder. That way, maximum shrinkage of wood framing and drywall panels can take place, and the number of situations requiring attention can be better quantified. What’s more, by waiting, the necessary corrective work needs to only take place once during the year, with minimal disruption to your daily routine. In some instances, materials or systems may not perform as initially intended and depending on the situation may require more prompt action, so your builder will have to be notified as soon as reasonably possible so the issue can be dealt with. Many of the components of your new home, such as roofing, siding, windows, appliances, the furnace and water heater will have warranty protection provided by the product manufacturer. These manufacturers’ warranties should be passed on to you by your builder representative so that you may benefit from the extended protection they provide. If you don’t receive the warranty material and instruction manuals for installed items, be sure to ask for them. If you have any questions regarding normal first-year service or response times, check with your builder representative to get the answers you need, as there’s no better source for first-hand information. In the event of after-hours emergencies, most builders also supply emergency telephone numbers for electricians, plumbers and heating contractors so you can contact them directly and then advise your builder accordingly on the next business day. Be aware that warranties provided by your Registered Builder Member and the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program are time sensitive. Any outstanding first year material and workmanship issues should be noted in writing to the Builder and Program by the end of the first year of possession, in accordance with your New Home Warranty Certificate.


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North Ridge’s multi-family Energy Star-rated project – The Pines – is an example of green innovation by the company.

By Jennifer Jacoby-Smith


or 25 years, the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) has celebrated excellence in the residential construction industry by hosting the annual Bridges Awards. At this year’s milestone awards gala, the big award of the night – Builder of the Year – went to North Ridge Development Corporation for the second

year in a row. “The Bridges Awards are all about recognizing excellence in the industry, and the companies who are finalists and winners of these awards are demonstrating excellence in a lot of different ways,” explained SRHBA CEO Chris Guérette. “Excellence might refer to the quality of homes a company is building, but it can also

refer to high standards of professionalism, innovation, community involvement, great customer service – these are all qualities that are really important to SRHBA members and that the Bridges Awards are designed to recognize.” The North Ridge name came up several times in several categories including best production home up to 1,300 square feet, best custom home under 1,500 square feet, best custom home over 2,200 square feet. Winning Builder of the Year two years in a row is a huge accomplishment and it’s something vice president Errol Fisher says the company never takes for granted. “We’re always trying to improve what we do.” Fisher says the company’s focus on

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Photo: North Ridge According to vice president of operations Errol Fisher, the North Ridge team is constantly focused on providing excellent customer service.

customer service is a big reason for their success. Another is innovation and green initiatives – something that is highlighted in North Ridge’s project called The Pines. The townhome project has 60 bungalow units – some with a walkout design. The units are all ENERGY STAR®-rated which means they will use less energy and have lower heating and cooling costs compared to homes that don’t reach this standard. North Ridge continues to rack up an impressive display case of awards and accolades outside the SRHBA, as well. They were a SABEX safety award finalist in 2016 and won the SABEX Marketing Awards in 2017. AVID also awarded the company the Diamond Award winner for highest customer experience survey score for multifamily projects. Most notably, in May, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) announced their Association Leadership Awards, naming Fisher as the 2017 Member of the Year on the national level.


Photo: Heather Fritz Photography Errol Fisher received the Builder of the Year award from SRHBA CEO Chris Guérette at the 25th annual Bridges Awards earlier this year.

Fisher has been involved in the CHBA for years. He served a term on the executive committee and served on the board of directors for the last five years. He chairs the professional development committee and was one of 40 plus members who founded the Net Zero Council. He is also past-chairperson of the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association. Fisher says winning the Member of the Year award was “unexpected and pretty cool”. Even with all the accolades and awards piling up for North Ridge, Fisher says the company never “sits on their laurels”. He adds, “We’re always trying to improve what we do, because, and I’ve said this before, good enough is never good enough.” North Ridge has a range of products from condo and townhome projects to single family homes. They offer new homes in communities across Saskatoon, as well as, Martensville, Warman, Dalmeny, Swift Current, and Prince Albert. Fisher says the company focuses on what


they could have done better if they fail to win an award. “There’s a reason why we didn’t, so there’s obviously something we could have done better. There’s excellent competition from many of the other builders in Saskatoon.” One of the principles he credits for North Ridge’s success is the courage to think outside the box and try new things. “You can’t be scared to try new things. And sometimes you will fail, but it has to be calculated so that if you do fail, it’s not the end of the world, or it’s something that you can redo to make it right. We’ve had a few outcomes we weren’t totally satisfied with, so we adjusted our plans to better suit our end goals,” says Fisher. After all the accolades, what would Fisher set his sights on next after winning Builder of the Year at the SRHBA two years in a row? Fisher replies, “Continue to do the things we do well and improve on any areas needing more attention and hopefully we can win Builder of the Year for the third year in a row!”

Room to Win!

contest winner revealed By Jennifer Jacoby-Smith


f you’ve ever spent hours on Pinterest or watched makeover and design shows on TV, you’ve probably dreamed of transforming your own space into a design show-worthy reveal. For one Saskatonian, this dream is about to come true. Michelle Farenick was named the winner of Fresco Interiors’ $10,000 Room to Win contest at a Gala Event at Fresco Interiors Design Center in June. Farenick was moved to tears at the news that her space will be transformed by the talented team of designers at Fresco Interiors. Owner and lead designer Charlene Schumacher says it will probably take eight to 10 weeks to pull all the pieces together. They will meet with the winner to discuss her design style and furniture preferences. Upholstery fabrics, drapery textiles, furniture stain undertones, wallpaper, lighting and all accessories will be selected. The team will create a colour story board to illustrate how each component will flow together. The colour board is a wonderful visual tool for the client; it allows her to see the “finished space” before a single item is ordered, says Schumacher says. “Sometimes

Photos: Jeff lyons Room to Win! contest winner Michelle Farenick (second from right) poses with the Fresco Interiors Design team who will create her brand new space.

the most difficult part to pulling together a room is locating the perfect unexpected pieces. We source products from literally around the world, locating the correct scale, colour and style to elevate the room to a customized collection that illustrates their personality.” Ordinarily, the homeowner would see each of these design elements beforehand, however for this $10,000 Room to Win Give Away it will be a complete surprise to Farenick. On the appointed day, Farenick will leave her house in the hands of Schumacher and her talented design team. While Farenick is away for the day, the team will roll up their sleeves and work their design magic. Schumacher says the most exciting portion of the staging process is presenting the completed space to the homeowner. “It’s truly an exhilarating experience both for the homeowners and the designers. It’s absolutely one of the favourite parts of what we do.” These design transformations for clients moving into a new home or renovating are called “Staging to Stay,” says Schumacher. “Stagings to Sell” are still a powerful sales tool for selling a home, however over the past few years the team is now doing far more “Stagings to Stay”. Homeowners want to enjoy a finished space while they’re still living in their existing home, rather than waiting for the moment they decide to sell, says Schumacher. Farenick says the transformation is so welcome. While she and her husband recently gutted their entire house, the living

At a gala event in June, Fresco Interiors Design Group revealed the winner of their Room to Win! contest.

room is still an open canvas. Farenick has been a fan of Fresco Interiors for a long time. She says she loves their work, and has been following them on Facebook. While visiting a friend in Calgary, she saw the contest launch on the Fresco Interiors Facebook page in November and asked her daughter to take some pictures of their living room so she could enter. When asked what she was looking forward to the most, Farenick had a hard time pinning it down to one thing. “Everything they do is so beautiful,” says Farenick. “I’m just really looking forward to viewing my gorgeous new living room. I’m sure it will be better than I could have ever imagined.” 2017 | Summer


Today’s homeowners are reducing the size of their lawns to achieve a low-maintenance landscape.

Top landscape by Jesse Green


for 2017



erfectly manicured lawns and spaced flower beds are giving way to native grasses and earthy, simple looks. Natural beauty is where it’s at for landscaping design this year. Not only are natural landscapes easier on the pocket book, they require less time and are easier on the environment. Tom and Jodi Levy of Vision Landscape and Design offer some tips on ways to reimagine our spaces and incorporate natural elements into any yard. “We are seeing a switch from clean and geometric lines to a more authentic and real feel,” said Jodi Levy. Think simple yet wild. Part of bringing in a natural feel to the yard is to only have things that you enjoy.


Start with a clear-out of all unnecessary items including broken or run-down decor, problem plants and any unkempt shrubs if you don’t have time for maintenance. “If you have a rose bush in your yard that you hate dealing with but it’s pretty, it might be time to move on. You can definitely find something else that’s equally as pretty but needs less work,” said Levy. Small shrubs and plants that are low maintenance are a great way to introduce that element of nature. Native plants are hardy, low maintenance and are resistant to drought. As an added bonus, birds, bees and butterflies thrive on the food and shelter provided by native flowers and grasses. Though our Saskatchewan climate


doesn’t lend itself to a living wall, we can achieve the look by choosing a vine we like for a privacy fence or through the top of a pergola. Hardscaping materials are popping up in more rougher looking finishes that lend an unrefined look. Patio stones that look like wood are popular for walkways, and using unfinished stones with rough edges can take place of a structured set of stairs. “We’re also seeing a mix of the old and the new together,” said Levy. Adding a modern touch with furniture or concrete to the timeless yard is a great way to mix styles. Big expansive lawns are also heading out, and clients are choosing smaller lawn areas. Rather than the sprawling, manicured

square lawn of yesteryear, Levy says many of their clients are choosing high-end synthetic turf edged with taller native grasses, shrubs or trees. Though turf seems to be completely contrary to “natural,” when you consider the low to no-maintenance aspect, it has its benefits. There is no need for pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or burning fuel with the mower. While swales or creeks are beautiful and beneficial, many large homes on smaller lots can’t accommodate a feature of that size. A great way to bring water into the urban yard is with the compact but wonderful feature of a water blade. Water blades can be mounted in many ways, most commonly to the face of a wall or built into a brick wall. Clean sheets of cascading water create a dynamic effect, with optional LED lighting strips that liven it up after dark. Freeform decks with defined spaces – like dining and conversation areas – are popping up more often. “People want a more casual feel to the deck area and not so square and geometric,” said Levy. Bringing indoor spaces out is also a great way to improve the feel of your yard. Enhancing

Hardscaping materials are more textured and more roughly hewn for 2017 say the experts at Vision Landscape and Design. Patio stones that look like wood are popular, as are unfinished stones with rough edges.

the barbecue area with a bar, blocking out noisy neighbours with privacy screens or adding water features are all ways to bring that homey feel to the outdoors. Bringing natural elements into the landscape is like a #NoMakeupSelfie for your yard! Vision Landscape and Design

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giving back

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Parkinson’s by Ashleigh Mattern In this new series, Living Spaces explores the philanthropic initiatives by members of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association.


ou’ve probably attended a classic Saskatchewan shaker, whether for a wedding or some other occasion: festive gatherings with friends, family, laughter, dancing and a midnight lunch. Evan Drisner says they have tried to replicate that joyful atmosphere with the Lows in Motion fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease, now in its ninth year. The event will take place October 28 at Prairieland Park. “We wanted to make it so it’s going to be an awesome night out and go to a good cause,” says Drisner, sales director at Nu-Fab Building Products. “People have a lot of fun – the dance floor is packed until we shut it down, with 300 to 400 people on it until 2 a.m. It’s not a stiff and boring event.” All funds raised go to Parkinson Canada - Saskatchewan. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms include slowness and stiffness, impaired balance, rigidity of the muscles and shaking. “A shaker is a Saskatchewan term, and it’s also one of the effects of the disease,” Drisner says. “We wanted to raise money but also we’re bringing awareness to it.” Travis Low founded the event to honour his grandfather and father who were both diagnosed with the disease. To date, they’ve raised over $450,000 to the cause. “The Low family puts their hearts and souls into the event to help foster their vision


Photos: Supplied Evan Drisner and his band donate their time and talent to Lows in Motion.

and their dream to see the disease cured, and to help the families until then.” Drisner is close to the Low family and has been involved with the fundraiser since the beginning. When he joined Nu-Fab seven years ago, the company also showed their support for the cause. “It’s easy with a company like Nu-Fab because the philosophy is the same as mine…. We want to make the community and city better,” says Drisner. This isn’t the only event that Nu-Fab and its employees support; they’ve supported Choclacure, have raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Hospital, and donate auction items and buy sponsor tables whenever they can. Nu-Fab ownership donate a percentage


of their profits to charity every year and each of their divisions has a budget for charitable giving as part of their financial plans. Drisner donates both his time and talent to Lows in Motion: He is the lead singer of the cabaret band that plays at the event, a band he formed specifically for the first shaker. “I ended up calling all my friends that I played with in the past at church, and said, we need to learn 35 songs in three weeks.” Because they got together for that first shaker, they now play at other events regularly, but “Lows in Motion is our favourite,” Drisner says. “We became a band for a party – the set list are songs you can listen to on the radio and have a beer and have a good time.” From Tom

Comedian Dan Naturnan will entertain at this year’s Lows in Motion Shaker, October 28 at Prairieland Park.

Evan Drisner (left) and Travis Low (right) thank the large crowd who attended last year’s Lows in Motion fundraiser. The annual event raises funds to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Petty to Michael Jackson to Cindy Lauper to U2, they play a little bit of everything. That first year, they sold 250 tickets, and raised $30,000. “We thought we hit it out of the park,” Drisner says. By year three they were selling out 900 seats, and they continue to sell out as many seats every year. The third year also marked a shift in the direction of the festivities, inviting comedians

to come out to the event. Ever since then, comedy has been a big part of the evening. They managed to get connected with one of the top comedy agents out of the U.S., who is able to help them bring in stellar performers year after year. The tongue-in-cheek nature of calling the event a shaker and the comedy entertainment are not meant to make light of such a serious

disease, but to bring light to the issues people with Parkinson’s have to manage. They’ve already started planning the 10th anniversary for 2018, bringing back the comedians who were the biggest hits with the crowds in past years. Tickets for the ninth annual Lows in Motion shaker on October 28 will go on sale in early September.


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ne of Western Canada’s largest home automation projects is underway in Saskatoon in Greenbryre Estates. The house, designed and constructed by Decora Homes, is built for entertaining. The home’s star quality is revealed in a 21seat home theatre – one of the largest of its kind in Saskatoon. With full 3D capability, the 17.5 foot wide screen is the largest the manufacturer has ever installed in a residence. The screen also has automatic, motorized masking to match the aspect ratio of the film. There’s a professional grade karaoke system, and approximately 70 speakers throughout the home with class a/b sound – the highest level of audio quality available. Four 84-inch touch screen displays work as TVs, but can also be used by the kids to play interactive games, or be used by the client as touch screen displays for business meetings. The entire house is on a centralized lighting system that turns lights on and off automatically as you enter or leave a room – there are no light switches in the house. The automatic lighting is one aspect that helps


to maximize energy efficiency, plus a full energy management system will help the homeowners keep tabs on power generated by the home’s solar panels, with energy stored in five Tesla Powerwall batteries. Controlled through 20 touch screens available throughout the house, the system allows users to control the temperature in any room, close or open over 80 motorized shades, and access detailed information about how the whole system is running. This is the second time One Touch Automation and One Touch Security has worked with the client – several years ago, they acted as a consultant and supplied equipment for the client’s house in China. The client chose One Touch again for this project in Saskatoon because he knew they could handle a big project like this. “Especially at that scale, it’s a lot about credibility and capability,” says Calvin Garraway, president of One Touch Automation. One Touch is also taking care of the security for the home, installing a massive system that includes facial detection and video analytics to detect threats. “The house is the largest my company has


ever worked with, and the second largest we’ve ever heard of,” says Garraway. “And it’s one of the most advanced houses in Saskatchewan, if not the most advanced…. It’s not like any other house in Saskatchewan by a long shot.” The brain of the operation is in the data room, with eight full size racks to house all the equipment needed. “The data room has two air conditioners just to cool the data room that run 24 hours a day all year round,” Garraway says. “When the owner turns everything on and uses the whole house, 44,000 BTUs of heat are generated. The average fireplace is a little bit less than that. Imagine a typical bedroom with a fireplace running in it 24 hours a day; that bedroom is going to get hot.” For the same client, One Touch is doing a full automation system in a Mercedes Sprinter Van. Working in partnership with a company out of the U.S., they’re converting the van into a luxury travel van with lighting control, temperature control, two TVs and a full bar. “We had to sit down with Crestron engineers and design a way to do this because it’s not something that’s been done before.” Since that meeting, Crestron has now released this as a software update for all Crestron

One Touch Automation is designing and installing an elaborate home automation system for this incredible custom home under construction by Decora Homes in Greenbryre Estates.

dealers. “We’re always taking on projects that push the boundaries a little bit,” Garraway says. One Touch has three divisions – electrical, automation, and security – allowing them

to look after all aspects of any project, and helping to simplify support. “We have the added benefit of being able to tie all those systems together if we’re taking it to the next level,” says Garraway.

You can see for yourself what their team can accomplish: The One Touch Automation show room on 8th Street has an 11-seat home theatre, a fully automated boardroom, and an automated living space, showing off everything their systems offer. While the extraordinary house in Greenbryre is pulling out all the stops to embrace every aspect of home automation, Garraway says there are varying levels of home automation available that are more affordable than ever for the average homeowner. “Right now we’re seeing a huge change in how automation is being done.” Samsung, Apple and Google are all offering out-of-the-box automation systems, changing the industry and making it more affordable, Garraway says. One Touch offers affordable packages that include these consumer products. The next level up is about simplifying the system. The cheaper solutions will give you several applications to learn and manage, while a professional system will bring everything into one easy-to-use app. “Home automation is becoming a standard in the industry,” Garraway says. “We’re not far away from seeing every builder offer it.”

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