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COLOUR CLARITY Which hue really is the ‘Colour of the Year’?


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Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association By Krystal Rudyk

Communications Manager Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) P: 306-955-5188 E:


ne of the perks of working at the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) is that I get to hear so many stories from builders and renovators whose eyes light up when they talk about the people who have trusted them with their homes. Sometimes it’s a young immigrant family who are now newly minted homeowners thanks to affordable housing initiatives and quality entry-level builds. Other times, it’s a retired couple who worked their whole lives in anticipation of being able to sit on the balcony outside their master suite and drink their coffee while watching people with an early teetime shoot golf balls into the sunrise. After 50 years in the workforce, they finally got the keys to the life they’d been working for. Sometimes, I’ll visit the social media profiles of our members in hopes that there will be a newly posted photo of a smiling homeowner, or a story that a client has shared about how a renovation allowed their existing home to become the home of their dreams without moving a single mile. I’ve even gotten to tell one of our members that I live in one of the townhouses that they built, and that when I bought it I was at a point in my life where I never imagined I’d be able to actually own a home. They responded by asking me roughly a million questions to make sure I was happy, and when they were finally convinced that I still felt comfortable, safe, and happy in my decision to trust them with my home, the relief on their face was visible. Our members are business people, sure, but the companies we

represent and serve are all made up of people who are well-aware that the industry they’ve chosen means that they’re being entrusted with one of the, if not the biggest decisions and investments of people’s lives. On the flip side, being this close to the industry also means that I hear the stories of families who are now broke and distraught because the company they hired wasn’t the professional that they claimed to be and have now dropped off the map with the job only partially completed, or because the new home they purchased only a few months ago is falling apart and they just found out they have no warranty and can’t track down the people who built it for them. Sometimes I hear these stories because the issue has become so widespread and affected so many people that the media is calling to get a comment on it, but often it’s just because the person on the other end of the phone line is frustrated to the point of tears and doesn’t know who else to call. Please keep calling us with these stories. They’re heartbreaking to hear, and since the complaints are typically not about SRHBA members there’s little we can do at that point other than offer our condolences and advice, but they reinforce the importance of continuing to work towards our vision of “a thriving and innovative residential construction industry built on professionalism and sustainability.” Professionalism is what allows a customer to feel safe and secure in their decision to trust a company with their home, and professionalism is what’s lacking when a company breaks that trust and leaves a trail of liens, devastated families, and unsafe homes in their wake. When a home buyer has a bad experience that can be attributed to a builder or contractor who has chosen to cut corners, this has a ripple effect on the entire

industry, even those who have made the pledge to hold themselves to the highest standards. There are many ways that we work to increase professionalism, some of them more public than others. This issue of Living Spaces features a couple of projects that last month won highly-esteemed Bridges Awards – designed to celebrate excellence and professionalism in Saskatoon’s residential construction industry. Make sure you read about “The Elate,” Lexis Homes’ award winner and the amazing transformation courtesy of Fresco Interiors that took the honours for Best Whole Home Renovation. Most of what we do, though, isn’t under quite so bright of a spotlight. This year we worked successfully with the City of Saskatoon to advocate for increased educational requirements to buy lots from the City in an effort to raise the bar and weed out the companies who weren’t willing to invest in higher standards. We do things like require all SRHBA members to provide third-party warranty on their new homes, something that consumers often don’t realize isn’t mandatory for all builders in Saskatchewan, but that protects the people buying these homes, and the professionals who build them. We try to educate the public with campaigns like Get it in Writing, which underscores the importance of proper contracts and arms consumers with the knowledge of what to look for when choosing a contractor. There’s still a lot of work to be done, though, and your stories remind us of that. So please, pick up the phone, or write us an email. We want to hear about your experiences buying or renovating your home, good or bad, as we keep working to lead and represent the residential construction industry through an approach based on professionalism. LS 2017 | SPRING


table of contents the Official Magazine of the SASKATOON & REGION HOME BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION

FEATURES 11 AT HOME: Family finds the perfect fit in The Meadows 24 COLOUR CLARITY: Which hue really is the ‘Colour of the Year’?


29 Modernized Victorian charmer maintains character 32 GIVING BACK: Alexander’s House is making a difference 36 TRAILBLAZERS: J&H Builder’s Warehouse 40 Timber Kings rule the log home world

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42 NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Scott Roofing

DESIGN & RENOVATION 19 FUTURE HOME: Home automation has never been easier 20 SHOW HOME SPOTLIGHT: The Elate has reason to celebrate! 44 Craftsman style reinterpreted for modern life

DEPARTMENTS 7 Message from the SRHBA 18 ASK AN EXPERT: Maison Design+Build


28 ASK AN EXPERT: New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan

47 IN THE KITCHEN: Christie Peters, The Hollows & Primal

38 ASK AN EXPERT: Fresco Interiors Design Group




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elcome to the latest edition of Living Spaces Magazine, the official magazine of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. Look inside for great information that will help you make the most of your home, whether you’re renovating an existing home or planning to build a new dream home. In this edition, we take you inside two Bridges Award-winning properties: Lexis Homes’ stunning show home and Fresco Interiors Design Group’s “Renovation of the Year – Whole House.” Check out the latest colour trends for 2017. And join us “In The Kitchen” as we chat with chef Christie Peters, of The Hollows and Primal.

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Jeannie Armstrong

ART DIRECTION Lesley Cockburn

PHOTOGRAPHY Elaine Mark Hilary Klassen Jeff Lyons 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@

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeannie Armstrong Jennifer Jacoby-Smith Tom Eremondi Hilary Klassen Ashleigh Mattern Paul Sinkewicz


Our cover photo showcases Lexis Homes’ Elate showhome, located at 126 Gillies Lane. The home received the Bridges Award for “Best Production Home over 1,300 square feet.” Photo by Elaine Mark, D&M Images.



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hen Jody and Tori Minakakis decided it was time to get serious about raising a family, their nesting instinct really kicked in. The couple decided to build a familyfriendly home, in a neighbourhood where their child would be surrounded by other youngsters. Jody is the sales manager for Arbutus Properties, a new home construction and land development company. Tori is a Registered Nurse with the Coronary Care Unit at Royal University Hospital. Selecting The Meadows for their new build was an easy choice. The 420-acre multigenerational master-planned community, located within the southeast subdivision of Rosewood, is being developed by Arbutus Properties. Jody and Tori previously lived in Stonebridge. “The amenities in Stonebridge were great, but The Meadows just feels more like a small community. There are lots of family events and community days here. That was a big draw for us. We’ve been able to really get to know our neighbours,” says

Tori. The couple moved into The Meadows three years ago. “Since construction began on the new school, there’s been a big influx of families into The Meadows,” says Jody.

“Two years ago, when our son Parker was born, there were four other babies on our block. That’s nice. There are lots of kids his age, which is fun,” says Tori. Jody and Tori also selected their house 2017 | SPRING


Jody, Tori and Parker Minakakis are enjoying their Arbutus-built family-friendly home, located in The Meadows.

plan with family in mind. “We went with a modified version of The Greene floor plan, designed by Arbutus. Knowing three years ago that we were going to start a family, we thought it was the perfect choice for us,” says Jody. The 1,992 square foot two-storey features a charming Craftsman-style exterior, with a signature front porch, in keeping with the architectural guidelines established by Arbutus for The Meadows. The interior of the home has a contemporary west coast vibe, melding modern and traditional design elements. Most of the décor choices were made by Tori, says Jody. “Some of the inspiration came from Arbutus’ show homes and what their designers have created. And of course, Pinterest is always handy,” says Tori. Jody and Tori appreciated The Greene’s spacious open concept kitchen, dining area and living room, ideal for entertaining. Huge windows, overlooking the back yard, invite natural light into the space. “The nice thing about The Greene floor plan is that there are lots of options for modifications. We added a bump-out facing the kitchen, to create a dining alcove,” says Jody. “We also wanted an open den, off the front entrance. We liked that feature from one of our other floor plans, the Vienna.” At the heart of the home’s great room is the spacious kitchen, elegantly attired in solid maple cabinets finished in a near-black shade of licorice. “Tori really wanted white countertops. Knowing we were going to be in this house for a long time, I wanted something really durable. Stone’s Edge Granite Company is the granite supplier for Arbutus. We talked with them about durability and ended up deciding on Caesarstone.”



Tori adds, “Despite being white, you can’t see any wear and tear. The stain resistance is phenomenal.” Having a large island was a priority for Tori. “When people come over, that’s where we gather ‒ around the island. It was also a big must to have enough counter and cabinet space.” Across from the kitchen is the inviting living room. A cozy conversation area has been created around the fireplace, which is trimmed in a woodgrain marble tile cut like stone. One of the toughest decisions the couple made involved their choice of flooring. “We wanted a wide plank wood floor, with a natural finish. We wanted hardwood, but we wanted it to be as durable as laminate,” says Jody. They called Kentwood, their flooring manufacturer, and asked for advice. “Kentwood suggested their Glace Bay brushed oak engineered floor. It’s their most scratch-resistant, shrink-resistant and durable engineered wood. They use it for a lot of commercial applications on the west coast,” says Jody. “It really stands up to toys and pets. Our dog was here for a year before he passed away, and you can’t see any scratches,” says Tori. On the second floor, the home’s three large bedrooms are ideal for family living, says Jody. “We wanted to make sure the master bedroom was large enough to accommodate a king-size bed and two night tables. It all fits perfectly.” The master bedroom features an inviting five-piece ensuite as well as a large walk-in closet with custom shelving. “Arbutus has several different options for finishing closets. We always meet with 2017 | SPRING


clients to see how they want their closets done,” says Jody. Parker’s room is also very spacious, with oodles of room for all of his toys, games and play tent. Completing the second floor is a large bonus room. “It’s another thing we really like about this floor plan. We use it as our family room; it’s a great space where Parker can play or we can watch TV together,” says Jody. Over the winter, Jody also developed the basement of their home, adding another family room, play area for Parker and a fitness alcove. “It gives us another option for entertaining or relaxing as a family.” The Greene is one of Arbutus’ Properties' best-selling family floor plans. This spring, Arbutus will unveil four new floor plans in The Meadows. “The Brady is a new bi-level plan. We’ll also have three new two-storey plans: the Ford, the Clarke and the James. We’re excited about that. We’ll also have a new show home opening, featuring the James floor plan. It’s under construction right now at 610 Meadows Boulevard,” says Jody. He is pleased that The Meadows is being

so well received in Saskatoon. “December was a bit slower, as usual, but since January, the traffic flow through The Meadows has been phenomenal. We’ve had a lot of enquiries regarding lot availabilities and

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“Greenbryre has really come into its own as a community. It’s a really close-knit, friendly neighbourhood, surrounding a great golf course,” says Troy Slater, vice-president of operations. Only 30 lots remain in Phase Two of Greenbryre Estates; 14 of these are prime golf course walk-out lots. D & S Homes is constructing a new show home in Greenbryre, scheduled to open early this summer. D & S Homes is also putting the finishing touches on its newest 6th STARS lottery home in Greenbryre Estates, scheduled to open May 15. This is the fifth lottery home that D & S has constructed in support of Saskatchewan’s air ambulance service, a cause near and dear to the Slater family. Martens Estates is a family-

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D & S Homes has now opened its first show home in the new northeast neighbourhood of Brighton, a stylish stop on the Brighton Parade of Homes. The distinctive Prairie Modern two-storey home is packed with luxury features at the surprisingly affordable price point of $554,900. “We have purchased a number of lots in Brighton, including lots that accommodate both attached and detached garages. We foresee a lot of activity this summer in Brighton,” says Troy. Dedicated to excellence and customer satisfaction, D & S builds each house with the same care and quality they would want for their own family. Working together as a family has enabled D & S Homes to forge long-time relationships with experienced tradespeople and suppliers who share their commitment to quality. The Slater family agrees: “There’s no substitute for experience.” To learn more about the latest D & S show homes and available lots, visit

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We love planning kitchens with our clients and believe that every kitchen should have the perfect combination of utility and beauty. When planning a kitchen, it’s important to have really thought about how you live and what you want. We always start with the appliance and plumbing requirements. Do you want a range or cooktop with double ovens and possibly a warming drawer? How many burners do you want? How often do you use your microwave? Do you need more freezer space within the kitchen? What about extra fridge space like a bar fridge or wine fridge? Do you like your countertop appliances out or hidden? Do you want a prep sink? What about a garburator? The next big item is pantry and storage requirements. What type of items do you store? Do you prefer your daily cooking ingredients closer to where you work? Are you wanting a wash-up area or a second dishwasher within the pantry? What type of dishes, small appliances and cookware do you store? The next thing to think about is how you live. Do you want to eat meals at the island? Do you entertain? Do you need a bar area or a serving area? Do you bake a lot? If so, it may make sense to plan for the sink to be located in the back counter instead of on the island to give you more space. This combination of wants and needs makes up the design requirements for the kitchen. From there we move to the design details which include cabinetry material and colour, countertop material, backsplash, open vs. closed storage, decorative shelving, range hood style, lighting, plumbing fixtures, appliance style, ceiling details and flooring. Putting it all together is truly an art. Kitchens are the most used room in the home; taking the time to really think through the design will pay itself back for years to come. LS


Home automation has never been easier by Tom Eremondi


f you’re a homeowner wanting to install the latest home automation products, it can be a tricky process. There are numerous devices available, powering thousands of apps. One could spend a long time searching for products that are just right for their home and lifestyle. Even more challenging after bringing the devices home is trying to figure out how to connect them to your wireless network, and then learning how to install and use the individual apps that control the devices. Not all home automation devices even speak the same wireless language. You may need to have a different wireless adapter for each home automation solution, in addition to the WiFi router in your home. A far easier and more convenient way to automate your home has arrived, with the introduction of new smartHOME packages from SaskTel. “We did a trial run of the smartHome packages in Regina last August,” says Michelle Englot, director of Corporate Affairs for SaskTel. “We had good success and will now be rolling these out across the province. “smartHOME is essentially a home security and home automation service that’s offered by SaskTel and powered by SecurTek,” she explains. “It gives you the peace of mind of having 24-7 security monitoring as well as the option of a variety of home automation features.” With smartHOME, Englot says consumers can do things like manage energy consumption, lighting solutions and security.

It can connect all key devices in the home such as locks, power outlets, garage doors, lights and others. “Connected to your smartphone or other device, you can turn lights on and off, turn appliances on and off, check surveillance cameras, and receive security notifications such as whether you’ve left the home unlocked or the garage door open,” she adds. “All of these can be controlled remotely and you can essentially link to them from anywhere in the world as long you have an Internet connection. “There are some really neat things you can do on the automation side if you have the smart connected plugs, lights and door locks,” Englot says. For example, you can turn the iron off or close the garage door remotely. Or you can turn up the thermostat so the house is warm when you get home. SaskTel is offering the automations in three packages (named SECURE, DETECT and AUTOMATE). The packages vary in price depending on the number of features and amount of security a homeowner wants. The basic package, starting at $45 monthly, includes two-way intercom with monitoring station, smoke detector monitoring, one motion sensor, and three door/window contact sensors. For $55 monthly, customers can add remote access to the in-home panel through the smartHOME app, remote alarm set/disarm, water leakage detection and a carbon monoxide detector. At $65/month, homeowners have all the

above features but may also choose two of the following four options: interior motion camera viewer, thermostat control, doorbell video camera and garage door opener. They’ll also get great add-ons such as smart plugs and light bulbs, door lock, door sensor, WiFi hub, a doorbell camera and one external video camera. “SaskTel knows that today’s customers want products that both protect and automate their homes,” Englot reports. “We chose the various features for these packages because they’re what we found was trending in the industry.” She says the current smartHOME features may just be only the beginning. “There likely will be future features such as smart fridges. SaskTel will try to add features as they become available and in demand in the market.” Homeowners who subscribe to a home security and monitoring service also benefit from lower insurance costs, adds Englot. “Most insurance companies offer a 25 per cent discount on home insurance for customers with security packages like these. That’s a significant saving for many people. “The smartHOME is part of “SaskTel’s vision to connect people to the world. As our world becomes more interconnected with Internet-enabled devices, we decided this was a great opportunity to leverage those things along with our existing security services,” says Englot. For more information about smartHOME automation, stop by your local authorized SaskTel dealer or visit smartHOME. LS 2017 | SPRING



The Elate has reason to

celebrate! Jennifer Jacoby-Smith PHOTOS BY ELAINE MARK, D&M IMAGES


ast month when the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) presented their annual Bridges Awards, Lexis Homes was excited to receive the award for “Best Production Home over 1,300 square feet” for its show home at 126 Gillies Lane. “Although it is a great home, we are always surprised and honoured to win as the competition is tough out there,” says Cam Skoropat, President and CEO of Lexis Homes. The winning floor plan, called The Elate, debuted as part of the SRHBA’s Parade of Homes last summer. Not only does the floor plan capture the unique style of Lexis – with clean lines and modern design – but also highlights several key design trends. The open concept main level has beautiful design detail with ceiling beams to provide some division of space. A unique feature off the kitchen is the walk-through butler’s


pantry. The pantry provides tons of storage space, a butcher block countertop, and a drawer-mounted microwave. Conveniently, the pantry is closed off by a pocket door to keep mess out of sight. The butler’s pantry leads to the large mudroom and garage, making the chore of bringing in groceries a little more convenient. With 2,054 square feet of space over two floors, the home has three bedrooms with an option for a fourth bonus room over the garage, if desired. It is a popular floor plan that gives lots of different options for customization. “I think it is the functionality and flexibility of the plan that makes it appeal to


people,” explains Skoropat. Luxurious family homes often boast a master bedroom that is a beautiful, functional retreat for the homeowners and The Elate is no exception. A feature wall continues the use of reclaimed wood giving the space some warmth and texture. The ensuite is a large pampering studio with glass-enclosed shower, large soaker tub and dual-sink vanity. Because the home backs onto green space in Rosewood, Skoropat decided to add a covered deck off the master bedroom. Again, speaking to the luxury of custom touches, the home makes use of a natural material in reclaimed wood paneling. The rustic look adds a warm touch to the bedroom, an interesting accent to the entrance, and creates a perfect mantel above the fireplace to contrast with the white stonework. The reclaimed wood came from an old barn near Wakaw and pays homage to rural roots so many people in Saskatoon can relate to. One of the biggest concerns for consumers continues to be energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. Lexis Homes is a Holmes Approved Homes builder. As such, each home is tested by Mike Holmes-approved

inspectors for compliance with Holmes’ high standards for quality products and energy efficiency. Lexis is also a Vereco licensed builder. Vereco designs energy-efficient homes as affordably as possible. “We find a lot of people are interested in saving energy and are just more conscious about it,” says Skoropat. “There are quite a few things that you can do that don’t cost a lot more, but give you a lot of payback.” One of the most unique features of the home actually improves indoor air quality, from the floor up. While costing only slightly more than regular hardwood, the attractive

flooring looks modern, yet provides a practical function. “It’s actually an air-purifying hardwood. It’s got this technology in it that takes formaldehyde out of the air, helping to clean the air,” explains Skoropat. The home is also equipped with a NEST thermostat to give complete control over the temperature. The thermostat can also be programmed to learn the habits of the occupants so that heat is diverted to high traffic areas when people are home and diverted from areas of the home not in use. This makes for a highly efficient heating system. The homeowner can even adjust the heat when not at home, creating a warm welcome when coming home from work, or keeping the house cooler while everyone is away. While this is not the first Bridges Award for Lexis Homes, Skoropat says the company doesn’t focus on winning awards when designing homes for their customers. For the team, it’s about finding an intersection of good design, quality materials and energy efficiency. “It feels great to be nominated (and win). It doesn’t affect our designs though. It just tells us we are doing something right.” LS






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Colour clarity: Which hue really is the ‘Colour of the Year’? By Hilary Klassen

Included in the new CIL paint palette are popular warm neutrals and soft pastels such as Pale Pistachio green, colours that are intended to bring a peaceful, cozy feel to rooms. (Photo: CIL)




f you have ever been mystified by the Colour of the Year, you are not alone. A tour of different paint stores reveals quite a variety of palettes on offer as “THE ONE.” Dulux Paints has proclaimed “Cosmic Purple” as the colour of the year. Benjamin Moore says it’s “Shadow 2117-30,” a shade of royal amethyst. Sherwin Williams says it’s “Poised Taupe” while Glidden has designated “Byzantine Blue”, a serene blue-grey mix, as its top hue. According to Valspar, it’s a spicy shade of “Crushed Oregano”. Then too, the Pantone Color Institute has declared “Greenery” as the colour of the year for 2017. Confused? How are you to decide on the hue that works for you? Design expert Tamara Bowman has an answer. As owner and lead designer at Metric Design for the past five-plus years, Bowman enjoys assisting clients with questions like these. “Every company has their own take on the colour of the year,” says Bowman. Metric has also heard Denim and Tangerine suggested as colours of the year. “But Pantone Color Institute declares the actual colours of the year. They’re an actual board that determines the colour, and their selection would be the most accurate and the one we should follow.” Bowman says what she considers the colour of the year would definitely be in the greens. “We’re seeing a lot of greens in fashion too, so you can tell when you begin to see that movement into fashion, that this colour is really starting to transition throughout this year.” You’ll see it appearing in fabrics, wall coverings, upholstery, paint and other accessories in the design field. Whether you choose “greenery” or something in the greens more generally, choosing the right shade is critical. “You want to make sure it’s not just any green but that it’s the right tone that is going to reflect the current trend,” says Bowman. It’s good to have an expert provide assistance for several reasons. One is that colour looks quite different on a paint swatch than it does on a wall. “If we’re talking ‘grassy green,’ for example, we want to make sure it’s the right level of pigment so it’s not too strong,” says Bowman. More muted colours also need careful consideration. A design professional can also assist with managing the impact of colour within a given space. The amount of colour for your feature wall and its placement are factors to consider. “If you choose too large of a feature wall or

‘Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year is described as a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. (Photo: PPG Paints)

Soft, saturated colours such as Sunnybrook Yellow by CIL paintwill be all the rage in home decor in 2017, according to the CIL paint brand. (Photo: CIL)

Cosmic-like purple such as Starry Sky Purple is Dulux Paints’ pick for colour of the year. (Photo: Dulux Paints)

a spot that isn’t quite the right location for that accent colour, it could be really overpowering or it could close in the room. Colour has a lot of visual effects so we want to make sure we’re using it in the right way and that it is actually contributing to the desired feeling within the room instead of taking over the room.” Colours of the year are trendy, shorter-term choices to bring pop or interest to a space, whether that’s a feature wall, a toss cushion, a throw or even drapery panels. “Whatever those things may be, you want to have the opportunity to swap them out, because, as the colour trends change, so do your tastes. If you’re not into “greenery,” a secondary range of trending colour selections opens up, which companies choose from their own swatches. It’s up to the individual to determine what artistic accent colour speaks to them. CIL suggests “Antique Violet” from its palette of soothing colours. Instead of a single colour, Behr has announced a collection of hues that are “curated into separate themes, empowering individuals to choose colours and colour combinations that speak to their moods, emotions and personalities.” Dulux’s cosmic purple was inspired by our culture’s fixation on outer space and bringing it to our ‘inner spaces’. Their experts claim the colour is mysterious, exciting and calming at the same time and reflects the desire for a stronger connection with the natural world. PPG Paints echoes that passion for nature with a move to earthy tones. The genius of “Poised Taupe” is its blending of warm and cool tones to create one beautiful and versatile neutral colour. “You always want to have a natural palette to start,” says Bowman, “whether you’re working off greys or linens or whites or whatever those may be, that should be your main backdrop and then you want to layer in these accent colours.” Metric Design helps clients incorporate some of these short-term trends into their longer-term overall decorating scheme. Clients need not change the scheme year to year. “We help them to develop a colour scheme that really works well for them and gives them that longevity within it,” Bowman says. In the past year, Metric relocated from downtown to its current Circle Drive location. They’re enjoying greater accessibility, more space and great lighting in their new location. “It’s been a very positive change for us,” says Bowman. Visit for more information. LS 2017 | SPRING









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A new home is a large investment – the largest investment many people ever make! We encourage you to help protect your investment and take an active role in preventative maintenance. The best thing you can do for your home is to ensure everything is in good working order. In fact, warranty may not be valid if the damage is caused by improper maintenance. Here’s a handy Spring Maintenance checklist which homeowners should complete over the next three months: ☐ Check for soil settlement at the foundation; fill in with extra soil if necessary to maintain positive slope for water to drain away from the foundation. ☐ Inspect eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints; clear obstructions and ensure water flows away from your foundation. ☐ Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw occurs. ☐ Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation. ☐ Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests (i.e., bats, squirrels, mice). ☐ Check basement columns and support posts. ☐ Inspect basement for water issues. ☐ Shut down, drain and clean humidifier (if applicable). ☐ Check dehumidifier and drain; clean if necessary. ☐ Clean filters on central ventilation systems. ☐ Check carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries. ☐ Inspect the roof and shingles. ☐ Clean and service fireplaces and chimneys. ☐ Check caulking and weatherstripping throughout your home. ☐ Clean windows, screens and hardware. ☐ Clean range hood filters. ☐ Inspect fences and decks; level areas that have shifted as a result of frost or settling. ☐ Repair and paint fences as necessary; allow wood fences to dry adequately first. ☐ Open valve to outside hose connection after danger of frost has passed. ☐ Complete spring landscaping maintenance; fertilize young trees. ☐ Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris. ☐ Inspect private sewage system (if applicable). LS



Fresco Interiors Design Gro is the proud recipient of th “Renovation of the Year – W House” Bridges Award, pre by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association this transformative renovat of 1930s-era character hom Temperance Street.



Modernized Victorian charmer maintains character by Ashleigh Mattern


hen Randy Jacobson bought his 1930s Victorian character home on Temperance Street, he saw potential. “I thought, there’s some work that could be done that would make the house look even better,” Jacobson says. “It was okay, but it needed some changes.” Since it was the character of the house that attracted him in the first place, he wanted to 2017 | SPRING


Fresco Interiors Design Group is the proud recipient of the “Renovation of the Year – Whole House” Bridges Award, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, for this transformative renovation of 1930s-era character home on Temperance Street.

keep the home’s unique personality. The house was nearly gutted, and the transformation was total, taking about 10 months to complete from start to finish. The end result is almost like a new home, without losing the original charm. He called on the help of Charlene Schumacher and Fresco Interiors Design Group for the reno. For what might be the first time in the history of all home renovations ever completed, Jacobson says the process was fun. “Charlene and I were both on the same page as far as what we wanted to do to the house,” he says. Schumacher says the goal of trying to maintain the home’s character was both a challenge and a reward. “It required a lot of detail because of all the refurbishing and trying to use as much as possible of what was there,” she says. “It’s easier to do a reno when you simply gut it and apply new surfaces.” The existing hot water heat radiators were sandblasted and powder-coated. The crystal doorknobs, the mouldings, and the existing fireplace were cleaned and refurbished. The staircase railing and treads were restained and a stained glass window in the master bedroom was repaired. “A substantial amount of care was taken


to carefully refurbish existing elements of the Victorian home,” Schumacher says. “At every point along the way, we tried to maintain what was there and add to it, to maintain that charm.” Big changes happened as well, including extensive plumbing and electrical modifications to bring it up to code, and taking down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. “Our goal was to softly modernize…. We wanted to take this existing space and maintain the Victorian charm, but older homes are known for their small rooms, so in order to modernize we wanted to open up the area between the kitchen and the dining room


to reveal a more welcoming, open space.” All of the hardwood needed to be replaced. It was almost impossible to find a flooring that matched the stair treads perfectly, so instead they went in the opposite direction, and chose a dark stain that contrasts with the stairs instead of trying to match it. In the kitchen, they brought in custom cabinetry, a marble-look quartz countertop, and designed an ornate octagon pattern for the backsplash. Throughout the house, they chose elegant lighting, and added a few extra luxurious elements. “You wouldn’t usually see an automated sound system in every room in

a 1930s character home,” Schumacher says. The new bathrooms are especially stunning, and Jacobson says they may be his favourite part of the whole renovation. Before the reno, there was only one bathroom

upstairs, so they took that bathroom out and made two new, completely updated ones. “We wanted to create each bathroom so it had its own unique atmosphere,” Schumacher says.

Each bathroom features faux marble tile with a herringbone inlaid design. Because the unique design draws the eye so dramatically, Schumacher says the key to getting it right was a construction drawing so the installer knew exactly how to place the tile. Taking care of details like this is the reason why the renovation ran so smoothly, and resulted in such a gorgeous finished home. It’s also the reason why the project was selected the “Renovation of the Year – Whole House” at the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association’s 25th Annual Bridges Awards. Fresco Interiors also had the chance to choose the decor for the space. The furniture they chose included distressed leathers and custom velvet bedding to complement the character of the home, and to stay true to Jacobson’s request for a classic and comfortable space. Especially with a project of this magnitude, Schumacher says one of the best parts is seeing the look on the homeowner’s face when everything comes together in the end. “The customer leaves an empty house in the morning, and arrives home to see a completely furnished space. Each room is stylized with furniture, artwork, and lighting, right down to the last vase. The homeowner arrives home to experience walking through each room ‒ almost like seeing their new home for the first time. It’s so exhilarating and rewarding to be able to do this for people.” For more information, visit www. LS

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giving back

Alexander’s House is making a difference by Hilary Klassen PHOTOS BY HILARY KLASSEN

In this new series, Living Spaces explores philanthropic initiatives by members of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. In this edition of “Giving Back,” we learn about Alexander’s House, founded by Lauren and Al Reisinger, in memory of their son Alex. Al Reisinger is a founding partner with Riverbend Developments Ltd., and a long-time SRHBA member.


hen Al and Laurel Reisinger lost their son Alex to addiction two years ago, the pain and sense of loss went deep. Complicating the loss was a feeling of powerlessness about the complexity of addiction, and frustration with an apparent lack of adequate resources to treat addiction. “Alex had struggled with addiction for a number of years. It started out with getting a prescription for a pain killer, which is not that uncommon. But if someone has that propensity toward addiction, then that could be the start of it,” said Laurel. The addiction progressed through high school and Alex’s mental health began to suffer. Alex was an extremely bright young man, Al says. He had undergone treatment in British Columbia, Arizona and Minnesota, but Laurel says sometimes the gains were short-lived. Then a hopeful omen. Alex had been clean and sober in the U.S. for a year, and was looking to return to studies in physics at the University of British Columbia, when he relapsed. “With opiates sometimes you don’t get a second chance,” Al says. “People who have never been through that before don’t know what that’s like. It never goes away. It’s always with you.” The Reisingers wanted to channel that sense of powerlessness into something good. “We thought, there’s a lot of things we cannot change, but is there something we can do


to try to make sense of this, to try to give back?” Saskatoon’s Calder Centre has 28day programs, but for opiate addiction, 90plus days are needed to have any reasonable chance of recovery, Al noted. “Typically, people leave the province to go to rehab. There’s a real vacuum here.” Laurel and Al felt that while a fullscale rehab centre is very much needed in Saskatoon, setting one up was beyond their ability. When they looked around at what they could do, they discovered that rehab aftercare programs for pilots and doctors with addictions were very strong. “The cornerstone of those programs is very strong structure, repetition, reinforcement and follow-up, and enough time to allow their brains to reset so they are prepared to re-enter broader society,” Al said. That’s where a transition house can come in. “We established Alexander’s House as a sober living home in memory of Alex.” The safe, structured living situation offers community, professional therapy, and peer


When somebody first arrives at Alexander’s House it’s a good idea if they have a roommate, Laurel Reisinger says. It fosters connection and fends off a sense of isolation for newcomers.

support, key components of a successful recovery. “If all you’re doing is going back to your old circumstances and your old friends and social settings, you’re going to relapse. It’s not a question of if,” says Al. Alexander’s House can accommodate five or six people at a time in a communal setting. “In a sense, it’s a bit of a monastic model, and by that I mean there’s structure.” That structure is broken down into eighthour increments: work, which means either a job or going to school or volunteering; working on yourself or your community; and sleep. Residents do chores and make meals together. “There is a meal plan they can follow in general terms, so they get a healthy diet which is very important in recovery to address the nutritional depletion typical of addicts,” says Laurel. Addictions counsellor Brad Bodnarchuk is the overall admissions manager and facilitator. Residents participate in group sessions on or off-site as well as individual counselling. The house has a day manager and a night manager. The longer-term goal is to launch an additional transition house specifically for women. A board still being developed includes Laurel, a medical doctor, addictions counsellor and another individual with valued experience. There is a cost to stay at the transition house which doesn’t begin to cover expenses, but does provide some

incentive to residents to invest in their own recovery. Al is troubled by the current approach to addictions within the medical community. He says it takes about six to eight weeks to get into detox in this area. “Can you imagine if somebody had a heart attack, which can be fatal, and they said ‘Sorry, it’s going to be six weeks before we can fit you in?’ It’s just as urgent for an addict and yet there’s a disconnect.” In the health care system, mental health doesn’t receive the same attention. It is under-appreciated, under-recognized and under-funded, he says. Deaths from illicit drug overdose in British Columbia exceeded 900 in 2016 and now far outnumber deaths from car crashes – underscoring the urgency. “With Alexander’s House, we’re doing something we were able to do, and hopefully making a difference in a number of lives,” says Al. “My fondest wish is that people can take a deep breath and feel like they’re at home in the true sense of the word ‘home,’ where there is support, and that families can be made whole over time and people can get back in society and become productive again.” Laurel says the best thing about Alexander’s

House is the community. “It’s not one addiction over another. Everyone is treated with love and respect.” “We might all be familiar with different candlelight services where we start with one little candle that’s lit, and that candle gets passed on to others and all of a sudden the room is full of light,” Al says. “That’s really our wish.” LS


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J&H Builder’s

Warehouse by Tom Eremondi PHOTOS BY JEFF LYONS


ocally grown and locally owned, J&H Builder’s Warehouse is now in its third generation of ownership by the same family. “J&H Builder’s Warehouse was started by my father-in-law Harold Neufeld in 1969,” explains current co-owner Lloyd Postnikoff. He says Harold was an entrepreneur whose family emigrated from Russia to the Rosthern area in 1923. His father died before he was born; as a result, he grew up in very harsh conditions. Involved in a butcher shop and then a trucking company, Harold founded a company called J.H. Enterprises where, among other products, he dabbled in lumber sales and building products. Realizing their viability, he founded J&H Builder’s Warehouse in 1969. In the 1990s, Harold’s sons, Don, Murray and Rob, took over the business. Many of their children and relatives worked for the company at



various times. In the past few years, Postnikoff ’s brothers-in-law all retired. He became a coowner of the company with Murray’s son, Jonathon, and Don’s son Mick. Now nearing its 50th year in business, Postnikoff says J&H Builder’s Warehouse is still well known for its building supply and project sales store, currently located on Avenue C North. “Contractor sales are also a strong part of J&H. The company also builds Ready-to-Move (RTM) homes while offering renovation services. We offer services such as rebuilds of kitchens and bathrooms and basement development.” On the retail side, he says there’s a strong reason J&H Builder’s Warehouse stays competitive in the era of big box stores and multinational outlets. “We belong to a national buying group that has a combined buying power of $3.4 billion. This gives us tremendous purchasing power and a real competitive edge.” Postnikoff notes another advantage: “We offer premium fast and convenient delivery service to anywhere in the city. This is part of our dedication to customer care.” With renovations, the company’s success comes from its five-decade old history, he adds. “J&H has developed a reputation for quality installed sales and our history in the city means we’ve been able to retain

consistent and qualified sub-trades such as plumbers and carpenters. That allows us to offer peace-of-mind installations.” This trust is further garnered by the company’s near 25-year membership in the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA). While everyday retail customers may not see that as an advantage, J&H’s renovation and RTM customers definitely understand the value of the company belonging to the Association, says Postnikof. “It gives J&H more credibility in the Saskatoon market and especially when compared to smaller companies who tend to build as a sideline and don’t belong to the Association. They won’t be as current with where things are at.” He says membership offers many advantages. “Belonging to the Association and attending meetings where we can talk to other members helps J&H get a feel for the current real estate market, which is a big value to us. “That’s the current scene but the Association also helps us with understanding the forecast for future business. On a yearly

basis, they have meetings with major developers who talk about what will be happening in the near future. It’s key for us to know not only what may be happening in the next year or two but also three or four years and longer from now.” Education is another benefit, Postnikoff reports. “Getting together regularly with other builders allows us to learn from each other. The interaction with other builders at various meetings is helpful; this shoulderto-shoulder learning is great. Networking with other builders and other builder suppliers has a lot of value.” Postnikoff adds that J&H Builder’s Warehouse also sees value in supporting the community. He says the business supports several causes, most notably the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House and the Saskatoon Food Bank. J&H Builder’s Warehouse, located at 2505 Avenue C North is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. For more details, visit LS

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1. Define your floor plan. The most luxurious element in today’s bathrooms is space. Start thinking about exciting options. Does your existing floor plan work with your needs? If your present bathroom is too small to include your favourite “wish list” items, is it possible to revamp an adjacent bedroom to accommodate a luxurious ensuite and an awe-inspiring walk-in closet? 2. Luxurious options. Your new bathroom will be your space to “refresh and retreat.” Consider selections which reflect this personal experience for you. Maybe you would love the feel of showering under an illuminated blue starry sky. The newest chromatherapy integrates lighting concealed in the showerhead to provide a luxurious sensation. Consider heated towel bars and floors that wrap your body and toes in divine comfort. The new Kohler Invigoration steam shower system pairs fragrance, water sprays and sound for a sensational experience. A digital system is customized with aromatherapy, chromatherapy, TV, amplifier, sound tile speakers and body sprays with water tile ambient rain shower panels to envelope you in a complete body experience of soothing warm mist, and soft sounds. Or you may prefer the simplicity of soft candles on tiled floating shelves, surrounded by a backdrop of elegant marble. The most important element here is to “prioritize”, to consider what are the most important amenities for you. This way you can come back down to earth, and wiggle the numbers so that they fit into your budget. 3. Let there be light! Besides water, light is the single most important component in a bathroom. The appropriate task lighting at the correct height is essential to ensure that it doesn’t cast dark shadows. A series of sculptural pendants, chandelier and well-placed sconces can completely transform your space. 4. Create a design plan Once your wish list has been established, the design work can begin. An interior designer can take these elements and create visual 3D perspectives to highlight each component. It allows you to “view” the space before a single wall goes up. Floor plans are developed to highlight the specifications of all new structural walls, plumbing and electrical. Custom tile and cabinetry elevations are created. Schedules for all materials are outlined. Quotes are obtained from suppliers to work within the designated budget. Detailed construction drawings are created to facilitate a smooth transition from vision to reality. Our experienced team of trades ensures a well -planned renovation comes together cohesively, on time and on budget. A balanced space has a sense of ease. It flows with seamless continuity in a specific style. Aim for a warm, harmonious bathroom that sits on the tip of elegance, and you will love your space for years to come. LS Love where you live!



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Timber Kings rule the log home world by Jeannie Armstrong


n any forest, no two trees are alike. The same holds true for the amazing one-of-akind log homes designed and built around the world by Pioneer Log Homes of BC. From their workshop in Williams Lake, B.C., this passionate team of artisans creates the world’s most unique log homes. You probably know them better as the “Timber Kings” – stars of the hit reality TV show entering its fourth season on HGTV Canada. The Timber Kings’ most recent travels brought them to Saskatoon, where general manager André Chevigny spoke to audiences at HomeStyles 2017, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association. When asked what inspires the magnificent structures showcased on Timber Kings, Chevigny has a simple answer. “The wood inspires us, 100 per cent. I always say, the wood speaks to you. When you walk up to a cedar that is centuries old, and you think of what it’s seen in its lifetime, compared to what we’ve seen in our lifetime, it fills you with respect. The wood kind of talks to you as to where you’re going to place it in the house, how you’re going to cut it, how you’re going to shape it.” The ambience and warmth of a log home is truly unique, he adds. “I’m not talking about a physical warmth, although it has that as well. It’s the structural strength of having these wooden timbers around you. There’s also something warm about wood. It warms your heart and gives off positive vibes.” While TV audiences have become familiar with the Timber Kings over the past three years, Pioneer Log Homes dates back 44 years,



founded in 1973 by Bryan Reid, Sr. “I began working for him, peeling logs, before I got out of high school,” says Chevigny, of his older brother. “In 1986, we went full time. Often, we’d be finishing one person’s house and didn’t know what we were going to do tomorrow, but something always came along. We built our first house in the U.S. in 1986, and in 1990, we did our first house in Europe. That was the leap that took us to the next level.” The brothers were determined to set their company apart from other log home builders in the province, who were producing machine-built log houses. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted our homes to be known for their character and longevity, with craftsmanship that would last for centuries. We really tried to separate ourselves and all of a sudden we were building for some very affluent folks,” says Chevigny. “We were blessed to have some special clients. Their budgets allowed us to build spectacular homes, with unique designs and

logitecture.” Every Pioneer log home is handcrafted from Western Red Cedar, exclusive to North America’s west coast. Chevigny says it takes between 60 to 90 logs to build an average-size log home. “We fit logs one on top of the other. Some of these logs are 4,000 to 5,000 pounds. The sheer weight of the timber holds it together,” says Chevigny. You won’t find any nails in a Pioneer-built log home. “We don’t need them. The wood locks together using compression notches. As the wood loads and compresses, it locks together itself,” says Chevigny. Threaded rods provide extra bracing in the event of seismic activity. Chevigny says their team has built log mansions in many earthquake hazard zones, including Hawaii and California. “Or we can build a home in Lanigan, Saskatchewan!” he says. Each home is built on-site at Williams Lake, then dismantled and shipped to the customer’s lot for re-assembly.

“It takes us about three to four months to build an average-size home of 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. There’s a huge amount of work that goes into building a log home. It’s all done by hand. There’s a lot of chainsaw work; special lifting tools are required,” says Chevigny. “That same home will come apart in three days, be loaded on trucks, and when it gets to the site, it will be standing in three to four days.” Chevigny notes that this method of construction has environmental benefits. There’s no mess or debris on site. Wood waste produced at the Williams Lake facility is utilized by the local co-gen power plant. In 2010, Pioneer Log Homes was featured on several episodes of the ABC series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Around the same time, a producer with HGTV Canada called Chevigny to ask if they would be interested in doing a reality show. “Over the next 18 months, we produced two ‘sizzle reels’, which are examples of what a show would be like. Their producers came up here and we spent seven or eight days with them. They did a 10- or 12-minute segment on us and shipped it to the network. All of that was at our own cost. We spent about $100,000 on those two sizzle reels,” says Chevigny. The network liked the concept, but told the Pioneer team they were competing against 17 other sizzle reels. “That was about June of 2012. We said to heck with it and went back to work. A few weeks later, they called us and asked when we could start filming,” says Chevigny. “We started filming the show that same summer. Joel (Roorda) delivered a home to Ontario where the truck went over the bank ­– which the producers loved! That was the start of Timber Kings, Season One.” A fourth season of Timber Kings has been filmed and began airing March 5 on HGTV Canada. Episodes are also broadcast on the Discovery channel as well as Country Music Television (CMT) Canada. “It’s a great season, probably our best yet! We’re excited about it,” says Chevigny. One of the season’s 10 episodes is the result of numerous viewer requests to do follow-up stories on past builds. “We go back and revisit these homes, showing the viewers what they look like three or four years later.” For more details about the Timber Kings’ story, visit or LS 2017 | SPRING



new member profile | scott roofing

New company builds on 250 years of experience by Paul Sinkewicz PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTT ROOFING


cott Roofing is one of most experienced new companies you are ever likely to come across. Scott and Leslie Landru started the company last spring, after Scott’s long-time friend and employer Hugh Helgason decided it was time to put his feet up. The couple found out at the end of February in 2016 that Helgason was retiring, so they immediately began putting the pieces in place in time for the spring roofing season. “This first year we’ve been extremely blessed,” Leslie says. “We’ve been very busy.” Leslie has kept her own career going, while helping Scott with administrative duties in her off hours. That means she goes through emails, organizes materials for the bookkeeper and is generally another resource for the staff. Luckily the couple was able to bring over many experienced employees from Helgason, including Liana May, the office manager for Scott Roofing. “With her came a lot of expertise. Without her I don’t know where we would be,” says Leslie. May deals with the public, the suppliers, the builders and, of course, coordinates the projects and crews. The couple is awed by the fact that among the roughly 20 employees and subcontractors


they rely on, there is more than two centuries of roofing experience. “We’ve got one fellow there who has 37 years in the roofing industry, which is even more than Scott, and other guys who have 25 years,” says Leslie. “We were adding it up, and it came to 250 years when you look at it all. Not many companies have that many years of experience behind them.” Leslie says starting a company was a little scary, so leaning on experience has been a blessing. “Scott knows a lot about roofing, but we’re very new to running a business. That aspect has been really interesting. It’s been a very busy year,” she says. Scott has nothing but good things to say about the education he received working for Helgason. It was a company that valued fair dealing and quality workmanship during its 39 years in operation, and those values are important to the Landrus. Scott first trained as a labourer, working his way up to becoming a roofer and then was put in charge of his own crew. He eventually started to work directly with clients. Over the years, he helped train a majority of the employees he now has on his own staff. “I’ve known them forever, so I don’t have to worry about them. I know what kind of work they do. They’ve learned their jobs from the bottom up, from carrying garbage to becoming shinglers. Customers like to know


they are dealing with experienced, long-term employees.” Little did he know during those decades with Helgason that he was actually training to become an entrepreneur. Now 55, Scott says owning a business has been a lot of work, but very gratifying. “Liana and Leslie allow me to be in the field, where I need to be, taking estimates and being on-site. I really appreciate being able to rely on them.” Scott is also responsible for keeping current with innovations in roofing products and practices. Suppliers come to him with new products – be it shingles, venting or stacks, for example – and Scott evaluates the offerings and keeps on top of changes to the industry. He uses the example of new, one-piece

shingles, which have been replacing three-tab shingles. “The one-piece, architectural shingle is a much better shingle,” he says. “Shingles have come a long way in the last 10 years. They’re much better, and look nicer too.” Scott says he’s also been very fortunate to work with some great home builders – both large and small – who have kept his crews busy throughout the winter months. The Landrus joined the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) in October and are currently working to complete the necessary education components that all new members of the SRHBA have to complete within a year in order to become a fully accredited member. Leslie calls it a comprehensive learning process that will pay off by educating themselves and associating the company with other committed professionals in the field. Having a good reputation in the community is very important to the couple. After all, it’s a standard that was imbued in Scott during his more than 30 years working with Helgason Roofing. “We know that by being associated with the SRHBA, we can rely on their professionalism and ethics, and that’s going to be beneficial to us as a company,” says Leslie. Leslie says running a business, especially in today’s economy, is a challenge. The pricing has to be right, and you have to be out there working hard to succeed. “They say the first couple years of a business are the hardest,” Scott says, “But we’ve been busy, so I have no complaints.”

Scott Roofing is located at 2834 Millar Avenue. The public is always welcome to drop by to see the products available and chat with


some of the most experienced newbies in the field of roofing. For more details, visit www. LS

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Craftsman style reinterpreted for

modern life by Jeannie Armstrong


ver a century ago, home design began to be influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. A backlash against the mechanization wrought by the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts Movement celebrated natural materials, simplicity of design and fine craftsmanship. Out of this movement emerged Craftsman-style homes. To this day, the hallmarks of Craftsman style include neighbourly come-a-calling front porches tucked under low-gabled


roofs, graced by tapered columns; open concept living areas flooded with natural light streaming in through double-hung, transom and dormer windows; and lifestyleenhancing features like mudrooms and large


kitchens with ample cabinets and breakfast nooks. North Prairie Developments Ltd. has embraced the hallmarks of Craftsman style for the past three decades. The family-

owned builder has re-interpreted Craftsman style for modern family living, integrating contemporary features and amenities with classic design elements. The Craftsman Home Series is North Prairie’s newest take on this popular architectural style, a collection of thoughtful floor plans, including bi-level, two storey and four-level split designs. Each home in this series delivers outstanding style at an affordable price point, incorporating open concept layouts, exciting tech innovations and upgraded trims and finishes including granite countertops, highend laminate wood floors, and stylish casings

and baseboards. The charming Craftsmanstyle exteriors ensure lasting curb appeal. Last fall, North Prairie launched a streetscape of 30 Craftsman Series homes on Hassard Close and Labine Crescent in Kensington. Leading the way is North Prairie’s show home at 375 Hassard Close. The best-selling Lincoln Suite model is a spacious 1,530 square-foot, three-bedroom twostorey, with an optional revenue-generating one-bedroom suite in the basement. “With unbelievable pricing from $320,000, demand for the Craftsman Home Series has been incredibly strong. We’ve had to ramp up development to keep up. The project is

currently over 65 per cent sold, with only 12 homes remaining,” says Krista Nakonechny, North Prairie’s marketing and events coordinator. North Prairie followed up on the success of its Kensington project with a second streetscape of Craftsman Series homes in the popular neighbourhood of Stonebridge. In Stonebridge, buyers can select from three different Craftsman Series plans ‒ the Lincoln Suite, the Lannister and a brand new model, the Sapphire ‒ competitively priced starting in the $390,000’s. The Stonebridge streetscape is comprised of 14 lots on Kolynchuk Way. “Our

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Stonebridge Craftsman homes include front yard landscaping, a finished driveway and rear vinyl fence,” says Nakonechny. With so few single family lots remaining in the Stonebridge area, consumer response has been very strong. “The presale for both streetscapes has been very positive, with a record number of presales since the launch. Over three-quarters of the available homes

are sold,” says Nakonechny. Based on consumer demand, a third release of the Craftsman Home Series is now in the planning stages for Rosewood. The Rosewood streetscape will consist of 20 homes with rear lane access. “These are well laid-out designs with optimal open concept living space and excellent kitchen features,” says Nakonechny.

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“We will be releasing a pre-sale event in the spring, offering the best-priced garage product housing in Rosewood.” Nakonechny says the positive response to North Prairie’s Craftsman Series programs in Kensington and Stonebridge is a sign that the Saskatoon housing market is healthier than what is being portrayed in recent media reports. “Consumers are taking their time to make their decisions, but they’re still buying. North Prairie does extensive market research to ensure we are meeting the demands of home buyers, including their top must-haves, new home innovations and maintaining an affordable price point,” says Nakonechny. “So far, 2017 is coming up really strong for us in single family homes.” To view the many features, upgrades and innovations offered in the Craftsman Home Series, visit North Prairie’s show home in Kensington, at 375 Hassard Close. Show home hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., weekends and holidays, and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. A sales centre is also open in Stonebridge, with the same hours, at 1231 Pringle Way. For more details, visit www. LS

in the kitchen

with CHEF

Christie Peters By Jennifer Jacoby-Smith PHOTOS BY JEFF LYONS





t began simply enough. Living in Toronto and working as a model, Christie Peters found herself wondering what she should do when her modelling jobs ended. Inspired by watching the Food Network, she decided she should get her own cooking show. “I thought cooking is the most practical skill because you have to feed yourself three times a day,” explains Peters. “And living the good life is about eating and drinking and [it is] the source of joy and the centre of life.” The problem was she had no idea how to cook anything. She decided apprenticeship was the way to go. “I just found a chef that believed in me. I would have worked for free, but they were desperate for staff at the time, so they took me on,” she says. Peters trained with chefs such as Rob Feenie in Vancouver and worked in San Francisco and Amsterdam. Eventually, she returned to her home town of Saskatoon with husband Kyle Michael to open The Hollows, later followed by Primal. Both specialize in local, sustainable ingredients. And by local, she means really local. Thanks to a horticulturalist on staff, Lisa Taylor, Peters’ entire yard is devoted to growing various vegetables. Other garden plots in the city are also employed by Taylor to produce a bumper crop for Peters. To preserve that bounty, Peters said she had to learn how to make pickles, ferments and other types of canning. She shares a simple pickling liquid so you can savour your summer bounty all year long. As well, she shares a kimchi recipe – a fermented side dish from Korea – that will spice up almost any meal and is a creative way to use up vegetable trims. Peters also shares recipes for two common dishes from the menus of The Hollows and Primal. For Peters, cooking is a creative outlet. She relishes the challenges of working with the short growing season in Saskatoon and her mantra is to never waste anything in the kitchen. At Primal, even beet stems are converted into a dark red meaty sauce that partners well with pork or gnocchi. “No waste in the kitchen is big for being a business owner,” she says. “And that’s one thing I’ve always learned in kitchens is that chefs not have waste and finding a use for different things.” She points to the concord grapes she was gifted last year. After making grape jelly, she and Kyle used the seeds that had been strained out to make a concord grape mustard. Other leftover seeds with a bit of flesh clinging to them were put into a jar with vinegar and allowed to steep for six months to create a concord grape vinegar which makes a beautiful vinaigrette to go with the bone marrow. It is important to Peters to stay true to the local ingredients and use them fully and creatively to take Saskatoon palates to new places. “We’re also serving the weird food that we want to serve. It’s different and it’s not your typical meat and potatoes,” Peters laughs. LS

Potato Gnocchi with Squash and Kale Serves: 6-8 people

1 orange-fleshed squash (butternut, buttercup, red curry, pink banana, etc.) 3 tbsp. butter 1 tsp. salt (to taste) 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 bunch of kale, destemmed and torn 500 g Yukon gold potatoes 150 g all-purpose flour 10 g salt 1 whole egg Zest of 2 lemons 3 tbsp. canola oil for frying 1 tbsp. butter for frying 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot, diced For kale: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil (it should taste like sea water). Blanch kale until it turns bright in colour, approximately 30 seconds. Remove from water and plunge into an ice bath. Squeeze water out gently. For squash: Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds (reserve for toasting, or to plant in the garden next year, or both!). Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil. Place


cut side down on a baking tray. Bake until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Scoop flesh out of skin while still warm. Add to blender with 3 tbsp. butter. Blend until very smooth and season to taste with salt. For gnocchi: Start a large pot of salted boiling water and preheat oven to 350° F (can cook at the same time as squash). Poke holes in potatoes with fork and bake uncovered for approximately 45 minutes or until cooked through and soft. Have flour, eggs, salt and lemon zest measured and ready when potatoes come out of the oven as it is best to work with potatoes when still hot. Cut potatoes in half and press flesh side down through a Tamis, over a large bowl. Use a cloth on the potato skins to protect your hands from the heat. (If you do not have a Tamis you can also use a potato ricer.) Add flour, egg, salt and zest to potatoes and chop in using a pastry scraper. Try to work potato dough as little as possible; fold a couple times in the bowl, and then turn out onto work surface. Form into a foot long cylinder shape. Cover with clean towel so dough does not dry out. Working with a small amount of dough at a time, on a floured surface, form into a snake shape around 1-inch thick, then cut snake into 1-inch squares.


Blanche in boiling water until the gnocchis float, then wait another 10 seconds. Remove from water with a slotted spoon, place to an oiled tray. Continue with rest of dough. Chill boiled gnocchi before frying. Any extra gnocchi can be frozen for a future meal, as well as any extra kale, or squash purée. This is especially useful if you have an abundance in the garden that you would like to enjoy in the middle of winter. To assemble: Heat a pan to smoking point with canola oil. Add gnocchi. Do not overcrowd pan. Add 1 tbsp of butter. Flip gnocchi when golden on one side. When second side is golden add shallot and garlic. Toss in kale to reheat. Place on top of warm squash purée and enjoy. Optional: Finish with parmesan and black pepper or other seasonal garnish such as chive flower, marigolds, or other herbs.

Crabapple Jelly 6 lbs. crab apples 4 1/2 cups sugar Remove both stem and blossom ends from crab apples. Do not peel or core. In large Dutch oven, bring crab apples and 6 cups (1.5 L) water to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until softened. Using potato masher, crush crab apples; cook for 5 minutes longer. Wet and wring out jelly bag; suspend on frame over large measuring cup or bowl.

Bird Liver Pate Reduce the following ingredients au sec, then remove bay leaf and cool: 100 ml masala or madeira 100 ml port wine 50 ml brandy 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 clove garlic 1 bay leaf Thyme

Fill with crab apples; let drip, without squeezing bag, for about 2 hours or until juice measures 6-1/2 cups (1.625 L), adding up to 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water if necessary. In large clean Dutch oven, bring juice with sugar to full rolling boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; boil for 15 to 18 minutes or until gel stage. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Using funnel, fill hot 1-cup (250 mL) canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch (5 mm) headspace. Cover with prepared lids. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight. Boil in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Then add: 500 g duck or chicken liver 400 g melted butter 4 eggs 1 tsp. nitrate salt 1 tsp. salt 1⁄2 tsp. black pepper Blend, and chinois (a fine sieve). Pour into terrine lined with plastic wrap. Bake at 250° F. for 45 minutes, turn. Bake 45 minutes, turn again. Bake 45 minutes more.

Bone marrow Soak in cold salted water and rinse every few hours until water is clear. Roast in a 400° F degree oven until marrow is tender and soft. Serve with toast and sea salt or other garnishes of your choice. Optional: Top with bread crumbs mixed with herbs and a drizzle of your favourite vinaigrette.

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The variety of garden items that can be pickled is almost endless. Here Christie displays just some of the items she has pickled from her vast gardens. Clockwise from top centre: chanterelles, peppers, rose petals, kimchi, cucumbers, carrots, beets, red onion, and yellow beans. Centre is garlic scapes.

Pickling liquid 2 cups water 1 cup rice wine vinegar 2/3 cup sugar 1 tbsp. salt 2 cloves 2 tbsp. pepper

2 tbsp. mustard seeds 2 tbsp. chopped ginger 2 jalapenos Bring to a boil and then strain. This liquid can be used to pickle a variety of different garden vegetables.

1 head napa cabbage 10 cloves peeled garlic 1.5� peeled ginger 3/4 cup simple syrup 2 tbsp. salt 2 tbsp. sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 cup water 1 cup Korean chili flakes, or to taste 6 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 carrot, finely julienned Cut cabbage and any other excess garden vegetables that you are using and mix with the salt and sugar and let sit in fridge overnight. PurÊe other ingredients, except cabbage, carrot and scallion and pour over vegetables, mix with your hands, transfer to clean glass jar and store in fridge and watch the texture and flavour change as the weeks go by.



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