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LIVING REFINED™ Vo l u m e No1 2018

Seven Upgrades

B athroom Bli ss

KITCHEN PARTIES

Queen of Colour

Every Home Buyer Should Consider

The Spa-like Feeling of an OPUS Bathroom

Host Family + Friends in Your New Home

Find the Right Colours with our Décor Studio Manager


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MAKING A HOUSE A HOME It’s the exceptional quality, outstanding craftsmanship, thoughtful details and the personal touches that we put into every house that make it a home.

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DÉCOR STUDIO EXPERIENCE Our goal is to provide you with expert advice and design options that help you personalize your home to your individual taste and budget.

SIGNATURE FINISHES™ Your new home should feel special to you. What others may consider as upgrades, we offer to our clients as our Signature FinishesTM.


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ARCHITECTURE THAT INSPIRES Our homes’ exteriors convey a community theme and blends into their surroundings, while speaking to the individuality of their owner.

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EXCEPTIONAL CLIENT CARE OPUS Homes has been honoured with the industry’s most prestigious awards for quality and customer service excellence. To that we celebrate our accomplishments.

OUR OUTSTANDING COMMUNIT IES A roundup of some of our fine existing communities and others that are coming soon to the best locations across the GTA.

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MAKING A HOUSE A HOME

At OPUS Homes, we believe that a home is a very special place that we help create for our clients. Uncompromising quality is the foundation, design and craftsmanship are the bricks and mortar, and client care is the cornerstone of every home we build. But we don’t stop there. It’s the thoughtful details that we put into every house that make it a home. A welcoming porch that’s a beacon to friends and neighbours. A cozy fireplace to make warm memories. A beautiful backyard that echoes to the laughter of your kids playing. OPUS is Latin for “work”. At OPUS Homes, we consider it our life’s work to build you a home of which you can be proud. We are third-generation homebuilders with decades of experience behind us and a clear vision in front of us. Thank you for letting us build your dream home.

Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco

Michael Ronco


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WELCOME TO LIVING REFINED™ Refined living can mean different things to different people. But what we can all agree upon is, living well starts with a thoughtfully designed and impeccably crafted OPUS home. It speaks to the dreams of the people living in it and resonates with taste, character and personality. Through the pages of this magazine, we want to let you know what OPUS Homes is doing to make your home and life more beautiful. You’ll meet with some outstanding members of our team, get an insight into how we are taking homebuilding to the next level in quality and innovation, and be inspired by some of our worthy causes like Families Helping Families. Visit us on social media and give us your valuable suggestions and feedback. Happy reading! 4


THE DÉCOR STUDIO EXPERIENCE When you walk into the OPUS Décor Studio in Vaughan,

After your purchase, you’ll be invited to a Design

our team will greet you, talk to you about what you

& Colour Selection Meeting where you’ll meet with

want from your new OPUS home and guide you towards

knowledgeable experts, and together, you will select

smart decisions that make sense for you. Our goal is to

the features and finishes for your new home. A detailed

provide you with expert advice and design options that

checklist of what to expect from this meeting and how

help you personalize your home to your individual taste

to prepare for it will be provided to each OPUS client.

and budget.


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The Queen of Colour Meet Kimberly Bianchi, our in-house Décor Studio

over a decade. She has taken the OPUS décor

Manager and resident colour expert. She’ll help

experience to the next level through the use of

you set the right tones in every room of your

technology and has an uncanny eye for tints,

new home. With an honours degree in interior

hues and shades.

design, Kimberly has worked in the industry for 6


KITCHEN HOLY GUACAMOLE Chips and Guac is one of our favourite kitchen party apps. It’s naturally social, easy to dig into, quick to make and relatively inexpensive. This authentic Mexican guacamole is our favourite recipe. • 5 large avocadoes, black and slightly soft to the press • 2 large limes, juiced • 1 medium white onion, diced • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped finely • 1 large tomato, diced • A pinch of salt • 1 finely chopped fresh jalapeno 1. Scoop the avocados into a bowl. Add juice of one fresh lime immediately to prevent browning and mash to desired consistency. 2. Add chopped onions, tomato and cilantro. Stir gently to mix ingredients. 3. Add juice of second lime and then salt to taste. Stir just slightly until incorporated. 4. Add jalapeño to taste. We like our guacamole on the creamy side, so we use a food processor.


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PARTIES The first time you host family or friends in your new

Consider more island countertop space for more seats or

home is special for so many reasons. For you, it’s the

more room to stand and catch up. Also, think about how

end of a long process. For them, it’s the chance to

you want to configure your cupboards and cabinets to

celebrate you and your achievement. For your future

accommodate large serving dishes. Finally, lighting will

self, it’s a memory that will never fade.

be key. You’ll want to make sure it’s equally planned for evening soirees and sunny days.

If you are like most people, you’ll spend a chunk of the day or evening with your guests in the kitchen. You should keep this in mind as you are designing

Kimberly Bianchi, Décor Studio Manager

your home.

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SERENITY IN THE BATHROOM When you close that door, run that hot water and step in for a bath or shower, you’re washing reality away and living a blissful moment. As you’re planning your bathrooms, we recommend considering cupboards and vanities that make things easy to store and access so you don’t have to empty them to find what you want. We talk about things like shower heads and toilet seats, and what your true (sometimes unspoken) preferences are, and of course,


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there’s floor feel and colour. When you step out of the tub onto your heated bathroom floor and look down at your clean feet, you want them framed just right. As you move along the process, our Décor Studio Team will guide you through making the right decisions for every square inch of your bathroom. Kimberly Bianchi, Décor Studio Manager

WHY FRESH LINENS MATTER

Crawling into a clean, neatly made bed is one of

And we recommend investing in good sheets with

life’s great joys. You feel so much more cozy and

high thread counts that will stay true over multiple

comfortable when the sheets are freshly cleaned.

washes. As you plan your bedrooms’ storage

The smoothness of the sheets on your skin can’t be

options, consider a shelf or drawer just for your

underestimated as a contributor to a great night’s

linens. This will make changing your sheets

sleep and to the level of hospitality your guests will

less tedious.

feel, whether it’s conscious or not. We recommend owning three sets of sheets per regularly used bed.

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Luxury Upgrades Home Buyers Should Consider


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While OPUS Homes come with some standard features you probably won’t find anywhere else (and a pedigree you definitely won’t find anywhere else), upper tier options are still available and most of our clients take advantage of more than a few. Andrea and Michael have been in the home-building business their whole lives. They’ve seen floor plans blossom into extraordinary realities with a push from home buyers who go the extra mile. Over the years, they’ve identified these seven luxury upgrades as ones that every homeowner should seriously consider.

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Hardwood floors throughout the entire home for a classier look.

Higher ceilings and windows for a grander feel.

Built-in appliances for stream lined kitchens

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Larger basement windows

Pre-wiring for a smart home

4 LED potlights and smooth ceilings for a clean bright space

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Stone countertops for an elevated luxurious feel 12


Signature Finishes

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Designing for your Spirit & Style

Your new home should feel special to you. What others may consider as upgrades, we offer our homeowners as standard features and finishes.

*Represented images maybe different than actual Signature FinishesTM


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SUPERIOR COMES STANDARD Some of these standards include: · 9’ ceilings · Taller kitchen cabinetry · Glass shower stalls · Stone cast mantels in the family room ·Double sinks and stand-alone tubs in the ensuite · Hardwood floors · Matching door handles and hinges · 10’6” Tray ceiling in master bedroom · 8’ Front entry doors · Stunning architecture But the best of the Signature Finishes™ are in the gourmet kitchens where mealtime is always beautiful thanks to maple cabinets, granite or quartz countertops, undermount sinks and upgraded faucets. * Although unlikely, finishes may vary.

GREEN. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO GO.

· Larger windows

This is the time to GO GREEN™ An eco-friendly approach is important to us as home builders and parents. A core belief of ours is to give clients healthy, efficient homes and to ensure they have options in the Décor Studio. Choices include high-efficiency lighting and appliances, water-saving fixtures, emission-reducing systems and ways to keep indoor air clean. 14


ARCHITECTURE THAT INSPIRES A home’s exterior conveys a community theme and blends into its surroundings, while speaking to the individuality of its owner. We’re proud of the OPUS Signature Architectural Details (part of our Signature Finishes™) that offer better durability, a timeless look and a lasting first impression. These include steeper roof pitches (when allowed by a municipality); 9’ ceilings to allow for a spacious arch; larger windows and an 8’ front door; premium brick and extra attention paid to randomizing patterns so each home is unique.

*Details and specifications may change depending on community. Refer to Schedule A for community specific details. Rendering is artist’s concept. E.& O.E.


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WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT Michael Ronco Principal & Legal Counsel

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Andrea receiving The Riley Brethour Award Celebrating the Grand Opening of OPUS Homes, 2011

CELEBR OPUS Homes’ 5th Year Anniversary Party, 2016

OPUS Homes’ first Ground Breaking, Endeavour in Whitby, 2011

OPUS Homes’ 5th Year Anniversary Party, 2016

Celebrating our successes in Client Satisfaction Achievement

Our Team and our LOVE for what we do


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Winning the Builder of the Year Award at the Vaughan Business Achievement Awards

Celebrating the holiday season dressed in our PJ’s

RATIONS AWARDS Project of the Year

Builder of the Year Finalist

Best Social Media Finalist

Richlands, BILD 2018

BILD GTA, 2017

BILD, 2015 Our corporate’s social media

Riley Brethour Leadership

Best Non Sales Video

efforts were recognized within the

Award, BILD 2018

BILD GTA, 2017

homebuilding community.

The Riley Brethour Award was awarded to

At BILD’s Sales and Marketing Awards,

Andrea DeGasperis Ronco to recognize her

we won for our Corporate Video.

Young Entrepreneurs Under 40 Award, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

outstanding and consistent professional achievement

Builder of the Year, Vaughan

Business Achievement Awards, 2016

in residential home building

Chamber of Commerce Business

Andrea was recognized as Young

while demonstrating concern and

Achievement Awards, 2017

Entrepreneurs Under 40 who

involvement in the improvement of

We won in the Builder/Developer

contributed to Vaughan’s prosperity.

the profession and the Association.

Category. Landscape Ontario Award

Best Digital Marketing Campaign Whitby

Peoples Choice Award Finalist

of Excellence, 2015

Meadows, BILD 2018

BILD, 2015

Our River’s Edge Memorial Park

Aurora Trails was nominated for a

was recognized in the “Commercial

Tarion Homeowners’ Choice

People’s Choice Award, based on

Construction, Multiresidential &

Awards, 2017 & 2018

input from the public and the

Industrial over $250,000” category.

We were a finalist in the ultra-competitive

building industry.

Medium Volume Builder category. 18


WHEN IT COMES TO EXCELLENCE, WE LET OUR HOMEBUYERS DO THE TALKING. “WE ARE IMPRESSED BY THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT AND THE SERVICE THAT WE RECEIVED OVER THE LAST YEAR...” Celine J, Endeavour

“Andrea, we wanted to take a moment to thank you and the team. Right from day one, you have made the experience fun and exciting, with none of the worry that usually accompanies large purchases. The OPUS designs really stand out and are without a doubt the best-looking ones in this community. When the family outgrows this location, we’ll certainly reach out to hear about the projects on the go.” The Miculescu Family, Aurora Trails


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“Attention to detail has been above and beyond my expectations. Andrea, I just wanted to send you a quick note on how impressed I am with your staff. I’ve purchased many homes in my time and I can tell you that my experience with your staff has

“OPUS IS UNLIKE OTHER BUILDERS, IN THAT THE SERVICE IS TOTALLY THERE. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO US.” The Daoud Family, Upper Mount Pleasant

been a pleasure.” The Gunn Family, Endeavour

“I can truly say that I absolutely love my OPUS home – I don’t think I’ve experienced that love of a home before. Thank you to you and your team for making this purchase such a great experience for me. I look forward to many years of enjoyment in my new neighbourhood. I have already told many people what a great experience I’ve had with OPUS Homes and I will continue to do so.” The Reid Family, Upper Mount Pleasant

“WE ARE IMPRESSED BY THE QUALITY TEAM AT OPUS HOMES” The Sharma Family, Upper Mount Pleasant

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Frank Frazao Site Manager With 17 years of experience in site supervision and service, Frank complements his site management skills with a methodical mind and clientfocused approach.

Carmela Simeone Accounting Manager With over 10 years of experience in accounting, Carmela has a diverse finance background and a can-do attitude that makes her a key member of the team.

The OPUS HOMES team iS PART OF OUR DIFFERENCE Michael Ronco Principal & Legal Counsel With the experience of running a successful legal practice, and over ten years of on site construction experience, Michael is a Principal in the company now focusing on real estate law, land development and architectural designs.


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newsletter. Here Andrea provides a monthly update on trends, what to look for in a new home, decor questions, upcoming project and community highlights. This popular newsletter is a source for new home purchasers across the GTA.

Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco Principal The third generation of a renowned real estate family, Andrea launched OPUS Homes in 2011 and leads the company with vision, passion and innovation.

Anthony Competiello Site Manager Anthony brings almost a decade of experience in the homebuilding industry, working in diverse areas like Site Supervision, Customer Care, Health & Safety

Carlo DeGasperis Co-Founder A pioneer and respected industry leader, Carlo (Andrea’s father,)

Management and Budget Control. Anothy is thrilled to bring his keen customer focus to our team.

helped lay the foundation of OPUS Homes and serves as a mentor and advisor to the company.

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Alex Reid Construction Manager With 20 years of construction expertise, Alex brings passion and dedication to his work as he manages all field construction operations for the company.

Shivanie Balkaran Executive Assistant With strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a keen ability to handle a variety of challenges, Shivanie is an

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invaluable asset to the team.

Vince Ditri Contracts Manager With 15 years of building management experience, Vince brings a wealth of knowledge and takes personal pride in delivering homes of the highest quality.


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Giovanni Cirillo Site Supervisor With a Diploma in Construction Engineering and Management from George Brown College, Giovanni is passionate, dedicated and detail-oriented.

Kimberly Bianchi DĂŠcor Studio Manager With a deep-rooted passion for design and helping clients,

Jimmy Rego

Kimberly makes the dĂŠcor

Client Care Coordinator

selection process an easy and enriching experience for

With 18 years of experience,

homebuyers.

Jimmy is a breath of fresh air in the Client Care realm. His friendly demeanor and positive outlook makes him loved amongst clients.

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BUILDING EXCELLENCE ACROSS T HE GTA Here’s a quick snapshot of the various communities where OPUS Homes is currently building or has plans to open in the near future. From Brampton in the west to Whitby in the east and Aurora to the north, OPUS Homes has an impressive footprint across the Greater Toronto Area. Every OPUS community is distinguished by our hallmark of uncompromising quality and exceptional value.

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HEADQUARTERS Orangeville Richmond Hill

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Brampton

Toronto Etobicoke

401 Georgetown

Mississauga

Milton

Scarborough

Markham


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CURRENT OPUS HOMES COMMUNIT IES Uxbridge

Aurora - Aurora Trails Richmond Hill - Richlands Brampton - Origins Whitby - Whitby Meadows

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Oshawa 412 Ajax

Pickering

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