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At home with Calgarian Tom Jackson

Creating luxury décor

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Talking to Prominent Homes’ President Deep Shergill

Luxury in the kitchen

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Actor and musician Tom Jackson at Home in Calgary

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Calgary has heart city’s strength comes from its talented and engaged residents Welcome to the premiere issue of Luxury Living for 2013. I’m eager to report that this is our third edition and the team at Wall2Wall Media can’t wait to showcase the best that Calgary has to offer. In this issue, writer Heather Ryan spoke with Prominent Homes’ owner and incoming CHBA President Deep Shergill. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Deep and his wife Pinky at a conference in Jasper late last year. Not only does Deep love his country, his city and his hockey, he is heavily involved in many philanthropic efforts under the Prominent Homes Charitable Organization, a fact he was too modest to mention in our Q+A. Another philanthropist profiled in this issue is Canadian actor and musician Tom Jackson. Tom resides in Calgary full time having relocated back in the ’90s while he was hard at work in Bragg Creek filming the hit show North of 60. Find out what Jackson loves about Calgary, his Bearspaw home and why he’s considering Greener options. And since this is the time of year many of us long for a warm-weather retreat, have a read of our Luxury in Paradise story which just may inspire you to join the ranks of those who said “aloha” to Maui real estate. Going from snowboots to sandals is now easier than ever thanks to a direct flight path that will get you there in under seven hours. The glorious beaches and benefits of the aloha spirit beckon – and there are plenty of real estate options to consider. We hope you enjoy this issue of Luxury Living. Let us know what you think. We love hearing from you!

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At home with


Tom Jackson by Heather Ryan


e’s been awarded the Order of Canada, had dinner with the Queen, is a Juno and Gemini recipient, a philanthropist, an environmentalist. And he’s a Calgarian.

An actor and musician, Tom Jackson moved here part-time in September 1992 to start shooting the everpopular TV show North of 60. Falling in love with the city, he and wife Alison eventually sold their home in Winnipeg and became full-time residents in 1996, buying their first home in Signal Hill. In 2003, the couple sought out a more private, peaceful location and purchased a 3,400-sq.-ft., threebedroom bungalow in Bearspaw. It features a fully developed walkout basement, four-car garage, a tennis court and 4.5 acres offering a beautiful natural setting that is often frequented by deer, moose, coyotes and a plethora of birds. Surrounded by trees that hide the residence from the street, the home provides them with “unexpected seclusion so close to the city,” says Tom, who often walks to a nearby shopping centre on Country Hills Boulevard for a morning coffee. I sat down with Tom and Alison in the basement studio, – home to Tom’s many guitars – to chat about the home and find out what this multi-talented Calgarian was working on these days.

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Q. What’s your favourite room in your home? A. The Great Room. As much as I spend more time in the studio to create art, and I really love it down here – it’s my creative vault. It’s where I assemble all the pieces, but I do more creative writing in the Great Room. I like the light and the ambience and I like the way it sounds when I play. It’s great because it’s so warm, it’s got age to it and at night when the lights are lit, it’s perfect. I’ll sit in my same spot and pick up my guitar and I can ‘noodle’ for hours. Sometimes I come up with something new. I’m an old folkie – it reminds me of a place you’d sit around – even in your imagination – or reminds me of places I’ve been. There’s lots of wood – like a farmhouse with no chores.

Q. What’s your favourite feature in the home? A. I like all the space. I don’t feel like anything is cluttered here. We’ve filled the space, but not ‘claustrophobic’ filled; you don’t bump into things.

Q. If you were going to add a new feature/room to your home, what would it be? A. I don’t really think I would add anything. I might better manage the space downstairs to put in a guest suite, but that would mean we have to build a route/access out of the building. We talked about putting in a south-facing wrap-around deck with walk-out from the Great Room.

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Q. What do you like most about living in Calgary? A. I find people are friendly, kind and generous. Because we do a

We wouldn’t mirror this home, but the things I like in this home I would build in the new home. Part of that is space.

lot of work with the philanthropic community, my first experience here was enthusiasm, non-resistance, participation, generosity – all of that encompassed into a person/city creates a kind, conscientious community. You can find streets anywhere that are cold stone, but a lot of the streets in this town are paved with compassion and they generally lead to a core group of people. I sit on the board of the Homeless Foundation and I find a lot of folks are kindred spirits and allies who provide good counsel and are shining examples – almost to a fault – who don’t know how to say ‘no’. My good friend Gerry Kendall is always doing something for somebody. He’s always introducing me to people – a ‘taking care of your neighbour’ approach. I liken the atmosphere here to communities of the north.

Q. What accomplishment are you most proud of? A. Hands down I have three achievements – the Order of Canada,

Q. What do you do for fun at home? A. I write, and from time to time I play pool. Q. I hear from Alison you’re selling – have you decided where you’re moving to and why?

Juno and Gemini – they are all humanitarian awards and it’s great that all three (from the recording and arts communities and the government) have acknowledged my community work.

Q. What are you working on now? A. I’m very much involved in education as it relates to giving students tools and incentives to stay in school. I’m also working on a new live musical called Blue Water, which we hope to launch in spring 2014, and I’m working on a new album with a fellow artist in Los Angeles.

Q. You are currently working with a group to build a state-of-the-art railway from Edmonton to Valdez, Alaska, designed to open landlocked natural resources from the Prairies including, but not limited to, oil and gas. What is the vision?

A. We’re staying in Calgary, but we’re exploring options. We may A. “It will be a whole new opportunity for our country; it’s nation rebuild on the same property and we’re thinking of talking to folks about subdividing this property and creating a larger space to add to existing surrounding property (of 16 acres) and build because I love the area. It’s time for a change though. This home was state-of-the-art 2-by-6 construction when it was built in 1980 and the value has only increased. But that said, I’ve been promoting sustainable housing for many years and we are looking to live in a home that we promote – which is ‘Green’ and modular.

changing. More information will be coming in the next couple of months … more opportunity for our country to develop economically … and it’s not a pipe dream.” Finally, Tom is working with NOV Wilson promoting and developing Green products, namely LED lighting and oil spill technologies. We’ll have to catch up with him again in the future and find out more about his sustainable home, once its built!

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From stunning kitchens and to terrific home theatres, Homes by Avi offers estate home designs, features and customizations to suit the dreams and lifestyles of today’s luxury buyers. “People looking for an estate home are moving up to the next level so they expect more high-end appointments and luxury,” says Karl Bursnell, sales manager (singlefamily) for Homes by Avi. “On the exterior they want higher-end elements such as stucco and Hardie Board and detailing, along with triple- and even quad-car garages. Inside they’re looking for incredible attention to details, custom built-ins and higher-end features such as wood flooring and high-end appliances. “Most importantly they want size, style and the flexibility to change a plan so that it will work for them,” Bursnell says. “They’ve probably built a home before, have a good understanding of the process and we work closely with them to make there home uniquely theirs. “Almost all of our estate buyers also want the basement developed, especially since many of these homes are on walkout lots, and they want this space developed to the same finishing level as the rest of the home.” Many buyers are being creative with the basement space crafting features such as a games area, a wet bar, an exercise room and a wine cellar to go along with the family room, extra bedroom and bathroom. Bursnell [14] luxury living February 2013

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says home theatres “have almost become a must-have and we’re creating more elaborate outdoor spaces.” While Homes by Avi has been building estate homes for many years, the growth in estate communities in the past 18 months has made it so there is more opportunity now for buyers, Bursnell says. Home by Avi is currently building estate homes in two southwest communities – Castle Keep and Timberline Estates. The homebuilder has just a few lots still available in Castle Keep and has a showhome – the 2,993-sq.-ft. Guilford that will be closing in February. This $1.2 million home features a main-floor bedroom and ensuite, which Bursnell says is ideal for a nanny or older member of the family. In Timberline Estates, where there are numerous large lots available including two large ravine lots, the home builder has the Cambridge showhome, a 2,938-sq.-ft. twostorey with triple-car garage priced at $1.2 million, and an amazing 3,500-sq.-ft., twostorey spec home with a quad tandem garage priced at $1.5 million. Homes by Avi also has the fabulous Waterford showhome in The Ridges of Valley Pointe Estates in northwest Calgary, where there are several ravine and interior lots available. This 2,767-sq.-ft. bungalow with loft showhome has a triple-car garage and walkout basement features stunning valley views and a two-way fireplace shared with the great room and patio priced at $1.5 million. “We’re also building in the Shores Of Westmere Estates in Chestermere, because it is outside of the city the lots are lower

priced and we can build estate homes starting in the $750,000s,” he says. The Westmere showhome, the 2,805-sq.-ft. Grant, is a two-storey on a walkout lot with triple-car garage priced just over $1 million, and Homes by Avi has lots ranging from 55- to 60-ft. wide.

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hen it comes to improvements to the home, creating a luxury kitchen will add not only value, but ensure a space that is both esthetically pleasing and functional.

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home – it’s a place where your day starts off with a good breakfast, where the kids go for after school snacks, where the evening meal is prepared for the family, and it’s a natural gathering place for friends and family. It makes sense that when creating a luxury kitchen it has all the high-end elements you’ll love now and in the future. “A number of people are turning their kitchens into a showpiece,” says Blair Foisy, owner and president of Trademark Renovations. “They want to create a kitchen that looks really high end, but they also want it to be functional and practical; they want a working, functioning space and they want it to look awesome.

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“That stands to reason because the kitchen steel, stone … we recently did a hood fan is the heart of the home; it’s where people that looks like a medieval piece. It’s made of congregate, and so they’re willing to spend black stainless with rivet details, and it looks more and more money into making it a focal amazing.” point,” he says, noting that his company has Luxury homeowners are also willing to done a number of extremely high-end kitchen spend the money to have their specific interests renovations, including one to a Calgary home, addressed. For example, in a recent renovation, that spanned more than 1,000 sq. ft. Trademark created a custom cabinet with a “All the kitchens we do are custom tailored mixer lift shelf. “The client loves to bake, so to each client’s wants and needs and we’re we created a dedicated space where she could seeing a lot of high-end and high-tech features just lift the automatic shelf and her heavy going into kitchens,” says Foisy. mixer pulls out and up, making it the same Many of the appliances, including fridge height as the counter top,” he says. “There drawers, dishwashers and warming drawers, is no more heavy lifting or having to leave have panelled fronts that blend seamlessly the appliance on the countertop. We also into the cabinetry. made sure to design a drawer for dry baking Built-in coffee and cappuccino makers, goods near this cabinet so she doesn’t have steam ovens and microwave drawers are to walk all over the kitchen to get the items becoming popular choices. “Built-in double she needs to bake.” wall ovens are still quite popular with people, Another specialty item the renovator and they’re being paired with 60-inch gas cook recently installed was a beer tub in an island. tops,” Foisy says. “We’re also installing a lot of “The clients love to entertain and wanted one, built-in wine fridges and wine racks, which are so we had the tub custom made and crafted so they could fill it with ice and the water ideal for people who love to entertain. “Dishwasher drawers are a great funky would drain away as the ice melts.” idea and we’ve put in a few, but we’ve also Other notable features being included seen some problems with them, so we’re in luxury kitchens are full-height pull-out passing along that information to our customers, pantries, magic corners that “makes the and we’re also getting a few requests for fruit highest and best use of corner space,” heated and veggie drawers.” tile or hand scraped hardwood floors and Many homeowners are making a statement wiring for a wide range of media such as iPad with hood fans/shrouds by going with elaborate docks, Internet and TV. designs. “A few years ago it was commonplace “We’re still doing a lot of granite countertops, to see the hood fan shrouds made of wood but people are choosing more rare stones, and made to look like the cabinetry, but now and we’re doing more manufactured stone people creating luxury kitchens want to make such as quartz and Caesarstone,” Foisy says. it into a feature piece, so they’re being custom “For backsplashes we’re seeing more Travertine made to the customer’s liking,” Foisy says. and glass inlays, borders and mosaics with “They’re being made out of copper, stainless intricate details and custom designs. And

with sinks we’re still seeing people choose stainless steel, although many are going with deeper tubs and different styles. As for cabinets, he says: “The design trend at the moment in kitchens is to have a horizontal wood grain and more linear cabinets with larger horizontal boxes and doors that lift out and up. High-gloss cabinet finishes are also becoming popular and more contemporary and modern, but again this is a design trend. For those looking for a transitional style, some are opting for a simple shaker panel door right through to a nine-piece door, integrating corbels and heavy gables with an eight-stage glaze and faux finish.” Lighting has all gone to LED, both for the pot lights and under cabinet lighting, and, explains Foisy “In some kitchen/dining areas where there is a tray ceiling, we’re doing LED lighting in the tray.” Likely the most popular feature being added in the luxury kitchen is the “super-sized island; people are making these as big as they can in the space and we’re doing a lot of them,” Foisy says. “They want the island to be the focal point in the kitchen because it’s really become the gathering space for the family and when they’re entertaining. The trend is now toward one large flat surface, so they’re more functional with plenty of space for people to sit around it.” Foisy notes that Calgarians are becoming more aware that the design and function in their kitchen is extremely important. “With the Calgary market expanding internationally and increasing its knowledge everyday, there are more and more products available for luxury homeowners to create their dream kitchen.”

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Luxury living comes to life with Prominent Homes’ latest estate bungalow in Hawk’s Landing in Priddis. The Avastar II is a fabulous 2,235 sq. ft. spec home with an additional 1,800 sq. ft. of developed space in the walkout basement. It features a gorgeous exterior with beautiful stone work surrounding a sloped, sheltered entry. Inside, the peaked roof creates a grand foyer with high vault ceiling and “an open floor plan so you have a view from the front entry, past the sweeping staircase and into the great room,” says Ralph Smith, vice-president of sales and marketing. The great room impresses with its massive two-way fireplace, surrounded in slate tile from floor to ceiling, which complements the richly-toned hardwood floor. Prominent has also added an eye-catching 11-ft. dropped bulkhead ceiling to further enhance and define the space. The fireplace acts as a subtle separation between the great room and the huge dining room, and french doors in the dining room lead to a deck the spans the entire back of the home.

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A gourmet kitchen is highlighted by a huge granitetopped island, brick-look backsplash and high-end stainless steel appliances. A dazzling array of pots and pans drawers, cabinets and the walk-through pantry ensures plenty of space for storage. Homeowners will feel totally pampered in the spacious master suite that accommodates king-sized furniture, has a private entry from the rear deck and features an elegant tiled feature wall that includes a two-way gas fireplace and built-in bookcase. The ensuite exudes luxury with the shared fireplace above a free-standing, deep soaker tub, large separate shower, his and hers sinks, skylight and in-floor heating. Completing the ensuite is an enormous walk-in closet with a built-in drawer unit and shelving unit. The main floor also has a three-piece bath, front den, and laundry room by the mudroom that leads into the triple car garage and workshop. Going down the spiral staircase, you’ll find an expansive rec room, games room and wet bar, and french doors off the games area opening onto a concrete patio. There is also a media room, two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom in the lower level. “The rear of the home is as attractive as the front, with the gable roof and covered area above the deck.

It’s absolutely beautiful sitting on the back deck and enjoying the natural setting; the trees are lovely and we often see deer,” Smith says. “It’s very peaceful; totally relaxing. “This is an ideal home for empty nesters whose kids are grown and can now enjoy everything they always wanted,” he says. “This is where you can indulge yourself in luxury.”

For more about this outstanding bungalow, visit under quick possessions for Hawk’s Landing and view the floor plan and front elevation. For a viewing of the home, call 403-863-1900 for an appointment.


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rom the consistent sunny, warm weather and beautiful beaches to the breathtaking views and a relaxing lifestyle, Maui truly is paradise.

It’s not surprising many Canadians, in particular those from Alberta and B.C., are making this paradise even more special by exploring Maui’s luxury real estate market. “Real estate on Maui, specifically the luxury real estate on Maui, is world renowned and desired by many,” says Realtor Jai N. Jimenez with the Wailea Realty Corp. located at The Shops at Wailea. “Canadians are no exception to this desire. “By far Canadians represent the largest foreign investors of Maui luxury real estate and continue to purchase properties both for vacation and retirement here year after year,” he says, noting that in 2011, “Canadians purchased more than $200,000,000 worth of Maui real estate.” In the communities of Wailea and Makena, where luxury properties abound, Jimenez says there was strong activity throughout 2012. In the first six months alone 58 condominiums were sold totalling more than $76 million, 17 homes closed at more than $40 million and a vacant lot sold for $5.45 million. Ron Wilson, Realtor with Century 21 All Islands also located at The Shops at Wailea, says 90 per cent of all sales sold to Canadian buyers in Maui are to residents of B.C. (56 per cent) and Alberta (34 per cent).

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Photo by Heather Ryan

“Of the 42 properties purchased on Maui by Canadians in 2012 for over $900,000 US, 33 per cent were single-family homes (most in resort areas), 40 per cent were condos all located in resort areas, 24 per cent were stand-alone single-family condo homes (a newer classification of property) with about half of those in resort areas,” he says. “One vacant lot was sold, but this development property was in a resort and already divided up into four units for future construction of super-luxury condo homes.” Wilson says Maui’s a big draw for both those seeking vacation and retirement properties because “there are few places in the world that offer Maui’s combination of near-perfect year-round climate, numerous spectacular (and uncrowded) beaches, local cuisine and fine dining, world-class water sports, breathtaking scenery and access to other amenities such as cultural attractions, national parks, etc. “Best of all, the spirit of aloha embodied by our host culture adds a heart-warming,

welcoming dimension to any visit that can’t be found anywhere else.” An added benefit for Calgarians is that Maui is easily accessible by direct flights from Calgary, making a trip to its warm and welcoming shores easy and even affordable, especially if you are flexible with travel dates and happen to catch a seat sale. “Travelling to Maui is also a much simpler (and shorter) undertaking than a trip to the Caribbean or other tropical destinations to the east, and Maui has a well-deserved reputation for being safe, mellow and politically stable, plus we love Canadians!” Wilson says. While there are many fabulous locations for purchasing property in Maui, Jimenez says the most popular areas for luxury living are South Maui in Wailea and Makena. “South Maui is protected by Mount Haleakala, a 10,000-foot dormant volcano that blocks the predominant northeast trade winds,” he says. “Mornings are very calm with light breezes and smooth Pacific blue waters. The wind typically comes around by

the afternoon, which allows a cool, comfortable, and a very desirable climate. This climate is also very consistent, which is one of the alluring assets of South Maui.” Another desirable benefit to living in Wailea and Makena are the amenities such as the enticing soft white sand beaches, attendant-supervised ocean activities, four challenging and convenient golf courses, many world-class dining experiences, toprated and award-winning spas, premier shopping – The Shops at Wailea, for example, is home to high-end retailers including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. – and phenomenal ocean and sunset views. “Residents of South Maui enjoy the total overall experience, it’s more than just a place to live, it’s a lifestyle,” Jimenez says. “The lifestyle here is offered with options from custom-built estates, luxurious condominiums and vacant lots that await your dream home. These are all available but limited. Maui is a very small piece of real estate that is desired by many.”

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LuxuryLifestyle The resort areas of Ka’anapali and Kapalua in West Maui are also growing in popularity, Wilson says, and those seeking luxury properties are often looking for secured gated communities and concierge services. Wilson believes that due to the strong Canadian dollar “combined with the huge wealth generated from oil and related industries, relative proximity by air, current perceived good values and low interest rates (for those who choose to finance, although most high-end sales are cash) and a long history of holiday visits with friends and family now going on second and even third generations, Maui will continue to be the destination for western Canadians.” He notes that last year, a family from Edmonton stopped by his office on February 1st and viewed several properties before returning home. The buyer, a former oil industry executive, closed a deal on a beautiful Wailea Point condo for $2.35M US at the end of March. “They are now spending most of their winters here; it has become a great gathering place for their extended family,” Wilson says. Wilson has luxury listings ranging from a $2.495 million, five-bedroom home in Wailea with both golf course and ocean vistas to a $10.995 million ocean front two-storey with pool, hot tub and private beach access at Makena Place.

Photo courtesy Ron Wilson

$10.995 million ocean front home in Makena “I’m also currently working with nine different parties from Calgary, all of whom have walked in to my office over the past year and expressed an interest in Maui property,” he says. Those Calgarians are receiving regular updates from him on listings specific to their interests and Wilson is sure that with everything Maui has to offer they’ll find the right luxury property to suit their tastes: “After all Maui No Ka Oi … Maui is the best.”

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High-end furniture

that stands the test of time by Heather Ryan Photos courtesy of Modern Country Interiors


eople who purchase luxury homes love the attention to detail and custom furnishings that come with an estate home. They also want the furniture to be of the same high quality, creating a true showpiece that they can be proud of. “Calgarians who have a higher-end home want quality in every facet, and they’re looking for furniture that will truly stand the test of time,” says Cindy Shockey, who owns Modern Country Interiors in Inglewood with husband Jay. “We’re a boutique-style furniture store and our philosophy is to build an exclusive lifestyle brand of handcrafted, hand-finished furniture.” All of the wood furniture is designed by Modern Country Interiors and manufactured exclusively for the store, with half of the items crafted on Vancouver Island in B.C. and the other half by the Amish in Indianapolis. “Our clients are really looking for something that is unique and exclusive, a piece that they can’t get by walking into any other store,” Shockey says. “They also want to be able to customize, so if they need a 14-foot table for their 30-foot room we have the ability to design and build the perfect piece of furniture for their unique space.”

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Whether it’s a table or hutch for the dining room, sofa or media unit for the living room, dresser or bed frame for the bedroom, a desk or bookcase for the office, all the pieces are exceptionally made and can be modified to suit the buyer’s needs from different stains and fabrics to custom designs and sizes. Modern Country Interiors’ furniture designs “are a unique blend of modern and country; the perfect combination of both, hence our name,” Shockey says. For example, furniture pieces on display in the store are very much nature-meets-sophistication, showcasing designs that mix clean lines with more rustic elements. By pairing straight lined, modern upholstery pieces with a unique live-edge coffee table, they are able to create a warm and luxurious space that can inspire. “When it comes to upholstery, people are looking for clean lines, and the trend is toward creating timeless pieces,” Shockey says. Not only do they build beautiful solid wood furniture, but they also carry a fabulous line of custom Canadian-made upholstered furniture. The large upholstery pieces, which have been designed to stand the test of time, are often upholstered in a neutral fabric palette. “It is very easy to add visual interest with the addition of texture and a pop of colour through patterned pillows, vases, accessories, area rugs and artwork, allowing for easy flexibility for future design aspirations,” Shockey notes. “Luxury [30] luxury living February 2013

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clients want the high quality found in North American made accessories,” she adds. Modern Country Interiors also specializes in stunning home décor that has been sourced from around the world, but much more is sourced from trade shows throughout Canada and the U.S. All of the cushions and table linens offered are designed and manufactured by a Canadian mother and daughter team. “The amazing patterns and unique style that these ladies create are beautifully made and have been a really great find,” says Shockey. “We want to carry as many Canadian-made items as possible and our clients love it.” For luxury buyers quality is everything, followed by timeless, creative designs, “which is our specialty,” she says, adding clients also appreciate the exceptional customer service. The goal is, says Shockey, “to always create an extraordinary customer experience.” So for those looking for a luxurious shopping experience you’ll want to take the time to visit Modern Country Interiors.

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Photo courtesy Deep Shergill


Deep Shergill’s family pictured from left to right are: Daughters Harjyote Shergill, Sherri Shergill, wife Pinky, Deep, daughter-in-law Nimrit Shergill, son Pal Shergill. Seated left to right are: grandson Jahan Dhanjal, daughter Nimrat Dhanjal and son-in-law Harpal Dhanjal.

10 Questions with Deep Shergill by Heather Ryan


eep Shergill is well known in Calgary’s home-

building industry as the president of Prominent

Homes, and past-president of both the Canadian

Home Builders Association – Calgary Region and

CHBA-Alberta. He’s also poised to make his mark nationally when he becomes president of the Canadian Home Builders Association in March.

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Q. What do you love most about Calgary? A. I moved to Calgary in 1970 when I was 14 years old, so I really grew up in Calgary and it’s more than a home to me; it’s family. I love the location, the spirit, the friendliness of the people – really there’s more than just one thing – it’s a great place to live.

Q. What community do you live in, and if you were to move, which community would you choose? A. I live in Courage Ridge and if I were to move I would probably choose a community like Crescent Heights, somewhere with a downtown view.

Photo courtesy Deep Shergill

Q. What’s the most unique item/feature you put in a home? A. As a marketing gimmick several years ago we built a showhome with a kitchen upside down – we wanted to show customers that ‘Oops,’ everyone makes mistakes, but it’s how you deal with them that counts. It was one of the most unique things we ever did. But as for features that we put in homes – I’d say the most unique is the elevator; we’ve now put that in a few homes.

Q. What’s your favourite vacation spot? A. Turks and Caicos Islands. Q. Bungalow or two-storey? A. Two-storey because you can put a lot more into a house. Q. Who had the most influence on your life? A. There are a lot of people who have had an influence in my life. When I was four months old my mother died and I was raised by my grandmother and grandfather. I was allergic to milk, living in the India desert, so it was very difficult. I have to give my grandmother a lot of credit. I’d say my brothers also had an influence, and certainly my wife who has supported and motivated me and my children. In the home-building industry I’ve been so blessed to be helped by so many individuals, like Cal Wenzel (founder of Shane Homes). He was a big influence. When I was first starting out and opened my first showhome on a parade with Cal he was happy to share his knowledge with me. So there have been a whole bunch of people who have been instrumental to me being who and where I am today.

Q. A book or a movie? A. Movies – I like action and comedies. Q. What’s your favourite sport to watch? A. Hockey. No question. Q. What do you do for fun? A. I enjoy being with people, whether it’s playing a game of golf, or just sitting around chatting.

Q. What’s the best dish you cook? A. I’ve been married for 35 years and I took up cooking two years ago. I love Indian food and cooking it – I love to experiment with spices. I’d say my best dish is beef curry.

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