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  • Let there be light

    'Modern family' bungalow's unique layout really brings in the sun
    Let there be light

    When it comes to designing a home expressly for the purpose of family living, sometimes the best thing is to start anew. That's exactly what the design team at Ventura Custom Homes did with its show home at 5 Orchard Gate in Oak Bluff West, said Ventura's sales representative, Elliot Tardiff. "This . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Affordable townhomes in Sage Creek

    Affordable townhomes in Sage Creek

    Many new-home buyers assume $350, 000 -- or more -- is needed to acquire a new home in a cutting-edge community.That's not the case in Sage Creek, said Streetside Developments' Jessica Willis."We're very excited about Bluestem Townhomes, which are located at 301-1555 Des Hivernants Blvd., " she said. "They're a . . .

    January 17, 2015

  • Sage Creek

    Sage Creek

    If you're a young professional couple or a couple with young children, finding a move-up home isn't an easy task. In many instances, two conflicting factors come into play: affordability and space. On the one hand, there's the need to stay within a certain budget so as not to be house-poor . . .

    January 10, 2015

  • The function quotient

    South Pointe home stylish yet livable

    As exciting as it is to walk through a show home loaded with tons of flashy options, style alone doesn't make a home.At the end of the day, it's a home's function quotient that makes it livable. That's something the design team at KDR Homes took into account when they . . .

    January 3, 2015

  • Aging in Place an idea whose time has come

    I am frequently asked to gaze into the crystal ball and forecast coming trends and changes in the residential construction industry. Normally, I don't have to look any further than the Parade of Homes or the Renovation of the Year Awards. These events bring out the best in new-home construction and . . .

    December 20, 2014

  • Living large

    Bridgwater Lakes home right size for today's family
    Living large

    As a builder, it's critically important to listen to customers to create functional new designs. That's how Hearth Homes came up with the design of the Hawksbridge, the latest Bridgwater Lakes show home, found at 112 Lake Bend Road. "We spend a lot of our time thinking about what people want in . . .

    December 20, 2014

  • All in the family

    Bridgwater home can accommodate the whole clan
    All in the family

    There's one certainty if you're a large family or multi-generational family looking for a new home.You know size matters. Consequently, Kensington Homes has come up with a design -- the Brampton -- to provide king-sized families with adequate space.At 2, 858 sq. ft., the two-storey home -- which is just . . .

    December 6, 2014

  • Tweaking it to the max

    Sterling Homes' team improves on Montara's already successful design

    As good as a new home's design might be, it can always be made better.Which is exactly what the design team at Sterling Homes did when they subtly tweaked an already successful home plan, The Montara: make the 1, 675-square-foot bungalow better in several key areas."The tweaks started with giving . . .

    November 29, 2014

  • Functional and elegant

    Sage Creek bungalow offers exceptional attention to detail
    Functional and elegant

    When it comes to show homes, function must come first. Once a functional design is achieved, elegance can then be woven into the overall design. The design team at Maric Homes had that in mind when they conceived the floor plan of 25 East Plains Drive, said Phil Mosher, Realty . . .

    November 22, 2014

  • Classic charmer

    River Heights home offers a thoughtful layout in a great location
    Classic charmer

    Not all River Heights classics were created equal.Most of the homes built between 1900 and 1930 ooze character, but the layouts and features vary greatly.As a result, some homes are far more livable than others. The 2, 000 sq. ft., two-storey home found at 106 Niagara Street is a prime . . .

    November 22, 2014