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In-home wine cellars’ popularity on the rise Canadians love to kick back and enjoy a good sip or smooth tipple – after all, we spent $7 billion on wine alone in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. So it’s no surprise that people are building the activity into their homes. Whether a leisure-time imbiber, a hobbyist […]

5/18/2018 7:00:50 AM

The shifting popularity of new-build home upgrades Home command centres, extra-large closets, gyms, secondary suites, energy efficiencies and more – the new-build bells and whistles homebuyers are choosing today are all about convenience. No matter the size of the home, buyers want products that support a busy lifestyle, says Michelle Jakeman, director of sales and […]

5/18/2018 7:00:37 AM

The broad appeal of secret-room renovations If you love those scenes from old movies where a wall opens to reveal a secret room, you can now put yourself squarely in the picture. Hidden rooms in houses – usually custom-built homes, rather than existing structures – are growing in popularity, and for good reason. “The demand […]

5/18/2018 7:00:16 AM

How to control almost everything in your home with your phone Want to have the coolest home on the block? Then fill it with all the latest smart home devices. “A lot of people are familiar with smart home, and they have bits and pieces of it, but are looking at expanding,” said Steven Toews, […]

5/18/2018 7:00:10 AM

High-end housing market continues sluggish recovery, but slow sales bump up supply  As a former long-time writer with the Calgary Herald focusing on the real estate beat, I knew how popular coverage of the real estate industry was to readers. One aspect of the industry people always loved reading about was the city’s luxury home […]

5/18/2018 7:00:05 AM

Natural beauty, and a state-of-the-art recreation facility, on the city’s northwest edge Nestled side by side, the northwest communities of Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge share an abundance of amenities, including grocery stores, community green spaces and walking trails. But two features that make these communities stand out are the jaw-dropping views of the Rocky […]

5/18/2018 7:00:04 AM

A new look at old neighbourhoods In addition to the Twist and Woodstock, a lot of great neighbourhoods were created in the 1960s. Today, Calgary’s middle-ring suburbs – those developed between 1950 and the early 1970s – face some serious challenges, but, at the same time, some unique opportunities. “These neighbourhoods are in a good […]

5/11/2018 7:00:51 AM

Leaders in middle-ring suburbs grapple with current challenges, while looking to the future Calgary is a city that is continuing to grow and expand, with new suburbs and surrounding areas showing marked growth this year, yielding new infrastructure and amenities for residents. However, while Calgary’s newer communities expand, older communities are experiencing unique challenges. In […]

5/11/2018 7:00:38 AM

Calgary’s established suburbs are full of vintage character and reno potential There are tens of thousands of Calgary homes built from the 1950s through the early 1970s in what were then new suburbs. One thing many of those homes have in common is the need for updating to modern tastes. When Lewis Cowie bought a […]

5/11/2018 7:00:38 AM

Middle-aged gardens are easy to enjoy New homes offer garden “potential,” but “middle-aged” homes have the garden goods. They are packed with free stuff: plants, patios, fences and fixtures. But how do you look after mature gardens this month? Lawns need love While raking lawns is old school, pulling out cores or plugs of soil […]

5/11/2018 7:00:22 AM