Space to grow

Kipp McGonigal and his family built their forever home at Cooper’s Crossing

With a background in cabinetmaking and a flair for design, it’s no wonder that Kipp McGonigal is passionate about architecture. So, when it came time to build his family’s dream home, he turned to McKee Homes, an Airdrie-based design/build firm he had worked with previously to great success.

With four kids ages eight through 11 and a pet bunny, the McGonigals wanted to create a family-friendly space in a family-friendly neighbourhood. It also needed to be a home that could take McGonigal and his wife through their retirement years. They found the perfect lot, located on a park in the Airdrie community of Cooper’s Crossing, and set their long-awaited plan into motion.

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The great indoors

Becky Feasby’s Briar Hill home showcases natural and manmade beauty

When Becky Feasby and her husband Colin first laid eyes on their 1960s-era, two-storey home in Briar Hill, they knew they had to have it. It wasn’t so much for the home, which was dark and in need of a major overhaul, but for the fantastic third-of-an-acre lot peppered with century-old trees. The couple thought that over time they would upgrade the home to suit the demands of their growing family – they have two teenage daughters – but when push came to shove, they realized that it would be more economically feasible to rebuild. (more…)

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Putting down roots

GROW condo in Bankview conjures memories of home for Christopher Stephanou

There is much to be said for the convenience and upbeat vibe of the inner-city lifestyle. Walkability, connectivity and short commute times are just a few of the pluses. When you add on the sustainable amenities that promote a sense of community and communal living, the attractiveness soars even further. That’s why 30-year-old Christopher Stephanou jumped at the chance to purchase a one-bedroom condominium at GROW, a 20-unit, multi-family project located in the heart of Bankview.

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No parking, no problem

For Sue and Jason Bissonnette, East Village condo investment was too good to pass up

Forty-somethings Sue and Jason Bissonnette love to travel and experience new things. They own vacation properties around the world, including a three-season recreation trailer at B.C.’s Moyie Lake and two timeshare properties in the Caribbean. When they’re not travelling, they spend most of their time hanging out in Airdrie, where they own a two-storey, 2,000-square-foot home that they share with their two kids – a 19-year-old daughter and a 22-year-old son. Always on the lookout for new investment opportunities, the couple couldn’t resist exploring the options when they were introduced to Knightsbridge Homes’ N3 condominium project. They were attracted to its East Village location – steps away from the downtown core and the LRT – and the car-free lifestyle. A Car2Go membership, furniture package from Ikea and a Biria urban bicycle sweetened the deal. In the end, the Bissonnettes purchased a 498-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo on the 14th floor. (more…)

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Small home, big dreams

Katherine Moore found the perfect fixer-upper in cozy, mid-century, Montgomery bungalow

Katherine Moore was a “maker” long before the trend became cool. She’s into canning (peaches are her delicious specialty), creates soap from scratch, designs clothing (she’s a designer by trade) and re-finishes furniture. But perhaps her greatest love is making her garden beautiful.

So, when she and her husband David Foster, who loves to tinker and build things, were searching for a home, they had a small, but significant, wish list. The home had to be a little fixer-upper with huge potential and a big yard for Katherine work her garden magic. (more…)

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