Taking the plunge

Owning a home with an indoor or outdoor pool is a rarity in Calgary. If you dream of owning a backyard lagoon, here are some considerations before you dive in.

Imagine having your own private swimming pool – a place to entertain, exercise or just kick back and listen to the soothing sounds of moving water.

Lynn Lucyshyn, owner of Oasis Pools & Spas, says pools are a luxury few Calgarians enjoy. Her company installs as many as 12 pools in a good year, but as few as three in slower years.

According to CREB®, only 167 properties listing pools as a feature were sold in 2016. In that same year, the average sale price of a detached home with an indoor or outdoor pool was $974,388.

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Curated collections of garage sale finds

A place for everything and everything in its place’

Over the past several months, I have been getting ready to move. And as I’ve packed up my life, I’ve realized every object has a story, whether that be who designed it, where it was bought, where it has been or how it has been used and by whom. This story gives the object more importance. It gave me a reason to keep it or chuck it.

Yet even if you’re not moving, you should all be editing your objects. Don’t think about it too hard about it. If you love something, keep it. If not, repurpose it, whether that be putting it in storage or donating it to charity. After all, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

If you have many pieces of one collection, (my weakness being cake plates), put them together instead of spread everywhere. Show them off as one. Or repurpose them take sea shells from past vacations and put them in a glass vase or crystal bowl lined with a handful of sand. (more…)

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Zero sum

Mattamy Homes opens first Calgary net-zero home

Even though it’s nearly winter, Calgary just got a little greener.

Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, has opened its first net- zero home in the city.

The first of five such homes set to be added to the northeast community of Cityscape are part of a national project that will double the number of net-zero homes – energy-efficient residences that generate as much energy as they consume on an annual basis – in Canada.

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The benefits of buying new

Genesis launches new campaign for REALTORS, buyers

Genesis Builders has launched a new campaign designed to provide REALTORS® and their buyers with more information about the benefits of buying new.

The award-winning land developer recently launched its We Love REALTORS® campaign — through social media blasts and an email newsletter — in its ongoing effort to partner with industry professionals who corporate marketing manager Jesse Coderre sees as partners in giving homebuyers pertinent information about all their purchase choices. (more…)

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