Grape expectations

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 or a serious collector, wine racks, wine rooms and wet bars have become popular additions to new-home designs and renovated homes alike.

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Extras, extras!

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 marketing for Calbridge Homes.

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Hide and seek

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 for these rooms is huge right now, partly because thieves aren’t taking televisions or stereos anymore – they’re going after your identity,” said Sandy Scheiris, CEO of Nulock Builders Inc.

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The future is now

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, general manager of Best Buy’s Deerfoot Meadows location.

According to Toews, smart lighting is the top-selling smart home category.

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Royal Oak & Rocky Ridge

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 Mountains and the brand-new Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, a 284,000-square-foot health and wellness centre that opened its doors in January.

“The hunger and desire for this type of community space has been long anticipated,” said Ken Lima-Coelho, vice-president of community engagement for YMCA Calgary.

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