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Elite M.D Developments is building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

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Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Elite M.D Developments acquired the sale of the Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course in Brantford. “Our team is very excited about this unique parcel of land, and about the city of Brantford in general,” says Kim Kopyl, vice-president of sales and marketing for Elite.

“We look forward to contributing to the economic growth of Brantford by providing affordable living and a platform to strengthen the foundation of community. Award-winning architects are currently bidding their design concepts to us for developing the 32 acres with approximately 300- plus singles and towns, alongside the 17-acres set aside for the city to develop into a community park. We have envisioned building affordable luxury homes, featuring contemporary craftsman exteriors, complementing the surrounding countryside.”

This is Elite M.D Developments’ fifth development site in Brantford, in addition to eight other upcoming premier communities in Southern Ontario. Elite acquired Conklin Plaza, which offers commercial retail and medical offices. The Ambrose Condos at 401 Shellard Lane features an 11-storey condominium residence with curated amenities enveloping the outdoors. The Ambrose Condos will have spacious one- and two-bedroom suites in the city of legendary culture and ingenuity, surrounded by heritage parks, rivers and historical culture.

Another exciting development coming soon, would be Station Sixty Lofts at 60 Market Street, where Elite will be restoring the historical train station existing there. Their logo gives acclaim to the esteemed station built in the 1800s which Elite respects and will be incorporating into their development, by utilizing the old train station as its lobby.

Finally, 88 Birkett Lane, which is a collaborative community with LIV Communities, where together the companies are developing more than 300 towns. “Before developing any land, we strive to become experts in that region to best serve homage to the city we are developing, and to understand and deliver on the needs of our future homeowners,” says Sam Sahki, co-founder of Elite Developments. “We are here to support the growth of Canada’s sixth best city to live in and will offer quality homes at affordable pricing.”

“Our vision is to capture the historic ambiance, country charm and deliver a harmonious community with urban necessities,” adds Hamid Hakimi, president of Elite M.D Developments. “We are humbled and honored to be contributing to the awareness of this beautiful city.”

About Elite M.D Developments

Elite M.D Developments has built its foundation with 50 years of combined building experience. The company has attained a superior reputation in delivering premier residential and commercial properties throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada. Elite M.D Developments is the only builder in Canada providing a platform for medical professionals to be able to conduct their practices in well-built properties and opportunities to invest into real estate markets. It supports 150 medical practitioners at the 30 medical offices it has built.

Residential properties at Elite M.D Developments feature a portfolio of high-, mid- and lowrise homes and master-planned developments. The company focuses on the most current technologies, with health, wellness and leading innovative features throughout, ensuring it delivers a sustainable product. This reflective precision is executed by a dream team of experienced professionals specializing in real estate, who deliver homes that are affordable and enjoyable, while maximizing value for investments in real estate.


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The Randall Residences

Rosehaven redefines luxury in Oakville at The Randall Residences

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Rosehaven redefines luxury in Oakville at The Randall Residences

Every moment is remarkable from the instant you set foot inside The Randall Residences. Timeless elegance has come to Oakville, bringing a new meaning to luxury living. Each detail has been carefully crafted to provide refined residences as welcoming as they are distinguished. This remarkable community creates a sense of understated elegance seldom found in modern condominiums. New models are bringing new opportunities to The Randall Residences, reflecting the essence of upscale Oakville.

An address in South Oakville offers all the urban amenities and quick city access that modern living requires, while still remaining only steps from the beauty of Lake Ontario’s miles of waterfront. Lakeshore Road and all of its shopping opportunities is just around the corner. The lower floors of The Randall feature high-end retail options to add to your choices, quite literally right outside your door. Just a block away is the peaceful bend of Sixteen Mile Creek, adding a gentle natural appeal to this refined neighbourhood. With a distinctive Beaux Arts design, The Randall is a classical monument to this remarkable Oakville neighbourhood, with lovingly tended yew and boxwood trees to complement the handsome exterior.

Drawing inspiration from the grand feeling of high-end European hotels, The Randall represents the stunning Beaux Arts style that famously lines the streets of cities such as Paris. Architect Richard Wengle and Designer Ferris Rafauli have together created an inspired residence full of balance, splendid detail and refined taste. From projecting cornices topping the classical columns, perfectly symmetrical archways, and formal colonnades to grand rotunda foyers, wide hallways and detailed ceilings, The Randall is jaw-droppingly beautiful and brimming with sophistication.

No interior detail is untouched by luxury. With only the highest quality materials and finishes, residences at The Randall feature elegant marble slab and warm hardwood flooring, genuine limestone, and designer hardware finishes. Master suites and Great Rooms both come with custom built-in cabinetry for style and functionality, and designer kitchen cabinetry meets the ceiling with graceful three piece crown molding. These are details that Ferris Rafauli has carefully crafted, transforming suites at The Randall into pristine luxury with all the careful touches of home.

Though the inspiration for The Randall Residences is a historical one, the amenities offered are the peak of modern convenience. A shared rooftop terrace spans more than 2,600 sq. ft. for al fresco dining and lounging, with views of the verdant treetop canopy, a peaceful water feature, and a barbecue area perfect for any special event or summer evening. Many of the penthouse suites come with their own additional private roof top terrace accessible directly from their suite for the most exclusive outdoor living. Secure underground parking, lockers and bike storage provide safe storage of all vehicles and belongings, with direct access to elevator blocks for convenient entry. For ground-level entrance, however, a grand lobby with a 24-hour concierge welcomes residents and guests in splendour. A warm reception room features a gas fireplace and a library, providing a small taste of the dignity and sophistication that The Randall holds within each suite.

More than two decades of experience has given Rosehaven Homes the skills and insight to provide only the finest of residences in every community, but The Randall reaches a new level of craftsmanship and inspired design. As a part of the Rosehaven Platinum Home Collection, The Randall Residences are up to the highest possible standards of luxury living. Top appliance brands, remarkable addresses, and truly unique designs are the staples of Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection, raising the bar for all other communities.

With new models come new opportunities, and The Randall Residences are the opportunity of a lifetime. These distinguished homes in downtown Oakville bring the highest calibre of luxury living to those lucky enough to call The Randall home. Currently, Rosehaven Homes is offering private tours of The Randall Residences with one its dedicated sales representatives, to provide a better understanding of just how breathtaking these homes truly are.

Visit randallresidences.com for more information, or contact the sales office to book your tour via email at luxuryliving@therandallresidences.com or call 905.849.1033.


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Brightwater

Brightwater is a master-planned community set to transform Port Credit’s waterfront

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Brightwater is a master-planned community set to transform Port Credit’s waterfront

Port Credit’s waterfront is about to be completely transformed by a team of top talent through the Port Credit West Village Partners, which include Kilmer Group, DiamondCorp, Dream Unlimited and FRAM + Slokker. They have partnered to reimagine a 72-acre site at Lakeshore Road West and Mississauga Road coined Brightwater, a new master-planned community that will bring housing, retail, green and community space to historic Port Credit.

Once completed, Brightwater (master plan designed by Giannone Petricone Associates and Urban Strategies) will offer 2,995 new residences through a mix of condos and townhomes, as well as 150 affordable housing units. Brightwater I and Brightwater II, both designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSA), are part of the first phase of the project.

Brightwater I is a five-storey boutique building, with a modern village aesthetic that pays homage to the heritage charm of Port Credit. Standing at 14 storeys, Brightwater II will contrast its sister building with a series of balconies that create a facade that embodies the movement of water, featuring a modern white cladding. The building is tiered and continues to lower in height at its edges, with a base of two-storey townhouses that visually echo the character of the existing neighbourhood.

Both Brightwater I and II’s interiors are designed by Truong Ly Design and were inspired by the interaction between light and water and Port Credit’s history. Inside the lobbies, architectural wood structures mimic the movement of water, with details carved of natural stone native to the area. Amenities will include a co-working space that opens onto a landscaped terrace, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, entertaining spaces and more. Residents will also benefit from a series of smart home features including a virtual concierge, unlimited internet data, master lighting control, WiFi through amenity spaces, keyless entry, programmable thermostats, a community app and more.

At the centre of Brightwater I and Brightwater II will be a single-storey retail building designed by DSA, featuring a heavy-timber design. Together, all three buildings will be connected by an expansive outdoor Brightwater Village Square, a grand public space which will transform the pedestrian experience. Framed by beautiful trees and outdoor seating, it will provide the perfect setting for everything from farmers’ markets to pop-up celebrations. The Square is just one aspect of the 18 acres of new greenspace coming to the community, including a new nine-plus acre waterfront park, walking and cycling promenades, pedestrian mews and public plazas.

A wide array of urban and community amenities is also on the way, with more than 300,000 sq. ft. of retail (including an LCBO and modern grocer as anchors, designed by Turner Fleischer architects), restaurants, office space, and a future new elementary school and proposed community centre.

Even before launching, Brightwater was nominated for a BILD Award for Best New Community Planned/Under Development, and it has already won the prestigious Award of Merit for Healthy Communities by the Canadian Institute of Planners, for a master plan that includes features such as the bioswale system it will introduce, one of the first in Canada. Designed by landscape architect Public Work, the bioswales are a resiliency feature to decrease stormwater runoff while simultaneously nourishing neighbourhood trees. Additional resiliency features will support the biodiversity in the area and contribute to a healthy shoreline, lake and river.

For more information about the new Brightwater master-planned community and to register, visit experiencebrightwater.ca.


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pper West Side Condos 2

Upper West Side Condos 2 is next level living, next door to nature

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Upper West Side Condos 2 is next level living, next door to nature

Following the success of the first phase of Upper West Side Condos, Branthaven recently introduced Upper West Side Condos 2 (UWSC2), a second landmark condominium opportunity in its award-winning, master planned Oakvillage community.

Located on Trafalgar Road and Dundas, at the gateway to Upper Oakville, UWSC2 will provide a unique opportunity to live a high-quality urban condo lifestyle yet be surrounded by the abundant greenspaces and naturally better amenities this coveted Upper Oakville neighbourhood offers.

“Upper West Side Condos 1 and 2 will seamlessly connect with the Oakvillage neighbourhood and its outstanding natural benefits,” says Steve Stipsits, president of Branthaven.”The condos and their amenities have been designed to provided residents with a higher level of living – indoors and out.”

Upper West Side Condos is where urban and natural environments are in perfect harmony. “Residents can step out from Upper West Side’s luxurious ground floor amenities to a landscaped courtyard and into Oakvillage’s greenery next door. Residents can expect a fully immersive outdoor lifestyle complete with a large naturalized community pond, a friendly neighbourhood park, a protected woodlot and, the many interconnected paths leading to Oakville’s extensive trail system,” adds Stipsits. “Bike, hike, stroll and explore nature – it’s easy when it’s all next door.”

Upper West Side Condos residents and their guests will gravitate to high style outdoor entertaining, lounging and socializing on the stunning rooftop terrace, a showcase from which to take in the surrounding greenspace by day and the twinkling cityscape at night.

Seamless indoor-outdoor living is easy and enjoyable with the Upper West Side’s dramatic double-height ground level amenities including a sun-drenched New York-style fitness studio, a wrap-around lounge with outdoor terrace and the lobby’s warm and inviting reception area with its indoor garden atrium.

Upper West Side Condo residents will be able to take advantage of the work-from-home movement, too. Upper West Side’s design-forward co-working space was planned with plenty of room for personal productivity and professional good looks. Its lofty proportions and pivot doors allow for circulation and natural light that will truly resonate with today’s condo buyers.

Residents will also enjoy the everyday ease and convenience of walking to local amenities such as Longos, Starbucks, shops and services. Oakville’s renowned schools, state-of-the-art hospital, community centres and recreation facilities are nearby as well.

Whatever your suite requirements, there’s no compromise on size, style or outdoor space at Upper West Side Condos 2. Whether a one- or two-bedroom, a two-storey ground level suite or penthouse, every UWSC2 suite offers expansive glazing for airy open-concept living. Each suite has a spacious private patio, balcony or terrace. Fresh Thinking kitchens feature upgraded cabinetry, quartz counter surfaces, beautiful backsplash and exceptional functionality in their layouts – perfect for your everyday lifestyle and entertaining. Bathrooms draw their inspiration from boutique hotels with their intelligent use of space and luxe spa-inspired fixtures.

Experience next level luxury condo living next door to nature. Attainable luxury from the $400,000s.

Location: Oakville

Developer: Branthaven

Development: Upper West Side Condos 2

Home type: Midrise condominium

Contact: upperwestsidecondos2.ca

Call 905.333.6162 or visit the website to book an appointment.


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Altitude Plumbing

Plumbing in paradise

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Plumbing in paradise

Fast Facts:

Company name: Altitude Plumbing and Heating Ltd.

Location: Sun Peaks, B.C.

Founded: 2017]

Number of employees: 4

Website: AltitudePlumbing.ca

David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.
David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

More often than not, a contractor gets into the business because a family member was in the trades; say their father, an uncle, or even granddad before that. But that wasn’t the case for David Roberts, owner of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

After a stint working at U.K.-based luxury car maker Land Rover in his mid-20s, Roberts decided on a career change and went to a local trade school and completed an apprenticeship. “I’m glad I chose plumbing, as it gave me the opportunity to learn a skill that would provide me a lifelong employment.”

While on holiday, the Brit met his future wife, Rachel. Eventually they ended up in Vancouver – Roberts emigrated on a work-sponsored skilled trades visa, before settling in Sun Peaks, a Mountain Resort Municipality with a full-time population of 616 according to the 2016 Census, located about 400 km northeast of Vancouver.

“Living in such a small community we have to provide a large range of services,” says Roberts. On the residential side, his workload includes home and recreational property renovations, new construction, boiler installations, radiant in-floor heating, annual maintenance programs, and 24-hour emergency services. The company’s service area stretches as far as Kamloops, about 50 km away.

“Our first custom home and first new build as a company was possibly our most daunting project, with 4.5 custom bathrooms, full radiant floor heating, along with snow melt on the driveway and deck; it certainly led to a few interesting few months,” says Roberts. “We are always trying to evolve and learn new things every day, there is a lot of time spent keeping up to date with the latest products.”

On the commercial side, he does emergency repair and maintenance work for some of the hotels and other businesses that support the local tourism industry, and recently worked on a commercial/residential development where Altitude did the plumbing for a deli, bar, and cafe.

“I have a background in service, so I enjoy resolving people’s issues and the problem-solving involved,” says Roberts, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter.

While in many ways idyllic, the remote location and small population make it particularly challenging for Altitude to find quality employees. “We definite experience difficulty finding skilled staff. We live in a beautiful resort community; but as a small business we want to find the right fit for the company, our customers, and flexibility for the work we do. You also need to love the outdoors, winter sports, and be hardy enough to rough-in a house at -30.”

After starting off as a one-man shop, he now has three trucks on the road. Make that four – earlier this year Roberts was excited to learn that he’d won the grand prize in Kohler Canada’s “Win. Rinse. Repeat” contest, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Trail Boss. “I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life,” says an excited Roberts.

His prize package also came with a bunch of Manchester United Football Club paraphernalia (Kohler is a Principal Partner of the hugely popular soccer team and the Kohler logo features prominently on the sleeve of the players’ jerseys), though we doubt that Roberts, a Birmingham City FC fan was as impressed with those items….

Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.
Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.

The timing couldn’t have been better. Rachel, who joined the company last summer as part-time office manager, is expecting the couple’s first child, due around the time this magazine lands in your mailbox, and they were actually in the market for a new vehicle.

Even before winning the contest, Roberts was a big fan of both Kohler and his local Emco distributor, the Emco Ensuite Showroom in Kamloops. (The contest ran through Emco outlets nationwide.) He’s currently building his own home and is installing Kohler products throughout.

“Choosing a plumbing brand and understanding the value of their customer service is similar to insurance: you never know how good it is until you need it,” says Roberts. “Kohler’s support is absolutely fantastic. It’s over and above what I’ve experienced with other manufacturers. We support Kohler because Kohler makes our lives so much easier.”


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Cedar Winds Design-Build

Cedar Winds Design~Build is building Ontario’s cottage country, one gorgeous home at a time

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Cedar Winds Design~Build is building Ontario’s cottage country, one gorgeous home at a time

Fast Facts:

Company name: Cedar Winds Design~Build
Location: Haliburton, Ont.
# of employees: 15
Website: TheBetterWayToBuild.com

Cedar Winds Design~Build is a thriving, family owned custom homebuilding business based in Haliburton, Ont. But the three members of the Evans clan involved in the company – Glenn, Teresa, and their youngest of two sons, Nelson – took a rather indirect route to get there. “We take the long way around, but always end up in the right place,” says Glenn.

Like many builders, Glenn had an early exposure to the construction industry: his grandfather and then father owned a small excavation and landscape supply business. His journey started off working in the family firm while in high school where he got “eyewitness exposure” to the various stages of construction, followed by five years of “hands-on learning as I went along” doing framing, roofing, siding, and various other jobs in the industry.

Then he took a detour, studying to become an architectural technologist at Humber College, before landing a job at North York Hydro where he worked on design and inspections for five years, before ending up back with his dad for a decade.

Finally, in his mid-30s, Glenn launched Cedar Winds in 1998 as a one-man show, initially taking on some smaller renovation projects but, “the end goal was always to build new homes exclusively.”

Teresa is a nurse by training. After a decade as a stay-at-home mom, she says, “I dabbled in helping Glenn choose colours, tiles, that sort of thing. I was passionate about it so I took some interior design courses.” Today, she’s a project manager and the company’s design consultant.

Then there’s the newest family member to join the business, 29-year-old son Nelson. Prior to getting in construction he was a trained chef. “I got tired of the low pay and horrible hours,” says Nelson of his previous career. When the framing crew that Cedar Winds worked with was looking for some help, Nelson traded in his kitchen knives for a toolbelt. About five years ago he moved to the family business where he now acts as a project manager.

Cottage Chic: While most of Cedar Winds' clients are homebuyers, their company's design style fits in seamlessly with a cottage country esthetic.
Cottage Chic: While most of Cedar Winds’ clients are homebuyers, their company’s design style fits in seamlessly with a cottage country esthetic.

Teresa candidly admits that, “I wouldn’t recommend [working with family] for most,” but the Evans family has figured out how to make it work. “You’ve got to keep to your own strengths,” she says. “If we’re both doing the same job, people don’t know who to go to with questions or problems.” And she feels the collaborative creativity they can offer (albeit behind the scenes) is a great benefit to their clients. “You’re not just getting one person’s ideas. It’s very much a team effort, throwing around ideas on how to best make things look good while still being functional.”

With family dynamics balanced, Glenn says their biggest struggle is “managing client expectations. HGTV is our biggest competitor.” And while he’s often heard the common refrain, “But I saw so-and-so do it this way on TV…” he has a witty rebuttal to help set the record straight: “I just watched an episode of ER and I think I’m ready to perform my first appendectomy.”

With a crew of seven out in the field, Cedar Winds typically has four or five projects at various stages underway at any given time. Recognizing that their client base tends to fall into the older demographic groups, many with plans of retiring in the region, “Aging in place considerations are a consistent part of our design meetings. We discuss installing grab bars, curbless showers, elevators, and other facets that can assist with mobility,” says Teresa. “Wider doorways are something we always suggest,” adds Glenn.

That said, terrain and psychology often intervene. Located in what’s known as the Haliburton Highlands, “nothing’s flat” so ranch bungalows are out of the question and many clients, even those in their 50s “aren’t there yet” when it comes to thinking about their potential future needs.

Glenn and Teresa both grew up in Haliburton County, a relatively sparsely populated region bordering the southern edge of Algonquin Provincial Park. They both moved away, then back to start a family, and are very attached and connected to the community. Glenn is currently serving a second term on the local economic development committee, was a board member of the chamber of commerce, and is the vice-president of the Haliburton County Home Builders Association.

Working under the tagline, The Better Way to Build, the Evans long ago recognized the importance of using the latest technology to grow their business. Over a five-year period of trial-and-error working with Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, and Buildertrend, they finally landed on a program they’re happy with: CoConstruct. “We invested a lot time, effort, and money into finding the right system,” says Glenn. “For residential construction – renovations or custom homebuilding – I don’t think there’s anything in the market that comes close to it.”

Teresa wholeheartedly agrees: “Clients have a better insight into what’s going on with the project, all the communication with the clients, trades, and office staff is organized and documented, and the invoicing and accounting are all linked in.”

Now, after just over two decades in business, Cedar Winds is coming up on completing nearly 100 projects, building everything from 480-sq.ft. bunkies up to 8,000-sq.ft. homes. Asked if he can pick out a favourite project of his over the years Glenn declines saying instead, “It’s the people that you remember. It’s always a treat when you have an opportunity to go back months after they’ve moved in. It’s really quite satisfying.”

It’s right up there with the satisfaction of building a well-respected family business from the ground up.

Glenn, Teresa, and Nelson Evans of Cedar Winds Design~Build in Haliburton, Ont.
Glenn, Teresa, and Nelson Evans of Cedar Winds Design~Build in Haliburton, Ont.

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Builder Profile: JD Composites

The future is plastics

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Company Name: JD Composites
Location: Metegan, N.S.
Founded: March 2018
Number of employees: 4
Website: JDComposites.ca

Sometimes, it’s best not to tell others what you’re working on. Otherwise, they’ll say it can’t be done. So, when David Saulnier and Joel German, co-founders of Nova Scotia–based JD Composites, came up with the idea to design and build a modular home using 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mouldings – a first for homebuilders – they kept it under wraps.

“We called it Area 51,” says Saulnier. “By the time we told people, it was already built, so nobody had a chance to say we were crazy. They could see the proof before their very eyes.”

Finished in June 2019, the 1,800-sq.-ft. home, built on a 1.46-acre swath of land along Nova Scotia’s southwest shore, has attracted worldwide attention, from Popular Mechanics and CBC coverage, to the mayor of Texan city Corpus Christi, who, like many others, is interested in the house for its unparalleled efficiency and resistance to mould, mildew, and hurricane-strength winds.

But while PET composites are relatively new to homebuilding, the composite has a long history in aerospace, insulation, and the boat-building industry that Saulnier comes from. “I’m a huge fan of sandwich construction because of its weight-to-strength ratio,” says Saulnier, referring to composite materials made by fabricating two stiff skins to a lightweight but thick core. Imagine the seaworthy strength of a lightweight fibreglass boat, and you get the idea. If PET-based composites are good enough for space and sea, why not land?

“We knew it would work,” says Saulnier, who designed the home so that the entire exterior shell was made from the composite, so that it’s basically one solid shell. “Just imagine a single piece of Lego attached to a concrete slab. You’re not going to destroy it with kinetic energy. It’s one piece.” The inorganic material is also impermeable to water and UV damage, which means you don’t need shingles. “It’s probably the best roofing solution you’ll find. Have you ever seen shingles on a boat? Never.” On its own, PET foam is resistant to mould and rot, but by combining the material with fibreglass, they created a product with superior resistance and strength – not to mention extreme energy efficiency. With no thermal break in the walls or roof, the house achieves an R-value of 30. “We’re looking at somewhere between $60,000 to $100,000 in energy savings,” says Saulnier.

And then there’s the acoustics. “The house is right on the ocean, and during very heavy storms you don’t hear anything. I thought it would be the other way around,” says Saulnier.

More than the building benefits, their solution creates a new way to reuse plastic. Indeed, more than 600,000 plastic water bottles went into making the panels. Consider there’s a million bottles of water sold every minute. “What we did was a 30-second solution. But imagine 10,000 homes built using a half-million bottles per home, and suddenly you’re making a serious dent in the amount of waste,” says Saulnier.

Now that the house has proven its quality, Saulnier is hopeful the technology will move into bigger builds. “My hope is that some big engineering firm can take the technology and do something big with it,” he says. “We’d love to see a development where every home is made using 100 percent recycled PET panels.”

In the meantime, JD Composites is busy designing a second house, while also working on projects ranging from commercial bathrooms to hunting sheds. “We’re not really a construction company,” says Saulnier, who is adamant he’s not out to knock conventional construction techniques. “We’re innovators that built something that was perhaps a little ahead of the curve.”

CAPTION: Photo by Tina Comeau, Tri-County Vanguard

David Saulnier (left) and Joel German of JD Composites in Nova Scotia.


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Builder Profile: Menkes

Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

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Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

Gone are the days when the only gold standard for homeownership was the house in the suburbs with the white picket fence. Today many young families are setting their sights on highrise urban living, where their kids have exposure to arts, culture, and more! They can experience all that city life has to offer, and at the same time have plenty of room to play.

Enter Menkes, one of the first developers to introduce a children’s playroom as an amenity space, when it launched The Eglinton Condominium in 2014. Today – after successfully introducing both indoor and outdoor children’s spaces at its Harbour Plaza community in 2018 — the developer has even grander plans for condo living that will cater to children of all ages.

While condo living once posed challenges to residents with large families or young children, the company’s latest condo projects will elevate your ability to entertain.

Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences

Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community on Toronto’s waterfront, will offer future residents with kids a list of amenities that rivals any children’s facility, and completely eliminates the hassle of bundling them up in cold weather, in search of local indoor entertainment. Residents will have access to a hobby studio, an arts and crafts room, a music room, virtual reality space, and children’s playroom. There will also be plenty of storage close to your suite to store gear and sporting equipment.

Mobilio Community
Mobilio Community

Mobilio, Menkes’ upcoming community in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, which will include a combination of condos and townhomes, is also being developed with families in mind.

“We have really considered every member of your family right down to your pets,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, highrise. “Mobilio will include a convenient petwashing station. I am also very excited about the park aspect of this project. We will have the linear park connecting all the projects together on this block and on future blocks, that provide trails and exciting ways for families to stay active.”

Indoor playroom, Mobilio
Indoor playroom, Mobilio

Mobilio will be anchored by an almost 40,000-sq.-ft. linear park, part of Vaughan’s Black Creek Renewal project, which upon completion, will establish a series of promenades, plazas and parks, spanning more than 30 acres. The community also includes attractive gathering places, walking paths and family-friendly play areas. In cold weather, families can take advantage of Mobilio’s equally family-friendly indoor playroom.

When it comes to amenities, Menkes has carefully considered everything a family would get out of living in a single-family home, and incorporates these aspects into its condos. For those who enjoy entertaining, there are sophisticated party rooms with kitchens and bar areas, and landscaped terraces equipped with barbecues.

You enjoy a quiet night in? Sugar Wharf Condos will include a state-of-the-art theatre and games lounge. And if you enjoy staying active, it will have a fitness centre with separate weight, virtual and yoga studios.

There is no doubt that with Toronto experiencing a housing shortage, and many families priced out of the single-family housing market in urban centres, condo living will continue to be the way of the future. Whether you’re looking to start your family, grow your family, downsize, or retire, Menkes offers condo amenities that will cater to every family, and every lifestyle.

Menkes Developments

For further information visit the website.


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Activa

Activa creating homes for every lifestyle in Waterloo

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Activa creating homes for every lifestyle in Waterloo

Activa is one of the largest and most active land developers and homebuilders in the Region of Waterloo. Considering itself a partner to homebuyers, the company understands that buying a new home is not just a financial investment, but a personal and emotional one, too. That’s why Activa has developed a streamlined and stress-free process that makes your homebuying experience second to none. From your colour selections appointment and the first walk-through of your home at pre-drywall, to your pre-delivery inspection and after move-in care, Activa provides you with the best in quality, service and satisfaction and ensures you are informed and looked after at every step.

Activa currently has two condominium projects underway in prestigious Waterloo neighbourhoods – Trailside at Grey Silo Gate, in the city’s northeast end, and Reflections at Laurelwood in the northwest. These midrise condos present the opportunity to reside in established residential communities while living a carefree condo lifestyle.

Trailside at Grey Silo Gate

Trailside at Grey Silo Gate is set within the upscale Carriage Crossing community, located at the head of the Walter Bean Trail and surrounded by Grey Silo Golf Course, the sports fields and skating rinks of RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex.

Construction has begun on the three, four-storey midrise condominium buildings featuring 32 premium suites each. Suites are stunning and spacious and come with underground parking. The buildings include a rooftop terrace with barbecues, fire pits and seating for summer living and entertaining. There are seven layouts available, with open-concept living spaces encompassing the kitchen and Great Room.

All suites are a two-bedroom, two-bathroom design, excluding the limited number of one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 918-sq.-ft. Maple model, with prices from $359,900. Interior layouts on the second through fourth floors are the two largest suites. The 1,325-sq.-ft. Spruce model has a base price of $446,900, while the 1,354-sq.-ft. Hickory model starts at $454,900.

Reflections at Laurelwood

Reflections at Laurelwood is a seven-storey, 89-unit award-winning condominium community located just minutes from the Laurel Creek Conservation Area, with a grocery store, restaurants, shopping and renowned schools within walking distance. First rate on-site amenities include a private, state-of-the-art theatre room for cosy nights in, entertainment lounge with billiards table, fireplace and kitchenette, and central gazebo with barbecue and food preparation area for the summer.

Limited remaining two-bedroom, two-bathroom units range from the 1,050-sq.-ft. Laurelwood, priced from $327,900, to the 1,180-sq.-ft. Westmount, priced from $374,900. All the suites are bright and spacious with those on the first and second floors boasting nine-ft. ceilings. Units are move-in-ready – so you can tour your future home in person. As well, 30-day occupancies are available on select units.

Why Waterloo Region?

Less than an hour from the GTA, Waterloo Region offers all the benefits of the big city, without the downtown price tag. For the same $500,000 you could spend on a downtown bachelor pad, you can get a spacious two-bedroom condo, a three-bedroom freehold townhome with easy access to Hwy. 401, or with just a little more budget you can get away from sharing walls in your own single-detached home.

Waterloo Region is home to hundreds of parks, and more than 125 kms of trails to walk, bike or jog. Just minutes from the Hwy. 401, the Region is less than an hour’s drive from Mississauga and has several busses and trains to Toronto – making for a reasonable commute however you travel. The Region also boasts incredible and unique restaurants, renowned schools for all ages, multiple produce markets and entertainment hotspots for live theatre, movies, and outings alike.

Whether you’re looking to spread out with more space or hoping to save some coin on your new home purchase, you’ll find a great place to live in Waterloo Region.

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Building Forward – Briarwood Development Group

Leading the way as one of Ontario’s foremost names in the new home building industry is Briarwood Development Group. Focusing on building liveable, and sustainable, environments, Briarwood is dedicated to creating distinctive landmark communities throughout Ontario.

Specific locations are carefully chosen in order to take advantage of the natural elements that are unique to each property. Prior to developing, extensive planning and research help to determine the appropriate style of housing for a specific demographic. In addition, the surrounding attributes are factored in, including parks, public spaces and amenities. Beautiful streetscapes complete the overall look for a welcoming home environment.

Committed to excellence

Under the guidance of the president and CEO of Briarwood, Enzo DiGiovanni, the team that supports each element of the homebuilding process are dedicated to providing the best possible product. This involves meticulous attention to detail, as well as personal pride for a job well done. From your first visit to the sales centre, you’ll feel like you’ve formed a true partnership with the specialized staff at Briarwood. During each step of the homebuilding process, you’ll be guided through various selection processes – from the floorplan that best suits your family, to the exterior and interior finishes that ultimately make your house a home.

More than sixty years ago, DiGiovanni’s family immigrated to Canada from Italy, and he admits to spending a good part of his life on a construction site. “I have been fortunate to have an experienced history in a number of building trades,” says DiGiovanni. “And, I was taught to master the artistry that goes along with them.”

For more than 30 years, Briarwood has fine tuned the craft of homebuilding. Refining old-world techniques, along with modern innovations, Briarwood ensures that they use the most up-to-date materials and improved methods of construction.

Ashton Meadows

Coming soon to Stayner is Briarwood’s newest family focused community. Open-concept layouts are perfect for entertaining, or preparing, and sharing, a meal together. Not only are these homes decked out with the newest features and finishes, but the positioning of this community is accessible to a plethora of amenities. Detached homes, on 50-foot lots, start in the mid $400,000s.

Connected urban community

Milton has been waiting for the release of these park-side condos and towns. This master-planned community will feature a stunning collection of condominiums and townhomes, starting from the $400,000s. Escarpment views and tranquil urban gardens will enhance this little piece of heaven, and surrounding amenities offer everything one could need – or want.

Young’s Cove

Now open in Prince Edward County is the waterfront community of Young’s Cove. Meticulously planned to take advantage of the natural highlights, bungalows and two-storey designs are priced from the mid $400,000s. In addition to 7,000 feet of shoreline, Young’s Cove abuts protected wetlands and hundreds of acres of natural forest. Here, residents are able to find comfort and serenity. Inventory homes are also available in completed communities.

Gracious, open-concept designs are bright and airy.
Gracious, open-concept designs are bright and airy.

Personally motivated

Briarwood is dedicated to the inclusion of complementary housing styles in urban areas. From spacious singles, to condos and towns, they ensure that remarkable living spaces are created at price points that offer exceptional value. “I am completely hands on, ensuring my personal involvement and my total commitment to quality,” says DiGiovanni. “It’s in my DNA.”

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