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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

You may have heard that owning a new home in the GTA has become an almost impossible dream, but that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth! Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is a new masterplanned community of townhomes and singles coming soon to Taunton Rd. and Coronation Rd. in central Whitby. With freehold towns from 1,485 to 2,110 sq. ft , singles from 1,810 to 3,275 sq. ft., and prices starting at $515,990, it looks like the dream of homeownership is still very much within reach.

Room for a growing family

If you’re wondering where a family of three, four or more can find an affordable new home in the GTA, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Homebuyers will discover beautiful, family-size towns and singles with three- to five-bedroom floorplans available in this exciting new Great Gulf community. Additionally, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows will offer multiple layout options featuring, everything from second floor laundry rooms to expanded mudrooms, walk-in closets, two-car garages and more, to suit all family lifestyles and needs.

Outdoor time has been made a priority in all aspects of this community, with large lots providing ample yard space, charming, nature-infused neighbourhoods, and a sprawling community park.

A convenient commute to Toronto

Only a short drive east of Toronto, Whitby has become Durham Region’s most sought-after destination for active young families. It is a picturesque locale boasting more than 125 parks, 950 acres of active parkland, thousands of acres of lush open space and beaches, plus 60 km of trails, such as the renowned Ash Creek and Heber Down Conservation area. Whitby is also home to Canada’s largest municipally owned recreation facility, and a family-friendly entertainment centre loaded with everything from popular restaurants to a massive movie theatre, and even an indoor skydiving facility.

Not only will Great Gulf Whitby Meadows place homeowners at the bustling heart of the city, but this vibrant new community is only minutes away from the 401, 407, 412, and GO Transit. This makes for an easy, straight-forward commute west to downtown Toronto.

A home for your generation and the next

Great Gulf has a longstanding history in the Whitby area, and its commitment to building high-quality homes not only takes this generation of homebuyers into consideration, but subsequent generations as well.

The homes of Great Gulf Whitby Meadows are being planned with smarter construction, better materials and higher standards intended to benefit families and the environment. Both townhomes and singles will be Energy Star certified to ensure a higher level of energy savings and environmental sustainability. This means elevated standards in heating and cooling, insulation, electrical and plumbing, air quality and energy efficiency. The townhomes and singles will also be built with the science of H+me Technology, a state-of-the-art synergistic process where homes are virtually constructed to ensure precision before anything is physically built. Homes are pre-assembled in a dedicated facility allowing them to be built at a fraction of the time it takes traditionally. The H+me Technology’s advanced process ensures tighter gaps and fewer seams aiding to reduce energy consumption and material waste during construction by up to 70 per cent.

Spacious towns and singles, family-focused neighbourhoods, easy commuting, and all for the best price in the GTA. It sounds like Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer this generation of new homebuyers has been searching for. The question is, what are you waiting for?

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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Ontario’s most Green home builders and suppliers were honoured Feb. 28 at the 2018 EQ Awards. More than 250 guests, including Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, celebrated 20 years of EnerQuality along with the accomplishments of its leaders with the official announcement of the award winners.

“It speaks volumes to see how the longevity of EnerQuality and our certifications like Energy Star have continued to remain relevant and grow in impact over the years,” say Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The 2018 EQ Awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to carve a new path for the future with programs such as our Energy Star Multifamily Highrise certification.”

“The People’s Choice Award was an amazing new addition to the Awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” adds Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president of market development at EnerQuality. “Our certifications are voluntary investments by our builders. EnerQuality is committed to ensuring the greater public is aware of the investment these builders are making for the sustainability of these communities.”

2018 Hall of Fame: Sean Mason, President, Sean Mason Homes

Sean Mason has been a dedicated proponent of Energy Star for New Homes since the very first days. From 2002 to 2013, he encouraged Green building and land initiatives at Mason Homes, when it was among the first three builders in Canada to participate in and certify with the then-new Energy Star program, and the first in Canada to make Energy Star its standard. Since Sean.castarted in 2013, the company has won numerous awards, including BILD’s Green Builder of the Year in 2015, and EnerQuality’s started Builder (Small Volume) in 2018. He has also been a finalist in BILD’s Places to Grow Project of the Year and People’s Choice Project of the Year, and BILD’s Best Lowrise Project (Built Category). At Sean.ca, started is a standard offering, certifying 100 per cent of its homes. Mason’s stamp has been on more than 1,000 started homes in the last decade.

“Sean.ca is about building modern, healthier and more affordable Green homes in a sustainable community, allowing residents to connect with their neighbours in a meaningful way,” Mason says. “The platform EnerQuality has provided with started has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homeowners through a trusted third-party certifications.”

Impact Award 2018: Tamarack Homes

Tamarack Homes received the EnerQuality 2019 Impact Award for making significant long-term voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and showing outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainable practices. From its beginnings more than 70 years ago, Tamarack Homes has strived for the highest quality in construction and customer service by pursuing materials and technology that would become industry standards. Thirteen years ago, with the launch of a brand-new Ottawa community called Jackson Trails, Tamarack certified its first Energy Star home. Impressed with the results, Tamarack Homes committed the entire community to the new standard, a first for the entire region. Today, every home Tamarack builds carries the started certification.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to sustainability in the home-building industry,” says Chris Taggert, vice-president of Tamarack Homes. “The EnerQuality Impact Award symbolizes the commitment we make every day to prioritizing families, communities, and the environment.”


Builder Achievement
Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Building Innovation, Lowrise
RND Construction

Building Innovation, Mid/Highrise
Times Group

Energy Advisor
Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Small Volume)
Lucchetta Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Mid Volume)
Doug Tarry Custom Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Large Volume)
Minto Communities

Energy Star Champion
JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Group

Green Marketing Campaign (Print)
Sifton Properties

Green Marketing Campaign (Other)
Great Gulf

Leader of the Year
Roya Khaleeli, Minto Communities

Net Zero Builder
Reid’s Heritage Homes

Ontario Green Builder
Sifton Properties

Product Innovation

Industry Partner Award
Enbridge Gas Distribution Owens Corning
Union Gas

People’s Choice Award
Acorn Developments


Enbridge Affordable Housing Award
Toronto Community Housing

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Residential)
Briarwood Development Group

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Commercial)
Times Group

Union Gas Optimum Home Award
Hilden Homes


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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

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EnerQuality, celebrating 20 years as the leader in energy-efficient certifications, is preparing to confer its annual EQ Awards in Toronto on Feb. 28.

“We are excited to be launching a refreshed version of our classic awards, bringing more networking, recognition and excitement for our builders who have worked hard to build a better future for our communities,” says Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality.

In 2018, EnerQuality labelled its 100,000th energy-efficient home, released the new Energy Star Multifamily Highrise (New Construction) Pilot Program and continued its mission of helping builders and consumers save money while lowering their carbon footprint.

“To continue to spread the word and recognize the achievements of the industry, EnerQuality will proudly be launching the EQ Awards Magazine,” says Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president, market development, at EnerQuality. “Many aren’t aware of the voluntary investment our builders make towards building healthier communities. We hope this commemorative magazine will continue to shine a light on their contributions throughout the year.”

For this year, EnerQuality also introduced a People’s Choice Award, created to involve the public in acknowledging those who are pushing boundaries in energy efficiency.”

Award categories and finalists include:

Building Innovation Lowrise

●  Minto Group
●  RND Construction Ltd.
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  Sean.ca
●  Urbandale Construction


Building Innovation Mid/Highrise

●  Minto Group
●  Molinaro Group
●  Times Group


Energy Advisor

●  Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.
●  Rob Johnston, Building Knowledge Canada
●  Sacha Klein, A&J Energy Consultants
●  Michael White, Pradeep Samaroo, RGL Consultants


EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Large Volume

●  Great Gulf
●  Mattamy Homes
●  Minto Group


EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Mid Volume

●  Acorn Developments
●  Activa
●  Arista Homes
●  Doug Tarry Homes
●  Sifton Properties
●  Urbandale Construction


EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Small/Custom

●  Corvinelli Homes
●  Howick Homes
●  Jeffrey Homes
●  Marz Homes
●  SanDiego Homes
●  Lucchetta Homes


EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Champion

●  JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Homes
●  Optimum Home Team, Union Gas
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes
●  Ted McIntyre, OHB Magazine
●  Tyler Heimpel, Carey Homes


Green Marketing Campaign – Print

●  Activa
●  Mason Homes
●  Sifton Properties


Green Marketing Campaign – Other

● Acorn Developments
● Arista Homes
● Great Gulf


Hall Of Fame Recipient

● Sean Mason, sean.ca

Sean Mason EQ Award
Sean Mason, recipient of the Hal of Fame Award


Impact Award Recipient

● Tamarack Developments


Net Zero Builder

●  Gatto Homes
●  Gemini Homes
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties
●  Steve Snider Construction


Ontario Green Builder

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties


People’s Choice

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties


Product Innovation

●  Aerobarrier
●  Graphenstone
●  Genius Smart Panel
●  H+ME Technology
●  Velux Active with NETATMO


Builder Achievement

●  Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Developments
●  Jean-Francois Meloche, Guildcrest Building Corp.
●  Roy Nandram, RND Construction Ltd.
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Custom Homes
●  Peter Voong, Castleform Developments
●  Jennifer Weatherston, Reid’s Heritage Homes

For more information on the EQ Awards and to purchase tickets, visit eqawards.ca


2017 EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced



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The Arbour Condo Villas

The Arbour Condo Villas: Single-level living in Peterborough

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The Arbour Condo Villas: Single-level living in Peterborough

Only 28 homes are available in this newest release.

As part of the master-planned Parklands’ community, Mason Homes recently released the Arbour Condo Villas. These homes are set amongst a natural environ with woodland trails, ponds, and landscaped parks outside your door.


Only 28 homes are available in this newest release. Choose from a classic design or a rear-lane courtyard model. Bungalows, or bungalows plus a loft, range in size from 1,068 to 2,200 square feet. Charming arts and crafts exteriors include meticulous detailing, and are also enhanced with Ontario-inspired architectural influences.

Each residence showcases the finest in features and finishes, with bright and spacious open-concept interiors. Design highlights include soaring nine-foot main floor ceilings, main-floor master retreats, gourmet-inspired kitchens, inviting great rooms with the option of a gas fireplace, as well as direct access to a single- or double-car garage, a main-floor laundry and optional finished basements. A limited number of rear-yard walkouts are also available to take advantage of the woodland setting.


For those who are looking to get the most value for their dollar, The Arbour Condo Villas at Parklands are nestled within a wonderful master-planned setting to take advantage of everything that the community has to offer. In addition, residents are close to some of Peterborough’s best shopping, leisure and recreational activities, as well as a wide range of amenities and transit – if you have a cottage a little further north, it’s a quick drive.

These condo villas showcase affordable luxury by combining cutting-edge building products and technology with a variety of today’s most requested features and finishes. As with every new Mason home, each residence is built to EnergyStar® standards, saving you more in household energy consumption.


Celebrating more than 55 years of excellence in development, design and new home construction, Mason Homes remains one of Ontario’s most successful, and forward-thinking, new home construction companies.

Prices at The Arbour Condo Villas start from the high $300,000s, with occupancy dates scheduled for this coming summer, 2019.

Parklands community has become the address of choice for those who are looking to settle down, without settling for less.


The Parklands Sales Centre and Model Court is located at 1224 Chemong Road in Peterborough.



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The Oaks at Six Mile Creek

The Oaks at Six Mile Creek: Premium homes without the premium price

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The Oaks at Six Mile Creek: Premium homes without the premium price

The same quality features and Energy Star certification that all Blythwood-built homes receive.

Located in Niagara Peninsula’s historic Ridgeway, The Oaks at Six Mile Creek is the newest community by Blythwood Homes. Here, a limited edition of 22 premium homes are available for 2020 Spring occupancy. These homes do not come with a premium price tag, or even a lot premium.

Three new models are spacious, and gracious, with varying ceiling heights, as well as fine finishes throughout.


Birch 48
Birch 48

The 1,560-square-foot Birch 48 comes with an optional 840 square feet of finished living space on the lower level. The master suite features a 10-foot tray ceiling, a large walk-in closet, as well as a luxurious ensuite bath that includes a large soaker tub and separate shower. The 432-square-foot great room has an 11-foot sloped ceiling, oversized windows, and French doors that lead to an optional covered terrace. The well-appointed kitchen includes a breakfast bar, with a separate dining area. Direct access into the main-floor laundry room is possible from the two-car garage. Glazed doors and a cathedral ceiling are wonderful additions to the den.


Birch 44
Birch 44

The 1,580-square-foot Birch 44 has the option of an additional 990 square feet, if finished on the lower level, plus it comes with an oversized, single-car garage. This home also features cathedral, tray and sloped ceilings of varying heights, and the master suite is nothing short of spectacular. The Birch 44 is the perfect home for downsizing, without feeling cramped.


The Aspen
The Aspen

The 1,330-square-foot Aspen is an elegant home with functional space. The great room is open to a large kitchen, which includes lots of cabinetry, counter space, and an island with a breakfast bar. This home has nine-foot ceilings throughout, as well as an oversized single-car garage. Blythwood Homes ensures that the master suites are sumptuous retreats. In the Aspen, it’s extra spacious, and has access to a separate laundry room.


Homes at The Oaks at Six Mile Creek will include the same quality features and Energy Star certification that all Blythwood-built homes receive. Blythwood’s standard finishes include rounded drywall corners, as well as furniture-grade cabinetry in the kitchen and the bathrooms. Starting at $534,000, these homes are expected to sell quickly.

What’s more, Blythwood’s limited edition homes are specially designed to accommodate the needs and desires of active adults, so that they can get the most out of life.





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Builders constantly improve energy efficiency of new homes

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Builders constantly improve energy efficiency of new homes

Energy efficiency is a concern for homeowners, for the obvious reason of saving money on utility bills, but also the impact on the environment. In the home building industry, the Ontario Building Code (OBC) is updated every few years, often resulting in increasing energy efficiency standards in new homes.

It is important, as an industry, to achieve and exceed OBC requirements to create homes with increased sustainability. Participating in voluntary third-party rating systems, such as Energy Star and LEED, is one way builders improve energy efficiency. In addition, numerous builders create their own specific programs to ensure their homes are better built than the OBC.

Undertaking their own research and reviewing new technologies and materials that are cost and time saving, as well as reducing environmental impact, is an ongoing process for residential builders. It is important to keep an open mind when presented with new products while ensuring they are effective. This often requires extensive testing.

For example, Geranium is testing a new liquid tar material to seal flat roofs. The substance is poured into place becoming a puncture-resistant rubber membrane that seals roof edges and penetrations on the exterior more effectively against inclement weather. It is a durable product, requiring less maintenance and repair and decreases drafts, thereby contributing to overall energy saving.


Many builders devote time and energy to enhance their construction techniques to make sure homes are well sealed, incorporate good air flow and have minimal air leakage. These efforts are being acknowledged through industry recognition. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), for example, includes a Green Home Builder of the Year category in its annual awards. The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) holds a Cross Border Builder Challenge and gives awards for the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. The lower the score, the better it is for the environment. Recently, Geranium proudly received the award for the lowest score (HERS 42) in the Canadian midproduction category for a home in our Whitchurch-Stouffville Bloomington Woods community.

There are different ways builders may address energy efficiency. Other examples include using raised heel trusses providing consistent thickness and more space for attic insulation, Tyvek Air Barrier (a home wrap that performs as a superior air barrier), sprayed-in-place expandable foam insulation and Energy Star qualified windows, all of which Geranium uses. To inform people of the benefits of how we build and the process behind it, we’ve created an online video and hold events such as Hard Hat Tours led by the construction team in a home being built prior to drywall installation to help educate our homeowners on the building process.

In the GTA, the push to design more functional smaller spaces is encouraging lowrise builders to create higher density housing forms, and as a result, seek out innovative products. For example, installing a tankless water heater in combination with an air handler for space heating means the equipment takes up less valuable space while improving energy efficiency; a benefit to the homeowner.

Ontario’s builders are focused on offering top-quality energy-efficient homes that will take owners into the future in comfort and with confidence.

Louie Morizio is senior vice-president, construction, housing division for Geranium and a director of RESCON. Since 1977, Geranium has built more than 8,000 homes in fine neighbourhoods and communities throughout Ontario. Geranium.com


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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Euro-Line Appliances

Euro-Line Appliances celebrates 30 years with continued product excellence

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Euro-Line Appliances celebrates 30 years with continued product excellence

Euro-Line Appliances recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary party. Through the company’s history, its brands have earned awards in design, engineering, performance and energy efficiency, bringing elite European engineered appliances to Canadian homes. Euro-Line ensures its products surpass Energy Star ratings and are RoHS compliant (Reduction of certain Hazardous Substances).

The new line of SMEG Portofino ranges are inspired by the lights of small Mediterranean harbours. There is a perfect match in the contrast of vibrant colour and cool stainless steel. Portofino ranges can fit into most kitchen styles, they can slot in-between the furniture, or be used as free standing appliances. Portofino is finished with coloured sides. They have been designed and made with absolute attention to detail, becoming themselves an internal design object.

Euro-Line recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a bash. From left, Cathy Hetherman, Willis Supply; Josh Rosset, HOMES Publishing Group (HPG); Michelle Eglington, Doug Eglington, Mark Eglington and Sheena Eglington, Euro-Line Appliances; Mike Hetherman, Willis Supply; and Sonia Presotto, HPG.
Euro-Line recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a bash. From left, Cathy Hetherman, Willis Supply; Josh Rosset, HOMES Publishing Group (HPG); Michelle Eglington, Doug Eglington, Mark Eglington and Sheena Eglington, Euro-Line Appliances; Mike Hetherman, Willis Supply; and Sonia Presotto, HPG.

All of Euro-Line’s cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, and laundry appliances are created to conserve our non-renewable resources. They consume minimal amounts of water and energy while producing superior cooking and cleaning results. Euro-Line Appliances are proud distributors of products from AEG, LIEBHERR, PORTER&CHARLES, SMEG, GORENJE, and FRANKE in Canada.

Four new European collections launched at IDS West

In keeping with its tradition of bringing the finest European kitchen and laundry appliances into Canadian homes for more than 30 years, Euro-line Appliances recently launched these new products at the 2018 Interior Design Show in Vancouver.

The newly-designed Liebherr Monolith series from Euro-Line Appliances is here. Liebherr's next generation of fridge and freezer columns have superior energy efficiency and foodsaving advancements such as BioFresh-Plus, PowerCooling and SmartDeviceBox. Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity. These panel ready fridges aren't just state-of-the-art. It's the new definition of cool. Shown here, the 54-inch version.
The newly-designed Liebherr Monolith series from Euro-Line Appliances is here. Liebherr’s next generation of fridge and freezer columns have superior energy efficiency and food-saving advancements such as BioFresh-Plus, PowerCooling and SmartDeviceBox. Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity. These panel ready fridges aren’t just state-of-the-art. It’s the new definition of cool. Shown here, the 54-inch version.

Monolith by Liebherr

The Latest in Refrigeration With its ingenious food saving technology, ultramodern design, silent technology and award winning Liebherr DNA, the Monolith collection is a breed apart. Offering multiple size configurations and hardware styles, turning your Monolith into a personalized kitchen showpiece is, well, a piece of cake.

ComfortLift by AEG

AEG’s new ComfortLift Dishwasher, due in Canada in early 2019, is the first ever dishwasher in the world with a lower basket that effortlessly raises up to make loading, and unloading, dishes more comfortable. It also features a third cutlery rack, a light inside the dishwasher, a light beam on the floor, and it is almost silent during operation.

AEG SteamPro Oven: Best in class

More succulent dishes. AEG created the award winning SteamPro to open up an exciting new culinary world for passionate home chefs. With three state-of the-art cooking modes – heat, steam and a combination of heat and steam, the AEG SteamPro delivers flavour integrity and the ability to delicately create tastier, nutritious and good looking meals. Also available, the new Electric Plus Steam oven; 24-inch built-in stainless steel multi-function oven with PlusSteam.

Kompakt Kitchen: Small Space Sensation

Big things come in small packages. Size matters when it comes to building a well-equipped kitchen into a man cave, party room, granny flat’ or cottage. In a six or eight-foot space Kompakt features a Porter and Charles compact dishwasher, under mounted sink and faucet, twoburner induction cooktop and a 24-inch fully integrated Liebherr fridge and freezer. Kompakt also includes state-of-the-art Porter and Charles speed oven, 24-inch range hood, and a built-in TV.

For further information on all of Euro-Line Appliance’s product, visit:.



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Editor's Choice: Silvergate Homes

Editor’s Choice: Silvergate Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Silvergate Homes

Amuse by the Lake in Fort Erie is ‘built for your lifestyle’

The amusement park at Erie Beach entertained generations and was the destination for fun in the days of wooden rollercoasters, big band ballroom dancing and Lake Erie steamers. The next chapter now awaits with Amuse by the Lake in Fort Erie, an exclusive collection of new homes conceived by award-winning Silvergate Homes.

The community’s unique heritage inspires its scenic surroundings. One still morning, you may even catch yourself humming to Duke Ellington’s timeless swing rhythms while strolling along the neighbourhood’s tree-lined trails, the gentle lake breeze in your hair.

Passionately designed, the homes of Amuse by the Lake fuse striking exteriors, unique lines and exceptional spaces. The homes are a testament to the superior craftsmanship and luxury living that has made Silvergate Homes Niagara’s premier builder.

Amuse by the Lake is a small single-family development of seven units on Lakeshore Road featuring two- to four-bedroom homes with finished basements starting from the $900,000s located at 735 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie.

Silvergate Homes makes dreams a reality with their award-winning customized approach to building and renovating homes. As a Tarion Warranty builder and a member of RenoMark, Silvergate Homes customizes each home to the specifications of their homebuyers.

Silvergate Homes was started over 30 years ago by Vito Passero, who at 79 is still the president. All three of Passero’s children — John, Michael and Susan — work in the business. When you work with Silvergate, it means you are a part of the Passero family.

Silvergate Homes believes your home should suit your ideal lifestyle. Its one-on-one philosophy ensures that no item on your wish list goes unexplored and its customer-focused approach has resulted in the creation of hundreds of dream homes in Niagara and throughout the Golden Horseshoe.

The expertise and dedication of the Silvergate team comes together with each and every new home. You can be confident that your home is built with materials of the finest quality, to the highest standards of construction and by industry professionals and skilled tradespeople who take pride in their work.

Silvergate’s homes are consistently built to exceed the Ontario Building Code and is dedicated to building green new homes in Niagara, thanks to its award-winning, eco-friendly practices and green building technologies.

Silvergate Homes was the first Niagara builder to apply the Energy Star environmental standard to an entire community of homes. Silvergate’s environmental leadership was recognized by its peers, winning the Niagara Home Builders’ Association’s very first Excellence in Green Construction/Renovation Award in 2011/2012 and again the next year.

Silvergate Homes offers a custom building approach in several distinctive new home communities: Canal View Heights in Welland, Meadowvale Estates in St. Catharines, Village on the Twelve in St. Catharines, German Village in Niagara Falls and Victoria Woods in Niagara Falls.

Whether you’re looking to buy a new home or renovating your existing one, Silvergate Homes will work closely with you to exceed your highest expectations. No wonder its motto is “We build for your lifestyle.”

Amuse by the Lake

Located at 735 Lakeshore Road, Lot #1, Fort Erie, the Sales Centre is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

(905) 680-6000


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The Arbour Condo Villas

The Arbour Condo Villas

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The Arbour Condo Villas

The Best in Adult Living comes to Peterborough

Mason Homes recently introduced the Arbour Condo Villas in Peterborough. Located within Parklands, Mason’s master-planned community will offer a limited release of 87 homes in a quiet enclave, including Classic and Courtyard bungalows, as well as bungalows with loft designs.

Recognized as a respected builder in Peterborough, Mason won the Builder of the Year and the Green Builder of the Year awards in 2016 from the Peterborough and Kawartha’s Home Builders’ Association. Mason also won the 2017’s Energy Star® for New Homes Builder of the Year.

Showcasing Mason’s popular Arts and Crafts exterior designs, these exceptional residences will range in size from 1,068 to 2,200 square feet. A variety of interior and exterior design options are available, along with your choice of fine features and finishes throughout.

The Arbour Condo Villas will be set against a backdrop of protected mature woodlands, green spaces, and will include beautiful community parks, ponds and walking trails.


The residences of Mason’s Courtyard Villa Collection are aptly named as they feature a private, outdoor courtyard that’s perfect for relaxing or entertaining, and requires minimal maintenance and upkeep.

Designs in this collection feature rear-laneway, double-car garages that provide direct access from the home via a connector, which also contains a handy mudroom, laundry room and powder room. The positioning of the garage at the the back of the home enhances the interior living space, and allows for full width porches at the front.


Mason Homes’ signature exterior elevations are highlighted on the Classic Collection. These home styles reflect Ontario’s rich architectural heritage.

Wider lots allow for welcoming porches and an abundance of windows at the front and at the rear of the homes. So as not to impose on the front facade, the double-car garages are set back and integrated as part of the overall design. Each home style is available in a range of professionally designed, exterior colour palettes, which augment the community’s charming streetscapes.


As with every new home built built by Mason, each one is Mike Holmes Certified and built to Energy Star® standards – saving you up to 20 per cent on your household energy consumption.

Celebrating more than 55 years of excellence in development, design and new home construction, Mason Homes remains one of Ontario’s most successful and forward-thinking new home construction companies.

The designs available at The Arbour Condo Villas are affordable and offer energy saving benefits, along with cutting-edge building materials, and popular features and finishes.


Register online for The Arbour Condo Villas, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Remington Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

It’s all about choice

Homebuyers can choose from an endless list of builders and developers, communities and home styles. So why do so many choose Remington Homes? What is it about this homegrown Canadian company that makes it stand out from the pack?

As Canada celebrates its milestone birthday, Remington Homes is celebrating another year of providing homeowners with outstanding homes in the GTA’s most desirable communities. In almost three decades, Remington has build more than 10,000 homes and with vast land holdings the company will continue to build exceptional communities well into the future.

This true-blue Canadian company has roots deep in the Canadian soil. As part of the Remington Group, Remington Homes has built distinctive and dynamic communities from Oakville to Markham and throughout the GTA.

Remington communities share innovative home designs, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. This is why so many new home purchasers consider Remington Homes to be among the very best homebuilders in the GTA.

What distinguishes Remington is their commitment to functional home designs and their reputation for constructing exceptional communities in amenity-rich locations. These two factors have been the hallmark of their success from the very beginning. But this is not the only thing that makes Remington Homes the builder of choice for so many. The company provides award-winning customer service that gives homeowners extra peace of mind from purchase to move-in and beyond. Remington recognizes that happy homeowners build great communities. Perhaps this attitude is one of the reasons that Remington Homes has consistently earned a rating of Excellence from Tarion.

Remington Homes is committed to balancing design and construction with environmentally friendly considerations to create greener living environments. The company is deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment. They have been at the forefront of building Energy Star qualified homes that offer healthier and more comfortable living environments while reducing both energy consumption and household carrying costs.

The company has grown to include extensive residential, retail, commercial and condominium developments. Presently, the company has many fine communities at various stages of sales and construction.


Remington Homes is getting ready to launch its newest community, The Brightside in Brampton. The Brightside is a family community within the beautiful Mayfield Village neighbourhood. Here Remington is building a spectacular collection of towns, semis and singles on 32-, 38- and 43-foot lots.

This perfect setting, located at Countryside Drive and Bramalea Road, is surrounded by glorious nature and is close to all of the conveniences of Brampton. Here homeowners will enjoy beautiful parks, fabulous places to hike, bike, skate, swim and explore as well as shop and dine. Excellent schools and a wonderful selection of cultural amenities make The Brightside in Brampton the perfect new community. The Brightside joins an illustrious group of prime communities developed by Remington Homes.


Located in the heart of Markham Centre, Remington’s Downtown Markham is expected to be the largest collection of LEED-certified buildings in North America. When completed, the community will include 15,000 residents, 3.4 million square feet of premium office space and 2 million square feet of retail.

Part of this incredible community is a $25 million public art program spearheaded by The Remington Group. The signature piece of the collection is the Pride of Canada Carousel, which features 44 rideable sculptures made by Canadian artist Patrick Amiot. Each piece is cleverly crafted from reclaimed materials as a tribute to Canada and a nod to sustainability.


Remington Homes’ Captain’s Cove in Midland is a community of 50- and 75-foot bungalows along the shores of Georgian Bay. Here residents can escape the hustle and bustle of big city life filled with traffic and noise.

Captain’s Cove offers a relaxed, serene vacation lifestyle with four seasons of stimulating activity. From boating, swimming, walking and birding in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and community sports in the winter. Captain’s Cove’s will soon be releasing a new phase of charming bungalows in this picturesque waterside community.


Remington will soon be releasing an outstanding collection of 45- and 50-foot detached home lots in Oakville’s highly sought-after Preserve community. When Remington Homes started developing plans for The Preserve, it was an opportunity to take decades of insight and create new home designs that would not only be functional and liveable but also offer 360 degrees of beautiful design. The results reflect the superior quality that defines the Remington brand. The finishes at The Preserve provide a level of luxury that sets these homes apart.


Hello Georgetown, Remington Homes’ family-friendly community in Georgetown builds on the company’ long history of home building in this ever-growing neighbourhood.

Remington is getting ready to release their next collection of 40-foot detached homes this fall. The first two phases of this popular community sold out quickly and given the continued demand, this next release will undoubtedly follow suit.


At Wigston Green Estates in Thornhill, Remington Homes has a limited selection of beautifully crafted homes remaining on 60-and 80-foot lots, priced from $3.2 million. This magnificent community of estate homes is located in Thornhill’s most desirable neighbourhood off Bathurst Street south of Highway 7.

One of the remarkable things about Remington Homes is the variety of residential communities it offers. From estate lots to charming townhomes and a wide variety of home and condo styles in between, Remington truly offers something for every life stage and lifestyle.


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