City and Country: Okotoks Home Builders Aim to Give the Best of Both

Calgary’s real estate market is often a reflection of the current state of the energy sector. Nevertheless, home builders in Calgary, Okotoks, and other nearby locales are aware that residents are still keen on buying new homes. In fact, a new study released by BMO Capital Markets reports that Alberta’s housing market is expected to surge this year.

With only a population of around 25,000, Okotoks is just ideal for countryside living, making the sense of community involvement downright possible. Just like other city dwellers (including those residing outside Alberta), the residents of Okotoks have the convenience of having quick access to medical facilities, churches, recreational spots, schools, and park systems, to name a few.


Why Live in Okotoks?

Building your home offers many perks, chief among which is the ability to design your house exactly the way you want it. Of course, home design is only one part of the equation; you also have to decide where the best place is to build it.

Fortunately, the town Okotoks in Alberta has become one of the best communities to live in, as evidenced by its 42.9% population growth from 2006-2011. Below are just a few reasons why you should consider calling this place home: Continue reading

Characteristics of Tudor Architecture

Tudor-style architecture, which can be seen in some housing developments near Calgary, is a popular design motif among aspiring homeowners, and is one of several styles professional home builders specialize in. Tudor architecture originated in England in the 1500s, during the Tudor Dynasty. Below are the inherent characteristics of this architecture.

One of the most distinctive features of Tudor architecture is the stark black and white effect (which reminds one of Shakespearean-era houses) due to the exposed wooden frames. In England, the town of Lavenham in Suffolk, for example, is littered with Tudor-style houses. Continue reading

Moving to Your Own Home in Canada

Canada has consistently been included in many lists of top ten best countries in the world, with some of its cities getting the top spots for the most livable and cleanest cities. Unsurprisingly, this country of maple leaves and mountain ranges attracts immigrants from all over the world. As their population grows, so does the demand for housing in Canada’s cities and suburbs.

Being a mecca for migrants creates a welcoming multi-ethnic environment for Canada, one that accepts diversity and respects the customs and traditions of each person. As such, the country has gained popularity as one of the world’s best family-oriented destinations. Continue reading

Okotoks Invites the Community to Participate in Waste Reduction Week

Home to houses built by renowned Calgary home builders, Okotoks is a budding town that is now becoming a popular destination for individuals and families seeking a community-centered and green community.

The town’s active participation in Waste Reduction Week is one proof that members of the community truly care about their home by making sure that it is kept clean and sustainable.

Community Visioning and Why Community Members Are Encouraged to Participate

The town is still in the process of development with more and more homes for sale in Okotoks built by renowned Calgary home builders being advertised to individuals and families alike that are seeking a well-rounded place to call home. This is exactly why community members should participate—so they’d know what’s next for their area and express their thoughts on things they want and don’t want for the town.

Should there be more developments? What facilities does the community need? Are there any efforts towards sustainability? These are just some of the questions that can be discussed during the community visioning workshop.

Calgary Home Builders Are Up to the Challenge

Due to the rising demand for new homes in the area, Calgary home builders are rolling up their sleeves and digging in their heels in what’s shaping up to be a housing boom, the likes of which they haven’t seen since 2006. The industry seems to be responding well, but things haven’t been easy thus far.

Manpower shortage

One concern which is compounding the situation is the lack of skilled labor. Within the last decade, an aging skilled workforce forced local government together with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Calgary Region to entice young people to consider enrolling in trade school. Other steps included promotional visits to local schools and sponsorship-backed training camps for interested youngsters. Their efforts have paid off, but not enough to meet the growing demand. Continue reading