May 2016

Found 10 blog entries for May 2016.

Basement Development Process

It’s spring, the season of growth, new beginnings, and… basement developments? Yes, that’s right! It’s the perfect time to finally get that basement renovation project you’ve always wanted to do in motion. Depending on the scope of your project, basement developments can get rather extensive, in terms of time, cost, and technicalities. That’s why it’s important to get it right. You want your dream basement, but you also want the project to be as safe, functional, and cost-effective as possible. Knowing the City’s guidelines, as well as some potential hacks is definitely a good place to start.

Do I Need a Permit?

Depending on the scope of work you are planning to complete, you may need to obtain either a Building Permit or a Development Permit.

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Trees are an integral part of any landscape.

Trees can be a wonderful component of any landscape in the city. In addition to providing aesthetics and shade, trees also serve to filter our air, retain storm water, and provide habitats for wildlife. As much as they benefit us, there are times where tree removal is necessary, such as when they become a hindrance to traffic flow, development, or landscaping. However, we should still aim to protect existing trees as much as possible, while continuing to plant new trees on new developments and properties. Understandably, the technicalities behind these processes can get rather confusing. Fortunately, the City of Calgary has developed a number of bylaws and rules to guide these operations.

City-Owned Trees

As stated in the Tree Protection Bylaw,

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The Dream Home.

So you want to buy a new home. That’s great! While there may be a myriad of factors to consider, it can certainly be an exciting process. This is your chance to find a home that fits well with your existing interests, needs, and lifestyle. These vary from person to person, but with every new home, there are certain important considerations to make. What are the necessities, and what are the wish items? What’s your lifestyle like, right now? What do you want it to be like? Running through these questions will help you better understand your dream home and how we can help you find it. If anything, hopefully our little quiz can help point you in the right direction. 

 

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Dream Home Site Considerations

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Calgary's top high schools.

They say that the best years of your life happen during high school. Whether or not that’s true, it’s undeniable that high school plays an important part in your child’s formative years. It’s a huge part of an integral transition – the shift from adolescence to adulthood. That being said, you want a high school that provides a range of amenities to best suit your child and their needs. As well, you want to provide them with options – high school is a time for your child to discover what he or she may excel at. Whether this means a range of extracurricular activities, a reputable academic program, or quality facilities, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the top three public high schools in Calgary, and what communities you’ll find them in.

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Building a fence requires knowledge of bylaws and guidelines.

Building a fence by yourself or with a neighbor is a great way to personalize and update your property, all while escaping the labour fees associated with hiring a fence contractor. While the concept of building a fence may seem simple, the bylaws and guidelines surrounding fence construction can be confusing. How high can you build? Who is responsible for it? Do you need a building permit? These are important questions to ask – failure to comply with the rules can lead to fines, future legal and financial issues when selling your property, or having to undo all of your hard work. Building the fence itself is troublesome enough without the added burden of trying to understand the restrictions. In order to make this process as simple as possible, we’ve

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Stucco walls are prone to a number of hidden dangers

Stucco is a great product for home exteriors. It provides design flexibility, energy efficiency, and offers aesthetic appeal. Also known as EIFs, or Exterior Insulation Finish Systems, Stucco is widely used in residential and commercial buildings alike. However, what many don’t realize is that there are potential, hidden dangers behind stucco homes. While the exterior of the home may look perfectly fine, hidden beneath could lie thousands of dollars of damage costs, structural corruption, and health issues.

To fully understand how these issues may arise, let’s delve into the process of EIFs or stucco construction. To begin, an insulation board is attached to the exterior wall surface. Next, a water-resistant base coat is applied over top of the

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Downtown Calgary is a must-see when visiting the city of Calgary.

Recent events in American politics have caused a stir here in Canada. You’ve seen it before – the tweets exclaiming something along the lines of “I’m moving to Canada if Trump wins,” or the surge in the google search term, “move to Canada.” While we may chuckle at these trends from across the border, the reality is that Americans are actually choosing to live amongst their northern neighbours. More and more US citizens have been flocking to Canada in search of a country with more stable, tolerant, and humanitarian conditions (the free health care doesn’t hurt, either). Of course, where better to live in Canada than right here in Calgary? With easy access to the iconic Rocky Mountains, a range of living options, and activities available for any

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Buyers often find themselves contemplating over the best price to buy a home at.

Have you been considering buying a home in Calgary, but find yourself waiting for the bottom to hit? Are you wondering when that will occur? I cannot tell you how often realtors hear these sorts of questions. The answer is simple: We don’t know until the prices begin to come back up.

Buyers are often surprised to hear that in today’s market, it is common to experience multiple offers. We see homes that are selling for their list price or higher, or even homes that are selling within 24 hours of being listed. It is a reality of Calgary’s present-day real estate market. If you are a buyer that has been observing the market for the past few months, you should know that the market is quite stable. If a home is listed at a fair price and shows well, it

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The best YYC views.

With spring upon us, Calgary is looking better than ever. Throughout the city, we’re lucky to witness spectacular scenery – especially of the city core. From Crescent Heights to Scotsman’s Hill, it’s hard to narrow down the best downtown views. Luckily, we already have so you can enjoy Calgary at its finest angles (and get the best resulting Instagram photos).

Before we get into our top three Calgary views, let’s take a look at the value of a view. Why do we appreciate views so much, aside from their inherent beauty? First of all, it has something to do with their unique supply. Views aren’t always easy to come by, and we tend to appreciate them more due to their rarity. Even though Calgary is fortunate to have so many beautiful views, there are

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A dog runs free in an off-leash park. Calgary is home to 150 of these locations.

Calgary is lucky to have an abundance of off-leash parks. With 150 designated off-leash areas in the city, you and your pup will always have somewhere new to explore or rediscover. It doesn't matter what neighbourhood you find yourself in, either. With parks and pathways in close proximity to any community, exercise and experiencing the outdoors with your furry friend has never been easier. Here are four of the best off-leash areas within Calgary's communities:  

1. River Park/Sandy Beach Parks (Britannia, SW Calgary)  

Situated along the Elbow River in the Southwest inner city, This park is a safe haven for any dog. Isolated from cars and roads, this 21-hectare park allows your dog (and you) to run around in peace. The location, with

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