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February 01, 2010

Green buildings inspire

Karoleena Homes’ “green” building system takes centre stage at Calgary Home + Garden Show

Pepper Rodriguez

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It’s appropriate that with the approach of spring that “green” would be the topic of conversation at the Calgary Home + Garden Show, as Karoleena Homes unveils their enviro-friendly home building techniques.

Karoleena Custom Homes will be a partner in the Spring 2010 edition of the show to be held February 25-28 at the BMO Centre, and will feature for the first time a full-size single-family home (available for sale) built by the Calgary-based builder right on the show floor.

“Take a tour through their Karovation Home Feature and learn ways to incorporate the latest trends while staying green,” says Marketplace Events show manager Terri Higgins. “It’s the future of living.”

Karoleena has spearheaded the concept of System-Built homes, a cutting-edge green building technique that starts home construction off site in an environmentally controlled building centre. The custom structure will take two days to set-up and will feature products, design and décor from other show exhibitors.

Karoleena Custom Homes partner, Kurt Goodjohn, says their building system not only helps them achieve the goal of energy-efficiency and sustainability but also is also more readily adaptable in customization and following design influences of customers.

Karoleena hopes to build upwards of 50 such homes per year within a very short period of time and the advantages of the building system will afford the customers the benefit of cost savings through faster build times. “We are actually starting on two three-storey projects in Erlton with units ranging in size from 1,600 square-feet to 2,200 square-feet,” Goodjohn adds.

Karoleena Custom Homes has positioned itself as one of Western Canada’s first and System-Built home builders for the urban market. They recently completed a high-end four-plex development, known as “The Graycie”, in Calgary’s Marda Loop area in which all modules were craned together in eight hours.  Currently, Karoleena has eight other System-Built homes scheduled for completion between now and August 2010.

“We are very excited about this commitment,” says Higgins, “and I’m eager to see the results.”

On the garden side of the show, Higgins promises that all green thumbs will be more than satisfied with the show’s line-up, and that Alberta’s top landscapers will be on-site for interviews about landscaping styles, planting tips and more.

Included in the show are:
The Scope of the Scape – Dream Gardens presented by Westcon Precast and Countryside Landscapes & Garden Centre. As the 2009 winner of the Best in Show category, this dream team is sure to wow guest for anything from lawn to pond and back again. This multi-award winning group is known for its customized work and crafty construction. Their family-owned feel is the perfect recipe for honing stone-work and realizing dream outdoor living space.

Garden Marketplace presented by Calgary Real Estate News. This is one of the new features this year, and aims to bring the ultimate in garden accessory shopping with the interactive Garden Marketplace

Garden Oasis – 6,000 square-feet of Inspiration. Local landscaping experts will show you how to turn that pile of dirt into blooming roses and blossoming begonias. Alberta’s top landscapers will be on-site for interviews about landscaping styles, planting tips and more.

Guests can also take a cue from industry experts at the HGTV MainStage and hear what design gurus like Colin and Justin, Alykhan Velji and Rosalyn Lazaruk have to say about this season’s hottest trends.

And, of course, there are literally hundreds of exhibitors featuring every kind of home and garden product you can imagine. 

Also at the Calgary Home + Garden Show
Does design influence fashion or does fashion influence design? Find out as’s Calgary editor, Malwina Gudowska, cracks the code. Malwina will take show-goers through their closets to their living rooms,to find out who influences what and where we can all, find inspiration.

Presented by:
Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the ultimate before-and-after makeover story. Style experts Alykhan Velji and Rosalyn Lazaruk take four fashion victims from the streets of Calgary and re-vamp their fashion faux pas with hot new daytime and evening looks. Snap some amazing pictures and pick up tips from our very own “Stacey and Clinton” on how to dress for different body types using modern style and flare.

Presented by:
Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

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