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Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes Building Homes to a Higher Standard

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in homebuilding to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes approved home builder

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Building Homes to a Higher Standard

Emerald Park Homes celebrates our first year as a Holmes Approved Builder

 

It has been an exciting year for our team at Emerald Park Homes as we worked together with the Holmes Approved Home Program to ensure that our homes are "Built Right, from the ground up". The last three show-homes in White City and Pilot Butte have been Holmes Approved and we are now building another in Regina, bringing this type of quality construction into a larger market.

During this year, we have made some changes in our construction products that have been recommended and endorsed by the Holmes Group to provide our customers with simply better homes. In January, we met with Mike Holmes himself, at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas to discuss the program and its future development in Canada, along with the latest developments and technologies in home construction.

 
 
After 25 years of building custom homes, and 35 years in the construction industry, we are very proud to be a Trusted Regina, Holmes Approved Builder, not only building houses, but building homes to a higher standard, designed to last for generations. If you live in Regina, White City, Pilot Butte or anywhere within a 100 mile radius, choosing the right builder was never easier
 
Building a new home should be a fun and exciting experience, and Emerald Park Homes, together with the Holmes Approved Homes Program, works very hard to make that happen. When you build or buy an Emerald Park Home, you can trust that everything behind the walls is built right, so you can focus on designing a space to suit your lifestyle, and choosing the right products for your new home.
 
We are also a proud member of the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program, which not only gives you peace of mind, that, if something does go wrong, somebody will be there to fix the problem, but that your builder is financially viable, and has the resources to properly address any problems with your new home.
 
Building a new home is a team effort, and we are very proud to work with the very best craftsmen and industry leaders. Being a member of the Holmes Approved Homes program not only ensures that our houses are built to the highest of standards, but allows us to keep up with the latest advances in building technologies, research and development, building safer, stronger and more durable homes.
 
 
Contact us at emeraldparkhomes@sasktel.net or call (306)781-3383 to speak with the builder about available lots, or to book an appointment.
 

 

Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!

 

See the Holmes Approved Homes website for more information on the program.
 
 

 

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes share a tip on why has grey stepped out of the shadows

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in homebuilding to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes approved home builder

Here they share a tip on why has grey stepped out of the shadows:

 

Jackie Jordan, director of colour marketing for Sherwin-Williams, joined Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently for an online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q. Why so many grey walls? On so many of the HGTV, DIY and other shows it seems as if every house has at least one room with grey. I like it myself, but that and Moroccan patterned rugs seem everywhere.

A. Beige and off-white have been the standard for so long that we are finally making a shift to a new neutral, and that colour is grey. Grey has amazing potential, as it can be warm or cool, light or dark, and it supports all types of decorating styles: casual to contemporary, traditional to eclectic.

 

 

Q. Is it really a smart investment to paint kitchen cabinets, or just bite the bullet and replace them? I like the look but wonder whether, after painting and then replacing countertops, will the paint finish really last? What specific paint do you recommend for this?

A. If your cabinets are still in good shape and you like the style, then painting is a very viable option. The most important thing is proper preparation of the surface and using a product that dries very hard. Yes, the finish will last. Our ProClassic line of interior paints is perfect for these kinds of projects. Using a professional contractor who can use a spray application for a perfect finish is worth the investment.

Q. My north-facing bedroom gets very little light. I'm ashamed to admit that the walls have had only white primer on them for years as I've been struggling to find the "perfect" colour to bring the walls to life. I went to a model home and loved the paint colour, which was Sherwin-Williams' Cottage Cream, a soft yellow with a hint of beige. However, that house had a ton of natural light. Will that colour work in my dark room? My furniture is light cherry, with tan carpet.

A. A north-facing bedroom gets cool light, which can dull a colour. You may want to try a slightly brighter cream, such as Jersey Cream or Inviting Ivory.

 

 

Q. Our 1960s ranch house has solid oak doors, oak trim and natural oak floors. I like the wood, but I do feel it can look a little dated. I never see trim done in natural oak these days. Since there are so many trees, the inside of the house often doesn't get much light. The house is about 1,000 square feet, and I'd like to go with a light paint colour throughout with a natural, earthy tone that feels cozy and light. I thought maybe Sherwin-Williams' Wool Skein?

A. Wool Skein is a great colour, but it can have a green hint to it, so be sure you like that tone. You could also try Softer Tan or Moderate White, both neutral and natural with a little less green. I always suggest painting a sample first, either on the wall or on a separate board.

 

Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!

 

 

 

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes featured in the local paper - Holmes approved

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in homebuilding to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes approved home builder

Here they are featured in the Leaderpost - Emerald Park Homes Holmes approved:

Local builder meets high standards

 

Lorena and Garry Sawchyn, co-owners of Emerald Park Homes - the first builder in the Regina area to earn certification for excellent workmanship from contractor-TV star Mike Holmes.

Photograph by: Bryan Schlosser, Leader-Post , The Leader-Post

When first contacted by Mike Holmes's Holmes Approved Homes program last fall, Garry and Lorena Sawchyn, co-owners of Emerald Park Homes, thought the phone call must be a prank or scam.

"We do get a lot of these calls, 'you've just won a Caribbean cruise',' said Lorena, who manages the office for Emerald Park Homes.

But it was no joke. It was a representative with the Holmes Group in Calgary, calling to see if the company was interested in becoming the first Holmes Approved builder in the Regina area.

"It was a little overwhelming because you don't expect somebody like that to call you out of the blue," said Garry. "They asked us if we were interested (in becoming a Holmes Approved builder). We did a little of bit of research to make sure it was exactly what they said it was.' When they learned that the famous Mike Holmes, host of TV's Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes it Right, wanted to visit with the Sawchyns and inspect one of their custom-built homes with the view of being certified as a Holmes Approved builder, they were thrilled - and a little apprehensive.

They talked to the owner of Campbell Homes in Saskatoon, one of two Saskatoon builders that have been approved by the Holmes Group, and were reassured that the Holmes inspection process was very thorough, but fair. "They wanted to see some of our work. They came through the house, looked through everything very thoroughly and were very impressed with what we had done,' Garry said. "It's another set of eyes for us, as far as the inspections are concerned, so that people can be reassured that everything was built right.'

Lorena said the experience of being inspected by Mike Holmes' team was an "eye-opener' for Emerald Park's sub-contractors, too. "They feel like Mike is looking over their shoulder because they know an inspector trained by Mike Holmes will be out to inspect their work."

Garry said Holmes has very high standards that he expects the builder to meet, from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. "I like doing it once and I like doing it right," Garry added. "That fits in with the philosophy of Mike Holmes.'

But Mike and Garry share more than just a philosophy of building. In his letter of support, Holmes called the owner of Emerald Park Homes "an honest builder with honest values. Garry's been in the business for over 30 years - I've been in the business for 30 years. They own a family business. So do I.'

In fact, Garry has been a builder since 1980, starting as a sub-contractor with Apex Co nstruction. In 1992, Garry expanded into homebuilding with Emerald Park Homes, based in the booming bedroom communities of White City and Emerald Park, 10 kilometres east of Regina. "We were looking for a niche,' Garry said. "At the time, there really wasn't anybody out this way building. So that's basically where it started from.' Today, Emerald Park Homes has expanded its customer base well beyond the Emerald Park-White City area to a 100-mile radius, including Regina. And like the Holmes Group, the Sawchyns' two sons are also working with the company, so it's definitely a family affair.

"It's really worked out for us. Word of mouth is your best pitch," Garry added.

Marilyn Braun-Pollon, vice-president of Prairie and agribusiness for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said word of mouth advertising or the endorsement of a widely known and respected business person, like Mike Holmes, is invaluable to any small business. "It's priceless,' she said. "It sets you apart.' But, like they say, you can't buy that kind of advertising and becoming a Holmes Approved builder is not the kind of recognition money can buy.

Seth Atkins, director of Holmes Approved Homes, said Holmes's approach is unique among home inspection programs. "The one failing that we've felt has always been with the other certification programs is that they're checklist based. We want to find people who not only share the same philosophy as us, but also a commitment to better building. That is something you can only do when you go and talk to the people behind the organization."

For example, they want to know whether the home was properly insulated, heated and ventilated, energy efficient and well constructed, using quality materials and sound building techniques that make the home watertight, airtight, fire-resistant, mould-resistant and sound insulated.

"Mike always says, 'We want to build from outside in, not from the inside out.' That's where you want to make the investment in quality in your home. All those things on the inside won't amount to a hill of beans if the outside starts failing on you,' Atkins said.

While there are many excellent home builders in the Regina area, only one is approved by Holmes Approved Homes so far. And getting the endorsement of Mike Holmes is not something you can apply for. "If someone hits our radar screen, they must be doing something right,' Atkins said. "They don't find us. We find them.'

 

Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!

 

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes Approved Home Builder Tour of a show home July 2014

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in homebuilding to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes approved home builder

Tour of a show home July 2014

Emerald Park Homes invites you to take the short drive out to the White City/Emerald Park area located just 8 minutes east from Regina on the # 1 Highway. Our office and friendly staff welcome you to our showroom at 64 Great Plains Road.

Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!

Emerald Park Homes your Trusted Regina & Region Home builders video tour of two of their fabulous homes

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in homebuilding to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Here they share video tours of two of their fabulous homes:

Raised Bungalow White City

Open Concept living room, dining room kitchen. 2 pantries for storage; 2 bedrooms, Owners' Bath has large rectangular jet tub and two seat shower, basement wide open for development includes basement bathroom.

 

Emerald Ridge White City Showhome

1618 sq. ft. - 3 bedroom bungalow - open concept - huge windows - maintenance free exterior - covered back deck - 3 car garage - backing pond. This plan available in smaller sizes.

 

Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!

 

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