Builder launches ’Field of dreams

New com­pany builds com­plex with units start­ing from $140,000s

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - KATHY MCCORMICK

If Rod­ney Rem­ing­ton could see his fam­ily to­day, he would know that his pi­o­neer­ing spirit lives on.

The great-grand­fa­ther of Brad Rem­ing­ton had enough con­fi­dence in him­self and his fam­ily to pull up stakes in the United States, hook up the horse and buggy, and head to south­ern Al­berta to find a bet­ter life.

He found that life — and his fam­ily con­tin­ues to find in­ter­est­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Canada.

Brad re­cently branched out to form his own home­build­ing com­pany: Brad Rem­ing­ton Homes.

He has an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit that aims high.

“I truly feel that I have the abil­ity to pro­vide affordable, qual­ity homes for peo­ple,” he says.

Sim­ple enough, but in these days of ris­ing costs for land and ma­te­ri­als — and when ev­ery penny counts for those hop­ing to get into home­own­er­ship — that’s not easy.

Yet Rem­ing­ton wants to go fur­ther.

“I want to make the de­vel­op­ments look more like a Euro­pean com­mu­nity that looks as if it was built over time and is time­less,” he says. “I want to cre­ate pride of own­er­ship and a sense of com­mu­nity for the res­i­dents.”

A tall or­der when you’re work­ing with a small bud­get.

But the builder has done it in the first phase of his first de­vel­op­ment of Cop­per­field Park. One-bed­room apart­ment units start in the $140,000s plus GST, while two-bed­room units start in the $170,000s plus GST.

The ma­jor­ity of the apart­ment units in Cop­per­field Park are priced un­der $200,000 plus GST, while the townhomes will start in the $240,000s plus GST.

“It’s all about the de­tails,” says real­tor Bryan Lo­gel of Re/Max, who is work­ing with Rem­ing­ton on Cop­per­field Park in the south­east com­mu­nity of Cop­per­field.

“He’s paid a lot of at­ten­tion to ev­ery­thing — from the front en­trance de­tail to the land­scap­ing, the walk­a­bil­ity of the site and the ar­chi­tec­ture.

“He’s taken his ex­pe­ri­ence and en­hanced it.”

It’s demon­strated in the ren­der­ings for Cop­per­field Park.

The two-hectare site will have five apart­ment build­ings, along with two town­house build­ings with seven at­tached homes in each.

The four-storey apart­ments will each have 48 units for a to­tal of 240.

“The colours, alone, on the build­ings are dif­fer­ent than what you’d tra­di­tion­ally see,” says Lo­gel. “They’re ran­dom pat­terns and dif­fer­ent colours on the build­ings so each home is unique — and the streetscap­e is pleas­ing.

“It’s all about the qual­ity of con­struc­tion and the de­tails.”

Look for large win­dows, vi­brant colour schemes, clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture, and mix­tures of brick, sid­ing and rock.

“It’s an ur­ban­iza­tion and con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Rem­ing­ton, who has had more than a decade and a half of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with other large multi-fam­ily de­vel­op­ers.

He’s worked on as many as 2,500 other multi-fam­ily homes dur­ing that time.

The Cop­per­field Park townhomes have pri­vate en­trances with white, stately col­umns and head­ers.

They also have win­dow boxes un­der win­dows that have mul­lion bars for added in­ter­est.

Plenty of shrubs and plants are around the front yards.

“The same feel­ing has been cre­ated in the apart­ment build­ings,” says Rem­ing­ton.

The apart­ments will have four mod­els, with one floor plan a one-bed­room plan of ei­ther 576 square feet or 600 square feet.

It has a large bed­room with a “cheater” ensuite that can be ac­cessed from the hall­way as well as from the mas­ter bed­room, and an open-con­cept plan.

The two-bed­room mod­els are ei­ther 792 or 825 square feet, again with an open­con­cept, large kitchen with an op­tional is­land.

They also have bed­rooms big enough to f it king-sized or queen-size beds.

“They’ve been de­signed so no space is wasted and the plan is user-friendly,” says Lo­gel. “The cor­ner units have even more win­dows and bal­conies are ori­ented to the side that makes the most sense — whether to sun or for views of the moun­tains or the open green space.”

Fea­tures in the apart­ment suites in­clude dou­ble glazed win­dows and pa­tio doors, along with ensuite baths with ev­ery model.

They also have an ap­pli­ance pack­age that in­cludes fridge, stove, dish­washer, hood fan, washer and dryer, and in­di­vid­ual stor­age units.

The ma­jor­ity of the apart­ment con­dos have un­der­ground park­ing, but there are sur­face stalls for the oth­ers, as well as visi­tor park­ing.

Sales of the condo apart­ments kick off March 5 with the open­ing of the sales cen­tre on site.

The f irst build­ing to be sold will be in the mid­dle of the de­vel­op­ment.

The townhomes will be up for sale in May or June.

The townhomes are three­storey plans with ex­tra-large, sin­gle-fam­ily at­tached garages be­hind units.

Sizes range from 1, 240 to 1,353 square feet and units have two or three bed­rooms, some with a den, and cus­tom fea­tures.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start in June, with f irst move-ins of the f irst apart­ment build­ing be­fore the end of the year.

Cour­tesy, Brad Rem­ing­ton Homes

The pro­ject’s de­sign aims to cre­ate a sense of com­mu­nity.

Cal­gary Her­ald Archive

Bronze stat­ues in a park within Cop­per­field in the south­east.

Ted Rhodes, Cal­gary Her­ald Brad Rem­ing­ton of Brad Rem­ing­ton Homes with an artist’s ren­der­ing of his Cop­per­field Park pro­ject, which is in Cop­per­field in south­east Cal­gary.

Ted Rhodes, Cal­gary Her­ald

A model of the Cop­per­field Park de­vel­op­ment by Brad Rem­ing­ton Homes.

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