Builder launches ’Field of dreams
New company builds complex with units starting from $140,000s
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.
The project’s design aims to create a sense of community.
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.
A model of the Copperfield Park development by Brad Remington Homes.