MINT: Space for toys

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Mackay chose the Karma lay­out, one of three on of­fer. He up­graded with a win­dow can­tilever in the main level to add an ex­tra sense of space to the liv­ing room.

“I like the cor­ner unit,” he says. “The lay­out is un­be­liev­able. I like that it’s garageleve­l and two lev­els above, with an at­tached two-car garage.”

There’s plenty of space in the garage for all of his toys, says Mackay. A lover of all things ex­treme, Mackay para­chutes, quads, races cars and bungee jumps, but has yet to try base-jump­ing.

The 26-year-old steel framer and dry­waller works for Gyp­sum Dry­wall.

Along with the Karma, Mint of­fers two other floor plans, in­clud­ing the Bliss, which checks in at slightly more than 1,500 square feet, and the Serendip­ity, at just over 1,200 square feet.

Ar­ranged around a cen­tral park space, Mint will have 129 units, with con­ve­nient vis­i­tor park­ing, lighted pathways and land­scap­ing with trees, fences and a per­gola.

The com­mu­nity is built around a play­ful life­style that’s af­ford­able for first­time buy­ers or down­siz­ers, says Lau­rie Gor­don, pres­i­dent of Jay­man modus.

“Each com­mu­nity we de­sign from scratch. This project, what started to evolve on the draw­ings was a ter­rific neigh­bour­hood — it’s close to every­thing,” she says.

“What’s the cre­ativ­ity telling us? It’s a fresh feel and we have some fun with it.

“Land­scape is a very im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent to us be­cause we’re sell­ing con­do­mini­ums, so we wanted to make sure all the ar­eas have an in­ter­est­ing feel.”

Jay­man modus gath­ers in­te­rior de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects and land­scape ar­chi­tects to dis­cuss colour direc­tion for the year.

“Our in­te­rior fin­ishes this year are light and mod­ern,” says Gor­don.

With four palates to choose from, the colour schemes — slate, pearl, nut­meg and mocha — meld soft greys and browns with a whiter cream.

The colours are or­ganic, but be­come mod­ern and min­i­mal­ist with the shine of glass tile back­splashes and sleek lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops.

“We’re mov­ing away from the break­fast bar ex­tend­ing the coun­ter­tops, and do­ing a wa­ter­fall treat­ment with what­ever your coun­ter­top treat­ment is,” says Gor­don.

“It falls down the side and looks very clean, al­most like a piece of fur­ni­ture.

“This com­mu­nity, you can have it all — and it’s not com­pli­cated.”

Pho­tos, Cal­gary Her­ald Ar­chive

A fam­ily goes for a walk in New Brighton. Condo buyer Matthew Mckay likes the com­mu­nity be­cause of its many ameni­ties.

The bell tower over­looks a lake at New Brighton in the south­east.

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