The first quarter of 2012, has already provided our Clients with some incredible and informative events! January we participated in the Calgary Home Show, February we brought you our Creating Homes For Life Seminar, and this weekend we will be showcasing a brand new estate home project at our Custom Home Tour on Saturday March 17th, 2012 from 10am – 4pm.

We were extremely pleased with the turnout at our recent Creating Homes For Life Seminar. It was a great success and brought together a fine team of Calgary’s experts in Design, Home Building and Finance; providing our guests with a jam packed session full of food for thought!

Although the seminar was of interest to anyone looking to Renovate or Custom Home Build, we did spend a significant amount of time focussing on Aging In Place initiatives. 

Marianne Rogerson, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, for the Studies In Aging Certificate Program at Mount Royal University, kicked off the event with an incredibly informative and positive overview of Aging In Place. She encouraged us to look at other cultures in the world and how they successfully integrate their changing lifestyle requirements within the context of their homes and the community that then supports them.

Kathy Yuen, President of Phase One Design, provided an in-depth analysis of the steps involved in the Design Process when it comes to Renovating or Custom Home Building. As well, she addressed ways in which we can all be proactive in the Design Phase to incorporate future Aging In Place needs. It is amazing how much can be incorporated today for tomorrow’s needs!

Paul Klassen, Owner & CEO of Pinnacle Group, alongside a fabulously astute Pinnacle Client, provided a thorough, real life Renovation Case Study, from the perspective of the Client; they discussed what one should expect from the Renovation experience. With her candid approach, it was evident that Jacqueline successfully engaged the audience and taught us all how a home can be built to accommodate family members from the age of 2 – 92. She discussed how integral it was for the Builder to understand the needs of each family member to ensure the outcome of her Renovation was a success.

Patricia Virk, Mortgage Specialist for BMO & Ian Playfair, Wealth Advisor for BMO Nesbitt Burns provided an array of innovative mortgage solutions and investment options that are available to those looking to Renovate or Custom Home Build. I think we were all impressed with the  financial solutions that are available for Homeowners that can benefit both their short term and long term financial goals.

The speaker panel were available after the seminar to answer one on one questions attendees had about their specific home needs. 

Along with an incredible continental breakfast served to attendees by the always friendly Whitecappers staff, guests were treated to an amazing home-made lunch catered by a local Strathmore company – Kim’s Katering. Nobody left with an empty stomach or an empty mind full of fabulous information on Renovating, Custom Home Building and Aging In Place initiatives!

We look forward to bringing this Seminar to other communities in and around Calgary and plans are in place for another Seminar on May 10th, 2012. We encourage you to visit the Creating Homes For Life website for upcoming information. As well, we will be posting extensive video footage of the presentations on our blog in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in attending future Seminars like this, feel free to contact us at or give us a call at 403-720-8789, and we will make sure to put you on our notification list!