The Parade of Homes is an opportunity to showcase the newest innovations in housing design by certified professional home builders in Saskatoon. This year’s parade, presented through to Sept. 20 by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders Association (SRHBA), features 24 show homes that represent all segments of the market — single family, townhouses and apartment-style condominiums — located in 11 neighbourhoods across Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.
North Prairie Developments, one of Saskatoon’s most established new home builders and land developers, joins the parade with a new model home, located at 2006 Stilling Lane in The Meadows area of Rosewood.
The Aria is the latest model in North Prairie’s solar-ready Smart Home series. All the wiring is in place — from the roof to the electrical panel in the basement — should the future owner decide to have solar panels installed. The home is also equipped with smart upgrades including a Nest thermostat, Amazon Echo and LED light package.
North Prairie’s signature Craftsman style has influenced the parade home’s navy-and-white maintenance-free exterior, including a small, but welcoming, front porch.
The 2,034-square-foot two-storey offers an abundance of space for growing families or couples who love to entertain.
“In designing the Aria, we had move-up buyers in mind. We’ve found that some of our homeowners are ready to move from their starter homes and need more living space. That’s especially true because people are spending so much time at home during the pandemic,” says Angela Williams, assistant manager of North Prairie Developments.
North Prairie wanted the home to be functional as well as fashionable. The home includes a supersized laundry room with the capacity for two sets of stacked washers and dryers, a craft station, storage cabinets and quartz counters.
The Aria’s kitchen is sure to impress, with willow grey painted Shaker-style cabinets, complemented by quartz countertops and a stunning backsplash of grey and white elongated hexagon tiles. One big surprise in the kitchen is a cabinet door that opens to reveal a large walk-in pantry extending almost to the front of the house.
Espresso-toned hickory was selected to finish the kitchen’s large quartz-topped island. The parade home’s kitchen is equipped with upgraded stainless steel appliances, including a chef-worthy gas range.
The open-concept floor plan ensures an easy flow between the kitchen, dining area and living room. Premium grade wood grain laminate plank flooring extends throughout the main floor. Large windows invite an abundance of natural light into the space.
A second living room occupies the large bonus space located on the second floor at the top of the stairs. The oversized picture windows in the bonus room add to that living room feel.
“The space can also be reconfigured as an optional fourth bedroom for larger families,” Williams says.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind laundry room, the second floor is comprised of two children’s bedrooms and a dazzling owners’ suite.
Each of the children’s bedrooms is a delight. The girl’s bedroom, finished in pink and white, features a wall-mounted locally handcrafted dollhouse and a fairy door. The boy’s room has a chalkboard mural on the wall.
Entering the owner’s suite, the dramatic tray ceiling with natural wood beams immediately commands attention.
The owner’s suite has not just one, but two walk-in closets. “Her” closet features custom shelving and a sparkling chandelier. Garage-style cabinetry was selected to finish “his” closet.
A rolling barn door opens to reveal the five-piece master ensuite, featuring an extended dual-sink hickory vanity, a frameless glass walk-in shower, a soaker tub, and private toilet closet.
The opportunity to showcase the new Aria model in the Parade of Homes is exciting, says Williams.
“Since the doors opened, we’ve had a lot of people coming through. They’ve been wowed by what they see and want more details.”
The Aria is open for viewing Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the parade home is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Viewing by appointment is recommended Tuesday through Thursday; appointments can be booked online at paradeofhomesonline.ca . Walk-up viewing is available on the weekends.
As with all 24 of the parade homes, health and safety protocols are in place because of the pandemic. One family group is allowed in each parade home at a time. Before entering the home, visitors must answer a short set of COVID-19 screening questions. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available. The show home attendants will practice social distancing.
You can also tour the Aria online. Virtual tours are offered at paradeofhomesonline.ca or North Prairie’s website at northprairiehomes.com .
For complete details about the 2020 Parade of Homes, including two great contests, visit paradeofhomesonline.ca .