Video Tour of The Birchview, For Sale!

We’re thrilled to announce that The BIRCHVIEW is complete and Move-in Ready!

This 5 Bdrm (2 + 2 + flex room) design by Wilcor homes is a 1733 sq ft bungalow on a stunning private property at Spring Lake Ranch. It features gorgeous finishings in a modern palette and oversize windows with fantastic ravine views.

Check out the video tour above and view the full listing with photo gallery on MLS here. (Listing #E4175800)

To Book Your Tour, contact Angela Deblois at angela@angeladebloisrealty.com. This is a must-see!

Join us! Sept. 14th at HOMEWARD ~ A Spring Lake Ranch Social. (BBQ, Hot Air Balloon Rides + Newest Home For Sale Revealed!)

Whether you’ve recently discovered the community, have visited in the past, or are thinking about making SLR your home in the future…we welcome you to join us this Saturday, Sept. 14th for HOMEWARD. 

We’ve got so many fun things in the works.

HOMEWARD ~ A Spring Lake Ranch Social brings together the SLR community and beyond for a day of food, music, pop-up shops, home tours and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and spirit of SLR. All welcome.1-6 pm.

Along with everything shared below, there will be a draw for some FANTASTIC door prizes!

Prize sponsors include: Dani + Madi (clothing boutique), Kristen Baker (artwork), Pet Food Etc., That Yoga Place, The Parlour, Sommerset Pumpkins, Windsor Plywood, Jalapeño Mama, Michelle Boutin (SENSE), Roxi W. (Stella & Dot), McLeod’s, Willow Nicole Cosmetics and more!

Please RSVP to scorker@springlakeranch.ca or the facebook event.

See the Newest Home UP^ at SLR

The BIRCHVIEW is newly complete and Move-in Ready! Be the first to tour this gorgeous 5 Bdrm Bungalow For Sale.

HIGHLIGHTS:

*Located in Juniper Lane which is a 3-property cul-de-sac, giving The BIRCHVIEW additional privacy along with Ravine views
*1703 square feet on main floor
*Open concept living
*Custom painted wood cabinetry throughout
*Onyx and Snowfall White paint palette
*Black with gold lighting and hardware
*Gorgeous master bedroom and en suite
*Floating cabinet in main bath
*Fully finished daylight basement
*Huge covered back deck with a gas line for BBQ, heat and year-rund enjoyment
*Oversized triple garage
*Two laundry locations ~ one up, one down (Make your choice or install in both locations! Beautiful patterned floor tile in downstairs laundry.)

Go UP^ in a Hot Air Balloon…

A huge shout out to Angela DeBlois, for organizing this super fun component of the day! Weather permitting, you can take an aerial tour of SLR! Hot air balloon rides in the RE/MAX balloon will be held from 3pm -6pm (as long as it’s not too windy). We can’t wait for you to see SLR from above.

Listen UP^ with Musician Danny Floyd Cole

This fantastic vocalist and instrumentalist will be performing at The Timberview from 3-6 pm. Danny Floyd Cole has been sharing his musical talent with Alberta audiences and beyond for more than two decades, and we are thrilled to welcome him to SLR for this special performance!

Pop UP^ Clothing + Art Shops

Dani + Madi is a clothing boutique with awesome, on-trend pieces coming soon to Spruce Grove. Owner Rachelle will hold a POP-UP Dani + Madi shop at SLR from 1pm to 6pm.

Kristen Baker is a freelance artist and illustrator (and SLR resident!) whose stunning artworks capture movement and fluidity. Kristen will show her works for sale from 1pm to 6pm. She also does custom pieces!

POP-UP shops will be held in The TIMBERVIEW. Stop by to browse and shop their collections.

Build UP^ with a LEGO Master Builder

When we learned that Patrick, co-owner of Sakai Sushi, is a master builder of LEGO structures, we knew it was something kids (and adults) would love to see! Above are just a few of the amazing things he creates. Patrick will be showing off his LEGO skills at The Timberview from 1-4 pm.

Eat UP^ at the BBQ! (Plus Games for the Kids)

We’ll be grilling hot dogs from 1pm to 6pm at The Timberview. 

There will be games and a balloon artist to entertain the kiddos. 🙂

*In keeping with the community spirit, we will be accepting donations at this event for the Ronald McDonald House

See you on Sept. 14th ~ we can’t wait to welcome you to SLR!

Meet the Husband-and-Wife Team Behind Wilcor Homes, Builder at SLR

This summer marks 12 years since Wilcor Homes built its first custom home at Spring Lake Ranch! What started as one custom design on 60 acres of land has grown into a beautiful community filled with homes and families.

Wilcor’s custom and spec homes feature natural elements like stone, timbers, and large view windows, and have been featured in Best Home, the Edmonton Journal, and Homes & Land.

Here, Sarah Corker and Rainbow Williams open up about their collaborative design process and how they help clients through the custom-build journey. Read on to find out who is the “dreamer,” who is the “realist” and what’s next for Wilcor Homes.

Congratulations on 12 years of Wilcor Homes! The real estate industry has had its share of ups and downs during that time, and yet Spring Lake Ranch has continued to grow. As a custom builder, what are some key things you’ve done to succeed in a challenging market?

Sarah: For us the main key has been building quality homes that showcase the kind of features people consistently love. We know that most homebuyers drawn to Spring Lake Ranch are looking for bungalows with features like the 3 car garage, finished basement, large windows, hardwood flooring, and custom cabinetry. 

We also continue to market ourselves in new and different ways. Social media is a component that has grown and changed so much in the last decade and we have prioritized growing and changing with it. The amount of people that have found us through Facebook and Instagram is amazing. Both are excellent platforms to tell our story and keep people looped in with what we are up to. 

Rainbow: We’ve stayed focused on what’s important to us. Quality construction, strong relationships with our clients, and building in limited quantities. We can’t control the market, but we can control what we do. Working with experienced contractors and staying current with building technologies and design, we attract clients that often become friends.

Can you tell us a bit about your process as a builder and designer? Do clients meet with both of you to design their homes? Who does what and how do you combine your ideas when it comes to design?

S: Initially clients usually meet with me to learn about the community, walk the lots and tour the homes. From there, Rainbow and I will sit down with them and discuss the building specifics of Wilcor Homes. We work on the home design together and have a lot of fun at this stage. We love talking plans, looking at elevations and trying new ideas. I then help people make their selections, from exterior colours and materials to interior finishings. 

I always say that I have the fun job and Rainbow has the challenging one in that I get to design and choose all the elements and he has to execute them and make it all a reality. Perhaps I am the dreamer and he is the realist!

R: We have a consistent process that each client is lead through. Typically, this starts with a meeting on site in one of our homes, either finished or under construction. 

Meeting the clients together reinforces our teamwork and allows them to see how we work together.  As our clients are different, so are we. Sarah prefers a visual, tactile perspective with materials and plans, whereas I am far more conceptual. These different styles compliment each other, like we do, and allows for a strong connection.

The homes you build feature a lot of natural materials like wood and stone, as well as oversized windows that bring in a lot of light. These elements will seemingly never go out of style! But what about design trends? What’s been inspiring you in the design world recently that you’ve showcased in your homes?

S: I love design and working with the newest trends while also building “forever homes”. It’s an evolving industry with new looks, materials and finishing techniques coming into play all the time. 

In my opinion, the more neutral the backdrop (paint and flooring) the more the home can grow and change with trends. A person can easily change a light fixture or cabinet pull to evolve with the times but to re-paint an entire home is a lot of work and expense. 

Currently, I am loving all the whites (both walls and cabinets) that are still on the scene but then pairing it with a hit of wood, metal or contrasting black. Tile is also an area that is really fun with more elaborate installation (herringbone, chevron, stacked and staggered techniques) and different shapes such as octagon, large format or super small format. A person can add texture and dimension without going crazy with colours. 

R: Sarah tends to drive our “trendy” aspects in the homes. We stay current by working with industry leaders for lighting, plumbing and flooring as well as drawing inspiration from design publications. For me the installation of practical and functional products with new technology is exciting. LED lighting, smart wiring, solar power and innovative kitchen concepts are a few areas I really enjoy exploring. Lastly, everyone likes a good shower, so using large or small format tiles and high quality plumbing fixtures all contained with 10mm glass makes a master ensuite that much better.

A lot of people dream of building a custom home, but feel overwhelmed by all the decisions involved. How do you help guide the process? 

S: We truly value all of the relationships we have developed over the years with our clients, with our suppliers and with our trades. Our focus on communication really assists our clients in staying well informed with the building process and allows them to come to us with questions and feedback along the way. We appreciate that custom building is a large undertaking for our clients so we do our best to ease the process. Part of this comes from our 12 years of experience in the industry and part of this comes from having built our own custom home so we totally understand what our clients are going through. 

Right from the beginning of financing and design, we guide our clients. We work with their lawyers and bankers to get everything in place. We then have a step-by-step process for them to make all of their home selections. Our suppliers are also a key part of this as they meet with our clients and assist them with choosing their products and educating them on the various options.

R: It starts from our first interaction with each client. We outline the process from start to finish, along with putting clear timelines on each decision. Then we work together with our suppliers and clients to ensure that we are staying on budget and on time. Lastly, we perform a review of all the material selections multiple times to ensure that the products are working together, and the clients are satisfied. Our extensive experience building custom homes help our clients feel confident as they navigate the selection process.

A big part of building custom at SLR is getting to choose your lot. How much does the lot size and views affect the kind of home that’s built on it? How do you optimize the property features? 

S: We call this Site-Specific Design and it’s a very important part of designing a home. We spend quite a bit of time on the vacant lot to determine the best views, optimal light exposure and maximum privacy. From here, we design the home to feature all of these aspects. Placement of windows is a big part of this as well as the decks. Each person is unique; some want to feature their deck to take in the hot, west sun, for example, while others prefer the morning light. 

R: During the master planning stage, we designed each lot at Spring Lake Ranch to have its own view channel. As we plan the home on the lot, we take this into consideration as well as conditions such as passive solar (specific window placements to take advantage of light and the sun) and location of trees for privacy, right down to the direction of the window openings for capturing cross breezes.   

Looking ahead, what projects are coming up at Wilcor Homes? How can people stay connected and learn about new homes for sale or building their own?h

S: The Birchview is nearing completion and it’s coming together beautifully. It’s a 3 bedroom bungalow for sale on one of the more private lots at SLR. From the back of the home, all you can see are trees. I am especially excited about the tile in this home — a combination of octagon and herringbone. Lots of whites with hits of black and gold. 

We are also working on a new custom build at Spring Lake Ranch, a build in the city and a new spec home. 

On September 14th, we are having a big community event with live music, a BBQ and the Remax hot air balloon! People interested in SLR should definitely mark their calendars and stay tuned for our fall building incentive. 

R: Each year we bring new designs to the community, and this year is no different. The Birchview combines a spacious master bedroom, larger en-suite with walk in shower, massive 3 car garage, 3 bedroom main floor, dual laundry location (for family living, or empty nesters), large fully developed daylight basement, and a new colour of James Hardie Siding. There are many special design features like unique tile, floating vanities, wall mounted faucets and a large walk-in pantry. It’s a fantastic home and we are very proud of it.  

This fall we’re planning to break ground on a new design similar to The Aspen, featuring new exterior elevations and same changes to the floor plan.  We never build the same house twice!

As always, we welcome all to sign up for the Newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, but most important come out and visit us!  Nothing does SLR more justice than a walk on the nature trails, taking in the lake or just sitting in a gazebo listening to the orchestra of birds who call SLR home throughout the year.

Thank you so much, Sarah and Rainbow!

Check out SLR Homes For Sale here and Lots For Sale here. Learn more about Wilcor Homes here.

View The ASPEN 4 Bdrm Bungalow: FOR SALE

The ASPEN is a brand-new design by Wilcor Homes. This home is almost complete, and will be Move-in ready end of March!

The ASPEN backs onto a beautiful treed ravine, giving the open-plan kitchen, living, and dining areas gorgeous views of mature trees and tons of natural light.

This home is 1575 sq ft. with a fully finished basement, oversized walk-in pantry, black, triple-pane All Weather Windows, a fully finished basement, and triple garage. The garage has very high ceilings, offering the potential of a future lift system.

One of our favourite features of the ASPEN this stunning floor-to-ceiling white-tile fireplace. It gives the living space such a sophisticated look and feel.

For the exterior, we chose James Hardie siding in Deep Ocean and Pearl Grey. This is the first home at SLR to feature these fantastic new colours. Another feature adding to the curb appeal is the beautiful archway over the entrance.

The ASPEN blends exceptional craftsmanship with modern design. Check out a video tour here.

Interested in viewing this home BEFORE it goes on the market?

Contact Sarah Corker at 1.888.8671055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. And be sure to follow us on facebook here and instagram @springlakeranch for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you soon at SLR!

Choose Your Finishings: New Opportunity on TWO Homes For Sale!

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With the launch of Phase 4 in September, Wilcor Homes has been hard at work designing and building TWO beautiful new homes For Sale. The ASPEN and The BIRCHVIEW bungalows are both located in Phase 4 (our final phase) with gorgeous views of the treed ravine.

With these new homes, we’re excited to announce a new opportunity:

YOUR HOME, YOUR WAY. 

If you dream of building a custom home, but don’t want the extra expense that a custom build brings, this is an excellent option.How it Works:

From Saturday, Nov. 24th until Saturday, January 20th, we are offering the chance to Choose Your Finishings with purchase of The ASPEN or The BIRCHVIEW. (This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity.)

1. Put your deposit down on the home of your choice.

2. Choose your finishings. This includes flooring, cabinetry, lighting fixtures and paint colours. The Wilcor Design Team is on hand to help guide you the process and connect you with suppliers.

3. Close on the home at time of completion. Both homes will be move-in ready Spring 2019!

The YOUR HOME, YOUR WAY Advantage:

Custom builds typically require a draw mortgage, with interest accruing throughout the build. This makes building a custom home out of reach for many people.

Your Home, Your Way is what we call a “partial” custom build, with the design completed as a spec home, and the finishings chosen by YOU. This option allows you to greatly customize your home’s style through its finishings, while still financing with a completion mortgage. This can result in an estimated $20,000 financing savings!

Sneak peek of the homes:

The ASPEN Bungalow
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Framing is already complete on The ASPEN, a 4 Bdrm (2 up, 2 down) bungalow with Open plan Kitchen, Dining and Great Room.
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Highlights:
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*Fantastic archway over entry for a great sense of arrival to the home
*1575 sq ft
*Oversized walk-in pantry
*Opportunity for the laundry on the main floor OR the basement – your choice
*Black, triple-pane All Weather Windows
*Fully finished basement
*Triple garage with very high ceilings offering the potential of a future lift system
*Ravine views with mature trees
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The BIRCHVIEW Bungalow

Located on Juniper Lane, The BIRCHVIEW is a 5 Bdrm (3 up, 2 down) bungalow with Open plan Kitchen, Dining and Great Room.Currently at what we call the “dance floor” stage, this home will be framed soon and completed for a Spring 2019 occupancy.

Highlights:

*Located in Juniper Lane which is a 3-property cul-de-sac, giving The BIRCHVIEW additional privacy along with Ravine views.
* 1703 square feet on main floor
* Open concept living
* Gorgeous master bedroom and en suite
* Fully finished daylight basement
* Covered back deck with a gas line for BBQ, heat and year round enjoyment
* Oversized triple garage

Interested in viewing these homes and learning more about Your Home, Your Way? Let’s connect!

Contact Sarah Corker at 1-888-867-1055 OR scorker@springlakeranch.ca. We look forward to meeting you.

Words from our residents:

“The homes are all beautifully designed and well constructed with high quality materials. We have enjoyed working with Wilcor Homes to make our home uniquely ours.”

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~Sharon + Len, owners of The TAMARACK

Open House! Join us Sat., Oct. 20th to Tour The Timberview (For Sale)

This stunning two-storey home at Spring Lake Ranch is For Sale!

Join us Saturday, Oct. 20th for an Open House. Doors open at 1 pm.

Featuring open-plan living with a vaulted Great Room and exposed pine ceiling, this home is a beautiful and unique design. Located on Spring Lake Drive, it offers a spacious back yard, fantastic deck, and peaceful views. We can’t wait to show you. View on MLS here.

Other Highlights:

* 2348 sq. ft Two-storey Timber Frame

* 3 Bdrms + 3 Bath + Front Den/Office/Flex Room

* Gourmet Kitchen + Butler’s Pantry with Work Station

* Spa-style En suite

* Covered Deck + Triple Garage

* ICF (insulated concrete foundation)

* SIP (structural insulated panels)

$714,900

See full gallery on MLS here.

Questions? Contact Sarah Corker at scorker@springlakeranch.ca or 1.888.867.1055. 

See the Homes around SLR’s Loon Lake! (Video)

Earlier this summer Wilcor Homes designer, Sarah Corker, captured the beauty of the homes surrounding Loon Lake. This is one of the natural water areas in the community, and a great spot to see bird life. Our residents love to sit on their back decks and enjoy the peaceful view.

 

 

‘A Hidden Gem’: Spring Lake Ranch Featured in the Edmonton Journal

We’re excited to share the Edmonton Journal’s recent feature article on Spring Lake Ranch!

In “‘A hidden gem’: Spring Lake Ranch offers room to grow”, writer Laura Severs did a great job conveying what makes SLR such a special community:

“The calendar may say something different but spring, as in Spring Lake Ranch, a residential community outside of Edmonton, has just sprung forward.

The 60-acre lakeside community, located 10 minutes west of Stony Plain in Parkland County, recently released its last 15 lots as Phase 4 of the residential development is now on the market.

“What started as a vision or a dream is now a beautiful, thriving community with people living in their forever homes,” said Sarah Corker, director of Spring Lake Ranch. “We had talked about what will be — in 2008 when the shovels first hit the ground. It’s better than imagined.””

Read the full article here.

It shares details about Phase 4, Wilcor Homes, our upcoming Open House (Saturday, Oct.20th) and more.

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

It’s that time of year! Halloween decorations are getting put up, the weather is cooling down, and, if you’re an Alberta homeowner, you’re thinking about what needs to get done to prepare your home for winter.

At Spring Lake Ranch, we like to get a head start on winterizing our homes. This makes for a worry-free winter when it comes to home maintenance as well as an easier transition to spring, This year, we’re sharing our “To Do” list for winterizing your home to help ease the process. Keep this guide handy and let us know if you have any questions! (Email Sarah Corker at scorker@springlakeranch.ca.)

1. Walk the Perimeter of Your Home’s Exterior

New homes typically settle within the first three years. Check for signs of settling and address these before the season’s first freeze.  Ensure that water is draining away from your home properly, and drain rain barrels so they do not crack due to to frozen rainwater. Make sure hoses are disconnected and put away and all hose bibs are turned off. Lastly, check stairs, paths and railings for safety. When the ground gets slippery, falls are more likely, so ensure all footing is even and rails are sturdy.

The TIMBER HAVEN (For Sale)

The CEDARWOOD design

2. Clear your Downspouts and Eaves

Removing tree leaves and needles and other debris will help prevent ice damning. And once winter arrives, remember to remove snow from the roof of your home with a roof rake regularly!

Colourful fall trees and leaves at Spring Lake Ranch

3. Clean the Windows

This is best done sooner than later, before it’s too cold for the task! Clean windows will help brighten those long winter months.

The TAMARACK Bungalow. (Our newest version of this design is For Sale–the first home build in Phase 4.)

Great Room of The MEADOWVIEW Bungalow (For Sale)

4. Clean your Furnace

Over the summer when it’s not running, your furnace collects dust which, if not cleaned prior, gets blown through the house once it gets going! Prevent this by making your annual furnace cleaning occur every fall.

5. Have your Wood-burning Fireplace Cleaned and Gas Fireplace checked

Chimney buildup can be hazardous, so regular cleaning by a certified chimney sweep is important.

Stone fireplace of Scott + Kerri J’s custom bungalow at Spring Lake Ranch

Stone fireplace of The WEST VIEW 

6. Prevent Frozen Pipes

Insulate the pipes near windows, doors and in unheated parts of your home. And remember to keep the heat set no lower than 13 degrees celsius when you’re away.

The TAMARACK Bungalow

7. Prevent Cold Drafts

This is essential for maximizing your home’s energy efficiency. Repair caulking as needed around doors, windows, air vents and outside faucets. Check weatherstripping on windows and doors and seal any cracks in foundation walls.

Fresh snowfall at Spring Lake Ranch

8. Protect Your Entryway

A thick floor mat with rug pad underneath to keep it in place will help stave off the wear that wet and snowy boots can cause on your floors. Keep a boot scraper outside to remove snow and debris from footwear, and place a waterproof tray in the entryway for shoe storage.

Entryway of The MEADOWVIEW Bungalow (For Sale)

Follow these steps, and you can rest easy this winter knowing you’re home is prepared for the season.

Until then…enjoy the rest of fall! The scenery has been truly stunning at SLR this year. (The recent winds scattered a lot of the leaves but there are still some fall colours lingering.) The crisp air is lovely for walking our Lake and Ravine trails. We welcome you to take a drive out and explore the area!

Aerial views of Juniper Lane with three very private Lots For Sale, Meadow Reserve bordering The Meadow View Bungalow, other SLR homes, Loon Lake, and Spring Lake. (Taken earlier this fall.)

Interested in viewing one of these featured homes For Sale? Contact Sarah Corker at 780.288.9767 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. 

Phase 4 at SLR: 15 Gorgeous Properties

When our team began creating the SLR community, we chose to develop it in 4 phases. 

This stunning final phase of Spring Lake Ranch includes 2 quiet cul-de-sacs, Spruce Crescent and Juniper Lane, with gorgeous properties that back onto the treed ravine. Starting at $164,900.

Phase 4 properties are 1/2 acre lots, which, as we highlighted in this post, is the ideal size for a balanced lifestyle. With a property under one acre, you can have a beautiful garden, grow your own veggies, and still have plenty of room for a fire pit and hot tub— without having to dedicate all your free time to maintaining your land.

PLUS: you have the privacy of country living while still being part of a community.

A beautiful Phase 4 property bordering the treed ravine

Some Phase 4 Lots border the Meadow Reserve, a peaceful oasis that’s home to native bird species.

Many Phase 4 properties back onto SLR’s treed Ravine, which features a walking trail and lovely treetop and sky views. A morning stroll here is one of our favourite ways to start the day! (And kids LOVE searching for frogs and other forest creatures.)

This summer, Wilcor Homes began construction on our first Phase 4 home build. This gorgeous home For Sale is an updated design of The TAMARACK, and is located on Lot 33, backing onto the Ravine. This brand-new TAMARACK will be Move-in Ready December 2017!

We’ll be releasing more details on this home soon, but for now you can view the original design here. If you’re interested in viewing or learning more about The TAMARACK prior to its public Open House this fall, contact Sarah Corker at 1.888.867.1055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca.

We often have visitors to SLR ask about the building options available when they purchase a lot. When you are ready to start the design and build process, you can choose to work with SLR’s premier builder Wilcor Homes, or another builder of your choosing. Homes built at SLR follow our architectural guidelines, which maintains the beauty, quality, and value of the community.

Phase 4 has 15 Lots For Sale, starting at $164,900. 

If you have questions or would like to view Phase 4 properties and have the opportunity to reserve your Lot, contact Sarah Corker. 1.888.867.1055 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca.

We welcome your interest, and look forward to seeing this gorgeous area of SLR become home to more wonderful residents! To keep updated on Phase 4 + other SLR news, subscribe to our newsletter here, follow us on facebook here, and on instagram @springlakeranch.

Check out Phase 4 and the SLR community from above in this amazing aerial video — captured from a helicopter!

See you soon at Spring Lake Ranch…