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Edmonton is an Autumn town. You heard it here first.

Why? Well, it’s not because we’re all thrilled with the prospect of another cold winter staring at us from up North. Nope, just because we live here doesn’t mean we’re about to lie to ourselves about the realities of the climate.

But what we are good at is dealing with the weather. Taking it in stride. We’re a hearty bunch, us Albertans. We work with our hands, our hearts, and we’re pretty good at using our heads, too.

That space between the ears is really put to the test when we’re building houses out here on the prairies. There’s a lot to consider when you’re building a house that sees the complete range of extremes – from bone-chilling cold air to blustering wind to sweltering heat during the short summer months. But that could be said of this whole section of the province.

That if we drill down a bit deeper to the relatively smaller section of Alberta you intend on calling home? What does location mean to you then?

Life During the Day

The first step in figuring out where to build your house is deciding where to do it. How close do you want to be to work? Are there schools in the area your kids will be able to walk to? Is the area up and coming or a little on the quiet side?

Questions like these are why the capital region has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. You can live in a bedroom community like Spruce Grove, St. Albert, or Sherwood Park and easily commute into downtown Edmonton. Where you set down roots has a lasting effect on how much time you actually spend at home, which brings us to our next point.

Daily Life

What about when you are at home? Location on a map is one thing, the location of your home on the property is another. These days the way a home is situated, positioned, and developed goes a long way.

For example, let’s say you intend on employing solar panels to help with your home’s energy consumption. No problem, lots of people are doing that these days. But in this case it’s important your house is facing south. A north facing lot or a north facing house is just going to be a waste of money.

Maximum exposure, even without considering solar panels, is a key consideration at North Elm. We want the sun to come into your yard in the morning and stay for as long as possible, especially during the winter months where it’s plenty sunny but short on actual warmth. Every little bit helps! Capitalizing on the sun here in Alberta helps us keep the heat in and build more efficiency into daily life on the prairies.

And while you can adjust the location of your house, you can’t adjust the location of the sun!

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