Archive for December 2011

A Look Back at 2011


Avonlea winning the Places to Grow community award was one of the highlights of the year.

With the New Year around the corner, it’s a perfect time to take a look back at the previous year’s major events.

But before we do that, we’d like to thank you all for reading, participating, and trusting us to build the home of your dreams. May you have a very happy New Year!

  • In 2011, Mason Homes turned 50. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already been doing this for half a century. There’s nothing else we’d rather do.
  • In February, we won the EnerQuality’s Leader of the Year award.
  • In May, our Avonlea community won the award for Places to Grow Community of the Year. This is one of the most anticipated BILD awards, and in the case of Avonlea it recognized its forward-thinking planning and combination of smart growth and new urbanism with green building initiatives.

Once again, thanks, and have youselves a very happy New Year!

Happy Holidays in a Mason Home


What I’m about to say may sound cheesy, but I’ll say it anyway: at Mason Homes, we’re happy when our homeowners are happy.

This is why we build homes that are perfect for you to raise your family — a Green for Life home that is EnergyStar-qualified as a standard rather than an upgrade, and a home that, being environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, will help contribute to your family’s healthier living environment.

This weekend, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, chances are most of you will be happy. Happy you are together with your loved ones. Happy you have some time off. Happy you’re enjoying good food and drink. Happy (I hope) that you live in a Mason Home.

For that, I thank you and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

New Year, New Website


Today is December 16, 2011. In 15 days, the year will be over.

The last days of any year are always a good time to look back and reflect on what we accomplished and where we could’ve done a better job. It’s also a good time to make plans.

One of my plans this coming year is to change our company’s website,

With that in mind, I ask you, do you have any suggestions? What do you like about the current site? More importantly, what would you like to see changed?

I look forward to your comments!

Can A Green Christmas Be Fun?


I’d tell you December is one of my favourite months, but then I guess December is probably one of your favourite months as well. After all, what’s not to like about festivities, family dinners, great food, and a joyful spirit?

Another favourite activity of mine is to help protect the environment, especially when done in a way that immediately helps improve your quality of life.

The problem is that Christmas often brings about a frenzy of superfluous spending that can tax the environment by producing excess waste (not to mention all the fuel used to transport merchandise).

When properly chosen, even electronic gadgets can be (fairly) green. The Phillips Eco TV set features recycled packaging and an energy-saving LCD screen.

So how can we reconcile these two seemingly contradictory aspirations?

It’s actually quite simple.

  • Cut down on the amount of paper used for gift-wrapping. Or consider not wrapping the gifts at all. Some people use children’s artwork, old maps, a bandana or a scarf.
  • e-Cards aren’t just convenient and cheap (or sometimes even free) — they also save paper and gas (which would be used to transport mailed cards).
  • Don’t leave Christmas light on all day. Consider getting LED Christmas lights, which use up to 90% less energy. Bonus: they also last a lot longer.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree. This link has useful information.
  • Get toys that use no batteries. Wooden toys can boost critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Consider making gifts rather than buying them. From homemade soap to a secret hollow book, homemade gifts ensure that you not only you experience more pleasure than when you buy to the mall — they also tend to used more often and bring about more pleasure to he person who receives them.

Your turn! What do you like to do to make your Christmas and festivities greener?

Family and Holiday Events at Your Mason Homes Community


I usually blog about green initiatives, smart development, and urban planning, but today I thought I’d mention some of the family-friendly events at our communities.

After all, what’s the point of it all if we don’t spend quality time with our families, especially this time of the year?

Our Avonlea community is a fantastic place to watch your family grow.

Peterborough (Avonlea):

  • For a bit of holiday music, at 3pm on Sunday, the Kawartha Youth Orchestra will play in a concert called “Winter Tales” at Market Hall Theatre. Find out more here.
  • For a mere $4.50, this Saturday you can get a light lunch comprising sandwiches, sweet treats, tea or coffee at the Christmas Holidays Tea & Bazaar. You can also buy homemade meat, turkey and fruit pies, jams, pickles, preserves, candy, craft, and more. Check this site for more information.
  • In the small town of Keene (only 10 kms from Peterborough), from 5 to 9pm on Saturday, an event called Christmas by Candlelight will be celebrated at the Lang Pioneer Village Museum, featuring horse and sleigh rides, carolers, demonstrations, festive foods and a visit from Father Christmas. Find out more here.

Remember, our Avonlea Sales Office is open from 11am to 6pm on the weekends. Drop by or call 1-866-443-7900 for info on our new homes in phase 2 and our inventory homes for sale.

St. Catharines (Chicory Walk)

  • On Saturday from 6am to 3pm, the Christmas at St. Catharines Farmers’ Market event will allow you to buy direct from the grower, getting the freshest ingredients for a family feast. Complimentary hot apple cider will be served, and there will be a horse-and-carriage- ride departing from the market square. Find out more on this site.

Interested in our final clearance at Chicory Walk? Visit our Sales Office from 11am to 6pm at 6 Chicory Crescent or call 905-688-3777.

We’re also having a drop-in this Saturday from 4 to 6pm in our Port Hope Sales Office at 415 Lakeshore Rd. (Call 905-885-6565 for details.)

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