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Prep Your Home for Summer


Summer weather is coming soon (don’t let the rain fool you!), so now is the time to prepare your home for summer heat. Sure, it can be too darn hot in the midst of summer, and you just want to crank up that air-conditioner at home all day. Well, there are ways to cool your home without using up too much energy, and it can be done without hurting your wallet, too. This way, you can save yourself some green in your pocket and for the environment!

Summer Home

This summer, you can beat the heat and save the planet by following these simple tips provided by Energy Star:

  • Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs use more energy and can produce up to 75 percent more heat indoor.
  • Set your thermostat higher when no one is home. Program your thermostat to 25 degrees during the day, so no energy is wasted on cooling an empty home.
  • Install a ceiling fan and use it to cool you off when you get home. Turn the fan on for a cool breeze.
  • Shade up. Close the curtains and shades before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from over heating the interior of your home.
  • Reduce oven time. Cook with a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven, so it doesn’t heat up your home.
  • Change your HVAC filter. Every three months, you should change your system’s air filter. If the filter is dirty, it will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep your home cool. Also, remember to get your system serviced every year.
  • Seal duct system leaks. To ensure that the cool air isn’t leaking out of your system or your home, you should seal any leaks you see in your duct system with mastic sealant and metal tape and insulate all the ducts you can access.  Learn more about air seal and insulate here. In an Energy Star qualified home though, you don’t have to worry!

Once you’ve done all these, you are guaranteed to have a cool home to come to after a hot sunny day, and you won’t even have to worry about your energy bills! If you drive, it’s also a good idea to get your car ready for the summer by changing tires and filters and getting a tune up. Now, you’re set to enjoy your summer!

Stay in touch and let me know how much money you save this summer via Facebook or Twiter.

Green Light for Green Homes in Port Hope!


Presentation Centre at Port Hope is under construction.

It was another great week for us at Mason Homes. We’re happy to share the good news that our latest community, Port Hope Golf and Country Club, has passed Port Hope planning committee, and we will be meeting the city council next week. Our model home and presentation centre are now under construction, prepping for our opening in the coming weeks.

Port Hope is a friendly community, offering retreat-style adult living, and it’s just an hour drive from Toronto. With community outdoor activities and a wide selection of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries to entertain you, you’ll love what Port Hope has to offer. If you enjoy outdoor activities (especially golf, as the Port Hope Golf and Country Club is just steps away) and love to live carefree, then Port Hope is the place for you.

Here’s Barb, our interior designer, in our under-construction model home.

If you don’t want to miss this opportunity to live in a new green community, make sure to register now for upcoming news and updates. You can also head to our Facebook page and see more photos of the site under construction. This is your chance to have the time of your life!

A New Gem! New Design Studio Coming to Peterborough


Now that we’re about to kick off phase two of Avonlea, we’re excited to inform you that we’re also building a new Design Studio in Peterborough! The new studio will be located in a beautiful historic building in the downtown area of Peterborough.

We’ve been building homes in this area for the past forty years, and the new Design Studio will be a lot more convenient for all the homebuyers at Avonlea, Port Hope Golf and Country Club and our upcoming new home community in Cobourg, to ensure that your home is tailored to suit your needs and your style.

At the Design Studio, our professional Design Consultant will walk you through every step to help you build the home you’ve always dreamed of! The new location will be open late spring/early summer this year.

Design Studio
The framing stage is nearly complete at the Design Studio. It may look like a construction zone now but once completed, the new space will look amazing!


Last Chance Just4U!


Over the past few years, we at Mason Homes have worked very hard to bring you superior quality homes that are Green for Life. I’m thrilled to see our new Just4U community in Barrie come to life, with happy homeowners and families now moving in.

This weekend, we’re hosting an exclusive event at the Just4U Sales Centre, located at 91 Coughlin Rd. In appreciation of your continuous interest and support, we’re offering very special pricing on our few remaining homes! If you’re interested in living in a new, unique community and a stylish townhome in Barrie, this is an opportunity not to be missed. You could be living in the home of your dreams by this spring!

The Just4U townhomes are located in an active and welcoming neighbourhood with a warm community vibe, just moments away from all the amenities in Barrie. With cutting edge features and finishes, you will experience the convenience and satisfaction of owning your own home while enjoying the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

Stop by our Sales Centre this Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 11am to 6pm and see what all Mason Homes homeowners are raving about! You can register here or RSVP via Facebook here. I look forward to meeting you!

Lindsay Goes Greener!


Lindsay, Ontario


Big news! The OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) just approved zoning for Mason Homes’ new development in Lindsay at Colborne Street and Highway 35. Our award-winning project, Cloverlea, can now expand, bringing even more green, Energy Star-qualified homes to the City of Kawartha Lakes—an eco-conscious, environmentally-responsible community in its own right. We’re very excited to keep building in Lindsay. All of our homes will continue to adhere to our Green for Life program with homes guaranteed to give families better comfort, quality of life, and savings, and to respect the natural environments in which they’re built. Great news as we kick off a green year in 2010!

Our Newest Community a Great Success!


We’ve responded to the market and given home buyers what they want: environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient homes in an established community, at our newest community, JUST 4U. Homebuyers in Barrie visited our sales centre on opening day, a cold October afternoon, excited about our unique offering. Now half sold out, we know why the JUST 4U townhomes are selling so well: green features and community living are at the top of everyone’s wish list this year. Our Green for Life program brings tons of green benefits to our homeowners, from healthy air quality with our high-quality air filters to huge savings on energy and water bills. JUST 4U is a great example of Mason Homes’ commitment to building a better home.

JUST 4U opening in Barrie


If you’d like to check out JUST 4U in Barrie, you can visit our sales centre at 91 Coughlin Road in Barrie, from 1-8pm Monday through Thursday (closed Fridays), and from 11am-6pm on weekends and holidays. Check out for more details.

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