The first phase of Sunshine Meadows, a new 300-lot residential and commercial development in Dundurn, is poised to take off later this summer.
“It’s a very exciting project for our community,” said Dundurn Mayor Per Vinding. “Once this development is completely built out, it would essentially double the size of our town. It shows that Dundurn is really growing.”
The project is a unique blend of urban-appeal and rural charm, offering affordable housing and an abundance of green space, landscaped with many trees, a lake, a recreational park, underground sprinklers, fencing, paved roads, city water and other amenities.
Sunshine Meadows is being developed by DDD+ Construction, a family-owned company based in Warman. It was officially unveiled in the fall of 2014, and over the past two years, preparatory work including landscaping and servicing of the 90-acre parcel has been going on around the clock.
“We got started on our roads and infrastructure in the summer of 2015, and are currently finishing up this spring.” said Carman Dodman, one of the owners of DDD+ Construction. “We’re getting ready now to put in sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and landscaping.
Right now we’re focusing on completing Phase One, which consists of 104 lots, including 32 walk-out lots backing onto a lake,” he added. “We’re putting up a white fence around the perimeter of the neighbourhood, and also a white picket fence adjacent to a walking path all the way around the lake backing onto the properties.”
A total of ten single-family houses are currently under construction.
Carman said the work is progressing quickly thanks to project manager, son and business partner Shawn Dodman.
Three show homes will be ready for public viewing by late summer, once the streets are paved, the trees are planted and the landscaping is completed, said Carman.
“We will have three different styles of homes represented in the show home lineup,” he said. “One will be a lake-front walkout home, one will be a bi-level, and one will be a bungalow, so there will be a style to fit everyone’s taste and budget.”
All the homes in the project are built to the highest quality standard, explained Carman.
“It starts at the ground level and goes al the way up to the roof,” he said.
“We use insulated concrete forms (ICF) on all our basement foundations,” said Paul Dodman, Carman’s son and business partner. “This type of construction really increases the insulation value and pays off in the long term when the basement is developed for additional living space.”
The homes are built using steel I-beams on the support base for the main floors, said Carman. The floor joists are all on 16-inch centres, and the company uses 35-year shingles on the roofs of all its homes.
“We build the homes like we’re going to be living in them ourselves,” said Erin Dodman, the company’s interior designer consultant. “The motto for our company is ‘Our family building for your family’,” she said.
Every home features an ensuite bathroom in the master bedroom. There is also a walk-in shower in each home.
The show homes will feature custom-made furniture by La-Z-Boy designed to match the decor of each home.
Sunshine Meadows is an eco-friendly neighbourhood, with solar-powered lighting along the park walkway beside the lake. Some of the homes will also be retrofitted with rooftop solar panels, said Paul. This will allow homeowners to not only take advantage of the current SaskPower rebate program for the installation, but also pay dividends in the future through credits to their power bill.
“We’re installing a lot of new technology that allows homeowners to use their smartphones or iPads to regulate lighting, timers and appliances within their homes,” said Paul. “It’s designed to be cutting-edge.”
Carman said Dundurn was chosen as the site for the development because of its huge potential for growth.
“The RM of Dundurn, and the communities of Shields and Thode, are among the fastest-growing rural areas in the province in recent years,” said Carman. “The town of Dundurn and this neighbourhood are going to be the catalyst that makes that happen.”