Whether you are new to the world of gardening or consider yourself to have a “green thumb”, getting started in the garden in Royal Bay is something everyone can do – and now is the time! Our Sister Company, Excel Homes, asked Colin Hayles, Marketing Director and Purchaser at Calgary’s Golden Acre Home & Garden Center, for some of his best tips for growing plants inside or out, and how to spruce up your yard for the summer.


Growing your own herbs is convenient and easier than you’d think! Use fresh homegrown basil or mint to jazz up your favourite recipes and drinks. Many herbs do amazingly well indoors year-round, and they double as great windowsill decor for your kitchen! Oregano, thyme, dill, and parsley are all great options to put into a windowsill planter or under a grow light on the counter. One of the most popular herbs to grow indoors is basil, but it is notoriously fickle and does not like temperature changes, cold water or frost. Some people prefer to start their basil outdoors during the warm summer months and will bring it inside once the temperature starts to drop in the fall.


There are plenty of low-maintenance flowers and plants that can thrive in both the sun and the shade. We suggest mixing and matching colours to keep your garden looking fresh!

For warm, sunny spots, marigolds, geraniums, zinnias, lavender, dahlias, and osteospermums all grow fantastically well. To most people’s surprise, sunflowers can also grow on your patio if you have the willingness to water twice a day, and have a two-gallon pot.

For cool, shady spots, sturdy plants such as begonias or impatiens can bring a pop of colour and are highly robust.


If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at growing veggies, leafy greens are a great place to start! Spinach, kale, lettuce, and arugula are all relatively easy to take care of and forgiving when it comes to a bit of frost. Tomatoes are also a great veggie to start out with in your garden – they will grow plentifully with lots of watering and a good soil fertilizer.

Colin recommends investing in a Vegepod, which are raised planters from Australia. This can also be substituted with a homemade planter box if you’re feeling up for a little spring garden project. The benefits of a raised plant bed are that they warm up more quickly in the spring and can allow for a longer growing season.


Looking for quick and cost-effective ways to spruce up your backyard? The easiest way to get started is with pre-made planters and/or hanging flower baskets. Many stores will offer pre-made sun and shade varieties, so all you have to do is bring them home and place them wherever your heart desires. If you have the time, you can also plant seeds or bulbs (such as pansies, violas, or chrysanthemums) which will pop up quickly with a little sun and watering. All of these options will add colour to your backyard for an affordable price, and minimal work (score!).

When it comes to gardening, less is more. Especially when you’re just starting out! A windowsill herb garden or a couple of hanging pots can make a world of difference.

Happy gardening from all of us at GableCraft Homes!

With Tanya & Brendan

Welcome home! Those words ring especially true when your new home and community reflect a lifestyle that supports you and your family to thrive and flourish.

As Real Estate Advisors who pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, we help people when looking at their options. Buying a home is the single most important financial decision you will make that affects your quality of life for years to come. We meet with customers daily at The Homestore and here is what we find are the most important reasons to buy a new home.

Why buy a new home in a master-planned community?

1. Planned neighborhood and amenities

A master-planned community is an exceptionally well-designed collection of homes constructed by a vetted builder. These communities contain amenities that support health, wellness, and leisure, and provide convenient access to retailers, schools, and community facilities.

The community’s control over zoning and new phases of development ensures that the neighborhood develops according to the vision of the master plan. A community focused on health and wellness provides access to green spaces, playgrounds, walking and cycling trails, as well as athletic facilities for all ages. Wide, tree-lined streets, community events, and gathering places make it easy to meet and mingle with neighbours.  Children build friendships that last a lifetime.

Find out more about the Royal Bay Master-planned community where GableCraft is now building.

2. You can personalize your new home

After you have identified which community you want to live in and who the builder for your dream home is, personalizing its design and features is the next step. Personalization ensures that you build the home you want within the budget you have to work with.

When you work with a builder that has streamlined the design process, your needs and specifications are considered every step of the way. Personalization packages that offer different specialized options guide you in selecting what is best for your lifestyle and budget.

3. Your home is move-in ready

Before you move into your home, your builder will conduct regular inspections and updates to keep you in the loop. You will enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is built according to your design specifications and applicable building codes.

When you move in, you can spend your days meeting your neighbours, decorating, and accessorizing your home. Rather than worrying about the cost of fixing deficiencies.  A new GableCraft Home comes with an improved Deficiency Program as well as a builder warranty and the latest safety features. In British Columbia, new homes constructed under a building permit applied for on or after July 1, 1999, are covered by mandatory third-party home warranty insurance.

If you buy a resale or older home, you take the risk of making costly repairs. Repairing a roof, or dealing with electrical or plumbing issues can set you back tens of thousands of dollars.

With a new home, you choose your finishes and features. You avoid the inconvenience of renovating after you take possession. It’s nice to know your house will be move-in ready.

4. After you buy you are taken care of

Your home-buying experience extends well after you move in.

With a home in a master-planned community, you become part of a family of owners. Your builder’s service and warranty department will address your construction-related inquiries.

When you buy a re-sale or old home, you are on your own after completing final inspections and the ink dries on your signed contract.

5. You can improve your return on investment

Buying a new home could improve the return on our monetary investment as well as on your time — no more pounding the pavement in a futile search or bidding war. 

Welcome Home.

The satisfaction and happiness when you first walk into your dream home make it all worth it.

Over the years, we have striven to improve our process and what GableCraft Homes offers when it comes to important components of your home – from the Deficiency Program, supplies, and resources, to standard finishes.  It is so wonderful when our clients are a big part of the curation and personalization of their new home. We know it’s the little details that make the biggest difference.

Contact Tanya or Brendan to take the first step towards building your dream home at Royal Bay.

Tour the Wet Bar in GableCraft’s Carlisle Home

FEBRUARY 2022 | with Tanya & Brendan

The Wet Bar in the Carlisle Home built by GableCraft at Royal Bay is a superb addition to the extra bedroom, bathroom, and recreation room offer with the finished basement option for home buyers.

Feature Friday with Tanya & Brendan – The Wet Bar

Let GableCraft Build Your Dream Home

The satisfaction and happiness when you first walk into your dream home make it all worth it.  GableCraft Homes designs each of its homes with your style and comfort in mind so we have curated options for our buyers to personalize their new homes. We know it’s the little details that make the biggest difference.

Contact Tanya or Brendan to take the first step towards building your dream home at Royal Bay.





GableCraft Homes Welcomes New Homeowners to Royal Bay


In 2021, new homeowners at Royal Bay’s seaside community in the city of Colwood settled into enjoying life on the temperate west coast of southern Vancouver Island. Royal Bay is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the vibrant and picturesque harbour city of Victoria.  

2021 Accomplishments

GableCraft Celebrates Growth of the Community

Throughout last year, the sales of GableCraft homes proceeded briskly at Royal Bay. As more trails, parks, and amenities are completed, residents and neighbors are enjoying all that this exceptional community has to offer. Find out more.

Sales Exceeded Expectations

The Villas, a 16 unit Patio Home development on Caspian Drive sold out in record time! In addition, 53 additional Single Family homes in Phase 4B sold out in 2021. Buyers recognized the great value offered in being part of this exceptional community and the opportunity to contribute to its continued growth.

The Coral at Royal Bay is more than 50% Sold

Last Spring, the Coral townhome development was launched and is now more than fifty percent sold. The Coral is the fourth townhome development at Royal Bay with the first three: Mariner, West Commons, and Compass, completed and sold out. 

The Coral offers style, convenience and worry-free living in a contemporary and open-space design that allows our new homeowners to focus on good times spent with friends and family.

Don’t Miss out – Book Your Appointment for The Coral

This collection of eighty-three townhomes located at 255 Caspian Drive continues the tradition of Vancouver Island’s coastal-inspired architecture and features spacious two and three bedrooms plus-flex designs. For more information on The Coral, please book an appointment with Area Sales Managers Tanya Zakkour (250-508-2270) and Brendan Wilkinson (250-713-7770) at the HomeStore or register for updates.

GableCraft Show Homes

The Carlisle and The Neville

Our existing show homes, the Carlisle and the Neville, will soon be joined by a new neighbour on 3335 Curlew Street.

The Carlisle, Living Room
The Neville, Living Room
The Sheffield

The Sheffield Show Home, currently under construction, is slated to be open the first week of March 2022. This executive-styled home four bedroom offers the perfect harmony of contemporary design and flexibility that provides homeowners with numerous options. Stay tuned for updates about this exceptional offering that includes a finished suite.

Build Your Dream Home

The satisfaction and happiness when you first walk into your dream home makes it all worth it.  GableCraft Homes designs each of its homes with you in mind so we have curated options for our buyers to personalize their new home. We know it’s the little details that make the biggest difference. Contact us to take the first step towards building your dream home at Royal Bay.

Our HomeStore will be closed for the holidays so we can sit back, relax, and eat 479 cookies in our pyjamas.


GableCraft HomeStore: December 22nd – January 2nd (reopening Monday, January 3rd)

We hope you have a magical holiday season, and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year!

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, so have our moods. We have been looking forward to this summer; one which finally allows us to gather with loved ones while basking in the sunshine! So, if you’re feeling like us and are ready to celebrate long warm days and having guests over, we have some great outdoor entertaining ideas for you!

Summer outdoor dining can be as simple as barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs, to something a bit more upscale with steaks or salmon. But most of all, alfresco dining should be about experiencing a memorable night with family and friends!


Whether it’s a small get together with your immediate family or an intimate gathering of friends, setting a lovely table can truly set the tone for the evening! You don’t have to buy new outdoor dishes to create the spot for entertaining; just use what you have. Head into your kitchen and grab your favourite plates, table runners, vases and decor to create a festive space to gather. To craft an elegant summer table, consider placing flowers from your garden on your napkins as a place setting.

When the sun goes down, we love to light some candles (or use battery-operated ones if there are little ones running around!) to keep the celebration going. If pesky bugs are a problem, citronella candles can be a great solution.


What is an outdoor soiree without a refreshing summer cocktail? With warmer temperatures, it’s important to keep your guests well hydrated. From all-time favourites, such as daiquiris, watermelon punch, or mojitos, we suggest heading over to Pinterest for easy to make summer drinks that can be crafted with or without alcohol.


From traditional classics such as Bocce ball, croquet, or cards to easy DIY’s such as a treasure hunt or horseshoes, it’s great to plan something fun for all age groups. If there are little ones joining the party, bringing out a mini splash pool or slip and slide can guarantee to keep them busy and happy.

Jenga is a classic that we recommend for all age groups!

Now more than ever, the pandemic has taught us the importance of home. What better way to spend a leisurely weekend than to enjoy a cookout or soiree with family and friends outside? It’s also about being with the ones we love, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, which brings forth a real “joie de vivre.”

If you are looking at your patio or deck and wondering how to create that perfect outdoor retreat, no need to worry. We went to one of our interior designers at Designer’s Edge to help you set the stage for the ultimate backyard space this summer.

A backyard makeover doesn’t have to be costly to be luxurious – Here’s how!


There are so many options when it comes to furniture, and it doesn’t have to break the bank! If space and budget are top of mind, all you need are a few cushy chairs and a table for resting drinks or books.

If you are looking for something a bit more upscale that will last for years to come, our designers say investing your money in well-built furniture is well worth the initial cash outlay. Some of the best materials for withstanding the elements include wood (teak, and cedar), metals (aluminum, or steel, and wrought iron), and synthetic resins and plastics. These are all great options and, best of all, you can just cover them over the winter and leave them outdoors.


Injecting a splash of colour can instantly give your patio or deck a burst of personality. This year is all about pastels, which are inviting and welcoming! Get ready for the return of softer shades of blue, pink, yellow, orange and green in outdoor living.



Contrast stripes with bold colours to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns for an outdoor space that will emanate timeless elegance!

Varying Textures

Playing with accent pillows of different textures and colours can create a comfy, yet sophisticated vibe. They add visual interest, and personality to any outdoor space.


Portable fire pits and fire tables have become increasingly popular as they create a cozy gathering spot into your patio design. They come in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles, and we know the kids will them for smore’s night!


Placing an assortment of plants – whether that be ferns, exotic plants, or your favourite flowers – will help to boost the essence of the outdoors in your own creative way. Terra cotta pots and planters can help to create a vibrancy and add a touch of sophistication to your patio! Varying the height of your plants also helps to add dimension and can even help with privacy (hint: we love vining plants climbing up a trellis or lattice!).


We’d love to help shed some light on the situation by making it known that string lighting is one of the most affordable and simple ways to bring warmth and cozy ambiance to your patio. Draping them across your covered patio or pergola ensures you can enjoy your patio throughout the lighting transition past sunset in the most decorative way.

Another great way to add some lighting is to incorporate floor lanterns and/or candles. Nothing speaks to romance or mood lighting more than candles which you can scatter around your patio/deck. If you have little ones running around or are planning a larger gathering, LED candles are a great alternative as well!

We are happy to announce we are Now Selling our newest townhome development The Coral at Royal Bay!

This 83 unit development is sure to attract a variety of potential buyers as it offers a diverse mix of 2 bedroom, 2 bedroom plus flex, 3 bedroom and 3 bedroom plus flex designs.

With prices starting in the upper $500’s we anticipate there will be considerable interest as the development is released in phases.

If you’re interested in finding out more information, have a look at The Coral page and then reach out to Area Sales Managers, Tanya Zakkour (Cell: 250-508-2270) or Brendan Wilkinson (Cell: 25-713-7770) should you have any questions or to set up an appointment.

Please note, due to COVID, we are meeting BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to maintain a safe environment.

It is not every day that sixteen exceptionally designed patio homes get released to the field, but when it happens, we have to tell the world! GableCraft Homes is extremely excited to introduce you to our new Patio Home development in Royal Bay: The Villas on Caspian Drive.

A collection of 16 patio homes, our highly anticipated offering of these 2 bedroom ranchers has been created to embrace your every need within their modern 1375 sq. ft. design.

With an open living space leading through the living room and into the beautiful kitchen, the floor plan has plenty of room for all to enjoy and an excellent dining-entertaining area flowing onto the rear patio.

Looking to be pampered? Look no further than the Master Ensuite where you can retreat to enjoy the peacefulness you deserve in the separate tub, roomy shower and the dual undermount sinks.

You will also be impressed with its double attached garage offering room for two vehicles and with easy access to the full crawl space providing additional storage if required.

Rare. Modern. Refined. Maintenance Free Living in Royal Bay.

For more information, please call Area Sales Managers:

Tanya Zakkour: 250-508-2270 or Brendan Wilkinson: 250-713-7770 to set up a time to visit us at the HomeStore located at 300 Caspian Drive.

At this time our HomeStore is operating by Appointment Only:

Monday – Thursday 12 to 6pm & Saturday to Sunday 12 to 5pm.

It’s a common misconception that the first step to buying a new home is searching for your ideal community or choosing the perfect floorplan to meet all of your needs, but it’s not! The first step on your journey to new home ownership is knowing your budget and what you can afford. Before you even start saving home design pictures on Pinterest or falling in love with a beautiful new community, you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage.


A mortgage pre-approval is an evaluation of your current, overall financial position. It tells you and your sales team how much money a lender is willing to grant you to purchase your new home. It’s important to keep in mind this number can change from when you get pre-approval to when you purchase your home. For example, it can increase if you have a co-signer or if your financial position improves over this time.


It’s important to understand your current financial position so you can make educated buying choices when it comes to your new home. The worst feeling is falling in love with a home and later finding out it is out of your budget. Knowing your pre-approved mortgage amount will help you and the sales team focus on homes that are within your price range.


There are many channels you can use to get pre-approved for a mortgage including, but not limited to:

  1. Mortgage Brokers – They will be your middleman; the line of communication between the lender and yourself. A mortgage broker is responsible for gathering the best rates, from multiple lenders, giving you lots of options to choose from.
  2. Your Banking Institution – Banking institutions offer preferred mortgage rates to their current clients. However, it is important to keep in mind that they will only be able to offer you their rates and you will not have the ability to compare with other options.


All of the above sources need a few things to calculate your total debt ratio in order to start the process of a mortgage pre-approval. Some of these documents include:

  • Photo ID
  • Employment Verification
  • Credit Score
  • Proof of Assets & Debt
  • Proof of Income
  • Personal Verification

We can all agree that location, size and style are crucial when building a new home; but the most important factor is your budget. Hopefully, you found this information helpful and now have more confidence about the mortgage pre-approval process and why it’s an important first step in the home buying process.