The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2017
When Skyline Investments Inc., operator of the Deerhurst Resort on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville, Ont., wanted to expand its real estate options and offer buyers a unique opportunity in cottage country, it turned to BONE Structure, the company leading the transition to sustainable construction of, environmentally friendly homes.
“BONE Structure’s dwellings are a step above typical house construction,” says Paul Mondell, Skyline’s senior vice-president of development. “It’s a unique build for a unique site and I think that, in combination, presents a very attractive scenario for us and the potential buyer.”
Skyline’s Deerhurst Sanctuary development is made up of 27 lots nestled in the natural landscape of Muskoka, a district that includes the communities of Muskoka Lakes, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Georgian Bay and Lake of Bays, and one of Canada’s premiere vacation destinations. Its green, luscious backdrop is the perfect setting for an architectural design that invites the outdoors in with its large windows and open no-load bearing walls construction.
“I’ve been in construction and development for many years, and as I got to know about BONE Structure, I realized that it’s an exceptional and exclusive product,” Mondell says. “Your end product is not only beautiful, but far more energy efficient,” he adds. “And the actual process of building a home is far more environmentally friendly, as there is very little waste during the assembly of their proprietary steel structure and energy efficient thermal envelope.”
Deerhurst Sanctuary has chosen to take advantage of BONE Structureʼs integrated design service, which brings together a team of project managers, architects, engineers and designers, to help its clients build a custom home that is uniquely suited to each lot and view. Yet the overall modern design will allow for architectural continuity across the development.
One of the advantages of BONE Structure’s design is its patented steel-frame construction system, making it possible to have fewer load-bearing walls in the interior, and creating an open flow with abundant, natural light.
“It allows for the outdoors and nature to penetrate into your living spaces,” Mondell says.
Since 2005, the Laval, Que.-based company has made a name for itself across Canada and California among home buyers, architects and designers who are looking for a modern, luxurious and sustainable design. Now developers like Skyline are taking notice and are delighted with BONE Structureʼs one-stop-shop service approach.
“We’re able to tailor our offerings to what the developer needs,” says Marc Bovet, BONE Structure’s founder and CEO, adding that his firm provides its business to business clients with marketing and sales services, architectural design, as well as construction.
“After 12 years, we are in a position where we have a proven recipe, along with a strong demand and increasing brand awareness across Canada and California. I think that the best kept secret of the industry is getting around and that’s probably why developers looking to distinguish themselves are approaching us,” he says.
Today BONE Structure is working with architectural firms and developers all over North America that are benefiting from the proprietary technology and the company’s complementary service offerings.
In Belmont, Calif., the Talbryn Development by Aron Developers LLC is using BONE Structureʼs steel structure and high performance building envelop on its custom builds. With their open, modern design, the homes – located between South Bay and San Francisco – blend in with and highlight the development’s proximity to the California coast.
Surrounded by protected marshlands, Narrows Island is a peaceful, waterfront development of seven exclusive lots in Port Severn, Ont. about two hours north of Toronto that will showcase BONE Structure’s innovative and sleek designs.
The fact that BONE Structure homes are more environmentally sustainable – using the patented steel framing that can be erected quickly with virtually no waste, and wrapped in an energy-efficient thermal envelope that can dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs – appeals to both consumers and developers Imagine what you could do with your money if your home annual energy cost would be zerio dollars, Bovet says.
“From a regulation standpoint, the technical provisions for design and performance of new building construction are becoming more and more stringent. It’s very challenging for builders to meet the consumer’s expectations with those regulations being enforced. People are entitled to comfortable, energy-efficient, secure and sustainable homes. We provide developers and builders a one-stop shop solution so they can be more efficient,” Bovet says.
Gary Beach, operations manager at Magenta Waterfront Developments, carefully researched the builder best suited for his Johnston PointDevelopment on Loughborough Lake, 20 minutes north from Kingston, Ont.
“From my investigations, BONE Structure offered exactly what we’re looking for, with its low ecological footprint that will still showcase both the low density and waterfront views from each of the 18 lots that average 5.3 acres in size,” Beach says. “Their high-standard and sustainable construction is the future of homes – and finally, it’s available today.”
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