March 2017 Edmonton Market Update



 Dear Friends,

Spring is coming! This is the beginning of warmer and longer days. For some this means spring cleaning, but mostly it means that much-needed spring break for families. There is a lot of festivities happening around town this time of year including St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure to browse our Upcoming Events and Festivals section to get additional information on these activities.

Looking for a home improvement project to start this season? How about trying to get your hand into building a shedquarter. Shedquarters are multi-purpose, space-efficient cubes or outdoor rooms that can convert into an office or a work area.  Check out our shedquarter article to learn more about this hot trend, and our photo feature for modern and stylish shedquarter examples to give you that design inspiration for your own backyard work space. 

I would love to help you with any real estate related questions or concerns you may have.  Your referrals are very much appreciated!
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
St. Patrick's Day - Mar 17, 2017
International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan - Mar 10 - Mar 25, 2017
5th Annual SkirtsAfire herArts Festival - Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2017
Maple Sugar Carnival 2017 - Mar 11, 2017
Winter Warrior Challenge - Mar 18, 2017
Edmonton's International BeerFest 2017 - Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2017
Pride and Prejudice Ball - Mar 25, 2017
In recent years, the number of business owners who run their businesses from home has increased for several reasons. The most important one is to be available for their kids or be near family. However, working from home brings a lot of distractions even with a temporary office set up within the house. A solution to this could be to build an office in your backyard, or a “Shedquarter”. Shedquarters, a cube room, or a garden room are becoming a rage these days. It offers the privacy and uninterrupted workflow you need, like being in an offsite office, yet provides the advantage of being a few steps away from your home. Your shedquarter does not necessarily have to be an office space, it can also be your workshop area, an art room, a getaway space, or simply just an extra room where you can hang out.

Several companies mostly in the US, Australia, Europe, and Canada offer services to set up these miniature studios that can really add value to your home. You can even build it yourself.  Just check with the local building permit office about obtaining a permit before you plan your shedquarter. As a rule of thumb, permits are normally required for structures exceeding 100 square feet.
Before you decide to explore this option, make sure you first check with your planning and development department of your municipality. Zoning rules can greatly vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Type of construction and foundation will also affect the size of the shed you may be allowed to build. In some cases, you may need both development and building permit.

For the City of Edmonton, sheds or gazebos are defined as accessory buildings. You may call 311 to inquire about building permits or visit their website at  for more information.


We would like to send a big, big, BIG thank you to Tonya Gardner, and Tania & Kelly Stewardson for their recent referrals. Our success depends on people just like you. Thank you so much for supporting the Platinum Team! 



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