Homes by Avi: The Calgary Stampede Rotary Dream Home

The 2013 Calgary Stampede is here, and Homes by Avi is getting in on the Greatest Show on Earth again this year by building the Calgary Stampede Rotary Dream Home.

The amount of work involved in the realization of the home is immense – a design that needs to accommodate not only thousands of Stampede-goers, but disassembly and a move to Chaparral Valley, the sourcing of materials, recruitment of trades, marketing initiatives, interior décor, not to mention the actual construction. It’s a big deal, and our team at Homes by Avi gets involved in a big way by building the home to support local charities.

This year’s Stampede Rotary Dream Home is inspired by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Nature was central to Wright’s work.  He believed that a structure, be it a hotel, a museum or a home, should exist in harmony with nature and nourish the lives of its occupants.

In keeping with this philosophy, our Dream Home team worked to incorporate organic elements into the design, including a waterfall feature, grasscloth-covered walls, and a live edge walnut eating bar.  The home also has a sense of whimsy, featuring a built-in tree house bed in the kid’s bedroom and playful dog portraits in the nursery.

This is the 18th year that Homes by Avi has built the Dream Home.  The project benefits the Rotary Club of Calgary South in partnership with the Calgary Stampede Lotteries.  One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from Dream Home ticket sales support a number of local charities, including the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, The Lions’ Eye Bank, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, Alberta Children’s Hospital and STARS Air Ambulance.  Tickets are priced at 1 for $10, 20 for $20, or 100 for $50 and can be purchased at booths throughout the Stampede grounds.

So, what was the overall impression of the home?  We’ve had a great response and tons of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s,” with some even planning their furniture layout like their win was inevitable.  And why not?  The power of positive thinking, right?  If you haven’t made your way to the Stampede yet, the Dream Home tour is definitely worth the trip.

Don’t forget to show us what your dream home looks like.  Visit and use an easy step-by-step process that enables you to customize your dream home using four distinct colour palettes.  When you’re done, see how your design stacks up against the competition.  Then register for a chance to WIN 1 OF 3 IPAD MINIS OR A BARBECUE courtesy of Timberwolf.