D&S Homes is a Saskatoon-based real estate development firm that has earned a reputation for building some of the most notable projects in the province. Focusing on residential and golf-course communities, D&S Homes uses natural beauty to enhance the firm’s real estate.
It is our most treasured asset and one of the safest investments on the planet. It rests in a community that we’ll call home, where memories will be our own and dreams become realities. A family-owned operation of pioneers to the home building industry, their story began in 1977 and today, D&S Homes is the second generation of that legacy. Founder and President, Dennis Slater started the company as a side venture while he worked developing food stores across Canada for Federated Co-op. After building a few homes and gaining a substantial understanding of home building it wasn’t long before Dennis committed himself to D&S Homes full time, and the company spread its reach by buying large plots of land and developing subdivisions around the city of Saskatoon. As the company grew so did his family and he included them in his passion for building. That’s one of the things that separates D&S Homes from other home builders. It’s a family-owned and operated business with family members holding key roles. The family is an aspiring team of experts (Duane as Vice President, Troy as Vice President of Planning & Development, and Derrick as On-site Supervisor) who are highly dedicated to the values and work ethics established by their father; values based on tradition, experience, and character. “As a company, what sets us apart from the competition is our passion and commitment that is present no matter if it’s a townhome or a larger custom home.” says Vice President Duane Slater. “I think the longevity of being in business since 1977 has given us a great understanding of the type of dedication we implement during each project, and the product we put out is very high quality and is very desirable.” From functional design work, to its dedication to the best in workmanship, D&S Homes has united its expertise and knowledge by building quality homes that serve the Saskatoon and Regina marketplace and are a well-recognized community builder that is truly devoted to offering only the best in modern home design.
D&S Homes’ approach to building is based on the principles of quality, transparency and honesty. “We make ourselves available and accessible to answer owners’ questions and work with them to get the home they want,” Duane says. “Right from the beginning of the building process we are very open with our clients. There are no extra costs added and we keep everything on budget which gives the homeowner a better indication of what the cost of their new house will be. This is important to know in early planning as clients figure out finances, create a design, and commit to moving ahead in the process of home building.” says Slater. The company draws on its experience to make its projects successful, and trains its staff to be able to answer any questions during the homebuilding process. D&S Homes believes its emphasis on bringing together the right people for each of its projects ensures a positive and seamless experience in creating a quality home. “Our team has worked together for a number of years. Synergy is the key to teamwork and some of our core staff have been with us for 20 years.” says Slater. They owe a great deal of its success to the long standing relationships they have built over the years with their subcontractors and key partners. Because they rely on the specialized knowledge, skilled services and superior workmanship they provide to deliver their projects, D&S Homes strives to maintain the best possible subcontractor relationship with top performing partners that share the same core principles and values as they do. “We are firm believers in maintaining a solid relationships with our trades and key partners. A lot of our trades have been with us for a long time and we can depend on their consistent quality of work.” says Slater.
D&S Homes wants their customers to love their home. They understand that a home is the largest life investment for the purchaser and strive to ensure that the home is a reflection of each buyer’s lifestyle – ultimately providing the homeowner with a stellar product they can be proud of. D&S Homes also understands that the first home consumers buy may not be their last. By offering multiple pricing and home style options, D&S homeowners can grow within the company’s many product line options. Outstanding high end quality is always evident in all their homes, so homeowners can be confident in their D&S Homes investment. Focusing on the changing lifestyle of today’s consumers and the need for individual expression, every D&S client is presented with the opportunity to decide on a plan and customize it with the company’s draftsperson so it best reflects their style and personal taste. There is truly a feeling of luxury living in a D&S home, and with the focus of each project being the customer, homebuyers are sure to find options that fit their style. D&S Homes takes great pride in its customer service and comprehensive full-service warranty program; including scheduled walk throughs at the three to four week, four months and one year milestone. The true mark of customer satisfaction is repeat and referral business and many customers have built more than one home with D&S. For increased communication between everyone involved in the home building process, D&S Homes implemented an integrated software system that improves the overall efficiency and collaboration with their clients. The IMS platform is an interactive and secure web portal that allow D&S to publish information so their clients can securely monitor the construction progress of their new home, view changes at different stages of construction, keep up to date on their selections, and receive updates from the project managers when needed. As a member of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, the Regina Home Builders’ Association, and the National Home Warranty Program, clients can be assured that D&S Homes strives to ensure client’s ideas and dreams are realized. And once the house is complete and the owner has moved in, D&S Homes is still available should any issues arise.
LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
D&S offers their customers a wide variety of environmentally-friendly products to choose from so they can live in a home they are proud of. Built to meet Energy Star standards and guaranteed through their warranty programs, D&S Homes builds environmentally sound homes that not only reduce the impact of the environment but also cost less to operate. Through training and stringent guidelines, D&S Homes demonstrates leadership in building sustainable housing; they actually know how to build a good house that is environmentally sustainable at an affordable price. Other outstanding accolades over the years include winning the 2008 Masonry Design Award of Excellence for their Singh Residence; an award earned by businesses that provide unfaltering creative vision, skilled execution, and quality building materials.
MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
D&S Homes is currently situated in an impressive 5 subdivisions. Founded in coveted areas, such as Regina, Saskatoon, and Martensville, a D&S Home is never too far from an array of amenities and convenient roadways. Notably one of the largest builders in Saskatchewan, D&S Homes provides customers with a variety of options to choose from. Offering an extensive selection of home designs that include semi-detached townhomes, single family with detached garage, and single family with double attached garages – they are well equipped to accommodate any lifestyle requirement. With a highly affordable price range, starting from the mid 200’s and moving up to the mid-900’s, there is a home plan designed to fit any budget and a dream home is attainable within the means of today’s consumer.
Among D&S Homes’ newest communities is Stonebridge in south-central Saskatoon. Being developed south of Circle Drive (Saskatchewan Highway 16 and 11), this community provides an ideal setting for growing families and offers unparalleled amenities and value. Stonebridge welcomes residents and visitors with low-density, single detached homes with a medium-density apartment and semi-detached dwellings. Stonebridge offers a great location that is minutes from the Stonegate Shopping Centre, spacious parks and schools.
Located in the active and growing community of Martensville is phase VII of Martens Estates. Being crafted by D&S Homes on Stony Crescent and 4th Street South, Martens Estates is one of the newest communities under development. This will be a family-oriented community that provides a safe environment to raise kids and where people can get to know their neighbours. Conveniently located only minutes from Saskatoon, Martens Estates is a great area that offers a small-town feel, but gives you all the amenities of big city living. Home buyers can find a selection of single-family homes with rear detached garages.
Accordingly, D&S Homes has engaged in several outstanding community projects that include purchasing the Greenbryre Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon and the surrounding land where they subdivided into one-half-acre lots, and are building residential walkout homes. The 12 hole golf course is located off Highway 16 on the Boychuk Drive exit and the picturesque landscape speaks to the desirability of the location with a myriad of environmental, economic, social and health benefits to the area. They open up significant green space preservation within a community, protecting wildlife, plant, and wetland habitats. Golf courses provide substantial amounts of oxygen, while helping to cleanse the air and capture significant amounts of carbon, and improves water quality by filtering pollutants that would otherwise have direct access to surface resources. “Greenbryre will be the only 12 hole golf course in Canada with a new and innovative concept. Every single hole is newly designed that will add challenges for both the beginner and the accomplished golfer.” says Slater. “We have also added a state of the art Aqua driving range and the combination of the two will give the sub division something they have never seen before in Saskatoon.” These exclusive estate manor homes combine lifestyle with luxury, and demonstrates the essence of fine living. Greenbryre offers a formal setting of grand design, brick exteriors, and a range of luxurious and elegant customizable features that perfectly blend with the surrounding golf community environment.
Nestled into a natural habitat surrounding, Rock Pointe Estates has something for everyone. Close to amenities, schools and community activities, Rock Pointe Estates is located five minutes east of Regina, and 2.2 kilometers north of Pilot Butte and provides an ideal lifestyle for a growing family. This community, with lots that back onto a spectacular golf course is complete with utilities-to-the-property-line, and all inner roads are bordered with stylish white rail fencing. You can build your dream home in this beautiful rural setting with large acreage lots, including three and a half to five acres.
The Spruce Creek Estates community offers all the perfect amenities for an active lifestyle and is considered a city-like sub division with luxury and style. Located just five minutes east of Regina, this spectacular community features 200 units with half acre to one acre walk-out lots, with a creek flowing throughout the community, toward a centrally located lake. Spruce Creek Estates is complete with utilities-to-property-line, paved streets & street lights, treated water & sewer from Emerald Park, and wrought Iron fencing around Spruce Creek Lake.
As a builder, D&S Homes believes in taking responsibility for the communities they are building. And in speaking with Duane about their numerous partnerships throughout the province, this is a company that operates with a clear vision, not only of building quality homes, but in developing quality communities. D&S Homes proudly partnered with STARS Lottery by presenting their 3,200 sq. ft. three bedroom walkout bungalow valued at over $1.4 million. The state-of-the-art home located at 434 Greenbryne Lane, as part of the newly designed Greenbryre Estate community, embodies a stylish exterior and interior finishes that include a home automation system, polished hardwood flooring and a two sided natural gas fireplace. Initiatives like this speak highly of the values of being loyal and doing what is right for the communities in which they serve. Whether it is time or monetary donations, they do their best to participate and help where they can.
BUILT TO LAST
Moving forward, D&S Homes will continue to invest in its exciting future. While the construction markets in Saskatchewan continue to grow steadily, D&S Homes does not intend to grow by leaps and bounds, but choose to grow organically by suitable increments. This is due to their desire to continue with their hands-on approach, always remaining personally involved in each and every project. “We are excited for things to come, we will continue our focus on the higher end communities with our new Spruce Creek Estates sub division in Regina. We are digging an 11 acre lake where every home backs on to that offers a lifestyle that combines the best of both worlds. Homeowners can sit back and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with peaceful lake views, yet, schools, shopping and major arteries leading downtown and to other areas of the city are just minutes away.” says Slater. “Our team here travels quite a bit, and we are always looking for new ideas and trying something different and I think Saskatchewan is ready for new vibrant developments and communities. D&S Homes will continue to further explore those developments.” With that said, it is clear that expectations have been set high for D&S Homes as it embarks on its next stage of growth in Saskatchewan. But with the right team in place, and a legacy of quality backing up the business, the next stage of growth could be just the beginning.