Working in the Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan areas of Alberta, Impact Homes delivers a quality, tailored home.
AS A FLEXIBLE HOMEBUILDER ABLE TO MIX STYLES AND PLANS, Impact Homes’ leadership feels the company strikes the perfect balance.
“Because we’re not a custom homebuilder but have many plans to choose from, we’re right in the middle,” says Ray Rodier, Impact Homes’ president and CEO. “That gives our clients more choices.”
With about 30 or 40 new homes built annually, the homebuilder approaches each project with quality construction as the goal – and a smooth process for buyers who select premium fixtures and finishes.
Rodier says he maintains a hands-on approach.
“We are known for the quality of our builds,” he says. “Everybody knows me. I’m the owner, and I meet all the clients.”
Clients can expect a transparent process – with clearly set budgets and clear communication every step of the way.
“We don’t hide behind anything,” Rodier says. “Our approach is to be very open and honest. All of our pricing is on par with other builders in Edmonton. We don’t believe in hidden costs, and everything is up front.”
Founded in 2006, Impact Homes has grown through word-of-mouth referrals. It also recently has teamed up with another group of companies.
“That gives us better buying power, and we can give that back to the homeowner,” Rodier says. “It can be tough when you’re a small builder starting out. Land is hard to find. Trades don’t give you builder prices. Now that we teamed up with [this group] in the past few years, it’s made a difference in what we can offer homeowners.”
Sense of Space
With options for bungalows and two-story homes with detached or attached garages, Impact Homes is known for plans that offer a sense of openness, from layout to details.
“It’s all about keeping the house open and to make it feel bigger,” Rodier says. That can mean changes like using railing instead of sub walls or offering kitchen cabinets on an island – nothing is boxed in and rooms are open and accessible.
“Our clients, we find, prefer that look,” Rodier says. “From the first meeting with clients, they’ll go through one of our many plans. We’ve done everything from moving walls around to adding bathrooms on the main floor with full soaker tubs – pretty much, you name it, and we can do it.
“With plans predrawn, it speeds up the process and keeps the client moving in the right direction and working in their budget,” Rodier adds.
The company currently has offerings in four desirable communities: McConachie, the Village at Griesbach, South Pointe and Laurel Crossing. McConachie is the newest, a development in Edmonton with homes surrounded by new parks, a new playground and a new school. A grocery store is on the way there, too.
Village at Griesbach in north Edmonton offers beautiful character homes in an “urban village” design. The community features four lakes, a 24-acre central park, a children’s playground and a K-9 school in an appealing district. It’s also close to shopping and recreation destinations.
The Great Outdoors
With more of a small-town feel – but near city amenities and conveniences – South- Pointe in Fort Saskatchewan is a 30-minute drive from Edmonton and Sherwood Park. The community offers over 400 hectares of parks, indoor and outdoor arenas, and golf courses – as well as walking and hiking trails and its own river valley. A new K-9 school is to open in that community this year.
Laurel Crossing combines affordable living with nearby amenities and thoughtfully developed green space. Located in south Edmonton, the tasteful community has everything families need, from access to three schools to an established recreation facility nearby.
The company looks for locations where families can enjoy homes that are close to schools and conveniences, with developers who will be putting in parks and ponds and sticking close to nature, Rodier says.
“We don’t believe in going out and stripping everything down, putting roads in and leaving a bare field,” he says. “We want to see them keep the big trees and the rolling hills.”
Homes are designed to take advantage of scenic outdoor spaces, too.
“We design our plans with nice, big decks on the front of the house and the back,” Rodier says. “They have spacious yards. In Edmonton, we don’t get a whole lot of summer, so when we do, we’re outside all the time.”
Down the Road
With steady growth and happy clients, Impact Homes is poised to continue excelling in its market, Rodier says.
The hope is to maintain that controlled trajectory, he says.
“Our vision is, we’ll go up to about 50 to 70 houses a year and cap it off,” he says. “We want to get bigger, but also don’t want to sacrifice the quality.”