For nearly 20 years, ReidBuilt Homes has been a major player in Airdrie’s homebuilding scene, arriving just as the city’s growth went into overdrive.
Today, you’ll find ReidBuilt in communities such as Bayside Estates, and, when asked to list other areas in town where the company has built homes, general sales and marketing manager Dave Abbey has to pause to draw breath.
Sagewood, Fairways, Woodside, Stonegate, King’s Heights … we’ve sewn our way into the fabric of Airdrie,” he says.
Established in Edmonton in 1982 when Art Reid launched his business, Abbey says, “out of the back of a station wagon,” ReidBuilt expanded into the Calgary region in 1997, initially building in Airdrie.
“I would say McKee Homes and ourselves were one of the mainstays of the Airdrie building community,” says Abbey. “We have created a strong brand here. Airdrie is very loyal to builders that support the community. It’s a great community and we try to support [it] as much as possible.”
Abbey has seen tremendous growth himself since joining ReidBuilt in 2001 when, he notes, the city had only about 19,000 people. He says the company has worked to keep pace with changing needs.
“We’re building to higher specifications than the average builder,” Abbey says. “We want to make beautiful homes affordable and within reach of all facets, whether from the starter market to semi-estate. Now our brand reaches right from street town [homes] into single-family homes and semi-estate.”
Bayside Estates, in partnership with land developer Genesis, features single-family homes including some lots backing onto the community’s innovative canal system.
Co-area manager Chris Herriman not only sells homes in the community for ReidBuilt, she’s lived in Airdrie for close to 25 years. “I love Airdrie – it has everything Calgary has,” she says. “I discover new things every day, even though I live here!”
With Bayside Estates going strong, ReidBuilt is already looking to the future. Abbey says sales are expected to start next spring in Georgetown at Reunion, where ReidBuilt will team up with developer Slokker West on single-family front-attached garage and laned homes.
Meanwhile, community involvement is also important, especially given that a number of the company’s employees live in Airdrie, and Abbey says ReidBuilt is an active supporter of events such as the Airdrie Pro Rodeo and Airdrie Festival of Lights, as well as organizations such as the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce.