Jayman Built is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 and kicking off the year with the unveiling this weekend of the latest iteration of its Sapphire model showhome in Legacy Woods.

“The Sapphire is one of our best-selling bungalows,” says Dave Desormeaux, Jayman Built president.

Since its introduction in 1992, there have been 11 versions of the Sapphire and the newest model showcases contemporary elegance designed for entertaining, says Desormeaux.

It also introduces Jayman’s 40th anniversary specifications.
“First, every home with a garage that we build this year will have an electric vehicle 220-watt outlet standard in the garage,” says Desormeaux. “Right now in North America, there are 20 electric vehicles to choose from and by the end of 2021, there will be over 210 electric vehicles to choose from. We’re preparing the homes for the future, when 30 percent of all vehicles on the road are expected to be electric. We’re jumping into the forefront to make sure all of our homes are ready.”

Jayman has also adopted the latest smart home technology, says Desormeaux.

“We’re including in every Jayman home we build, including some of our multi projects, a smart home package as standard,” he says. “It includes a standard Ring video doorbell, Ring video flood light in the backyard, five smart light switches, Ecobee smart thermostat with Alexa voice control, an August pro door lock and an Amazon Alexa and the hub for your kitchen with a touch screen, and the Alexa speaker.

“Our tag line for the smart home technology is live safer, live healthier and live smarter. Jayman has done just about everything we can to a house from a conventional perspective to make it as efficient as possible — 96 percent high-efficiency furnace, triple-pane windows, LED lighting, HRV system, instant hot water on demand — all these have been standard for several years now, plus solar, so to get to the next level of core performance, it really is about leveraging smart technology.”

The kitchen hub with Amazon Alexa is the key.

Jayman Built Sapphire model showhome in Legacy Woods.

“Amazon is the hub we’ve selected and you can say ‘Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights, dim them 50 percent, turn the thermostat up to 23 degrees,’ ” says Desormeaux. “You can see who’s at the front door and talk thorough Alexa to them to see if you want to go to the front door. From a safety perspective, you have a camera at the front of your house with the Ring doorbell and have a Ring video flood light at the back so you can see who’s there. The last piece is the August smart door lock that you can open with or without a key, from your phone, through Alexa.

“These are the core, useful essentials that any home automation system needs and that people will see value in. From there, they can personalize it and add smart tech devices that suit their lifestyles.”

The new technology has been installed in all of Jayman’s 63 showhomes in Alberta.

The 40th anniversary Sapphire previews this weekend at 33 Legacy Woods Circle S.E. from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.