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Traditional Design with Modern Amenities

Posted on Feb 5, 2013
Variation of the Sonoma Hills

Bryan and Lisa wanted a traditional timber frame home on their land in the quaint community of Olds, Alberta. Because their property faced the majestic Canadian Rockies, they hoped to find a company that could design a home reflective of their land. Additionally, they wanted to include energy efficient capabilities and a modern layout that matched their lifestyle. 

Sonoma Hills Design Concept

After researching several companies, the creative design concepts and customization abilities offered by Riverbend helped them make their decision. With the help of their in-house Riverbend architectural designer, Bryan and Lisa found the Sonoma Hills, the perfect plan for them. The Sonoma Hills is a European Style design concept that includes traditional timbers, architectural flair, and a modern layout. From here, the couple and their Riverbend designer got to work modifying the home’s design.

Sonoma Hills timber frame floor plan
The Sonoma Hills design concept, shown here, inspired Bryan and Lisa’s Alberta home

Sonoma Hills Design Modification

In order to achieve the desired square footage, while still maintaining the look of the Sonoma Hills exterior, their designer included a basement in the project scope. With this basement addition, the couple was able to add bedrooms as well as more living space. The above-garage bedroom from the original design concept was also adapted. It became a second master suite with a kitchenette, two bathrooms, and a sitting area.

Energy Efficient Design

As the president of a technologies company in Calgary, Bryan wanted to include modern, energy efficient components to the home’s traditional design in order to create a greener lifestyle for the couple. These energy efficient building materials included Insulspan® Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the roof and walls. In addition, smart home wiring for security systems and home automation were incorporated. The couple also opted for radiant heat under their hardwood floors for another source of warmth during Canada’s colder months.

Bryan and Lisa are still working with their Riverbend designer to finalize their home’s design. The couple hopes to begin building their custom version of the Sonoma Hills concept later this year.

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