Welcome to our inaugural “Month in Review” post — a summary of what we’ve been up to at Alloy, and a look ahead to some of our upcoming projects.
Under Construction and Completed
Elbow Park House
These last couple of months have been busy but rewarding. Over the winter we completed our most recent home in Elbow Park, which includes a rooftop terrace and some really interesting flood-proofing strategies that we’ll detail in a future blog post.
Hounsfield Heights House
We’ve also been putting finishing touches on our new Hounsfield Heights home. Interiors are just about done and we’re just waiting for the frost to come out of the ground to complete the final landscaping. Check out the views from the roof deck, and the extensive photovoltaic solar array on the south facing roof. We anticipate that this home will be a net producer of electricity — that is, it’ll generate more than it uses on an annual basis. We live in the sunniest city in Canada so let’s leverage it any way we can.
Kensington Laneway Houses
Meanwhile, down the hill in Kensington, work continues apace on an innovative multi-generational custom home that features a laneway suite connected to the primary home via an underground passageway. We always imagined that there’d be a downtown view from the upper levels of this home but even so, the views from the owners’s suite just blew us away. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to enjoy this view while we work! The entire project has been wrapped in insulated orange tarps for the last couple of months so we could complete the exterior cladding.
Check out the time lapse video of the tarp removal at the bottom of the post!
And finally on the new build front, check out the amazing automobile workshop and display area we’ve been customizing for one of our recent clients. We’ll have more on this one after it’s been completed.
With spring around the corner, we’re gearing up for the coming construction season. The design and detailing is done, permits are in hand, and we’re about to commence site prep on our Summer 2017 building projects.
New Roxboro House
First on the agenda is a dramatic new custom home on a beautiful corner lot in Roxboro. Like our recently-completed Elbow Park home, this one’s also near the Elbow River so we’ve designed the home to be flood-resistant from the ground up. Stay tuned for details in a future blog post.
On the north side, we’ve got two imminent construction starts.
Our Renfrew project is situated on a unique lot that’s actually a parallelogram. We used the shape of the lot to our advantage and designed a skewed floor plate that allows us to take advantage of streetscape views at the front, and creates a naturally protected courtyard in the back.
Mount Pleasant House 8
Further west, we’re about to commence construction work on yet another custom home in Mount Pleasant (this will be our 8th project in the Confederation Park area). Situated on a gorgeous tree-lined avenue, this home is designed for indoor-outdoor living with all of the primary living spaces opening up to a sunny south back yard.
And up in Edmonton, we just received development permit approval on a spectacular ravine house in Grosvenor.
We’ll be posting updates to our social media feeds as construction progresses. Stay tuned!
Alloy in the Press
This past month our Kensington home and laneway suite were highlighted in a Calgary Real Estate Board feature on the growing popularity of laneway housing as an alternative to traditional urban accommodation options.
Also this month, we were interviewed for an Avenue magazine feature on kitchen renovations. We’ll update the blog as soon as the article is published.
In other news…
It’s been an outstanding month for Alloy on the awards circuit. We’ve been selected as a finalist for three BILD Calgary SAM awards and five CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence!
BILD Calgary SAMs:
- Best Renovation (Without Addition)
- Best Renovation (With Addition)
- Best Kitchen Renovation Under $90k
CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence:
- Best New Build - Attached 1500sf+ - Kensington Townhouse
- Best New Build - Detached 3500-6000sf - Garden House
- Best Renovation under $50k - Bridgeland Reno
- Best Renovation over $1m - Ridge House
- Best Web Site
We love the fact that the short-listed projects include homes at absolute opposite ends of the budget spectrum, which proves to us that regardless of construction budget, it’s the attention to design and detail that makes our projects stand out.
It’s worth noting that this year’s CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence saw a record number of entries, and in the face of this stiff competition, Alloy Homes was selected as a finalist for every home that we entered!