The House That Started it All

Last week we had a chance to take a tour of the home that put Alloy Homes on the map.  Although we'd designed and built a few homes before this one, it was our Library House in South Calgary, built in 2000, that attracted attention across the country. It was ultimately featured in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Avenue Magazine and a host of other publications.

When it first sold in the mid-$500s, it set a record in the area.  No semi-detached home had sold for as much in the neighbourhood.  Times have certainly changed!   

What's great about this home is that its architecture has really withstood the test of time.  Lots of fads and trends have come and gone in 17 years (not least our hairstyles, judging by the original photos) but this home still looks as fresh as if we'd built it yesterday. 

View from the Street. Due to the steep topography of the lot, each unit is accessed from the sidewalk via a bridge.

The Library Tower

Front Yard Landscaping with Dry Stream Bed

Another view of the Library Tower

Tower Detail from the Outside

Side Yard Gables.  These build-outs reflect the position of closet units in the Owners' Suite within.

The view out the Tower Windows.  Note the care taken to align the bookshelves with the window mullions.  A logistical challenge but worth it in the long run!

Rear Courtyard

Front Facade detail

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