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Alair Homes ex­udes rus­tic char­ac­ter with in­no­va­tive fea­tures, fin­ishes, and hill top charm.

Ahome of soar­ing at­trac­tions nes­tles at the top of its acreage lot, host­ing a prom­i­nent façade and wide ap­peal. A com­pelling com­bi­na­tion of in­no­va­tion and rus­tic fea­tures, it ex­udes an ambience that re­flects the set­ting, richly ac­cented with per­sonal charm and ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship.

“The phi­los­o­phy be­hind Alair Homes is that we pro­vide true trans­parency and value through step-by-step plan­ning and pric­ing that sup­ports a smooth build with no surprises,” states Paul Mc­gav­i­gan, part­ner of Alair Homes in Ed­mon­ton. Winner, three con­sec­u­tive years in a row, of Ren­o­va­tion of the Year over $500,000, they have also have been nom­i­nated for sev­eral CHBA Awards of Ex­cel­lence that in­clude in-fills, full cus­tom new builds, and their trade­mark ren­o­va­tions.

“Peo­ple know us as a premiere ren­o­va­tor and this home show­cases our cus­tom new build abil­i­ties,” shares Mc­gav­i­gan. Keep­ing the ex- ist­ing foot­print saved money and the orig­i­nal home was hap­pily re­lo­cated, pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact at a profit. Ex­hibit­ing all of the mod­ern up­dates one would hope for within a unique, rus­tic dé­cor, the de­sign re­flects its bu­colic set­ting in Sher­wood Park.

Host­ing 5,000 square feet on three lev­els, down­stairs the home of­fers am­ple room for ca­sual en­ter­tain­ments with a games area, ded­i­cated home theatre, and a full wet bar. A din­ing hall dom­i­nates the east por­tion of the main floor with an open con­cept kitchen and great room that of­fers floor-to-ceil­ing views that draws the out­doors in.

“After we pushed out the east side of the foun­da­tion we were left with a steep grade to the creek which runs front to back. The 3.5 acre lot is orig­i­nally steep and climbs to the pin­na­cle home­stead which pro­vided some chal­lenges but ul­ti­mately fea­tures a great hill­top home,” ex­plains Mc­gav­i­gan.

With the help of Chan­tal Ross In­te­rior De­sign and Con­sult­ing, she states, “The home is very much the clients’ taste with wood through­out, some bling, and is very much a wel­com­ing fam­ily home.” Eclec­tic in style, the mod­ern en­suite con­veys a dra­matic state­ment in con­trast with the barn board wall fea­ture in the master bed­room that was re­claimed from an un­cle’s fam­ily farm. “The mix of mod­ern with rus­tic fea­tures af­fords a ca­sual ele­gance,” shares Ross. “There are some re­ally fab­u­lous de­tails that have tex­ture and cre­ates in­ter­est.”

Hol­low beam de­tails and the teak root sink in the pow­der room of­fers orig­i­nal and unique ap­peal with each piece se­lected for its beauty. The home­owner worked with Alair Homes to achieve a lodge-feel that would com­ple­ment a love of the out­doors and the set­ting. “I wanted it to be func­tional with all us­able spa­ces and was on-site ev­ery day. Alair al­lowed us to be in­ti­mae with the process, they al­lowed that in­ter­ac­tion and had good sug­ges­tions that in­cluded their in-house car­pen­try and trades,” shares the home­owner. Also able to ac­com­mo­dat­ing changes dur­ing the build, the client was pleased that his home turned out even bet­ter than ex­pected. “It may ap­pear some­what im­pos­ing from the front, but in­side the home hosts a lot of warmth.”

Spe­cial care was taken dur­ing con­struc­tion to en­sure an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home with spray foam in­su­la­tion used in the full at­tic and cov­ered deck ar­eas to boost over­all per­for­mance. Triple-pane, ar­gon-filled, low-e win­dows cou­ple with and an EIFS sys­tem for more even sea­sonal tem­per­a­tures and sav­ings.

“I think our com­mit­ment to the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence sets us apart. We are a na­tional brand with over 80 of­fices, yet we pro­vide a boutique ser­vice,” claims Mc­gav­i­gan. “With front and back el­e­va­tions that con­vey the dual ambience of grand style and warm func­tion, this home has 100 per cent the stamp of the home­owner.”

A spe­cial thanks to the fol­low­ing sup­pli­ers:

Ur­ban Gran­ite

Durabuilt Win­dows & Doors

Over­head Doors

Imasco Stucco

World Floor Cov­er­ings

Spin­dle Fac­tory

Al­berta Whole­sale Fire­places

Park Light­ing

The Cabi­net Guy

West­wood Fine Cab­i­netry

Coast Whole­sale Ap­pli­ances

Top Shelf Clos­ets and Glass

The Wood Beam Com­pany

I-XL Ma­sonry

Boss De­sign

Hand-scraped, wide-plank, en­gi­neered oak hard­woods an­chors main floor flows and pro­vides a warm back­drop to pre­mium kitchen fea­tures. Patag­o­nia gran­ite hosts a mitred block edge on the is­land that al­lowed for full LED panel place­ment be­neath the main slab

Photos by Merle Prosof­sky

The vaulted ceil­ing fea­tures a cen­tral beam in the master bed­room that dis­plays orig­i­nal barn board wall cladding and a solid con­crete man­tle. A full-height back­splash in Me­tal­li­cus, leather-look gran­ite adorns the maple bar in a Cof­fee Bean stain with fl

A hand-crafted Par­oda din­ing room table steals cen­tre stage with a maple bev­er­age cen­tre in Gaunt­let Grey that houses a dou­ble wine fridge, float­ing shelves, and wine rack fea­tures.

Warmed, large-for­mat mar­ble tile floors com­ple­ment smooth styling in the master en­suite where it clads walls and the bath sur­round with seam­less charm. Match­ing quartz coun­ter­tops and chrome fix­tures add shine to a bright dé­cor. Views­cale win­dows with mun

A stel­lar façade of hand­some fea­ture and fin­ish, alu­minum pow­der coated garage doors align with smart board trim and Dou­glas fir beam de­tails. A com­ple­men­tary blend of smooth acrylic stucco and Banff Springs Cliff stone adds solid warmth.

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