Higher Ground

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Ef­fect Home Builders blends solid con­struc­tion with en­vi­able views and stel­lar crafts­man­ship.

Com­bin­ing solid con­struc­tion with en­vi­able views and stel­lar crafts­man­ship, Ef­fect Home Builders pro­duces a home of en­dur­ing and time­less beauty. Build­ing homes that re­flect who you are and how you choose to live, Ef­fect ex­cels at cre­at­ing eco-friendly res­i­dences, en­sur­ing a smarter and health­ier home for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“The client had a dis­tinct vi­sion for their ‘Sky­line’ home,” shares Syd­ney Bond of Ef­fect Home Builders in Ed­mon­ton. The in­ner city lot over­look­ing a ravine pro­vided some dif­fi­culty due to site con­di­tions. “It re­quired ex­ten­sive en­gi­neer­ing, but we were able to build the walk­out home they wanted. With foun­da­tion, walls, roof, and floors made from in­su­lated con­crete forms, fin­ishes in­clude thick coun­ter­tops, quartz win­dowsills, struc­tural steel stringers, solid core doors… it’s a very ro­bust home.”

High per­for­mance win­dows and frame spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude triple-glazed, ar­gon filled, low-e win­dows with at­trac­tive wood framed, tilt/turn ac­cess. Ra­di­ant heat­ing and cool­ing tubes in con­crete floors con­nect to the high ef­fi­ciency boiler/chiller with an equally ef­fi­cient air ex­change sys­tem. So­lar elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tion pro­vides over 14,000 kwh of elec­tric­ity per year, re­sult­ing in an En­er­guide rat­ing that con­firms it will use only 30% of the re­quired en­ergy to op­er­ate a sim­i­lar home us­ing in­dus­try stan­dards.

Ef­fect Home Builders are prob­lem solvers who cre­ate solutions for you to live the way you want to live—in a beau­ti­ful, en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient home. “We of­fer cus­tom homes that are equipped with re­new­able en­ergy and Net Zero tech­nol­ogy, al­low­ing your new home to give as good as it gets,” states Bond.

The open floor plan af­fords large gath­er­ing ar­eas for fam­ily and friends. Host­ing 7,000 square feet with a de­vel­oped base­ment, this two-story home places bed­rooms up­stairs where the chil­dren’s wing is sep­a­rated from the master bed­room suite. “The main floor opens to views of the ravine as do the bed­rooms,” adds Bond.

Us­ing Van­tage Au­to­ma­tion, the sys­tem in­te­grates and con­trols light­ing, mo­tor­ized blinds, HVAC, and se­cu­rity/cam­eras, all ac­ces­si­ble through touch­screens, key­pads, tablets, and smart­phones. A con­cealed, drop-down screen and pro­jec­tor in the great room fur­ther pro­vides the op­tion of big en­ter­tain­ment at a touch of a but­ton.

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Tyler Dixon of Di­a­logue, Dixon ex­plains that a lot of the vi­sion stemmed from its location. “It was a great op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on views. Al­most ev­ery room has ac­cess to rear bal­conies on the first and sec­ond floors and of course you have the pa­tio at walk­out. The client wanted a mod­ern de­sign with sub­stan­tial pres­ence that lead to room scale and fea­tures such as over­sized doors, thicker stair treads, and the like. They wanted their home to em­anate a feel of solid per­ma­nence,” shares Dixon.

De­sir­ing clas­sic fin­ishes se­lected for their neu­tral and time­less beauty, the re­sult was a dé­cor of nat­u­ral charms with rich wood grains bal­anced by stone and tile. In the base­ment the dé­cor is con­sis­tently rep­re­sented, fea­tur­ing a home of­fice, gym, visitor’s suite, lounge area, and bar. “They wanted some­thing that would last for them­selves and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and would re­veal the im­por­tance of de­sign in their lives,” ad­mits Dixon.

Pa­cific Ash­ler nat­u­ral stone cor­ners from the out­side in, sur­fac­ing lin­ear fire­place fea­tures. Con­sis­tent millwork clads the wall where a mounted flat screen, speak­ers, and con­cealed, drop down 135-inch screen pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment in the great room.

The large shower of the master en­suite hosts cur­b­less ap­peal with bench seat­ing and a clere­storey win­dow for nat­u­ral light. The free­stand­ing bath is en­hanced with floor­mounted, stain­less steel faucets op­po­site the float­ing, dual van­ity of con­sis­tent styling.

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