Bearspaw Es­cape

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West Ridge Fine Homes en­gages mod­ern rus­tic de­sign that boldly im­prints its own style.

Find­ing in­spi­ra­tion ev­ery­where they build, West Ridge Fine Homes brings unique spirit and orig­i­nal­ity to qual­ity cus­tom homes. Well­crafted and ex­tremely cap­ti­vat­ing in its ap­peal, mod­ern rus­tic in­flu­ences boldly im­print their own im­itable style in the pris­tine set­ting of Sil­ver­horn.

Known for their per­sonal builder concierge ser­vice and an aver­sion to bland repli­ca­tion, West Ridge Fine Homes cre­ates cur­rent abodes that mir­ror and of­ten em­bel­lish the life­style, taste, and dis­tinc­tive vi­sion of their clients. Not one to cut cor­ners, West Ridge prefers to use the best prod­ucts avail­able that will en­hance su­perb home de­signs.

“We fo­cus on pro­vid­ing an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for our home­own­ers at any bud­get, from de­sign to many years past war­ranty. Our bond with our clients is a last­ing one,” af­firms owner Marc Le­houil­lier, who is cur­rently a pre­ferred builder in Sil­ver­horn and Green­haven Es­tates in Oko­toks.

Their show home in Sil­ver­horn re­flects this highly fo­cused phi­los­o­phy that was ini­tially in­spired by a ski chalet in Vale, Colorado. “We thought it would fit in quite well in Cal­gary and Sil­ver­horn es­pe­cially. We care­fully re­viewed what the ma­jor­ity of fam­i­lies pre­fer in Bearspaw and de­ter­mined it was about free­dom and choice,” adds Marc.

Se­cur­ing the talents of El­ler­godt De­sign, the home pushes de­sign lim­its, while tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the unique Bearspaw land­scape with a gen­er­ous lot that backs onto a ravine and the won­ders of Sil­ver­horn’s nat­u­ral habi­tat. “Marc sug­gested a moun­tain theme and I quickly agreed. There are many ex­am­ples of tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture in Cal­gary, yet mod­ern con­tem­po­rary styles more eas­ily al­lows one to show­case unique and in­ter­est­ing fea­tures,” shares Brent El­ler­godt.

Stone, warm wood, and metal el­e­ments blend with shed rooflines and gen­er­ous glaz­ing with daz­zling re­sults. Cre­ated with fam­ily and en­ter­tain­ment in mind, the open floor plan also hosts pri­vate ar­eas with a med­i­ta­tion room, home theatre, lofted bonus room, and a full gym that min­gles with large, open spa­ces. Dual masters and two ad­di­tional bed­rooms in the base­ment pro­vide a com­fort­able and lux­u­ri­ous home for a fam­ily with older chil­dren or fre­quent guests. “Vis­i­tors def­i­nitely stay in com­fort with a full wet bar, home theatre, and sec­ond laun­dry,” ad­mits Marc.

Show­cas­ing the in­te­rior de­sign talents of Lind­say O Cre­ative, she guided a mod­ern, rus­tic ap­proach with re­fined lines, clean con­trasts, and warm el­e­ments. “It’s a bold new space with bold punches of colour, “de­scribes Lind­say.

Fea­tur­ing 3,300 square feet on main and lofted ar­eas, the home hosts an ad­di­tional 1,500-square-foot base­ment on a two-acre lot. At the rear, the bank slopes down to a pri­vate pond with views of rolling hills to en­hance neigh­bor­hood charms. Large, triple-glazed win­dows em­brace in­te­ri­ors with vis­ually stun­ning views be­yond. The high­ef­fi­ciency fur­nace adds sav­ings with a boiler warm­ing base­ment and garage sur­faces.

A smart home of ease and con­ve­nience, the Cre­stron Pyng sys­tem in­te­grates home func­tion, con­trol­ling the lights, shades, HVAC, se­cu­rity, door locks, fire­place, and au­dio/video for the en­tire home. Viewed and ac­ti­vated re­motely or through the touch screen on the main floor, it fur­ther man­ages re­mote en­try and front door sur­veil­lance.

“Vis­i­tors to our show home love its unique de­sign and how big the house feels, given a mod­est foot­print that pro­motes en­ergy sav­ings,” says Marc. “They are drawn to its open­ness and how re­fresh­ing the dé­cor is. Plus, there is not one flat ceil­ing above ground.” Sloped or vaulted to form in­ter­est and cre­ate room def­i­ni­tion, the home is any­thing but cookie-cut­ter in look, feel, and func­tion.

Mod­ern Moun­tain ex­te­ri­ors are en­hanced by kayu batu ex­otic wood that clads the con­tours of the façade with cedar, triple-garage doors, and Black Pearl ledge stone.

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