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Sar­tori Cus­tom Homes brings a bright pal­ette, pops of colour, and sparkle to a jewel box dé­cor.

Clean lines, a bright pal­ette, pops of colour, and sparkle pro­vide a jewel box dé­cor, mak­ing in­no­va­tive and qual­ity fea­tures al­most seem over the top. Much like fash­ion, home style and ac­ces­sories tell a story of how taste and pref­er­ences re­veal who we are.

“It’s a place that fits my per­son­al­ity,” ad­mits the home­owner whose vi­sion aptly re­flects a vi­brant and cre­ative na­ture—one that ul­ti­mately se­lected all fin­ishes in the home. “I wanted a mod­ern home that mir­rored my style and the spirit of the com­mu­nity.”

De­signed by Trent Letwiniuk of In­er­tia Cor­po­ra­tion, he wanted to evolve his client’s vi­sion by max­i­miz­ing light flows and Cal­gary down­town views from the third story bonus room. Open lay­outs cap­ture main floor flows where a dra­matic stair­case spans four levels, chan­nel­ing light through its un­ob­structed de­sign. “We placed the stair­case at the front of the home with its gen­er­ous, tall win­dows so that liv­ing ar­eas would not feel on dis­play,” shares Trent.

Built by Sar­tori Cus­tom Homes, Dan Sar­tori was flat­tered when the client was de­lighted by his own home, strik­ing an im­me­di­ate stylis­tic bond. “It’s a mod­ern fam­ily home in ev­ery sense, with bed­rooms on the sec­ond floor, a great lounge area on the third level, and in-floor in­su­la­tion that dou­bles as a sound bar­rier,” shares Dan.

Host­ing ap­prox­i­mately 3,200 square feet on the first three levels, all south-fac­ing views cap­ture the lights of the city. An equally de­sir­able fea­ture is an un­der­ground tun­nel that car­ries from the base­ment to the three-car rear garage. “That has been the ab­so­lutely best part of the house this win­ter,” agrees the home­owner.

“The tun­nel was a bit of chal­lenge with wa­ter proof­ing and proper in­su­la­tion needed for a sub­ter­ranean pas­sage,” adds Dan, not­ing that build­ing a three-story home on an in­ner city lot can be chal­leng­ing in it­self. A smart home of ease and func­tion, HVAC, se­cu­rity, mu­sic/video, and light­ing are all in­te­grated and con­trolled via wall panel and re­mote ac­cess.

“My en­suite is my sanc­tu­ary,” the home­owner ad­mits. “Heated floors and the steam shower give me a great start to my day. Plus my stair­case is dra­matic—it’s al­most like a piece of sculp­ture with the daz­zling light fix­ture that drops through its cen­tre.”

Per­haps it’s the Sar­tori dif­fer­ence, a qual­ity of crafts­man­ship in a se­lect num­ber of projects that es­ca­lates de­sign to the next level. For over forty years, Dan Sar­tori has taken his fa­thers core prin­ci­ples of high stan­dards, per­sonal ser­vice, and an ef­fi­cient and in­ter­ac­tive build to pro­vide the so­phis­ti­cated home­owner with what they need to achieve their dreams.

“We work hard to es­tab­lish mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships with our trades­men, many of whom we have teamed with for over twenty years,” says Dan. “These part­ner­ships help make us who are and as­sist us in pro­vid­ing the high­est level of qual­ity prod­uct.”

On task and on bud­get, each Sar­tori build is guided by a well-de­fined con­struc­tion sched­ule to en­sure that your move-in date is a pri­or­ity. “We be­lieve in pro­vid­ing for our client’s needs, in us­ing the high­est grades of con­struc­tion and fin­ish ma­te­ri­als, and that no de­tail is a mi­nor de­tail,” con­cludes Dan Sar­tori.

“The end re­sult went be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions and I am very happy,” con­fides the home­owner. “It was such a smooth process. Dan of­fered great guid­ance and I asked for his opin­ion con­stantly, tak­ing his rec­om­men­da­tions, which I am very glad I did.”

“I started in cus­tom home build­ing as a youth, where they let me help out on job sites,” re­calls Scott Lawrie with a grin. “I be­came an ap­pren­tice and started my own tile com­pany in 1999. Buy­ing my first house at 18, I ren­o­vated it then went across the street to do it again and got a taste for it.”

Work­ing his way through the ranks with var­i­ous builders, Scott learned what he needed to ap­ply to his own projects. Scott ad­mits, “I wore a lot of hats and worked my way up these past twenty years.” Ul­ti­mately he launched Exco Con­tract­ing that of­fers full ser­vice ren­o­va­tion and landscaping ser­vices with mi­nor devel­op­ment in South­ern Alberta.

Re­cently ex­pand­ing to pro­vide high qual­ity new builds, he and his wife Dani cre­ated Creek Stone Fine Homes and work as a team to pro­vide the syn­ergy that en­sures smooth oper­a­tions within an ef­fi­cient, stress-free en­vi­ron­ment. “We are a bou­tique home builder, build­ing only a few homes a year so that our clients feel com­fort­able, con­fi­dent and have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the process, in­clud­ing full trans­parency in the bud­get,” states Lawrie. “Build­ing for the first time one faces a learn­ing curve, and given the ed­u­ca­tion we of­fer with the changes in the home war­ranty pro­gram, ser­vice is the key is­sue.”

With an es­tab­lished base of re­li­able trades, Creek Stone Fine Homes cre­ated a home that would re­flect and en­hance its en­vi­ron­ment on the pas­toral set­ting of an Oko­toks acreage. “We de­signed the home our­selves with all use­able space that is fam­ily friendly, very open, and hosts a large kitchen,” con­tin­ues Lawrie. This walk­out home favours un­ob­structed moun­tain views at the rear of the home en­hanced by gen­er­ous bal­cony and pa­tio ar­eas and an out­door kitchen that backs onto a nat­u­ral re­serve.

The home of­fers 4,000 square feet on two de­vel­oped levels plus a 1,550-square-foot, three-car garage with am­ple workspace. “It’s de­tails that make a home ex­cep­tional and you need to fig­ure that out all in ad­vance in or­der to get that cal­i­bre of home

that’s on time and on bud­get,” ad­mits Lawrie. “We want to make sure that the vi­sion is fully ad­dressed.”

This Crafts­man home ex­hibits a time­less dé­cor with low main­te­nance, high-end fin­ishes suit­able for a busy, young fam­ily. Creek Stone joined with Stanchuk De­sign, an Oko­toks/cal­gary based in­te­rior de­sign firm that spe­cial­izes in full-ser­vice, res­i­den­tial in­te­ri­ors. “Since 2003 I have of­fered my clients ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in as­sist­ing them from con­cept to oc­cu­pancy. Lis­ten­ing to Scott and Dani’s life­style needs, I de­vel­oped a co­he­sive de­sign that would em­brace causal, time­less el­e­gance,” shares An­drea Stanchuk, who has spent the last ten years ser­vic­ing the Ed­mon­ton and Cal­gary cus­tom home mar­kets.

“The home was very much in­flu­enced by the moun­tains, which were used as a back­drop,” adds Stanchuk. Show­cas­ing a tran­si­tional Prairie style dé­cor, its clean, clas­sic lines do much to en­hance wow fac­tor with in­trigu­ing style and eye-catch­ing fea­tures. “Rather than suc­cumb to a more ref­er­enced alpine style home that would also com­ple­ment the area, we achieved a warm, tran­si­tional home where com­fort and fetch­ing de­tails and fin­ishes ad­dress both life­style and a pic­turesque set­ting.”

Pho­tos by Brian Buch­st­druecker

A gleam­ing ex­am­ple of com­ple­men­tary fin­ishes de­fines open kitchen charms with No­volato quartz cladding cab­i­netry and is­land fea­tures with a wa­ter­fall edge and lower-level break­fast bar. High gloss, white acrylic cab­i­nets of­fer soft-close drawer con­structi

Pro­vid­ing evening at­mos­phere, the pow­der room fea­tures a float­ing mir­ror with LED back light­ing il­lu­mi­nat­ing its sand­blasted glass frame. A char­coal van­ity hosts a high gloss, acrylic fin­ish that sup­ports Me­tali­cus gran­ite coun­ter­top and chrome fix­tures.

With views and ac­cess to the rear courtyard be­yond, the great room hosts a lin­ear fire­place that re­veals An­gola black gran­ite and a river rock fire bed.


A cedar, bar­rel-vaulted ceil­ing edges a com­bi­na­tion of per­ma­nent and mo­tor­ized screens to pro­tect from the el­e­ments. Faux barn board deck­ing of­fers rus­tic ap­peal. An oc­tagon-shaped, re­cessed ceil­ing hosts LED rib­bon light­ing and crown mould­ings above a 12

A com­pelling, pie-shaped is­land dom­i­nates kitchen flows with quartz coun­ter­tops and well-rounded ap­peal. Host­ing an apron sink, dish­washer, mi­crowave drawer, and re­cy­cling cen­tre, it fur­ther cap­tures mul­ti­ple draw­ers and cab­i­nets. Fea­tur­ing a dual-tone ki

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