Grand­scape Homes cre­ates dream home ideals with care, craft, and fully de­fined char­ac­ter.

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builder that tai­lors both look and life­style, cus­tom new builds and ren­o­va­tions achieve new heights with Grand­scape Homes cater­ing to each client’s unique vi­sion of home. “We’ll help you trans­late your de­sires into a beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted mas­ter­piece,” share Tony and Lina Ribecco of Grand­scape, who brings their de­sign to life or can work with your de­signer/ ar­chi­tect to ex­e­cute per­sonal flair with flaw­less con­struc­tion.

Ex­hibit­ing a sprawl­ing ex­panse of grand style and ar­tic­u­lated fea­tures, more than 7,000 square feet over­looks Grand­view Park where over two acres of sculpted land­scap­ing ad­joins the El­bow Val­ley. “The amount of stone and gran­ite used was in­cred­i­ble and even more in­cred­i­ble was that we built the home while they were liv­ing in Dal­las. We still had fre­quent meet­ings, they flew in monthly, and were quite hands-on,” re­calls Lina.

De­sir­ing their fi­nal dream home, the home­own­ers in­ter­viewed sev­eral builders but chose Grand­scape af­ter a care­ful re­view of past work and qual­ity of trades. “We flew down to Texas to re­view what they liked and that’s where the vi­sion started. They are out­doors peo­ple who wanted to be as close to na­ture as pos­si­ble,” adds Lina.

“Grand­scape was very ac­com­mo­dat­ing and hires highly skilled trades, peo­ple who truly are artists,” cites the home­own­ers. “Plus our tal­ented ar­chi­tect was spot-on with trans­lat­ing our vi­sion into the de­sign for this house.” Hav­ing built be­fore and know­ing what they wanted they shared an ex­pe­ri­ence that was per­fected by ex­pe­ri­ence. Re­tired ge­ol­o­gists, the cou­ple de­sired nat­u­ral fin­ishes and a home that would blend seam­lessly within a bu­colic set­ting. “We are down-toearth peo­ple who wanted that con­nec­tion to the land and that in­flu­enced the fin­ishes,” shares the home­own­ers. To keep this con­nec­tion, they brought the ex­te­rior stone in­side to sus­tain a warm and rus­tic el­e­gance. “This house meets all of our needs for ca­sual, at-home en­ter­tain­ing with fam­ily and friends.”

With a main floor mas­ter en­suite and three be­d­rooms down­stairs, the steeply sloped lot af­fords lots of nat­u­ral light with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that cap­tures an in­door/out­door feel of nat­u­ral fin­ishes. “As we plan to be in this home for a long time, it seemed in­tu­itive to in­stall an el­e­va­tor. It cer­tainly made move-in day eas­ier,” re­mark the own­ers.

Work­ing with the lot, the land­scape de­sign cre­atively cul­ti­vates its nat­u­ral form with a lay­out that en­gages its char­ac­ter and views that of­fer fre­quent sight­ings of wildlife. De­signed to be­come an ex­ten­sion and re­flec­tion of its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, there was spe­cial at­ten­tion paid to the views from in­side the house, in­cor­po­rat­ing plant­ing beds

that con­nect the home to its land­scape. “It was im­por­tant that the an­i­mals not feel dis­turbed. Most of the deck and bal­conies face south, pro­vid­ing us with much-ap­pre­ci­ated shel­ter nearly all year round,” ad­mit the own­ers.

Qual­ity was paramount in the build as was the re­la­tion­ship shared. “They threw a party for us and our trades. The own­ers were awe­some to work with,” share Lina and Tony who en­joy op­ti­miz­ing client in­volve­ment at any level. “We worked within their bud­get and our hands-on ap­proach really opened up a line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that kept them cur­rent with their build,” says Lina.

“My favourite room is the sun room. Hav­ing lived in Dal­las and New Or­leans, we love out­door liv­ing ar­eas and hav­ing them flow in­doors. With our Grand­scape home, we suc­cess­fully cre­ated an in­door sun­room. Two sets of Te­soro doors en­able us to bring the out­side in when the weather per­mits, plus the out­door feel is com­ple­mented by two Wolf grills, a hand-hewn edge on the stone coun­ter­top, knotty alder cab­i­nets, a com­fort­able fire­place with low-hearth seat­ing and invit­ing win­dow seats. It’s a bright, cozy, and wel­com­ing space. The room has taken on a life of its own. Even our grand­daugh­ter feels this—it’s her favourite in­door place to play,” say the own­ers.

A builder that em­braces the val­ues of in­tegrity, hon­esty, trans­parency, and hard work, Grand­scape Homes pro­vides not only a stun­ning de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail, they af­ford pre­mium qual­ity, creat­ing and sus­tain­ing value above and be­yond your in­vest­ment.


Sweep­ing plant­ing beds vis­ually cap­ture the ar­eas sur­round­ing the home to the stun­ning ravine, which borders the prop­erty. A wa­ter fea­ture and path­way hugs the nat­u­ral slope down to the walk­out pa­tio. Man­i­toba lime­stone re­tain­ing walls cap­ture spruce, cherry trees, na­tive roses, irises, and lilies.

Pho­tos by Eymeric Widling

Prado Mil­ton Grey paving stone cir­cles the weath­ered iron fire bowl that lights the way for guests amidst a va­ri­ety of trees, shrubs, and peren­ni­als for mixed tex­ture and all sea­son colour. The façade hosts a blend of nat­u­ral sand­stone with Iron Gray Hardi­board and smooth acrylic stucco sur­round­ing metal clad win­dows. Dou­glas Fir gables and trim de­tails com­ple­ment a red balau batu wood deck and stairs that lead to the cus­tom wal­nut front en­try.

Fir beams and fire­place man­tle an­chor style in the great room where cus­tom maple millwork edges nat­u­ral sand­stone that flows to en­gi­neered maple hard­woods in the great room.

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