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Trickle Creek De­signer Homes gives per­son­al­ity a face–and she’s lovely!

Frickle Creek De­signer Homes takes a unique ap­proach by giv­ing a face to per­son­al­ity. In­spired by the qual­i­ties of those they know best, they have fondly trans­ferred a feel­ing and a look that speaks to in­di­vid­u­al­ism and the child within.

“About a year ago, my hus­band Michael and I talked about all of our homes hav­ing their own spe­cific per­son­al­ity and thought about our favourite peo­ple—our kids,” re­calls Ni­cole Tew with a grin. The Shelby-lane is a re­flec­tion and the name of their fif­teen-yearold daugh­ter who, she ad­mits, is the per­fect unique blend of quirk­i­ness and con­fi­dence. “She’s also an old soul. We crafted all of these traits into this show home that peo­ple can’t help but love.”

Lo­cated at 2042 – 44th Ave SW in Al­ta­dore, the Shelby-lane hosts a de­light­ful façade that cap­tures a mod­ern French Coun­try am­bi­ence with two-story flows and a loft. Show­cas­ing 3,175 square feet in ad­di­tion to a fin­ished base­ment, its homey in­te­ri­ors are warm and invit­ing with places to re­lax or sim­ply ‘hang out.’ “It’s a fam­ily home that’s also per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent so we added a built-in linen closet, gas lit wall sconces in the kitchen, and lots of win­dow seats. The one in the loft even has a queen-sized bed,” shares Ni­cole.

Lo­cated on a deep yet fairly nar­row 38-footwide lot, they opted to sub­di­vide the orig­i­nal lot, given the high cost of in­ner-city real es­tate, and cre­ated a spa­cious and light-in­fused de­sign with an open and en­gag­ing lay­out. With a de­sire to rep­re­sent French Coun­try fea­tures, a stone wall in the kitchen pro­vides rus­tic char­ac­ter that dis­plays an over-grouted, old-world feel. The stucco-cladded hood fan and fire­place fur­ther cap­ture Mediter­ranean in­flu­ences that con­trib­ute to el­e­ments of time­less ap­peal.

“Our visi­tors love it! It’s funny, when you open a show home you are re­ally putting your­selves out there as peo­ple openly dis­cuss their likes and dis­likes. But when we opened the Shelby-lane, all of the feed­back was in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive and they all just agreed that it if feels like home,” says Ni­cole. “The front en­try was also one of my splurges with an arched, clas­sic look that adds to its cot­tage ap­peal.”

Putting a face to their show homes was a happy and shared col­lab­o­ra­tion of this hus­band and wife team. In­cluded is their eldest son, The Maxwell that is com­pleted, and The Cas­sidy, which is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion also in

Al­ta­dore. “They are all so dif­fer­ent—it’s ex­cit­ing and The Ben­jamin’s in per­mit,” adds Michael.

Vested in es­tab­lish­ing a con­nec­tion from the front yard to the com­mu­nity, Trickle Creek cre­ates vis­ually ap­peal­ing sit­ting ar­eas that en­gage the street. “We wanted a swoop­ing roofline, a stone façade, and curved front door and af­ter that the home came to­gether in a snap!” she ad­mits.

Proud of a team that ‘get’s it,’ Michael and Ni­cole ad­mit to a strict pol­icy of only work­ing with tal­ented, like-minded peo­ple who they would want to have a beer with. The unity and syn­ergy of this group strength­ens an ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­sults that shout, yes! “Our team ex­pe­ri­ence and in­dus­try ex­per­tise is un­par­al­leled. We of­fer more of a concierge ser­vice than a typ­i­cal home­builder and our peo­ple are truly the dif­fer­ence,” af­firms Michael.

Launched in 2006, Trickle Creek De­signer Homes cur­rently fo­cuses on in­ner-city de­vel­op­ments. “It works well for our process be­cause what we do is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, and of­ten­times peo­ple are drawn to these dif­fer­ences given that there can be a lot of sim­i­lar­ity in ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties,” says Ni­cole. “Peo­ple re­spond to our show homes and of­ten­times it’s the start­ing ground for some­thing ex­cep­tional.”

“We walked Shelby-lane through the home when it was fin­ished and it was pretty spe­cial. It was like get­ting reac­quainted again, but on new terms,” re­calls Ni­cole. “I can’t help but feel that when some­one does buy this house they have to be pretty great be­cause they get it.”


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