Nat­u­ral Won­der

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Stonegate De­sign Build cor­ners cre­ativ­ity with im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and qual­ity crafts­man­ship.

AEuro­pean tra­di­tional de­sign with Crafts­man roots speaks elo­quently to clas­sic el­e­gance with last­ing ap­peal. Nes­tled in an es­tab­lished in­nercity neigh­bor­hood in Leth­bridge, Stonegate De­sign Build cor­ners cre­ativ­ity with im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and qual­ity crafts­man­ship.

Rec­og­niz­ing the need to down­size from a much larger home, this sat­is­fied cou­ple was thrilled that they chose Stonegate to help them create their for­ever home. This su­perbly crafted home is a tes­ta­ment to cus­tom qual­ity. “Our pas­sion is de­sign­ing and build­ing dis­tinc­tive cus­tom homes, which, along with con­sis­tent client sat­is­fac­tion, are the hall­marks of our com­pany phi­los­o­phy,” shares Matt De­weert, pres­i­dent of StoneGate De­sign Build Inc.

To­gether with wife Na­dine, they have been build­ing cus­tom homes for over fif­teen years in Leth­bridge and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, launch­ing Stonegate in 2010. “I de­sign many of the homes and Na­dine works with in­te­rior de­sign and sourc­ing the dé­cor,” says Matt, adding that Mcdow­ell & As­so­ci­ates of Cal­gary de­signed this par­tic­u­lar home. “We had a strong di­rec­tion and went from there.”

An en­gag­ing façade from all an­gles, the home fits elo­quently within its es­tab­lished neigh­bor­hood that hosts many orig­i­nal homes of qual­ity and tra­di­tional char­ac­ter. The orig­i­nal home was razed and the gen­er­ous, yet nar­row cor­ner lot al­lowed for abun­dant light flows and the op­por­tu­nity for cre­ative land­scap­ing. Host­ing 2,500 square feet on the main floor, this walk­out bun­ga­low fea­tures a fin­ished base­ment and mul­ti­ple at­trac­tions within a de­sir­able land­scape.

“One of the main goals of the de­sign was match­ing the curb ap­peal from the front of the home with the street side,” says De­weert, not­ing the ex­tra cre­ative ef­fort it took to en­hance both an­gles that would com­ple­ment the neigh­bor­hood. “We had a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship with our well-in­formed clients and a mu­tual re­spect for each oth­ers abil­i­ties and strengths.”

“Our pre­vi­ous home was old-world style and this was a huge shift in both look and or­na­men­ta­tion,” share the home­own­ers of a decor that is both bright and warm with calm­ing wood fin­ishes that is very invit­ing at en­try. Host­ing clean lines and a so­phis­ti­ca­tion all its own, its light pal­ette pro­vides an al­lur­ing con­trast with wood fin­ishes and

hand­crafted fur­ni­ture. The lay­out de­picts clas­sic func­tion with a wide side hall­way and con­nect­ing in­te­rior rooms that fea­ture in­ti­macy and ge­nial flows.

“I met Stonegate at one of their show homes, liked their work­man­ship, and thought that they were the ones that could deal with me,” grins the lady of the house. “I have had the plea­sure of build­ing four homes and rec­og­nize true qual­ity when I see it,” she adds of the two-year build, which she found fun and re­ward­ing. “We didn’t have to rush and that al­lowed us to not only get what we wanted, but to feel con­fi­dent in our unique choices. The ex­change of ideas was ter­rific, plus Matt can re­ally draw and that re­ally helped us flesh out some con­cepts. I feel that the end re­sult was even bet­ter than our ini­tial vi­sion.”

De­sir­ing a home that would be cozy yet large enough for en­ter­tain­ing and in­di­vid­ual space, they add,” I think it has proved it­self. It has a ter­rific lay­out that works for all oc­ca­sions.” The com­mu­nity it­self also plays a part with its gra­cious, park-like views that can be en­joyed from out­side or within.

At Stonegate De­sign Build, their ex­per­tise and guid­ance through the process al­lows the ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing your own cus­tom home to be al­most as en­joy­able as liv­ing there. “Our great­est re­ward is the recog­ni­tion we re­ceive from a sat­is­fied client who loves their home,” con­cludes De­weert.

A spe­cial thanks to the fol­low­ing sup­pli­ers:

Adora Kitchens & Cab­i­netry IJC Cop­per­smithing Jack­son Ma­sonry Brock White Maple Ridge Floors Ko­diak Heat­ing The En­suite De­sign Light­ing Bella Pi­etra Pre­miere Wood­work­ing Lo Gullo In­dus­tries Her­man’s Car­pets Baker Ap­pli­ances Nor­man­deau In­te­ri­ors Stone Se­lec­tion Kiwi Iron South­ern Al­berta Rock Gar­dens Coun­try Blooms Gar­den Cen­tre Qual­ity Fin­ish Inc. Loewen Win­dows

Pho­tos by Mike Hey­wood

A de­light­ful blend of sub­lime ar­chi­tec­ture and gra­cious land­scap­ing de­liv­ers a stel­lar ex­te­rior of solid ap­peal and work­man­ship. The side fence is stag­gered at in­cline, em­brac­ing the home that max­i­mizes its well-ap­pointed, in­ner-city lot. Steep roof pitches, pro­lific stone, and ta­pered pil­lars cap­ture an orig­i­nal vi­sion of time­less ap­peal.

Bright base­ment flows dis­play con­tin­u­ous warm fin­ishes with porce­lain tile host­ing a metal­lic shine on the fire­place sur­round that is bor­dered by quar­ter-sawn white oak man­tles on the Mil­wau­kee lime­stone clad fire­place. The room en­joys ac­cess to the pa­tio and its thought­fully planned ar­eas for re­lax­ation and added en­joy­ment.

Quar­ter-sawn white oak de­fines this Mis­sion style stair­case with built-in wine draw­ers be­neath and as­cend­ing wain­scot­ing. A large-scale, opaque glass win­dow pro­vides soft sun­light.

Large-for­mat, porce­lain tile an­chors the mas­ter en­suite where molded-edge mar­ble coun­ter­tops with black iron pulls fea­ture fur­ni­ture-style toe kicks. Dual, back­lit mir­rors and solid core in­te­rior doors cap­ture com­pre­hen­sive qual­ity.

The mas­ter bed­room en­joys plush ny­lon car­pet­ing in a light yet sooth­ing dé­cor with dual, maple built-ins and a match­ing bed frame with added drawer func­tion.

Quar­ter-sawn white oak cab­i­nets fea­ture a milky white painted fin­ish with a cool brown stain that sup­port mar­ble coun­ter­tops and com­ple­ment a crack­led, porce­lain sub­way tile back­splash. Adding dra­matic con­trast, a stain­less steel hood fan with black­ened and ham­mered stain­less trim de­tails and a brushed stain­less liner con­trib­utes bal­ance to the kitchen that hosts a farm­ers sink with pol­ished nickel faucets.

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