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Traditional Design with Modern Amenities

Posted on Feb 5, 2013
Variation of the Sonoma Hills

Bryan and Lisa wanted to build a traditional timber frame home on their land in the quaint community of Olds, Alberta. With their property facing the Canadian Rockies, the couple hoped to find a company that could create a design that mirrored the natural elements of the land. They also wanted to include energy efficient capabilities and a modern layout that matched their lifestyle. 

Sonoma Hills Design Concept

After browsing through several companies, it was the creative design concepts and customization abilities offered by Riverbend that helped them make their decision. With the help of their in-house Riverbend designer, Bryan and Lisa found the Sonoma Hills to be the plan they had been looking for. The Sonoma Hills is a European Style design concept that includes traditional timbers, architectural flair, and a modern layout. From here, the couple and their M.T.N designer got to work modifying the home’s design.

Sonoma Hills timber frame floor plan
The Sonoma Hills design concept, shown here, inspired Bryan and Lisa’s Alberta home

Sonoma Hills Design Modification

In order to achieve the square footage the couple wanted while still maintaining the overall look of the Sonoma Hills exterior, their designer included a basement in their project scope. With this basement addition, the couple was able to add bedrooms as well as more living space. The above-garage bedroom from the original design concept was adapted, becoming a second master suite with a kitchenette, two bathrooms, and a sitting area.

Energy Efficient Design

As the president of a technologies company in Calgary, Bryan wanted to include energy efficient components to the home’s design in order to create a greener lifestyle for the couple. These energy efficient building materials included Insulspan® Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the roof and walls, smart home wiring for security systems, and home automation. The couple also opted for radiant heat under their hardwood floors for another source of warmth during Canada’s colder months.

Bryan and Lisa are still working with their M.T.N designer to finalize their home’s design. The couple hopes to begin building their custom version of the Sonoma Hills concept later this year.


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