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A Weekend Retreat in Alberta

Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Sonoma Hills timber frame floor plan

As the president of a technologies company in the bustling city of Calgary, Bryan had been dreaming of building a second home where he could easily escape the city and relax during long weekends and holidays. After purchasing land in the scenic town of Olds, an hour outside of Calgary, Bryan began searching for the ideal home design for his weekend retreat.

Bryan had always been interested in the traditional style of timber frame homes. Coming across Riverbend Timber Framing, he was immediately impressed by our unique building system and one-of-a-kind design concepts. Attracted to the dynamic, European style of the Sonoma Hills architectural design (shown above), Bryan contacted Riverbend’s sales manager, Brent Cooper, to get started on his version of the Sonoma Hills.

“When Bryan came to us, he already had his mind set on the Sonoma Hills plan,” said Brent. “With the concept’s extra square footage above the garage and emphasis on outdoor living, Bryan knew he had found the design that spoke to his lifestyle.”

Bryan’s version of Sonoma Hills added a basement, additional bedrooms, and more

Working with his project’s designer, Bryan decided to add a basement to his version of the Sonoma Hills so he could incorporate extra bedrooms, a lower level garage, and specialty spaces like a studio and craft room. In addition, he had the living space above the main level garage turned into an apartment, complete with a kitchen and dining room for guests.

With the design process nearing completion, Bryan is excited to begin the next phase in his project. The manufacturing of his home’s timber frame and the initial start of construction are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014.

For more updates and photos of the progression of Bryan’s second home getaway, visit Riverbend on Facebook.

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