Elbow Valley House Exclusive Residential Architecture
DiStefano Architecture Portfolio example of a new custom residential development on new land.
For this home located just outside of the Calgary’s city limits, the owner who is in the concrete industry, wanted to explore some possibilities of using concrete as one of the main building components. The development where the house is situated had a long list of architectural guidelines within which the design had to fit. The main criteria being an arts and crafts style home.
The exterior walls of the lower floor of the house are all cast in place architectural concrete. Numerous test panels were built to verify colour mixture, aggregate sizing and to see what method would work best for exposing the aggregate in the walls. The main floor of the house is clad in a banding of Tyndal stone. At the center of the main floor plan is a large open space with vaulted ceilings, the Great Room, within which lies the dining and living room. Around this are arranged the kitchen with its own breakfast nook, the den, a guest bedroom and the master bedroom suite. The Great room opens to a large balcony at the rear of the house which overlooks the valley. The lower floor features media room, a second guest bedroom, open play area, wine cellar and cold room as well as a secondary kitchen where all the experimental work can be carried out. The two kitchens are connected by an elevator that allows for easy transferring of food between the floors.
"We love our new home. Thank you for designing our home in a way that would fit our lifestyle now and for years to come. We love how it allows us to be a part of our surroundings. Thanks also for helping us to explore the use of concrete in the construction of the house." - Guido and Eleanor