Alloy Homes creates a Treetops retreat

A custom built contemporary home in Kensington in a canopy of lush treetops.

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Patty Duddridge-Rygert always knew she wanted to build her forever home in the vibrant inner city community of Kensington.

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“I just love the area—the trees and the quiet; it’s got this really great vibe. Plus, I can walk to everything—the grocery store, my bank, the river, and there are so many great trails,” she says.

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The community is located in northwest Calgary, north of the Bow River and downtown Calgary.

She also knew she wanted to build a contemporary style home, one that was low maintenance and full of thoughtful features that would allow her to age gracefully in her place – features such as an elevator that ran from the lower level to the third level – a loft for the owners floors, with the possibility of Stop at every floor along the way. She explains that although she currently only uses it as a freight elevator, the goal was to provide a stopping gap should her health or mobility deteriorate over the coming decades.

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She had already downsized considerably, moving from a large family home in Edgemont, where she raised her children, to an apartment downtown, so she was ready for a fresh start. Wanting to build a new home with a garden (growing things and playing in the soil is one of her greatest joys) was top of mind.

So, when a 38-foot plot of land came on the market on a curving, leafy street in Kensington, I jumped on it, made an offer and took possession of it in November of 2019.

“The house needed a lot of work. It was definitely demolishing, which made the decision easier,” says Riegert, who brought the design-build team at Alloy Homes to collaborate on the custom new build project. She fell in love with one of the company’s signature contemporary custom designs. In the northwest of the city.

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The goal was to create an urban oasis, a home designed to maximize the potential of its narrow urban site.

“We really wanted to pay attention to the context in which we were building,” says Christopher Lemke of Alloy Homes.

The site was bedecked with an ancient river bed, so the team had to consider the unstable gravel soil base, and with the neighbor’s house set only six inches from the property line, the excavation standards were restricted to mitigate collapse, which affected the entire environment. home design.

“We didn’t want to have any neighbors’ foundation issues while we were excavating, so we pulled a five-foot setback on the south side of the property instead of four and cantilever on the second floor.”

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The resulting three-story design features a contemporary, flat-roofed aesthetic with plenty of vertical and horizontal elements and dynamic mass. Despite its modern sheen, this is a home that blends well with the street’s historic elements.

“The crowd matches the two-story designs on the street. It’s accessible, it has a human element, and it feels good to be right next to it,” says Lemke. The 3,000-square-foot home was named a finalist in both the BILD Calgary Region Awards and the BILD Awards. CHBA National for Excellence in Housing.

Riegert, who is retired, wanted to create a retreat-like feel — she’s passionate about yoga and enjoys spending time at home. The main floor features an open layout with a 17-foot entrance foyer flanked by a custom wood-carved staircase on one side and a wood-wall screen and hand-carved mid-century steel and iron on the other. The screen is a nod to a similar feature in her childhood home, Rigert says, and was designed along with the entryway to set the home’s tone. “I wanted a clean look, but with a lot of warmth and texture. The idea is that as soon as you walk through the front door, everything opens up to tell a story.”

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The open plan main floor features an elegant kitchen at the front of the house with a glass countertop wall that overlooks the front yard and allows Riegert to interact at street level.

“The window really turns out to be a backslash,” says Rigert, who had very clear ideas about how she wanted the kitchen to look. She opted for Fisher & Paykel and Miele integrated appliances, and with the help of the interior design team at Alykhan Velji Designs, chose a stunning 2-inch-thick slab of granite for the island, while pairing it with white quartz. countertop.

“Granite is a show stopper. We all fell in love with it,” says Ali Velji of Alykhan Velji Designs. “The warm colors and angular patterns in the stone work perfectly in the home. The island, with its rolling edges and waterfall, needed something that would be dramatic.”

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Granite is making a major comeback, Felgy notes, especially now that it’s available in more abstract patterns.

“I love using natural stone in the home; it just adds such a luxury factor,” he says.

The kitchen flows into the dining room which extends into the family room, a private and more secluded space at the back of the house. The entire back of the house is a retractable glass wall which opens onto an enclosed garden.

The main floor is designed to be contiguous with the second level, which houses two guest bedrooms and bathrooms, the yoga studio, and Riegert’s office.

Upstairs the entire third floor, accessed via a separate staircase, is for the owner’s private retreat, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sliding glass door that extends to a private rooftop deck in a canopy of 100 plus year old trees.

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Each space is peppered with antiques and family heirlooms, as well as cutting-edge mid-century modern designs, like the custom walnut table and chairs in the dining room, designed by Mobius.

“The key for us was making sure all of the client’s pieces worked seamlessly together, while also creating a timeless, curated appeal,” says Velji.

Throughout the home, thoughtful details abound—all doors are customized with grooved detailing. Custom shelves in the living room with built-in mood lighting add to the home’s warm and welcoming vibe.

“There are incredible moments in this house, because we all had such a passion to make it perfect,” says Velgy.

Rigert, who moved in at the end of October 2021, would agree.

“I love this house. I have everything I want, and it’s a very magical place,” she says.

the details

Builder and designer: alloy homes

interior design: Alikhan choose designs

social communication: Kensington

Homepage: Treetops, a modern three-story, 2,970-square-foot, custom-designed home with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, stylish kitchen, enclosed rear garden, and third-floor loft owners suite with private deck among the treetops.


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