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Calgary, Alberta

(403) 923-2996

Home renovation company and general contractor specializing in full service design-build renovations of residential and commercial buildings and new construction of commercial and residential buildings. Our expertise lies in renovating homes and commercial spaces into well-designed, high quality, energy efficient modern spaces

 

 

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A Calgary a full-service renovation company and general contractor specializing in design, the turnkey commercial renovations, full home renovations, custom homes and additions.  Check out our website for tip and ideas.

 

Midcentury Bungalow Remodel with a Modern Twist We Love

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Midcentury modern has been a very popular style as it offers a simple yet elegant mix of space and character that suits modern, eco-friendly living. Many bungalows build in 50s and 60s carry many elements of the style, therefore, a renovation to with a modern twist.

Here is a great example of a midcentury bungalow remodel with a modern twist we love "San Carlos Mid-Century Rescue" by Klopf Architecture:

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Cabins - Rethinking Eco-Friendly Building and Renovating of Small Footprint Houses

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Smaller footprint houses such as mountain cabins can provide valuable lessons in eco-friendly design, construction innovation, and eco-friendly materials. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this selection of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale home design. Most of the projects prove that that small-scale efficiency, as well as beautiful, thoughtful design, can overcome the apparent constraints of a small footprint.

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Reduce the Use of Energy Through Passive Building Design

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Over the years we became increasingly interested in new building construction, home renovations and retrofits that consume less energy by adopting many "passive" building techniques. The huge benefit of this approach in building construction is a substantial reduction in energy used, exponentially friendlier buildings to the environment and overall healthier living environment for people.

Here is the list of the passive design techniques that will greatly cut the energy consumption and reduce building environmental footprint.

 

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Reference Guide for Residential Renovation Budget

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Residential renovation and construction budget: Many potential clients call us asking about a rough renovation budget. Unfortunately, unless we are able to conduct a site visit to better understand a renovation scope, there are no easy and fast answers. Each project is completely different which makes very difficult to create a reliable shortcut to cost estimation /budgeting of any renovation projec

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Basement Transformed into Home Theatre, Entertainment Room and More...

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We have recently completed a professionally designed multi-purpose home theatre room that can also serve as an entertainment room, playroom and family room. To find out more read our post:

 

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Home Renovation Expenses - Accessibility Tax Credit (2016)

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Home Renovations Tax Credit 2016

We have recently received many inquiries about home renovations tax credits and we have good news! 

The 2015 federal budget introduced a new home accessibility tax credit to help seniors, disabled Canadians and their families pay for certain home renovations, but it doesn't go into effect until 2016. So now is good time to start planning for 2016.

For more information visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2015/qa04-eng.html

Here are some great examples of renovations to improve accessibility and mobility:

Wheelchair Lift - Multilift | Savaria

Wheelchair Lift - by Savaria

Platform Lift by Savaria

Platform Lift by Savaria

Wheelchair Lift - V-1504 Vertical Platform by Savaria

Harmony Home Projects Inc. services Calgary and Calgary surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a design /build renovation company for residential and commercial projects give us a call at (403) 923-2996 to discuss your next project.

Resources and Photo Credits:

Photos: http://www.houzz.com

 

The Essence Of Well Designed Buildings - Buildings That Fit Within a Place and Time

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Well-designed buildings, in commercial and residential architecture, are well integrated with its site and use design approach that promote coherence between a building and its natural surroundings. Thus a building and its setting become one unified composition.

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Garage Transformed Into Studio, Workshop and More

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Garages are loaded with an untapped potential and can become more than a space to hide the junk. With relatively small budget, diligent planning and a few simple steps, any garage can be transformed to a very useful and pleasant workshop space that can also add value to your property.

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Achieving Energy Efficient Design in Home Renovations and New Construction

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Energy conservation achieved through energy efficient home design it is now becoming a higher priority on many homeowners' agendas. The reason is simple: energy efficient design reduces the running and maintenance cost of the house (or a commercial space).  Thus we are noticing a growing interest among our clients in home renovations that can improve not only the aesthetics and comfort, but also the energy efficiency of their dwellings and commercial or public spaces.

Achieving this goal does not have to be overly complex and can be achieved by:

  • High performance, simple and efficient building envelope (simplified building geometry to minimize thermal bridges, insulation and U-values, minimize north glazing)  
  • Passive solar heating, natural ventilation and passive cooling
  • Natural daylighting
  • Renewable and non-toxic interior materials and finishes
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Advanced geothermal systems
  • Radiant heating
  • Heat recovery ventilation
  • Low energy lighting & appliances
  • Water conserving appliances & fixtures

Following are some fantastic examples of the applied energy efficient home design that can be adopted in renovations and new constructions:

Harmony Home Projects Inc. services Calgary and Calgary surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a design /build renovation company give us a call at (403) 923-2996 to discuss your next project.

Resources and Photo Credits:

Photos: http://www.houzz.com

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The Greenest Home by Julie Torres Moskovitz

Inspired Eclectic and Organic Style of Pacific Northwest

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We recently completed a trip through Canadian Pacific Coast  (mainly inland British Columbia and Vancouver Island). During our trip we searched for an interesting architecture than can serve as an inspiration and a reference for future projects. 

With its lush forests, rugged coast and long rainy season, the Pacific coast has developed a style that is informal, organic, rustic and above all eclectic. 

Here, we noticed overlapping elements of architecture: 

  • Design as a tribute to nature makes use of an open floor plan and native materials--both significant elements of early regional Modernism 
  • The decor often reveals nuances of Japanese design or Scandinavian design
  • Clean-lines, light, natural materials, and neutral tones combined with bright colours

While the styles vary, sensitivity to the environment and a desire to accentuate the natural beauty of the region lie at the heart of almost every design 

We love this style here are some photos. Enjoy!

Natural, rustic architecture

Natural, rustic architecture

Natural, eclectic, architectural elements 

Natural, eclectic, architectural elements 

This restaurant was built from salvaged materials

This restaurant was built from salvaged materials

The exterior also incorporated salvaged materials and artwork

The exterior also incorporated salvaged materials and artwork

Wonderfully eclectic entryway - all materials and artwork salvaged

Wonderfully eclectic entryway - all materials and artwork salvaged

Future italian restaurant - also is build from salvaged materials and artwork

Future italian restaurant - also is build from salvaged materials and artwork

Use of native materials and artwork

Use of native materials and artwork

Design as a tribute to nature

Design as a tribute to nature

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Vivid colours in Pacific Northwest architecture

Vivid colours in Pacific Northwest architecture

Banff Town Hall - example of natural materials, and neutral tones combined with bright colours

Banff Town Hall - example of natural materials, and neutral tones combined with bright colours



Sustainable Design in Renovations and Construction

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Sustainability doesn’t have to be a buzzword. By implementing well thought out design strategies in commercial and residential design and construction, we can make very meaningful, earth friendly, and resource efficient improvements that will also contribute to much healthier living environment and more efficient maintenance practices. The greatest sustainability gains can be achieved through well planned design even before the construction begins.

Sustainable design provides authentic, sensual and tactile experience that is grounded in what is real - what we experience through our senses.  As such, sustainable design is less focus on abstract, instead it  references cultural history, natural world, diversity in colours and textures, simplicity and honesty.

In addition to engaging traditional sustainability tactics such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and the use of healthy materials, the following are key to sustainable design approach:

  1. Resource efficiency - a fundamental strategy for resource-efficient building is to build less square footage, use smaller quantities of materials and design the smallest footprint possible
  2. Source reduction - use of materials that reduces the amount of toxicity of garbage generated and overall waste disposal
  3. Low impact building materials by reducing use of nonrenewable natural materials, materials reuse, recycling
  4. Rapidly renewable materials with harvest cycle of 10 years or less 
  5. Climate-specific construction materials, regional products, consider life-cycle cost
  6. Durable and timeless design

Here are example of some inspiring projects that adhere to sustainable design principles:

The reception and mountain cafe by Harmony Home Projects

The reception and mountain cafe by Harmony Home Projects

The sustainable design features includes: opening of walls, changes to layout to maximize the use of daylight and to reduce energy consumption,  LED lighting, use local materials and natural finishing, to achieve durable, simple, low maintenance and timeless design.

The project received LEED Platinum/Net Zero certification and features high performance air-to-air heat exchangers; photovoltaic panels for electricity; solar thermal panels for hot water; ultra low flow/dual flush fixtures for water conservation; LED lighting; radiant heating; and IPE rain screen siding.

The sustainable features include: open floor plan to maximize natural light, clerestory windows, natural, simple elements, and timeless design.

Sustainability feature: constructing a green roof that you can potentially intercept a major portion of the storm water runoff before it gets to the impervious areas on your site. It also lessens the load on other sustainable systems you may be using, like rain gardens and permeable paving.

Resources and Photo Credits:

Photos: http://www.houzz.com

Sustainable Residential Interiors By Stelmack, Annette