Sandrin Construction Ltd.

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We have added another wonderful, local builder to the Partners page on our website…. Sandrin Construction Ltd. is just wrapping up construction on a residential project that we designed and we must say that their work is spectacular! With a high attention to detail and a desire to make the client happy in a now-functional space, Sandrin Construction executed a fine exterior and interior renovation. At our last site visit, we were blown away by the transformation of the house; instead of outdated and cramped, the new floor plan and finishes create a comfortable space that looks fresh and welcoming. If you’d like to see more of their work, you can find them on our Partners page or you can visit http://www.sandrinconstruction.com/

 

Welcoming Spring and A New Site!

It’s been a long time coming but we’re excited to promote the launch of our new website; Placeworks is fresh, updated, and now compatible with mobile devices. Please check it out for yourselves and we invite you to circulate the link with anyone who may find it interesting or useful. Just follow this link! http://www.placeworksdesign.com/20170323-blog-post

Sorry, everyone!

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We apologize in advance for any inconvenience but tomorrow we will be having our phone system switched from one provider to another. Hopefully it’s a fast and flawless process but if you need to get a hold of someone in the office and you can’t get through via phone, please email us at info@placeworksdesign.com or a personal email if you have one. Thanks again for your patience!

Something Borrowed, Something New

Though merely in framing stage, the Smithbuilt project is attracting attention with its blend of 100+ year old elements and the brand new additions we are creating today, in 2016.  So often we find the old being replaced by the new for monetary reasons, aesthetic reasons, and/or functionality.  At Placeworks, we are enjoying the effort we are putting in to letting the past shine through while we redesign this heritage building. If you share our love for heritage buildings, check out the links below and take a look at some of our favourites in Calgary. In the comment section, let us know which heritage building(s) you admire!

Emily joins placeworks!

A huge welcome to Emily Jepson, who joined us at placeworks three weeks ago.

We’ve been lucky enough to have come to know and dealt with this dynamic designer and personality for the past couple of years while she was part of the LightForm team here in Calgary. Emily brings great design and project skills to placeworks – particularly in interiors and lighting – and is already becoming an important part of our Client’s projects.

Although Emily is a “born and raised” Calgarian, she now calls Cochrane home and spends as much time as possible in the East Kootenay. She attended The Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna for her formal design education, where she also almost by accident, acquired some amazing photography skills.

When you get a chance, please intorduce yourself to this awesome individual!

In summer, thoughts turn to our Homes and what-if’s…

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As schedules slow down a bit over the summer holiday’s, many people start to think about their homes and their relationship with them. If you need some help answering any questions that might arise, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll gladly do what we can.

Most people have not gone through the process of designing and building new homes or significant renovations – the whole idea of it can seem complex, daunting, and a general mind-field. As a means of introduction, we’re happy to help take away a bit of the mystery and hype, and talk with you to help evaluate what might be the best way forward. Your situation is different from anybody else’s – understanding and fitting your needs is paramount.

In return, we hope you get to know us and out of that, perhaps there will be a fit between us. In return, me might ask for a cup of coffee and an open mind.

Don’t think that this approach is only suited to residential work! We think looking at your commercial needs in this manner is just as appropriate.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Happy summer contemplation!

Collaboration and Community – Bridgeland Market

As you know, we’ve been working hard to catch up on documenting some of our more recent projects. At the top of the list is the Bridgeland Market. Here are a few teaser images thanks to Robert Scott Photography!

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Bridgeland Market has been open and a busy and vibrant hub for a couple of years in the incredible Bridgeland community in Calgary. Yousef Treya envisioned a contemporary take on the traditional corner grocery store where high quality goods and produce mixed freely with conversation and friendship. If you haven’t been there, it is a must. The market is an example of just how great Calgary is becoming.

Although Yousef and his family have been been in business in this building and across the street at Tazza Deli since the 1980’s, he downplays how well the market has filled a need for this and the greater neighborhood and his own creativity and acumen in pulling it all together. Placeworks’ involvement was as a part of a rewarding collaboration with him and Shayne McBride who helped nail down the branding and exterior signage.

The project remains one of our most rewarding. Calgary just needs more folks like the Treya’s!

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Smithbilt Hats at the Fletcher Mill Building

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Friday’s Calgary Herald spilled the beans on a project that we’ve been working on for the past while with Calgary’s iconic Smithbilt Hat Company. The longtime manufacturer of the cowboy hats so representative of our City envisions an adaptive re-use of the 100+ year old Fletcher Mills (known to many as Sure-Gain) in Inglewood to be their new home.

Once restored and improved, the Mill will house the manufacturing, retail and community activities of Smithbilt. It will also have a very interesting residential component in the upper levels of the metal-clad, wood-framed agricultural building. The entire project, the vision, and the commitment to a re-use of a historic resource says volumes about the character of Smithbilt and the primary owner Cam Clark.

There have certainly been challenges to move this to reality, but it has been a pleasure for our office to be a part of it. Even if the Herald misidentified me!

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