MODERN FRENCH COUNTRY Dream Home Design of The Week

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Tour this luxury home design with us... as we go "behind the scenes".


  • 8,384 sq feet of total living

  • 3,783 square feet on the main floor. Plus 818 square feet of guest wing above the porte cochere. Plus 3,783 square feet in walk out basement

  • 4.5 car attached garage

  • Custom Home Design by Phase One Design

  • Luxury Home Build by Grandscape Homes


The client worked closely with our Calgary home design team to create this unique and stunning custom home design.

This home was designed for newly empty-nesters. They are a lovely couple who had lived in several homes before, and were currently living in a custom-designed home (not designed by us).

They knew what they wanted. There were elements of their previous home designs they wanted to replicate. But there were also things they wanted to change.

Here were a few key criteria for the design:

  • Must be a bungalow

  • Room to display their extensive art collection

  • Loves entertaining. Their home is constantly bustling with family and friends. Gatherings would range in size from an intimate dinner for 4 to events with over 100 people

  • They had a home-based business, so spent a lot of time at home

  • Loved being outside. Loved the forested natural setting of this lot.

  • Loved European architecture, and wanted to infuse European influences throughout the design, yet have the design modernized to today's trends.


The site is nestled in the community of Springbank, in the Muncipal District of Rockyview. It sits in a private new community, Stonewood, approximately 20 minutes west of Calgary. The site is very natural, and has the perfect balance between a forested setting and a 270 degree mountain view.

In my humble opinion, I think this client purchased one of the best lots in the community, as it sits highest in the community, and relative to the other homes (think - unobstructed mountain views!). The below photo shows only a portion of the 270 degree view their lot has... you can just imagine the ENTIRE view!

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One of several views from the property - Luxury home design by Phase One Design

Our design team was engaged early on and assisted in selecting the client's lot. There were several lots which were "shortlisted".

We performed a detailed review to confirm future developments would not block their views, also checking other due diligence items. After a detailed assessment, the final building lot was selected.

The building lot is a natural walk out with a sloped grade. As you'll see later, our team intentionally designed the home to hug the contours of the land, thus saving significant money on retaining walls.


The custom home was designed around the idea of a central piazza, or internal courtyard, inspired by Italian city squares bearing the same name. It was to serve as a central gathering place for friends and family, which was a huge priority for the client.

The courtyard is designed on the central axis of the entire home. You'll notice that the house wraps in a U-shape around this central courtyard. There are many access points from the house into the courtyard.

We designed breezeways which connect each wing, and form the U-shape of the home. The breezeways do double-duty by acting as an art-gallery to display the client's extensive art collection. Dramatic and beautiful ceiling details frame each art piece, and allowing us to properly light each piece.

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Interior Courtyard - Luxury home designed by Phase One Design


The vision was to create a floor plan design that created a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. The courtyard itself features many layers of outdoor living.

We designed pleasantly unexpected "outdoor pockets" (think secret gardens) where you can just hang out and relax with a coffee or glass of wine, and enjoy the mountain view, sunrise, or sunset.

Each one of these "secret gardens" were carefully placed to follow the pattern of the sun, to create an outdoor space for every mood, time of day, and whether you were by yourself or hosting a party of 50 (or more). The varying shapes and sizes of each patio make them very usable.

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