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January 01, 2010

Amazing Graycie

As grand and graceful as it is ‘green’, the Graycie is a triumph for Karoleena Homes

Pepper Rodriguez

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“Green” is in, and if you saw the Graycie, Karoleena Custom Homes’ grand inner city condo, you would want in on this action too, as the fourplex gracefully melds cosmopolitan chic with environmentally sustainable living.

Designed with an edgy, modern style, the Graycie does come with all the bells and whistles — including full home automation systems — but what sets it apart is its total commitment to sustainability.

Geothermal heating and cooling and tankless water heaters are just a few of the pro-environment features that the Graycie offers, as Karoleena Custom Homes cements its reputation as one of Calgary’s ‘green’ inner city builders.

“Our homes are registered with Built Green™ and LEED. We embrace Systems-Built techniques which reduce the overall cost of building and allow us to complete homes in as little as four months,” says Kurt Goodjohn who,  along with his brother Kris, are partners in the company.

“All of our homes are built to our premium level specifications, which include 100 per cent porcelain tile and hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, Kohler fixtures and more.”

The last unit sold just prior to press time, and the fact that the Graycie sold out so soon after its completion, is testament to its strong appeal.

“People saw the advantages the Graycie had, from its terrific location in South Calgary to the obvious style and convenience it offers, and the fact that it is a ‘green’ building, really contributed to its success.”

Units feature American hand-scraped walnut hardwood, quartz countertops, and built-in iPod docks in the master bedroom and main floor. Lower floor units have cedar-sided patios for a more stylish punch.

The Graycie is made up of four two-storey townhomes each with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths with detached garage. It is Calgary’s first inner city Systems-Built home, which doesn’t only have energy efficient, environment-friendly features, but was also built virtually waste-free.

Most of the building was constructed in an environmentally controlled building centre in Manitoba, transported to the project site and assembled there. Materials were never exposed to the elements, and the homes are built to exacting standards producing the most precise results and in greatly reduced time frame. “This is the kind of building environment builders and customers alike have dreamt of for years,” Goodjohn says.

The Geothermal systems incorporated into this particular building provide 400 per cent efficiency for heating and cooling. The units — ranging in size from 1,260 square-feet to 1,460 square-feet — also include full home automation through Control 4 technology with 180-gigabyte central controller, which interface with lights, entertainment centres, power consumption monitors and other home systems.

The Goodjohn brothers also found out that this building system not only helps them achieve the goal of energy-efficiency and sustainability but also is also more readily adaptable in customization and following design influences of customers.

Karoleena Homes hopes to build upwards of 50 such homes per year within a very short period of time and the advantages of the building system will afford the customers the benefit of cost savings through faster build times. “We are actually starting on two three-storey projects in Erlton with units ranging in size from 1,600 square-feet to 2,200 square-feet,” Goodjohn adds. 

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