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CHBA 2024 Award Finalist

We were thrilled to have the Nihilo in Ritchie named as a Finalist in the CHBA Awards of Excellence in the Edmonton Region in one of their Infill categories.

The Nihilo was designed to reconsider how a corner lot in a mature neighbourhood could be utilized given the street exposure and high visibility on three elevations and, ultimately, three outdoor spaces rather than the traditional front and rear yards. Close consideration was given to the southern front exposure where the seven foot architectural projection aides, not only as a grande entrance but also to limits the sun’s ability to penetrate the large primary bedroom windows. The North facing rear exposure has a vast wall of windows with an open to below and wood burning fireplace to remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The west facing elevation is equipped with not only a three season alfresco on the main but a covered second floor patio for our Edmonton sunsets.

Design Solutions

The Nihilo was designed on a 50′ x 130′ lot with the intent to remain well under the site coverage allowance so to utilize several indoor/outdoor spaces on the West side which naturally allows for the one existing neighbour to maintain far more privacy in their yard than traditional infill designs.

Having the third yard allows for dedicated cooking, entertaining and gardening locations suitable for all weather conditions and are thoughtful for our Alberta climate.

Given the high exposure from both the street and avenue, the front, side and rear elevations were all designed to look like what you’d see on a front exposure making the whole home look consistent but unique from every angle. The 35’x22.5′ vaulted triple car garage also lends itself to the home’s architecture and provide yet another space to work, store and play! 


One of the constraints that needed to be overcome on a corner lot was to stay within the 2.5m sideyard requirement where the adjacent Street is. This restricted the home’s width but allowed for a high exposure home office and natural separation between the side yard and rear yard helping to define each space. Also, having engineered outside tall walls reaching heights up to 30′ made for quite the detail to follow during framing. 


Integrating a new home into a mature neighbourhood established in 1955 can be difficult as the architecture surrounding the lot is predominantly post World War II raised bungalows. Without much architecture in the neighbourhood to align with, a new infill inevitably stands out. We feel taking the opportunity on a high exposure lot to provide three tasteful elevations is welcomed by the community. In fact, the first hand support we receive from passerbys has been overwhelmingly positive. The feedback has been an appreciation for an atypical design that is both modern but rustic at the same time 

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