The Valkyries Multi Home Project

Name: The Valkyries
Type: Multi-Family - 4 units
Completed: 2014
Architectural Design: Leith Erikson Architecture
Interior Design:

National SAM's Award Finalist Categories

  • New home award (Multi-family project)

Georgie Award Finalist Categories

  • Best Multi-Family Kitchen, New

#1 New home Finalist (Multi-family project)

Interior: Creative and innovative use of space including architectural detail and form

  • Kitchen and dining areas face south for best natural day lighting and passive solar gains
  • Structural beams exposed to add architectural detail and mountain feel
  • Building oriented east west for passive solar optimization and to take advantage of views north and south
  • Large windows optimize natural day lighting even on a typical overcast day
  • Bright open kitchen with large island allows good circulation, lots of counter and storage and connection to cozy family area
  • Oversized garage as a result of floodplain covenant provides flex space and ample storage for tools and toys

Functionality of floor plan

  • Central stair reduces circulation space optimizing living areas and creating a sense of separation between busy kitchen area and maintaining connection to living dining room space
  • Large entry with spacious storage for busy families
  • Stair well creates separation between bed rooms for privacy
  • Master bedroom located for best mountain views

Environmental considerations including energy efficiency

  • ICF and SIP structure constructed to under 3 ACH
  • High real R values promote energy efficiency, and occupant comfort
  • Low or zero VOC materials used throughout
  • All lighting LED and CFL
  • HRV installed
  • Home rated at Energuide 8?
  • Durable fire resistant fibre cement siding used in a variety of applications
  • All appliances energy star


  • Architectural character, unique attributes including amenities, green space etc, curb appeal, and integration of the project into its setting
  • Design from street gives impression of single family home
  • Individual recessed front entry’s add to sense of privacy and single family feel
  • Large 4 unit townhome fits in well with both single family and multifamily neighbours
  • Each of 4 units has private fenced rear yard with access to upper deck from kitchen
  • Individual balconies facing north and south
  • Large landscaped common green space area at front and rear

#2 - Best Mulit-Family Kitchen, New

Environmental considerations including energy efficiency

  • LED lighting throughout kitchen and sitting room
  • Energy star appliances
  • Gas range
  • Low or zero VOC finishes and materials
  • HRV installed
  • Passive solar orientation for winter heat gain

Functionality of layout

  • Galley kitchen design with large island provides ample counter area and generous storage options
  • Design allows good circulation around work areas for parties and busy families
  • Island sink allows cook to connect with guests and family
  • Space saving wall mounted oven and microwave
  • High output hidden hood fan for clean look and better ventilation
  • Island provides seating for 4
  • Extra soundproofing under laminate flooring
  • Backlit backsplash ensures bright work space

Unique design elements

  • Flush fridge design creates clean functional look
  • Clean upper cabinets align with hidden hood fan. No grasps maintains flush appearance
  • Flush island design
  • Contrast white and wood design cabinets
  • Easy clean frosted glass backsplash
  • Back lit fridge LED lighting
  • Extra deep heavy gauge German made stainless steel sink

Choice of materials

  • Bright durable quartzite counters
  • Slow motion closing drawers and doors
  • Easy clean durable laminate flooring
  • Easy maintenance stainless steel appliances
  • Bright dimmable LED lighting