Fritz Lake House

Location: Lethbridge, AB

Year: 2018

Status: Complete

Type: Single-Family

Client: Alvin Fritz

Relocating from 7,000 sq. ft. of living space in the 10-acre garden setting of the Norland was an interesting challenge for Alvin Fritz and his wife Karen. Fortuitously, they discovered a mid-century house located on Parkside Drive in the beautiful Henderson Lake neighbourhood when they began searching for their new home. Upon their initial visit, they instantly perceived the potential.

On the east side of the residence, there was a breezeway leading through to the rear yard. Fritz immediately recognized this as an opportunity to expand the footprint of the house, thereby enlarging the kitchen and dining room. Historically, in the 1930s, a bylaw had been created that required an extensive side yard setback. The spacious side yard facilitated floor to ceiling windows that extended around the east corner of the south facade, embracing the ever-changing panorama of Henderson Lake.

The location of the residence is advantageous as perpetual views to the ever-changing visual sonata are always guaranteed. The beautiful new windows to the dining room have an original counterpoint in the pre-existing windows of the living room, also wrapping around the corner of the house to the west, capturing equally exhilarating views to the lake and Nikka Yuko Gardens.

The renovations at 2825 Parkside Drive South have left an indelible impression on the neighbourhood and community.

Absorbing the breezeway into the footprint of the residence required accommodating a garage in the back. This decision was particularly efficacious as it resolved residential parking congestion during the many public events that take place at Henderson Lake Park such as the Dragon Boat Festibal and Canada Day festivities.

The selection of triple-glazed windows and the introduction of a dense Rockwool insulation has ensured that none of the associated music penetrates the Fritz’ home and they remain oblivious to all exterior activities.

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