Family grows with Cranston Master Builder in Black Stone

New community in Leduc offers NHL-sized outdoor skating rink and a pirate-themed play park.

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Kristy Tycholaz is a woman who was moved by what she saw.

It was September of 2017, she and her family left their Summerside home in southwest Edmonton and moved into a brand new duplex in Black Stone in Leduc. Looking for something a bit closer to family and friends, they found a home there that impressed them and more than suited their needs.

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“It was a spec home,” said Tycholaz, of that 2017 duplex. “It was fully done but I was happy with everything. I didn’t even feel the need to change anything.”

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But some four years later, realizing it was time to upsize, Tycholaz would relocate once more though this move was much shorter and perhaps in some ways easier: the family would stay in Black Stone, and they would use the same builder — Cranston Master Builder.

“We decided to move so we could upsize to a bigger home,” said Tycholaz. “Our kids were growing and having friends over and we just really liked the idea of having more space and a bigger yard.”

This time around, they chose Cranston’s Topaz, a two-storey home that comes in at 2,013 square feet and has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. An open-to-above great rooms provides abundant natural light to the main floor while a walk-through pantry connects the mudroom to the kitchen. A main floor den can also work as a home office — the main floor accounts for 897 square feet. Upstairs, the 1,116 square feet also houses an oversized bonus room at the front of the house can that work as an entertainment space or be adapted to other uses. Laundry is also on the second floor.

“The Topaz is one of our most popular models,” said Neet Dhaliwal, Cranston’s president of sales and design. “It’s a well laid out model with lots of natural light.”

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The natural light, large windows and the open-to-above space were just some of the items that drew Tycholaz to the Topaz. There was also, in no particular order, larger baseboards, the upstairs bonus space — perfect for the kids and their activities — the den, which works as a needed home office space, and one of the largest bathtubs Tycholaz has ever seen.

“I trusted them (Cranston) and I really liked the quality of their homes,” said Tycholaz. “So I thought stick with what you know to be a good company and a good product. We liked Black Stone still and the lot that came available had a walkout basement, backed (onto) the pond and it was a great price point.”

With Cranston’s roots as a custom builder, Tycholaz was able to make some changes to the Topaz. For example, she flipped the upstairs bonus room and the third bedroom and put the kids’ activities room in a more central spot.

Above and beyond liking the work Cranston does, Black Stone itself lured Tycholaz and her family in.

There was the fact that when they first bought, it was totally brand new and in its early stages. They preferred its location, near the southwestern edge of Leduc, finding its closer to the amenities they like and use. Further, they found pricing was better than in other communities they considered.

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“I would even build with them again in the future,” said Tycholaz, who plans to stay in her newest home for a good while to come, possibly some 15 years. “They do go above and beyond with some things. I just feel building with them again would be a good experience.”

Custom Touch

Minutes from Leduc’s downtown, Black Stone includes a pirate-themed playground and an NHL-sized outdoor rink.

The 160-acre neighbourhood from Maclab Development and Cameron Communities is just one of a number of subdivisions Cranston is building in. Cranston, which started out after founders Neet and Vic Dhaliwal built their own personal home, has been building in Black Stone since the community launched.

Cranston is building single-family, both front-attached and rear-detached garage homes, in Black Stone as well as duplexes and townhomes. Townhomes start in the low $400,000 range, single-family rear-detached homes begin at about $435,000 and single-family front-attached begin at $475,000.

“We love the community itself and the amenities it provides,” said Neet, about being and staying in Black Stone. “It has really good parks, an outdoor ice rink during winter, and during summer they convert it onto basketball courts and multi-sports.”

As both a master and custom builder, Cranston works with its clients to customize the homes it builds. The last thing Cranston wants, said Neet, is to provide a finished product that is too commonplace. Rather, she said, they offer buyers a few different variations that will give the home a custom look.

“We listen closely to your preferences, ensuring that your home is a genuine reflection of you,” said Neet.

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