The design, building and landscape guidelines for Larch Park emphasize connections — connections between homes, yards, community green spaces and adjacent protected areas. They encourage thinking beyond property lines.
Larch Park is an environmentally intelligent subdivision: a smart division, if you will. LED street-lighting, narrower roads, bio-swales, soil preservation and the Sanctuary are just a few of its unique features.
Larch Park’s homes meet BuiltGreen Gold, LEED for Homes Gold or R2000 with a minimum Energuide rating of 80. Or, they achieve an Energuide rating of 87 with no third-party verification.
Visit-ability adds value by ensuring homes can welcome or accommodate people with temporary or permanent disabilities. It promotes aging in place.
At minimum, a visit-able home has:
- Wider doorways on all main floor doors (a minimum of 32 inches).
- A half bath on the main floor that includes a sink, toilet and the wider doorway.
- At least one zero-step entrance, ideally the main entrance.
Homes in Larch Park have wider main floor doors and half-bath. Many have accessible entrances with no steps.
Larch Park is modelled after Edmonton’s best-loved communities, neighbourhoods of enduring value that:
- mix modern and traditional buildings;
- use local materials used in creative, colourful and innovative ways; and
- feature homes that fit central Alberta’s climate and topography.
While visually different, the Craftsman, Prairie and Capital Modern homes here are surprising similar: they emphasize large windows to capture views and light and are typically asymmetrical. The designs are flexible, so they may respond to the site. This helps ensure homes look like they belong in the surrounding landscape.