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Architectural Styles for Your Southern Alberta Home

As a custom home builder in Southern Alberta, we recognize that the choice of architectural style is a significant decision in the creation of your dream home. The rich tapestry of landscapes, from the rugged Rocky Mountains to the rolling prairies, offers a canvas for a diverse range of architectural styles. In this blog, we’ll explore various architectural styles and their suitability for Southern Alberta, helping you make an informed choice for your custom home.

Mountain Chalet

Characteristics: The mountain chalet style is inspired by the alpine homes of the Rocky Mountains. It often features steeply pitched roofs, exposed wood beams, and stone accents. Large windows take advantage of mountain views. Check out our Crowsnest Pass Cabin here for inspiration!

Suitability: Ideal for homes in the mountainous regions of Southern Alberta, this style harmonizes with the natural surroundings, offering a warm and cozy retreat.

Prairie Modern

Characteristics: Prairie modern style combines clean lines, flat or low-pitched roofs, and an emphasis on horizontal elements. It often features large windows to capture the expansive prairie views. Check out this Bungalow here for inspiration!

Suitability: This style suits the open landscapes of Southern Alberta, providing a contemporary look that complements the region’s vast prairies and big skies.

Western Ranch

Characteristics: The Western ranch style is characterized by low, single-story designs, wide eaves, and a mix of materials, including wood and stone. It evokes a sense of rustic comfort.

Suitability: Suited to Southern Alberta’s rural areas, the Western ranch style offers a warm and inviting aesthetic that reflects the region’s Western heritage.

Victorian Revival

Characteristics: Victorian homes are known for their intricate details, gabled roofs, and ornate facades. They often feature decorative trim and elaborate porches.

Suitability: While less common in Southern Alberta, Victorian revival homes can be a unique choice for those who appreciate the intricate architectural details of this style.

Contemporary Urban

Characteristics: Contemporary urban homes often feature flat roofs, geometric shapes, and minimalist design. They are well-suited to urban areas and offer a modern, sophisticated look.

Suitability: This style works well in Southern Alberta’s cities and towns, where it can complement the modern urban surroundings.

Craftsman Bungalow

Characteristics: Craftsman bungalows are known for their low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, and handcrafted details like exposed rafters and decorative brackets. Check out this North side Bungalow for inspiration!

Suitability: This style can be adapted to both urban and rural settings in Southern Alberta, offering a timeless and classic look.


Choosing the right architectural style for your custom home in Southern Alberta is a very personal decision. It should reflect your preferences, lifestyle, and the specific environment in which your home will be located. Our team at Bezooyen Contracting is here to help you explore these architectural styles and make an informed choice that ensures your dream home not only harmonizes with its surroundings but also encapsulates your unique vision and needs. From the rugged mountains to the open prairies, Southern Alberta offers a canvas for architectural creativity, and we’re here to help you bring your dream home to life!

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