Artist’s rendering of a kitchen at Ross on Eighth, by Clic Lifestyles.
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Tyler Milnthorp and his partners at Clic Lifestyles formed their company with the modest ambition of changing the home-building industry.Their first project is a four-unit condo called Ross on Eighth, currently taking shape on 8th Avenue in the mature Rosscarrock community south of Bow Trail and west of Westbrook Mall.“We’re literally coming into the industry with the full intention to change how homes are built,” Milnthorp declares, with an enthusiasm that’s hard to resist.Ross on Eighth is a small start, but it definitely breaks the mould. It’s a modular project, with sections prefabricated at a plant in Bow Island and trucked to the construction site. It’s also primarily solar powered, with solar panels built into the shared garage, so as not to become ungainly appendages on the homes, themselves. Milnthorp says homeowners will share equally in the solar-generated power and receive individual bills for any additional power they draw from the grid.Milnthorp, a realtor, “serial entrepreneur” and son of a framer, says the idea for Clic Lifestyles was born when he struck up a conversation with Marc Lehouillier, owner of West Ridge Fine Homes. “We both had very similar views on the future of home building,” Milnthorp recalls. They partnered with experienced Calgary architect Brent Ellergodt to make their vision a reality.“Clic was born from our shared experiences,” Milnthorp says. “Efficiencies in homebuilding haven’t changed since the 1940s, but demand is rising and prices are skyrocketing.”
Artist’s rendering of the exterior of Ross on Eighth, by Clic Lifestyles.
Clic aims to change the equation by making modular homes cool — and more efficient than traditional stick-built homes.An example of this efficiency is the building schedule. The concrete foundation for Ross on Eighth stands waiting, modules are slated to arrive at the site Feb. 28 and Milnthorp says homes will be ready for occupancy by March 25.Modules make construction fast but he assures prospective buyers that prefab also provides superior quality. While stick-built homes have outside walls of chipboard backed by insulation and drywall, he points out that modular design calls for chipboard, insulation, a second layer of chipboard and a final layer of drywall. This he says, makes them stand up better to Calgary’s wildly fluctuating climate.Ross on Eighth condos are all 1,155 square feet, two-bedroom and two-and-a-half bath designs, with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, plus a powder room on the first floor and two bedrooms above. Each bedroom has an ensuite bath and the master has a walk-in closet. Each unit has a 430-square-foot basement that can be finished as an upgrade, with bedroom, rec room, storage area and full bath.Kitchens have Fisher & Paykel appliances, quartz counters, plus Panasonic microwave and Faber Stilo hood fan. Prices start in the mid-$500,000s.Milnthorp says the low-maintenance condo lifestyle and inner-city location are intended to appeal to downsizers and millennials, with quick Bow Trail access to downtown amenities, a CTrain station, schools, shopping and Shaganappi Golf Course.