Before & After: A Typical Suburban Home in Calgary Sloughs Off Its ’70s Hangover

Interior design firm Falken Reynolds finesses a new floor plan, opens the interiors, and applies a fresh material palette for a family fed up with the past.

The exterior was a common sight: that of a classic 1970s-era suburban home with a facade of red brick and beige siding, a garage the most prominent feature. Inside, it had a split-level plan with beige carpeting inset into wood flooring, and a cluttered kitchen was visible from the front door. A mishmash of windows restricted views of the backyard.

Join Dwell+ to Continue

Subscribe to Dwell+ to get everything you already love about Dwell, plus exclusive home tours, video features, how-to guides, access to the Dwell archive, and more. You can cancel at any time.

Try Dwell+ for FREE

Already a Dwell+ subscriber? Sign In

Melissa Dalton
Dwell Contributor
Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


Last Updated