Attainable Architecture

Article by Adrienne Dyer. Photos by Jody Beck.

For Ryan Goodman and his team at ARYZE Developments, this custom design and construction project was experimental in the challenge it presented: to create an architectural home that was financially attainable for a young family.

To achieve those goals, while still adhering to quality construction methods and materials, ARYZE worked to value engineer the home design and concept from lead designer, Atarah Humphreys of Urbana Kitchens, and “stripped down the aesthetic to a simple, energy efficient, healthy home for as little cost as possible.”


That meant focusing on key elements in the kitchen, which features a sleek, modern design with quality custom millwork and the unique floating staircase made of perforated steel. A thin, solid surface countertop and energy-efficient appliances also contribute to the home’s sustainable, modern style. Exposed ceiling beams and concrete floors minimize construction costs, yet add to the home’s youthful, stripped- back appeal that suits the busy family life of the homeowners.

In-floor radiant heating and a heat recovery ventilation system maximize comfort and air quality, while the clean, white palette is visually restful and adds an expansive feel to the open concept on the main floor.

To accommodate frequent visits from extended family, a moveable wall allows the homeowners to convert their den into a private guest suite, maximizing the home’s functionality within the most efficient square footage. The upstairs contains the master bedroom and ensuite, plus two bedrooms connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom for the couple’s young children to share.


Goodman says his company’s strong design focus starts with a client’s wish list, working from there to value engineer a home that is attainable, even within an ambitious budget. The result is an architecturally interesting home that sets the pace for sustainable, comfortable, forward thinking design.