About the Build

An Outstanding View of Downtown Saskatoon

river-view-wide“When our client asked for a simple, beautiful design for their new showpiece home, we found inspiration in the “simpler” time of the imagine 1960’s.

We drew upon mid-century modern influences and designed a distinctive, elegant home with a long, low form and a private interior courtyard.

The structure supporting the front cantilever of the residence is reference/homage to the Kaufmann Desert House and the rich, international architectural style of Richard Neutra.

Response to the character of the homesite was to position the living areas and master bedroom on the front of the property to take advantage of a magnificent view of the river valley.  A private courtyard was created via a narrow 2 story glazed ‘link” that connects the front volume of the house to the rear [the garage, with bedroom areas above].  The magnificent expanse of glass maximizes the riverbank vista, while the courtyard provides the ultimate in private space. Exterior finishes feature walnut-stained wood and zinc/metal panels for one-of-a-kind street appeal.”

“Given the generous 70’ x 120’ lot size, our client decided to build two unique and complementary modern structures, sub-dividing the property and creating a second executive home for sale, with the most outstanding view in the city.”

-Kent Sutherland, KSA Architect Group



Kent Sutherland


Architect, Saskatoon Saskatchewan

1 (306) 717-4965 ksutherland@ksagroup.ca www.ksagroup.ca

Kent established the KSA Group in 2011 incorporating over 20 years of experience managing institutional and private sector work, both as a developer and an architect. His career began in Vancouver on projects ranging from work as the architect for the owners of GM Place [now Rogers Centre] and as a development manager overseeing high-rise tower development along False Creek for Concord Pacific.

Upon returning to his home province of Saskatchewan in 2000 he became a partner of a large fi rm and built a reputation for excellence through his work on such projects as 220 Wall Street [the North American headquarters for K+S Potash Canada]. Kent also gained a reputation for community involvement that includes fundraising for the Mike Weir Golf Tournament and the Mendel Art Gallery / Remai Modern.

Kent is the self appointed captain of his running group GORHODSUTHMARGARJUBE Running Inc. – a group of Saskatoon businessmen who are the slowest runners on the riverbank trails in downtown Saskatoon.


Commercial Grade:

  • The entirety of both homes is commercial grade, with total foundation cost of $375,000 per home.
  • There are 58 piles all together, ranging from 20’ – 60’ deep, 24” wide, with full rebar cages.
  • Foundation walls sit on top of the piles.

High End Flooring & Foundation:

  • Floor will be 6 inches thick , sitting on piles (not soil; average basement sits on soil and is only 4” thick).
  • Homes will have in-floor heat embedded in concrete with 4” insulation for winter comfort.
  • The foundation walls are 12 feet high, with 10″ thick full rebar.


$30,000 Retaining Wall:

  • Steel I-beams are 30 feet deep on right.
  • The walls sit on structural piles with exposed rebar.
  • There are cardboard void forms where footings would normally go to allow for soil/ water to move under the structure so that
    no movement or uplifting will ever occur.

All Steel Frame:

  • All steel columns and I-beam construction, commercial grade.
  • Columns and beams are all tied in to cement nelson studs.
  • The foundation walls are 12 feet high, with 10″ thick full rebar.
  • Allows for extremely solid cantilevers and limited movement.


Additional Construction Details:

  • Primarily 2’ X 8’ walls, again for added strength and increased insulation value (average homes are 2 X 6) LVL headers through-out compared to normal dimensional lumber.
  • All curtain-wall windows floor to ceiling (commercial-grade, similar to art gallery) in all triple-paned glass with low E and anodized finish.
  • Tempered glass railings in interior.
  • Floating stairs, wine room, LED lights with smart home system.
  • Heated garage, quartz countertops, premium appliances including double ovens and coffee system.
  • hardwood floors, private courtyard and roof-top deck for breathtaking views of the Bessborough and downtown Saskatoon.

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