They say that a parent is the best teacher a child can have, and in some
cases, a child’s early involvement in the family business draws that
child to his lifelong calling.
For John Nicoletti, President of Nicoletti Homes, getting involved in his father’s homebuilding company came naturally. “I started with Milan Homes with my father back in 1989 when I was 13 years old. I’ve always followed him and learned the tricks of the trade from him.” So it’s not surprising that when it came time to build his own company in 2003, Nicoletti drew from his almost two decades of home building experience. Even then, he says, he knew that he wanted to build higher-end, custom designed homes. Today, a signature Nicoletti home is synonymous with luxurious appointments, contemporary flair, premium structural design and innovative technology that identify
it as being an estate home. Nicoletti’s estate homes range in size from 4,000 to 6,000 square-feet and are valued from $1.2 million and up. And while Nicoletti has maintained a low-key approach to his home-building business, very pleased homeowners and word of mouth has ensured his success as a builder. “I’ve built about five custom homes a year since 2003. Mostly the people come and ask me to build their houses,” says Nicoletti. In Calgary, Nicoletti currently builds his custom homes in the estate-only enclave of Aspen Estates, where he has built about 25 custom homes. Aspen Estates, strict architectural controls make it the ideal place to build estate homes, an up-and-coming community often compared to the upscale Mount Royal area. Aspen Estates boasts homes built by a tiny circle of selected builders. Those dreaming of an estate home will soon have the opportunity to see a prototype of a Nicoletti Home in the aforementioned community. “It’s more of a specs/model home where people can see our innovative and contemporary ideas all in 6,000 square-feet of developed space,” says Nicoletti. The builder’s flair for luxurious homes is only limited by a homeowner’s imagination. These homes have all the bells and whistles often only seen in million-dollar homes. From imported granite in the lounges, bathrooms and kitchen countertops, to the extensive use of Italian tiles, exotic woods and KOHLER plumbing fixtures, and separate media theatre rooms with big screens and surround sound. Men often ask for a sports bar atmosphere, while women’s wish lists include high end appliances. And because these are two-storey homes with seven or more rooms, an elevator often provides practical yet luxurious vertical transportation, says Nicoletti. Then there are the small details that set a Nicoletti home apart from the rest whether its flat-painted ceilings, custom wood doors or even cutting-edge designs. He credits his team of veteran trades, contractors and true craftsmen for the superior quality of the homes they have built, and the consistency with which these products are delivered. “I’m lucky that I work with some of the best contractors and tradesmen who have been with us for over 15 years, so they have the necessary experience to build the extensive custom work often required in the homes we build,” says Nicoletti. Nicoletti says it takes thoughtful planning, execution and teamwork between the homeowner, the builder and the trades’ people when it comes to building his homes. “We work with homeowners every step of the way. We take the time to guide them from the moment we stake out the area, to the blueprints and to the final steps of building their home. So it’s not uncommon for us to spend hours with one homeowner.” There is no denying that Nicoletti’s youthful exuberance and flair for contemporary design is seen in the homes he builds, often infusing earth tone colours and clean cut lines that reflect understated elegance and luxury. “I believe that when you take care of the home owner’s needs and deliver consistently what you promised, the rest will follow.” NL