Saskatchewan natives and designers Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona couldn’t believe their luck when they nabbed a penthouse at coveted No. 1 River Landing in downtown Saskatoon — the condo development completely sold out the first weekend of sales. “We always dreamed of living in a high-rise,” says Curtis, “but Saskatoon is such a small city.” Situated along the bank of the South Saskatchewan River with views of the intricate bridge system that lends Saskatoon the moniker “Paris of the Prairies,” the residential tower is part of the River Landing development that has helped inject new life and energy into the riverfront.
In 2016, after purchasing during preconstruction, the two principal designers of Atmosphere Interior Design spent the next three years working with the developers’ construction team to customize their dream home. “We didn’t want to go through the process of picking from the builder’s finishes only to turn around and renovate, so we negotiated to use our own trades and finishes,” says Trevor. “It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Curtis. Challenges did come up: “We had to redesign the cabinets a bunch of times and create different diagrams to make sure we could fit slabs, counters and even the furniture in the elevator,” he adds.