Feb 8, 2024

Case Study: Creating Family Memories in Fairmont Hot Springs

Client Profile

Inspired to forge lasting family memories, a couple from Calgary embarked on a journey to build a small cabin for their family.

Project Location

Fairmont Hot Springs, a picturesque destination known for its natural beauty and tranquility, provided the ideal setting for the family’s retreat.

Project Overview

The project involved a comprehensive custom build, commencing with a mere napkin drawing and an empty lot. The clients enlisted the services of AXM for an end-to-end solution, from design conceptualization to obtaining building permits and executing the entire construction process. The focus was on achieving a fully functional exterior, with the interior ready for the final touches.

Services Provided by AXM

AXM seamlessly integrated various services into the project, showcasing their versatility in construction. The scope of services encompasses design, administrative tasks related to building permits, excavation, foundation construction, framing, roofing, siding, window and door installation, rough landscaping, rough-in for mechanical systems, air barrier installation, vapour barrier installation, insulation, drywall, primer painting, septic system installation, and the creation of custom interior railings. Additionally, the project featured the installation of a wood stove for warmth and ambiance.

Challenges Faced

While the build progressed remarkably well, the initial phase involved navigating through significant amounts of paperwork. The bureaucratic hurdles were successfully overcome, ensuring a smooth transition from planning to execution.


The project timeline unfolded over a period of four months dedicated to paperwork and approvals. Once the building permit was secured, the construction progressed efficiently, reaching substantial completion within four months. This timely delivery showcased AXM’s commitment to adhering to schedules and meeting client expectations.

Additional Points

Sustainable Practices: AXM integrated eco-friendly practices where feasible, contributing to the environmental consciousness of the project.

Collaboration: Effective communication and collaboration with the clients were maintained throughout the project, ensuring their vision was translated into reality.

Quality Assurance: The project adhered to rigorous standards, resulting in a cabin designed for aesthetic appeal, longevity, and durability.


The collaborative effort between the clients and AXM transformed a vision on a napkin into a tangible haven in Fairmont Hot Springs. The small cabin now stands as a testament to the seamless integration of design, construction, and client collaboration, providing the family with the perfect setting to create cherished memories for years to come.

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