From Our Clients

"Two dream homes and one renovation later, we are thankful for stumbling across Paul and his team."

We first met Paul Calles of Riverside Developments in 2005. Building lots in our preferred neighbourhood were almost impossible to find and Paul owned one of them. It was with great trepidation that we signed a contract with Riverside and put our dream home into Paul’s hands. It quickly became apparent that he was more than able.

In 2014, we again tapped Paul’s shoulder and this time asked him to do a renovation on an older bungalow, this time with an abundance of trust. A familiar parade of trades came through the front door, still working with Riverside.

2020… we have just completed our second custom home with Riverside. Same trades, now friends and Riverside like family.

Two dream homes and one renovation later, we are thankful for stumbling across Paul and his team. He is committed to delivering a quality product and it is clear that he thoroughly loves the home-building process.

-Gene & Naomi Bodnar
Two Custom Homes & One Renovation,
in the communities of Post Hill Estates, Briar Hill & Foothills Estates, Calgary

Riverside Developments recently built a custom home for us, and we are delighted with the finished product and with the entire design and build process. We were introduced to Riverside by friends who had built a custom home with Paul, had done a tremendous amount of due diligence, and had no hesitation in making the referral. Paul is the kind of builder that builds rapport very quickly. He listens to what you want and comes up with amazing solutions to suit your lifestyle, taste and budget. Paul was professional, transparent and very responsible. He also has great relationships with all of his subcontractors and our opinion of Paul’s extended team is exceptionally high. They all spoke very highly of Riverside and without exception stated that Paul was a builder that wanted to do things right and that they love to work with him. Our home is a testament to their skill, experience and craftsmanship. Paul gave us every confidence about the financial management of the project, and helped us stick very close to our original budget. If we ever build another house, Paul would be our first call. We have now been in our home for almost two years and continue to love our new home. Our experience with the Riverside team has been nothing short of exceptional!

"Paul was professional, transparent and very responsible... Our experience with the Riverside Team has been nothing short of exceptional!"

-Jennifer and Patrick Forrest
Custom Home, Roxboro, Inner-City SW, Calgary

"Your relationship with Riverside doesn’t end on your move in date. Paul is amazing with after care and is our first call if ever something comes up, even years later."

Building a house with Riverside Developments was a great experience. Paul facilitated all aspects of our build right from land acquisition and design to the cold bottle of champagne in the refrigerator on move in day. He believes in quality, was mindful of our budget and pays close attention to details.  He also took time upfront to introduce himself to our neighbours and checked in with them throughout the build process which we appreciated.

Your relationship with Riverside doesn’t end on your move in date. Paul is amazing with after care and is our first call if ever something comes up, even years later. That includes fixing the dryer, building custom shelving for our son’s nursery or showing up at midnight in a February deep freeze when a City water main  breaks and your basement is flooding. Not many builders would do that for you.

The only thing we ever question about Paul is his choice in football teams, but that definitely wouldn’t stop us from building a house with him again.

-Dustin & Kim Anderson
Custom Home, Rosemont, Confederation Park, Inner-City NW, Calgary

Having built with four other builders in Calgary we can say without a doubt that Riverside Developments provided the best not only in terms of quality but also in the building experience. Paul’s work is instilled with integrity; we were provided with fair and honest quotes from the beginning rather than understated budgets, we were advised on what to focus resources on to ensure a quality build and we could rely on any concerns we had to be addressed with patience, empathy and efficient resolutions. We always felt Paul was committed to build our house as if it were his own and his experience in building came through many times to both save us money and make improvements to our designs. Build with Riverside Developments, you will not be disappointed.

"Build with Riverside Developments, you will not be disappointed."

-Kelly and Michelle Sledz
Custom Home, Inner-City NW

"We definitely made the right choice."

We chose Paul Calles and Riverside Developments Ltd. after extensive research and interviews with a number of builders in Calgary. We definitely made the right choice. Paul is very organized, efficient, knowledgable and trustworthy. He has cultivated a strong relationship with his trades. Although there were some stressful times with so very many decisions and deadlines, Paul remained calm and focused and taught us much about the process. We have and will continue to recommend Riverside Developments to others who are considering a custom home. It is exactly the home we wanted.

Custom Home, Britannia, Inner-City SW Calgary

If we had to sum up the Riverside difference in one statement, it would be that Paul delivers an exceptional product and that he treats your custom home, and your money, as if it were his own.

We first met Paul and Lisa through friends who had built a custom home with Riverside Developments. We were impressed that at the end of a project, our friends had become friends with their builder. Over the course of the next year, Lisa worked with us to purchase a suitable building lot in Elbow Park and to sell our existing home. We appreciated access to Paul during this process with his expert advice on implications for the eventual build process and cost. What a dynamic duo! Paul continued to assist us with feedback through the design and drawing stage, bridging the gap that often exists between architecture and the practicalities of actual construction.

The construction process went very smoothly and our home was completed on time and on budget. We met with Paul early in the process to discuss the decisions we wanted to make and those for which we wanted him to make the call. This meant that we were not bothered with thousands of small decisions during construction but that we got exactly what we wanted for decisions that mattered to us. When it came to design selections, he clearly understood the high level of finishes we were looking for when pricing our project and our design selections were consistently in line with his estimates. His crew was personable, professional and courteous. We also greatly appreciated their efforts to maintain a clean and tidy work site to minimize the impacts on our neighbours.

We LOVE our new home! Having said that, we would not hesitate to build another home with Riverside and we have and will continue to recommend Riverside to anybody we know who is looking to build a custom home.

"The construction process went very smoothly and our home was completed on time and on budget."

Custom Home, Elbow Park - Inner City - SW Calgary

"We have no hesitation in recommending Paul and Riverside Developments."

We built our dream home with Paul (Riverside Developments) and got everything we asked for and more. Paul’s calm, patient, understated style suited us to a tee. He guided the process from beginning to end with integrity. We were steered in helpful directions and received practical design advice. Throughout the project, we felt confident we were in good hands. Paul’s tradesmen are top notch and were also great to work with. We now have the luxury of enjoying their work every day. We also appreciate Paul’s commitment to us didn’t end the moment the was completed. He has remained generous with his knowledge, whenever we have needed advice in the upkeep of our home. We have no hesitation in recommending Paul and Riverside Developments.

-Marlene Stewart and Graham Cox
Custom Home, Confederation Park, Rosemont Inner-City NW Calgary

Riverside Developments is a company committed to providing their client with a custom built home, to the client’s specifications, not the developer’s. They spend a lot of time with the client in the pre-construction phase, working through the basic home design, to put the clients ideas on paper, which allows them to create a realistic cost estimate. They provided us with options, minimum, moderate or maximum cost scenario and left it up to us the choose how to spend the money. The pre-planning communication saved us a lot of time, money and frustration by reducing costly errors/mistakes once the home has started construction. Riverside is committed to using quality trades and is willing to show new clients, the workmanship in homes that they have constructed in the past. Building with Riverside was one of the most exciting and rewarding adventures that my wife and I have undertook. I still enjoy retelling our stories of the “custom home building” to all who visit my home and am eager to recommend the company to friends or prospective clients. We had a great experience with Riverside Developments and would build with them again if the opportunity arose.

"Building with Riverside was one of the most exciting and rewarding adventures that my wife and I have undertook."

-Quentin and Maggie Enns
Custom Home, Inner-City Parkdale NW Calgary

"We were thrilled with the outcome..."

Beginning with the initial planning of our home renovation, we had received a number of referrals and quotes, but none were as practical in provided experienced advice on layout and design as Riverside. There were no surprises, the project was completed in a timely manner and we were always informed of all developments along the way. Paul Calles and his team of trades were efficient and in regular communication with one another throughout the job. We were thrilled with the outcome and would certainly choose Riverside for any future work.

-Monique and Gary Weilinger
Substantial Renovation, NW Calgary

Building with Riverside Developments was without question the best decision we could have made. From the very beginning of the “process,” Paul and Lisa made us very confident we had made the right decision. Not only has Paul assembled a fantastic team of trades (and they all speak very highly of Paul as a terrific person to work with), but he has also perfected the building process. Paul’s knowledge, and attention to the details of our custom build, are some of the many reasons we would recommend him again. He treated us, and our project, like it was the most important build he had going. Their ability to advise and communicate through the process is invaluable! Paul would help us stay within our budget while still advising “places/areas” to spend a little more, or a little less; truly getting more bang for your buck! The quality of the workmanship has been commented by many who have been through our house.

The decision to proceed with Paul and Lisa was perhaps the best decisions we could have made… and we couldn’t be happier.

"Building with Riverside Developments was without question the best decision we could have made."

-Darryl & Julianna Bourne
Custom Home, Briar Hill, Inner-City NW Calgary

"Paul has an eye for design and attention to detail that put us at ease."

Paul is an exceptional contractor and a pleasure to work with. We purchased an older bungalow in St. Andrew’s Heights so we could build a new home on the lot more suitable for our family. We now live in a beautiful home that has been carefully and thoughtfully built.

Paul has an eye for design and attention to detail that put us at ease. He has created a functional home that is very comfortable and just the style we love. Paul seemed to be able to capture the essence of what we wanted and he always made sure our decisions got us there!

We trust Paul and his team and we are so grateful. We highly recommend him and it was a joy to work with him.

-Dr. Chris and Catherine Mody & Family
Custom Home, St. Andrew’s Heights