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Advantages and Disadvantages of Attached vs. Detached Garages

Advantages and Disadvantages of Attached vs. Detached Garages

The importance of a garage can never be overestimated, they are used for housing our vehicles, can be converted to storage rooms and even workspaces, thus when setting up your new custom home it would only make sense to include a garage in the plan; however, the big question here is which kind of garage works better for your custom home and family. A detached garage or an attached one. Check out these pros and cons of an attached garage to help while making your choice.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Attached Garage for your New Custom Home

An attached garage is one that is connected to your new custom home, sharing one wall and featuring direct access into the house. During winter, it can be far more convenient to access an attached garage; to get to your car or storage space you do not necessarily have to leave the comfort of your home. It also helps you save money on HVAC, construction, and ventilation. It provides a useful workspace or a room where you can simply chill, because electricity, which already exists in the home, can easily be extended into the garage. Despite the great qualities found in attached garages, they also have some disadvantages. An attached garage may occupy or take a lot of space. As experienced builders in Calgary, we suggest asking your custom home builder and designer for guidance to decide if an attached garage is the best option for your lot size and home design.

Advantages of Selecting a Detached Garage for your New Infill Home

Another garage option for your Calgary custom home is a detached garage, which is one that is completely separated from the home. Your detached garage can be a few feet away or several yards away, with its own individual walls and roof. The main advantages that detached garages offer is that they do not need much space. A narrow lot, which stretches far back towards an alley, is perfect for a detached garage, and you can maximize its use by including a patio, deck, or living space above it, thus adding immense value to your new Calgary custom home. Nevertheless, the main disadvantage of attached garages is accessibility to your home during bad weather.

If you still can’t decide which option is best for your new dream home, contact Sunset Homes! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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When deciding the best garage option for your new custom home, attached garages are conveniently inside your home, and detached garages can be more attractive aesthetically. Get your Calgary custom home builder’s guidance for the best choice for you. 

Adding a Playing Space For Your Children In Your New Custom Home

Adding a Playing Space For Your Children In Your New Custom Home

On the initial phase of planning your new custom home in Calgary, there are many things to consider adding to your home. If you are already a parent, are expecting a baby soon, or you are planning to have kids in the future, adding kid-friendly spaces and playing areas for your kids in your custom home can be an excellent choice. At Sunset Homes, as experienced builders in Calgary, we are here to highlight some creative playing spaces you could set up for your children.

Custom Home Playroom Basics

A beautiful spacious playroom can be built in your basement, attic, or any room in the house. Consider having the playroom in an accessible place where you can see your kids and help them when needed. Try to provide your kids with plenty of natural light. If the best location for your playroom is the basement, a good idea can be adding plenty of light fixtures to make the room as bright as possible.

As your kids’ playroom will be their primary option during cold months when they can’t go to the park every day, consider selecting to clean and durable flooring, such as vinyl or laminate flooring. Check out other flooring options here. You can also use bright and lively colours to create a stimulating, fun play environment. Also, having plenty of storage space can be vital to keeping your kid's playroom organized. Talk to your custom home builder to check all your storage options, such as built-ins that allow you to have a functional and space-efficient playroom.

Playroom Ideas for Your Calgary Infill

One of the best ideas for a play area is creating a multi-purpose space, in which your kids have different areas to play, create, learn, rest, and enhance their imagination A playroom design you could use is one that is nature-inspired. Create a playroom which opens out into your garden, this is a playroom for all seasons as when the weather is beautiful, everyone can head out to play, but can also stay indoors when the weather changes.

Another exciting playroom space is one that is based on art and creativity. We know that chalkboard art has been around for a while – in case you’re not sure, this is when a wall is painted black and chalk is used to write on it. It has been known to induce creativity in children and granted them the power to decorate their rooms as they desire. In fact, there are tons of play space ideas you could set up in your new Calgary custom home, talk your custom home builder to see which of these playroom ideas is most suitable for your Calgary infill home.

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When building your new custom home in Calgary, including a playroom or play area for your kids can be a great addition. Consider creating a multi-purpose room in which they get the opportunity to be playful and creative. 

Custom Home Builder Tips for Keeping an Organized Kitchen

Custom Home Builder Tips for Keeping an Organized Kitchen

When building your dream home – which is what we call your new Calgary custom home, you have plans of how beautiful and functional it would be. Well, at Sunset Homes, we share those dreams with you, and one of the things we take into consideration is your kitchen. We understand how important your kitchen is for your custom home and that is why we have prepared a couple of tips on how to keep an organized kitchen. Our suggestions are based on when your kitchen is still at the design and building stage because we believe that a well-designed kitchen whose functionality is maximized is always an organized one.

Kitchen Basics for Your Calgary Custom Home
Let's start with the basics – counter space, sinks, dishwashers, ovens, pantries and electrical outlets. Do you know how valuable counter space is in a kitchen? Calgary custom builder's advice that there should be at least 24 inches of counter space to the right and at least 18 inches to the left of the oven and sink – this will allow to cook comfortably and will provide enough counter space to put dishes and ingredients.

Space Distribution for your Custom Kitchen
Your kitchen space should have a good a natural flow for you. The ‘working triangle' is a favorite tip of ours, this refers to the arrangement of the stove, sink and fridge in a triangular pattern within the kitchen to ensure easy access and management of space. There should be no distance between your sink and dishwasher, this protects your floor from grease, food and soapy water and protects you from bouts of irritation at having to move from one to the other (if they are far apart). A garbage bin should be placed in a central and accessible place, and mini-bins or compost bags should be placed close to food preparation stations for easy access while cooking.

In regards to electrical outlets, these should be placed where they can be easily accessible, for example under cabinets, and if you have a lot of appliances, then you could set up a special cupboard with outlets in there for your appliances. When designing your pantry do not forget the little details because a well-organized, detailed and functional pantry keeps your kitchen tidy as you save time and space – you can consider putting in different spice shelves, pull out shelves, and even baskets.

What Your Calgary Home Builder Thinks about Lighting
Lighting is vital in a functional kitchen; there are only a few things worse than cooking in the dark. Also, considering whether or not you want your kitchen to be just for cooking purposes or whether you would love to host people there and design as such – warm colours and beautiful pictures would help give the place life, and this would, in turn, make your entire Calgary custom home much more valuable. Check out these kitchen trends for modern custom homes. Always remember that accessibility and beautiful design are vital to a functional kitchen you would love in your Calgary custom home and we hope that our tips would help you in designing what is going to become a consistently organized kitchen.

Do you need guidance on your new custom build? Contact Sunset Homes today; we are proud to be Calgary's bespoke home builder. We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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Keeping an organized kitchen can be an easy task when planning a proper space distribution for your custom kitchen design.

Calgary Custom Home Builder Tips for your Ideal Home Office

Calgary Custom Home Builder Tips for your Ideal Home Office

If you are planning to build your new dream home and you are making your wish list, you might consider including something you have always wanted, such as a dream home office. One that has been set up and designed by you and for you. However, if you find that you don't know where to begin or how to plan your new dream home office, check out these three custom home builder tips for setting up the best office space in your new home. 

Location for your Custom Home Office

Have you heard the phrase “location is key”? It applies to your home location, and it also refers significantly to how you set up your home office in your Calgary custom home. The location of your ideal home office should be somewhere that is accessible, private, peaceful, and secure. Also, to ensure your comfort and to maximize the functionality of the room, several conditions must be ideal, such as humidity, space, free flow of air, and temperature. It is important to set both mental and physical boundaries for your home office to allow you to function optimally. Our first custom home builder tip is to place the office where you would be relaxed and motivated to work, preferably a place with an inspiring view.

Lighting and Colour Tips for Calgary Custom Homes

Your home office does not have to be bland and boring because it is an office. On the contrary, you can choose to infuse the place with light and life, ensuring it blends beautifully with the rest of your home and makes you happy to be in it. Lighting plays a significant role in ensuring that your home office looks comfortable and inspiring. The colours you choose also make a significant impact; both on your home design and your mood, which help you add personality to any room, including your home office. An excellent combination for your home office is wood and white. Choose wooden furniture, accent pieces, and features like exposed beams and wooden trim. Combined with different shades of white on the carpet, walls, and ceiling will give your home office an elegant look without being loud.

Sunset Homes Dream Home Office

The Best Furniture and Items for your Dream Home Office

When setting up your dream home office, you need furniture and equipment suitable for it. Our main suggestion is not sacrificing form for function; obtain furniture and equipment that would be both functional and beautiful, and when setting up the home office ensure that your furniture and equipment are accessible to create workflow. Discuss with your builder your home office needs, to consider if you would prefer a built-in desk or any other piece of furniture.

Ready to bring your dream home office and custom home to life? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.
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When building your new custom home in Calgary consider including your dream home office in a comfortable and peaceful location, play with lighting and colours to create your ideal style, and talk to your custom home builder about the furniture you would like to include in it. 

Three Home Automation and Safety Items for Calgary Custom Homes

Three Home Automation and Safety Items for Calgary Custom Homes

Welcome to the era of smart home systems! Home automation is everywhere, and it is part of our custom home designs and the way we live. It means incorporating one or more electronic devices to your home to control numerous systems that you have at home. Including home automation to any extent in your new dream home can make it more efficient, a smart home is a green home. Smart systems also add value to your property and make your everyday life more comfortable. A valuable advantage of smart home systems is the possibility of adding items to enhance the safety of your Calgary custom home. At Sunset Homes, we suggest considering the following smart items for your new home in Calgary. 

Calgary Custom Home Builders Suggest Adding Smart Home Systems 

Including a smart home system may provide you with many advantages. Home automation saves you time and energy from having to carry out daily tasks. As the name says, your home becomes smarter, and you can control devices like lighting, temperature, the television. Some smart systems include motion sensors that can let you know when there are people around your home; other include a carbon monoxide detector in your garage or a flood sensor, and you can receive alerts and act faster if any event happens around your home. 

Smart Cameras for your New Dream Home

Security is a big deal, and your Calgary custom home is the place you want to experience top-notch security. Your home security can become wireless and be connected to your phone or your computer, giving you the ability to watch your home even in your absence. Smart cameras are an affordable security option, and they can also be of help when you have people working at home when you are not around. Plus, you can have a doorbell camera to see the person at the door before allowing them access to your home.

No Keys for Your Custom Home

Say bye to hunting for your keys and say hello to smart locks. Smart locks are a very interesting upgrade from having multiple keys. Nowadays, smart locks come in various types, prices, and brands and they are all accessible and affordable. With smart locks, you can connect the locks of your Calgary custom home to your phone and always receive permanent and temporary access to your home whenever you choose to. August and Schlage Sense are the most renowned options; they are also the most compatible with devices such as smartphones, Apple watches, several smart homes systems like Apple Homekit or Amazon Alexa.

Ready for a more efficient home? Contact Sunset Homes today and learn more about how you can add home automation to your inner-city dream home. We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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Improve safety at your Calgary custom home by including home automation systems, smart cameras, and smart door locks.

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