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Three Useful Online Resources to Get Inspiration When Planning Your New Custom Home

Three Useful Online Resources to Get Inspiration When Planning Your New Custom Home

When you decide to build a custom home, design is one of the most important factors that you want to look at. Your custom home design should meet all your expectations in terms of floor plan, space, and other preferences. Different people have diverse tastes when it comes to home designs and others are controlled by their limited budget. If you have no designing or architectural skill, it can be hard to explain your vision to your Calgary custom home builder, and even to choose the best design for your new Calgary home.

However, you can make use of available online resources to get creative ideas when designing your custom home. Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz are three major online resources to get ideas for your interior and structural home design.

Importance of a Creative Custom Home Design

When building and planning your new home, whether for your family, retirement or for sale, everything and every feature of your home starts at the planning phase. If you find the best new home builder in Calgary, they can help you to get the design right to avoid future expenses and to complete your project in a timely manner. Building your custom home from scratch is important because you will be able to implement all your preferred features and come up with your unique design rather than settling for a design that doesn’t fit all your requirements.

Another advantage is cost reduction. Your design will be based on your existing budget and the final product will be as per the custom design. If you want to build Calgary modern homes for sale, your design should follow the current trends in the region and a general taste for modern home buyers. As experienced Calgary home builders, at Sunset Homes, we can help you come up with a creative home design.

Get Inspiring Ideas for your Custom Home Design

The internet and social media has inspired many sectors in the real estate industry and designing new homes has been one of the most developed fields. Though there are many online resources, we have narrowed down to 3 of the most useful platforms when it comes to Calgary custom homes. There are millions of ideas available online that you can use for planning your new custom home in Calgary.

Houzz offers you a way of designing your unique home using very simple steps, check out these 3 Tips for Using Houzz to Choose the Style of your Custom Home. Whether you need design for green homes or inner-city home, you can browse through photos with different design ideas to start with. Pinterest and Instagram are other two platforms where you can get ideas for your home design.

The online market is full of many options, but it is always good to know what you want. Many of our homeowners have been able to get inspired for their homes from these resources. Check out our Instagram, Houzz, and Pinterest accounts to get more inspiration for your custom dream home.

Ready to custom build your dream home with us? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary's custom home builder, we will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes.

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You can get creative ideas and inspiration from platforms such as Houzz, Instagram, and Pinterest for your custom home design. On these platforms, you will find numerous design, photos, and other useful resources to help you communicate your vision to your custom home builder. 

Custom Home Builder Tips to Prepare to Build Your First Home

Custom Home Builder Tips to Prepare to Build Your First Home

Taking the step to build or buy your first home is an exciting and rewarding experience. You have many options to consider, and you want to make your home durable, efficient, budget-conscious and just perfect for you. Your first home can be one of your first significant investments as well, so to assure your happiness and satisfaction with your new home, the planning and designing stage becomes essential. Sunset Homes is Calgary's bespoke home builder, and we like guiding our homebuyers and homeowners through their custom home design and building process to help them make their new custom homes precisely as they envision.

Considering your Options for a New Custom Home

Once you decide that you are ready for your home, the first decision to make is either building or buying a home. In our article 4 Things You Should Know about Building a Custom Home vs. Buying an Existing Home, you can check out which option suits you better. If building your first home as a custom home is your choice, then finding the right Calgary custom home builder is your next step. There are many items that an experienced builder should have, but keep in mind to choose a builder that provides transparency in their work, excellent customer service, years of experience, relevant affiliations, and good quality in their builds.

Custom Home Design and Budget

For your first custom home, you want to keep a couple of things in mind. This can be your home for the next ten years, but you also want to consider any possible changes in your future and think about the possible resale value of your home in case you decide to sell it in the future. When you prepare for your first meeting with your custom home builder, establish a realistic budget and work with a wishlist. You can divide your wishlist into the must-haves or priority items, and the not so essential items, so your Calgary builder can suggest changes and help you keep your first custom home as affordable as possible.

Another item that impacts your budget, and your custom home design, is the size you want for your home. The more square footage your home has, you can expect to pay more for maintenance, utilities, taxes, and so on. Think about the most important spaces you can afford when planning for design and focus on maximizing space on your custom home.

Your budget can be the most critical item for your first custom home build, consider choosing an experienced builder that offers transparency and a way to keep track and control your budget.

Sustainable building for your first home

Green homes are not just a trend in the housing market. Selecting a builder that provides you with options to have a more efficient and sustainable home has an impact on your future bills, your home maintenance, and the overall impact on the environment. Inquire with us and learn about the green building techniques we follow, how we choose our building materials, and how we can help make your home greener from design to even the appliances you want for your first home.

Are you ready to build your first custom home? 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.

Take a look at our construction updates and Calgary modern homes for sale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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For your first custom home, consider the square footage you want to have and how to maximize your space to keep your desired budget, think about the option of a sustainable home, and choose an experienced custom home builder that guides you through the process. 

Custom Home Building Steps: Mechanical Installation

Custom Home Building Steps: Mechanical Installation

In our blog series Custom Home Building Steps, we have been following the building process step-by-step. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builders, educating our homeowners about their new home builds is essential. We know that our homeowners are always interested in the steps of the pre-construction, design, and construction stages because having this information allows them to plan around their new build.

Your Custom Home Foundations

In step one of the homebuilding process, we have learned all about your custom home foundations and why they are an essential step for your infill home. Additionally, we talked about the advantages of building with ICF and how this material allows having a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home.

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Framing Your Modern Infill Home

In step two, we learned about the Framing stage. This stage consists in assembling the bone-structure of your custom home and is the starting point for the shape of your home. As green builders in Calgary, we emphasize on the use of quality and efficient building materials in every step of the construction process.

Roof Trusses at Musikal

Mechanical Installation in the Building Process

In the third step of the custom home building process, we have all the items that constitute the mechanical installation. An essential feature of a quality build is an effective and efficient mechanical system. Your new custom home's mechanical system is largely comprised of the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).

During this stage of the construction process, we have many crews working simultaneously. On the one hand, we have the electrical, security, and plumbing services being roughed in; on the other hand, your custom home builder will install all the ducts needed for heating cooling and ventilation, all designed to provide you with a comfortable living environment.

The following steps will be wiring for any system you choose to have at home, including home automation, the receptacles for electrical outlets & lights, installing the insulation, vapor barriers, and then finally drywall. The mechanical installation in your new custom home will control the air temperature, humidity, air movement and quality, and overall efficiency of your home. Get guidance from your experienced home builder to have an efficient and environmentally friendly system in your new dream home. 

Ready to build your new custom home with us? 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.

Take a look at our construction updates and Calgary modern homes for sale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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In this stage of the home building process, we install your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) vents, water lines, and any ductwork and wiring needed for your custom home.

Three Important Reasons for Building a Duplex

Three Important Reasons for Building a Duplex
Duplexes or semi-detached homes are a common option for a new home in Calgary. This housing option has become an affordable and interesting investment option for many homebuyers. If you are planning on investing in a duplex, consider the possibility of building a duplex custom home, and the advantages of building a custom home vs. buying an existing home. Usually, a duplex custom home shares an existing wall with a neighbor. For this reason, duplexes tend to look similar. If you choose to build a custom home, that means that each side of your duplex home can have unique characteristics, and it can be adapted to the needs of each of the families that will be living there. If you are building your duplex as an investment property, you can add amenities to make each side unique and attractive for your future homebuyers. With an experienced infill builder like Sunset Homes, you can have guidance through your home customization and create an outstanding design for your modern home.

Options You Have When Building a Duplex
A duplex custom home is considered multi-family housing and provides you with a couple of opportunities and advantages. A significant advantage of duplexes is that you don't have to pay condo fees, as you only pay your mortgage and taxes. An excellent way to define your budget for a duplex with your Calgary custom home builder is setting the intention of building your home. You can build your duplex custom home to rent both units, sell both units, sell or rent a unit and live in the other unit, and finally, build a duplex home with and living in both units. Duplexes have become an excellent way for families to live together while maintaining their independence. For example, if you have someone in your family that needs assistance, this can be an excellent housing option.

Advantages of Custom Building a Duplex
There are plenty of benefits of choosing to custom build a duplex in Calgary. Duplexes or semi-attached homes require smaller lots than detached homes, which provides you the opportunity to reduce your housing carbon footprint. At Sunset Homes we care about green building, and we incorporate as many techniques as possible to make your home efficient and environmentally friendly. Building a custom duplex can provide other advantages in the overall cost of your home, reduce expenses, and the maintenance costs as well.

Duplex Custom Home for a First Time Buyer
Duplexes can be the best option for a first time home buyer as they are an affordable housing option and an excellent investment opportunity. A duplex can have a similar number of rooms to a single home, meaning it can still have the right size for a big family, but it will be built on a smaller lot, saving costs to the homebuyer.

Are you thinking about building a custom home? 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.

Take a look at our construction updates and Calgary modern homes for sale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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Semi-detached infill homes or duplex homes in Calgary are an affordable option for first time home buyers. They offer many advantages regarding the cost of your building project and the environment, and they are an excellent solution for families to live near and maintain their independence.

Custom Home Builder Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

Custom Home Builder Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

Christmas is around the corner, and everyone is excited about decorating their new custom homes according to the occasion. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we are always thinking about every small change we can implement to help the environment. We build our beautiful custom homes following green building techniques; you can learn more about this in our article Five Ideas to Make your Custom Home Greener.

Getting into the holiday spirit does not have to increase your energy consumption or create more waste. This Christmas you can select environmentally friendly decorations, be creative with your gifts, reuse materials, and even go for a greener option for your Christmas tree. Check out these custom home builder tips we have prepared for you to go green this holiday.

Reduce Energy Consumption in your Custom Home
This holidays a great option to be more environmentally-friendly is replacing your Christmas lights. You can choose LED-powered Christmas lights, these are more energy-efficient and can endure all weather conditions. You can buy a timer for your lights and program them for a certain time, or turn off your Christmas lights when nobody is around; you will be saving energy and contributing to the environment.

Options for your Christmas Tree
There are a couple of eco-friendly options for your Christmas tree. Although artificial trees can be reused several years, they cannot be recycled. A more sustainable alternative can be choosing a natural tree from a local farm. Selecting a pesticide-free tree can make an excellent choice to reduce toxins in your home.

Small Changes That Can Make a Big Impact
This holiday you can keep the traditions and reduce waste and use of resources by implementing small changes. For example, changing from paper Christmas cards to digital cards can be a more sustainable option, and you can still be able to reach your loved ones. If going digital feels like an impersonal choice for you, consider making your own cards with recycled paper. This option can become a holiday activity to enjoy with your kids.

If you are thinking about a custom home or a major renovation as a new year resolution, 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.

Take a look at our construction updates and Calgary modern homes for sale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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Have an eco-friendly holiday by implementing some small changes in your new custom home, such as choosing LED-powered Christmas lights, to reduce energy consumption.

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