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Which City of Calgary Building Permits Do I Need for My New Infill Home?

When building a new infill home or making improvements to an existing home in Calgary, it is very important to know the City of Calgary Land Use Bylaws and Alberta Building Codes as these largely dictate what you can and cannot build. Building any permanent structure without acquiring a permit from the proper authorities may result in a fine and demolition of the entire structure or the parts that do not comply with the aforementioned bylaws and codes.

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9 Items to Consider Before You Build Your Custom Infill Home

  1. Budget
    Your overall budget for your custom home should be the starting point of the planning process. Before you begin to design a custom infill home, discuss what your budget for the entire project will be from start to finish. Though you will not be able to account for every single expense during the custom home building process from the start, you can still put together a budget estimate that you can refine over the course of your project. After reviewing the initial budget estimate, you will be able to determine the feasibility of the home building project.
  2. Permits and Approvals
    Don't forget about the many permit application and approval processes that come with building a new home. You may also have to get the appropriate zoning for the type of structure you plan to build. Some permits you may be required to have are:
    1. Demolition permit if the lot has an existing building
    2. Development permit
    3. Building permit
    4. Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing permits
    5. Permits for a pool or other backyard structure
    For more information on building permits in Calgary, visit

  3. Who Will Build Your Home?
    Finding the right custom infill home builder is a very important step in the home building process because they will act as your project manager. The home builder should be very experienced in building homes of your size and type. They should also be familiar with the area in which the project is going to be done. Building codes can vary widely from area to area, having a custom home builder with experience in your area can save time and money.
  4. Community
    What type of community amenities are you looking for when you move to your new home? Would you like to live close to good schools, be able to walk to shops and restaurants, or live in a rural area away from the buzz of the city? When building an infill home, the type of community you see yourself living in is of the utmost importance.
  5. Subcontractors
    Putting together a great team that you trust is essential if you want your dream home finished perfectly to your standards. The electricians, plumbers, interior designers and other trades people you hire to work on your custom built home should have sufficient experience and a portfolio of completed projects that you can check out yourself. You might pay a little more when hiring an experienced subcontractor, but it could end up saving you money in the long run.
  6. The Lot
    There are many factors you must take into account when choosing the perfect lot for your custom infill home. It must be the right size and shape for the structure you are planning to build. As well, you have to consider the buildings surrounding the lot - will they obstruct your view or block out natural light? Will you have enough space for parking, pools, and other outdoor structures once your house is built? Choosing the right lot is just as important as your home's design.
  7. Your Home's Exterior Appearance
    When building an infill home, homeowners often aim to design a new home that matches the style and character of the existing homes in the neighbourhood. Your home should also be proportional in size to your lot and the other surrounding houses so that it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
  8. Interior Design
    The best part about a custom home is that you can have complete creative control of the exterior and interior of your home. It's very important to live in a home that you feel comfortable in, so including the right finishing touches that suit your lifestyle will make your new custom inner city home perfect. From wall colours and carpeting to light fixtures and furniture, you can design a home that reflects your personal taste and will be functional to live in.
  9. Resale Value
    Does your potential new neighbourhood support the value of the house you are planning to build? A common mistake many people looking to build a home make is not carefully considering the value of the overall home project and they end up with a product that is much more valuable than any other property in the neighbourhood. This can mean that your home will be very difficult to sell if you should wish to move in the future.

Sunset Homes's Top 7 Kitchen Updates for 2013

There’s something about having your kitchen updated that can really breathe life into your entire living space.  For a lot of people the kitchen is one of the focal points of the home, so it’s also the place you want the latest design trends and features.

Here are 7 of the top kitchen updates for 2013 for you to consider incorporating into your own custom infill home:

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5 Key Elements of Modern Home Design

With so many homes being built in so many different types of communities all around the country, it can be pretty tough to narrow down a concrete definition of ‘modern home design’.  Just a brief search will reveal scores of shapes and sizes and concepts.  And while a big part of new builds depends on the individuality of the owner and creativity of the designer, there are some key elements that are seen over and over again. 

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Closets Aren’t Just for Clothes Anymore

Closets Aren’t Just for Clothes Anymore

So you live in a small house thinking it will suffice for a few years - then surprise! A baby! What do you do now?

Transforming a small room into a nursery is totally possible. For one, babies don’t need much space, and two, closets aren’t just for clothes anymore! The biggest trend these days for kids’ rooms is to utilize closet space as an actual part of the room.

First step is to remove the closet doors, and the track from the floor. If you want to keep the track incase of resale - cover it with a mat. Now, remove any hanger bars, shelving, or organizational racks. You can keep some, depending on what you want to do with the space. For now, we just want a blank canvas.

Years 0-2:
Create a sleeping alcove in any room’s closet by tucking baby’s crib into it. Add drapes on either side to help soften up the space. The perfect space for your little one to sleep soundly.

Years 2-6:
Coloring, painting, scribbling and pasting become a big part of a toddler’s life, and creative freedom is important. When you grow tired of your space being over run with craft supplies - take it to the closet! Insert some shelving, or any type of storage that works for you. Add a craft table, or desk and voila! Their own craft space to make a mess in.

Years 4-8:
Toys are everywhere! Now they can have their very own toy store - in their room! Organize lego, dolls, crafts, play kitchens and books with closet organizers, or bins.

Years 8-13:
Before clothes make their way back into the closet of your teenager - homework and reading are on the schedule. Create a cozy nook complete with bookshelves, a homework desk, or reading bench.
When the time comes to bring clothes back into the space you can still opt to keep the doors off. This not only makes the room appear bigger - but your teenager will then be forced to keep their closet clean. One can hope, right?