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Three Things You Want to Know About Multi-Generational Homes

Three Things You Want to Know About Multi-Generational Homes

In custom home building, multi-generational homes are designed and adapted to the needs and wishes of two or more generations that will live together. When planning a home with shared spaces for different generations, an experienced custom home builder will start by trying to understand the most critical needs among all family members and adapt these into the custom home design. Multi-generational homes have become a popular option due to the caregiving, health and financial advantages they offer.

The concept of a multi-generational floorplan

Multi-generational homes and multi-family homes are different. On the one hand, multi-family homes look like a single structure, but they feature separate living units divided by walls or floors. On the other hand, multi-generational homes look like a single structure but may be connected or may offer an added unit to the main home. The same way every custom home is different according to our homeowners' needs, multi-generational homes are customized to every family members, they are each unique as every family is one-of-a-kind.

Understanding generational needs for a custom home

The styles and sizes of these homes can vary depending on the family needs and budget. Typically, this kind of home present housing solutions for two to four adult generations. Every generation will require specific items and additions throughout the new custom home. Therefore, it is essential to choose a custom home builder able to integrate the most important features to your floorplan, and still have energy-saving features and a luxurious modern design. Creating a wishlist with the most important elements to add for each generation is an excellent starting point for your multi-generational home design.

Privacy at a multi-generational custom home

Creating a balance between the private and shared areas of your custom home does not need to be a difficult task. You can create more privacy in your new home by adding a separate guest house or creating different master bedrooms for each generation. Also, soundproofing some rooms in the house can be an essential item to ensure each generation can enjoy their entertainment. Many homeowners have decided to add separate entrances, and separate kitchens or kitchenettes to their multi-generational custom home design.

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Multi-generational homes are custom homes adapted to two or more generations that will share the same living space. This housing option may bring financial and health advantages to all the members of the family.

5 Outdoor Spaces You Want to Include on Your New Custom Home

5 Outdoor Spaces You Want to Include on Your New Custom Home

If you are thinking about your custom dream home or a renovation to your existing home, outdoor living spaces can be an essential part of your custom home design. Considering adding outdoor areas to your design may be beneficial for your property's value, as you are adding square footage, and it may present advantages for you and your family. Depending on your selection of outdoor spaces, you can extend your main living area and provide areas for you and your family to enjoy social activities according to your lifestyle. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have prepared a list of the most popular outdoor spaces among our homeowners.

Deck or Patio

The patio is one of the favorite outdoor additions to a custom build. Patios are an excellent choice for entertaining spaces during spring and summer. They can be covered or uncovered, and they are usually decorated with plants or outdoor furniture. The preferred materials for patios are gravel, stone, and concrete, and they are typically matched with a garden as well. The main difference between a patio and a deck is that the deck is a flat platform usually made of lumber and it might not be at ground level. Both options make the perfect place for barbecuing, outdoor dining, garden boxes, or hot tubing.

Porches

Porches are an attractive outdoor space option for a traditional home and are usually placed at the entrance of a home. Porches can be both open structures or interior extensions. Meaning that you can add an uncovered or a covered porch to your home. Each option will depend on your home's design. Their main difference is that an uncovered porch does not have a roof and can give your home a sense of length. Adding a porch to your custom home can make a lovely space to relax or have a coffee with friends and neighbors.

Balconies and Verandas

Depending on your custom home style, you may choose to add a balcony or veranda. A balcony is enclosed to the wall and is usually located above the first storey. It provides a beautiful view, and although it might not be a place for entertainment, a balcony makes an excellent reading spot for your custom home. Balconies can match both the traditional and modern styles depending on the material selection. On the other hand, a veranda extends on the ground floor level, and it usually has a roof. Verandas can be considered the balconies of the main floor, and they can have a railing fence. Check out more information about outdoor spaces for your custom home here.

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There are many possibilities of outdoor spaces to consider for your custom home design such as patios, verandas, porches, decks, and balconies. Ask your Calgary custom home builder for guidance for choosing the possibility that matches your home style best.

What are the Advantages of Building a Custom Home

What are the Advantages of Building a Custom Home

Frequently, homebuyers debate between buying a home or building a custom home according to their needs. Time and budget seem to be the main factors for a decision between these two, but undoubtedly, there are more factors to consider. Understanding what a custom home is will influence your choice as a homebuyer and have a unique home designed entirely to your needs will play a significant role in your overall happiness as a homeowner. If you choose to build a custom home, you will get a one-of-a-kind design. That means that no other house is like yours and that you decide and are involved in every step of the process, you have the power to control your budget, and to choose every item at home. Check out these advantages that Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, has listed for you.

Choosing the Purpose of Building Your Custom Home

Building a custom home in Calgary can work for two purposes: building as an investment or building your forever home. When you think about your forever home, you will be able to adapt your custom home to your needs and think about the future. If you are planning to grow your family or if you want to adjust the size and functionality of your home for your retirement, you will be able to adapt your design to it. In any case, building your dream home should not distract you from enhancing your home value, as your custom infill home is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. If you build a custom home as an investment property, you also want to have a unique home that will interest the eye of a homebuyer, through home efficiency and functionality.

Designing your Custom Home

Participating in the design process of your custom home is one of the most exciting parts of custom building. In the beginning, the starting point can seem overwhelming but creating your custom home wish list and reviewing it with your Calgary custom home builder will set up a great start. You can decide what to include in your home, the number of rooms you need, the amenities you want to add and the outdoor and activity spaces you and your family want to have. Take a look at how our design process works. 

Budget and Home Quality

The overall cost of your custom home will vary depending on your selections and the size of your home. But an important advantage of custom home building is that your experienced builder can help you adapt your dreams to your budget. The first step to taking control of your building budget is to understand the components regarding design and construction, and how your material selections can influence the cost and your custom home. Another essential advantage of custom home building is that you have the control of choosing your building materials and when building with a professional builder, you can ensure the quality of your home.

Ready for a custom build? 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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The main advantages of being part of the custom home building and the design process of your custom dream home are that you can participate in the process, choose every item, and adapt your home to your needs. The result will be a high quality, functional and efficient home uniquely designed for you.

Importance of the Design Stage for your Custom Home

Importance of the Design Stage for your Custom Home

The design stage is the most exciting phase of the construction process for our homeowners. It involves sitting with our professional design team and letting us know all the rooms, special areas, outdoor living spaces, and any little detail you want to add to your new custom home in Calgary.

Your custom home design is the base for a successful building project. We will start the construction process only once the design stage is ready, the drawings are completed, and we have the necessary permits. Read about all the details of the design process in our article The 4 Phases of the Custom Home Design and learn more about the Building Permit Basics for Your New Custom Home.

Picture Your Custom Home Before Building

Choosing an experienced home builder with a highly capable design team will help you create a detailed scope of work, but most importantly to be able to visualize how your custom home will look. Additionally, having a definite and approved drawing for your custom home will allow your custom home builder to create a realistic timeline for your project.

Create an Accurate Budget

Your final design will allow your Calgary custom home builder to create a more accurate budget for your project. Once your design is finalized, you can make selections of your flooring, building materials, plumbing and lighting fixtures, stairs, countertops, cabinetry, among other items. Once this is done, you can make any necessary adjustments to ensure the design and selections of your new custom home meet your desired budget.

Make Any Changes Before Breaking Ground

Another essential feature of the design stage of your infill home is that any changes are made before breaking ground. This includes enhancing your home's energy efficiency, the extent you wish to implement home automation, and any change in your building materials to make your home greener. Both your experienced designer and bespoke home builder can guide you and provide you the necessary information to adapt your new dream home to your wishes.

Ready for a custom build? 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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Being able to visualize your custom home, make any changes and get an accurate budget are the main factors that make the design stage important in your custom home building process. 

What is the Right Square Footage for your Custom Home

What is the Right Square Footage for your Custom Home

One of the first questions our homeowners have is what is the cost per square foot. To answer this question a Calgary custom home builder will have more factors to consider for the overall cost of your custom home. The most exciting part of custom building is that your home will be one of a kind and adapted to you and your family. Before calculating the cost per square footage, consider all the factors that can suggest what would be the right square footage for you and your family. Some of the significant factors are the number of rooms and family size, the essential amenities, and also your budget.

Talking Square Footage with your Custom Home Builder

Usually, in the initial planning phase is when our homeowners have to consider square footage and also the functionality and efficiency of their design. In the initial meetings with your custom home builder and designer, it is important to establish the size of your family and establish how many rooms you would like to have in your new infill home. When planning your dream home, it is an excellent time to add extra rooms if you want to grow your family in the future. If you consider selling your home, having full bathrooms may increase the resale value.

Amenities and Features for your Custom Home

The amenities and features you choose will give a customized touch to your new infill home. To figure out your square footage also think about the storage space you need, if you want to include a deck, patio or any other outdoor space. Think about any special room such as a home office, wine and tasting rooms, private gym, an entertainment center, and even your walk-in-closets.  

Also, there are a couple of other factors to consider for your budget and the size of your home. As not every room in your home costs the same. For example, for your kitchen and bathrooms your appliances, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, flooring, and fixtures also might influence your budget. Learn more about the cost of building your home and what is included in your building budget.  Additionally, when considering the cost per square foot, ask your Calgary custom home builder if you can see a previous home or a home under construction to see the quality of the construction and other clients selections. 

Ready for a custom build? 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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To calculate the right square footage for your new custom home take into account the size of your family, the number of rooms and amenities you want to have at home, and also other factors such as adding resale value.

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