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Custom Home Building Steps: Foundations

Custom Home Building Steps: Foundations

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builders, educating our homeowners about their new home builds is paramount. From the beginning stages of design, our construction process, to the maintenance of your new home, we make it easy and enjoyable. One of our goals is to provide a wealth of pertinent information that equips homeowners with the necessary tools needed to make the custom home building process a gratifying experience. Over the next few articles, we will be learning about all the steps in the custom home building process: you will take a look at your home foundations, framing, siding, roofing, mechanical systems, insulation, drywall, and finishing stages.

As Calgary infill builders, we know that our homeowners are always eager to learn about the next steps that they will be facing in their projects. If you are building with us, and have already experienced the pre-construction and design phases, then your dream custom home is about to be built. Learn more about the steps on the pre-construction and design stages.

Building your Custom Infill Home
Foundations are considered the most important element of your new home. For Calgary custom homeowners learning all the basics about them becomes essential to ensure a stable custom home for many years. Your custom home foundations can be made from different materials, such as conventional concrete, ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), cinder-blocks, and even wood.

At Sunset Homes, we prefer to use ICF to build the base of our homes. ICF consists of a stackable block system that interlocks (similar to Legos), that allows for a more energy-efficient home that is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. ICF has also become a popular system in-lieu of conventional wood framing material due to the lack of thermal bridging and superior R-Value. Check out our blog to learn more about the  Advantages of Building with ICF for your custom modern home.

Step One on the Homebuilding Process
If you are building an infill in the inner-city, and there is a previous structure on your property, you have the option to remove the house or demolish it. Check out Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal. The very first phase of the construction process of your custom infill entails site preparation, excavation, and foundation work.

The type of foundation your home will have will depend on the ground conditions and the climate. The most common types are a slab-on-grade foundation, full basement. On a slab foundation, a concrete pad is poured into the ground and concrete will be the primary support of your house; this option is also simple to install. For a basement foundation a 6 to 8 feet hole is dug into the ground and will end with a concrete slab to create this space for your home; basement foundations are highly resistant to fire and extreme weather conditions.

Once the construction crew has leveled your site, and it is free of debris, they will dig the holes and trenches and will install the footings or will proceed to slab-on-grade construction. Footings are the reinforcement poured into the trench to support the foundations. Once your footings are leveled, and concrete is cured, the crew will start installing the ICF, place rebar in the walls, and align them for the concrete pour. This stage will be one to two weeks depending on the size of your home.

Ready for a custom built? Contact Sunset Homes today and learn more about how we can build 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.

Don’t forget to check out our Calgary modern homes for sale and construction updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
Your custom infill home foundations are the most important element because your home sits on them. They can be made with different materials, and we prefer working with Insulated Concrete Forms as they have many advantages. 

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home Part II

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home Part II 

The planning stage of your building process is important. Hiring an experienced custom home builder will provide you guidance to see your dream home come true. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have collected some items to avoid the most commons mistakes when building a custom infill home. These will help you to get the best version of your new dream home.

Forgetting You Are Building Your Dream Home

We know everyone can be busy at work, travelling, and just going about their everyday life. But some homeowners overlook choosing a builder they can check-in with. If you are building a custom home, as a homeowner you will have the chance to select every item in your home, so it becomes essential to feel comfortable and confident with your home builder, and also, to have excellent communication with them. Having a detailed schedule and learning about your homes progress and any events that might happen in the way is also beneficial.

Calgary home builders have different systems to communicate with their homeowners, at Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we try to differentiate ourselves by being as transparent as possible. We use Co-Construct, an online software that allows our homeowners to access all their projects details.

Not Thinking About the Resale Value

Even if you are planning this new infill home to be yours for the next 10-15 years, or if you are planning to pass your home to your children in the future, we can never predict exactly whether our circumstances will continue to be the same. Therefore, keeping the resale value of your property in mind might be a good idea for your new custom built.

Buying a Lot Before Knowing the Costs Involved

You can save time and paperwork if you check first with your professional Calgary builder the kind of lot you need. Choosing a poor location could become a nightmare for you and your family, and having to rezone can add more time to your schedule. Learn more about the Advantages of hiring a Custom Home Builder before Buying Your lot.

Not Investing Enough Time in Your Design

Your custom home design is the essential item in your process. Sometimes, homeowners might be too eager to start building their homes overlooking significant details. With a good set of plans, and a well-thought-out design, you will be sure you are getting what you desire and need, and also you can ensure that space is efficiently used in your new home. There is no need to worry about getting lost in every detail if you choose an experienced builder that can guide you through the process.

Not Thinking about Your Mortgage

All the items you want for your dream home can become quite a long list. Plan your new custom home around what your family needs and around your future. For example, your family trips, your children’s education, etc. Learn more about how to be cost efficient with us, check How to Save 15% on your Mortgage Loan Insurance.

Not Going Green in Your New Home

Adding to the importance of resale value, integrating green building techniques will contribute to your family's health, and most importantly, it helps the environment. From the financial point of view, incorporating green building practices to any extent to your construction project will represent savings in your future family budget. Learn more about green building in our articles Why You Should Build Green and Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal

Contact us today to learn more about how we can build you the inner-city home of your dreams. We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations. Check out our Calgary modern homes for sale, and updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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When planning your new custom build in Calgary, try to avoid common mistakes such as not getting involved in your process, not thinking about resale value, buying a lot without having a plan, and not thinking about your mortgage. 

Custom Home Builder Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

 

Custom Home Builder Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

Once you have your custom dream home, taking care of it does not have to become a difficult task. As experienced home builders in Calgary, at Sunset Homes, we care about guiding our homeowners in every step of the building process as well as in every step of the construction of your custom infill home. Fall has arrived, and with the new season, it is a perfect time to check some items in your custom home and make it ready to endure the cold days ahead. Take a look at these valuable tips for your custom home fall maintenance we have prepared for you.

Get your Custom Home Ready for the Cold Days

October is still a good time to check and prepare your home exteriors for safety during winter. Check your exterior pipes, gutters, and downspouts. When it comes to cold weather, it is necessary to think about reducing any chance of water damage in your new infill home. You can easily do this by draining your outside faucets, preventing your exterior pipes from freezing.

Clogged gutters can cause significant damage as well, check if the water runs without problem or if there is any leaking that you can correct with caulking. Having your gutters and downspouts working protects your custom home foundations from water damage. Other important exterior items to check are your lights and bulbs, having them checked and working will always come handy during the winter, as the days are shorter.

Check your Custom Home’s HVAC

With the weather changing, not only do your new custom home exteriors need to be taken care of, but also the interiors as well. One of the most important systems in your new modern home is the HVAC system, which stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. As inner-city home builders in Calgary, we know how important it is to get your HVAC checked at least twice a year. This means preparing your custom home either for the cold or the warm days. As we also suggested for your Spring Maintenance, make sure to have clean filters. Having clean filters will ensure that your system will keep running efficiently and avoid an increase in your energy bills.

Are you interested in more quick tips for your custom home maintenance? Check out the Custom Builder Tips for Maintaining your New Luxury Home and learn more!

Do you need guidance for 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.

Don't forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and read our reviews in Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

Fall is the perfect time to prepare your Calgary custom dream home exteriors and interiors for winter safety. Check your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage to your foundations, and make sure your HVAC system is working properly to keep you warm on cold days.

3 Things You Need to Know About Tile for your New Custom Home

3 Things You Need to Know About Tile for your New Custom Home

Custom home building can be a rewarding and exciting project for homeowners. Participating and choosing everything that your custom dream home will have is an experience that you can enjoy. Being informed and prepared for it will grant a positive outcome for your project. As experienced Calgary home builders, at Sunset Homes, we like to check item by item with our homeowners and guide them through all the decisions in the selection process. Check out these useful tips for choosing tile for your custom Home.

Tile for Flooring and Other Areas of Your New Infill Home

The first idea that comes to mind when we mention tile to homeowners and homebuyers is flooring. When it comes to it, there are many places in your custom home where you can choose to add tile and customize the look of your dream home with it.

If we are thinking just flooring, you can add tile to your custom modern home kitchen. Many homeowners prefer to add tile to their kitchen floor due to its durability. For bathrooms, entryways, mudroom, and laundry room, tile can be an excellent choice as it is dust and water resistant. Additionally, tile is an easy surface to maintain. You can add a little differentiation factor to your kitchen with tile backsplash, and also add some tile to the fireplace area; there are even tile countertops.

Getting to know more about tile can ease your decision process while selecting items for your home either for a new custom build or if you have decided to renovate or to improve your kitchen or bathroom in your existing home. In fact, changing your tile or adding tile backsplash to your kitchen is one affordable remodelling hack to customize and add value to your home.

Tile Materials for your Custom Modern Home

Depending on the room and the purpose of the tile, you will have many materials to choose from, such as ceramic, glass, or porcelain. You can play with tile colours, textures and patterns, and even have tile floors that resemble wood. Always discuss with your experienced custom home builder to determine which material adapts better to your needs and your budget. 

Tile for your Kitchen Backsplash

If you are considering a small or large kitchen upgrade, or if you are looking for ways to give your custom kitchen an attractive look, you have many tile options for your backsplash. The highly visible space between your kitchen counter and the upper cabinets.

Sometimes your design will include your sink or stove near this area, in any case, in this area there will be a lot of water splashing and food splattering, meaning that choosing tile can ease kitchen cleaning. Furthermore, due to its location in the kitchen, the backsplash area usually gets instant attention, so you can consider playing with patterns to add your unique touch to your custom kitchen.

Do you want to learn more about the selection process? Check out these quick reads about Selecting your Kitchen Cabinetry and Door Hardware and Wood Flooring.

Do you need guidance for 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.

Don’t forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and read our reviews in Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

Tile is a durable and resistant flooring option to choose for the kitchen, bathroom and transit areas of your new custom home. Also, you can select tile backsplash to create a unique look in your custom home kitchen.

Advantages of Hiring a Custom Home Builder before Buying your Lot

Advantages of Hiring a Custom Home Builder before Buying your Lot

Usually, new custom home buyers question if they should purchase a lot before selecting their custom home builder. In fact, one common misconception about new homes and custom homes in Calgary is that the best choice would be acquiring land before selecting the right builder. The right answer will always depend on the kind of project the future homeowner has in mind. Working with an experienced Calgary home builder will determine the outcome of your project and acquiring land before hiring your home builder can work perfectly. Nevertheless, we have compiled some advantages that hiring the most suitable custom home builder will bring to your project before acquiring your lot.

Finding the Perfect Lot for your Custom Home

To be able to find the perfect lot for your new custom home and simplify your process, having an initial plan will allow you to know the kind of lot that you need. Establishing a plan will enable you to include the essential elements that your new build must have for the long term. Having the guidance of a professional home builder will help you simplify your initial plan and determine the best location for your custom modern home.

Determining a Good Location

In many instances, we have stressed that determining the location for your new custom home is a key factor. Location will impact your overall happiness with your Calgary luxury home. It is important you feel comfortable in your new neighbourhood, and that all your needs and future needs are covered. Determining the best location for you and your family entails checking school zones, commuting time, future development in the community, having nearby health care options. Hiring a home builder before buying your lot can help you narrow down your choices for the most suitable community for you.

Get your Inner-City Home Builder’s Guidance for Zoning & Restrictions

Having information about the community you want to live in is important. For some communities, you would need to apply for approval for your design and landscape. This would also impact your design phase time. Your custom home builder can guide you to find a good lot in a zone where you are allowed to build other structures, such as a detached garage, or help you in case your new build needs land use redesignation.

Do you need guidance for 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.

Don’t forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and read our reviews in Houzz!

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Choosing your Calgary Infill Builder before acquiring your lot can be time and cost efficient as you can have guidance to get the best location, according to your ideal home and needs.

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