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Custom Home Builder Tips to Save Money when Building your Custom Dream Home

Custom Home Builder Tips to Save Money when Building your Custom Dream Home

The overall cost to build a custom home can vary depending on the difficulty of the construction, the finishing materials selection, the size and design of the home, the specialized engineering and site servicing needed, the finishing quality, and also the contracting option. In building costs are divided between soft and hard costs; learn everything about costs and what to expect in your custom home building budget in our articles What is the Cost of Building a Custom Home in Calgary and Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget Part I.

As building a custom home is a major investment, researching about home building and choosing a professional Calgary custom home builder to give you their expert advice is a must. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home building our primary goal is to educate our homeowners and to guide them through the building process to make their custom dream home come true. Check out this little tips we have for you to save money while building your custom dream home.

Choose an Open Concept Design for your Custom Home
The more square footage you have, the higher will be the cost. Talk to your custom home builder and designer and ask them for an open concept home design, in this way you will be able to use as much space as possible and have a sense of openness in your home. The open concept also can save you money in your budget as you are not adding the cost of interior walls, doors, wiring or plumbing.

Select the Right Custom Home Builder for You
There are many home builders in Calgary, and each of them offers services that can suit your building project. For a custom home building project, we suggest selecting a professional and transparent builder with which you can establish a good communication and that understands your vision and how you want your custom home exactly to be. If your custom home design matches the home builder's vision, your project is set out to be a success. Furthermore, selecting a home builder that works with quality building materials, is a member of associations that support their credibility, and can offer you references from previous projects will give you confidence and assurance that your home will be a quality investment

Go for Semi-detached
Semi-detached homes are a solid investment and an excellent way to save money and still have a relatively large home for your family. Although they have less outdoor living spaces than detached homes, the maintenance cost for each side is also lower in comparison to a single home. You can either rent or sell the other side of your property and recover part of your investment.

Additionally, consider green building and home automation for your new custom home. Adding as many green building features to your project as well as home automation helps you saving money, living a healthier lifestyle, and help the environment as well.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; 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 get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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When building your custom dream home consider having an open concept design, think about investing in a semi-detached home, green building, and home automation.

3 Advantages of Having an Interior Designer for your New Build and Renovation Projects


 3 Advantages of Having an Interior Designer for your New Build and Renovation Projects

Having a professional from the beginning of your project can help you save time and achieve exactly the look you want your home to have. Beyond the structural implications of your building project, an interior designer will take care of improving the interior spaces to a high level. The expert opinion of an interior to designer either through a renovation or a new build can prevent making wrong choices and enjoy your building process even more. 

Usually, homeowners are not sure if considering an interior design would be beneficial for building their new custom home or even if they should be part of their renovations project. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we try to guide our homeowners through their entire building process. As established builders in Calgary, we want to offer as many tools as possible to make their building process experience very positive. Check out the three advantages of having an interior designer for your new build and renovation projects.

Enjoy the Selection Process for your New Custom Home

Although there is a wide variety of Calgary home builders, for custom home building the choices can be overwhelming at times. Many homeowners have precise and detailed wish lists and, nonetheless, may not know how to achieve the style they would like to have in their new custom home. Interior designers are professionals that specialize in interior selections. They are an attractive addition to any building project for inner city infills as they are creative experts that can translate your idea into the right furnishing, fixtures, and finishings, bringing to life what you envision for your modern custom home.

Cost Benefits for your Custom Modern Home

One assumption about having an interior designer as a consultant for building your new custom home or renovation project is that it might increase the cost of your project. Conversely, counting with the assessment of an interior designer for your new build or major renovation might enhance the interest of home buyers if your primary goal is to sell your custom home. 

On the other hand, if you are building or renovating for living in your custom dream home for the next couple of years, with the help of an interior designer you can prevent spending money on the wrong choices for your home, thus resulting in a positive investment.

Being Time-Effective is Always an Advantage for Custom Home Building 

One of the most attractive features of custom home building is to be able to tailor your new infill home to your exact wishes and need. Nonetheless, selecting all the items, materials, finishings and every detail for your new custom home or the area you have decided to renovate can take a good amount of time. 
For some homeowners, the process can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be that way. Consulting an interior designer that has the expertise of market prices, trends, and styles can ease the selection process and ensure the functional aspect of every item selected, thus saving the homeowners time and allowing the custom home building process to go forward.

As expert custom home builders in Calgary, at Sunset Homes, we count with an excellent team of interior designers that can guide your selection process and ensure you enjoy building your custom dream home.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; 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 get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Having a professional interior designer guiding you through the selections needed for your custom home building process can help you save time, money and enjoy better the process of building your custom dream home. 

All You need to know About Renovations that give you Return on Investment

 All You need to know About Renovations and Return on Investment

At Sunset Homes, working in our custom home building and major renovations projects, our homeowners frequently inquire about the best way to have a return on investment after selling their homes. The answer to this, of course, depends on the kind of renovation they have in mind. Many homeowners think that renovations do not add value to our home and many people think all renovations can provide a return on investment. If you are planning to sell your home soon, and your primary goal is to enhance your home value, check out these renovations that will help you have a return on investment.

If You think about Home Renovation, Space is King

The primary thing families are always missing is space. Adding square footage to your home and adding more living space to your home will improve the chances for resale and also your home value. Think about outdoor family activities, adding a deck might be an excellent way to improve living spaces and appeal to your buyers seeking to spend more quality time with their families. Depending on the materials you choose for your deck you can have even a return on investment of 80%.

Choose Modern Additions and Renovations

Landscaping is an improvement that you can do to your home and still have a high return on investment. Even if your home is not a new build, potential buyers are still interested in an aesthetically appealing home, and an excellent way to catch people's eyes is by having fresh landscaping done at your home.

Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms are In

Among any possibility for renovation, customizing your kitchen and master bathroom to create modern luxurious and spacious rooms have become everyone's favourite renovation. As the kitchen has become into more than just the place for cooking, and homeowners seek to share more time and be able to do more activities there, a kitchen remodel catches the buyer's eyes and also has a very high return on investment. Consider adding fuel ovens, energy efficient appliances, and great countertops. On the other hand, bathrooms are highly transited and to make them as appealing as possible to your future buyers, think about upgrading to under-mount sinks, wall-mounted lighting, and granite or marble countertops. Do you want to learn more about renovations? Check out the 3 Main Reasons Homeowners decide to do Major Renovations.

Are you ready for a major renovation? 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 get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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If you are preparing to resell, renovating your kitchen, bathroom and adding more living space to your home will add more value to your home and lead to a higher return on investment.

Building Permit Basics for your New Custom Home

Building Permit Basics for your New Custom Home

In the building and renovation process, once you have your design ready the following step is to gather all the necessary permits to start your project. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we take care of this process for you. As one of our primary goals is to educate our homeowners about the building process, we have prepared this short guide to all the basic concepts you need to know to understand all the permits required for building your new custom home, add any space to your home or have a major renovation.

Changing the use of your land to build your new custom home

The area or zone where you are looking to custom build might have different requirements and restrictions. Depending on the area, you will be allowed to build single detached homes, duplex or multi-residential homes. If the kind of home you are looking to build is not usually allowed in your area, you are required to apply for Land Use Re-designation. Check the City of Calgary website to see the requirements of your zone and ask your custom home builder for suggestions regarding the kind of build that can be done in your land.

Area and Kind of Home

Depending on the area you want to build or renovate, the permitting requirements might differ. If you are looking to build in an established neighborhood or the inner city, thus building an infill, the first steps would be to get a demolition or home removal permit, as well as a development permit. The main reason a development permit is required is to ensure that the construction of this new home is safe and results in a positive addition to the community. Be aware that all homes built in developed areas always require a development permit before applying for a building permit.

Zone and Custom Home Design

Depending on the land use allowed for your area there are two options for your development permit: contextual or discretionary. In simple words, applying for a contextual development permit means that your home's design follows all the City of Calgary’s guidelines in design suggested and that it doesn't require any relaxation of the land use. On the other hand, applying for a discretionary development permit means that your design includes items outside the contextual requirements and requires additional review. In any case, your Calgary custom home builder and designer will guide you through all the requirements and suggest which option suits your project better.

The Building Permit for your Custom Dream Home

Once you have your development permit, the following step for your custom home builder is to get the building permit. The building permit authorizes your custom home builder to build, demolish, relocate, alter and repair a structure. Furthermore, a building permit is always required for new homes and detached garages. The building permit contemplates some requirements such as your home warranty services and work inspections.

Visit the City of Calgary's planning website to check all the requirement checklist, glossaries and more information about all the permits. Lastly, choose a custom home builder with experience in the building process, and that guides you and communicates you every step of the way to build your custom home.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? 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 get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Depending on the zone or area in which your land is located you will need different kinds of permits and depend on your custom home design you will be able to apply for a different development permit. Choose a reputable custom home builder like Sunset Homes to take care of all permit requirement and build your dream home.

Three Important Facts you need to know about Sustainable Building

Three Important Facts you need to know about Sustainable Building

Sustainable building, also known as green building, is the implementation of environmentally friendly, responsible and efficient techniques in all the phases that entail building a home or structure. At Sunset Homes, as Calgary custom home builders, we implement sustainable building practices through our entire process. We pay attention to every detail while planning and designing your new custom home, selecting building materials, our construction practices and even while home removal or demolition.

Making sustainable infill homes that benefit our communities and educating our homeowners about it is one of our goals. As members of Built Green Canada, we want to be able to offer our homeowners durable, efficient and environmentally friendly custom homes. Take a look at these important facts about choosing sustainable building practices for your new custom home.

Investing in sustainable building for your custom home
Although many of our homeowners and home buyers approach us with the misconception that green building would be a costly option, green building is a good investment because in the long run these practices and materials will help you save money on your bills while having a more durable home and helping the environment. Building sustainable homes can also save you on mortgage insurance, check these rebates opportunities offered by Built Green Canada.

Saving on services in your new custom home
Following sustainable building practices can help you save in water, electricity, and gas. Saving can be done by implementing small changes to your modern custom home, such as selecting energy efficient furnaces, air conditioning, and windows. Save water by choosing low flow showers and faucets, and be more energy efficient by using appliances with the Energy Star seal.

Home automation for an efficient custom home
Including Home Automation to your Dream Home is a great way to make your home more sustainable and efficient. Smart lighting is one of the easiest ways of home automation. You can save energy by installing Wi-Fi enabled LED bulbs that allow the homeowners to control, dim or even program their lights. Home automation offers many options for energy saving and control.

Choosing sustainable building provides a healthier environment in your new custom home, provides better indoor air quality as well as better water quality. Overall, green building improves your home value and your life quality.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? 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 get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Choosing sustainable building is a great investment for home value and life quality. Ask your custom home builder for guidance on green building materials, programs and details on how to include sustainable building practices in your new custom home.

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