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Garage Options for your Custom Dream Home

Garage Options for your Custom Dream Home

When planning a new custom home, there are many options to choose to make it unique. The size of your home will depend on your needs and the size of your family. According to it, you might pick a larger or smaller home. Developing your basement to a family or game room, having a deck or garden and creating more livable outdoor spaces would be on your wish list. The possibilities are endless! If you would like to learn more about your wish list basics, check out What to Include in Your Wish List before Meeting your Home Builder. 

There are two main options for your new dream home garage. Custom Homes in Calgary might have an attached or a detached garage. Even though there are limited possibilities, one of the most popular questions among homeowners is which option will be the most suitable for their custom homes and lifestyles. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we have put together some essential characteristics about each garage option for your new custom home.

Convenience of the Attached Garage for your Modern Custom Home

Although attached garages might not offer as much space as other kinds of garage, they are convenient and attractive in Calgary's cold winters, as there is no need to leave the house to get to your car. Another positive characteristic about the attached garage option is that they can easily provide a safe space to store tools and other items that you need to have on hand but not necessarily in your home. One of their main downsides is that they take space that could be used for another purpose in your home. 

The Attractiveness of the Detached Garage for your New Infill Home

A detached garage is a very interesting and attractive idea to consider for your custom home as it can be placed at an angle or the back of your home. This option also provides more space and it can turn out to be a more pleasing and private option. Their main drawback for Calgary infills is that detached garage can take most of the space of your existing yard, which can translate into less living outdoor space for your family.

Also, to decide among any of the options, homeowners and home builders should take into account the kind of lot and zone to assure the preferred garage option is feasible. For example, for a narrow lot, a detached garage would be the best choice. Furthermore, take into account your custom home style and design. Attached and underground garages are relatively new ideas and would not match perfectly with historical homes.

After choosing the option that suits you and your family the most, talk to your home builder about your garage design and characteristics to ensure it is secure and that it may provide some extra storage space for 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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If you are looking for the best garage option for your new custom home, consider that attached garages are conveniently inside your home, and that detached garages are more attractive aesthetically. Ask your Calgary Custom Home Builder for the best choice according to your lot and home style.

Why Location is Important for your new Custom Home

Why Location is Important for your new Custom Home

Location is Key to your Lifestyle
As a modern home builder, at Sunset Homes we have experienced that location is one of the most important things to determine when homeowners start to plan their new custom homes. Whether you are looking to build as an investment or you are ready to build a new custom home for you and your family; location becomes a key factor.

The location of your modern custom home will be adding home value as well as determining your family’s new routine, the proximity to work, where your kids will go to school, the amount of leisure time you will be able to enjoy, among other important factors to your lifestyle.

Community Development and Inner-city Living
At Sunset Homes, as Calgary infill builders, our main goal is to be a part of the communities smart growth. There are many advantages that come with building infills that will benefit our communities and homeowners. The locations of our inner-city infills are ideal to avoiding long commuting hours, enjoy the amenities, and to be able to take in the attractiveness of the city lifestyle. Also, infills activate our communities, bringing more support to local businesses, contributing to the development and refurbishing of local services and recreation areas. Check out the 3 Benefits of Building a Custom Infill Home in Calgary to learn more about it.

The Community of Elbow Park
An excellent location to build an infill is Elbow Park. Within Calgary’s inner city, Elbow Park is a residential neighbourhood in Calgary South West, bordered to the east by Elbow River. It is considered an exclusive luxury community and a highly desirable location for living in Calgary for its proximity to downtown and the beltline area. Plus, there is an amazing network of parks and parkways. Also, the neighbourhood has elementary, junior and high schools. 

Custom Building Possibilities

Sifton Single Custom Home

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have 3 lots on Sifton Boulevard, each with 50 ft. of frontage and 125 ft. lot depth. Homes on these sites can range from 3000-5000 square feet, with 3 car garages either with a rear lane or front drive access. Either modern, traditional or transitional, these homes can be designed with your family needs and lifestyle. Being bespoke means that you can customize everything exactly to your wishes and need. Contact Sunset Homes to review design possibilities and ideas for a custom build in this area.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes, 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 looking for a fantastic location to build a new custom home in Calgary, Elbow Park is an excellent area to build in order to enjoy the perks of the inner-city life.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part II

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part II

Last Monday we shared with you the first part of this blog that takes you through the building process. Once we have gone through the pre-construction and design phases (if you missed it, read it here), you can move onto the fun part, your custom home construction process.

Site preparation and foundations
The first step to build your custom home will be to prepare your site. We start either with demolishing or moving the existing building and then clearing, excavating and levelling the site according to the architectural plans. Check the Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal to learn more about this green building initiative. 

Following to this, the crew would lay out the footings and assemble the ICF foundation walls, and then pour the concrete onto it. If you want to learn a little more about ICF foundations, we recommend our articles Benefits of ICF Foundations and 5 Reasons Why Using ICF is a Better Option than Standard Cribbing.

Once the concrete is poured, and it has had time to cure, the crew will be ready for waterproofing and installing any plumbing that is needed on the first floor or basement. Once this is done, there will be an inspection. If everything has been installed correctly and according to the codes, your custom home builder can proceed to the next step.

Framing and mechanical systems
In this phase, your home will start looking like a home and less like a construction site. It entails major structural work, and as a result, the skeleton of your home will be completed as well as the walls, floor and roof systems. If your garage is attached to your home, it will usually be done during this stage. Conversely, if your garage is detached and you wish to use it for storage during construction, you can talk to your custom home builder and request to build it after demolition.

Once the framing is ready, the crew will proceed to work on siding and roofing. At the same time, all the mechanical systems are installed, which includes: heating and cooling units, plumbing lines and electrical systems. After the roofing is ready all the electrical work is completed including wiring for telephone, cable, tv and other systems. At this point, there will be inspections for rough framing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

Insulation, drywall, and Finishes
In this step, your custom home builder takes care of the insulation of your home, depending on your selections this could be made with a variety of materials. The most common types of insulation used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. ICF is the most environmentally friendly choice for building your home; it offers better insulation, will help you save energy, and is a resistant structure for your home.

Next in your custom home construction schedule is to complete the drywall, followed by applying a primer coat of paint. At this point, exterior finishes such as stucco, stone, and siding are installed. After this, other interior work is done, for example, all the flooring, interior doors, cabinets, and windows are installed.

Fixtures, appliances, and landscaping
At this point, your modern custom home is almost ready, and the faucets, countertops, light fixtures, plugs, and appliances are installed. Your bathroom fixtures, sinks, and toilet are put in place, as well as any mirrors, and shower doors. Once everything has been installed, a final clean-up of your new custom home is made. Finally, the last detail to include would be your exterior landscaping. Grass and trees are planted as well as any other landscaping desire you have will be completed. 

Final check and homeowner walkthrough
At this point, a final inspection is made to your home to check if all the items have been installed and completed correctly. Finally, your custom home builder will invite you to a walkthrough to give you the opportunity to review any item that needs to be adjusted. Once this is done, your home is ready to welcome you!

Are you ready to build your new custom home? 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 us out on Facebook and Instagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes in Houzz!

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Site preparation and foundations are the first steps of building your new custom home, then framing and installing the mechanical systems. Next will be the insulation, drywall, and finishes, and finally, installing fixtures, appliances and having your landscaping done. Don’t forget to discuss all the details of your construction process schedule with your custom home builder. 

4 Important Things to Know About the Renovation Process

4  Important Things to Know About the Renovation Process

If you are thinking about going through a renovation in your home, choosing a professional to take care of a renovation project is one of the key steps for a positive outcome. Major renovations give a new perspective to your property. They add value and help you adapt your home to any change in lifestyle you are going through or preparing for, such as adding a room, enhancing your kitchen, developing your basement, or just refreshing your home's look.

One of our homeowners' most frequent questions is whether a renovation or new build is the path for them to go. At Sunset Homes, we are major renovators, and we are proud of taking care of your needs as custom builders. Also, one of our primary goals is to guide our homeowners by providing as much information as possible so that they can take informed decisions for their projects. Here is a list of things to go through and discuss with your home builder for your home renovation.

Understanding your Major Renovation Idea
Depending on your needs, meeting at your existing home to listen to your thoughts is an excellent first step. Usually, your home builder will put together a team in which design, measurement, and site inspection can be done at your home to gather all the necessary information and to be able to create the scope of work and design for your major renovation.

For this first meeting, it is helpful to bring any visual help that you can provide, such as Houzz ideabooks, pictures, sketches, or any inspirational materials. This will aid your custom home builder when working on your design and budget.

Creating a Design and Budget for your Renovation Project
After understanding your main idea for renovating, the next step would be to revise the feasibility of your idea and create preliminary drawings to be reviewed along with your designer and custom home builder. Once you go through the revision process and get to the final design, your home builder will determine which building materials, suppliers and sub-trades your project will need. Once that is sorted, at Sunset Homes, we will prepare you a detailed quote for you to study and proceed with your renovation.

Timeline and Rebuild
After your design and budget are defined, a timeline including all necessary permits and documentation will be processed to be able to start with our renovation. With a timeline in place, you can plan either to live at home while going through your renovation or relocate for parts, or the duration, of the renovation. Keep in mind that for some renovations such as kitchen renovations some services might need to be disconnected in case a structure needs to be removed.

Major Renovation Accomplished
Upon completing your renovation, your custom home builder will clean the job site, conduct a final inspection and invite you for a final walk-through. If all details are in order, you will be able to enjoy your brand new space at home.

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 us out on Facebook and Instagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes in Houzz!

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When ready to renovate, your custom home builder will assemble a team to design, measure and inspect your home, proceed to create a budget and timeline for you, work on your rebuild and create an entirely new space that covers all your needs.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part I

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part I

One of the main concerns homeowners have when considering building a custom home is the time it may take to be completed. With custom infill homes, the completion time will depend on the size and complexity of the home’s design, as well as the weather conditions and the location or area in which the custom home will be built.

Single or multi-family custom homes
At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, based on our experience and organization from the size point of view for our single detached custom homes your construction project’s schedule might be running between 8 to 10 months.

To build a duplex it takes between 10 to 12 months, a triplex between 11 to 13 months and for a fourplex 12 to 14 months. These times might vary depending on the square footage of each home. Discuss with your home builder and ask them to provide a clear schedule of your project.

At Sunset Homes we use online software to organize our construction projects and our clients can follow their project schedule and completed tasks in real time. Check out our educational process videos and more information about this software here. Breaking down the construction process, each phase will take different times.

Pre-construction and design stage
Depending on every client this stage can take between 2 and 4 weeks. This is when the future homeowners and the custom home builder have the chance to talk about the vision for the custom home. In our initial meeting, we try to figure out answers to questions and details such as: How many square feet do we want or need? Where should the master bathroom be facing? How will the rooms be distributed in the house? 

The following step is having a Schematic Design Meeting in which the homeowner, the custom home builder and the design team see a first visual approximation to your home and start working on all the changes and additions. Learn about every detail of the design stage by reading our article The 4 Phases of your Custom Home Design Process

Paperwork and selections prior to construction
Once you have finalized all revisions of your design and we have our DP drawings, we apply for a Development Permit. This process might take between 4 and 6 weeks. Once your DP is approved we meet with you to start making your selections.

Your selections entail interior colours and materials for details such as: plumbing and electrical fixtures, fireplace, flooring, carpet, hardwood, tiles, backsplash, countertops, cabinetry, and stairs. Also, you will get to choose exterior colours and materials for your roofing, siding, windows, doors and masonry.

Parallel to your selections we apply for a building permit and demolition permit. The building permit will take between 2 and 4 weeks, and your demolition permit will take 6 weeks. Nevertheless, the demolition permit wait does not affect our process. Check the second part of this blog for more details on construction stages and times.

Are you ready to build your new custom home? 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 us out on Facebook and Instagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes in Houzz!

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Depending on each homeowner, the pre-construction and pre-design phase may take between 2 to 6 weeks. Then Sunset Homes will work along with the design team for your custom home design to obtain DP and BP permits and start building your home.

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