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Latest Kitchen Trends for Modern Custom Homes


Latest Kitchen Trends for Modern Custom Homes

In 2017, modern custom homes have spacious, comfortable and functional kitchens in which cooking is not the only activity anymore. In this modern home design, the main floor includes an open space kitchen that serves as a multi-purpose room.

The latest trends for custom kitchens include a space in which you and your family can entertain guests, work from home, cook, and share family time every day. Being part of the open space concept, the kitchen design is connected to the living and dining rooms as well, creating a sense of openness and more space.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have checked the latest trends to give you some ideas and some inspiration for planning a kitchen renovation or to include in your custom home.

Go-to colours for your new luxury home
White kitchens continue to be everyone’s favourite. Nevertheless, grey and brown have been trending this year. Calgary modern homes are displaying matching colours for cabinets, backsplash, and countertops. Moreover, having light colours in different shades is also a big trend this year.

Graphic tile for custom modern kitchens
Traditional tile is still being used in all white kitchens, but also graphic patterns are a good addition to customize your kitchen. If graphic tile doesn’t match your style, choosing a light tile colour with some texture can bring that unique touch as well.   

Calgary infill homes include super pantries
Homeowners nowadays need plenty of storage space. A walk-in pantry design or up to ceiling kitchen cabinets are big trends for pantries this year and both options provide plenty of storage. Some super pantries include built-in spaces designed for your appliances, drawers with cutting tables, and spots to place your laptop.

Under-Cabinet Lighting
Another small addition trending in 2017 to customize your kitchen is adding under-cabinet lighting. This kind of lighting will help brighten your countertops and provide a unique style to your kitchen as well. If you already decided your custom kitchen layout and are thinking about some details to give a unique touch to your kitchen, check out our article 3 Things to Consider When Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry and Door Hardware to get excellent ideas.

Are you ready to build a modern custom home or renovate your kitchen? 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, take a look at our beautiful Homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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The latest kitchen trends for modern custom homes in Calgary include having light colours and combining shades with your graphic tile and having under-cabinet lighting can give your custom kitchen a unique touch.

Custom Home Builder Tips for Maintaining Your New Luxury Home

Custom Home Builder Tips for Maintaining Your New Luxury Home

Home maintenance involves not only developing a course of action to keep your new modern home clean and tidy. Regular or general maintenance is necessary to keep your home’s energy efficiency on point.

General maintenance helps to prevent and avoid major repairs in the future, and most importantly, it is essential to maintaining your home’s value. New homeowners might get overwhelmed when thinking about their new custom home’s maintenance. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have brought together a list of practical maintenance tips to assist you in keeping your custom luxury home at its best, and we have divided these chores at different times of the year make your home maintenance easy and organized.

For specific seasonal tips you can check out our articles: 3 Important Tips for Preparing your Custom Infill Home for Spring and 3 Easy Steps to Take Care of your Home during Winter.

Monthly check'ups for your Modern Custom Home
Calgary home builders recommend testing your HVAC regularly. Experts are divided; some believe your HVAC filters should be changed monthly whereas other experts recommend doing this every two to three months. The frequency for changing your HVAC filters may depend on the size of the family, if you have allergies, and if you have pets at home.

Other important monthly check-ups recommended by Calgary custom builders are to check water pipes and seale up any leaks; water leaks can be very damaging to your home in the long run. Finally, don’t forget about checking your kitchen sink disposal regularly, to avoid future complications with it, such as build up that could cause clogging.

Custom Home Builder Quarterly Tips
Some items that need maintenance quarterly are smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms and your garage door. Custom home builders recommend testing detectors and alarms, this is an easy task that only requires pressing the test button.

Check if your garage door would reverse when obstructed by any object or when its sensor gets interrupted. If it doesn't work, contact your home builder to get the original suppliers to check it. Finally, it is advisable to check your furnace filters quarterly as well.

Biannual Tips for your Luxury Home
Having biannual deep cleans will help you prepare for big seasonal changes, check that all your appliances are working as expected and freshen the look of your house. Inspect the electrical cord of your appliances to ensure they are undamaged. Also, check that your windows and doors are working properly, especially before winter. Look for window cracks, tears and wear.

General Maintenance Tips for Custom Infill Homes
Your home’s external appearance tells a lot about its condition. Some of the general check-ups that homeowners should take care of are the exteriors. Maintaining the landscape, garden and deck of your custom home will extend your home value.

Adding a coat of paint will also contribute to keeping your house’s look on point the entire year. Finally, creating a maintenance calendar with a checklist can be an excellent choice to remember all these little tips to efficiently take care of your dream home.

Are you ready to build a modern 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 out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, take a look at our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Checking your homes’ systems, appliances, and exteriors are great ways to maintain and extend the value of your new custom home.

Exterior Finishing Options for your Custom Home in Calgary

Exterior Finishing Options for your Custom Home in Calgary

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we want to provide our homeowners with many options to go through when they are in the selection process for their new homes. Exterior finishes are integral to your home’s look, aesthetics and style. Additionally, your custom home exterior finishing also should be lasting and weather resistant, especially with Calgary’s winter and wind. In our building process, we are always looking to guide our homebuyers and help them select the best options for their homes. That is why this week we have put together a list of exterior finishing options for your new custom home in Calgary to ease your selection process and help you find the most durable option, with the highest quality that fits your budget.

Stone
Stone has become the favourite for everyone, especially homeowners that prefer a traditional look. It is considered a premium material, because stone is a natural product, and it can be installed both in interiors and exteriors. This option can be quite expensive due to its installation cost and time. If you decide to have stone in your custom infill home, you can either have it included in a small part of you design, combined with stucco, for example. Also, you can consider some masonry products that have a similar look to stone, such as cultured stone. This option is a great alternative to stone. Cultured stone is a semisynthetic option that offers a similar look to stone at a reduced cost.

Stucco
Nowadays stucco is a very popular option. There are various kinds of stucco such as synthetic and natural. We provide the option to use EIFS, an exterior insulation finishing system that makes your walls water-resistant, provides insulation, and it can be mixed with assorted colours for a unique finish. Stucco has turned out to be the most efficient, resistant and durable material for exterior finishing, and also, one of the easiest options to install.

Metal and Vinyl Siding
Both these options are quite popular as well and offer a modern look to your home. These materials are durable and strong, water resistant and low maintenance. Ask your custom home builder for guidance about using these options and check if it matches your custom home style.

Hardie Board Siding
A widely used option by luxury home builders in Calgary, hardie board siding also has many benefits. It is durable and can be made to look like other materials such as wood. It is also fire resistant and can stand through wild storms. Although this option stands among the most used in Calgary, its installation cost can also be higher than the other options.

Talk to your custom home builder about these options and consider your custom infill home design. At Sunset Homes, we will gladly guide you through the selection process and provide you with all the help to make your dream home come true.

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 Calgary 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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Stone, metal and vinyl, stucco, and hardie board are among the most popular options for exterior finishings for your custom home.

4 Things you Should know About Building a Custom Home vs Buying an Existing Home

4 Things you Should know About Building a Custom Home vs Buying an Existing Home

When you are ready to invest in a property or upgrade to a new home, you have the option to buy an existing home or to build a custom home. Depending on your plans with the property, family size, and lifestyle, one option might suit you better than the other.

On one hand, custom home building allows the homeowner to plan the design, choose every item in the house, and to select the quality of the building materials. On the other hand, many homeowners have expressed that buying a modern home is an excellent option because it can take a shorter amount of time.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we seek to help and guide homeowners and future homebuyers with all the information necessary regarding Calgary custom homes. That is why we have prepared this list of things to consider when deciding between building a custom home or buying an existing one.

Location of a new home vs. a custom home
Your new home’s location will impact your life in many ways. Depending on your family needs, you would have to consider school districts, your commute to work, and of course the neighbourhood that would suit your family the most.

New homes and new developments are usually far from downtown, whereas custom infill homes are located in the inner city. Living in Calgary’s inner city could offer you and your family many advantages, you can read more about it in our article 3 Benefits of Building a Custom Infill Home in Calgary. Take your time to talk to some Calgary custom home builders and inquire about location.

Convenience of a modern custom home
Always depending on your needs, one option could be more convenient than the other. For example, building a custom home allows you to customize your home, add all the rooms you need or your family will need in the future and use space efficiently. This means that a modern custom home adapts to your family’s needs.

Nevertheless, the custom building process takes longer than the process of buying an existing home. If you have the time to go for custom building, make sure you can develop a positive relationship with your homebuilder.

In Sunset Homes, to make the building process time more efficient, we always try to maintain the best communication possible with our homeowners and we keep them updated with every detail regarding their building projects using co-construct and our online software. Check out our educational video about it.

Custom Building entails a Different Budget and Schedule
Many homeowners are inclined towards custom building but fear that building a modern infill would be a higher cost and that besides taking longer, there is the possibility of going over budget. On the other hand, homebuyers feel less concerned about their budgets when buying an existing home.

If you decide to build with a reputable custom home builder, you should never encounter any of these problems. Ask for references and past experiences from other homeowners that have built with your custom builder of choice. And also, you can ask your builder for savings advice. 

Another aspect that concerns your budget is that after buying an existing home it is common to undergo renovations or upgrades.

The renovation costs can be delayed or you can decide to make upgrades after moving into your new home. Although, when you decide to a custom build, as everything is customized, you won't have to account for any renovation in the near future.

Quality of Building Materials
When buying an existing home, there is little possibility to assure your home has been built with the best building materials possible. Conversely, when building a custom modern home, choosing high quality building materials is easier, as well as incorporating green building practices.

 Sunset Homes is part of the Built Green Program and is actively seeking the best way to provide our homeowners with the best quality materials for their homes as well as the most energy efficient structure possible.

Are you ready to build a modern 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 out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, take a look at our beautiful Homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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When deciding between buying a home or custom building consider aspects such as location, time convenience, budget and quality of building materials to decide which option suits you best. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Concept Style for your Floor Plan

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Concept Style for your Floor Plan

Having an open concept style for your floor plan has become a trend in the last few years. The open concept combines multiple rooms in a single living space. For example, an open concept main floor would have a kitchen, dining room and living room in one shared space. Usually, deciding whether the open concept style suits your needs would be a first step in creating your home's design and wish list. At Sunset Homes, we have put together a list of advantages and disadvantages of the open concept style to help you select the most suitable option for your lifestyle.

Connecting with the outdoors
Nowadays custom luxury homes use an open space style to create a sense of even more space by connecting the outdoor living spaces with the indoors. Using floor to ceiling windows has become the best way to do this. It gives a much larger look to your home and eliminates barriers to being able to enjoy the view of the outdoors. One of the main advantages of having an open space concept in a home is that it creates a sense of openness. The downside of being connected to outdoor living spaces might be having less privacy.

Fewer walls
As this concept does not include many interior walls and usually includes floor to ceiling windows and glass doors, you can enjoy more natural light at home, and potentially save in electricity during summer, enjoying as much as possible the daylight during winter. The main disadvantage of having fewer walls might be having less space for art and wall decoration.

Efficient use of space
For many homeowners having the living room and kitchen integrated provides a more inviting environment than the two separated areas, meaning that the open layout could make the task of entertaining guests easier. Also, moving furniture within this area becomes a less complicated task. Nevertheless, the open concept style might mean more noise in the multiple room area as well, so developing tasks that require concentration could be more challenging.

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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The pros of having an open concept floor plan for your custom home are that it will allow you to connect with your outdoor living spaces, take advantage of all the square footage of your home, making it visually larger, providing more room to entertain your guests and share time with your family. The cons would be having less privacy from the outdoors, less space for decoration or art, and fewer spaces to escape to. 

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