January 2014

Don’t Be a Slave to Your Home Design



When you luxuriate in a new home design, you want to enjoy the special features that you’ve added. You don’t want to spend your free time cleaning and maintaining them. After all, you have a family to take care of and a regular job to get to. You can meet this need by constructing a home that requires little maintenance.

Start by reducing extraneous detail. Wainscoting, fancy doorknobs and cabinet pulls, and grooved switch plates gather dirt on their multiple angles and depressions. Reduce the number of surfaces and stick with smooth, flat planes and you eliminate having to clean them. For example, use paint to add decorative detail rather than fancy moulding. And stick with kitchen cabinet fronts without handles so a simple wipe cleans them.

Certain materials and colours show smudges and dirt more readily. These include black and white, featureless flat planes, and anything that shines, like chrome. Go with neutral medium colours like beige or grey, and add patterns to hide grime. Use matte rather than shiny finishes. For example, on bathroom fixtures, burnished pewter faucets will hide water spots more readily than a shiny silver faucet.

Keep things together if you use them together. That means having the laundry room near the bedrooms if you like the convenience of throwing your clothes in the wash after you undress. Or putting it near the kitchen if you like to do laundry as part of your cooking chores. Consider a whole-house vacuum with outlets near major traffic areas and rooms. Instead of lugging a heavy vacuum cleaner around, you just plug a lightweight hose where you need it.

To find out more about low-maintenance home designs without all the frills, or get started on building one, please contact us. We are offering no GST and a free appliance package now until February 28, 2014!

Modern Trends In Home Designs

Home designs have gone through many changes over the years, and the changes are considerable! However, one thing has remained constant; people want to feel comfortable in their homes.

Elbow Room

One of the biggest comfort providers in a home is space. The room to get about comfortably from one room to the next seems to have been an afterthought in many older homes. Lately, narrow hallways and tight turns have been giving way to the “universal design” which blends wide hallways into the overall design of the house. This prevents the appearance of a nursing home, in which halls are widened to accommodate wheelchairs, but provides ample space and comfort for people of all ages and abilities.

I Bought A House; I’d Like Some Walls, Please

The “open floor plan” has been around a long time and is quite useful for large families, but modern architecture takes advantage of subtle dividers, such as counters and archways, to create rooms without resorting to traditional dividers, i.e., walls. This is a way to prevent that hemmed-in feeling without making a house seem more like a warehouse.

Let There be Light!

One modern trend is actually a throwback to the days before the light bulb. Large, tall windows are not only aesthetically pleasing, they’re very eco-friendly. Facing south, they warm up a room in the winter thanks to the sun. Bring all the warmth in during the day and draw the curtains in the evening to keep the warmth in. During the summer, the sun travels much higher in the sky, giving you the natural daylight without the blazing heat. Using the natural daylight instead of electric lighting can save on your energy bills, so take advantage of this new-again trend!


A modern home doesn’t have to send you to the poor-house. Once a design is selected, the construction team knows exactly what materials are needed. By using industry standard material, construction can begin quickly and be finished on time. In fact, the builder may have some of the material already on hand and not even have to order it. This reduction in time leads to a lower cost in man-hours. This, in turn, leads to a lower cost for the home-buyer.

Home design has certainly come a long way. From mud-huts to modern architecture, your home has always been your castle (and for some of our ancestors, they actually were castles!). Is it time to choose one of our affordable home designs and build your next home? Contact us today for your free no-obligation quote and find out.

Crazy Winter Sale – No GST and Free Appliances!

Call it soggy brains, call it cloudy insight, blame it on the lack of sun – the owners have decided that it’s time to do the biggest promotion in our company’s history – we are offering no GST! And if that’s not good enough we are also partnering with Trail Appliances to provide you an appliance package for your new home, vacation property or carriage house.

The only thing you need to do to get this great offer is sign a contract with us before Feb. 28, 2014!

Call us toll-free at 1-866-971-0239 to book your no-obligation appointment. First come first served so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Why Use Trafalgar Homes for Your Next Build?

  • Over 30 years of experience
  • Complete within as little as 8 weeks
  • 30% cheaper than a custom designed home
  • Homes starting as low as $72,934
  • Many designs to choose from
  • Financing program available
  • Built to code and industry standards

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