April 2014

Comparing Home Designs as A Buyer

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Comparing home designs is absolutely essential when it comes to making an informed purchase decision as a home buyer. Even with similar home designs, intricate details can still sway the decision to pass or make an offer. By learning how to evaluate various home designs, purchasing the right home for your needs should be achievable.

Kitchen Size Drastically Impacts Future Value

In terms of a space to value ratio, nothing adds more value than the kitchen. This is especially important when it comes to resale price, as most prospective buyers will generally put much of their focus on the kitchen. Even with a large house, a small kitchen can put a huge damper on resale appeal.

Avoid Half Bathrooms

Half bathrooms can shy away those looking to raise a family as it will often be necessary for several bathrooms to be used at once. Although half bathrooms can be useful, opt to have at least two to three full bathrooms.

No Laundry in the Basement

Having to do laundry in the basement is simply a poor home design. For those who are disabled or elderly, it can often be next to impossible to go up and down the stairs with loads of laundy.

Balance Curb Appeal with Interior Design

Although the quality of exterior landscaping will likely be what attracts potential buyers to a home, it does not matter if the appeal of the inside does not match or exceed that of the exterior. According to David Weekley Homes, “I don’t mean to downplay the importance of curb appeal. A home that turns your head as you drive down the street can be a real asset. Resale will be a lot easier if you don’t have to stand on the curb shouting, “No, wait! I know it looks bad, but this home’s got great personality!” If the romance doesn’t continue when you open the door, then you’ve got a problem that will be difficult to unload.”

Check out our home designs and contact us for more information on building a home that is both affordable and has curb appeal!

The Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid with Home Building

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Bob Ross may have liked mistakes, as he called them “happy accidents”, but there is nothing happy about making mistakes with home building. Homeowners are excited to be able to build their dream home, but if there is no careful planning, the dream can turn into a costly nightmare. We’ll cover the five biggest mistakes you can make, and how to steer clear of them.

Poor Planning

Your lifestyle should be taken into consideration when you are planning to build your home. Decide what your needs are for the new home and then build around those particular needs. For example, if you are planning to start a family or have young children already, then think about the accommodations and safety issues that you may be presented with. If you are retiring in a certain amount of years, then set your plans on what you will need later without worry or stress.

Poor Lighting

Windows should be in every room of your home. Natural light should shine through as much as possible and windows should be large enough to let the light through. When there is less natural light, the home will appear gloomy and dark. Skylights are also a perfect way to bring in natural light.

Not Enough Spacing or Too Much Space

If you are building small home, then the space will not be as much as a larger home. Storage will become a necessity and you should carefully plan on where the storage should be. In a larger home, space may not be an issue, however, too much space can be wasted. A spare room should be transition into two separate uses instead of one one that may hardly be used.

Poor Placement of Rooms

All rooms should be placed according to the functionality and allow for specific foot traffic to go through. Bedrooms should be on the side of the home away from noise and traffic so that sleep will not be interrupted when family members are coming and going. The kitchen is ideally placed near the garage or back entrance of the home and near the living areas. Garages are preferably on the main level near the kitchen to enter the home from the back or side entrance of the home without having to enter into the main living areas.

Letting Everyone Else Talk For You

Everyone has an opinion on what your home should be, but only you know what you need and will be living in the home. Stay involved while your home is being built and ask questions on things that need clarification if you don’t understand. Always communicate and speak out when things are not the way you want them. The professionals are there to help build your dream, but you know what is best for you.

If you are looking to build your home and have questions give us a call.

Residential Construction – Big is Not Always Better When it Comes to Floorplans

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Whether you’re looking to build a new primary home or vacation home, the floor plan is a critical piece to your homebuilding process. Today’s society pushed larger spacious homes as the go-to layout, but smaller floor plans can offer the same amenities, comforts and enjoyment with a much smaller build cost. If you are looking to build a new home and don’t want to break the bank, then a smaller floor plan could be your ideal choice.

Location

Your desired building location dictates the size and shape of the residential construction house you can build. Many lots in vacation areas such as lakefronts offer much smaller and narrower lots than standard resulting in less floor plan choices. Choosing a smaller layout home will allow you more building opportunities within areas of smaller land parcels as well as more outdoor space to enjoy.

Costs

Smaller home layouts are a big money saver for consumers on a budget or looking to keep their housing spending down. The layouts require much less building material and labour resulting in a home price substantially lower than their large counterparts. The low cost of smaller plans allows more buyers into the vacation home market. It also results in faster build times and buyers can spend more on the location of the home which can be the most important detail.

Amenities

Choosing an average or smaller floor plan does not limit which amenities you can choose to outfit the home. They offer all the same amenities just in a smaller space that can often make living more efficient. Kitchens offer a small but functional layout that contains all general appliances and luxuries such as granite counter-tops and travertine floors. Larger windows and extended ceiling make dining and living areas feel much larger and airy. Homeowners who choose the smaller layouts will find they can have all the luxuries and amenities at a lower price.

Contact us to find out more about our smaller floor plan designs and how we can build you an affordable home or vacation property.

Features to Consider when Building Vacation Homes

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Here in Cowichan Bay, the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and outdoor recreation make it a perfect spot for a vacation retreat. Planning vacation homes takes a little more preparation, as you must walk a thin line between having a home that is too elaborate and one that isn’t as comfortable to spend time in as you would like. Here are some must-have features you should consider when planning your vacation home that will allow you to have the best of both worlds.

Location-This is probably the most important aspect of a vacation home, as you’ll no doubt want it to be in a safe and quiet location that’s also near some local attractions. The view from your vacation home is also important, as you’d probably rather be surrounded by nature than other high-rise buildings.

Worry-free space where you can relax and let your hair down without worrying about creating stains on carpeting or damaging delicate woodworking is also a must. Your vacation home should be as maintenance-free as possible, and contain a game room, family room or covered porch that is free of carpeting so that you won’t have to worry about keeping it clean all the time.

Good quality appliances should be included in your kitchen, regardless of its size. When you’re away from home, the last thing you want to do is worry about your appliances breaking down, which is why it’s important to choose top-quality ones. Not only that, but higher quality appliances are also more energy efficient, so you’ll save money on operating costs as well.

A Covered Deck or Patio off the Main Floor is essential, because this will help you extend your living space somewhat, not to mention the fact that you’ll also be better able to enjoy that beautiful view you’ve already planned for.

Aside from these features, you probably have a list of your own must-haves that should be included in your vacation home. Since each vacation home is as unique as its owner, there really is no limit as to the style and amenities one can contain. Contact us for more information on how we can build a vacation home that is right for you!