June 2014

How You Can Benefit from New Home Construction Compared to an Existing Home

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While it may be common for people to purchase existing homes compared to going with new home construction, this does not mean buying an existing home is the best choice. It comes down to a matter of important details, such as not having enough time or patience to wait for new construction. Or, there may not be any new construction in favoured neighbourhoods. It is crucial to understand how you can benefit from deciding on new home construction before making this major decision in your life.

Nothing that is Old, Used, Damaged, or Needs to Be Repaired

It is hard to pass up the perk of not having to worry about a water heater that needs replacing, a roof that needs repairing, or an electrical system that could use some wiring improvements. Getting new home construction means not having to deal with these issues, at least for an extremely long time, which can be a very enticing reason to pick a new home over an existing one.

Annual Savings in Various Areas

Although the purchase price of a home or the cost of building a new one will surpass any annual expenses that come with either option, you should not underestimate the ability for annual savings to make a noticeable difference to your finances on an annual basis. For instance, a new tankless water heater, plumbing system, electrical system, windows, doors, and garage are all parts of your home that will provide consistent savings by consuming and demanding less energy usage.

Ability to Build a New Community

When you decide on new home construction, you may be in a neighbourhood with other homeowners that are fairly new to the neighbourhood. It is an opportune time to build a community, one that you can be a part of every step of the way, as opposed to joining an existing one and attempting to fit in. Homeowners that are determined enough can create a thriving community to enjoy forever.

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Three Keys for Even More Affordable Home Building

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Home building can often be quite an expensive effort, which is why many aspiring home owners search for ways to keep costs within an affordable range. And to help with that, here are some more useful tips to bear in mind when overseeing the construction of your dream abode.

Keeping it simple

Okay, so everyone wants a house that looks exactly what they dreamed of. But the more elaborate the design you want, the more money you have put out. However, that does not mean that you have to abandon your desired look all together. The trick is to find a compromise and simplify everything.

Ornamentations like fancy window decorations can be kept at a minimum, since these are not that noticeable from a distance. Another way to simplify construction while still having the look you want is to use alternatives for certain materials. Instead of using crown moldings, for example, you can opt for wood casings. These will look perfect, but are much more affordable.

Maximizing space

Another common route to affordable home building is to build small. However, that also means you will have limited space, which can make moving around and in between rooms somewhat cumbersome. A solution you can do is to resort to the so called open floor plan. In this layout, the house is made to have as few walls as possible. Common areas like the living room, kitchen, and the dining area, are left open, while personal rooms are the only ones to be sectioned off. With less walls, the house will feel a lot bigger than it is and the cost of materials will definitely be lower.

You also need to watch out for so called “phantom space”. These are areas which are not usable as living space, but are still counted during construction. They include cellars used to house heating equipment, garages, and even the wall space allotted for insulation. What you can do here is to creatively use these to add that much needed space. Extra room left after wall insulation has been installed, for instance, can be fitted with fushed-in cabinets for a less crowded floor.

Think outside of the box

Since building materials get the biggest chunk of your building budget, you would definitely want to lower it as much as you can. One clever way to do it is to head out to yard sales for things like doors, cabinets, and room fixtures. Demolition sites are also particularly good places to find a lot of stuff that can add a certain touch to your home’s look without being too expensive. Many owners of structures to be demolished are willing to sell off these pieces for a bargain, as long as you can haul them away.

Embracing the green trend is also another way where you can cut down on costs. And contrary to common belief, it is fairly easy to source materials for such a construction, as long as you are creative enough. Research a lot on these green home building material so that you know how well they fit into your budget and desired outcome.

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Summer Sale! Receive a Free Appliance Package

We are making our new homes even more affordable with a free appliance package with every complete stage home. 

The only thing you need to do to get this great offer is sign a contract with us before July 31, 2014!
Call us toll-free at 1-866-971-0239 to book your no-obligation appointment.

What’s Included?

  • Whirlpool 18.9 cu. Ft. top freezer refrigerator -= WRT359SFYM
  • Whirlpool 30 in. self cleaning freestanding electric range – YWFE361LVS
  • Whirlpool Over the range microwave hood combo – YWMH1162XVS
  • Whirlpool 6” console built in dishwasher – DU850SWPS
  • Whirlpool duet 4.0 cu. Ft. front load washer – WFW9050XW (WHITE)
  • Whirlpool Duet 6.7 cu. Ft. front load electric dryer – YWED9050XW

*Subject to change. Trafalgar Homes has the right to substitute,  but will ensure they are of similar value and style.

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

Vacation Homes: Choosing What You Want and Need

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When creating your perfect vacation home, there are a few things you will want to take into consideration. First, you should decide how big of a house you need. Vacation homes come in a variety of sizes. If you are looking for a place where you can just relax with your spouse or with a friend, a one bedroom vacation home might be perfect for you. If you are looking to invite several friends or accommodate your large family, you will want a vacation home with several rooms and probably multiple bathrooms. When vacationing with larger group, especially with several children, for your own peace and quiet, you will appreciate the larger vacation home. A vacation should be relaxing, not stressful.

A second thing to consider is location. This may depend in large part on what sort of activities your family enjoys. There are many popular locations for vacation homes. If your family enjoys swimming, you may consider building a vacation home near a beach. If your family likes hiking in the mountains or skiing in the winter, a vacation home on or near a mountain might be more your family’s style. When picking a location, you may want to consider both the type of activities you can do near your vacation home and the view from your vacation home.

When having your vacation home built from scratch, a third thing you might want to consider is the windows. If you are picking a beautiful location for your vacation home, chances are you will want to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery even when you are not outside to enjoy the scenery. Large windows can help you better enjoy the outdoor beauty. Of course, if you have nearby neighbors, you may want your privacy a little more, so smaller windows which make it harder for others to see into your home might be more your style if this is the case.

A fourth thing you will want to consider is how soon you want or need your new vacation home. If you want the home right away, you may need to purchase an already built home. If you are willing to wait a little longer, you can get the vacation home built specifically the way you want. This can include the size of the home, the location, windows, and other features which are important to your home. The good news is that even if you want the home by the end of the summer, at Trafalgar Homes, your home can be completed before the weather gets too cold.  Call us to learn more.