November 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About Building A New Home

5 Things You Need To Know About Building A New Home


You’ve got your eye on a piece of property that is just what you dreamed. It’s partially wooded, close to water and big enough for an in ground pool to be built later if you so wish. There’s enough space for an outdoor room, a garden and perhaps even a carriage house for your parents. You’ve got an idea what you want the house to look like and just where you’ll place the carriage house and garden. Now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find financing, as well as a professional well versed in home building.

Here are five things you need to know about the subject before you begin the construction process.

1. Laws and Building Codes

Set an appointment with your local building inspector. You’ll need to know to what use the surrounding area will be in the future. You don’t want to erect your dream house in the middle of what could become at a future date, a strip mall or a factory of some type. The building inspector will know what codes and restrictions will be placed on the property. You’ll also need to ask the inspector which office to visit regarding a soil percolation test if you are dealing with a septic system setup. If the property doesn’t pass the perc test, you can’t build on it.

2. The Professional’s Reputation

You have a choice of contractors. Make sure they are certified and licensed. Get references from past buyers and call them to discover their opinion of the contractor’s ability to work with the building inspectors and codes. Trafalgar Homes, for example, has over 20 years’ experience in keeping projects on time, in budget and working well with the authorities. They construct affordable cost-effective homes to your design choice instead of putting up large expensive houses and then selling them.

3. Building Costs

Before you get funding for your new home, you will need to know to the last nail what it will cost. You already know your credit needs to be if not sterling then at least shiny in order to obtain a mortgage. Some contractors are affiliated with lending professionals and can help with financing, but they don’t finance a home themselves. Trafalgar Homes will help you with financing, obtaining a lot on which to erect a home, work with you on your credit and much more. When all is said and done, Trafalgar Homes will build your new home affordably and to the specifications in their designs. You won’t be paying for more house than you need.

4. Resale Value

Life happens and things change over time.  Children grow and need more space, senior family members might stay with you, you will need to move closer to your workplace or the future of the neighbourhood could mean higher traffic, more noise and so forth. When you build your house, keep in mind things that will look good in a sale brochure. Things like energy efficient windows and doors, tankless water heaters, radiant heating and cooling and green construction materials and methods can mean the difference between a sale and staying in a home that has become inconvenient.

5. What Did You Forget?

Before the first board gets nailed into place, it would be a good idea to go over with Trafalgar Homes a few things most folks forget until they need them. This will be one of the most important purchases and getting it right the first time is imperative. For instance, things like, how many outlets can be fitted into a room, as well as outside the house and wiring to support all your current and future needs. Other necessities might include roughing in the plumbing, planning on the years when mobility will be limited, lowering the cabinets and planning on a walk-in bathtub are things to think about.

Please contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to find out more about Trafalgar Homes and to discuss your options on selecting a new home.

A New Home Is More Affordable Than You Think

A New Home Is More Affordable Than You Think

The home buying process can be a challenging and confusing process and buyers often don’t fully research and understand the options available to them. The thought of building a new home is often overlooked because buyers imply it is out of their budget. The truth is, that building a new home can be much more affordable than you think.

Consulting with a professional custom home builder should be part of the process of buying a new home. This allows the buyer to see if a new home is within their price point and what steps are needed to start the home building process. A home builder is much more than just someone who builds a house, they also help with all the other processes along the way.

Not all new homes are large square footage plans with the latest technology and furnishings as many buyers might think. Most custom home builders have a large selection of home designs and builds that fit within all budget ranges. This allows even buyers with a modest budget and first time buyers to be able to afford a quality new construction home.

A large portion of a new home is the lot price and buyers who already have land or can find an inexpensive property can afford more home for their proposed budget. In most cases, if you already have property, financing can be arranged for you. We have put together a program where we can offer you varied options on your terms and are capable of creating rentable income to help subsidize your mortgage costs. On your vacant land we can build you a revenue stream, making your property work for you as a sound investment.

There are many advantages of building a new home and buyers will reap the rewards for many years to come. The low to no maintenance required on a new home and the no need to renovate is a major selling point. Also, the buyer will get the home they want and not have to settle for just what is for sale at the time. We build homes that provide all the convenience and comfort as a custom designed home would but at a much lower cost.

Save With Trafalgar Homes Until December 31, 2014

With our Save The GST offer, we are making our new homes, vacation properties and carriage houses even more affordable. Until December 31, 2014 you can save the GST on all complete builds. Please contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to find out more about this offer and to discuss your options on selecting a new home.

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A New Home Design

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Home Design

You have picked out your land and found a contractor. Now, it is time to pick out a floor plan from one of our new home designs, and there are so many to choose from. From cozy two bedroom bungalows to ranch houses with three bedrooms and an open floor plan, you have a lot of home designs and floor plans to go through before making a final decision. It can be overwhelming at times. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing.

1. Your Family’s Needs

If you have small children, you might not want the master suite on a different floor or on the other side of the house. You might consider your plans for the next ten years or so. You might be planning to have a family or retire and need less space. You might be the type of family who enjoys home-cooked meals or eating out. You would take all of these things into account when selecting the kitchen size you need. If you enjoy spending a lot of time together as a family, you might consider a home design with smaller bedrooms and larger living areas.

2. Your Budget

When having a home built, it can be easy to go over budget. A few upgrades here and there can add to the final bill quickly. The home design you pick should take your budget into account. You do not want to select a plan that is so grand you will need to scrimp and save on other features just to cover the cost of building supplies.

3. Your Lot Size

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the warmer months outdoors enjoying your patio and backyard, you do not want to choose a plan that would leave you with a tiny yard. Also, you will not want to leave yourself with more yard than you are prepared to take care of on the weekends.

There is a home design that is just right for you and your family. At Trafalgar Homes, we are dedicated to helping you build the home you and your family will love for years to come. If you need advice on selecting a home design or more information about our building services, contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to discuss your options.

Custom home designs to accommodate multi-generation families

Custom home designs to accommodate multi-generation families

Many family homes now must meet the needs of expanded families. In-law suites for aging parents and basement apartments to house “boomerang kids” are much in demand. While these home designs provide some degree of independence, they lack privacy and flexibility once the adult child flees the nest or the aging parents require a higher level of care. Also, do you really want to be the one to inform your mother-in-law she’s living in the basement or over the garage?

One solution is to build a separate carriage house. If your property has sufficient acreage, then it’s easy and cost effective to construct a separate residence for your relatives. There a number of floor plans available that provide just the right amount of living space. Having a kitchen, sitting area and bathroom of their own gives your loved ones a feeling of independence while still allowing them access to the family.

These additions can be constructed without disrupting the rest of the household. Because they don’t have to be tied in to existing plumbing and heating, the job is actually much easier. Auxiliary buildings can be completed in approximately 8 weeks. In addition, they can match the primary home on the outside but have an entirely different design scheme for the interior.

Another advantage of the carriage house is that it can be transitioned to other uses. Homeowners can convert the space to an office or studio. It’s a way to work from home without the many distractions being at home can cause. The separate structure can also be rented out and will provide a nice income stream. Many tenants are happy to live in a single family neighbourhood and will jump at the chance to have a small apartment of their own.

If your home no longer meets the needs of your family then it may be time for a change. Consider a custom designed expansion before you put up a for sale sign. Contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to discuss your options.