7 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying Land For Your New Home

7 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying Land For Your New Home

When you find land for your new home construction, you already know to get some basic answers, such as how big the parcel is, where it’s located, and how much it costs. But before you put your money down, find out if the land is truly something that will meet your current and future needs by asking the following additional questions:

  1. Is the lot suitable and construction ready with the type and size of structure you want? What are the setbacks? Are there any zoning restrictions or requirements you need to be aware of?
  2. How does the topography affect what you can build? Is it high enough from the surroundings so it doesn’t flood?
  3. How was the land previously used? Are any contaminants or junk on the property? Are there any environmental regulations that affect the property?
  4. Is the site accessible to water, power, natural gas, or sewer systems? If not, what’s involved in adding such systems?
  5. What kind of road access does the property have? Can the road support the equipment you need to build the home or do you have to build a special way? Will any surrounding road expansions affect your property?
  6. Does the seller have legal title? Are there any liens, easements, or rights of way that allow other entities access?
  7. What kinds of taxes are due on the property when the sale goes through and if you hold it for an extended period

You can avoid many problems by not relying on the seller’s agent to broker the deal. Their primary responsibility isn’t you. At Trafalgar Homes we have trusted partners that we work with that can help you to find the land you are looking for. Please contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to find out more about Trafalgar Homes and to discuss your options on selecting property for your new home build.

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.

Architectural Styles For New Home Construction



If you are planning a new home construction, you are spending a lot of time looking at floor plans and balancing your budget. In the evening, you might be driving through neighbourhoods, admiring various styles of homes. In the past few months, you have learned more about home construction than you ever thought possible. Here is your chance to get to know a little more about some popular home-architectural styles.

Cape Cod

During North America’s colonial years, the Cape Cod style of architecture was designed to reflect the thatched roof cottages found in Britain. These cozy homes feature a steep roof and large fireplaces perfect for winter evenings. Dormer windows stand in a row on the upper level and large windows are featured on either side of the front door.


Between 1880 and 1910, the Arts and Crafts movement was responsible for the popular Craftsman style homes and cottages. Materials for these homes favour natural materials, including stone, brick and wood. You can enjoy summer evenings on the wide front porch or winter evenings in the open floor plan. This is the first home style to feature a breakfast nook.


In the 1600s, the Colonial style home was given its own flair depending on the region where it was built. However, all of these homes are symmetrical pleasing. You will find the even number wide, shuttered windows. There will be balance in the number of fireplaces and dormers.

French Provincial

After World War I, this style of home emerged. The style is similar to estate homes found in the French countryside. This home is symmetrical and features steep roofs. You will find many romantic flairs and touches in this architectural style.

Greek Revival

The Greek Revival movement was popular in the 1830s and 1840s. These homes feature beautiful columns and spacious porches. Made from painted plaster, these homes are symmetrical. Generally, these are large and spacious homes, making them a great choice, if you have a lot of land.

These are just a few of the types of home architecture at Trafalgar Homes our designs are more traditional or westcoast styles. To learn more about our design options contact us today.

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  • 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

At Trafalgar Homes, we make building a new home affordable with plans starting as low as $72,934 (Complete New Home Package).

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Visualizing Your New Home Build

Home Design


Do you have a vision for your dream home?  Many people have always dreamt of having a home that looks a certain way or has certain features.  Others may find that even though they haven’t always dreamt of a particular type of home, none of the homes available on the market seem to fulfill their needs.  Whether you’ve always wished for a certain type of dwelling or you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for, the process of visualization can help a lot in home building.

Here are a few tips:

Images.  Before you start building your home, you’ll need to figure out exactly what you want.  Culling images from home décor and architecture magazines will help you to decide what you’re looking for.  So why not sit down with a bunch of magazines and go through them all?  Try to pull out the images that appeal to you in some way.  The best way to do this is by going really fast and letting your unconscious mind take over.  This might seem very random but actually works very well.  Sometimes, you’ll find that the images you pull out conform to your idea of a dream home.  Sometimes, however, you’ll be surprised at the results and might come up with creative ideas that will surprise you.

Picture your dream home.  Another technique which will help clarify what exactly you’re looking for is picturing your dream home in your mind’s eye.  Sit down in a quiet place where no one is likely to disturb you and close your eyes.  Tell yourself that you’re trying to imagine your dream home.  What does its entrance look like?  Does it have a porch or a garden?  When you enter the home, do you see the living room right away?  Is there a big kitchen with the latest appliances?  Is there a home office?  Does the home have a view?  How many bedrooms are in it?  This technique is even more powerful than culling images because you’re drawing from your past experience of all the homes you have seen.  You might be surprised to find that you prefer a tiny, manageable cottage to a large mansion.

Be practical.  Imagining your dream home is one thing and actually building it is another.  In order to figure out if your ideas are practical, you might have to sit down with a home builder and figure out what’s possible and what isn’t.  However, if it turns out that some of your ideas are impractical, don’t lose hope.  You might still be able to get something that approximates your dream home.  For example, you may always have wanted a home on the beach.  But if you don’t live near the ocean, consider a home that overlooks a lake or build a Japanese-style garden with many ponds in your backyard.  With our considerable experience in home building, we’ll help you to come up with options that will help you fulfill your dream without breaking the bank.

Contact us for more great ideas about building your dream home.

Top Home Design Trends

Even though 2014 is almost on its way out, it’s still interesting to take a look back at the most popular home design trends we’ve seen during the past year. It truly was a year of innovation, as well as of intricate and personalized designs. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular changes we’ve seen in home building over the last year.

The Master Suite

It seems that for most new homes, the master bedroom has been laid to rest in favour of a master suite. Retreating to your master suite is almost like retreating to a terrific spa getaway, which is exactly the result homeowners are looking for. These suites can be minimal if desired, but many homeowners prefer the luxurious variety, which can even include adding a sauna or other spa amenities.

The Guest Suite

If your home has always had a guest bedroom, you’ll be happy to know that guest suites are making an appearance too. A recovering economy means that more travelers are opting to stay with family and friends. As a result, people want to be able to accommodate them. The result is a guest suite that might even be able to put the most exquisite hotel room to shame.

The Smart Home

You’ve heard of smart phones, and you probably even have one in your pocket right now. However, smart homes are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Smart homes encompass everything from advanced security features that can be operated through mobile devices to designing a home that has an open floor plan with strategically-placed appliances.

If you’ve been thinking about designing and building your own home, it’s important to work with a company who understands the current trends, but who also will listen to your ideas and bring them to life in ways you never imagined. These trends will become commonplace soon enough, however it will be interesting to see how they evolve in the near future.

At Trafalgar Homes we have many design options to choose from. Give us a call to discuss your options.

Reasons to Consider Purchasing a Vacation Home



Owning a vacation home is a dream for many families as doing so would allow them to escape to their favourite vacation destination on a regular basis. However, for many homeowners the decision to purchase a second home can be a complicated one. Thusly, it is important to consider whether it is the right time for you to purchase a vacation home. To help you make this decision, here are some of the benefits of purchasing a vacation home.

Creates a Home Away From Home

For many, one of the greatest disadvantages of vacationing is having to stay in a hotel. This often means paying a great deal of money to rent a tiny room that has an uncomfortable bed that many other people have slept on. By purchasing a vacation home, you will be able to fully relax on vacation as you will be staying in your second home; a place you are likely comfortable in as you know it is yours. Furthermore, having a vacation home simplifies packing for vacation, as many of the things you would traditionally need to bring to a hotel will already be in your vacation home. In fact, many people keep extra clothes and belongings in their vacation home so that they do not have to pack anything when they go on vacation.

Financial Benefits

There are many financial benefits in purchasing a vacation home. While purchasing a second home is generally a good investment, purchasing a vacation home is an even better investment. This is due to the fact that vacation homes are traditionally located in popular vacation hotspots. Thusly, these homes are more likely to hold their value, or even increase in value, due to the fact that vacation destination homes are generally always in demand. Vacation homes can also be a source of extra income if you decide to rent the home to travelers during the times of the year when you are not living in your vacation home.

Vacation homes can be a fantastic investment as they ensure that you and your family have a place to vacation, and they can act as an additional source of income. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of purchasing a vacation home and how one of our vacation property designs can be not only affordable but a wonderful vacation for you and your family.