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Congratulations! You have made a decision to build your next home, rather than buy it. One of the next big steps after finding the perfect lot is coming up with a design for your future home. Home designs should not only fit all of your needs and be within your budget, but you should also choose a design that is a reflection of your style.

What’s Your Style? 

When you choose a design, it is very important to make your requirements known. Consider how you will use each space and how frequently the space will be used. It does not mater if you have an elegant style or a traditional style, there are different rules and guidelines that can help your home design be a success.

Start With The Basics

When you are preparing your list, you should think of how many rooms you will need and how much space you will need. Consider the number of family areas, your dining room features, kitchen features, and so on. The land you have chosen to live on is unique, so keep this in mind when you are working on selecting your home design. You may want to place your ground-level rooms, such as bathroom and bedroom, away from the street. Make sure the flow to your home is logical because you will want to maximize all of your space.

Colours/Accessories

When discussing good designs, you should consider your combination of colours and textures. Every item in your home should look good and have a purpose. Are you one of those people who are not afraid of bright and bold colours? It’s fine if you aren’t. You can always go with a more neutral design. Your rooms will be filled with plenty of colours when you add your style and taste. You can add your favourite pictures, wall art, pillows, coverings, rugs, and other additional accessories. You should never be afraid to add your own personality and twist to your home.

Energy Efficiency

You do not want multiple windows placed where the sun will set. If this happens, it will be extremely hard to cool your home when it is hot outdoors. When you have your windows placed in the perfect location, you can increase the energy efficiency of your home. Your choice of window covers can also assist in controlling how it feels in your home.

Choose your home design so you and your family will be proud to show off. You will feel great knowing you have created a comfortable atmosphere where you can watch your family grow. Not sure exactly what you are looking for? Let us help you choose a Trafalgar Home design that is right for you.

Considering a Second Residence? Here are some Strategies for Affording a Vacation Home

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Vacation homes are something that are often thought of as being only for the wealthy. That doesn’t have to be the case, as there are a number of ways ordinary people just like yourself can have the vacation home they desire, without overextending themselves financially.

Consider Renting the Residence Part Time
One way people are able to afford a vacation home is by renting it to other travellers for short periods of time throughout the year. That way, the home is generating a source of income, yet is also available whenever it’s needed. If you do decide to go this route, think about how you will keep up with maintenance on your vacation home. A property management firm can be very useful in turning over keys, keeping up with maintenance, and promoting your rental, thereby allowing you to at least cover your operating expenses.

Calculate your Savings
If you regularly travel to a particular area multiple times each year, buying a vacation home might actually save you money in the long run. Rather than having to rent a hotel room, you could stay in the comfort of your own home instead. You would also save money on meals by preparing them at home rather than eating out. Plan wisely, and you might discover that a vacation home isn’t all that far out of reach after all.

Plan for an Investment
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of retiring in a certain area, in which case you could consider your vacation home a long-term investment. If this is the case, consider deferring any money you are now investing into the purchase of a vacation home instead. You’ll be building equity in your new home, and will already have the framework in place for your retirement once that day finally does get here.

People who take regular vacations lead happier, healthier lives. If building a vacation home is on your bucket list call us toll-free at 1-866-971-0239 or contact us to discuss how we can provide a cost effective solution to building your vacation home.

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.

Looking to build your home? Give us a call we can help.

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.

Need help with your home build give us a call!

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.

Questions to Keep in Mind When Hiring a Home Builder

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Shopping for a home can be a stressful process, often due to the fact that most of the homes that you find may not be what you had in mind for your dream home. If you’ve decided to go with the route of getting a home built that meets all of your desires, it’s important that you take your time before hiring a home builder.

Rushing into choosing a builder for the construction of your new home can be one of the biggest mistakes that you can make due to the fact that you likely have several concerns for your finished home. Knowing what to ask can ensure that your new home fits all of your expectations.

  • Request to See Portfolio: By looking through photographs and past testimonials before hiring a home builder, you can see for yourself the kind of work that they’ve previously done. This should help give you the confidence that your home will be built by trained contractors that know what they’re doing.
  • Being on the Same Page: While it’s impossible to know exactly what your builder is thinking, it is so important that you discuss all of the most important features that you need for your home. Having a blueprint of your home and discussing what details and finishes are the most important to you can help increase the chances that your home is built to your standards.
  • Latest Technology and Features: One of the biggest benefits of choosing to get your home built is that you can choose which floor plan you want. This can be such a relief since it allows you to pick eco-friendly and modern details that can help cut costs for utilities and will also increase the value of your home significantly.

Please contact us if you’re interested in getting your new home built and want to discuss all your options for construction.

Home Building: Consider Energy Efficiency to Maximize Return

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Deciding to go through with home building is a great way to ensure you will live in a home perfectly suited for you. However, the process can be extensive, but with the right amount of effort and consideration into details, the outcome will be 100% worth it. This is especially true when it comes to the consideration of energy performance. Energy efficient homes will lower utility bills to help maximize your return.

The details you put into energy efficiency for your home will depend on your budget, as well as how large the home will be. A larger home will require more complex details for energy performance and a higher budget will lead to a wider range of details to choose from. Just be aware that no matter what the budget, or size of your home, energy performance can be of the highest quality.

Tops Details to Consider for Energy Efficiency:

  • The Roof: This is the most critical area of the home to consider for insulation. The most energy loss is due to the roof placed over a home. A roof that is sealed and insulated can cut down costs most significantly.
  • The Walls: The wall cavity must be sealed to improve energy performance in a home. Those who live in colder climates should also consider thicker walls to leave room for more extensive insulation.
  • Sealing: In order to block air movement, sealing is essential. Costs can be cut up to 30% with the right sealing done to the home. Using caulk is what can help seal those cracks around the windows, doors, and more.
  • Windows: Considering window placement is essential for high quality energy performance. Plus, using energy efficient windows on top of that will help cut costs, as well. Windows that are going to be exposed to more sunlight should have trees or overhangs placed around them to prevent heat from seeping into the home.

Once all energy efficient considerations have been made during the process of your home building, you will see a high return in the investment put into your home. Call us to learn more.

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.

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