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Recreational Property Construction Adds Joy To Your Favourite Hobby

Recreational Property Construction Adds Joy To Your Favourite Hobby

If you are passionate about a recreational hobby, it is wonderful to find ways to work your favourite recreational activity into your everyday life. Perhaps you’re wanting a sewing and craft facility where you can leave large projects like quilts out while you are still constructing them, or with enough room to have a group of like-minded crafters over every week. Maybe you want a giant space for wood-working projects or other hands on construction tasks. Or, you might just want an amazing game room for a pool table or ping-pong table, with room to set up board games and puzzles and leave them set up until the game or puzzle is finished.

Some people try to accommodate projects like this in spare bedrooms or garages, but then you lose livable space or storage space in your home.

Recreational property  building  is a great solution. You can build exactly the kind of space that meets your needs. There is just no comparison between a space built specifically for your favourite recreational needs and a space you try to “make work.” Without new construction, you’ll find yourself frustrated as you fight the space you have, instead of really enjoying the recreation you love in a space built just for you.

It is much more affordable and convenient than you might imagine to have a space built just for you. Choose the design and a plan that is right for you and Trafalgar Homes can take care of the rest including in-house financing options on approved credit. Contact us today for your no-obligation quote.

Lock-up Package Home Build Offers Ultimate Flexibility

Lock-up Package Offers Ultimate Flexibility

If you want to build the home of your dreams, completely customized to your taste, but your budget is a little more cookie cutter than your imagination, the lock-up package offers you the best of both worlds.

Perhaps you have a background in carpentry and construction, but you don’t have the knowledge to lay your own foundation or frame your own house? You can still have the satisfaction of working on your own home.

When you choose a lock-up package home build from Trafalgar, the outside of your home will be completely built for you. It will be built water-tight and it will include your foundation, the exterior doors, the siding and the roof. This can be accomplished so much more simply and affordably than you might expect. Then, you can do all of the interior finish work yourself. When you’re done you will truly be able to say, “This is the house that love built.” It is certainly satisfying to work on your own home, imagining the way your family will one day enjoy the spaces you are creating.

Or, you can always hire your own team to finish the interior to your specifications, giving you a custom look and feel without a custom price tag. There are so many incredible ideas for interior finish on Pinterest and home and garden television shows, and a lock-up package gives you the chance to implement all your ideas without restriction.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Please contact us to lean more about our lock-up packages and find out if it might be the right direction for your new home build.

New Home Builds Add Value to Your Vacation Home Investment

New Home Builds Add Value to You Vacation Home Investment

When it comes to investment, there may be no more enjoyable investment for a family than a vacation home. The majority of the year you can rent your vacation property, but a few weeks a year your family can stay in your vacation home, truly enjoying the benefits of a financial investment that is providing short-term pleasure and long-term financial gain.

It has never been simpler to own, maintain and rent out a vacation home, because websites offer services to help you keep your vacation home rented out, cleaned, and maintained, even if it’s not in a location where you live. Be sure that you do your research to find out what kind of rental income your new vacation home can bring in. See what comparable vacation homes are renting for in the areas you are considering.

Making sure that your vacation home is a new home build, will add value to your investment. New builds require less maintenance initially and allow you to customize the features of your home specifically to a vacation home rental market. For instance, houses with more bedrooms rent for more money even if those bedrooms are smaller. You can get the most for your dollar when you prioritize the features that are the most important to you.

Trafalgar Homes is all about affordable home construction. They specialize in building quality family homes, and vacation homes to code using industry standard materials. There are over 40 designs to choose from and start as low as $72,934.00 (lock-up).

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new vacation home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

4 Benefits Of Building Your New Home

 

4 Benefits Of Building Your New Home

Building a new home can be quite the challenge, but there are definite benefits to building your own home than purchasing an existing older home. Some home buyers may set out to buy an existing house but change focus to build new if they do not find something suitable to fit their needs.

1. Choosing Your Floor Plan/Design: 

The benefits of building your new home is like having a blank canvas. It gives you the ability to add what enhances your lifestyle. It is important to establish a realistic budget for a new home, the same as if you were buying an existing home. However, building a new home gives you the opportunity to choose a floor plan with just the right amount of living space to meet your particular needs for the present time and future. Building a new home also allows you to personalize the home to fit your lifestyle.

2. Choosing Your Amenities:

Another benefit is you are able to choose the amenities to be included in your new home such as the choice of appliances, central air conditioning, if desired and heating system. You will also be able to choose the number of and location of electrical outlets and wall switches both inside the home and outside to accommodate outdoor living and security.

3. A Green Home:

Save energy and be good to the environment. Building your own home allows you to incorporate energy-saving appliances and perhaps even solar panels to the home. This is the opportunity to build a green home with resource conserving materials while helping to protect the environment.

4. Warranty:

Building a new home means maintenance is minimal. Since everything about the home is new that means fewer repairs on items such as siding, carpeting, hardwood floors and appliances. Most things about the home will be under warranty. Since building methods, materials and techniques, as well as building codes, are always improving homes built today are built to a higher standard than they were previously and will retain its value.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

Choosing Your New Vacation Home Design

 

Choosing Your New Vacation Home Design

When it comes to building a vacation home, it is important to evaluate all of the design and location options that are at your disposal. At Trafalgar Homes, we have a wide variety of vacation homes available to choose from, it can seem somewhat overwhelming. By learning more information about vacation homes such as the desired size, amenities and investment strategies, making the right choice should be achievable.

Bigger is Not Always Better

Smaller vacation homes can have a number of advantages when compared to their larger counterparts. They cost less to build, can be built on a much smaller lot of property and will result in lower maintenance costs.

Consider Maintenance While Away

A number of vacation homeowners will opt to buy a vacation home that is part of a condominium community because outside maintenance such as lawn care is performed. This of course also comes with a monthly fee. According to Investopedia, “A single-family home, for example, will have different costs and demands than a condominium unit or townhouse. Condominium units are popular vacation properties because the owner is not responsible for any of the maintenance outside of the individual unit. Lawn care, exterior painting, pool cleaning and garbage removal are all handled by the condominium association.” This being said, a home with a bit more seclusion will offer a higher degree of privacy. A way to get around the maintenance quandary is to rent out the property while you are away while making outdoor maintenance a part of the tenant’s responsibility for a discount in monthly rent.

Weather and Local Conditions

The design of a vacation home should highly correlate to the local weather and other conditions. For example, a home built close to the beach should be resistant to flooding and high winds.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new vacation home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

3 Reasons To Consider A New Home Lock-up Package

3 Reasons To Consider A New Home Lock-up Package

If you are building a new home, you might be talking about all of the options available to you. One term you might have heard often is a lock-up package. This means the builder gets your home to the stage where it is weatherproof, and the doors and windows lock to keep intruders from gaining access to the home. All of the interior projects like flooring, insulation, cabinetry and painting are up to you. In some cases, this might be more work then you want to take on. However, there are advantages to be considered, such as:

Saving Money

If you are handy around the house and own the correct tools, a lock-up home allows you to minimize the cost of contractors. In some cases, you might be able to negotiate a lower price on materials with a family friend, including paint, fixtures and tile. A lot of the needed tasks require a minimum of skills from painting to installing carpeting. It is just labor intensive. If you have a strict budget, a lock-up package provides you with more square footage at a lower price.

Getting Exactly What You Want

A lock-up package helps you save money overall and frees up your budget to include items to splurge on, perhaps, you dream of marble countertops in the kitchen. By installing them yourself, they may become a viable option. In many cases, the contractor will paint the interior of your home a single colour. A lock-up package allows you to paint each room a different colour or even multiple colours. You will find it easier to get exactly what you want with this type of building project.

Flexibility

When you go with a lock-up building package, you treat yourself to more flexibility from interior design to your timetable. You no longer need to work about building on the contractor’s schedule and can finish projects as you have time available. You will not need to worry about the property getting damaged by rain or adverse condition while you work at your own pace.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

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.

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.