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  • 5 Ideas to Make your Custom Home Greener

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    5 Ideas to Make your Custom Home Greener Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day as a reminder that we should continue our efforts of preserving our environment. At Sunset Homes, we are a proud member of Built Green Canada and the Canada Green Building Council.  As home builders, we know that thes...
  • 3 Important Aspects about Doors for your Custom Home in Calgary

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    3 Important Aspects about Doors for your Custom Home in CalgaryPart of your selection process, when building your custom home, is deciding the kind the doors for your entry, bedrooms, and interiors. Your doors play a part of the aesthetics of your custom home and at the same time contribute to the g...
  • 5 Items you Want to Have in your Ideal Master Bathroom

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    5 Items you Want to Have in your Ideal Master BathroomNowadays, the master bathroom has become an important space of your custom home. If you are creating a wish list of what your custom infill home in Calgary should have, or you are thinking about a master bathroom renovation, we have made a list o...
  • 5 Things you Need to Know about Choosing Building Materials

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    5 Things you Need to Know about Choosing Building MaterialsThe quality of the building materials you want for your new custom home or your home renovation will influence the overall quality and value of your home. Your home is a significant investment and choosing the best quality for your buil...
  • Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget Part II

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    Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget Part II As we learned last week, the budget for your custom home will have two main categories: soft and hard costs. In this second part, we will explain the items that you should expect your home builder to include within t...
  • Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget Part I

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    Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget As a future homeowner or investor, understanding the costs of your building project and the anticipated costs it may incur is paramount. As Calgary’s bespoke home builder, Sunset Homes considers the importance of ...
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Attached Homes in Calgary

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    Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Attached Homes in CalgaryThis is the last part of this three blog series on the kinds of homes we specialize in building in Calgary’s inner city. Our premise, as Calgary’s bespoke home builder, is to guide and educate our clients to make the pre-...
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Semi-Detached Homes in Calgary

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    Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Semi-Detached Homes in CalgaryAt Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we specialize in building detached, semi-detached and attached homes in Calgary’s inner city. Our premise is to guide and educate our clients to make the pre-construct...
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Detached Homes in Calgary

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    Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Detached Homes in CalgaryWhen you are ready to custom build your dream home or as a property investment, one of the first decisions you have to make is the kind of home that is more suitable to your needs, lifestyle, and budget.At Sunset Homes, Calgary&rsquo...
  • 3 Benefits of Building a Custom Infill Home in Calgary

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    3 Benefits of Building a Custom Infill Home in CalgaryChoosing to build a custom home to live in a city like Calgary is an option that presents many advantages and it can be an affordable option depending on your selections and your custom home builder’s guidance. Undoubtedly, choosing&nb...
  • 5 Ideas to Add Luxury to your Custom Infill Home

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    5 Ideas to Add Luxury to your Custom Home Custom Luxury Homes are one of a kind homes that are designed specifically based on the client's desires and needs. In a custom luxury home, everything is personalized but there are certain standards that differentiate production homes from custom built luxu...
  • 3 Important Tips for Preparing your Custom Infill Home for Spring

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    3 Important Tips for Preparing your Custom Infill Home for Spring Spring time is almost here and we are excited about the warmer weather. We are ready for colors, flowers and even more sunshine. Spring is not only an excellent time to clean and change styles, also, after winter your home has endured...
  • 3 Ideas to Include to your Custom Infill Home's Super Kitchen

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    3 Ideas to Include to your Custom Infill Home's Super Kitchen In modern home interior design, the kitchen has become more than a place to cook. The new Super Kitchen idea is conceived to have an open space kitchen design to serve as a multi-purpose room. The Super Kitchen is a place in which you an...
  • 3 Things to Consider When Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry and Door Hardware

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    3 Things to Consider When Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry and Door HardwareWhen planning your kitchen renovation or when selecting items for your new custom home, one item homeowners have to decide about is cabinetry, doors and storage hardware. One aspect homeowners might not imagine, is that handles a...
  • 5 Reasons Why Using ICF is a Better Option than Standard Cribbing

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    5 Reasons Why Using ICF is a Better Option than Standard CribbingICF (insulated concrete forms) is a construction system that consists of blocks made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) with plastic or metal bars that hold the block together. These blocks are are filled with concrete and are used as inter...
  • 5 Storage Ideas for Maximizing Space at Home

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    5 Storage Ideas for Maximizing Space at HomeIf you are planning home renovations or building your new custom home, storage is a key element to add. Small and big families always need storage and with the right design and the help of your custom home builder, your storage spaces can maximize the use ...
  • 3 Flooring Options for your Infill Home

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    3 Flooring Options for your Infill HomeAmong the selections you have to make for your dream home, flooring plays a big role. The flooring option you choose helps determine the character of your home and the tone that you will set for each space, and it might help some areas to be easier to maintain ...
  • 3 Trends for Basement Renovations

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    3 Trends for Basement Renovations Modern basements are not just spaces for storage anymore. Basements have become places for increasing your living and recreation options, plus doing a basement renovation can increase the value of your home. Usually, setting up your basement with comfortable furnit...
  • 3 Important Questions for a Potential Custom Home Builder

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    3 Important Questions for a Potential Custom Home BuilderBuilding your custom dream home might be one of the most important investments of your life and selecting your home builder will be the key to having your dream home come true. Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, have prepared ...
  • Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal

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      Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal If you own a house, or just bought land, and want to build your new home from scratch you need to either remove or demolish the previous one. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we care about Green Building and we are devo...
  • 3 facts about the Internet of Things and How it is Changing the Modern Home

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      3 facts about the Internet of Things and How it is Changing the Modern Home The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept being mentioned everywhere and has a scope causing impact in many areas of our life, including the way we live, our routines and the way we plan our custom homes. From monito...
  • 5 Ideas to Maximize Space in your Custom Home

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    5 Ideas to Maximize Space in your Custom HomeWhen planning and making selections for your new custom home or even for home renovations, space distribution plays a major role. Depending on your choices you can make efficient use of your space and create a sense of openness in your home. Sunset Homes,...
  • 3 Easy Steps to Take Care of your Home during Winter

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      3 Easy Steps to Take Care of your Home during Winter Taking care of your home translates in retaining its value, every season there are a couple of things that we can do to maintain our homes, and as winter is here to stay for a while, we have brought you a couple of useful tips to implement...
  • 3 Tips for Using Houzz to Choose the Style of your Custom Home

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    3 Tips for Using Houzz to Choose the Style of your Custom Home On the first stage of planning your custom home, when you decide to meet with your home builder, sometimes you don’t know how to explain the style you have in mind for your custom home, Houzz becomes an excellent tool to have a vis...
  • What is the Cost of Building a Custom Home in Calgary

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    What is the Cost of Building a Custom Home in CalgaryAre you considering custom building your home but still don’t have a clear idea of what would be the cost of it? When you decide to custom build your home, you get the chance to be involved in the design and overall construction of your new ...
  • 3 Steps to Create the Final Budget for your Custom Home in Calgary

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    3 Steps to Create the Final Budget for your Custom Home in Calgary When you are ready to custom build your dream home and come to Sunset Homes, Calgary custom home builder, we will guide you through all the steps of your building process with our online software called CoConstruct. As construction ...
  • Positive Aspects about Fourplex Living

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      Positive Aspects about Fourplex Living   Fourplex living might be the best option to consider as your first home investment when you are ready to become a homeowner, if you are thinking in renting the other units or even to resell the property. Fourplex infills are an excellent way ...
  • Solar Energy for your Custom Luxury Home

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    Solar Energy for your Custom Luxury Home One of the many features you can add to your custom made luxury home with Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke inner city builder, is to include solar panels or solar shingles, they are a green and positive option to add to your renewable lifestyle. First ...
  • 3 Types of Custom Homes Found in Calgary’s Inner City

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    3 Types of Custom Homes Found in Calgary’s Inner CityWhen you are finally ready to invest in your custom home, you may find yourself surrounded by many purchasing or building possibilities. Looking at all the housing options there are, one of the first decisions you need to make is the kind of...
  • 4 Useful Lighting Tips for your Luxury Inner City Home

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    4 Useful Lighting Tips for your Luxury Inner City Home When planning for your new custom luxury home, or for major renovations to your property, lighting is one of the key features you and your home builder should agree upon. Why? Lighting in your house plays an important role; it creates the correc...
  • Sunset Homes, Re-building Communities one Infill at a Time

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    Sunset Homes, Re-building Communities one Infill at a Time Infill homes in Calgary are spaces within an urban environment where land has been rededicated to a new construction. At Sunset Homes, your inner city home builder, our infills have become the best way to contribute to the revival of Calgary...
  • Including Home Automation to your Dream Home

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    Including Home Automation to your Dream Home The Internet of Things (IoT) has also become a key feature to include in your Custom home. Home automation solutions are being requested more frequently everyday by homeowners, and we at Sunset Homes,  Calgary’s bespoke infill builder, decided ...
  • 4 Qualities That Define Luxury Homes in Calgary

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    4 Qualities That Define Luxury Homes in Calgary Once you have decided to build your home, the word luxury might come to mind. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke inner city home builder, we know that beyond providing the basic comfort, your custom luxury home should stand out and have...
  • Cost vs. Value for your Inner City Custom Home

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    Cost vs. Value for your Inner City Custom Home  One of the first and most important questions that comes into our clients’ minds when they decide to build is the cost of a custom home. The cost or investment you make is just one piece of the puzzle of building a custom home in Calgary; th...
  • 5 Must Have Memberships That Make The Difference When Choosing A Custom Home Builder

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    5 Must Have Memberships That Make The Difference When Choosing A Custom Home BuilderWe are proud to show you 5 of the memberships that we carry in order to ensure we build your home to last:Canadian Home Builders Association: Being a member of the CHBA provides expertise, information, opportunity an...
  • How to save 15% on your Mortgage Loan Insurance (CMHC)

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    How to save 15% on your Mortgage Loan Insurance (CMHC) Recently Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, CMHC Green Home, started offering a premium refund of 15% to borrowers who either buy or build a Certified Built Green Canada home for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing, read ...
  • 3 Reasons to Custom Build Your Dream Home in Calgary with Sunset Homes, Calgary Innercity Custom Home Builder

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    3 Reasons to Custom Build Your Dream Home in Calgary with Sunset Homes, Calgary Innercity Custom Home BuilderCalgary has been ranked as the 5th best city in the world to live in (check it out here); undoubtedly, Calgary offers stability, multiculturalism, and infrastructure innovation. So, if you de...
  • ​Upcoming Projects We Can’t Wait to Share With You

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    ​Upcoming Projects We Can’t Wait to Share With You At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke homebuilder, we are pleased to announce the commencement of our latest infill project that we are​ developing in West Hillhurst.We feel that this beautifully designed 3-plex gives our clients the ...
  • Cost Plus vs Fixed Cost Building Contract

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    Cost Plus vs Fixed Cost Building ContractThere are two types of contracts used by Sunset Homes, Calgary infill home builder, one is a Cost Plus Contract and the other is a Fixed Cost Contract. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In the Fixed Cost option, the price of the build is decided on befo...
  • What’s The Cost Of An Infill In Calgary

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    What’s the cost of an infill in CalgaryMany factors affect the building-cost of a custom home in Calgary. Many of the major construction costs come from core building processes, like framing, concrete, and drywall, but many of the aesthetic options, like flooring, cabinetry, and appliances, ca...
  • What is Included in My Quote From Calgary Inner City Home Builders?

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    In order for Calgary inner city home builders to keep a steady flow of work, they need to provide clients with competitive, detailed, and transparent quotes for their home building projects. For you to get a clear picture of what a quote should include, you need to understand what a quote is. A quot...
  • Why Urban Infill Homes Make Great Rental Properties in Calgary

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    The unused land in downtown Calgary creates the perfect setting for new infill homes. Over the past few years, experts have reported an increase in the development of infill homes. Most developers and investors are attracted by the great rental opportunities that such properties offer on the long te...
  • Exterior Design Considerations for Your Urban Infill Housing

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    If you choose to go down the urban infill housing route, then it's important for your new structure to blend in with the surrounding environment. An infill house needs to be built to coexist with other nearby buildings if it is to integrate well within the community. The goal isn't just to create ne...
  • How to use Lighting Systems and Natural Light to bring Balance to Your Home

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    How to use Lighting Systems and Natural Light to bring Balance to Your Home The lighting layout for your home while building your new inner city custom home with Sunset Homes will have a large impact on the overall ambiance of your home. With the help of decorating professionals, Sunset Homes will ...
  • A Few Things to Consider before Buying a Vacant Lot

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    Location Nothing is more important than location when you are purchasing a piece of property. For investments, do not buy land with no resale value. And if you are looking to build a house, be sure that you are allowed to build on the land. Before shopping for a lot, develop a general idea of whe...
  • Interior Design Trends

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    The year of 2014 in the world of interior design trends is all about creating drama with sheer simplicity. Using clean lines and bold colours, the trends are more daring and accessible than ever before. We have chosen a few trends that will integrate theatricality into your custom build, but are sop...
  • How Does Alberta's New Home Warranty Work?

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    Prior to taking possession of your newly built home you go through a complex process filled with the challenges of designing a home that is tailored to your needs and specifications, getting the plans approved, and building it accordingly. It is a lot of work and also a serious investment, and it is...
  • Exterior Siding Options For Your House

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    Looking to add a little something to the exterior of your home to bring some pizzaz? Nothing transforms a home more than the perfect exterior. With all the different options out there, these days, how do you pick the right one? First, you must not only look at what attracts you, but you have to also...
  • 5 Questions to ask your Luxury Custom Home Builders before you Build

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    Before you take on a large-scale project such as a Calgary infill home build, you will likely have a lot of questions. It is important that you choose a homebuilder who is open to answering all of your questions and addressing any concerns you may have while your home is being built. To decide on a ...
  • 5 New Home Upgrades You Should Invest In When Building Your Infill

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    When it comes to new home upgrades there are various choices you can make. When upgrading an infill home however, you have to take into consideration how your upgrades will impact the surrounding environment. When deciding to build an infill home in Calgary, it is best to take into account the archi...
  • What Makes Our High End Homes Different from Other Custom Home Builders?

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    Are you looking for high end homes in Calgary? You should take a look at our infill housing projects (existing and planned) located in the upscale neighborhoods of the city, such as Briar Hills, Hounsfield Heights and Hillhurst. As specialists in Calgary infills, we know exactly how to turn an under...
  • Why Calgary Inner City Homes are the Most Sustainable Form of Housing

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    In order to accommodate a growing urban population, the city of Calgary has relaxed its housing laws to allow the construction of infill homes in underutilized areas of city. However, stringent environmental regulations are still in place in order to ensure that all new buildings are sustainable for...
  • 6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home

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    Are you planning to build a home? Building a home can be a very enlightening experience. By the time it is complete you will be a wiser person with a fine story to tell. Most people who build their own home have a pretty good idea of what they want and what they need. Unfortunately, they usually hav...
  • Where Can I Find Unique House Plans?

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    Everyone wants their house to be unique in some way. If not in the entire city, then at least in the immediate neighborhood!  But unique doesn't necessarily mean different external features - a house that looks normal outside can have unique interior features. If you’re looking for a hous...
  • Why Calgary Infills Make Great Investment Properties

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    Calgary is the biggest city in Alberta and one of the wealthiest in Canada. Being at the heart of Canada's oil industry, which is estimated to have oil reserves second only to that of Saudi Arabia, it has one of the highest average salaries and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. This makes the ...
  • The 5 Steps of the Infill Housing Building Process

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    With a growing urban population in need of accommodation, infill housing is becoming popular in cities across Canada. An infill home is built on an underutilized land in a built-up area in the inner city. It usually stands on a small piece of unused land between two buildings or any other land previ...
  • Maximize Your Real Estate Investment with Infill Fourplex Plans

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    A fourplex is a building with four separate single family units to make maximum use of the limited land available. There are several fourplex designs, including those that have all the units on the same floor (the ground floor) and those with several floors with one unit on each floor. Each unit in ...
  • How To Choose Duplex Home Plans that Maximize Space

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    Duplex home plans are popular because they offer two living spaces for the price of one. This makes them attractive to investors as well as people who can use an extra source of income (by renting out the spare unit). A duplex home usually has the external appearance of a single family home, but wit...
  • What Kind of Warranty Comes With Infill Homes in Calgary?

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    When buying a home anywhere, it is important to make sure it comes with solid warranty. This is as true for infill homes Calgary as any other types of homes. Starting in February 2014, the government of Alberta is going to make it mandatory for all builders to provide home warranty coverage for all ...
  • Our Favorite Colour Schemes for Calgary Luxury Homes

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    Colours give character to a house. The right colour combination can turn a boring house into your dream home with just a coat of paint. More than anything, choosing a great colour scheme can give definition to a house and make it match your own personal style. When you start to think about a colour ...
  • How to Prepare for Building Your Own Home

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    Are you planning to build a house? It's an exciting endeavor that will create lasting memories and a great appreciation for the dream house you’ve designed. But building your own home is no piece of cake. It requires a lot of planning and hard work, not to mention a considerable amount of time...
  • What does it Cost to Build a Calgary Infill House?

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    Being the center of Canada's oil and gas industry, Calgary, Alberta has seen rapid economic growth since 1999 when the price of oil rose dramatically. The city has one of the highest incomes per capita and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Economic boom invariably results in population...
  • Why You Should Live in Calgary Infill Homes Instead of the Suburbs

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    Calgary infill homes generally refer to homes that are built within an area that is already built up, such as the inner city or downtown core. Here, underutilized land is used to produce new housing and revitalize the landscape. Infill homes can bring communities back to life and incorporate the nei...
  • What Style of Homes Do Luxury Home Builders Offer?

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    When some people picture a luxury home, they see a sprawling estate with an oversized mansion that costs more than most will earn over a lifetime.  This vision isn’t necessarily untrue, but not all luxury home builders offer only these types of houses.In reality, a luxury home can be a wh...
  • Spray Foam Insulation in Calgary Infills

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    Sunset Homes is in partnership with Built Green Canada to bring energy efficient homes into the inner city area. While practicing and applying safe procedures to ensure and develop a healthy environment in your new inner city custom built home, Sunset Homes offers professional advice when choosing t...
  • What Is the First Step In Designing a House?

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    It’s no secret that to go from that initial flash of inspiration to a completely designed house requires an awful lot of steps.  During the infill home building process, there may be too many steps to count.However, like any complex and detailed process, it all has to start somewhere.&nbs...
  • Benefits of ICF Foundations

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    “Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs. The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete. The forms lo...
  • Which City of Calgary Building Permits Do I Need for My New Infill Home?

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    When building a new infill home or making improvements to an existing home in Calgary, it is very important to know the City of Calgary Land Use Bylaws and Alberta Building Codes as these largely dictate what you can and cannot build. Building any permanent structure without acquiring a permit from ...
  • 9 Items to Consider Before You Build Your Custom Infill Home

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    Budget Your overall budget for your custom home should be the starting point of the planning process. Before you begin to design a custom infill home, discuss what your budget for the entire project will be from start to finish. Though you will not be able to account for every single expense durin...
  • 5 Key Elements of Modern Home Design

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    With so many homes being built in so many different types of communities all around the country, it can be pretty tough to narrow down a concrete definition of ‘modern home design’.  Just a brief search will reveal scores of shapes and sizes and concepts.  And while a big part ...
  • Sunset Homes's Top 7 Kitchen Updates for 2013

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    There’s something about having your kitchen updated that can really breathe life into your entire living space.  For a lot of people the kitchen is one of the focal points of the home, so it’s also the place you want the latest design trends and features.Here are 7 of the top kitche...
  • Closets Aren’t Just for Clothes Anymore

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    Closets Aren’t Just for Clothes AnymoreSo you live in a small house thinking it will suffice for a few years - then surprise! A baby! What do you do now?Transforming a small room into a nursery is totally possible. For one, babies don’t need much space, and two, closets aren’t just...
  • Incorporating Your Outdoor Space Into Your Custom Home Plans

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    A modern home’s blueprint is not anymore limited to the four walls of the house. The space between the walls and the fence, and sometimes more, are all part of your new Calgary infill home. This includes the driveway, the front yard, the backyard, and anything in between. Combine practicality ...
  • Sunset Homes’ Floor Plan Ideas for Your New Home

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    Sunset Homes has recently developed the best floor plans for new homes in Calgary. These houses and buildings are suitable for the inner city's lots through infill builds that are semi-detached, detached, or attached houses. In addition, we strive to incorporate eco-friendly techniques in all of our...
  • 5 Often Overlooked Spaces In The Floor Plan Design Process

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    A good floor plan design has the potential to increase the comfort of your home. Whether you are building or buying a new home, the floor plan design is an important first step. Apart from the typical kitchen or bedroom, a functional home involves smart management of the remaining space. Here are fi...
  • Why Choose an Infill Home Over a New Development?

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    For anyone who is unaware, an infill home generally refers to a home that is built within an area that is already built up, such as the inner city.  Underutilized land is used to create housing and change the face of the landscape.
  • 12 Things to Look for In a Calgary New Home Builder

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    Choosing an infill home builder to build your new home in Calgary is not a simple process.  When you think about it, you may end up living in this house for decades.  You will be creating memories with your family, and you may even pass it down to future generations.So, it stands to reason...
  • Be the First to Know: Four Home Decor Trends for 2013

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    Ever walk into a show home and say “Wow” when you see how modern and trendy the decor looks? Well, guess what? You can create a sleek current home design in your own living space as well. As Calgary’s custom home builders, we like to keep you up to date on all the predicted home de...
  • How to Choose a Floor Plan that Suits Your Family

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    Today’s custom home builders are faced with a multitude of choices –ranging from the ideal layout, upgrades or elevation. The most critical decision that affects your everyday enjoyment of the home is often the layout itself.It’s always important to recognize which floor plan suits...
  • Choosing Upgrades for Your New Home to Suit Your Lifestyle

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    During your custom infill home building process, you will have to decide what type of materials, fixtures and appliances will be used in your home. Depending on your budget, you will have to decide which specific areas of your home to upgrade to increase both the value and functionality of your home...
  • The Importance of Using Quality Building Materials

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    When you start your custom infill home building project, you will want to choose a reputable company to design and construct your new home, and it is important to be sure that they are using quality building materials throughout the process.
  • Why You Should Build Green

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    The next trend in home building is “green building”, which means your next home can be energy efficient. Creating an energy efficient home is not as hard as it seems. Just by making the simple decision to build your house greenly, you are half way there. It all begins with a thought...
  • Wood Flooring: A Preferred Choice by Calgary Home Builders

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    “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” – Erma Bombeck Courage and colour choice notwithstanding, many of us decide to go with wood flooring in at least some of the rooms in our houses, avoiding ...
  • Income Property – Turning real estate into cash

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    There are many ways to benefit from building or purchasing property solely as an investment. Not only will you receive monthly rent, but there are also great tax incentives.  If you do your research and choose the right location, your new asset can start giving back relatively quickly.

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