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Importance of the Design Stage for your Custom Home

Importance of the Design Stage for your Custom Home

The design stage is the most exciting phase of the construction process for our homeowners. It involves sitting with our professional design team and letting us know all the rooms, special areas, outdoor living spaces, and any little detail you want to add to your new custom home in Calgary.

Your custom home design is the base for a successful building project. We will start the construction process only once the design stage is ready, the drawings are completed, and we have the necessary permits. Read about all the details of the design process in our article The 4 Phases of the Custom Home Design and learn more about the Building Permit Basics for Your New Custom Home.

Picture Your Custom Home Before Building

Choosing an experienced home builder with a highly capable design team will help you create a detailed scope of work, but most importantly to be able to visualize how your custom home will look. Additionally, having a definite and approved drawing for your custom home will allow your custom home builder to create a realistic timeline for your project.

Create an Accurate Budget

Your final design will allow your Calgary custom home builder to create a more accurate budget for your project. Once your design is finalized, you can make selections of your flooring, building materials, plumbing and lighting fixtures, stairs, countertops, cabinetry, among other items. Once this is done, you can make any necessary adjustments to ensure the design and selections of your new custom home meet your desired budget.

Make Any Changes Before Breaking Ground

Another essential feature of the design stage of your infill home is that any changes are made before breaking ground. This includes enhancing your home's energy efficiency, the extent you wish to implement home automation, and any change in your building materials to make your home greener. Both your experienced designer and bespoke home builder can guide you and provide you the necessary information to adapt your new dream home to your wishes.

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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Being able to visualize your custom home, make any changes and get an accurate budget are the main factors that make the design stage important in your custom home building process. 

What are the Advantages of Building a Custom Home

What are the Advantages of Building a Custom Home

Frequently, homebuyers debate between buying a home or building a custom home according to their needs. Time and budget seem to be the main factors for a decision between these two, but undoubtedly, there are more factors to consider. Understanding what a custom home is will influence your choice as a homebuyer and have a unique home designed entirely to your needs will play a significant role in your overall happiness as a homeowner. If you choose to build a custom home, you will get a one-of-a-kind design. That means that no other house is like yours and that you decide and are involved in every step of the process, you have the power to control your budget, and to choose every item at home. Check out these advantages that Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, has listed for you.

Choosing the Purpose of Building Your Custom Home

Building a custom home in Calgary can work for two purposes: building as an investment or building your forever home. When you think about your forever home, you will be able to adapt your custom home to your needs and think about the future. If you are planning to grow your family or if you want to adjust the size and functionality of your home for your retirement, you will be able to adapt your design to it. In any case, building your dream home should not distract you from enhancing your home value, as your custom infill home is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. If you build a custom home as an investment property, you also want to have a unique home that will interest the eye of a homebuyer, through home efficiency and functionality.

Designing your Custom Home

Participating in the design process of your custom home is one of the most exciting parts of custom building. In the beginning, the starting point can seem overwhelming but creating your custom home wish list and reviewing it with your Calgary custom home builder will set up a great start. You can decide what to include in your home, the number of rooms you need, the amenities you want to add and the outdoor and activity spaces you and your family want to have. Take a look at how our design process works. 

Budget and Home Quality

The overall cost of your custom home will vary depending on your selections and the size of your home. But an important advantage of custom home building is that your experienced builder can help you adapt your dreams to your budget. The first step to taking control of your building budget is to understand the components regarding design and construction, and how your material selections can influence the cost and your custom home. Another essential advantage of custom home building is that you have the control of choosing your building materials and when building with a professional builder, you can ensure the quality of your home.

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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The main advantages of being part of the custom home building and the design process of your custom dream home are that you can participate in the process, choose every item, and adapt your home to your needs. The result will be a high quality, functional and efficient home uniquely designed for you.

Custom Home Builder Tips for a great Master Bedroom

Custom Home Builder Tips for a great Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is one of the most important places in your custom home. It is considered the perfect place at home to relax, your private sanctuary. Depending on your ideal style, you can make it the most luxurious room at home, the most spacious, and the perfect environment to provide you with a space to retreat and get inspired. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we know that one of the most popular home renovations along with the kitchen and the basement is the master bedroom.

If you are considering a renovation, addition or just planning your new custom home, check out these custom home builder tips we have prepared for you to plan and design your ideal master bedroom.

Your custom home floor plan

Your floor plan design is related to your ideal master bedroom. As experienced builders in Calgary, we recommend choosing a simple and functional design that allows smart use of your space and at the same time integrates all your needs and wishes. A simple layout will help you save on space, allowing you to dedicate space to your bathroom, closets, and your master bedroom. Ask your custom home builder and designer for the best way to manage space, also looking at the view you master bedroom may have while allowing you to keep your privacy. 

When choosing the best place to have your master bedroom at home, keep in mind that you probably want to be as far from any noise as possible. Therefore, try to avoid placing your master bedroom near your garage or facing traffic.

Custom Home Building is all about you

Personalizing your home to your wishes and needs is the best part of custom home building. For your custom home interior design, lighting and colour are an integral part. Take as much natural light as you can from windows and add a central pendant to accent your master bedroom’s vibe. Additionally, having task lamps on your nightstands or even as built-ins are an excellent lighting option for reading and relaxing. Check more useful lighting tips for your inner city home.

Additionally, you can achieve a calming environment by adding a soft colour palette or a relaxing colour such as white. A significant advantage of choosing white for your walls is that you can accentuate your style with other items without affecting your mood.

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.
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Discuss your master bedroom layout with your custom home builder to make the best use of the available space. Add plenty of natural light to your design and choose wisely your lighting for accentuating your master bedroom's vibe.

What is the Right Square Footage for your Custom Home

What is the Right Square Footage for your Custom Home

One of the first questions our homeowners have is what is the cost per square foot. To answer this question a Calgary custom home builder will have more factors to consider for the overall cost of your custom home. The most exciting part of custom building is that your home will be one of a kind and adapted to you and your family. Before calculating the cost per square footage, consider all the factors that can suggest what would be the right square footage for you and your family. Some of the significant factors are the number of rooms and family size, the essential amenities, and also your budget.

Talking Square Footage with your Custom Home Builder

Usually, in the initial planning phase is when our homeowners have to consider square footage and also the functionality and efficiency of their design. In the initial meetings with your custom home builder and designer, it is important to establish the size of your family and establish how many rooms you would like to have in your new infill home. When planning your dream home, it is an excellent time to add extra rooms if you want to grow your family in the future. If you consider selling your home, having full bathrooms may increase the resale value.

Amenities and Features for your Custom Home

The amenities and features you choose will give a customized touch to your new infill home. To figure out your square footage also think about the storage space you need, if you want to include a deck, patio or any other outdoor space. Think about any special room such as a home office, wine and tasting rooms, private gym, an entertainment center, and even your walk-in-closets.  

Also, there are a couple of other factors to consider for your budget and the size of your home. As not every room in your home costs the same. For example, for your kitchen and bathrooms your appliances, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, flooring, and fixtures also might influence your budget. Learn more about the cost of building your home and what is included in your building budget.  Additionally, when considering the cost per square foot, ask your Calgary custom home builder if you can see a previous home or a home under construction to see the quality of the construction and other clients selections. 

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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To calculate the right square footage for your new custom home take into account the size of your family, the number of rooms and amenities you want to have at home, and also other factors such as adding resale value.

Custom Home Building Steps: Framing

Custom Home Building Steps: Framing

At Sunset Homes, we are among the top-rated Calgary home builders.  We provide homeowners and custom homebuyers with all the necessary tools and knowledge necessary to make the custom home building process both easy and enjoyable! In the first part of the Custom Home Building Steps series, we introduced the most important aspects of the foundations of your custom infill home. Once the foundation is complete, the next step will be structural framing.  This stage of construction is really exciting for our homeowners because the house begins to take shape and resemble the final product.

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Understanding your Custom Home Framing

Immediately after your foundations are set, the framing of the house begins. Framing is construction and assembly of the underlying structure that will be the bone-structure of your home. The framing of your home is as important as your foundation. A quality framed structure will be the starting point for all remaining aspects of your home from drywall, to flooring, and even your kitchen cabinets. Depending on the size and complexity of your home, this step can take anywhere from three weeks to four months to complete.

The process of framing your home will start with the subfloor, then your exterior and structurally integral interior walls will be marked out and built on site. If there is a second floor, then the second floor subfloor will be installed and the process will repeat. Once the second floor walls are framed, or if you are building a bungalow, the next step is to crane the trusses (the pre-fabricated structure for your roof) will be craned into place and installed in a very similar manner to the joists. Finally, the framers will sheet the roof. At this point, your house has taken shape, and is in full swing! 

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Quality Materials for your Custom Home

Dimensional lumber is the most common framing material for building a home as it is a cost-effective option, while commercial buildings are often framed using structural steel studs and products. Wood is an excellent material due to its natural durability and strength. Sunset Homes is a certified Built-Green builder, and we individually implement many Built-Green procedures into every custom home, and the stages of the build. For example, the use of engineered lumber helps prevent wastage of wood by using recycled wood materials or materials that would otherwise be unused. There is also a green building initiative called Efficient Framing or Optimum Value Engineering. This green building technique focuses on making a better use of lumber by decreasing the amount of waste, as well. Learn more about the Importance of Using Quality Building Materials.

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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After the foundations of your custom home are ready, framing can be a 4-week stage in which the main structure of your home is formed. A house is only as good as its structure, which means quality and structural integrity are of the utmost importance during this stage of a custom home build.

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