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Custom Home Builder Tips to Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

Custom Home Builder Tips to Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring has become our homeowner's preferred options for their new custom homes. When selecting the type of flooring for all the rooms in your custom dream home, hardwood is one of the most suitable options available for most rooms because they are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and easy to clean. Another interesting fact about hardwood flooring is that they can be refinished and returned to its original look.

Hardwood Flooring Options For your Custom Home
You can choose a solid hardwood floor made from different types of natural wood or engineered wood floors made from laminate or plywood. But the main advantages that engineered wood floors have is that they are not likely to be damaged by moisture, their material is stronger than other kinds of hardwoods, and they represent a more cost-efficient choice. They have different finishes such as urethane or polyurethane, ceramic, wax, or varnish. Ask your experienced custom home builder for help choosing the finish that suits your needs. Nevertheless, when it comes to maintaining and cleaning both kinds of hardwood floors, you can use the same type of cleaner, and the process would be the same. Ask your custom home builder for guidance when choosing the most suitable flooring for your home.

Preventing Damage on Your Custom Infill Home Flooring
Some products can cause damage or change the colour of your hardwood floor. Some can make it slippery, such as products meant for tile flooring. Excess use of water can also cause damage to your hardwood and change its colour or cause it to fade.
If you choose hardwood flooring for a high transit area of your custom home such as your living room, you can opt for using rugs to decorate the room and protect your floors. Also, not using shoes in your home and adding fabric pads to your furniture legs, will help you avoid marks, scratches, and tearing your wood floors.

All Natural Trend for your Modern Home
Although there are many specialized products for every type of hardwood floor, if you are more inclined to a natural, or do it yourself trend, there are many easy ways to make your own cost-efficient hardwood floor cleaner at home. The basic care for your hardwood flooring is to remove the dust and dirt regularly by vacuuming once or twice a week. Then you can damp mop avoiding excess water. You can use water with a ph neutral soap, combine warm water with vinegar, or if you want to make your floor shine, you can add a couple of tea bags to warm water.

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Prevent damaging your hardwood flooring by not using shoes at home, using rugs, and protecting your furniture legs with fabric pads. You can make your natural cleaners with water, vinegar, and even tea.

3 Advantages of Adding Home Automation to your Calgary Custom Home

3 Advantages of Adding Home Automation to your Calgary Custom Home

Nowadays we are surrounded by the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart items. But what do they mean in terms of a new custom build or even a major renovation to your existing home? To what extent do we want our homes to be smart? What are the advantages of customizing your home to be smart? Is home automation affordable and does it represent real value for my custom home? 

When talking about custom building, integrating home automation is part of customizing your home to your needs and wishes. Home automation means incorporating one or more electronic devices that can be accessed remotely to control and program the use of some devices and appliances in your home. The main advantage of integrating home automation to any extent in your new custom home is saving time from everyday tasks. As experienced Calgary builders, we have put together these advantages of having smart items at home.

Take Control of your Custom Home

Adding home automation to your modern home allows you to take control of it regarding safety and to be able to monitor what happens at home can be convenient as well.With home automation, you can have remote access to your home systems, for instance, your heating and cooling systems. You can program them to work in a certain way and adapt their functioning to when you are at home or work.

Being able to control your appliances, security systems and even having automated items such as door locks, can help you monitor what happens at home when you are there and also while you are away. With home automation, you can avert accidents with some appliances, such as your oven.

Make your Custom Home More Efficient

At Sunset Homes, Calgary custom home builder, we care about building efficiently and implementing cost-effective initiatives. Adding home automation items for your Calgary custom home means going green as well. Regarding energy-efficiency, you can control lighting, climate, and energy-efficient appliances. Therefore you will be contributing to the environment by not wasting energy, and it will allow you to control your expenses, such as your utility bills.

Add Value to your Custom Home

As a future homeowner if you want to consider home automation for your infill home, keep in mind the cost vs. value idea. Home automation can be affordable depending on the extent you customize your home, and also it can represent significant value to your property. Having a smart home can increase your property value and attract home buyers as well. Check out more about home automation and how our homeowners are integrating it as well.

Ready for a more efficient home? Contact Sunset Homes today and learn more about how you can add home automation to 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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Integrating home automation items to your new custom home can increase its value, while making your home more efficient and safe.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home Part II

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Build a Home Part II 

The planning stage of your building process is important. Hiring an experienced custom home builder will provide you guidance to see your dream home come true. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have collected some items to avoid the most commons mistakes when building a custom infill home. These will help you to get the best version of your new dream home.

Forgetting You Are Building Your Dream Home

We know everyone can be busy at work, travelling, and just going about their everyday life. But some homeowners overlook choosing a builder they can check-in with. If you are building a custom home, as a homeowner you will have the chance to select every item in your home, so it becomes essential to feel comfortable and confident with your home builder, and also, to have excellent communication with them. Having a detailed schedule and learning about your homes progress and any events that might happen in the way is also beneficial.

Calgary home builders have different systems to communicate with their homeowners, at Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we try to differentiate ourselves by being as transparent as possible. We use Co-Construct, an online software that allows our homeowners to access all their projects details.

Not Thinking About the Resale Value

Even if you are planning this new infill home to be yours for the next 10-15 years, or if you are planning to pass your home to your children in the future, we can never predict exactly whether our circumstances will continue to be the same. Therefore, keeping the resale value of your property in mind might be a good idea for your new custom built.

Buying a Lot Before Knowing the Costs Involved

You can save time and paperwork if you check first with your professional Calgary builder the kind of lot you need. Choosing a poor location could become a nightmare for you and your family, and having to rezone can add more time to your schedule. Learn more about the Advantages of hiring a Custom Home Builder before Buying Your lot.

Not Investing Enough Time in Your Design

Your custom home design is the essential item in your process. Sometimes, homeowners might be too eager to start building their homes overlooking significant details. With a good set of plans, and a well-thought-out design, you will be sure you are getting what you desire and need, and also you can ensure that space is efficiently used in your new home. There is no need to worry about getting lost in every detail if you choose an experienced builder that can guide you through the process.

Not Thinking about Your Mortgage

All the items you want for your dream home can become quite a long list. Plan your new custom home around what your family needs and around your future. For example, your family trips, your children’s education, etc. Learn more about how to be cost efficient with us, check How to Save 15% on your Mortgage Loan Insurance.

Not Going Green in Your New Home

Adding to the importance of resale value, integrating green building techniques will contribute to your family's health, and most importantly, it helps the environment. From the financial point of view, incorporating green building practices to any extent to your construction project will represent savings in your future family budget. Learn more about green building in our articles Why You Should Build Green and Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal

Contact us today to learn more about how we can build you the inner-city home of your dreams. We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations. Check out our Calgary modern homes for sale, and updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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When planning your new custom build in Calgary, try to avoid common mistakes such as not getting involved in your process, not thinking about resale value, buying a lot without having a plan, and not thinking about your mortgage. 

Custom Home Building Steps: Foundations

Custom Home Building Steps: Foundations

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builders, educating our homeowners about their new home builds is paramount. From the beginning stages of design, our construction process, to the maintenance of your new home, we make it easy and enjoyable. One of our goals is to provide a wealth of pertinent information that equips homeowners with the necessary tools needed to make the custom home building process a gratifying experience. Over the next few articles, we will be learning about all the steps in the custom home building process: you will take a look at your home foundations, framing, siding, roofing, mechanical systems, insulation, drywall, and finishing stages.

As Calgary infill builders, we know that our homeowners are always eager to learn about the next steps that they will be facing in their projects. If you are building with us, and have already experienced the pre-construction and design phases, then your dream custom home is about to be built. Learn more about the steps on the pre-construction and design stages.

Building your Custom Infill Home
Foundations are considered the most important element of your new home. For Calgary custom homeowners learning all the basics about them becomes essential to ensure a stable custom home for many years. Your custom home foundations can be made from different materials, such as conventional concrete, ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), cinder-blocks, and even wood.

At Sunset Homes, we prefer to use ICF to build the base of our homes. ICF consists of a stackable block system that interlocks (similar to Legos), that allows for a more energy-efficient home that is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. ICF has also become a popular system in-lieu of conventional wood framing material due to the lack of thermal bridging and superior R-Value. Check out our blog to learn more about the  Advantages of Building with ICF for your custom modern home.

Step One on the Homebuilding Process
If you are building an infill in the inner-city, and there is a previous structure on your property, you have the option to remove the house or demolish it. Check out Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal. The very first phase of the construction process of your custom infill entails site preparation, excavation, and foundation work.

The type of foundation your home will have will depend on the ground conditions and the climate. The most common types are a slab-on-grade foundation, full basement. On a slab foundation, a concrete pad is poured into the ground and concrete will be the primary support of your house; this option is also simple to install. For a basement foundation a 6 to 8 feet hole is dug into the ground and will end with a concrete slab to create this space for your home; basement foundations are highly resistant to fire and extreme weather conditions.

Once the construction crew has leveled your site, and it is free of debris, they will dig the holes and trenches and will install the footings or will proceed to slab-on-grade construction. Footings are the reinforcement poured into the trench to support the foundations. Once your footings are leveled, and concrete is cured, the crew will start installing the ICF, place rebar in the walls, and align them for the concrete pour. This stage will be one to two weeks depending on the size of your home.

Ready for a custom built? Contact Sunset Homes today and learn more about how we can build 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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Your custom infill home foundations are the most important element because your home sits on them. They can be made with different materials, and we prefer working with Insulated Concrete Forms as they have many advantages. 

3 Things You Need to Know About Tile for your New Custom Home

3 Things You Need to Know About Tile for your New Custom Home

Custom home building can be a rewarding and exciting project for homeowners. Participating and choosing everything that your custom dream home will have is an experience that you can enjoy. Being informed and prepared for it will grant a positive outcome for your project. As experienced Calgary home builders, at Sunset Homes, we like to check item by item with our homeowners and guide them through all the decisions in the selection process. Check out these useful tips for choosing tile for your custom Home.

Tile for Flooring and Other Areas of Your New Infill Home

The first idea that comes to mind when we mention tile to homeowners and homebuyers is flooring. When it comes to it, there are many places in your custom home where you can choose to add tile and customize the look of your dream home with it.

If we are thinking just flooring, you can add tile to your custom modern home kitchen. Many homeowners prefer to add tile to their kitchen floor due to its durability. For bathrooms, entryways, mudroom, and laundry room, tile can be an excellent choice as it is dust and water resistant. Additionally, tile is an easy surface to maintain. You can add a little differentiation factor to your kitchen with tile backsplash, and also add some tile to the fireplace area; there are even tile countertops.

Getting to know more about tile can ease your decision process while selecting items for your home either for a new custom build or if you have decided to renovate or to improve your kitchen or bathroom in your existing home. In fact, changing your tile or adding tile backsplash to your kitchen is one affordable remodelling hack to customize and add value to your home.

Tile Materials for your Custom Modern Home

Depending on the room and the purpose of the tile, you will have many materials to choose from, such as ceramic, glass, or porcelain. You can play with tile colours, textures and patterns, and even have tile floors that resemble wood. Always discuss with your experienced custom home builder to determine which material adapts better to your needs and your budget. 

Tile for your Kitchen Backsplash

If you are considering a small or large kitchen upgrade, or if you are looking for ways to give your custom kitchen an attractive look, you have many tile options for your backsplash. The highly visible space between your kitchen counter and the upper cabinets.

Sometimes your design will include your sink or stove near this area, in any case, in this area there will be a lot of water splashing and food splattering, meaning that choosing tile can ease kitchen cleaning. Furthermore, due to its location in the kitchen, the backsplash area usually gets instant attention, so you can consider playing with patterns to add your unique touch to your custom kitchen.

Do you want to learn more about the selection process? Check out these quick reads about Selecting your Kitchen Cabinetry and Door Hardware and Wood Flooring.

Do you need guidance for your new custom build? Contact Sunset Homes today; we are proud to be Calgary's Bespoke Home Builder. We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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Tile is a durable and resistant flooring option to choose for the kitchen, bathroom and transit areas of your new custom home. Also, you can select tile backsplash to create a unique look in your custom home kitchen.