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3 Tips for choosing your Custom Home Builder: Communications and Customer Service

3 Tips for choosing your Custom Home Builder: Communications and Customer Service

Having effective communication and quality customer service is a key factor in building or renovating dream homes successfully. As Calgary Custom Home Builders and Major Renovations experts, we know that the building and renovation process can turn out stressful and difficult to handle for homeowners.

Select a Home Builder that Cares about Customer Service

The first indication that your home builder offers quality customer service is that they take their time to listen to you and can answer all your questions. But an effective way to ensure that you will have excellent customer service along the way is to interview past clients. Select a builder that guides you and provides you with enough information to make your decisions.

As professional builders in Calgary, we have experienced that when communication lines are well established with our homeowners, projects succeed and become less stressful allowing our home owners to enjoy every step of the process. If you wonder about steps in pre-construction, design, and construction check out our tips every week.

Communicating with your custom home builder

Usually, in every step of the building process, you will have a meeting with your custom home builder to explain your ideas for your home's design, your preferences for interior and exterior materials, and you will be able to select every item in your custom home. Choose a professional home builder that is open to listening to your ideas, and asks you to provide visual examples as well.

At Sunset Homes, we suggest our homeowners use resources such as Houzz, Pinterest, images, photos or drawings, as well as creating a wish list, when planning their custom homes and even when organizing their ideas for any small or major renovation. Learn more about what to include in your wish list to enhance your home builder's understanding of your vision.

Starting our communications using all said resources have provided less chance for misunderstandings in our projects. Also, in the same way, that you provide all these details, select a custom home builder that follows up with you with design options in writing, schedule construction times and a detailed budget. 

Seek a transparent and organized builder

When custom building having a skilled builder is important, nevertheless, choosing an organized builder with excellent planning skills is key. If you are about to build you will need to know details about your home's progress in every phase of your building project. You will also need to plan your living arrangements during construction, moving into your new home, and furnishing your home.

On the other hand, if your project is a renovation and you will be still living at home, you will need to account for any extra measures you need to take such as installing a temporary kitchen depending on the extent of your renovation.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we organize our projects using an online software that allows you to follow your project online in real time, check any selections made and communicate with us. On the one hand, being able to use this online tool from your phone, tablet or computer is convenient if you have a full work schedule, will be out of town occasionally, or decide to build from another city or country. In addition to this online tool, we meet with our homeowners in every major step of their projects and try to keep all communication lines open. 

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; we will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Don’t forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and read our reviews in Houzz!

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When looking for a professional custom home builder make sure to select one that can offer you effective communication and quality customer service. Being able to listen to your ideas, manage your projects details and schedule in an organized and transparent way. 

Why Hillhurst is a Great Place to build your Custom Dream Home in Calgary

Why Hillhurst is a Great Place to build your Custom Dream Home in Calgary

Calgary's inner city communities have become excellent areas to start a family life and build new infills. Building a custom infill home offers a great location near all downtown amenities, easily accessed transportation and reduced commuting time; and, at the same time allows the homeowners to be part of a well-established community.

Building a Custom Infill Home in Hillhurst

Being an established custom home builder in Calgary, Sunset Homes is always looking for any opportunity to guide and educate future homeowners regarding all the details that building a new custom home entails, and finding a great location is one of the key points for custom building. 

This community's location offers access to Calgary's River Park and the pathway systems. This means that if you enjoy outdoor activities, walking, jogging, or want to have a nice time in the park with your family, this community is a great fit.

Amenities, Schools, and Transportation near your Modern Home

Hillhurst is located approximately in a 5 to 10-minute drive from the downtown core and has convenient access to Sunnyside train station for a quick commute. Being very near Kensington, you can enjoy many places to eat and explore as well.

If you are looking for an area with schools, there are schools to accommodate all ages in Hillhurst. Additionally, from a recreational point of view, there are squash courts, tennis courts, and the West Hillhurst community arena open to everyone. Furthermore, in West Hillhurst, you can try many restaurants, coffee shops, grocery shops, and a weekly farmer's market at the Hillhurst community center.

Living in a Sunset Homes Custom Modern Infill in Hillhurst

Being such a great location to build and have a family, Hillhurst has become one the favorite communities of our homeowners. Sunset Homes very first triplex is located in West Hillhurst. Currently in progress and to be completed very soon, this beautiful home has two units available for sale. Check out our Instagram feed every Tuesday for updates on construction of this home and other projects in progress in this location and other inner-city communities.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; we will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Don't forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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As Calgary infill builders, Sunset Homes considers Hillhurst is an excellent community and location to build your new custom home in Calgary as it is a walk able community, it is near downtown, it has schools and recreational places for your family, and it counts with great transportation.

3 Advantages of Having an Interior Designer for your New Build and Renovation Projects


 3 Advantages of Having an Interior Designer for your New Build and Renovation Projects

Having a professional from the beginning of your project can help you save time and achieve exactly the look you want your home to have. Beyond the structural implications of your building project, an interior designer will take care of improving the interior spaces to a high level. The expert opinion of an interior to designer either through a renovation or a new build can prevent making wrong choices and enjoy your building process even more. 

Usually, homeowners are not sure if considering an interior design would be beneficial for building their new custom home or even if they should be part of their renovations project. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we try to guide our homeowners through their entire building process. As established builders in Calgary, we want to offer as many tools as possible to make their building process experience very positive. Check out the three advantages of having an interior designer for your new build and renovation projects.

Enjoy the Selection Process for your New Custom Home

Although there is a wide variety of Calgary home builders, for custom home building the choices can be overwhelming at times. Many homeowners have precise and detailed wish lists and, nonetheless, may not know how to achieve the style they would like to have in their new custom home. Interior designers are professionals that specialize in interior selections. They are an attractive addition to any building project for inner city infills as they are creative experts that can translate your idea into the right furnishing, fixtures, and finishings, bringing to life what you envision for your modern custom home.

Cost Benefits for your Custom Modern Home

One assumption about having an interior designer as a consultant for building your new custom home or renovation project is that it might increase the cost of your project. Conversely, counting with the assessment of an interior designer for your new build or major renovation might enhance the interest of home buyers if your primary goal is to sell your custom home. 

On the other hand, if you are building or renovating for living in your custom dream home for the next couple of years, with the help of an interior designer you can prevent spending money on the wrong choices for your home, thus resulting in a positive investment.

Being Time-Effective is Always an Advantage for Custom Home Building 

One of the most attractive features of custom home building is to be able to tailor your new infill home to your exact wishes and need. Nonetheless, selecting all the items, materials, finishings and every detail for your new custom home or the area you have decided to renovate can take a good amount of time. 
For some homeowners, the process can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be that way. Consulting an interior designer that has the expertise of market prices, trends, and styles can ease the selection process and ensure the functional aspect of every item selected, thus saving the homeowners time and allowing the custom home building process to go forward.

As expert custom home builders in Calgary, at Sunset Homes, we count with an excellent team of interior designers that can guide your selection process and ensure you enjoy building your custom dream home.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; we will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Don't forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Having a professional interior designer guiding you through the selections needed for your custom home building process can help you save time, money and enjoy better the process of building your custom dream home. 

Custom Home Builder Tips to Save Money when Building your Custom Dream Home

Custom Home Builder Tips to Save Money when Building your Custom Dream Home

The overall cost to build a custom home can vary depending on the difficulty of the construction, the finishing materials selection, the size and design of the home, the specialized engineering and site servicing needed, the finishing quality, and also the contracting option. In building costs are divided between soft and hard costs; learn everything about costs and what to expect in your custom home building budget in our articles What is the Cost of Building a Custom Home in Calgary and Two Main Categories Associated with your Custom Infill Home Building Budget Part I.

As building a custom home is a major investment, researching about home building and choosing a professional Calgary custom home builder to give you their expert advice is a must. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home building our primary goal is to educate our homeowners and to guide them through the building process to make their custom dream home come true. Check out this little tips we have for you to save money while building your custom dream home.

Choose an Open Concept Design for your Custom Home
The more square footage you have, the higher will be the cost. Talk to your custom home builder and designer and ask them for an open concept home design, in this way you will be able to use as much space as possible and have a sense of openness in your home. The open concept also can save you money in your budget as you are not adding the cost of interior walls, doors, wiring or plumbing.

Select the Right Custom Home Builder for You
There are many home builders in Calgary, and each of them offers services that can suit your building project. For a custom home building project, we suggest selecting a professional and transparent builder with which you can establish a good communication and that understands your vision and how you want your custom home exactly to be. If your custom home design matches the home builder's vision, your project is set out to be a success. Furthermore, selecting a home builder that works with quality building materials, is a member of associations that support their credibility, and can offer you references from previous projects will give you confidence and assurance that your home will be a quality investment

Go for Semi-detached
Semi-detached homes are a solid investment and an excellent way to save money and still have a relatively large home for your family. Although they have less outdoor living spaces than detached homes, the maintenance cost for each side is also lower in comparison to a single home. You can either rent or sell the other side of your property and recover part of your investment.

Additionally, consider green building and home automation for your new custom home. Adding as many green building features to your project as well as home automation helps you saving money, living a healthier lifestyle, and help the environment as well.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; we will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Don't forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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When building your custom dream home consider having an open concept design, think about investing in a semi-detached home, green building, and home automation.

Building Permit Basics for your New Custom Home

Building Permit Basics for your New Custom Home

In the building and renovation process, once you have your design ready the following step is to gather all the necessary permits to start your project. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we take care of this process for you. As one of our primary goals is to educate our homeowners about the building process, we have prepared this short guide to all the basic concepts you need to know to understand all the permits required for building your new custom home, add any space to your home or have a major renovation.

Changing the use of your land to build your new custom home

The area or zone where you are looking to custom build might have different requirements and restrictions. Depending on the area, you will be allowed to build single detached homes, duplex or multi-residential homes. If the kind of home you are looking to build is not usually allowed in your area, you are required to apply for Land Use Re-designation. Check the City of Calgary website to see the requirements of your zone and ask your custom home builder for suggestions regarding the kind of build that can be done in your land.

Area and Kind of Home

Depending on the area you want to build or renovate, the permitting requirements might differ. If you are looking to build in an established neighborhood or the inner city, thus building an infill, the first steps would be to get a demolition or home removal permit, as well as a development permit. The main reason a development permit is required is to ensure that the construction of this new home is safe and results in a positive addition to the community. Be aware that all homes built in developed areas always require a development permit before applying for a building permit.

Zone and Custom Home Design

Depending on the land use allowed for your area there are two options for your development permit: contextual or discretionary. In simple words, applying for a contextual development permit means that your home's design follows all the City of Calgary’s guidelines in design suggested and that it doesn't require any relaxation of the land use. On the other hand, applying for a discretionary development permit means that your design includes items outside the contextual requirements and requires additional review. In any case, your Calgary custom home builder and designer will guide you through all the requirements and suggest which option suits your project better.

The Building Permit for your Custom Dream Home

Once you have your development permit, the following step for your custom home builder is to get the building permit. The building permit authorizes your custom home builder to build, demolish, relocate, alter and repair a structure. Furthermore, a building permit is always required for new homes and detached garages. The building permit contemplates some requirements such as your home warranty services and work inspections.

Visit the City of Calgary's planning website to check all the requirement checklist, glossaries and more information about all the permits. Lastly, choose a custom home builder with experience in the building process, and that guides you and communicates you every step of the way to build your custom home.

Are you ready to build a custom home with us? We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Don't forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

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Depending on the zone or area in which your land is located you will need different kinds of permits and depend on your custom home design you will be able to apply for a different development permit. Choose a reputable custom home builder like Sunset Homes to take care of all permit requirement and build your dream home.

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