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How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part II

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part II

Last Monday we shared with you the first part of this blog that takes you through the building process. Once we have gone through the pre-construction and design phases (if you missed it, read it here), you can move onto the fun part, your custom home construction process.

Site preparation and foundations
The first step to build your custom home will be to prepare your site. We start either with demolishing or moving the existing building and then clearing, excavating and levelling the site according to the architectural plans. Check the Five Facts about Green Building and House Removal to learn more about this green building initiative. 

Following to this, the crew would lay out the footings and assemble the ICF foundation walls, and then pour the concrete onto it. If you want to learn a little more about ICF foundations, we recommend our articles Benefits of ICF Foundations and 5 Reasons Why Using ICF is a Better Option than Standard Cribbing.

Once the concrete is poured, and it has had time to cure, the crew will be ready for waterproofing and installing any plumbing that is needed on the first floor or basement. Once this is done, there will be an inspection. If everything has been installed correctly and according to the codes, your custom home builder can proceed to the next step.

Framing and mechanical systems
In this phase, your home will start looking like a home and less like a construction site. It entails major structural work, and as a result, the skeleton of your home will be completed as well as the walls, floor and roof systems. If your garage is attached to your home, it will usually be done during this stage. Conversely, if your garage is detached and you wish to use it for storage during construction, you can talk to your custom home builder and request to build it after demolition.

Once the framing is ready, the crew will proceed to work on siding and roofing. At the same time, all the mechanical systems are installed, which includes: heating and cooling units, plumbing lines and electrical systems. After the roofing is ready all the electrical work is completed including wiring for telephone, cable, tv and other systems. At this point, there will be inspections for rough framing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

Insulation, drywall, and Finishes
In this step, your custom home builder takes care of the insulation of your home, depending on your selections this could be made with a variety of materials. The most common types of insulation used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. ICF is the most environmentally friendly choice for building your home; it offers better insulation, will help you save energy, and is a resistant structure for your home.

Next in your custom home construction schedule is to complete the drywall, followed by applying a primer coat of paint. At this point, exterior finishes such as stucco, stone, and siding are installed. After this, other interior work is done, for example, all the flooring, interior doors, cabinets, and windows are installed.

Fixtures, appliances, and landscaping
At this point, your modern custom home is almost ready, and the faucets, countertops, light fixtures, plugs, and appliances are installed. Your bathroom fixtures, sinks, and toilet are put in place, as well as any mirrors, and shower doors. Once everything has been installed, a final clean-up of your new custom home is made. Finally, the last detail to include would be your exterior landscaping. Grass and trees are planted as well as any other landscaping desire you have will be completed. 

Final check and homeowner walkthrough
At this point, a final inspection is made to your home to check if all the items have been installed and completed correctly. Finally, your custom home builder will invite you to a walkthrough to give you the opportunity to review any item that needs to be adjusted. Once this is done, your home is ready to welcome you!

Are you ready to build your new custom home? 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.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Instagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes in Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
Site preparation and foundations are the first steps of building your new custom home, then framing and installing the mechanical systems. Next will be the insulation, drywall, and finishes, and finally, installing fixtures, appliances and having your landscaping done. Don’t forget to discuss all the details of your construction process schedule with your custom home builder. 

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part I

How Long Does it Take to Build a Home with Sunset Homes Part I

One of the main concerns homeowners have when considering building a custom home is the time it may take to be completed. With custom infill homes, the completion time will depend on the size and complexity of the home’s design, as well as the weather conditions and the location or area in which the custom home will be built.

Single or multi-family custom homes
At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, based on our experience and organization from the size point of view for our single detached custom homes your construction project’s schedule might be running between 8 to 10 months.

To build a duplex it takes between 10 to 12 months, a triplex between 11 to 13 months and for a fourplex 12 to 14 months. These times might vary depending on the square footage of each home. Discuss with your home builder and ask them to provide a clear schedule of your project.

At Sunset Homes we use online software to organize our construction projects and our clients can follow their project schedule and completed tasks in real time. Check out our educational process videos and more information about this software here. Breaking down the construction process, each phase will take different times.

Pre-construction and design stage
Depending on every client this stage can take between 2 and 4 weeks. This is when the future homeowners and the custom home builder have the chance to talk about the vision for the custom home. In our initial meeting, we try to figure out answers to questions and details such as: How many square feet do we want or need? Where should the master bathroom be facing? How will the rooms be distributed in the house? 

The following step is having a Schematic Design Meeting in which the homeowner, the custom home builder and the design team see a first visual approximation to your home and start working on all the changes and additions. Learn about every detail of the design stage by reading our article The 4 Phases of your Custom Home Design Process

Paperwork and selections prior to construction
Once you have finalized all revisions of your design and we have our DP drawings, we apply for a Development Permit. This process might take between 4 and 6 weeks. Once your DP is approved we meet with you to start making your selections.

Your selections entail interior colours and materials for details such as: plumbing and electrical fixtures, fireplace, flooring, carpet, hardwood, tiles, backsplash, countertops, cabinetry, and stairs. Also, you will get to choose exterior colours and materials for your roofing, siding, windows, doors and masonry.

Parallel to your selections we apply for a building permit and demolition permit. The building permit will take between 2 and 4 weeks, and your demolition permit will take 6 weeks. Nevertheless, the demolition permit wait does not affect our process. Check the second part of this blog for more details on construction stages and times.

Are you ready to build your new custom home? 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.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Instagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes in Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
Depending on each homeowner, the pre-construction and pre-design phase may take between 2 to 6 weeks. Then Sunset Homes will work along with the design team for your custom home design to obtain DP and BP permits and start building your home.

Custom Home Builder Tips for Maintaining Your New Luxury Home

Custom Home Builder Tips for Maintaining Your New Luxury Home

Home maintenance involves not only developing a course of action to keep your new modern home clean and tidy. Regular or general maintenance is necessary to keep your home’s energy efficiency on point.

General maintenance helps to prevent and avoid major repairs in the future, and most importantly, it is essential to maintaining your home’s value. New homeowners might get overwhelmed when thinking about their new custom home’s maintenance. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have brought together a list of practical maintenance tips to assist you in keeping your custom luxury home at its best, and we have divided these chores at different times of the year make your home maintenance easy and organized.

For specific seasonal tips you can check out our articles: 3 Important Tips for Preparing your Custom Infill Home for Spring and 3 Easy Steps to Take Care of your Home during Winter.

Monthly check'ups for your Modern Custom Home
Calgary home builders recommend testing your HVAC regularly. Experts are divided; some believe your HVAC filters should be changed monthly whereas other experts recommend doing this every two to three months. The frequency for changing your HVAC filters may depend on the size of the family, if you have allergies, and if you have pets at home.

Other important monthly check-ups recommended by Calgary custom builders are to check water pipes and seale up any leaks; water leaks can be very damaging to your home in the long run. Finally, don’t forget about checking your kitchen sink disposal regularly, to avoid future complications with it, such as build up that could cause clogging.

Custom Home Builder Quarterly Tips
Some items that need maintenance quarterly are smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms and your garage door. Custom home builders recommend testing detectors and alarms, this is an easy task that only requires pressing the test button.

Check if your garage door would reverse when obstructed by any object or when its sensor gets interrupted. If it doesn't work, contact your home builder to get the original suppliers to check it. Finally, it is advisable to check your furnace filters quarterly as well.

Biannual Tips for your Luxury Home
Having biannual deep cleans will help you prepare for big seasonal changes, check that all your appliances are working as expected and freshen the look of your house. Inspect the electrical cord of your appliances to ensure they are undamaged. Also, check that your windows and doors are working properly, especially before winter. Look for window cracks, tears and wear.

General Maintenance Tips for Custom Infill Homes
Your home’s external appearance tells a lot about its condition. Some of the general check-ups that homeowners should take care of are the exteriors. Maintaining the landscape, garden and deck of your custom home will extend your home value.

Adding a coat of paint will also contribute to keeping your house’s look on point the entire year. Finally, creating a maintenance calendar with a checklist can be an excellent choice to remember all these little tips to efficiently take care of your dream home.

Are you ready to build a modern custom home? 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.
Don’t forget to check out our ongoing projects, Calgary modern homes for sale, and exciting daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, take a look at our beautiful homes and get to read our reviews in Houzz!

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
Checking your homes’ systems, appliances, and exteriors are great ways to maintain and extend the value of your new custom home.

Latest Kitchen Trends for Modern Custom Homes


Latest Kitchen Trends for Modern Custom Homes

In 2017, modern custom homes have spacious, comfortable and functional kitchens in which cooking is not the only activity anymore. In this modern home design, the main floor includes an open space kitchen that serves as a multi-purpose room.

The latest trends for custom kitchens include a space in which you and your family can entertain guests, work from home, cook, and share family time every day. Being part of the open space concept, the kitchen design is connected to the living and dining rooms as well, creating a sense of openness and more space.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have checked the latest trends to give you some ideas and some inspiration for planning a kitchen renovation or to include in your custom home.

Go-to colours for your new luxury home
White kitchens continue to be everyone’s favourite. Nevertheless, grey and brown have been trending this year. Calgary modern homes are displaying matching colours for cabinets, backsplash and countertops. Moreover, having light colours in different shades is also a big trend this year.

Graphic tile for custom modern kitchens
Traditional tile is still being used in all white kitchens, but also graphic patterns are a good addition to customize your kitchen. If graphic tile doesn’t match your style, choosing a light tile colour with some texture can bring that unique touch as well.   

Calgary infill homes include super pantries
Homeowners nowadays need plenty of storage space. A walk-in pantry design or up to ceiling kitchen cabinets are big trends for pantries this year and both options provide plenty of storage. Some super pantries include built-in spaces designed for your appliances, drawers with cutting tables, and spots to place your laptop.

Under-Cabinet Lighting
Another small addition trending in 2017 to customize your kitchen is adding under-cabinet lighting. This kind of lighting will help brighten your countertops and provide a unique style to your kitchen as well. If you already decided your custom kitchen layout and are thinking about some details to give a unique touch to your kitchen, check out our article 3 Things to Consider When Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry and Door Hardware to get excellent ideas.

Calgary infill homes include super pantries
Homeowners nowadays need plenty of storage space. A walk-in pantry design or up to ceiling kitchen cabinets are big trends for pantries this year and both options provide plenty of storage. Some super pantries include built-in spaces designed for your appliances, drawers with cutting tables, and spots to place your laptop

Are you ready to build a modern custom home or renovate your kitchen? 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.

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

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
The latest kitchen trends for modern custom homes in Calgary include having light colours and combining shades with your graphic tile and having under-cabinet lighting can give your custom kitchen a unique touch.

4 Things you Should know About Building a Custom Home vs Buying an Existing Home

4 Things you Should know About Building a Custom Home vs Buying an Existing Home

When you are ready to invest in a property or upgrade to a new home, you have the option to buy an existing home or to build a custom home. Depending on your plans with the property, family size, and lifestyle, one option might suit you better than the other.

On one hand, custom home building allows the homeowner to plan the design, choose every item in the house, and to select the quality of the building materials. On the other hand, many homeowners have expressed that buying a modern home is an excellent option because it can take a shorter amount of time.

At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we seek to help and guide homeowners and future homebuyers with all the information necessary regarding Calgary custom homes. That is why we have prepared this list of things to consider when deciding between building a custom home or buying an existing one.

Location of a new home vs. a custom home
Your new home’s location will impact your life in many ways. Depending on your family needs, you would have to consider school districts, your commute to work, and of course the neighbourhood that would suit your family the most.

New homes and new developments are usually far from downtown, whereas custom infill homes are located in the inner city. Living in Calgary’s inner city could offer you and your family many advantages, you can read more about it in our article 3 Benefits of Building a Custom Infill Home in Calgary. Take your time to talk to some Calgary custom home builders and inquire about location.

Convenience of a modern custom home
Always depending on your needs, one option could be more convenient than the other. For example, building a custom home allows you to customize your home, add all the rooms you need or your family will need in the future and use space efficiently. This means that a modern custom home adapts to your family’s needs.

Nevertheless, the custom building process takes longer than the process of buying an existing home. If you have the time to go for custom building, make sure you can develop a positive relationship with your homebuilder.

In Sunset Homes, to make the building process time more efficient, we always try to maintain the best communication possible with our homeowners and we keep them updated with every detail regarding their building projects using co-construct and our online software. Check out our educational video about it.

Custom Building entails a Different Budget and Schedule
Many homeowners are inclined towards custom building but fear that building a modern infill would be a higher cost and that besides taking longer, there is the possibility of going over budget. On the other hand, homebuyers feel less concerned about their budgets when buying an existing home.

If you decide to build with a reputable custom home builder, you should never encounter any of these problems. Ask for references and past experiences from other homeowners that have built with your custom builder of choice. And also, you can ask your builder for savings advice. 

Another aspect that concerns your budget is that after buying an existing home it is common to undergo renovations or upgrades.

The renovation costs can be delayed or you can decide to make upgrades after moving into your new home. Although, when you decide to a custom build, as everything is customized, you won't have to account for any renovation in the near future.

Quality of Building Materials
When buying an existing home, there is little possibility to assure your home has been built with the best building materials possible. Conversely, when building a custom modern home, choosing high quality building materials is easier, as well as incorporating green building practices.

 Sunset Homes is part of the Built Green Program and is actively seeking the best way to provide our homeowners with the best quality materials for their homes as well as the most energy efficient structure possible.

Are you ready to build a modern custom home? 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.

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

Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
When deciding between buying a home or custom building consider aspects such as location, time convenience, budget and quality of building materials to decide which option suits you best. 

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