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Exterior Finishing Options for your Custom Home in Calgary

Exterior Finishing Options for your Custom Home in Calgary

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we want to provide our homeowners with many options to go through when they are in the selection process for their new homes. Exterior finishes are integral to your home’s look, aesthetics and style. Additionally, your custom home exterior finishing also should be lasting and weather resistant, especially with Calgary’s winter and wind. In our building process, we are always looking to guide our homebuyers and help them select the best options for their homes. That is why this week we have put together a list of exterior finishing options for your new custom home in Calgary to ease your selection process and help you find the most durable option, with the highest quality that fits your budget.

Stone
Stone has become the favourite for everyone, especially homeowners that prefer a traditional look. It is considered a premium material, because stone is a natural product, and it can be installed both in interiors and exteriors. This option can be quite expensive due to its installation cost and time. If you decide to have stone in your custom infill home, you can either have it included in a small part of you design, combined with stucco, for example. Also, you can consider some masonry products that have a similar look to stone, such as cultured stone. This option is a great alternative to stone. Cultured stone is a semisynthetic option that offers a similar look to stone at a reduced cost.

Stucco
Nowadays stucco is a very popular option. There are various kinds of stucco such as synthetic and natural. We provide the option to use EIFS, an exterior insulation finishing system that makes your walls water-resistant, provides insulation, and it can be mixed with assorted colours for a unique finish. Stucco has turned out to be the most efficient, resistant and durable material for exterior finishing, and also, one of the easiest options to install.

Metal and Vinyl Siding
Both these options are quite popular as well and offer a modern look to your home. These materials are durable and strong, water resistant and low maintenance. Ask your custom home builder for guidance about using these options and check if it matches your custom home style.

Hardie Board Siding
A widely used option by luxury home builders in Calgary, hardie board siding also has many benefits. It is durable and can be made to look like other materials such as wood. It is also fire resistant and can stand through wild storms. Although this option stands among the most used in Calgary, its installation cost can also be higher than the other options.

Talk to your custom home builder about these options and consider your custom infill home design. At Sunset Homes, we will gladly guide you through the selection process and provide you with all the help to make your dream home come true.

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 Calgary 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!

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Stone, metal and vinyl, stucco, and hardie board are among the most popular options for exterior finishings for your custom home.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Concept Style for your Floor Plan

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Concept Style for your Floor Plan

Having an open concept style for your floor plan has become a trend in the last few years. The open concept combines multiple rooms in a single living space. For example, an open concept main floor would have a kitchen, dining room and living room in one shared space. Usually, deciding whether the open concept style suits your needs would be a first step in creating your home's design and wish list. At Sunset Homes, we have put together a list of advantages and disadvantages of the open concept style to help you select the most suitable option for your lifestyle.

Connecting with the outdoors
Nowadays custom luxury homes use an open space style to create a sense of even more space by connecting the outdoor living spaces with the indoors. Using floor to ceiling windows has become the best way to do this. It gives a much larger look to your home and eliminates barriers to being able to enjoy the view of the outdoors. One of the main advantages of having an open space concept in a home is that it creates a sense of openness. The downside of being connected to outdoor living spaces might be having less privacy.

Fewer walls
As this concept does not include many interior walls and usually includes floor to ceiling windows and glass doors, you can enjoy more natural light at home, and potentially save in electricity during summer, enjoying as much as possible the daylight during winter. The main disadvantage of having fewer walls might be having less space for art and wall decoration.

Efficient use of space
For many homeowners having the living room and kitchen integrated provides a more inviting environment than the two separated areas, meaning that the open layout could make the task of entertaining guests easier. Also, moving furniture within this area becomes a less complicated task. Nevertheless, the open concept style might mean more noise in the multiple room area as well, so developing tasks that require concentration could be more challenging.

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!

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The pros of having an open concept floor plan for your custom home are that it will allow you to connect with your outdoor living spaces, take advantage of all the square footage of your home, making it visually larger, providing more room to entertain your guests and share time with your family. The cons would be having less privacy from the outdoors, less space for decoration or art, and fewer spaces to escape to. 

What to Include in your Wish List before Meeting your Home Builder?

What to Include in your Wish List before Meeting your Home Builder?

Building a custom home is one of the best options homeowners have for making their dream home happen. When it is time to choose the best home builder for your new custom home in Calgary, the easiest way to present and explain your project is by creating your wish list.
A wish list can turn out to be the most organized way to describe your project with many details to your home builder and to start a clear communication of your vision for your new custom home. You don't need to take many hours to create a wish list for your custom infill home. Check out these tips Sunset Homes, Calgary's Bespoke Home Builder has prepared for you to create your perfect wish list:

Take your current home as a starting point
Kitchen and bathrooms tend to be the most renovated areas in a house. Now that you have the opportunity to have them brand new check out what you enjoy the most about your current kitchen and bathrooms, and also what you find useless or that you don't like anymore.
Take notes of every detail; all these ideas will come handy for your home builder to take into account for your custom home design and create a luxurious and functional space for you and your family.

Interview other homeowners
You might be considering many options for your custom home design. As an initial step in your wish list, you can do some research in visual resources such as Houzz and Pinterest. This exercise will allow you to grasp an idea about trends. Once you have a design in mind, ask your home builder to put you in contact with other homeowners. Talking to other homeowners is an excellent opportunity to ask them about their process with your home builder, and to ask about what has been a good choice in design and what they would change.

Items you should not forget
Now that you have a style for design in mind as well as your preferred areas to build within the city, think about including these items to your wish list:

  • How big do you envision your home? Have a square footage approximate, as well as the number of storeys, bathrooms, and bedrooms you would like to have in your custom home in Calgary. For example, if you are planning to have children in the future, you can include this into your home's design and size.
  • Have you thought about adding any entertainment spaces to your home? You have the chance to think about having a patio, deck, media room, recreation room or even a wine cellar.
  • Would you like to add working space to your home? If you enjoy working from home, adding a home office to your wish list will be an excellent idea.
  • Do you want a fully developed basement? Maybe you are thinking about having an entertainment area in your basement or having a basement suite.

Organize your ideas
Now that you have a better vision of your home, you can organize all the items in your wish list in Houzz. Creating ideabooks will allow your home builder and design team to understand your vision and also to ask you more detailed questions to customize your home to your needs. Add notes to your favorite cabinets, counter-tops, flooring, lighting, bath fixtures, landscape, etc. These will come handy when you get to selections process. 

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!

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Creating a wish list to build your custom infill home will allow you to present an organized idea of your vision to your home builder. Add many details about size, location, room distribution, interiors, and exteriors, etc. Interview other homeowners to recreate or avoid some decisions, as well as create a visual idea of your custom home in Houzz!

The 4 Phases of your Custom Home Design Process

The 4 Phases of your Custom Home Design Process

One of the most important steps for making your Custom Home come to life is the design process. Understanding all the stages that entail this process will make your custom home building experience better. Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, has an experienced and excellent design team that can make your dream home a reality. Our partner designers take care of architectural, exterior and interior design, and produce everything needed to progress through the construction process.

Concept Design
The first step or phase of the design process is to create a preliminary design by understanding your idea. The best way to create a preliminary concept is by having a meeting in which you can review your wish list with your home builder and designer. Check out What to Include on your Wish List before Meeting your Home Builder to learn how to come prepared for this initial design meeting. If you have created ideabooks in Houzz or have saved any of your ideas in Pinterest, bring them to your initial meeting, and they will help you explain your vision to your custom home builder and designer. From this meeting, our design team will be able to analyze your site and prepare a preliminary design and front elevation for your review.

Design Development
The second step in your custom infill home's design process will be preparing your drawings to obtain a development permit. In this phase, our team develops the structural design in detail based on your selections for exterior materials and finishes. We will also have refined front elevation and completed drawings that are required for obtaining your development permit as well as for preparing your project for a class 2 summary budget. Learn more about our budgets in 3 Steps to Create the Final Budget for your Custom Home in Calgary

Building Permit
After obtaining your development permit, our designers can proceed to the third step of the design process for your custom infill home. Once DP is approved, the design team can prepare site plans and drawings needed for the building permit. This entails detailed floor plans, detailed exterior elevations, roof plans and electrical plans. Our team creates a building permit package and takes care of everything required to proceed with the construction process.

Interior design
Finally, in this last step, our team will work with you to cover all interior details, work on elevations all based on your interior material selections, your lighting, plumbing, hardware, glass, finishes and so on. In every step of the process, we maintain active communication with our homeowners and guide them to see their dream home come true.

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!

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Sunset Homes and our design team will walk you through translating your ideas into a design concept, then we will prepare your drawings and plans to obtain the development and building permits, and finally, to select your custom home interior design.

5 Important Questions to Ask your Home Builder for your Major Renovation

5 Important Questions to Ask your Home Builder for your Major Renovation

Major renovations give a new perspective to your property; they help to adapt your home to any lifestyle change that suits your needs, they enhance your home value, and provide you with a more comfortable, happy environment.
Once you have decided that you are ready to embark on your renovation project looking for the best home builder that takes cares of major renovations becomes the next key step. Think about these important questions you can ask a home builder to determine if it is the best match for your renovation project.

Feasibility of your Project
Depending on the kind of renovation or improvement you have in mind, make sure your home builder clarifies that your vision for your project is possible at a structural level. And also take the time to address which adjustments you would need to make to incorporate your home routine. For example, if you are thinking about a kitchen renovation, ask your home builder if you could install a temporary kitchen in another area of your home or if it would be more suitable for the scope of your project planning to move out during the renovations.

Home Builder Experience
Ask as many details about the home builder as possible. For example, how many projects like yours has your home builder done and ask them to provide a portfolio or pictures of these projects. Additionally, ask for references from previous home owners who have done a renovation with the builder and look up online to check out if the homebuilder is registered or part of associations such as the BBB, Built Green Programs, the Canadian Home Builder Association and if it has reviews and online presence. 

Team and Process
Your renovation process requires the right team to be timely and meet your needs. Depending on your vision you might need a designer, architect, engineers, a project manager, and, of course, all of the sub-trades. An organized and efficient home builder will provide you with details and guidance about the team that will take care of your project as well as all the steps to be covered and considerations to be made for your project’s timeline and pricing. Additionally, ask your home builder how your property is going to be protected during renovation and ask about the communication process during the renovation period.

Schedule and Budget
A transparent home builder should be able to provide you with clear timelines for every step of the process. It also should present you with a written schedule in the proposed budget. Make sure to inquire about the best times to start your project and if the home builder will accommodate your needs. Another key question regarding the schedule, process, and communication between the builder and homeowner is the changes or adjustments that might need to be done to your budget and timeline and if the home builder has considered such possible changes in the proposed budget.

Paperwork Through the Process
Ask your home builder for guidance regarding permits and city applications. Your home builder will have more experience in such matters and can include taking care of all the paperwork necessary to initiate your project. Also, ask if a deposit and insurance will be included in your quote and that all the terms cover your needs.

Are you ready for a major renovation? 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!

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Ask your home builder as much as you can about the feasibility of your project or which adjustments would be advisable for your renovation. Ask and confirm your home builder’s experience, check out if they have a team that can cover all the phases of your process and ask for clear timeline and budget.

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