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3 Things your Home Builder and Major Renovator should Include in your Estimate

3 Things your Home Builder and Major Renovator should Include in your Estimate

If you are considering planning a new custom build, or having a major renovation done to your property, one of the most valuable tools that will help you through your process will be an estimate. A reliable and transparent home builder will make your building or renovating project exciting and joyful, and the way the estimate is created can be a reflection of how the home builder works. Even though the price is what the estimate is all about, a good estimate presents detailed information about what is included in your project, the steps it will go through, the materials that need to be selected and their quality, the workforce organization, among other details. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, we have prepared a list of important things that should be included in your estimate for a new build or a major renovation.

Scope of work and pricing
Depending on your project’s purpose, your price can be presented to you in a quote, meaning that your work has a final fixed pricing and that no changes will be necessary for the future. The second option your home builder can present to you is an estimate, which will be an approximation to the final cost of your project. Every home builder has a different way to present their estimates, and they might have different kinds. At Sunset Homes we offer three different classes of estimates, and you can learn more about them in our article 3 Steps to Create the Final Budget for your Custom Home in Calgary. Whether your homebuilder presents you with a quote or an estimate, make sure they explain and include as many details about their process as possible.

Materials
In every step of the pricing, your home builder should be able to provide you with detailed information about the quality of the materials to be used in your building project. For Sunset Homes, green building is an important part of our process, so we make sure our homes are built with quality materials within the Built Green Program. Once your home builder has a set of plans and drawings for your project, your estimate will reflect a more accurate pricing for the cost of materials.

Process and Timelines
From the beginning, it is important that your home builder explains to you the approximate amount of time your building project will take, as well as, each phase of the building process. Having completion times per phase will help you plan and work on your selections and to be aware of your project's progress. This will also help you prevent cost blowout and plan your project's financing.

Other things to consider
Ask your home builder about the different options of contracts available and to include all deposits and payments details. Make sure everything you want your homebuilder to take care of is included in your quote. For example, you will want your homebuilder to take care of all details regarding permits and architectural design as they play a key part of your building project.  

Are you ready to build your new custom dream 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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When inquiring for an estimate or a quote make sure it includes the scope of work for your project, the kind of materials to be used, and to include and explain all the necessary steps and approximate completion times in every step of the building process.

3 Main Reasons Homeowners decide to do Major Renovations

3 Main Reasons Homeowners decide to do Major Renovations

Our homeowners usually approach us inquiring about the benefits of doing renovations to their homes. Renovations can go from a small home improvement to major changes to customize your home to your lifestyle and add a fresher look to your property.

The most common renovations homeowners are more interested in are kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations. One of the main reasons our homeowners choose to renovate instead of building a new home, besides budget, would be that they do enjoy the community and area they live in, they have a home they are happy with and envision themselves in the next 5 to 10 years in the same home.

If you are of this mindset and have been thinking about customizing and improving your home to be more comfortable and updated to your lifestyle, consider these three major reasons.

Improve your lifestyle
Your vision and needs for your home can change within the years and as your family grows. Deciding to renovate your home can accommodate your new needs, add more living, and customize your home with well-designed spaces that give you a sense of spaciousness. You can choose to add another storey to your home, remodel your kitchen to create an open concept on your main floor, enhancing your home’s bathrooms, adding that home office or space to entertain your guests indoors or outdoors, there are many options.

Enhance your home value
Although there is a debate whether home renovations increase your home value, if you add living space to your home you are adding square footage and a well-designed renovation may add value to your home. Get the opinion of your preferred builder as well as of a local real estate agent to be sure and determine the value that your home renovation may potentially add to your home, so you are completely sure of this home investment. To improve your home value, you might consider renovating your flooring, fixtures, the kitchen, bathrooms, or adding a new suite.

Be happier, safer, and more comfortable
Deciding to renovate your home, even a minor change, might restore your home’s character and provide you with a new sense of love for your home. Also, when you decide to renovate your home you can make it eco-friendlier. You can add small modifications that are also affordable and can help you save on your utility bills. Finally, remodeling can add increased functionality and beauty to your home.

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 onFacebook andInstagram to follow our exciting updates every week, and to take a look at our beautiful homes inHouzz!

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Renovating your home might be an excellent way to improve your lifestyle and customize your home according to your family’s needs. Also, depending on the scope of the renovation it can add value to your home, and most importantly it will provide a new, more comfortable, space and that will enhance your sense of happiness at home. 

3 Smart Items to have in your Custom Home in Calgary

3 Smart Items to have in your Custom Home

In the last few years, homeowners have become more and more interested in including all the technology possible into their custom homes. The concept of smart homes has become more accessible too, and it represents a very interesting investment to make for your new dream home or if you are building to sell. A smart home includes any item, gadget or appliance connected to the internet; homeowners can interact and control these items using the internet or their smartphones.
Sunset Homes provides guidance on this topic to its homeowners, and in our latest project we have included smart home items, you can check more about it here, and you can check out the progress of this project every Tuesday on our Instagram account.
There is a great variety of smart home products for controlling your lighting, thermostat, security, appliances, and sound systems. Thinking about all these options, we have selected the top smart items you could include in your new custom home in 2017.

Get freedom from keys
Forget about losing your home keys; smart locks are an interesting option to avoid having multiple home keys. There are many kinds and brands of smart locks, and they are quite accessible. You can connect your locks to your phone and grant permanent and temporary access to your home with anyone you choose to. Among the many options available, August and Schlage Sense are the most well-known, they are both compatible with smartphones and Apple watches as well as with complete smart homes systems such as Apple Homekit or Amazon Alexa.

Control your lights
Smart bulbs, or smart lighting, is a new concept of bulbs that are designed for energy efficiency; they include automated controls that can be programmed to adjust according to the time you are at home or the amount of daylight. You may find these smart bulbs in white and other colors, although they are more expensive than regular bulbs, they last longer and are energy efficient. You don't need special wiring for your smart bulbs so you can change into this technology anytime. Finally, you can choose a smart bulb that has an advanced feature to be configured with other smart items such as your smart lock, music or alarm systems.

Smart Security System
Your home security can now be wireless and connected to your phone as well. The Smart Security kits are still a new development. This option could be less expensive than a traditional security system, and among the advantages it can provide, you don't need professional monitoring and can have it configured in your smartphone as well.

Are you ready to build your new custom dream home and add Smart Home technology? 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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Among the many items and gadgets, we have listed adding smart locks, smart bulbs, and a smart security system to your home as the most beneficial. They will make your life easier keeping you informed, connected and allowing you to customize your home technology to your needs.

2017 Laundry Room Trends for your Custom Home in Calgary

2017 Laundry Room Trends for your Custom Home in Calgary

Regardless of its size, your laundry room is one of the most important rooms in your home, doing the laundry is one of the main chores at home and is key to maintaining a clean and functional household. Your laundry room will constantly be in use, therefore, it should be functional and efficient. This space doesn't necessarily need to be a boring place. It is desirable that your laundry room has a comfortable and functional configuration and a modern design that matches your home design as well. Check out these laundry room trends of 2017 that will come in handy when planning your laundry room for your new custom dream home.

Location, Location
Many homeowners have this question when planning their home design. The best place for your laundry room will depend completely on your needs, the size of your home, and the size of your family. The preferred location for laundry rooms among our homeowners is the second storey. This might be a convenient location for every family member, it is not visible to visitors on the main floor and doesn't have to take up a lot of space on your second storey, in fact, and it can be designed to appear as a hallway closet. Other widely picked locations for a laundry room are the basement and mudroom. Although with these two areas you might want to take into consideration all the stairs it would take for your laundry to get there, with a beautiful design it might turn out into an excellent and comfortable space.

IInclude Plenty of Storage
Having an organized and functional laundry room entails having plenty of well-designed storage items. Discuss with your home builder and designer to select custom cabinetry, add pull-outs such as drying racks, drawers, or an ironing table, and don't forget that you will need a counter space. In 2017, the trends for laundry rooms include a built-in closet on which to hang all items and prevent your laundry from wrinkling.

Space, Colour, and Light
Usually, laundry rooms are small, and you don't need it to take up a large space in your home. To create a sense of larger space, our homeowners are going for light colours or just choosing white for walls and cabinets, and luxurious dark appliances. If you can add a window to your laundry room, natural light will help to create a sense of larger space. If a window is not in your plans, you can try under-cabinet lighting that can accentuate and transform the appearance of your laundry room.

Are you ready to build your new custom dream 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 latest trends for your laundry room is to select a convenient location that is near to all family members, has plenty of storage, with an inviting, comfortable and functional design, while light colours enhance the space and make it look larger.

3 Essential Items to Keep your Mudroom Organized and Maximize Space

3 Essential Items to Keep your Mudroom Organized and Maximize Space

When planning a custom home, one of the best things is that you get to customize your home to your needs and to select all the items you want for your home. Many homeowners question themselves about the importance of a mudroom, where should it be located (back entrance, side door or main entryway), and also how to create an appealing and functional space. Mudrooms serve as a transition room, and its primary purpose will be to store items you take outside your home, especially items used often.

Originally, mudrooms are thought to store your coats, bags, and boots. Nevertheless, many homeowners have included in their mudroom design a unique space for their pets' bowls, incorporated storage space for their outdoor and sports equipment, and some have even combined their mudrooms with their laundry rooms. Draft an idea to what is best for your needs and discuss it with your home builder and designer. Mudrooms usually take up a small part of your home and planning your mudrooms design can play a great role in keeping it organized in the future. Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builder, has created a list of must haves for your mudroom to keep it clean and organized.

Maximize Space with these Items
Include hooks to secure outerwear, bags, backpacks and other items of your day to day. If you install hooks at two levels, you will be able to maximize space and visualize your items better. Some of our homeowners have adapted their design to have their mudroom cabinetry running up to the ceiling, thus, creating more storage space for seasonal items and leaving the easy to reach space for the everyday items. Think about including many shelves and you can use baskets to organize and hide things in every shelve. Also, plan to have some drawers added to your design to store many items that you don’t want visible.

Go for a Built-In Bench
Adding a built-in bench in your mudroom is an excellent solution to having a place to sit and being comfortable while putting on or taking off your shoes, as well as it provides more space to put your belongings and you could incorporate even more storage space underneath.

Essential Flooring Elements
Your mudroom is called such because it is the place where all the dirt from outside will concentrate. Many homeowners have expressed that they still envision their mudroom as a stylish and clean place that matches their custom homes design and keeps the luxurious look. A very good idea for this high-traffic area is to have tile flooring; this flooring option will make the cleaning a lot easier. Finally, adding a weather-resistant rug will also help with dirt and mud control in seasons like winter.

Are you ready to build your new custom dream 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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Maximize your mudroom space with items such as hooks, shelves, and think about up to ceiling cabinets. Add a built-in bench, tile flooring, and a very resistant rug.

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