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Types of Roofing Materials to Consider for your Custom Home


Types of Roofing Materials to Consider for your Custom Home

The best part of building a custom home is that you can choose everything about your home. Your roof is fundamental to your home’s structure. Your roof will endure intense weather, so you will need a high quality, durable, strong, stylish and affordable roof that can keep out any water and moisture to prevent complications with your home. Your home builder will be there to guide you through the selection process and help you as much as possible. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have prepared a list of the most common materials used for your roof; the follow is a list with more details about each.

Asphalt Shingles
They are also called composition shingles. This option is the most used roofing material as it is easy to install, it is the most economical option, and it is fire and wind resistant. There are various kinds of asphalt shingles and their life expectancy can vary between 20 and 50 years. Plus, they come in a variety of colours and designs to match your home design vision.

Metal
There are many options that can be included in this roofing category including aluminum, steel, copper, or zinc alloy. This option has a life expectancy of 40 yo 70 years depending on the material, and it can be installed as sheeting or tile. This roofing option is more durable than asphalt, it is wind resistant, and may be made from recyclable materials. But this option does not match as well with all home styles, so this is something you would have to consider.

Clay and Concrete Tile
These are two of the most enduring options for your roof and they also are available in many colours and have a long-life expectancy, both options are heavy. On one hand, clay tiles are fire resistant but resistance to wind is lower, and they can be costly. On the other hand, concrete tile is less expensive than clay tiles. Concrete tiles are also very fire resistant. If your home has a Spanish or Mediterranean style this roofing material will match perfectly. Their main downside for Canadian winters is that clay tiles can crack during extremely cold temperatures.

Wood Shingles and Shakes
This roofing option has been widely used for a long time. They are a very nice look and match with bungalows, historic and contemporary styles. They are less fire resistant, although they can be treated with a fire retardant. They are made from natural materials, are moderate in weight and are not too expensive, but they require a lot of maintenance.

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.

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Among the most used roofing options are asphalt shingles, metal, clay and concrete tile, wood shingles and shakes. Depending on your home’s style, your budget, and needs, each of these options can be suitable for your home. 


Is a Finished Basement Right for You?

Is a Finished Basement Right for You?

Nowadays, the basement has become a room that means more than storage, as you plan to build a new custom home, you will have to decide whether a developed or finished basement is convenient for you. This decision might depend on the purpose of this new home, if it is a custom home for you and your family to establish and spend your future there, or it can be a new investment you are embarking on to sell shortly. Developing your basement also influences the cost of your investment, for that reason we have prepared a list of benefits you can get from a developed basement.

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Adding more living space to your home
It is true that in a home, underground spaces have a lower value per square foot than above ground areas. Nevertheless, finishing a basement offers more living space that can be used for many purposes. This living space adds value to your home and opens new opportunities for your family to enjoy more activities at home. For example, you could use the basement space for adding a gym, game area, bar or wine cellar, or having guests.

Investing to generate income
Even though not developing your basement might be a good option for your homes or future property buyers, taking the decision to develop your basement into a rental unit may translate into an excellent way to generate income and recover part of your investment. Developing your basement has demonstrated to be one of the preferred renovations and is the one that could generate the best Return on Investment (ROI).

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Maintaining your home's style and design
If you opt for building your new dream home with a developed basement, you might find it easier to keep your home's style and design. Developing when first building can mean that you will have the same homebuilder and that your design is coherent. Additionally, it will help you avoid investing more time in the future on a renovation.

Are you ready to build your new custom dream home or to renovate your basement? 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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Having your basement fully developed when building your custom home or having your basement developed on a major renovation could create more living space, storage and entertainment space for you and your family. This could be an excellent and appealing characteristic that increases your income through renting.

Top 3 Upgrades that Add Resale Value to your Home

Top 3 Upgrades that Add Resale Value to your Home

If you are considering selling your home, you might be wondering what you could do to increase the value and make the most for your next investment. Having plenty of space and updating some key areas of your home may help you make your home more attractive. Reports from sources such as Remodeling Magazine, Realtor Magazine, and Houzz reveal that the best improvements that add value and have the highest payback when selling your home have to do with adding more living and entertainment space to your property as well as making minor to major improvements to your kitchen and bathroom. At Sunset Homes, we build custom homes and also take care of major renovations. We understand that the final value of your property plays an important role if you are looking to sell your property.

Kitchen and bathroom improvements
Nowadays these two rooms have become the most important in your home and making little improvements such as replacing old sinks and plumbing, and adding more storage revamps adds value to your home. The luxurious and spacious vibe is what is most expected of the kitchen and bathroom.
On the kitchen, you could make little changes. If your kitchen doesn't have an island you could consider adding a movable island with plenty of cabinets, remember that more storage is always better. Also, upgrading to stainless steel appliances gives a luxurious look.
If you are able to go even further, you can upgrade your countertop to quartz as is the preferred material for luxurious kitchens at the moment. A small change in your bathroom that can add value to your home could be adding a new window that allows better natural light. Also, changing the old vanity and sink will give your bathroom a fresh look.

Basement development
Thinking about adding living spaces to your home? Developing or renewing your basement can be one of the best investments you make to add value to your home. Redeveloping your basement into a suite or apartment means that it can become a rental property and that will completely increase your home value.

Exteriors and landscapes
Adding living and entertainment spaces to your home is an excellent way to increase the value to your home. Outdoor areas can be improved by including a deck or installing a grill. A small upgrade in your land and adding new plants to your entrance might lift your landscape and make your home look more attractive.

Do you want to renovate your 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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Upgrading your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and exteriors have become the best improvements to add resale value to your home.

3 Things New Homeowners Need When Moving In

3 Things New Homeowners Need When Moving In

If you are ready to move into your new custom home, or near the time, it is a good moment to start planning and making a list of all the things you will need. Your new home is a blank canvas, a new opportunity to create a pleasant environment that you and your family will enjoy for the next years.
At this point, if you are building a custom home, you already know all the details, measurements and rooms your home will have, and you have most likely selected the colours of each room. So, the next step will be furnishing and giving the final touches. This could be a nice entertaining task for you.
If you created ideabooks on your pre-construction phase, they could be very useful for choosing furniture, and other items that you will need when you move to your new custom home. Take a look of some of the things to add to your list for when you are ready to move to your new home:

Furnishing essentials
Among the many things you can include in your home, the main item to add to your list is furniture, and this will apply for every room in your home. Although it might look simple, the list can become vast, so account for the essentials.
With the open concept and modern home designs, the kitchen has transcended from a place to cook and eat to the main space for having family time, socialising, and entertaining friends. For your first months, you will need some kitchen essentials like basic cookware, glasses, cups, garbage cans, cleaning materials, and appliances. Ask your home builder if they include appliances and if they are energy-efficient. Next to your kitchen will be your main living room, select a comfortable and stylish sofa where you can sit and read, or watch tv and relax.
The most important piece of furniture for your home as soon as you move in will be your bed with good and comfortable pillows and bed linens. Your bedroom will be your prime place to relax and recharge your energy. Don't forget about beautiful lamps, bed tables and a nice alarm clock. Sometimes ordering furniture can take from 6 to 12 weeks to arrive, take this into account to order your essentials well in advance.

Outdoor entertaining
Your new home needs all the perks for enjoying nice times and good weather with your family and friends. Choose durable furniture for your patio, backyard, or deck. You could pick comfortable chairs, benches or even a couple rocking chairs with an outdoor table. One of the nicest additions for outdoor entertaining will be a barbeque grill. You can enjoy it on sunny summer days with your friends and family.

Essential tool kit and repair items
Your new home will require some maintenance, installing items, and also, seasons will require for you to adapt some things at home. Keep in mind having some useful tools are beneficial such as a hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, tape measure and wood glue. All of these will help you in the most unexpected moments. Be prepared for winter with a couple of snow shovels and salt for ice. Ladders will always be useful; you could pick a big one for the outdoors for replacing shingles, and a smaller one for you indoors for accessing tall pantries and changing light bulbs.
Consider having your lawnmower and don't forget your garden kit; you will need a garden hose, a trowel, a cultivator, shears, and a pair of gloves.
Are you ready to build a new custom home to have these items? 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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In your needs list for your new custom home, make sure to include the essentials for your kitchen, a very comfortable bed, outdoor furniture, and items to have fun such as a grill or your garden, and don't forget a toolkit for home maintenance.

5 Ideas to Make your Custom Home Greener

5 Ideas to Make your Custom Home Greener

Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day as a reminder that we should continue our efforts of preserving our environment. At Sunset Homes, we are a proud member of Built Green Canada and the Canada Green Building Council.  As home builders, we know that these practices offer many benefits to the environment and preserve natural resources, and improve life quality. Additionally, a green home can help you save money and improve your property's value. For these reasons, we have prepared the following five ideas to help you make your custom home greener.

Choose quality materials
Through our blog, we always recommend choosing quality materials as they play a key role in your home's value. Although the general thinking is that green materials costs are higher, in the long run, they are energy efficient, help in saving you money, and provide a more durable home that enhances a healthy lifestyle.

Go for energy efficient windows and design
Ask your home builder and designer to include as much natural light as possible for your home; this will allow you to use your windows to create an impact on your custom home's temperature. Energy efficient windows provide excellent insulation; they will help your home keep warm in the cold weather, and they will keep your house protected and cool during summer. Managing natural light, as well as having the protection energy windows, provide, will help lower your energy bill. 

Choose the right insulation
Insulation protects your home from extreme weather as well as from noise. In previous blogs, we have talked before about the benefits of building with ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) and how this material will reduce noise transference and will also protect your home from extreme weather. Also, a little addition such as insulating your home's water pipes will make an enormous difference in reducing heat loss and raising water temperature, and this option is not costly. 

Check your home for any leaks
Make sure to replace, repair, seal or caulk any leaks at home. Check for faucet and toilet leaks which are the most common and create incredible amounts of water loss. After proofing your home from any leaks, you will notice the change on your water bill. Another small and accessible tip for saving water is to use water saving shower heads.

Choose energy efficient appliances
Select your new home appliances or replace your old ones with appliances that follow the Energy Star standards as they will use less water and at least 50% less energy than other appliances. Furthermore, energy efficient appliances have a longer lifespan.

Ready to custom build your dream home with us? Do you want to renovate your master bathroom? 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.

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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For a greener home and healthier lifestyle, make sure you are aware of the quality of the materials you select for your home, pay attention to insulation, leave your home leak proof and choose energy efficient appliances.

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