Building Process

Custom Home Builder Tips to Maximize your Kitchen Space

In modern custom homes, one of the areas with most traffic is undoubtedly the kitchen. This is a space where many activities take place. That is probably the reason why it is sometimes difficult to keep it organized. Especially if you have a large family, you may have noticed that your kitchen countertops collect clutter in the bat of an eyelash.

Essential Things You Need To know about Stairs for your New Custom Home!

When planning your new custom home and making selections, most homeowners don't know how their stairs can impact the overall style of their home. On one hand, stairs can be functional, but on the other hand, a staircase is an item that can create the right transition between two areas in your home. Plus, it can contribute to that specific style that you are dreaming of for your new custom home. In fact, your stairs can become the centerpiece of your home and they can also increase its value. Check out these essential things you need to know about stairs to make the best stair selection.

Custom Home Building Steps: Insulation

At Sunset Homes, one of our primary goals is to provide our clients with as much information as possible about everything related to our custom homes to help make the design and custom building process less daunting. After all, building your dream home should be a joyful process that you can talk about for many years. In our Custom Home Building Steps series, we have learned so far about your custom home foundations, the framing stage, and the mechanical installation.

Why Finishing your Basement Adds Value to your Custom Home

A question that often comes up with our homeowners and investors when building a new custom home, or even when planning a major renovation, is if finishing their basement is the right thing to do. Some homeowners do not see the value in finishing their basements, but here are some of the reasons why it can add value to your Calgary custom home.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Attached vs. Detached Garages

The importance of a garage can never be overestimated, they are used for housing our vehicles, can be converted to storage rooms and even workspaces, thus when setting up your new custom home it would only make sense to include a garage in the plan; however, the big question here is which kind of garage works better for your custom home and family. A detached garage or an attached one. Check out these pros and cons of an attached garage to help while making your choice.

Custom Home Building Steps: Mechanical Installation

In our blog series Custom Home Building Steps, we have been following the building process step-by-step. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builders, educating our homeowners about their new home builds is essential. We know that our homeowners are always interested in the steps of the pre-construction, design, and construction stages because having this information allows them to plan around their new build.

Your Custom Home Foundations

In step one of the homebuilding process, we have learned all about your custom home foundations and why they are an essential step for your infill home. Additionally, we talked about the advantages of building with ICF and how this material allows having a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home.

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Framing Your Modern Infill Home

In step two, we learned about the Framing stage. This stage consists in assembling the bone-structure of your custom home and is the starting point for the shape of your home. As green builders in Calgary, we emphasize on the use of quality and efficient building materials in every step of the construction process.

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Mechanical Installation in the Building Process

In the third step of the custom home building process, we have all the items that constitute the mechanical installation. An essential feature of a quality build is an effective and efficient mechanical system. Your new custom home's mechanical system is largely comprised of the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).

During this stage of the construction process, we have many crews working simultaneously. On the one hand, we have the electrical, security, and plumbing services being roughed in; on the other hand, your custom home builder will install all the ducts needed for heating cooling and ventilation, all designed to provide you with a comfortable living environment.

The following steps will be wiring for any system you choose to have at home, including home automation, the receptacles for electrical outlets & lights, installing the insulation, vapor barriers, and then finally drywall. The mechanical installation in your new custom home will control the air temperature, humidity, air movement and quality, and overall efficiency of your home. Get guidance from your experienced home builder to have an efficient and environmentally friendly system in your new dream home. You should also get tips on mechanical and electrical safety for after your home is built.

Ready to build your new custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

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In this stage of the home building process, we install your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) vents, water lines, and any ductwork and wiring needed for your custom home.


Custom Home Building Steps: Framing

At Sunset Homes, we are among the top-rated Calgary home builders.  We provide homeowners and custom homebuyers with all the necessary tools and knowledge necessary to make the custom home building process both easy and enjoyable! In the first part of the Custom Home Building Steps series, we introduced the most important aspects of the foundations of your custom infill home. Once the foundation is complete, the next step will be structural framing.  This stage of construction is really exciting for our homeowners because the house begins to take shape and resemble the final product.

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Understanding your Custom Home Framing

Immediately after your foundations are set, the framing of the house begins. Framing is construction and assembly of the underlying structure that will be the bone-structure of your home. The framing of your home is as important as your foundation. A quality framed structure will be the starting point for all remaining aspects of your home from drywall, to flooring, and even your kitchen cabinets. Depending on the size and complexity of your home, this step can take anywhere from three weeks to four months to complete.

The process of framing your home will start with the subfloor, then your exterior and structurally integral interior walls will be marked out and built on site. If there is a second floor, then the second floor subfloor will be installed and the process will repeat. Once the second floor walls are framed, or if you are building a bungalow, the next step is to crane the trusses (the pre-fabricated structure for your roof) will be craned into place and installed in a very similar manner to the joists. Finally, the framers will sheet the roof. At this point, your house has taken shape, and is in full swing! 

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Quality Materials for your Custom Home

Dimensional lumber is the most common framing material for building a home as it is a cost-effective option, while commercial buildings are often framed using structural steel studs and products. Wood is an excellent material due to its natural durability and strength. Sunset Homes is a certified Built-Green builder, and we individually implement many Built-Green procedures into every custom home, and the stages of the build. For example, the use of engineered lumber helps prevent wastage of wood by using recycled wood materials or materials that would otherwise be unused. There is also a green building initiative called Efficient Framing or Optimum Value Engineering. This green building technique focuses on making a better use of lumber by decreasing the amount of waste, as well. Learn more about the Importance of Using Quality Building Materials.

Ready for a custom build? Contact Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, and learn more about building your inner-city dream home! We will gladly prepare a free quote and give you more information about our custom luxury homes and major renovations.

Take a look at our construction updates and Calgary modern homes for sale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Houzz!

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After the foundations of your custom home are ready, framing can be a 4-week stage in which the main structure of your home is formed. A house is only as good as its structure, which means quality and structural integrity are of the utmost importance during this stage of a custom home build.

Custom Home Building Steps: Foundations

At Sunset Homes, Calgary's bespoke home builders, educating our homeowners about their new home builds is paramount. From the beginning stages of design, our construction process, to the maintenance of your new home, we make it easy and enjoyable. One of our goals is to provide a wealth of pertinent information that equips homeowners with the necessary tools needed to make the custom home building process a gratifying experience. Over the next few articles, we will be learning about all the steps in the custom home building process: you will take a look at your home foundations, framing, siding, roofing, mechanical systems, insulation, drywall, and finishing stages.