Calgary Custom Home Builder offers a variety of services to help you build the home of your dreams. We understanding that finding the perfect home can be a challenge, and there’s always the risk that an existing home will have hidden problems that could come back to haunt you later. For perfect control over the house you’ve been looking for, our recommendation is to build from the ground up. All you need is the right piece of land and a strong design to get started. Here at Calgary Custom Home Builder, we can help with each stage of the custom home building process.
Thorough pre-planning can save you quite a bit of money down the line: making sure you have answers to these questions will mean you’re prepared for any problems that might arise.
Your first concern will likely be your own experience. Are you willing to undertake the endeavor of building your home yourself, or will you be hiring professional contractors to assist you? If you don’t have any experience in construction, you’ll need to do plenty of research first. If it’s in the budget to hire contractors, it’s often worth the extra cost. Contractors can catch and prevent problems before they cause major damage, and will often know the best sources for quality, cheap materials.
If you already have a plot picked out, now is a good time to study it thoroughly. Your new home plans may run into snags if, for example, your land has a flood risk. Finding these issues early will make it much easier–and cheaper–to solve them. Get your land surveyed as thoroughly as possible for water flow, drainage, elevation, or underground surprises like sinkholes. The lay of your land can heavily impact what design elements you’ll be able to use in your new home.
DESIGN AND PLANS
Armed with a thorough knowledge of the plot you’ve chosen as the site for your new home, you can now begin designing the structure. At this stage, you can never have too much detail. Once you’ve decided what to build, deciding how to build it is just as important. Be certain that all of your structures can bear their own weight, and be sure that your designs account for all of your needs.
If you’re not sure where to start, stock plans may be available to give you a template you can then modify. It might also be worth looking into hiring a building designer, who will bring knowledge and experience to the table. They will know, for example, what sort of load bearing walls your roofing choice might require, or the best type of insulation to use in your area.
Another way to get started is to separate your desires by priority. Is the sun room a must-have, or if you had to, would you install a bigger kitchen instead? Knowing which rooms your family is likely to use most often, and for which purposes, will give you an excellent starting point. Lighting, space, and easy movement from area to area are your biggest challenges. Where does the sun hit your land in the hottest part of the day? Which rooms do your family currently use most often? If you can combine two smaller rooms into one larger one, the space will feel larger even if it is technically the same number of square feet.
Your plans and blueprints will be your roadmap once you begin construction, and if they’re sufficiently detailed, you’ll be able to make most of your important decisions during this stage, before you even touch your toolbox.
The actual construction of your house will be a challenging experience, but a very fulfilling one! If you’re hiring contractors to assist in the construction process, now is the time to bring them in and familiarize them with your designs and blueprints. They may already be able to suggest improvements and solutions for problems.
Your first step will be to begin with a blank slate. Trees, shrubs, and bushes in the construction area will need to be removed, though plan very carefully before removing large trees, as it will be nearly impossible to replace them once construction is complete, but survey the surrounding trees very carefully to be sure that as they grow, their roots won’t interfere with your foundation. Here is where a thorough land survey will be of great use: without careful study of soil conditions, you may discover too late that your soil isn’t as solid as you thought it was.
As you begin to excavate the trenches for your foundation, remember to allow for sewer lines, water piping, and electrical lines. Do these services already connect to your plot, or will you have to contact your local utilities providers to be added to the system?
You’ll now lay down any plumbing or electrical pipes and conduits that will be covered by foundation slabs, and begin constructing your home from the ground up. Don’t forget that hired contractors and professionals can be excellent resources and will be able to help you solve problems as they arise, before they can cost you too much time or money. Once the foundation is laid, you can begin raising the frame, securing the roof, and installing windows and doors.
ABOUT CALGARY CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS
With well-laid plans and plenty of dedication, your dream home will soon be a reality. Calgary Custom Home Builders would love to make your dream home come to life. Our panel of builders and contractors all have the expertise and experience in the industry. We will be able to provide you with the invaluable advice, and involve your feedback in every step along the way.
Build your custom home with the experts today!