Custom Homes

5-Point Plan For Your New Home

Proper planning, budgeting, and communication are key to successful building. You will keep your costs down and get much better building results if you do some preliminary work before engaging a builder.
Use the following checklist as you get started:

1. Define Your Vision

What is it you are hoping to accomplish by building?
What are your “must haves?”
What are your dreams?

Designers and architects will be more efficient in working for you if you put some effort into defining what you want before you meet with them. A good designer/architect will save you thousands of dollars by designing space wisely, and will also contribute ideas that will make the end result much more pleasant and functional.

2. Set a budget

“Square foot” pricing is, by nature, somewhat vague. But it can be helpful in establishing initial budgets. If your architect and builder know your (approximate) budget, they can advise you early on as to whether your dreams are realistic. Some considerations are site development costs, engineering requirements, and scheduling.

3. Secure plans

Proper plans and job specifications are required to price your project, and your contractor can only “guess” at pricing without them. If you want accurate pricing and results that match your expectations, plans and specs are crucial. You will need professionally done scale drawings and a clear schedule of finishes.

4. Due Diligence

When choosing a builder keep in mind how important your home is to you. When you hire a contractor you are inviting him into a very important area of your life – your home! Pay attention to “the little things”. Do you communicate easily with him? Does he listen to you and show respect for your ideas? Are all your questions answered to your satisfaction? Can he provide references for similar projects? Does he respect his sub-trades and building officials, or is he dismissive of others? Would you be completely comfortable with him being in your home, even when you aren’t there? Is he accountable through professional affiliations (like Better Business Bureau and Canadian Home Builders Association), or is he a lone ranger?

5. Sign the Contract

Contracts (written or verbal) are legally binding. Good written ones help projects to run smoothly, while bad ones lead to confusion and added expense.

Gulf Island Paradise - Passive House

Gabriola Paradise - Passive House

A beautiful one level custom built home in the Gulf Islands.  This home incorporated some unique features such as being built with Passive House standards, frameless moulding, an impressive wrap around deck, magnificent imported sliding glass doors, strategically placed windows to maximize heat and light for the living spaces, a built in custom-built library, and many more uniquely designed features.  Click HERE to watch a time-lapse video of this custom home build.

Efficient Living at the Ridge Three 2016 VIBE Awards!

Efficient Living at the Ridge

A beautiful award winning custom built home in Nanaimo, British Columbia.  This home incorporated some unique features such as radiant in-floor heating, doorless shower, built in shelving throughout the home, beautifully highlighted timber beams, and two strategically designed decks to maximize sun exposure throughout the day for the home owners.  Click HERE to see details on the three 2016 VIBE awards that this home has won.

Hillside House - West Coast Modern

A beautiful chic modern custom build was designed on a steep rocky terrain overlooking the beautiful Nanaimo ocean front.  This home was designed with extremely sleek and clean interior finishes such as large windows running right to the floor to maximize the incredible views, concrete floors with radiant in-floor heating, maple stairs with glass and metal railings, and contemporary industrial style exterior finishes.

Mermaid Manor - Oceanfront Cottage

This Oceanfront cottage is nestled away among the tall trees and sandstone tide pools of Protection Island, British Columbia.  This home was designed with intricate custom features throughout including, blue vertical wood siding, an expansive cedar deck with a two way fireplace, a wide open-concept living and food preparation area to create a place where family can be together without being crowded.