Building Custom Homes in Calgary: Step 5

It’s here. The fifth and final step in our quick guide to the Calgary custom home building process. You’ve made it all the way from dreams to property purchasing to planning and construction. Your dream home’s finishing details have all been approved by you and the Calgary powers-that-be, leaving only one question: what could possibly be left?

Moving, of course!

Moving Into Your Calgary Dream Home

So, if you want to get technical, moving isn’t really part of the custom home building process, but it’s a pretty important step when it comes to actually enjoying your new Calgary-area home. We haven’t taken a scientific survey, but we’d guess the majority of our clients decide it’s a good idea to move into the home they’ve had designed and built just for them. We have a few tips that can help, too.

First, if you’re getting new furniture and other design elements to go along with your custom built home, hold off ordering until the paint is on the walls. With as much of the built-in design elements in place as possible before you pick out accessories, you’re more likely to get a lasting look you love.

Second, keep your move-in date a little flexible. While your home building team will be making sure everything goes according to your wishes and to the plans you developed, Calgary inspectors can cause a bit of a delay, and there’s always the possibility that the Alberta weather can push things back a bit.

Finally, as with all steps in the home building process, keep your eye on the prize. Moving is often listed as one of the most stressful experiences people typically endure, so remind yourself that the final result is worthwhile. When you’re relaxing in custom-built Calgary-style luxury, memories of the move will fade quickly.

Renovations From Top to Bottom

We tackled almost every corner of this 2,200 square-foot home. We removed walls, built new ones, completely redid the ceiling and the floors, added new windows, new lighting, new baseboards and casings, and even speakers throughout the house. And, we updated all the design details, like granite countertops and finishings.   Here are some of the bigger highlights of the project:

  • Added a second story above the garage. This additional 200 square feet is a fourth bedroom, with a vaulted ceiling and double barn doors that open to the closet.
  • Developed the basement, which included built-in cabinetry, in-floor heating, adding both a fireplace and a bar, and luxury bathroom.
  • Added a built-in hutch with granite countertop to the dining room, and added similar accents to the laundry room and den.
  • Remodeled one side of the kitchen, which required we match the new cabinetry to the existing.
  • Reconfigured the upper floor, which allowed for a Juliette balcony to overlook the great room and kitchen.
  • Created two separate spaces with separate entrances for a previously attached ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet in the master bedroom.
  • Increased the size of the master ensuite and made the previously hidden curved wall into a feature wall within a luxury shower. Also added a soaker tub, new cabinets, dual sinks, and marble flooring.

Building Custom Homes in Calgary: Step 4

You’ve got the property, the plans, and the design team to make it happen. Your Calgary custom home building team also got your plans approved and all of the necessary construction permits without you needing to lift a finger. It might seem unreal that you’ve made it this far, but the moment of truth is at hand: it’s time to actually start building your home.

Well, technically, there’s usually some digging (and sometimes some demolition) before there’s any building, but you get the idea. Step 4 is all about watching your Calgary custom home come together, brick by brick and room by room.

Sticking to Your Custom Home’s Calgary-Approved Plan

You won’t have to do any of the home building yourself, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t an essential part of this phase. Your custom home builders should be checking in with you regularly to ensure things are progressing according to plan, which is important for you and when the Calgary inspectors some to check things out.

There will also be some design decisions that need to be made as flooring, counters, light fixtures, and other elements are installed. Most of these details will have been discussed with your expert Calgary home builders before construction begins, but seeing things come together can impact design decisions, and you want to make sure you get the perfect Calgary luxury home!

Sitting Pretty, Calgary Style

As construction nears completion, your dreams will be solidifying into the very real Calgary living experience you were after, making the entire custom home building process more than worthwhile.

Building Custom Homes in Calgary: Step 3

With a solid plan built out of your dreams and the right property selected, you’re ready for one of the most exciting parts of the custom home building process: sitting down with a design team seeing your dreams begin to truly take shape. A full-service Calgary custom home builder will be able to provide the professionals necessary to give you the look and luxury amenities you’re after without the need to hire outside architects. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you get everything you want out of your custom home’s design:

Not All Calgary Home Building Teams Have the Same Design Experience

There are many construction companies and architectural design professionals in Calgary who have nothing to do with custom home building. While they’re probably great at what they do, you don’t want your dream home to be your design or build crew’s first residential attempt. Understanding how a living space should be put together requires specific design expertise, so work with a crew that specializes in creating comfort and luxury for Calgary area residences.

Architecture is as much art and science, and you want to make sure you find a team with plenty of experience not only designing Calgary area homes, but designing them with an aesthetic that you can appreciate. Whether you want sleek modernity, classic luxury, or something completely different, the right Calgary custom building team should be able to help.

Get Comfortable With Your Custom Home Design Team

By the time you reach this stage of your project, chances are you’ve done your homework and selected a Calgary custom home builder whose results give you confidence you can get what you want. Now it’s time to get comfortable with your home’s design team—sit down for a preliminary chat to discuss your aesthetic and the amenities you’re hoping for. The right team will make you feel right at home from the start of the design process.

Building Custom Homes in Calgary: Step 2

Every custom home built in Calgary starts with turning a dream into a concrete vision, as we explained in last week’s post. After you’ve developed your dream plans into real, buildable details, it’s time to get down to the real work, and that brings us to Step 2 of building your Calgary dream home: finding a place to put it.

Finding the Right Calgary Property for Your Custom-Built Home

Your dream lifestyle almost certainly includes some requirements for your dream home’s location—custom building can give you anything you want inside your home, but there’s always location, location, location. Fortunately, Calgary and the surrounding area has a little bit of everything to offer the region’s homeowners, from the bustle of the city to the larger lots and friendly neighbors of Calgary’s outer limits and suburbs to the more rural paradise just beyond the reaches of the city’s spread.

How close do you want to be to the action? To the folks next door? How much space do you want your custom-built home to take up? Are there any special features you’re hoping for in your home or your outdoor areas that might require special permitting, or that might not be permissible inside Calgary city limits? You’ll need to answer these questions and more—possibly with the advice of professional custom home builders familiar with Calgary’s residential property rules and requirements—to determine the best location for your dream home.

Then of course, you get the joy of property shopping. Take into account that building where there’s already an existing structure will come with the costs of a demolition, while undeveloped properties may need to have power and other utility lines constructed, wells dug and tested, and so on. Where there’s a will for a custom home there’s usually a way to build it, just be aware of these hurdles while viewing and investigating potential properties.

Building a Custom Home in Calgary: Step 1

Your home wasn’t built in a day, and the custom-designed, custom-built, custom-styled home of your dreams is going to take at least a weekend (actual results may vary). We thought we’d walk you through the custom homebuilding process step-by-step so you’ll know what to expect when you work with one of Calgary’s most trusted custom luxury home builders.

Envisioning Your Custom Calgary Home

All custom homes start with a dream, or a dozen dreams, usually added to for a decade or more until the mental detail is staggering. A good custom home builder will help you make your dreams come true, but you’ll also need to make your dreams as concrete and substantial as possible. That’s why the first real step towards a home custom-built to your desires and your lifestyle is envisioning the real details of your home.

Who lives in your dream home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do they need? Will guests be coming over frequently? Do you need large areas to entertain, extra sleeping areas for extended stays, or a space entirely dedicated to your own hobbies and pursuits? If you want your custom home to become a reality, you have to get specific—grand thoughts are great, but only real plans can be built.

Determine your dream lifestyle, and you’ll be able to answer plenty of down-to-earth questions about what you’ll need in a custom-built home. When it comes to design aspects, taking clipping from magazines or saving images you find online can be a great way to decide what you want and communicate it to your home-building team.

Once you have some concrete ideas in place, you can move on to the next step in the home-building process!

Custom Calgary Throne Rooms Fit for a King

Exteriors, entryways, and main-floor living spaces are areas that receive frequent attention from Calgarians looking to add a custom touch to their homes. What the neighbors see and the public areas of the home are important, to be sure, but there’s one room that, while a little more private, is at least as important when it comes to getting the home of your dreams.

Custom Bathroom Remodels Made Easy

Soaking tubs, waterfall showers, dual sinks, high-efficiency luxury commodes: there are plenty of ways to give your bathroom a personal touch and get the amenities you want. And who cares if no one other than yourself gets to enjoy them—it’s your house, isn’t it?

That being said, building the perfect throne room can be a kingly task, and without proper planning and know-how you can go from commanding your empire to watching your dreams get flushed down the drain. Make sure you understand the space requirements of the elements you want in your bathroom, and get some professional help to make sure it will all fit. If you aren’t prepared to rearrange a few walls, you might need to make a few compromises.

Plumbing, of course, is another essential aspect of any custom bathroom remodel. Accessibility and location are both key considerations; again, calling a professional for a quick assessment early in the planning phase can keep you from taking a bath (metaphorically!) later on. You can usually move your pipes around however you need, but it may require more extensive remodeling and permitting than you initially expect, depending on your current setup.

Call the Bathroom Remodeling Experts

As long as you have the room you need and the willingness to do what must be done with your plumbing, a team of custom bathroom remodeling experts should be able to get you everything you want in your shrine of porcelain-and-tile. Get a professional opinion before your dreams get too detailed, and we’ll have you sitting like a king in no time.

Custom Home Building, Calgary Style

Calgary and the Calgarians who call it home have their own style. We’re laid back but we love a good natured competition; we live large but try to keep things environmentally friendly; we’re proud of our pioneering and ranching heritage but we enjoy all of the modern luxuries available to us.

Calgary homes ought to reflect Calgary culture as well as the individual lifestyles of the Calgary citizens who occupy them. More often than not this involves a bit of custom building, either from the ground up or in making renovations to existing homes to accommodate growing families and newly available amenities.

We like to think we can help.

Custom Built Homes Keep Calgarians Happy

When it’s done right, a custom built home should keep a Calgary homeowner, couple, or family happy and cozy for decades. With custom home builders who truly know what they’re doing and know how to listen to their clients, you should get the space you want carved into the rooms you need and with colors and materials you will enjoy just as much years down the line as you do when they’re first installed.

The design process and construction phases definitely aren’t the time to be laid back and Calgary-casual—those are the times you work closely with your professionals, and your professionals work closely with you, to make sure you get the house you want. A house as luxurious as it is efficient, as spacious as it is convenient, and as perfect for your family as it is for the larger Calgary community.

No one in this city deserves any less.

Reworking a Walkout

It’s great to have a basement development project that’s also a walkout as it gives us lots of natural light to work with and, of course, a brighter space for the residents to enjoy. Our biggest challenge was starting with a floor that was concave. So here’s what we did:

  • Filled the floor with self-leveling concrete to get an even surface before installing a combination of carpet and tile.
  • Created two generous living areas from one large space by installing a double-sided media wall of custom cabinetry and a fireplace.
  • Custom made sliding doors that act as a feature wall yet maintain the consistent look of the five-panel shaker doors.
  • Built a large bar with custom cabinetry of aluminum and glass doors.
  • Added a speaker system that runs throughout the basement, along with pot lighting.
  • Refurbished the bathroom with a floating vanity and LED under-lighting.

Renovating Around the Clock at the Saddledome

Our work isn’t limited to residential clients. Our latest commercial project was a renovation of the Ensign suite at the Saddledome. We had just eight days for the renovation – which was major – and we had to work around hockey and concert schedules during that time. By taking advantage of all 24 hours in those eight days, we were able to get everything done on time. This is what we did:

  • Ripped down the old T-bar ceiling, extended the ceiling, added duct work and a bulkhead to it, and changed the sprinklers to bring them up to code.
  • Updated all new lighting.
  • Installed all new cabinetry.
  • Added granite countertops with a waterfall edge.
  • Re-tiled the floor throughout.
  • Created the millwork frame around Ensign’s promotional back-lite panel boards.
  • Refurbished the bathroom to keep it in line with the new design.