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Building a home doesn’t mean just getting a pretty box where you will spend time sleeping, eating and relaxing. Your home is where you’ll spend the majority of your life, so it has to be perfect. It affects your quality of life, your happiness and your lifestyle. How to get better quality of life from your custom home design Architecture affects our mood, and our overall...

Porcelain countertops aren’t well known amongst homeowners, renovators and builders, but they are on our radar for a few reasons: [caption id="attachment_2507" align="alignright" width="500"] Porcelain slab flooring and slab wall in a spa. Photo credit: Oregon Tile and Marble[/caption] Durability and affordability. So, this is not the material that makes you think of fragile dolls and fine china. Porcelain isn’t just for countertops either: it’s an attractive option...

Knowing which design genre fits your style is helpful when talking to your residential designer about your custom home design. In Vancouver, homes fall into three main design genres: Modern Contemporary Craftsman Plus, there’s the Vancouver Special, which we describe as well. In this article, we will explain why two of these genres often get confused, plus help you decide which suits your preference, so you’ll love...

This article is the first in a series that looks at smart building envelope design for homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Please check back next month for the next article in this series.   In custom home design and architecture, a home’s overall look, style, layout and finishes are top of mind for homeowners. Generally, we don’t consider how the placement of windows, or how...

Legalizing a secondary suite can be complicated and may not be the right step for you, even if you have an illegal suite in your home. If you are considering converting your illegal secondary suite into a legal one, this checklist will help you prepare for the process and decide whether legalizing makes sense for your property.   Check the zoning requirements for your property. Some...

Exciting new regulations from the City of Vancouver could require newly built homes to be “solar ready”, meaning pre-equipped to have solar panels installed. In an administrative report from January, the city recommends that new homes of one to three storeys “be designed with a solar photovoltaic ready pipe run” that could be connected to the structure’s hot water tank. But using solar panels or solar...

If you have purchased, or are considering purchasing, a land value only lot in the Greater Vancouver area, this checklist goes over the steps you should take after the transaction closes. However, reading this checklist before the transaction is recommended, so that you are aware of what is involved in demolishing any existing structure(s), and building a new home or structure on the lot. You may...

In Greater Vancouver, building a home that prioritizes energy efficiency is more important than ever. Not only is the City of Vancouver implementing new regulations that will cut emissions and pollution in residential construction, it is just good practice. An energy efficient home provides more comfort, saves money on your heating and cooling bill, and helps protect our environment. There are several ways to increase the...

If you’re building a house in the Vancouver area, you may wish to consider ICF foundation material. This is an innovative and efficient material/method that, while uncommon, is being used more often in the Lower Mainland.   [caption id="attachment_2444" align="alignright" width="362"] Photo credit: Vancouver ICF[/caption] What is an ICF foundation? In short, ICF is foam bricks that interlock, similar to Lego blocks, are reinforced with rebar, and...

Stop work orders on residential construction in Vancouver became quite prominent in 2015, when building was booming. At the time, homeowners were either unaware of the permits required for these structures, or were skipping the permit application process altogether, in order to complete the project faster. A stop work order will likely be issued if you do not have a permit to build a house...

  Most of us do not think twice about our insulation when it comes time to build a house. The industry standard is to apply interior insulation – most commonly batt insulation – inside the walls of the home. While interior insulation has its advantages, exterior insulation is becoming better recognized because of the benefits it carries over its counterparts. This article explains the differences between interior...

Thinking of purchasing a home that is a bit of a fixer-upper? Doing a major home renovation can have big pay-offs for your family’s happiness and comfort at home, as well as for your property’s resale value. However, before you sign the check, read this checklist that includes 7 things you should check before buying a fixer-upper home. If you are on a tight budget for...

Our team has been working on an addition to a detached home in Surrey. In all, the project involves adding a 2,500 sq. ft. two-storey addition to an existing detached rancher-style home that measured 2,200 sq. ft., plus adding a secondary suite (on the second level) and a two-car garage and workshop to the property. The project is still in the construction stage – the...

Having control over your custom home design is one of the biggest advantages of building a new residence. While considering style, flow, finishes, light and rooms for everyone in your family, it is also crucial to maximize the space your new home has to offer. This doesn’t necessarily mean adding square footage to the home. It is best done with insightful space planning on the...

If you’re looking at buying property, but the price is marked as “land value only” – what do you need to know? We’ll go over what “land value only” property sales mean, and help you navigate buying this type of property with a convenient checklist. What does land value only mean? Buying a land value only lot means that the price you pay is truly for the...

The types of drawings required for submission to get a building permit vary somewhat depending in which City you are building. That said, most Cities have relatively similar lists. Below we’ve compiled a checklist of the drawings that are required for a building permit application in most Cities in the Lower Mainland. However, you may wish to check with your City Building Department, or with...

We’ve had quite a few requests lately from medical marijuana and cannabis clinics in Vancouver, asking about how to get the permit sets they need to operate in the city. We wrote a blog about it not long ago, and we’re still getting more questions and orders. In April, the City of Vancouver announced it would start enforcing the requirements it set out for medical...

The set of drawings that appear after your cross sections in your permit set are called Construction Details. For new construction, including custom home designs and new builds in Vancouver, Construction Details are an essential part of the package of drawings that is submitted to Building Officials during the Building Permit application phase.   What are Construction Details? Construction details are like zoomed-in images that show the...

As we get older, living in a senior’s home becomes necessary because they’re designed in a way to help people with reduced mobility get around. When given a choice, most people prefer to stay at home as they age whenever possible. Luckily, in most cases, it is possible. Floor plan design for aging in place When creating a floor plan, choosing a layout that is...

When housing gets pricey, people get renovating. It is a fact that is becoming increasingly true especially here in the Lower Mainland. Renovating offers homeowners a way to upgrade their living space without having to play in the crazy Vancouver housing market, so there is no wonder renovations are so popular here. We’ve written a lot about renovating lately, so today we’re compiling the best...