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How To Get More Square Footage From Your Custom Home Design

How To Get More Square Footage

How To Get More Square Footage From Your Custom Home Design

With square footage as valuable as it is in Greater Vancouver, maximizing the size of your property on paper can represent huge returns when it comes time to sell. If you are building a custom home, you can get more square footage from your home, at least on paper, with insulation and building envelope design.

Talk to your custom home designer for more details, but here is how it works.

How can a custom home design get me more square footage?


In the City of Vancouver, there is the Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL) which regulates the R value of a home’s walls at R-22.

The R value represents your insulation’s thermal resistance. The higher the R value, the more effective the insulation.

The VBBL requires certain walls to be 2” thicker than the BC Building Code requires. This additional thickness could encroach on your home’s interior square footage. However, by using insulation efficiently, and with building envelope design techniques, your custom home design can include walls with a higher R value.

With a higher R value, you can apply for a Thermal Exclusion. If granted, the Thermal Exclusion effectively offsets the 2” of added wall thickness, regaining square footage – on paper.

When creating a custom design, home designers work with Building Envelope Engineers to increase the R value of the walls with a Thermal Exclusion.

Custom home design can increase your home’s resale value


The additional square footage from that 2” of exclusion can add up. A typical home could achieve an additional 24 square feet of floor space with a Thermal Exclusion.

In Vancouver, where properties sell at $1,000-$1,200 per square foot, that can represent $24,000-$28,800 in your pocket when it comes time to sell.

If you haven’t considered custom home design for your next home, consider it a way of adding value to your home.

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