How Smart Home Technology is Going to Change Your Life

How Smart Home Technology is Going to Change Your Life

Pick any article on smart home technology and it almost invariably begins by asking you to imagine coming home where the heating or cooling has been turned up while you were on your way, the door unlocks as you approach, and when you walk in the lights are on and set just the way you like them. While evocative, it’s easy to get lost in a hazy view of an imagined future, without gaining any real understanding on what smart home technology is, let alone how it’s going to apply to your life.

 

In this article we aim to give you an overarching view of what is possible today in terms of home technology, as well as furnish concrete examples of the technology in action.

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7 Ways to Use Smart Home Technology to Take Your Home to the Next Level

As outlined in our home automation article, home technology has evolved from the simple and mechanical automation of tools (for example, your coffee pot turning on by itself in the morning). These days home automation is about intelligent devices and technologies that can analyse data they get from their sensors, communicate with each other, and optimize the performance of their tasks without any great input from you.

What this means is that in a smart home, you are leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) so that your appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, computers, TVs and stereo, security and camera systems all “talk” with each other, working both on a time schedule and by being remotely controlled from any room in your home, as well as remotely from any where in the world using just your phone or a computer with internet connection.

So, how does this apply to you? Let’s take a look at how implementing smart home technology will take your home to the next level in terms of ease, comfort and security, and dramatically improve your quality of life.

#1: Security

Automatically monitor every angle of your property – inside and out – quickly, effectively & completely.

A seamless luxury home experience starts with security.

Inside the smart home, you can do more than simply “set the alarm”, you can automatically monitor every angle of your property to get a full view of what is happening without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Smart security tools like Nest and PresencePro make it possible for you to remotely access and manage any part of the modern home security network – alarms, cameras, motion detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, locks, etc. – from any smartphone or tablet with an internet connection.

From a security standpoint, this level of intelligence and functionality amongst devices can’t be understated. If the doorbell rings and you want to know who’s there before opening the door, just pull out your smartphone and look at the real-time video feed to see who’s standing outside.

When contractors are working on the house while you’re traveling on vacation, you can simply access your Nest Cam to make sure everything looks safe and secure.

Unexpected guests arriving from out of town and you’re not home? No need to worry because smart locks from companies like Latch allow for keyless entry—simply unlock the door from your smartphone.

These are just a small few of the smart security technologies that savvy luxury homeowners are starting to install in their homes.

#2: Climate Control

Create the ideal climate for you and your family inside your ideal home.

There are few things as dissatisfying as walking into a sweltering house in the summer, or freezing house in the winter.

Unfortunately, running the heater or the air conditioner at full blast all-day is not an option.

Not only a waste of money, it’s a waste of energy that further scars the already beat-up environment.

To that end, savvy luxury homeowners are talking to contractors and construction companies about tying their H/VAC systems into smart thermostats from companies like Nest and Emerson.

Smart thermostats do more than turn down the H/VAC system when the house is empty, they automatically turn down or turn off heating and air conditioning inside individual rooms. That means when you leave the bedroom on that toasty July morning to go downstairs and have breakfast, the smart thermostat will recognize the bedroom is no longer occupied, and no longer in need of energy-consuming A/C.

And because smart thermostats can monitor the utility usage and climate statistics in every room of your luxury home, they can help you make informed decisions about your entire household’s energy usage and preferred temperature settings. This means you can create a “goldilocks environment” for your entire family—not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Most importantly, smart thermostats—like all other smart technologies—can be accessed and controlled straight from your smartphone. So, if your in-laws are borrowing the lake house, and you want to make sure it’s nice and cool when they arrive, you can simply access the smart thermostat from your smartphone and turn on the air conditioning.

It’s easy, it’s effortless, and it’s just one more way smart home tech is streamlining the way luxury homeowners live.

#3: A State-of-the-Art Kitchen

Build a kitchen that caters to your every need.

If you’re looking to create a truly seamless lifestyle in your luxury home, owning a Sub-Zero fridge or Viking range doesn’t cut it anymore. Everything in your kitchen, from the refrigerator to the oven, needs to be as smart as the rest of the house.

And that means you need to look at bringing in smart appliances like the Samsung Family Hub (a full-time butler clad in stainless steel) and the June Oven (the digital incarnation of Julia Child).

Refrigerators like The Family Hub not only store food, but they actually monitor the food they’re storing. When the sliced turkey expires or the coconut La Croix run out, this refrigerator automatically adds those items to a digital grocery list that syncs with your smartphone.

And for luxury homeowners who don’t go to the grocery store, this refrigerator syncs with 3rd party shopping services like Instacart to automatically place orders for any key items that might be running out, like eggs or milk.

How much time, effort, and hassle could a refrigerator like that eliminate from your week?

Or consider the June Oven—an intelligent convection oven that can automatically recognize foods, and cook them to absolute perfection. No more bone-dry roast chicken. No more charred-black cookies. No more undercooked salmon. The June eliminates any and all margins of error.

More importantly, the oven is wifi enabled with a built-in camera so you can watch your food cook from your smartphone or tablet. You can even adjust the temperature of the oven from the June app, and receive a reminder when it’s time to take the food out.

#4: Responsive Lighting

Have smart lighting solutions for optimal light – no matter what time of day, or who is home

Smart lighting solutions make it possible for you to enjoy optimal lighting—lighting that is not only reflective of the time of day, but lighting that is also reflective of the room, and the room’s purpose.

For instance, in the morning a smart lighting system like MySmartBlinds can make sure the blinds covering your bedroom windows open gradually, in-sync with the rising sun. This ensures luminosity of your bedroom is never higher or lower than what’s outside, all but guaranteeing a more complete sleep cycle that’s better for your health.

Additionally, smart lighting solutions can be synced with motion detectors, which means if you walk out of the bathroom but forget to flip the switch, the lights will turn off automatically.

But smart lighting isn’t just for practical application, it can also enrich aesthetics of your home.

Consider, for a moment, innovative lighting technologies like the Philips Hue, a smart light bulb that can drastically change the ambiance in any room at the drop of a hat. Different colors, different shades, and different intensities…you can adjust all kinds of settings from a smartphone-based app.

There are even different modes—pre-programmed settings designed to provide the perfect atmosphere for recurring events like “dinner with friends,” “family movie night,” and “nightcap”.

And remember earlier when our smart home conversation was hitting on the topic of security?

Well, a smart home enabled with smart lighting makes it possible to turn the lights on and off inside your home even when you’re sitting on beach in Santorini or skiing down the slopes in Whistler. To potential burglars, “lights-on” mean “people are home”.

#5: Minimal Outdoor Work

Automate garden maintenance to reduce demands on your or someone else’s time

Perhaps the nicest feature of luxury home automation is that it actually isn’t limited to the physical home.

Tasks that once required an hours-long commitment over the weekend, or hiring a groundskeeper—things like mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, and watering the back garden—can now be accomplished through a few taps on your smartphone or tablet.

Smart lawn mowers like the Husqvarna Automower® use GPS-assisted assisted navigation to not only navigate their way around lawns, but also monitor prevailing weather patterns to estimate grass growth so the lawn is cut neither too frequently or infrequently.

Automated pool cleaners connect to home Wi-Fi networks, for anytime-anywhere monitoring of pool cleanliness levels, as well as easy remote scheduling.

Smart sprinkler systems give you the freedom and flexibility to control watering right from their smartphone. Devices like Rachio automatically connect to the internet via your home’s wifi to create optimized watering schedules that consider your local weather forecast, your seasonal sunlight hours, and the vegetation you’ve planted to ensure soils remain optimally saturated at all times.

The bottom line?

Automated exterior maintenance means your home can enjoy a healthy and vibrant outdoor space all year round, minimising the time required for you to maintain it yourself, or the seasonal expense of landscapers, groundskeepers, pool cleaners, and other 3rd party property-care companies.

#6: That Something Extra

Take your home to the next level by investing in extraordinary amenities

If you are looking to take things up a notch, there are extras amenities and comforts that separate the ordinary home from the extraordinary one – things that make life just a little more pain- and stress-free.

Take, for example, Ori Systems’ smart furniture that can literally move itself, or the robotic bartender from Somabar. Now you can reshape your luxury living spaces or mix the perfect Manhattan at the touch of a button—no couches to move, no tumblers to shake.

Advances in home automation have even made everyday comforts that much more comfortable.

Companies like Sleep Number and ReST have created beds that literally know your body. When you lay down, sensors measure height, weight, and pressure points to identify you, before automatically adjusting the bed to create your ideal sleeping environment.

There are smart faucets that make cleaning up a snap, smart toilets that come with deodorizers and seat warmers, and smart showers that cut water usage by as much as 50%.

#7: Centralised Control

Simplify your life – manage dozens of apps and technologies with one device

So far we’ve been looking at individual smart technologies that can think about (and perform) various household tasks in a way they’ve never been automated before.

But to make the luxury home a truly self-reliant (automated) entity, all of these disparate technologies – the refrigerator, the sprinklers, the washing machine, the lawn mower, and so on – need to be able to speak with each other.

They need a conduit through which they can be both controlled, and allowed to share key information for optimal performance.

Enter the “hub”.

In the brain that is your smart home, the hub is the connective tissue that links everything together to create an in-home environment unlike any you have ever experienced.

It is how different smart devices made by different companies and for different purposes can actually interact.

That’s why all luxury homes need a hub of some kind. Without the hub, you’re forced to manage dozens of smart home technologies through dozens of independent apps. The hub simplifies things, giving luxury homeowners a single portal through which they can control every arm of their smart home.

Some of the most popular hubs include, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit, but they are by no means the only ones available. Others include, Savant, Crestron, Control4, Vantage Controls, and Elan Home Systems.

The future of the smart home and home automation

For all of its groundbreaking advances, the smart home industry is still in a nascent era.

No, the at-home experience has never been this seamless (nor have at-home technologies ever been this “intelligent”), but with the continuing (and rapid) development of artificial intelligence, the at-home experience of tomorrow is going to become more harmonious than you or we can possibly imagine right now.

As at-home devices become better able to recognize, monitor, and analyze observable data, it will become easier and easier for these utilities to provide truly custom in-home experiences.

To be clear, this isn’t a future of if but when. These advancements are a certainty, so long as technology and Articificial Intelligence continue to evolve. Within the decade, it’s reasonable to assume that luxury homes will be far more autonomous than they are now.

What home automation means for you

For luxury homeowners with foresight and vision, home automation is viewed as the standard, not the exception. Being able to easily control all aspects of house and home—from patio lighting to oven temperature—with just a few swipes on a smartphone is the level of convenience that more and more luxury homeowners are growing to expect.

Is end-to-end home automation cheap? No, of course not. But is it worth it? Here at Fulcrum Custom Builders, our answer is an unequivocal yes. Of course, the ultimate value depends on what you would like to achieve with home automation, your current home situation and what technologies you choose to invest in. But we do know that many smart home technologies pay for themselves over time. And some of the intangible benefits – like enhanced security, comfort and greater peace of mind – are priceless.

Not only are qualitative reasons such as “greater security”, “comfort” or “peace of mind” valid in themselves, we also find that they often translate into quantitative benefits such as cost savings and enhanced resale value.

How do you imagine smart home technology changing your life? Do you already have a hub installed in your home? Share your thoughts and comments with us below!

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What is Home Automation?

What is Home Automation?

If you’re interested in custom luxury homes, then you’ve heard the buzz surrounding “smart homes” and “home automation”.

But there’s a difference between hearing the buzz, and totally understanding what home automation actually is, never mind how it can change your life for the better. Actually understanding what is available – what you can do right now with home automation – isn’t easy.

As part of our work we have spent a lot of time researching home automation in order to find the best technological solutions for our customers. In this article we pull together the latest and greatest information out there on home automation and put it into one, easy-to-access, easy-to-understand place.

Our aim is that we’ll help you learn everything there is to know about home automation, and how it’s going to dramatically enhance life in your custom luxury home.

So, what is home automation, and why should you care about it?

To properly talk about home automation in a comprehensive context, you need to get a clear and complete understanding of what home automation actually is.

Stated simply, home automation is any action inside the home that was once performed manually (by-hand), but is now performed automatically through some means of mechanization.

Stated in everyday terms:

If it’s performed by, or made easier by, a machine, then it’s automation.

Most automation methods are tied to either a timer or a trigger, where the passage of a certain amount of time (timer) or the reception of an external input (trigger) initiates the automation.

Some basic in-home devices you may be familiar with:

Chances are, you’re already quite familiar with many of the basic in-home devices that utilize either a timer or a trigger to perform tasks automatically:

  • Coffee makers use timers to automatically turn on and start brewing in the morning.
  • Sprinklers utilize timers to automatically water lawns in the evening.
  • A motion detector can automatically trigger a house alarm.
  • A decrease in air temperature can automatically trigger the H/VAC system.

But there’s so much more to it than that… home automation is an evolving industry:

Believe it or not, the home automation industry is not new. It was not born in the ‘00s with the iPhone, or in the ‘90s with AOL. In fact, home automation has been around for more than a century. It was born in the late 1800s with the arrival of the first rudimentary dishwashers and automatic garage doors.

However, it wasn’t until the arrival of the 21st century, and the onset of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) era, that the automation industry started to enjoy explosive growth and innovation. In fact, the growth has been so rapid, so intense, the industry is unrecognizable when compared to its pre-2000 self.

Let’s look at how homes went from simple automation to smart technology.

These days home automation is about devices and technologies that can do more than simply perform tasks around the house, but actually think about and autonomously optimize the performance of those tasks.

It is about sprinkler systems that can access the internet to determine how much water to give the lawn, and what time of day is optimal to distribute that water.

It is about security systems that can wirelessly link to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to create an end-to-end home safety experience.

It is about lights and thermostats that don’t simply “turn-on” at a given time, but know which occupant is in which room, and adjust the settings to meet each individual’s preferences.

At this point, you might as well stop calling it the “home automation” industry, and start calling it the Smart Home industry, because that’s what it is.

In the smart home, owners like you can control all aspects of the at-home experience—appliances, entertainment systems, security devices, lighting systems—from anywhere, at any time with nothing more than your smartphone.

Where home automation eliminates or simplifies individual tasks—washing clothes, watering the lawn, doing the dishes – the smart home ties life and technology together to create a seamless luxury home experience.

How smart home technology is going to change your life

Now that we’ve covered what smart home technology is, let’s take a look at how implementing some key resources in your custom luxury home will take it to the next level in terms of ease, comfort and security, and dramatically improve your quality of life.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Custom Home?

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Custom Home?

Finding the perfect home can be challenging. Perhaps the kitchen isn’t large enough or there are too few bathrooms. When the search becomes futile, you may be intrigued by the idea of building your own custom home. However, there’s a little bit more to it than pulling out your wish list.

Before buying your land, you’ll need to know what your costs will be to complete your new home. With, for example, residential construction costs varying anywhere between $105 to $1,000+ per square foot in the Greater Toronto Area – depending on whether you are building a more modest home or high end custom property – it’s important to have a clear idea of your must-haves and can-do-with-outs before embarking on a project. Given that this broad range only cover the hard construction costs, and does not include additional expenses for land purchasing, building design, permitting, surveys, geotechnical studies, landscaping and arborists, etc, the final cost of your project will come down to what you expect in terms of overall quality and interior and exterior finishing.

If you would like to consult with a professional on how to budget for your dream home, contact us today and we will be happy to review the specifics of your situation and project.

In the meantime, we outline in the article below some important things to consider when budgeting for building your new home.

What to Consider when Building a Custom Home

When the decision’s been finalized to build rather than buy, it’s important to prepare for how the costs will break down. Understanding the general expenditures associated with framing, land purchase, fees, and other miscellaneous costs, will assist in the overall planning and budgeting for your custom home.

The basics

Understanding the building basics will help you budget for the fun expenses, like appliances, finishes and all the extras you may be able to add to your dream home. Did someone say movie room?

The shell or frame of a house can account for approximately a third of the total cost. Framing will include your home’s walls, doors, windows, and roofing. Focusing on quality materials will ensure the durability of your home, especially during the harsher weather of the winter and summer months.

Next, you can expect all of the interior finishes to account for about another third of your custom home’s total cost. Here is where you get to decide whether you want hardwood floors, stone, carpet, or something else.

Plumbing and heating will generally account for about 13% of the budget. This is where you decide whether you would like to install central air-conditioning, what kind of heating system you would like, and so on.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms that are usually the most expensive when building a home, and are usually the most important in terms of comfort and functionality. The cost of a brand new kitchen can vary anywhere between $15,000 to $50,000+ and a new bathroom from $10,000 to $20,000+ depending on your requirements and taste.

Last, but certainly not least, the cost of hiring an architect and engineer to design and draw up blueprints and schematics must be factored into your budget planning.

The cost of the property

The cost of your estate can vary considerably, depending on where you buy, and whether you are buying a vacant lot or a developed property. If you are buying an existing home in exclusive neighbourhoods such as the Bridle Path, Rosedale or Forest Hill, the total cost will be much higher than if you buy a value property in Pleasant View.

Your required level of investment will include the initial purchase cost, but will also influence how much you then spend on the new build or renovation, as it is best to create a home that is in keeping with your neighbourhood. Ideally you should build a property that will appreciate over time and maximise your equity – spend too little and your home will end up under it’s potential value. Spend too much, and you’ll never recoup that money when it’s time to sell.

This is where the advice of an experienced builder familiar with your market becomes invaluable.

Construction Insurance

Before the first shovel hits the ground, it is strongly recommended to purchase construction insurance to protect your investment. As with anything, you never know when something will go wrong.

Inspections and Permits

The last thing you want is to be halfway through building and to find out you are missing necessary permits that will halt construction. Your general contractor or builder should take care of the inspections and permits required for your project, since they are more aware of exactly which permits are required when building a home. This is where the experience of your building team comes into play – the more experienced and professional home builders will be able to guide you through this process and handle the necessary paperwork to ensure your project can go ahead.

The cost of home inspections generally depends on the size of the home, but there is no set standard for how they are calculated. It’s always a good idea to find out ahead of time what the inspection covers and what it doesn’t.

Construction Details That Affect Cost

As you’ve probably come to realize, the cost of your custom home greatly depends on you. Your contractor, builder, and architect’s jobs are to work around your idea of what you want your home to look like. Additional details that will affect how much your home will cost include:

  • Size

    It makes sense to surmise that the larger the square footage, the more your home will cost. Keep that in mind when deciding whether that additional theater room is a necessity.

  • Number of Stories

    Adding an attic or basement will do more than adding to the design cost. Structural adjustments will be necessary, which will add to the framing cost as well as the foundation and support.

  • Roofing

    When discussing roofing, the importance should be on durability and structure versus economy. You can save money by skipping custom roofing materials, such as tile. Stick with traditional asphalt for resilience and budget-friendliness. Appliances With all the high-tech appliances on the market such as refrigerators you can “see” on your smart phone and washing machines with a soaking sink, it makes sense that these expensive necessities can drain your budget. Before finalizing your budget, do your research to see how much you are willing and able to spend on appliances.

  • Finishes and Fixtures

    To increase the look of luxury in your home, finishes, and fixtures in each room can be customized based on your taste and budget. In the kitchen, countertops can easily affect your bank account. For durability and elegance, skip Granite and look at Quartz counters. Both can cost about $40 to $100 per square foot installed.

  • Custom Features

    These are the items on the “dream list” that are not necessities but would sure be nice to have. Swimming pools are an excellent example of something that not only has to be factored in as a one-time cost, but also as a monthly expense for cleaning, heat, and required maintenance.

Size, shape, finishes, and design all impact the cost of building a home. Understanding how the costs breakdown, whether a custom home is right for you and what options you have are critical for those looking to stay within budget. Use this to navigate those decisions, big and small.

Deciding whether to build a custom home is a monumental decision, and we’d be happy to help guide you through the process. For a free consultation, please fill in your contact information below and a member of our team will be in touch!

A Step by Step Process for Building Your Custom Home

A Step by Step Process for Building Your Custom Home

After looking all over with no luck, you’ve decided that the only way to get your dream home is to build it. Congratulations! What next?

Knowing what to expect and preparing for each step can help with the overall timeline of the project. It can also help with your stress level if you know what’s next.

You could stumble through the process of finding a reputable builder on your own and learn the rest of the process the hard way. Or, you could continue reading to get a helpful overview of what you need to prepare for when it comes to building your custom home.

Step 1: Know Your Budget

As with anything, knowing what you have to spend on the necessities and what extra you have to play with can be the difference between an efficient home build and a stressful one. Sitting down and figuring out your budget will ensure there are no surprises when it comes to financing.

Finding out what you can realistically afford will help guide the entire process. This isn’t about how much you want to borrow, but how much debt you can afford to take on and pay back.

Step 2: Choose Your Neighbourhood

You may love your house, but that won’t do you any good if you don’t like your neighbourhood. Where do you want to be? How do you want to live? What is important to you right now in terms of lifestyle?

Where you choose to buy will have a major impact on what you build, including your required level of investment and how much that will appreciate over time. When you’re ready to start your property search, start by clarifying your priorities. While they will differ for everyone, some things to consider include the quality of schools, local amenities, and the size, style and value of surrounding homes.

This last point is key – since, if you want to maximize the equity you put into your home, it will need to fit into the neighbourhood. Spend too little on and your home will end up under its potential value. Spend too much, and you’ll never recoup that money when it’s time to sell.

An experienced and knowledgeable builder can help you sift through this information, and guide your choice of land or property to ensure that your home will be well positioned relative to the value of others in the area.

Step 3: Decide What Kind of Home You Want

Your budget and chosen neighbourhood will have a major influence on whether you have the option to build a brand new home or renovate an old and tired one.

Either option has its advantages and both come with some exciting possibilities. The important thing in this step is for you to develop a sense of what type of home you would love. How big is it? How many rooms? What kind of rooms? What kind of style? What kind of home will help you thrive in the life you lead now, and in the life you hope to lead in the years to come?

Look around for inspiration, create a dream book, and draw up a vision for your home.

Even if you decide to transform that sow’s ear into a silk purse, take heart. You’ll be amazed at the transformation that can take place.

Step 4: Find a Builder You Can Trust

Hiring your builder is one of the most important decisions of the entire home building process. This is someone you will be working closely with for the next 8-12 months and with whom you will be in close contact. It’s ok to take your time when selecting the right person.

For your peace of mind, and the success of the project, it is essential that you find someone you can trust. You need a true partner – someone that you trust will prioritise your needs and concerns, and pay attention to the details. Someone who will keep the communication lines open, who understands and respect you, and who will keep to your design, finishes, budget and schedule.

Make sure to bring a list of questions with you for your prospective builder, ask for recommendations, and trust your gut feeling – after all, you will be the one working with them, and it is your home in their hands.

Step 5: Secure Your Financing

You’ve figured out your budget and know how much you can afford to borrow. Next, is finding the financing you’ll need to make your dream custom home a reality.

When you are in the position to order a custom home, financing is typically not an issue. However, whether you want a land loan, conventional mortgage or a high-ratio mortgage, the important thing is finding out which will work best for you and your unique financial situation.

Step 6: Buy Your Land or Property

Finding the perfect location for your new home is one of the most exciting parts of the entire home building process. Picking the view from your front door and out the back windows makes it all seem a bit more real.

The reason it’s recommended to find your builder before you buy your lot is that there are some technicalities you have to be aware of. Will you have access to utilities (water, electricity, gas) at this site? Can a strong foundation be built on this land? Are there any additional permits or ordinances you need to be aware of that may obstruct construction?

Wouldn’t you hate to find a great piece of land at an affordable price only to find out that you cannot build a house there? By working with the right builder you can avoid that mistake and save valuable time and a whole lot of money.

Step 7: Design Your Custom Dream Home

Now, this is the fun part. Working with an architect and designer to create the plans for your custom home can be a lot of work, but it is hands down the most exciting part.

Before you meet with them, you have some homework to do.

Bring Out Your Dream Book
Throughout the process, you’re sure to have started compiling a list of things you want in your new home. Some may be on a wish list while others are non-negotiables. This is where you sit down with the architect and the builder to lay it all out.

Find out what is feasible, what it will cost and what repercussions there are for changes made later. It’s also a good time to see how your chosen builder or architect handles changes and before and during construction, as well as when is the absolute latest that any changes are allowed.

Find Examples
Whenever possible, find photos to show your team of what you are looking for. This will help to make sure you are all on the same page.

Step 8: Start Building!

When it comes time to start construction, this is where understanding the process can be most helpful. You will have a better appreciation for deadlines and how long it takes for the foundation to dry or for installation of the windows.

The timeline for the entire process can vary by location based on several factors, including weather. Inspections and permits can also delay a construction site, so having a builder who has a handle on all of these items is a lifesaver.

One of the most important things to remember is that building a quality custom home takes time to be done right. It’s well worth the wait once you have the keys and it’s all yours.

From figuring out your budget, finding your builder, and all the way through to the final walk through and delivery of the keys, understanding the process can help ease anxiety and unnecessary stress. Finding the right team of people to go with you on this monumental journey is key to a positive experience.

Step 9: Closing Time

When the dust settles and construction is finally finished on your home, you will do a walk-through. This is the time to inspect every corner of the house and ask questions. Once you completely understand all the finer aspects of how to operate and maintain your home, it’s time to close.

Step 10: Move In!

It’s finally time to enjoy the fruits of your planning and labour. The only thing left to do is move in and enjoy your custom home!

Discover how this space – the one you have made uniquely yours – complements your life and allows you to live the way you want to be.

In the end you’ll be amazed that your new house is so much more than just the sum of its parts, individual rooms and amenities. It is the place you get to call home.

While the above is a high level summary, it highlights the key aspects of what you need to consider as you venture into building your own custom home.

Still have questions on how to prepare and plan for your custom home build in Ontario? Fulcrum Custom Builders will be happy to help! Simply fill out the contact form below, and we will be in contact you to go over the details of your specific project.

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