So you’ve decided to build a new home, or remodel your current home. It’s a big project, but it doesn’t have to be daunting, provided you know the right questions to ask at the start. When a client comes into my office with these five things, I know we’re getting off on the right foot.
I like to think of myself as a guy with a lot of great ideas, some of them have even won awards but even my best idea can be made better with your input. This is your house, your castle. It should be everything you want. It’s okay to bring pictures, magazines, drawings, even video clips you play on your phone. Everything is important when you’re building a new home.
It’s important to know what you want, but it’s also important to know what you don’t want. Think of the home you live in now, or homes you’ve lived in in the past. What works for you in that space? Which rooms are easiest to live in? What doesn’t work? What do you miss about previous houses.
It can be hard to think of these things when we’re in the initial stages of planning for a new house. These are the questions that come to you while driving down the highway, or halfway through dinner that can be so difficult to recall in a builder meeting. Before, and after our first meeting, I like to tell my clients to write these thoughts down so we can address them right away. This can be anything from bike rack clearance on garage doors, to which rooms will have which views of Lake Okanagan.
If you have any specific vendors you want to work with, bring a list with you. Frequently we already have relationships with these vendors, and can work with them to get you exactly what you need for your new house.
We like to think of this person as the designated family representative. They’re the one with all the research. They know about features, materials, measurements, and requirements. They’ve heard all the requests from spouses, partners, children, family and pets, and they know what’s going in the final plans. This is the person we want to be able to get in contact with throughout the build.
Building or remodeling your home is an enjoyable process, one we at Vineyard are happy to help you with.
Give us a call at 250.878.9411 or email me at email@example.com
I love my home. If you’re reading this, you probably love your home too. But chances are, you have a list of things you’d like to change. Most home owners don’t even have to stop and think. The kitchen island is too small, the bathroom counter too low, the sink is on the wrong side of the laundry room, and the closets in the master bedroom can’t fit my winter coats.
You’re not alone. According to the BC Stats, there’s been a more than 15% increase in year to date spending on residential building permits between 2013 and 2014 in the Thompson/Okanagan region of BC. That means that more Kelownans have decided to make 2014 their remodel summer
Don’t you deserve the best possible version of your house? Doesn’t your house deserve to be a showpiece? It’s not difficult to transform the experience of your home without losing any of its natural charm. Below are five popular remodels in our area and why people get them.
Nationwide, the kitchen remodel is consistently the most popular. The kitchen is one of the rooms we spend the most time in, and it’s a room we need to be able to navigate easily. A remodel can bring modernity and ease of use to this, the most useful room in your home.
The bathroom remodel is the second most popular construction. A lot of older builders made this room for functionality, sometimes at the cost of form and luxury. With the right changes, a bathroom can become the lush, tranquil retreat it should be.
A lot of Canadians get their closets remodeled when they make other changes. Frequently the space in question is next to or adjacent to a closet, and home owners take advantage of this in order to expand their closet space.
4. Room Addition
Adding a bathroom, bedroom, or even a sun room is another popular remodel choice. As families grow, and life changes happen, a remodel can add room for a baby, create a home office, even an indoor pool or game room.
5. Master Suite
Like the bathroom remodel, the master suite remodel is about luxury and comfort. At the end of the day, you want your space to reflect your style, to be a place where you can leave the rest of the world behind. With a master suite remodel, you’ll get exactly what you want. Add a balcony, or an en suite bathroom. Cut bigger windows for better views, or add a sunroof above the bed.
The majority of the work I do is building a new house from scratch, but I also remodel homes for clients who already like where they live, but want the luxury and comfort of a custom built home. Call me at 250.878.9411, let’s talk about how you could be living.
Vineyard Developments is an award-winning custom builder and designer in Kelowna and the surrounding areas. Our staff have been designing modern yet timeless residences and building high-quality homes for over 10 years – from $100,000 to $5,000,000 custom builds. In 2012, we were proud to earn two gold Tommie Awards for design and construction excellence for Sheerwater Sails.
Each Vineyard project starts with a client’s vision, and we use our construction and design expertise to bring that vision to life. We work on projects of all shapes, sizes and styles. And we always aim to make the most of Kelowna’s stunning views. Our surroundings inspire our developments.
We pride ourselves on our reputation of high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and a dedicated focus on our clients. At Vineyard, staff excel at creating beautiful and original exteriors and functional, comfortable interiors. We look forward to the new and exciting challenges that come with making every project exceptional, from the first meeting to move-in day. The ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling like your new project is precisely what you envisioned and more. As experienced designers, developers and builders, we will complete your project within your budget and time frame.
Our reputation – Our promise
Building a home is a big undertaking. At Vineyard, we encourage you to ask questions, and we believe that full transparency is the best policy. We operate on a 100% open-book basis. Every bid, invoice and receipt is available for our clients to review at any time.
We are proud of every single one of our projects. But most of all, we are motivated by happy clients. Please feel free to contact us for client references if you would like to hear first-hand experiences about working with the Vineyard team.