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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Planning a Custom Home Build in Ottawa

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If you’re getting ready to build a custom home in Ottawa, or even just want to tackle some major home renovations to update and even overhaul your current home, you’re going to want to understand every little detail involved in the planning process.

This will guarantee that you move through the process efficiently, that you save money whenever possible, and that you complete your home renovations or your custom-built home on time and on budget.

Let’s dive into a couple of critical things you need to focus on when you’re getting ready to tackle this kind of project!

Outline your goals and expectations ahead of time

Just as you wouldn’t leave on a road trip without a destination in mind (just as your GPS would be useless on that road trip without a destination in mind) you cannot tackle home renovations or a custom home build in Ottawa without understanding EXACTLY what you want the finished project to look like.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What does your new home/renovation have to feature?
  • What are you priorities (eco-friendliness? uniqueness?)
  • What problems are you trying to solve in your current home?
  • Is this a home for life or do you foresee selling in the not-too-distant future?
  • When do you want everything completed?
  • What kind of inspiration can you show your designer and builder so that your dreams come true?

Cover all of those bases and you’ll find this process goes a lot smoother.

Get concrete when it comes to your budget

Even though there are probably haven’t been any home renovation or custom home build projects that have EVER been completed without the budget adjusting at least a little bit, you’re going to want to get as concrete as humanly possible about the amount of money you’re willing to spend on this work ahead of time.

There is a big problem with going to architects and builders with an idea of the work you do like to have done without a budget. These professionals can create amazing designs or concepts, but if they aren’t aware of your budget there will be a problem.

Naturally they are going to go big with these designs, and when you get hit in the gut with the projected total expense that they report back to you, you’re going to feel awful about all of the things you “lose” when you pare things back.

If, instead, you provide these designers and architects with a concrete budget to begin with they’ll understand their constraints right out of the gate – and create for you an amazing custom home or home renovation project that fits your financial reality.

Choose the Right Contractor

Though there are a lot of designer and builder operations out there that do fantastic work when it comes to custom homes and home renovations, you’re going to want to think about assembling your own “dream team” of professionals to make sure that you get exactly the kind of results you’re after. That all starts with choosing the right custom home contractor.

If you don’t want a cookie-cutter home from the major home builders in Ottawa, consider choosing a custom home built by Lucas Contracting. You get to choose very detail of your home. If there is a decision to be made, you will be the one to make it – though the design and building professionals at Lucas Contracting are of course happy to provide their expert guidance.

Contact the Lucas Contracting team to set up a free consultation or start the home building process. Your dream of a custom home in Ottawa starts with a phone call!

What is the Best Metal Roof Colour?

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If you have already committed to making sure that your next roof is going to be a metal roof, you are a couple of steps ahead of the game.

Some of the most affordable, beautiful, durable, and efficient roofs available on the planet, metal roofs are constructed from a diverse range of roofing materials. Whether made of steel or aluminium, a new metal roof promises the kinds of benefits that you’re looking for – the kinds of benefits that you as a homeowner deserve – and will add a considerable amount of value to your property at the same time.

Of course, just because you have elected to go with metal roofing material doesn’t mean that your decisions are over.

Not by a longshot.

There are quite a few different things you’re going to need to take care of when you decide to move forward with this roofing material, not the least of which is choosing the right colour of metal roofing material for your project.

Here are just a couple of helpful tips and tricks to get you started down the right path. Take advantage of this inside information and you won’t have any trouble whatsoever finding the best metal roof colour for you!

Let’s dive right in.

What’s hot right now?

As with any other home design element, there are definitely going to be some roofing material colours that are “hotter” than others right now – and that might be the direction that you’re looking to go in.

This is especially true if you want your home to look very modern and very contemporary, all without having to worry about whether or not this look is going to be quite as stylish in the years to come.

Metal roofs are going to be the norm in the future – just because of all the combined benefits they are able to bring to the table – and these colours are likely to remain “hot” for years and years to come.

Which metal roof colours look best with your home?

Of course, you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy to pick metal roofing material colours based entirely off of the “hot” colours without first considering how those colours are going to go with the look and style of the home they will be installed on.

Really consider the architecture and the style of your home, and especially the colour of your siding, your shutters, your doors, etc. to get a feel for whether or not this roofing material is going to blend in seamlessly. Or will it create an odd juxtaposition that throws things off? There is a fine line between tasteful contrast and clash.

Consider the energy efficiency of specific colours as well

A lot of people are surprised to learn that the colour of the metal roofing that they decide to move forward with will have a tremendous impact on their energy bills, but upon closer consideration it isn’t all that surprising after all.

You see, darker roofs are going to attract more light and more heat – and that means that your home is going to be warmer (especially in the upper levels). This might not be a bad idea if you live in a cold climate city like Ottawa, but if you live in warmer areas this could be big trouble.

At the same time, lighter colour roofs are going to reflect a more heat and more light – which may be picture-perfect in warmer climates, but if you live in Ottawa it is a valid concern in the winter.

When choosing your metal roof cover, energy efficiency is definitely something to consider!

Whatever you do, be careful about going with certain shades of blue

At the end of the day, regardless of the colour of roof that you decide to go with, you’ll really want to think long and hard about going with certain shades of blue.

Though it can be interesting to choose shades of blue that go nicely with the colour of the sky, you might end up with an “invisible” sky blue roof – and that can have your home looking very odd indeed!

For all your metal roofing needs in Ottawa, Lucas Contracting is here to help. We are experts in metal roof installation, steel roof repair, commercial metal roofing, shingle replacement, and much more. Get in touch to book a roof inspection, repair, or installation!