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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!

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The Beauty of a Custom Home

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Are you left feeling cold by row upon rows of cookie cutters homes in your neighbourhood? Do you have a creative spark that you’d like to see reflected in your home? If so, a custom home from Lucas Contracting might be right for you. Let’s explore the beauty of designing and building a custom home:

Your Dream, Your Home

When you choose to build a custom home, you have complete and total control over every aspect of your home, from the dimensions of each room to the slope of the roof to the tile width in the bathroom. Our talented design team can offer plenty of guidance or recommendations if you need some design inspiration, but you have final say over every specification of your brand new custom home. This is your chance to combine all of your favourite elements into a home that is entirely unique, and entirely yours.

Plumbing

When you are renovating an existing home, you are limited by the existing layout of the plumbing systems, unless you want to spend a lot of money rearranging the system. Likewise, in cookie-cutter new builds, you are restricted in this regard. Not so with a custom home from Lucas Contracting. You get to choose where each and every plumbing element is installed, including sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers. Combine the best of form and function without being limited by an existing arrangement.

Flooring

It can be frustrating purchasing a “used” home and having to pay for costly renovations to make the home your own. Pulling up carpet, resanding old floors, trying to live in a home where 50-year old dust is being kicked up. With a custom home, you get to treat yourself. Choose whatever modern flooring option you like (warm and natural red oak? eco-friendly light bamboo?) and sit back while our hard-working team brings it all together.

Never Settle

In “used” homes and model new build homes alike, you are limited by others in terms of size and style. Not so with a custom home. You never again have to settle for living in a home built according to someone else’s vision or style. Purchasing a home is expensive enough as it is, and renovations are costly and take a while. With that much investment on the line, you may as well fully commit to the process with a stunning custom home.

Contact our team to start the process of turning your dream home into a reality. Give us your “wish list” and we’ll get started on building a gorgeous custom home with every detail built according to your exact specifications.

To Renovate or Sell Your Home

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The problem many homeowners face when their home starts to feel a little cramped is whether it is better to renovate or sell. There are a number of things to consider before you make your decision including:

Neighbourhood

Your neighbourhood has played a key role in your life for the past few years. When you decide to move you might not be able to afford a home in your current area. This can be especially troublesome if you have kids as well as for your commute to and from work. When you decide to renovate you have the option of creating a perfect custom home in the perfect location without the need to uproot your family.

Investment

You also have to consider expenses. You want to know how much money would be available to you for renovations and compare that to the ideal renos you would need to make it worth your while to stay. You then have to look at what your budget would get you if you were to purchase a new home. Weigh the differences and decide which works more in your favour in hand with your wants and needs. Many homeowners have plenty of equity in their home. This means you can get a loan that is simply added back onto your mortgage. This is both an affordable and logical option as it does not add an additional financial burden to monthly expenses.

The Changes

Make a list of all of the things you would do to create a custom home if you were to stay. List each item such as an additional bathroom, the need for a basement reno, a new kitchen, a mud room, a better backyard, etc. Each change will have an impact on the cost as well as the improvement to your comfort. Ask for quotes from a few contractors and see if the numbers match up to the amount of money you have available to invest in the renos.

If you feel your current house has the homey feel you desire in a neighbourhood you love, making a move is not the answer. Speak to a contractor and share everything you love about your home and everything you hate. Speak to your bank and then begin the renovations to create a custom home you will live in comfortably for years to come.

How to Custom Build Your Next Home

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A custom home allows you to have every detail built to your exact specifications from the number of rooms to the final details of your brand new kitchen. Here are the steps involved in custom building your next home:

The Location

Many people prefer the idea of purchasing an older, run down or small home on a large property they can tear down and then rebuild. Others might look for a more out of the way spot where they can purchase the land and start from scratch. One of the main considerations is an existing home will already have access to public utilities such as water, electricity and gas, so choose your location wisely!

Find a Contractor

Just as the renovations Ottawa home owners undergo, building a house requires a trustworthy, knowledgeable contractor to manage the job. In order to find the right contractor try speaking to your soon to be neighbours, friends and family as word of mouth tends to work well. People will be forthcoming and honest about the work that was performed. Make sure you also research your potential contractor to ensure there aren’t any complaints about the contractor. You can also look for reviews as well as testimonials. Get detailed quotes from your short list of contractors so you can make comparisons of materials and costs.

Create a Plan

Timelines will play a huge role in your project so you will want to discuss your contractor’s availability and the estimated date of completion. A plan can be laid out for each milestone working back from the date you plan to move in. Communication is key, and starting the project with a detailed plan will keep things moving smoothly. There should be a lot of going back and forth with the contractor throughout the project to finalize details as well as to get updates on progress.

Design and Finish

Choosing designs and finishes is the fun part of the project. It is important to opt for finishes you can live with for a long time. The renovations Ottawa home owners undergo tend to lean towards the modern. However, classic design and durable materials will keep your home timely and well maintained for years to come.

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Why You Should Custom Build Your Next Home

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The list of compromises you will have to when shopping for a pre-existing home can be endless. This is the main reason many home buyers end up building a custom home instead. Here are some of the advantages of building your home:

Exactly Right

When you decide to go with a custom home you will be able to have the exact layout you require. The right amount of bedrooms and bathrooms with the most comfortable configuration for your main living space will offer you a home you can grow into and have everything in place to accommodate your needs and desires.

Affordable

Many people think that they will not able to afford a custom home. However if you crunch the numbers you might be surprised at how they compare to purchasing a pre-existing home. You can find many ways to save money building a custom home. As well, you will eventually end up investing more money into a pre-existing home with renovations and upgrades. With a custom home it is move in ready.

Everything is New

Your new home will not only be built with brand new materials it will also have brand new appliances and follow up to date building codes. Your home will be energy efficient, contain more health conscious and eco conscious materials and will also have the latest in plumbing and bathroom fixtures to reduce water waste. Your home will be free of hidden hazards such as old electrical or mould growth as well.

Combined Design Styles

Many people like a number of home styles and therefore find it hard to find one that appeals to their sense of esthetics. With custom design you are able to take the elements of the home styles you love and combine them for a style that suits your taste. With the help of an architect you can have the home you have always dreamed of with ultimate curb appeal and the characteristics you find charming in a home.

Location

When building your own home you can choose the location your family will enjoy as well. Often you will be surrounded by new schools, playgrounds and shopping opportunities making your neighbourhood more appealing and convenient. However, you can also choose a remote, green area if you prefer.

You can build your dream home within your budget with all the features you desire for idyllic living.