Choose the area, lot size and orientation according to your personal needs. Know the plan, find the zone; just as with buying the house, first you have you have to decide what you want. Once that’s finalized and search area is narrowed, spend some time at the planning and zone department.Identify the boundaries; sub-division restrictions will tell you how much control you have over the use of the property.
Figure out the financing; unlike home mortgages, where competition is fierce, financing for unimproved property is an intensely local market place.Check the property and make sure it does not have natural resources under the property, don’t forget estimates for well digging and septic installation if your home will not be connected to community water and sewer.
Choose the qualified designer who is familiar with all the cities by laws and codes. It is good to have a plan, which is compatible with neighborhood. Explain all your needs to the designers such as spacious hallways, number of washrooms, sky lights etc.Interior and exterior of the house should be discussed. Final floor plans should be approved by an engineer and city.
Choose a qualified builder who is recognized by the Canadian home builders associations and provides a 2-5-10 year’s home warranty. Make sure you have everything in a written contract. With the help if your builder get at least three different quotations on your subcontractors such as electrician, plumber, framer, finisher etc.
Make sure excavating/digging goes till the structural solid ground.It is good to get the concrete well dried for couple of days before framing is started on it.Forms should be property supported.Drain tiles should be properly laid out with lots of crushed gravel so water can move smoothly. This also makes the basement floor dry.A layer of gravel helps to keep the mud away in winter or rainy season.Make sure the lumber chosen is straight and does not have a bend, because that in advance wood affects the straightness of the finishing drywall.
Cripples and headers should be properly nailed.Avoid big holes in studs and floor for electrical and plumbing jobs.Make sure all the holes in lumber are patched up.Roof should have proper ventilation points for fresh air.Make sure your plumber or electrician follows all city bylaws while installing all wires or pipes.Pre discuss where you want electrical outlet in each room. Also get extra wires pre wired for internet, cable as it become very expensive and hard to wire after construction.Get insulation installed in all exterior walls to make sure that it insulates well and does not allow cold air to enter into the house, and also saves energy.Also sound proof all the rooms you would like with the proper rated insulation.
Drywall should be installed with proper rating.Corners and joints should be filled properly to have straight walls.Sanding should be done twice to have a smooth finishing.This stage is the most crucial for a good appearance of your home.Kitchen cabinets should match the overall color scheme of the house such as tiles paints.Do not arrange an island in a narrow corridor of the kitchen, because walking areas should be open all around.Cabinets should have a proper baking and cabinets should be square in level.
China kitchen should be spacious, due to its practical use.While installing carpets make sure there is least amounts of joints especially close to major traffic areas.Install good lightning in your kitchen area.Landscaping should be done according to your needs.Floor steps should be property checked before pouring concrete.A forty feet distance should be maintained from your drive way to gutter so water can flow easily.Try to use non slipper tiles in the exterior. Proper expansion gaps should be given in your drive way so it does not crack with weather change.