Planning a Basement for an RTM Home

 

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Planning a basement for an RTM home requires both lifestyle, function and budget considerations. What is the space going to be used for? Home office, kids play room, bar, home theater? Maybe you don’t need a basement and a crawl space is suffice. The possibilities in this process allow you to customize your home based on your  individual requirements. Knowing the size you want to have, materials to use and your personal style help navigate this planning process.

Crawl Space or Full Basement?

An RTM Home can be placed on a crawl space or on a full basement.  Depending on your budget and needs, a crawl space may be an appropriate choice for you. Consider the soil and lot size. There are a lot of options when it comes to planning a basement. You can decide if you want an additional guest room, laundry facilities or another bathroom downstairs. If you are a DIY family, you can plan renovations in future yourself.

ICF, Wood or Concrete?

The choice is yours. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) homes are becoming more common in energy saving and green building homes. It does cost slightly more than a traditional wood-frame but the long term return on investment outperforms both concrete and wood in value.  ICF material provides good insulation and does not rot or decay with strong resistance to water.

Style and Features

Once you have decided the size, materials and function of the basement, it is time for the fun part of picking your own style and features for the space. Whether you want to plan for a comfy home theater or additional closets and storage space, the possibilities are endless.

For more information on B&B Homes RTM Dream Homes contact us here.

Meet the Mortgage Specialist at the Agribition Show at Booth #1315.

This year B&B Homes has decided to change things up for the Agribition Show. We decided we would invite our Mortgage Specialist to come and answer any questions you may have about the RTM building process. If you would like to book an advanced appointment to have your questions answered, times are still being offered on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th.

Click here to book a consultation with our Mortgage Specialist.

If you heading to the show, come stop by and say hello to the B&B Team at booth #1315 at Credit Union Eventplex in Regina. We will have fresh popcorn at our RTM display.

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RTM Home Build vs On-Site Construction

When making plans for the future there is often a time lag between what you want and the reality it will take to get there. There is no exception to this when it comes to building a new home. There are a few different paths you can take to build a custom designed home in the prairie provinces. Whether you are considering the RTM process or building on site, weighing the pros and cons can help you make an informed decision about which direction to go in. Project management, length of time to do the project and cost are all considerations that must be made.

Some mortgage lenders may inform you that getting financing for an RTM will be more difficult but that simply isn’t true. There are a number of lenders throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta that finance RTM homes and require similar deliverables regarding your proposed project.

Do You Want To Be the General Contractor?

It can be challenging to find reliable trades that value quality craftsmanship in some rural communities. When building on site you have the option to be the general contractor of the build. Knowing your own capabilities and the local expertise will help you determine if you are quipped for the job with the right team. Knowing the availability of supplies and the security of your location will also help in factoring whether or not it is more convenient or practical to do on site.

Timing, Now or Later?

Building on site is a seasonal endeavor. When exploring the RTM process, know that timing can be a huge factor if you are ready to go. The design and build can be done during the cold winter months and ready to be set when the frost thaws in spring and a new home up as early as next summer.  Fluctuations in weather and timelines are more controlled when you start early with an RTM build.

Cost

Comparably it is similar. B&B Homes delivers homes to communities without skilled trades throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta with Neufeld Movers. Ensuring your builder has the appropriate qualifications and certifications is important as a caution to quality. Experienced builders bring the latest in technology and resources that can assist in managing the potential stresses of the project with efficiency. They can also offer additional services that allow you to make environmentally friendly decisions about using solar energy and other renewable resources.

Evaluating your options and the pro’s and con’s of each process will help you make a decision with confidence. The team at B&B Homes is here to answer any questions you have about building a custom designed home.