Designing a Luxury RTM Dream Home

Designing a custom home is an experience most will only have once in their lifetime. There are considerations to be made when determining what type of home best suites your needs, lifestyle and budget. The first step in the process is creating the design of a future home. This planning stage sets the tone for the whole project and requires time, planning and ideas to blueprint a custom build road map.

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1. Get Creative

Take an inventory of the necessities of how you already live and think about what areas you may be able to enhance from your current standard. Whether it is additional storage or a fireplace near the bathtub, the possibilities are endless when you design a home from scratch. Watching home shows on the TLC channel or getting inspired with ideas on Pinterest can help you generate additional ideas.

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2. Decide on Size and Location

Decide on an estimate of the size of the home that will suite your needs accordingly. Are you a downsizing empty nester and need less or a growing family? Knowing the amount of space you will need both now and in the future will help you determine the location and floor plan for a new home build.

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3. Budget

When building a custom home the possibilities are endless. Most of us are on a budget so deciding on must-have and nice-to-have will help you determine what areas to splurge and where to be conservative. Drafting a design plan is the first step in the journey of creating your ideal living space. The process will provide a road map of costs and considerations.

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4. Lighting, Functions, Features

Assess your lifestyle and ideal environment. Knowing what features are essential will assist in decision making and planning. Whether it is the amount of natural light coming in from a vaulted ceiling skylight or heated flooring and towel racks in the bathroom, know what comforts are a priority.

Taking your ideas and turning them into a reality is possible with the assistance of a professional designer. This crucial, yet exciting first step can take you on the path to living in your dream home.

If you would like to brainstorm and draw out some of your ideas for a new home, please contact our in-house designer and take advantage of our offer to receive a free initial consultation.

Features that Add Value to Your Home

At B&B Homes, we are lucky to be able to work all year round building RTM Homes, streamlining the process at our site then shipping the homes throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. We invite anyone interested in learning more about the RTM process to check out our featured show homes and join our Facebook community to learn more about the RTM process and get some design inspiration.

Features that Add Value to Your Home

Your home is not just your personal sanctuary, it is also an investment! Whether you are planning your own custom home or preparing to sell your existing residence, there are some upgrades that will appreciate the price of your home when you are ready to sell. Below are a few ideas:

  • Upgrading flooring in bedrooms from carpet to laminate
  • Tile showers, as well as tile flooring in bathrooms
  • Upgrading your countertop from laminate to quartz or granite
  • Adding a fireplace (gas or wood burning)
  • Installing LED pot lights throughout the home
  • Using vinyl siding to fiber cement board siding and/or adding stone to your exterior
  • Upgrading from stipple ceiling to either painted or pine

Whether it is your forever home or you know you will sell down the road, it is important to consider how the home will maintain it’s value over the long run.

 

B&B Homes is a Licensed Vereco Licensed Builder

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Another important factor to consider in planning and building an RTM home is your Ecological Footprint. That is, how your lifestyle impacts the planet.  Along with the ongoing rising costs of energy, it makes sense to do the right thing. Making your dream home environmentally friendly also provides protection from a growing expense.

Regulating Indoor Quality and Temperatures
B&B Homes can now use Vereco processes, technologies and materials to regulate a home’s indoor air quality.  Despite changing seasons, these processes protect the home from getting too hot in summer and too cold in the winter.

Use Less and Save More by Doing the Right Thing
Innovation has changed modern day building practices. In recent years Vereco has fine-tuned the process to be safer for the environment while making financial sense. By using this method, homes would typically use 60-75% less energy for space heating and cooling, 50% less energy for domestic hot water and 40-50% less energy for lights appliances and mechanical. Another major upside in having your home crafted this way will be the appreciation of your home’s value.

The Costs of Energy Are Continuing to Rise
The Vereco ComfortPak is one of the grades B&B homes offers that will pay for itself. As energy prices increase, your yearly savings will also increase. Energy costs will continue to increase over time (SaskEnergy has increased their rates at a compound annual growth rate of 5.99%/year for the 40 years ending in 2012).  A home will last for 50 or more years. Starting off on the right foot will have monthly savings for the lifespan of the home. After the mortgage is paid off, all of the savings go to you.

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.

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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.