Selecting Finishes and Appliances for an RTM Home.

The idea of building a custom home may seem overwhelming, but really it is just a series of steps and decisions to be made along the way of a well thought-out plan, with some support and coaching along the way. At B&B Homes, we do everything we can to make sure the process is fun, stress free and exciting! Selecting finishes and appliances for your RTM with the help of a designer removes the stress and hassle out of the process of planning a custom home.

Below is what happens next after you decide to work with B&B Homes and you move into the selection process with our onsite designer .

Figure Out if There Are Any Upgrades or Features That Are “Must Have”

For the selection process, B&B Homes has many wonderful options available to our clients, but we do not limit them to the selections in our show room. With the help of our designer Katia, B&B Homes arranges meetings with our suppliers and works to find the exact item that fits your vision, and will get pricing to assist in the decision making process. Whether it is a floating ceiling in your master bedroom or any other unique feature, we love creative ideas and trying out new things at B&B, and do the research to make them happen.

When B&B Homes quotes a project, everything is based on our standard specifications found here.  We work to stay on time and on budget unless you tell us otherwise. We want to be proud of each home we build and maintain our high standards for each project.

Selecting finishes and appliances for an RTM home.

B&B Home’s standard finishes are already great quality due to our dedication to producing high quality RTM homes to last a lifetime. There are still many options, colors and features to choose from in our base offerings.

Working With an Onsite Designer to Guide Your Tastes and Preferences

Once you have decided to start your RTM journey and the paperwork is complete, B&B schedules your first selections meeting. Discussions around flooring, paint, cabinetry, countertops, all the way to door styles and plumbing fixtures, are covered off in this half day meeting.

All of these selections are made at once to ensure that everything will work and flow together while meeting your family’s unique styles and preferences.

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Shopping for Appliances for an RTM

Shopping for appliances is not fun! That is why our clients often get us to make their appliances selections and present options that will fit the budget and dimensions of their new homes.  B&B Homes has a preferred vendor that provides us with discounted rates, making the whole process even easier for our clients.

Having a Fully Finished Home Delivered on RTM Moving Day

We often find, that people are surprised to find out that we complete the ENTIRE RTM home before moving it. This includes cabinets, mirrors, fireplace and surround. One of the best parts of an RTM build  is how little you have to do yourself, before coming home one day to a fully finished home.

For more information on the RTM process or to have someone call you to discuss your family’s future home needs, please email info@bbhomes.ca and someone will reach out to you shortly.

 

Hiring One Company for a Seamless Project, from Start to Finish

After coming off a bad experience with another builder, the Kernahan’s mortgage broker Cari Skjerven, suggested they build with B&B Homes.  After going on B&B’s website and finding their dream home design and receiving some helpful advice when calling in, it sealed the deal for them to work with B&B Homes. Now the rest is history!

Mike and Jennifer worked with B&B Homes for their entire project from start to finish, from the foundation pour to the RTM build, and the onsite build of a three car garage. See how this home transformed into a dinner party hosting haven with the help of B&B Home’s onsite designer.

Finding Their Dream Home by Customizing the Willowdale Design Plan

“We finalized our plan with Katia and picked out our selections for our house and got updates through their easy to use co-construct program to manage the project as the house was being built. The selections you can choose to customize your home are endless and co-construct made the project a breeze!”

-Jennifer Kernahan

Creating a Cooking Oasis and Dinner Party Hosting Haven

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Since Jennifer and Mike both spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen and are very social, designing a kitchen that met these needs was one of the most important aspects of their home. Mike and Jennifer had a lot of fun working with B&B’s on-site designer Katia to make their dream kitchen come to life!

“We love the big Island, we get lots of compliments on this kitchen. Thanks Katia for adding the extra touches! We love our kitchen!  Even cooking up leftovers is fun!  Everyone that comes over to our place loves our open concept kitchen dining living room.  We entertained last month with 20 people in the house and it was so much fun.  Nobody was left out of the conversations at any time.”

-Jennifer Kernahan

Stress-free with B&B’s Co-Construct Project Management Tool

As they live far away, it was nice to see the progress of the house being built and to communicate through co-construct on any issues that needed to be addressed, as their house was being built.  It was also a major selling feature to not have to worry about looking for other contractors to do the eaves troughs, basement cement work or garage doors.

“Everything about the build from start to finish went so smooth and stress free.

-Jennifer Kernahan

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Impressed with Punctual After Care Service Work in the Warranty

Since the garage was built on site and the shingles put on in the late fall, due to the late timing they didn’t get a chance to tab down properly. After two weeks of windy weather and one day of extreme winds, a small part of the shingles started lifting and a few started to come off. After they assessed the damage they contacted Darwin at B&B.  In less than a week, B&B’s service team came out and repaired the missing shingles and went over the whole roof and tabbed down anything that was slightly loose.

The Kernahans were really impressed on the speed of which their claim was dealt with. Especially for the distance they are from the B&B site just outside of Delisle, that this was dealt with in a speedy manner.

“It is hard to find any company to deal with a claim that fast. Just shows B&B Homes takes pride in what they build and they really do care about their customers.”

-Mike Kernahan

Working with our on-site designer can help you bring a vision to life that you didn’t know was possible for a new RTM home. Contact B&B Homes today to coordinate a complimentary consultation with our designer here.

Delivering an RTM Onto an Existing Foundation Outside of Moose Jaw.

When Mandi Odynski and Jesse Corcoran originally first engaged with B&B Homes, they wanted to know what their options were to put a new RTM home on an existing foundation on some land they owned just outside of Moose Jaw. Travis, B&B Homes’ President headed out to their farm to take some measurements so B&B’s on-site designer could draft what would be possible for a pure custom home design that would fit the dimensions.

Building a Custom RTM on an Existing Foundation outside of Moose Jaw

Once it was determined that their existing foundation was usable for a new RTM home, Mandi and Jesse began working with Katia, B&B Home’s designer to plan a custom home that would suite their lifestyle. Not long after, B&B Homes delivered an RTM home covering 1427 sq feet to their land. They were able to utilize existing plumbing and included some new ICF insulation in the foundation for a future DIY basement. The design of the basement included room for bedrooms later on down the road if needed.

B & B Homes was able to move up our delivery date and hired an amazing crew that immediately eased my worries regarding the placement of our home on the foundation! 

-Mandi Odynski

Colors and Unique Custom Selections for Entertaining

When picking colors and making features selections and decisions, Mandi liked the warmth that brown brought into the home. Since they regularly entertain guests, it was essential to have both a functional kitchen with a big island with an expansive eating ledge, with room for the pool table to fit between the kitchen and living room! Other features they included were a wine rack above the fridge, a pull out garbage, a study/guest room and a walk-in closet ensuite

Choosing the Right Builder for their RTM Project

Mandi and Jesse heard about B&B Homes through their friends. They chose to work with B&B Homes over other builders because they liked the product, price and finishes they saw in their friend’s home. They heard B&B Homes was really good to work with, which they were able to confirm themselves after a few site visits and agreed.

“Thank you B & B Homes for walking us through the building process, answering all our questions and concerns, and providing us with our beautiful home – we love it!”

-Mandi Odynski and Jesse Corcoran

Working with our on-site designer can help you bring a vision to life that you didn’t know was possible for a new RTM home. Contact B&B Homes today to coordinate a complimentary consultation with our designer here.

 

Building A Custom RTM For A Family

A home that can weather the enthusiasm of children, entertain guests, and provide sanctuary in a quiet study or den are all considerations and part of the fun in building a custom RTM home for a family. Each home we make at B&B is made for individual families’ unique lifestyles and tastes. We really enjoy helping guide future custom RTM homeowners through the design process to create a home that is completely suited for them.

 

Bedrooms and the Floor Plan

Big family or small family? Empty Nester’s? The importance of easy access to the kids’ rooms by grouping them together may vary in importance if you are raising infants or moody teenagers. Perhaps a basement is a good long term investment for future needs. For a lot of our customers this is their final home, so we make sure to design a home that will fit their needs and lifestyle for years to come.

 

Flooring

Easy to clean? Sometimes dark woods are less forgiving of dust and pet hair than other alternatives. Be honest with yourself, are you on top of your cleaning? We have lots of laminate, vinyl, tile and carpet selections to meet your budget and personal priorities for which areas you prefer to accentuate in the home.

 

Big Kitchens for Big Families and Entertaining

Does your family sit down together for each meal? Big islands in the kitchen are often convenient to grab a bite on the go and offer plenty of space to prepare meals. For those that are really serious in the kitchen, having two sinks may be a convenient feature to add.

 

Do You Entertain?

The kitchen is the focal point when hosting guests. It is also a place where discerning homeowners can add a few upgrades that will make life more enjoyable. Keeping the design plan open with high vaulted ceilings creates an inviting space to enjoy and relax in.

 

Creating Ambiance to Last a Lifetime

If you plan to build a custom home that you will be living in for most of your life, in the long run, it’s worth it to upgrade to finishes and materials that make your home a sanctuary to relax in. Quartz and tile finishes add a natural feel and glamorous look. Since you spend a lot of time in the bathroom, customizing with his and her vanities can help you stay comfortable sharing the space.

Working with our designer can help you bring a vision to life you didn’t know was possible for your family. Contact B&B Homes today to coordinate a complimentary consultation with our on-site designer here.

The On-site Building Stages of an RTM Home

Learning how the whole RTM process works from start to finish can feel somewhat overwhelming at times if you are new to it. We have put together an educational ebook based on our top blogs and newsletters to help you get the knowledge you need to make informed choices about your own RTM project.

Download your copy of the RTM Project Roadmap on our website here.

B&B Homes manages each build project in a simple to use program called co-construct. By logging into our co-construct site, you can monitor the progress of each stage of your build and make recorded decisions and conversations all in one place! Details on estimates, change orders and on-going progress photos from our designer happen inside co construct as well.

Then, there are a few final steps to wrap up the RTM building process shortly before your new custom home is delivered. They include:

Preparing the Foundation

Coordinating the final preparations for the foundation needs to happen no less than 21 days before the house is moved. The concrete needs to be poured for an ICF foundation three weeks before the home is moved so that it has enough time for it to cure. B&B Homes offers foundation and basement services for a full suite offering, however you are welcome to source this component locally as well. Coordinating this step with your RTM builder is critical before the big move day.
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Pouring the Basement

Once the house is set on the foundation, then the basement floor gets poured. We do not pour the floors before the house arrives because the movers put their equipment in the basement and lift the house from underneath, which could result in cracking the concrete floor if it is done too soon. With the house on the foundation, the garage foundation gets poured. There are some instances where this can already be in place. If the garage moves with the house for example, it obviously needs to be done the same time as the house foundation. Sometimes the layout of the site, trees, or buildings make for tight spots in the yard (and the movers need that extra space) or they will need to load the house onto the foundation from the garage side.  Once that is all complete the basement floor can be poured and the basement steps installed.

 

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If You Plan on Having a Garage or a Deck, Pour the Concrete Now Too

It’s a good idea if you’re building your deck right away or a garage in the near future, to pour concrete piles for either scenarios at the same time as pouring the floor to avoid extra charges. The garage and deck can be built as soon as their foundations are ready to be built on. Which in some cases can be as soon as the day after pouring the concrete.

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Plan and Set the Schedule in Advance

When homeowners schedule the onsite work on their own, they may struggle to know when to book the trades in. They are not familiar with who has to come before who, and what work needs to be completed at what stages. If booked incorrectly, the project can easily be set back by weeks if the local trades are busy during this time. The team at B&B Homes is used to scheduling these types of projects and are known for keeping things running smoothly and leading home owners on this journey. That is the benefit of working with an RTM builder that can do foundations, basements and garages making the whole project from start to finish seamless and guided.

B&B Homes prides itself on building homes to last families a lifetime by offering quality quality craftsmanship you can trust.

 

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. You may want to find a new home after reading these amazing pointers that were written to inspire you…

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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. You may be looking for some beautiful custom homes that are within your budget, you can do this by checking out Rodrock Homes and exploring all of the beautiful property on the website, they have so many great houses to explore and you never know you may find your dream house for you and your family.

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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.

Perhaps installing air conditioning is essential to make your dream home as comfortable as possible? If so, contacting an air conditioning specialist such as AirNow Heating & Cooling is a must.

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.

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 the future, yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be wanting to research on what to do, as well as what you’re able to do with your local plumbing, electrical, and construction contractors, etc.

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.

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.