Planning a Kitchen Design for an RTM.

Selecting cabinets is one of the biggest decisions to make when planning a custom RTM. The kitchen also happens to be one of the most expensive rooms to finish in a new home. Before deciding on species of wood and countertop materials, consider your lifestyle and what functions you will need to determine the appropriate durability, gadgets and storage necessary for your family into the future.

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Trendy or Traditional?

Are you the type to renovate your home when you are ready to make a change? Picking classic finishes may be more advantageous for timeless longevity and prevent your cabinets from looking dated. Depending what your personal style is, you will want your cabinets to match accordingly. What is the look and feel of the space you want to prepare daily meals and entertain in?

Cabinet Science: The Structure and Components

There are three basic structural components to a cabinet: the box, the shelves and the drawers. Each can be constructed in a number of ways.  At B&B Homes, we build all of our cabinets custom to the dimensions of the floor plan  and design them to fit the individual needs of all our customers.

Finish and Function

Cabinets are one of the most visible aspects of your kitchen design. At B&B we will make any home with the materials you wish. If you are looking for our advice, we recommend working with maple doors. These specs we use as a minimum standard in our RTM kitchens. This durable species adds warmth and elegance to both traditional and contemporary settings without blowing the budget or sacrificing quality.

Bringing It All Together with Appliances and Countertops

Creating a vision with a designer helps you plan your cabinetry colors,  countertops, backsplash tile, plumbing fixtures and appliances, to pull off the look and function you are aiming for. Often B&B clients make the investment in new appliances and granite or quartz countertops since their custom RTM will be their forever home. The kitchen is the space you will need to plan for the most diligently in an RTM project.

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For more information or to start planning and designing your dream kitchen, contact B&B Homes to get started.

 

Planning a Mudroom for an RTM Home.

The mudroom is a common design element that farmers and ranchers incorporate into their RTM homes as this side entrance is a popular entryway point into the home.

With smart planning and design, you can keep these areas neat, organized and styled to your lifestyle. Whether you want to put the laundry in this area with a sink for a double function, or a convenient half bath, the mudroom area can help the rest of your home stay clean and organized.

planning a mudroom for an RTM                                                    Tile floors keep the area easy to clean and maintain.

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Lockers, drawers, hooks and benches are also commonly found to help keep everyone’ outerwear and accessories tidy.

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If you do not want to commit to a half bath in this area of your home, you can always add a sink to a connected laundry area to clean up in after working outside.

To start planning your own RTM mudroom in your design, contact B&B Homes.

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. You will be able to find the siding at firms similar to James Hardie siding who can also come out and install the material onto your home.
  • 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.

New Building Codes for 2019.

On January 1, 2019, a new Energy Code came into effect in Saskatchewan.

This code has the potential to change the way that today’s homes are designed and built as there is a higher emphasis on building homes that use less energy.

One thing that many people do not realize is that when they take out a building permit for a new home, the responsibility is ultimately theirs to ensure that, in the end, the entire project meets all applicable building codes. The new Energy Code is no exception. Homeowners will have to ensure that not only their RTM (house) meets the new requirements, but also other elements of the project such as the foundation, the concrete floor, and the home’s mechanical equipment. This can be a very overwhelming undertaking.

Here at B&B Homes, our staff is experienced in building not only energy efficient RTMs, but also managing all other elements of the construction project and ensuring that everything is up to code so you don’t have to.

Contact us today for more information on the new Energy Code and how our quality homes meet the new requirements.

RTM Maintenance: Protecting Your Home From Humidity and Moisture

Fall and winter are the seasons to be cautious with humidity levels in a new home. Moisture and humidity problems are classified as regular maintenance issues and are not covered by B&B’s warranty. It is very important that you are aware of the dangers so that you can take preventative measures against any future damages and avoid incurring any costly repairs.

The early warning signs of high humidity are:
•Exterior door handles & deadbolts no longer work properly
•High amount of moisture on windows
•Exterior door handle & deadbolts have visible moisture or frost on them
•Exterior doors are freezing shut
•Water pooling on window sills
•Exterior door handles & deadbolts begin to rust on the inside

If things get really bad, the worse case scenarios of high humidity (which we have seen) includes:
•Cabinet doors swell to the point that they won’t close
•Paint is peeling on cabinets, railing, etc.
•Laminate flooring buckles
•Mold will grow on doors, windows and other areas of the home

Fact: A new home typically expels 500-600 gallons in the first year and a half.
Fact: A new home typically expels 500-600 gallons in the first year and a half.

Before any of these warning signs occur, there are some measures you can take. They are:

•Testing the humidity with a reliable tester (contact us and we will send you one to keep free of charge) It can cost a fair amount of energy though so getting a cheaper electricity quote will help mitigate the costs. A quote from Usave should help.
•Increase ventilation by keeping air circulating with a small fan or by opening windows
•Make sure an air exchanger is set and running properly (make sure your installer explained all the settings and how to operate it)
•Run a de-humidifier. If levels remain high you may need one on both the main floor and in the basement
•If your basement floor is not cemented, it needs to be sealed with poly
•During the summer months, running your air conditioner will help reduce moisture
Make sure that the silicone around the tubs, showers and between the kitchen countertop and walls is still fully intact. If it isn’t, you need to replace it. If moisture gets around the tile or countertops you will develop swelling and moisture issues over time.

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Re: Table 1. Wind chill temperature – this is the method used to relate wind and temperature. Usually, traditional temperature readings do not include a wind chill factor. For example, with an indoor temperature of 20C and an outside air temperature of -12C this table recommends a relative humidity of 30%. However, with an outside air temperature of -12C and a 20km per hour wind, the outdoor wind chill temperature is -26C and so the level of relative humidity should be reduced to 20%. Moisture and humidity damage is classified as regular maintenance and is not covered by your warranty.

To manage the humidity levels in your home, monitor the levels mentioned in the chart above and use your HRV system or a dehumidifier to regulate moisture and protect your investment. Check out dehumidifier ratings to help you with making the right choice in getting the best dehumidifier for you and your home.

Monitoring moisture and humidity levels help you protect the value and health of your home. Feel free to contact us if you need more information or have any questions about humidity in your RTM Home.

Introducing The Chesapeake and The Hudson Floor Plans

If 2019 is the year you want to be living in your brand new RTM home, it is time to start planning! One of the first steps of the process is to determine the size of the home and the layout that will work best for your family and budget. It is never too early to start, but it can easily be too late when you start putting the various pieces of the process together. Start design early and check out these new inspirations from recent B&B Home’s projects!

The Chesapeake utilizes 1640 sq ft of functional living space that includes three bedrooms. With an open concept design and a high vaulted ceiling in the front entry, this home leaves a grand, open feeling for families to relax and prepare meals in. A double sided central fireplace is a statement piece for the entrance, dining and living room areas. The side entrance is kept tidy with the mudroom lockers and laundry room only steps away. The Chesapeake includes a walk-through pantry that adjoins the mudroom to kitchen for organization and extra storage. This home offers a comfortable living space while utilizing each square foot of space.

The Hudson boasts over 2100 sq ft of functional space for a growing family. With four bedrooms and a study, everyone has a space to call their own. Whether preparing meals for the family or hosting a dinner party, this spacious kitchen is a culinary haven. With custom cabinetry built into the design, there is plenty of room for storage to stay organized. Cozy up by the fireplace during the cold winter months and enjoy ceiling details created to fit any style. If you are looking for a beautiful custom RTM home with carefully planned features and generous square footage, The Hudson is the one for you.

Want to Get Started Planning Your Own RTM Project?

If you have any questions about the RTM process, want to book a site visit to tour some of our current projects or wish to start the process of drafting your own custom design plan, contact us here.

Considerations When Designing a Kitchen Island

The kitchen island is one of the fun parts to plan when designing your own custom RTM home. When visioning your layout, you need to be conscious that there is enough traffic space so you can be comfortable doing multiple tasks at a time in the kitchen, making the space functional. Alternatively you may decide you want free space for things like seating; you might need to leave a good amount of room for chairs. We would recommend for you to buy barstools for this as it will take up the least amount of space. Let’s review some more ideas you can make your own when designing a kitchen island when planning a custom RTM home project.

Double sink in the island area while allowing for enough space from the range to move around the space for the busy multi-taskers.

You may prefer prairie views when doing this dishes and opt for family meals on an easy to clean and maintain quartz countertop.

No wasted space if you plan for storage in advance.

Create an ambiance based on your personal style and preferences to prepare daily meals. A rustic look can be achieved with custom cabinetry and lighting fixtures to compliment.

Plan your own custom RTM dream home with B&B’s Dream It, Build It, Move It process. Contact Suzanne directly at suzanne@bbhomes.ca to get started.

Preparing for a 2018 Spring/Summer RTM Delivery

With fall coming full steam ahead and harvest wrapping up, it may be time to consider planning your RTM for a 2018 spring/summer delivery.

Not sure where to start? Check out the RTM Project Roadmap page on our website to see how the process is broken down into different pieces and phases.

It is never too early to start, so you can take your time in the process, as it is common that not enough time is allocated for design, quoting and obtaining financing. The build itself, once started, goes by quickly! There are however a few time intensive steps to take before you get there.

Below are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to work with B&B Homes on an RTM project.

Custom RTM Design Services

B&B Homes offers custom design services to all of our clients. Katia, our on-site designer will work with you to create a floor plan that meets your lifestyle needs, overall aesthetic preferences and will help you to stay within your overall budget. To learn more about the custom design process, visit here.

Efficient Project Management

B&B Homes offers a full suite of services making for a seamless experience including: foundation, basement, garage, deck and hook up services. B&B Homes recommends ICF basement foundations but will also complete wood basements upon request.

B&B Homes is now on Instagram! Follow us @BBHomes07 or click the image below to access visual inspiration from B&B Home’s projects. #DreamItBuildItMoveIt

For more information on planning a custom RTM project or to book a site visit, contact Suzanne directly at suzanne@bbhomes.ca or via phone at 306-856-0073.

Protecting an RTM Home From the Start

From the start when planning for an RTM home, you need to make sure that this long term investment is safe and structurally durable for the long life of the home. Many of our homes are being built on family farms that will be passed down to their children. At B&B Homes, we have spent over 10 years learning best practices for both building and materials used to protect our homes from both harsh prairie weather and the test of time in general.

Planning to Protect Your Investment of a Lifetime

B&B Homes Uses a 5″ Engineered Screw to Tie the Roof Trusses in with the Interior and Exterior Walls

Typically it is not a builders standard practice to attach the roof trusses to the interior and exterior walls. However, at B&B Homes, this is a standard practice for each of our homes we build.We use a 5″ full-threaded shank screw at each point where the bottom cord of the truss intersects with an interior or exterior wall. This not only ensures the stability and integrity of the home during the move, but it also effectively withstands extreme prairie weather such as storms, wind, and heavy snowfalls.

Key Benefits include:

  • Highly stable roof system
  • Minimum worries in wall cracks
  • Helps reduce truss lift in winter (reducing drywall repairs)

B&B Homes Build with a 12″ Heel Height Rather than 7” for Energy Efficiency as Our Standard

A raised-heel (12”) truss (also called high-heel or energy truss) features a vertical member at the bearing point that raises the top chord of the truss 12″ above the bottom chord. This design at B&B Homes creates an extra 5″ of insulation above your interior walls to reduce heat loss between the attic and your living space, therefore creating a more energy-efficient environment. This is great for people who want to save money when it comes to their energy bills. As a side note, if you are currently moving into your house, make sure you get the right energy provider for you. You don’t want to be spending more money then you have to. If you are still looking and aren’t sure about who to use, then it might be worthwhile checking out something like these TriEagle Energy reviews to give you a better idea of who you can use.

To help you keep your energy bills down, then the design at B&B Homes is great for helping you achieve that. Combined with proper air sealing and attic ventilation, this system is critical to lowering energy demands on a home’s heating and cooling equipment and reducing moisture problems such as ice dams or mold growth. This is an ideal solution for anyone who has an air conditioning system in their homes, however, if you don’t yet have one installed it’s probably best to as this can prevent ice dams and mold growth from forming due to having proper air circulation within the home. Get in contact with some like CJS Heating & Air, or similar, to see how they can add this benefit for you.

Key Benefits Include of this system:

  • Reduction of heat loss (higher energy efficiency)
  • Prevents ice damming
  • Longer life span on heating/cooling equipment

Working with an In-House Designer

Smart design based on your family’s lifestyle prevents unnecessary renovations down the road. Working with a professionally educated designer creates endless opportunities and possibilities for your home with the advice of an expert. You are not limited to standard plans; we can either revise a plan you bring us or we can create your family a custom plan. Since everything is happening in-house, the communication between the designer and builder is stronger, and your timeline throughout the design phase is shorter. It does not stop at custom plans. Once you are in the build process you have access to many different custom finishes and options for your home. Our designer will help alleviate the overwhelming amount of all the selections out there, while being able to help you achieve the “look” that you are after.

Key Benefits Include:

  • Not limited; get the home you want
  • Strong connection between the designer & builder
  • Alleviates stress in entire process

B&B Homes Uses Fir Plywood Rather than OSB for Subflooring

There are some major differences between plywood and OSB subflooring. At B&B Homes we understand these differences building over 80 custom RTM homes. A major disadvantage of OSB is that if it gets exposed to water or moisture, the edges expand up to 15%, especially if they are cut edges. This may cause damages or an uneven floor. If Plywood gets wet, it will return to its normal size more rapidly and consistently than OSB over time.

Key Benefits Include:

  • Even floor surfaces
  • Better living experience
  • No squeaky sounds down the road

Homes Service & Warranty After the Home is Delivered

B&B Homes has one of the best service and warranty procedures in the RTM industry and we are proud of it. We make sure all our service work is taken care of before you move in no matter where you live in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In a typical scenario, this work happens within 4-6 weeks after the move. Then again at your one year anniversary we do another thorough walk through of your home and repair any issues that came up within the last year.

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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.

“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! 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
Mandi Odynski & Jesse Corcoran

Other Considerations Besides Price When Building an RTM

When shopping for a new RTM home, price is an important consideration but it is only one piece of the puzzle. There are other factors to consider for the home you plan to live in for years to come. This is the same for any home, but particularly an RTM home. The majority of homeowners would prefer to buy a home off the market, perhaps from sites like Eddie Yan, just for the simplicity of the process compared to an RTM house. However, if your heart is set on an RTM, when making the critical decision about where to invest and who to work with, consider the following:

Project Management and Communication

Once you give a deposit for an RTM Home the process is only beginning. Knowing where the project stands throughout and when it will be ready allows you to make accurate plans with realistic timelines for your family. B&B Homes has been using co-construct software on all of our projects for years to keep the lines of communication open and clear so that there are no hidden fees or surprises. Clients login and check the status of the various stages of the build and make decisions on their own time for features and upgrades. Co-construct removes the guessing out of an RTM project and helps alleviate any stress that could arise due to the transparency of the tool.

After Sales Support, Warranty and Insurance

After an RTM is delivered, the relationship shouldn’t end there. Is it in your contract that the builder will provide a personal guarantee or warranty on their work? How far will they have to travel to do any minor repairs in the first year? Know what will happen after the home is delivered too. Promises made during and after the project is complete are critical components of making sure you get a good deal you end up happy with. B&B Homes is insured both by the Progressive Home Warranty and the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty. You may also be able to find the best home warranty companies at this site if you want to extend your research.

Experience of the RTM Building Company

How long have they been in business? When planning a custom home to suit your lifestyle, the quality of the trades, materials, and service delivery both before and after the home is delivered is paramount in managing both stress and the quality of the final product, your home. At the end of the day building a new home is an investment of a lifetime. Making sure you set up the project right on the onset means your dream home will not turn into a nightmare, but a fun and exciting project! Know who you are working with before you sign the contract.

Checking References

We have worked with home owners that have had bad experiences with other builders that decided to come to us after being referred to B&B by their Mortgage Specialist. B&B Homes has a long list of customers that will give you information on what it is like to build with us. The relationship with your builder lasts on average a year and a half, make sure you like who you are working with!

Find a Lender that Specializes in RTM Mortgages

Find a lender that is considerate and caring of your needs throughout the mortgage loan process and is an expert in RTM financing. Alternatively, if you’re a medical professional, like a doctor or physician, you have the choice of a physician loans mortgage, which is a low down payment mortgage. Mortgages for RTM’s are different than traditional mortgages, work with someone who knows the differences for a smoother process. We work with Credit Unions, select banks and have a Mortgage Specialist we work with and trust. Let us know if you need an introduction, we have lenders we know and trust.

Custom Features, Upgrades and Design Consulting

The definition of “basic’ features is relative. If something sounds too good to be true then it probably is when getting cost quotes per square foot from builders. We all know that cutting corners can backfire. At B&B Homes we have an on-site designer that can help draft custom home plans and assist in making decisions in everything from lighting to backsplash to make sure your dream concept becomes reality within your budget. B&B Homes also works to include everything needed in the original quote by collaborating with the homeowner to make sure their needs and selections are made before the contract is signed, preventing any surprises down the road.

B&B Homes has built over 90 RTM homes and hires the best local trades to ensure that we can live up to our promise of delivering luxury RTM Homes to our happy and informed clients throughout Saskatchewan.