Author: Monique Gorda

Two-Story, Bungalow or Ranch: The Best Choice for your Lifestyle

In the beginning of your custom home build, you will make a few essential decisions. Even before you choose your lot, have you thought about which type of home would best suit your needs? There are many layout plans: bi-levels, walkout bungalows, split levels, multi-level, etc., etc.; however, for many of

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Luxury Home Spa: Decadent Therapeutic Baths and Steam Showers

Imagine, close your eyes… If the sky was the limit for your home spa, what would your dream tub or steam shower do for you? When thinking about the word “decadent”… What comes to mind? If we were talking about dessert, the reference would be the epitome of flavor and

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35 Luxury Porcelain Ideas for Your Custom Home

35 Porcelain Tile Ideas Architects, interior designers, and homeowners alike are enamored with porcelain tile. It is made from clay that has been hard-pressed into molds and kiln-fired at extremely high temperatures, making it one of the hardest, most durable tiles available. It stands up to heavy foot traffic, resists

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29 Luxury Marble Ideas for Your Custom Home

[toc] From ancient Greeks to modern times, architects, sculptors, and interior designers have been fascinated with marble. Each slab is unique and gives any room a look of opulence and splendour. Marble also suggests a classic, minimalist look and goes well with a palette of white and subdued hues. Marble

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Creating Your Ultimate Custom Closet

You have decided that it’s time to get organized… Whether Custom Building a new home or re-organizing an existing space. It’s the start of a new year and you want to begin clutter free… Start your initial checklist to ensure your home will be clutter-free: Who are the end users?

Ownership – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 7)

Your home is complete; you have done your final walk-through and are ready to move into your new custom home. All legal paperwork is finalized; you are officially a homeowner. Congratulations! As members of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, it is mandatory to complete a “Certificate of Possession” prior

The Building Process – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 6)

Your blueprints are complete, your mortgage is in place, paperwork is signed off, and you have made your selections to personalize your new custom home. The home building process is underway… Construction begins once building and development permits are approved. Your Home Goes up! Here are the phases your house

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Blueprints – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 4)

You have made the first few important decisions… You have chosen your lot, you know which style of home you are building, and you have a layout for the home. Your ideas are now laid out on paper and you are the proud owner of a Preliminary Blueprint. This early set

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Layout – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 3)

You now know your location and you have decided on a bungalow or two story… What’s next? Layout. There have been numerous innovative ideas that have been drawn on a napkin – I can speak from personal experience as my own logo for Canterbury Homes Inc. came to life while I


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