There’s a lot to think before, throughout, and even after your build. The information that follows will walk you through some of the key steps, and act as a guide for some of the most important considerations as you take your home from dream to reality.
CHOOSING A PLAN
The first step in planning for your new home is choosing a floor plan to fit your family’s needs and lifestyle. There are three basic options:
- Stock floor plans are tried and true leaving little to no room for error. Choosing a stock plan can save you time and money.
- Use a stock plan as inspiration, but add your personal touch. Seeing the plan will help you visualize how your furniture and décor will fit and help you determine the size and placement of your rooms and walls.
- Create a custom plan that perfectly meets the needs of your family. You will get exactly what you want, but the design process can take some time and can be more costly. With Timber Block, there are no additional fees in the creation of a custom plan; this service is included when you purchase a home.
No matter which plan option you choose, Timber Block will guide you along the way to ensure you are nothing less than delighted with the result.
INTEGRATING YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY
Now that you know what you want your home to look like inside and out, it’s time to figure out how to integrate it into your property. Will you be limited in length or depth? Which direction will your home have to face to give you the most privacy with the best views?
Our skilled technicians will happily walk your property with you to ensure that the home of your dreams will properly fit on the property you have chosen to build it on. Some questions to consider while walking your property are:
Sun: Which side of your home will receive the morning sunlight? Will the afternoon sun provide too much light through the windows?
Roads: Which side of your home will the road and driveway lead to? Are you on a steep slope or busy road that would add the importance of a turnaround area?
Utilities: It is important to know where your source of power, water and gas mains will be. You want to make sure your home is fully accessible to all of your utilities.
RIGHTSIZING & PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Planning ahead for the future of your home is an important factor. Will you be expanding your family and need to leave room to add on? Will you be preparing to help care for ageing loved ones? Maybe you are even thinking that this is the home you would like to retire and grow old in.
Whether you will be adding more rooms for loved ones, a bigger garage or even a barn or stable for the pets, Timber Block will help you plan ahead to make the transitions smooth and easy.
What are some other materials you would like to integrate into your property to be as efficient as possible?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is a big consideration when it comes to comfort and cost in both the short and long term. There are a variety of energy efficient options to be taken into account, but these must be looked at early and built into your plans.
Roofing materials also play an important role in the efficiency of your home. There are pros and cons to each of the material options, so it is important to do your research and work with materials that suit your lifestyle and satisfy your needs.
Whether you choose shingles, upgrade to metal, or even select a solar system as your solution, these decisions should be made early and figured into your budget.
Every room in your new home is important and Timber Block can work with you to ensure that each one is designed so that it fits the needs of your family. Some rooms are of greater importance due to the investment required to complete, and others just because of the amount of time you will spend in them, but time and again, there are three that require the most foresight: kitchens, bathrooms, and master suites.
Having designed thousands of homes, Timber Block has insight in getting the most out of these spaces and our team can help you create rooms that will work for you.
LIGHTING AND WINDOWS
Whether light comes from an overhead light, a lamp, a skylight or a beautiful window, its importance in the home is great. It can make tasks easier or more difficult as well as affect our mood and create ambiance. Timber Block will work with you to determine how you will use the various spaces in your home and help you build a home that incorporates the right amount of light. Whether you’re prepping a meticulous meal, or sitting down to eat it, you will be able to better appreciate the details of your new home enhanced with just the right amount of light.
Timber Block uses standard high-performance Low-E insulating glass windows to reduce energy costs and help homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It also prevents fading of interior finishings and reduces condensation. As well, Low-E insulating glass delivers greater visible light transmittance than tinted glass.
An outdoor living area doesn’t just add value to your home, it can also bring you immeasurable enjoyment and provide a unique place to unwind and entertain depending on what the day calls for.
There are many options to consider as you plan your 3-season room, decking and other outdoor living spaces. Having built homes across the country from lakeside to mountain view and meeting a wide array of budgetary needs, Timber Block has seen it all and can help you tailor your outdoor space to meet your needs and budget.