Tips for Building a New Home

 

Construction of my home

Construction of my home

If you are in the market for a vacant lot to build your dream home or cottage, or even if you are planning renovations on your existing home, you will find building to be both exhilarating and frustrating.  Having built a new home myself, I thought I would share some of my tips:

1.  Hire professionals
2.  Participate in the design
3.  Think everything through, including the little details (as much as possible) before you begin.
4.  Be prepared to spend a lot more money than you budget for…little things add up quickly.
 5.  Think about RESALE–you may think this will be your last home “ever”, but chances are, it won’t be.  Lifestyles change in moments.
6.  Check all of the possible locations on your property to find the best building site–keep in mind sun position, wind direction, exposure, view, etc.
7.  Work with your contractor through every step–there are always some changes that need to be made
8.  Listen to your contractor
9.  Don’t let anyone talk you out of something that you really want in your home.
10.  Make sure you know where you want ALL of your electrical switches and plug outlets to go.
11.  Make sure your electrician centers your lights or puts them exactly where you want them.
12.  Make sure lines line up.  Make sure things, such as shower drains, are centered.  Once something is done it’s hard, or very expensive to undo.
13.  Test your paint colours.
14.  Enjoy the experience!

Here are some tips from the people at Houzz:

Kathy Dimaline is a Real Estate Broker for RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc.  The comments on this Blog are the opinions, only, of Kathy Dimaline and do not constitute any legal advice or legal opinion and does not represent the interests or opinions of RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc., brokerage.

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The Outdoor Shower

OutdoorShowerOne of my favourite things at the cottage, now my home, is the “Outdoor” Shower.  I use my outdoor shower all summer long rather than showering indoors.  There’s the feeling of being one with nature.  While showering, I can watch the birds in the trees, see and listen to the lake and just feel good about the day ahead.  I find it invigorating, even on colder days.

The secret to the “Outdoor” shower is to position it right.  You want to make sure you have privacy yet enjoy the scenery around you…so do some scoping out before beginning to build it.  The other very important thing is making sure you have both cold and hot water in your shower.  I’ve seen ones with just cold water but, even on those really hot days it can be a shock to the system.  So, make sure you know what you are doing when you plumb the shower, or better still, hire a plumber.

It’s great in the spring, summer and fall, but you should be sure to winterize it prior to cold weather.  All pipes need to be drained, inside taps to the outside facets should be turned off and leave the outside faucets “open”.  Here’s a great link for winterizing:  http://www.homeenergyresourcemn.org/basic_care/section_detail.aspx?itemID=2956&catID=759&SelectCatID=759&cat_1=751&cat_2=759

Like any other addition to your home an outdoor shower should be approved by the building inspector and may require special drainage.  Be sure to do it right!

Here’s a link to some great “Outdoor” shower designs: 

Kathy Dimaline is a Real Estate Broker for RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc.  The comments on this Blog are the opinions, only, of Kathy Dimaline and do not constitute any legal advice or legal opinion and does not represent the interests or opinions of RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc., brokerage.

Trim Your Home or Cottage

Trim can bring out the features of your home, make a room look larger (or smaller), add character, and give an architectural feel. Choose the right trim, the right colour and you can enhance any room. Here’s an interesting article on “How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character with Trim”.

Kathy Dimaline is a Real Estate Broker for RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc.  The comments on this Blog are the opinions, only, of Kathy Dimaline and do not constitute any legal advice or legal opinion and does not represent the interests or opinions of RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc., brokerage.