Ontario's Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) is a must-have before building in that province. It’s similar to the requirement in most parts of the United States that local architects or engineers inspect/stamp blueprints before homeowners can receive a construction permit from their municipality’s building department. Here's what you need to know.
Flooring takes up a lot of the material in a new house, so it behooves you to make sure your not hurting the environment. We look at most popular eco choices: cork, bamboo, engineered wood, recycled (reclaimed) wood, recycled-glass tile, wool carpeting, linoleum, and polished concrete.
Finding just the right siding for your next home construction project is a big decision. You want your house to look good, but you don’t want to pay a fortune or saddle yourself with repainting – and worse, stripping and repainting – every few years. We have some ideas for you.
Did you know there are at least 7 kinds of building lot to choose from? Finding just the right one for your dream home construction project isn't always easy. And when you choose the perfect lot, you’ll need to match your house plan to it. Here’s what you need to know.
You may never have thought much about it, but did you know the slope of your roof is an important element of your house plans? The slope that’s right for you will be dictated by your personal tastes, your location’s climate, and even the architectural style you want your dream home to be.
When planning the construction of your dream home, part of making the right decisions for the build involves selecting the best materials that will go into it, and that includes the flooring for the porch and/or deck. It will need to last for decades – and look good doing it!
Sometimes when we’re designing our dream home we forget those oh-so-important exterior decisions. What about siding? It’s straightforward, right? Not exactly. There are plenty of options when it comes to siding, and we’re here to break down how to make the right choice for you and your home.
It’s so easy for the price tag of your new home construction project to skyrocket the minute you start picking out what you love. With a few tips and tricks, you can be sure to stay right on budget and still get exactly what you want.
Have you considered building your next home with a metal roof? The roofing is not only a long-lasting solution but a sustainable one. And it’s a handsome, contemporary look for those looking for some serious curb appeal.
Did you know that you can save on energy costs and ensure a bright home with lots of natural light by strategically planning your home’s position on an empty lot? Be smart about your home’s orientation and benefit from better temperatures, ideal lighting, and reduced costs.