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Our Blueprint for a Successful Custom Home

Have you noticed over the past three or four decades that new houses don't seem truly meaningful or authentic in our lives anymore?

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With more thoughtfulness and awareness of what is possible we can build custom homes that are truly distinctive and timeless. They present an honest and dignified face to the community, arrange rooms to make domestic life convenient and comfortable, and are sensuously and spiritually satisfying inside and out.

Better understanding of houses leads to better houses.
Older homes have more character, more grace and more liveability. These houses we love are better proportioned (make more sense) and more elegant than those of newer houses.

There are four essential features of every distinctive custom home that can have a lasting impact:

  • How it occupies its site.
  • How the floor plan maximizes efficiency and comfort for today's living.
  • How the exterior elements are balanced and blend with the neighbourhood.
  • How selected exterior and interior details, those parts of our homes that we live withmost intimately, (custom millwork such as a finely crafted front door, exterior brackets, shutters, staircase, fireplace mantles, cosy built-ins and special mouldings) convey an enduring sense of quality, care and thought.

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These four elements are not the only important considerations when designing and building a custom home, but I believe they are the most important. They work together and build on each other so that one seems to grow naturally out of the other and creates a sense of timelessness.

Spending a little extra time, thought and effort can transform a typical house on a seemingly boring lot into something extraordinary, a distinctive custom home. The goal is to create a house that complements its surroundings in a way that suggests it belongs, today and into the future.

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Along with the siting, the arrangement of rooms (space)-the floor plan- is a critical element of a house and another instance in which many unique opportunities are wasted. A floor plan that fails to meet the basic needs of daily living undermines the success of any house design. There's a better way. Rather than shoehorn people into rooms they don't need, it's worthwhile to take a step back and look at how most people live and then craft a floor plan to meet their needs. Contemporary living requires a contemporary plan, one that allows for a free-flowing informality among spaces and new functions, such as entertaining guests while simultaneously preparing meals.

What's more important: Comfort or Pleasure?
A custom home provides comfort, which isn't the same thing as pleasure. Comfort describes a sense of enjoyment, warmth, contentment, and, for some, a spiritual sense of well-being. Pleasure suggests entertainment, stimulation and convenience. Many houses provide entertaining appliances, such as Jacuzzis, or rooms aimed at specific types of pleasures-watching television, playing music or dining. To me, one of the goals of a house should be not just to provide pleasure but to achieve a higher level of all-encompassing satisfaction. Well-proportioned spaces, good light, and small but thoughtful details can elevate a home beyond mere pleasure.

Photo of a custom home entrance

The last of the four elements that can help you create a distinctive custom home are the exterior and interior details, those parts of our homes that we live with most intimately. What detail should get this added layer of attention and craftsmanship? You decide. But if a home can boast just one detail that rises above the standard, it will be noticeable, and its effect will be far reaching, suggesting that time and care have gone into the rest of the house as well. The feel of a house can be uplifting or uninspiring on the basis of its details alone. More than any other element of a house, they express the aspirations and values of owners, because they exist privately and (sometimes) in unexpected places. Details are especially satisfying when they relate to other features of the house.

We need to look at houses as an integrated whole, where site, floor plan, exterior and details are considered simultaneously. It's a delicate balance, but the results are worth the extra effort, because a well-designed house will hold its appeal for generations, no matter what the style. As you see, it's all about the relationship, between the individual elements of a house and how well they relate to each other, and how well they relate to the needs of your daily living, which determines the quality of the whole and subsequent value.

Our professional team along with your inspirations and dreams will create a custom home that is uniquely yours and enriches your lifestyle.

Bill has over 35 years of experience to help you make the best choices,
to learn more call 905 537 1873.

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