Integrating natural gas into your project

You’re about to build the home of your dreams? Take advantage and give it a touch of blue to improve your comfort and quality of life. Known for its comfort and effectiveness, natural gas is present in more than 200 residential projects in Quebec. The advantages are numerous: Wall to wall comfort Not only is it energy, it is the peak of comfort and peace of mind you dream of. The blue flame enlivens your home and adds a plus in each room: more heat, more pleasure, less work. A reliable resource Natural gas is delivered to you by continuous subterranean lines; you’ll never have to worry about the whims of Mother Nature for your deliveries. And, in case of power failure, many appliances can still function. Practical and reassuring, isn’t it? Gaz Métro has different offers available to facilitate integration of the blue in your home. Here is a glance of financial aid granted: • $1750 for the purchase and installation of a hot air high-efficiency heating unit (Energy Star rated) and a water heater; • $100 per outlet for each natural gas appliance, such as a range, dryer, fireplace, barbecue, pool warmer • $30 for a programmable thermostat. A friendly word of advice The integration of natural gas into your new home should be done as soon as your choice of architectural plans is made. From the beginning of your project, you should have a representative for new construction from Gaz Métro involved. The consultant can guide you through the steps as your project advances. Good to know In order to integrate natural gas into your home, it is of utmost importance to choose a central heating system. As you draw up your home plans, plan openings for heating and the location of the mechanical room in the basement. Here is a glance of steps to follow for a blue home: 1. Access to gas lines: The first step consists in ensuring that natural gas lines pass at less than 30 meters of your future home. Contact Gaz Métro customer service at 1 800 567-1313 for more information. 2. Implicate Gaz Métro : Your representative for new construction at Gaz Métro can refer you to a heating professional who is a Certified Gaz Métro Partner. These professionals are independent contractors, members of the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec, and are subject to most rigorous quality controls. 3. Connecting your home: Construction is coming along well, your heating system is installed and connection of gas lines to your appliances is complete (water heater, range, dryer, fireplace, barbecue, pool heater) Expect about 6 weeks for Gaz Métro to proceed with connection of your home to the main gas lines. Once this is completed, gas will be brought into your home by your Gaz Métro Authorized Partner jointly with a Gaz Métro technician. All that is left to do is take advantage of the soft comfort provided by natural gas. For more information, visit www.gazmetro.com

Timelines when building your home

When will my new house be ready? Building a new home should be one of the most exciting times of your life. It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking. New home construction can easily involve over 50 subcontractors and suppliers, 200 people and more than 10,000 pieces of material. Although complex, the home building process is a carefully designed and managed process to ensure that you get the house of your dreams on time and on budget. There are a number of factors that can influence a construction timeline such as weather, number of workers, special requests and the complexity of the design, but most new home constructions follow similar stages and time frames. Here’s a basic timeframe to help you understand what typically happens and when. STAGE 1: Site preparation - Obtain municipal and provincial permits - Begin site work and excavation - Pour foundation or slab - Frame floors - Rough-in electrical and plumbing under floors - Install first subfloor Timeframe: 1-3 months STAGE 2: Framing - Frame interior and exterior walls including door and window openings, roof and ceilings - Rough-in remaining electrical and plumbing lines throughout the structure - Apply exterior wall and roof sheathing - Install reaming subfloors Timeframe: 2-3 months STAGE 3: Exterior Finish and Inspection - Inspect mechanical rough-in and exposed structural work - Apply roof flashing and shingles - Windows and exterior doors are installed - Apply exterior trim - Apply exterior wall finish material Timeframe: 2 months STAGE 4: Interior Finish - Cabinets and countertops are installed - Install ceramic tile in baths and other flooring throughout - Complete plumbing and electrical work - Complete sheetrock, paint and wallpaper Timeframe: 2 months STAGE 5: Finishing touches - Install hardware and appliances - Complete any landscaping - Touch-up for final inspections by homeowner, contractor and building inspector - Final payment to contractor - Move in Timeframe: 2 months

Lots about lots

When you’re thinking about building a new home it’s pretty easy to get caught up in thinking only about the sticks and bricks of the structure.  Many people overlook the…Read more