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Elegance, depth and full of potential!

Elegance, depth and full of potential!

A double garage in the front of this cottage complements its distinctly elegant styling. The double dormers above the garage and the covered porch that raises the entrance enhance the…Read more
Well balanced exterior maximises interior space

Well balanced exterior maximises interior space

The budget conscious construction of this home combined with its ample spaces both inside and out offer exceptional value The depth of the garage permits outside access to the basement…Read more

Single story, 3 bedroom country cottage

Inspired by the popular 2185 model, this version adds 2’ of depth and 3’ to the living room for perfect alignment on the left side which straightens out the projection…Read more
Viewer’s choice contemporary single story model

Viewer’s choice contemporary single story model

In response to a survey of 450 respondents to whom a choice of 3 different interiors was shown, on which visitors to our Internet site were also invited to comment,…Read more

Popular cottage with a progressive approach

Plan 3507-V2 offers a more comfortable first level by increasing its depth by two feet. The progressive design offers a floor plan that can grow as your needs change because…Read more
White “chic” – white decor

White “chic” – white decor

Timelessly elegant, white decor can be refined, pure and subtle to give a feeling of serenity to your decor. White enhances the feeling of space while adding a calming touch…Read more

Single storey concept revisited

From the most popular modifications to plan 3235 has evolved model 3235-V2 which our designer has developed meet the needs of many of its future buyers.The main feature is the relocation of the…Read more

Winter blues? Why not start a remodelling project?

February can be a long and sometimes depressing month for some people. It can be quite a grim month where as in March, we finally get a glimpse of milder weather and temperature. Thank God February has only 29 days this year! Using one's creativity has long been proven to be a method that is helpful in chasing away the blues. And speaking of creativity, why not start that remodelling project you've been thinking of for so long? Or why not start looking at colors you may want to change in your home? This exercise can be very beneficial and healthy. It is even said to be healing. Here is what Cricket Demarais states in an article written about "Letting Color heal you":

Lack of Color Causes Depression

How we "feel" about color is more than psychological. The last decade has proven that lack of color, or more specifically, light, causes millions to suffer each winter from a mild depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Because of the complex way in which exposure to various colors acts via the brain upon the autonomic nervous system, exposure to a specific color can even alter physiological measurements such as blood pressure, electrical skin resistance and glandular functions in your body. And they most certainly can affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis. Learning about color's qualities and putting it to use can enhance your spirit, improve your health, and quite ultimately, expand your consciousness. You may also get a glimpse on the different meanings and symbolisms of colors. Here is relatively good web site that talks about it: http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert. Finally, another handy way to sweep away the winter blues is to surf the net in search of ideas and inspiration for remodelling projects, ideas and tips. Here are just a few I found: www.hgtv.com/hgtv/remodeling www.getdecorating.com/ www.homefixpro.com/home_remodeling_and_renovating_article.php?artID=19 www.superkitchens.com

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
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