Building a new home? Below you will find articles, tips and tricks that include things to watch for from the bathroom, landscape design, and more along with the new home building process:

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STONE CAN ADD A TOUCH OF MODERN STYLE TO ANY ROOM OF YOUR HOME

Stone has long been one of the foundations for home construction. Its rounded shape and smooth texture make it the perfect decorative accent for any room in your house. Incorporating stone into your design can add a touch of modern elegance to a bedroom or a bit of rustic class to a kitchen. Your possibilities are endless when you are looking to incorporate this material into everyday décor in some of the most commonly used rooms in your home.

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Metro News Ovation Awards Feature

From modest kitchen renovations to stunning whole-home transformations, and from family-oriented townhouse communities to luxurious custom-built estate homes, the Ovation Awards highlight the best projects GVHBA members have built, renovated, designed and marketed in Metro Vancouver. The annual Ovation Awards are well respected in the Metro Vancouver construction industry, partly thanks to their rigorous judging process.…

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Homebuyer Forum

Are you wondering how you can afford a home in Metro Vancouver?   Learn how by attending the GVHBA Homebuyer Forum on March 7, 2018, presented by BC Housing. Working with industry experts, in a series of educational panels we will cover tactical topics; such as, buying from developers, up and coming neighbourhoods, rent-to-own options, leveraging the…

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Under Pressure: Putting the Job Before the Agreement

Homeowners and general contractors often find themselves under various pressures to complete work and advance the project. The rushed approach that often ensues can cause parties to overlook or postpone settling essential terms with subcontractors. The recent case of Limem Forming West Ltd. v. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1485, highlights the dangers…

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ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

Most homebuyers have a lot of questions about the construction of their home: How long will it take to build? What happens when? What does each step involve? When can we visit the site and see our home in progress? When do we have to make final decisions about cabinets, fixtures, flooring and so on?…

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NEW HOME BUILDER

Buying a new home is a big decision and you want to get full value for your investment. This means choosing an established and reputable builder, someone who has the technical skills and knowledge to build a good home, and someone who will deal with you fairly and professionally. Fortunately, there are many good builders…

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Getting Paid and Fixing Deficiencies

It can be very frustrating when a homeowner refuses to make the final payment because of seemingly inconsequential “deficiencies”. However, the BC Supreme Court made it clear in Constructum Developments Inc. v. Hogaboam, 2015 BCSC 1490, that a homeowner may be entitled to correction of all deficiencies before they are obligated to make the final payment. In fact, a contractor’s insistence on receiving final payment before fixing final deficiencies may actually result in a repudiation of the parties’ agreement.

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Going Green the Smart Way

Greater demand from consumers and regulators in British Columbia for environmentally sustainable or “green” building practices suggests potential benefits for “green-contractors”. A common strategy is to adopt a labelling system that advertises compliance with defined environmental standards. Common examples of green-labels used in B.C.’s construction industry include the Energy Star label and the Built Green seals.

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The Big Issue with Fixed-Price Construction Contracts

For most home owners considering a renovation or new build, price is one of the most important factors in determining the scope of their project, the finishing’s to select and what contractor to choose. For contractors, providing a client with budget certainty can be a significant selling point; thus, the appeal of fixed price construction
contracts.

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TIPS ON LOWERING ENERGY COSTS

Living expenses like mortgage payments, rent payments, property taxes and house insurance can all take a big bite out of a family’s budget. There is little a family can do to lower these costs each month but they can take steps to reduce their monthly fuel bills and make their homes more energy efficient. Windows…

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NEW HOME DESIGN

Walking into the show home of a professional new home builder is bound to elicit a few “oohs” and “ahs” from home buyers. With their dramatic entrances, sweeping vistas, soaring ceilings, gleaming floors, stunning bathrooms, gorgeous landscape design, and bold colours today’s new homes are designed with flair and creativity. Professional new home builders understand…

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PRE-WIRING – A VALUABLE NEW HOME OPTION

Your decision to buy a brand new home opens up many unique possibilities. According to the Technical Committee of the GVHBA one of the most valuable is the opportunity to have your new home pre wired for today’s — and tomorrow’s — advanced communications technologies. A pre wired or “connected” home can support a wide…

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GVHBA Home to the Professionals

When you are in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you do for your home. You want to make sure that you buy from a new home builder who is committed to quality, service and customer satisfaction. Membership in the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA)…

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IT’S ALL IN A BRAND

Today, the experience of buying a new home is very different than in the past. This is the era of customization. Whether you are buying your first home or finally having your “dream” home built, new home builders provide an incredible range of options and upgrades. The end result is a brand new home that…

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