Home Renovation Budgets: Reality vs Television

Photo credit: TQ Construction Ltd. Guest Blogger: HAVAN Member Alisa Aragon, Bridgestone Financing Pros Home renovation shows are one of our favorite TV programs to watch. They are entertaining and showcase the latest design trends, but they also tend to lead viewers to believe home renovations are easy and quick. It is important for homeowners…

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Win $1,500 Jamie Banfield Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   This offer entitles the winner to a virtual design package for your residential renovation or new build project equalling ten rendered design hours ($1,500.00 value) provided by Jamie Banfield…

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Win $1,500 Vancouver Development Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offering a full spectrum of services in residential & commercial, architectural and interior design, new built, renovation, construction management, and real estate investments & acquisitions, this prize entitles the…

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Win $1,500 Llano Developments Design Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offering a full spectrum of services in design, build, and realty services, this offer entitles the winner to eight hours ($1,500.00 value) of consultation services, within the Metro Vancouver…

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Win $1,500 Abstract Home & Renovations Consultation!

Home Design Consultation. $1,500 Value!   Offered exclusively through the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence Predict the Winners Game Review rules and regulations @ www.havan.ca/awards   Offer can be used as a credit towards any new build project OR Credit towards designing your Kitchen or Master Bedroom Renovation. The prize value entitles the winner to…

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Win a $1,500 Home Design Consultation!

The doors are swinging wide open to HAVAN’s 2020 Awards for Housing Excellence Gala: Home Edition. To celebrate, HAVAN is offering the chance to win one of four design consultations, each valued at $1,500. Do you like viewing new homes, renovations, and design? You’re going to love playing this game!   PREDICT THE WINNERS GAME…

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Shop@Home initiative offers consumers free samples & advice.

TORLYS Introduces “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” Program “Shop@Home” initiative offers consumers free samples & advice from the comforts of home. TORLYS, a global flooring company specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring solutions has launched the “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” program, aimed at offering consumers flooring options from around the world that can be easily purchased locally and…

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HAVAN Awards for housing excellence – Finalist showcase 2020

  Photo: Martin Knowles Photo/Media Builder: Novak Contracting & Construction Ltd. Project: Outside In Location: Surrey Project Finalist: Custom Home:$2 million to under $3 million; Best Space: New Construction, Best Special Feature, New or Renovated (2); Best New Kitchen: $50,000-99,999; and Best Master Suite:New or Renovated Open to the stars above, this fully enclosed, two-storey interior courtyard, with automated…

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Zero in on the structure of a new build

There are many considerations when shopping for a new home. HAVAN member Alabaster Homes suggest zeroing in on the structure of the building, before getting carried away with the appliance package or design possibilities. Six recommended indicators to look for when walking through a show home are:   Floors: ensure floors are consistently flat and…

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Harmony and balance in custom homes

It is a wise decision to source award-winning builders and renovators to help you build your dream home. It is also a good idea to ensure there is harmony between builder and designer. HAVAN members Landa Global Properties, in partnership with Sublime Interior Design Ltd. built and designed the custom home ‘Landa’ – an award…

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14 ways to prepare your home for winter

Now that we are into December, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter and the freezing weather that comes with the change of season. If you followed our fall-maintenance checklist, you may have already gotten a head start on some of these items, but today we present you with our top-14 things you…

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Townhomes becoming ‘forever’ homes

Builders are responding to market demand with a variety of housing choices. With affordability an issue, townhomes are no longer viewed as a step to a forever home, but as a permanent home and in many cases, come complete with all the luxuries of a traditional single-family home. Take Zenterra Developments’ award-winning Soho 2 in Surrey.…

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Ask the ‘Homebuilders Association Vancouver’ Experts

Shopping for appliances Before thinking about style, colours, finishes or appliances, Lucila Diaz, Founder and Creative Director, Harmony Sense Interiors Ltd. says “The first step in creating a great kitchen is to make sure that the functionality for the end-user has been well thought through,” noting “It is important to first consider the task areas, working triangle,…

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Flex rooms expand livable space in micro-homes

Micro-homes are a solution for adding housing to existing neighbourhoods to sustain thriving communities. Given the high cost of renting in Vancouver and low interest rates, the micro-home is a housing form worth considering. With a smaller footprint and lower purchasing price, micro-homes are suitable for first-time buyers, young families wanting to get into the…

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There’s value in buying into inclusive communities

Vibrant, inclusive communities are built to support families through various stages of life. Different sizes and floorplans will cater to different needs as a family grows through the natural cycles of life. The availability of a variety of homes ensures the longevity and livelihood of a healthy neighbourhood. An excellent example is the Ovation award-winning…

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A SPLASH OF STYLE!

HAVAN members Kalu Interiors know how to splash out when it comes to personalizing a home. Working with On Time Construction Ltd. they remodelled a two-bedroom condo into one master suite with striking full-sized spa. Key steps taken to reach the homeowner’s goals include: Replacing the original built-in tub with a free-standing tub, adding a…

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STRIKING BALANCE BETWEEN BEAUTY & FUNCTION

Designed for an active family, this 2019 Ovation Award winning kitchen by Bolder Homes Ltd. showcases the outstanding results achieved by working with professionals to properly plan for quality craftsmanship, function, and design excellence. The ten-foot coffered ceiling and bank of eclipse doors gives a sense of spaciousness and invites natural light in, blurring the…

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Silver Lining Brings Home the Gold

Every renovation has a story and this one is a winner, with a silver lining. Multi-Ovation Award winning builder Tavan Developments Ltd., builds and renovates dream homes in South Surrey, Shaughnessy, Kitsilano, and South Granville. Specializing in homes that truly fit into their neighbourhoods, not only are they beautiful and functional by today’s standards, but…

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REAP the benefits of award-winning living

Constructing homes to meet today’s building standards set by the province and municipalities across BC requires an integrated approach of highly skilled trades, including builders, designers, architects, energy advisors and more. When shopping for a new home, it is important to be aware of the changing industry standards and advancements in building science found behind…

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Townhouses: A viable option for everyone

Townhouse living today far surpasses the starter homes of generations gone by. The ‘Shaughnessy Residences’ by Alabaster Homes, nominated as a finalist for five Ovation Awards including – Best New Kitchen: Under $50,000; Best Residential Community: Multi-Family, Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development (Production): 1,500 sq. ft. and over; and Best Interior Design Display Suite: Multi-Family Home – is…

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Beautiful kitchens take smart planning

Have you ever wondered what it takes to build an award-winning kitchen? There is no secret recipe. It takes good planning and attention to the construction details, with a keen eye for design. Winning the 2019 Ovation Awards Best New Kitchen: $50,000 – $99,999 for Dazzling Mix in Douglas Park (Vancouver), True Maple Construction Limited, with Beyond…

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Choose a floorplan wisely

Townhomes come in different shapes and sizes. Visualize life in your new home and choose the floorplan that’s right for you. Greatrooms on the main are the norm, however the layout of the floorplan can make a significant difference to your lifestyle. Consider site lines, access points and the functional use of space. Walk from…

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Award-winning housing: Choices in gentle densification

A thriving community is one that offers a complete mix of housing to provide for a variety of families and their housing needs. Neighbourhoods that embrace gentle densification versus ‘keeping the status quo’ contribute to an increase in a municipality’s economic base from which local schools, businesses, amenities and services can thrive, and help keep…

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The lowdown on the low-rise building

The lowrise apartment, a form of condominium, provides flexibility for different segments of the market, from families starting out, to empty nesters downsizing. Mercy, a four-storey high-end concrete multi-family development comprised of 17 residences and one level of underground parking, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2019 HAVAN Ovation Awards for Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development.…

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Display suite inspiration and design

It’s Ovation Awards season, the time of year when the residential construction industry celebrates the best projects HAVAN members have built, renovated, designed and marketed in Metro Vancouver. Showcasing single-room renovations through to new condo developments and custom-built homes, HAVAN Ovation Award builders set the bar high as they go for gold! Working with Landa Global Properties, Sublime Interior…

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25th Annual Homebuyer Forum

It’s a great time to buy in the Lower Mainland. For the first time since 2012, Vancouver has become a buyers’ market. Gain expert advice at the upcoming 25th annual Homebuyers Forum on Wednesday, March 6th, at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver. Featuring Alisa Aragon of Bridgestone Financing Pros offering financial strategies, and Scott Brown, Fifth…

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Homebuyer Forum 2019

Are you wondering how you can afford a home in Metro Vancouver? The 2019 Homebuyer Forum will provide you with strategic tips on how to enter the Metro Vancouver market. Presented by BC Housing, forums feature industry experts in a series of educational panels covering tactical topics such as buying from developers, up and coming…

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COMFORT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY HOMES

The energy efficiency of Canadian homes has improved greatly over the years. Thanks to major advances in building science and product innovation, today’s new homeowner can expect to use only half of the energy required for a similar home built in 1950, and at the same time enjoy a far more comfortable living environment. Does…

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ALL DECKED OUT FOR WINTER

With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to check the exterior of your home in preparation for the colder weather. Some points to consider include: Gutter Cleaning Be sure your gutters and down spouts are clear of any debris. Clogged gutters can detach due to weight, and cause water damage to…

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LIGHT, LOCAL AND BUILT-IN MAKES SPACE FOR A NEW CONDO

Renovations present many options for a homeowner. In the case of a Vancouver condo overlooking False Creek, faced with repairs due to water damage, the homeowners took the opportunity to update their dark, outdated condo. Hiring designers Designs by Katerina and Silvie, and builders Project Mint Developments, what initially felt like a problem, turned into…

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Creating an Ultra Modern Home

Ovation Award Winner: Best Custom Home: $1.5 million – Under $3 million Ovation Award Winner: Best Interior Design HAVAN Builder: Upward Construction & Renovation Ltd. To view this project and other award-winning homes, check out www.ovationawards.ca   In creating the home Ultra Modern, the architects focused the on keeping the lines of the home geometric…

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Music Makes the Home

Music is core to our being.  Homes filled with music are filled with more laughter, more love and more family togetherness.  Everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning become more enjoyable and your gatherings will never be the same!  But where should you start and what should you demand from any audio solution being built into…

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5 Tips For Your Home Intrusion and Detection System to Keep You Safer and More Secure

1) Replace Ionization with Photoelectric Smoke Detectors  Most residential fire fatalities are due to smoke inhalation. In smoldering fires, ionization smoke detectors respond an average of 15 to 50 minutes slower than photoelectric smoke detectors. Several studies show that ionization smoke detectors will fail to activate 20-25% of the time, compared to photoelectric smoke detectors…

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Making the switch to LED

Everyone has heard over the past years how LED’s have a positive effect on the environment, or how LEDs can help save households money in the long run. But not everyone is sure on how to make the switch to LED. Here are a few things to consider: WATTS VS. LUMENS When switching over from…

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Creating That Dream Ensuite

  “Timeless, elegant, simple and uncluttered.” Marg knew the style she wanted for her renovated master bedroom ensuite, but she didn’t know where to start. She went online and visited a few stores, but the process felt overwhelming, and the tile she found seemed outside her budget. Luckily, her contractor suggested a visit to the Surrey/Cloverdale…

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

With every new year comes new trends for the world of interior design and 2019 will not disappoint with what it has in store. Keep reading to see a snapshot of how the world of kitchen design is evolving and what we at Designs by K&S predict to be the market leaders in trends for the new year.

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Energy efficiency upgrades for your home

In the last few years there has been a National effort to reverse Climate Change and one of those efforts is to make homes more energy efficient.

The energy used to cool homes in Canada is increasing each year and efforts to reduce this will help everyone, as the energy used will usually make the environment hotter outside. 

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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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FIRST IMPRESSION

Make sure the Material you Choose for the Outside Reflects what you want to Achieve on the Inside.

Building a home can be extremely stressful – choosing finishes and styles, and working with builders, contractors and trades to ensure at the end of the day you and your family are choosing the best materials representing who you are.

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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 HAVAN 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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High-Rises: Experience the Urban Lifestyle

Vertical living is one of the solutions to the challenges of an ever-growing urban population. No longer just your entry-level home type, condos appeal to a variety of generations, from first-time homebuyers to downsizers. To meet the increased demand for an urban lifestyle, developers are building multi-family highrises. Using the Ovation Award-winning Block 100, built…

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11 Step Guide to Budgeting for your Renovation

Budgeting for a home renovation can be a challenging process with many variable costs to consider including materials, labour and the condition of the existing building to name a few. To help you plan and stay within your next renovation budget, you also need to manage expectations, set priorities, and choose the right contractor. This…

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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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My House Design/Build/Team

When in search for a reliable contractor, look no further than award-winning renovator & builder My House Design/Build/Team. Serving Vancouver, North Shore, and Surrey, this custom home builder has plenty of renovation tips to share with you.

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Sprucehill Contracting

Searching for a reliable contractor? Look to award-winning renovator Sprucehill Contracting for quality and assurance. Based in North Vancouver, Sprucehill Contracting has an impressive track-record for custom home building

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Get It in Writing

A home renovation is both a financial and emotional investment. We have heard hundreds of renovations stories, most of the tales end with happy homeowners, but that is not always the case. A renovation can go sideways when homeowners try to save money by cutting corners – by agreeing to a cash deal. Without a…

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CHOOSING THE LOCATION OF YOUR NEW HOME

Your new home will provide you with your own personal space and refuge from the outside world. The area in which the house is located will also be an important determinant of how much you enjoy “where you live.” That is why you should compare locations as carefully as you compare houses. First, you should…

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MORTGAGE FINANCING

Getting ready to buy a new home? Whether you are a first-time home buyer or planning for your next home, you will want to consider the financial aspects of your decision carefully. What’s the best approach to financing your purchase? How much can and should you borrow? What’s involved and how long will it take…

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INVESTING IN RENOVATIONS PAYS OFF IN MORE THAN DOLLARS

Compared to conventional financial investments that rise and fall with regular frequency, housing has proven to be a relatively stable and sound investment that keeps up with inflation in most years and outpaces it in others. Although few of us purchase a home strictly for its investment value, in practical terms it represents an asset…

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TRENDS IN HOME RENOVATION

Renovation trends reflect the changing needs of Canadian homeowners whether it’s creating room for aging parents, a home work space or simply a more enjoyable living environment. At the same time, quality and long-term value are paramount. Members of the Homebuilder’s Association of Vancouver’s Renovation Council keep in close tough with the marketplace. You can…

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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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Kids in Condos: Expanding families in smaller spaces

Condominium living used to be the quintessential definition of being in your 20s and early 30s, living on your own or with your partner in the heart of the city, and enjoying the trendy life of name-brand coffees and late-night dinners.  But in the past decade, there has been a dramatic shift in the demographics of condo dwellers in Vancouver, who now are just as likely to be walking around town with designer strollers as with frou-frou dogs.

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Looking to sell? How staging helps

Whether you have lived in your condo for a couple of years, or a house for thirty, preparing to sell your home can be an overwhelming experience. All those little annoying things you have put off fixing; the loose hinged drawer, a dripping faucet, a finicky light switch, a worn carpet, are they really so important to making the sale?

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A Home to Call My Own

I remember when my husband and I took the plunge to buy our first home back in 2006.

We were renting downtown, as so many 20-somethings do, enjoying the urbanite lifestyle but also dreaming of a time when I could sleep undisturbed — no 3 a.m. wake-up calls from my neighbours’ sound system and the early-morning deliveries taking place in the alleys.

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PRE-POSSESSION WALK-THROUGH

When you buy a brand new home, it’s easy to make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase before you take possession of it. As your home gets close to completion, usually a few days before you are due to move in, the builder will take you on a tour of the entire house.…

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BUILDING PERMIT – RENOVATION GREEN LIGHT

The Homebuilders Association of Vancouver (HAVAN) believes If you are like most renovating homeowners, obtaining a building permit is probably unknown territory. When you hire a professional renovator, he will obtain the proper permits.  Here are some of the ins and outs of building permits. Why do I need a building permit? Your home renovation…

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SELECTING A RENOVATOR

The first step in hiring a professional renovator is to collect names of companies that seem well suited for your project. Then you can follow these procedures with each of the companies. Prepare A List Of Points And Questions In Advance Make sure you cover the same ground with every company; otherwise you can’t really…

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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 HAVAN 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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HAVAN 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 Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) is…

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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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