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Kanvi Homes' Blog

How to properly read floor plans and what details to look for.

Posted by Luke Wolters on Mar 7, 2017 11:12:29 AM

 

While you're searching for the perfect home on the perfect lot, all of the home builders in Edmonton will start you with a few key documents. You'll get their standard construction specification (find out how to read those here), the community maps and their floor plans. We've found that floor plans can potentially be quite confusing! Think about it, how do you experience your home? It's not from looking straight down from above! Below we've discussed a few key items to remember when you're reviewing the floor plans from any home builders in Edmonton and what to make sure is always included.

A great way to visualize your plans, is to start at the Foyer, and “walk” through the home looking at the details, room by room.


Size of home in Square Feet

One of the questions we're posed most frequently is the square footage of a new home. Kanvi Homes' range from 2200 to over 4000 square feet. With all the floor plans that you've gathered and all the show homes you've walked through, you should really notice how square feet can be used. Below are examples of two main floors of two of our home models; the Mecca and the Aurora. Both offer very similar sizes, but very different experiences while living in the home. 

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Custom design features unique to your home

Posted by Delia Teo on Jan 26, 2017 11:38:32 AM

Every year our clients at Kanvi get to design the home of their dreams. Whether it’s adding a fascinating fireplace or an extraordinary ensuite, memorable details can be seen at every corner. One of the most enjoyable aspects of what we do is the understanding of the inspiration at the start of every journey. As the story unfolds, we see these ideas evolve and transform. These custom design features are just a snapshot of the incredible concepts that have filled each and every one of our homes.

 

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Winter Home Maintenance

Posted by Delia Teo on Dec 11, 2016 1:49:46 PM

 

We've long anticipated the cold, winter season and December has finally annouced it's arrival delivering residents with plenty of snow and ice. For awhile our mild weather had made it hard to remember when to check up on our seasonal maintenance. If you’ve done so already, you’ve impressed us! For the rest of our home enthusiasts, we’ve compiled a list as a reminder of items to consider this winter season.

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Building an Infill home in Edmonton

Posted by Delia Teo on Dec 7, 2016 6:09:25 PM

As your daily commute leads you into the Edmonton core, you may be passing by older communities of character and thinking “How interesting would it be to live here?” Curiosity sets in and the possibilities start to unfold. At this point, you’re beginning to imagine your next place to call home.

Now you might not be keen on investing into a home made prior to the 90’s but you’ve seen new homes in existing communities from time to time. The City of Edmonton refers to these projects as Infill homes. Infills have been a popular choice for a variety of residents including young professionals, new families and mature individuals who have grown within the community. They are encouraged by the city to bring balance to Edmonton communities and to address concerns over the continual growth our city is experiencing.

  

A custom Kanvi home in an Infill community

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Built Green® Requirements and Advantages

Posted by Delia Teo on Nov 28, 2016 10:12:15 AM

As you research the components of your next home build you may run into questions about the impact your home will make on the environment. Keeping check with your environmental footprint while incorporating healthy, comfortable living is becoming increasingly more common with homeowners today. Because of advances in technology, new homes in Edmonton and St. Albert can easily be made to act more efficiently and include long-term cost savings on your water, electricity and gas bills. These significant changes can be hard to spot and not necessarily seen on the surface. Built Green® Canada offers certifications that provide homeowners with assurance that their home can be built responsibly, with durable materials that have a lower environmental impact.

 

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The process and planning of a custom home.

Posted by Delia Teo on Nov 18, 2016 1:07:27 PM

The true beauty of a custom home is reflected in each owner’s unique taste. Rather than adapting to a space designed for another, a custom home can give you the control to personalize the way you live. In some cases having the ability to add or remove elements can improve the flow of your daily routine and satisfy your family dynamic. However, choosing a builder who can translate your lifestyle needs into reality can be a challenge!

In order to bring your ideas to life, it’s important to work with a builder who can understand your vision and guide you through the process step by step. One of those first steps is to consider is creating a set of wish list items to include in your next home. These items can be as straightforward as having a triple or tandem garage, to the more unique items such as incorporating a hockey rink for whole family to enjoy. Identifying spaces that have worked well for you in the past can be incorporated into the new design. Reflecting on the items that could have worked better might also be valuable to share, so that you’re your builder can come up with solutions to consider.

 

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Selecting the right flooring for your new home

Posted by Delia Teo on Nov 2, 2016 2:32:37 PM

We know that designing your new home is creating a truly personalized atmosphere. Setting the tone for your home also includes selecting the best flooring for all your unique spaces. From the mudroom to the ensuite, the right flooring can complement your lifestyle with the right look and feel. Because not all types can be suitable for just any area, practicality and personal taste may truly influence your decision. With a Kanvi home, our interior design team is here to help place all the pieces together. To gain some insight into the types of flooring available, here are some items we choose to include in our contemporary style homes.

 

 

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Insulation 101

Posted by Delia Teo on Oct 14, 2016 10:05:16 AM

Whether you are looking to build a new home or buying a resale property, paying close attention to the insulation in your home is important when it comes to your comfort and cost savings. Home builders in Edmonton and St.Albert can easily combine the right amount of insulation and ensure the correct placement so that your home can become more energy efficient. Effective insulation will slow down the transfer of heat and prevents air from flowing easily between larger openings as well as gaps in the home.

Heat loss happens for a few reasons. Conduction through ceilings, walls and floors moves heat through the transfer of thermal energy. We lose significant heat through the wood frames, steel beams and concrete and these materials are known as thermal bridges. Heat moves through the convection of air motion due to warmer air rising and cooler air falling. Air loss is affected when there are significant temperature differences inside and outside of your home. Radiation from the sun also moves energy into a home by changing the temperature coming from your attic.

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One at Keswick Community Profile

Posted by Delia Teo on Oct 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

With the incredible demand for modern and contemporary neighborhoods, the One at Keswick is steadily becoming a great choice for families in southwest of Edmonton. Sister to the One at Windermere, the One at Keswick provides all the necessities close to home. This fresh and vibrant neighborhood offers a well-defined streetscape with scenic walking trails and lush green views all around. Families will enjoy generous lot sizes with space to host their annual barbeques. Find modern, urban living at the core of this fantastic community.

 

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Pros and Cons of Building a Walkout Home

Posted by Delia Teo on Sep 30, 2016 3:09:00 PM

When selecting the best home for your lifestyle there is quite a bit to be considered. Part of the decision falls upon choosing that perfect lot with the right floorplan. With great communities offering a variety of lots, walkout homes are becoming a great choice with families looking for something different. Usually within new communities, the walkout lots surround the main interior lots and back walking trails, ponds or other open spaces. To help you decide whether a walkout lot is for you, we have created a list of the pros and cons to consider when building a walkout.

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