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Our new construction homes meet more stringent building codes and provide a quality of construction that is high and guaranteed, meeting today’s standards for energy efficiency, safety and performance. From construction materials to heating systems, the technology built into every new home ensures your long-term satisfaction.
We make each step in the building process easy and worry-free for you, providing personalized service focused on you, your needs and your peace of mind.
- Step #1
- Prior to construction, home drawings and plans are developed and finalized, then submitted to the municipal building department for review before building permits are issued, after which the actual construction begins.
- Step #2
- Depending on the location of your house, soil investigation may required to determine the soil conditions, bearing capacity, the water table etc. A final geotechnical report will then be issued. Depending on the results of the geotechnical report, engineering adjustments may be made to the final home plans.
- Step #3
- The actual construction is started. Excavation is done and footings are formed and poured. Footings inspection is performed and road services, which include water supply, electricity and communications cable, may be brought in at this time. The foundation walls or slab on grade are then erected, insulated and damp-proofed. The exterior drainage system is installed and an inspection prior to backfill is performed. At this time we may ask you to select flooring, tiles, cabinets, etc.. Orders of these materials should be placed early to prevent delays later on.
- Step #4
- The framing skeleton is created. This includes assembling of exterior walls, interior partitions, floors and roof. Once the house fully framed, windows and exterior doors are installed, plumbing, mechanical and electrical services are roughed in. At this stage the structural, electrical and plumbing inspections will be conducted.
- Step #5
- For several weeks, a great deal of work will happen inside and out, likely at the same time. The exterior walls and roof are finished and porches and deck(s) are installed. The drywall for the interiors and ceilings is installed, final stairs and flooring is laid, painting is performed, cabinets are installed, plumbing and electrical fixtures are put in, trim is applied and interior doors are hung. An inspection will be performed prior to drywall to ensure insulation and vapor barrier are installed properly. Finally, lot grading is done and the driveway and walkways are put in.
- Step #6
- At this stage, the final touch-ups and cleanup are done, the final grading certificate is issued and final inspection after the completion is conducted. On the date of possession, you will be handed the keys and the home is now yours!
Yes, all homes we build come with a guaranteed third party warranty. We provide a warranty that covers protection against defects in work and materials as well as major structural defects.
We focus on sustainability features including energy conservation (minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances), enhancing indoor air quality and reducing environmental impacts.
Yes, we perform energy assessment on all homes we build. You will get a final energy assessment report once your house is complete. This report will show your home EnerGuide rating and improvements over homes built to the standard building code.
This is a personal preference. However, Efficiency Nova Scotia provides guidelines on how you choose the heating system that is best for your needs. When comparing different heating systems, consider:
- Fuel Type
- Options include natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.
- Furnace or Boiler
- A furnace produces hot air while a boiler produces hot water.
- Capacity (BTU)
- When comparing different systems, the size should be fairly similar.
- AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) Rating
- Recommended, minimal AFUE ratings:
- Oil or gas boiler – 85%
- Oil furnace – 85%
- Gas furnace – 95%
- Recommended, minimal AFUE ratings:
- ENERGY STAR Qualified System
- Using ENERGY STAR qualified is recommended.
- Total Estimated Cost
- When you compare, consider both the initial and operating cost.
- Manufacturer's Warranty
- Most manufacturers have low efficiency and high efficiency models and warranties vary between manufactures.
- Advantages & Disadvantages
- Compare the advantages and the disadvantages of each system.
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