OUR CUSTOM HOME BUILDING PROCESS

Everyone at VZ Custom Homes knows that purchasing a home will be one of the most important decisions you make in your lifetime. Dealing with the many factors involved in fulfilling your ambition of new home ownership can be strenuous; our trusted professionals will guide you through every step of each of the phases necessary to acquire the home of your dreams. We pride ourselves in helping you make the best choices possible, and look forward to celebrating the day you move into your new custom built home! You will find the steps in our luxury custom home planning, purchasing and building process to be simple and enjoyable.

PRE-CONSTRUCTION

Research and preparation

This is a process of dreaming, and planning, for a home that will suit your lifestyle now and in the future. Note all the activities that may occur within your home throughout your lifetime. Consider your budget carefully and estimate what you can afford to spend. Envision how you would like your home to look, and what purposes it will serve, for you and your family in years to come.

Location selection

Because location is one of the most important factors in determining the resale value of your home, careful consideration of where you want to live is crucial to the custom home purchasing process. Urban or rural neighbourhood, local amenities, utilities, and lot size and shape are some of the key points to think about, or you may already own a piece of land on which you want to build.

Consult with the pros at VZ Custom Homes

There is nothing like owning a brand new home built exclusively for you! When you speak with the professionals at VZ Custom Homes, you will see how simple and affordable owning a new home can be. We will discuss your budget and needs with you, and go over our selection of house plans. Whatever style of home you desire, VZ Custom Homes may have just the house plan to meet your needs, and we can easily modify it to suit your style. Or we can design your custom home with you from the ground up, laying out what you envision in order to meet your unique requirements! Working together closely, we will ensure that the final version of your dream home is within your scope and budget. The experts at VZ Custom Homes are capable of building luxurious homes up to 7,000 square feet in size, including up to 10 bedrooms, 3 kitchens, and 10 bathrooms, with numerous other selections to choose from to make your home your own!

Materials selection

When you purchase your home from VZ Custom Homes, you will be able to make selections to fit your needs. Once your custom home plan is in place, it’s time to start considering building materials and exterior and interior finishes. From brick and roofing to cabinets and floor coverings, you'll find everything you need to create the home you have always wanted! This stage is all about applying your style to the overall look and feel of your house, in order for it to become a home in which you and your family can thrive comfortably and securely.

Budgeting and proposal

Discussing your budget will be an ongoing process throughout every stage of your custom home building experience. The pros at VZ Custom Homes will support and guide you along the way. Each phase of the pre-construction stage determines overall cost; once you have determined your new custom home location, budget, plan and materials, we will present you with a final quote and contract. At the same time, you will be determining that you can obtain a loan for the amount quoted you, and taking necessary steps to secure your loan from your financial institution of choice. Once compromises are worked out, our contract will be finalized and signed.

Building permit

Before construction on your new home can begin, a building permit must be obtained from your municipalities building department. The professionals we will work with in order to secure a permit for the construction of your home are:

  • Architect
  • Structural engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Floor/roof designer
  • Arborist
  • HVAC designer
  • Permit planner
  • Services engineer
  • City planning department
  • City inspector

CONSTRUCTION

From the day we break ground until the moment you receive your keys, the entire team at VZ Custom Homes works to make sure your home is completed just the way you want it! We encourage and expect our clients to be fully involved in their custom home-building process. Communicating on a frequent basis with your project manager, he will keep you regularly informed and up-to-date on the progression of your building site. You may be as involved as you like in visiting the site, observing the process and progression, asking questions and raising any concerns you may have. His staff of sub-contractors (site-supervisor, builders, surveyor), vendors and service providers will work diligently to ensure that your home is built on-time and on-budget. The steps in the construction phase are:

  • Tree hoarding
  • Fence and washroom rental and installation
  • Temporary electrical installation
  • Material handling and garbage removal
  • Demolition
  • Excavation
  • Rough-ins and connections (plumbing, sewer, water, electrical, HVAC, audio-visual security, gas)
  • Concrete forming and flat work
  • Framing and structural steel
  • Window and exterior door installation (including garage)
  • Fireplace and chimney installation
  • Roofing installation

Taking a short break from construction, we offer you the opportunity to walk through your home before the walls start going up. Your project manager will point out exactly what is in your home, from specifics like wiring and plumbing to larger projects like chimney and fireplace brickwork. You will be able to envision what your house will look like as the walls start to take shape and everything is framed out. Once you are satisfied and have approved of what you see, the following further steps will take place:

  • Drywall, insulation and vapor barrier installation
  • Taping
  • Interior design
  • Trim and millwork
  • Tiling
  • Shower glass and mirror installation
  • Interior and exterior railing installation
  • Hardwood and closet shelving installation
  • Brick/stone/stucco application
  • Siding/soffits/downspouts/evestroughs installation
  • Interior and exterior caulking and paint application and touch-ups
  • Cabinetry, countertop and appliance installation
  • Fixture (electrical and plumbing) installation
  • Irrigation system installation
  • Paving, hardscape and landscape design
  • Road cut repair
  • Final cleaning

Prior to some of the phases of construction, a call for inspection will be made to your municipalities inspection office. The inspection is conducted using the stamped permit plans, and may be done in phases, thus requiring additional inspections. The common phases which require inspection are:

  • Commencement of construction
  • Footings
  • Foundations prior to backfill
  • Sewers and drains
  • Framing and HVAC
  • Insulation and vapor barrier
  • Fireplaces and chimneys
  • Pools and decks
  • Water service pipes
  • Grading
  • Occupancy
  • Final inspection

POST-CONSTRUCTION

Once the construction of your VZ custom built home is complete, an orientation meeting will take place with your project manager. He will walk you through your new home, pointing out details and answering your questions and concerns. Handing you the keys, it’s now time for you and your family to enjoy your home for years to come! At VZ Custom Homes we take pride in delivering a home that is 100% complete, and 100% to your liking. Our team is committed to doing what it takes to ensure your continued satisfaction even after you have taken possession of your newly built custom home. Ecstatic homeowners who are proud to recommend us to family and friends, is the greatest compliment we can achieve!