Just the way you want it.
Custom homes are about you. What do you want? What do you value? You’ve only been able to imagine that fantasy home in your head, now let Van Arbor pull those thoughts out, shape and bring to life what was once just a dream. Mike and Val put effort into getting to know you so they can help you craft something that fits you. Let us be your guide to that perfect fit. We can navigate you through the maze of decisions required to build a home and see you emerge with everything you wanted and more. You might be surprised at how easy this process is with Van Arbor Homes!
What goes on behind the scenes (and the gyproc)
As builders we know houses inside and out, from the required length of time it takes to cure your basement to the correct level of insulation in your ceiling. There are behind the scene spaces you will never see, decisions about how to maximize your home’s value and money-saving choices that can be confusing and difficult to make without hours of research. You need the right builder to trust with those difficult decisions- and Van Arbor Homes, with its years of experience and honest work, is among the elite home builders the city of Lethbridge has to offer.
Making dreams reality
That home, the one that’s floating in the back of your head, it’s a big investment and you want the right people on the job to make sure it comes out with style and grace. We are those people. Architecture is an art form and as such Van Arbor hires only the top professionals in the business. Not only are they tradesmen, but craftsmen who share Mike and Val’s passion and creativity for home building. Corners are never cut with this Lethbridge custom home builder and the fullest effort is put forth to build your home on time and on budget.
1. Find your lot
The first thing we encourage our customers to do when they come to us is to decide on a lot. With this in front of us as we design your house, we can find the beauty in every piece of land and utilize it so that everyone else sees it too.
The next step is inspiration. Whether it comes from a building you see on a walk through town or from one of our designers bringing something new to your attention, we want you to tell us your craziest ideas so we can work with you to mould your ideal masterpiece. Sites like houzz.com will help you to share your inspiration with our designers. To help kindle these ideas, we offer you seven hours with our interior designer (besides the unlimited time with drafting designers!) to get those creative juices flowing.
3. Breaking ground and reaching for the sky
After your house is designed, our team meticulously combs through the drawings, features, design, building, and like an army of ants, we set to work. Once we make sure we’ve optimized everything, we get the architectural controls, permits and register. After the building permit is issued, the land is surveyed, and a host of tests are done before the dig is marked out. That’s where the fun begins and the big toys come out to play. The excavator unearths the basement, then brings the services (electricity, gas, etc.) to the site. The foundation is poured and then we make sure to let the cement cure for the full two to three weeks. It is, after all, the most critical part of your home.
4. Watching the magic unfold – online or in person
Now the magic happens. The craftsmen come, adding layer after layer to the foundation and the frame, slowly crafting what previously had lived only on paper and in the minds of the designer and you. This is an exciting time for us and for you, and we encourage you to schedule a visit whenever you want. We love to share this time with you. But if you don’t have time to drop by you can keep tabs on everything, or even make changes, with our Customer Care easy online software program. It shows each milestone of the building process in real time so you can closely monitor your home’s progress.
When everything is complete, we clean it up, send the finishing craftsmen through for one last inspection, and then drop the keys into your hand.
New neighbourhoods are nice, and we build in some of the best around the city, but for some people ‘new’ isn’t what they want. Established neighbourhoods offer amenities most new areas can’t: close proximity to downtown; character houses; and a neighbourhood culture that has grown organically through the years. The problem is, these blocks are already filled with buildings and families, and the homes that come on the market aren’t always up to your standards.
The Beauty of an Infill
That’s where an infill comes in. We can take a subdivided, empty, or underutilized lot (with an old, crumbling house) and make it a blank slate on which to build your dream house – a home free of the quirks and difficulties of an older house, which maintains the character you want from the space you and your family will spend most of your time. It’s not one or the other anymore. With an infill you can have your new, dream house, in an urban setting, rich with personality.
The trouble is, infill building comes with a complicated process. Finding the right property in the right neighbourhood that will allow you to build the house you want, while offering you the amenities you require is a juggling act. You don’t have eight arms and 50 hours in your day, but with a team of designers, builders, and a real estate agent, we do. Pulling from our pool of talent, we can find and help you purchase and prepare the right property, design and build the right home for your new space and keep you (and your new neighbours) happy during the process.
The Clear Choice
If you’ve tried the new suburbs, and found them lacking, and have grown tired of dealing with the flaws and design defects of old houses, try something new by staying with the old.
Don’t compromise on your future home – build what you want, where you want it.