Completion of our Newest Build in Westboro!

Custom build in Westboro
Custom build in Westboro

Sierra Gate Homes is proud to announce completion of our latest Westboro project!  This 3,200 square foot contemporary modern home at 231 Daniel Avenue boasts a bright, open-concept design, modern finishings, a fully finished basement and a double garage.  Situated in a quiet neighbourhood of mature trees, this home is just minutes from the bustle of Westboro. To see pictures of the finished project, please click here.

We are now working on our next project.  Like our build at 231 Daniel Avenue, this next home will incorporate a range of green construction practices that optimise energy efficiency and exceed building code requirements.  Stay tuned for updates!

Looking for Construction Professionals? Make Sure You Do Your Homework!

Kijiji Kitchen FinalFinding the right professional for your home construction or renovation project is critical.  Hiring the wrong firm can cost you time and money, and lead to endless frustrations.  It is important to do your homework!  Here are some key steps to consider:

  1.  Talk to people you know and trust.  Think about family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers who have recently done a construction or renovation project.  Ask them if they were satisfied with the company they used.  If possible, go and look at the work that was done so that you can judge the quality for yourself.
  2. Go online.  You will find client ratings and reviews on reputable sites that allow you to search for construction professionals – sites like houzz.com and trustedpros.ca.  In reading the reviews for a particular company, you want to ensure that most or all of them are positive.  Also, once you have a couple of firms in mind, you can search their name together with words like “scam,” “rip-off” and “complaint.”
  3. Get estimates.  It is critical to get written estimates from a number of different firms.  The estimates must be provided to you at no charge.  They should be based on a visit to your home.  And when it comes time to assess the different estimates you receive, do not automatically choose the lowest bidder.  If one estimate is lower than the rest, try to find out why.  When discussing estimates with a firm, make sure you don’t reveal the competition’s pricing.
  4. Ask questions.  There are several questions you need to ask before hiring a construction or renovation firm.  Here are just a few examples.  How many projects like mine have you completed within the last year?  Will my project require a permit?  Could I please have a list of references whom I can contact?  What types of insurance do you carry?  Will you be using sub-contractors for my project?

 

 

Finding Top-rated Construction and Renovation Professionals

A new year and a new honour for Sierra Gate Homes!

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Our latest project at 231 Daniel Avenue in Westboro. Photos of the completed home will soon be on Houzz!

We have been rated at the highest level for client satisfaction on Houzz (houzz.com).  Because we are part of the Houzz community (http://www.houzz.com/pro/sierragatehomes/sierra-gate-homes), our clients review us on the site.  And their excellent reviews have earned us a Best of Houzz 2016 award!
Houzz brings homeowners and home professionals – from architects to general contractors to landscapers – together!  It is a tremendous resource if you are searching for top-rated professionals.  Or perhaps you’re just looking for inspiring new ideas for your home.  You can search and browse photos and products, and collect the photos you love in your own personalised ideabooks!

 

 

 

 

Stunning Moderns Designed by Leading Architects

Altius2740_entrySierra Gate Homes is proud to be Eastern Ontario’s independent distributor for Lindal Cedar Homes, the first and largest manufacturer of cedar custom homes in the world.  The Lindal Architects Collaborative is an initiative that brings together some of North America’s most renowned architects, including Toronto’s Altius Architecture, Inc.  Together, they are creating a varied and extensive selection of modern green designs.  Visit our Lindal Architects Collaborative gallery to view some of these stunning creations!

How to Choose a Custom Home Builder

Kijiji Kitchen FinalChoosing to build your own home involves of lot of planning and thought.  You can’t just jump in and get started!  One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is whom you should hire to build your home.  It is smart to do your research!
Of course, referrals are your best route.  You want to hire a custom home builder with whom friends or family members have had a good experience.  So talk to people, and find out about their success stories and horror stories.  Of course, people also share their experiences online so internet research is critical.

Once you have chosen a couple of builders, the next step is to set up a face-to-face meeting with them.  In essence, you’re interviewing potential candidates for this very important job.  It is vital that you trust and feel comfortable with your builder.  After all, this is your future home!  So ask whatever questions you need to ask.  The following three are key:

  1. Have you built homes similar to home we would like to build?
  2. Could we tour a home that you are currently building?
  3. Do you have pictures of homes that you have recently built?  Could we take a look at these homes?

The process of finding a custom home builder takes time.  Doing your research and asking lots of questions can save you a tremendous amount of money, time and heartache.

Sierra Gate Homes is a custom home builder offering both design-build and construction project management options.  Call or e-mail us anytime to find out how we can help you make your dream home a reality!  Contact us now!

To Build or Not to Build

turkel2Should we buy an existing home?  Or should we build our own new home?  Many struggle with the pros and cons of these two options.  Building a new home has its advantages.  The following are seven key advantages to consider:

  1. Custom Design.  Building a new home allows you to design a house that suits your needs and lifestyle.  You can choose everything from colours and finishings to room styles.  You’re only limited by your budget and imagination.
  2. Location.  It’s often difficult to find the right home in the right community.  When you build, you can choose your land in the area in which you want to live, and then build the home of your dreams.
  3. Energy Efficiency.  Older homes may not be as energy efficient as a new home. Today’s homes have a more comfortable living environment thanks to advances in windows and insulation, and state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning systems.
  4. Environmentally Responsible Products.  Manufacturers are continually working to make their products and systems more appealing to today’s environmentally conscious customer.
  5. Safety.  New homes boast many products and features that ensure your family has a safe environment.
  6. Less Maintenance.  While it is true that any house requires routine maintenance, older homes are likely to need more work than new houses. With a new home, you are protected by the builder’s warranty.  New appliances also have warranty periods.
  7. Tarion Warranty Program.  In Ontario, builders must be registered with Tarion. Tarion is a private corporation that protects the rights of new home buyers and regulates new home builders.

Are You a Lot Owner? Looking to Build a New Home?

turkel5 (1)Sierra Gate Homes is a project management firm with over twenty years of experience. As your builder, we manage the construction process on your behalf. Construction project management is a totally transparent form of construction that allows you to build at cost. Unlike working with a general contractor, the building costs do not attract a margin. We use our expertise to make your custom home building project a worry-free experience. Please visit www.sierragatehomes.ca to see what we can do for you!

Stone Accents in Your Home

Kijiji Veneer StoneVeneer stone can enhance the visual appeal of virtually any space in your home.  The ideas are endless: smooth rounded riverbed stones from floor to ceiling around your fireplace; ledge rock for your kitchen backsplash; a stone accent wall in your foyer, stairwell or living room.  At Sierra Gate Homes, we specialise in the installation of veneer stone.  Please visit us at sierragatehomes.ca and contact us to learn more about beautifying your home with stone!