Hiring a Contractor: 7 Common Mistakes

Those home repairs aren’t going to take care of themselves.  You need to hire someone!  But the process of finding the right contractor for the job can seem daunting.  At the link below, you will learn about 7 common mistakes that homeowners make.  Avoid these mistakes and you will remove some major headaches from your renovation project!

Read more: http://welcome.homeadvisor.com/wise-hiring-decisions?m=cnn&entry_point_id=28954484

Stunning Design Trends for 2015 and Beyond!

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in the United States hands out its Best in American Living Awards (BALA) each year.  The awards honour single-family homes, apartments and condos, remodeling projects and subdivisions.  This year’s winning projects give us a preview of design trends that home buyers in Canada will see over the next several years.  These include:

  • white on white kitchens;
  • doubled island kitchens;
  • centred bathtubs;
  • natural elements mixed with contemporary materials;
  • increased quality of details;
  • get away rooms;
  • wine rooms and bars;
  • indoor-outdoor living;
  • smaller entries; and
  • non-car centric design.

Visit the following link to see this year’s BALA winners!

http://www.bestinamericanliving.com/page.aspx/directory/sectionID=2861/channelID=9520

Award-winning Moderns! Join Us Online Wednesday Evening!

turkel4Lindal Cedar Homes offers regular live and interactive webinars at no charge to participants.  The next webinar is this coming Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m.  The focus will be Lindal’s award-winning suite of Turkel designs.  The links below will take you to photos of some of the Turkel models, and the webinar registration page.

Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindal-cedar-homes/sets/72157629177276634/

Registration:
http://lindal.com/homes/events/results.cfm?EventDate=&EventType=Online+Webinar&EventLocation=

Look What You Can Get for $1/SF!

A dollar doesn’t go very far these days.  But for home buyers considering a Lindal Cedar Home, just a dollar per square foot buys a professional 3D sketch of their project!  The 3D sketch is a quick and easy tool.  Ready within two weeks, it allows clients to visualise their custom home and get a handle on the total cost of their project.

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Lindal Moderns: A Live Webinar

Lindal Cedar Homes offers regular live and interactive webinars at no charge to participants.  The next webinar is this coming Tuesday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.  Join us to explore Lindal’s stunning suite of modern designs!  The link below will take you to the registration page.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5803897836734365698

Sleek Moderns! Turkel Design’s Axiom Series

Sierra Gate Homes represents Turkel Designs in Eastern Ontario.  Joel Turkel of Turkel Designs is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 1st at 8 p.m.  He will be profiling Turkel’s Axiom series, a portfolio of sleek modern designs.  Turkel moderns are absolutely stunning!  You can register at the link below.  And then please do contact us for more information!

http://www.turkeldesign.com/contact/webinar.html

Modern Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright, the most influential architect of all time, is quoted as saying: “An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drawing board, and a wrecking bar at the site.”

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Going Modern!

Modern architecture is a rapidly growing trend in today’s building industry. Residential construction is increasingly breaking away from more traditional and cookie cutter designs. Here in Ottawa, modern homes are popping up in neighbourhoods throughout the city. Sierra Gate Homes works with some of North America’s most renowned modern architects. As the authorized Lindal Cedar Homes representative for Eastern Ontario, we offer clients a portfolio of post and beam homes designed by architects such as Toronto’s Altius Architecture and Taliesen in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Modern architecture strives to create home designs that go beyond mainstream ideas by pursuing projects inspired by layout, location and function. These designs are typically free of clutter and unnecessary elements.

The architecture of a modern home focuses on the space itself – clean, functional and simple. Materials are shown in their natural form. Nothing is hidden or altered to look like something else. Floor plans feature open interiors with fewer walls, expansive living, dining and kitchen areas, often accented with a fireplace. Structural elements such as exposed beams are revealed to show the structure and supports. Strong linear elements and bold horizontal and vertical features are found in many modern designs. Beams, posts, cutouts, windows, staircases, fireplaces, rooflines and other structural elements assist the architect in creating linear-inspired space. Modern boasts straight and angled rather than curved lines.

Modern architecture pushes the envelope on roof design. Homes are designed with multiple roof lines and different levels showing off the complexity of the overall design. Elongated vaulted ceilings, interesting overhangs and unusual  linear elements are mixed to create a more unique statement. The house exists as more than simply a home – it is an artistic and sculptural statement.
We invite you to visit our website to view some of the modern designs in our portfolio!