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 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 and contact us to learn more about beautifying your home with stone!

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!

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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!

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.



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.