4 Important Considerations When Planning Your Calgary Custom Home

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4 Important Considerations When Planning Your Calgary Custom Home

Yes it's true, a reputable custom home builder will have a full team at your disposal to lead you through all the decision intensive stages of planning your dream home. But before you start the process, it's helpful to have an idea of what's important to you because they beauty of building a custom home is that they will deliver on whatever it is you want! Whether you want to tear down and build an infill home, construct a mountain view dream home outside of the city, or overhaul an older home with great bones, this article will give you 4 important details to consider as you start to reach out to Calgary Custom Home Builders.

Consideration #1: Where Do You Want to Be? One of the benefits of working with a full service custom home builder means they will happily guide you through the lot selection process, while giving you an idea of what the costs will be associated with your choice regarding site prep, excavation and utility hook ups. But before the planning and design process can start, you must have an idea of where you want to be. Calgary has some great areas to build a home:

  • Inner city neighbourhoods such as Bridgeland/Riverside, Bankview, and Killarney/Glengarry offer you the opportunity to pick a prime lot in an established area to build a perfectly planned custom infill home.
  • The Southern Alberta Rural areas of Rocky View and Foothills County allow you to find your dream acreage and build an oasis just outside the city.
  • Some more established communities like Tuxedo, West Hillhurst and Capitol Hill allow you the possibility of a large scale remodel to recreate the perfect space.
  • Many lots in Calgary have designated land use for a carriage home.

Regardless of what you choose, knowing where you picture your family for the foreseeable future is an important detail.

Consideration #2: Make Your List. Regardless of your budget, everyone needs to prioritize their list of what's important when designing and planning a new home. If you want an outdoor kitchen, four season room, and heated garage, then it is important to make note of that from the beginning so your builder can work these important details into their initial estimate and planning. Some home things need to be installed prior to framing, and some things need to be ordered way in advance. Whatever you want in your new space, be sure to be in agreement with your co-habitants what matters most and what is less important.

Consideration #3: Like Who You Are Working With. Planning a custom home is not only a highly detailed process, but it an be a long one. Homes can take anywhere from 3 months to plan all the way up to 3 years (Just check out the decadent Grand Custom Home we built). Regardless, the best Calgary Custom Home Builder will make the process seamless and stress free for you, but you will be spending a lot of time together, so ensuring you know, like, and trust your team is highly important! Also, your custom home builder will be providing a comprehensive third party warranty coverage after the home is complete, so it's likely to be a lifelong partnership.

Consideration #4: Think About All Parts of Your New Home. Many people create Pinterest boards for their kitchen, but not necessarily for the exterior. Do you want wide plank Hardy board, or sleek and modern ACM panels? Have you considered the benefits of going for a highly durable standing seam metal to ensure Calgary hail storms don't have a negative affect on your roof? Thankfully, the planning and design process will walk you through each step and decision with the guidance and expertise of an incredible team, but it's good to have an idea before you start.

FLR Developments is your Calgary and surrounding area masterful custom home builder. Their team takes your vision and effortlessly guides it through lot selection and feasibility, planning and design, specs and selections, construction, post possession and beyond. Bringing decades of experience building homes all throughout Alberta and BC, you can trust that your home build is in great hands. Learn more about Phase 1 & 2 (Planning and Design) here, and reach out to their team to book a consultation today.


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

Want to know more about one of our developments and how we can get your project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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