Upgrade Your Next Custom Home Build

Upgrade Your Next Custom Home Build

Part of the excitement of building a custom-designed luxury home is finally getting to have everything exactly as you want. Whether you’ve always wanted that Nancy Meyers movie kitchen, or a home theatre in your basement, your new custom home is a blank slate of possibilities.

No matter what your idea of a luxury custom home entails- the most important piece of the equation is partnering with a full-service custom home builder who can deliver anything from beautiful counters and a spa-like bathroom to a wall of windows, or a home that is voice-activated.

Luxury Custom Home Builders

You may already have a detailed list of functional elements and plenty of extravagances planned but before you settle on the final copy, but we’ve outlined a few of the upgrades and luxuries that can actually elevate your property value and daily living and are worth keeping in mind.

Granite/Quartz Countertops

Square footage and prime location used to be the main defining factors of a luxury home. While they are still relevant, modern luxury homes have begun to take a more subtle approach to classifying luxury. The dividing line between a regular and luxury is now also in the details; the painstakingly chosen materials, embellishments, and upgrades added to a custom build. One of the most common and highly underrated features is procuring a high-quality countertop.

  • Granite countertops define elegance due to their beauty and high price tag. However, they are also incredibly durable and heat-resistant making them not only aesthetically pleasing but highly functional. An added benefit is that often increases the property value of your home.
  • Quartz countertops are an engineered material that was created to perform better than granite and marble. In addition to durability and heat resistance, quartz countertops are also scratch and stain resistant making them a worthy investment for your luxury home.

Heated Floors

Especially if concrete flooring is your material of choice, heated floors are a small indulgence worth adding to your home. Much like a heated steering wheel in the winter, you may not notice it’s impact when you have it, but you will undoubtedly notice it when it’s gone. Heated floors are a feature that many luxury homeowners actually use unlike details like warming drawers. It can be difficult to elicit a cozy, intimate atmosphere in a large luxury home and heated floors will contribute to both comfort and that sought after homey feeling.

Level Up Your Custom Home

Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

While heated floors can contribute to images of a cozy movie night with you and your significant other, floor-to-ceiling windows will make your mornings light, bright, and rejuvenating. Windows that span the height of your custom home provide the indoor/outdoor blend that is popular in today’s custom home building. Seamlessly transitioning between indoor and outdoor spaces is a prominent modern architectural trend where builders and homeowners alike, through choices in design and matching materials in adjacent spaces, blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Natural light, provided by floor-to-ceiling glass, is one of the biggest proponents in achieving this aesthetic and will give you stunning views and zen space. The windows in the Grand Custom Home were so large we needed to work closely with our architectural team to ensure they wouldn't buckle in the wind.

Eco-Conscious Design

In order to save on your energy bill and be more environmentally friendly, the floor-to-ceiling windows you install can be produced with coatings, glazes, and thicknesses that make them more energy-efficient. However, energy-efficient windows and investment in green appliances are just the first stepping stone in designing an eco-conscious home.

Millennial homebuyers are not the only generation driving the trend towards purchasing eco-conscious homes and approaching custom home builders when none are available. Green design is an increasing trend that doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon; an investment in an eco-friendly home will add benefit to any future sale of your property. Speak with your full-service builder to determine your options for materials, construction, and other ways to build a sustainable home.

Smart Home Tech

Another buzzy term in the current custom home building climate is making your home “smart”. Though you may not want to live in a sci-fi reminiscent space, adding some thoughtful technology to elements of your home can give much-needed ease to your daily living.

  1. Smart Lighting: One of the simplest additions is smart lighting. Being able to turn off the downstairs lights you forgot from your phone after you’ve already gone upstairs to bed is enough of a relief to convince us of its utility. However, smart lighting can also contribute to the energy efficiency of your home.
  2. Temperature Control: Having the ability to control the temperature in the different zones of your house is also made simpler through mobile control and a major contributor to reducing your energy bill.
  3. Video Surveillance: This type of home monitoring might be the tipping point for you to consider investing in smart tech for your custom home. The ability to see who approaches your home or to ensure your children’s safety, all from a mobile app, will help give you peace of mind when you’re away from home.

Masterfully Built Custom Estate Homes

The whole ethos of a custom-designed and built home is that it is specifically suited to fit you and your family’s needs. Your definition of luxury may differ greatly from someone else’s so from the beginning of a project, make sure you choose a home builder who will listen to your needs and make thoughtful suggestions to elevate your custom home to your definition of luxury.

Upgrading Your Custom Home: Frequently Asked Questions

Luxury, or estate, homes often have a few key characteristics that determine this title such as:

  1. They often are considerably larger than most homes in their area
  2. They are located on large lots in highly sought after communities
  3. The design and construction phases tend to take longer as they are highly custom and detailed
  4. They are finished with high-end materials and have an uncommon architectural design

The highly customized details that often go into luxury homes are what causes them to be more expensive, not the builder themselves. Some homes do not need architects, but some will depending on the design, which will, of course, increase the cost of production



Whether you want a beautiful custom home or a multi-unit complex for your investment portfolio, our team of highly experienced building professionals can help you achieve your goals. From initial conversations to design meetings and the build itself, we pride ourselves on being there for our clients right through to handing you the keys and beyond. Headquartered in Calgary, AB we are proud to serve Calgary, Kelowna, and the Columbia-Shuswap Region.


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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