April 2021

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Increased Lumber Prices Increasing New Home Building Costs

by Bevony on April 17, 2021 No comments
Lumber and Building Supplies

Lumber prices have been on the rise since 2020 when the pandemic struck and sent many countries into lockdown. As more people are spending time at home and needing a home that meets their needs, there has been an increase in demand. With a lack of supply, the industry is struggling, and prices have tripled and even quadrupled in some instances. These record lumber prices are adding thousands of dollars to the costs of building new homes, as the customers are the ones left to stand the costs at the end of the day. 

The Ministry of Forests, lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development has a weekly forest product database with information tracking prices. In mid-September of 2020, a basic spruce, pine and fir 2×4 cost $960 USD per thousand board feet. In 2019, the annual average for the same was approximately $372 USD. 

President of the B. C Council of Forest Industries, Susan Yurkovich, notes that across the province, a number of lumber mills had closed down in the early parts of the pandemic. And this is what causes a lot of the pressure on supply. 

Effects on the House Construction Industry

The house construction industry is still holding on and doing well. People are spending money on their houses as they start to remodel their homes, make repairs, etc., as they are spending more time at home and need their home to meet different needs now. Equally, people are looking for new houses as their needs change, and they need their homes to be equipped to meet the needs of working from home, homeschooling, etc. 

This has caused an increase in demand in an industry that is already lagging in providing for the previous demand. While it will definitely take some time for inventories to refill, we are looking to the fall when there is typically a reduction in demand as the province heads into winter. Hopefully at this time, the supply can catch up and prices can fall. 

Current New Home Prices – Highest in the Past 3 Years

With low supply and increased prices, building materials are hard to source. Either because they really aren’t available, or the prices are so high. The cost of new homes has increased more than the last three years in just one month due to the high prices of building materials brought on by the pandemic. 

Statistics Canada reported their New House Price Index shows an increase for newly-built homes. Since May 2017, there has been an increase, but this has been the biggest one seen. 

The Pandemic and House Prices 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a very big impact on the Canadian housing market on a whole. It initially brought reselling to a halt. Demand came back slowly, and sales rose, with many homes starting to sell way above asking. The demand then started spilling into the new house market, and so the demand for wood, drywall, tubing and wiring has risen. 

Because many places have physical distancing measures in place, many people have diverted their summer vacation savings towards home improvements, renovations, and finding a house that will meet their new needs better. 

Suburban areas with room for new builds are seeing a high amount of demand. New house prices have risen by 1.8% each month. For 2020, the index was up 2.1%, which is the highest it has been in two years. 

What Will High Lumber Prices Cause?

Data agencies expect a record high of lumber prices this year that will increase the cost of a single family home between $5000 and $10,000. Because of the increase in home demand, there is expected to be an increase in lumber and other building related supply prices. 

Here at SilverBeam Homes, we try our best to keep costs down, while still providing customers with top quality houses and workmanship. How much house can you afford? Get in touch with us and let us give you a quote. 

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Tips for Decorating kids’ Bedrooms

by Bevony on April 5, 2021 No comments

Let’s take a look at the latest trends in kid’s bedroom decor and nursery decor. Here are some third party reviews and recommendations to change up your child’s room and create a new look and feel.

Even though you are decorating a child’s room, you really always want to start with you, the parent/caregiver. Most often, it is the mothers that have a vision of what they want the space to look and feel lie. 

Consideration for Nurseries

As it relates to a nursery, you always want to have window coverings as a key consideration. These are to be considered, not only for their esthetics but also for their function. You want window coverings that are highly effective in keeping light out so your baby will get more sleep. A baby that gets more sleep will be a gift to the entire family. 

When considering nursery, furniture choose flexible options that are versatile enough to adapt to your child’s needs. Modern furniture tends to be minimalistic in nature. 

Space saving furniture is another great choice. These allow you to maximize your space, which is important especially if you don’t have a lot of space to work with in the beginning. Also consider multipurpose furniture as well. So find a crib that also has a changing table and some amount of diaper storage. There are also storage cribs that feature drawers where baby clothing, bedding, receivers, burp cloths etc can be stored. That will free up space as it may reduce your need for a dresser or chest of drawers. 

Space saving and multipurpose furniture also allow for a cleaner and tidy look which will make a room more inviting. This can give both you and your baby a way to be at ease while in space. 

Considerations for Older Kids Rooms

When it comes to older kids you want to balance the options with mature materials and colors. For whimsical fun pieces you want to limit these to accessories. Just keep in mind that as they grow, their tastes will change and you don’t want to be updating their rooms every year.  

Choose items that are sophisticated with a modern design and you can always add a splash of color. You can take into consideration your kid’s tastes when choosing an accent color. You want to at the same time balance out rugged pieces that are kid friendly but not too childish in appearance. 

Equipping Kids Room for the New Normal

With the current pandemic, more people are working from home and kids are also learning from home. So there is a need for activity tables, workstations and multi-functional furniture. Consider a loft bed for its space-saving capabilities. It allows space for a bed and for a work area in one room without it becoming too cluttered. 

Updating a Child’s Room 

If your child has outgrown their room decor you may be able to update their room with small touches. If their furniture is still functional you can simply swap out rugs, bedding, window coverings and even wall paper to update the room to a more mature look. 

After we build your home you want to move into a space that is inviting as well as fully functional. When it comes to kids’ rooms we hope these tips help. And if you would like to hire an interior designer or decorator, then go right ahead. Sometimes their vision and experience will see further than your dreams for your child’s room. 

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