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Silver Beam Homes – Our Value Proposition

by Bevony on November 12, 2020 No comments

How much house can you afford in the current housing climate because more than ever people need stability and nothing is more stable than owning your own home. Do you even know what housing options are going for in terms of price? If you are wondering about these things, it is likely because you are ready to take the next step to being a homeowner. If you are ready for that, then you are also ready to explore your options. Let’s explore a newly sold housing option in Vancouver, its costs and what it has to offer to you as a homeowner.

Fairview Town Home

This development features 25 units with an internal courtyard. It was designed and developed by Michael Green Arhitecture in 2014. Most recently sold out of the development was a two bedroom unit which sold for $1,288,000.00.

The development can be found on Vancouver’s West 6th avenue. It is built with a very distinctive look with its modern row of townhomes. On the inside you will find that the townhomes features three levels with an open-plan living space complete with a sleek kitchen.

On the top floor you will find the master bedroom alongside a Den that measures 14 by 7 feet. The second bedroom can be found on the lowest level next to a flex room and an office.

Pets and rentals are allowed, but a purchase of one of these units coms with a monthly maintenance fee of $601.94 cents. What could you do with that money per month?

Our Value Proposition

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Here at SilverBeam homes we specialize in creating the home of your dreams. We are professionals in our field and have been featured on Houzz. We can help you at every step of the way. You will get a design build process so you can get a custom home project build specifically to meet your needs and the needs of your family. Here at SilverBeam Homes, we have a full staff complement to cover your project at every step of the way. Where we don’t have members on staff here we have a network of supporting professionals who we can reach out to at a moment’s notice. So we really have every aspect of your project covered.

Our team is known for its versatility as well as the wide cross section of professionals we offer. This ensures you are covered to ensure your custom construction is done successfully while also meeting all your needs under one roof.

Ready to build from the ground up? Ready to make your dream house your reality? So what’s your next step? If you answered yes to the above questions, it is because you are ready to go. And guess what? We are also ready, ready to help. Now you can check out answers to our frequently asked questions. Contact us today for a free estimate. You will not regret it!

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Personalize Your Next Home

by Bevony on November 4, 2020 No comments

Personalization is key when it comes to making your new house feel like a home. When you purchase a new detached home or a “move up” home, your must have list will be very different from a first time home buyer or someone purchasing a new condo. 

When you have already developed an idea of what you like you can make the best decisions for your new home. You can make your home a reflection of you and what matters the most to yourself. Design is big business nowadays. Those who know exactly what they want will want to work with a builder who will allow them a custom building plan. That’s what we do here at SilverBeam Homes. We work with your dreams and your budget. 

The SilverBeam Way

When you are deciding on the next home, the dream home, the one for the rest of your life you are allowed to be very particular. No matter how unusual you think your idea or request may be, let us know what it is. You need a home gym? Do you need dedicated office space for the new normal? Do you need extra electrical outlets? Want to customize your fireplace or your kitchen, we can help you with that. 

What are the custom features that you need for your new home? Let us know in the comments below. Give us a call, so we can get started working with you to make that dream a reality. The sooner the better! We are waiting to hear from you. 

We have the skilled team you need to do everything. Our Design-Build Process encompasses everything from designing, permit approvals, building and more. Don’t have financing? We can put you on to one of our partners to assist with that. We can offer you help for every step of the way. 

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Conscious Design for The Home Front

by Bevony on October 7, 2020 No comments

Designers and architects are driven by a need to find solutions for everyday irritations and problems. Designers reflect on how we live to provide the solutions that we need even before we notice we need them.

In 2020, everybody has had the opportunity to do some inner reflecting. We have had the chance to look at the things we have taken for granted and what we will no longer do any more. Designers get the chance to reflect and with new needs from the population on a whole they have had the opportunity to revamp their designs and bring designs that proved meaning for their clients. With designers focusing more on how we live, we start seeing people looking at sustainable design and architecture. 

What is Sustainable Design?

Sustainable design has the aim of reducing a building’s negative impacts on the environment and on the health of the building’s occupants. This in turn helps to improve a building’s performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are:

  • Reduce consumption resources that are not renewable
  • Create a health environment
  • Improve productivity of an environment
  • Minimize waste 

One sustainable material is Timber, it is good for the environment as well as it is good for our lungs. It is ideal for use in homes of asthma sufferers and allows for a better living environment for even those without respiratory conditions. 

If you want to achieve wellness in your home, you have to look into the types of materials that are used in the construction. You also want to consider the types of materials used in your furnishings. For example, check what type of cushioning agent is used in your sofa. Natural foam would be a sustainable material instead of polyurethane foam, which is toxic. 

Change the World for the Better 

The choices that we make can really make a big difference. Look at the Californian wildfires, they show us that we need to do better to protect our environment; our home. We have taken so much from mother nature, and we really need to consider it is long overdue for us to start giving back. 

Here at SilverBeam Homes we strive to help you build the best home that you can afford. We can include more sustainable materials in your build as we offer customized building solutions to our valued customers. Considering building a home? Partner with us and let us help you make your dream home your reality. 

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Different Types of Roofing and their Advantages

by Bevony on May 6, 2020 No comments

If you find yourself needing a roof replacement there are a couple of options. You will find a number of different roofing materials that you will be able to choose from. You will want to educate yourself on the different types so that you can have a meaningful and well education conversation with your contractor when the time comes for that. 

Varying roofing materials will have their own lifespans and costs as well as a number of other characteristics that will cause them to provide both pros and cons. With an investment as big and as important as a roof you want to make the best decision. Here we will look at the most popular roofing types and all their advantages so you can make the best choice for your needs.

Asphalt 3-Tab Shingles

Asphalt 3-Tab Shingles

This roofing type is possible the most popular when it comes to roofing material. It has been a popular choice for many decades thanks to its durability. This roofing option features shingles made from fiberglass and asphalt as the base. The base is then covered with protective granules that bolster its durability. This type of roofing is also very affordable and is among the easiest type when it comes to installation. These tiles can be installed over your existing shingles as long as the roof deck on your building is in good condition. 

This roofing type is safe as it is considered to be Class A fire-resistant with the ability to withstand fire fora approximately two hours. If you live in an area that is fire-prone there may be better options out there when it comes to fire resistance. If you choose this type of roofing you can expect them to last for 20 to 50 years and you will be able to find them at your local home improvement store quite easily. 

Asphalt Architectural Shingles

Asphalt Architectural shingles are similar to the 3-Tab asphalt shingles discussed above. They are made from the same type of materials and are recyclable. The only difference is that with these architectural tiles, an extra layer is added to provide a better aesthetic appeal as well as to increase durability. The added layer gives this roofing type an added 10 years minimum so you can look for these lasting at least 30 years and up to 50 years. 

Wood Shingles 

Wooden Shingles are often called Shakes and are a type of roofing that has been around for centuries but are still quite common in use today. This option is quite durable as it is made most often from hardwoods. There are also options made from composite wood materials. Their lifespan is longer than asphalt roofing as they can last a minimum of 25 years. In warmer climates, you can find these roofs lasting a minimum of 30 years. Note that the life expectancy is based on the type of wood that is used to make these shingles as well as the thickness of the shingles and the climate of your local area. 

One of the best attributes of wooden shingles apart from their lifespan is their aesthetic appeal. These will provide a natural look and also weigh less than your other roofing types. They still offer the appropriate strength and moisture protection necessary for a fully functioning roof. These roofing options are environmentally friendly as they are made from wood and have that biodegradable nature. 

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are the option that offers the longest lifespan. You can expect these roofs to last anywhere between 40 and 80 years. Bear in mind that the climate conditions in your region will affect their lifespan. Modern metal roofing options are quite versatile. You can find metal roofing that can match pretty much any architectural style and in a variety of colors. 

Today’s roofing options are attractive and can be made fro metals such as aluminum, copper, or steel. 

Aluminum panels are naturally corrosion and rust-resistant. 

Most steel panels are coated with a metallic coating and then completed with a painted finish. This is to prevent rust while also improving the aesthetic appeal of the roof. 

Metal roofing options offer fire resistance and in most areas having metal roofing can lead to the lowering of your insurance rates. Metal roofs also have the ability to increase the resale value of your home. 

Slate Shingles, Concrete Tile, and Clay Tiles

These options are among the most durable roofing types you can find as their lifespans are approximated at a minimum of 100 years. These types of roofing materials are non-combustible and tend to be extremely fire resistant. They will not rot and are resistant to insects 

When you invest in a tiled roof, you can reduce your energy bill significantly. The inherent qualities contained in tile shingles allow for energy reduction. 

Which roofing type sounds like the best choice for your needs? What roofing type do you currently have on your home and what kinds of problems are you facing? We’d love to hear from you, drop a comment down below. 

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Why You Need an Interior Designer for Your Custom Home

by Bevony on January 15, 2020 No comments

If you are considering building a custom home in Victoria, we can help you with everything you need. We have a team of professionals that can help make your dream a reality. Among the team members are capable and expert Interior Designers. They can take your vision and turn it into a reality when we are done building your home.

An interior designer can help to bridge the gap between your vision and the home. This way, we the builders know exactly what the end product will be like. When you have this input early on in the building game it ensures a better quality build in the end.  A designer can ensure that your needs and wants work for you and your family. While also ensuring they work with the building restrictions of the area, the geography of your lot and any municipal bylaws that may apply along with any neighboring homes close by. 

What Does an Interior Designer Do?

An interior designer is not the same as an interior decorator, but the two are often confused. The interior designer does a lot more than an interior decorator. They are involved in the build process whereas an interior decorator is involved after the completion of the building. The interior designer ensures that design spaces are safe, functional and finished in a way that is aesthetically pleasing according to the homeowner’s vision. 

An interior designer will work very closely with the team of architects, engineers and the contractor that is building your home. They will ensure that the spaces that are being created will meet all of your needs. An interior designer can work with you to give you an idea of what different colors and textures will look in a room. They can inform you of how these colors, spaces, lighting, and furniture can all work together. 

Your interior designer will be reading blueprints. They will be knowledgeable of all the latest trends. They are aware of municipal building bylaws. An interior designer is up to date with local building codes and know about the universal accessibility standards. An interior decorator does not require knowledge of all these things to do their job.

Why You Need an Interior Designer?

If you are renovating or building a new home from the ground up you will find that having an interior designer can be very advantageous. That is why when you hire SilverBeam Homes you are hiring a team that includes a skilled interior designer to assist you all the way. Our designer will be your liaison between the build team and yourself. This will help to ensure that your vision does not die in the hands of the builders. Here is how you can benefit from having our interior designer on your side. 

Stay Within Your Budget

We all understand the importance of staying within your budget. Our designer will not only help you to stay within your budget but will also advise you on ways that you can save money. With their knowledge of building codes and average material costs, they can even help you stay abreast of what is best if you ever want to resell your house later on down the road. 

Our designers have years of experience and they can use that experience to help you to prevent costly mistakes. They know about how materials will stand up to the BC climate and geography and have a wealth of knowledge to impart so you can make the best decisions when spending your money.

Save Time

When building a custom home you want to get it done right the first time. The whole point of a custom home is so you don’t have to have things redone. Your designer can help you save time by ensuring that your design works for now and for the future of your family and what those future needs may be. An interior designer will ask the questions that matter at all the right stages to ensure that obstacles are seen from afar and dealt with so they don’t mess up your timeline. 

Get Honest, Expert Opinions

It can be so easy to get overwhelmed in the design process as there are many choices. When you work with a designer they can narrow down these choices so that the ultimate decision is a lot easier to make. As a neutral third party, they can make the process of decision making even easier.

Protect Your Interest

When you are working with a professional interior designer you are less likely to get ripped off. They will work with their usual suppliers and partners to provide you with all you need. This way you don’t even have to be very involved in the sourcing of suppliers and supplies.

Get You Better Deals

With a track record of success, an interior designer will have their regular suppliers as mentioned above. As such they may be able to get you deals you would not get otherwise.

When you are creating a dream home, you need to have an interior designer on your team. We understand the importance of this professional and we want you to understand this as well. Now that you have purchased the land and you know what you want your layout to be like, it is time to talk to an interior designer. Let us get you to the next step in creating your custom home here at SilverBeam Homes.

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New Standards for Building Energy Performance throughout British Columbia

by Bevony on January 1, 2020 No comments

There is a revolution happing in code development in British Columbia. The rest of Canada is also seeing this. As a result, there has been an increase in residences being built with better energy performance. There has been a 70% increase in construction over the past two years. This increase is noted by the British Columbia local government. 

The BC Energy Step Code being developed is set to be fully encompassing all new construction in British Columbia for 2032. The code has measurable performances at its root. It, however, does not prescribe specific approaches and materials. It does, however, indicate the lowest performance outcomes that are expected and each of these is grouped into the different steps of the code. Because of that builders now have this guide to using when designing and building new homes.

There are 5 steps that a home can meet according to the code. A step  5 home is the best at energy efficiency because it is the top of the tier. Due to this, the construction industry in the driver’s seat for creating the homes to meet this step code. Different experts from across the industry and at different stages of the home design to build process can help to create more efficient homes. These include architects, builders, and engineers who must all work together for a common goal. 

These professionals are not left to their own devices. They must demonstrate with an energy model how their project will meet the requirements of each step of the code.

Metrics of the BC Energy Step Code

The Range of Metrics used in the BC Energy Step Code includes TEDI and MEUI. There is also, the percentage lower than EnerGuide Reference House. As well as there is airtightness. The latter is expressed as hour at a 50-Pa (1-psf) pressure differential (ach 50).

In December 2017, the government of British Columbia indicated that by 2032 it would need all newly built buildings to meet the specified energy performance requirements. As a result, the code came into force in December 2017. It is not a mere standalone code, it is instead a part of the British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) To meet the requirements, the government developed a directive that is transforming communities in the province steadily.

The BC Energy Step Code is already being used by several local governments. The number is currently growing. Because the local government as shown so much interest in the code, the province has provided alignment with the regulatory requirements and the steps of the code.

With each edition of the code, there is more stringency. As such there are changes in what is required for 2022, 2027 and 2032. This has triggered an increase in training for persons employed for different roles throughout the industry.

How the BC Energy Step Code Works

Each step of the code represents a higher amount of efficiency. Each step of energy efficiency is defined by a particular metric. It has already been made the standard in the bylaws of several communities. Each proposed new project must demonstrate its ability to meet the requirements of the current standard step.

As a result, an energy model must be submitted for any building project. This along with the necessary drawings are used for the application of a permit. The official will confirm if the project meets the requirement and will issue a permit. After the completion of the building, the builder must show that the building does confirm to and meets the standards as specified by the initial documents used to secure the permit to build. 

This is step 1. Each step has different requirements because the protocol allows time for the industry to get up to the task. The highest is Step 5. It is the top step and denotes a net-zero energy ready single-family home. As a result, one can expect the utmost energy efficiency from a home with step 5 designation. 

Increase in High-Performance Projects

Because of there being a buyer’s market, there is a huge rise in construction in British Columbia. Because of the CleanBC program, there is an added boost for new projects being built to the BC Energy Step Code. The CleanBC incentivized program targets Part 3 buildings. It also targets residences that are targeting Passive House Certification.

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The SilverBeam Process

by Bevony on July 9, 2019 No comments

If you are looking to build a home we are your full-service construction service company. We offer our customers a design-build process encompassing all the steps from design to handing over the keys to your new home. We have all the necessary staff members to devote all the expertise necessary to make your dream of owning a home a reality.

OUR TEAM

We have a team of professionals with a number of different job titles. You have designers, consultants, carpenters, and site supervisors, all trained or skilled personnel along with the administrative staff necessary to keep it all together. Not only do we have professionals on our team but we also have associates in the industry to help you reach all the people you need to reach as it relates to owning a home.

With a versatile team, we cover a wide array of services to ensure that all your needs are met right in our offices from start to finish.

OUR PROCESS

Our process starts out with a consultation where you let us know what you are looking for. We will then provide our expert opinion on how we can meet your needs. We provide you with information on estimated timelines and projected costs.

The next step in the process is the design service. This is when our creative team gets together and designs concepts. We take into consideration the needs you deemed essential in our consultation and other lifestyle information you supplied to us. These concepts are presented to you and upon your approval, we move forward to the final step in the design services process.

At this point, we create preliminary drawings and can create a detailed estimate. This is the part of the process where you the homebuyer will get into a cost agreement so we can begin building your home.

With your contract in place, any additional drawings and documents necessary will now be completed. These include section drawings, elevations, spec documents and more. This additional documentation are used to get a permit from the city and then we move to the build process.

Once all paperwork is done and approval granted, the construction crew is chosen and prepared. Then the real magic happens.

Here at SilverBeam Homes, we pride ourselves in offering top quality customer service to our customers. We keep you informed every step of the way and ensure that your home project comes off the ground exactly how it is supposed to.  Let us help you get the keys to your new home. Contact Us Today!

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Co-Ownership of Vancouver Homes

by Bevony on May 1, 2019 No comments

After a 2018 survey, it was found that residents of Metro Vancouver wanted to see a reduction in the cost of homes. Fast forward to May 2019 and we can safely say that they have been granted their wish. Even so, there are some people who simply cannot afford to purchase a home.

If you are one of those, you don’t have to worry about giving up on your dream of owning a home. Co-ownership of a home can provide you and a friend or family member the ability to meet your dreams. What is co-ownership and how can you go about getting a co-owned home?

What is Co-Ownership?

With co-ownership of a home, there is a difference from that of a shared home as in a husband and wife situation. With co-ownership, you can split the homeownership percentage however you find necessary for your situation. So it could be split 50/50 or it could be split 30/70. A co-ownership even allows you the option to have separate mortgage payments. This is one of the high points of this type of arrangement. Especially if you are going into this deal with a friend. In such a case it is understandable that you will need a clear separation. This includes separation of ownership and expenses related to the new home.

Challenges of Co-Ownership

Co-ownership can help you find a way to own a home but it can also have its downsides. Though you get to explicitly determine how much percentage of the house each owner gets there are challenges. It will be hard to draw these lines physically in the home space. This is due to the fact that many homes are not designed for co-ownership and as such there will be a lot of shared areas. The best way to forego this challenge is to choose to build your co-owned home from scratch. That’s where us here at SilverBeamHomes come in. Check out our process and get in touch with us so we can help make your dream of owning a home a reality.

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Vancouver House and Condo Price Trends

by Bevony on April 24, 2019 No comments

Are you wondering where house and condo prices in Vancouver are heading? If you are looking to find a new home, then you will be happy to know that these prices are mostly going down. If you are looking to sell your home then this may not be the best news for you. the truth is that house prices have doubled in the last 10 years which equates to price increases of an average of 7% per year while our incomes have only increased on average around 1.5%.

House prices dropped in the summer of 2016 after the foreign buyer tax was introduced but the prices later recovered. The drop back then was a shallow drop and when you think of you, you really wonder just how volatile the market is. The truth is that prices in the Metro Vancouver area have already dropped by 12% which works out to approximately $192,000. While this drop may seem very significant just by looking at the numbers the truth of the matter is that this drop still leaves house prices out of reach for a lot of residents of Vancouver. Residents of the Westside and West Vancouver have been the hardest hit but there have been significant declines in East Vancouver and Richmond as well.

What About Condo Prices?

Within the same timeframe of 10 years, there has been a decline in the prices of Condos as well. This downturn had continued on the downward trend until last summer. While there was a decline in Condo prices it was not as notable as the decline in prices of houses.

What does this Mean for the Market?

With a market like this, buyers have a better chance of getting more house for their money. Sellers, on the other hand, will have to lower their prices to remain competitive and to increase their chances of closing a sale. First-time buyers who have been saving up for buying a home will be happy about the current market statistics but those who don’t have a sizeable amount saved up could still be second guessing buying a home at these prices.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much money you make and how much you have saved to help get your home. There are many people who remain in a good position no matter which way the market goes and there are those can just hope and pray that the market continues to show a decline in the price of homes.

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