Back in the 70s and 80s, there was an economic boom and many people were able to afford having their own homes. Although construction of newly built homes after that went on a decline the succeeding decades, these days, it has however sprung back as economic prowess has become more stable than ever. Due to this, many people are once again able to afford buying homes, or perhaps having their homes customized and constructed from the ground up. A custom home means you will need to hire custom home builders to build your home for you.
A custom home will always be more costly to have than those prebuilt cookie-cutter-type homes that you usually find in the suburbs. Cookie-cutter homes have essentially only one design which saves the builders money on the design aspect. Also, since there will be more than a few houses that will be built similarly, the home builders are able to buy the materials they need in bulk, and thus garnering more savings. While looking very much the same as other homes within the community may seem like the downside, in truth, the downside of buying suburb cookie-cutter homes is the quality of the materials used in building the home. While the prices of these homes may be generally lower, essentially you get what you pay for which is the possible use of substandard materials.
If you want a home that is structurally strong and catered to your needs and requirements, then it’s more suitable for you to have a custom home built. Custom homes are designed based on your needs and budget. Buying a prebuilt or pre-owned home does not give you the option to choose how many rooms you like, how many toilets and bath there are, and how the floor plan distribution is laid out. If you get a custom home built and designed just for you, not only will you get a more uniquely looking home within your neighborhood, but you also get to determine the number of rooms, baths, and the layout of just about everything.
There is no doubt that custom homes are more beautiful to look at than homes that look all alike. If you are able to hire a good custom home builder, the end result of the home construction will surely look amazing. This means that not only will you have a beautiful-looking home, but you will also be sure that the materials used in constructing your home are of premium quality which in turn gives your home that structural soundness which results in your overall peace of mind.
When it comes to houses and homes, there is no better feeling of owning one wherein you are fully satisfied with all its facets – its design, space, rooms, location, and many more. If you have your home constructed from the ground up, then you will have much better control over these things as you can have your home designed based on what you like and what you want, with of course realistic respect towards your budget. Nevertheless, a home built by home builders wherein many of the aspects of the home are catered to you and your needs creates no better feeling of fulfillment.
While it is true that you sometimes cannot help but envy those with bigger, more beautiful, and more elaborate homes, still, you can’t help but be satisfied when you have everything you need in your home. Even though there may be improvements that you will want to consider after, having a home that is uniquely designed to cater to your needs and wants makes the home a truly worthwhile home – something that others only dream of having with theirs.
When you want to have a home built, the first thing to start with is the land property where the home will be built. Location is a critical aspect when it comes to the pricing of lands. More expensive lands either means they are very close to commercial areas or the location is in a beautiful and highly sought after area. More affordable lands on the other hand either means they are located quite far from the main city district or it is located in a rowdy neighborhood.
Once you have gotten the piece of property where your house will be built, it’s now time to look for a home builder who will construct your dream home for you. A home is a very costly investment and may possibly be the most expensive investment you will ever make. For this reason, it only makes sense that you hire a good and highly reputable home builder with whom you will get your money’s worth due to the highly satisfactory end result of the home construction. Since you are making a big investment with the home you are having built, it only means that you should never settle and be satisfied with unknown home building contractors just because they are the ones whom you met first or have provided the lowest construction estimates.
What if everything you did, you put yourself on a 24-hour deadline? This was the idea at our first ever Rock Lottery held at the Waldorf hotel on Jan 29th, 2012. We took 25 of our favourite Vancouver musicians, gave them some breakfast and coffee, randomly pulled names from a hat to assemble five totally new bands, and gave them a day and a half to write a 15-minute set. The tracks below were recorded from the floor at the final performance, and showcase an incredibly diverse range of musical genres and abilities.
The Rock Lottery was also a triple-whammy effort from The Association of Very Good Ideas, Instruments of Change, and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver. How can you not create something awesome with all three of these organizations involved? All funds raised went to the creation of a new Ladies Rock Camp to be held in a women’s prison.
Thanks to all you amazing musicians and volunteers who made the magic happen! And thanks to The Waldorf!
The following short radio piece was created and recorded by a team of ten people totally new to radio. At a workshop yesterday for Media Democracy Day, we threw participants into the thick of it, challenging them to script, plan, and record a short radio piece on a topic of their choice. They chose to discuss and review the panels they had attended for Media Democracy Day on November 12th. This piece will now be used for podcast, broadcast, and has already been transmitted on a low-power radio transmitter, representing the spectrum of radio options in independent media today.
Thanks go to all the participants for jumping in so readily, and to Brady Marks for co-hosting the workshop with me.
Most homes built in the United States and Canada are built with a basement or underground area which serves as the utility storage area for the home. Even though the basement area is part of the square footage of the property, it usually serves no purpose for members of the household because it is not part of the living area. In fact, most members of the household hardly even spend any time in their home’s basement area as this space is usually dark, creepy, and oftentimes littered cockroaches.
The majority of basement spaces are fairly large in size and oftentimes bigger than most bedrooms within the household. The square footage used for the basement area actually becomes a waste since the space is not being fully utilized. However, if you are able to make the basement’s square footage area as part of the home’s living space, then the overall living area or space of the home will significantly increase. This method of re-utilizing the space of the basement is called basement development.
Developing the basement area as part of the home’s living space is not an easy feat as there are a lot of construction work that needs to be done, not to mention the relocating of many of the home’s utility appliance and equipment. Doing a basement development is usually not something you can do on your own as a sort of DIY project. There are many complexities involved as structural soundness of the property needs to be always kept in check.
The development process of the basement area involves full renovation of the space. Renovating and reconstructing the space requires the hiring of licensed contractors. These contractors are basically construction builders and thus have the necessary knowledge and experience to properly assess structural integrity.
Since basement renovations require plenty of manpower as well as permit from the necessary city departments, it only makes proper sense to hire licensed contractors who will process everything that needs to be done and accomplished themselves. Once all the required permits are acquired, only then are the contractors able to proceed with the basement renovation process. Even if the project may seem laborious at first, the end result will surely be to the satisfaction of every member of the household as the home now has more living space than it used to.
For all of you recovering vegetarians out there pecking away at organic, grain-fed, ethically raised chicken – this podcast will help explore some issues that might be on your mind. Issues like “how do I shop at a meat counter without embarrassing myself?” and “Which type of sausage is best for snacking?” and “What does it feel like when a butcher is nailed in the back with a giant pork loin?”
Warning to the faint of ear – I did visit a butcher shop for this one, resulting in some intense sawing and grinding noises. They’re kind of gross.
For all you noise-heads out there, my new series is devoted to digesting the often overwhelming daily news in a new format. A noisy format. Since I spend much of my day working at a radio station listening to various news clips from various sources, I have tossed a random smattering of news clips in with some music I’ve made/mixed in Ableton Live. I need an excuse to learn this program properly and make weird music, so here we are: Noise and News!