Building Your Dream Home – Part 6

The Framing stage involves hiring a Framing Contractor who will frame the home with his crew of men. This is when you get to see the actual shell of the design of the home being built before your eyes. The Framing Contractor and his crew must follow the Architectural Plans and the Structural Engineer’s  blueprints very carefully during Framing construction. Because this home is a LEED Silver home (better than Energy Star) note the white sheathing on the exterior of the frame walls of the home. This is called Insul Sheathing. It is a foil like material that is wrapped around the entire home to help better insulate against the elements. To be sustainable, a building must not only be efficient and durable but also economically viable.  In cold climates the use of exterior rigid insulation sheathing boards has been a method of increasing thermal performance of the enclosure, as well as a means of reducing the condensation potential within exterior wall assemblies.

Here are pictures of another home showing the material or lumber to be used for the framing process.

In addition to constructing the floors, sub-floors, joists and studs the Roof Trusses are also installed by the Framing Contractor. In the video below, you can see the Roof Trusses on the Fiorklift being prepared to be moved onto the property.

Expect to pay approximately $30,000 to $40,000 or more for a good Framing Contractor. For Framing material (lumber), you should budget around $30,000 to $35,000 or higher.

My next discussion, Building Your Dream Home — Part 7, will be on Windows/Doors and Roofing.

Folks, do you need to make a move into a bigger home? Has your family out grown their living space? Does your home need major renovations? Thinking of Selling? Begin your home search by visiting my website at where you can search for hundreds homes in most central Toronto neighborhoods. It will give you an idea of what’s out there. Then, when you see something you really like and want to view, just contact me by phone, text or instant message and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Condo supply continues to exceed demand for the time being, but low rise, detached homes are still in short supply, especially ones in prime, central Toronto neighborhoods with good schools and abundant amenities nearby. If you are curious about the latest stats in Toronto, just ask and I am happy to send you a copy for October 2012.

Another alternative to consider is staying where you are and building that Dream Home you have been thinking or dreaming about for some time. If you like your neighborhood, like your location and street, like the school district then why move? Consider the option of demolishing your present home and rebuilding a brand new one! Not only will you be able to remain where you are, but you will increase the value and equity in your home over time, your biggest investment, plus raise the value on the street of other homes once you decide to sell in the future. This is what we did.  It begins with a phone call or e-mail. Contact Barbara Rudberg of Modelinteriors today for a consultation on Building your Dream Home.


Building Your Dream Home – Part 5

In my last post, I discussed the process involved in creating your Foundation for the new home. After the concrete has dried,the Forms are removed and, as you can see in the video below,this is the finished product.

Next, Back Fill must be filled in and around the the permiter of the home. But before that is done , to prevent water seepage and cracks penetrating into the foundation, a special water proof membrane is wraped around the entire lower foundation of the home.  Once that has been done, the Back Filling can take place.

You can see in the video that this was done in the Winter. You could also probably hear me freezing as I shot the video! It is a misconception, by the way,to think that construction for custom homes is not perfomed during the winter. There are some Builders, like my wife and I, who are not afraid to build during that time period. There are advantages, one being that the Trades are not as busy, are easier to acquire and their prices are much less than in the Spring, Summer or Fall seasons.

Once the back Fill has been completed, the next stage in the home building process is making sure your drains are connected from the street to the home. A Concrete and Drain expert is needed. They are associated with drainage systems used to eradicate storm water from residential and city streets.Your Architect, Engineers and Survey Company work together to create a blue print plan. Once that has been done and approved by the City, the Concerte and Drain Contractor must dig trenchs inside and outside the home laying pipes which evenutally connect to the Storm Drain in the street. The objective of drainage systems is to provide an outlet for excess waterfall to prevent flooding. As rain water rolls off rooftops, streets, and surface areas it is pulled toward street gutters and pushed into a catch basin. Installing water pipes is a tiring process that consists of clearing and grading the construction site and excavating trenches. This operation must also be coordinated with the City of Toronto Water Department Crews.

Expect to budget anywhere from a low of $12,000 to $17,000. In addition to the the drain work, the contractor also poured the concrete in the basement and in the garage.

In PART 6, Building Your Dream Home, I will discuss the Framing Stage.

The market has changed! Its a great opportuntity for a Buyer out there who is in the market for a Condo. There is plenty of selection. For single family detached homes, that is different story. Each nighborhood is different. Some areas have more supply than others and at different price points, but there is oppporutnity here as well. Interest rates are still histroically low. If you are thinking of Buying a home, an investment property or Selling,whether moving up or downsizing, give me call at 416-882-2175. Let me help you make your move a memorable one. Start your search by visiting my website .

Are you about to start a major renovation? Are you planning on building your dream home and don’t know what to do next? Need a talented, experienced Interior Designer and Decorator with 20 years experience? Then you need to phone Barbara Rudberg of Model Interiors at 416-420-6966 or visit her webiste at

Building Your Dream, Home – Part 4

So, once the demolition and excavation have been completed, the next step in the process is preparing for the pouring of the Foundation. Expect to spend anywhere from $14,000-$15,000 approximately for a Contractor to do this. You can see in the photo that the Foundation footprint of the home is laid out with steel rebar rods. The rods are there to reinforce the concrete and prevent cracking from occurring.

Cement is then poured into the Footings where they are then dried.

After the Footings have dried, the Forms for the Footings (see photo below) are moved into place where a cement truck and another truck designed specially for this job, will pour concrete into where the moulds are. Once dried, the Foundation will have been created.

In my next Blog, I will discuss the Framing Stage.

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Building your Dream Home In Toronto – Part 3

Once the approval process has been granted, the architectural plans must be approved and stamped by all Building Departments – Structural, Engineering, Electrical and Plumbing.  Next, a Building Permit, along with a Demolition Permit, must be issued by the City Planning Department in order for construction to proceed. When all that has been done, then the fun begins!

When you finally have your Building permit, you are now ready to demolish the structure or home. To do this you will need to have hired a Demoltion Contractor. Depending on the time of season when you are beginning your new build, will determine the price of the Contractor. Especially in the Spring. This is the busiest time and when most of the Trades are high demand. So their prices will be high. Roughly in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. Also, included in the price of the demoltion, will be disposal of the debris from the site.

To actually see your home being demolished for the first time can be a scarey experience, especially if this is the first time you are doing a new build and it is the home you have lived in for many years. The once tangible asset, your most expensive purchase in your life time, is being destroyed, litterally! This is what it was like for me.



The photo above shows the result of the demolition. There is still more to be done! The Digger must remove the rest of the debris and concrete and dig a huge hole to prepare for the new Forms and Footing and pouring of a new concrete foundation. Concrete Block can also be used for the Foundation.

In my next discussion, I will show you what the Forms, Footings and Foundation look like.


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Building your Dream Home In Toronto – Part 2

If you missed Part 1 from last week, you can read it here.

The next step in process is having  an updated Survey done.

A new Survey of the property will have to made, as well as a soil test. Also, one should take note of any tree issues, as these could be a potential problem depending on where they are on the property. Trees belonging to the City cannot be cut down without City approval. You need the recommendation of an Arborist that the tree is sick or a danger to the homeowner. Trees must be protected and when building nearby, a tree protection zone of is usually erected around it.

Once you have chosen your architect, it will be his or her job to design the home of your dreams, and submit those plans to The City for approval. If there are no objections from neighbors (there usually are), then the approval process can take many months. If there are objections, then a hearing or Committee of Adjustment meeting comprised of City Officials and the public will be scheduled to hear neighbor’s objections over the proposed building, with the architect defending the original plans. Sometimes, a compromise is reached between neighbors and the architect. Other times, it is not and the City must weigh the requests of neighbors  (if within reason) and the arguments presented by the architect. Ultimately, it is a City Official or Planner that either rules in favor or against the neighbors or architect. If the architect looses, then a revision to the plans must be made.  Or the architect can suggest to the homeowner to fight the decision by scheduling a hearing at the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board). This can delay a project by up to 6 months and can be costly. It should be avoided.

My next discussion will continue with getting your Building Permit and the Demoliton of the home.

Conitinue on to Part 3 – Building Your Dream Home

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Building your Dream Home In Toronto – Part 1

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Ever wanted to build your own dream home? It’s not for the faint of heart. It can be a very stressful experience but rewarding at the end. I know this because my wife, Barbara, is an Interior Design Consultant specializing in new home construction for 20 years, who just finished building our second custom home in 2011. We completed the project in 8 months. It takes a lot of skill, knowledge in construction, design ability, people skills (dealing with Trades and neighbors, including The City Planning Dep’t, Inspectors), plus a heck of a lot of patience, time and money.

Once you’ve purchased your property and have decided to build your dream home the first step is getting that dream on paper. You need to find a good architect. There are many out there. To find the best one, see what that architect has done in your neighborhood. Look at his style. Take lots of photos of homes you like that have been designed by that architect. Do you like it? How many projects has the architect been involved in? You need to take a look at his work. Based on the popularity of the architect and his style, will also determine his fees. Also, ask around about the architects work, and amongst your friends who may have heard or even used that architect for their own home.

You also need to spend time finding and interviewing a reputable Builder or Contractor to build the home. In finding such a person or company, the same applies when searching for an architect, except you need to know what you are looking for in the process. Do you want to hire a builder who will look after the entire process for you from concept to completion with hand holding, or are you the type that is more knowledgeable and wants to become more involved in the building and decision making process?

In the next installment we will continue to explore the preparation and getting your building permit.

Continue reading – Build Your Dream Home Part 2

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