Friday, January 20, 2017

Reasons to Engage our Home Building Services in Kelowna

Clients engage the services of Hartley Homes and Consulting because they understand our passion will make their dream home a reality In Kelowna.
Clients engage the services of Hartley Homes and Consulting because we save them money, without cutting corners, and deliver the look and function exactly as promised
At Hartley Homes we :
- build 24" wide footings for a better foundation
- reinforce concrete for stronger basement and slab floors
- use 4" PVC for better drainage systems
- use 14" floor  joists for stronger stiffer floors
- use 2 x 8 framed 16" OC for stronger walls
- use R-28 wall insulation exceeding the building code by 30%
- Use R-50 attic insulation  exceeding the building code by 25%
−eliminate frustration and stress
−make the process of building easy and joyful
−deliver the look and function exactly as promised
−get the best value for your money
−have documented systems and controls so everyone understands the requirements
−build to meet code requirements and exceed customer expectations
−handle customer concerns before they become problems
−are committed to building the customers dream home
Brian Roth
Hartley Homes & Consulting
“Quality Construction built for Life”
Phone (250) 808-1148 Fax (250) 765-0730
email: mail@hartleyhomes.ca

Selecting Your Custom Home Builder

This is by far the most important task of the new home construction process; there are four key words for this task, passion, commitment, integrity, and fit.

· Select a builder who truly enjoys the entire process of planning, coordinating and physically working on-site, someone who gets excited by new ideas and who has the ability to translate the customers dreams into reality.
Select a builder by referral and the internet, this is usually the most reliable way to get find a builder and check out their referrals. Another source is building supply stores and home builder associations.
· The builder is fully responsible for making your dream home a reality, he needs to be on-site every day from the beginning of the project through to completion.Your builder must have the homeowner’s wants and needs at the forefront of every task during the building process. The builder must ensure a clean and safe work site and clearly define the tasks for every trade. It is the builder’s responsibility to ensure the customer’s vision is translated into the look and function exactly as promised.
· Above all, the homeowner needs to feel comfortable with the builder after all there are as many personalities as there are people. Trust your instincts with this, first impressions are usually correct, make your final choice from a small group of experienced builders capable of delivering passion, commitment and integrity.

Cost of Construction

In 1978 when I started building homes, the average builder had about $35,000 gross profit in a new home, this continued to increase until early 2008 when some builders were earning a gross profit as high as $250,000 per home. Today the average builder's gross profit in a home is about $80,000 - $120,000 depending on the size of the home. Builders can't offer a quote to build your home without seeing the home plans and visiting the building site to estimate the excavation costs.
To get a Ball Park cost of construction, here is a very simple method. Add up all the square footage of the home including basement, main floor, second floor and garage then multiply the total by $190 / sq ft. It does not cost $190 per square foot to build a garage and it doesn't cost $190 to build kitchen complete with cabinets, it's simply an average number for an average home to get a "Ball Park" price. Oddly enough, this price tends to be plus or minus 5% of the actual building cost. Included in this price is excavation, materials and labour to complete the home, stainless appliances, hard surface counter tops, hardwood and tile floors, heated bathroom floors, exterior concrete slabs, building permits, new home warranty, builder fees and taxes. Retaining walls and landscaping and septic systems are not included in the Ball Park price.
The Ball Park price will help you establish the size of the home relative to your available funding. Once you have the Ball Park price, then you can move forward with construction plans and have the builder quote on the cost of the home, a review of the building site by the builder will help them get a good idea of the costs for excavation and retaining walls. The Ball Park cost of construction changes with: exterior finishes, deck styles and sizes, counter top selections, electrical fixtures, plumbing fixtures, floor coverings etc.

The style of home also changes the Ball Park cost per sq ft.
Based on a 1575 sq ft home with a 576 sq ft garage

  • Built with a 2' concrete frost wall and concrete slab is 2151 sq ft at $190 / sq ft.
  • Built with a 5' crawl space, is 2151 sq ft at $210 / sq ft.
  • Built with a fully developed walk out basement  is 3726 sq ft at $170 / sq ft.
  • Built with a walk out basement and a full second floor is 5301 sq ft at 160 / sq ft.


At Hartley Homes our objective is to make the entire building process easy joyful and rewarding. We do this using a system of best practices and controls to deliver the look and function exactly as promised. We also believe in transparent pricing, our clients see every supplier invoice, our builder fees are declared upfront so there are no hidden charges. For more information go the "Cost of Construction" in the header of this page

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