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What Distinguishes One Home Builder From Another?

When you’re considering building a custom home in Kelowna there are many home builders you could choose from but what distinguishes one from the other and what should you be looking for when conducting your research?

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Kelowna is a city in British Columbia, Canada, known for its beautiful landscapes, vineyards, the Okanagan Lake, and its four season outdoor recreational opportunities. The Kelowna home builder that you ultimately choose should be well versed and knowledgeable in the following key areas to truly be a builder who you partner with:

Selecting a Skilled Kelowna Builder – Key Expertise for Your Dream Home:

1. Local Insights:

Your builder needs to be able to provide you with insights into the Kelowna housing market, local building regulations, zoning laws, or trends specific to the area. These will be critical to ensure your build meets regulatory requirements and is built to appreciate in value over time.

2. Community Focus:

Kelowna has a strong sense of community and Align West Homes is proud to be a long-standing, award-winning builder of choice in the local market who gives back. From school lunch programs to food and toy drives to support those in need during times of the year when many families struggle, Align West is proud to be able to give back in the community in which it works and where its employees live. Take some time to investigate if the builder you are looking to work with has a community focus mindset.

3. Regional Aesthetics:

Kelowna’s natural beauty and landscape will often have an influence on the design aesthetic of homes built in the area. An astute builder recognizes the need to harmonize the design characteristics and colour palate of the home with the natural surroundings, integrating the home into the landscape and neighbourhood. An experienced builder and team will assist you with achieving your design aspirations while harmonizing with the beauty of the Okanagan.

4. Sustainability and Environment:

Kelowna residents are often environmentally conscious, and Align West is a leader in the implementation of code building practises in each of its builds, often exceeding the required code standard, contributing to a lower carbon footprint with each home they build. When choosing your builder, explore what kind of emphasize they place on sustainable building practices, energy-efficient features, or the use of eco-friendly materials in home construction.

5. Outdoor Living Spaces:

Given Kelowna is a semi-arid dessert with an emphasis on outdoor activities and summer outdoor living, you’ll want to engage a builder who appreciates and understands how to best integrate the beauty of the Okanagan’s outdoors into your custom home build. Home designs that prioritize outdoor living spaces, such as decks, patios, and gardens; blending access to sun and shade areas will be important to ensure your home takes advantage of all the possibilities for indoor/outdoor living.

6. Local Partnerships:

Check out whether the builder invests in local business partnerships and resources. Where do they source their materials? What kinds of preferred builder relationships can they offer you as their client? Do they work collaboratively with local artisans and designers? Staying local when you are able, builds stronger communities that grow and prosper.

7. Customer Stories/Testimonials:

One of the best testaments to a successful home build is a positive testimonial. When you are doing your custom home builder research, be sure to check out your builder’s website for testimonials to hear what others have to say. And don’t be afraid to ask the builder to provide you names and contact information for past and current clients that you could speak to personally.

At the end of your research, a home builder in Kelowna whose work reflects the unique characteristics and preferences of the local community while showcasing the builder’s expertise and commitment to quality craftsmanship and is a true reflection of the individual client’s custom home build vision is a solid candidate to consider partnering with for your custom home build.

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