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Where to Start with a Custom Home Building Project in a Developed Neighborhood Area

So, you have picked out your ideal location and now it is time to build your dream home. There is only one problem, you do not know where to start. The is often the case for first-time home builders, and without proper guidance, the situation can turn into a nightmare.

Vancouver is full of strict bylaws and regulations regarding any form of housing development. Any construction done without the appropriate permit and approvals will be quickly shut down and lead to hefty fines. As a result, it is important to know where to start with a custom home building project before you start digging. Here are some of the first things you will need to consider.

Coming Up with a Vision

When it comes to designing a house, it is important to have a final vision in mind. It may even help to illustrate this vision. We suggest this because it is going to be exceedingly difficult to design a house if you have not planned out a style, general layout, require rooms and size, and more.

Some questions we like to ask before planning are:

  • How many people will be living in the home now and in the future?

  • What design and aesthetic style do I want the home to have?

  • Will my home be Net Zero Energy?

  • How can I position my home to have the best views and natural lighting?

  • How much space and gardening work need to be done on the front and back yards?

Review Zoning Regulations and Acquire Permits

Point Grey is one of the much prestigious and gorgeous neighborhoods in all of Vancouver. For all the history and beauty that comes with it, there are also some unique development regulations to abide by.

While the visual aspect is important, building your own home also comes with a lot of legal work. When constructing your own home, some of the legal and municipal duties include:

  • Following specific zoning regulations

  • Working with a design professional and the city staff for pre-approval

  • Submitting permit applications for development and contractors

  • Having regular inspections conducted

Look for Professional Help

Building a house is a team effort that requires many skilled individuals. From designers to electricians, to construction workers, it is a project that requires experience and support to complete.

Abstract homes has over 30 years of experience designing the perfect home for our clients. We can understand your vision clearly and help you make that completion process as straightforward as possible.

Abstract Homes and Renovations Inc., is an award-winning custom home builder based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With 30 years of experience, Abstract Homes builds and renovates homes on the Lower Mainland with efficiency, integrity, and quality in mind.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about building or renovating your home, please call us at (604) 220-5665.


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