Kerr Street Golf Tournament

Well, kerr Street Ministries Golf Tournament came and went last week. Despite a deluge of rain causing delayed play, spirits weren’t dampened . While building custom homes for families is our business in Oakville, partnering with Kerr Street we feel like we are working in the same vein because, for most of us the family is the home!!
All those who contributed received this gratifying note from Heidi at Kerr Street Ministries….. it speaks for itself.

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Tribute to Paul van Nuland….

We are all mourning  the loss of our friend and co-worker Paul van Nuland. For the past months he had been in treatment but regrettably passed away on May 12 2019 at home with his family. We’ll remember Paul for his quit wit and corny jokes, his fishing stories and  simply a good sense of humour.

Paul van Nuland 300x126 - Tribute to Paul van Nuland....Paul was always the man you wanted on the job. He would tear through work like a whirlwind. His wirey frame was deceiving as he could outwork the best of them. When the job needed doing, and some of them were ugly,  Paul was there to lead the charge and “get ‘er done”.

Paul’s general good nature and readiness to “chew the fat” with the guys on break endeared him to not only his co-workers but all the trades. When he wasn’t hard at work he would be home to his family and when the weather was good, ready to race up to the trailer to feel a large mouth on his line….. Fishing his great passion, after his wife and girls.

Paul was one of those ” Hale and hearty” yeoman, you could rely on when the going got tough. Goodbye old friend you will be sorely missed!!

your friends at Chatsworth!!

 

Changes ( that you need to know about) to the Ontario Construction lien Act … Now the Construction Act!

While building Luxury custom homes and highly efficient  NET ZERO homes is our stock- in- trade at Chatsworth Fine Homes, the list of tools in our “chest” is constantly expanding to keep ahead and current in the ever changing business law 300x243 - Changes ( that you need to know about) to the Ontario Construction lien Act ... Now the Construction Act!construction industry. Two of our team will be attending a seminar as part of the Business Law Summit Series put on by Pallett and Valo, one of Mississauga’s leading Law firms. The seminar covers some of the major changes that are coming into effect this fall. The new “Construction Act” formerly the Construction Lien Act includes provisions for prompt payment, speedy arbitration of disputes, longer lien periods and compulsory payment of  hold backs. These changes were a culmination of a 2015 government report ” Striking the balance”, which provided recommendations after  canvassing, listening and including input from various stakeholders and interests. This overhaul comes after the previous act continued for 35 years with relatively minor changes.

While there isn’t the time to dwell at length in this short blog, needless to say the consequences are thought  by many to be far reaching. ” it will completely change the “bones” of the payment process” says Fil Capuano CEO of Chatsworth Fine Homes.  While we certainly aren’t “lawyers” our teams needs to be aware of the law on a daily basis, providing our clients the comfort of knowing that their home is being built not only with care and attention to detail but to the best fair practices of the law of the land.

Call us anytime to chat about you project. We build luxury custom homes in Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. We are also registered NET ZERO builders working with our partner firm Oak Harbour Developments Inc.

 

Upcoming News…. Kerr Street Golf Tourney and Net Zero

Spring is here … well around the corner it seems and that means the annual Kerr Street Classic Golf tournament! The Chatsworth team has supported our local communities so we want to give a “shout out” to Kerr Street Ministries in Oakvikerr street golf 300x185 - Upcoming News.... Kerr Street Golf Tourney and Net Zerolle. Kerr Street Ministries do a wonderful job helping those in need. For families who are new to the country or who have fallen on difficulties Kerr Street is there to come along side and help and we’re proud to be a small part of the help they provide to the Oakville community. Every year  those who support Kerr street get together to have fun, play golf and raise awareness and funds.   Read More

We’re excited to announce our article in West of the City!!

Building fine Luxury  Custom homes is a trademark for Chatsworth and when West of the City magazine asked to feature our new Net Zero home that’s still in progress in West Oakville we were thrilled. We have included below the March issue of West of the City magazine featuring  a glimpse of some of our signature projects already completed. “Building the Exceptional to delight the Extraordinary” is the theme of our spring campaign. Our clients are truly extraordinary people and looking back to the exceptional custom homes we’ve been privileged to build in Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga makes our award winning team proud!westarticle 300x194 - We're excited to announce our article in West of the City!!

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Renovation in Burlington

Renovation in Burlington

You live in an older home and are confronted with three options for your potential renovation in Burlington…..

1) does it make sense to renovate (will I get my money back?)

2) is my home a tear down that I should either build myself or, if so do I sell to a builder?

3) do I just move and take the increase in value on my property. All good questions that we’ll look at in this article by Chatsworth Fine Homes below.

You can renovate

There are definitely savings to renovating and depending on the current configuration of your home it may warrant spending a bit more money to do an extensive renovation especially in many Burlington neighbourhoods where the values have been established at a much higher price with rebuilds and extensive renovations. The old adage telling you not to be the most expensive house on the street is something to consider. The savings mentioned above range from keeping the same water, sewer and hydro service to using the same foundation. These few things can runs into the tens of thousands. With a professional eye on your home a resourceful designer can provide add to your home while utilizing much of the existing layout. Building on the second floor is generally much cheaper and can add square footage to your home very frugally. The result is that your renovation in your Burlington home can add many thousands of dollars beyond the costs of the renovation.

You can tear down

If your home is in need of some fundamental changes and updates you may choose to push the pause button and consider not spending the money on a renovation. Burlington home values are increasing steadily despite some nay-sayers in the press. A new build can not only give you the flexibility to build completely custom but can be done cost effectively so that many find they could actually turn around and sell at completion, even though that wasn’t their plan.

You can move

You are in considering renovation in Burlington as your home is tired but aren’t sure you want to get involved in the build process or laying out the money. Many opt to simply cash in and move out to more areas with more affordable housing, especially for retirement and at the same time take a tidy sum from the sale of their Burlington home.  

A renovation of your home in Burlington can go a long way to ensuring your home sells quickly and for top dollar, when the time comes. If you think your home could use some updating in certain areas for your own enjoyment or in order to catch the eye of potential buyers, then we say, Go for it! For more information about the renovation process and about some of the work we’ve done at Chatsworth Fine Homes, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.

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Home in Oakville

Home in Oakville

Many of our clients are among those who have worked hard through their careers and entrust us with building their new home in Oakville. It may sound cliché but a “house” is a “home” when it  carries with it the nuance of family, warmth, friends, a respite from the world, an investment, even, for many, a legacy.

Our team at Chatsworth Fine Homes can bring those aspirations and dreams to life. Walking through the careful selection of your lot and the development of plans, helping with selections to the final touches on landscaping. It all can be an exhilarating experience! In this article by Chatsworth Fine Homes, we will talk about the advantages of working with a professional custom home builder.

Energy Efficiency: Moving to Net Zero!

Energy efficiency has become a Buzz Word in the building industry. The Chatsworth team is qualified and registered to build your new home in Oakville to exacting the energy standards of NET ZERO. This is a NRCan program that certifies the energy performance of your home ensuring comfort and lower energy bills. With rapidly changing building codes, why build to today’s standards, some of which will be obsolete before you move in? NET ZERO is the gold standard that the Ontario building code is moving towards. In fact by 2030 this will be the required level of the Ontario codes!

Custom!!  

The opportunity to customize every detail of your new home can be exciting and yet at the same time daunting. Starting at the ideas for the layout… perhaps an eat in kitchen with a large island, adjoining family room with an Inglenook, an in law suite, car hoist, second floor laundry? The choices are yours!  Once the “big pieces” are decided on, then begins the detailing. Every facet of your home is thought through to ensure it meets your needs. Lighting layouts, electrical plans, zoned heating system, a custom wine cellar, an ergonomically designed kitchen all customized to your own taste with the latest energy efficient appliances. A daunting process but very gratifying when you are ready to move in to your new home in Oakville and enjoy your hard work.

Saves Money

Little talked about but much appreciated when you look at your pocketbook are the savings realized in reduced maintenance. In the first few years of a custom home the investment pay back begins with very little work required on all the new items. New plumbing fixtures, new appliances, new light fixtures, new windows, new roof (and the list goes on!) all take considerable initial investment but with applicable warranties on your new home there’s piece of mind so you can sit back relax and enjoy!

For more information about the advantages of building a home in Oakville with one of the best custom home builders, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.

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Kitchen in Burlington

Kitchen in Burlington

You’ve heard it said many times before: “the kitchen is the heart of the home, and it has a huge impact on your home’s resale value”. With many of our clients, not only their own aspirations are taken into account but potential resale value weighs heavily when planning a new kitchen design. In this article by Chatsworth Fine Homes, we will talk about a few things you should consider when you are thinking about remodelling your kitchen in Burlington. Read on for more information.

Budget

Your budget is surely very important to everyone and particularly  important when it comes to keeping a rein on things in a kitchen design. During a remodel, the budget gets pressured on all sides so keeping a keen eye is essential. Set a budget that is comfortable for you, and remember that most realtors suggest it  will likely be recouped upon resale of your home.

When you’re setting a budget, keep in mind that you should set aside money in case something comes up. Whether you live in an old or new home, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be complications. In older homes we recommend a contingency of between 15 and 20% of the total budget. In a new build costs can be brought under control right from the outset so you can end up on budget with some careful planning and controlling costs during the election process.

If you’re not ready for a huge renovation, you can improve the design of your kitchen in Burlington by installing new countertops or appliances.

Some homeowners elect to even paint the cabinets themselves, to completely change the look of your kitchen. A project you may want to think about carefully and consider with sober judgement before embarking upon!

Renovation timeline

Make sure you have a schedule and add a buffer to your timeline, as you did with your budget. Unexpected issues can pop up that will cause the renovation to take more time than expected. Don’t get caught in a time crunch, leave yourself some extra time to complete your dream kitchen design. One of the pitfalls of Kitchen renovations is not having a realistic schedule. The results can be disappointing when the project isn’t completed in what you thought was a reasonable time frame but unfortunately didn’t fit in with the reality of trades and materials availability.  

The layout of your kitchen

We encourage clients to “brainstorm“ what their kitchen could be like. Then once all the ideas are on the table the winnowing process begins. Some things are “nice to have” but not essential. It’s a balancing act between getting what you want and keeping on budget. When you’re moving ovens, you’ll need to move gas connections. Sinks need water lines, which you’ll have to shift. These can be costly moves, so considering keeping at least some of the layout of your kitchen the same can be a cost saving. You’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the splurge to change the layout.

There are many things to consider before remodeling a kitchen in Burlington. At Chatsworth Fine Homes, we have been privileged to work on some of the best remodeling jobs, some of which you can find picture of on our website. For more information about remodeling your kitchen in Burlington, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.    

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Kitchen in Oakville

Kitchen in Oakville

Designing your new kitchen in Oakville requires careful planning. The Kitchen is pivotal, not only from an ergonomic view, making sure the workspace is efficient but increasingly the kitchen is central for family gatherings and therefore demands great attention to detail. Once the kitchen’s initial design is formulated there are usually a few iterations needed to finesse the details and arrive at the final design. In this article by Chatsworth Fine Homes, we will take a look at what a successful kitchen design looks like.  

A successful kitchen project requires 3 important elements:

-careful ergonomic design

-pleasing aesthetics

-Highly skilled execution and project management

The design of your kitchen in Oakville invariably involves a specialist kitchen designer, skilled in listening to a client’s vision and tailoring their design to suit the individual client’s needs. A specialist kitchen designer also has the advantage of both product and building knowledge. At this stage, it is important the client and designer discuss how the kitchen is to be used and incorporates all aspects of the client’s requirements into the final design.

At Chatsworth Fine Homes in designing your kitchen we blend artistic and creative talent along with state of the art computer design software. 3D modelling can portray the final design and bring it to life for the client. Particularly in new build situations where there may not be any walls up yet, it gives the client a real feel as to how the kitchen will look and function.

The specifications and scope of work is then formulated elaborating on details of the materials to be used in what is probably the most important room in your home. Close attention to details ensure the quality results you expect and pays dividends in the long run. Working with a designer will help guide you through the products available and help you stay in your budget and realize the best possible kitchen in Oakville.

At Chatsworth Fine homes, close attention to scheduling ensures your new kitchen installation is coordinated with the myriad activities that are going on simultaneously in your build. A dedicated project manager helps liaise to ensure all the services required to bring your kitchen to life happen at the right time with plumbing and wiring diagrams to ensure the kitchen can be installed as efficiently as possible.

Plan, Plan, Plan is the main point here to achieve the kitchen of your dreams, it is also the most cost effective way of achieving exactly what you want!

For more information about how you can design your dream kitchen for your home in Oakville, please feel free to continue browsing through our Chatsworth Fine Homes website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.   

NET ZERO measures up!

It’s a while since we blogged about our Net Zero projects, so an update is likely in order! Our project on Westdale Road in Oakville is enjoying good progress. Currently in framing stages, it’s the first home to be registered in Oakville in the National Research Canada’s  Net Zero Ready program. At the risk of re-plowing old ground the Net Zero program is what is now recognized as the gold standard in comfort and energy efficiency.  Mike Holmes, in a National Post article Read More