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19

Oct

Your Guide to Meeting Builders at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show

  • By novelladmin

Can you believe we are only a week away from the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show? Our team has been gearing up for the show for the past couple months, but we shouldn’t be the only ones getting ready! If you are shopping for a design-build team such as ours, keep in mind that not all firms are alike. Every company will have their own specialty or niche offering, so preliminary conversations like the one’s you’ll have at the show are key. Here are a few elements to keep in mind when talking to builders at the show:

 

Goals

Visiting a home show can be overwhelming when there are hundreds of booths competing for your attention.  Take a look at the exhibitor list ahead of time and write down the companies you’d like to visit. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What’s important to you?
    We ask this question with every new project, and it’s never too early to start thinking about it. Consider the experiences you want to have in your new home and know your priorities.
  2. Am I just shopping around for ideas, or am I looking to make a decision soon?
    If you know you are still in the early stages of your project, don’t feel pressured or intimidated by pushy salespeople. The most important thing is that you work with a company you feel comfortable with, so take your time.
  3. Is there any specific information that I feel is important to find out like ballpark budgets or timelines?
    Write down your questions to be sure you don’t forget!

Knowing what you are looking to get out of the show will keep you focused. Take notes and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This will ensure a good record to refer back to once you are back home.

 

Communication

Choosing a company to take on a big project like a custom home or major renovation is a big decision. You will be working with this team for months, so make sure your communication styles are a good match.

Ask them to describe their process. Will they be communicating with you in person and via phone regularly, or just over email? If you have a concern and need to get in touch, can they guarantee a window of time to get back to you? If the company answers no, or it doesn’t seem like communication is a priority for them, take that as a warning sign of how they may treat you during your project.

Communication is one of the most important aspects of any large scale project. This is your home, so it is crucial that you are always on the same page as your builder.

 

Story

You are trusting a builder with your home, something which is very personal. It’s important to vet any company you are considering which includes asking them about their history. Check out examples of their work and ask questions. Your builder should be proud and eager to tell you the story of each and every project.

It’s important to feel a connection with your builder, so be sure to also ask questions about the company and it’s people. Every member of the Novell team will be taking a turn at our booth, so come by and meet us!

The team you choose will be building your story, so have fun with it! No question or idea is too small. It’s the builder’s role to take your priorities and create something you’ll love, so share whatever is on your mind.

If you keep in mind the 3 elements of Goals, Communication and Story while talking with builders, the conversations should flow with ease. There is also a lot to experience at the show outside of visiting vendors. Check out any presentations or workshops that interest you (including from our own Laurel James) and take your time just browsing around. The show should feel like a treat, not a chore, so be sure to take time for yourself to explore everything the show has to offer.

We’ll see you at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show!

10

Oct

Multi-Generational Homes at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show

  • By novelladmin

It’s that time of year again! The Vancouver Fall Home show is on the horizon, taking place October 26th-29th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The Novell Design Build team will be on hand to answer your questions about the design build process and show off our beautiful work.

This year’s show is sure to be full of great talks and guests, including our very own Director and Principal Designer, Laurel James, who will be speaking at the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association booth about multi-generational home design.

Multi-generational living is fast becoming the norm in Metro Vancouver. Families are looking to stay together and support each other, and a multi-generational home is a great solution. This way of living allows flexibility over time to change and convert spaces to fit an expanding family.

Not every home is already equipped for multi-generational living, and Novell Design Build is here to help. We offer design solutions to get your current home multi-generation ready or expand your living with a laneway home. From the initial design all the way through the build, Novell Design Build will guide you through the process, keeping in mind your wants and needs for the space not just today, but over time.

Ready to learn more about how multi-generational living could work for you? Come join Laurel and the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show. Presentations are taking place Friday, October 27th at 1:30pm and Saturday, October 28th at 5:30pm at the GVHBA booth. Learn more about what multi-generational living really means and the design behind multi-generational homes. Also, be sure to stop by the Novell Design Build booth to get a glimpse of our latest projects and meet our amazing team!

Tickets to the show are available online, click below to get yours and save $3!

Vancouver Fall Home Show Tickets

26

Sep

Villa Rypen: A Modern House on the Edge of a Forest in Aarhus, Denmark – Design Milk

  • By novelladmin

C.F. Møller Architects designed a modern, single-story home in Aarhus, Denmark, extending out to the forest it’s situated next to.

Source: Villa Rypen: A Modern House on the Edge of a Forest in Aarhus, Denmark – Design Milk

07

Sep

FLA XT on Architizer

  • By novelladmin

FLA XT is the most convenient and low-maintenance fireplace on the market. This automatic bio fireplace with an external fuel tank and a control panel is the ideal solution for customers who value comfort and time.

 

Source: FLA XT on Architizer

31

Aug

Beaubien Lighting Fixtures from Lambert & Fils – Design Milk

  • By novelladmin

Montréal-based studio Lambert & Fils Beaubien lighting fixtures go beyond just serving as a light by bringing a sculptural element to the design.

Source: Beaubien Lighting Fixtures from Lambert & Fils – Design Milk