Project Case Studies Archives - Novell Design Build
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…“Our expectations have to shift,” said Laurel James, co-owner of Novell Design Build. “There are tradeoffs we can make to live in Greater Vancouver.”
When James founded the Vancouver-based company with her husband, Angelito Camaclang, 14 years ago, clients wanted open-plan aesthetic upgrades to their main living areas and dream kitchens.
“People wanted to improve their homes to self-actualize, or for the benefit of their immediate family and to fit everyone around the table on special occasions,” she said.
“That has shifted,” she said. “Over 90 per cent of the potential clients that we meet now want to accommodate three-plus generations.”
Multi-generational households are the fastest-growing household type in Canada, according to the most recent federal census. The number of households with at least three generations under the same roof grew by 37.5 per cent between 2001 and 2016.
Read the full story from The Vancouver Sun here: bit.ly/2GXm2Pv
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It’s that time of the year again! We are less than a week away from the 2019 BC Home + Garden Show, and our team has been busy preparing and getting ready to meet the thousands of homeowners who will stop by BC Place Feb. 20-24.
If you’re on the fence about whether you should attend (it’s cold out – we get it), keep reading. We’ve put together a list of some of the top reasons to hit up this show!
1) It’s so much more than gardening
While it’s true that this event has a much larger presence of landscapers and outdoor living experts than the Fall Home Show, there are also hundreds of other exhibitors in attendance. From home builders like Novell to the hundreds of products you can purchase and take home from the show, there really is something for everyone. So, even if you don’t have a garden or outdoor living space, you’re still sure to find whatever you need at this show.
2) It’s your chance to talk to experts in a low pressure setting
You may be at the early stages of your project – and looking to learn as much as possible about a company before inviting them to quote on your new home build or major renovation. The BC Home + Garden Show is a great place to introduce yourself to someone you might want to work with, and get a feel for how they communicate and work, before you have them over.
3) You can get 2 for 1 tickets!
If we haven’t convinced you yet, then perhaps this will. Using promo code “Novell” you can get 2 for 1 tickets to enjoy the show!
Novell will be at booth 513, ready to hear what’s important to you! We’ll have lots of zoning info and maps on hand to help you determine the possibilities for your property. And, if you are ready to take that next step, we’ll be booking complimentary phone consultations right from our booth so you can talk in depth with our team.
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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest technology trends, you know that virtual reality (VR) is on the rise. VR is quickly becoming more accessible with affordable hardware and mainstream applications. We all know that VR can be a fun way to escape reality with games, but what about in the home design and build space? It turns out that virtual reality can play a role in helping you envision what’s important to you with your home.
Why Virtual Reality?
When looking for inspiration for your major renovation or new custom home, websites like Houzz and Pinterest are a great resource. They allow you to browse thousands of images for design ideas, but the downside is you rarely get to see an entire home. Getting to truly experience a home from top to bottom can put into your mind the little things – important pieces you might not see captured in static photos. Viewing an entire home also allows you to experience all aspects of the space working together. Of course the best way to do this would be to visit homes in person, which isn’t always an accessible reality. Luckily, the VR world has given us the next best thing. By viewing a home in 360 degrees, you can experience the feeling of visiting a home without making the trip.
Where Can I find a Virtual Reality Home Tour?
Because VR technology is still on the rise, these types of tours aren’t yet very common. That being said, why not ask your builder? You’ve likely seen lots of static photos of their work (which are a great resource) but ask if they’ve got anything in 360 that can give you a more complete vision of a project. However, keep in mind that this technology is still new, so you may not find a whole suite of VR tours available with every builder.
Novell Design Build’s Project in VR
Here at Novell Design Build we are committed to staying ahead of the curve, so we’ve gotten in on the virtual reality game. Our Kitsilano Residence Rebuild is now available in 360 degrees! You may have caught a peek of this project already at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show where it was available for touring in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association. Although VR is typically experienced through a viewer or set of goggles, navigating through the home on a computer or tablet still offers an experience unlike any set of photos!
Click the play button below to view the 360 tour. For the best experience, click the “View Fullscreen” button in the right corner of the viewer.
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Residents of Vancouver, have you joined the #iceboxchallenge yet?
This year, Passive House Canada teamed up with the City of Vancouver and the local Construction Community to jumpstart the Icebox Challenge. This challenge puts the BC building code up against a super-insulated international high-performance building standard. The contest began on July 27th and will be concluding in the next four days (August 14th, 11:00am).
Two ice boxes – one built to the BC building code standard and one built to the Passive House standard. With all the heat coming our way, this is definitely going to be exciting! How much ice do you think will be left in each ice box?