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Finding the Right Neighborhood for Your Custom Home

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Mt Pleasant

Calgary is a city often referenced for its suburban sprawl and accompanying lifestyle; however, urbanization is on the rise with a multi-demographic nod towards more central living as the city begins to cultivate an urban center that boasts increasing levels of arts presence, cultural significance, and lifestyle vitality. The appeal of building a new home on an inner-city lot within a neighborhood with established infrastructure and more readily available amenities has caught the interest of both home owners and builders in Calgary. Van Manna Homes thrives in this environment and salvages any opportunity to bring modern style to richly proven neighborhoods. VMH is building custom homes primarily in inner-city communities in Calgary, so we’ve summed up some of our favorites below that we’re sure you and your family would love to live in.

Mount Pleasant: Formerly sleepy wartime neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant are becoming the new neighborhoods on the rise, with an increased presence of new art and lifestyle features and business. What was Rembrandts on 4th street and 23rd Ave NW for years has now become The Block, and is currently one of the most talked about restaurants in central Calgary. This area also boasts 4th Spot, Shigatsu, Sura, Flavours, Velvet Café and John’s Breakfast making it an area rich with density of culture.

Bridgeland: As one of Calgary’s oldest inner-city neighborhoods, Bridgeland boasts an energetic yet small town feel with tons of new, trendy restaurants, shops & boutiques. People have always been attracted to the area and its old charm, and this growth will continue with all the nearby amenities and new trends coming to this neighborhood. Read more from Avenue Calgary here: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/City-Life/Neighbourhoods/Best-of-Bridgeland/

Currie Barracks: Currie Barracks embodies the classic inner-city lifestyle, with all your must-have amenities just a few steps away. And of course, downtown Calgary is just a short drive away! Another huge perk to living in the Currie Barracks community is easy access to tons of trails and pathways, with amazing views and gorgeous new homes. Visit www.currielife.ca for more information on this amazing neighborhood.

Killarney: Killarney is a beautiful Southwest Calgary neighborhood located very close to a variety of amenities and all the conveniences of classic inner-city lifestyle. Another huge appeal of this neighborhood is the short trip into downtown Calgary. With quick access to shopping, groceries, great restaurants & pubs, Killarney appeals to many families looking for the perfect neighborhood to build their next home in.

Crescent Heights: Boasting one of the most famous views in the city, Crescent Heights is one of the best candidates for inner-city custom home building. Large lots and established infrastructure appeal to custom home planning while the neighborhood itself promotes a genuinely unique personality. Bound by several key NW and NE thoroughfares, Crescent Heights features the busy business districts of centre street and the Trans-Canada, gorgeous strolls like McHugh Bluff which runs beneath Crescent Road, and permanent fixtures like the famed Peter’s Drive-in. Read more about Crescent Heights in our blog: http://vanmannahomes.com/neighborhood-profile-crescent-heights/

Renfrew: The northeast inner-city community of Renfrew is slowly but surely growing in popularity and development. Some amazing restaurants that are a huge attraction to Calgarians include OEB Breakfast Co. for brunch lovers, Diner Deluxe for some delicious comfort food, or the world-famous milkshakes from Peters Drive-In; right on 16th Ave NE! As well, downtown Calgary is only a short 3km trip away for access to tons of shopping, restaurants, boutiques, services and much more.

Marda Loop: One of the most appealing inner-city neighborhoods in Calgary is the hub of shopping and café life that is the Southwest’s Marda Loop. What was once a bustling turnaround point for the Marda streetcar line in the mid-20th Century has grown in the last decade into a high-profile lifestyle area for home-owners. Fully self-contained with amenities like grocery stores, a post office, gyms, major drug stores and retailers, Marda Loop also features signature touches like quality record stores, pet boutiques, café’s, deli’s and even local mechanics. The area is also well established with parks and green spaces, situated a short walk away from the sprawling and popular River Park. The community of Altadore claims the south side of the Marda Loop district, bordering the Elbow River and surrounding Sandy Beach Park and River Park — both perfect spots for a nice walk or picnic on a relaxing day off. Read more about Marda Loop on our blog here: http://vanmannahomes.com/neighborhood-profile-marda-loop-2/

 

Think you’ve found the perfect neighborhood for your next home? Contact Van Manna Homes today and let us build your custom dream home!

What to Expect When Building a Custom Home

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Your Step-By-Step Guide From The VMH Team

Building a home can be both an exciting and stressful experience for all home buyers. Van Manna Homes prides themselves in the support that they provide their customers at every stage of the building process and believe that their team and trade partners are second to none in excellence and customer service.

1. Building Decision & Initial Steps
One of the biggest decisions of one’s life is deciding to make a move and build a custom home. Once you and your family have decided when the right time is, and you’ve done your due diligence in selecting your builder, the first steps would be nailing down which type of build you’d like to do, the planning stages, arranging your mortgage financing and finalizing the Purchase Agreement.

2. Planning, Design & Permits
Next, it’s time to determine the interior and exterior look of your home. During this stage, you’ll meet with one of Van Manna’s preferred architects and designers, or opt to use your own. Now, you would be introduced to your client liaison who helps guide you through the steps. This process can take weeks or months with many informative consultations along the way. Once the design has been completed, the permits and planning with the City or County begin. At this time, you will be set up on the Van Manna Homes customized software which is accessible by your smart phone, mobile device or desk top computer. This software keeps you current with real time information from all trades, your project manager, the progress of the home, design selection, ideas and your budget. This software is complete with photos and options as well. This is one of the key features to help guide you through the stages of activity and ensure that your budget stays intact with any custom selections or changes throughout construction.

3. Construction Process
Once your city approval, permits and the blueprints are complete, construction of your new home begins. The construction process unfolds in five main stages: excavation and foundation, framing, drywall, finishing and lastly occupancy. Throughout construction, Van Manna Homes hires a third party licensed home inspector which completes detailed reports from the start of your build right through completion. As well, with your own scheduled visits, you’ll get to experience our hands-on approach of exploring the build site, meeting the trade partners and designer, and watching your custom home come to its glory.

4. Nearing Completion
At this stage, the finishing work on your home is underway, the home inspector is completing their last inspection, and you’ll also receive written confirmation of your possession date. This means it’s time to arrange completion of your finances, book your moving company, update your mailing address, and wrap up any final design and landscaping details. You will also get to attend your homeowner walk-through with the Van Manna team. This is your pre-occupancy meeting, during which time we’ll familiarize you with your new home and all its key features.

5. Possession Day!
On the date of possession, you will be given the keys to your new home along with your welcome package and fully completed home inspection. Now and during the final possession walk-through Van Manna Homes will go through any seasonal items left to be complete and if there are still items to attend to, a “trade day” will be set up that works with your schedule. All that’s left for you to do, is move-in, pop the champagne and enjoy your brand new custom-built Van Manna Homes Dream Home!

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