7 Ways A New Home Brings Your Family Together
A home is more than just four walls and a roof, it’s a place for your family to grow, change and laugh together – all great reasons why it’s extremely important to find the right home for your family. Choosing the right home means you can look forward to bringing your family closer together. Let’s take a look at the ways a new home can help you do that.
You Can Focus On What’s Most Important
When it comes to purchasing a new home, all home buyers will have to make the decision between a resale or a brand new model. While a resale can be more affordable up front, the perks that come with purchasing a new home are endless – including giving you more time to spend with your family.
Aside from the best materials and modern building practices, home warranty is one of those perks. 1-2-5-10 warranty allows owners to spend less time repairing and maintaining their home and more time with the people who matter. Here’s what you can expect:
- First Year: For the first 12 months, you may be covered for any material or labour defects such as cracked drywall, peeling paint, nail pops etc.
- Second Year: For 24 months, you’re potentially covered for any mechanical systems defects – which can include heating, plumbing and electrical systems.
- Up to Five Years: Your home’s envelope (which mostly consists of the siding and roof) is covered in the event of faulty materials or labour.
- Up to Ten Years: Structural components of your home (such as load bearing walls) may also be covered.
Click here for more information on the Alberta New Home Warranty Program
When it comes to choosing a new home over a resale it isn’t just about quality building materials and warranty. You also want a modern home that suits your tastes – not someone else’s. Even if you find a resale meets your family’s needs, you’re likely going to have to spend time making alterations.
Why not get it right the first time?
With a new home build, you’re more likely to find exactly what you’re looking for and you can put the time and money you would have spent on renovations towards something more important – like a family vacation.
You Can Find The Perfect Home Style
Buying a new home means you can choose from a variety of modern and trendy styles built specifically with families in mind. For example, flexible builders have recognized the need for larger multi-generational families to stick together, yet maintain independence. For example:
Townhouses are connected homes generally consisting of around four or five units. They offer the low-maintenance lifestyle of a condo, plenty of square footage and are often praised by families who want to buy right beside each other. With modern design in mind, these types of homes are highly sound proof – giving you peace of mind about sharing a wall.
Duplexes offer similar benefits to townhomes and give you that single-family home feeling a lot of families crave. This is because duplexes generally come with front attached garages and offer more square footage than a townhome (depending on the layout you choose). Yard space tends to be larger yet still manageable with these units, making it ideal for families who like to spend time outdoors but don’t want to maintain a full-sized yard.
You Can Choose The Perfect Floor Plan
Regardless of whether you prefer a low-maintenance townhome or a larger front attached model, new builds offer flexible floor plan options to suit every family. Here are a few modern floor plan elements you should consider in order to keep your family close, while still giving everyone the space they need.
Main Floor Suites
Having a variety of choices on the main floor for
a living room can be an important factor in what home layout you choose. Especially for family members who don’t have the mobility to go up and down many flights of stairs. This is where having a full main floor bathroom and a flex room could be really beneficial. Grandparents, for example, will appreciate the master suite-like feel and still be able to easily access the kitchen or living room.
New homes offer plenty of storage options. For instance, you could benefit from floor to ceiling cabinetry in your kitchen or a large walk-through pantry. If you spend plenty of time cooking, you can even ask your builder about adding a spice kitchen.
Other storage options throughout the home may include large rear and entry way closets as well as plenty of closet space in the bedrooms. The inclusion of a mudroom ensures all family members have a place to put their coats and shoes while a double car garage will mean plenty of room for your vehicles, seasonal items and anything else you’re not using.
Having a large, open living space can make family gatherings that much easier. With a variety of floor plan options, you can easily choose a layout that has more than one entertainment space. For example, a bonus room upstairs is a great option for the kids while the adults visit in the great room. Or, an open kitchen with a spacious island means you can converse with friends or family as you prep a meal.
Families may also benefit from having a large outdoor space. Single-family front and detached homes can offer plenty of front and rear yard space. But you don’t have to live in a single family home to get outside. A few of the key benefits in buying a new home in a new community are the ample walking trails, parks, green spaces and playgrounds.
You Can Add The Space You Need
Despite having plenty of floor plan options to choose from, you may need to make an adjustment here or there. Flexibility is yet another reason why new homes so perfect for families – you can adjust your layout to easily include each member of your family easily and comfortably.
You can include more bedroom space by developing your basement, adding
a garage suite (more on that in a minute), or by choosing a home design that includes an additional flex room. Opting for a smaller master bedroom to include more bedrooms upstairs is also an option if you don’t mind a smaller ensuite or walk-in closet.
In short, when you build your home from the ground up you have much more control over the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and a builder should be able to include more than enough bedrooms to make everyone happy. In fact, Sterling Homes can include up to seven bedrooms in a home just by making a few customizations.
Having a finished basement can help give your family everything it needs to remain close and comfortable. Here you can include features such as a second family room and/or entertainment room, extra bedrooms, another bathroom, and even a study area for your kids.
You may even want to consider a fully finished basement suite. This works well for grandparents who want to remain close yet still want their own freedom and personal space.
Did you know that secondary basement income suites can help supplement your monthly mortgage through rental income payments? This makes owning a home or building a new home much more attainable, as the CMHC allows 100% of rental income to be applied when qualifying for a mortgage.
Here in Edmonton, it is now legal to have a suite of up to 650 square feet above your garage. This can be a smart way to make some extra cash or add a separate living space for friends and family.
A garage suite is yet another great option, giving grandparents their own space or giving older kids a place close to home that still offers some privacy. Keep in mind secondary garage suites can only be developed with a single detached home and not duplexes or townhomes.
Now that you have an idea of how new homes keep your family close, you can begin the search for your perfect home. Be sure to keep track of what appeals to you and talk to builders about your needs. Keep in mind that
a good builder will go out of their way to ensure you and your family will be happy for years to come.
Originally published Mar 8, 2020, updated Mar 5, 2021