There’s something incredible about making your new home entirely your home.
Just before our Grand Tommie win for 2010 Home Builder of the Year, we started an exciting new home project in one of Kelowna’s most desired Mission neighbourhoods. The home was designed to maximize the lake and city views, and the homeowners had a great list of unique additions they wanted incorporated into the design and construction of the home. Some of these items were the luxuries they collected over the years and added to their “want” list over the years – the things they would incorporate when they built their dream home. Other customizations were the hottest new technologies on the market – all designed to make the homeowner more comfortable and to offer more convenience throughout their home.
Home automation is growing in popularity. Most homes now have a fully automated heating and cooling system. The programmable controls replace the traditional on/off temperature-setting wall controls. But now the automation of the entire house is efficient and convenient. And yes, considerably affordable compared to a few years ago.
In this particular Frame Custom Home, when you walk into a room the lights come on. When you leave, they turn off. When you step on the stairs to climb or descend, the accent lights on the stair risers turn on to light your way. The feature adds a new level of comfort, security, luxury and efficiency. It is certainly something we were thrilled to incorporate into the home for the customer, and now at the top of our list for recommendations to new customers who choose Frame Custom Homes.
One other automation addition to the home that really grabbed our attention, and definitely is on our “love it” list is the automatic door from the garage into the home. Have your hands full of groceries from the car? Just walk up to the door and the motion sensor senses your approach and opens the fire door to the house. You don’t have to put down the items you are carrying, reach for the doorknob, or hold the door open. It opens for you and closes behind you. It might be the most brilliant convenience we’ve added to a home design and build at Frame Custom Homes. And maybe it’s the sheer simplicity of that one feature that really grabbed our attention. Either way, we love it!
Here’s another great piece of this recent project. This is a first for us at Frame Custom Homes. We’ve built lots of home entertainment rooms and theatres, and certainly have worked with elaborate heating and cooling systems and installed special electrical systems – but this one was a truly unique piece of the home. It’s a custom designed recording studio – in the home. In a word – beautiful.
You’ll see in the photo below that it is visually stunning. It is a bright and inspired workspace. The custom designed wall and ceiling panels were made locally, and the design features are quite remarkable. There are no parallel walls, eliminating the sound-wave bounce – an important design element for the studio. Carpet borders the solid maple floors and the desk is custom built for recording and computer equipment.
Two very interesting parts of the design and build centered around the sub-floor and the heating, cooling and electrical systems. There is an 8-inch sub-floor allowing for all the cable runs for the equipment. The wood flooring is heated – and the room has a separate air exchange system. The easiest explanation is that the room is silent. Airflow from the heating and cooling system is specially controlled to reduce noise; and the walls are double insulated ensuring outside noise does not affect any recordings. It also has a completely separate power system. It’s known as “clean power” in the recording industry and was a key requirement in the design and construction of the studio within the home.
The end result? We love it, and our new homeowner has an amazing recording studio just a few steps from the family room. It is certainly a showpiece in our portfolio, and a great source of enjoyment for the homeowner.
We guess that when we say, “Tell us what you want in a Bill Frame Signature Home” we really need to be ready for a customer’s dreams! And that’s one of the things we love about building these amazing custom homes. It is the ability to design, built and present a home that is exactly what the customer always wanted.
If you haven’t already looked at our Project Gallery, please do. You’ll see many more photographs of the home we’ve written about in this Blog Post, and some really nice detail shots in “Craftsmanship & Detail” gallery category. It is what really separates a Bill Frame Signature Home from all other homes, and that’s why we feel we won the 2010 Grand Tommie for Home Builder of the Year. Nothing is hidden behind furniture. You can see the exceptional detail and fit and finish. It’s our team’s work, and we want you to see it. Think of it as the truest form of “full disclosure”. After all, if we’re going to build your home, you need to know we can deliver something that you don’t want to cover up.
If you’re ready to build an amazing new home, we’d appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about it. We can help you from the very first step. Our work is award-winning, and our customers are happy customers! Call us at 250.718.8670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Bill & Paula Frame
Frame Custom Homes