Poetry Homes 2019/2020 – Our Custom Home Building Process and Approach

Our Approach

Building Custom Homes in Edmonton Alberta- 2019/2020

We Pay Significant Attention To Detail

Our success depends on you loving your home forever. When we build a custom home, we view it as a reflection upon our team and our business. We pay close attention to all the details you want in a home, while helping you find other details that were not thought of at first glance. From unique safety features designed for families with children, all the way to smart home systems, our teams ultimate goal is to make a place that you and your family feel completely comfortable in. We get the details right, make a beautiful house for you, and you get a home that is yours to every last detail. 

We Ask Questions, And We Listen

We strongly believe that honest two way collaboration is key to getting the custom home you and your family has always wanted. Our company greatly values trust and integrity, which can give you confidence to put the design and construction of your dream home into our hands. We work together with you along the entire journey, and make decisions as an entire team as the project evolves. By asking detailed questions and listening attentively, you will truly get the home of your vision.

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7 Unique Features to Include in your Custom Home

7 design ideas that can make your custom home stand out from the rest

Custom Dining Room

When you decide to build and design a custom home, it is important to create a space that suites your lifestyle. The home you create should reflect your personal taste while allowing you to have a greater sense of enjoyment relative to a non-customized build. I will highlight 7 of the most contemporary options to add into a newly constructed home.

1. A Large Formal Dining Room

Probably the most elegant feature of a custom home would be to create a large formal dining room.  If entertaining guests and hosting family gatherings is something you do, setting aside a large space for a beautiful seating area will significantly add satisfaction to your new build. Adding beams, large light fixtures (in the photo above), and traditional finished carpentry, are simple techniques used to tweak the dining room to your liking. Most of our custom builds will include this feature.

2. A Spa Bathroom

Year after year, I have noticed more people building  spa-like bathrooms to have a place to retreat at the end of the day. Some of the best custom home builders in Edmonton Alberta add features such as spacious walk in showers, benches in the bathroom, large windows near the bathtubs, and even instantaneous steam units (for a steam room). Other unique features that can be added could include heated floors, ambient lighting, and multiple shower heads as well. 

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3. An Outdoor Kitchen/Patio

Consider adding a combination outdoor kitchen/patio set up to your custom build. You can create a perfect place to cook while enjoying the outdoors in the summer months in Edmonton Alberta.  Adding additional features such as waterfalls, stone seating areas, and cooktop/grilsl can make your custom home more fun and enjoyable in the warmer months of the year. You can get more ideas for an outdoor set up by reading our landscaping article as well.

4. A Home Office

If you enjoy working from the place you call home, adding a home office can offer significant benefits to your life. Dependent on the type of work you do, make sure you properly plan out an office with your home builder to guarenttee your needs are met.

5. A Wine Cellar

If you enjoy drinking and serving your guests wine, adding a wine cellar to your custom home will drastically increase your satisfaction with your new build. Most homeowners will include a climate controlled setting that can be synced to the appropriate storing temperature of the wine you purchase. Once this is set up, your wine will be kept at the appropriate temperatures until finally served. If a wine cellar is too large for your build, you should consider converting a portion of the kitchen to accommodate a wine fridge. Here is the link to a wine fridge that our last client put into their custom home in Edmonton Alberta.

6. A Smart Home System

With technology advances year after year, many homeowners take advantage of adding cutting edge smart systems into their new home. As an Edmonton custom home builder, we have aded various systems that allow the homeowner to control their blinds, temperature, humidity, locks, appliances, and even cameras with a simple click on their phone. People are having the option to have more control over the various features stated above by downloading different apps on their smartphones or tablets. Many of these options are easy to install, with others being more challenging. A great music surround system that can easily be retrofitted into an existing home is the sonos platform.

7. A Rooftop Terrace/Large Windows

Having a rooftop terrace in your custom home will allow you to take advantage of the previously unused space of your roof. By simply making the roofing membrane more durable to support constant foot traffic, you can add a new terrace in your build with low cost. If your home is a two story house, a rooftop balcony will give you ability to have 3rd story views of the surrounding. For example, one of our custom homes in Lendrum Edmonton has breathtaking views of the entire University of Alberta farmland from 25 feet up. If a rooftop patio isn’t for you, you can also consider adding extra large windows to open up your home. However, as a custom home builder in Edmonton, it is important to note that adding very large windows will add significant cost to your new home. 


When building your custom, take the time to highlight all of the unique features you wish to include before the design phase begins. This will lower costs of the construction, save time and money, and bring a greater sense of satisfaction with your build. While I have highlighted a select few features that can be added into your home, there are many other additions that can be added to create a new house that fits your needs. Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions. 

Custom Home Building Checklist – Build Your Own Home

A Custom Home Building Checklist

As a home building expert in Edmonton Alberta, we find it very important to have a drawn out list of tasks that need to be completed throughout the construction of a home. By simply overlooking or missing one of these items, you as a builder can find yourself stuck in a costly procedure to fix the issue while leaving the new homeowner unhappy. 

When building custom homes in Edmonton Alberta, regardless if it is a starter home, luxury home, or an energy efficient one, it is important that both the builder and the homeowner have a detailed list of the tasks and procedures that take place.  

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How to Landscape Your Home

Step by step landscaping design for your custom or current home

Landscape your home

Whether you have completed your own landscaping before or are completely new at it, most people can become overwhelmed by the different choices that can be made in the process. If you plan on tackling it yourself on a newly built custom home, or simply re-doing your yard for pleasure, there are a few principles that we follow as a home builder in Edmonton Alberta that work for us.

Remember, If you don’t plan on doing yourself, it is always beneficial to be involved in the design and planning. A properly planned out yard can drastically increase the property value and the owners own satisfaction.

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How a New Construction Mortgage Works

New Construction Mortgages - How Draw and Completion Mortgages Work

Construction Mortgage

New construction mortgages are very different that that of a resale home.

Traditional mortgages on an already constructed house allows the lender to hold your home as collateral if you default on your payments. These are resale mortgages and are by far the most common type. With new houses under construction, people must remember that the lender who provides the mortgage may not even have a home as collateral for loan security. This is because the home is in the process of being built. If an issue arises with the homeowners’ job for example due to unexpected circumstances, what would happen to the lenders funds tied up in the build? A fair amount would probably be lost or the builder could be stuck with an unfinished custom home. For these reasons, this is why it may be slightly harder to get a mortgage on a new custom build.

However, there are primarily two types of new construction mortgages for a custom home. A draw mortgage (the most common) and a completion mortgage.

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