If you’re shopping for a new home, you’ve probably come up with a list of wants and needs — and while it would be great to meet all of your criteria and stay within budget, the typical mindset is that some compromises must be made.
But what if you had control over the design of your home without the cost of hiring your own architect? What if you had the ability to choose which features are most important to you, and how much you’re willing to spend on them?
University Heights, a new development featuring single-family homes in Kelowna, is offering homebuyers the chance to truly build their dream homes with the use of an automated home design software called Chief Architect®.
Designing your home from scratch
The software allows users to design a 3D rendering of their home from scratch, down to the smallest detail. Here are a few reasons why Chief Architect® and Ovation Homes can help people build their dream homes, without going over budget.
Design your home and calculate pricing changes in real time
When Chief Architect® is combined with Ovation Homes’ proprietary costing software you can watch the appearance and functionality of your home transform right before your eyes — and better yet, see how these changes would impact the cost of your home. If you realize that a certain upgrade puts you over your budget, or you feel that those funds could be better spent elsewhere, try taking a different direction.
Control the overall layout of your home
Need more space in the living room or a bigger garage? Move a wall. Looking for more natural light? Add a window. Realize you need an extra bedroom? Simply make adjustments until the vision of your ideal home comes to life!
Try different finishes and details
When designing your home, you have control over every detail — from walls and flooring to cabinet materials and railings. Try different paint colours, see what the kitchen island would look like in another location, and switch up fixtures until you find the combination that feels like home to you.
Take a virtual tour
It can be challenging to get a real sense of your home from floorplans, blueprints or even 2D renderings. As you’re building, take 3D tours of your home to see how it’s all coming together and how the space makes you feel. The program also allows users to drop in furniture to get a proper visual of the finished product. With thousands of items to choose from, you can test out different layouts and make sure that everything fits and matches perfectly.
The benefits of designing your home at University Heights
We use this program because we want to offer buyers full control over their home, and we do everything we can to enhance the home designing and building process for our clients. Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy when designing your dream home at University Heights.
Work with a helpful expert
Despite the intuitive nature of the program, designing a home and using such specialized software can be intimidating. At University Heights, clients work with our Sales and Marketing Manager, Teresa Greene, who designs the home based on their criteria and requests.
Teresa started working in the Residential Construction Industry as a young adult and has never looked back.
“My favourite part of my job is having a family come in thinking they can’t get what they want for the price they want, and then figuring out how to make it work.” - Teresa Greene
The entire Ovation Homes family is passionate about the industry and loves helping families realize their dream of owning their ideal home.
A quick and enjoyable process
The process of designing your home at University Heights can be surprisingly quick, easy and even fun. First, Teresa meets with the client to discuss their criteria and ask questions to better understand the family’s wants, needs and lifestyle.
Next, she will take your ideas and transform them into a preliminary floor plan. Using Ovation Homes’ “Cost-It” program she is then able to price the home to see how closely it fits within the client’s budget.
Next, the client returns to review the design and suggest changes, and this process continues until the client’s ideal home comes to fruition!
Fixed price contracts
One of the most nerve-wracking things about building a new home is the concern that the end costs may surpass the initial estimates. If the cost of materials or labour increases, or if an unexpected and expensive obstacle appears, homeowners often have to pay out of pocket.
University Heights offers fixed price contracts, which means that you’ll get the home you want for the price you agreed to. No surprises.
Design your home without deposits or commitments
We want to make sure that you’re over-the-moon excited about your new home, which is why we complete the design process with zero commitment from you. In the end, if you’re not happy with your home plan or you’ve found a different option elsewhere, you can wash your hands of it and walk away.
Of course, we do everything we can to make sure that you fall in love with University Heights and your new home — but knowing that getting started requires zero risk is a comforting feeling!
Flexible guidelines and many styles to choose from
The community of University Heights allows a wide variety of home styles — everything from prairie, to contemporary, to craftsman. Homebuyers are able to personalize the exteriors of the homes just as much as the interior.
The builder also offers standard home plans if you’re looking for a place to start. You can either follow the home plans exactly, make customizations to an existing plan, or start from scratch.
Try it out on a lot
At University Heights, buyers get to choose the lot on which they’d like to build their home. Located near Kelowna’s University District, the community is surrounded by nature and amenities, and many of the hillside lots offer incredible valley views of lakes, golf courses, and forests.
When designing your home, you can place it on the virtual lot of your choice to see how everything fits, what your yard would look like, and even the views.
High-quality, customizable finishings
Tour the show home to get an idea of University Heights’ standard finishings, which are all high-quality and come with many customizable options that are included in the base cost.
You can also visit the show home between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday — Wednesday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays and holidays or contact Teresa for more information about University Heights or designing your home.