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Building Saskatoon One Custom Home At A Time
Nothing lasts forever! Not even a home. Sometimes it makes good sense to start from scratch.
An infill build gives you the best of both worlds. A brand new, safe, energy efficient home on a beautiful tree-lined street in an old neighborhood.
As Saskatoon homes in well-established areas get older, so do the problems and challenges of keeping them in safe repair. If you're want to live in an older area, it may make financial sense to tear down an existing home and start from scratch.
The house in video above was a great example. A beautiful century old bungalow on a treelined street in Saskatoon' s Nutana neighborhood. With the best intentions, the homeowners wanted to breathe new life into this house.
I have always had a dream of taking an old house with "good bones" and make it new again
We explored the possibility of breathing new life into this old house. The wooden structure was in satisfactory shape. However, the house interior needed a complete remodel with all new services -including new electrical and mechanical insulations. The older home also needed all new interior finishings like flooring, cabinetry, paint, and plumbing fixtures.
The house foundation looked good at first glance, but upon closer inspection by an engineer it had at best 10 years remaining before it would need to be replaced. The engineer also mentioned the roof structure of many century old homes in Saskatoon are on the verge of failure or collapse due to snow load and rotting roof structure members.
To invest hundreds of thousands into renovating this old house with only at best 10 years of life left it didn’t seem to make sense. In fact, after calculating the cost of building a new infill custom home versus doing a major renovation, it made more sense financially to build new. The new home would have more usable square footage, be energy efficient and have the modern amenities of today’s living standards.
Another benefit of new home built in an established area is they appraise higher than a fully renovated character home of the same size. So, when it eventually comes time to sell, you can expect get more out of a new build.
It's sad to see the old houses go, but sometimes it just makes sense. The key is to build a high-quality home that honors and complements the neighborhood.
Streetscape has the expertise and professionalism to make your new infill home a reality.