Wisdom Wednesday – Tips from our Shane Homes Staff

Who better to ask for tips on building a new home, than people who have built multiple new homes and who have a passion for design?  Our interior designers are part of the team of creative geniuses at Shane Homes who help design and decorate our showhomes;  our showhomes which represent the innovativeness and quality of our Shane Homes brand for all to see and for thousands to tour.

Each customer that purchases a home from Shane meets with a professional interior designer to assist them with the design process to help personalize their home to suit their lifestyle.  They meet at the 5000 sq. ft. Expressions Design Studio and their designer helps them select their exterior selections and cabinets, and then the interior finishings (carpet, tile, paint, cabinets, etc), so the Interior Designers have plenty of practice and experience helping customers design their dream homes almost on a daily basis.

Brandy has been with Shane Homes for over 4 years and she is on her second new home build, but her first with Shane Homes.


We sat down with Brandy and asked her some questions on her new home build.

Shane Homes:  How did you pick a floorplan?

Brandy:  The plan is important to us because we have out-grown our current house. We could not actually find a plan that had everything we wanted so we created one with Shane Homes.  This is one thing that sets Shane Homes apart from other builders, they let their customers, not just their staff, customize floorplans.

We started by taking a smaller home, the Fiesta and added the square feet where we needed it.  You can extend certain areas of the house by adding cantilevers or you can increase the whole house by adding 1′, 2′, or 3′ to the length or width.  It worked out better for our budget to do this rather than starting with a larger house and re-working it.

Shane Homes:  What was on your must have list for things you wanted in your home?

Brandy:  On our must have list we wanted:

1.  A home with more square footage than our current home.

2.  A larger kitchen because my husband and I both enjoy cooking and baking and we wanted to have enough space so we are not constantly running into each other when we are both working in the kitchen. We entertain quite a bit and the kitchen seems to be the hang out spot, so we wanted to have a big island and lots of room around it for people to mix and mingle.  We also required more cabinets for storage, etc.

3.  A continuous ensuite/ walk-in closet/ laundry with an entry directly into the hallway. My husband works shift, so I want to be able to get up in the morning and go in the ensuite and not have to re-enter the bedroom.  We added a door to separate the ensuite from the owner’s suite.  We then upgraded the door to solid core for acoustics.  You can add different types of insulation in the areas you want to sound proof.

4.  A larger ensuite with two person shower and separate soaker tub. Two shower heads was a must!

5.  A walk-through pantry from the mudroom to the kitchen.  A large pantry was a must for storage.  We wanted to be able to keep our countertops free in the kitchen for food prep and have ample storage in the pantry to really be able to organize.

6.  A mudroom to accommodate the pup.  We have a dog so you could say she almost has her own wish list!

We added an additional door between the walk-through pantry and mudroom to block the pup from food in the pantry.  Plus we added a niche to accommodate her crate as it is quite large.  We also added a side door off the mudroom to the exterior so we can build a dog run.  This will be easy access for her and us!

7.  We both prefer a more modern design with straight angles/lines so we got rid of the corner pantry and the corner fireplace and we straightened everything out.  With a wall-centred fireplace there is also more of a focal point and furniture placement is more balanced, which we like.  We also got rid of the angled transitions on the floor by upgrading the main floor to one consistent type of flooring.

8.  We flipped the floor joists on the main floor of the house to accommodate hardwood to run the length of the house. Our houses floor joists run width wise and we wanted the hardwood running the length of the house. You cannot run hardwood the same direction of your floor joists, it always runs opposite.

9.  A garage large enough to fit a truck. We had to widen and lengthen the garage to accommodate this.

Shane Homes:  Did you and your husband choose any upgrades?

Brandy:  Yes, we both had a list of things that were important to each of us in our new home.

Upgrades that I wanted:
-Tile floors in the mudroom, pantry, laundry, main bath and wet bar
-Built in wall oven/microwave with cook top for kitchen
-Hardwood throughout main floor
-Larger windows for more natural light
-8 ft. height interior doors on main floor

-Larger garage/concrete pad
-Large kitchen with a 10 ft. island
-Gas cooktop/ double wall ovens / chimney hood (chef’s kitchen!)
-3 cm. granite countertop in kitchen
-Wet bar in man cave/ bonus room

We might have had different wish lists for our upgrades, but by putting our heads together and really talking about what each of us wanted in a new house, and doing the planning up front, we can be certain that we will get what we want in our new home!

Shane Homes:  Any advice you’d give to couples building a new home?

Brandy:  Make sure you do your home work!!!  Talk to anyone that has been through the building process before.  View lots of showhomes to get ideas and help come up with a budget or wish list.  Ask what is included and what is an upgrade.  Showhomes often have the popular upgrades in them.