About Channel Custom Builders

CHANNEL CUSTOM BUILDERS has been BRINGING GRAND PLANS TO LIFE for our valued customers in the Calgary area since 1991. Unique Custom homes by our NUVO Urban Homecraft division and award-winning renovations by our RENU Major Renovations division rank Channel with the best in the west!

Cool Products – Basement Development Innovation – DRIcore Smartwall

Building Science is now telling us that the traditional method of perimeter wall wood framing, batt insulation and polyethylene vapour barrier for residential basement developments leaves much to be desired from a “home-health” point of view.  External forces such as Hydrostatic Pressure can cause moisture in the adjacent soil to be drawn through porous concrete foundation walls and slabs by way of capillary action. Despite the prevalence of current water mitigation techniques (Foundation wall damp-proofing, polyethylene vapour barrier, etc.), water can still be drawn into your basement, most notably through the unprotected bottom of your concrete foundation wall footings. This is a phenomenon known as “Rising Damp”.  Due to these and other factors, homeowners have often been faced with unknown moisture building up behind their basement walls, promoting the growth of unhealthy mold…not good for the home, not good for the occupants!

Enter DRIcore, with its’ new SMARTWALL System.  Designed to replace standard perimeter wall framing, insulation and vapour barrier methodology, this unique new system consists of:

-        2’x2’ interlocking DRIcore Subfloor panels with a built-in air space underneath that allow moisture migrating up through the concrete floor to dissipate without affecting the flooring (optional, but recommended component).

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-        2’x8’ (or 10’) interlocking wall panels with built-in Vapour Shield Technology that eliminates all air pockets and creates an effective insulation R-Value of R-17.

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-        Tapeless joint technology allows DRIcore “Patch-Pro” to be applied directly to the panel joints without tape.  Simply apply, sand, paint.

-        The SMARTWALL Panels have built-in Easy-Wire Channels for feeding electrical wiring, as well as specialty panels with pre-installed switch & plug boxes.

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What a great idea! Not only is there a significant time savings with a SMARTWALL installation, but this highly superior system also adds value by defending against moisture incursion, which in turn promotes “home health” quality and helps retain your home’s long-term worth. Considering our mutual goal of a warm, dry, comfortable basement living space, we recommend taking a close look at SMARTWALL! Go to DRIcore.com for full detail on how the SMARTWALL System works, then call Channel Custom Builders for a no-obligation basement development estimate using the SMARTWALL System.

HOUZZ IT GOING?

Well, it’s going just fine for us at Channel Custom Builders, thanks in part to HOUZZ.  For all you fans of HOUZZ.COM, a quick look at our page on this amazing site will reveal our new “BEST OF HOUZZ 2017” Award for CUSTOMER SERVICE, based on reviews posted by a selection of our many satisfied Customers.

We are very grateful to the HOUZZ Team for selecting Channel for this unique honour, as well as for the HOUZZ Badges that together reflect our ongoing dedication to excellence in design, quality of construction and of course, superior Customer Service.  For you, the home improvement enthusiast, the HOUZZ site has become an invaluable resource for all things to do with home design, construction, renovation and decoration.  Our presence on HOUZZ indicates our confidence that this vast compilation of home design and upgrade information will continue to be very useful for anyone planning on BRINGING GRAND PLANS TO LIFE for their home.

Thanks again to the HOUZZ Team for this vote of confidence in the Channel Team’s efforts!  We will continue to strive to excel in all aspects of what we do for the benefit of our valued present and future Customers.

Martin Kathrens in Calgary, AB on Houzz

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Energy Efficiencies for Your Home

In response to growing interest in clear information about decreasing the long-term cost and carbon footprint of home energy usage, we have added a very comprehensive page to our website (click on ENERGY). This thought provoking page explores the “why” and “how” of:

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SOLAR ELECTRIC/SOLAR THERMAL

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GEOTHERMAL HEATING & COOLING

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THE POWER OF WIND

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When planning to build a new home or renovate an existing one, it is becoming increasingly important to consider the viability of one or more of these efficiency methods, as well as to join the growing legions of homeowners now concerned with “greening-up” energy consumption.

Building envelope technology is primarily mandated by Building Codes, and now goes a long way toward ensuring a tight seal in every new home, but with Solar, Geothermal and Wind, you have options for further improvement of home energy efficiencies. Implemented individually or in a specifically designed hybrid combination, these clean, renewable sources of energy are the way of the future. Channel Custom Builders can help shed light on these somewhat complex and unfamiliar issues. Contact us today to arrange for a complementary In-Home Consultation.

Problem Solved – Custom Closet Organizers & Designer Doors

If the closets in your home still have a single shelf with a hanger-rod running from one end to the other, you may be in serious need of some organizational expertise!

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Today’s internal organizers may be as simple and reasonably priced as the wire shelving systems (in white or titanium finish) that accommodate for single & double row hanging, open shelving towers (some with baskets), drawer/open shelf cabinets and tie/belt/jewellery racks.  Or, consider the much more attractive upgrade of custom, built-in cabinetry.  From flat or wood-grain melamine to higher –end wood species, this type of cabinetry offers a more attractive, finished look that also delivers the form/function essential to any closet storage space.

Finish off your classy new look with custom bypass door panels or a unique “barn” door!

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“‘Tis The Season” Series – #4 – Summer

NO, NOT CHRISTMAS…SUMMER!

SUMMER (Jun/Jul/Aug) is the season when all you may want to do is kick back in the sun with a tall drink and a good book!  However, holiday time aside, your “inner-homeowner” is probably whispering something about pre-planning for that fall/winter month kitchen renovation or basement development.

Building contractors tend to shift their focus more to interior work once the weather makes exterior and foundation projects more difficult, so you can expect their availability to be greater through the winter months for your interior upgrades.  So, put down that book and start roughing out how you want that potentially renovated space to work for you and your family!  Help is just a phone call or email away, if you need guidance from a design professional who can advise on space planning, concept design and contemporary detailing.  A full-service contractor can provide this expertise (or work with your chosen designer), as well as the pricing, scheduling and project management skills to ensure a positive outcome for you.

Whether you have just begun thinking about plans for a fall/winter project or have completed plans for a summer project and need a contractor for that, keep Channel Custom Builders in mind.  When it comes to renovations or new home builds, we are good to go…summer, fall, winter or spring!

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Cool Products – Freestanding Bathtubs

If you think back to when tubs were made of copper, filled by hand with buckets and much resembled horse watering troughs, then to the iconic cast-iron claw-foot tub and indoor plumbing, much has changed in the world of bathing! But what was old is new again, with the modern day version of the Freestanding Bathtub.

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Lakeview Village

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Lakeview Village

No longer made of copper or cast-iron, most of these current tub offerings are of one or two piece formed acrylic, which are much lighter to handle and warmer to the touch. There are many attractive design choices that reflect traditional and contemporary styles, but the common theme is soaking comfort! And for a gentle, relaxing massage, add in a soothing bubble-jet feature. Plumbing fixtures can be highly decorative when installed outside the tub in a floor-mounted “stand” configuration, or internally plumbed with deck-mounted taps, filler and even a telephone spray head. It takes some planning and co-ordination between plumber and flooring installer to ensure the kind of professional “fit & finish” desired, but this extra effort will be worthwhile.

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Okotoks community of Downey Ridge

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Okotoks community of Downey Ridge

If you are curious about the world of relaxation bathing, have a look on Channel’s website “Shopping” page for links to a variety of manufacturers’ products. Or give Channel Custom Builders a call about the bigger picture…your new bathroom, kitchen, basement renovation, addition or completely new home plan!

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Hidden Valley

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Hidden Valley

JUST WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT… FRESH IDEAS FROM A 25 YEAR OLD!

Looking back, it’s hard for us to fathom that Channel Custom Builders has been involved in residential design & construction for a quarter of a century!  And believe it or not, we are just as excited now about our creative mandate as on that day in 1991 when our doors first opened.

That excitement still translates into fresh ideas for all manner of projects that come our way, from interior & exterior renovation work to “from-the-ground-up” custom homes.  When a higher standard of design has been established before you build, it doesn’t really cost much more, but when combined with fine craftsmanship, this commitment to quality does deliver amazing value!

On both the design and construction sides, we try to stay current on trends, products, materials and methodology, all of which contribute to superior results for all projects, large and small.  Regardless of project type or scope, this focus on inspired solutions has served us and our past customers in the Calgary area very well for…you guessed it – 25 years!

So, a big thank you to all our valued customers from past years, and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to us…25 years young and looking forward to providing YOU with fresh ideas sometime in the NEXT 25!

CHANNEL CUSTOM BUILDERS – BRINGING GRAND PLANS TO LIFE SINCE 1991 

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“‘Tis The Season” Series – #3 – Spring

NO, NOT CHRISTMAS…SPRING!

SPRING (Mar/Apr/May) is the season when many of you start thinking “outside-the-box”.  That is to say, the OUTSIDE of the box, as in exterior renovations for your homes!  To upgrade from that tired, “box-like” appearance, there are many attractive, energy efficient and eco-friendly options to choose from.

A main or second level addition would certainly add dimension, but unless you are in need of more interior space, simply replacing worn, outdated cladding will go a long way to updating your home’s look, while providing a tighter “seal” against the elements.  A covered front porch or a spacious rear deck could enhance your outdoor living areas and, when detailed with stonework and metal/glass railings, could contribute a lot to the visual “interest” of your home’s exterior.  Start at the top and work down – roofing, soffit/facia, windows/doors and cladding…what will it take to both improve architectural appeal AND save you money on heating/cooling, while avoiding the use of materials that may be harmful to the environment?  There are great on-line resources now that will allow you to compare various products prior to making those final choices.

Once you have developed an informed sense of what you think will work for your exterior upgrades, don’t hesitate to consult with design professionals and contractors (think Channel Custom Builders) who specify and work with these products every day.  Teamwork will always deliver the best results!

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Bus Benches – Channel now has street-cred

One of the many ways we try to introduce our renovation & new home design/construction services to you is through Bus Bench Advertising.  As you travel around Calgary each day, you may now spot one or more of our bench locations that are intended to catch the eye and spark your interest!

So, here’s the thing…in the manner of “Where’s Waldo”, if you can put a street or avenue location to one of the photos below and contact us to book a complementary in-home consultation for a project you are planning, we will install a free Radon Detector in your home during our consultation visit (go to DNAscience.ca/radon or RadonWest.com online for the dangers of Radon in the Calgary area).  And as an added bonus, you will receive a $500 credit off the cost of your project, if you should choose to book with Channel Custom Builders.

All good, right? So jump in, have fun, get to know us!

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“‘Tis The Season” Series – #2 – Winter

NO, NOT CHRISTMAS…WINTER!

WINTER (Dec/Jan/Feb) is the season when NEW is on many minds…for example, what will the NEW Year bring?  A NEW Custom Home perhaps?  Or a complete NEW Home Renovation?  If that IS what’s on your mind, making the choice between building new or renovating can leave you totally torn!

There are many factors to consider, but the first should always be LOCATION.  Do you want to stay where you are, or would another neighborhood be more desirable? Is your current property more suited to renovation or redevelopment?  If you do choose to source a more suitable property, would you renovate or build new there?  Once those questions have been answered, a Realtor may be needed if your decision is to relocate.  In either case, a design professional (architect, architectural designer or interior designer) and a builder will need to be engaged.  It’s often a good idea to begin with a full-service residential builder such as Channel, as we have access to a selection of designers and can recommend one that seems best suited to your project.  Also, a builder can provide early-stage advice regarding comparative project-type costs, timelines, design & technical issues, as well as the often complex permitting process.

The FALL & WINTER months are a good time to begin serious planning for either a new build or a major renovation, and with typical lead times of 4-8 months, either type of project could well be underway before year’s end.  Take the guesswork out of the equation and give Channel a call…there is no charge for consultation meetings!

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