Building Dreams & Busting Myths

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Whether you are purchasing your first home, or are ready to move to your forever home, the decision to choose to home builder can be daunting. One of the biggest myths surrounding building a home is that a custom home will cost you more money than buying on on spec. While a prefabricated home may require fewer decisions, in the end, you may be paying for features that you do not need and do not love. Here’s why building custom is a smart money move.

 

Set your budget, room by room

A custom home allows you to set a manageable budget, and allocate portions of that budget to features that bring you the most joy. If the kitchen is the heart of the home to you, then you can spend a larger portion of your set budget on fixtures that make a statement. In a prefabricated home, you are not able to designate your own money to the areas you desire. With a custom home you are in control of your finances, from start to finish.

 

Take control: your money, your choice

In choosing a custom home builder you are choosing to build the home of your dreams – the place where you will make memories of a lifetime with family and friends. You are choosing exactly where you want to sit by the fire with a cozy blanket and a book. You are choosing exactly where you want to gather for movie night with your children and grandchildren. You are choosing exactly how large the kitchen island needs to be for all of the food and drinks you will share with friends over the years.

 

Spend wisely to save wisely

A custom home allows you to be green, and being green saves both the environment and money. Choosing environmentally friendly sources of heating and cooling will save a significant amount of money over your span of home ownership. Unlike a prefabricated home, a custom build allows you to place and source these elements where you need them. What benefit is a heat pump in the family room if you always gather in the kitchen? A fireplace on the main floor when your family watches the game together in the downstairs rec room? The less glamorous elements of a home are often the ones that cost the most long term – the builder should not be the one to dictate where these features should be.

 

Avoid the cost and stress of renovations

Home renovations can be a major source of stress for families due to the cost of materials, labour, and length of the project. Living in a home under renovation removes both the comfort and the joy your home should provide you. Choosing to build a custom home means that you have a home that you love, with everything you have dreamed, the first time. If you love your home, you won’t have a reason to spend thousands of dollars in renovations that may never achieve the same outcome.

 

Track budget and schedules in real time

We know the thought of building custom can seem overwhelming with fears of going over budget and over scheduled. That’s why at Martell Custom Homes, we keep ourselves and our clients on track with our unique client login. This web-based platform allows you to participate in your project from any internet connection or smartphone, so you always know what’s coming up and have full control over YOUR build.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for, and get in touch to start building your home with Martell Custom Homes.

 

Stay tuned for as we bust more myths (and build more dreams) in our next blog post!

What’s Hot for 2018: Kitchen & Bathroom Edition

What’s in a trend? Interior design trends come and go (i.e. the shag carpet) but modern trends are focusing on being timeless. What new timeless materials and styles will we see come in to play for 2018?

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Simplicity: A focus on blacks, whites, and the full spectrum of greys will allow for interiors that are both timeless, and contemporary. From classic styling, to stark industrial-looking spaces, this simple trend uses of highly decorative items, and strict adherence to a determined color palette. Also, pops of colour are important in a neutral color scheme. A neutral kitchen with a back splash made of Zenolite will give a glass look, and a pop of colour to enhance the space. Be classic and adhere to your palette though. A pop goes a long way. Other colors used in a simple palette should be muted, or a shade of a color. Shades of blue, or apricot combined with neutrals can give an understated, yet stylish result.

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To help warm a space decorated in black and white, texture is an important part of trends for 2018. Metallic wall panels and splash backs, or cork or wood grain wall panels can make a simple color palette warm and inviting. A mirrored wall panel can open up a room and reflect light, making the area more inviting. Copper has been a popular metallic, but it’s peak seems to have been reached, so look out for brass to be popular in 2018.

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With simplicity comes a throwback to materials from a simpler time. Natural stone, raw timber, concrete, copper, and natural clay applied as highlights. With a simple backdrop, these natural and raw materials can give a freedom to create something unique in your home. Organic materials, and traditional handcrafts will continue to gain momentum and will make a grand showing in interior design.

A lot of these trends have been around separately, but in this combination you can make a timeless interior that will show the lifestyle, the aesthetic, and the style of the people in the home.

Neighbourhood Profile : Wood Valley Estates, Fredericton

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Are you looking for an amazing lot for your dream home? Maybe you want a wooded acre lot close to both Fredericton and Oromocto. Are you being transferred to the Fredericton region for work but do not want to live in the city? Wood Valley Estates might be the place you have been looking for. It is a well-established beautiful neighbourhood with many different lots to cater to your individual tastes. By being just 10 minutes from uptown Fredericton an Oromocto, it gives you both the easy access to all the amenities of the city but within a quiet, peaceful setting with large lots, beautiful homes, and a neighbourhood that welcomes you!

 

Wood Valley Estates is a unique place where you have the ability to build that home you have been dreaming of. Beautiful, large lots with many individually unique characteristics allow you the ability to not only build the home of your dreams, but have the landscape to make it truly your place in the world.

 

Features

  • Wooded Lots
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Restrictive covenants to protect your investment
  • Lots starting at $29,000.00 and located on Willowdale Drive

 

 

To book a Discovery Session and to start planning your new home in Wood Valley Estates or anywhere else in the Greater Fredericton region call Jason today at 506-292-2169 or email jhaines@themartellexperience.com

Fave 5 pins of the week

With the cool, wet weather we’ve been having the last few weeks, I’ve found myself cuddled up with a glass of wine and pinterest most nights after the kids are in bed. I decided to share my 5 Fave pins of the week with you all.

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I love how crisp and clean this all white bathroom looks.

 

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I’ve been thinking of redecorating my home office and absolutely love the details of this one! The gold and pink accents make my heart smile!

 

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This pin goes along with the home office, I love pretty nicknacks to look at while working.

 

outlets

As a mom to two curious boys, their safety is always something I think about. Having outlets that retract into the wall is a great idea!

 

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This spinach and bacon tortellini was to die for!

Hot trend alert! Faux wood beams

If you love the look of exposed wood beams, but don’t want the work and price tag that goes along with them theres an option for you!

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Faux wood beams can be used in residential or commercial settings, indoors or out. The natural look of real wood adds warmth and classic appeal to a living room, kitchen, covered porch, dining room, and more.

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Made from high – density polyurethane, once installed you won’t have to worry about them again, no maintenance! They don’t crack, rot, or warp, even if exposed to the elements. They come in may options for size, colour, and finish and are roughly 1/5th the price of real wood beams. Who doesn’t love a good savings when it comes to home building or renos?

Fall Bucket List 2016

It’s time for long country drives, comfy sweaters, and pumpkin spice everything! Fall is here with all its beautiful colours. We have many traditions for this beautiful season so I decided to do a fall bucket list to share with you all.

These are my must do fall activities, please fell free to post some of yours in the comments section. Enjoy!

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Fall Bucket List 2016

  • See the fall colours from the ski lift at Poley Mountain in Sussex
  • Go apple picking
  • Do a haunted house tour
  • The corn maze at the Green Pig Market in Salisbury
  • Go to the pumpkin patch to pick out the most perfect pumpkin
  • Fundy Coastal drive
  • Take the kids on a hay ride
  • Check out Boo at the Zoo (Magnetic Hill Zoo)
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Bake an apple pie
  • Watch Hocus Pocus

 

pumpkinpatchHappy Fall Ya’ll

Summer Family Fun

 

Summer is my all-time favourite season, flowers are in bloom, people are out walking around, and it’s beach season! I wanted to share some of my favourite places to bring my family during the summer.

 

Magic mountain – Always a hit with the young, and young at heart! Magic Mountain is an outdoor waterpark that now has amusement rides, an arcade, and 36 holes of mini golf. Whether you want to take a leisurely tube ride around the lazy river, a swim in the huge wave pool, or a ride on one of the many water slides, magic mountain has something for everyone.

 

Magnetic Hill Zoo – Located just across the street from Magic Mountain, the Magnetic Hill Zoo has over 400 animals spread over 40 acres, making it the largest zoo in Atlantic Canada.

They offer daily feeding shows, pony rides, canteen, and one of the largest outdoor playgrounds I’ve ever seen!

 

Parlee Beach Provincial Park – This beautiful beach is located in Shediac, NB, just a 20 minute drive from Moncton, and well worth the trip! It boast the warmest salt water in Canada, has a great restaurant on-site, beach volleyball courts, and daily activities for the kids.

If you happen to be heading to the beach on a Sunday, don’t forget to stop at the Shediac Park Market, located right in the center of town.

 

Hopewell Rocks – Home to the highest rising tides, Hopewell Rocks is a must see! I recommend planning to spend an entire day here so you can experience some of the highest tides in the world, then a short 6 hours later walk on the ocean floor, 52 feet below!

I hope that everyone gets a chance to get out on this beautiful long weekend! Just a reminder that the provincial parks in the area will have free admission on Monday August 1st, to celebrate New Brunswick Day.

 

 

Hand in Hand Lottery Wrap-Up!

martell-109With ticket sales having recently closed, time is drawing near to finding out the winners of our annual Hand in Hand Lottery. With a host of prizes available including trips, cars, and cash, la pièce de resistance this year is the gorgeous home we’ve built in the Royal Oaks neighbourhood here in Moncton.

The grand prize drawing will be July 20th, 2016 with the winner either choosing our gorgeous Royal Oaks home, or $750,000 in cash! Either way, someone’s life is going to be changed by this draw, and many lives are going to be changed by the proceeds of the lottery that will provide our city’s hospitals with the funding needed to keep our residents healthy.

lottery house diningThe Martell Dream Home located at 73 Oakcroft Crescent in Moncton NB is 3600 square feet of luxury. This is the largest Dream Home we’ve constructed, nestled on a magnificent golf course. The neighbourhood has amazing water features, and gorgeous walking trails. Add in the expertise of Josée from Azure Design using furnishings from Lounsburys and you’ve got a place to instantly call home.
The grand prize of course also has a choice. Our winner could choose the amazing home package, worth over $900,000. But they also have the option of taking $750,000 in cash. If our winner chooses the cash, you may still have a chance to own this gorgeous dream home. We really don’t want this spectacular place sitting empty, so if it’s not chosen as the grand prize, it will be on the market.

Keep your eye out July 20th to see if you’ve won. If not, you may still have a chance to own an unbelievable home in a fantastic neighbourhood.

Good luck, everyone!

Neighbourhood Profile: Lakeside Estates, Fredericton

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Are you looking for that special place to call home where you live just outside the city and the sub-division is its own community? Where there are annual community events taking place, where your children go to one of the best Elementary Schools in the city? Where you are only 10 minutes from the city centre, giving you quick access to all the amenities of the city but within a quiet, peaceful setting with large lots, beautiful homes and a neighbourhood that welcomes you?
Lakeside Estates is that place. Beautiful, large lots with many individually unique characteristics allow you the ability to not only build the home of your dreams but have the landscape to make it truly your place in the world.

Features:
• Wooded Lots
• Quiet Atmosphere
• Restrictive covenants to protect your investment
• Beside Killarney Lake, Close Proximity to West Hills Golf Course, Two Nations Crossing, Brookside Mall

Schools
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• Kindergarten to Grade 5: Park Street Elementary School
• Grade 6 to 8: Nashwaaksis Middle School
• Grade 9 to 12: Leo Hayes High School

To book a Discovery Session and to start planning your new home in Lakeside Estates or anywhere else in the Greater Fredericton region call Jason today at 506-292-2169 or email: jhaines@themartellexperience.com.

Hand in Hand Lottery is More than a Dream

This personal story from a Moncton family man really puts the Dream Home and Hand in Hand Lottery in perspective!

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The older I get the more I realize how small the world really is. I’ve been fortunate enough to have never had to deal with any serious medical conditions myself, but I know a lot of people who have. And they know people who have. And they know people who have. We’re all connected in ways we can’t even imagine, which makes Martell Home Builders annual Hand in Hand Lottery all the more important. Again this year the team at Martell has generously donated their time, and of course one of their beautiful homes, to raise funds for Friends of the Moncton Hospital and the CHU Dumont foundation to fund amazing and vital projects that will ensure our cities hospitals continue to lead the charge in providing the the health services our city needs, as well as finding, and keeping, the best medical professionals.

When my son was born, he had a valve in his heart that didn’t close properly. With many thanks to the staff at the Georges Dumont Hospital, it was spotted right away and all precautions were taken to make sure that he would grow into the amazing and healthy boy that he is today. This may not have happened to you directly, but we’re all connected. Now you know someone who it has happened to. This is the importance of what the Hand in Hand Lottery is accomplishing.

This year Martell Home Builders has an amazing dream home up for grabs in the Royal Oaks neighbourhood of Moncton. Fully furnished by local expert Josée of Azure Designs, with furniture from local staple Lounsburys. Imagine being able to just walk into your new home, hang up your clothes and know that the rest is taken care of! Add in the $100,000 cash included with the home to cover anything Josée and the team at Martell might have missed! And most importantly that you, and your friends and neighbours have given generously and enabled our local medical professionals to keep doing what they do and make sure that if something happens to some you know, they will be well taken care of.

A 3600 square foot home, completely furnished by a professional, in a beautiful part of town. Within walking distance of our new beautiful high school, and well within a short drive into the heart of the Greater Moncton area. These are amazing benefits. But at the end of the day, what I think is most important is knowing that even though the winner will have benefited by having this wonderful home, or even one of the other amazing prizes, our city and it’s residents will be better taken care of by the generosity of that city and it’s residents.

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Jane Jacobs said in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Martell’s Hand in Hand Lottery is our opportunity to keep creating the city we all want. Resurgo.

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