The future of home building is about to get…TINY!

We all know it – the cost of buying and owning a house is expensive – even somewhat out-of-reach for people looking to enter the housing market. And as the cost of living continues to soar, many people are opting out of buying a home altogether.

Traditionally, there haven’t been a whole lot of options. You can keep renting – that is, if you like the idea of paying off someone else’s house. Or you can continue living with your parents. This isn’t so cool if you’re over the age of 30 and ideally looking for a place to call your own.

With this in mind – as well as the changing scope of what lifestyle means to a new generation of urban, minimalist travel-seeking adventurers – even the simplest idea of what a home needs to look like is evolving – and quickly.

 

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Go Big…Go Tiny!

Jennifer McCarthy and her team at Teacup Tiny Homes now have the solution for you. Whether you’re looking to get into the minimalistic housing market, downsizing your existing housing needs or seeking a portable living option freeing you up to do more traveling – Teacup Tiny Homes makes owning your own home simpler.

“We grant people the opportunity to obtain financial freedom. We help by simplifying life, removing clutter, and lowering the cost of living. With savvy designs and alternative thinking, we create tiny luxuries that are innovative, affordable and a place to call home”.

 

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With over 15 years of experience in residential design and construction, Teacup Tiny Homes are designed and built for living. Jen and her team understand how to analyze a lifestyle and design around it. She is an expert in functional design & residential construction. And building tiny homes on wheels is what her and her team do best.

“We are passionate about bringing home ownership to reality. Whether you desire full time living, a cabin in the woods, an outdoor shack, or a summer getaway, we have options for everything”.

 

Safety

Teacup Tiny Homes use conventional residential building practices and follow national safety standards. Their homes are safe for those living in them, neighbours around them and the environment in which they reside.

 

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A big partnership

Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy have been an incremental part of the construction of Teacup’s first build. Undertaking such a unique project as part of our own ‘Special Projects Division’ really demonstrates the diversity of our customers and their projects – whether it’s building a home or building a home on wheels.

And as Jen says: “Live your dreams, live them affordably and experience life to the fullest. Find your very own Little Piece of Awesome!”

You can follow the progress of Tiny Teacup Homes on Instagram @teacuptinyhomes or on Facebook: facebook.com/teacuptinyhomes.

We’re excited to be part of this special project and will also keep you up to date as we near completion of this big-hearted tiny home 🙂

We’re hiring!!!

Exterior’s by Leroy & Darcy – Southern Alberta’s largest Siding, Roofing & Home Renovation company, is looking for Siding, Roofing & Framing contractors to join our growing dynamic team.

With above-industry compensation and a great working environment, you will be working with the most professional, most qualified Exteriors company.

We are looking for individuals with a minimum of 2 years siding, roofing or framing experience. Transportation is a must. Although we would prefer installation experience, we highly encourage non-qualified contractors to apply as well.

If you think you are the motivated individual and team-player we’re looking for, please email your Expression of Interest and a resume to jason@exteriorsld.com.

Although written references are preferred, they are not required.

Candidates will be contacted by Management upon receipt of your details, including discussion of job benefits/compensation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Exterior’s by Leroy & Darcy – We’ve got it going on!

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Building codes – what you need to know is…

Whether you are building your new home or renovating your existing home, building codes are a set of standard rules to which building can be constructed. Building codes not only applied to protect public health and safety, but they also ensure that homes and buildings meet efficiency standards relating to energy and water use.

In Canada, jurisdiction over building codes is a provincial responsibility, and it is common for building codes to differ between provinces.

When building codes are approved at a provincial and/or even national level, builders and contractors must meet these codes. Building code cover a diverse range of rules, from the use of specified building products right through to the application of these products.

And failure to meet these codes often results in legal action against negligent builders and/or contractors – especially when the health and safety of the project or homeowner is at risk.

Because house building technology and systems are constantly changing and improving, building codes play an important role in ensuring that new innovations and building techniques can come into use, and that these are applied safely by the industry.

Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy undertakes rigorous training and development with building product manufacturers, suppliers, builders and architects, as well local municipality and industry associations partners such as Lethbridge Construction Association and Canadian Home Builder’s Association.

This ensures that you are not only working with a qualified, experienced Contractor, but you are working with a contractor who understands the evolving scope of the construction industry, and how these changes affect the build or renovation of your home.

To speak with an experienced contractor, please call us on 403.327.9113 or email info@exteriorsld.com

Hemp – a sustainable alternative to traditional building materials?

A conversation with a Calgary land developer this week quickly turned towards the topic of sustainable building products. Specifically, Hemp.

Hemp has been used as a multi-purpose product for centuries. However it has only recently become highly popularized on a commercial scale. And never did we think we’d be having a conversation about using hemp as a building material.

More interestingly, is the speed at which architects, builders, land developers and home owners are demanding the use of environmentally-friendly, green building products used in new construction and home renovation projects.

With demand far out-weighing the supply of readily-available hemp for multi-purpose use, this is forcing local manufacturers and government to catch up and produce solutions for this growing demand.


GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

And not only is hemp friendly to the environment, but it is cost-effective and easy to work with. Plus, it provides energy-savings for home-owners for years to come.

 

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Plus, because hemp can grow almost anywhere in all climates – it may very well prove to be a saviour to the Canadian economy.

We may very well see the end of using wood, insulation, and even drywall in their traditional forms when building or renovating a home.

Hemp has been a demonstrated as a viable building product right across Europe, with hundreds of homes already using hemp building materials. And the trend will soon move over to Canada soon.

But don’t confuse industrial hemp with its more familiar cousin, marijuana. Industrial hemp is cultivated to lower the level of the narcotic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its “high”.

New Home Construction in Lethbridge sees decline for first 5 months of 2016

So far in 2016, ground has broken on 266 homes in Lethbridge. That’s down from 316 compared to the first five months last year.

Lethbridge has seen a slight drop in new home construction numbers so far this year, mainly due to a decline in multi-family units. Ground has broken on 266 homes in the city, down from 316 compared to the first five months of last year. With multi-family construction seeing a small decline, construction of single detached homes in Lethbridge is up this year over last. Last month, officials with the local branch of the Canadian Home Builders Association said this drop is not really a big surprise, noting new construction in the city is likely going to remain flat for the rest of 2016.

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Source: http://www.cjocfm.com/news-and-info/lethbridge-news/new-home-construction-in-lethbridge-sees-decline-for-first-five-months-of-2016/

What Junk’s in your Trunk?

It’s mid-February, the snow is off the ground and new projects are starting to surface. Most specifically – commercial and residential projects which are overdue for a repair OR complete replacement of exterior siding which has been damaged or perhaps broken down over the years.

Now, you might be looking at the siding or the roof of your home or even the building you work in and things may appear to look ok on the surface – however what lurks beneath or behind your siding/roofing could be telling a very different story.

On a recent project completed by Exteriors – it was apparent that there was excessive wood rot once the exterior siding was removed. You can see that years of moisture and water penetration have completely broken down and deteriorated the building frame in a bad way.

 

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Now you might be thinking to yourself “How will I know if my framing or building envelope is THIS badly damaged without actually being able to see it?” – And this is a valid question.

It’s fair to point out that building standards and building codes have improved dramatically over the last 20 years – so the lack of measures around water/moisture/mould management back then were not as stringent as they are today. Even the building materials themselves have improved – not only becoming much more environmentally friendly, but also manufactured to withstand excessive moisture/mould damage due to the introduction of engineered and treated wood, as well as Fiber Cement siding products.

One way in which you will be able to identify problem areas is by doing a walk-around your home or building and taking a closer look at your siding, soffit & fascia – and checking for areas which may be allowing for water or moisture to be penetrating the building envelope. Basically – if water is getting behind your siding, then there could be an issue.

Also – you can do an internal check of your building – identifying areas of mould buildup or paint which might be bubbling on the ceiling or near windows. If your walls or rooms typically feel moist, there could be some concerns as well.

The great news is that for the most part – water and mould/moisture damaged can be quickly treated and repaired. And for excessive damage like you see in these photos – our Framing team can have your building or home back to good health in no time.

So if you’re concerned with the building envelope of your home or commercial building and feel that you could do with some expertise to assess if there is a bigger problem, please call Exteriors and we would be happy to meet with you.

 

Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy is an (A+) BBB Accredited company and are proud members of the Lethbridge Construction Association.

Is anything really for free anymore?

Is anything really for free anymore?

Actually – this could be a bit of a loaded question – was anything ever really free? Perhaps, once upon a time…. But there is definitely an understanding – call it what you will – that nothing is for free. That’s what our parents always said to us growing up, right? “Son – nothing’s for free! AND IF THEY SAY IT’S FOR FREE, then it’s too good to be true!”

So what happened? When did we get so… untrusting? So guarded? So honest with ourselves that we should naturally question things – like questioning the integrity of a GREAT DEAL when we see one?

The truth is that some things ARE for free. Maybe we just don’t believe it, or we don’t want to believe it. And for the other guys (referring to NOT YOU – those who ruin/ruined it for us good guys left in the world) who tricked and lured customers with their false and empty promises – have only helped to shape the evolving customer mindset – the ultimate THING that customers do before choosing not only to work with a specific business, or to buy a specific product, but further: to influence the way in which a customer decides to part ways with their hard earned money.

Now – the term ‘Free’ used to be fixed. It perhaps was once used to actually tell you a truth – that something was actually FREE. No terms, no conditions. No *asterisk. No fine print. Then advertising changed the game – and free became ‘subjective’. Businesses would had to start stating their Terms & Conditions, or at least make them known to the customer – because the rules were changing too quickly. The waters were getting muddy…

Fast forward to 2016 – and it appears that lots of things are still ‘free’ – but we as technologically savvy consumers know this not to be entirely true. We’ve evolved. We’re smarter. We know to be smarter.

What do we really sacrifice when it comes to free? What are you prepared to trade when you see: “FREE IPHONE”, or “WIN THIS HOLIDAY”? Are you really thinking about what you are trading when you hand over your name/email address/best number to call you on when you enter that next competition? Sadly, there are a lot of uneducated or naïve or people doing this and hoping that the next email they open from a friend of their long lost uncle who just passed away – might really have $24million to give away…

There’s one thing for sure when it comes to Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy. When we say free, we mean FREE! When we say FREE ESTIMATES, or FREE APPRAISALS, or WIN A GIFT CARD – we mean exactly that – we won’t charge you a dime to come out and assess your work or enter your details into a competition. We won’t give you a free service to bait you into an expensive back-end charge with hidden service fees. We believe in Honesty and Integrity, and it’s the reason we’re still in business after 21 years.

So, think about that next time you see the next too good to be true promotion. Don’t be afraid to ask “what do you mean by free?” We’d be only too happy to explain J

 

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For a FREE QUOTE on your Siding, Roofing, Eavestrough, or windows & Doors – Please, give us a call!!

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding – How does it compare?

Now that everyone’s back at work – you might be returning home after a long day, dreading the winter weather and really taking a look at the exterior of your home for the first time in a long time.

Perhaps you have vinyl siding? Maybe even wood or cedar? And you’re now seeing the effects winter has had on the exterior of your home. After all, winter is the weather which places the most stress on the exterior of the home – freezing temperatures, excess ice & water conditions… It’s enough to give anyone a headache.

Well, the headaches only just begin if your home isn’t protected with the right exterior siding. And James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding provides you with peace of mind – as Fiber Cement is the superior siding solution.

Take a look at this illustration – it is clear that James Hardie provides durability, great curb appeal and superior quality when compared to vinyl and/or wood/cedar siding.

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For more information, please visit http://www.jameshardie.com/Why-Hardie/Superior-Siding and see why you should consider protecting your home with James Hardie Fiber Cement products.

Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy is proud to have served Lethbridge and Southern Alberta for over 21 years. Give us a call and we will provide a FREE ESTIMATE on upgrading to James Hardie Fiber Cement siding on your home.

 

Cheers!
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Thinking about Renovating?

Thinking about renovating?

Don’t let the cold weather scare you – renovating your home over the Christmas holiday isn’t such a bad idea, says Darcy Jerome – Owner of Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy.

“You’d be surprised at how low the barriers-to-entry are if you are considering renovating your home at this time of the year. We still have reasonably good weather, and with new home construction outside its peak building season, work can commence on your home and be finished fairly quickly”.

And with interest rates relatively low, completing that home improvement project might just be the right time.

We spoke with Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA) Lethbridge Division, who have some tips if you are considering a home improvement or home renovation this Christmas.

  • Know why you want to renovate. What problems are you trying to solve? Most renovations begin with practical issues. For example, your exterior siding may be damaged from previous weather storms. Perhaps your roofing shingles appear to be peeling or lifting. Or maybe you’re walking towards your front door and notice that it’s a little outdated.
  • Evaluate the structure, systems and general condition of your house.With your renovator, list the repairs and replacements likely to be required over the next two, five and 10 years. If necessary, be prepared to make trade-offs between lifestyle improvements and work needed to keep your home in good shape.
  • Work with the strengths of your home.Choose from a wide selection of colors and manufacturer products like James Hardie Fiber Cement, Sagipur, or AL13 Aluminum Metal Panel.
  • Keep it simple.A complex design can result in complicated and expensive construction. Whether you want to build on to your home, change roofing shingles or reconfigure your windows & doors, consult with a professional renovator on the impact of design on construction and budget. Less complex designs will often let you achieve the same goals.
  • Don’t just focus on the upfront cost.Renovation is a further investment in your home. Consider the time, energy and cost required on ongoing maintenance and possible replacement down the road. A well-planned renovation can reduce these future costs.
  • Don’t cut corners to save a few dollars, or you may not get the results you want.There may be ways to stretch a limited budget or you may be able to scale down your project or alternatively, do it in phases over time. But don’t compromise on quality – it’s always better to do less and do it well.
  • Check local bylaws.Before you get too involved in a particular design for adding to or substantially altering your home, you or your renovator need to know the local regulations-for instance, lot-line setbacks or septic tank requirements.
  • Look at your neighborhood.Exterior changes or additions that blend with the existing streetscape will probably add the most value to your home, and they will usually be appreciated the most by your neighbors. If you do want a design with a difference, think about ways of complementing neighboring homes.
  • Don’t worry about trends.Design trends come and go. First and foremost, plan for comfort, ease of living and personal satisfaction. Enjoy exploring options and possibilities-then design the renovation that is uniquely right for you and your family.

If you’ve got renovations on your mind, Exteriors by Leroy & Darcy would love to sit down with you and discuss products and show you a range of projects we’ve completed in Southern Alberta.

From us to you, Merry Christmas and have a great day!

 

 

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