LIFECYCLE OF AN INFILL HOUSING BUILD (PART 2)

We’re passionate about working with you to create homes that boast functionality, intelligent design, your unique tastes and are budget specific! This week we take a look at Phase 2: Revisions and Drawing Preparation for a Development Permit.

Once we’ve had the chance to meet and go over all of your wants and needs within your new home, and have the conceptual design in place, the next step is to turn that design into the highly detailed plans that will be required for the Development Permit Application. Supplementary review meetings will be required to finalize the look of your new home and to determine specifications. Once all reviews and specifications are complete, the final pricing for your home will be established.

Following this, we work to prepare your drawings to obtain a development permit. Urban Sky will then work through a series of revisions in order to refine the initial concept into a computer-generated CAD drawing of your dream home. In this phase, Urban Sky develops the structural design in detail based on your selections for exterior materials and finishes. We will also have refined front elevation and completed drawings that are required for obtaining your Development Permit as well as for preparing your project summary budget.

With the approval of the final price and specifications we move on to the purchase agreement. Once you sign a Sales Agreement with Urban Sky, we will submit a formal Development Permit Application to the City. The permitting process can take between several weeks, depending on the nature of the development being proposed.

Stay tuned next week as we cover topics like final plans, building permits, and the start of constructing your new home! Have a question or would like to learn more? Contact Us.

 

LIFECYCLE OF AN INFILL HOUSING BUILD (PART 1)

It’s an exciting time in YEG as the look, style, and functionality of new homes is evolving and infill housing is increasing in popularity. It’s a great way to revitalize existing neighbourhoods, breathe life into the community, and for new homeowners to have access to some already well-established business and services! So, how does the home buying process work when choosing an infill development? And, more specifically, what can you expect when choosing to work with Urban Sky?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll discuss the phases that exist within the new home buying experience and aim to demystify the process for you!

How it starts: FINDING THE PERFECT PROPERTY

Initially, you (the new home buyer) start by finding an area of the city that you would love to live in, and then acquire an existing property. But don’t worry, if you have not yet purchased a piece of property, Urban Sky can help you locate the ideal lot. Our realtor partners will search high and low to find a property that matches your personalized criteria.

PHASE 1:  CONCEPTUAL PLANS

During our first meeting, Urban Sky will review your New Home Planning Worksheet (found in our New Home Buyers Guide) and discuss your priorities and budget requirements. We will also provide some important information about getting your property ready for your new house while including details about your specific lot as well as the design and permitting processes. Ultimately, this initial consultation will help you determine if Urban Sky is the right fit for your project. (Be sure to check out a free copy of Urban Sky’s New Home Buyers Guide to help you decide what to include on your ‘wish list’ prior to our initial meeting.

Once decided that Urban Sky is a great fit for you, an agreement is then established, and a deposit will be required to cover the initial concept and design work. From there, you’ll have the ability to meet with one of our talented Designers to review your New Home Planning Worksheet and so you can personally share your vision for your new home. This will allow us to begin the concept design process, which entails a comprehensive survey of your property as well as an overview of land use bylaws and development guidelines.

Then comes the fun part! Together we’ll consider your needs and wants in light of your budget to develop the floor plans and exterior of your new home. This will involve a few meetings so we can discuss, review and refine your new home concept. Our priority is to ensure the design captures your vision as completely as possible. And, be sure to bring any ideas that you have to the initial meeting, as they will help you explain your vision to your custom home builder and designer. From this meeting, Urban Sky’s design team will be able to analyze your site and prepare a preliminary design and front elevation for your review.

Urban Sky will guide you through the process one step at a time – we will listen to your desires and will actually begin drawing the rough sketch of your home right in front of your eyes!

Stay tuned as we discuss the next phases of infill home construction and cover topics like drawing preparation, building permit, the start of construction, and interior design selections!

Ready to start building your next home? Contact Us!

Urban Sky Cares – ABC Kid’s Walk/Run Update

The ABC Kid’s Walk/Run (as part of the Servus Edmonton Marathon weekend) took place last Saturday; August 19th, and was a huge success! The event had an amazing 243 registrations, and, through our Urban Sky Cares program, we were thrilled to partner with some really great organizations and individuals and provide 40 of those registrations to deserving kids. Here’s what a few of the organizations had to say:

“Thanks to the generosity of Urban Sky Developments we were able to offer registrations to a number of children. The ABC Kid’s Walk/Run at Remax field provided a unique opportunity for the kids to be able to test their skill and ability levels at the various fitness stations before participating in the 1 km fun walk/run. That you Urban Sky, the kids had a great afternoon!” – Sheri Long, Principal – Lauderdale School

“We had a really great time at the ABC Kid’s Walk/Run. Thanks to Urban Sky, we were able to have a lot of kids benefit from this event. We felt like this opportunity really aligned with our beliefs and allowed these kids a chance to participate in an afternoon of physical activity and fun. Tha, k you Urban Sky for your generous donation. The ABC Kid’s Race was a huge success!” – Kidsport Edmonton

“What a great opportunity! The kids really enjoyed taking part in the 1 km race, and the t-shirts and medals that they received were a definite highlight. Thank you for the generosity Urban Sky. The young participants enjoyed the day. Physical activity supports happiness and wellbeing. “Brian Torrace, Director, Ever Active Schools

*Our Urban Sky Cares program is a local initiative which continually strives to find ways to give back and support the communities in which we serve. We are committed to making a difference. (If you would like to learn more, or to partner with us, please Contact Us).

Urban Sky Cares About the ABC Kids Run/Walk

It’s back for another year, and we’re thrilled to take part in it!

The ABC Kids Run/Walk is a part of the Servus Edmonton Marathon Family Festival Weekend; taking place on Saturday August 19, 2017. The event is being hosted at Re/Max Field and is a unique opportunity for kids of all skill and ability levels to participate in an afternoon of fun which includes a 1km Run/Walk, and several untimed fitness activity stations designed for kids of all ages to assist with the skills of running, jumping and throwing. Activity stations can be done in any order and as many times as the children would like, and are set-up in a way that mom & dad, friends, and spectators alike can be right beside the activity to cheer them on and take photos!

This exciting program is both gender equitable and adaptive to special needs children and children with disabilities.

Additional highlights include:
-inflatable’s on site,
-a DJ,
-vendors providing juice boxes & fruit, and;
-each child that registers receives a t-shirt, race bib, and upon completion of the ABC Kid’s Run will receive a medal; the same ones that are handed out to the racers competing in all categories of the Servus Edmonton Marathon (but that which are specific for the Kid’s Event)

At Urban Sky Developments, we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with local Edmonton organizations as we provide registrations to kids in need that would benefit from this event.

Follow us on social media or our blog leading up to the event, or to learn more about Urban Sky Developments and how Urban Sky Cares.

Interior Designers: Why You Need One

When it comes to building your new home, working with an interior designer is key! There are many parts of the equation to successfully planning, designing and furnishing your next home. And, choosing a skilled designer means having access to someone who eliminates all guesswork and creates an enjoyable home building experience.

Start with an initial consultation! Most interior designers offer free consults, and will often have tier pricing options available depending on your needs and budget! Working together, they’ll go over each aspect of your new home to get a feel for what is that you want in your next space, how you want it to look, and most importantly; how you want it to function! And, when it’s time to hone in on those details, they’ll also discuss and provide options for items such as; layout of floor plan, windows and coverings, doors, closets, fixtures (electrical, plumbing, hardware) finishing’s (lighting), colour choices (paint, trim) and various other materials such as floor coverings, countertops, etc.

The advantages of hiring an interior designer are huge!

*An interior designer will help you create a realistic budget. Their experience allows them to foresee costs that you may otherwise initially overlook.

*They can recommend favourite products from reputable sources rather than blindly ordering them from unfamiliar manufacturers and are trained to ensure products ordered are of proper proportion and scale to the size of the space which you are renovating.

*Are able to come up with exterior designs that will meet the neighbourhoods requirements, and create a cohesive design plan that will flow from the exterior to the interior.

*They typically have access to skilled trade contacts that they work with, and will coordinate the activities with their partners to create a hassle free experience for you.

*With quality standards and safety codes in mind, they ensure projects are completed properly so that additional time and resources are not wasted on fixing errors down the road.

*They are great at handling timeframes and, with your schedule in mind, can help guide you in the right direction so contractors are able to complete the work on time and avoid delays which can come from when homeowners are struggling to make selections or finalize layouts and designs.

*They know how to balance colours and create harmonious functional spaces to best suit your needs and lifestyle. And if you’re stuck deciding between a few different uses for that space; an interior designer can help you decide on the perfect fit based on practicality and budget.

The end result is a look and feel that is unique to you!

WHO IS URBAN SKY DEVELOPMENTS? MEET TOM KEOGH (PART 2 OF 2)

This week we visit part 2 of our interview with Tom Keogh; head of project management and founder of Urban Sky Developments!

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: Outdoors, sports, and competing in triathlons.

Q: What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most Challenging?
A: Most satisfying? Building relationships, putting deals together with these relationships. Repeat business is indicative of this and that what we’re doing makes sense.
Challenges? Tight deadlines.

Q: What do you like the most about Urban Sky Developments?
A: Constantly seeing the vision that we have coming to life.

Q: Why do customers choose this company?
A: I’ve been told that it’s because of our old school approach to communicating with our customers and building longer term relationships with them. I.e.) constantly keeping in touch with phone calls, emails, meetings to keep them up to date on the projects and their investments, the progress on their new home, and because we value the relationships that we’ve established with them.

Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: The uncertainty of what’s to come and what has to be dealt with. Like snowflakes, no two days are ever alike.

Any other questions that you would like to see included in our upcoming interviews? Let us know in the comment section below.

Interior Design or Interior Decorating?

So you’re planning on updating your home, or possibly looking to buy new, and you’re started researching ideas and options to be able to bring your vision to life.

You consider working with an interior designer, possibly a decorator, but upon further research, you find that the differences between the two services aren’t quite clear. So, are they interchangeable? And, if not, what’s the difference? How do I know which one I need?

Despite the many similarities between the two jobs, there also exist more than a few differences. Below is a brief comparison between the two that aims to eliminate the confusion, and help you best decide which one you need to work with.

Interior Design
*Requires specific schooling, and formal training, either a Diploma Program or Bachelor Degree. In addition, some provinces require that interior design professionals pass an exam and become registered with a governing council. (Be sure to research the requirements in your area first!)

*From start to finish they are comfortable with spatial planning and can design & renovate interiors (and exteriors) from drafting up the initial floor plan to adding the final decorative touch. They are capable of enhancing more than just the look of a room; they improve the function.

*Often work with architects and contractors to help you achieve the look that you desire.

Interior Decorating
*Many programs and courses are available, however, no formal or specific training is required, because an interior decorator’s main focus is aesthetics. An interior decorator is usually involved post renovations and structural planning to only enhance the surface look of the space.

*Can help choose color scheme, buy furniture, accessorize, and are great to work with when sprucing up an existing space.

*Don’t generally work with architects or contractors as they are often involved after structural work has already been completed.

Who should I hire?

If structural changes are desired I.e.) removing a wall, moving plumbing, adding new windows or doors – interior designer is the better choice. However, if you’re only looking to update colour scheme, flooring, textiles and without changing the structural layout of a room; an interior decorator would be a great fit. Ultimately; start by assessing your specific needs, and then choose the service that is best aligns with what you’re trying to achieve.

**There are many different associations that Interior Designers and Interior Decorators can be a part of, such as the NKBA, IDC, and CDECA.  All of these are great resources to find Decorators or Designers who have invested into their businesses and are required to take continuing education courses to stay up on codes.

Who is Urban Sky Developments? Meet Tom Keogh (Part 1 of 2)

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a fun behind the scenes look at the people that make up Urban Sky Developments! From the founder, business partner, legal, admin, design and marketing; it’s a great opportunity to get to know our amazing team.

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Keogh; head of project management and founder of Urban Sky Developments. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.
A: I originated in Toronto Ontario spent elementary school there and then the family moved to London Ontario for my high school. We have a large family (including parents there was 9 of us). We lived in both the urban and suburban areas. I’ve always been sports-minded. I was involved in lots of sports as a kid and played at a high level of hockey and football back then.
After high school, I applied to and was accepted into Royal Military College (RMC) where I completed an engineering degree. Upon graduating I was an officer in the combat engineers, and I spent a total of 15 years in the military. During that time I moved to the Special Forces and had international postings with other Special Forces.
After I left the military in about 1990, I set up an engineering and project management business in Edmonton.

Q: Describe how you first got into construction.
A: It was the army engineers, with heavy construction. I.e.) roads, infrastructure. There was one occasion where the Canadian army was reopening a previously shut down base in Ontario that had been used for tanks and artillery. We spend a full year putting new roads, and infrastructure services. What was different and challenging were the many unexploded artillery and ammunition rounds were present and we spent quite some time clearing all the unexploded ammunition during that construction period.

Q: What is your greatest achievement outside of construction?
A: It’s hard to pick just one. Both my sibling family and immediate family have a unique blend of being very capable and independent, but always go out of their way to stay connected with each other.The 25 years of successfully operating my own business, and my military service are also significant achievements.

To be continued…

A Heartfelt Thank You

And that’s a wrap!

It’s been just over 2 months since our Urban Sky Cares campaign officially kicked off, and in that time we have seen overwhelming success from YOU on social media.

What started off as an attempt to grow brand awareness while being able to give back to the community around us, turned into so much more! For this initiative we were able to partner with 2 amazing local organisations; Edmonton’s Food Bank, and Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. And, with your help, $3,820 was raised. We then matched that amount, bringing the grand total to $7,640 donated (that’s a lot of meals)!

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton shared these kind words:

We at Urban Sky Developments want to thank each and everyone one of you who donated and helped to make this campaign so successful!

Follow us on social media to learn more about our upcoming events – we can’t wait to them with you!

Urban Sky Cares About The Edmonton Food Bank

As part of our ongoing campaign, The Edmonton Food Bank is one of those fundraising opportunities that is very important to us and so we wanted to take a moment to discuss what it is they do in our city, and how you too can become involved!

With the strong mission statement; “To be stewards in the collection of surplus and donated food for the effective distribution, free of charge, to people in need in our community while seeking solutions to the causes of hunger.” the Edmonton Food Bank does some amazing work! They currently work with more than 230 agencies, churches and food depots throughout Edmonton, and serve almost 20,000 people per month through their food hamper programs! In addition, over 500,000 meals and snacks are provided monthly through their affiliated agencies!

The Edmonton Food Bank is a charitable organisation with volunteers and donations playing an important role. From now until mid-January, Urban Sky is looking to match YOUR donations made by visiting our site (up to a total of $2,500). Donations made go towards some essentials like operating costs and food purchases.

To DONATE please visit: https://urbanskydevelopments.leadpages.co/urbanskydevelopments-urbanskycares/
To learn more about the Edmonton Food Bank and how you can become further involved please visit: http://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/about/
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