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What will this home truly cost me?

One of the biggest questions we hear from people when building a house is “What will this home really cost me in the end?”  In the residential construction industry, there are different approaches to creating contracts and billing extras. We like to ensure homeowners compare apples to apples.   At Brost, we believe in listening […]

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Carpet or Hardwood: Which one wins out?

David Glenn is a home improvement expert. He occasionally freelance writes about real estate tips, home maintenance and DIY home repair. We will be featuring blog entries from him on our site from time to time. When you are out on your home buying expedition, there are many topics and concerns that must be considered. […]

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The Dream Home | Building a custom home

Did you know that we can custom design a home for you, right from the blueprint concept phase? Often, we speak to people who are discouraged because they can’t seem to find a home design that is just right for them. They’ve been on online, flipped through ours and other builders’ floor plan portfolios and […]

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Know your enemy : we call it water.

The well-known Chinese General from antiquity, Sun Tzu, said “Know your enemy…” and in the case of housing construction, the primary enemy is water. In our part of the world there are very few outside factors that can do more damage to your home in both the short term and long term than water, including […]

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Know what’s included

If you’ve ever built a custom home, you’ve been there. You’ve picked something that you loved, like a unique granite pattern or an awesome siding colour, only to find out that it wasn’t originally quoted and will result in the dreaded “upgrade charge”. This does happen and is something that you need to prepare yourself for when […]

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New homes in mature areas makes cents.

Have you ever found yourself driving down a tree lined road on the Hill or in Riverside, passing schools, cafes and boutique shopping and thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I lived here!”? Only to turn your head and see the rows and rows of 60-100 year old homes and realized that you weren’t quite […]

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The Modern Home

I’ve been in a few older homes recently and it has reminded me of just how differently we build homes today. And it made me ask myself the question “Why?” Why do we build laundry rooms now instead of tucking them away in the furnace room on a concrete floor? Why are ensuites in master […]

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Green Is Good

We’ve all heard it, in fact you’d have to have been living under a rock for the past 2 decades to not have been inundated with the message that “Green is Good”. The message is so pervasive that nearly every business in every industry, to some degree, looks at ways that they can convey the […]

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New Home Buyer Protection

Maybe you’ve heard, maybe you haven’t, but as of February 1st, 2014 every new home, condo or otherwise must be covered by a warranty from an approved 3rd party provider. This legislation has been introduced by the PC Government mostly in response to a very ugly situation experienced in the northern part of the province involving […]