Realty Reality TV Show Feature

Built-Rite Homes was proud to have its Clean Living Home featured in Cedarwood Productions - Petrina Koltun's January 2014 episode of the Realty Reality TV Show.

"The Built-Rite Homes name defines the best in workmanship and customer service and their projects have earned them a reputation for quality construction and innovative design."

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2014 Tommie Gold Award Winner

Built-Rite Homes is pleased to announce that we are the recipent of the 2014 GOLD TOMMIE award for “Excellence in Single Family Detached Housing Under $350,000.” The award was recieved on February 21, 2015 at the annual Tommie Award gala held in Kelowna, BC.

"We are very happy to be selected for this award. To be in the company of so many great builders here in the Okanagan is truly an honour" said company President, Rob Anderson.

Learn more about the Award Winning Show Home

Grand Opening!

Built Rite Homes is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of The Clean Living Home. It is the ultimate high performing, environmentally sustainable home, packed with state-of-the-art technology and energy saving features. Our Grand Opening will be held Saturday May 25th from 1:00-5:00PM as part of the Spring Parade of Homes at The Lakes development in Lake Country, BC.

At Built-Rite Homes we take pride in building high performance, high quality homes, all within your budget. Come visit us at the Parade of Homes and talk to our friendly staff about how we can assist you in building your dream home. We can't wait to meet you!

Green Decorating

Is “greening” the interior of your home just as important as “greening” the exterior of your home? YES! Choose paints and primers that are made locally, free from VOC’s and solvents.

Choose Eco-Floors by restoring old flooring with Hemp Wood all natural wood finishing, and use an area rug to protect and prolong the life of your flooring. Use Hemp items like curtains, linens and towels; Its eco-friendly and it’s a quality product. And of course, use hand-me-downs.

Restore old items and make them useful again, many pieces have great history! So, with some careful, compassionate planning and responsible actions, you can have a beautiful living area that is healthy for you and the environment.

We Are One of Eleven Energy Star Builders in Canada!

We are pleased to announce that we have recently been accredited by Natural Resources Canada with the ENERGY STAR designation. ENERGY STAR is the international symbol of premium energy efficiency. Products that display the ENERGY STAR symbol have been tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.

Busting Green Building Myths

Green building -- or sustainable building -- involves incorporating eco-friendly elements into the design and maintenance of a home and minimizing the impact on the environment when building houses, condos and the like.

More homeowners and builders are interested in green building and want to choose energy efficient features for their homes, so it's important to know what's fact and what's myth. Peter Yost of BuildingGreen LLC in association with addresses eight common green building myths.

Myth #1: Green homes cost more than other homes.

Sustainable building often requires more expensive building materials, smarter technology and complicated systems than conventional building. But when thinking long-term, green building actually saves money because the materials won't have to replaced as often. So while initial costs may seem like a lot, green building offers better value when you consider the life-cycle costs. For instance, upgrading to energy efficient windows might cost more up front, but the reduced load on your heating and air conditioning system will help offset that cost over time.

Myth #2: Green homes look weird.

In the early days of green building, builders focused on features that touted self-sufficiency and lower costs, which often detracted from a home's design or architecture. These days, green homes don't have to look strange unless you want them to. Virtually any home, regardless of home style, can have sustainable features. Solar Shingles, for instance, can be incorporated directly into the building's structure so they're virtually invisible.

Myth #3: You can't make an existing home green.

Altering your home's structure and operating systems -- foundation, framing, wiring, plumbing -- can be very expensive. But "greening" an existing home doesn't have to be a complete overhaul. Upgrading windows and HVAC equipment, putting more insulation into the walls or attic, sealing air leaks, and installing energy-recovery ventilation equipment are all examples of upgrades that will make a house more energy efficient. Keep sustainable building practices in mind during routine maintenance and repairs, such as wrapping the house with an inch or two of rigid foam insulation before installing new siding.

Myth #4: Green houses can be too insulated or too tight.

Some traditionalists argue that houses need to breathe, and they caution against "too much insulation" and "building too tight." But in reality, these are the least of our concerns. Most homes have uncontrolled air movement that wastes energy and increases the risk of long-term damage to building components. This can be alleviated by identifying and sealing air leaks and adding insulation. To offset this tightness, homes need mechanical ventilation to ensure that a supply of fresh air is circulated.

Myth #5: You need solar panels to be truly green.

Solar panels were once the universal symbol for green building. But the reality is that sustainable building means integrating a variety of energy efficient solutions that work together -- from heating systems to interior finishes. When building green, focus on the house as a whole, not just particular green features like solar panels. Everyone working on the home, from the architect to the HVAC specialist to the electrician, should be involved in the green strategy. After all, will you be getting the most out of your solar hot water collectors and photovoltaic panels if you have leaky windows and poor insulation?

Myth #6: Low-flow toilets don't work well.

After the federal government limited toilets to 1.6 gallons of water per flush, early models of the low-flow toilet were a flop. Times have changed, and homeowners have more options. Today's redesigned low-flow models work as well or better than older water-guzzling models. High-efficiency toilets use even less water than standard low-flow models, some as little as 1.1 gallons. Dual-flush toilets, which have separate flush modes for solid and liquid waste, are another water-saving option.

Myth #7: McMansions can be green.

Whether or not a big house is green depends on how the building's materials and resources are being allocated. A 10,000-square-foot house built for a family of four can't be considered green, no matter how many sustainable features it has. But it would be green if 20 people lived in that same house. Lowering consumption is an important benchmark in sustainable building, and that thinking extends to the materials that go into a house as well as the energy that's required to heat and cool it. The LEED rating system's "neutral" size recommendations range from 900 square feet for a one-bedroom house to 2,850 square feet for a five-bedroom house.

Myth #8: "Green" is just a passing fad.

From kitchen cabinets to skylights to siding, consumers are looking for eco-friendly features for their homes, often paying premium prices for the extra value. High energy costs, limited natural resources, awareness of global climate change, better understanding of building science and growing health concerns are all contributing to a lasting green movement.
The fact is that sustainable houses last longer, have fewer problems, are cheaper to live in and keep people healthier and happier. And who doesn't want that to last forever.

Top 10 Dream Home Features

If you were given a chance to design your own dream home, what would your favorite features be? Here are some of the most requested items:

1) Curb appeal. Home exterior, driveway, and landscaping must attract admiring attention.

2) Concrete and natural stone, not structured by wood and brick. These homes are not only beautiful, they are stronger, more sound resistant, and far more energy efficient than wood frames and brick.

3) Maximum energy efficiency throughout from top to bottom.

4) Solar panels in the roof to generate a personal energy source.

5) A large, designer kitchen with natural stone countertops and futuristic appliances, cabinetry and waterworks.

6) Natural hardwood flooring like Brazilian cherry and sustainable bamboo.

7) A sunroom, a front porch, and a back-yard finished patio.

8) Vessel sinks, or freestanding bowls above the bathroom countertop, accompanied by wall mounted faucets.

9) Bedroom walk out or balcony

10) Designer bathtubs and walk-in shower with marble tile, a seating bench and rainfall showerhead.

The Lowest Priced BuiltGreen High Performance Home in the Okanagan!

In response to the demands of our market, we are very pleased to offer at our Sageglenn Development our Energuide 80 BuiltGreen Certified GOLD Home. This home includes a range of features designed to improve energy efficiency and comfort at the same price of a standard “built to code” home including:

  • Upgraded insulation in a number of areas to reduced air leakage and increase R value (windows, doors, ceiling
  • 95% Efficient Furnace with 2 stage, variable speed furnace
  • 14.5 Energy Star Rated Air-source Heat Pump
  • Energy Star whisper quiet exhaust fans
  • Lumber from Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Low VOC paint (less than 200 grams/litre of VOCs
  • Complete set of Energy Star rated appliances 
  • Complete with BuiltGreen GOLD certificate and Energuide Label

Home Performance with a BUILTGREEN HOME – it’s the difference between a house and a home!

Built-Rite Homes Attends NAHB Conference

The National Association of Home Builders annual National Green Building Conference was held May 1-3 in Salt Lake City, UT. The conference and trade show offered green builders—rookies and veterans alike—a host of educational opportunities, products, and special events. Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s Holmes on Homes, was the keynote speaker and kicked off the start of a full schedule of workshops throughout the weekend. We strive to continually educate our team on the latest green products and environmentally friendly building practices in order to pass this knowledge on to the benefit of our clients.

Built-Rite Returns to The Lakes

Built-Rite Homes is pleased to announce our return to The Lakes in Winfield, British Columbia. Built-Rite Homes was the first builder to break ground at The Lakes in 2005.  Since that time we have we constructed more than 50 homes (mostly custom) at this location.  We are excited to be back where we started and look forward to serving new clients in this development.

Watch for the construction of our BuiltGreen Show Home on East Ridge Court starting later this summer!