Looking for more info about our cutting edge modular building process? No problem! We've posted answers to our most commonly asked questions below, but if yours isn't addressed, by all means please let us know.
THE KAROLEENA BUILDING PROCESS:
A. Systems-built homes are built in sections (modules) in a controlled environment, where they are protected from snow, rain and weather at every stage of the construction process. The sections move through our factory with strict quality control measures in place throughout the entire process. Once completed at our manufacturing facility, the finished modules are protected for transport and then shipped to your site. On site, the modules are craned onto the completed foundation and secured in place before finishing touches are completed by our team of local professionals.
A. Most conventional, site-built or “stick-built” homes include manufactured components such as roof trusses, floor joists and windows. At Karoleena, we build our homes off-site in our own environmentally controlled manufacturing facility. This means we can have an entire home built in less than half the time of the conventional process, with minimal disturbance to your neighbours and the surrounding community, and a far greater overall environmental impact. We’re the only home builder in Calgary using this systems-built approach, and we shift the focus from hammer and nails and weather delays to an intelligent design process. We employ the latest advances in technology to deliver homes that are structurally, architecturally, mechanically, environmentally and electrically engineered from top to bottom.
A. Unlike the traditional building site that will see countless bins filled with construction scraps throughout the building process, as well as theft and material losses or damage due to inclement weather, with our process, there is virtually zero waste accumulated because the entire build is incredibly streamlined and every cut done with exacting precision. Additionally, our modular construction process eliminates the many months of tradespeople, materials and supplies traveling to and from a conventional work site, and we build using the greenest materials, finishes and technologies possible.
A. Yes. In fact, Karoleena started out building homes using conventional construction. After years of site construction we learned first-hand that systems-built construction is of higher quality and consistency, and we believe that the future of sustainable building is in systems-built techniques. However, your Karoleena home can be built conventionally if you prefer, or as a hybrid of both modular and site-built components.
A. No. Mobile and manufactured homes generally do not conform to the highest level of residential building codes and are not built to the same degree of strength or quality as systems-built (modular) homes. Karoleena’s systems-built homes are constructed to the same standard required by site-built homes, and in many ways, actually exceed most building codes. We like to tell people that you couldn’t pick up a normal house and crane it into the sky or helicopter it over to a remote location without it falling apart in pieces. By virtue of the way our homes are built, they are incredibly strong, have a building envelope that’s second to none in terms of energy-efficiency, durability and weather resistance, and are architecturally designed and engineered from the ground up. About the only similarity between our homes, cabins and workspaces and an RTM, mobile home, trailer or ‘double-wide’ is that they are able to travel to their final destination on a truck.
A. No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you wouldn’t know it was a modular home once it’s been placed on its foundation. All of Karoleena’s homes are designed by our internal team of architects and designers. Any of our standard plans can be amended to suit your preferences, or we can work with you and/or your preferred architect to come up with a design from scratch.
A. It’s actually about the same. Because we don’t rely on multiple teams of subcontractors or traditional drawn-out building methods, we’re able to build homes far more affordably than you would expect. This savings is, of course, passed on to you. We pride ourselves in knowing that the fully-finished product we deliver will far exceed that of our competitor’s in quality, durability and value.
A. Our Home, Cabin and Office costs vary according to a number of factors, including size, location of the build and degree of upgrades and finishings. Our pricing includes your fully-finished, turn-key home, while tax, shipping, craning (where necessary) and site work (ie. excavation, demolition of existing structures and pouring of your foundation) are additional fees our clients must account for.
A. We pride ourselves in being able to build everything from inner-city infills, lane homes and secondary suites, to recreation properties big and small, multi-family developments and commercial buildings. Our homes range in size from 600 sq. ft. to many thousands of sq. ft. Essentially, we can design any size of home, cabin or commercial building you want – all you need is the land to accommodate it.
A. This really depends on how intricate the design is that we develop together with the client, although some of Karoleena’s designs can be built in as little as three weeks. Because we build indoors with an in-house team of industry leading tradespeople, we never have to worry about weather delays, damaged materials, late deliveries or sourcing qualified trades. Once your completed home has been transported to your lot, we secure the modules to the foundation, and take approximately another month to complete utility hookups and button-up work.
A. Our time frame is vastly reduced in comparison to traditional stick builders, which are often 9 – 18 months from start to finish. From the time we begin discussing a project to the time it’s delivered to site, we strive to complete the entire process in four months or less. As with any type of construction, however, the permitting process can be somewhat of an unknown, but rest assured that municipal, strata and community dealings are second nature to Karoleena’s team of professionals, and you and your site are in good hands. Custom homes and commercial projects will have a longer build schedule than our pre-designed modular homes, but we can confidently say they will still take less time than your average conventional build.
A. Yes. Since we started out as spec builders, we have established great relationships with local and national lenders who not only understand our process, but embrace it. As with every step along the way, we will guide you through the maze of financing options to help you arrive at the ideal solution.
A. Absolutely. Systems-built homes are designed and constructed to meet or exceed local building codes for each and every region they are built for. Representatives of the Canadian Standards Association also inspect every home during construction in our manufacturing facility, while local inspectors follow up on site. All of our plans are architecturally, structurally, mechanically and electrically engineered, with a stamp of approval from all the necessary people and departments in the municipality, town or city where the home is headed.
A. Yes. Karoleena Homes is a member of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, and as such, all of our homes come with a completely warranted guarantee. In addition to the Alberta New Home Warranty, we provide an additional 10-year structural warranty and a lifetime service program for as long as you live in your home.
A. Yes. In addition to being inspected by CSA inspectors, each home is verified by a team of engineers at the factory as well as the necessary municipal inspectors once it arrives on site.
A. Our modular homes are built according to all local building codes, so they are treated exactly the same as a site-built home. In most cases, obtaining your development permit is just as simple as it would be for a conventionally-built home.
A. We are happy to assist you with purchasing land, providing our advice on suitable building sites or providing our in-house real estate agent’s services in selling your home or buying a lot, however, we do not currently have lots or land of our own available for purchase.
A. We can build your home in virtually any location. Essentially, anywhere you can build a conventional home, we can build our modular homes. If you’re looking to build in a place where road access doesn’t exist, fear not – we’ve built our modules to accommodate barge and helicopter transport, too.
A. Everything you would expect and more. Your Karoleena home is 95-percent complete before it even leaves our manufacturing facility in Calgary, which you are are more than welcome to visit anytime to see the progress of your home’s construction. Before you move in, we ensure your shower water is hot, the oven is working and the iPod docks are playing music throughout your home.
A. The only time we wouldn’t provide you with a 100-percent completed home was if you didn’t want us to provide your appliances.
A. Typically only ‘button up’ work is necessary once your home is secured to its foundation. This includes minor drywall and painting touch-ups as well as mechanical and electrical tie-ins – all of which, of course, are included in the cost of your home. Once this brief site work is done, the keys are yours.
A. Yes, all wiring is complete. Once the home arrives and is placed on its foundation, we ensure the main service is brought to the house and tied into the panel.
A. We complete all plumbing ground works prior to pouring your basement floor. Once the home is placed on the foundation all tie-ins are completed and tested to ensure proper functionality.
Q. Are the appliances included in the purchase price or is the buyer responsible to purchase them on their own?
A. We include appliances as part of our package price, but you are welcome to omit them if you’d prefer to supply your own.
A. The home is completely finished prior to handing over the keys. We are an Alberta New Home Warranty member and must provide a ‘zero deficiency’ home as per the certificate of possession.
A. We strive to complete as much as possible within our controlled factory environment. If any roofing or siding can not be completed in the factory prior to transport, we will complete it on site.
A. If our clients chose to finish their basement, we can provide a quote and will finish the basement with our team of local trades.
A. Yes. We work with several architects, designers, engineers and interior designers as needed, who are as passionate about intelligent design as we are. We are also proud to offer the services of our in-house Design Director Kamal Yalbir MArch to all our clients. We’re positive you’ll love working with our design team throughout the process, and we look forward to your ongoing input and ideas.
A. Your home is likely your greatest investment and it should be built just the way you want. If you’re not a fan of our pre-designed home and cabin plans as-is, you’re more than welcome to customize them to suit your preferences. If we are starting from scratch with an entirely new plan, your custom design will involve more time and expense up front, but our team greatly enjoys working through the design process and we think you will too. Already have a set of custom home plans designed? We’re happy to work with those too.
Q. Is Karoleena’s modular building process all that different from the conventional home construction process?
A. Our homes are built with the very same construction practices as site-built, wood framed homes, but take advantage of the same innovative benefits that Henry Ford established hundreds of years ago with assembly line manufacturing. By virtue of having to be shipped thousands of kilometres and often craned 10 metres or more into the air, our homes are more robust than their site-built counterparts. In contrast to traditional construction, Karoleena’s modular homes are strengthened and reinforced by approximately 30-percent more material in order to withstand transport and craning – the very same amount of waste that is generated in the average site-built home construction project.
A. Karoleena was the first to build technologically advanced, systems-built homes in Calgary’s inner city. We feel we’ve been trailblazers in the field and have a firm grasp on both the urban and rural home buyer’s wants and needs. We are committed to providing cutting-edge home innovations, green technologies, materials and processes to offer you a home that is delivered on time and on budget, constructed to the highest level of quality and as eco-friendly and forward-thinking as can be, while remaining affordable for our deserving clients.