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Nuvo is a real home-buying opportunity for anyone who is serious about homeownership. We enjoy speaking with prospective homeowners, and want to make it as easy as possible for you to get in touch with us.


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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many unknowns when it comes to building your first custom home. That’s why we want to make sure that our building process and our general workflow are as transparent as possible.


We have prepared a thorough list of the common questions that you might be asking as you prepare to take this journey. Please use this guide as a resource, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk more in depth

What is the difference between a custom home and a regular home ?

A custom home differs from a regular or standard home in the flexibility and quality that is offered to the owner. A regular home will be limited in available options. Maybe there are three types of brick to choose from, or a few different options for countertops. With a custom home anything is possible. This is true not only for items such as flooring, countertops and paint colours, but for the very architecture itself – the entry, the roofline, the floor plan, and everything inside. This is the joy of custom home building – knowing that you can design and build a home that is just the way you like it. So how do you figure out what that looks like ? Start by discussing your visions with a trusted professional. A custom home is work of a flexible and progressive constructer whose vision begins on day one during the design process and continues throughout the construction process to harvest ultimate unsurpassed product.

What is the process of building a custom home ?

There are 4 basic stages to building a custom home. There are various steps within each stage, and many pitfalls. Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy, but also rest assured that building a custom home can be very rewarding when you work with the right people.

  1. Real estate: finding and purchasing the perfect lot;
  2. Design: deciding how your dream home will look, feel and function (including Architecture, Mechanical and Structural Engineering);
  3. Permit: obtaining the city’s permission to build; and
  4. Construction: building your home from start to finish.

Do you offer “turnkey” services ?

Yes, Nuvo Custom Homes is pleased to offer fully managed services. We take care of everything for you, so you can focus on the things that matter. From finding the right lot, to getting your survey, designing a beautiful home and selecting the final finishes, Nuvo Custom Homes is here to guide your vision for your dream home.

  1. Real Estate
  2. Design
  3. Permit application process
  4. Construction

How long does it take to build a custom home ?

Let’s assume you have land to build on. Allowing for design, permitting and construction, the entire process usually takes about one and a half years, or 18 months. (We typically allow 2-3 months for design, 2-3 months for permitting and 1 year for construction, for a 4-5000 square foot home). While a smaller and/or simpler home will take less time, it is not directly proportional because every home has complex elements such as the roof, electrical and mechanical systems, and time consuming finishes like kitchens and bathrooms. You can expect a longer timeline if :

  • You are seeking exemptions from local bylaws (such as setbacks or height restrictions)
  • Your project is in close proximity to a conservation area, watercourse, or subject to heritage restrictions
  • Your project is larger or more complex than a typical custom home

How big of a home can I build on my lot ?

The size of home that you can build is determined according to local bylaws, which vary from one area to the next. You can find out more about the bylaws that apply to your land by contacting your local building department. (Please note: Nuvo Custom Homes will do this for you during design). Typical bylaws dictate that the maximum amount of property that you can cover is 27-35% of your total property area. So for example, let’s imagine a lot that is 60 feet wide and 200 feet deep, with a total property area of 12,000 square feet. If we assume 30% coverage is allowed, then you could build a home with a 3,600 square foot main floor, or 7,200 square feet for main floor+ second floor, not including basement. Want to know more, like “how many garages can I build?”, or “what is a good size for my master bedroom?” – call us today to schedule a consultation.



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