Modern Farmhouse to Contemporary – Choosing the Architecture of Your Custom Home

What Architectural Styles Are Popular for Victoria, BC Homes?  For anyone thinking of building their own custom home, one of the biggest decisions to make is the architectural style that the house will have. You want it to be something you enjoy looking at, but will also stand the test of time. While some people prefer traditional home styles and others would choose ultra-contemporary, a custom home offers the ability to combine a classically styled home with contemporary and practical features such as in the modern farmhouse style. The architectural style you choose for your custom home will depend on your style preference, plot location, views, terrain, finish preferences and more. Read on to discover popular home styles that may inspire you. What are the Different Architectural Home Styles? Throughout… Read more »


Kitchen Renovation Costs

What to Expect with a High-End Kitchen Renovation When it comes to a kitchen renovation, how much should you plan to spend on the most important room in your house?  One of the most familiar expressions in real estate market and house building is “The kitchen is the heart of the home,” and it’s easy to see why.   In our modern-day lifestyle, the kitchen is a central hub for families of all shapes and sizes. Because of this, the quality of a kitchen’s design and construction is one of the single largest factors that can determine a home’s value. As a result, the kitchen can often be the one room that can make or break a sale for potential buyers. But how much does a kitchen renovation in Victoria BC cost?… Read more »


Modern Luxury Kitchen Design Ideas

The Luxury Kitchen is The Heart of the Home The majority of our time at home is spent in the kitchen and if the home is an open concept design, it’s always in view. Are you happy with this view, or do you dream of more features, more space, more style? At LIDA Homes, we design your kitchen not just for how you’ll use it today, but how you’ll use it in the future. When you choose your materials, finishes, layout, location of appliances or a custom island, our design team works closely with you to ensure that the materials will not only look incredible, but function extremely well and stand up to the rigor of daily life. All the while being sized and stacked according to your height, preferences… Read more »


Your Custom Home – Preparing for Moving Day

Steps to Take When Moving into Your New Custom Home Your custom home is ready! You’ve planned every detail of your home and have waited for months for it to be officially yours. Now, you’re at the final point in the home building process and getting prepared for move-in day. Congratulations! We’ve created a guide to help you navigate the unique process of moving into your brand-new home, so everything goes off without a hitch. Schedule Your Moving Company You’ll want to schedule with a professional moving company with a great reputation as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Give yourself at least three weeks in advance, because movers book up fast, particularly for moves taking place at the end of the month. Pro Tip – a move done… Read more »


10 Advantages to Hiring Custom Home Builders

Reasons to Trust Your Dream House Project to Professional Home Builders With the DIY culture growing in popularity, and the ever-increasing prevalence of “how to” content on social media giving viewers a misguided sense of confidence in their own “expertise”, we’re seeing more and more prospective homeowners contemplating project managing their own builds.   Misleading stats boasting a cost savings of 25% or more for DIYers willing to take that leap, can also be enticing.  Realistically, however, average dollar savings sit closer to the 7%-9% mark and often, these nominal savings up front come at a much higher cost in the long run.  And when dealing with the unexpected, which is almost a given with any home building journey, those up-front savings can quickly transform into a deficit in the hands… Read more »


Aging in Place in Your Custom Home

Aging in Place Design Tips for Your Custom Home Aging in place is a hot topic today, as we’re living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Whether your current home is just feeling too large for your needs, or you’re finally an empty nester with the ability to build your luxury dream home, LIDA Homes can help. No one wants to think about getting older, but you’ll absolutely thank yourself later for considering your future self when building your new custom home. When done right, your custom home will proactively support your needs as you age, while being the most beautiful place you’ve ever lived in. From careful layout planning to subtle universal design options, our expert team will create the ideal place for you to call home for… Read more »


Contractor Evolution Podcast: discussing what a world class Project Manager does

In Episode 21 of the Contractor Evolution Podcast, guest speaker Paul Atherton shares some highly applicable insights including: 2 examples of what great project management looks like 3 Questions to ask a P.M. that allow you to determine their level of control over a project 5 Systems you can implement with your team that will allow you to hit or beat project deadlines The 3 personality traits to look for that make a great project manager Common mistakes contractors make when they hire and onboard project managers How to leverage a great project management system to set yourself apart from your competition At 17:15 minutes Paul Atherton explains the 5 things he did to help LIDA Homes reach a new level of perfection for their clients.


Best Custom Home Features List

8 Must-Have Features for your Modern Custom Home You’ve found that perfect location in Victoria to build your custom home.  This will be the realization of a goal that you’ve been striving towards for years and you almost certainly have a vision of how you’d like your individuality and unique aesthetic reflected in the design.  LIDA Homes will bring your vision to life by helping you explore the full extent of design possibilities, but it’s also our role to help you consider function as well as form.  Following are some must-have features for your modern custom home that will not only ensure value on investment but are also game-changers for convenience, comfort, sustainability and that little touch of luxury. 1. Luxury Chef’s Kitchen It’s often said that the kitchen is… Read more »


How Much Does it Cost to Build a Custom Home?

How to Make Sense of the Price in Custom Home Builds Building your forever home can be an exciting challenge and being prepared for what to expect is the best place to start! Whether your family is growing, or you want a place for your grandkids to call home, building a luxury custom home can be a large undertaking. On average, it can take approximately 10 to 16 months, and that’s if everything goes as planned. That’s why it is so important to hire professionals who can guide you through the process successfully. When considering buying land, ask yourself: what location works best for you? How accessible is the land? Is it close enough to the city? Are home values in the region similar to your home’s projected value? Do… Read more »


Modern Landscape Designs for Your Custom Home

Personalize your Custom Home with a Stunning Outdoor Space The most opportune time to create a custom landscape design is, of course, when you’re building a custom home! Modern landscape design is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among those who have a clean slate to create it with. The land has been prepped and it’s a blank canvas, all ready for your ideas. Many homeowners like to match the landscaping with the style and architecture of their new house. As a custom home builder, we can work alongside your chosen landscaper to design a concept for your property. Together, we can tweak and adjust features of your home to flow beautifully with your garden design. We can also help you choose design features that will help to add to your property… Read more »