How Much Will It Cost to Lift My House?

Your House Lift Price Questions Answered With rising land values and a low stock real estate market in Victoria, BC, the cost to lift a house and build downwards is becoming a popular alternative to moving. If your family needs more living space or your foundation requires a repair or upgrade, a house lift might be the most cost-efficient solution. Whether you want to add a new basement or protect your home against potential damage from severe floods, the total price of raising your home will vary based on the scale of the project. The best way to determine a house lift price and ensure a smooth process is to consult experts for an estimate. However, if you’re still weighing your options, a rough idea of the lifting process and… Read more »


Why Choose a Custom Build Over a Prefab Home?

Prefab vs Custom Home: Which Is Better? As the housing inventory in Victoria, BC struggles to meet growing demand, many prospective homeowners are torn between two alternatives: prefab vs custom home. A prefab or prefabricated home is partially constructed in a factory or plant before it is shipped to the construction site. In contrast, a custom home is a stick-built home built on the construction site according to your needs and preferences. In recent years, manufacturers of prefab homes have championed modular housing as a cheaper, faster, and greener alternative to traditional homes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at these claims and explore why custom homes are the better option in the long run. What Are the Advantages of Prefab Homes? Prefab homes have been around since… Read more »


Best Exterior Finishings For Your Home

Exterior House Finishes: from Stucco to Hardieplank and Everything in Between When you are planning to buy a custom home there are a lot of decisions to be made, and one of the most important is the type of exterior finish you want. The type of siding or other exterior finish you choose for your home will be one of the first things people notice as they drive by or come over to visit.  It’s important to take the time to consider all your options when it comes to types of siding – from stucco to Hardieplank and everything in between.  At LIDA Homes, we want to provide you with reliable and honest information so you can make the best choices for your new home’s exterior siding. Picking the right… Read more »


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.