Free eBook: Creating a Custom Home That is Uniquely You

Ranger Homes welcomes the opportunity to work with you to create a custom home that is uniquely youWe are happy to offer you ideas, resources, and information to start your journey to create the custom home of your dreams.

In this eBook, you will learn:

  • How to define your design style and lifestyle
  • Environmentally friendly building processes and materials
  • How to integrate smart technology into your custom home
  • Lighting for ambience and functionality
  • When and how to hire an interior designer
  • How to design your custom kitchen
  • Landscape planning for your custom home
  • How and where to source custom home finishes and furniture 

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Buying vs. Building Your Dream Home In Calgary

If you’ve got a step up on the property ladder and have gone through an entry-level home or two, you may be ready to take the next step towards owning your dream home in the city of Calgary. The big question remains: Do you build, or buy? 

Whether you choose to buy or build you will get you a house, but these two paths have different issues that need attention. Here are some pros and cons to help you weigh your options.

Buying Pros

The two biggest pros to buying a home are convenience and cost. If you decide to buy an existing home, it will be move-in ready by the time of purchase, and you may be able to negotiate the price down if it is not ‘exactly what you want.’

Buying Cons

An existing home will never have everything you’ve always wanted in your dream home, because you weren’t there to call the shots when it was being built. You may have to deal with a floor plan that doesn’t match your lifestyle or costly maintenance and renovations.

Building Pros

When it comes to your dream home, everything should be exactly as you like it, which is one of the biggest advantages of building custom. From floor plans to building materials, appliances and design, you can work with your contractor to build a dream home that is everything you want and nothing you don’t.

Building Cons

Building your dream home means investing your time and finances into getting it right. Whether caused by challenging weather or glitches in obtaining the proper materials, delays happen. However, with the right homebuilder and transparent communication, there should be no surprises throughout the process. Our recommendation: be sure to choose your contractor carefully, ask the right questions and ensure that trust and communication are the foundation of your working relationship.

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About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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Alberta Flood 3-Year Anniversary: A Thoughtful Solution For Rebuilding Within The Flood Fringe

The conversation around architectural solutions for flooding within the city of Calgary has been very real and alive since Alberta’s 2013 flood. As we near the third anniversary of the Alberta Flood, we are reminded how important flood mitigation solutions are for riverside homeowners in our city.

Many Calgarians have rebuilt and moved on, but will the homes withstand future floods? Ranger Homes is leading the way in residential architectural adaptation, by providing a thoughtful solution for rebuilding within the flood fringe.

Nearly three years ago, after meeting a Bowness couple whose riverside home had been wiped out by the floodwaters, custom homebuilder Ranger Homes was hired to provide a unique solution for rebuilding within the flood fringe.

“It meant everything for us to be able to move back here. Bowness has a real and genuine community spirit. It was this way before the flood and has only strengthened since the flood. We feel supported by the sense of kinship here,” explains the Bowness Homeowner.

The couple’s home was not included in the 79 flood-damaged Alberta homes that were bought for more than $100-million by the province back in 2013. The couple was in love with the beauty of the location they had chosen as home and because they were certain that they wanted to rebuild here, they decided to finance the rebuild without any financial assistance. As engineers and homebuilders, Ranger Homes considered this from a financial and practical standpoint.

“We wanted to come up with a home that would not only be everything the clients were looking for, but also provided a sustainable design that would safely withstand a future flood with a minimum of damage and cleanup,” says President and Owner of Ranger Homes, Andy Kolaczek.

To ensure the home could withstand future floods, the fully flood mitigated dwelling was rebuilt on 10 concrete piles, socketed into bedrock. Above this point, the 2,794 square foot bungalow is constructed like most other homes. It looks like a typical house but it has no basement and sits well above the 1 in 100 year flood level. If floodwaters were to rise again, the elevated home would remain safe, as the water would flow beneath the main floor, rather than through it.

“After having to demolish our flood destroyed home, we feel a great sense of achievement and safety having taken all of the possible measures to build a fully mitigated home,” remarks Ranger Homes’ Bowness Client.

The new home exceeded the owner’s expectations and met the requirements put forth by the City and Province. “We are proud to provide an inventive example of the residential adaptation this city needs. We look forward to leading the way in offering innovative flood mitigation solutions for Calgary homeowners,” says Andy Kolaczek.

To Learn More About Ranger Homes’ Innovative Approach to Flood Mitigation, Book a Consultation or Call 403.685.2733

About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Moving to Calgary, Alberta

Andy and Emily Kolaczek, Founders of Ranger Homes Inc., have been working with Calgary homeowners for over ten years. Over the past decade, they have completed dozens of projects in Calgary, ranging from whole-house renovations and large-scale additions, to backyard suites, new custom infills, and estate homes.

At Ranger Homes, we love living, working and playing in our city. If you are considering moving to Calgary, here are just a few reasons we encourage you to make the move.

Quality Of Life

If you’re looking for a city that has it all, Calgary is the place for you. There is no shortage of things of to do, from outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains to sporting events, world-class restaurants and art shows, Calgary is full of opportunities that will enhance your quality of life.

Family-Friendly

Did you know that Calgary made Canadian Family’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Canadian Cities list? To come up with the most family-friendly cities in Canada, Canadian Family crunched some serious statistics and talked with some of the most reputable sources around. 

Diversity

Calgary is currently the fourth largest city in Canada with the highest immigrant population, next to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. A number of diverse cultures call Calgary home, which brings a range of unique experiences, perspectives and vibrancy to our city.

Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth

To date, the Calgary Stampede has become one of the most unique rodeos in the world, seeing over 1 million visitors each year. Calgarians get to enjoy its fun and festivities every year, just minutes from home.

If you’re ready to make the move to Calgary, why not build a custom home? Here are some resources to get you started:
Downsize Into A Luxury Custom Home
Create A Custom Home That Is Uniquely You
Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Thinking Of Building A Custom Home

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About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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4 Home Design Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

Ranger Homes Inc. Has Been Tailoring Unique Design and Construction to Match Clients Needs and Specific Tastes for the Past Decade.

When it comes to designing a custom home, there is no one-size-fits-all option. For this reason, it is important to work with your contractor on defining and describing your design preferences, and tailoring your home’s layout to fit your lifestyle. Here are some of the top trends we’ve seen this year in home design.

Stairways

Stairways no longer exist for strictly function, but are now a focal point in the home. Materials such as glass panels and wrought iron have a stronger presence in the design process.

Kitchens

Highly saturated tones in the kitchen are a thing of the past. The trend has shifted towards soft muted colours like whites and greys. Natural elements like Carrera marble, soapstone and butcher block are being incorporated into the mix.

Open Spaces

Gone are the days when kitchens were disconnected from a home’s primary living space. Merging the kitchen with the living room provides for greater flow and a sense of commonality.

Smart Homes

Relying heavily on convenience and maximum efficiency, today’s buyer expects state of the art technology. Smart homes that boast purposeful and advanced appliances and gadgets are here to stay. 

“Visualize how your family will fit into your custom home and how your preferences will enhance your home’s functionality. Keep in mind what will be most comfortable for you and your unique lifestyle on a day-to-day basis,” advises Ranger Homes.

More Home Trends:
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About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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How and Where To Source Custom Home Finishes and Furniture

Building custom means integrating finishes and features that truly make your home one-of-a-kind. Upholstery, draperies, rugs, carpet tiles, mirrors, cabinetry, salvaged vanities, live-edge tables and art – custom options are endless. 

Personalized pieces and custom features are more affordable than you may think, especially if you know where to focus your attention. Whether you’re importing recycled brick from an old, industrial building, creating a custom piece of furniture, or personalizing a room with original pillows, a custom piece can make all the difference in creating a home that’s uniquely you.

Your home should reflect who you are and function in the way you want it to. Shop online for charming antiques, rare art and vintage finds that will light up a room or simply draw inspiration from these online designer resources: 

Interested in more resources that can help you with your custom home? We’ve got you covered.
Create A Custom Home That Is Uniquely You
Defining Your Home Design Style and Lifestyle
Your Custom Home: Lighting Sets The Mood

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About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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Landscape Planning for a Custom Home

Pools, outdoor kitchens, and electrical needs: planning your landscaping is an important consideration for your custom home design.

There are two types of professionals that can help you with your landscaping needs: landscape designers and landscape architects. By law, landscape architects are regulated and licensed. Your homebuilder may offer landscape design services, or may have preferred landscape designers they can recommend.

 For certain projects, local regulations require you to hire a professional:

  • Grading plans and site draining design.
  • Retaining wall design.
  • Landscape plans and drawings that require a seal of approval from a landscape architect.
  • Sensitive sites and special conditions.

 Before hiring anyone for the job, establish the parameters around your project. Consider your budget, scope of work and priorities. Landscapers have many different styles and approaches, so you’ll want to set up a consultation and find a landscaper that is the right fit for you and your unique needs.

Questions to ask at your initial meeting:

  • Have you worked on a project like this before?
  • How do you charge for your services?
  • Can you provide client references?
  • What do you see as the biggest opportunities and challenges for my project?

Looking for landscaping inspiration? Store ideas and build dreams with a Houzz Ideabook.

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About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

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Designing Your Custom Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home. Families cook, bake, eat, entertain, hang out and even work in this busy space. Since you’ll be spending so much of your time in your kitchen, it’s important that you design a room you truly enjoy. 

Have fun and take advantage of all of the possibilities that come with building a custom kitchen. Give your kitchen a style of its own.

  • Farmhouse kitchen: open shelving, wide sinks, classic flooring and a big kitchen table.
  • Rustic kitchen: timber, stone, brick, vintage appliances and fireplaces.
  • Modern kitchen: frameless cabinets, sleek and simple hardware, strong horizontal lines and a lack of ornamentation, with the natural beauty of the materials shining through. 
  • Traditional kitchen: arches, raised-panel cabinets, a mix of antique finishes and furniture-like turned legs — even a chandelier.
  • Contemporary kitchen: playful in form and finishes, including elements of other styles and creating its own reflection of the times.
  • Craftsman kitchen: rich woods, built-ins, handcrafted tiles and well-made simplicity.
  • Cottage kitchen: Beadboard, soft colors, vintage hardware, wood floors and colorful accents and curtains.
  • Paris bistro kitchen: Intimate kitchen lighting, pretty cookware on display, tile floors and a striped awning ought to do it. 

Incorporate easy living features to add extra comfort to the space.

  • No reach corners
  • Push-to-open drawers
  • Island wine storage
  • Temperature control
  • Fully equipped pantry with slide-out drawers, shallow shelving and spice racks
  • Clearances for wheelchairs in aisles and varied counter heights

More great resources to help you design your custom home:
Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Thinking Of Building A Custom Home
15 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Custom Home Builder

Book Your Free Consultation With Ranger Homes

About Ranger Homes

Ranger Homes is a professional building company specializing in innovative and original homes. Our primary focus is on new custom homes and designs in inner city communities. While we are very proud of our own designs we are open to working with a designer of your choice. We are a small company therefore we only take on a few projects each year to ensure they receive our full attention. We guarantee that our standards of integrity, quality, and innovation influence every step of our process. 

Join the conversation on Twitter & Facebook, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, follow us on Instagram & Pinterest, or get in touch for more information. 

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