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We are excited to announce Sawlor Built Homes is moving this summer!

We look forward to sharing more details with you in the very near future.

In the mean time, we are looking for our new neighbours! 

If you or someone you know is looking for a new office space, take a look at our flyer and feel free to share.

 

For more information or to schedule a viewing, please contact:

John Burt

1-902-221-4880

jburt@avalonrealty.ca

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At the beginning of each year, I take a moment to reflect on the year just passed – what went well, what we could have done better and what we have learned to help us move forward into the new year.

This year – 2019 – is very special and deserves additional reflection, as our company is 50 years young!

My parents, Melva and Douglas (Doug) Sawlor, started the company in 1969. At that time, they focused on renovations and repairs, with the occasional new home project.

Doug & Melva Sawlor - October 19, 1962

I started working for the company in 1982 as a labourer, eventually working my way up to carpenter, then lead hand, then project manager, and finally – my wife Debbie and I became owners of Sawlor Built Homes when my father retired on Jan. 1, 1996.

Debbie deserves a special mention for her many contributions. While supporting and expanding the business alongside me, she also took on the lion’s share of the work and joys of raising our young family.

Our children have grown up watching and learning the ways of the family business and now they, too, are an integral part of our company. Our daughter, Kaila Sawlor-Dion, is in charge of marketing. She’s taken our locally known business and made it known across the province, the country, and North America. Her marketing efforts have allowed us to connect with many clients relocating to Nova Scotia or moving back home. Our son, Brett, is a skilled carpenter who continues to learn the industry and our business.

Brett, Kaila, Debbie & Keith Sawlor - September 8, 2018

In addition to our own family, we have a strong work family that continues to help us grow.

Marc, our project manager, has been an integral part of our company for nearly 20 years.

Mary, our office manager, has been with us almost as long. She truly is the glue that holds our team together.

Tony, our lead carpenter, has been a faithful member of our company for more than 30 years. Tony has been instrumental in helping to grow our company. He continues to set a standard and demonstrate a work ethic that few can keep up with. 


Brett, Keith, Richard, Marc, Kaila, Tony & Mary

We at Sawlor Built Homes know you can’t build a quality home without a solid foundation, and we certainly have that with our team. We are forever grateful to our staff and especially to the hard work and dedication of my parents for setting our foundation in place.

Sadly, we lost my father on March 4, 2019. He was very proud of what our company achieved. I will always remember the strength and wisdom he provided as a father and as a founder, that has allowed our company to grow and prosper. He will always be missed.

While I don’t know exactly what the future will bring, I do know it looks bright for Sawlor Built Homes. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years has in store for us.  

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SPOTTED in the Chronicle Herald this past weekend!!!!

You can click >> here to view a larger image.

Zoom in to find our President, Keith Sawlor and our Marketing Manager, Kaila Sawlor-Dion! 

Leave us a comment if you found us!

Do you want to know more about our latest awards? You can read all about the awards and our night of celebration >> here. 

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On Friday, November 30th we attended the 2018 Kohltech Peak Awards.  It was another great night hosted by the Canadian Home Builders Association of Nova Scotia at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. This event celebrates the best of the residential industry in Nova Scotia, voted on by experts and leaders from across Canada. 

Keith & Debbie Sawlor

Kaila & Keigan Dion

Our very own Kaila Sawlor-Dion was awarded the Most Outstanding Member of the CHBA-NS!We are proud to announce we brought home the Most Energy Efficient Home award in the Most Outstanding New Home category for our Passive House Project


Our Passive House Project has been an exciting and innovative project right from the beginning and continues to impress us all today!

Unable to drill a well due to the local geography and proximity to the ocean, we worked with our Homeowners and architect, Solterre Design, to design a rainwater collection system for 100% of this homes water needs. What may have been a major problem for many clients became a key driver of the design for the entire project, forming the roof lines and breezeway.You can learn more about the collection system >> here.  

Energy Efficient Design Considerations

- The home meets the strict Passive House energy standard (third party confirmation by Efficiency NS.)

- Open living spaces are placed to the south to maximize distribution of passive solar heat gains.

- R-values in insulation double code requirements: Slab R34, Wall R53, Roof R100 (You can learn more about the insulation >> here.)

- Passive solar design with window glazing turned per cardinal direction.

- Triple glazed Passive House certified windows from Kohltech Windows & Entrance Systems.

- No thermal bridges.

- Net-zero with 12.2 kW grid-tied PV system.

- Two propane fireplaces were included for ambiance and as a backup heat source in case of power outage.

- Tested Air tightness 0.41ACH @ 50pascals.

- Air source heat pump.

- 90% efficient HRV (German import).

You can view photos of this home in our Gallery >> here.You can also read all of our blog posts about this project >> here.This award winning project came together due the excellent team work of many people and companies;

Certified Passive House Consultant: Natalie Leonard, Passive Design

Architect: David Gallagher, Solterre Design

Builder: Sawlor Built Homes

Framing & Air Sealing: Moda Homes

Siding: Keel Architectural Products

A special shoutout to our Homeowners for allowing us the opportunity to bring your dream home to life!

Congratulations to all award winners and finalists! We will see you again next year. 
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When you build a custom home, you’re truly building for you. Your needs, your tastes, and your budget are all taken into consideration, leaving you with a home that is suited to you in every way.

The same can be said for the details that make up your home – cabinets, shelving, trim and more can be customized just for you. 

If you’re considering custom, keep this in mind:

It adds character.

If you’ve ever walked through a house built at the turn of the century, you’ll notice details you don’t see often in new homes, such as intricate moulding or wainscoting. These details can lend visual interest to an otherwise basic room.

It’s often higher quality.

Custom-made details are often made with higher quality materials and care than your standard, off-the-shelf products. While it’s true they can cost more upfront, they’ll likely need to be repaired or replaced less frequently.

It can be made to complement—or contrast—other details in your home.

With custom finishes such as cabinets, you’re not limited to standard sizes, materials, colors or styles. Every last detail can be made to suit other elements of your home – even hard-to-match trim or millwork – or it can be made to contrast completely.

It can be tailored to your lifestyle or tastes.

Whether it’s a display case for artwork or sports awards, a built-in reading nook by the window, a craft cabinet or a wine cellar, or even a stone wall thru your entire home - custom details can make your home uniquely you.

 

 

 

 

 

It can eliminate wasted space.

Custom details such as cabinets and shelving can be built to fit any spot in your home. Angled ceiling or gap by the wall? Custom cabinets or shelving are the perfect fix.

When talking to your builder about finishes for your new home, ask about custom. Your builder can help you come up with a plan that works for your home, and make arrangements with trusted suppliers to make your custom dreams come true!

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Whether you’re building a summer or retirement home, or you’re relocating altogether, Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to reside.

First of all, welcome!

Whether you’re building a summer or retirement home, or you’re relocating altogether, Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to reside.

Still, building a home here before you make your move can understandably be daunting.

You’ll have lots of decisions to make and planning to do. That’s why it’s important to find a builder you trust, who will involve you in the building process even though you’re not able to be there physically.

So, how do you go about doing that?

Research, research, research

As you interview potential builders, ask them if they have experience building for clients living from afar. If so, what is their process?

It should include a detailed schedule and specifications, as well as a thorough documentation system.  These elements are important when it comes to keeping the project running smoothly and on schedule.

Ask for testimonials from previous clients who have been through the process. A builder should be able to provide testimonials or even contact information from clients they’ve worked with previously, so you can feel confident in your decision.

Communicate

Any builder open to working with clients living out of province should be big on communication. He or she should be easily accessible to answer any questions you have and to put your mind at ease, knowing you can’t be there to meet face-to-face.

This means promptly returning calls, connecting you to those who can provide further information or following up for you, and offering pictures or samples to help you visualize what your new home will be like.

Plan your visits

While living near your new home as it’s being built may not be an option, you should plan for three visits during construction.

The first visit should take place as the project starts, the second after the house is weather-tight and ready for sub-trades, and the final visit at closing.

During the first visit, your builder should meet you onsite to locate the house on the lot, mark the area to be cleared, locate the well and sewage disposal system, and define the size and location of the driveway.

Be prepared to select the windows and doors, as well as all exterior finishings, such as the shingles, siding and brick. Your builder should be willing to accompany you on supplier visits to help with these decisions and make an interior decorator available to you.

Your second visit should be spent selecting all interior finishes with the help of your builder and interior decorator. Your home’s electrical, plumbing, flooring, cabinets, paint colours and staircase should be decided at this point.

A site visit and guided tour will give you a much better understanding of your new home. While all the details might not be completely decided at this point, you should have the opportunity to meet the suppliers and trades working on your home.

Your third visit should involve a walk-through of your finished home. Your builder should answer any questions you have and explain the various systems and products that have been included in your new home.

Building a new home while living out of province takes a little extra effort and a lot of trust and communication, but it can be done with the right builder.

Priscilla and Sanford have successfully gone through the homebuilding process with Sawlor Built Homes while residing outside of Nova Scotia. Read more about their experience >> here.

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First of all, welcome!

Whether you’re building a summer or retirement home, or you’re relocating altogether, Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to reside.

Still, building a home here before you make your move can understandably be daunting.

You’ll have lots of decisions to make and planning to do. That’s why it’s important to find a builder you trust, who will involve you in the building process even though you’re not able to be there physically.

So, how do you go about doing that?

Research, research, research

As you interview potential builders, ask them if they have experience building for clients living from afar. If so, what is their process?

It should include a detailed schedule and specifications, as well as a thorough documentation system.  These elements are important when it comes to keeping the project running smoothly and on schedule.

Ask for testimonials from previous clients who have been through the process. A builder should be able to provide testimonials or even contact information from clients they’ve worked with previously, so you can feel confident in your decision.

Communicate

Any builder open to working with clients living out of province should be big on communication. He or she should be easily accessible to answer any questions you have and to put your mind at ease, knowing you can’t be there to meet face-to-face.

This means promptly returning calls, connecting you to those who can provide further information or following up for you, and offering pictures or samples to help you visualize what your new home will be like.

Plan your visits

While living near your new home as it’s being built may not be an option, you should plan for three visits during construction.

The first visit should take place as the project starts, the second after the house is weather-tight and ready for sub-trades, and the final visit at closing.

During the first visit, your builder should meet you onsite to locate the house on the lot, mark the area to be cleared, locate the well and sewage disposal system, and define the size and location of the driveway.

Be prepared to select the windows and doors, as well as all exterior finishings, such as the shingles, siding and brick. Your builder should be willing to accompany you on supplier visits to help with these decisions and make an interior decorator available to you.

Your second visit should be spent selecting all interior finishes with the help of your builder and interior decorator. Your home’s electrical, plumbing, flooring, cabinets, paint colours and staircase should be decided at this point.

A site visit and guided tour will give you a much better understanding of your new home. While all the details might not be completely decided at this point, you should have the opportunity to meet the suppliers and trades working on your home.

Your third visit should involve a walk-through of your finished home. Your builder should answer any questions you have and explain the various systems and products that have been included in your new home.

Building a new home while living out of province takes a little extra effort and a lot of trust and communication, but it can be done with the right builder.

Priscilla and Sanford have successfully gone through the homebuilding process with Sawlor Built Homes while residing outside of Nova Scotia. Read more about their experience >> here.

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A safety certified builder has proven that they’ve taken extra measures to ensure safety on their jobsites.So why does that matter to you – the homeowner?

Safety certification isn’t necessary in the home building industry, so it demonstrates that your builder is willing to go the extra mile. It also gives you peace of mind knowing the employees and trades working on your home will be doing so in a safe and professional manner. This is especially important because, in the event of an accident or injury, you – as the Homeowner – could be held liable.

Before you decide on a builder, be sure to ask if they’re safety certified. Have they successfully met all the requirements of a health and safety audit that meets the Workers' Compensation Board standard? (WCB)

All WCB certified builders have developed a safety program and trained their employees on safe work practices, as well as provided them with the tools they need to work safely – such as personal protective equipment. They’ve also successfully passed a WCB evaluation, which measures the quality and results of their safety programs. This evaluation must be completed each year to maintain certification.

Some safety certified builders may hire an Independent Safety Officer to visit all their projects on a regular basis to ensure their jobsites are in compliance, and tradespeople are working in a safe, professional manner.

A builder that protects its employees and trades will work to protect your interests, and ensure a positive home building experience for all involved.



You can learn more about WCB Safety Certification from Safety Services Nova Scotia >> here. 

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Long ago, having a cable and a phone jack in your home was considered high tech. Today’s homes are bigger and more complex than ever before. Now, there are control systems for entertainment, security, lighting and even heating and cooling systems, bringing high tech to a new level.

High-definition TVs and speakers are found throughout new homes, along with home theatres, automated lighting, window furnishings and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and of course, wired or wireless Internet in every room. The good news is, controlling these systems has never been easier.

With a Wi-Fi network and the touch of your finger, you can use your mobile device to adjust everything in your home from your lights to your security system—even while you’re on vacation out of the country!

Talk to your builder about home automation. Whether you’re considering control systems now, or may consider them in the future, it’s a good idea to include your plans in the pre-wiring of your new home. 

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