More Bang for Your Buck

You’re about to construct the home of your dreams; but, before you start moving your stuff in and hanging family photos on the walls, you’ll first have to choose a reputable home builder to realize your vision, this is where we come in…

There is so much that goes into constructing a home that price actually should be one of the last considerations. The main thing is to know what your spending plan is for your home so that you can clearly and easily relay this to the Contractor…we believe that being a good listener is one attribute that plays an important part in being a great home builder. At Nature Ridge Homes, we promise to pay heed to your vision and help you get the most the bang for your buck without compromising on the quality or energy efficiency of your home.

We know that reputations are built one nail at a time which is why we are committed to being progressive when designing your new custom home and why we encourage open communication throughout the entire home building process. We take immense pride in the quality and craftsmanship of our homes and are overjoyed by the excitement of our clients as they watch their dream become a reality during the building process.

All of our homes, regardless of price point, are built to a standard that goes far beyond industry benchmarks. You’ll notice a difference from the ground up with a Nature Ridge Homes home. Some of the standard features that you will find in our homes include:

– Driveways built with a solid compacted surge base to prevent heaving and sinking. Our graveled driveways are pavement ready
– Concrete walkways, concrete patios or generous sized decks with steps to the exterior grade
– Homes on slabs are always built on top of footings and frost walls with thermal breaks to prevent heat loss
– Landscaped yards with sod, garden beds and shrubbery – ready to enjoy
– Poured footings and wing-walls for concrete steps to prevent up-heaving and movement.
– Big-O pipe installed at gutter down spouts and run under ground to divert water away from the house
– Ducted energy efficient heat pumps – Homes are energy consumption tested and rated through the EnerGuide Rating System
– Energy Star stainless steel kitchen appliances (Fridge, range, microwave/vent hood combo, and dishwasher)
– Low flow Delta plumbing fixtures
– Alarm systems
– Wired for surround sound – speakers and HDMI included
– Homes with garages include automatic belt drive openers (for reduced noise compared to chain drive)
– Solid core interior doors
– Reverse osmosis filtration system at kitchen sink and fridge for purified drinking water
– Peter Kohler energlas windows and entrance systems – for higher R-value and sound abatement
– Mitten siding and Novik cedar shakes on all our of homes – for striking curb appeal and a unique craftsman look
– Premium interior paint – we do not use “builders grade”
– Custom maple cabinets throughout with soft close hinges
– 7 Year New Home Warranty

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Maintaining Your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Your heat recovery ventilator (HRV) can help make your house a clean, healthy living environment, while keeping fuel bills down. But your HRV can’t do all this without your help.

It only takes seven simple steps to keep your HRV happy…

Step 1: Turn Off Your HRV
First, turn off your HRV and unplug it.

Step 2: Clean or Replace Air Filters
Dirty or clogged filters can lower ventilation efficiency. Try to clean your filters at least every two months. Filters in most new HRVs can be easily removed, cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, then washed with mild soap and water before being replaced. Older units have replaceable filters. If your HRV is easily accessible, this is a five-minute job.

Step 3: Check Outdoor Intake and Exhaust Hoods
Remove leaves, waste paper or other obstructions that may be blocking the outside vents of your HRV. Without this vital airflow, your HRV won’t function properly. During winter, clear any snow or frost buildup blocking outside vents.

Step 4: Inspect the Condensate Drain
Check to see if your HRV has a condensate drain — a pipe or plastic tube coming out of the bottom. If it does, slowly pour about two litres of warm, clean water in each drain pan inside the HRV to make sure it is flowing freely. If there’s a backup, clean the drain.

Step 5: Clean the Heat Exchange Core
Check your HRV owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning the heat exchange core. Vacuuming the core and washing it with soap and water will reduce dust that can build up inside the core.

Step 6: Clean Grilles and Inspect the Ductwork
Once a year, check the ductwork leading to and from your HRV. Remove and inspect the grilles covering the duct ends, then vacuum inside the ducts. If a more thorough cleaning is required, call your service technician.

Step 7: Service the Fans
Remove the dirt that has been accumulated on the blades by gently brushing them. Most new HRVs are designed to run continuously without lubrication, but older models require a few drops of proper motor lubricating oil in a designated oil intake. Check your manual for complete instructions.

Your HRV should be serviced annually. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, contact a technician accredited by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI). Make sure the technician you call has been trained by the manufacturer of your HRV.