Renovations Versus Building a Custom Home

February 8, 2017

Does it make more sense to renovate your existing home or should you build a new custom home to get exactly what you want? While home renovations seem to be the more economical choice on the surface, they are not always the best option. Here are some of the benefits and trade-offs of both new custom homes and remodeling.

Home Renovation Versus Custom-Homes

Benefits of Building a Custom Home

The biggest reason to build a custom home is that you get to choose exactly what you want. You get to choose the location, layout, finishes, appliances, everything. Of course, everything will also all be brand new. It’s nice to move into a 100% new home. While the total cost of a new custom home is likely going to be more expensive than renovating, it’s also important to factor in the resale value of your current home. Often, total renovation costs for a major upgrade to an old home won’t be recouped in the increase in value of your home. You may be able to save money by selling your current home and putting the proceeds and your home renovation budget towards building a new house.

If you are just going to paint or replace the carpet then it makes sense to renovate. If you plan on major remodeling like moving walls, ripping out the old kitchen or adding new rooms, costs can add up quickly. On older homes, opening walls and ceilings often expose many serious problems. Older homes will have old plumbing and electrical that will need to be brought up to code. There may be lead paint, asbestos or serious mold issues that need to be safely before renovation contractors can start on new construction. Problems with supporting beams or the foundation can easily add tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cost of the renovation. Few of these problems are detectable the before the renovation starts, so you may be in for a big surprise when the estimated quote is drastically increased.

Why Renovate?

If you love your current home and neighborhood, then you probably don’t want to uproot for a new home, regardless of how beautiful it may be. There is comfort in the old and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you are going to stay in your home, try to keep renovations to more cosmetic of surface improvements. Repainting, putting in hardwood floors, changing cabinets and replacing appliances are all great improvements that will keep your costs down. If you can avoid it, don’t tear down walls or ceilings because you may not like what you find.

Renovations Versus Building New?

Only you know how attached you are to your old home. If you are sick of the neighbors and ready for a change, a new custom home will not disappoint. However, if budget is the main consideration, staying put and making minor renovations makes a lot of sense.

White Water River Rafting Canada

June 14, 2016

Want to explore the Canadian wilderness and get up and close with wildlife and all the natural beauty that Canada has to offer? There is no better way to way to experience pristine natural environments than white water rafting. Western Canada, in particular, offers some of the best white water rafting trips in the world.  Canadian Rafting Adventures offers tours on the Tatshenshini River rafting, Nass, Babine, Ram and Highwood Rivers.


white water rafting Alberta


White Water Rafting Alberta

Highwood River Rafting

For Calgary white water rafting, the Highwood River starting in Kananaskis country is the perfect day trip. Only one hour south of Calgary, you can experience some great class III and IV rapids, take in the beautiful scenery of Kananaskis, enjoy a delicious after-rafting barbecue and make it back to Calgary later in the evening.

For the more adventurous rafters, CRA offers an amazing four day white water rafting trip on the Ram River north of Banff Provincial Park. You’ll experience tight canyons, rappeling next to a 100 foot water fall, maneuvering through boulder gardens, and a helicopter trip back upstream at the end of the journey.

white water rafting BC

White Water Rafting BC

Remote rivers take you far away from highways and populated areas. You’ll experience a wild, natural environment that few will ever have the opportunity to enjoy. Quietly, floating along the cleanest and purest water in the world, you’ll have a chance to witness wildlife and nature untouched by the modern world. No cars, factories, no cities, nothing will interrupt your connection with the Canadian wilderness.

Babine River Rafting

The Babine River, also known as “the river of the grizzlies” is one of the last remote and unspoiled rafting rivers in British Columbia. Let CRA take you on this 6 day rafting journey through an exotic wilderness few will experience. The Babine is teaming with salmon, which then attracts grizzlies and even bald eagles.

Tatshenshini River Rafting

Northern Canada is home to one of the most beautiful and unspoiled natural environments in the world. Tatshenshini River rafting is a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to wildlife and an untouched wilderness. From the Yukon, through northern British Columbia to southern Alaska, a trip on the Tatshenshini river is an exploration into natural wonders, millions of years in the making.

The Tatshenshini offers an opportunity to see icebergs, grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolves, mountain goats, wild flora and everything else the Canadian wilderness has to offer. Every rafting tour is a unique chance to experience the unexpected natural world.

Rafting in Luxury

You’ll be in the heart of the untamed wilderness, but with Canadian Rafting Adventures, you won’t be lacking. All of your state-of-the-art expedition equipment will be provided. Enjoy restful nights, sleeping in an all-season tent with a top quality sleeping bag and air mattress. All the safety equipment, water proof bags and other necessities will be provided. Let CRA handle all the preparations so you can focus on the experience.

Of course, all your on-trip meals and drinks, including wine, beer, cocktails and fresh water will be supplied to make your rafting trip as pleasurable as possible. There is no better way to finish a day of rafting than sitting down with a glass of wine with friends.

Canadian Rafting Adventures

White water rafting in northern Canada offers some of the most pristine natural wilderness left in the world. Experience the best white water rafting BC, the Yukon and Alberta have to offer with expert guides and get up close and personal with the best natural environments in Canada.