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Testimonials

We enjoyed working with the whole team throughout the process and were exceedingly happy with the final outcome. We first hired Keith Construction in 2013 to build our summer home in Coldstream BC.  The design, estimating and construction phases all went very well.  We enjoyed working with the whole team throughout the process and were exceedingly happy with the final outcome.  The team...

Kidd

We could not be happier in our new home. We could not be happier in our new home. While this was not our first custom build, it certainly was the most enjoyable as we were involved throughout the process. We brought our ideas and budget, and their drafstsperson was able to come up with the design we were looking for. We found every trade to be experienced and very professional craftsmen...

Keech

He always provided creative suggestions and good ideas when we had difficult decisions to make After many years of planning our retirement home, we chose Keith Construction to put those plans on paper and to construct the home of our dreams. From the inception of our house design through the construction phase, our experience with Keith Construction has been nothing but positive. The staff ...

Hemrick

They listened carefully to our ideas and they were diligent in providing workable solutions. In 2016 we engaged Keith Construction to create a new outdoor living and entertainment space at our home. Their professional, knowledgeable and helpful staff guided us through all the stages of the project, including discussion of our requirements, creation of detailed computer models, cost estimation...

Herring

We were in good hands! It was a great experience working with Keith Construction’s wonderful team. They are very approachable and answered any and all questions we had. Being the second time we had built a house, it was a very different experience than our first. We were far more involved, which was great as we learned a lot and were a part of the entire process. We really enjoyed it! We...

St. Hilaire

You always hear about the horror stories from others when building a new home, but this is not one of them.   Being this was my dream home and first experience with a build, I wanted a contractor  I could trust, that would complete the project with quality and value in mind.  From the early stages of design through project completion, I felt I was in good hands with Keith Construction....

Spitzmacher

Our experience with Keith Construction, their staff and subcontractors can be summed up as "OUTSTANDING". From the concept of our major renovation to the finished project Keith Construction demonstrated their ability and depth to work with us to achieve what we envisioned to be our perfect dream home. Thank you Keith Construction!  

Ward

Approaching every situation with a pleasant and professional demeanor We are very pleased to offer a letter of recommendation for Keith Construction. No one at the original groundbreaking ceremony February 2014 believed that just over eight months later October 2014, that our home had gone through such a total transformation. The entire Keith Construction crew and their subcontractors were...

Allen

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to build a custom home in Vernon?
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The time frame for building a new home varies depending on property features, type of home, and whether plans are already created and up to code. Some homes can be done in as little as six months, but others may take longer. We discuss all scheduling constraints and allowances ahead of time and work with you to create a workable schedule.

What energy efficient options are offered when building a custom home?
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We are Built Green builders and adhere to the highest standards of environmentalism and sustainability. We know many different ways to create energy efficiency in our homes, including building envelope options, house positioning, efficient mechanical and water systems, window and door construction, and earth-friendly building materials.

Do you use any renewable or recylced materials when building custom homes?
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Yes, we commit to using earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices wherever possible. Some of our building materials contain recycled content, and many conserve natural resources, avoid toxic emissions, and are rapidly renewable. These include bamboo, cork, and straw.

Can I provide my own set of plans, or do you only build from pre-existing floor plans?
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We proudly construct custom homes made exactly to the client’s specifications. You can provide any professional set of architectural drawings for construction, or you can work with our design team to create an in-house plan.

What's the difference between design and drafting?
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Put simply, design comes before drafting. Design involves talking to the client, creating sketches and 3D models, refining the concept, and creating a layout. Drafting comes once the design is set, and it’s a technical process that creates a detailed technical drawing that shows how the builder should proceed.

Does Keiths Construction offer in-house design and drafting?
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Yes. We have been a custom home design and build company for over 30 years. Our design team has expert knowledge to create the perfect custom home to suit your needs. Our Design Build homes are unique and reflect the client’s lifestyle as well as their personality.

What services are included in designing and drafting a custom home?
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Our Design Build homes have four steps through construction. Concept: our design team sits down with you to discuss your ideas, needs, and budget. Design: based on the initial layouts and your feedback, we refine your design until you’re happy. Compliance: during design and construction, we ensure our plans comply with all building codes and regulations. Finalization: we create a set of professional architectural drawings for your project.

What green renovations will improve the efficiency of my house?
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We offer many renovation and upgrade types that can improve the efficiency of your home. From new windows and doors to Energy Star appliances, we can make the most cost-effective recommendations for your situation.

Should land be purchased before or after I contact a home builder?
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It’s best to contact our team before purchasing property. Often a client has specific wants and needs that work better with particular types of land. Sometimes, clients think flat, featureless land is best for building, but slopes and features add interest and make certain types of construction easier. If you already have land, you can contact us anyway and see what options best suit your property.

How long does it take to build a custom home in Vernon?
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The time frame for building a new home varies depending on property features, type of home, and whether plans are already created and up to code. Some homes can be done in as little as six months, but others may take longer. We discuss all scheduling constraints and allowances ahead of time and work with you to create a workable schedule.

What is a new home warranty?
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In BC, builders are required to provide home buyers with a third-party warranty. Your home warranty usually includes deposit insurance and protects you against defects in work, materials, and structure. Some warranties cover additional items, such as a home mechanical system. We warranty all our work and are happy to discuss the details with you during your consultation.

What is Keiths Construction's new home warranty?
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We offer Travelers Canada new home warranty as part of our new home construction. Travelers Canada is a well-regarded, established provider of home warranties in BC and Western Canada. We would be happy to discuss the warranty details during your initial consultation.

Can we make changes during the home building process?
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Keith Construction uses a project management software called BuilderTrend. If changes are requested during construction, we discuss the details with the client and then issue change orders through BuilderTrend. This keeps all information and requests in one convenient place for you.

Can I provide my own set of plans, or do you only build from pre-existing floor plans?
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We proudly construct custom homes made exactly to the client’s specifications. You can provide any professional set of architectural drawings for construction, or you can work with our design team to create an in-house plan.

What is meant by "Built Green" when building a new home?
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Built Green Canada began in 2003, and is a national organization that works with builders to create and maintain responsible sustainability practices. Built Green homes adhere to a number of environmental and sustainable standards, which we can discuss during your initial consultation.

Who is responsible for obtaining the building permits from the city when building a new home?
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At Keith Construction, we have over 30 years experience in Vernon and the Okanagan. We understand the most efficient way to apply and gain the appropriate permits for your project. Part of our commitment to you is ensuring all the proper permits are obtained.

Do home renovations require a building permit?
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Depending on the scope and type of your renovation, you may need building permits. We have over 30 years of experience in building and renovating in the Okanagan, and can guide you through the permit process. We ensure that all needed permits are obtained for your custom renovation.

Can you claim home renovations or improvements on your taxes in Canada?
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Renovations made to improve mobility and safety for seniors and people with disabilities can often qualify for a tax credit. A meeting with a tax professional is the best way to establish if your renovation will qualify you for a tax break.

What is the most profitable home renovation?
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In terms of resale value, our clients usually see the most benefit from kitchen upgrades, flooring updates, new roofing, and new siding. However, the exact return on any project is subject to the market conditions and buyer priorities. As a general rule, though, investing in your kitchen is a sound idea.

Do home renovations come with warranty?
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We offer renovation warranties on all contractor supplied work and materials (in conjunction with the manufacturer’s warranties) for a period of one year.

What green renovations will improve the efficiency of my house?
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We offer many renovation and upgrade types that can improve the efficiency of your home. From new windows and doors to Energy Star appliances, we can make the most cost-effective recommendations for your situation.

How long do bathroom renovations take to finish on average?
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The timeline depends on the scope of your project, as well as issues such as plumbing that may need to be replaced or structural changes. On average, a simple complete bathroom renovation can take 4-6 weeks. We work with you to detail a timeline that works with your budget and schedule.

How long do kitchen renovations take to finish on average?
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The timeline depends on the scope of your project, but kitchen renovations can take longer than other rooms. This is because of the complexities of wiring, plumbing, appliances, and cabinets. On average, a complete kitchen renovation can take up to 4 months. We work with you to detail a timeline that works with your budget and schedule.