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How We're Different

What others consider extra, we consider standard.

We pride ourselves on our award winning process, attention to detail and listening to the client and understanding their needs on every project. Building someone’s dream home goes far beyond blueprints, fixtures and countertops; it’s an ongoing conversation and understanding of our clients’ vision.

There are many things that Whitestone does differently than other local builders when it comes to building and designing your home. We’ve outlined them below.

Floor Systems

Engineered I-Joists were developed to replace dimensional lumber in floor systems and can also be used to frame some types of roof systems. They are less susceptible to shrinkage, and therefore they are more dimensionally stable.

Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps provide both heating and cooling. They are currently the most cost-effective form of heating using electricity, upwards of 300% efficient.

Insulated Sheathing

In cold climates, the use of exterior rigid insulation sheathing boards has been a method of increasing thermal performance of the enclosure, thereby eliminating thermal bridging, as well as a means of reducing the condensation potential within exterior wall assemblies.

Certified “Aging in Place” Program

Many of our homes are built with the Universal Design model in mind, making everything in the home accessible to all people with or without functional limitations.

Backwater Flow Valves

A backwater valve automatically senses a reverse flow (either water or sewage flowing the wrong direction)

Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems

The use of a heat exchanger recovers heat energy wasted in various activities such as such was washing clothes and dishes and showering.

Electrical Outlets In Eaves

It’s not something you notice right away, but when you do, you’ll immediately see the value of having electrical outlets in the eaves of your home. This feature is not an extra feature; they are standard with every Whitestone home. Put up those holiday lights and put away those frustrating extension cords.

PointSIX Durastrand Flooring

Whitestone uses PointSIX Durastrand Flooring in all its new-home builds, completely eliminating the hassle and expense of leveling imperfections in the subfloor. It features a precise tongue-and-groove profile for a secure fit and is APA-approved for structural integrity.

Raised Heel Trusses

Combined with a properly designed attic ventilation system and some well-placed air sealing, a roof framed with raised-heel trusses reduce the temperature pressure difference between the conditioned living space and the unconditioned attic area, thereby reducing thermal transfer (or heat loss) between those spaces.

Solar Ready

A solar ready structure is designed to be prepared for simple solar installation, even if the connections are not being fitted at the time of construction.

Heat Recovery Ventilators

HRV’s provide fresh air and improved climate control while also saving energy by reducing heating (and cooling) requirements.

Finished Basements

Flooring, trim work and customizable paint colour are just a few key features that transform your basement into an additional living level of your home.
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Energy Efficiency
& The Environment

We design energy efficient homes to make your life easier, and more enjoyable. We don’t use “green” options because they are trendy, we use them because they work.

We follow the R-2000 standard – a set of technical requirements for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and environmental responsibility. The average new home has an EnerGuide rating of 68. All R-2000 homes must have a rating of at least 80.

The energy efficient products we use in every home include:

  • Natural Gas
  • Low E/Argon Windows
  • Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • High Efficiency HRVs
  • Low Flow Toilets and Faucets
  • Low Flow Faucet Aerators
  • Exterior Insulated Sheathing
  • Raised Heel Trusses

The ways we help make the world a better place to live in.

  • Recycling Discarded Material
  • Using Local Material
  • Reduced Material Waste
  • Using Recycled Material
  • Low Toxicity Finishes
  • Underground Wiring
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