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A Trusted Regina Home Builder shares some insight on hidden defects in construction

Dakine Home Builders offer a personal guarantee to each of their customers that they will work with them, using their ideas to create a home that is as unique as they are. From drafting board to building site, they listen to the customers when they talk! The homes are crafted for real lifestyles by taking the time to thoroughly understand the way the homeowners live.

What makes them different ?- they NEVER build the same house twice. Dakine Home Builders are Trusted Regina Home builders

Building your home will be one of the largest investments that you make, it’s natural that you want to find the right fit for your project.

We have all heard nightmare stories about new home construction some so outrageous you have to wonder if they’re true. However, the fact is hidden defects in construction happen every day and is something that you as a consumer should be very aware of.

Beware, the hidden defect is something different; it’s a flaw that affects the quality of a building. It is a significant defect meaning the owner does not or will not have the full and normal use or enjoyment of their property. Some defects won’t cause problems for years down the road and could end up costing the home owner thousands of dollars to repair.

Here are some examples of defects that if undetected could cost the owner huge sums of money to have repaired.


The wall which would have been covered over is barely sitting on the foundation.                                   This wall is incredibly crooked.

the roof trusses don’t seem to line up here – the cause, the garage and home walls were not framed to the same height!

So what can you do to protect yourself?

Do your research and truly compare apples to apples. When you are comparing quotes between builders, ask the tough questions to find out why one builder is cheaper than the next.  Here are some questions you should ask:

  • How many years have you been in business? How many homes have you built?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How do you compare yourself to other builders? What are the most important benefits of the homes you build?
  • Can you give me references from prior home buyers? 
  • What are the major energy-saving features of homes you build?
  • Who will oversee the construction of my home? Who should I contact with any questions I may have?
  • How often (and when) will I have access to the home during the building process?
  • How long will my home take to complete?
  • What's your process for inspection at key points of construction, at final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalized?

Be wary of builders who promise you a quick possession. There’s an old adage, you get what you pay for so it only makes sense to be informed and know exactly what you’re getting! Don’t settle for a builder who is willing to cut corners just to make the sale.

If you want quality and speed – it will cost you.

If you want cheap and speed – you won’t get quality.

If you want cheap and quality – it won’t happen fast. 

Your new home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. Don’t settle for anything less than a

professionally built, quality home that will stand the test of time and last for generations. 

Dakine Home Builders are Trusted Regina Home Builders on the Regina directory of excellence!!

Trusted Regina Home Builder Emerald Park Homes featured on CTV News Morning Live

Emerald Park Homes takes great pride in their workmanship, and have some of the finest tradesmen in the industry working together with them to create quality homes. Their focus is: "Our Quality Shows” and if you drive around the communities of White City / Emerald Park located just 8 minutes east of Regina on the #1 Highway, you will see signs on the lots available for your custom designed Emerald Park Home.

Put 20 years of experience in home building to work for you! Emerald Park Homes are TRUSTED REGINA & REGION HOME BUILDERS and they are experts in their industry.

Trusted Regina Home Builders Emerald Park Homes- Regina's first Holmes approved home builder

Emerald Park Homes Ltd.  invites you to watch the April 22nd segment of #‎CTVNews Morning Live with Lorena Sawchyn & Matt Dominguez of #‎BetterHomesandGardenRealty speaking about the #‎HolmesApprovedHomes Program at the showhome at 38 Bower Drive, White City.

After 25 years of building custom homes, and 35 years in the construction industry, we are very proud to be a Trusted Regina, Holmes Approved Builder, not only building houses, but building homes to a higher standard, designed to last for generations. If you live in Regina, White City, Pilot Butte or anywhere within a 100 mile radius, choosing the right builder was never easier
Building a new home should be a fun and exciting experience, and Emerald Park Homes, together with the Holmes Approved Homes Program, works very hard to make that happen. When you build or buy an Emerald Park Home, you can trust that everything behind the walls is built right, so you can focus on designing a space to suit your lifestyle, and choosing the right products for your new home.
We are also a proud member of the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program, which not only gives you peace of mind, that, if something does go wrong, somebody will be there to fix the problem, but that your builder is financially viable, and has the resources to properly address any problems with your new home.
Building a new home is a team effort, and we are very proud to work with the very best craftsmen and industry leaders. Being a member of the Holmes Approved Homes program not only ensures that our houses are built to the highest of standards, but allows us to keep up with the latest advances in building technologies, research and development, building safer, stronger and more durable homes.
Contact us at or call (306)781-3383 to speak with the builder about available lots, or to book an appointment.


Find Emerald Park Homes online or check out their listing here in Regina & Region Home Builders to read the wonderful things their clients have to say about them ... they are your Trusted Regina Home Builders!


See the Holmes Approved Homes website for more information on the program.

Trusted Regina partner celebrates 10 year anniversary!


Dakine Home Builders Inc. has spent the last decade establishing itself as a highly regarded builder in and around Regina. During the past 10 years, they have worked on a variety of projects, building sustainable homes using smart designs and eco-friendly building practices that support environmental preservation.

Here is what they have to say about the last 10 years:

Thank you to all of our customers for trusting in us over the past 10 years. Many of you have come back to us and/or recommended us to your friends, family and colleagues. Your support is very much appreciated and has contributed greatly to our success! Thank you also to our dedicated and exceptionally hard working group of subtrades, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. We feel honored to work with such a wonderful group of people who share our passion for building creative, one-of-a-kind homes!

We have also enjoyed taking an active role in the community, sponsoring local sports teams, supporting local charities and volunteering for community events. For the staff at Dakine, we believe that building sustainable communities takes so much more than a hammer and nails.

We have had many proud moments and cause for celebration throughout the years, including Progressive New Home Warranty’s Customer Satisfaction Award, multiple Environmental Awards, and the National SAM for Best Custom Home Award. We are so very proud of our accomplishments thus far.

We are very much looking forward to the next 10 years of Dakine Home Builders, continuing to provide high quality craftsmanship to meet any budget, maintaining our high levels of customer satisfaction and continuing to support and take part in building a better community for future generations to enjoy.

On behalf of us a Trusted Regina, congratulations Dakine!  We know you will be around for many years to come and are proud to have you as a Trusted Regina Home Builder!

To learn more about Dakine check out their Trusted Regina listing. 

Trusted Regina Home Professionals share the Top 5 things your home designer needs to know

Just like there is no such thing as a stupid question, there is no such thing as too much information that you can provide your designer. That said, there are definitely varying levels of importance for the information you provide in relation to your custom home plans. For example, saying that you prefer drawers instead of base cabinets is needed by the cabinet company, but it does not affect the floor plan design. Also, knowing that you want dark siding with light trims is important when your finishes are being selected, but it is not something that needs to be discussed at your initial meeting. The following 5 items on the other hand, are the first things you should tell your designer in order to give them the best information to design your dream home:

5.  The amount of experience you have with home design and construction.

If you have never designed or built a home before, your designer can be a valuable resource for informing and guiding you. They can prepare you for what to expect, ensure your budget matches your expectations and educate you on new features and options available. On the other hand, if this is the third home you’ve built you will not need the same amount of guidance, but your designer may be able to get valuable insight from what worked and didn’t work for you in the past.

4.  How well you can visualize

Designers can take for granted their experience dealing with house drawings every day and their ability to visualize. Depending on your experience and ability to visualize, the presentation of drawings may seem like it’s in another language. If your designer is aware of your ability ahead of time, they can modify their approach to aid you in visualizing your design, possibly recommending to prepare the drawings in 3D, if they have the appropriate software.

3.  Your must haves

Not to be confused with your wish list, these are the things you will not sacrifice in your new home. If your ensuite needs to fit 100 pairs of shoes or your garage needs to house a small wood working factory your designer needs to know this from the beginning. Those items can be easily incorporated into the design at the early stages, but not so easily after the fact.

2.  What you don’t like

There is a lot that a designer can draw from when designing your home; what’s trending, what will help resale, the rules of architecture, and their own preferences. But the most important thing is what YOU like and don’t like. Telling your designer what you don’t like ahead of time can still offer them creative freedom while ensuring you are not utterly disappointed when they unveil your home plan.

1. Who you are

To truly personalize your home plan to you, your designer needs to know who you are. … If you  love to read, cook or paint; If you work from home, work shift work or run a daycare; If you sleep in on weekends, always entertain or have a large family that comes over for every holiday.  All of these things can help your designer add major or subtle details, to make your new home perfect for you!

Trusted Regina Home Builder share a tip on preserving your wood floors and cabinets

Maintaining your wood products

Natural wood products can be found throughout your new home.  From basic construction materials to beautiful wood finishes, it is important to understand wood’s natural characteristics and how to best care for it.

Natural wood products are the oldest material used by humans for construction after stone and an ideal green building material, providing sustainability, design versatility, low environmental impact, carbon sequestration and energy efficient.  It does, however, have some drawbacks.

The number one drawback to using natural wood products is their reaction to moisture.  Wood is hygroscopic in that it picks up or gives off moisture to equalize with the relative humidity and temperature in the atmosphere.  In doing so, it can change in strength, shrink or swell.  There is no practical way to prevent moisture changes in wood, therefore, vapor barriers, adequate ventilation, exclusion of water from wood, or preservative treatments are absolutely essential.

The finishes and protective coatings found on wood products such as flooring and cabinets, help to counter wood’s natural tendencies to swell or shrink.  Proper care and maintenance is also a vital component to preservation.

Cleaning Cabinets

  • Use a soft cloth dampened with warm water; if a more thorough cleaning is required, use a fresh solution of mild liquid dish soap and warm water.
  • Never use an abrasive cloth or the kitchen dish cloth which may have traces of grease or harsh detergents
  • Never use harsh detergents, bleach, solvent or petroleum based products, strong soap, ammonia, or wax polishes
  • After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with another clean, soft cloth
  • Always clean spills up and any standing water immediately.  Pay special attention to the areas around your sink, range, dishwasher, tow spaces and baseboards

Prolonged exposure to spills can cause permanent discoloration and damage such as delamination and cracking to your cabinet’s finish

  • Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth for regular dusting
  • Never use pre-packaged dusting sheets (damp or dry) and do not apply aerosol dusting products, which soften the finish or cause a buildup of film
  • To avoid moisture damage, never drape damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors.  Moisture will cause permanent damage to the finish
  • Remove the doors and drawers of all cabinets adjacent to and above the oven during the cleaning cycle of self-cleaning appliances.  The cleaning cycle generates heat that could affect the finish and surface of the cabinets.
  • When cleaning cabinets with glass doors or mirrors, use a glass cleaner applied directly to the cleaning towel
  • Never spray directly on glass area since drips and overspray may reach and harm the wood surfaces of the door and/or surrounding cabinets

Maintaining your hardwood floors

  • All hardwood floors should be cleaned regularly to remove dirt and grit from between the floor boards
  • Avoid using a wet mop which can dull the finish.  Instead, sweep with either a dust mop or broom that features exploded tips, or vacuum the floors using a vacuum with special hardwood floor attachments or one with the beater bar turned off
  • Wipe up any spills immediately, using a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth
  • Allowing spills to remain on hardwood floors could damage the finish as well as the wood
  • Avoid walking on hardwood floors with sports cleats or high heel shoes which can scratch the finish or even dent the floor
  • Place felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs to minimize dents and scratches
  • Use rugs at all entrances to help minimize scratches from stones and debris.
  • Choose rugs wisely, some rugs have rubber backings that can discolor wood floors.  Special rugs can be purchased to protect from discoloration
  • Know what type of flooring you have as different hardwoods have different kinds of care considerations
  • Be familiar with the manufacturer’s recommendations for care and maintenance of your specific flooring
  • Only used wood-approved cleaning products and if you are unsure, contact the supplier or manufacturer for more details.
  • Never use wax or petroleum based products on a surface finished floor, they will damage the finish and the wood

Proper care and maintenance is instrumental in the preservation of your home’s wood finishes. 

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