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Frequently Asked Questions About Concrete Homes2019-11-04T20:20:26-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything else you need to know about JanVeek Concrete Homes.

Won’t my concrete house produce a lot of echo?2019-10-25T20:27:44-04:00

Luckily, we’ve taken that into account and our homes have been built to minimize echoing. You’ll experience this firsthand when you visit our demo house.

Will there be any problems with getting building approval?2019-11-04T17:02:36-05:00

No, all of our homes are stamped by an Ontario certified engineer.

Will the frost/thaw cycle crack my home’s concrete?2019-10-25T20:42:08-04:00

Cosmetic hairline cracks might develop in the walls but will not affect your home’s durability or performance.

Will the concrete walls block my Wi-Fi signal?2019-10-30T18:18:55-04:00

Yes, the Wi-Fi signal will be reduced, but this is easily overcome with Wi-Fi boosters that can be purchased through your internet provider or a third party.

Will my tilt-up concrete home be accessible for someone in a wheelchair or someone with disabilities?2019-10-25T20:31:42-04:00

Each JanVeek home has been designed to accommodate seniors and individuals with disabilities. All the doors (other than some closet doors) are 3’ wide, the corridors are 4’ wide and there are no stairs in any of our homes.

Why are JanVeek homes so much more affordable?2019-10-30T18:19:46-04:00

We’ve spent countless hours designing our homes to maximize visual appeal, comfort, construction speed and affordability. This process has allowed us to build homes with less material and fewer trades than other construction types. Lower costs = lower price.

Who is financing the construction?2019-11-08T17:56:42-05:00

Your bank. JanVeek & Co. does not provide financing at this point in time, but we can assist you in dealing with your bank when it comes to construction financing.

Who do I contact in case of warranty issues?2019-11-08T17:58:33-05:00

Report all warranty issues to JanVeek & Co. We will work with you to rectify any warranty issues you are experiencing.

What kind of warranty do JanVeek & Co. homes come with?2019-11-08T17:59:23-05:00

1 Year Warranty
Full home material and labour defects

2 Year Warranty
Foundation/building envelope water penetrations
Plumbing/electrical/HVAC material and labour defects
Exterior wall material and labour defects

7 Year Warranty
Significant structural issues

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?2020-01-07T15:32:06-05:00

So long as we can get a crane and a truck to your job site, we will most likely be able to build you a tilt-up concrete home. Google Maps can usually provide us enough information to make a preliminary decision. A site assessment is conducted as part of the construction process (see “Our Process“)

For urban lots, the locations can not be too dense and needs to have sufficient room for the crane to swing the panels in place. Take a look at the images below.

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on? What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?

For country lots, we need sufficient road access for a transport truck and a crane. This means that job sites with only a dirt fire route road will not suffice.

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on? What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?

What is the payment schedule?2019-10-28T19:10:32-04:00

$1,000 to accept our sales proposal and to finalize the house design
$5,000 to conduct a site survey and to submit for a building permit with the city/township/municipality
10% payment before foundation is poured
25% payment before walls are poured
15% payment before walls are tilted-up
40% payment before windows and doors, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, bathrooms and kitchens are installed
10% payment after final walk through

What is not included in the price?2019-10-25T20:51:02-04:00

Land purchase
Land survey
Demolition of existing home, if necessary
Building permit
Landscaping
Driveway, walkway, or patios
See our brochure for more details

What areas of Ontario does JanVeek serve?2019-10-25T20:49:29-04:00

All of Ontario, as long as the site is suitable for tilt-up concrete construction.

What are the insulation levels in the home?2019-10-25T20:34:04-04:00

All insulation levels meet the building code for Mass Construction.

Is the pricing on the website valid all over Ontario?2019-11-08T18:00:53-05:00

JanVeek & Co. pricing is valid for all properties in the 519-area code. All Ontario areas outside the 519 are subject to travel and fuel surcharges. Pricing is subject to change without notice. All JanVeek & Co. sales proposal pricing is valid for 45 days.

How will I hang a picture?2019-10-25T20:26:26-04:00

Hanging a picture in a tilt-up concrete home is easier than a home with drywall since you don’t need to locate a suitable stud. All you need are masonry screws and a drill set to “hammer”.

How high are the ceilings?2019-11-04T23:01:24-05:00

The distance from the floor to the bottom of the ceiling is between 11’ to 9’8” since the ceiling has a 2-degree pitch.

How do I know that my concrete home will perform correctly?2019-11-02T00:21:19-04:00

Tilt-up construction has been used in Ontario for over 20 years for commercial construction, all we’re doing is using tried and tested building practices for smaller structures.

How come no one else is building concrete homes?2019-10-30T18:22:48-04:00

There are many tilt-up concrete construction companies in almost all parts of Canada except Ontario. We believe this is because the Ontario construction industry can be incredibly conservative and set in old ways of doing things. All we know for sure is that a tilt-up construction offers many benefits over other types of construction.

Does my tilt-up concrete home have a basement?2019-11-08T18:01:43-05:00

Each JanVeek & Co. tilt-up concrete home is built as a basement-less bungalow to reduce construction time and build costs.

Do I need to have a vacant lot to build?2019-10-25T20:48:07-04:00

No, but if your lot currently has a house on it, we can arrange for a demolition to occur, at an additional cost, before we begin building.

Do I have to have my lawyer look over the agreement?2019-10-25T20:38:27-04:00

Yes, whenever you’re making a large purchase you should have a lawyer review the purchase agreement.

Can you sell me a home with a lot included on it?2019-10-30T18:19:58-04:00

N0. Maybe some time in the future, but right now we only specialize in constructing homes.

Can you help me locate a vacant lot?2019-10-25T20:37:05-04:00

Unfortunately we don’t yet offer this service, but you can find land and realtors at www.realtor.ca

Can I customize the floorplan?2019-10-30T18:20:30-04:00

We can provide you with a fully customized home, but we won’t be able to provide you with the same time and cost savings. Custom homes start at $350/sq.ft. and take approximately 6-12 months to build.

Can I choose my own cabinets, handles or faucets?2019-10-25T20:39:07-04:00

Yes, if you go with the custom home option.

Are you responsible for all 3rd party work?2019-11-08T18:02:52-05:00

Yes, all the items that are included in the JanVeek & Co. price will be our responsibility.

Are design and engineering fees extra?2019-10-30T18:20:46-04:00

No, all design and engineering fees are included in our pricing.

Didn’t find what you need?

We are here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything else you need to know about JanVeek Concrete Homes.

Won’t my concrete house produce a lot of echo?2019-10-25T20:27:44-04:00

Luckily, we’ve taken that into account and our homes have been built to minimize echoing. You’ll experience this firsthand when you visit our demo house.

Will there be any problems with getting building approval?2019-11-04T17:02:36-05:00

No, all of our homes are stamped by an Ontario certified engineer.

Will the frost/thaw cycle crack my home’s concrete?2019-10-25T20:42:08-04:00

Cosmetic hairline cracks might develop in the walls but will not affect your home’s durability or performance.

Will the concrete walls block my Wi-Fi signal?2019-10-30T18:18:55-04:00

Yes, the Wi-Fi signal will be reduced, but this is easily overcome with Wi-Fi boosters that can be purchased through your internet provider or a third party.

Will my tilt-up concrete home be accessible for someone in a wheelchair or someone with disabilities?2019-10-25T20:31:42-04:00

Each JanVeek home has been designed to accommodate seniors and individuals with disabilities. All the doors (other than some closet doors) are 3’ wide, the corridors are 4’ wide and there are no stairs in any of our homes.

Why are JanVeek homes so much more affordable?2019-10-30T18:19:46-04:00

We’ve spent countless hours designing our homes to maximize visual appeal, comfort, construction speed and affordability. This process has allowed us to build homes with less material and fewer trades than other construction types. Lower costs = lower price.

Who is financing the construction?2019-11-08T17:56:42-05:00

Your bank. JanVeek & Co. does not provide financing at this point in time, but we can assist you in dealing with your bank when it comes to construction financing.

Who do I contact in case of warranty issues?2019-11-08T17:58:33-05:00

Report all warranty issues to JanVeek & Co. We will work with you to rectify any warranty issues you are experiencing.

What kind of warranty do JanVeek & Co. homes come with?2019-11-08T17:59:23-05:00

1 Year Warranty
Full home material and labour defects

2 Year Warranty
Foundation/building envelope water penetrations
Plumbing/electrical/HVAC material and labour defects
Exterior wall material and labour defects

7 Year Warranty
Significant structural issues

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?2020-01-07T15:32:06-05:00

So long as we can get a crane and a truck to your job site, we will most likely be able to build you a tilt-up concrete home. Google Maps can usually provide us enough information to make a preliminary decision. A site assessment is conducted as part of the construction process (see “Our Process“)

For urban lots, the locations can not be too dense and needs to have sufficient room for the crane to swing the panels in place. Take a look at the images below.

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on? What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?

For country lots, we need sufficient road access for a transport truck and a crane. This means that job sites with only a dirt fire route road will not suffice.

What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on? What kind of land can tilt-up concrete homes be built on?

What is the payment schedule?2019-10-28T19:10:32-04:00

$1,000 to accept our sales proposal and to finalize the house design
$5,000 to conduct a site survey and to submit for a building permit with the city/township/municipality
10% payment before foundation is poured
25% payment before walls are poured
15% payment before walls are tilted-up
40% payment before windows and doors, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, bathrooms and kitchens are installed
10% payment after final walk through

What is not included in the price?2019-10-25T20:51:02-04:00

Land purchase
Land survey
Demolition of existing home, if necessary
Building permit
Landscaping
Driveway, walkway, or patios
See our brochure for more details

What areas of Ontario does JanVeek serve?2019-10-25T20:49:29-04:00

All of Ontario, as long as the site is suitable for tilt-up concrete construction.

What are the insulation levels in the home?2019-10-25T20:34:04-04:00

All insulation levels meet the building code for Mass Construction.

Is the pricing on the website valid all over Ontario?2019-11-08T18:00:53-05:00

JanVeek & Co. pricing is valid for all properties in the 519-area code. All Ontario areas outside the 519 are subject to travel and fuel surcharges. Pricing is subject to change without notice. All JanVeek & Co. sales proposal pricing is valid for 45 days.

How will I hang a picture?2019-10-25T20:26:26-04:00

Hanging a picture in a tilt-up concrete home is easier than a home with drywall since you don’t need to locate a suitable stud. All you need are masonry screws and a drill set to “hammer”.

How high are the ceilings?2019-11-04T23:01:24-05:00

The distance from the floor to the bottom of the ceiling is between 11’ to 9’8” since the ceiling has a 2-degree pitch.

How do I know that my concrete home will perform correctly?2019-11-02T00:21:19-04:00

Tilt-up construction has been used in Ontario for over 20 years for commercial construction, all we’re doing is using tried and tested building practices for smaller structures.

How come no one else is building concrete homes?2019-10-30T18:22:48-04:00

There are many tilt-up concrete construction companies in almost all parts of Canada except Ontario. We believe this is because the Ontario construction industry can be incredibly conservative and set in old ways of doing things. All we know for sure is that a tilt-up construction offers many benefits over other types of construction.

Does my tilt-up concrete home have a basement?2019-11-08T18:01:43-05:00

Each JanVeek & Co. tilt-up concrete home is built as a basement-less bungalow to reduce construction time and build costs.

Do I need to have a vacant lot to build?2019-10-25T20:48:07-04:00

No, but if your lot currently has a house on it, we can arrange for a demolition to occur, at an additional cost, before we begin building.

Do I have to have my lawyer look over the agreement?2019-10-25T20:38:27-04:00

Yes, whenever you’re making a large purchase you should have a lawyer review the purchase agreement.

Can you sell me a home with a lot included on it?2019-10-30T18:19:58-04:00

N0. Maybe some time in the future, but right now we only specialize in constructing homes.

Can you help me locate a vacant lot?2019-10-25T20:37:05-04:00

Unfortunately we don’t yet offer this service, but you can find land and realtors at www.realtor.ca

Can I customize the floorplan?2019-10-30T18:20:30-04:00

We can provide you with a fully customized home, but we won’t be able to provide you with the same time and cost savings. Custom homes start at $350/sq.ft. and take approximately 6-12 months to build.

Can I choose my own cabinets, handles or faucets?2019-10-25T20:39:07-04:00

Yes, if you go with the custom home option.

Are you responsible for all 3rd party work?2019-11-08T18:02:52-05:00

Yes, all the items that are included in the JanVeek & Co. price will be our responsibility.

Are design and engineering fees extra?2019-10-30T18:20:46-04:00

No, all design and engineering fees are included in our pricing.

Didn’t find what you need?

We are here to help.