Q:What type of construction is used for the Bluestem Townhomes?
A:The foundation is concrete piles supporting concrete grade beams. Steel-reinforced, concrete slab-on-grade comprises the garage floor and foyer entrance area. Upper floors are constructed of an engineered wood ‘quiet floor’ system. Each townhome is separated by a double wall system, made of two layers of insulation and multiple layers of fire resistant drywall which creates a superior fire and sound rated separation between the units.
Q:What is the heating system used for the homes?
A:Each Bluestem three-storey townhome will be heated by a high-efficiency electric furnace with an individually-controlled electronic thermostat and Heat Recovery Ventilator. This system provides superior level of air quality as well as offering comfort and convenience to the homeowner.
Q:What security measures will be incorporated at Bluestem Condominiums?
A:Each townhome has a lit private entrance and both main floor entry doors are supplied with deadbolt locks. All units are pre-wired for a security system but each owner is responsible for the purchase, installation and monitoring of their individual security system.
Q:What is the common wall construction between condominium townhome units?
A:Common walls between condominiums are constructed using a double wall technique, where two rows of studs of a conventionally framed wall are separated by an air space.These walls are filled with sound insulation ‘batts’ and are finished with a double layer of drywall on both sides. This is a proven wall system with an above-average performance rating in regards to fire protection and sound transmission reduction.
Q:What materials and features will the exterior of the building have?
A:The Bluestem townhomes feature large windows on the front exterior and include a variation of stucco, cement board, brick and stone veneer siding organized according to model type of unit. Rear elevations of the buildings are stucco and an optional second storey deck is available as an option in lieu of roof over garage.
Q:I am concerned about the chance of a fire at the building. How has this been addressed?
A:The unlikely event of a fire has been extensively considered at Bluestem. To stop the spread of fire, dividing walls between the living areas of the townhomes have a Fire-Resistance Rating of 2 hours. Each floor of the home including the garage, is equipped with a hard-wired smoke detector. Private entrances also allow direct access to the unit in the case of an emergency.
Q:Is air conditioning standard at Bluestem Condominiums?
A:Air conditioning is a required upgrade.
Q:Is the project fenced? How high are these fences?
A:Bluestem features a six foot continuous wood privacy fence on the north property line, a five foot chain link fence on the west property line, and a five foot metal picket fence on the south east corner of the property.
Q:What will the roadway construction be?
A:The roadway and parking areas within the Sage Creek development will be asphalt.
Q:What type of roof will the buildings have?
A:The Bluestem Condominiums have an engineered wood truss roof with laminate asphalt shingles.
Q:What kind of windows will be installed?
A:All windows at Bluestem, including glass used in doors, are triple-pane for maximum energy-efficiency.
Q:Can I choose the paint colours for my unit?
A:The standard paint colour for the interior of the Bluestem is ‘antique white’. If you select your unit early in the construction phase you will have the opportunity to meet with our interior designer to discuss a wide choice of interior finishes.
Q:Can I select the type of flooring I want?
A:Many flooring upgrades are available including laminates and ceramics.
Q:Can I have granite counter tops?
A:Granite counter tops are available as an optional upgrade.
Q:Can I choose the type of kitchen cabinets for my unit?
A:Flat panel melamine cabinets are available in a variety of colours at Bluestem. Owners may choose from a range of optional or upgrade cabinet styles. Please speak to our sales team about scheduling a visit to our design centre, where an extensive range of cabinets, counters, tile and flooring are displayed.
Q:What appliances are available?
A:A kitchen appliance package, which includes a full size fridge, a self cleaning range, a built-in dishwasher and an ‘over the range’ (OTR) microwave will be offered as an optional upgrade.
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