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  1. What do I need to buy a home?

a). It helps to be employed or financially secure when deciding to make a home purchase.

b). As a builder we have many resources to help our clients with their financing needs.

  1. What is the process of buying a home?

a). Step 1 is our meet and greet to identify what type of home, location, and what is your overall  budget.

b). Step 2 is customizing a home plan to meet your needs and wants in your new home.

c). Step 3 is to provide you with a detailed quote on your new home.

d). Step 4 is signing the contract and securing your home financing.

e). Step 5 is to start building your new home.

  1. What is a custom home?

a). A custom home is defined as a home that is designed to your specific needs and wants. We can start from a stock plan and revise or we can start from scratch and layout a one of kind home that is designed directly for you.

  1. Why build a new home?

a). Allows you to create from a blank canvas, to build what you want, where you want.

  1. Is it more expensive to build a custom home?

a). No, it is not more expensive, as it is more what and how you build your home that dictates the final cost of your new home. Our advantage is we can customize the home and the budget  to  fit your needs.

The Perfect Sales Center

The Perfect Sales Center

What is the perfect sales center? What better than to ask the buying public on what you would like to see when you walk through the front door of our showhome.

  1. What would the perfect colour be? Blue, or maybe pink, what is the colour that would make you at ease and comfortable when you walk into our home? Please pick a colour and let us know.
  2. What would the perfect smell be? Is it the smell of brand new, or would the smell of baking bread make you feel at home?  Let us know.
  3. How do you like to be greeted? What is too much attention, what is too little attention?
  4. What information would you like to receive in our customer information package? Home models, specifications, lot information? Do you need something more?
  5. Should we put all the information on the walls in renderings, maybe a map table, or should we go hi-tech and have everything on a flat screen LCD.

If you have two minutes to help us create the perfect sales center we would be very grateful if you could answer the above questions. Also add your own thoughts to what you think perfect entails when designing a showhome sales center.

Thank you


Landover Homes Information Update

The difference between a Spec Home and a Show Home.

Landover Homes, The Journey

Landover Homes, the Journey

Being a true custom home builder is to go on a journey with every new home purchaser that knocks on our door. Once we have made the initial meet and greet and we both agree to start on the first steps in our journey together, we choose a location and then we go about choosing a style of home.

With over 700 home styles and models to choose from, our home purchasers have an excellent source of homes to choose from. With over 50 years of combined home building experience we can provide our customers with the best direction, ideas, innovation on home choice to meet the needs of every home buyer.

Once we have a home decided on we assist the home buyer in making those changes that are truly going to make the home their own, drawing upon our architectural schooling and years of experience, we can offer every one of our new home buyers a wealth of ideas.

Once we have their home designed and have found a place that they want to call home we come to that point in the journey where we will discuss the cost of building their dream home. The assumption is made that building a custom home means that you will pay more than a volume built home, this is not the case. With an aggressive approach to meet our home buyers budget we have been very successful in meeting the needs of all who have decided to make that journey with us.

It is now time for the home buyer to make that trip to the bank of choice and ask for the financing for the journey that they are about to embark on, or communicate to us on what the draw schedule will be if they are financing their home independently. Once we have an approved form of financing we can begin the exciting part of the home, the digging of the foundation, the physical start of our home buyer’s new home.

One of the advantages of choosing Landover Homes to be your builder of choice are the arms length communication that we have with all our home buyers. If there is any question or concern we are always easily reached to discuss and take care of our home buyers by a simple phone call. Another advantage is the trades that we use to build your home are not basing their quality of work on a volume and speed approach as they would with a volume builder. We ask and pay all our trades to provide that quality of work that we would expect if it was our own home.

The journey is nearing completion and we are adding the final touches to your new home, we ensure all the necessary meetings with your bank and lawyer are set and that all the I’s and T’s are dotted and crossed, we are ready to do our final home orientation with you and hand you the new keys to your new home.

Our journey does not end here as we always provide you with the after move in service to ensure that all your home needs and questions are taken care of. One of our most important focuses is our customer service program, working hard to make it a happy and stress free experience for all of us. Our greatest sources of new customers is the referrals from our current customers, we reward that loyalty with the best referral program in the home building industry in the Edmonton and greater area.

This is but a brief look at what you can expect from a journey with Landover Homes, all you have to do is make a call or email us to find out what we can do for you, it doesn’t cost anything to do your due diligence and plan your own journey.

Avoiding Basement Flooding

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Avoiding Basement Flooding

Is Basement Flooding a Common Problem?

Basement flooding is unfortunately a common occurrence in many parts of Canada. But the good news is that many types of basement flooding may be avoided. This publication explains some of the practical steps you can take to avoid basement flooding.

How Serious Is Basement Flooding?

Basement flooding is now being recognized as a potentially serious problem. There are many negative consequences associated with basement flooding, above and beyond the inconvenient mess and disruption of household routine. Recent research cites the following impacts:

  • Chronically wet houses are linked to an increase in respiratory problems.
  • Frequent occurrences of basement flooding can result in long-term damage to the building and equipment that may not be covered by insurance.
  • Insurance rates may rise to compensate for repeated basement flooding claims, and/or the minimum deductible may be increased significantly.
  • Property value may depreciate because the basement is prone to frequent flooding.

Before appropriate measures can be taken, it is important to identify the causes of basement flooding. These range from problems originating in the individual dwelling to problems associated with the municipal sewer systems that serve entire communities.

Why Do Basements Flood?

Water can enter your basement for a number of reasons. Water in your basement is most likely to occur during periods of heavy rainfall, or when snow is melting rapidly during a spring thaw. In these cases, your basement can be wet because of:

  • a leak or crack in your home’s basement walls
  • poor lot drainage
  • failure of the weeping tiles (foundation drains)
  • overflowing eavestroughs or leaking/plugged downspouts

Basement flooding may also occur because of:

  • a blocked connection between your home and the main sewer in the street
  • a back-up of wastewater in the sewer system (or a combination of wastewater and rainwater from the sanitary or combined sewer system)
  • failure of a sump pump (in some areas) used to pump weeping tile water

Basements are also vulnerable to natural river flooding disasters, but these cannot be addressed by individual homeowners.

Flooding Basics

Municipalities attempt to prevent flooding by maintaining the public sewer system. Homeowners with private sewage systems (septic tank and field bed) can appreciate the need for regular maintenance, but unforeseen or accidental problems can occur in any type of system. This is some municipal infrastructure terminology you should know (Figure 1).

Basement flooding
Figure 1

Sanitary Sewer

A sanitary sewer is a pipe buried beneath the street that is designed to transport wastewater from your home. This consists of water from sanitary fixtures and floor drains inside your house, and in some areas includes groundwater from weeping tiles around the foundation of your home.

Storm Sewer

A storm sewer is a pipe buried beneath the street that is designed to carry storm-related water runoff. Storm sewers are normally much larger than sanitary sewers because they are designed to carry much larger amounts of flow.

Sewer Backup

Extra storm-related water (from sources other than wastewater and groundwater) should flow into the storm sewer or soak slowly into the ground without entering the sanitary sewer. If excess storm water does enter the sanitary sewer system, it can overload this kind of system.

When the sewers are overloaded, the water level in the system rises above normal design levels, and this condition is referred to as surcharge. Basement flooding can occur if the home has sanitary fixtures or floor drains below the surcharge level (Figure 2).

Basement flooding  combined with sewer backup
Figure 2

Practical Measures to Avoid Basement Flooding

Basement flooding problems are best diagnosed by working your way down from the eavestroughs and downspouts, to the lot and foundation drainage, and then to the plumbing system — both inside your home and beyond its connection to the municipal sewer system.

Eavestroughs and Downspouts

Water pours off your eavestroughs into downspouts. If the downspouts are dumping the water right beside your foundation, it drains directly to the weeping tile and can easily overload your home’s drainage. Make sure downspouts extend at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) from your basement wall. Also, be sure the water does not drain toward your neighbour’s basement walls. It should drain away from your house toward the street, rear yard, or back lane.

If your downspouts are connected to your home’s sewer system, or weeping tile, disconnect them.

Clean debris from eavestroughs regularly. If they overflow even when clean, replace them with larger size eavestroughs and downspouts.

Lot Grading

If the land around your home slopes in toward the foundation, rainwater heads right for the weeping tile around the basement and can overload your foundation drainage system. The land around many homes settles over time, and then slopes in toward the foundation. If your lot slopes inward, you’ll want to fill in and grade the lot so that, for at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) out from around the foundation, the land slopes away from your house.

Build up the ground around your house so that water drains away from your basement walls. Also, examine sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways. These can settle over time and cause water to drain back towards your basement walls (Figure 3).

Extend downspouts so that water flows away from your house and does not collect next to the basement walls and windows.

Proper drainage helps to:

  • Reduce the amount of water flowing to your home’s sewer system and to the main sewer system, and lessen the risk of sewer backup
  • Reduce water seepage into your home through basement windows and cracks in your basement walls.
  • Keep the moisture content of the soil around and under your house stable to reduce the chances of cracking and shifting. If water collects next to your basement, it can make its way to the footings that support the basement walls. The increased moisture may cause the footings to heave or settle
  • Extend the life of your sump pump by reducing the amount of work it has to do.

Be sure that any drainage improvements you make do not cause water to flow onto your neighbour’s property.

Grading and planting
Figure 3

Floodproofing Devices

If your home drainage system or the neighbourhood’s drainage system overloads, you may still be able to prevent rain water and sewage from backing up into your basement by installing one or more floodproofing devices, such as sump pumps or back flow valves. Each installation is unique and some devices (back flow valves) may require a plumbing permit. Check with your municipal office or a qualified plumber before you proceed with any installation.

Sump Pit Drainage System

A sump pit drainage system includes a sump pit, a sump pump and a discharge pipe. The sump pit, set into the basement floor, collects water from the weeping tiles around your basement. The pump pushes the water outside your house through the discharge pipe (Figure 4).

Place your sump pump discharge pipe so that it:

  • drains somewhere onto your property where water can be absorbed, such as your lawn or flower bed
  • does not direct water onto neighbouring properties, lanes, sidewalks, or streets.

Typical sump pump
Figure 4

Sump Pit

  • Clean the pit each year after freeze-up. Weeping tile drainage may carry small amounts of soil, sand and debris into the pit from around your basement foundation.
  • Some water may remain in the pit and cause a musty smell if it sits for a long time. If so, you can flush the pit by adding fresh water until the pump removes the stale water.

Sump Pump

  • Check and test your pump each spring before the rainy season begins, and before you leave your house for a long time. Pour water into the pit to trigger the pump to operate.
  • Remove and thoroughly clean the pump at least once a year. Disconnect the pump from the power source before you handle or clean it.
  • Check the pit every so often to ensure it is free of debris. Most pumps have a screen that covers the water intake. You must keep this screen clean.

Sump Pump Discharge Pipe

  • Check the place where the discharge pipe leaves the house. If the pipe is discharging right against the basement wall, the water will drain down into the weeping tiles and continue to recycle through the system.
  • Check the discharge point regularly to make sure that nothing is blocking the flow.
  • If your pump runs frequently in the winter, and the resulting ice is causing hazardous conditions on the lawn and sidewalks, call your municipal office.

Backwater Valve

A backwater valve is a device that prevents sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement. The valve automatically closes if sewage backs up from the main sewer (Figure 5). A properly installed backwater valve must be placed so that sewage backup will be stopped and not come out through other outlets in your basement, such as sinks, toilets, showers and laundry tubs.

  • Make sure that you can get at the valve at all times.
  • Check the valve regularly and remove any material that may prevent the valve from operating properly.

You will normally require a permit and inspection to install a backwater valve and sump pit. Since part of the basement floor will be dug up and since proper placement of these items is important, we recommend that you use a qualified plumbing contractor.

Back flow valve diagram
Figure 5

Plumbing Fixture Maintenance

Have a qualified plumber inspect all floodproofing devices and plumbing fixtures (i.e. sump pumps, backwater valves, floor drains, etc.) regularly to ensure proper operation. Check the operating instructions for more detailed information and safety guidelines, or ask your plumber to explain the details of your system to you.

Additional Protection Measures

There are also several additional flood protection measures that may be considered.

Backup Sump Pump

Severe storms are often accompanied by power blackouts. A battery powered backup sump pump may be a prudent investment. Most pumps are made to fit in beside the main sump pump and also have an audible alarm that warns the main pump has failed so that you can attend to its repair or replacement. There are also water powered backup sump pumps available that run by water flowing through the pump impeller.

Basement Finishes and Furnishings

In the event a risk of basement flooding is still possible, it is advisable to install impermeable floor and wall finishes, such as ceramic tile, to lessen damage and make cleanup easier. Make sure basement furniture has legs that keep the furniture fabrics above any accumulated flood water. Area rugs are a good alternative to full broadloom as these can be removed and properly cleaned in the event of flood damage.

Insurance — Just In Case

Insurance that fully covers basement flooding damage is an important means of financial protection to homeowners.

Most policies include or can include coverage for damage caused by sewer back-up. Make sure your policy includes sewer back-up insurance.

Check regularly with your insurance agent or broker to ensure you have appropriate and adequate insurance coverage, including any extensions in coverage that may be available, which were not previously attached.

Keep a detailed inventory of your residence. It will be invaluable in the event of loss.

Make sure your insurance policies and related records are in a safe location and easily available after an emergency or disaster event.

10 Tips for Green Living

Lessen your environmental impact with these easy suggestions from an LEED-certified auditor.

  • By Jason Pelletier via HGTV
colorful expandable recycle bins separate waste

Small changes made by individuals can add up to big changes for the environment. Here are 10 to get you started:

1. Get a High-Efficiency Showerhead
A high-efficiency showerhead saves up to 3,000 gallons of water per person per year. You’ll also save $50 in energy costs and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per person per year. The showerheads are specially designed to conserve resources while still providing like a luxurious-feeling shower. Sink-aerator attachments also save major amounts of water and are very inexpensive.

2. Recycle Water in Your Bathroom
Use devices that allow you to reuse sink water for flushing your toilet. Or keep a bucket by the shower or the tub and fill it with the cold water that comes out before the hot water kicks in. Then take the bucket outside and use it to water your plants.

3. Compost
Use a compost bin to turn your food and lawn wastes into rich mulch. It’s a great way to reduce your trash production, and next year you’ll have rich compost ready to go for spring planting.

4. Buy Green Power From Your Utility
Most utilities charge less than $5 per month extra. Not only will your power come from a renewable source, but you’ll use the power of your spending to show utility executives and government officials that we need more investment in renewable-energy projects.

5. Improve the Efficiency of Your Existing Water Heater
Tankless and solar water heaters are great, but simple changes to your existing setup can cut your energy bills and carbon emissions by 25 percent or more. Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees, wrap it in a water-heater insulating blanket and insulate the first 3 to 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes. These inexpensive changes should take you less than an hour to complete.

6. Use High-Efficiency Outdoor Lighting
A typical 100-watt floodlight, if used for six hours a day, can consume up to $40 of electricity over the course of a year and produce upwards of 400 pounds of carbon dioxide, depending on where you live. For starters, replace those floodlights with compact-fluorescent versions-they’re just as bright and use a quarter of the energy. Next, replace low-wattage halogen landscape bulbs with LED versions. They cut energy use by over 80 percent and can last for 10 years or more. Finally, install motion sensors on any nonessential lights. New versions just screw right into your existing light socket.

7. Replace High-Use Indoor Lights with Compact Fluorescents or LEDs
With high-quality light, sizes for almost any fixture and even versions that are dimmable,  compact fluorescents have it all. They’re more expensive than normal light bulbs, but between the energy savings and their much longer life spans, they pay for themselves in less than two years. And consider LED bulbs for non-dimmable circuits (especially for holiday lighting). They’re true energy misers and will last for as long as you live in your house.

8. Load Up the Washing Machines
Make sure you run the dishwasher and the clothes washers only when they’re full. Clothes washers are huge energy and water users, so make sure you’re doing full loads (or adjusting the water setting) whenever possible. And most of us use far more water (and soap) than we need to when hand-washing dishes, especially when compared with high-efficiency Energy Star dishwashers. So save your time, water and power by putting those dishes directly in the dishwasher after a meal.

9. Drive Smarter
Simple changes in our existing driving habits can improve fuel efficiency by up to 25 percent. Drive at or near the speed limit, keep your tires inflated, make sure oil and air filters are clean, and step on the gas and the brakes carefully. Driving like a drag racer may be fun, but it has a substantial environmental cost.

10. Avoid the Daily Waste of Fast Food and Shopping
Next week, keep track of how much trash you generate by eating out and making trips to the store, I guarantee you’ll be amazed. All those bags, cups and containers really add up and are stuffing our landfills to capacity. Bring your own plastic or metal boxes to your favorite take-out joint. You’ll save resources and save them money. Use reusable shopping bags whenever you go to the store. Say “no thanks” when the pharmacist or the fast-food clerk tries to put your one or two items in a bag. Use reusable cups for coffee, soda and other beverages. And reuse some of the extras at home — keep extra napkins and reuse plastic cups and cutlery.

Jason Pelletier is a certified auditor with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.

The Good Ship Landover Homes

Landover Homes, a company that was created by Kerry Van Camp as a small custom home builder in 1992 with a focus to build an old school quality home that people would be proud to come home to! What do I mean by old school?  If you ever hear the comment that they don’t build them like they used to, all you have to do is visit a Landover home to see a solid, well built, attention to details, built home. We are a home builder that lives on our customer referrals, a company that works hard to have the best service, and the happiest home owners.

Landover Homes runs its day to day operations with Kerry as the captain of the ship and Peter as the first mate. Sandra who takes care of the administration and all the nickels and dimes that we work hard to make, we will call her the……well let’s just call her the admiral because you always have that one person that keeps us boys in line. Harry is our old guy that all good companies need; we will call him the Scotty (engineer) of the good ship Landover, someone to remind us of how to build that old school quality built home. With this great crew we have been building custom homes in the Sherwood Park area, acreage homes, homes in Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, all the way up to Gibbons Alberta.

Not only do we have the customers telling you how great we are but we back this up with being an accredited builder through the Edmonton Home builders Association, a National Home Warranty builder, good standing in the Better Business Bureau, and a Reno Mark builder. To run a tight ship and to have customers take that journey with you it is important to have all the necessary items to have a great and enjoyable cruise.

I would encourage all who read this to ask our past home owners how their journey was with the good ship Landover Homes and how they are enjoying their custom built Landover Home.  Come and meet us or view our website at and we will guide you through the first steps in building you a custom home that you will be “Proud to come Home to”

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

Excerpted from the Popular Mechanics book When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough, published by Hearst Books/Sterling Publishing.


Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks–when performed regularly–may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained. 


The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.


Cleaning your gutters is the chore you abhor.

Make gutter cleaning easier–and safer (no ladder required)–with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in.-diameter by 10-ft.-long PVC pipe. Cut two 6-in. lengths of pipe. Then use PVC cement to join these short sections and two 90-degree elbows with what is now a 9-ft.-long pipe, forming a J-shaped hook. At the short end of the hook, glue on a solid endcap. Drill three 1/8-in.- diameter holes in the cap. Glue a threaded adapter onto the opposite end of the pipe and attach a garden hose. Place the short end of the J-shaped hook inside the gutter and turn on the hose. As you walk along the house, high-pressure streams of water will rinse the gutter clean.

Spring Maintenance Tip

Excerpts from “A Pacific-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

Spring Maintenance Tips

It’s spring, which means flowers, rain, baseball, gardening, bbq’s, desperate attempts to get in shape before swimsuit season, skipping work to be outside before it gets unbearably hot…

Spring also means it’s time for home maintenance after a winter of neglect. Don’t feel too bad about it–you’re not the only one to hibernate from maintenance during the winter.

Following are some simple tips to keep your home operating in tip-top condition.

Spring Maintenance Tips Andrea Pusey  recaulks the weatherstripping around the door


  • Try out your air conditioning system. If you wait until the first hot day to check your AC and it doesn’t work, you will have a long, hot wait before the repair people can get to it. They’ll be overworked and cranky by the time they get to your home; you’ll be cranky because you’re so darn hot.
  • Remember to inspect/replace your HVAC filter monthly.
  • Check and clean the clothes dryer vent and stove hood.
  • If you have a coil-back refrigerator–you probably do–vacuum the coils at least twice each year. Your refrigerator will run much more efficiently with clean coils.
  • Clean everything, top to bottom! Use non-toxic soaps for better indoor air quality.
  • Now get outside and enjoy the weather!

Outside – Up High

Make sure you are properly hydrated, wearing appropriate sun and bug protection, and listening to motivational music.

  • Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or blistered shingles. Have damaged shingles replaced if they’re on less than 20% of the roof. Reroof if damaged shingles cover more than 20% of the roof.
  • Examine flashing around chimneys, vents, and roof edges.
  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts and patch any holes. Make sure the downspouts direct water at least 5 feet away from your foundation walls.
  • Examine fascia or soffit boards. Replace if they are soft or rotting because they may allow rain into your attic. If you live in a hurricane-prone region, extend the fascia so it terminates below the underside of the soffit.
  • Trim branches and shrubs that are touching your home which can provide a pathway for bugs or excess moisture to enter your home.
  • Remove dead branches that may fall on your home. Snap!

Outside – Down Low

  • Clean up fallen limbs, branches and other debris around the home to discourage the proliferation of wood-eating insects. Termites = bad.
  • Clean out basement window wells.
  • Inspect/replace caulk on windows, doors, and other penetrations, such as dryer vents and cable wire holes. Inspect the condition of the caulking where two different materials meet, for example where wood siding joins the foundation’s wall or at inside corners. Improper caulking provides an avenue for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold.
  • Check the condition of the exterior surfaces. Touch up any areas that need paint before they deteriorate further. Inspect bricks and concrete blocks for cracked mortar or loose joints.
  • Inspect grading around the house to be sure water drains away from the foundation on all sides. If water pools near the house, you could be in for a very wet basement and difficult spring removing water and even mold from the basement.
  • Make sure that your lawn sprinkler heads do not spray the walls of the house. Water = bad.
  • Check your inside and outside foundation walls and piers for termite tubes and damaged wood.

Once you’ve finished, sit back, relax, and feel proud of the great work you’ve done over a refreshing mint julep.