FAQ for the HomePage


How long does it take to build a custom home in Toronto?

The average time for a custom home to be completed is 10 months to 2 years, though this can vary depending on a number of factors like weather, delays, changes, size, and design. The pre-construction phase usually takes 4-6 months, the construction phase 6 months to a year, and the post-construction phase 1-2 weeks.

What time of year should I build a custom home in Toronto?

There are a lot of factors that go into deciding what time of year is best to build a custom home. In Toronto, the cold weather means that winter is not an ideal time to start a build. The ground can freeze, which can lead to more time and money being spent on digging, and weather delays such as ice and snow are more likely. Spring and summer are the most popular times of year for homebuilding, but this also means that tradesmen are in high demand and material prices tend to be higher. Construction may go faster, but this could come at the expense of having to spend more. Fall is off-season, so if you’re looking to save on labor costs, that may be the best time to start construction. In addition to the weather not being too cold, tradesmen and women are more available and can be hired at a cheaper cost, and material prices tend to drop. All in all, it’s in the homeowner’s best interest to speak with a contractor at Black Pearl Custom Homes to decide what time of year is best to start their renovation project.

What is the difference between building a custom home and a regular home?

When you decide you want to build a new home, you have two main choices: you can either buy a regular home, otherwise called a pre-built home, or have a custom home built specifically for you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the difference before making a final decision.

A custom home is unique and a one-of-a-kind build. It allows homeowners to create the exact home they want, with all the features, size, location, and layout they desire. This makes custom homes ideal for people who have specific ideas about what they want their home to look and feel like. However, building a custom home is usually more expensive than buying a pre-built one, and it will also take longer to construct.

If you choose to buy a pre-built home, the biggest advantage is that you can move in right away – there’s no need to wait for construction to be completed. Pre-built homes also tend to be more affordable than custom homes, since the builder can take advantage of economies of scale. However, you may have less flexibility in terms of layout and design, and it may be difficult to find a pre-built home that perfectly suits your needs.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to choose a custom or pre-built home depends on your budget, timeline, and desired features. If you want your dream home and are willing to wait for it, a custom home is probably the right choice for you. If you need to move in quickly or are working with a limited budget, then a pre-built home might be the better option.

What makes Black Pearl Custom Homes so different from all the other custom home builders in Toronto?

Black Pearl Custom Homes stands out from other custom home builders in Toronto because of the following promises: 

Dedicated Project Manager – Focusing on your needs and exceeding client’s expectations, one custom home at a time

Fixed Price Guaranteed – Transparent quoting process, no hidden costs, honest labour fees

High Quality Materials – The most durable and well-designed materials sourced from reputable sources

Family-Owned Business – Upholding values and ethics in every project

20 Years of Experience – Extensive understanding and in depth knowledge of custom homes & additions

Obtaining Permits – Eliminating the hassle and stress of acquiring all legal paperwork

May I visit my home during my custom home building process?

You may visit your home during the custom home building process but by appointment viewing only. This can be done by scheduling a time with one of our team members over the phone or by email. Once the custom home building process begins, your site becomes a work zone and consequently can be dangerous. Unannounced visits can be dangerous and also create liability issues. By making an appointment first, we can prepare for your visit and make sure everyone involved is safe.

Do you build home additions?

Yes! We offer the following types of home additions:

– Bump-out home addition (or a home extension)
– Sunroom addition
– Second-story and third-story addition
– Garage addition
– Attic conversion

What should I expect during the home addition building process?

Designing a home addition in Toronto can be time-consuming, but it is worth it in the long run. Whether you want to add a bump-out, a second story, a garage, or any other type of home addition, proper planning is necessary to ensure it is done correctly and efficiently. This will help you avoid any potential problems and save you money.

The planning process can generally be divided into four major phases:

Phase 1: Define property lines: Before creating a floor plan, it is important to determine where the ownership boundaries are, to find out exactly where your property line starts and ends between your neighbours and the municipality. 

Phase 2: Design a plan: Now that you know how much space you have available,, you can start arranging your home addition’s floor plan. When in the process of designing, pay attention to your city’s by-laws and legalities, functionality, and return on investment. 

Phase 3: Apply for a building permit: Once the layout and structure of your project have been established, it can then be submitted to the city to apply for a building permit. 

Phase 4: Choose materials: The conclusion to designing a home addition is developing a material selection list.

How long does it take to do a home addition process?

The length of time to complete a home addition varies based on the following factors: 

– The size and nature of the home addition
– The style of the house
– The materials involved
– The level of difficulty to integrate the home addition into the existing – home
– The necessary building permits required

Once you’ve got all the paperwork in order, you can expect a project time of 2-4 months on the addition of 1,000 square feet. We do caution you that this timeframe is just an estimate based on home addition projects in the past, and a more accurate time can be calculated depending on the variables listed above.

What steps should I take if I am planning a home addition in Toronto?

If you are planning a home addition, our expert contractors here at Black Pearl Custom Homes advise taking the following steps:

1. Plan your key objectives
2. Determine your property lines and available space
3. Set a budget with financial leverage
4. Design your new space with function in mind
5. Draft the plans
6. Hire the right construction team
7. Trust the professionals to build your home addition

Are you licensed and insured home renovators?

Yes! We are fully licensed and insured home renovators. 

Would I be given home renovation ideas?

Absolutely! If the homeowner desires as much, our design team is happy to offer home renovation ideas to hopefully spark some inspiration.

Do I need permits for home renovation in Toronto & do I have to get them myself?

The permit system makes sure that all home renovations meet basic requirements for health and safety, including fire protection and municipal standards for zoning and heritage. In general, you need a building permit for home improvements that involve changes to the structure or systems of your house, such as adding new additions, reconfiguring space by moving or removing walls, installing fireplaces, or updating electrical and plumbing systems. However, repairs and renovations such as re-roofing, painting, re-siding, installing flooring and cabinets, or replacing windows and doors usually don’t require a permit – provided they don’t mean any changes to the structures or systems of the home.

Here at Black Pearl Custom Homes, you do not have to get permits yourself. We take care of every step in the process of acquiring building permits, from the initial drawings to the final trim. Our experienced builders will be applying for the necessary permits with your local Committee of Adjustment, so you can relax and avoid any potential headaches!