Builder Lingo

Builders will spend a lot of years training and working within the construction industry. During this time, they learn many terms that are commonly used in the industry, but may be completely new and unknown to most clients.

When interviewing builders, you might hear them use some of these terms when speaking with you about your new home. They may not even realize that you don’t understand everything they are saying. Communication and understanding is very important at this critical stage of the home building process.

If you don’t understand something your potential builder is saying, be sure to ask them to explain. Take the time to educate yourself on the homebuilding process, and ask lots of questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question! Remember, you are about to make a significant financial investment, and you have the right to know and to understand everything about your new home.

You can learn more about Builder Lingo from Mike Holmes, check out his article "Educate Yourself on Construction Lingo

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.


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We are very satisfied that we chose Sawlor Construction Limited to build our new home.The craftsmanship and high quality of workmanship is quite evident throughout the house.

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