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Winter Checklist





With the cold weather finally here to stay, homeowners should be preparing their homes for the winter season.  Here is a Winter Checklist to make sure your home is ready to go when Jack Frost rolls into town!




  • Check air ducts, remove covers and thoroughly vacuum vents

  • Clean or replace filter in furnace

  • Have your furnace serviced

  • Check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home

  • Close vents in unused rooms

  • Check all weather-stripping, replace if needed

  • Caulk around windows and doors if needed

  • Add insulation to your attic if needed

  • Clean out the gutters to avoid poor drainage

  • Turn off exterior faucets to avoid freezing pipes

  • Trim tree branches back

  • Seal any holes/cracks around the exterior of your home so unwanted guests can’t enter your home




Be safe and stay warm!






On Friday November 6th, Coughlan Homes partnered up with our pals at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility and Parkway Storage to support Random Act of Kindness Day hosted by the Durham Community Foundation. Coughlan decided to head out into the community and hand out Tim Hortons Gift Cards to random strangers, and the reactions we received were priceless. Although we had some skeptics who were "waiting for the catch" everyone who received a gift card was so appreciative of the kind gesture and took on the challenge of "Paying it Forward". 

Although Random Act of Kindness Day has come and gone, we ask that everyone Pay it Forward. All it takes is one small gesture to make someone's day!



Thank you from Coughlan Homes!

We know living in a brand new community has its challenges, thats why we wanted to thank our Duffin's Village homeowners for your patience during the constrution stages of Phase 1&2. As a small token of our apprecaition, each household will receive a car wash card with 3 washes on it. Visit our site trailer located along Stannardville Drive to pick up your card today! (*Please bring identification/mail with your address on it). Enjoy! 

DRHBA`s 2015 Awards of Excellence

Coughlan Homes was honoured to be a finalist in six categories at the Durham Region Home Builders Association (DRHBA) 2015 Awards of Excellence. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday April 16, 2015 at Deer Creek Golf and Country Club.

The nominations included:

·         *Logo Design for Duffin’s Village

·         *Sales Brochure for Duffin’s Village

·         *Excellence in Production Built Home (2401-3400sqft) for our Magnolia 4004 model at Duffin’s Village

·         *Salesperson of the Year Awards – Yvonne Catalano

·         *Green Builder of the Year

·         *Builder of the Year (Large Volume)

We are the proud recipients of both the Green Builder and the Builder of the Year Awards. The prestigious Builder of the Year award is presented to the Builder who demonstrates excellence in all areas from advertising and marketing, product design and appeal, community involvement, support of the industry and sales success.  As DRHBA describes the Green Builder of the Year award, is given to the the builder that “raises the bar for the balance of the industry through its leadership in improving the environmental, energy efficiency and overall technical image of the industry.”

We are very proud of our newest community, Duffin’s Village in Ajax. These nominations and awards showcase our dedication and ongoing commitment to delivering homes of uncompromising quality, innovative design and exceptional craftsmanship. We are devoted to bringing excellence to everyday living.


We look forward to our much anticipated fall release of homes in the Duffin’s Vilage community. 

Duffin's Village I & II is Sold Out!

We are pleased to announce that Phase I & II of the Duffin’s Village community located north of Rossland Road and west of Church Street in Ajax is officially sold out!

Don’t worry; we have another release coming in Fall 2015 in the same area! If you are interested in purchasing your dream home in our unique location, you can register on here. We will keep you up-to-date via email with any new information about the upcoming release.

We will be back soon, Ajax!

Forestview Estates - Now Open!

Welcome to Forestview Estates, Whitby!

Our sales office is now open so you can drop by anytime.  We are offering an exclusive collection of 40, 50 and 60 lots on Donwoods Crescent, just off Glengowan Street in north Whitby. These homes range in size from approx. 2500 sq. ft. to just over 4100 sq. ft. and are loaded with luxurious features such as 9ft ceilings on main and second floor, waffled and coffered ceilings, large kitchen designs with serverys and beautiful grand staircases with your choice of oak or iron pickets. Forest walk out lots are also available. Pricing starts at $789,990.

Stop by our sales office to find out more details and the incentives we have to offer!

4295 Thickson Road N Whitby L1R 2X3
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Wed 1pm-7pm
Sat-Sun 12noon-6pm


Here are a couple photos of the site:










Coughlan Homes is coming to Whitby!

Next month, we plan to release our newest master planned enclave, Forestview Estates. We are excited to add our impressive collection of designs on of 40’ 50’ and 60’ lots to Whitby’s charming, heritage-rich community and natural reserve.

When exploring the Town of Whitby, it is evident that this is a great place to live, work and play.  Every year MoneySense Magazine does a poll of the best places to live in Canada. In recent years, Whitby was ranked as being the best place to live in Durham Region. Based on the magazine’s review, it is considered one of the best places to raise a family, a great place to retire and has many job opportunities.

The location of the Forestview Estates enclave is ideal. Just north of Taunton, on the east side of Thickson, the site is conveniently located between highway 401 and the 407 extension and  public transportation, schools and shopping are just moments away.

Not only are the estates in an excellent location, the homes are loaded with luxury features and finishes and set on extra deep lots.

Stay connected with Coughlan and check back soon and we should have more details under our New Homes page. 

Stages of New Home Construction

Ever wonder about the stages of construction? You probably have a general idea of how a house is built, but here we wanted to give the process from start to finish.

The site supervisor plays a vital role in the organization and scheduling of all the trades accurately ensure a seamless production schedule to meet the closing date of your home.

Pre – Construction:

Once the permits have been issued, excavation of the lot can be started. After excavation, the footings or foot print of your home will be poured. Once the footings are in place, the basement walls can be poured.

Construction: Early Stages

The foundation is complete once the basement walls are poured and the lot is back filled. Next, they can begin framing the home by fitting the wood and steel trusses together to give it structure, support and shape. During the framing stage, the shingles are applied to the roof and windows & doors are installed.

Mid Stages: Utilities & Mechanicals

All mechanicals are then installed preparing your home to work as a machine. Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system as well as the plumbing and electrical wiring. These utilities are behind the walls and in the floors so it is essential these are carefully completed and inspected before hanging the drywall and starting the interior finishes. The staircase is installed during this time as well. Homeowners are invited to participate in the frame walk through of their home to see the progress.


Around the same time, the structure begins to transform into a real house once the brick and stone is laid. Garage floors and porches are poured during this stage, as well as the installation of exterior railings.  

Final stages: Interior finishes

It’s all about the details!  After the drywall is in place, the cut out for the direct vent is made for the gas fireplace insert and mantle. The walls are primed and painted, baseboards and trim are installed, bathroom/kitchen tiles are installed, shower enclosures and cabinets are put in place. All of the finishing details such as light and plumbing fixtures are put in place and inspected. The staircase is stained and flooring is installed at the very end. 


The homeowner partakes in the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI), assessing the house and its condition prior to taking possession.

Building a home is very strategic process and relies on excellent trades and time management. It is important to remember that there are inspectors are involved each and every step of the way to ensure safety codes and quality standards are being met. 

Only 5 Lots Left at Duffin's Village

Have you been interested in Duffin’s Village but haven’t made a move yet? Now is the time to buy and be a part of something great – only 5 lots left for sale!

Each lot available is a large pie-shaped, private lot with a carefully selected model.

This blog we are featuring Lot 137 Garland Elevation B.

Imagine yourself coming home every evening to the gorgeous Garland B model with striking stone detail and a welcoming covered porch.  This model is just over 2000 sq.ft - a spacious 4 bedroom home that can fit your family comfortably. It is a great home for entertaining with its open concept layout. The large eat in kitchen with the island is open to the great room, making friend and family gatherings that more enjoyable. 

During the summer months, the large private backyard can become your retreat, stretching approximately 70 feet wide in the back. The children can play freely while you can have your own outdoor space to relax and unwind.

As we move into the bitter cold months ahead, with the flick of a switch, you can turn on the gas fireplace to cozy up in the great room and settle in with those who mean the most to you.

13 Stockell Crescent in Ajax is just a short drive to shopping centres, movie theatres, Go trains, hwy 401 and 407 and is surrounded by excellent schools and daycares. We currently have one Garland model left so don’t wait too long to call Duffin’s Village home. Click here to view the floor plan or contact our presentation centre today for more details 905.683.2727

First-time Buyer? What You Need to Know About Financing a New Home

Buying a home can be a very exciting feat, however there is a lot to know and understand financially before becoming a homeowner. Being informed and prepared makes your home buying experience easy and comfortable.

Get a Pre-Approval: Knowing how much you can afford is the first step. To obtain a pre-approval you can visit a mortgage specialist who can help you determine what you can afford. There are many other factors that need to be considered when figuring out your budget, such as estimated property taxes, utility expenses, daily living expenses etc. 

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation provides a  general rule of thumb that your total monthly housing costs (including mortgage payments, property taxes and heating expenses) should be no more than 32% of your gross household monthly income.

A mortgage specialist can help you determine a comfortable price point so you don’t stretch yourself too thin.

What will your down payment be? If you intend to make a down payment less than 20% of the purchase price, you will be required to pay mortgage loan insurance. CMHC mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment of 5%.

Which kind of mortgage is right for you: There are many different options when it comes to securing a mortgage. You will need to determine what will work best for you, such as the amortization period, the term, the payment schedule (i.e. monthly, bi-weekly, weekly), open or closed mortgage and variable versus fixed interest rates.

When choosing a mortgage, always take into an account the impact of a possible increase in interest rate could have on your ability to make your payments.


For more information about financing or if you have questions, you can contact our TD Mobile Mortgage Specialist Georgina Morrison at 289.252.1008 or

Tips on home organization to start off the new school year!

As August comes to an end, we automatically feel fall in the air as we prepare our little ones for school. It is a busy time of year, filled with new beginnings. Most of us try to start off the school year with good habits and organization.

Here are a few tips on how to organize your home for back to school:

1.        De-clutter your home. Remove all unnecessary items that have piled up and simply take up valuable space.

2.       Have a backpack station for your child to unload once they come home from school.

3.       Establish a homework station so your child can work efficiently without distraction

4.       Clean out the closet. We can get stuck in our habits of ‘putting things away’ but forget what we are actually storing. Go        through your closets and see if there is any clothing that no longer fits and donate to those in need

5. -     Keep all the kids school stuff in one convenient spot for easy access (i.e lunch bags, school supplies)


We hope this will be an easy transition for all - parents, kids and pets! We wish you a happy, safe, productive school year! 

What is Tarion and why does it matter?

If you are shopping around for a new home, you will likely hear the term Tarion. Tarion it is a nonprofit program that is designed to protect all new home buyers’ rights in Ontario and regulate new home builders. Any builder who plans on building in Ontario must be registered with Tarion and follow the requirements of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.

Tarion is a valuable tool that can be used to educate yourself if you are unfamiliar with buying a new build home. Their website is an excellent resource for information such as deposit protection, what happens if a builder breeches the contract, what to expect at your Pre-Delivery Inspection and what items are warranted.

Tarion is responsible for:

-          *Licensing new home builders/vendors

-          *Ensuring builders are fulfilling requirements of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act

-          *Help educate new home buyers and their rights

-          *Protect consumers when builders fail to fulfil their warranty obligations

-          *Resolve disputes about warranty coverage

-          *Investigate illegal building practices

-          *Promote high standards of new home construction

Tarion protects new home buyers with a seven year warranty.
The seven year warranty covers major structural defects and begins on the date you take possession of the home and ends on the day before the seventh anniversary of that date. In addition to this warranty, there is also a one year and a two year warranty covered by the builder.

The one year warranty requires that the home be:

  • Constructed in a workmanlike manner and free from defects in material;
  • Fit for habitation;
  • Constructed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code;
  • and Free of major structural defects.

The two year warranty covers:

  • Water penetration through the basement or foundation walls;
  • Defects in materials, including windows, doors and caulking, or defects in work that result in water penetration into the building envelope;
  • Defects in work or materials in the electrical, plumbing and heating delivery and distribution systems;
  • Defects in work or materials which result in the detachment, displacement or deterioration of exterior cladding (such as brickwork, aluminum or vinyl siding);
  • Violations of the Ontario Building Code affecting health and safety (including, but not limited to, violations relating to fire safety and the structural adequacy of the home


For more information about Tarion and the New Home Warranty in Ontario, please visit

What is ENERGY STAR® and why does it matter?

When we inform our homeowners that Coughlan homes are Energy Star certified, there are usually many questions that follow. This blog post is dedicated to educating homeowners and those in the process of shopping for a new home about Energy Star and why it matters.

Energy Star is an Environment Protection Agency program that is supported by the Government of Canada. The program was established in the early 90s and its goal has been to help businesses and individuals save money and protect our environment through superior energy efficiency.

This is the symbol for anything that has earned the ENERGY STAR approval and is considered a high-efficiency product. When shopping around, you will notice this symbol on kitchen appliances, televisions, light bulbs etc. These products are tested and certified when they meet the strict specifications for energy performance.

As for newly built homes, an ENERGY STAR qualified home is on average 15% - 30% more efficient than a home built to code.  Coughlan Homes ensures that all our homes are  ENERGY STAR certified, meaning our homes run much more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills and helping protect our environment by reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In addition, the systems and equipment installed in an ENERGY STAR certified home are better grade and provide greater comfort and temperature consistency, allowing for superior indoor air quality.

It’s all good!

 For more information about Energy Star, you can visit

Where to start when decorating your new home


When moving into a new build home, you are starting from scratch when it comes to décor and design. Once all moved in, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which room to decorate first, especially for first time home buyers. There are just so many options and difficult decisions to make when figuring out which room to tackle first.

We chatted with our Design consultant to see if she had a few tips and suggestions to help you get started decorating your new home. Here are a few tips to make the big task of decorating your home easier:

1.       Budget. It is important to establish a budget you are comfortable working with and how to spend it wisely. Perhaps taking on a DIY on a Saturday afternoon may be more fun than you think.

2.       Choosing a room. It is important to finish one room at a time. This is key so you don’t get confused or side tracked and end up with half-done rooms with mixed styles all over. Ask yourself: Is there a particular room you spend the most time in? Do you want to make your master bedroom into a retreat – a place that welcomes home after a long, busy day? Do you want to focus on your family room where your family can cozy up by the fireplace and relax together? Do you want to create your dream chef’s kitchen? Prioritize your rooms and where you do most of your “living.”

3.       Figure out what your style is. Look through various magazines, home websites and blogs for inspirational photos. Take pieces you like from different photos and compile an inspiration book so when you shop around you can refer to what style you wish to articulate in your newly decorated room.

4.       Choosing a colour palate. You may fall in love with a piece of art or a rug with a unique pattern - pull a colour from the item you love and allow this to be your starting point. Let this colour guide you and dictate the décor in the room. One tip is to select neutral furniture pieces, in case down the road you want to change the accent colour – much easier on the wallet!

5.       Paint. Paint can easily change the feel of the room. It simple way to add that personalized touch to your space and most importantly, it is affordable. If you do not want to commit to a room full of the same paint colour, perhaps consider an accent wall.

6.       Measure. It is important to know the size and dimensions of your room that you are working with. Be sure to take these measurements with you (and a tape measure!) while shopping for new pieces and furniture for your room. If you get the piece home and find out it doesn’t fit, it will be such a pain to return it. 

7.       Relax. When it comes to decorating, take your time and think about your space and how you feel in it - you may not find all of your favourite pieces right away.


Being a homeowner can be quite exciting but can be daunting at times, so keep in mind that decorating a home is never quite done – it is always a work in progress. A room can always be refreshed by simply changing the colour of throw cushions on a couch, wall colour, pretty vases and candles, linens, lamps and lighting. Enjoy the process! 

Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring has sprung (finally)! With the warm weather and sunny days upon us, we are eager to get outside and check to see how our home has made it through this harsh winter we endured. As we inspect our homes inside and out to see if any damage has occured, it is important that we take on a few spring cleaning tasks to ensure the home runs efficiently. 

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Clean your eaves troughs of any debris left over from fall and winter.Inspect your gutters for leaks or if they are loose. Make sure all of your down spouts drain away from the house and is clear of any debris. Improper drainage can lead to water issues around your home's foundation. 

2. Examine foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture and repair as required.

3. Inspect shingles to see if any were damaged or lost during the winter - look for cracked or loose shingles. 

4. Clean all windows, screens and hardware. Ensure there are no holes in screens as that can welcome bugs and other critters. 

5. Check, clean or replace your furnance filters.

6. Check air conditioning system and clean or replace filter

7. Inspect caulking in and outside for water and air leaks. If the caulking is loose and brittle, remove it completely and replace it. This will also help save energy!

8. Open valve to outside hose connection after all possibility of frost has passed.

9. Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris to avoid water being displaced to other places you do not want it! 

10. It is always a good idea to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to ensure they are working properly.

Make sure you don't neglect your lawn either. Rake and clean up any debris from your lawn and flower beds. You can seed and fertilize areas of your lawn that were damaged from the winter months. Be sure you seed after the danger of frost has passed. 

Often, your home is your biggest investment. It is worth the effort and time to take care of your home because a well maintained home will keep its value throughout the years. Remember to always take safety seriously and for larger, more dangerous jobs (like replacing the roof and shingles) it is best to call a professional. 

Homeowners can always refer to our helpful seasonal checklists on our website here: Seasonal Checklists

Thinking of purchasing a new home in Ajax, but unsure what Durham Region has to offer?

You will be amazed what a fantastic place Ajax is to call home. Our Duffin’s Village community is located in the central-west part of the Town of Ajax, bordering the City of Pickering.

Ajax/Pickering is just a short distance from Toronto, making commuting by GO train, bus or highway a breeze. This bustling suburb offers lots of shopping, top schools, the Rouge Valley Hospital and Health System and a picturesque Lake Ontario waterfront among many other things. There are many scenic trails that meander from northern Ajax/Pickering all the way down to the waterfront with enormous parks - perfect for family bike rides!

The history of Ajax/Pickering is fascinating, especially the contributions Ajax made during the Second World War. Global aired the TV show “Bomb Girls”  (2012) that represents the efforts of the women of Ajax in the Defense Industries Limited (DIL) munitions factory on Pickering Beach Road. Also, the Town of Ajax was named in honour of the British warship the HMS Ajax that served in the Second World War.

Nestled between Elizabeth Street and Rotherglen Road in Ajax, Pickering Village is a unique feature of Durham Region, as the old early 19th century Courtyard and surrounding buildings are still standing and they occupy local businesses and residents. Delicious restaurants, ice cream shops, day spas and cafes are among many different places within the Village that generate a family friendly atmosphere for all visitors to the community. Ajax also offers a vast array of award winning golf courses, such as our favourite, Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility. Ajax is a lifestyle community, offering lots of family fun activities and cultural events.

If you are moving into the Duffin’s Village community and are new to the area, Ajax is a great place to call home. Take advantage of the resources offered in the community such as the Ajax Welcome Wagon. For more details, contact the Welcome Wagon representative at 1-866-873-9945. For more details about the Town of Ajax, you can visit


What to expect at your first walk through

Once homeowners finish their design appointments, they are more than eager to see their dream home come to life!

One of the advantages of purchasing a newly built home is that you are involved every step of the way. After construction starts, we invite homeowners to participate in a guided walk-through when the shell building is near completion. Homeowners can expect to see the exterior wall framing complete and the interior walls near completion. Depending on the exact time that your appointment is booked, you may also see some mechancial components installed such as heating and plumbing.

This gives homeowners a great opportunity to see the layout of their own home before all of the finishes are installed. It also gives homeowners a chance to see what goes behind the drywall and ask any questions about the construction of the new home.

So, homeowners, gear up in some proper footwear (appropriate for a construction site), bundle up and bring along your floor plan and you can physically see your new home's space!

A Homeowner's next visit will be at the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) prior to the closing date, where you will have the first opportunity to view your completed home and assess its condition before taking poessession.

New Year, New Home... Will it be a re-sale or a new home built for you?

Once the holidays have wrapped up, we start thinking about what we want out of the New Year. Have you committed to purchasing a new home because you have outgrown your current home? Are you looking to downsize? Need more functionality?  First time home buyer?

We wanted to highlight a few advantages and disadvantages to consider whether you decide to purchase a new home or a re-sale home.

Re-Sale Advantages

  • Move into an established neighbourhood with a green lawn, growing trees and shrubs
  • Often extras are included in the purchase such as blinds, curtains, appliances, fencing, swimming pools etc

  • “Move in ready” for a quick closing

Re-Sale Disadvantages

  • Depending on the neighbourhood and the house, appreciation could be at its maximum
  • Older homes will require more maintenance (As a home ages, certain systems  such as heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, roofing, windows need to be upgraded which can get costly)

  • Heating and cooling older homes are not as energy efficient as a new built and can end up paying high energy bills

  • The interior style may need to be changed/upgraded

  • Older homes tend to have traditional layouts and renovating can become costly and you may run into unexpected issues (such as mold and electrical) as well as unnecessary stress through the renovation process

New Home Advantages

  • Be the first to live in your new home and create your own memories
  • Selecting a floor plan most suitable to your needs and desires, such an open concept floor plan with a large kitchen for entertaining,

  • Selecting a desirable lot, such as backing on to a private ravine

  • Ability to design and decorate from the ground up, in some cases even customize your home

  • Select interior finishes such as hardwood, tiles, cabinetry colour selection etc

  • Include more functionality and modern conveniences, such as second floor laundry rooms

  • Increased insulation in walls, attics and basements

  • Energy Star certified
  • High efficiency heating and air condition coupled with effective ventilation reduces energy and delivers a healthier indoor environment

  • An energy efficient new home reduces energy consumption by about 30%, which means it saves you money

  • Every new home built in Ontario is protected by Tarion, a new home warranty that every builder must adhere to

  • You may be able to select the exterior brick and stone colours

  • New homes are built with current building codes

  • Value of your new home may increase as years go by, which is to your advantage

New Home Disadvantages

  • May be temporarily exposed to construction throughout the new neighbourhood
  • Homeowners typically pay for their own fencing after gaining possession

  •  There is a possibility that the closing date could be delayed, however the builder must follow Tarion’s guidelines regarding notification and amount of time.

  • Often major appliances must be purchased separately by homeowner


We hope these pros and cons help you evaluate each alternative as you begin house shopping early in the New Year. Ultimately, your decision should be based on the needs and wants for you and your family as well as your budget. If you have any questions or would like to discuss more advantages of newly homes, please feel free to contact our Presentation Centre 905.683.2727 or visit us at 2540 Brock Rd.


Thank you!

A BIG thank you to all of those who donated to our holiday Community Food Drive supporting St. Paul's On The Hill Food Bank.

Our delivery took place on Wednesday December 18, 2013 and with a grand total of 340+ food & household items, we are thrilled with the response and generosity of our homeowners, friends & family.

The Food Bank is totally dependent on volunteers as well as donations of food and financial support from the businesses, schools, social clubs, religious communities and individuals of Ajax & Pickering.

Every little bit helps and together we are building a stronger community! We truly appreciate the efforts of those who helped us.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!






Community Food Drive

With the holidays upon us, we invite you to help us build a stronger community! Coughlan Homes will be holding a community Food Drive for household items and non-perishable food items to donate to St. Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank in Pickering. The food bank, serving Ajax-Pickering, runs solely on donations and volunteers. Last year, the food bank helped feed over 7500 residents and approximately 40% of their clients are children.

To make donations, please drop off your items to our Presentation Centre located at 2540 Brock Rd Pickering. The last day to drop off donations will be Tuesday December 17 2013.

Coughlan Homes will also be giving  $50 RONA gift cards to the top 5 people or families who donate the most items!

Please help us make a difference in the lives of our neighbours and friends!


To view a list of their current needs please visit

We thank you for your efforts!

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas from the Coughlan Homes Team!






How to prepare for your upcoming Design & Décor Appointments

Once making the decision to purchase a new build home, the next exciting step would be the design aspect of your selected model. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your upcoming appointments at our new home design centre.


  • Your first appointment will be to select the exterior colour package of your home. Before this appointment, make yourself aware of which shade of brick you desire most for the exterior of your home, such as red brick tones or lighter, earth tones. This is one fixed characteristic of the house that you will not be able to change at a later date, so do some research in your own neighbourhood or past Coughlan communities beforehand to get an idea of what you like.


  • During this appointment you will also be asked if you would like to make any structural changes such as a separate entrance, larger basement windows or adding a cold cellar. When deciding on these features, think about how you will use the space in the future. Will you be finishing your basement? Do you want larger windows to let in more natural light? Will you want to store items in a cold cellar? Will these selections be a good investment for re-sale?


  • Prior to your second appointment, you will be receiving a model specific booklet with all available options to prepare yourself for your meeting with our decor consultant. This booklet will assist you in making decisions with your budget in mind.


  • Take advantage of Coughlan’s décor centre browsing hours with your model specific selection book. Before your appointment, you are welcome to attend the décor centre to familiarize yourself with the options and to make notes. You can visit during the browsing hours as many times as you’d like. (We will be notifying homeowners when the décor centre browsing hours begin). 


  • At your second appointment you will tackle the features and finishes of your home – this is where your personal style will come to life! If you are working with a budget, try focusing on larger items that would be difficult to change later on such as the kitchen, electrical, staircase or ceiling height. The kitchen is thought to be one of the most important rooms in the house and usually one of the biggest selling features when you go to sell your home.



  • It is recommended to select neutral finishes and add in colour and personality through your furniture and artwork. It may be more costly in the long run if you decide to change the finishes later on.


  • Take advantage of home décor magazines and website sites such as Pinterest & to bookmark style, finishes and features that you like most. Bring these images to your décor appointment to show and explain what aspects you like about each photo. Our décor consultant will better understand your new home vision, which she will then be able to provide you with similar finishes to ease your decision making.


  • Keep in mind that selections and upgrades purchased through the décor centre are covered by Tarion Home Warranty. Any finishes added to the home after closing may affect the warranty coverage. For more details check out 



  • Most of all have fun with this experience! 


Tips for buying new build homes

So you started thinking of purchasing a home and you don’t know where to begin.  Are you thinking of buying a new build home but unsure of the process? 

We wanted to share a few tips to help you along the way to make the process more enjoyable and exciting as purchasing a new home should be!

1.       Talk to your lender about mortgages early in the process. Knowing in advance how much you qualify for and getting a pre-approval for a mortgage means you can proceed from "just looking with an undecided time frame” to a signed agreement with more confidence.

2.       In addition to visiting the Presentation Centre, drive by the actual site location.  What necessities do you require?  Proximity to Highways? Proximity to schools, shopping, hospitals and workplace? Hiking trails & Recreation Parks?
Determine what is most important to you and your family and what kind of lifestyle you want.

3.       Research the Home Builder. Is the builder registered with Tarion? What is their reputation? How long have they been in business and where are their completed communities? 

4.       Make a list of all the features you would like in your new home such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garage size, walk out basement, ravine lot, etc.

5.       Sit down with the Sales Representative and ask questions!  If you are unfamiliar with new construction homes, it is important you understand the entire building process. The Sales Rep can explain to you key elements in purchasing a new home such as:

-          The agreement of purchase and sale and any conditional periods

-           Timeframes and important dates

-          Deposit structures and other payments

-          New home warranties

-           What to expect at your design & décor appointments

-           What is required from you on closing


Other team members will explain:

-           What your responsibilities will be as a homeowner

-           Construction highlights and your framing walk - through

-           What is involved during your pre-delivery inspection

-           What to expect after taking possession of your home and Service procedures


We hope these tips help you build your dream home!


Introduction to Coughlan Homes

Dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic are just a few words that describe the team here at Coughlan Homes.

Innovative, uncompromising quality, eco-friendly, attractive, exceptional craftsmanship and detail oriented are a few words that describe our Coughlan built homes.

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. If you are just learning about Coughlan Homes, we would love to introduce ourselves to you.

Coughlan Homes and Cougs Investments have been developing in the GTA for over 50 years, specializing in making dreams come true with master planned residential communities, industrial and commercial spaces. Within the Coughlan Group of Companies, we also have award winning golf course properties including Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Glen Cedars Golf Club and Salem Ridge Golf & Academy.

When you begin searching for your dream home, come and see what Coughlan Homes has to offer. You can expect knowledgeable, friendly and attentive sales staff that will go above and beyond to assist you. We will work with you to find the right home that suits your needs by providing plan details, information about the community and what you can expect throughout the entire process.

Once you decide to move forward, our team will thoroughly explain the purchasing process, what your responsibilities will be and who will be involved at what stage of the process. You will be introduced to our Community Liaison who will be happy to assist you every step of the way. She is dedicated to keeping homeowners up to date on the exciting developments of the construction of your home and community. Our commitment to customer satisfaction on all levels is evident and we want to ensure your experience is nothing short of exceptional.

What can you expect to see on our blog? We will populate this area of our website with interesting information about buying newly built homes, what Durham Region has to offer, décor trends and planning tips.