Standard House Specifications

Plans & Permits

  • Construction plans including basement floor plan, main floor plan, 4 elevations and a typical cross section
  • 7 year Atlantic Home Warranty
  • Comprehensive Builders Risk Insurance (basic policy covers up to $500,000.00 of construction value and $2,000,000.00 dollars of liability coverage)

Concrete Foundation & Floors

  • Pre-excavation site visit with the customer to establish proper grade, depth, & drainage
  • 8" x 20" poured concrete footings
  • 8" poured concrete walls with 2 runs of 10mm rebar (walls between house and garage have 5 runs 15mm rebar)
  • 8" x 32" x 32" post pads for jack post pads as required by the plans
  • 8" x 20" poured concrete center footing  as required by the plans
  • Placing and finishing 3" poured concrete floor for the house
  • Placing and finishing  4" poured concrete floor for the garage (if applicable)
  • Supply and place 10" sono-tube in "big feet" for the front, side and patio concrete deck supports
  • Labor & material to put 1 coat of foundation coating an all exterior concrete house walls below grade (not applicable in slab on grade foundations)
  • Leveling and compacting house and garage (if applicable) floor areas prior to pouring
  • Laying 6 mil (CGSB approved) poly under house floor prior to pouring
  • Applicable pumper charges

Floor System

  • Posi-Strut engineered floor joist system 
  • 3/4" tongue and groove Edge Gold OSB for floor sheathing
  • PL 400 floor adhesive and 1 3/4" deck screws for floor sheathing
  • 1/2" standard spruce plywood for all ceramic tiled floor areas

Exterior Walls (includes pony walls)

  • 2" x 6" kiln dried plates
  • 2" X 6" kiln dried studding @ 16" oc 
  • 2" x 10" lintels (in longer spans, LVL engineered headers have been included)
  • 1/2" OSB wall sheathing panels
  • 1" Enerair (polyisocyanurate) rigid insulation
  • Typar building paper, including typar tape and 3/8" staples

Roof Systems

  • Engineered factory assembled, raised heel, trusses
  • 1/2" OSB sheathing panels c/w metal H-clips
  • 1" x 4" truss bracing
  • 1" x 4" ceiling strapping
  • Lifetime "Mystique" architectural roofing shingles
  • White aluminum eave starter for eaves and gable roof areas
  • Synthetic roofing underlayment under all shingles
  • Ice & water shield for eave-starter and valleys
  • Aluminum flashing for end, gable, hip walls as required
  • Rolled ridge vent over all roof peaks

Exterior Finish

  • Colored vinyl siding (selected colors) and accessories are included for all pre-priced packages
  • Perforated white vinyl soffit
  • White aluminum fascia
  • Vinyl dryer mount & vinyl mounting plates for exterior lights, plugs, taps, etc.  . . . .

Note:  Exterior masonry features have not been included in any of our pre-priced designs

Interior Walls

  • Inside of exterior basement walls to be studded with 2" x 4" @ 24" on center on a 2x6 bottom plate
  • 2"x4" interior partitions


  • Rim: 5" spray foam insualtion (R??)
  • Slab on Grade : 2 ½" Foundation Plus, rigid insulation around the inside perimeter of the building’s, exterior concrete wall, two(2) feet down
  • R10 - 21/2" Foundation Plus insulation under full 8' basement floors 
  • R10 - 21/2" Foundation Plus insulation under garage floors 
  • R16 - 4" Foundation Plus insulation under frost wall and 4' or walkout basement floors
  • 1" foundation plus against basement concrete walls covered with R20 - 23" fibreglass insulation batts, 6 mil vapor barrier
  • R24-15" fiberglass batts in the stud walls, covered with 1" Enerfoil Sheathing (Combined R-30) with taped seams
  • R50 blown-in insulation, for all flat ceilings
  • R40 fiberglass batts with 1" Enerfoil (R6) sheathing (acts as a vapor barrier) for all sloped ceiling areas
  • R31 insulation in floor areas over unheated spaces (R24 batts + R6 - 1” Enerfoil sheathing )
  • 6 mil ultra plus poly (CGSB approved) for vapor barrier for ceiling and all exterior walls (Excludes area's where there is Enerfoil Sheathing
  • Accessories including staples, tape, accoustical sealant, weather-shield stops and low expanding foam insulation


  • 1/2" drywall for all interior walls, exterior walls and ceilings 
  • 1/2" drywall for exterior walls only, in the basement
  • 1 1/4" drywall screws

Note: Basement walls are not priced to be filled or painted

Crack filling

  • Drywall accessories, including Sheetrock 90, drywall premix, vinyl cornerbeads c/w spray adhesive, fiba tape, paper tape and sand paper


  • 1 coat   Beauti Tone "Latex Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat #1850-624"  for all drywall
  • 2 coats   Beauti Tone "Signature Series Interior Latex Flat #1852-908"  for ceilings
  • 2 coats   Beauti Tone "Designer Series, Acrylic Suede # 1858-617,662,653" for all walls (Maximum of 4 different colors included with this pricing)

Note: Additional colors can be used at cost of $135.00/color

  • 1 coat   Beauti Tone "Latex Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat #1850-704"  for all wood trim
  • 2 coats Beauti Tone "Signature Series, Acrylic Latex Enamel Gloss # 1836-856"  for all trim and doors
  • Painter's caulk as required

Note : Paintbrushes, rollers and cleansers and other tools are the responsibility of the painting contractor

Interior Finish (Paint Grade)

  • Colonist series 800-3 pre hung interior doors and bi-folds
  • 2 3/4" (MFPU89002)  MDF colonial casing for doors and windows
  • 4" (MFPU8910)  MDF colonial baseboard
  • 3/4" MDF furring for all exterior windows and doors
  • 1" clear spruce window sill
  • Finger joint pine door jambs
  • Pre-finished white closet shelving with white closet rod

Door Hardware

  • Schlage interior and exterior door hardware

Exterior Windows and Doors

  • Kohler Supreme Series Single-hung or Casement PVC windows (as required to suit plan style)
  • Kohler 15 year vinyl-clad, insulated door systems
  • Garage Doors: Wayne Dalton 8300 series R11 insulated garage doors (sized to suit plans)

Note: All thermo-pane glass in windows and doors is to include Lo E / Argon 

Stair Material

Rough Stair Material (Basement)

  • 2" x 10" stair stringers
  • 10" pine treads, and 8" pine treads
  • Spruce handrail c/w brackets

Finish Stair Material (Main Stairs)

  • Oak handrail , newels , & spindles (stained and clear coated)
  • 2" x 10" stair stringers
  • 10" oak treads (stained and clear coated)
  • 8" oak treads (stained and clear coated)

Patio Decks & Veranda's

  • Bigfoot forms, 10" sonotube, and 6" x 6" pressure-treated supports
  • 3 ply - 2" x 8" pressure-treated laminated beams
  • Pressure-treated floor joist, sized to code
  • 1 1/4" x 6" pressure-treated decking
  • Steps/Decks/Verandah rail -  2" x 4" top and bottom rail with 4x4 posts and square spindles

NOTE: Unless clearly indicated by the plan, each pre-priced design includes:

  • 8' x 12' mid level deck c/w 1 set of 42" stairs
  • 5' x 3' side step (when required by plan) c/w 1 set of 42" stairs
  • 6' x 4' front step c/w 1 set of 42" stairs

Cabinets & Vanities

  • Stained maple, raised panel doors and plain drawers for kitchen cabinets and vanities
  • Post formed plastic laminate counter-top (in stock colors)
  • $4.00 allowance for cabinet pulls and door knobs


  • All necessary Worsbro & ABS rough plumbing supplied & installed in accordance with municipal building codes
  • *All white bath fixtures
  • Maax Allia TSR-6032 acryic tub/shower Model #107000-000
  • Maax Allia SHR-3636 acryic shower stall Model #107006-000 c/w Pivot door, raindrop glass, chrome trim Model #136655-970-084
  • Maax Allia SHR-4834 acryic shower stall c/w seat Model #107004-000 c/w three panel sliding door, hammered glass, chrome trim Model #138290-965-084
  • Model #: TL181 Moen posi-tempbathtub & shower taps
  • Maax Imperial fiberglass neo-angle shower Model #105219-000 c/w Pivot door, raindrop glass, chrome trim Model #137901-970-084
  • Gerber Viper 6L toilet c/w regular seat Model #21-502
  • Gerber Maxwell china basin sink Model #12-834
  • Gerber Maxwell china pedestal sink Model #22-514
  • Moen #: L64601 single lever vanity basin tap(s) 
  • Maxx "Casa 7234" Acrylic, 6'  whirlpool, Model #: 101199-001, c/w factory skirt (72" x 34" x 22")
  • Maxx "Simplicitie", Model #: 100863-001, Acrylic, 6'  whirlpool (Drop in) (71" x 35" x 19 7/8")
  • Moen #9797 whirlpool deck faucet c/w spray and T991 trim

Please NoteSewer/water line placement & clean-outs are to be hidden inside closets, walls, utility rooms "Out of sight"


  • Double  Stainless Steel kitchen sink  model #QDL2031-7-3 (no spray)
  • Moen #L67425 lever handle, kitchen taps (no-spray)
  • Rough in for dishwasher hook up


  • Kindred (Regionox) single stainless steel laundry sink Model #RSL2020-10-3
  • Moen #4872 laundry tub taps (if applicable)
  • Hookup for washing machine
  • Supply and install a 40 gallon electric hot water tank 
  • Hot water tank to have an insulating blanket installed and all hot water lines are to be covered with pipe insulation


  • 8" non-freeze faucets c/w  vacuum breaks


  • Cost of temporary power during construction by owner (power will be applied for under owners name - should  budget approx. $150.00 for temporary during construction)
  • All necessary permits
  • CSA approved wiring and wiring devices to meet Nova Scotia Power Corporation Code
  • 200 amp service entrance
  • Hook-ups supplied for range, dishwasher, microwave, dryer, washer, bath fans, range hood, lighting fixtures and dryer vents
  • 2 exterior GFI receptacles
  • Basement exterior walls wired to code 
  • 4 duplex receptacles and 2 keyless lamps for the garage (if applicable)
  • Pre-wire for air exchange system during rough in
  • Connect to air exchange system during finish
  • Co-ordinate with the utility to install telephone jacks (quantity dependent on the plan)
  • Co-ordinate the utility to install cable outlets (quantity dependent on the plan)
  • Lighting Fixtures: The allowance for each pre-priced design is based on $1.50 per square foot of finished living area


  • Electric baseboard heat in all finished areas provided at 6 watts per square foot
  • Line voltage single pole thermostats
  • Baseboard heaters in unfinished basements to Nova Scotia Power Corporation's code
  • Home packages under 1200 square feet include 1 - 12,000 BTU ductless mini split heat pump
  • Home packages between 1200 and 1500 square feet include 1 - 18000 BTU ductless mini split heat pump
  • Home packages over 1500 square feet include 1 - 24,000 BTU ductless mini split heat pump

Note: Chimney's, fireplaces and other masonry features have not been included in our pre-priced designs


  • Supply and install  a high efficiency heat recovery ventilation system to building code specifications

Floor Covering

  • Ceramic floor tile supplied and installed in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and front/rear entries
  • 12.3 mm laminate flooring for bedrooms, living areas and hallways

Eaves trough

  • Seamless (white) aluminum eaves-trough and down pipes

Final Clean Up

  • Vacuuming and scrubbing the floors
  • Washing cabinets and plumbing fixtures
  • Cleaning windows inside and out


  • Specifications are in accordance with the National Building Code requirements.
  • The renderings illustrating our pre-priced designs may show certain exterior finishes, decorative treatments, decks, railings, garages, chimney's, fireplaces, masonry, screen porches and other optional items which may not be included in our pre-priced designs. Contact Allen Home's for details.
  • Due to varying site conditions Land, Excavation, Sewer and Water costs have not been included in any of our pre priced designs. With your input we would pleased to visit your lot to help you determine all of your site costs.
  • Due to varying costs and requirements from municipality to municipality building permit costs have not been included in these specifications.
  • Other than what is required by code, materials or labor to finish the basement area is not included in any of our pre-priced designs.
  • Attached garage and house common walls are drywalled only (not painted or crack filled). All exterior garage walls and ceilings are insulated and drywalled but not crackfilled or painted.  
  • All exterior garage walls are insulated with R24-15" fiberglass insulation and do not meet the Energuide 85 wall standard of fully heated house living area.
  • Split entries are priced to include drywall and insulation for 4' wood wall in basement. No material or labor is provided to crack fill or paint this pony wall.
  • Split entry stair ways are priced as paint or carpet grade treads with wall mounted handrail on half walls
  • Multi Unit dwellings as priced include an 8" concrete block foundation wall with ICF party wall. 
  • Costs related to winter construction have not been included in these specifications