21 12, 2018

The 7 Most Common Mistakes When Building a Custom Home

If you are thinking about building your dream home, you are probably worried about making some mistakes. That’s normal. But you can avoid some of the bigger ones. To help you along we’ve collected our top common mistakes people make when building a custom home.

Mistake #1: Not Designing The Home To Fit The Lot


Most people spend years thinking about their dream home before ever breaking ground. They can picture the little details, what everything will look like and how it will feel when they get there.


Often this creative stage of the process is […]

29 05, 2018

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Custom Home or Cottage?

The first question we often get at Pine Creek is “How much will it cost to build my dream home (cottage)?” This is a very common question from new customers and unfortunately it does not come with a simple answer.  There is no standard formula because custom homes and cottages vary greatly in terms of size, configuration, finishes, etc… If you were to go to purchase a car, each one on the lot would have a different price based on the size, gas mileage, trim package… I can bet you would find a significant price range between models! […]

2 05, 2018

Your Dream of Living the Cottage Life Starts Here!

sunroom lake view

Building your own cottage is something that many people have spent a lifetime dreaming about – what it will look like, what it will feel like when you’re there, you’ve likely even imagined the sounds of nature, and the warmth of the sun in your lawn chair watching kids play in the water.


However, achieving this dream, can be quite an undertaking. Where should you look for property? How will you come up with that perfect design? And how will you take that design from a […]

10 04, 2018

What To Expect On Possession Day

The possession day has finally come for you dream home or cottage. You’ve been waiting for this day since you first started putting ideas together. Even though this day is extremely exciting it can carry a lot of stress for some people.


One of the things that we do to help alleviate any stress on possession day is to have some additional home walk throughs with the customer in the weeks leading up to the possession. This gives you a chance to voice any concerns you may have on different items and gives us a chance […]

20 03, 2018

Come Visit Us At The Cottage Show!

This weekend kicks off another season of fun at the lake. Coming out of our cold Manitoba winters, the Cottage Country Lake and Cabin Show reminds us that spring is right around the corner and summer is fast approaching.


Whether you already own a cottage, or are planning to build one, this show covers everything related to having fun at the lake.


If you’re hoping to start the building process on your dream cottage this year, now is a great time to come see us to get the ball rolling. The design process is not […]

15 02, 2018

Join Us For Lunch At The Whiteshell Snowmobile Club Poker Derby!

Winter is quickly coming to an end (hopefully), but there’s still great opportunity left to get out for a day of family fun on the snowmobiles. This years poker derby, hosted by the Whiteshell Snowmobile Club will be on February 24th. It’s one week earlier this year as a result of last years cancellation from warm weather.


Historically, we’ve had excellent weather at this time of year and it’s a great weekend to get outside before the riding season is done. Registration is between 10:00 and noon at Brereton lake resort, and Pine Creek Homes will be […]

6 02, 2018

Is it Safe To Build A Home In The Winter?


Is it Safe To Build A Home In The Winter?

No doubt you have probably heard someone say that you shouldn’t build a home in the winter. Then they go on to list a bunch of reasons why.


It’s absolutely wrong advice.


This is a common misconception that I hear from many customers. People think that starting to build a new home in the winter isn’t possible. So they wait until the spring to start planning their build for when the snow melts. This can end up […]

6 02, 2018

7 Myths Of DIY Home Building

Whether you’re planning to do most of the work yourself, or contracting the majority of it out to sub trades, there are a few common misconceptions everyone has going into a DIY build. After working with people for over 30 years building homes these are the 7 myths that people fall into before they start to DIY build their own home.


Myth #1) I know what I want, so the design process should go quickly

Regardless of who does the design and drawing for your home or cottage, this […]

22 12, 2017

Merry Christmas!

With another year coming to a close, I wanted to share some of the great things that have happened at Pine Creek this year, as well as some of the exciting new things that we’ll be rolling out in 2018.


It’s been a big year for us to say the least. Of course there’s building custom homes and cottages that keep us busy enough, managing sites in Winnipeg Beach, the Whiteshell, Twin Beaches and of course Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. However, amid the chaos, this spring we also decided to build a new booth for the […]

10 08, 2017

What’s a shell option?

A shell option is the perfect fit for the DIY builder. There’s an increasing number of people today who have the desire to build their own home or cottage. Trust me, I get it, building homes and cottages is awesome! That’s why we do it. Luckily for us, not everyone shares our passion for building or we wouldn’t have a job. But for those of you that do enjoy building. We have an option to make the process much easier.


What exactly is a shell option?

A shell option is when we take a home to lock up stage. This means that […]

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