Quality Class

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Quality Class 1

General Description
Simple rectangular floor plan. No foundation or basement. Interior and exterior finishes of minimal quality. No interior walls or ceilings. Generally one room and no partitioning.

Exterior
Typically, sidings are utility-grade wood. Roofing is usually rolled roofing.

Interior
Utility-grade millwork, painted. Usually painted floors. Minimal outlets and electrical service. No kitchen. No closet space.

Bathrooms
No bathroom.

Quality Class 2

General Description
Simple rectangular floor plan, built on masonry piers or a wood-post foundation. No basement. No interior walls or ceilings. Interior and exterior finishes of minimal quality.

Exterior
Typically, sidings are utility-grade wood, asbestos, or Insulbrick. Roofing is usually low-grade asphalt shingle, or rolled roofing.

Interior
Utility-grade materials, painted. Minimal outlets and electrical service. No closet space.

Quality Class 3

General Description
Simple rectangular or square floor plan, built on masonry piers. No basement. Interior and exterior finishes of minimal quality. Small rooms with minimal partitioning. Generally constructed of the most economic materials available.

Exterior
Typically, sidings are utility-grade wood, vinyl, asbestos, and Insulbrick sidings. Roofing is usually low-grade asphalt shingle, or rolled roofing.

Interior
Utility grade finishes and materials. Walls are lined and ceiled with old-style fibreboard or low-grade drywall and generally uninsulated. Flooring is generally linoleum, vinyl or asbestos tiles, or softwood. Cabinets are inexpensive softwood or painted plywood, with low-grade plastic laminate countertops. Minimal outlets and electrical service. No closets or very small closet(s).

Bathrooms
No bathroom or one bathroom of minimal quality.

Quality Class 4

General Description
Simple floor plan. If foundation exists, typically block but can also be post-and-pier. Interior and exterior finishes of minimal quality. Small rooms with no hallways and minimal partitioning.

Exterior
Sidings are wood, vinyl, asbestos, aluminum, stucco or Insulbrick. Roofing is usually low-grade asphalt shingle or rolled roofing.

Interior
Low-grade finishes and materials. Walls are typically panelling, drywall or nailed acoustic tiles. Flooring is low-grade linoleum, rubber-backed carpet, vinyl or asbestos tiles, or softwood. Cabinets are inexpensive softwood or painted plywood, with plastic laminate countertops. Minimal outlets and electrical service. No closets or small closet spaces.

Bathrooms
Typically one bathroom.

Quality Class 5

General Description
Simple floor plan with interior and exterior finishes of minimal quality. Basic design. Rooms tend to be small and connected with a narrow hallway. May have basement or crawl space.

Exterior
Sidings are wood, vinyl, asbestos, aluminum, stucco or Insulbrick with block construction. Exterior may have narrow eaves. Some homes have brick veneer at front and/or rear elevations. Roofing is typically low-grade to standard asphalt shingle.

Interior
Basic grade materials with few finishes and little-to-no ornamentation. Walls are typically panelling, drywall or acoustic tiles. Flooring is generally low-grade linoleum, vinyl tiles or softwood. Cabinets are inexpensive with low-grade laminate countertops. Limited closets.

Bathrooms
Typically one bathroom.

Quality Class 6

General Description
Average design type with plain detailing and adequate windows and doors. Average quality materials and workmanship evident in interior and exterior features and finishes.

Exterior
Sidings are brick, wood, vinyl, aluminum and/or stucco. Average quality windows and doors with adequate trim. Roof typically standard asphalt shingle.

Interior
Standard-grade materials and finishes. Walls are typically drywall, plaster, or panelling. Flooring is standard-grade broadloom, parquet, linoleum, vinyl tile, or hardwood strip. Standard ceramic tiles sometimes used in small areas.
Ceilings are usually drywall, plaster or acoustic tile. Cabinets are standard grade. Adequate cabinets and closet space.

Bathrooms
One to two full bathrooms, or one full and one half bathroom. Average quality materials.

Quality Class 7

General Description
Materials and workmanship is generally higher quality than other standard classes. Additional customized features. Design and floor plan more varied in nature. Some exterior architectural features.

Exterior
Sidings are cedar, aluminum, vinyl, stucco or brick. Possibly multiple rooflines, wide aluminum soffit and fascia, picture or bay windows.

Interior
Quality materials and above average finishes. Functional floor plan. Flooring is generally good quality broadloom, linoleum, vinyl tile or hardwood. Ceramic tiles maybe used in the kitchen, bathroom and entrance areas. Cathedral ceilings possible in some areas. Kitchen may have small island. Good quality cabinets. Possibly built-in shelving, wainscotting, and large bedroom closets. Master bedroom may have a walk-in closet.

Bathrooms
Typically, two full bathrooms (one is usually an ensuite bathroom), and one half bathroom.

Quality Class 8

General Description
Custom home, architecturally designed. Good quality materials and workmanship used throughout. Functional floor plan. Particular attention to details on both interior and exterior finishes. Spacious interiors and closets. Increased separation of living and sleeping quarters.

Exterior
Typically brick, stone, stucco or siding in various combinations. Roofing usually cedar shingles or shakes, clay tiles, or good quality asphalt shingles. Front entrance may have oversized door(s) with transom or skylight(s). Multiple rooflines. Windows and doors are above-average quality or custom-designed and built.

Interior
Quality materials and above average finishes. Good quality broadloom, hardwood, slate, marble or quality ceramic or quarry tiles. Often has above average ceiling heights, open concept, and vaulted or cathedral ceilings. Grand staircase(s) for multi-level homes. Custom-built kitchen that generally has hardwood cabinets, granite or marble countertops and larger island with possible plumbing. Master bedroom usually has sitting area, large ensuite bathroom and large walk-in closet(s). May have built-ins, wainscotting or wood panel finishes. May have one or more sunroom, parlour or den.

Bathrooms
Typically one ensuite bathroom, two common bathrooms and one half bathroom. Master bathroom usually has higher degree of finish than the other bathrooms. Good quality vanities throughout.

Quality Class 9

General Description
High quality materials and workmanship used throughout. Architecturally and custom-designed to owner's(s') specifications. Particular attention given to interior and exterior finishes.

Exterior
Typically good quality brick, stone, limestone, or stucco. Roofing is cedar shingles or shakes, slate, or clay tile with copper flashing, downspouts and eaves. Roof often has multiple levels with architectural features. Custom-built oversized windows. Custom-designed entrance with oversized door(s). Ornate trim and mouldings.

Interior
Premium quality materials and finishes. Good quality broadloom, hardwood, slate, marble, quality ceramic, quarry or mosaic tiles. Above average ceiling heights, open concept, and vaulted or cathedral ceilings. Grandiose staircase(s) for multi-level homes. Built-in features and valances. Spacious interiors with specific purpose rooms such as library, gym or theatre room. Specifically designed, custom-built kitchen that generally has many hardwood cabinets and built-in features. Countertops are generally premium granite or marble. Kitchen has custom-designed island. Bedrooms generally have sitting areas, large ensuite bathroom and large walk-in closet(s).

Bathrooms
Typically more than one ensuite bathroom, other full bathrooms(s) and half-bathroom(s). Premium quality custom-designed cabinets and fixtures.

Quality Class 10

General Description
Architecturally and custom-designed to owner's(s') specifications. Highest quality materials and workmanship with exceptional detailing used throughout. 

Exterior
Typically the highest quality stone, limestone or brick. Roofing is cedar shingles or shakes, slate, or clay tile, with copper flashing, downspouts and eaves. Roof usually has multiple levels with architectural features. Custom-built oversized windows. Architecturally designed entrance with oversized door(s) with exquisite detail. Ornate trim and mouldings.

Interior
Exceptional quality materials and finishes used throughout. Flooring is highest quality broadloom, hardwood, slate, marble, quality ceramic, quarry or mosaic tiles. Usually above-average ceiling heights, open concept, and vaulted or cathedral ceilings. Grandiose staircase(s) for multi-level homes. Built-in features. Spacious interiors with specific purpose rooms. Custom-designed, gourmet kitchen with many hardwood cabinets and built-in features. Countertops generally premium granite or marble. Kitchen has custom-designed island. Bedrooms generally have sitting areas, large ensuite bathroom and large walk-in closet(s).

Bathrooms
Typically has more than one luxurious ensuite bathroom, numerous additional full bathroom(s) and half-bathrooms(s). Superior quality custom-designed cabinets and fixtures.

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