People have been perfecting the art of home building for thousands of years. With every year that goes by, new innovations in home construction change the way that we live in and enjoy our homes. In the last several decades, building innovations have improved everything from residential fire safety to the way our homes use energy. Our building styles have adapted to enhance the time we spend with loved ones and increase our quality of life overall.
What are the benefits of new home construction? More than you ever imagined.
1. Energy Efficiency
Improvements in building envelopes, insulation and building materials ensure that modern homes are incredibly energy efficient. New homeowners can save hundreds of dollars every year on their utility bills while reducing their carbon footprint.
In an ever-expanding bubble of technology and research, building codes change more frequently than ever. As such, today’s homebuilders must keep up-to-date, not only to stay on trend but to adhere to local and federal standards. The measures builders take often include the following:
Advanced Framing and Roofing – A more conscientious approach to construction, known as advanced house framing (or optimum value engineering), this method reduces lumber use and waste by replacing certain wood frames with insulation and using only single-lumber headers. In a wood-framed home, it cuts cost and excess. In addition, some builders choose cool roofs, constructed of reflective material that absorbs less sunlight, making the interior easier to cool in warm seasons.
Energy Star-Rated Appliances – If you’ve never heard of the energy star rating, it’s a system designed to approximate appliances’ energy efficiency. With many builders including these appliances in their homes, highly-rated refrigerators, washers/dryers and dishwashers are coming as standard offerings.
Efficient Heating and Cooling – Since extreme temperatures lead to heavy energy use, contemporary HVAC systems focus on climate controlling only those areas in need. To aid the conservationist approach, builders are also consistently looking to improve insulation methods and materials while ensuring a tight seal at every crevice. This practice might include insulating unfinished attics, exterior walls (between spaces like the garage, storage rooms, or shed roofs), unvented crawl spaces, and slab floors.
Multi-Pane Windows and Other Accessories – Along the same lines as insulation, it makes sense to focus on high-quality windows, as they can act as significant barriers to energy efficiency. On the upside, most modern homes come with double-pane or multi-pane vinyl windows capable of cutting utility costs in half. For additional energy savings, you can also request solar panels, geothermal heaters, and other add-ons that make green living more attainable.
On top of the energy-efficient methods already in play, you as a homeowner can go above and beyond to safeguard against excess consumption. For example, the landscaping choices you implement can have a cooling effect on your property:
- Deciduous trees planted along the southern boundary can block the sun’s warming rays.
- Tall shrubs and greenery concentrated to the north and northwest can reduce wind gusts.
- Any bushes, shrubs or vines planted near the exterior can act as additional barriers against outdoor elements, providing shade and insulation.
Along with smart landscaping, you can ask the right questions as the home construction process unfolds. More specifically, you can request that the house be evaluated by the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and/or certified by a third-party organization regarding energy efficiency.
2. Low Maintenance, Few or No Repairs
Everyone knows that home maintenance makes up a huge portion of a homeowner's budget. It's said that you can expect to spend about 1% of your home's total value on maintenance and repairs every year. The older the home, the more the homeowner spends on maintenance.
New construction homes tend to be the exception to this 1% rule. Brand new homes mean lower maintenance costs, and often no repairs for years. Best of all, new homes come with new home warranties, which provide peace of mind to homeowners.
When you choose to build a home of your own, you have the option to customize it. Small touches make all the difference when it comes to beauty and functionality.
Think: reclaimed wood floors, hand-carved millwork, or a rough-hewn stone mantel over the fireplace. Imagine built-in shelves in a library room, or a beautiful covered porch behind the house, where you can spend countless hours reading books and enjoying time with family. Customization is your opportunity to make your home different from the other homes, more personalized to your needs, so that your home is reflective of your tastes and values.
4. Fire Retardation and Safety
Modern homes are built from fire-resistant materials (like fire-resistant insulation, flooring, and so on), and include hardwired smoke detectors, for instant alert when a fire breaks out. New homes are also built to conform with modern fire codes, which helps to keep occupants safe. Should you find yourself needing to rebuild after a house fire, we've created a guide to Rebuilding Your Home After an Insurance Claim.
5. Modern Floor Plan
In the past, homes were built differently. Common spaces were separated from one another, often with formal doors between the dining room, kitchen, living room, and so on. Windows were sometimes small, or were not placed strategically to allow light to enter the home.
Although older homes are grand and desirable in their own way, the modern sensibility prefers an open concept, where families can spend time in common areas, even when engaging in separate tasks. The emphasis on natural light allows homeowners to use less artificial light and less energy when doing work in the house.
With your new construction home, you can choose the floor plan that's right for you. From ranch style floor plans to second or third stories, your design build construction company will guide you towards the right floor plan for you and your family.
6. A Home to Fit Your Lifestyle
Perhaps the greatest benefit to a new construction home is your ability to fit the home to your lifestyle. Your priorities are what matter when the home is taking shape. A pre-existing home is always built for the needs of someone else, but your new construction home is built for you. Think of the possibilities:
Aging in Place- If aging in place is important to you, work with your builder to include age in place features like first-floor living, curbless shower, non-slip floors, extra-wide hallways and doorways for wheel chair access.
In-Law Suite- Maybe you want your parents to have the ability to move into your home someday. Your builder can design your home with that mind, including an in-law suite either above your garage, in your backyard, or as an integrated part of your home.
Extra Bedrooms, Extra Space- Do you have an extra-large family? Frequent guests? Do you need more than the normal number of bedrooms? When you design and build a new construction home, you can add what you want, whether that's more bedrooms, more living space, additional bathrooms, or all of the above.
Contact GTG Custom Home Builders
GTG Custom Home Builders designs modern homes for modern homeowners. To find out more about how you can benefit from a new construction home, download our free custom home guide, or contact us for a consultation.