The Value of a New Home.
The charm of a new home fires up the imagination! We’ve all dreamed of living in a home with our version of the perfect gourmet kitchen, a beautiful living room with the perfect built-ins to style, and a pristine master bath. Having everything just the way you envision it is reason enough for most people to consider a new home over an existing property.
But the advantages go beyond the obvious: a custom home built by a professional builder offers performance benefits that only a new home can. These hidden benefits are as critical to the homeowners’ ultimate satisfaction as the design.
Many of these benefits come from the push to save energy. Everyone understands that thick wall and attic insulation, careful air sealing, and better heating and cooling equipment make new homes very energy-efficient. But what some homeowners don’t realize is that these details do more than reduce monthly heating and cooling bills: they also make the home more comfortable, healthier, and quieter.
Energy-efficient details are mandated by many building codes that have raised the quality threshold for all new construction. Most professional custom builders work with designers and use the latest software to analyze how the thousands of items that go into the home will determine its performance, and they hire employees and subcontractors who will do the job right.
The result is a home that offers better performance in more ways than one.
Properly detailed insulation, along with careful sealing of the building shell and the HVAC ductwork, minimizes drafts and helps keep temperatures even throughout the home. Comfort can be further enhanced by adjusting the home’s space design and windows to the local climate.
Those comfort-enhancing, air-sealing details also help keep pollen and dust out of the home. High-performance windows resist condensation that can lead to mold growth. Today’s efficient heating, cooling, and ventilation systems are very good at removing unwanted humidity and other pollutants from the home, while bringing fresh filtered air in. Sealed-combustion heating equipment makes everyone safe by keeping carbon monoxide out of the indoor air.
Quality windows and doors with good weather-stripping, and of course the air sealing and insulation already mentioned, make a new custom home naturally better at blocking outside noise than an older one. Inside, if there’s a home theater, sealing gaps in those rooms’ walls and using sound-dampened drywall can give everyone what they want for less effort and cost than it would to retrofit an existing home.
A new home also provides a certain peace of mind and confidence that everything in the home will work the way it’s supposed to for years to come. That’s why professional builders use proven products with good warranties, along with highly skilled installers.
In fact, a lot of people build new homes for the same reason they buy new cars: to avoid unexpected, costly repairs. With a custom home, the buyers get a finished project that reflects their own vision. And the skillful use of energy detailing eliminates annoyances that could get between them and their enjoyment of that home. This superior performance is something an old house just can’t offer.