When you’re building your new dream home, there are a ton of features to consider. Of course, there’s interior design and décor to consider, but let’s talk about features that are built into the home itself. This will help ensure that your home will save you money through utility costs and that the structure is built as efficiently as possible.
The Structure of Your New Home
Once the foundation is set, the next step in the building process is to construct a rough framing. There are many different types of material that you can choose from, including brick, concrete block, log, metal, stone, and wood. You’ll also choose what kind of exterior you want – brick, stone, wood, vinyl siding, or cement siding. Depending on where you live, these materials could have a big impact on your home. What’s the weather like? Does it rain or snow often? Is it hot and muggy? What are the architectural features of homes in your area? These are important things to consider when choosing the framework for your new home; be sure to consult your builder for the right materials for your needs and price range.
Heat Transfer: Once you’ve decided on the framing and walls, make sure your home is well insulated. Your builder will be your best consultant when choosing insulation options.
Traditional Insulation: Fiberglass is used in most areas of the home, from the attic and crawlspaces, to walls and floors. Spray foam is mixed on site and sprayed into walls and attics. These traditional insulations absorb or slow down heat transfer.
Radiant Barrier: This is designed to block heat energy, which is more efficient than traditional insulation. A radiant barrier requires an air space of at least ¾ of an inch on either side (it doesn’t matter which) to be effective at blocking heat. Radiant barrier can be used throughout your house and is as effective as traditional insulation, no matter where you use it – interior/exterior walls, siding, roofing and attic locations, etc. Radiant barriers are great choice for insulating your new home.
Windows: Well-placed windows and window size will not only add beauty to the home but will also affect utility cost and inside temperature. If you’re concerned about energy costs, or want to lower your carbon footprint, consider low-emittance windows. This contains a special glass that reflects harmful UV rays away from the home.
Energy: With the increasing concern for climate change and the need for energy efficiency, energy options have significantly evolved. You now have multiple, eco-friendly options to power your home. Solar panels are a popular option in some areas. Other areas use geothermal energy to keep your home cool and comfortable year-round. Talk to your builder to see what option is best for you.
There is a lot to consider when building your dream home, both inside and out. Most new home buyers are looking to balance efficiency with low maintenance costs during the construction process. It is important to discuss your end-goals and budget with your builder so they can work with you on identifying the best options to meet your needs.
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