1. Energy Efficiency
One of the cornerstones of high-performing homes centers around building it to be as energy efficient and environmentally responsible as possible. This is done through everything from the quality of the framing, to the doors and windows that you choose. By selecting high-quality materials you’ll have better insulation, and since the majority of energy use comes from heating and cooling, proper insulation can go a long way to reducing your energy needs and ecological footprint. If you want further control over how your energy is sourced, it can be helpful to consider investing in solar power and other technological advancements that can help you control energy use.
By choosing quality building materials and methods, you’ll create a home that will last. The increased popularity of multi-generational homes, along with the desire to leave something to your heirs, are both reasons why planning for the long-term will allow your home to be a valuable asset for your family. This could mean designing spaces for in-laws, aging parents, or even grown children. It’s becoming common for children to move in with their aging parents, and vice-versa, in order to care for them. If you build a quality home with this in mind, you’ll face fewer challenges during these transitions.
Aside from work or school, your home is the place your family will likely spend most of their time. Moisture, allergens, and pollutants can all wreak havoc on your health. Without proper ventilation to keep the indoor air fresh, and insulation to keep pollutants out, the quality of the air indoors can actually make you sick. When building your own home you have the opportunity to do so with the health of your family in mind. There are many ways to do this, from the type of materials used to including a fresh air intake with your HVAC unit.
Some builders are only concerned with getting things done at the lowest cost to themselves, regardless of the quality of construction. An experienced builder will be able to provide you with the guidance that will allow you to wade through the plethora of options available, while being mindful of both your budget and the durability of the finished product.
At Empire Custom Builders, we believe that the quality of your home is of the utmost importance. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a custom home that will last a lifetime.