Friday, 24 February 2017

Ensure Practicality When Constructing New Homes

The latest trends in home construction are no longer dependent on marble or tiled flooring, glass sinks and a spacious bathroom with all amenities. Gone are the days when people used to build huge homes to make a style and fashion statement. These days’ homeowners are looking to build a house that is eco-friendly and does not cost a lot of money. With the labor costs, the cost of construction materials, etc., all at an all time high, people have started to watch the pennies that they spend on home construction. There has been a drop in the size of the home by about 10% to 15% nowadays when compared to a decade ago. The word spacious is not in the dictionary of a homeowner looking for new home construction. It is practicality that they are looking for when building new homes.

Energy efficient homes

Energy efficiency is the latest style of home construction. Many of the modern day builders and contractors are looking at ways to make the house greener. They are ready to build wallet-friendly homes for their clients. They employ different types of construction methods to make the living space affordable and spacious. One of the ways to increase the energy efficiency in the home is to use good quality windows that offer better R-value. All the duct work done in the home will be properly sealed so that there is no air loss and inmates enjoy from the good airflow. There is also the concept of installing green roofs to reduce the summer heat inside the house and also to support the environment. Proper insulation is given on the walls, ceilings, and attics to help in increasing the resale value of the home.

Scaling back kitchen and bathroom sizes

There are many people who are of the notion that upgrading the kitchen and the bathrooms and making it big will help in increasing the resale value of the house. This is true to some extent. If you are looking to build budget-friendly homes, then downsizing the size of the kitchens and bathrooms is a very good option. Previously, homes had three to four bathrooms and new cost-effective home construction means that there will be just one or two bathrooms depending on the number of bedrooms and family members. Many people have moved away from the idea of a kid’s bathroom. Kitchens have gotten smaller as the years have gone by. But, it is built keeping practicality in mind as it is the most used room in a house. It is now considered to be multi-use area and many have dining tables placed in the kitchen to save space.

Why reduce room size?

The larger rooms will take a lot of time to heat and cool and hence you need to pay more money towards electricity charges. If there are more bathrooms in your home, then water bills are likely to skyrocket. It is also important to insulate the rooms so that energy consumption can be greatly reduced. So, with smaller insulated rooms the consumption of electrical energy will be less and thereby you save more money.


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