Last week, we revealed two current eco-friendly garden trends—microgreens and raised garden beds. As promised, here are two more trends worth checking out should you wish to go green while saving some green this spring.
An ‘environmentally-friendly’ water feature sounds like an oxymoron because one could easily assume using water for aesthetic appeal is wasteful, however water features can enhance and complement the environment. An eco-friendly water feature is self-sustaining and requires minimal maintenance. While one must initially fill the feature with a lot of water, the fountain or waterfall feature itself requires much less water than would the grass it replaced had it not been installed. Homeowners can incorporate a variety of fish and aquatic plants without investing time and money into becoming a knowledge expert. Lastly, water features are an ideal way to enhance the local ecosystem as birds, butterflies, frogs and more species than one could possibly imagine are attracted to them.
Raised ceilings have been a trend for quite some time due to their immense impact. Ceilings raised 12 or 15 feet open up even relatively smaller spaces, such as a powder room or foyer. Many model homes feature high ceilings coupled with a grand staircases to the second level which also creates the illusion of more space.
To witness the impact of high ceilings, tour two homes with similar square footage—one built in the 60’s or 70’s and a current model home. As you walk through the newly constructed home, you will sense that every room feels a bit bigger even though the overall square footage is the same as the home built a half a century ago.
Valentine’s Day recently passed and if you celebrated with your sweetheart, it was probably an evening full of fun and love. Building a dream home, on the other hand, can be stressful at times. Buyers who choose to build their dream homes can expect to make quick decisions with long-term impacts and deal with delays. No one says it will be easy, however everyone believes building a dream home is worth it.
Designing and building your new Southeast Michigan home can be a dream come true. The financing of your dream home, on the other hand, can be challenging and frustrating. This is because banks have always considered new construction loans to be inherently risky. Worse yet, the bust of the 2000s rendered many lenders stuck with an inordinate number of these loans on their books and many new construction loan programs have disappeared.
Purchasing a new construction home is different than buying a house that was previously owned by another party. It is important to familiarize yourself with the overall construction process and learn a few trade secrets.
Here are four tips to follow when building a new construction home.
Beware of estimated build-out time.
During the pre-sale process, the builder or sales agent will typically provide an estimated completion date of the construction. The key word is estimate—in that it is a completion date target. Like everything else in life, not everything goes as smoothly as originally planned because many factors impact the actual date of completion. You should feel comfortable including the completion date that the builder estimates in the contract, however be aware that construction may take up to a month longer than anticipated.
Stay away from the construction site.
While it may be challenging to contain your excitement, it is best not to visit the construction site—at least not during the day when everyone is working. Construction sites are full of serious physical hazards due to the nature of the work. Staircases, floor boards, etc. may not be safe until the carpentry is complete. Electricians may be working on the wiring, so there are risks of being electrocuted. Things are constantly falling, so wear a hard hat if you dare visit the construction site.
Of course you want your home built correctly, however interrupting workers may cause delays. They really don’t have any control over changes you may request as they are instructed solely by the foreman. Simply talking to workers can also disrupt progression because they are there to work, not to chat. This common pitfall has been addressed in most purchase contracts which typically state that the buyer cannot visit the construction site unless an appointment has been made with the sales agent.
A recent study published in The Journals of Gerontology evaluated more than 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries and only 4.6% live in independent living facilities and 5.8% reside in assisted living facilities. In the past, many homes were built with ‘in-law suites’ to accommodate long visits by extended family. Today, many adult children of aging parents are opting to care for their mother or father at home, so there is resurgence in the construction of a second master bedroom or ‘in-law suite.’
The beauty of defining your new construction home is that you can ensure there is enough space and an ideal floor plan to accommodate young adults moving back home who require privacy and older adults who may struggle with their mobility, vision, etc. Ascertaining needs ahead of time will help thwart issues that often arise from different sleep cycles; noise levels; social calendars and general activities so as to ultimately guarantee a happy transition for you and your loved ones.
If you’re in the market for a home, you might be considering new home developments. With so many new communities popping up, it can be easy to get a little lost. Here are 3 ways to find the best new home developments for you and your family:
#1: Decide on an Area
The first option you should consider when looking for the right development for your new home is the general area you want to live in. Have your heart set on a certain town or county? Start there. Not sure about what town you want to live in but are interested in a specific school district? Take a look at the district boundaries to see what your geographic options are. Your desired location is the first determination when choosing a development.
It takes more than picking a spot on a map to choose a new home construction site. If you’re like most new home buyers, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right area, the right neighborhood, and the right lot when you’re considering new home construction. Feeling overwhelmed by it all? Here are some tips to finding just the right spot.
Research the Area
The best way to determine if an area is a good fit for you is to do some research. Take a look at details that are important to you. Here are a few to consider:
Do you commute to work via public transportation? Check for stations and stops in the area you’re considering.
Search the area for convenient store locations.
A lot of people shopping for homes are weighing their options and considering new construction homes. But are they the right choice? What are the benefits? There’s a lot of information (and misinformation!) out there, so let us sift through some of it for you.
Here is the information you need to help you decide whether new construction is the right choice for you.
Is Energy Efficiency at the Top of Your List?
One of the primary benefits of new construction is energy efficiency. With new regulations to follow and improved technology in building materials, new homes are far more energy efficient than resale homes. Even homes built just 10 or 20 years ago will not have the same energy ratings that a new home has.
New home construction mistakes are both unfortunate and entirely avoidable. Most of us like being right in an argument and getting the right answer on everything from a trivia game to an online quiz. The home building process is an even bigger and more important win. Here are three common new home construction mistakes and the ways to avoid an error you can’t erase.
#1 Choosing the Wrong Builder
An experienced and trusted builder with five star testimonials is a solid foundation to prevent new home construction mistakes. The right builder will be the point person linking you, the buyer, to the rest of the home building team. Your new home requires collaboration between architects, designers, material suppliers, the construction crew, and a bank lender. The right builder will address your concerns upfront or connect you to the right expert.
#2 Selecting the Wrong Floor Plan
Your floor plan needs to be something you and your family can live with for years to come. New home construction mistakes can leave you with an incorrect amount of bedrooms or bathrooms or a space perfect for work but awful for entertaining. A good homebuilder will offer you a wide variety of floor plans with flexible and convertible rooms. Your builder can also help you visualize the space or offer suggestions after getting to know you and your lifestyle.
#3 Moving into the Wrong Community
It doesn’t take a fence to make a good neighbor. In fact, homebuilders offer attractive communities of coordinating homes and thoughtful property lines. An experienced homebuilder will have communities to meet your standards for safety, cleanliness, a short commute, and convenient local amenities.
Before you fall victim to new home construction mistakes, contact Echelon Homes about our customer centric building process and our commitment to customer satisfaction.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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