new construction: Modular Construction is a Hurricane, Not a Tornado - 08/26/19 04:15 AM
Modular construction is not a new concept. The first documented prefabricated home was the Manning Portable Cottage built in the 1830’s by a carpenter in London. Fast forward to the present day. Disruption in construction by the off-site modular method has been coming. Modular construction’s impact on today’s home building industry is more like a hurricane than a tornado. We have seen it coming. But now it is happening more rapidly. It is a great time for today’s home buyer to learn about the advantages and act now. What typically happens is that those familiar with the old methods fail to … (1 comments)

new construction: Decoding Today's Home Technology: It's more than Google vs Amazon - 08/05/19 03:17 AM
The field of home technology is exploding! For most, it is just plain overwhelming. Are you Team Amazon, Team Google or Team Apple? Doing your homework to figure out what devices to install in your home can be intimidating. There are lots of factors at play. It can start with the device you are carrying in your pocket and then go from there. Smart home products run the gamut from sophisticated speakers and web-enabled displays to simple countertop toaster ovens and coffee makers. It’s the Internet of Things (IoT). Let’s cover some of your options in today’s world of home technology.
PICKING A TEAMWhen … (2 comments)

new construction: 6 Great Pet Friendly Ideas for Your Home - 07/22/19 03:50 AM
Each year the American Pet Products Association produces a survey of pet owners. This year, the Survey shows that 67 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet; an estimated 84.9 million homes.  Millennials represent the largest segment of pet owners for all pet types owned. And for the first time, The Survey assesses members of the emerging Generation Z (Gen Z).  Other interesting findings show more than 80 percent of Gen Z and Millennial pet owners report owning dogs, while 50 percent or less own cats. (Source: APPA’s 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey). What does all of this mean? It means … (2 comments)

new construction: A Zero Energy Ready Home is an Investment that Pays Big Returns - 07/08/19 04:09 AM
If you can afford a new home, then you can afford a zero energy ready home. There are simple, low cost, steps you can take to significantly reduce your energy use on the path to zero net energy use. The technology exists, coupled with good design, to reduce the energy footprint of your new home. A zero energy home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. A zero energy home combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and on-site solar panels to produce a better home. Zero energy homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes … (3 comments)

new construction: The 20 Year Regret - 07/01/19 02:51 AM
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb
This is a great quote because… everyone wishes they started something earlier.
I wish I had started exercising back in my 20s. I wish I had discovered being a YouTuber before it got saturated. I wish I had invested $1,000 in Amazon in 1997. You get the idea. But here’s the thing. You DIDN’T do those things 20 years ago. Opportunities that are lost seldom present themselves again. But, you have the chance right now to change the way you will live for … (1 comments)

new construction: Don't Be a Lemming! - 06/17/19 03:27 AM
Lemmings are small rodents that have been known to follow each other as they charge to their deaths off the edge of cliffs. This is actually an unsubstantiated myth about Lemmings, but they’ve become a metaphor for people who go along unquestioningly with a group with potentially dangerous consequences. Buying a home has become much the same way over the years. There are lots of homes built using the traditional method of construction; that means building outside, using the cheapest products available, rushing to get the job done, and using unskilled labor in skilled positions because of the current labor shortage. … (2 comments)

new construction: We've Got You Covered! - 06/03/19 03:10 AM
You see it on the news and hear about it on the weather reports. Rain, rain, rain. It seems like we have felt its impacts more than ever over the last 18 months. When building a new home, the first thing that has to be done is to build a foundation. Whether it is a slab, a crawlspace foundation, or a full basement, it needs to be placed in the ground. But Mother Nature is unrelenting. Construction is being delayed in all regions because excavation can’t be done and foundations can’t be built because of the rain. And this is just … (1 comments)

new construction: On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: What is Solar Tempering? - 05/06/19 03:35 AM
You may have heard of passive house design. Passive house (or, German: Passivhaus) comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. It exploits the sun’s energy for heating and uses the thermal mass of the home and its building materials to store that heat in the heating season. Applying these principles to a home can increase its cost by 10% or more. There are techniques you can use when building your home to take advantage of the benefits derived from passive house design without incurring many of the additional costs. … (2 comments)

new construction: How Can Modular Construction Mitigate Home Building Delays? - 04/15/19 03:37 AM
Building a custom home is not for the faint of heart. It is a process that will take time, effort, and patience. A custom home is unique. It has never been built before. Add to that the process of constructing it on an individual building site with its own unique characteristics. And then you are doing all of this outdoors in the weather. To build a custom home successfully is a process that takes patience, knowledge and excellent project management skills.  
Avoiding construction delays starts with recognizing their most common causes and working to mitigate those factors before they can impact the home building project. Planning is crucial, but it also … (1 comments)

new construction: On the Path to a Zero Energy Home:Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling - 04/08/19 03:55 AM
Reducing the energy required for heating and cooling is an essential element in meeting a net zero energy goal for a home.  An air-source heat pump is one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems currently available. There are many variations of this technology on the market. An air-source heat pump works by taking the heat out of the air, even when outdoor temperatures fall below zero, and then moves it as hot refrigerant through a small pipe to one or more indoor units that deliver heat into the house. In the summer the process is reversed. An air-source heat pump removes heat from the home (even when temperatures get above 100˚) and delivers cold refrigerant to the indoor units. Let’s explore several variations of air-source … (1 comments)

new construction: Why Continue to Use Traditional Methods of Construction? - 04/01/19 04:07 AM
The enemy of change is the adage, “We have always done it this way”. While using a more efficient method of construction sounds good to the home buyer, the home builder now has to learn a new building process. The new process can cause stress and then add to it the fear of the unknown and most site builders become trapped using a construction process that hasn’t changed much in over 150 years. Building codes change all the time. Modular construction, because of its process, ensures that a home built in a rural area with no inspections is built to the … (1 comments)

new construction: Fact or Fake: The Truth About Today's Modular Home Construction - 03/11/19 03:38 AM
The home construction industry is changing. The way we have built homes in the past won’t continue to be the way we build homes in the future. With the shrinking construction labor force, the constant improvements in construction technology, and the constant march towards zero energy homes that are healthy to live in – something has to give. For most, everything you purchase is built in a factory today… except for one thing, your home. Modular is a method of construction, not a type of home. Over the years modular construction has become the superior way to build a new home. … (1 comments)

new construction: Ready for a Construction Loan? Get Your Credit Card House In Order - 02/04/19 03:57 AM
When you decide to build a new home, it doesn’t just happen overnight. Most home buyers that are thinking about building a home have been contemplating it for six months or even years. It’s the same with getting a construction loan. You should start thinking about getting your financial house in order well before you apply for a construction loan. While reviewing house plans, looking at home elevations, and picking colors are the exciting part of building a new home, one of the first things you should do is understand your current credit standing. A large part of most home buyer’s credit picture is their credit card debt. Credit card utilization is one … (0 comments)

new construction: Modular Homes: The 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room - 01/28/19 03:16 AM
Yes, saying that modular homes are the 800 pound gorilla in the room is mixing metaphors. But, I think it is appropriate. The term 800 pound gorilla refers to something so powerful that it would crush would-be competitors. It is mixed with the term “Elephant in the Room” which refers to a controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is uncomfortable… it changes the status quo. Modular construction is just that. It is a building technique that is so powerful that it can change the way homes are built across the country. It … (2 comments)

new construction: All Paths Lead to Modular - 10/22/18 04:15 AM
The way we currently build homes in the U.S. isn’t the way we will continue to build homes in the U.S. Too many things are changing. In the most recent unemployment figures, there are more jobs available than there are people looking for work. We have a housing shortage in the U.S. By many accounts we are falling behind in home construction by hundreds of thousands of homes each year. When supply is low and demand is high, we see prices increase. Until we fundamentally change the way home construction is done, we are stuck. As Americans, we require our homes to be custom to … (3 comments)

new construction: A Production Home or a Custom Home: Which One is Right for You? - 04/09/18 03:24 AM
Buying a new home is exciting. It’s fun looking at models, viewing home plans on all of the home plan sites, and checking out the latest styles and designs on HGTV or Houzz. All of this makes buying a home a thrilling experience as you explore the options that you have. Still, many home buyers don’t understand some of the basic differences in the home building industry. One of those that is most often misunderstood is: “What’s the difference between a production builder and a custom builder?” There is actually a huge difference between the two when it comes to determining what … (0 comments)

new construction: Can I Build My New Home Before I Sell My Old Home? - 01/20/17 08:01 AM
The Answer is, technically, Yes.
This question, “Can I Build My New Home Before I Sell My Old Home?” is typically asked when someone starts to think about building a new home. It is primarily driven by the desire not to have to move twice. After all, that means packing up everything, finding a rental home or apartment, unpacking enough to live for X amount of time, storing what you don’t have room for, and then doing it all again as your new home is completed and you move again. Just reading what you have to do is enough to exhaust most … (0 comments)

new construction: Can You Build a Home in the Winter? - 12/15/16 08:50 PM
Yes, You can Build a Home in the Winter
In the southern states home construction takes place year round. There are no worries that it will be too cold or there will be too much snow. In the northern states the old mindset was that you don’t build homes in the winter. If you can’t get the roof on before the first snow fall then you have to wait until spring. Today, with new technologies, new products, and improved construction methods winter doesn’t mean you have to wait for your new home.
Winter Weather Impacts
Practically everyone on a home site can work in … (3 comments)

new construction: What is a HERS Score and Why is it Important? - 10/18/16 04:54 AM
A HERS RATING CAN SAY A LOT ABOUT A HOUSEThe HERS Index or, the Home Energy Rating System is simply an analysis of a home’s energy efficiency per the HERS Index. This index is the nationally recognized scoring system for measuring a home’s energy performance. Many cities and some states either require or will be requiring that the test to determine a HERS Index Score be completed on a newly constructed home. In many cases, there are certain certification programs that require a specific HERS Score be attained to meet a specified certification level. However, most states and cities don’t have a … (0 comments)

new construction: MUST SEE DESIGN IDEAS FOR A PET FRIENDLY HOME - 10/06/16 03:03 AM
In the U.S. over 65% of households have a pet and in 2015 we spent more than $60 billion on our pets according to the American Pet Products Association. This means that most of America is sharing their home with a pet. When it comes to your home, there are lots of simple ways to show your pet how much you care beyond buying a new toy or pillow.
Here are some great ideas to include when designing your new home to pamper your pet and in some cases, make your life easier. Check out these great options for sleeping areas, dining spots, and … (0 comments)

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