The shock and horror is evident in the quiet response, but I after spending many years working with home buyers at all price ranges I do believe they are more complex than we give them credit.
Sure, some care a lot about the environment and our long term health, so green building and green development is important. One odd part though is that many home building clients don't have any idea whatsoever what green building or green development might involve, they just feel a need to be ethically trendy. More on green building in tomorrow's post ...
Today the concept in my mind revolves more around the real desires of the home buyer's heart, and for me most importantly the new home buyer in Northwest Indiana ... communities like my own home of Valparaiso or Crown Point or even LaPorte. What do our home building customers really want, and is green really the leading edge of their desires? Well in short no, green isn't enough.
Results of our non-scientific, on the job, face to face with real customers poll:
- Energy efficient design, including landscaping and window placement
- High efficiency heating, cooling, and insulation
- Broadband internet, preferrably fiber optic for home and home office use
- Outside living areas (firepits, covered patio, hearth)
- Surround sound music plan with internet access for pandora, and Ipod access
- Secured wireless mesh
- Entertaining kitchen with restaurant quality appliances
- Smart thermostat
- Security camera, windows/doors security
- Solar panel that look aestetically pleasing
- Rain garden and compost design for roof, gutter, concrete water sources
- Floor drain in garage
- Heat and storage in garage
- Finished basement with half windows
- Third car garage
- Solid surface flooring
Some of those items on the list haven't changed for 15 years, and that really is no surprise. For the most part many families that decide to build a new home are doing so because they are lacking these types of features in their current home. It's also the reason that remodeling has surged in the last five years with new permits down so significantly. A couple conversation starters then: What features do you care about in your next new home? Is a green home the thing, or are some of the above even more important?
Let's discuss ...