With all the new materials and techniques available, it is more important than ever to consider how to build a new home. Residential construction has become a rapidly changing field, full of new technology. Before building a new home, you should research thoroughly to discover the best materials available. For more information on home planning, download our free 98 page book and explore our many home building articles.
• Size – Smaller homes are very fashionable now. They save energy, reducing your utility bills and your overall construction costs. Be sure to streamline your plan to eliminate wasted space.
• Insulation- Insulation is vitally important in order to save energy and keep your home comfortable summer and winter. Be informed of all the best insulation choices.
• Building Materials – In addition to the traditional framing, there are new choices in structural insulated panels, concrete insulated panels and concrete insulated forms. Be sure to research these innovations before deciding on home building materials. Some of these materials offer superior durability and R-values to traditional building materials. If you still prefer traditional materials, be sure your home builder builds the home with two by six wall studs, in order to accommodate five or six inches of closed cell insulation.
• Windows – Energy efficient windows available, including triple glazed windows, designed to save on the electric bill. In addition, the arrangement of windows can make a difference in energy consumption. Traditionally a home would have the same number of windows on the north side as the south side, but with today’s energy conscious architecture it is considered sensible to have fewer windows on the north side, and perhaps a window wall to the south. Overall, a home’s exterior wall space should be less than 25 percent glass for optimum energy efficiency.
• Floor Plans – While hiring an architect to design your home is a thrilling concept, it can be expensive. Many people choose to buy a pre-existing home plan from the internet to adapt to their home. Others create a basic plan, and ask their home builder to adapt one of their plans to meet their needs. When considering a floor plan it is important to consider your own needs as well as the appeal of the plan. For this reason it is best to draw out a rough floor plan of your own, and establish the sizes of the rooms you need based on your furniture and the function of each room within your lifestyle. Then look for floor plans that match your ideas.
• Home Builders and Contractors – Be sure to research all the home builders in your area to find out which once work with the materials you prefer. Also investigate to insure that the builders you select are reputable, and do not have a lot of complaints against them. Visit open houses in your area to inspect homes built by local builders. Learn which builders build the kind of homes you want. Interview at least three home builders, and collect bids from them.
• Loans – Once you decide how you want your home built and whom you wish to build it. You must obtain financing. You will need a construction loan and a mortgage loan. Consider a 15 year mortgage to save on interest.
• Supervising construction – Be sure to visit your home building site at least once a week to make sure things are going according to your wishes. Visits should be short, and your time spent observing details of the building process. A good rule of thumb is to limit your visits to 15 minutes, especially when workers are busy.
Do research on line to learn about materials, construction techniques, home loans and home builders. Download our 98 page home planning guide as a start towards your dream. It is important to know how to build a new home, even if you are hiring a contractor to build it for you.