Want Advice About Your Custom-Built Dream Home? Build Now & Build Smart

new home construction 2013If you’re considering having a home custom-built for you, you’ve chosen the perfect time to embark on such a journey! While it’s certainly no secret that the construction industry has had new constructions all-but thwarted due to the economy, the measures taken to keep the business alive can do nothing but benefit customers like you.

The idea that necessity is the mother of invention certainly came into play when those relying on new construction for their livelihood were at their most desperate moments, with existing homes outselling new ones at a ratio of 24 to one. New homeowners needed really good reasons to buy new homes instead of priced-to-sell existing homes, and smart builders gave them several. Many of those reasons are tied to economic concerns, making your custom-build a feasible reality. The key characteristics of today’s new homes include energy efficiency, smaller footprints, and simplified designs.

wood frame of new houseSimplified Designs

While yesterday’s designs prioritized aesthetics and uniqueness, today’s layouts are economizing. Simpler designs start with a square or rectangular outline and take measurement cues from standard-sized construction materials. Fewer complicated measurements and careful planning with materials in mind both translate into lower labor costs, never mind less waste. When you’re not paying for materials you don’t need nor extra man hours, you’re more likely to have an affordable home. Stacking bathrooms on top of one another is another way to save, by eliminating the need for long plumbing runs. When builders keep economy in mind, these simple measures can produce great savings, when it comes to purchase price.

Smaller Footprints

Of course, simplified designs are only part of the reasons that the average price of a new home has decreased nearly $40,000—from $247,900 to $210,300—over the past 5 years. It stands to reason that less money will, to some extent, buy you less house. For the first time since 1973, when US house sizes began being tracked through census data, the American house is starting to shrink:

  • 1973: 1,525
  • 1980: 1,595
  • 1987: 1,755
  • 1997: 1,975
  • 2007: 2,277
  • 2010: 2,169

homeowner with architectDownsizing can mean many things, from smaller rooms and narrower hallways to shorter ceiling height and fewer rooms, altogether. At the same time, builders are taking the challenge to retain storage spaces and utilize the space available in economic ways. Fireplaces and window seats can mean wasted space, but built-in wall storage and pull-out cabinet shelving can help maximize the space you have.

Energy Efficiency

Along with smaller spaces to heat and cool, energy efficiency is a huge motivation to choose a new construction over an existing home. Well-sealed and thoroughly insulated, today’s homes allow their owners to spend less to maintain them. Lower month-to-month costs, coupled with environmentally friendly features are attractive to many buyers.

If you thought your dream of building a new home or buying a new construction shrivel up with the Recession, it may be time to water it again.

Photo credits: Top © Iriana Shiyan / Fotolia. Middle © SUE ASHE / Fotolia. Bottom ©Stephen Coburn / Fotolia. 

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