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December 2019

How to Make Your Custom Home More Energy Efficient

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Energy efficiency is one of the best things that home buyers are looking for these days. It is great that they are taking into consideration how to make their custom home more energy efficient during the construction process so as not to make any major changes when the home is already built. Energy efficiency isn’t only great because it can help you get great savings on your power bill, but also admirable as it can also help you become more environmentally friendly. In many cases, you may also significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you want to make your home more energy-efficient: 

Install more windows: Windows let natural sunlight in and lets the breeze into your home as well. This means that you won’t have to leave the light on during daytime and on cooler days, you don’t have to use your AC all the time. 

Proper insulation: Spray foam insulation, blown-in insulation, fiberglass insulation, and many other options offer to seal in the temperature indoors so that your AC or heater wouldn’t have to work twice as much. 

Solar power: Solar power, a great alternative to your traditional electric utility, can be used as a backup or main power source for your household. This offers great savings on your energy bill because you’re using free power coming from the sun. 

Attic fans: You can consider solar attic fans or traditional attic fans that work just the same. They keep the air circulating around your attic area to lessen the heat coming into your home. 

Sun tunnels: These are like windows on the roof that allows natural light to come in even in places in your home that are far from windows. 

Ask for suggestions from your home builder about more ways on how to make your home more energy-efficient. The best time to make your house efficient is now while you are still constructing it.

How to Make Your Home More Spacious

Whether you live in a large or small house, proper organization is key to make sure that you have enough space for all the things that you own. We’ve seen some families who have large enough homes but do not have enough living or even walking space just because they keep so much clutter. Furthermore, there should be enough storage spaces all around your house so that you have enough space for everything else. Are you now struggling with the home that lacks space for all the things that you own? If so these tips on how to make your home more spacious might be helpful for you. Take note of the steps and hopefully, you can have more space for the things you need.

How to Make Your Home More Spacious

Declutter – You may not realize it yet but you might have so many things that you don’t need in your house. Are you sure that all the things that you have right now are usable and functional? Did you even use all of them in the past year? Start by checking all of the things that you own right now and if you believe that some of them are no longer useful for you then start disposing of them. You don’t really need to throw them away. You can either resell them, give them away to friends who might need them, donate them, or throw away those that are not usable at all anymore. If you could resell some of your stuff, you might even earn from your clutter.

Re-organize your house – One great thing that we have read from expert advice is that it is best to put all furniture cabinets and other items around your home against the walls this way you have lots of walking and working space. This creates an illusion that you have a more spacious home.

Create more storage space – when you don’t have enough cabinets or shelves then maybe it’s time to purchase new ones. If you are on a tight budget you can go online perhaps on YouTube and look for videos on how to DIY these cabinets and storage spaces. 

So when you are still in the process of building your home, then make sure you also keep the tips above in mind. It may seem spacious while it’s new and you don’t have a lot of things yet, but clutter will build over time. You must at least have lots of storage spaces for future use.

Home Building- A Guide

Building with a modular home beats out other approaches as well. Compared to most any pre-fab or factory assisted homebuilding approach, modular home building requires the least amount of on-site work. What this means is that managing the project is far easier than with these other approaches. More work is completed in the factory and you are not involved in managing that work. And that’s a good deal.

Manufactured (mobile) homes are in a different category (a type of vehicle) and thus are not considered “real” homes. That leaves modulars at the top of the list for ease of on-site construction.

Your Job as a Master Home Builder

You begin your building project, while your modular home is being constructed in the factory, by preparing the site for its arrival. Then you and your home building coach (if you hire one) will manage the rest of the process. Here’s what that will entail:

Preparing the land and foundation: Your foundation contractors must be advised that you’re building a modular home and that dimensions and levels must be perfect.

Well and septic systems: This job needs to be done regardless of the homebuilding approach you take. If these utilities are already to your site, it will be a simpler matter of hooking up to them.

Shipping to your building site: The manufacturer usually handles the details of arranging for shipment.

Assembly of the main modular sections: Your home will be delivered in huge sections or modules (typically 2 – 4). Heavy equipment, again arranged by the manufacturer, is used while placing and connecting the modules on the foundation.

Trade subcontractors: Needed to complete the plumbing, heating and air, and electrical systems once the sections are assembled. With the help and advice of the manufacturer/dealer, you will hire and manage local contractors for this work.

Finishing subcontractors: Finish carpenters, floor covering contractors, tile layers, and other finishing contractors will be needed to complete the home before it’s livable. You and your coach manage these subcontractors.

With modular homes, even much of the finishing work is provided by the manufacturer so on-site work will not utilize all that many contractors. This saves a whole lot of time and usually money as well.

Home Building – Services Offered

Primarily an Owner Builder or a Home Building Service offers building services to you to help you complete the construction of your new home by offering services that you may find difficult to organize or find on your own.

Many of these services provide a variety of the items in different packages that they charge you for. The charges can range from a flat fee per square foot to fees for plans and financing your project through a third party bank and a variety of service some of which I have listed below. They naturally make a profit on every item (or service) offered to you.

These Home Building services can include:

Canned (Pre-Drawn) House Plans that they provide as part of the overall package.

Custom House Plans or revisions to the plans that they provide. Sometimes the program will charge you extra or limit the number of revisions that you are allowed.

Assistance in financing your home building project. They usually offer these services through a third party bank that they act as mortgage brokers. The advantage they have over the individual seeking their own home building financing is the scale of the loans that they process can give you more leverage with the bank if you have credit challenges. They have a financial interest in making sure your loan goes through because they usually collect a nice commission for sending you to that particular bank. You will certainly pay, but this may be they way you get a loan.

A list of Qualified Home Building contractors from your area. Many of these services offer a list of contractors that you can employ to complete the different phases of construction of your new home. They may provide a list but offer no guarantee as to the effectiveness or qualifications of those contractors. In other words, when it comes to contractors, it’s between you and them. If there’s a problem you are on your own legally.

Literature and planning tools that can help you build your home. This could include a DIY manual for the first time homebuilder, financing literature etc…

Guidance for the First time Home Builder. This can include meeting with a qualified builder or building advisor to help you plan your project and lay out the process from start to finish.

Home Building – Things To Know

Home building things to knowHome building things to know are the very first information you should find out before you begin the construction of your dream home. It is essential for you to learn more about the entire process before your even break ground. Being well-informed and aware of the process and techniques about to be applied to your house is important because you will be living in that place. So you might as well know everything about it as the information can be handy in the future.

So if you have already hired a home builder to work with, you must let them know in advance that you want to keep updated about the progress or whatever information they need to give you – as in everything that will go on while building your house which includes:

  1. The entire house plan – You need to know where things are going, what to expect your home to look like, the floor plan, layout of design, and more.
  2. Materials used – This is where some home buyers get scammed – they expect something with higher quality as they are charged high but the builder cuts the cost so they’re using lower quality. It’s important to find out the materials used to build your home.
  3. Timeframe – Also find out how long the process takes. What’s the schedule going to be like? How long before you can finally move into your new home?
  4. Possible alterations – Even if the entire home building process was carefully and completely planned, some revisions may come along the way while building. So ask your builder to inform you if they will be changing anything.

So if you want to make sure that you’re getting high-quality home building service, hire licensed professionals to do the job. Do check out their portfolio too to see what they have worked on so far!