The benefits of a new construction home often outweigh the benefits of an existing home. Today's new construction homes are built better and meet current building codes, resulting in an energy efficient design and lower energy bills. Some of the top benefits of building a new construction home include:
New homes feature maximum light and spaciousness. Whether modest or grand, new home layouts combine informal areas for family activities, workable kitchens for comfort and ease, gracious formal rooms for elegant entertaining, and cozy areas for privacy.
Open and airy design appeals to a majority of today’s new home buyers. To accommodate this trend, even small, compact homes are being built with soaring ceilings, dramatic entryways, luxury master baths, and extra windows for a feeling of spaciousness.
A house filled with natural light bestows warmth, charm, and uplifting feelings on those inside. To capture as much sunlight as possible, builders are making use of innovative, strategically planned windows, skylights, and a variety of sunspaces that make new homes look and feel more open.
New home builders are incorporating affordable, earth-friendly, low-maintenance building materials that conserve natural resources without sacrificing comfort. For example, “engineered wood,” synthetic composite lumber, uses half of the wood fiber of sawn lumber but is considered stronger and is much cheaper than the conventional product.
New homes consume half as much energy as homes built before 1980 do. Thanks to more efficient heating and cooling systems, better windows, controlled air filtration, and improved insulation, new homes can save owners substantial sums every month. Besides the economical advantages, HVAC systems in new homes also provide more comfort and convenience year round.
Home builders realize that storage space is something their buyers crave. We’re responding with walk-in closets, custom built-in shelving, larger pantries, and innovative storage spaces.
Occupants of new homes are also six times less likely to die in fires than occupants of older homes. Builders offer the latest smoke detection systems, circuit breakers, and ground fault interrupters, making new homes a safer choice for concerned families.
When it comes to health risks, new homes offer clear advantages. Asbestos is no longer used in shingles, piping, cement board, roof tar, floor tiles, ceiling, or insulation. Lead is no longer used in paint and formaldehyde emissions from particle board and hardwood plywood have also been eliminated. In certain regions of the country, new radon prevention techniques are being built into new homes to prevent potential health problems.
Extra bracing and framing anchors help homes withstand high winds, storms, and even earthquakes. Also, new building materials make roofs and floors stronger and quieter than those in older homes where board sheathing was used. New kinds of trusses for floors and roofs increase strength and allow builders to offer a much wider range of design possibilities by eliminating most bearing walls.
New homes have state-of-the-art kitchens with beautiful and functional built-in appliances, high-efficiency central heating and air conditioning, numerous electrical outlets, plus luxurious bathrooms with large vanities, tile showers and even free-standing tubs. Even the exterior of the home has become easier to maintain and keeps its fresh attractive appearance with siding, windows, and trim that never require painting.