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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Custom Built Homes

• The home can be completely personalized, which is why many choose this type of home. The buyer can have a say in every phase of the building process so they can have a tailor-made home. You get to choose the layout of the rooms, the sizes of the rooms, how many bathrooms, and bedrooms you need, color of wall paint, countertops, appliances, and more. Although custom built homes are more expensive you will have the satisfaction of investing in a home that suits them and you do not have to deal with the choices a previous owner made. You also do not have to spend money on upgrading your home.

• If there is a new subdivision that is being built, choosing a home here will allow you to build as you want. You can also watch as other homes are built and more people move into the area. If you purchase acreage, you can build it as large or small as you want and it gives you a chance to live in a remote area with very few neighbors.

• There are also lower maintenance costs as owners of brand new home generally spend fourteen dollars less per square foot that one that bought a ready-made home for routine maintenance. For example custom built homes with two-thousand five hundred square feet, they could save an extra three hundred twenty-six dollars a year.

• Custom built homes are easier to build that are totally energy efficient than ones where you purchase energy efficient windows and appliances. There are even tax breaks you can receive when building energy efficient homes.

• Custom built homes are one of a kind. No one else in the subdivision will have a home exactly like yours because it is built according to your choices and taste.

• If there are any special needs such as planning to retire and live in your home until your death, you can have the home built on one level with minimum stairs. This will help when you are older and find climbing steps hard or you have someone in a wheel chair and need wider doorways and counters that they can work on, or lower sinks.

Waterproof New Construction

#1 – Protect Your Building’s Interior from Water Damage

While construction is underway, the site is going to be exposed to the elements. The frames, foundations, wiring, insulation, and floors will inevitably be at the mercy of the weather. If you’re using concrete and steel the hazard is less prominent, but the wooden materials is where the dangers of water really become more hazardous. Prolonged exposure to water will allow wood to begin to rot, become infested with mold, or render the entire structure unsound and unfit for use.

Waterproofing your building materials during construction will help prevent this from occurring. This will also promote a strong start to your project. As you’ll be better protecting your materials from damage, it also prevents expensive delays and replacements, as you will not need to be repairing continuous damage either during construction or after it has been completed.

#2 – Promote Long-Term Comfort and Sustainability

Waterproofing your new construction site early helps you to start sealing it off more efficiently than trying to it after building has finished. The measures taken help reduce moisture in the interior of the building, which makes it more comfortable to live in, while also providing a foundation for further work later on.

Some permeability is desirable in the building to let humidity building up inside the structure to escape, however the trick is allowing this while still keeping the moisture out. Such measures are easier to achieve as the building is being constructed. After the fact, you’ll probably require expensive reconstruction work to fit it all in properly. Thinking about this early can help prevent headaches about the matter later.

#3 – Prevent Future Flooding

Basements in particular are vulnerable to moisture seeping in. Water soaks through the soil and quickly leaks through cracks and fissures within the concrete, which can lead to flooding as well as mold and mildew. During the winter, this moisture will then freeze, causing it to expand and force the cracks open wider and making the problem worse. Eventually, the entire basement could be rendered unsafe.

As the basement is being built, it is essential to take steps to keep them waterproof and seal them off from moisture. Be sure to protect the foundations of the building as well, as doing so will promote the long-term stability of the structure.

Advantages of Design-Build

  • Faster Delivery – collaborative project management means work is completed sooner and with fewer problems.
  • Cost Savings – an integrated team is geared toward efficiency and innovation.
  • Better Quality – design-builders meet performance needs, not minimum design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially imagined.
  • Singular Responsibility – one entity is held accountable for cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Decreased Administrative Burden – owners can focus on the project rather than managing separate contracts.
  • Reduced Risk – contractor assumes full responsibility for all aspects of the project.

Ability to manage all aspects of home building or remodeling project means that contractor can offer more with fewer administrative burdens, better quality, cost savings, and reduced risk. Design-build services are comprehensive, keeping you in mind throughout the entire process. These kinds of services can include:

  • Pre-design Assessment
  • Lifestyle Design
  • Site Selection (owner’s or builder’s property)
  • Architectural Design Management
  • Certified Green Builder
  • Value Engineering
  • Bank / Lender Management
  • Demolition Management
  • Feasibility & Budget Assessment
  • Construction Management
  • Property Engineering Management
  • Product Selection Guidance
  • Budget Management
  • Zoning, Permitting, Building, and Governmental Approvals

Design-Build methodology provides for project delivery under a single contract inclusive of both design and construction services. The contract price is typically a fixed number based on specific allowances and options selected by the homeowner. This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork.

Structural Insulated Panels

The Panel Types

Before you get the panels, make sure you know the different types of insulated panels. The performance and lifespan of the panels will depend upon the quality of the fabric. Therefore, it’s important that you know the panels’ fabrication process and the way it was glued or bonded to the material of insulation. The performance of the panel will go down if it was glued or cured the wrong way. Given below is a description of different types of commonly used Structured Integrated Panels.

Polystyrene Insulated Panels

Most of SIPs are made with EPS, which is short for Expanded Polystyrene. This insulation type on the SIPs represents the measurement of the insulation. The final R value may be up to 5 inch thick. Usually, the size of these panels is between 4 feet and 24 feet in width.

Polyurethane Insulated Panels

Usually, these SIPs feature an R value of between R6 and R7 per inch of thickness. You can achieve the R26 with walls that measure 4.5 inches. Usually, these panels are produced in 3.5 inches of thickness for walls. For ceiling, the thickness of these panels is as much as 7.5 inches.

Moreover, these panels cost more than the ones we mentioned earlier. However, the advantage of these panels is that they are resistant to fire and water. Moreover, they offer a higher R value compared to the EPS ones.

CSCI panels

These panels are more eco-friendly than other types of panels since they are made with recycled agricultural straw and renewable stuff. Unlike the panels we talked about earlier, these panels don’t feature higher R values.