Designing a new home is a lot of work. Knowing what elements to include and what to leave on the drawing board is hard. In order to help you out we found this article that we hope will help you design your new home!
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In a recent survey, many builders said that spray foam insulation has a greater impact on energy efficiency than other energy upgrades, and indicated they were willing to pay more for this alternative.
The survey by the Home Innovation Research Lab, however, indicated a trend away from its use with builders stating that they are using fiberglass as the most cost-effective, easy-to-install insulation material for most homes.
Home designs that promote increased energy efficiency can be incorporated into renovations of any size. In addition to replacing older windows and adding insulation, many homeowners may decide to upgrade their heating or cooling systems.
High-efficiency heating and air-conditioning systems can pay for themselves, said architect William J. Martin, a spokesman for the New Jersey Society of Architects.
“The additional cost of a well-designed system is usually recovered within five to 10 years,” he added.
While some older homeowners may retire to Florida for several months, others may be inclined to reinvent existing space or add a room to their primary residence to facilitate lifestyle changes.
“Architects have reported increased interest in first-floor master bedrooms for older residents who want to remain in their homes,” said Martin. “Single-level living situations are part of a plan for aging in place.”
Having an extra room on the first floor is not just for seniors. Space can be maximized when rooms serve more than one purpose, switching, for example, from an office during the day to a playroom at night.
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