Lower Living Costs

Before You Build: Quality Construction

Smart Choices for Quality Construction

Vigilance is the name of the game today at least when it comes to getting the highest quality construction in new home building. That can be hard when options abound. To prove the point, just jump onto a site like Home Depot. Under the category of white paint, you’ll find 302 choices. Now think of everything you’ll need in a new home, from heating & cooling systems to light dimmers and everything in between.

Quality choices can save you money in the long run and help lower your living costs. Your builder will be with you every step of the way in making smart decisions. The ones that will have the greatest impact fall into the following categories. Questions to consider or to ask your builder include:

Heating, Cooling & Hot Water

How do you find the right system for you and your new home? The best systems operate with energy efficiency in mind.

  • What leading technologies and design innovations should I consider?
  • Should I make decisions based on the square footage I have now, or potential future additions?
  • What are my heating and water heating fuel options (natural gas, propane, electric, etc.)?
  • Which equipment options and fuel choices will offer me the lowest utility bills?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

We tend to think of IAQ most often to how it relates to the air we breathe outside. And yet, the air quality inside can often be just as polluted.

  • Are ventilation systems adequate throughout our home design?
  • Will new appliances be installed with a good vent or flue?
  • Has consideration for radon-reducing features been considered whenever possible?

Space Planning

You want to be comfortable in your own home, using the square footage to its best advantage today, as well as tomorrow.

  • What is the geography of your property?
  • Do you plan to age-in-place in this home?
  • How would you describe your at-home lifestyle?

Integrated Systems

Collaboration is king in business. That trend has also infiltrated the home, as more people want efficiencies in place so that their home works for them, rather than against them.

  • What does a “smart home” mean to you?
  • How wired do you need to be to meet your lifestyle needs?
  • What level of security and control do you desire when you’re not at home?