Why Build a New Home?

Are you considering building a home in the near future? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are realizing the benefits of building a brand-new home rather than purchasing an existing one. Let’s go over some of the top benefits.

1. Customizable Everything
When you build a home, you have complete creative control over the design and layout through partnering with an architect to create a floor plan that suits your needs and lifestyle perfectly. From the number of bathrooms and bedrooms to the size of the kitchen, everything can be tailored to your preferences. You select the style and color of appliances, door knobs, faucets, and fixtures.
This level of customization isn’t possible when you purchase an older home where you may be limited by the existing layout and features. When you build a new home, you can work with your architect to create a space that is uniquely yours.
Customization also allows you to incorporate features that are important to you and your family. For example, you can select an open floor plan for your home that promotes family togetherness. Or, you can create a space to be used as a private home office or personal home gym. By customizing your new home, it will reflect your style and personality.

2. Energy Efficiency
New homes are typically built with energy-efficient features like better quality insulation, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and energy-saving appliances. This means you’ll save money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
You also have the opportunity to employ some passive home technique, or explore the possibility of reaching net-zero energy consumption. You can read more about what these are and what Passive House and Net Zero are here.

3. Lower Maintenance Costs
When you build a new home, you won’t have to worry about costly repairs and maintenance issues that often come with older homes. New appliances, plumbing, and electrical systems mean that you’ll have fewer surprise problems to deal with. Low maintenance elements can be built into the design, such as aluminum-clad windows that don’t require repainting, long lasting metal roofing with a lifespan of over 50 years.

4. Technology
New homes often come equipped with the latest technology, such as smart home systems and built-in entertainment systems. You can also easily integrate other technology into your new home, such as solar panels or electric car charging stations.
These technology features can not only make your life easier and more enjoyable but, like energy-efficient appliances and materials, can increase the value of your home because buyers desire the latest technology.

5. Financial Benefits
Building a home can also offer financial benefits. You may be eligible for tax breaks and incentives for building an energy-efficient home. Check out the Energy Trust of Oregon for specific incentives. Building a home can also be a wise long-term investment. As the housing market continues to grow, your new home could appreciate over time, giving you a significant return on your investment.

7. Improved Health and Well-being
New homes are often built with health and well-being in mind. Many new homes have features such as better indoor air quality, non-toxic building materials, and outdoor living spaces that encourage exercise and time spent in nature. These features can improve your overall health and well-being, which bodes well for your quality of life. Spending time in a healthy environment reduces stress levels, increases productivity, and promotes better sleep.
Furthermore, building a new home allows you to incorporate features that support your specific health needs. For example, if you have allergies, you can install an air filtration system to remove allergens from the air. Or, if you have mobility issues, you can design your home with wider doorways and accessible bathrooms to accommodate your needs. You can learn more about green home building techniques and the impact of them here.

Hammer and Hand understands that building a new home can be a long and daunting process, which is why our team works closely with every client and their architect every step of the way. You can read more about our Partnering with Architects process here.  From the initial home-building consultation to the final walkthrough, Hammer and Hand will answer your questions and ensure your vision is brought to life.

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