Everything about the house plan you’ve just found is essentially perfect — from the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the visual aesthetic. The only problem? You wish you could reverse, or “flip,” the plan. We offer options to do just that.
Energy-efficient house plans are designed while considering the impact of the building materials on the environment by using natural resources, recycled materials, and new technologies – including building techniques – all while saving the homeowner money. These home plans are a win-win!
Insulation is a critical aspect of home construction, but traditional materials are far from perfect. If a product could be affordable, environmentally friendly, and convenient to work with – and offer an unprecedented R-value – then it could corner the insulation market.
The surface material of a roof is important, but no matter what you use to cover it, a roof wouldn't be possible without the base material below. The perfect base, or roof sheathing, material is lightweight, dimensionally stable, strong, and affordable. Here's how some popular sheathing options stack up.
Building codes are put into place to avoid snow-related catastrophes. Snow and ice buildup can cause sagging in roof that’s not strong enough, which will then lead to pooling water when the rainy seasons come around. If the roof isn't framed to code, snow buildup could cause it to collapse.
Many components go into a roof to make it a cohesive unit. All are crucial, but nothing gives it “personality” like the materials used on the surface. Asphalt, metal, tile, and the like provide not only aesthetics but the durability and longevity that serve as the roof’s true value.
Implementing proper wall bracing increases the structural quality of the home and makes it much safer to live in. Bracing that is installed according to building code guidelines protects against collapse during high winds or earthquakes as well as the stress on wall components from supporting the heavy roof.
Some materials have obvious natural insulating and temperature-regulating properties and excel at battling the weather, like brick or stone, but they are also very costly. A form of modern stucco – called Exterior Insulating and Finishing System (EIFS) – withstands the elements, is energy efficient, and not surprisingly, is growing in popularity.
Energy efficiency and eco-friendliness should be at the forefront of every homeowner's mind. But despite the shift to LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems, many homes are still lagging behind when it comes to their walls and insulation. Insulated Concrete Form construction may be the answer for your next home!
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan and other housing programs help veterans, service members, and surviving spouses purchase, build, adapt, and renovate homes. Traditionally used for mortgages, some loans can also be used to build a new home – but it can be a tricky road to construction.