Many developers have decided the solution to density and affordability is downsizing and designing smaller units. A micro housing and micro dwelling boom has hit big cities over the last few years. Not only are consumers jumping on the tiny house movement, but they are expanding their dreams of it, and moving to the tiny house movement on wheels. The appeal of having a tiny house and being able to move it, but it being more than an RV, is becoming increasingly popular.
Green homes are no longer an alternative way of building, it has become mainstream. It's estimated by 2018 62% of home builders will be building 60% or more of their new homes green - with 32% of those builders delivering 90% of their homes as green. Plus there has been enormous growth in the amount of green remodeling work that is being done. The reported costs of building a green home have gone down significantly. The cost to go green is now 7% as compared to 11% in 2006. Dropping costs in green technology are helping to make green housing a popular investment and available to more and more homeowners.
Consider some of these options when looking for your new home:
Plan your home around your lifestyle. Keep the space manageable and cost effective. Think of square footage as an investment; put it where you want it most, instead of expanding everywhere. Always wanted a kitchen big enough to entertain in? A closet that all of your friends would envy? Make those spaces what you want instead of adding to a room that may not need it.
The sun is the ultimate source of energy. When you build, you can plan for solar power. Placing your panels strategically on your roof for ultimate power collection is key. Solar power can generate power that the electric company could potentially pay you for. There are also grants, tax breaks and other government incentives related to having solar power.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling- Uses dirt under our feet to heat and cool homes; no electricity generated.
Cool Your Roof
There are many roofing options, some may be more expensive than others, but you will likely have energy saving benefits, and the products have minimal maintenance. Slate, terra cotta, white tiles, special membranes and metal roofing help reduce the sun's energy away from the roof, it cools faster at night and holds less heat for less time, hence helping to keep your house from collecting all of the suns heat.
Modern flooring includes bamboo, cork, linoleum, and reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is becoming increasingly more popular. It wears well, shows it's age and reveals visual characters, it could also be potentially inexpensive.
Not only have energy star appliances helped with energy costs. Energy star windows are government rated as Energy Star products and are much more energy efficient than ever before. Wi-fi Programmable thermostats are becoming the standard and highly desired. They can be programmed to adjust heating and cooling activities that take into account time of day, times when nobody is home and vacations. A large appeal to a wi-fi thermostat, is that you can do all of this at the touch of a button on your phone.
Siding has come a long way! Using a variety of material to highlight special features makes homes more interesting.
Vinyl- Low cost, versatile and easy maintenance with a variety of colors and styles makes it the most popular.
Wood- offers a rich look and durable if maintained properly, but is susceptible to insect or rodent attacks.
Brick- Made from fired clay, genuine brick comes in different sizes and textures. These days brick siding is usually a veneer.
Fiber Cement- A low maintenance, non flammable option and is termite resistant.
Stucco- When installed and maintained correctly, it can last the lifetime of the house.
Stone and Stone-Veneer- because stone is more expensive than other siding options- cost should be considered more light weight and less expensive than natural stone, stone veneer comes in natural and synthetic materials.
Opening your indoor living spaces into the outdoors is becoming more appealing. Well-designed, large scale door panels that fold up like garage doors or slides into the walls give your home that open outdoor feeling. This option is becoming more available in homes today.
Copper sinks are making a big come back, whose re-emergence started last year. They reduce 99.9% of bacteria in-between cleanings, and have an upscale look.
Now days, the skies the limits when it comes to your home. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Having the home of your dreams is so much more attainable and affordable than in years past.
Give Jenny Linich Real Estate a call and we can help you make your dreams into a reality!
Jenny Linich Real Estate offers Fort Mill homes for sale in the Fort Mill South Carolina but she also serves Rock Hill and the Charlotte Real Estate area. Her focus is on providing detailed market research on new and existing homes for sale in North and South Carolina. Jenny is a licensed Realtor in both states and even teaches real estate courses in South Carolina. Fort Mill real estate is particularly hot because of the high quality York County School District and all of the new home builders in South Carolina.
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