All of us at one time or another have heard for been told that, “….your house needs to breath.” There are many “old time Vermont builders” that sincerely believe that a new home should breath.
This fall Vermont Modular has become a very busy place. Last week we ordered a big house for central Vermont and as we speak there are two homes in the plant being built.
It seems as though all summer long people are “…at the beach” enjoying summer in Vermont. But, just in case you haven’t noticed the leaves are turning and almost everyone has turned on their heat. I’ve had the heat on for a couple weeks.
We live here in Vermont where many will comment that the weather is simply awful. Much of the year it is cold, snowy, ice covered, windy, and for some us just miserable. However there is nothing quite as wonderful as a summer in Vermont. The results of my very NON-scientific study reports that during the summer people are at the beach, eating hot dogs, and simply enjoying summer, worries about winter’s cold are ignored.
For months, no make that years, we have talked about a well-insulated home. Those numerous discussions included Fiberglass, Cellulose, Foam, Blown in Fiberglass, and Rock Wool. We invite you to go back and re-read some of the previous blog posts.
Yesterday we finished the discussion of Septic Systems and today it might be a nice change of pace to talk about something that actually smells nice – fresh air.
Every time we build your new home to be more and more and more energy efficient it means that less and less heat is lost. In order to significantly cut back on heat loss we must stop Cold Air Penetration and conversely we are trying to stop Heat Loss.
As we have been learning and finally building our new home we have consistently talked about either Ranch Style homes that are all on one floor or the other day we talked about “Affordable Capes.” Both styles of homes represent quality and value! Don’t forget that every home is 100% Custom Built and incorporates all kinds of Energy Efficient features.
With all that as our background today we are going to venture off into the world of truly up-scale modular homes representing even greater values.
Now that we have learned all kinds of terms from joists to jack studs to rough openings and so on………, perhaps it might be helpful if we took a look at exactly what it is that people want in their new homes. After all, if we are about to build our imaginary “Dream Home” we might want to build what is most popular. Right? Sure!
It seems as though Americans are mildly divided as to what they want. On one hand we have The Millennials and Gen Xers as compared to Boomers and Seniors.
As spring is truly here we are getting a lot of folks in asking all sorts of questions about design and function for their new home.
Please remember that Vermont Modular as a company specializes in 10% Custom Built homes that are Energy Efficient. Those are the two underlying precepts that guide our business. Both Blaine and I are committed to building only what people want rather than what might be in a booklet of suggested plans.
Today we are going to venture into dangerous waters and tackle an age old “truth” about building a quality home. Yes, we expect a barrage of emails and comments telling us how wrong we are or from a few how correct we are.
For the past twenty-five years Vermont Modular has been delivering homes throughout Vermont and The North Country of New York. For roughly twenty of those years our normal client was a young couple looking for their first home; our most popular style of home was The Cape Cod. The Cape represents a teriffic value where the “up-front-cost” was kept to a minimum. Most of those homes were delivered as an “Unfinished Cape” where the second floor would be completed onsite usually by the young couple owning their first home.