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How to save money by building new | NAHB explains why new homes cost less

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 09, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

New Homes Cost Less to Maintain Every Month

NAHB's Data Analysis Shows Cost Savings When Building New

How to save money by building new | NAHB explains why new homes cost less


Why should I build a new home instead of buying an existing one? As you start to think about buying a home, you should know all the costs involved - not just the upfront price tag.

A recent article released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) re-emphasizes the cost disparities between new and used. Read the full NAHB article here.

New Homes Save Money

According to the NAHB, newly built homes (home built within the last four years) will save buyers money in monthly energy and maintenance costs.

The NAHB studied data from the 2009 American Housing Survey.

Analysis of maintenance costs found:How to save money by building new | NAHB explains why new homes cost less

 - 26% of all home owners spent $100 or more per month on various routine maintenance costs

 - Only 11% of home owners of newly constructed homes spent $100 or more on upkeep costs

 - 73% of new home owners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs

Analysis of energy costs found: 

  - The average home owner spent 78 cents per square foot* per year on electricity

 - Owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year

For homes with piped gas,

 - Overall, owners spent an average of 53 cents per square foot per year

 - Owners of new homes spent 38 cents per square foot per year

*on a median per-square-foot-basis

More Reasons to Build a New Home

There are dozens of reasons to build a new home, over buying an existing one:

How to save money by building new | NAHB explains why new homes cost less

 - New home warranties - on the home, appliances, and other products within the home

 - Custom floor plan design to meet your needs - don't want to use square footage on a formal dining? That's your choice when building new.

 - New appliances, built to last!

 - Universal design feature integration

 - Current lifestyle needs are met - more built-in storage, easy to clean floors, strategic lighting

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a new custom home in central North Carolina.

Read more about the advantages of building a new home:

Top 10 Reasons to Build a Home Instead of Buying an Existing Home

Choosing New Over Used - Home Buying Tips


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Easy Guide to Window Styles: Half Round, Eyebrow, and More

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 19, 2011 @ 16:05 PM

What are the Most Popular Window Types for New Custom Built Homes?

One reason homeowners choose to build custom is for the ability to determine every detail about the home, down to individual window size and style selections.

Your window style adds to the character and asthetic appeal of your home, so you will want to consider all your options and choose carefully.

What are the most popular window selections for new custom homes in the Raleigh area? Below are some of the most popular window styles, one (or more) of which might be ideal for your next home.


 Custom Home Half Round Window Selections

1. Half Round

Half round windows are rounded from side to side, and look like a half-circle.

Half round windows are often included above doors or other windows, allowing more light into the home.

Pictured here are half round windows, with a hint of sunburst design.  

2. Colonial Arch

Arch windows can have a traditional or contemporary feel, depending on the style of the home.

Arch windows are similar to half round windows, with an arched top between two straight sides. Arch windows are also often placed above doors or other windows, allowing more light into the home.


3. Eyebrow

Eyebrow windows are just that - shaped like an eyebrow! Eyebrow windows were originally used to bring light and ventilation into attic spaces, but can now be incorporated into any area of the home.

Eyebrow window designs have long been used to enhance many different architectural styles, in conjunction with various window styles.


2011 Design Trends

4. Transom

Transom windows are stationary windows, often found above or to the sides of entry doors or other windows.

Transom windows allow more light into the home, while adding complexity to the exterior.

The transom windows pictured here add an elegant accent to this custom home by Stanton Homes.



5. Windows with Flankers 

Easy Guide to Window Styles | Window with FlankersWindows with flankers consist of three pieces: a center window and a smaller window to each side.

Windows with flankers come in a variety of sizes. 

The "flanking" windows can be of different heights.


6. Sunburst

Sunburst windows consist of several window panes, divided into sun ray shapes. Sunburst windows can be complex, with many "rays" or more simple with just a few.

Sunburst treatments are often used on half-round and colonial arch windows.


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