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New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 – Part 2 of 2

January 27th, 2015

The New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 Part 2 of 2 discover energy saving improvements, painting with low VOC paints, and adding character with reclaimed wood flooring.

Implement Energy Saving Improvements

SOLAR PANELS

Solar Panels on the gridThe first of New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 lies in solar panels. If you’re designing a new home, consider working with the custom home builder and your contractor to incorporate your small renewable energy system into your whole-house design — an approach for building an energy-efficient home.

A small solar electric or photovoltaic system can be a reliable and pollution-free producer of electricity for your home or office. Small photovoltaics systems also provide a cost-effective power supply in locations where it is expensive or impossible to send electricity through conventional power lines.

Planning for a home renewable energy system is a process that includes analyzing your existing electricity use (and considering energy efficiency measures to reduce it), looking at local codes and requirements, deciding if you want to operate your system on or off of the electric grid, and understanding technology options you have for your site.

There are several options for mounting Solar panels; ground mounting, roof mounting, trackers and fixed racks.

We also discuss how Solar Panels increase home values,  reducing CO2 emissions, and create jobs.

US Department of Energy

INSULATION – ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION

The second of New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 is Insulation. Icynene spray foam insulation is effectively benefit your home by providing energy efficiency, noise reduction, moisture control and improved indoor air quality.

In Massachusetts, NSTAR and Columbia Gas give rebates for Icynene spray foam insulation for air duct sealing, attic ceiling insulation, floor insulation, foundation insulation and more. There are residential codes associated with Spray Foam Insulation.  Call Connaughton Construction with more questions. They have the details for you.

Paint your house with Low VOC paints

Zero VOC Paint by Benjamin Moore - NaturaThe third of New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 is low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Paints. Benjamin Moore has Zero VOC paints.  Natura remains zero-VOC even after tinting, which means it remains virtually odorless regardless of color.

 

Install Reclaimed Wood Flooring

The fourth of New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 is reclaimed wood flooring is increasingly popular. People love it because it not only increases the character of a new or old home renovation but it comes with a story to tell. If floors could talk. These will. Just leave it to the home owner. Reclaimed wood flooring doesn’t just have to go on the floor. Some creative home owners have used it for post and beam, on walls, on ceilings, between two walls to create a built-in desk, as tables, bed headboards, mirror frames, as sliding barn-look doors or room dividers.

New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 – Part 2 of 2

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New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 – Part 1 of 2

January 27th, 2015

New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 – Part 1 of 2 include home automation, charging stations, remodeling your luxury bath with electric radiant floor heating and freestanding tubs, and ways to add more living space with two-story additions.

Home Automation

The first new custom home project trends for 2015 starts with home automation that is, well, pretty cool!

NEST Thermostat technology helps you control your home temperature using a Phone App. If you leave the house and forget to turn down the heat, you can use your phone to turn down the thermostat. If you are heading home you can turn on or up the heat so it’s just right when you walk in.

NEST New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 - Part 1 of 2. Connaughton Construction.

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone.

You Teach NEST to save. Programming thermostats is complicated and irritating – but an un-programmed thermostat can waste 20% of your heating and cooling bill. So the Nest Thermostat programs itself. Just turn it up and turn it down. The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own. The leaf appears when you are saving energy

NEST will email you a monthly Energy Report with a summary of your energy use and tips to help you save. In the Summer, NEST helps you create a new schedule.

We haven’t tested it out thoroughly but NEST thermostat works with other appliances such as your washer and dryer, Mercedes tells NEST when you are on your way home, it works with Dropcam cameras to see what’s going on with your smoke alarm. NEST also works with Jawbone, a wrist band to wake you up and wakes up your thermostat.

Are you  a National Grid Gas Customer in Massachusetts? You could get a $100 instant rebate. Go to this NationalGrid site. Enter your zip code, your National Grid Account number and read the Terms and Conditions for your eligibility.

Charging Stations

The second new custom home project trend for 2015 is charging stations. Nothing can be more challenging than finding the right place to charge all the electronic devices your family members need throughout the day. When designing your new custom home be sure to dedicate some space for charging devices. Perhaps a corner of your kitchen or the mudroom entrance from your garage.  A room or place where everyone passes daily is the perfect location for a charging station. Be sure to provide plenty of outlets, including USB outlets will keep everyone’s devices charged and ready to go!

Remodel Your Bath

NUHEAT ELECTRIC RADIANT FLOORING

The third new custom home project trend for 2015 is remodeling your bath. The luxury home buyer loves Marble tile from floors to walls to countertops. In the northeast, you know how cold Marble tile floors are to walk on.

NUHEAT is your solution.  Nuheat is the electrical radiant floor heating system that is installed under the floor.  This technology that can be used to heat flooring, as a heat source for an entire room, as an energy saving and efficient solution, and is given the seal of green building. What can be better than staying warm from the floor up?

Nuheat is less expensive than previous technologies that used the gas hot water system to heat the floors. This heat costs considerably less per square foot.

Nuheat partners with the Signature Thermostat, creating his solution North Americas first WIFI Floor heating system.

It’s best to think about implementing Nuheat in the design phase of a new custom home project rather than after the room is built.

FREESTANDING TUBS

Freestanding TubThe fourth new custom home project trend for 2015 is the freestanding tubs. The soaking bath is an essential part of the luxury bathroom. Imagine soaking in your favorite bubbles or oils looking out the window of your favorite skyline view. Towels heating on the heated towel rack to wrap you in warmth when you finish relaxing surrounded by aromatics  candle light that drains you of your negative energy of the day and restores your positive energy after a long day on the job. Freestanding Tub. Connaughton Construction

Add Living Space to Your Home

The final new custom home project trend 2015 is to add living space to your home. If you live in the city, especially the Great Boston area, you know the problem all too well about tight on living space. A popular solution for new custom home projects for 2015 is to build a two-story addition. The first floor includes a family room and upstairs the master suite has the master bedroom, a master bath and a walk-in closet.

New Custom Home Project Trends for 2015 – Part 1 of 2

Ah, the splendor of home automations setting just the right temperature for your arrival, heated flooring so you can enjoy marble flooring without the cold, freestanding tubs for luxurious baths, and adding creative two-story living space to your home.

Request a FREE Consultation with Connaughton Construction for your next project.


Sign Up Here for The Builders Notebook Newsletter.

Do you have your own stairway design and need the hand of an experienced custom home builder?

Contact Connaughton Construction to discuss your luxury design project.

Set up your personal Design Consultation.

If you prefer to talk to someone on the phone, please call John with Connaughton Construction at 781-899-1438 x 14 or  Ellen at x13.

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