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What do Millennials seek in their homes?

January 25th, 2016

What do Millennials seek in their homes? The millennial generation is becoming an increasingly important part of the housing market. According to a 2015 National Association of Realtors study that looked at generational housing trends, Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, comprise the largest segment of the buyer market.

They’re young professionals who prefer a turnkey home that needs little or no work. They are creative, romantic buyers who want to investWhat do Millenials Seek in their homes by Connaughton Construction sweat equity and money over time. They want to put their personal stamp on the property, to add value for the future. Research shows they want sustainable construction, energy efficient homes, smart technology, updated kitchens and baths, open floor plans and home offices.

Sustainable Construction

Millennials seek to have homes that are higher energy efficient than the standard construction methods. A sustainable construction for a millennial combines an integration of the ecological, economical and social balance. These components create cost-shifting opportunities to benefit both the efficiency of the home and the builder’s bottom line.  See Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture.

Millennials seek Energy Efficiency

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are conscious of buying homes that are green.

Today’s buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes. If the home is not already set up for energy efficiency, the Millenial buyer will factor those costs into their budgets so they can do it after they buy. Millennials are savvy on insulation levels, seasonal energy-efficiency ratios and other energy-efficiency factors.

Smart Technology

Today, buyers want to know about the home’s technology. They want to hear about the local cell service and Internet speed capability.

In some cases, a house’s appeal can be increased or diminished because of the strength of a mobile carrier’s signal or its Internet service provider options. Internet and cell service matters a lot to this generation. They’re going to ask how well the cell signal and internet service is at this location.

Updated Kitchens and Baths

They want to buy a home with new kitchen and new bath fixtures and design. New fixtures are especially important for today’s young, budget-conscious buyers.

The primary reason younger buyers seek updated kitchens and baths is because they have limited budgets. Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings. Kitchens and bathrooms are also the most expensive parts of a home to update. Young homeowners cannot afford to sink a lot of money into those areas.

While updated kitchens and bathrooms may bring in a younger crowd, remodeling costs should give a seller pause. After all, if those updates aren’t in a young buyer’s budget, they probably aren’t in a seller’s budget either.

Open Floor Plan

The kitchen has become the hangout room along with the family room. An open space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room is high on the list of the perfect home for young buyers. In essence, the kitchen is the new living room.

Millennials are attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout with many small rooms dividing the home, because the younger homeowners entertain. They want people to flow through the home during gatherings, rather than be sectioned off in rooms.

Home Office

More than 13 million Americans work from home. All signs point to that trend continuing, which makes a home office important for many buyers. Home offices have vast appeal and are not just for those who work from home full time. As technology continues to make us more mobile, young buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job. Having a dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home on a call, planning a presentation, setting up their workday or simply paying bills.

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Save Millions with Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

June 30th, 2015

The last time I had to buy new light bulbs, I thought I knew what I was doing. Before leaving home, I noted the wattage and the type of light bulb. I get to Home Depot only to find there’s an entire aisle of light bulbs from which to choose. I walk up and down the aisle at least three times. I caved, turned to someone who looked like they worked at Home Depot(wearing the Home Depot apron), “Excuse me sir, can you please help me pick out a light bulb?” Seriously, it was embarrassing.

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Choices for Light bulbs

We’ve narrowed it down to the Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs and Incandescent light bulbs.

How to buy light bulbs

When buying a light bulb we often buy based on the wattage. But the wattage is actually a measure of electricity, not the brightness of a bulb. The amount of light a bulb generates is measured in lumens.

An incandescent 60-watt bulb, for example, gives off 800 lumens of light. An LED light bulb can deliver the same amount of light using as little as 10 watts. Since an LED draws on less electricity, it is less expensive to run. CFL light bulbs gives off 800 lumens using 15 watts.

You can buy an 8 watt LED light bulb¹ for $4.97. It’ll  use about 329 KWH over the course of one year. You can expect to pay your utility company $32.85. LED light bulbs have a 20 year life span.

An Incandescent light bulb using 60 watts or 3,285 KWH per year with a life span of about 1 year,  and you can expect to pay $328.59 per year.

A CFL light bulb costs about $5.97, delivers 8,000 hours of light, uses 14 watts or 767 KWH per year and you can expect to pay $76.65 per year. CFL light bulbs have an estimated life span of 9 years. Some CFL bulbs can be used with dimmer switches.

Energy Star Light bulbs can save millions

The Environmental Protection Agency says that if every household replaced just one incandescent bulb with an “Energy Star”-rated LED or CFL (compact fluorescent), we would save close to $700 million per year in energy costs.

Is it any wonder we as consumers are confused about which light bulb we should buy? There are so many types of bulbs with different price points and life spans now on the market.

For even more information about light bulbs — the different types available, how long they last and what they cost over the life of the bulb — check out our guide to changing light bulbs¹.

Save Millions with Energy Efficient Light Bulbs


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The Benefits of Solar Panels for Homeowners

October 9th, 2014

Benefits of Solar Panelssolar panels

Solar Panels provide energy savings through lower electric bills. You can save  25 percent or more annually on your utility bill and avoid unpredictable rate hikes that can be 6 percent. In a recent Boston Globe article both NSTAR and National Grid announced winter rate hikes that will average about 10%.

Solar Panels increase home values

For every $1,000 annual reduction in your utility costs, the value of the home increases by an estimated $20,000. Here’s another way to look at it: Homeowners recoup 97 percent of the investment it takes to go solar while those who upgrade their kitchen get back about 60 percent of their investment.

Solar Panels have environmental benefits

A solar PV(photovoltaic) system that provides about half of a household’s electrical use eliminates CO2 emissions equivalent to operating two fossil-fuel burning cars for almost 30 years.

Reducing the electricity we draw from the grid means reducing carbon emissions. This results in cleaner air, cleaner water and cleaner soil for your family and community, for generations.

Solar Panels Create Jobs

Solar jobs come in many forms, from manufacturing, installing, monitoring and maintaining solar panels, to research and design, development, cultural integration, and policy jobs. Choosing to go solar helps the economy as well as your wallet.

Solar Panels Have Buying and Leasing options

Buying requires an upfront investment, and you can start saving money immediately by taking advantage of the various incentives and rebate programs available to you. You also get a warranty on your panels.

With Leasing, you don’t have to worry about maintaining, repairing or insuring your panels. There’s usually no initial cost with leasing. You also buy energy at a lower rate than if you received it from the electric companies, so you save money right away.

Most home solar power systems last between 25 and 35 years, and there’s no maintenance needed. Rain and melting snow keep the panels clean and operating efficiently.

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August 1st, 2014

#4 Icynene Spray Foam Insulation

Discover how Icynene Insulation is an eco-friendly choice when building and remodeling

Icynene insulation is aicynene spray foam insulation. Eco-friendly choices when building and remodeling spray foam insulation for residential and commercial buildings. This material both insulates and air seals in one step. Sealing air gaps keeps moisture out preventing mold issues. It can be used in vented attics, unvented attics, internal walls, external walls, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, bonus rooms, and basements. Icynene spray foam insulation can adhere to most substrates, including steel, wood, concrete, and masonry.

ICYNENE spray foam insulation helps create healthier, more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Icynene spray foam insulation is effective in any climate to benefit homeowners in energy efficiency, noise reduction, moisture control and improved indoor air quality.

Have any questions? Speak to a licensed Icynene contractor for how Icynene can be applied within your project. There are residential codes associated with Spray Foam Insulation. Connaughton Construction knows the most recent building codes and has the most recent information to share with you.  Icynene Spray Foam Insulation, another one of the eco-friendly choices when building and remodeling. A green building product for today’s home.

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. Call Connaughton Construction with more questions. They have the details for you.

#5 Solar Panels

Solar Panels provide energy savings, lower electric bills, increase home values, have environmental benefits. Leasing options are now available with no initial cost. Tax credits are available when you purchase the panels. Lock in 20 year rates. Another eco-friendly choice when building and remodeling.

Environmental benefits of Solar Panels

Renewable Energy is Great for the Planet

Converting to solar eSolar Panels - Eco-friendly choices when building and remodelingnergy is the biggest personal change you can make to fight global warming. Utility companies supply over 70% of electricity in the U.S. by burning fossil fuels—the leading cause of climate change. Generating electric power causes over a third of all green house gas emissions in the United States (source: Environmental Protection Agency). Reducing the electricity we draw from the grid means reducing carbon emissions. That means cleaner air, cleaner water and cleaner soil for your family, community, for generations to come.

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