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Architect Designed Custom Home

Today’s home buyer is not looking for the same type of features or style that their parents were looking for in a home. Past gen­er­a­tions were focused on building wealth and assets. The home was purchased as an invest­ment for the future. Today’s home buyers are buying a home so that they can begin col­lect­ing expe­ri­ences and memories for them­selves and their families.

This new gen­er­a­tion of buyers and the mar­ket­place trans­for­ma­tion they are in uencing has been dubbed The Expe­ri­ence Economy.” The new gen­er­a­tion wants to be par­tic­i­pants rather than consumers.

DESIGNING HOMES FOR THE NEW GENERATION

Archi­tects who design custom homes for this new gen­er­a­tion of buyer must be able to give The Expe­ri­ence Economy” gen­er­a­tion what they are looking for. Homes today are no longer adequate simply to have enough bathrooms for every bedroom.

The Expe­ri­ence Buyer is looking for ways to have their home be a complete part of their lives. The home is not just a base to return to at the end of the work day, but the place where life actually happens. Going out to a movie theater is less fun and memory-making than hosting a movie-watching party for their children, friends and neighbors in their home theater. Same for game rooms, exercise rooms, outdoor living areas, wine cellars, bas­ket­ball courts, yoga rooms, home spas and bar rooms.

WHAT DOES TODAY’S HOME BUYER WANT?

Today’s home buyer wants quality and function. They are less inter­est­ed in the size of the laundry room,

for instance, than the fact that it has state-of-the-art appli­ances and is quiet and con­ve­nient. The laundry room shouldn’t just be a shell to hold the washer and dryer, but also have storage cabinets, coun­ter­tops for folding clothes, space for hanging clothes, a sink and faucet, and space for laundry baskets to be stored out of the way. It’s not enough any longer just to have space for things — the space must be designed for its purpose.

Today’s home buyer wants every possible tech­no­log­i­cal advantage and comfort at their fin­ger­tips, so they can enjoy staying at home for their leisure and enter­tain­ment. The pleasure they get from being at home and inter­act­ing with their home is more valuable to them than having to leave their home to enjoy themselves.

SAFETY AND COMFORT

Designing safety and comfort into a home is an important job of the architect designing for today’s home buyer. The home is space for enter­tain­ing and the respite after a long work day, yes. But primarily, the home is shelter. Psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly speaking, even if the home buyers don’t con­scious­ly think of it in these terms, a home is shelter. It answers one of the two most basic need of humans, which is to have food and be sheltered from the elements.

At the most basic level, the desire for a home is answering the need to feel com­fort­able. They are investing in a home in order to feel sheltered, com­fort­able and safe. Their enjoyment of their invest­ment is based on these feelings.

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

At the root of a com­fort­able, safe home is the feeling that it is healthy. The buyers want to feel confident that their home is a healthy place where they will be spending the majority of their time. That means avoiding sources of pol­lu­tants (paints, flooring finishes), allergens, mold and mildew and unhealthy air. Many home buyers looking at new con­struc­tion are uncom­fort­ably aware of how unhealthy the tra­di­tion­al way we build is. The Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency estimates that indoor air is two to ten times more polluted than outdoor air.

According to the United States Green Building Council, it is estimated that by 2018 the green, single-family housing market will represent about 40 percent of the market, and 84 percent of all res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion will have sus­tain­able features.

Today’s home buyers are not willing to trade a healthy home for an afford­able home. Archi­tects have a dramatic impact on this desire for healthy home envi­ron­ments when they are willing to rethink how they design their homes. The building systems and the products archi­tects specify is paramount to achieving these goals.

  • Green factors
  • Energy effi­cien­cy. Con­tin­u­ous wall envelope with no openings provides a large amount of thermal mass with con­tin­u­ous insulation.
  • Hurricane or earth­quake resilience. Use a material that is FEMA-rated as hurricane- and tornado-safe.
  • Dura­bil­i­ty. Consider re resis­tance, insect resistance,long lifespan.
  • Combined functions. Wall systems that use materials effi­cient­ly have an inherent advantage.

DESIGNING A HIGH-PERFORMING HIGH-END HOME

A high-end home can (and should!) be high-per­form­ing as well. Green certi cation such as those offered by the U.S.Green Building Council and LEED offer strong guidance for the architect who wants to build a high-per­form­ing home.

Green building programs stress speci c things that archi­tects have control over — materials, systems and tech­niques. Using certi ed wood earns points. So does framing with a material-efficient framing system. Under the system, as just one example, the sections related to energy and materials are the most lengthy, because they are the most important. Annual energy use receives a high number of points toward LEED certi cation (29) out of a possible 66 in the Energy and Atmos­phere category.

Wall or envelope insu­la­tion is the biggest part of this. The energy lost through a building’s walls, roofs and windows is the largest single waste of energy in most buildings. Building projects, par­tic­u­lar­ly those built for the res­i­den­tial high-end homes market, are paying close attention to how tight they can make their envelope in order to drive down energy usage and costs.

Most of today’s home buyers are willing to put more cost onto their home up front in return for the knowledge that their overall expenses over the life of the home will be lower.

PLEASING MILLENNIAL HOME BUYERS

According to 2016 data from the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Realtors, the gen­er­a­tion born between 1980 and 2000 comprises the largest segment of the buyer market (35%), ahead of Gen­er­a­tion X (26%), which covers those born between 1965 and 1979. Mil­len­ni­als are young pro­fes­sion­als who want a home that is ready to live in the way that they want to live in it. Versatile spaces and custom spaces allow these home buyers to put their stamp on their home.

Open floor plans that seam­less­ly move from kitchen to family room is what young buyers want.

Energy effi­cien­cy is high on the list for younger buyers.Ease of main­te­nance and dura­bil­i­ty are high. Young home buyers don’t want to have to clean gutters and spend their weekends mowing the lawn and touching up paint like their parents did.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS

Today’s home building has a richer focus on materials. The impact of materials on human health and the envi­ron­ment is con­sid­ered in all choices regarding what is used in, on and outside the home.

Walls provide thermal insu­la­tion, and a barrier from water and noise. To effec­tive­ly separate the house’s interior from the outdoors, they must block the weather with systems that insulate, shed water, and repel moisture and air in ltration.

Bautex is an example of a different type of wall that keeps a home more com­fort­able and saves the home buyers money. Wood-frame walls have long been the pre­dom­i­nant choice for houses in the United States. Buttoday’s alter­na­tive systems are more energy ef cient and have lesser negative envi­ron­men­tal effects.

With the Bautex Wall System, archi­tects can specify a single inte­grat­ed solution that can be installed by a single con­trac­tor, saving time, effort and cost. The materials that you specify truly can make a dif­fer­ence regarding the per­for­mance of the home. This, in turn, has a great effect on the home buyer’s sat­is­fac­tion as they live in their home year after year.

Framing accounts for 25 percent of a building’s wall surface and, when left unin­su­lat­ed, con­tributes sig­nif­i­cant­ly to energy loss. Bautex contains durable,lightweight, insu­lat­ing, rot- and rust-proof expanded poly­styrene foam. Research has shown that rigid foam minimizes heat transfer. Rigid foam also increases energy effi­cien­cy, prevents moisture intrusion and reduces air in ltration, which accounts for 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling a typical home.

As an architect designing for today’s home buyers, you have many choices. Today’s home­own­ers are con­stant­ly looking online at sources such as Instagram and Pinterest. There they see what their home could look like, and how they could feel in it. Your thought­ful, well- executed home design adds con­ve­nience to their lives and gives these buyers the expe­ri­ences they’re looking for — relaxing in their spa-like bath, enter­tain­ing and con­nect­ing with friends, enjoying the moments with their children. Thought­ful design is all about the details.


The Bautex Wall System fits neatly into both sides of thee­qua­tion: your desire to build a high-per­form­ing home for today’s market, and the buyer’s desire to have a unique,energy-ef cient, easy to maintain and long-lasting home they can enjoy for years to come. Learn more now.