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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.