The Rolling Stones taught us that sometimes, if you can’t always get what you want, you’ll get what you need. The same often holds true when it comes to building a home, where your dreams might not match your reality due to the size of your budget or the suitability of potential land for building your dream home. To help you discover how to balance what you want with what you really need to start your home-building journey, we asked the owners of Atlantic Custom Homes, Hudson Valley and Connecticut's independent dealers of Lindal Cedar Homes, to answer these five important questions.
According to Pascal, “People think building a basement is a cheap way to get extra square footage. But they don’t think about the floor system or staircases required above it, both of which increase cost.” So before assuming you should build a basement, ask yourself why you want one. Are you looking to create a dedicated space like a studio or media room, or are you just looking for extra storage space? “A moderate amount of extra square footage can usually be efficiently added onto the floorplan rather than adding an additional floor,” Jennifer advises.
Answering this question will help you determine how the house will be set up and what space you need for your mechanicals. To get the most bang out of your budget, the Smith Coutis often recommend their customers go all electric. According to Pascal, “Not only can you run all your utilities out of a single compact space on your main floor, but the building technologies Lindal uses, combined with closed cell foam insulation and today’s more efficient electric mechanicals, will pay off on your utility bills in the long term.”
To learn more about Lindal or to get started on your own Lindal home, call Atlantic Custom Homes at (833) 332-3327 or visit www.atlanticcustom.homes.