The Huber House Project
Energy conservation was always important to Laurie Huber and her husband Ross Huber, so they reached out to architect Adam Cohen because they knew that they wanted Passive House construction to maximize the energy efficiency in their future home. Adam told them his new building envelope system, the E-Wall, completely factory manufactured and fabricated by a company called Build SMART, would be a perfect fit for their project.
Adam and the Build SMART team helped make the Hubers’ “dream come true.”
The cost to build vs. the cost to live
On the surface it seems reasonable for people designing and building a new home to strive for the largest home their building site and budget can accommodate. Or is it?
It depends on whether your focus is on the cost to build OR the cost to live.
Homes that feature more square feet of conditioned space are subject to higher property taxes, and higher utility bills. Then there’s the cost of furnishing and maintaining square footage that may only get occasional use.
In the custom housing market today the trend is moving away from building bigger to building better. And as you build better houses -flexible living spaces that provide more comfortable, more energy efficient living conditions – the foot print of a new home tends to shrink.
So while your initial cost to build a 3000+ square foot house to code, vs. a higher performing 2500 square foot house may not decrease, your ongoing cost to live does.
Better built homes reward you with better health, lower taxes, reduced heating and cooling bills and reduced ongoing maintenance for the life of the home. These contribute to a higher quality of life.
So as you struggle to fit you dream home into a budget you can afford, remember that the challenge of funding the cost to build should be short lived. But the rewards of building better can last a lifetime.
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“Home is the ultimate consumer product. It has to be. We spend nearly 70 percent of our lives in our homes. Home is where life happens.”
– Sam Rashkin
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