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Take a Deep Breath: What you Need to Know About Indoor
If you assume that the quality of air in your new home
is going to be clean, think again. According to the latest
statistics released from the Environmental Protection Agency,
indoor air quality is three to five times worse than outdoor
Considering this, it’s easy to see just
how making provisions in your home plans to improve your
air quality can save you a great deal of time, frustration
and money down the road.
To battle the air quality problem,
you will have to arm your new home with filtration, and
plenty of it.
While this will not cost a great deal of extra time or
money, it will take some additional planning on your
part and some effective communication with your homebuilder.
concerned about the air quality circulating in their
homes can rely on an arsenal of new, cost-effective
tools designed at enhancing cleanliness while serving
to eliminate household allergy agents such as dust mites
and small dust particles, even moisture build-ups and
Start your crusade to keep your home filled with
healthy air with a HEPA filtration system. These filtration
which help alleviate pet dander, dust, airborne mold
spores, smoke and gas - all of which contribute to allergies
and have been fingered as culprits of compromised in-home
air quality, are available locally or can be obtained
over the Internet. (For more information, log on to www.pureairsystems.com
The next step to take is to purchase a vacuum cleaner with
a similarly effective system. And, if you’re building
your home, you may even want to incorporate a central vacuum
cleaning system into your new home plan. The newer central
vacuum cleaner systems, which are actually built-in the
walls of each room, automatically introduce clean air into
your home while cutting down on the dirt and dust circulated
in the air from vacuuming the carpet, furniture, drapes,
etc. (For more information on central vacuum cleaning systems,
log onto http://www.beamvac.com/home.htm
Keep in mind, your homebuilder may know of local companies
that offer various central cleaning systems. Aside from
offering clean air, the central vacuum systems offer unparalleled
convenience and make vacuuming a mush easier task.
tools are further supported by inexpensive gas detection
systems, indoor air quality monitors, carbon
dioxide detection monitors, leak detectors, oxygen deficiency
detectors, even automatic scraper-strainers, all of which
are available at local home and hardware stores.
serious about keeping the air inside your home clean,
you should also consider tackling moisture
build-up, a problem that can be costly and troublesome.
Recently, a panel has emerged that is designed for interior
use and has proven to be both moisture- and mold-resistant
and can even help hamper the growth of mold. The panels
are easily installed and finished in a traditional manner
without the need for skim coating or other steps that
require additional labor, according to the manufacturer,
United States Gypsum Corporation. (www.usg.com
the use of moisture-resistant gypsum panels can help
minimize the chances for mold to grow, they are
just one part of controlling the problem. The most effective
and economical strategy is to protect building materials
and equipment from exposure to moisture during storage,
construction and after completion of the building envelope,
according to United States Gypsum Corp. This should be
discussed in detail with your builder to ensure sound
design, installation, maintenance and inspection practices
are followed throughout the home building process.
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3. Don’t Let Building
Your Home Bankrupt You!
Do Your Homework Now and Reap the Benefits Later
Personalizing your home beyond the basics calls for custom
building, which enables you to determine layout, size and
all the special requirements and unique features you desire.
While the final costs to build your custom-designed home
will be driven by your specifications, there are steps you
can take to keep these costs down, while ensuring your home
meets your special needs.
Obviously, some home features cost
more than others, with the bathrooms and kitchen generally
being the most expensive
areas in the home. Look for closeout bargains on fixtures
and lighting in these rooms. You may even want to look
for specialty items for these rooms on the Internet. For
instance, eBay (www.ebay.com) has name-brand hardware and
fixtures that can be purchased for a fraction of the retail
cost if you are willing to bid on the items.
also important to realize that small details in the design
of your home can make a big difference in
price. To cap costs in this area, begin estimating construction
expenses before you select your final blueprints. In doing
so, consider this:
Preparing the site
for your home can be costly. Building on flat lots cost
less. Hauling in
dirt, clearing trees, blasting through rock, etc. adds
up quick and can make a huge difference in costs associated
with site preparation.
Oddly enough, when building
a home, it’s
best to work with even numbers. Round your home size up
or down to increments of two feet. This will help reduce
wasted materials. It’s also more economical to build
a home that is no deeper than 32 feet. If the depth exceeds
32 feet, your new home’s roof trusses may need to
be specially designed, hence costing a great deal more.
Rectangular- and boxed-shaped homes cost less to
build. The more angles and corners in a home, the higher
the costs because of the additional labor and materials
In most cases, the finished home
cost more than the original price. The goal here should
be to keep
this gap from widening to the point that it causes your
hardship or distress. To do this, try to minimize changes
to the plans and tackle unpredicted problems as efficiently
as possible. Planning is the key here. But even with the
best planning, it is best to allow and additional 10% to
cover unexpected costs.
costs generally rise 3% to 6% annually. If you are planning
now and expect to
build later, remember to factor this in.
A full array of
tools are available online to help with this process. Homebuilders
can go http://www.building-cost.net/
get up-to-date construction costs from some of the largest
construction databases on the Web. Using this site, homebuilders
can get current material prices, man hours and crew rates,
even make use of the site’s calculators to figure
out quantities for bearing walls, joists systems, concrete
walls and more.
Another online tool worthy of viewing is
, where homebuilders
will find home builder scheduling software,
home builder contracts and spec writing software, project
management software, competitive bid tracking software,
subcontractor insurance software, equipment tracking software,
builder management software and more.
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4. Useful Links
The following are useful links relating to the housing industry and
the topics covered in this newsletter and may be of interest.
ADT Home Security Services
Honeywell Security and Home Electronics
Home Automation Products
HEPA Air Filtration Systems
Central Vacuum Systems for Your Home
Central Vaccuum Systems from Broan Nutone
Manufacturers FIBEROCK® Brand AQUA-TOUGH™ Interior
Goldenseal Home Builder Software
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5. Thought for the Day - Character
Character is not made in a crisis, it is only exhibited. –Robert