Benefits of Concrete Construction

Benefits of Concrete Construction

Have you ever thought of spending a little extra on the investment of a CONCRETE home? Well, think about this… Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, etc. have demolished thousands of homes, while concrete homes remain standing after the devastation. Natural disasters that we have no control over could easily take away that roof over your head. However, with a concrete home, your investment is well protected. In essence, you get what you pay for… Spend a little more now on a concrete home that is sturdy and reliable; Save more over the lifetime of the home.

The many other benefits of concrete construction include:

Strength

 Ability to withstand hurricanes, floods, and other serious weather conditions, concrete acts as a barrier to these elements and natural disasters.

Beauty

Concrete offers design flexibility with size and shape. Large or small, round or squared, a concrete home can be designed to your liking. Also, designs can be easily stamped into concrete to create beautiful patterns.

Fire Safety

Recognized by insurance companies as being the safest form of construction when threatened by fire, concrete slows the spread of flames. In turn, it minimizes damage caused by fire and could potentially save lives.

Water Damage Prevention

Due to its solidity, concrete has a great resistance to water damage and leakage.

Insect Resistant

Insects are less likely to infest solid concrete structures, in comparison with wood-framed homes.

Quiet and Comfortable

Acting as a barrier to sound, concrete homes are quieter than wood-frame counterparts. Concrete also prevents air leakage, which keeps homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Environmentally Friendly

Ingredients of concrete (water, aggregate, and cement) are abundant in supply and take a lesser toll in their extraction than other construction materials. Processes are energy efficient with minimal waste.

Long term cost savings

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Benefits of Building a Small Home

Benefits of Building a Small Home

If you are shopping for a home, you have most likely walked through some of the ‘McMansions’ that are currently on the market. During the most recent housing boom, thousands of these track-built monstrosities were ‘thrown-together’ and sold for top dollar.

With the economic collapse of the late 2000’s came a wave of foreclosures and plummeting real estate prices, in effect lowering the selling prices of these lavish homes and making them a viable investment for the average American.

Now that these large homes, which have become the ‘American Dream’, are finally within your reach, should you consider buying one? Do you really want to commit to living in a home that is 2,500 SF or more and the financial burden that comes with it?

The ‘Small Home’ movement has been growing rapidly in the aftermath of the recent economic decline and the benefits of this movement have been championed by best-selling author Susan Susanka beginning with her book “The Not So Big House”.

While the popularity of this movement has grown in recent years, the concept is far from new. Historically, smaller homes were the norm in the United States and have always been the norm in Europe and Asia. The average American home in 1950 was just less than 1,000 square feet, while in 2004 the average was about 2,400 square feet. This gigantic increase in living space is a direct result of the rapid rise in wealth that blanketed the US during the economic boom. Recent data proves that the average size of new homes is dropping once again and it makes you ask yourself, should I buy a smaller home?

The Benefits First you must analyze the benefits of building a smaller home and determine whether they outweigh your ‘need’ for space. The list of benefits …

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