Building a new construction home has many benefits for people in all stages of life, particularly families. With a new build, new and growing families can move into a home designed around their lives when they buy new.
Flexibility and convenience combine perfectly in new construction homes, creating a wonderful living experience for families who would rather spend their time having fun and making memories than dealing with home improvement projects. When your family moves into a new construction home, you can enjoy settling in with the knowledge that your safe, healthy home, as well as your community, has everything you need to thrive.
Designing a Home Perfect for Your Family
Designing your new home is one of the immediate benefits of new construction for families. Getting to design your home from the ground up means that your family can incorporate things that make your family life easier, including getting the features and fixtures you want, as well as a living space flexible enough to accommodate your changing life. Your home should work as well for your children’s primary school and high school years as it does for their infant and toddler years. With open floor plans and flex rooms, your new-build home will do just that – without the hassle of a major home renovation to do so.
With a new construction home, your builder can hand over the keys to a home tailor-made to your lifestyle and personal style.
New Home Floor Plans are Flexible and Accommodate Families Changing Needs
A new home is designed to accommodate your growing family’s changing needs. Because new home layouts feature open living areas with private rooms tucked away, you can use public and private spaces in a way that your family needs, instead of trying to adjust your lifestyle to an old house with a rigid floor plan.
Flex spaces can easily transform from play rooms to study or game rooms as your children grow, and then to a grown up room such as a home theater or library as your children grow up and move out. Your children’s bedrooms are a blank canvas for their furniture and toys, and can grow up with them with minor tweaks. Dens can easily move from work from home spaces to homework zones. A breakfast nook can be a charming place to eat, read, and work.
Families can easily create flexible zones in the main living spaces that can transition to work for all stages of life. Convenient corners can house indoor play equipment and reading nooks. Built in shelving can house breakable décor that can later move onto the coffee table once children grow up.
Your new home is the perfect canvas for your family’s new life. As your life changes, your home can accommodate all the changes that come with family life.
Kid and Pet Friendly Features That Will Last
When you buy a used house, you move into someone else’s dream home – someone who almost certainly had the temerity to not include features perfectly suited to you and your children! Why live with less-than-helpful home design, when you can build new and have features that make life as a parent less difficult built directly into your house?
Open floor plans are the standard layout for new construction homes. Spacious great rooms that flow effortlessly into kitchen spaces make it easy to keep an eye on small children while you work in the kitchen, or enjoy your living room. Butler pantries let you store non-kid-friendly food, caffeinated drinks, cleaning supplies, and delicate dishes in a space safe from small hands.
At the design center, you can work with your builder to ensure features in your home that can survive hard use by children, pets, and adults who may or may not drag high chairs across the floor.
Getting to choose your flooring ensures that you can install long lasting porcelain tiles or vinyl flooring that can look good and survive small children. Dimmers on your lights mean you can have enough light to change a diaper without waking up baby completely. Magnetic locks on your cabinets can keep sharp knives and other items safe from curious toddlers, without sacrificing your aesthetic with unsightly babyproofing fixtures.
As you design your new home, ask you builder about their top family friendly features, so you can make the most of your upgrades.
Little Details With a Huge Impact
Building your family’s dream home begins at the builder design center. Every choice you make at the design center – which you can visit in person or virtually – represents one home renovation you won’t have to make after you move into your home. Even small things can make a big impact on how you experience your home.
Every paint swatch you choose now is at least one wall that looks exactly how you want on move in day, and won’t need a “super quick” paint job that could expose you – and your children – to paint fumes. All the counter material slabs you look at will result in beautiful, unblemished countertops you won’t have to replace while simultaneously trying to feed your family. Plus, these days, countertops come in antimicrobial options that will help you keep your family healthy. Getting to pick brand new flooring ensures you don’t have to live with someone else’s nasty old carpet. You may even be able to choose upgrades such as heated floors that will keep your toes toasty on those chilly mornings.
No matter how small the detail is, all the options building new gives your family the space to focus on the important things: enjoying your new home with your family, and not worrying about when you’re going to make time for renovations.
A New Home is a Safe Home
A brand new home has a wide range of safety features that come with the keys. Many builders offer sensors that will alert you to important events such as a water leak, poor air quality, or an electrical system on overload.
An all-new home means all-new materials. Your family can sleep peacefully knowing that your warranted home is structurally sound. With new, eco-friendly appliances, you can rest assured there is no faulty wiring or broken parts that will cost you time and money at best, or your family’s safety at worst.
Many standard building materials used in new homes improve its ability to weather storms and other disasters. As you shop for a home for your family, ask builders in your area about features like high impact windows, fire safety features in their insulation and other building materials, and other ways your family can stay safe in a new home.
Your home builder can help you build even more safety features into your family house. Talk with builders to see if you can build a reinforced safe room into your house. Ask about fire safe landscaping plans. Ask about additional safety features that may be available in upgrade plans like:
- Additionally enforced exterior doors
- Safety bolts for exterior doors
- Boltable windows
- Locked garden gates
- Built-in home security systems
- Upgraded fire and toxin detectors
When your family moves into your new home, you don’t have to worry about the many unsafe features found in new homes. Why risk having to deal with asbestos in the insulation, structurally unsound basements, or sinkholes in the yard when you could move into a new home built to keep you and your family safe.
A New Home is a Healthy Home
A new construction home provides families with a healthier environment for raising a family than a used house.
Someone Else’s House, Someone Else’s Germs
Moving your family into a bespoke home means getting to avoid a previous homeowner’s germs and mess. Even clean and relatively healthy homeowners will leave microscopic pathogens behind that won’t show up on a home inspection.
Used homes have an even greater risk of infecting their new owners because of the extensive traffic coming through the house while it is for sale. Every realtor and home shopper that tours an old house will leave behind skin particles, hair, and even mucus – sounds lovely, right? Unless a home seller hires professional cleaners to deep clean every inch of the house right before your scheduled move in date, your family may have to contend with other people’s germs.
More Mold, More Problems
Germs aren’t the only health hazard that can get past a home inspection. Because mold can grow under carpets, in crevasses in the HVAC system, and in the drywall, families can move into a home with a major fungi problem and not know it until people start getting sick. Living in an old, moldy house has major health implications, and mold remediation can cost tens of thousands of dollars. With a new build home, the only moulding you have to worry about is crown moulding!
Better Indoor Air Quality, Better Health
Buying new can protect your family from a wide range of health hazards found in musty old houses. New construction homes are built with high quality materials that form a tight envelope around your family’s living space. This results in great indoor air quality.
Even if you don’t have a family member with asthma or other health issues that germs or mold may trigger or inflamed, living in a healthy home will improve your life. You can literally breathe easier knowing that your new home is built to keep critters, germs, mold, and dust outside and away from your children. So, when you move your family into your brand new home, take a deep breath and enjoy the fact that your sparkling new HVAC system isn’t spraying crud directly into your baby’s nursery.
Communities Built for Living
Living in a new construction home can improve your family’s life inside and outside the house. New home developments are perfectly located and designed to offer the maximum quality of life in a thriving neighborhood.
Your new home is built in an amenity filled community, zoned to great schools, with a wide range of neighbors in a similar stage of life. Your children can grow up in an idyllic environment, surrounded by their friends and family. Your new home community can become the perfect village to raise a child.
Building a new home gives your family a wonderful chance to invest in your quality of life. By designing a beautiful and comfortable living space that remains convenient for life with children, getting to live in a safe and healthy home, and building in a community designed to help you thrive, you can make the most out of family life.
After graduating in 2016 from The University of Texas with a degree in English, Sanda Brown became a content writer for the BDX with a focus on website copy and content marketing.
At the BDX, Sanda helps write and edit articles on NewHomeSource.com, writes website copy for builders, and manages a team of freelancers that work on additional content needs.