By now, I’ve written a few entries on this blog about wall construction and the methods I’m using to construct the building envelope. I can’t stress enough how important choosing a solid wall construction method is to the overall energy efficiency of your home.
Say you move into a brand new house. It may look nice on the outside, with a fresh green lawn and ornate door fixtures that greet you each time you pull into the driveway. Open the front door, and the first thing you see is a stone tile floor illuminated by an ornate lighting fixture. Maybe you sunk some money into things like marble countertops in the bathroom, modern plumbing fixtures, a large kitchen island. Cosmetically, this hypothetical house looks fantastic.
But the real question is, does the hypothetical home of your dreams feel as nice as it looks? Do the marble countertops seem to make you shiver when you’re in the kitchen? Do you need to wear a sweater when you go upstairs? Is the basement a little bit too warm? You can engineer these problems away when building a new home.
There are lots of home construction blogs out there, and many of them have articles about what features and trends are in demand when it comes to building new homes or renovating existing ones. I challenge you to find a single blog that mentions advanced wall construction techniques as a feature that’s in demand.
Homes have layers to them. You can usually find out the truth about the quality of a home by peeling back the layers - behind that tastefully decorated and appropriately painted living room wall, you might find the cheapest insulation possible with a lower quality of wood used for studs and framing. It’s what’s on the inside that counts - your first time homebuyer newlywed couple might not be thinking about the mechanical systems inside their new home, but they’ll certainly feel the consequences down the road.
Whether you’re buying a stock home or building from scratch, a simple investigation into what’s behind the drywall or inside the mechanical closet can help you make a better decision - an important decision, especially when comfort is at stake.