econintersect.com
       
  

FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.



posted on 11 June 2016

They Dont Build Them Like They Used To - A Comparison Of Three Residential Constructions

from CoreLogic

-- this post authored by James Siebers

The evolution of building materials has made the newly constructed homes better able to withstand elements like wear and tear and weather. Man-made materials, improved insulation, smartphone thermostats, open layouts, bigger closets and three-car garages make the new homes more energy-efficient and conducive to a modern family's lifestyle.

But to some folks, the charm of an older home - with hardwood floors, wood windows and formal layouts - outweighs the modern conveniences of newer homes.

[click on image to enlarge]

Whatever choice you make in housing style, size and age, you will find that construction materials and designs vary from home to home. Before purchasing a home, I recommend that you take time to conduct your own research by touring several homes. Then, after weighing the pros and cons of different styles and ages, decide which home best fits your family's style preference, lifestyle and budget. Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit several new homes for sale in our neighborhood.

Because of my background in real estate and interest in construction, my first stop in each home was the basement where I began to mentally dissect the overall construction of the home. I looked at the foundation, the plumbing, the heating and the electrical systems. I also inspected the bottom side of the first floor and the insulation in the box-sill; then proceeded to the three-car attached garage where I looked at the roof's truss system, structure and materials.

After making a mental note of all visible interior construction elements, I moved on to explore the home's interior layout and finishes. I looked at everything - from the flooring and drywall to the cabinets, plumbing fixtures, electrical lighting, doors, trim and windows. I methodically inspected each home's exterior. All porches, decks, overhangs, roofing, siding, soffits, fascia and gutters appeared to be built for very low maintenance - with extensive use of composites, plastics, vinyl and aluminum.

After finishing the new home tours, I thought about how different many of today's homes are constructed when compared to the original construction of my son's 1920s bungalow and my father's 1970s colonial. For example, the basement height of the 1920s bungalow is seven feet while the new homes have nine-foot-tall basements. The insulation of ceilings has gotten thicker with the new homes having over 12 inches of blown-in fiberglass. Both the 1920s bungalow and 1970s colonial were built in rectangular, compact designs with all dimensions divisible by four, which according to my father, made for less waste in building materials.

In contrast, the new homes we toured that day all had open, great-room layouts with varying ceiling heights and wall angles. Even the paint colors on the walls of the new homes were bolder and more colorful then the soft, neutrals used on walls of the older homes.

While old and new homes were clearly built with different families and priorities in mind, it is fascinating to see how modern renovations of classic properties can achieve the best parts of both models. As an example, I'll return to my son's 1920 bungalow. Recently renovated, the home still has all the charm of an old house but now incorporates some of the longer-lasting materials used in new construction and a modified floor plan more geared to his young family than the original owners. And who knows? His charming 1920s bungalow may now last another 90 years.

The table above demonstrates the evolution of building materials used in the early part of the twentieth century to those materials used in today's homes.

©2016 CoreLogic, Inc. All rights reserved.

Source

http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/james-siebers/2016/05/they-dont-build-them-like-they-used-to.aspx

>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing










Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, using Livefyre just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.



You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.





Econintersect Contributors


search_box

Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF


The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.


Take a look at what is going on inside of Econintersect.com
Main Home
Analysis Blog
Joan Robinson’s Critique of Marginal Utility Theory
The Truth About Trade Agreements - and Why We Need Them
News Blog
03 December 2016 Initial Unemployment Claims Rolling Average Insignificantly Worsens
November 2016 CBO Monthly Budget Review: Down by 3 Percent in the First Two Months of Fiscal Year 2017
Putting Grassroots Terrorism In The Proper Perspective
Crude Oil Prices: "Random"? Hardly. The More Emotional The Market, The More Predictable It Is.
Infographic Of The Day: Job-Hopping
Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Up, Oil Firms, Russia's Big Oil Deal, Trump Will Stay In Business, Trump Menaces Drug Cos, Banks Rig Silver, Italy's 360B NPL, Iraq Has Oil Cut Problem, China Trade Improves And More
Goals Come With A Hefty Price Tag At The Emirates
Facebook Strongest On Home Ground
Defence Budgets Are Surging In The Baltic States
It's Been A Turbulent Start, But Juno Is Now Delivering Spectacular Insights Into Jupiter
The World's Most Reputable Cities
What We Read Today 07 December 2016
October 2016 Consumer Credit Headlines Say Year-Over-Year Growth Rate Declined
Investing Blog
Trumpsternomics And Economic Growth
The Real 401k Plan Manager 07 May 2016
Opinion Blog
Italy Confronts The European Elite
The US Government Needs To Spend More
Precious Metals Blog
Silver Prices Rebounded Today: Where They Are Headed
Live Markets
08Dec2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Trump Rally Powers On, WTI Crude Prices Holding At $50 Handle, US Dollar Sharply Higher And Volatile, Short-term Indicators Bullish
Amazon Books & More






.... and keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government



Crowdfunding ....






























 navigate econintersect.com

Blogs

Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day
Weather

Newspapers

Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government
     

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Digg

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution

Contact

About

  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2016 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved