Everything’s New

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z Everything’s New nwitimes.com
March 30, 2013 12:00 am

That’s truly the bottom line when it comes to choosing between a new construction home and an existing home.

It’s also why the proverbial bottom line on new construction homes can be a bit higher than existing homes. But, as Rich and Amy Day of Crown Point have found, the benefits of new construction can also far outweigh any pricing issue.

“I was willing to pay for quality. We did our homework – looked at existing homes and met with a number of different builders,” Rich Day said. “We were honestly leaning toward going with an existing home when we met Cory Kreith at a mutual family member’s birthday party. It was completely by accident.”

“When I first met Rich and Amy, they gave me an idea of the kind of home they wanted,” Kreith who heads Crown Point-based CK Building and Design said. “They were frustrated by the fact that there just wasn’t an existing home that met all their needs. Many of the homes they looked at had a great deal of wasted space, and they wanted all useable space. They never really found that large kitchen with a spacious, open living area they needed for entertaining. Energy efficiency was also a concern. With new construction, they were able to design their home just the way they wanted it.”

Since the Days were already set on living in Crown Point, Kreith was able to help them narrow down their options to a few select developments. From there, they weighed the merits of different home sites, including price, and settled on one in Feather Rock.

Taking the home site’s unique topography into account, they worked together to create an original home plan that combined what they loved most about their current home, the existing homes they kept coming back to, and their ultimate dream home. The challenge was to design something that was as close to what the couple always wanted while staying within their budget.

“Our kids loved the process,” Amy Kooi-Day added. “When we were visiting, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to drive by and stop to ask if it was our home. During the early stages they would ask who our builder was and express how much they appreciated how clean everything always was. Later on, they would say, ‘it’s so beautiful,’ or ‘that’s one of the nicest homes I’ve ever seen.’”

The Days moved into their new home the day before their 11th anniversary in 2011.

“Cory delivered a beautiful home with the promised 5-Star Plus ENERGY STAR® rating to ensure our maximum comfort while keeping utility bills low,” Day said. “I work in the banking industry so I always kept a careful eye on the budget. There were definitely times when we had to make some very difficult decisions, but Cory was always willing to work through every available option until we were satisfied.”

“The quality of craftsmanship continues to impress us as well as who ever walks through our home,” Kooi-Day added. “Our home reflects our vision because Cory worked creatively and diligently with us.”

When you purchase a new construction home, whether it’s built from the ground up or already in progress, compared with a home that’s just 10 years older, your investment will allow you to:

• Save money with the latest energy saving insulation techniques plus efficient windows, doors and appliances.

• Save time with low-maintenance exteriors and an interior designed to match your personal preferences, avoiding the need to resurface, repaint or replace anything for years to come.

• Enjoy the benefits of choosing a floor plan that works for your lifestyle including conveniently located laundry, spacious living areas and plenty of storage without remodeling a thing.

• Live worry-free with a builder’s home warranty plus manufacturer new product warranties to protect your investment.

As the inventory of available homes on the market continues to dwindle, new homes are becoming an option of choice for buyers this year. Especially for people who are getting frustrated when a bidding war drives up the price of a home they would need to make some improvements on as well.

If you’re in the market for a new home, take some time to tour the different options local builders have in varying stages of construction. From there you can determine if one of those will meet your needs or if building from the ground up suits you better like the Day family.

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