Home Building with Conscience? We Think So



According to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency, our nation’s buildings account for:

39 percent of total energy use

12 percent of the total water consumption

68 percent of total electricity consumption

38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions

With statistics like these, it is easy to see why building with conscience is so important.  There are environmental, economic, and social benefits as a result of conscientious, well-planned and designed features in new home construction.

Environmental benefits are those which enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems. This is especially important in Anne Arundel County and others in Maryland, where we have increased conservation and water quality considerations.

Economic benefits directly affect new homeowners; reduced operating costs, efficient performance and low maintenance can be anticipated. The value is shown in reduced utility bills, as many new homeowners can attest.

The social benefits, such as increased occupant comfort and health and improved overall quality of life are one of the best reasons to choose new home construction. Products and features are continuously more efficient and improving. Utilizing these puts less strain on local infrastructure and the community as a whole.

We have infinite options to build a beautiful, comfortable, efficient and easy to maintain home. If you would like more information, feel free to email us or comment! Questions?  They are always welcome!


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New-Home Sales Up 18.6 Percent in May- National Association of Home Builders/June 24, 2014


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Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 18.6 percent, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest rate since May 2008.

“This increase is a welcome sign after a slow start to 2014,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “As job creation continues, we can expect further release of pent-up demand and continued gradual growth in the housing recovery.”

Regionally, new-home sales were up across the board. Sales rose 54.5 percent in the Northeast, 34 percent in the West, 14.2 percent in the South and 1.4 percent in the Midwest.



Benefits of Building Your Custom Home: New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain.



According to data from the American Housing Survey (AHS), one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. This was quantified in analysis of data collected since 2009 and is increasing, thanks to increased focus on energy efficient materials and products.

What does this mean for the new construction homeowner?  Let’s take a look,  first at upkeep costs for homeowners. For routine maintenance expenses, 26% of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11% of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73% of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

Energy and piped gas expenses show similar findings. In 2009, on a median per square foot basis, homeowners spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity. Owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year. In 2011, homeowners spent 81 cents per square foot per year on electricity. Owners of new homes spent less: 68 cents per square foot per year. In 2009, for homes with piped gas, homeowners spent on average 53 cents per square foot per year. Owners of new homes spent 38 cents per square foot per year. In 2011, for homes with piped gas, homeowners spent on average 50 cents per square foot per year. Owners of new homes spent 34 cents per square foot per year.

The 2011 data assessed results for water and trash bills.  For water bills, homeowners averaged 28 cents per square foot per year, while owners of new homes averaged 22 cents. For trash bills, the median for all homeowners was 15 cents per square foot per year, while the median for new construction was 13 cents per square foot per year.

The evidence supports the fact new homes offer substantial savings over the life of ownership. Due to these reduced operating costs, new homes can clearly offer more and better value.   Other savings include lower insurance bills: the median cost for all homeowners of property insurance is 39 cents per square foot, while it is only 31 cents per square foot for owners of new homes.  Future benefit may be an update to our current system of appraisals which could take into consideration a better value placed on new homes.

Thanks to new products and materials designed and manufactured with energy efficient features, we are able to design and build beautiful new homes which offer true value. The proof is in the numbers.


What’s New in Custom Homes? What Do You Need?

So, with all the buzz about new home trends, it seems the one consistency is, literally, needs! Thanks to innovation, technology and products that add value to a home, we are better able to build to suit than ever! Questions to be considered include: What do I need to live comfortably in my new home? What is my lifestyle/how do I want to use my home? How do my current needs mesh with my future? At its most basic, clients say they want their home to be easy to maintain, with a practical use for everything and to be easy to live in and enjoy!

What do today’s clients typically seek? Among the most popular: practical design features, like uninterrupted flow between rooms and less places to accumulate clutter. Need for comfort or ease, as less time is available (ironically) to take care of a home. Maintenance-free or low-maintenance products that are longer-lasting and less susceptible to wear and tear. Energy-efficient and practical appliances. Ways to use rooms throughout all stages of life as children grow up and move out (or move back in). Consideration for space for aging parents or visits from family and friends. Maximizing the enjoyment of their property.Use of cell phone or the Internet to control the elements and features.

People are also spending more time in their homes socially and professionally so they want to incorporate their social and professional needs into their home design. The result is increasingly new ways to use the space typically given “traditional” room spaces.

A few examples:

Kitchens are frequently a “hub” for entertaining, sometimes even eliminating the traditional “dining room”. An open floor-planned kitchen with ample counter space, ventilation and appliances can be the centerpiece of the entire house. They also are more “green”, with “recycling centers” which allow convenient ways to streamline a cleanup routine. You can even buy appliances which use an Internet-connected display which gives you access to all controls via Internet or cell phone. Desk and “homework” nooks are also popular additions.

Recent research states 1 in 5 people work from home. In fact, home offices ranked as the fourth most important feature in a new upscale home according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. These flexible spaces for home offices, also called “household planning/communication centers” are defined work spaces with custom cabinetry and outlets for technology ports.

Today, utility rooms are used for everything from laundry to storage to hobby or craft space, storage for household supplies or even as a mud room. These rooms maximize their potential by designing folding/hanging stations, hard surface flooring and a sink for easy clean-up along with convenient storage.

There are many ways to design for families and the so called “sandwich generation” (those caring for children and parents). One way is to build a common room for children- using “nooks” for storage, open space for activities, and areas for projects are designed with materials which are non-toxic, easy to clean and safety-rated. For retirees or those who have aging concerns, we can utilize features such as remote control movable shelves, wider doorways, or more lighting and control over light levels in rooms.

Understanding the ways homes have evolved from “traditional” to needs-based ensures a home you can live in comfortably and happily for many years to come. Palmer Company will take all your needs into consideration upon design; we will truly give you the home of your dreams (and needs!). Call us today at 410-544-3388 and let us show you how Our Name is our Distinction. Our Reputation is our Guarantee.