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Should You Opt for LEDs for Your New Rochester-Area Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:08 PM

Should-you-opt-for-LEDs-for-your-new-Rochester-area-home_Trying to keep up with changing technology is a challenge—even when it comes to building a new home. These days there is more and more discussion about “smart” homes that control everything from your heating and cooling systems to your window shades and what music is playing throughout your home. 

Even in areas that you’d think are fairly straightforward—such as what kind of light bulbs to use—things aren’t always as simple as they seem. Not that long ago, we were hearing about how CFL bulbs were going to replace conventional incandescent bulbs. But LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology seems to have leaped over that technology as the preferred lighting style. So should your new home go LED? 

The benefits of LEDs over incandescent bulbs are pretty compelling. While most incandescent bulbs convert only 10 percent of the energy they use into light (the rest produces heat), LEDs turn 95 percent of energy into light. They’re simply much more efficient. They use less energy and they don’t generate unwanted heat. On top of that, they last much longer (the average life for Energy Star-certified LED bulbs is about 20 years). 

Will you pay more for LED bulbs? Initially, yes. But pricing on LED lights continues to drop, and over time, you’ll save money. You might pay $6 for a 60-watt equivalent bulb, but you’ll have your money back within a year. And when you think about not having to change that bulb for 20 years, the savings start adding up quickly. By the way, Energy Star™ estimates that switching just one bulb from incandescent to an Energy Star LED will reduce your energy consumption by 70 to 90 percent and save approximately $30 to $80 on utility bills over the lifetime of the bulb. 

Many homeowners also prefer the quality of light they get from LEDs to CFL bulbs and even traditional incandescent bulbs. The “cooler,” brighter light from LEDs is actually closer to natural light. We already mentioned that LEDs give off less heat than conventional bulbs, but that’s something to keep in mind if you have closed in spaces that need to be lit without generating a lot of heat. 

Should you opt for LED lighting throughout your new home? That’s a choice for you, but it’s helpful to begin thinking about the costs and benefits. Gerber Homes was one of the first builders in the Rochester area to become a certified Energy Star builder. We care about giving you the best products built, using smart, innovative and energy efficient construction techniques that add value to your home while saving you energy. We’re happy to talk to you about ideas for making your home more comfortable and energy efficient!

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Topics: Custom Homebuilding in Rochester Area, LED lighting, home lighting

How Long Do You Plan to Stay in Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 19:07 PM

How-long-do-you-plan-to-stay-in-your-home_One of the things your need to consider when building a new home is just how long you plan to stay in that home. There are a couple of reasons why this is an important question to answer. 

Financial Reasons: If you’re researching loans before you build, lenders will often ask this question. Your answer can determine which kind of loan—and what length of loan—is best for your and how much you’ll want to put down as a down payment. Most professionals still adhere to the conventional wisdom that you’ll want to stay in a home at least five to seven years before moving. It’s pretty hard to realize any financial gain if you stay for a shorter period than that. There is, however, another reason to think about how long you’ll be in your home. 

Changing Needs: If you’re planning to live in your new home for many years, your family’s needs are bound to change. A small bedroom that easily accommodates two small children now may not be adequate when those children reach adolescence. You may need more sleeping space in the future. And while your kids may love hanging out in the family room or Great Room with you to watch movies when they’re little, they may want some space of their own where they can be with their friends as they mature. 

Kids, however, aren’t the only ones whose needs can change. What if you decide to work from home? Will you have the space to set up a home office that lets you work efficiently? And what about when it’s time for you to retire? Will you want to deal with stairs and multiple levels each day, or will you want a home that allows you to live on a single level? Or what if your parents are no longer able to live in their own home—and don’t want to move to a retirement community? Will your house be able to accommodate them? 

Nobody can predict the future, but as you look at potential floor plans for your new home, keep those things in mind. Choosing a plan that offers you more flexibility down the road can be a wise investment in the future.

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Topics: Custom Homebuilding in Rochester Area, buying a new home, Planning ahead when planning your Rochester home

Multi-generational Homes: A Blend of Togetherness and Privacy

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 19:06 PM

Multi-generational-home-a-blend-of-togetherness-and-privacy_copy_2Many years ago multi-generational families living under one roof were a pretty common occurrence. It wasn’t at all unusual to have grandparents, parents, and kids sharing space. As American society became more mobile the trend was for families to become more independent and scattered. Like many trends, however, that one seems to have circled around. 

An increasing number of seniors are opting out of retirement communities and homes—preferring to stay in their own homes. AARP reports that 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Sometimes, that’s simply not practical. Home maintenance can be a real issue for more mature adults. Still, many seniors don’t want to live in a “facility,” they want to live at home. And often that means living with family. 

For many adult children of aging parents, having Mom and Dad nearby is preferable. They can help when it’s needed without extra trips. And when extra care is required, they’re right there. Plus, they get to enjoy the company of their parents.

Those over 65 and their children, however, aren’t the only ones who are looking at multi-generational living situations. There’s a whole younger generation that is still trying to figure out their way. Housing costs for those just beginning their careers can be more of a burden than they counted on. So a significant number of younger adults are returning home (even if it’s not the same house they grew up in). 

Not every home, however, is designed to accommodate multi-generational families. And while togetherness is a great thing, families need their privacy as well. That’s where homes specifically designed for multiple generations are ideal 

The Wainwright, for instance provides spacious single-level living that can accommodate more than one set of adults. The Guest Suite offers an ample bedroom with walk-in closet and adjoining bath and even a separate study. Families then share a common kitchen, dining room, breakfast niche, and great room.

For those wanting more space (and separate levels) The Walton is a great option. There is a separate “In-Law” space on the main level that includes bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen/nook. Whoever is on this level can prepare meals on their own—or join the rest of the family in the main kitchen.  The rest of the family can have their privacy upstairs where they have a Master Suite, two additional bedrooms, and even a Bonus room that can be a retreat for the immediate family to gather for entertainment.

Yet another single-level option is The Wainscott, which offers a three-car garage (to accommodate more drivers). There are Master Suites on opposite sides of the home. One Master Suite includes it’s own living room and kitchen with nook to make it a self-sufficient living area. Generations can enjoy as much—or as little interaction as they choose.

If multi-generational living is something you’re considering, you have options! It’s good to know that those options provide you with choices in style and size. And they allow for both togetherness and privacy whenever you need them.

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Topics: multi-generational homes in Rochester, in-law options, Custom Homebuilding in Rochester Area

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