On slabs, we use 3500 PSI concrete with mesh. Code is 2500
We do a vapor barrier which keeps moisture from coming up through slab.
We use a 50 gallon water heater. This insures plenty of hot water is available.
Our air conditioners have a seer of 14 to 15. standard new homes get a 13.
Most of our homes have multiple ceiling levels, with our higher end having a living and master that has got double pop -ups with 3 layers of crown.
Our higher end homes will normally have out side fire places and over sized back porches giving you lots of space for entertaining folks.
Our higher end homes will normally come with yard sprinkler systems eliminating you having to spend time watering your grass
Our country homes will usually have 20,000 plus feet of sod
Our counter tops will be 3 centimeters instead of 2 which gives you a lot nicer look
We use bull nose corners in all of our homes and hand texture on walls and ceilings.
Most of our homes will have a lot of stone and stucco trim to insure the finest look with the most "WOW factor".
Our exterior doors are "stain grade fiberglass" which will last a life time
All of our bed rooms are pre-wired for ceiling fans
What goes in to a 2 K Home?
Our homes have the highest energy package available . We utilize 3rd party certification to verify that its constructed right to get the most efficient energy consumption possible. When finished, we have our homes tested by an independent energy rating company. The test result gives us a HERS score. this score tells us how efficient that particular home is. the "HERS" rating for a normal code built new home is 100. Anything below that gives you an indication of how much less energy that home will use. Most of our homes score in the mid 50's. At a hers of 50, that indicates that particular home will cost 50% of what a normal new home would cost to heat and cool.
To get the most efficient home, we start with insulating the stem-wall which is part of the slab. This keeps heat from going outside through the floor. Once the house is framed, we do a "super seal" of the out side wall. If we are doing a "blown insulation" we then seal all of the interior wall and ceiling perforations to make the home super tight. If we do "Roof Foam", we do not do that. Instead the roof of the house is sealed and insulated using foam. This is a more expensive energy package but is a better product than doing the blown insulation according to the experts in energy conservation. Our windows are a high efficiency window which is another factor in using less energy to heat and cool the house. A foam roof house is tighter and lets less air come into the house, there by reducing the amount of dust and pollen infiltration. In a foam house, the attic is normally 5 to 10 degrees different than the interior of the home is. In both cases of our energy package, all duct work is sealed and reduces any air loss insuring that the air being pumped through the system gets to where its supposed to go. we use gas for heating and utilize a 95% gas furnace. Standard is an 80% unit. This means it is a lot more efficient than a standard unit.