Beechen & Dill Hard Hat Tour Shows Nuts and Bolts of New Home

May 18, 2012

Lot 42
The Hard Hat Tour presented by Beechen & Dill and the SSHBA Sales and marketing Council took place at Creekside Estates South in Lockport on Thursday, May 17. The event was both an exciting and educational success.

Ed Kubiak, director of construction for Beechen & Dill, gave an informative presentation that focused on the methods used by builders in constructing high quality, energy-efficient homes. The site of the presentation, lot #42 at Creekside Estates South, is still in production and offered an eye-opening look at what goes on behind the walls of a new home.

Beechen & Dill have a solid record of building Green homes that are ahead of the curve in terms of quality, luxury and energy-efficiency. Some of the insights given during the presentation included the company’s use of:

  • Special framing techniques such as a continuous air barrier and sealing of penetrations to help reduce internal leaks and drafts. As Kubaik explained, “If you see light coming through anywhere in your home, then air is coming through.” These framing techniques tighten the house up to ensure that air flow is of high quality and outside air is restricted.
  • Using “Right-Sized” HVAC equipment to enhance insulation techniques used to help minimize voids and gaps and Beechen and Dill’s use of higher thermal properties (R-value), which add to energy efficiency.
  • Fresh air ventilation systems are employed to filter fresh air to help reduce dust, odors, allergies and indoor contaminants for improved indoor air quality.
  • The use of improved thermal systems such as Low-E windows and insulation that is in contact with the air barrier to reduce the potential for moisture build-up.Interior of home at Hard Hat Tour

These efficient elements of home construction offer advancements in both quality and property value yet many potential home buyers don’t always understand the full upside of buying a new energy-efficient home.

“Its fun when you’re working with someone who is comparing building a new home to buying a 10 or 20 year old home,” explained Kubiak. “They may be getting a great deal on the used home because it’s being foreclosed on or it’s a short sale. But when you look at the nuts and bolts, the guts of the home, there is a big difference. With a new house, you know exactly what you’re going to get. You personalize it yourself. It’s solid from top to bottom and you’re going to get better equity in a new house compared to an older home.”

To learn more about Creekside Estates South in the Chicago suburb of Lockport, visit their website.



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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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