Customer Feature: Home Construction for Aging in Place a Growing Trend

Today, there are more than 46 million adults age 65 and older living in the U.S. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, within the next decade one in every five residents will be retirement age. People are living longer than ever, and more of them want to remain able to live in their own homes as long as possible. Forward-thinking adults and builders are working together to create homes that are designed to achieve this goal. Long-time Harbin customer Sandstone Custom Homes recently completed their latest home designed for Aging in Place for a couple relocating to be closer to their family. The exterior of the two-story with full basement home is built to be very low maintenance without sacrificing style or quality. A combination of brick, stone, concrete siding, vinyl windows, vinyl shutters, and fiberglass doors used on the residence are aesthetically pleasing in their design while requiring little to no upkeep. Stepping inside the beautiful home, it’s not immediately noticeable that the home was designed for wheelchair accessibility, decreased mobility or that it includes safety features in place in the event a resident develops cognitive impairment such as dementia. Upon closer inspection, there are hundreds of adjustments that were made to accommodate any number of age-related impairments that might eventually be present. Beginning in the entryway, the eye is drawn to gleaming wood floors. But those floors are engineered hardwood, and that’s because...

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Imery Group Builds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

What would it be like to never pay a power bill again? Mark Kuntz, chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, is well on his way to finding out. With a passion for high-performance building, Kuntz decided to put his knowledge to the test after buying an 11-acre property in Monroe, Georgia. Looking to build a home that would consume zero energy, incur no debt and utilize long-lasting materials, Kuntz set his sights on designing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home.   Harbin customer, custom home builder and energy rater, Imery Group, was selected for the job. Imery Group has been installing Mitsubishi Electric HVAC equipment since 2011 and is dedicated to the green building movement. “Everything we do as a company focuses on value and quality. Not only the economic value of a high-performance building but the social and environmental values to the greater community as well,” said Luis Imery, owner, Imery Group. After assessing Kuntz’s goals and the property, the team set their sights on building a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. “This home recognition essentially means that we maximized our efforts and did everything we could to make the house as healthy and energy efficient as possible, prior to the incorporation of renewable energy,” explained Imery. With these criteria in mind, the project team planned the thermal envelope and mechanical system design for the 1,863-square-foot, two-story home.   “For a home like this, you always start with the building envelope: the exterior walls, the roof and the foundation...

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3D Virtual Tours of Homes Increasing in Popularity Among Builders

Use of 3D virtual home tours is increasing in popularity among new home builders, based on observations by the Harbin Lumber team.  Over the last couple of years 3D virtual home tours have been used frequently among real estate agents, but home builders are seeing the benefits in the newer technologies as well. Harbin Lumber customer Tomorrow’s Homes shared an example of one of their 3D Virtual home tours, created by TURNPRO Media.  We are having far too much fun navigating around the rooms and checking out the different views of this four bedroom, three bath home in Elberton, Georgia. Click on the image below to take the tour (best viewed on a smartphone, in Google Chrome and other options seen here).  There are multiple views available, including  dollhouse, floor plan, and viewpoints from each room.  What a great way for home builders to showcase their work!  We will always love photos and video as well, but being able to virtually “walk around” and check out all the beautiful features of the home is impressive.  Thanks for sharing the tour with us, Tomorrow’s Homes! ...

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