ST. LOUIS, June 25, 2013 – Many of the construction techniques and materials that make a Consort Home a superior investment aren’t even visible once the home is completed. This St Louis new home builder has been twice recognized by the National Association of Home Builders as one of the handful of builders to achieve “Highest Distinction in Customer Satisfaction,” Consort Homes’ “responsible approach” to homebuilding assures customers of a quality-built, comfortable, energy-efficient home that will retain its value for years to come.
So, what are some of the “hidden” assets built into every new Consort Home? The St Louis based company’s attention to detail starts at the foundation stage with Gray-Coat waterproofing, a fluid-applied latexmembrane that prevents permeation of moisture and vapor through the foundation.
Only select lumber is used for framing, and each home is wrapped with Tyvek® – a high-qualityproduct with a 25-year reputation for effective protection against the elements. Unlike many new home builders in St Louis, Consort wraps the entire home, including the gables and garage, and installs the house wrap properly, keeping moisture out yet allowing the home to “breathe.”
Reducing heat transfer and air leakage translates to more comfortable living space and can have an appreciable effect on utility costs. Consort Homes’ R-38 atticinsulation is two to four inches thicker than standard and fully extended into the corners. A comprehensive sealing package adds still more protection where typical insulation is not an option, for example, around electrical runs and outlets.
Basement bandboards are insulated with two inches of close-cellspray foam, which prevents air infiltration and the likelihood of condensation. Windows are correctly taped and flashed, protecting against drafts and moisture intrusion, and exterior outlets, dryer vents, and coach light wiring are enclosed, secured, and taped.
Inside the home, plumbing runs are installed in TJI floor joists, an engineered product that provides greater strength and consistency than dimensional lumber. On the main level, plumbing is encased between two framed walls, one load-bearing, the other “sacrificial.” Adding structural integrity and space for mechanical systems, this construction technique also allows for insulation around the plumbing.
One thing that can be seen but sometimes goes unnoticed with new home construction is continuous ridge venting of the roof, which provides better attic ventilation while reducing maintenance and the chance of leaks. And enclosed, vented soffits minimize moisture build-up and protect against wood rot and insect infestation.
For more details on the built-in value of a new home from Consort Homes and a complete listing of the firm’s 15 communities throughout the metro region, visit www.consort-homes.com.