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Walters Homes Identifies 5 Top Trends in Residential ReBuild Projects
Local Builder Offers Standard Amenities, Upgrades that Add Value
Barnegat, N.J., Apr. 7, 2016– Rebuilding a home is an opportunity for residents to consider what amenities they need and want and what make sense for their current lifestyle, according to Matthew Gaudet-Walters, sales representative for Walters Homes.
For over 30 years, Walters has been building homes at the Jersey Shore. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the established developer began focusing on rebuilding homes in a more resilient, sustainable way. To date, Walters has reconstructed roughly 140 homes in coastal locations ranging from Little Egg Harbor Township to Manasquan.
“When people are rebuilding, they are looking to add the amenities they didn’t have in their last house,” said Danielle Edreff, design consultant at the Walters Homes Design Center in Barnegat. “We’re seeing a trend toward more lavish living, and people are investing in high-end upgrades that will add value to their homes.”
“On average, our typical customer undertaking a rebuild project will spend between $15,000 and $25,000 on upgrades,” said Edreff.
“Rebuilding a brand new home from the ground up is a great opportunity to add all the features and amenities you’ve always wanted,” said Gaudet-Walters. “It makes more sense than sinking a lot of money into renovating an older house.”
Gaudet–Walters breaks down five of the hottest trends in new home reconstruction projects at the Jersey Shore:
1. Kitchens are getting lots of attention these days from homeowners who want high–end appliances and luxurious finishes and materials. It’s the heart of any home and people expect creativity as well as functionality in the design.
“Walters’ current incentives are big favorites among our customers, adding even more value to their home at no extra cost,” said Edreff. “Design upgrades include granite kitchen countertops and hardwood floors. Since people are saving money on those upgrades, they’re opting for other popular extras such as painted and glazed cabinets and stainless-steel appliances.”
2. Open–concept layouts allow people to maximize every inch of a house. Interconnected kitchens, dining and living spaces create spacious layouts where homeowners can enjoy entertaining and spending time with family and friends.
“Whether it’s a primary residence or a vacation home, homeowners don’t want to waste space. To utilize every square foot, they build what they need and what is appropriate for their neighborhood,” said Gaudet-Walters. The developer offers dozens of floor plans with homes ranging in size from 500 square feet to more than 2,400 square feet. Each home is specifically crafted for a homeowner's existing lot.
3. Elevated homes are the new standard for building in flood zones and are changing the look of the Jersey Shore. Designs are efficient and functional, featuring up to nine foot elevations with enough extra space under the house to create room for parking, added storage or even outdoor living. Inside, the main living space tends to be on one level since many aging homeowners prefer not to deal with added flights of stairs.
“When we rebuild a home, we balance safety with aesthetics,” said Gaudet-Walters. “The first floor is raised on pressure treated pilings, 9’ above grade so that the structural members of a home are above harm’s way.”
4. Decks extend a home’s living space into the outdoors. Jersey Shore residents are capitalizing on their location by adding decks to the front, rear, as well as the roof of homes.
“At Walters, we design homes for coastal living,” said Gaudet-Walters. “We find that people who live or vacation at the shore want to spend most of their time outdoors. Over the years, we’ve tweaked our designs to incorporate customer feedback, and we’ve found that open and airy designs with decks are very popular. Decks give homes a nice aesthetic and they allow people to enjoy their water views and backyards.”
5. Energy efficiency is on most people’s wish list. Homes that are designed to maximize energy efficiency are good for the environment and the wallet by helping homeowners save on utility bills.
Walters Homes builds homes that are ENERGY STAR® CERTIFIED, offering construction features such as improved insulation, Andersen windows, high–efficiency heating and cooling, advanced lighting, programmable thermostats and tankless hot water heaters. In addition, Walters Homes are more comfortable and quieter because of tight air sealing and insulation.
For more information on ReBUILD, contact the Ortley Beach sales center at 732-793-0300 or the Beach Haven West office at 609-597-6999. For additional details on the company, visit www.waltershomes.com.
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