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Cost to Build a Net-Zero Energy Home in 2018

By | March 11th, 2018|Green Home Ideas, Green Living, Home Construction, Net Zero Energy Homes|

Every year, net zero homes are built across North America at costs about 10% higher than the price of energy-hungry homes built to code. That is a fact. Components of a net-zero energy home via Heartland Homes With energy savings of $125-$200 per month, zero-energy homes quickly recoup the extra cost involved. From that point, the ROI is 100%-plus! The Cost of a Zero Energy vs. Standard Homes Many are skeptical of the claims that zero-energy homes can be built affordably. The details are below, but here’s the bottom line, for today’s average 2,400 new-construction home: Standard home: $240,000 Net zero energy home: $263,500 Here it is by the square foot, so you can apply it to any size home you are considering: Standard home construction costs: $100/square foot Net zero energy home construction costs: $109.80/square foot Let’s see how this is done. We’ll look at: Green or Energy Star vs. Net-zero homes Costs common to all home construction Upgrades that allow a home to be energy-neutral Ways to save money on net zero home construction costs […]

Small House Movement: The Cost to Build a Tiny House – What to Expect?

By | August 18th, 2017|Design, Green Home Ideas, Green Living, Tiny Houses|

"Yea, I know what a tiny house is, I live in one." Many people who wake up every day in cramped living quarters feel like they ARE living in tiny homes. But there are folks, more and more as the years trickle by, who seek out smaller spaces, wanting a simpler, more efficient life. These [...]

Top 20 Big Ticket Home Improvement Ideas and Their Costs in 2017

By | February 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Decks and Porches, Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar, Green Living, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Remodeling Ideas|

Spring is just around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time to start planning to tackle your next major home improvement project! 😉 With that being said, here the top 20 big ticket home improvement ideas, plus their costs including materials and professional installation. 1. Building a Garage: Detached vs. Attached There is one important consideration to take into the account: building an attached vs. a detached garage. All things being equal a detached garage will cost more to build vs. an attached one. If you opt for a detached garage, expect to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 for labor and materials. But, on top of that, you may also have to plan additional expenses for plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating, if you want to use the garage for more than just storage purposes. The average cost to build a detached garage is $40 per sq. ft. […]