In this edition of " Do You Know Your Home? " we're reviewing the exterior wall materials that improve your new home's comfort and efficiency. If you've visited Sawmill Ridge while on the search for your new home, you may have noticed the ZIP System® green exterior walls covering the new construction prior to siding installation. Lewis Builders trusts the ZIP System to provide superior weather proofing characteristics that will not only protect the structural integrity of your home, but also save you money when it comes to energy costs. If you would like to understand how, lets first go over some terminology.
Achieving a "Tight House" (Also, What Is a "Tight House"?)
So, a "tight house" refers to a home with a superior level of insulation that prevents energy from infiltrating through the house. There are several contributing factors to achieving a tight house including a correctly installed foundation and a solid roof but a major factor lies in the exterior wall installation.
Here in New Hampshire, the weather is unpredictable and always changing. While you might be thinking of the weather that will affect your home over time or during those harsh winters (while you are living in it), weather can play a big part in affecting the very construction of your home.
While building a house has become much more efficient, it is still a process that takes weeks if not months. Over the course of this time, moisture and weather can affect the overall tightness of a house if not kept at bay.
Securing the exterior walls and roofing with a moisture barrier in a timely manner can play a big role in achieving a tight house. This is a key component in Lewis Builders construction that also allows our teams to promptly start work on the interior, free from the elements and moisture.
Where do you start when you want to pay tribute to those who have served our country on Veterans Day? You may decide to donate to a charity, but with so many out there, which one would you choose? You could volunteer at an organization, but which would you commit to?
Not sure where to start? At Lewis Builders, the veterans who have served this country are important to us. We have several on our staff who shared their thoughts on how people can show their support on veterans' day. Here's what they had to say:
Are you a Sawmill Ridge resident looking for a location to host a special occasion? Want to start a resident yoga or exercise class? Or are you simply interested in a common area where you can meet and become friendly with your neighbors? The Sawmill Ridge Community Center offers the space for you to do those things and so much more.
Located in the heart of the condominium community, the Sawmill Ridge Community Center offers unit owners the perfect location to host events of all varieties in either the main function room or perhaps one of the smaller meeting rooms.
"We at Lewis Builders Development are excited to be able to offer this community center as an amenity to the residents of Sawmill Ridge," said Josh Manning, General Manager of Lewis Builders Development. "We know how important community spaces are, so we're happy to have this facility where people can come together, meet their neighbors, celebrate different life events or just relax in a quiet atmosphere."
The patio area is furnished with two round wrought iron tables overlooking the community garden, perfect for relaxing with a cold drink and soaking in some sunshine spring, summer, and fall. The landscape surrounding the Community Center provides space for backyard games and is great for hosting a barbecue.
The modern kitchen is designed with generous storage in stylish white cabinetry and complimented with ample quartz countertops. Residents have a convenient pass through to the function area, where the kitchen is equipped with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances including a spacious refrigerator, a 5-burner gas range, dishwasher and microwave complete this working kitchen. The bar top provides a great serving area for a buffet or a casual seating area to entertain guests.
The smaller meeting rooms could be used as office space, a library reading room, fitness center…..the rooms are like a blank canvas; you can make of the space any way you want!
There are also two handicap-accessible bathrooms and plenty of space in the hall to hang coats and hats.
The main function area in the community center is spacious and perfect for hosting a larger event. Dress the room up for a bridal shower, invite your loved ones for a christening reception, or host your spouse’s next birthday party there. The room features, air conditioning, multiple ceiling fans, a gas fireplace, a Vizio 4K smart television, and a Google Home Smart Speaker & Home Assistant. These amenities create an interactive space appropriate for gatherings like watching major sports games, movie nights, baby showers, and family holiday parties.
"We're excited for the residents to utilize the space because we know amenities like the community center can really bring people together, which is something we've always promoted in the communities we build,” said Manning.
Browse through our slideshow for a look of the layout of the Community Center. Visit Sawmill Ridge to learn more about the other fantastic amenities available in the condo community, and feel free to stop by our on-site office to learn more. You can also read our page on five great reasons to live at Sawmill Ridge for more information on our development.
When it comes to your heating bills, you don't have to sweat when it comes to high prices. There are ways that homeowners can brace for the changing seasons and still save money on their energy bills.
These simple tips may small, but over time, they will help garner big savings. From heating to cooling, water heaters to appliances, learn how to save energy in your home and take the heat off of your wallet with these 6 energy saving tips.
About 12% of your home electricity consumption comes from the use of light bulbs. Imagine the cost savings when you change out those incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. By just replacing five of your home's most frequently used lights with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR bulbs, you could save $75 a year in energy costs and much more over the course of the bulb's life.
Air cooling consumes about 13% of your home electricity use, but there are a number of ways you can lower that percentage without feeling the heat!
Ceiling Fans create a "wind chill" effect, allowing you to raise your thermostat temperature by 4 degrees while still feeling just as cool. Avoid using major appliances during the hours when the temperature is at its highest. Gadgets such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and hot water heaters all add to the heat in your home while running. Finally, remember that lights generate heat. Use LED's or leave lights off and use natural sunlight as long as you feel comfortable.
The town of Atkinson is one of New Hampshire's best kept secrets. Hidden amongst the pines along the southern edge of the Granite State, Atkinson boasts quaint, comfortable neighborhoods surrounded by a thriving economy. We at Lewis Builders Development pride ourselves in being part of Atkinson's great history—after all, we have called this town our home for almost 60 years!
Atkinson has it all: location, restaurants, schools, parks, and much more. Whether you're looking for a place to start a family or a relaxing town for your retirement , you'll find Atkinson offers a little something for everybody. Let's explore this quaint New England town from the Sawmill Swamp to Atkinson Resort and Country Club, and from America's Stonehenge to Collins Park.
Is it time for you to move? Have you ever assessed new housing options and asked yourself, "is condo living right for me"? No matter what reasons you have for reconsidering your current living situation, condominiums can offer housing solutions that might suit you just right. Condos share some of the essential freedoms that homeowners accrue while enjoying the low maintenance typically found with apartments.
Generally, condos come in a variety of different models: they can be ranch-style houses, split-level homes, low-rise buildings, townhouses, “mixed use” buildings, and more. Condos can be bought brand new or they can be resold or converted from apartments and old factories. In addition to the change of scenery, condo homeowners can gain a new and exciting community in which you can live in.
Change can be tough, and deciding on where to move will require a little bit of research. That’s why we at Lewis Builders Development wanted to explore reasons prospective buyers might want to become part of a condominium community. From exterior maintenance relief to adopting a larger community, condo living might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
1.) Seeking Community Lifestyle
Condominiums are developed as a community. Some complexes share unique ownership perks such as a fitness center, meditation rooms, libraries, and other types of utility rooms. Our Sawmill Ridge property offers great communal amenities such as a community center, RV Parking and Storage, a community garden area, and wooded walking trails. Amenities encourage owners to network within their community, meet their neighbors, share space, and enjoy each other's company.
2.) Need Relief from Exterior Maintenance
Several single-family homeowners grow frustrated with maintaining everything that goes into a home. With a condo, you won't have to waste time or energy with constant up-keep. At Sawmill Ridge, our exterior maintenance crew will provide services on the exterior of your home from lawn care to plowing snow. This way, you can circumvent those laborious chores, and spend some well-deserved time enjoying a fresh cup of coffee and the newspaper.
3.) Want More Control Over the Neighborhood
Most condo associations implement rules and regulations that owners must abide by to live in the community. This will prevent your neighbors from placing tasteless ornaments on their lawns or adding anything unsavory to their decks and patios. At Lewis Builders properties, residents have the freedom to voice their opinions on implementing rules and regulations by consulting management or attending the association meetings within the community. Rules can be added and adjusted as the need arises by an association vote and amended by the Board of Directors.
4) Adapting to Personal Life Changes
Are you undergoing some personal life changes and looking to downsize? Have the kids finally moved out of your home? Are you retired and working to refinance your budget? These are all reasons people choose to move on to condo ownership. Becoming a condo owner can help ease the burden of any lifestyle transition that comes your way. Additionally, with maintenance covered, you’ll be able to afford more space to do the things you love and enjoy the ‘me time’ that you deserve.
Just because you’re downsizing doesn’t meant that you’re alone. Hundreds of people are choosing to move to condominiums to build a community and enjoy moments of peace whenever you decide to have them.
At Lewis Builders Development, we take pride in the neighborhoods we create. The Sawmill Ridge Condominium community in Atkinson, NH is our newest development and we are proud to say it has taken shape nicely. Let's introduce this property by listing five wonderful reasons to live in this community.