Do You Know Your Home - Exterior Walls

  • By Lewis Builders Development
  • 12 Dec, 2017

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. 

Next, Let's   Explain  What a ZIP System Actually Is  

Bear with us while we explain the technical stuff. The ZIP System® sheathing and tape offers builders a unique solution to traditional roof and wall systems by utilizing a built-in energy-efficient, water-resistive barrier that reduces air leakage and provides outstanding moisture management. 

The ZIP System offers a streamlined installation process that requires only one person to tape together, making jobs easier and more efficient for siding installation. Unlike traditional house wrap, which requires multiple crew members and a lot of time and attention to install, the ZIP System offers quick and easy solutions that weatherproof your home. This material only one installer to tape the system and create an air and moisture barrier. 

The housing wrap can be very sloppy, especially if the builders are applying it when the weather is bad. Moisture can trap itself inside the house and cause molding and weathering of the support beams. The ZIP System offers a great solution, not only because it requires half the man power and is easier to install, but it also provides virtually instantaneous resistance, regardless of what the weather conditions are like when it's installed. 

Additionally, it seals air inside the home as well, which can save you up to 40% in energy costs and allows you to retain heat for much longer inside your home. 

Now for The Good Part: Why This Matters to You 

While some other builders may choose to use the ZIP System sheathing, Lewis Builders has gone a step further with our insulation process in the homes at Sawmill Ridge. 

Most builders will use R-21 insulation inside the wall studs, then use the ZIP System sheathing over it all. Unfortunately, the wood studs carry little resistance against heat flow, and energy can easily escape through them. 

That is why Lewis Builders uses R-21 fiberglass insulation in our walls and an additional R-6 insulated Zip wallboard. The board utilizes a panel thickness of 1" and incorporates polyisocyanurate foam insulation integrated in the back of the panels. The board is layered in between the fiberglass and the ZIP System sheathing, offering both a greater resistance to heat flow and a protective layer over the exposed wall studs. 

The result is saving more money towards energy cost due to increased thermal performance and minimal thermal bridging. According to Electricity Local , the state-wide average for electrical cost comes to $99 a month. Thanks to our ZIP System process, Sawmill Ridge homes average out to $44  a month. That means you can stay cozy this winter without being left in the cold to pay high energy prices. 

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of the ZIP wallboard, check out this informational video put together by Huber Engineered Woods

The homes at Sawmill Ridge host numerous features that set them apart from other housing developments. Stay tuned for our next post in this series where we talk about the interior walls. 

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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. 

By Lewis Builders Development 22 Nov, 2017
FINALLY! It took a lot of effort, but we refrained from early holiday planning long enough. It's time to start thinking about Christmas!

Lewis Builders Development has come up with a comprehensive list for activities in the area. Whether you're new in town or you're looking to shake things up with your family's Christmas traditions, there is no shortage of exciting activities to do around the area. Concerts, plays, festivals, tree lightings, and more are all including here. Check it out!
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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:

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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.

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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. 

Lighting  

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. 
 
Cooling  

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. 

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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.    

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