A few dozen times a year someone new will tell me they “really want their building to breathe.” Occasionally they are literally talking about fresh air ventilation in air-changes per hour (ACH) in which case I know what they really want is people inside the building to be able to breathe, the building only by extension. However, usually they really do mean the building itself. Since the building isn’t for the most part a living thing, why would they be so focused on a need to breathe? What do they mean? Then it dawns on me…
If you haven’t heard there is a housing shortage out there. Availability of existing homes is at an all-time low while prices are at a high which makes building new an increasingly desirable option for many families.
Not that it wasn’t pretty tempting already.
Building new offers a lot of benefits. These include the ability to customize the space to meet the needs of you and your family, greater efficiency (thanks in part to improved building codes) and less short-term maintenance.