Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best Type of Heating System for Your New Home

We highly recommend radiant heat and most of our clients choose radiant heat for their new home. Radiant heat is the most popular central heating system on the market today.

So what is radiant heat? Heating tubes or panels, which can be installed in any type of floor system, are heated by either water pipes, electric elements, or air channels embedded in the channel. Water pipes are most popular, as they are very versatile and can be heated with virtually any utility, including natural gas, oil, propane, wood, solar or electricity. Air is warmed gently so hot air doesn't rise and stay at the ceiling. Unlike convective heating systems (forced hot air and baseboard), which may have significant temperature variations between the floor and ceiling, radiant heat varies only 2-4 degrees F.

Radiant heat not only increases comfort but also helps lower utility bills. Thermostat settings are kept lower while you stay cozy, multiple zones can be set up to regulate unused rooms, and the use of thermal mass for off-peak storage can all reduce energy bills.

An added benefit is improved air quality. Allergy sufferers notice a big difference with radiant heat, no big blasts of hot air stir up dust and dirt in the home. The result is a cleaner and healthier air.

Clean, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, safe and cost competitive, radiant heat is the way to go when you are building a new panelized home. There are a variety of different radiant heat brands, just do your research and make sure you find a good installer! If you would like to know the radiant heat companies our clients have used, give us a call today at 1-800-636-0993. Build your new home beautifully and energy efficient.

This Mascoma Lake home has radiant heat throughout the home

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Do I Need an Architect to Design My Home?

This is a question we often receive from our clients and the answer is not neccessarily. Some town and counties require your plans to be stamped by a licensed engineer or architect. Through our association with several engineering firms, we can meet this requirement.

Our design staff is led by President Jeff Davis, who has designed hundreds of homes over the years. Our  talented design team offers a wide range of knowledge and experience in home design and construction. Our design services will provide you a full set of plans including cross-sections, details and a foundation plan. We do not provide electrical or plumbing plans, but that can easily be done with your general contractor and subcontractors.

Our design services are affordable compared to using an outside architectural firm or designer. We require a deposit initially, but once you purchase your eSIPS panelized home package, we will credit your design funds back to you. If you are already working with an architect, we can work seamlessly with them.

To learn more about our design services and panelized homes, call us today at 1-800-636-0993!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Traditional Farmhouse Floor Plan

There is something about a farmhouse that is familiar and comforting. Traditional style farmhouses have been around for centuries and continue to be popular today. They are not just built for farm living any more; farmhouses are being built in the suburbs and many offer an up to date floor plan to suit modern day living.

At Davis Frame and eSIPS, we have developed a couple farmhouse floor plans. Both plans include open and spacious living to accommodate the needs of today's homeowners. 

Check out the Classic Farmhouse 1A plan below:

Our Classic Farmhouse 1A floor plan features a spacious and open layout. Upon entering the home through the farmer's porch, an open concept dining room and kitchen are located on the right and a large living room is to the left. A mud room and half bath are also located on the first floor.

The second floor features plenty of room for a growing family with a large hall that can be used as a study or entertainment area, two bedrooms that share a full bathroom and a luxurious master suite that features a full ensuite bath, walk-in closet and private sitting area.

Building the Classic Farmhouse 1A model with our eSIPS wall and roof system will provide you an energy efficient place to call home in half the time it takes to conventionally build a home.

To learn more about our panelized home packages, call us today at 1-800-636-0993!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Custom Panelized Home in Massachusetts

Our latest project is a new custom panelized home on the north shore of Massachusetts. The home was designed by S. Magnuson & Associates in Manchester, Massachusetts. The new home will feature over 7,000 square feet of living space and was designed with extended family in mind. 

eSIPS provided the wall panels, precut dimensional lumber for the roof and Eagle Windows for the new home.The wall panels yield an r-value of 20.

The new home's first floor plan will include a large living room, dining room, kitchen and a breakfast nook and sitting area off of the kitchen. Two guest suites are located on one side of the home and the luxurious master bedroom suite on the other.

The second floor will host two additional bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Above the garage, there is a guest apartment and includes a large living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

The builder is Caddis Construction, our Independent Representative for Eastern Massachusetts. Check out some of the construction photos below:

eSIPS panelized wall system features BioBased spray foam insulation

Conventional framing is being used for the roof system

A view of the wall system and the start of the conventional roof system

Interested in learning more about our panelized home system? Call us today at 1-800-636-0993!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Custom Designed Prefab Homes

Prefab homes often get the reputation of being cheap and built like a box. Every prefab home company is different, some ship their home kits in modules, while others ship wall and roof panels. Our prefab homes are shipped in panels and offer a high quality home that you wouldn't otherwise know was prefab. Prefab homes can resemble any home you see and can be custom designed. We have used our prefab eSIPS system to build barn style homes, custom designed homes and modern prefab homes. We can also incorporate timber framing into our eSIPS homes for those that are looking for the exposed wood look. Our eSIPS prefab system is versatile and can be used on any style home.

What makes our eSIPS building system customizable? Every eSIPS panelized home, garage and addition project starts as a 3D-CAD model and we design the structure according to our client's wants and needs. This model allows us to create a piece by piece list of lumber, sheathing, siding, roofing and insulation components needed for your new home. Each panel is cut to exacting tolerances. By using a CNC machine, we are able to eliminate mis-cuts and layout errors.

Check out the different style prefab homes we have manufactured below:

Barn home in Massachusetts

Custom designed lakeside home in NH
Custom design eSIPS home featuring Davis Frame timber framing

Our eSIPS wall and roof system was used on this Davis Timber Frame Home

If you are interested in learning more about what eSIPS has to offer, give us a call today by calling 1-800-636-0993 or visit our website: