There are many reasons to consider building a custom home that relate to making life more comfortable or more enjoyable. Common reasons include the need for more space or just a desire to enjoy more modern features and comforts than may be available in older homes.
But there may also be some important health reasons to consider building a new, custom home, especially for families that include someone with respiratory health issues, such as allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or asthma. If you are considering the purchase of another home and you or a family member is currently dealing with a serious respiratory health issue, here are some very good reasons to consider building a custom home instead.
No traces of the former owners are left behind
One of the most important reasons for opting to build a custom home instead of purchasing an existing one is that there are no traces of the former owners left behind. This can be critically important to those who are extremely sensitive to any chemicals and substances that a former owner may have used in the home. Even a home that has been thoroughly cleaned can still include traces of:
- cigarette smoke
- cooking odors
- air fresheners and perfumes
- cleaning products
In addition, the previous owners may also have left behind problematic irritants and materials including human and pet dander, insect and rodent excrement and debris, or hidden areas of mold or mildew. In contrast, a new, custom-built home can be designed and built using new materials that are carefully selected to have a much lower risk of triggering respiratory illness or allergy symptoms.
Ventilation can be more easily optimized to support health issues
Allergy and respiratory illness sufferers are often more comfortable when they spend most of their time in spaces where specifically designed air filtration and ventilation equipment is in use. While it is possible to retrofit an existing home with an HVAC system that features hypoallergenic filtration and schedule frequent duct cleaning to lessen risks of contaminated air in the living spaces, the overall design of the home may not enhance the effect. When designing a custom home, however, the architect and builder can use information about the person's condition to determine design features that will best help create healthier air flow in the living areas of the home.
Building a custom home can also be beneficial for other health issues, including mobility and memory care needs. If you are interested in learning more about how building a custom home can help your family's health, take time to meet with a reputable custom home builder like Kreider & Diller Builders Inc in your area.