Chip Trautman knows what sells homes. A realtor for more than 17 years, Trautman has come to rely on well-constructed, energy-efficient homes with Superior Walls basements for some of his fastest sales.
"In homes with Superior Walls precast concrete foundations I explain to the home buyers the extensive advantages they'll receive — more living space, a dampproof basement and added energy efficiency in their home," says Trautman, an associate broker with Gateway Realty, Inc. in Lancaster, Pa. "Once people are educated about these foundations, they definitely consider buying the house.
"I tell home buyers that these foundations are dryer and stronger than traditional block foundations. That's a superior value for them while living in the home, and then when they go to sell their home in the future."
How to Use a Basement
“Choosing a precast Xi™ or Xi Plus™ concrete foundation can make a tremendous difference in energy savings for a homeowner and provide a comfortable, damp-free basement that’s ideal for family activities throughout the year," says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls. "Your imagination is your only limitation when deciding what to do with a comfortable basement. I've heard of people using our basements for a pottery studio, a woodworker's workshop, a game room and a billiards area. One homeowner set up an entire model train railroad display in the basement and worked on his hobby throughout the year."
In speaking with builders across the country who have installed Superior Walls basements, Costello has discovered additional “active living” uses for basements, including:
- Adult relaxation zone &mdash including pool table, wet bar, air hockey and comfy seating areas
- Wine cellar and tasting area, complete with a bar area and sound system
- Woodworker shop area for serious woodworkers
- Home spa with gym equipment, massage chairs and an extra bathroom
- De-clutter zone for laundry and storage
“There’s nothing like the feeling of having extra living space in your home,” says Costello. “Whether you designate the space as a ‘children zone’ to remove clutter and noise from the rest of the house or use the space as a ‘hobby room,’ livable basements enhance our lives and homes.
“Comfortable, functional basement space adds so much value to a home. Realtors are correct in marketing a Superior Walls basement as a highlight feature in a home. These basements are beneficial in so many ways that a homebuyer will certainly see the short- and long-term value in purchasing a home that is constructed on a Superior Walls foundation."
Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting. Builders also benefit from saved job site time and labor when certified Superior Walls installation crews set the walls in place in less than one day, so that home construction can immediately begin the following day.
Each Superior Walls panel is custom made to the specifications of an individual home, including built-in openings for windows and doors. Pre-engineered access for wiring or small plumbing elements along with smart stud facing for easy drywall installation are included and help speed up the installation process.
Available nationwide through licensees in a variety of states, Superior Walls foundations have been installed since 1981 when the company introduced the original R-5 Superior Walls precast foundation system. Superior Walls products are the first and only foundation systems to have attained the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center, earning builders points on a project toward a National Green Building Certification. The company is a member of the International Code Council and the US Green Building Council. For more information, call 1-800-452-9255 or visit www.superiorwalls.comWebsite: www.superiorwalls.com