What others consider extra, we consider standard! There are many things that Whitestone does differently than other local builders.
Here are the 12 reasons why we are different from everyone else:
- Engineered Floor Truss vs. 2x10s. Engineered I-Joists were developed to replace dimensional lumber in floor systems and can also be used to frame some types of roof systems. They are less susceptible to shrinkage, and therefore they are more dimensionally stable.
- Heat Pumps. Heat Pumps provide both heating and cooling. They are currently the most cost-effective form of heating using electricity, upwards of 300% efficient.
- Insulated Sheathing. In cold climates, the use of exterior rigid insulation sheathing boards has been a method of increasing thermal performance of the enclosure, thereby eliminating thermal bridging, as well as a means of reducing the condensation potential within exterior wall assemblies.
- Certified “Aging in Place” Program.Many of our homes are built with the Universal Design model in mind, making everything in the home accessible to all people with or without functional limitations.
- Backwater Flow Valves. A backwater valve automatically senses a reverse flow (either water or sewage flowing the wrong direction)
- Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems. The use of a heat exchanger recovers heat energy wasted in various activities such as such was washing clothes and dishes and showering.
- Electrical Outlets In Eaves. It’s not something you notice right away, but when you do, you’ll immediately see the value of having electrical outlets in the eaves of your home. This feature is not an extra feature; they are standard with every Whitestone home. Put up those holiday lights and put away those frustrating extension cords.
- PointSIX Durastrand Flooring. Whitestone uses PointSIX Durastrand Flooring in all its new-home builds, completely eliminating the hassle and expense of leveling imperfections in the subfloor. It features a precise tongue-and-groove profile for a secure fit and is APA-approved for structural integrity.
- Raised Heel Trusses. Combined with a properly designed attic ventilation system and some well-placed air sealing, a roof framed with raised-heel trusses reduce the temperature pressure difference between the conditioned living space and the unconditioned attic area, thereby reducing thermal transfer (or heat loss) between those spaces.
- Solar Ready. A solar ready structure is designed to be prepared for simple solar installation, even if the connections are not being fitted at the time of construction.
- Heat Recovery Ventilators. HRV’s provide fresh air and improved climate control while also saving energy by reducing heating (and cooling) requirements.
- Finished Basements. Flooring, trim work and customizable paint colour are just a few key features that transform your basement into an additional living level of your home.