One of the beauties of new construction homes, is that you are working with a blank canvas. In old homes, you CAN tear out some elements that don’t suit your fancy. But one element that is there to stay, is the concrete slab and foundation.
WITH OUR BLANK CANVAS, THERE WERE THREE THINGS THAT PARTICULARLY APPEALED TO US:
1. We could build a darn big house. When our neighbors home was originally built, it sat 45′ deep. The homes at 1600 Barclay are actually zoned that they can extend up to 60′ deep. We took full advantage of this and built a home that is 55′ in depth, which is quite spacious for Baltimore.
2. Since we started from scratch with these homes, we had the opportunity to embed radiant heating in the floors of our concrete slab. This was, no pun intended, a pipe dream of ours. The first time we got the idea was when we visited our buddy who has radiant in his bathroom floor. It was the middle of Winter and his Great Dane was splayed out across the floor taking a nap. That in itself was enough for us.