When the question comes up "Is a new home better than an existing one" the answer is not a simple yes or no. It all depends on what you're looking for in a home. Do you want the authenticity of an "antique" house? If so, you won't be able to duplicate this in new construction. The patina of a 100 or 200 - year old house just simply cannot be replicated. On the other hand, if you want the look and feel of an antique home but also want the energy efficiency and construction advancements of a new home- then yes, this can be achieved through new construction. And, of course building "new" is always an option for every architectural style--from colonial to the most modern design.
There are many ways to "build new" but look "authentic." Start with an architectural plan that draws from an historic period. In Litchfield County that might include the ever-popular center- hall or Saltbox Colonial, the New England Farmhouse, or a Federal-style plan. The exterior of your house plan should incorporate the forms of the originals, such as window and door types, columns, rooflines, and embellishments such as cornices, trim, or fascia boards. From there, you can move to the interior plan and incorporate many "authentic" elements.
Building codes get updated and raise the bar every so many years. Compared to even 25 years ago there have been lots of changes. Many new homes today include features not even available 25 years ago, low E argon filled double pane glass, high density insulation this provides greater R-value in the same size cavity, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, engineered lumber for better performance.
New construction offers many pluses. Today's building codes require a higher standard of construction than, say, even 25 years ago. The overall insulation package and methods of installation have dramatically changes making for a much better insulation envelope that lowers your heating bill and increases the overall comfort by eliminating drafts. Water and ice barriers used prior to the installation of the roof shingles eliminate water damage due to ice dams at the eaves and in the valleys of a roof. Ridge vents instead of the old fashioned gable vents do a much better job of ventilating the attic, lowering your cooling bill in the summer.
The final added bonus when purchasing new construction is a 1 year builder warranty on your home. During the first year any callbacks (outside of regular maintenance items) are the responsibility of the builder. Beyond that many parts have longer manufacturers warranties.
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