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Since I spend most of my time speaking with great people who are looking at purchasing new homes, I have taken some time to compile a list of the top five things that I think are most important to anyone who is thinking about building a new Delaware home.


Whether you are a gourmet chef or a master of carry out, the kitchen is typically the “center” of the house.  Think about it- most of the time, when someone is entertaining, where do all the people gather?  In the kitchen.  At Statera Homes, how you live your life is at the center of how we design our plans.  Since life happens in the kitchen, then we think some special attention should be given to how to kitchens in our Delaware new homes.  Our kitchens are built locally by a Delaware based cabinet maker.  In the Statera process, you will have the opportunity to sit with our kitchen company and create the layout and features that you require- whether or not we show these options on our standard selection sheets.  This process may take a bit longer, but it also will create a space that is perfect for you.  There are some things we never seem to hear people say about their new home in Delaware- things like “this kitchen is too big” or “I don’t know what I will do with all of these cabinets”.


Technology seems to be invading more and more of the spaces in our lives.  The home is one of those spaces that has been resistant to this modern innovation.  A stick frame house hasn’t changed that much in the last 300 years.  At Statera Homes, we embrace technology in the Delaware new homes that we build.  From our self-programming thermostats to our LED lighting systems, we are able to deliver a home that is “smart” and able to work for you rather than CREATE work for you.  At Statera homes, we also create a new home that will be able to adapt to new technology in the future.  New home technology also plays a major role in energy efficiency, which is also a huge factor when it comes to new homes.  Nest-400x400The building business has become extremely competitive, and this results in better products for less.


Another thing I’ve never heard someone say is, “love the house, but it has too much storage”.  Storage is a lost art for most builders of new homes in Delaware.  Storage areas can’t be decorated to create the emotional connection that a builder is looking to create in order to close the sale.  Storage areas, however, make the home a much better space for living life, and Statera is going to make sure that storage is optimized throughout your new residence so that you can live in harmony with your stuff.

Maintenance Free

You want to live in your house- you don’t want to spend time working on the house.  At Statera Homes, we understand most people want to spend time in their home rather than spending time (working) on their home.  Any Delaware new home is intrinsically going to require less maintenance than a used home.  At the same time, a Statera home has the quality features that will allow it to perform for years to come without requiring lots of upkeep.  We spend a little more money make sure that the “systems” (HVAC, electric, and plumbing) are done with quality materials.  This leads to fewer repairs in the future.  No home is “maintenance free”, but a little quality can go a long way to keeping your home looking new for years to come.


This is America- we love new.  Lately, we seem to love new that looks old, but that’s another topic for another day.  We like new homes because they are something that is ours.  We also like them because a new Delaware home will likely have a lower cost of ownership.  Family-Room-webA new home built to current new home codes in Sussex County, Delaware, will be far more energy efficient than any home built five years ago.  When the real estate market fell off a cliff in Delaware (think 2008-2011), builders started offerings that were far better than what was built before.

There is a premium to be paid for building a new home, but that additional cost can be offset by other savings on the maintenance and energy usage when compared to a used home.

So, the team at Statera also has considerable experience in real estate, and we understand that the “true” numbers 1,2 and 3 should be “location, location and location”.  That part of Delaware real estate hasn’t changed, and it won’t.  “Where” is still ultimately more important than “what” for most people.

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About the Author:

Scott is the founder of Statera Homes. Scott lives in Lewes. He and his wife have three grown children and two wonderful dogs. Scott has over 14 years in new home construction and real estate development.