Clients often ask us during a custom home construction project how long a new home will last. What is the average lifespan of a modern house, anyways? Will your dwelling last for 50 years? A century? A Lifetime? This answer to these question is actually quite complex.
Homes can last for hundreds of years. In the U.S., homes from colonial times still stand erect. In Europe, homes from the middle ages are still around after more than half a millennium. However, while the structure itself can last for centuries, the individual components (e.g. roofing, foundation, etc.) may only last for several decades. Even historical homes that are hundreds of years old contain many relatively new and renovated parts.
For a home that can retain most of its original components, we recommend incorporating brick, concrete, and iron where possible. These can last upwards of 100 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
We also recommend these parts to increase longevity of individual dwelling components:
- Wooden floorboards
- Copper wiring
- Tile or natural stone countertops
- Fiberglass or fire-rated steel exterior doors
Other components, such as the appliances, garage door, and fixtures will last for 10 to 20 years.
More homes are proving their ability to withstand the test of time. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36% of homes in the country have been around since before 1960. This means one out of every three houses are reaching their sixth decade or beyond. Only 8% were built after 2000.
Contact Murphy Construction to begin a new home construction or custom remodeling on an existing home. Our testimonials show why we are one of Spokane’s most trusted home builders. The lifespan of a modern house will ensure enough longevity for you to pass to your children and their children.
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