The City of Cambridge voted in favor of adopting the Stretch Energy Code on 12/21/09. The Stretch Energy Code went into effect 7/1/2010. New construction homes in the city of Cambridge will now need to achieve a Hers Rating of 55. If you need a Certified Hers Rater in Cambridge contact Hers Energy Raters based out of Millis, MA for all your home energy auditing needs.
Massachusetts home energy auditing company Hers Energy Raters offers expertise in the home energy field. In need of a Hers rater in Franklin, MA? Hers Energy Raters have you covered. Their core service offerings or as they call it their “Big 3” are blower door testing, HVAC duct leakage, and continuous mechanical ventilation. These services are at the forefront of this Millis based company.
Hers Energy Testing in Massachusetts
Hers Energy Raters take tremendous pride in reducing project costs, which is what they believe sets them apart from the competition. In addition to the effort they put into controlling project costs, they focus on the utility company rebates and incentives to help offset the modest fee’s they charge.
List of City/Towns That Have Adopted Stretch Energy Code and Require a Certified Hers Rater in Massachusetts
Abington, Acton, Acushnet, Adams, Agawam, Amesbury, Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ashfield, Ashland, Athol, Auburn, Ayer, Barre, Becket, Bedford, Belchertown, Belmont, Berlin. Bernardston, Beverly, Blackstone, Blandford, Bolton, Boston, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Brockton, Brookline, Buckland, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle, Charlton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Clarksburg, Cohasset, Concord, Conway, Cummington, Dalton, Dartmouth, Dedham, Deerfield, Douglas, Dover, Dudley, Duxbury, Easthampton, Easton, Egremont, Erving, Essex, Fitchburg, Franklin, Everett, Framingham, Gardner, Gill, Gloucester, Goshen, Grafton, Granby, Granville, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Hanson, Hardwick, Harvard, Hatfield, Hawley, Hinsdale, Holland, Holliston, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Huntington, Kingston, Lakeville, Lancaster, Lanesborough, Lawrence, Leicester, Lenox, Leominster, Leverett, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lowell, Lunenburg, Malden, Manchester, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mashpee, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Mendon, Middleborough, Middlefield, Millbury, Millis, Millville, Milton, Monson, Montague, Natick, New Bedford, New Braintree, New Salem, Newburyport, Norwell, Newton, North Adams, North Andover, Northampton, Northborough, Northbridge, Northfield, Orange, Palmer, Pelham, Pembroke, Pepperell, Petersham, Pittsfield, Plainfield, Plainville, Plympton, Provincetown, Quincy, Revere, Richmond, Rockland, Rockport, Rowe, Royalston, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Scituate, Sharon, Shelburne, Sherborn, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Shutesbury, Somerville, South Hadley, Southborough, Southbridge, Southampton, Springfield, Stockbridge, Stoneham, Stoughton, Stow, Sudbury, Sunderland, Sutton, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Tisbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Truro, Tyngsborough, Upton, Waltham, Ware, Warren, Warwick, Watertown, Wayland, Webster, Wellesley, Wellfleet, Wendell, Wenham, West Boylston, West Newbury, West Springfield, West Tisbury, Westfield, Westford, Westminster, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Whately, Whitman, Williamsburg, Williamstown, Winchendon, Winchester, Windsor, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester.
Congratulations you have arrived! After years of hard work and sacrifice you’re ready to build your dream home! Now it’s on to your next challenge, finding the best new home builder for your project. Just as important as choosing the design of your home, is finding local builders in Massachusetts with a track record of success. Choosing a reputable builder allows you the piece of mind to enjoy what should be one of the most exciting times in your adult life.
Why Build a Home with Us?
Are you looking for local builders with a track record of success? Come by our Harris Pond Village development see firsthand 60 homes built from the foundation up built by yours truly. The members of our company have built hundred’s of new construction homes in a number of Massachusetts communities. You can feel secure putting your hard earned money in our hands.
Energy Efficient Custom House Builders
With ten pre-designed homes, odds are we have something just right for you and your family. In the event you don’t like any of our Harris Pond Village home designs that’s just fine. We can build you a custom home designed to suit the needs of you and your family. One thing that is universal in all or homes is energy efficiency. All our homes are built with energy savings in mind, you won’t find any 2 x 4 construction in Harris Pond Village. We build our homes with 2 x 6 adding extra room for more insulation. Along with 2 x 6 construction we utilize the latest advances in building materials to save you money on your monthly energy bills.
We Understand Communication is Key to Being the Best Home Builder Possible
One of our focuses is on being great communicators. We are a local builder, and as a local builder we can offer you attention that many national home builders simply can not. The transparent communication we pride ourselves on, not only last during your build, but extends into your warranty period. The warranty period is where many national home builders fall short, as you can see by reading reviews about the majority of them. When we build your new house you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you can always find us right in the development at our model home.
Do you want to get started building your dream home? Start the conversation with us by visiting our contact page, we look forward to hearing from you.
Are you trying to find new build houses for sale in MA that are affordable, high quality, energy efficient, and in a desirable neighborhood. Well, everything your looking for can be found in our Harris Pond Village new housing development in Blackstone, MA. Finding and buying a new build home in Massachusetts doesn’t have to be hard, our honest and straight to the point approach makes getting in a new home easy. Building a new house should be a fun and exciting time for you and your family, our process makes sure it stays that way for the duration of your new home build.
Quick Move-in New Build Home Deals in MA
We typically have a few spec homes at different stages of construction. When we build our spec homes it’s common for us to to add in some free upgrades. The best part is we include these extra bells and whistles, and we still list the home at our base pricing. If your a bargain hunter than you might want to take a long hard look at our available spec homes. Listed below are spec homes we currently have for sale as of 03/10/16.
11 Meadow Lane – The Ranch Plan
Status: Move-in Ready
List Price: $419,900
Sq Footage: 1,785
One of our most popular home plans, this ranch design will has converted countless colonial seeking homebuyers to one story living. This beautiful home sits on a private treed lot and is extremely flat. Free upgrades including basement framed for future finish, upgraded kitchen and granite, upgraded lighting package, upgraded front entry door, and upgraded garage doors amounting to roughly $7,000 in FREE upgrades.
15 Meadow Lane – The Wellesley Plan
The largest home we offer in our Harris Pond Development, The Wellesley is a large flat front colonial with a spacious layout conducive to entertaining. This home sits on a private treed lot, and has a walkout basement in addition to half wall windows. Adding to the overall value of this beautiful home is over $10,000 in free upgrades throughout this new build house in Blackstone, MA.
9 Meadow Lane – The Pond View Plan
One of our best sellers The Pond View offers a unique layout with an open living concept. This under construction Pond View sits on a private treed lot with a gorgeous long distance view to the north. For those of you who have prioritized having a walk out basement this home offers just that.
New Build Homes for Sale MA
Not interested in one of our spec homes for sale? No worries, with 10 different home plans and the ability to customize our designs to suit your needs we can build your dream home from the foundation up.
New Build Properties for Sale MA
Trying to find the perfect spot to start your new home build in Massachusetts? Harris Pond Village a 109 house development, at the time of this blog post we have about 10 lots ready for you to build your dream home on.
If you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance your in search of brand new homes for sale in Massachusetts. When hunting for the perfect new housing development in MA to plant your family’s roots, be sure to perform your due diligence. Remember, this is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and shouldn’t be done hastily. Worry not, well cover in detail why choosing Independent Building Corp’s new home community Harris Pond Village could be the ideal choice for you!
We’re not to big to care about your problems, and that’s important!
Is it your first time building or buying a new construction house? A word of advice, be careful selecting your builder, you might absolutely love a community, but the new home you would be building in the community you adore is just as important. Putting in the time to do research on the builder could save you from making a huge mistake. Some of the major complaints with huge national home building companies is that they simply don’t care about you after you close, lack attention to detail, and long response times. Good ways to check the reputation of your builder include, checking their Facebook pages visitors posts, or Google search their name + reviews.
Here at Independent Building Corp. we pride ourselves on being a small builder. We typically build between ten to twenty homes per year in our Harris Pond Village subdivision. We stand firmly behind the quality of our homes, and if issue’s do arise you won’t get the corporate run around. What you will get, is direct contact with the owners/builders of the company to help resolve your problems.
Our Unique Location Offers Amazing Value
When measuring up new home developments against each other, more often than not location is one of the prevailing factors for home shoppers. Harris Pond Village is centrally located between Boston, Providence and Worcester in the town of Blackstone, Massachusetts. Our location in Blackstone, which is only a stones throw from the Bellingham border, offers the same short commutes while allowing you to get substantially more house compared to neighboring towns such as Wrentham, Franklin, and Bellingham. If you were to buy the same brand new energy efficient large colonial house in Wrentham or Franklin that we currently offer for $479,900 your going to have to spend well over $600,000.
It would be easy to assume with such massive savings that you would be sacrificing many things that your family values, such as a strong school system, safe community, and beautiful scenery. You can put those concerns on the back burner.
Blackstone Millville Regional High School is thriving in Statewide performance, which is proven by schooldigger.com’s rankings in which the school ranked higher than 73.7% of high schools in Massachusetts. In addition to the school’s high Statewide performance Blackstone Millville Regional High School has been thriving in MCAS testing as proven by the school ranking 79th out of 291 schools in the state in 2015. Over the past decade the schools MCAS scores have been on a steady rise and look poised for continued growth.
As our tagline states Harris Pond Village is “Where Country Beauty Meets Modern Convenience” and the town of Blackstone as a whole encompasses the same country beauty. Meandering stone walls and picturesque scenery make this historic town one of Massachusetts best kept secrets.
In addition to our close proximity to Boston, Providence, and Worcester new home development offers short commutes near Bellingham, Franklin, Wrentham, Milford, Mendon, Millville, Providence, Framingham, Woonsocket. Marlboro, Cumberland, Southbridge, Attleboro, Cranston, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Norton, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Smithfield, Grafton, Plainville, Foster, Greenville, Harrisville, Johnston, Lincoln, Grafton, Millbury, Pascoag, Burrillville, Glocester, Scituate.
Does Harris Pond Village Sound Like Home?
Come by our open house and walk through our striking model home, we also typically have a few spec homes for sale that are at various stages of construction. Let’s start the conversation on your new dream home. We have floorplans and available lots showcased on the website for our customers convenience, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want to setup an appointment.
Our model home in Harris Pond Village is open every weekend Saturdays and Sundays. Just in case you are having a hard time finding your way to our open house in Blackstone, Massachusetts, here’s a little picture tour of our model home(The Pond View) for your viewing pleasure.
The Living Room
Our Pond View model sports an open flowing first floor layout, while still defining key rooms. A gas fireplace with mantle pulls the spacious living room together. Gas fireplace, A style mantle, and hardwood floors come standard in the living room in our Pond View model.
All of our homes including The Pond View comes standard with a designer stainless steel appliance package that includes range, dishwasher, and microwave. Our stainless steel appliance package is paired with granite countertops, and your choice of cabinetry.
The Dining Room
An abundance of natural light brings life to the Pond View dining room. Energy star rated windows make sure you can enjoy the natural light without a draft. Custom molding pulls the room together adding a finishing touch of style to your formal dining room.
Tucked away in the front of the house away from all the commotion, we’ve added a small office/study to afford you the privacy to get down to business and focus on the task at hand.
The Master Bedroom
Jack and Jill Bedrooms + Bathroom
Looking for a great place to raise a family, and settle down without breaking the bank? The historic town of Blackstone, Massachusetts tends to fly under the radar, but offers homebuyers the chance to get more house for their hard earned dollar.
It’s come to our attention that Blackstone, Massachusetts might just be the state’s best kept secret. Often times, the families that now call Harris Pond Village home hadn’t even heard of Blackstone, and had no idea where it was. Our developments location in Blackstone is literally a minute drive from Bellingham, and you can get to Wrentham, Franklin, and Milford in around ten minutes. Harris Pond Village offers quick access to tons of great amenities and shopping centers.
2. More House for Your Money
Have you found the home of your dreams only to find out it’s way out of your budget? You can build the same large new construction colonial home in our Blackstone Development for around $160,000 less then you could build it for in Wrentham or Franklin. We would know, we just finished a large subdivision in Wrentham. It’s less than a ten minute ride between our Wrentham development and our Harris Pond Village development in Blackstone, yet you can build the same house for $479,900 here that goes for $639,900 in Wrentham.
3. School System
In 2015, Blackstone Millville Regional High School continued producing solid numbers in Statewide performance according to schooldigger.com the school ranked better than 73.7% of high schools in Massachusetts. Blackstone Millville Regional High School has been equally impressive in MCAS testing ranking 79th out of 291 schools in the state in 2015. The schools MCAS scores have been on a steady rise for the past decade and look poised for continued growth.
Don’t let Blackstone fly under your radar when looking for a terrific place to settle down and raise a family. Building your forever home here in Harris Pond Village offers you the chance to get more house for your money vs. surrounding towns like Wrentham, Franklin, and Bellingham. Typically, you might be settling for a sub-par school system, less than desirable neighborhood, and longer commutes in exchange for a lower price tag. However, our Blackstone location is only a stone’s throw away from Bellingham, and offers you Blackstone home pricing, while keeping you close to many desirable amenities. The school system is excellent, and the Harris Pond Village neighborhood encompasses the country beauty that Blackstone has to offer.
In-law suites have become increasingly popular in recent years across the country, and Massachusetts has certainly joined in on the fun. You may hear In-law suites referred to by a host of other names including: mother-in-law suites, granny flats, in-law apartments, secondary suites, and accessory apartments to name a few. You will hear planners refer to them as Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs for short. Call them what you wish, but the multi-generational living concept is experiencing rapid growth and is poised for continued growth well into the future.
Here are some pictures of our most recent in-law suite. It’s our Wellesley design with the in-law suite built off the back of the garage. For pictures of the main home you can view our Wellesley Listing by clicking here.
Adding a Mother-In-Law Suite is Mutually Beneficial
The benefits you get when adding an in-law suite to your new home build are extensive:
- As parents age and their children move out, many parents are fed up with the maintenance of their larger homes and are looking to downsize.
- Children feel comfort in knowing that they will be able to provide the best care for their parents as they grow older.
- Nursing homes and assisted living are expensive. An in-law apartment allows you to avoid those costly bills and lets your parents enjoy the comfort of living in their own home.
- The majority of children want to help their parents enjoy their golden years, but having everyone confined to one house can take a toll on even the strongest relationships. In-law apartments offer privacy for both parents and children alike.
- One shared mortgage means no secondary rent or senior living costs, saving both parents and children money.
- Two separate living quarters, but only one utility bill.
- Built in babysitter. The cost of childcare is through the roof these days. Why pay a fortune for daycare when your parents can watch the kids and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren?
- Whether you’re currently spending money purchasing plane tickets or filling your gas tank for family visits, you’ll surely enjoy saving time and money to make family memories happen.
- You can split the bill on home and yard care costs.
- The resale appeal. As mentioned earlier, multi-generational living is growing, but with a shortage of quality homes on the market that include in-law additions, future homebuyers with similar needs will appreciate what your home has to offer.
Why Build a New Construction Home Complete With an In-Law Apartment With Us?
Adding an In-Law apartment to your existing home isn’t always cut and dried. Sometimes, it may not be possible due to your local zoning ordinances. Depending on your home, adding an in-law apartment can become a lot more expensive than first anticipated. Is your septic tank in the way? Do you need to upgrade your electrical service? Are there enough parking spaces for everyone? On top of answering these types of questions, how much will the in-law apartment increase the property value of your home? If it increases the property value well beyond the rest of the neighborhood, then you’re probably going to have a hard time selling in the future.
With years of experience building new construction homes with in-law apartments, we know the proper steps to get the job done right. We’ve already completed several new homes with in-law apartments in our current development, Harris Pond Village, for many satisfied families. So why not avoid the headaches and let us handle everything from the permits to the finishing touches.
Savings, Value, and More Flexibility!
The homes in our Harris Pond Village neighborhood are built with cutting edge materials, green building best practices, and they adhere to the latest building codes. The result is lower energy bills, less maintenance, and a home that comes ready to be enjoyed. We believe that you should build your dream home, not spend your time fixing someone else’s. So forget old homes and their costly repairs. Go new with Independent Building Corporation, and avoid spending your weekends at the hardware store fixing up your “new” home.
We have some great news for anyone looking for a move-in ready home for sale. Whether your relocating for work or are just looking to expedite the process of getting into a new home we have you covered. Our spec home for sale 11 Meadow Lane located in Blackstone, Massachusetts is now move-in ready and waiting for a family to make it their forever home.
We’ve added several bells and whistles to this beautiful home. The floor plan is “The Blackstone” which is a ranch plan and has been among the most popular choices by homebuyers here in Harris Pond Village. 11 Meadow Lane has over $5,000 worth of builders upgrades included at our typical starting price of only $419,900, making this home a huge value to whoever snags it first.
- Kitchen & Granite
- Upgraded Lighting Package
- Basement Framed for Future Finish
- Front Entry Door
- Garage Doors
This home sits on a beautiful, private, treed lot 6 on scenic Meadow Lane, a flat backyard makes for the perfect area for entertaining family and friends. The basement as previously mentioned is already framed for future finish and additionally comes with half-wall windows adding natural light to the basement. Furthermore “The Blackstone” plan comes with a walk-up attic providing a huge space to finish or store all your extra belongings. If your looking for a home that has room to grow with your family then 11 Meadow Lane might be the perfect home for you!
Offering an open living concept “The Blackstone” gives off the feel of a much bigger home than the square footage would indicate. Kitchen, dining, and the living room all flow together seamlessly to create a great room that’s cozy enough for your family yet offers a fantastic space for entertaining family and friends for the holidays or the big game!
As part of the builders upgrades included absolutely free in this home, we’ve added a peninsula that’s the perfect addition to any home. The peninsula adds more counter space for prepping meals and we’ve added an overhang making it the perfect spot to setup stools for an additional eating area.
Three spacious bedrooms provide plenty of room for the whole family. The master bedroom has his and hers walk-in closets and a large master bathroom with double sinks and plenty of storage space.
The master bath isn’t the only bathroom in the house sporting a double vanity/sink, the family bathroom also comes with them. There should be no fighting over the bathroom in this home, even if you have a few teen girls in the house! On top of the master bath and family bath there is also a half bath when you first enter the home through the front door. A perfect bathroom for your homes guests.
These pictures can’t do this stunning home justice, come by our open house in Blackstone, Massachusetts every weekend Saturdays and Sundays and we would be glad to take you for a tour. Don’t wait to long though, this deal isn’t going to last long!
In today’s day and age, new construction homes are providing homebuyers with more value than ever before. It’s not difficult to figure out why most homebuyers prefer new homes. The majority of home buyers opt for new construction for the same few reasons.
1. Energy Savings
Compared to homes built just 10 years ago, today’s new construction homes are up too 30% more efficient! Your probably wondering how are today’s new homes so much more efficient. Cutting-edge energy efficient building products including superior insulation, windows, doors, furnaces, appliances and much more. Additionally, the building codes of today are much more stringent than those of 10 years ago. All these factors culminate in drastic savings over older homes.
2. Choose your Finishes
Let’s face it, everyone has their own sense of style, and finding an existing home that reflects yours can be a true test. Putting your unique design idea’s in to effect on a new construction home is no problem. From the countertops to the windows, door knobs, cabinets, paint colors, flooring, light fixtures, you can customize your new home and make it all your own.
3. Low Maintenance
New homes are built with materials and systems that have progressed by leaps and bounds in recent years. The result is less homeowner maintenance. When purchasing a used home your often on borrowed time before needing to invest in repairs on old products, leaving you regretfully reaching for your wallet.
4. Safety First
As parents, we’re always telling our kids the old adage “safety first”. When you opt for a new home no one can call you a hypocrite; today’s homes are safer than ever. State-of-the-art circuit breaks, electric garage doors with infrared beams that stop if a person or object is in it’s path, furnaces that use more eco-friendly coolants, and building materials comprised of less volatile compounds, make those living in new homes feel secure.
5. Choose your Layout
Every person and family have their own unique set of needs. Trying to find an existing home that has everything you want is an uphill battle more most. Building a new construction home offers the opportunity to get everything you want, exactly the way you want it. Whether you want to have a first floor master in a two story colonial, finished walk up attic, or a bar in the basement, your vision is within reach.
Are you a Builder or Realtor? Share our Info-Graphic with your followers using the share buttons below; or add the info-graphic to your website using the embed code below the share buttons.
Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below):