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Safety First: Essential Security Measures for Your Owner-Built Home

By April 24, 2024Uncategorized

Building your own custom home is an incredibly rewarding experience. As you go about building your dream home, prioritizing safety and security is paramount. While the excitement of construction takes center stage, taking proactive measures to safeguard your investment from the get-go is essential. A secure home provides peace of mind, protects your belongings, and deters potential break-ins. This blog post delves into some essential security measures you can integrate during the construction phase of your owner-built home.

Building a Secure Foundation

Security starts from the ground up. Here are key considerations during the construction phase:

  • Secure Building Materials: Store building materials like lumber, tools, and appliances securely on-site. Consider using a locked storage container or shed to deter theft and vandalism.
  • Temporary Fencing: Erect a temporary fence around the construction perimeter to control access and deter unauthorized entry. Secure the fence with sturdy locks and consider signage warning of potential hazards.

Door and Window Security

Entry points are prime targets for potential intruders. Here’s how to fortify them:

  • Solid Core Doors: Opt for solid core doors for your home’s main entrance and vulnerable points like back doors and garage entrances. Solid-core doors provide superior strength compared to hollow-core alternatives.
  • High-Security Door Hardware: Install high-security deadbolts with at least a 1-inch throw (the depth the bolt extends into the frame) on all exterior doors. Consider adding strike plates to reinforce the door frame where the deadbolt meets.
  • Reinforced Door Jambs: Reinforce door jambs with additional framing lumber to enhance the structural integrity of the door frame and further resist forced entry.
  • Window Locks: All windows should have high-quality locks and be kept secured when not in use. Consider using window latches that require a key to open from the outside.
  • Garage Door Security: Select a steel garage door with a high wind resistance rating and a reliable automatic opener with rolling code technology to prevent hacking.

Deterrence and Detection

Strategic use of deterrents and detection systems creates a layered security approach. Explore these options:

  • Security Lighting: Install bright, motion-activated security lights around your property’s perimeter, especially near entrances and walkways. This illuminates potential entry points improving visibility and deters would-be nighttime intruders.
  • Security Cameras: A well-placed security camera system can act as a powerful deterrent and provide valuable footage in case of an incident. Cameras should cover entry points, driveways, and other vulnerable areas. Consider a cloud-based system for remote monitoring, cloud storage, or local recording capabilities.
  • Alarm Systems: Invest in a professionally monitored security alarm system with features like door and window sensors, motion detectors, and a high-decibel siren.
  • Yard Signs and Stickers: While subtle, displaying security company yard signs or window decals can deter potential intruders who may choose an easier target.

Securing the Interior

  • Interior Doors: Reinforce interior doors leading to the garage or other vulnerable areas with deadbolts. Consider installing a security bar on the top or bottom of these doors for additional security.
  • Locking Cabinets: Install locking cabinets in your garage, primary bedroom, or other areas where you store valuables, tools, or weapons.
  • Safes: Consider a secure safe for storing important documents, jewelry, or other valuables.

Technology for Enhanced Security

Technology can be a powerful tool for enhancing your home security:

  • Smart Home Security Systems: Explore smart home security systems that integrate with your lighting, door locks, cameras, and thermostats. These systems allow remote monitoring and control, offering peace of mind even when you’re away.
  • Smart Locks: Consider installing smart locks on your doors for keyless entry and remote access control.
  • Video Doorbells: Video doorbells allow you to see and speak to visitors at your door remotely, enhancing safety and convenience.

Beyond Hardware

Security extends beyond physical barriers and involves fostering a sense of awareness and community. Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Maintaining Visibility: Keep landscaping trimmed and avoid overgrown shrubs or trees that could provide hiding places for intruders.
  • Get to Know Your Neighbors: Build a rapport with your neighbors. A close-knit community can look out for each other and report suspicious activity.
  • Maintain a Lived-In Appearance: Use timers for lights and televisions when you’re away to create the illusion of occupancy.
  • Be Mindful of Social Media: Avoid posting details about your travel plans or valuables on social media, as this can attract unwanted attention.
  • Create a Home Security Routine: Develop a habit of locking doors and windows when leaving, even for short periods. Consider using smart locks that can be controlled remotely for added convenience.

Partnering with Built Green Custom Homes

Building your own custom home is a significant undertaking, and ensuring its security is a crucial aspect. At Built Green Custom Homes, we understand the importance of creating a safe and secure living environment. We can guide you towards incorporating these security measures throughout the construction process, providing valuable insights and recommendations. From selecting secure doors and windows to recommending reliable security systems, we can help you create a home that feels safe and secure.

Contact Built Green Custom Homes today to discuss your owner-built custom home project and let us help you build a home that embodies both comfort and security.

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Dennis Celsor