Design features such as sophisticated rooflines and grand two-story entryways cost more, but do not add to a home’s square footage, thus adding to the cost per square foot. Other features affecting cost include vaulted and cathedral ceilings versus flat, tub/shower versus a whirlpool tub set in a ceramic tile deck, and vinyl flooring versus ceramic tile.

A home warranty requires the home be built to specific construction standards and provides peace of mind. When comparing two identical homes, one with a structural 10-year warranty and one without a warranty, which would you purchase?