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Green Building

Clearing the Air

How a new custom home helps you breathe easy This article is more technical than most, but it addresses an important issue for today’s homebuyers: how healthy their new home will be. That concern is no surprise, given that we’re getting outside less often than ever. A 2018 YouGov survey of 16,000 people in North

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The Resilient Home

The ability to weather storms is another advantage of hiring a pro with up-to-date knowledge about building science. One often overlooked benefit of a high-quality new custom home is that it will better handle severe weather events and power outages. These are a fact of life in all parts of the country. Atlantic hurricanes routinely

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Raising the Performance Bar

Efficiency, health and comfort—a great new home delivers all of those. But creating that home using today’s construction methods takes more knowledge than most people realize. That knowledge is one of the benefits of working with a professional builder.

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How Builders Help Ensure Health and Comfort

Optimized heating and cooling is critical in a modern home. Everyone wants their new home to be comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient. Professional builders satisfy these expectations with high insulation levels, careful air sealing and optimized heating and cooling systems.

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Helping You Breathe Easier

How professional builders create a healthy indoor environment. If you have questions about how healthy your new home will be, you’re not alone. A March 2016 paper by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University detailed a nationwide study that asked 2200 people whether they had concerns about their indoor environment. Nearly half expressed some worry, and the issue cited most often was indoor air quality, or IAQ.

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The New Science of Building

In ancient times—30 or so years ago—someone with basic construction knowledge could build a serviceable home. No more. Today, the combination of contemporary building materials and code-mandated construction practices have made homes more complex with less margin for error.

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Nashville Symphony Show House: Exterior and Architectural Elements

Architecturally reminiscent of homes built in the late 1800s, the Nashville Symphony Show House evokes a nostalgic, yet timeless feeling. The home has a parapet clad entrance and deep reveal lap siding, making it a perfect example of Southern Contemporary Folk design. Though traditional in appearance, the home is constructed using the most up-to-date and

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New Home Construction: Building Peace and Quiet

When considering building a new home, the focus typically revolves around floor plan, home energy performance or updated finishes. While these considerations are important, they omit a key element to quality of life: peace and quiet. This may mean blocking out unwanted environmental noise like traffic or indoor noise pollution like the dishwasher, Monday Night

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Let the Sunshine In

While consumers have become aware of “green building” advantages, solar energy for residential use has emerged from the shadows. Professional builders interested in meeting the concerns of energy-conscious homebuyers are taking a new look at solar energy systems, primarily photovoltaic or PV systems. PV panels, usually mounted on rooftops, convert the sun’s energy directly to

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Making Changes is Part of the Building Process

When we’re on the job site, we want to make the most progress possible on our clients’ new home. Building is a dynamic and exciting process, one that we try to make smooth and easy to understand for the homeowner. Once we get going, things can happen quickly, so we help our clients make decisions

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The High-Performance Home

Many of our buyers are less interested in “green” construction than they are in homes that offer health, comfort, and low ownership costs. “Green” construction hasn’t been as big a hit among homebuyers as some builders hoped it would be. It’s easy to see why. Green has been over-used as a marketing term, often supported

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Castle Homes News

Home Building: Stylish or Trendy?

Want to make sure your new home doesn’t feel dated in a few years? Then you need a good interior designer.   One great thing about a new custom home is that you get to create a space perfectly tailored to your needs. Once that’s done, however, your satisfaction with the space will depend largely

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Future Proofing Made Simple

A few key devices and some basic wiring will make your home ready for just about anything Homebuilders are sometimes accused of resistance to digital home technologies. That’s not quite the case, but we have seen many high-tech devices hit the market with great hype, only to quietly disappear two years later. The best service

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Clearing the Air

How a new custom home helps you breathe easy This article is more technical than most, but it addresses an important issue for today’s homebuyers: how healthy their new home will be. That concern is no surprise, given that we’re getting outside less often than ever. A 2018 YouGov survey of 16,000 people in North

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Little Room for Error

Stricter code requirements and modern materials have raised the stakes for today’s builders Today’s homes are engineered for comfort and health. Their walls are sealed to eliminate drafts, and they include thick thermal insulation as well as high-performance heating, cooling and fresh-air ventilation systems. They’re a far cry from older homes. They’re about to become even

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Who You Gonna Trust?

This is an important question for everyone involved in a new home project The internet will tell you to be skeptical when searching for a builder. That’s good advice: skepticism is wise at the beginning of your search, just as it is when comparing surgeons, car dealers or other service providers. But remember that the

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