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Green Building

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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Building Green: Water Conservation

When we talk about “building green,” it is often assumed that we are talking about energy efficiency. Although energy efficiency is an essential element, building green is really about the thoughtful use of all natural resources, including water. There are several ways we can help our homeowners conserve water in their new homes, no matter

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Green Building: Windows, Doors and Skylights

Energy efficiency plays a central role in building any new home. Building a “green” home, however, requires energy efficiency and much more. “Green building” means taking a comprehensive approach to energy and resource efficiencies from design through construction and operation of the house. Certain components of a home’s construction contribute greatly to the success of such an

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Castle Homes News

What does a home builder actually do?

A lot of people don’t understand the sheer complexity of the builder’s job and the systems required to build a house from scratch. Many analogies have been used to describe the professional builder: the conductor of an orchestra, the captain of a ship, even a general executing a military campaign. The point is that the

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Will Your Custom Home Offer These Benefits?

A roadmap to guide decisions toward the best outcome when building a home. Most homebuyers want assurance that their new home will offer a healthy, comfortable environment and lower energy bills, but many don’t know what questions to ask the builder to get that outcome. Help has arrived from Erase40, an organization that wants to

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How Much Is This Home?

Clients deserve a straight answer, but getting it requires an honest conversation Tract builders and realtors often market homes in terms of square-foot costs, but that approach can be misleading for a custom home. Sam Rashkin, founder of the Energy Star for Homes program, expressed this idea forcefully at a recent industry conference. “If you

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House Beautiful Magazine’s 2019 Whole Home Concept House Announced for Nashville

House Beautiful magazine today announced its second annual Whole Home Concept House will be built in Nashville in partnership with Castle Homes.  This show house will be devoted to designs and ideas to create a home that promotes wellness and better living.

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Castle Homes Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer

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