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Green Building

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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Green Building: What it is and why it matters

Green building, sustainability and high-performance homes are now part of the vocabulary of new home construction. We welcome the attention brought to these important issues. As professional builders, however, we take the subject with a grain of salt. Green building is a far more complex topic than that portrayed in the media. News spots or

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Green Building: Fighting Moisture

No one wants to think about house mold or, its underlying cause, moisture. As professional builders, however, we are conscious of the dangers created by moisture infiltration and we are in a position to prevent it. That makes it our responsibility to lead the discussion. Prevention of moisture infiltration — and the mold that can

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Building Green: Waste Not…

When we hear the term “green building,” most of us think of energy efficiency and, increasingly, healthy indoor air quality. While those are certainly central components of high-performance housing — especially given our nation’s current energy prices — they are not the only factors that ensure a truly sustainable approach to home building. One of

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Building Green: Promoting Healthy Indoor Air

Healthy indoor air quality may be the most important aspect of building green. After all, what could be more important to your health than the air you breathe? Achieving healthy indoor air, however, depends on a comprehensive approach to high-performance building. There’s no way, for example, to make an indoor environment comfortable and healthy without

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Why Changes Are Costly

Even small changes made after work begins can have surprising effects on the budget. Here’s why. Minimizing change orders is one of the most effective things homeowners can do to control costs. The reason is that seemingly small changes can have cost impacts beyond the builder’s control—costs that ultimately are borne by the customer. We’re

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Is Geothermal In Your Future?

Improving home energy efficiency and building more sustainable housing is no longer a trend — it’s mainstream. As a professional builder, we feel it’s important to keep up on emerging technologies that may soon help our clients save money, improve comfort and reduce our impact on the environment. In the spirit of learning about these

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Shedding Light on Window Options

It wasn’t that long ago that a window was a window … was a window. Basically, a hole in the wall fitted with a wood-framed pane of glass that allowed a view to the outside and provided a little bit of daylight into a house. Over the past 25 years, windows have changed dramatically. Not

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The Roof Over Your Head

A roof is a primary factor in any home’s curb appeal. But more important, it serves a critical role in maintaining or improving energy efficiency, managing water and moisture, and guarding against damage caused by high winds and fire. Recent upgrades to national building and energy codes place even more responsibility on builders and contractors

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Insulation: Stay Cool without Sweating Energy Bills

New homes are built to save energy, and a primary component of that goal is insulation. The definition of insulation, however, is rapidly expanding as homebuyers and energy codes demand even better energy-use performance from new homes. Today, there are far more options than those rolls of fiberglass you see on the shelves of big-box

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This Isn’t Your Grandpa’s Solar

After a 40-year hiatus, solar energy is cool again. But for those who remember bulky aluminum frames awkwardly balanced on the roof, the current look, use, performance, and value of today’s solar energy systems has changed dramatically. As a professional builder, we keep a sharp eye on products and systems that are getting the public’s

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5 Key Questions for Your Home Builder

You’ve finally decided to build that dream house and have invited us into your living room or have cornered us in our sales center. Now what? As a professional homebuilder, we are prepared to answer any questions you have as you make a purchasing decision, arguably one of the most important financial choices in your

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Wasting Water and Flushing Dollars

Most “green building” conversations emphasize energy efficiency. By contrast, the issue of water — its scarcity, purity, and significance to sustainability — is often overlooked or discounted. That’s because in North America, we take water for granted; not only is it cheap, it is relatively abundant and clean. But while an average bathtub may hold

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Developing Your Home Building Team: Earlier is Better

Historically and traditionally, people have been conditioned to follow a certain, linear path to building a new home. That is, hire an architect or designer to create the plans, select a builder and then maybe bring in a stylist or interior designer to apply the finishing touches. But the reality is that this step-by-step approach

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Castle Homes News

What Type of Client Are You?

Successful builders are choosy about the people they work with. Here’s why. The best business relationships are those where everyone has high standards, both for themselves and for the other parties. This is certainly the case when building a new custom home—a complex, expensive and emotion-laden effort in which the homeowner and builder must collaborate

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Celebrating 25 Years Of Design Build – Castle Homes’ House Beautiful Project

Celebrating 25 years of home building, Castle Homes marks the occasion with the official unveiling of the national House Beautiful, Whole Home Concept House, powered by LG. The stunning Belle Meade home is open daily for tour November 3, with proceeds benefiting the Nashville Symphony.   Here’s more on this incredible project, – the top home

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Down the Hatch: Castle Homes featured in The Wall Street Journal

  As featured in The Wall Street Journal, Friday, October 18, 2019. More photos from this amazing Castle Homes project

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House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House Features Latest In Home Building And Interior Inspiration

Latest In Home Building And Interior Inspiration Packed with inspiration from 15 interior designers from across the United States, visitors will see the latest in beautiful color, wallpaper with Sure Strip technology, durable yet chic furnishings, new technology, and creative kitchen and tile products. A design-build project, Castle Homes collaborated with architect Kevin Coffey on

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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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