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Southern Living Showcase Home

Is Voice Control for You?

More and more home systems are adding voice control technology. Let’s look at the pros and cons. The star of this year’s International Builder’s Show was a smart lady by the name of Alexa. As you know, she’s the personal digital assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, and we seemed to bump into

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Why Home Tech Is a Wise Investment

PC Magazine has called 2016 The Year of the Home—the start of a flowering of wireless devices that will make home life easier, healthier and more fun. This growth is thanks mostly to affordable wireless technology. Home tech devices now cost a fraction of what they did a decade ago, and most offer a simple smart phone or tablet control interface.

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The Importance of Structure

Framing details have a big impact on all aspects of a new home. Most people don’t think much about their home’s structural skeleton—unless there’s a problem. Small mistakes made during the framing stage can cause headaches later on that range from annoyances to health issues.

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Case Study: Why Castle Homes Chooses LP Building Products

Why did Castle Homes choose LP to partner for the Southern Living Showcase Home at Dorset Park? Superior engineered wood floor components that build straight and stable floors. “We’re a big believer in using an engineered floor system,” said Brett Wright, project manager for Castle Homes. “All of the pieces of LP’s floor system worked

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Creating The Perfect Southern Porch

The beloved porch is the focal point of the latest issue of Southern Living magazine where editor Lindsay Bierman reflects about the simplicity of life. A good porch no doubt plays an important role. “While the rest of the world has fixed on all the ways we can stay “connected,” it turns out that the

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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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Nashville Southern Living Custom Builder to Build Idea House

Southern Living Magazine With the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee as its canvas, the latest in home building, cutting-edge technology and stunning interior design was featured in Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home earning Castle Homes the prestigious 2012 Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year award. From an intriguing textured exterior finish on the home

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Southern Living Names Castle Homes 2012 Custom Builder of the Year

Birmingham, Ala. – Homebuilder Alan Looney, founder and president of Castle Homes, located in Brentwood, TN, has been named Custom Builder of the Year by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program after the 2011 launch of the Southern Living Showcase Home in Nashville. “Alan Looney represents the best our program has to offer,” says Kristen Payne,

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Step inside the Southern Living Showcase Home

Cutting-edge style meets everyday practicality By AMY STUMPFL For Brentwood Home Page Real estate junkies, rejoice! The area’s only Southern Living Showcase Home opens Friday in the new Dorset Park neighborhood off Granny White Pike. And while the $1.2 million French Country home – built by Brentwood-based Castle Homes – features the very latest in

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Castle Homes News

Smart Supply Choices

Builders buy their materials from suppliers that offer benefits to them and the homebuyer. Some customers express curiosity about the places different suppliers occupy in the building supply chain. With that in mind, we thought it worth explaining why we buy our materials and products where we do. The basic choice is between the “big

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Smart Lighting Is a Game Changer

Wireless lighting controls are likely in your future. Here’s why. Mention home lighting trends and what comes to mind is the growth of LEDs. But the incandescent bulb isn’t the only thing about to disappear—the wall switch may be going the same way. That’s because more homeowners are opting for “smart” lighting controls that replace conventional

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House Beautiful Reveals Line-Up of Interior Designers for Second Annual Whole Home Concept House in Nashville

Top Tier Interior Designers From Across the U.S. Including Barclay, Butera, Vern Yip, Among Others Will Contribute to the Concept House Debuting in October 2019

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Can You Finish My Home By…?

Understanding the variables that affect the schedule Many clients approach a builder with an idea about how long it should take to finish their new home. Some underestimate the time the project will require, while others expect it to take a lot longer. Every builder loves being able to deliver a quality home on budget

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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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