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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

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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No Sweat Cooling

Why choosing the right air conditioning equipment is more important than ever.   The health and comfort of a new home have a lot to do with it’s heating, cooling and ventilation equipment. High-quality equipment will do a better job, but only if the builder works with the mechanical contractor to choose the right equipment

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More Than a Deck

Creating Functionality and Beauty in Your Outdoor Space A lot of homeowners are looking beyond the basic deck or patio to a complete outdoor experience. They’re designing and building homes with multi-level decks, patios connected to decks and pools, screened porches, arbors, and outdoor kitchens. According to a May 2019 article on Zillow.com, a growing

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Bathroom Tile Makes a Striking Statement

Tile has a transformative power and an ability to turn a dull room into something teeming with character. From simple, all-white subway tiles to traditional penny tiles, tiling options in any space are endless. Of course, bathrooms and kitchens are the most common destinations for a tile design. In a bathroom, tiles take simple square

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