Custom Home Design – How to find success


Design is a subjective topic, a symphony frozen in time. Some clients want traditional details and others want modern clean lines. There is no universal solution, real beauty in any custom home design lies in the customization for a particular client’s needs, desires, and preferences. A custom home design cannot be found in a magazine or…

Aging in Place – Good Planning will create a Lifetime Home


There are many design elements that can be integrated into your home that will allow you to live there for a lifetime. Simple changes that can be integrated into the design will allow your home to adapt along with your needs. Looking for solutions that look good and are functional are key elements to “aging…

Want a Green Home – Build a Balanced Team


We see it in sports all the time, if there is a weak link on the team they cannot win the championship. It takes everyone operating at their top-level and working together to achieve success and to win it all. The same holds true in home construction. You have to build a complete and balanced…

Tips for a greener home for Earth Day


Plant a Garden. Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs. Create a Compost bin. Switch old appliances to energy-efficient models. Use reusable bags. Use reusable water bottles and stop buying plastic disposable bottles. Use cold water to wash clothes. Turn off lights when you leave the room. Open your curtains to light a room during the daytime…

Green Term Defined: Air Barrier System


Air barriers control air leakage into and out of the building envelope. They can also be used as the rainscreen to make your exterior siding products last longer and perform better. Air Sealing is probably the most important element for an efficient and healthy building in our mixed-humid climate. An air barrier system has to…

Online Home Plans or should I hire an architect?


Should you buy online plans or should you hire an architect? It is a common question in this tight economy. If you are looking for the lowest price for the design solution the simple answer is purchasing plans online will cost less than hiring an architect. However, if you are looking for the lowest price for…

Green Word Defined – Cradle to Cradle


Cradle to cradle is a play on the phrase “Cradle to Grave,” implying that the C2C model is sustainable and considerate of life and future generations. C2C takes a holistic view of materials that takes into account all aspects of production, use, and disposal of a product. In fact, the product is essentially waste free….

What questions should I ask before building our new home?


Building a home is a complicated process and there are many decisions to make to get the desired result. You have to have a design, agree on a price to build, negotiate value, pick products, layout furniture, size rooms, balance costs, the list goes on. So how do you get started? If you have gone…

Thinking of Renovating your Bathroom – Go Green to Save Green


Here are some simple ways to cut energy and water use in your bathroom remodel.  When replacing water faucets, shower heads, or even toilets look for water efficient options. Be careful, there are still a few solutions on the market that don’t work, but with a little research you can find solutions that cut your…