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Don’t Be a Lemming!

Lemmings are small rodents that have been known to follow each other as they charge to their deaths off the edge of cliffs. This is actually an unsubstantiated myth about Lemmings, but they’ve become a metaphor for people who go along unquestioningly with a group …

We’ve Got You Covered!

You see it on the news and hear about it on the weather reports. Rain, rain, rain. It seems like we have felt its impacts more than ever over the last 18 months. When building a new home, the first thing that has to be …

Seven Design Ideas to Maximize Space in Your New Home

Every home has a need for more space. Whether you are building a small cabin, a large estate home, or something in-between, we all yearn for ways to maximize space to make our homes feel spacious and welcoming.  Today, people often build larger houses than they actually need in …

Constructuring: The Future of Home Building?

Custom homes are one-off creations. Home buyers, architects, and even traditional home builders have (incorrectly) thought that building homes using modular construction limited their design. That may have been the case 30 years ago. Today’s modern modular construction takes advantage of the innovations in engineering, structural materials, …

On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: What is Solar Tempering?

You may have heard of a passive house design. Passive house (or, German: Passivhaus) comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. It exploits the sun’s energy for heating and uses the thermal mass of …

What’s the Difference Between a Green Home and an Energy Efficient Home?

Many people use the terms “green” and “energy efficient” interchangeably. However, they aren’t necessarily the same. Even builders use them interchangeably which just adds to the confusion for home buyers researching building a new home. A green home is built from environmentally friendly materials. Being green doesn’t necessarily …

Building Science for Dummies

When it comes to building a custom home, the fun part is choosing the building site, designing the home, and selecting colors. What most home buyers don’t think about is how the construction of their home will impact their comfort and affect their health. That’s …

On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling

Reducing the energy required for heating and cooling is an essential element in meeting a net zero energy goal for a home.  An air-source heat pump is one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems currently available. There are many variations of this technology on the market. An air-source heat pump works by taking the heat out of the …