The Express Blog

R-Value versus U-Value – Removing the Mystery

When you start to think about building a custom home, most home buyer’s thoughts don’t drift towards designing for energy efficiency. They want tall ceilings, high roof pitches, and lots of windows. With today’s modern modular construction, you can have all of that and more. …

The Silent Relationship Killer…

When you decide to build a home you aren’t just entering into a business transaction, you are actually initiating a long term relationship. When you embark on the journey to build a custom home you are about to enter into a long term relationship with …

On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Who Owns the Holes?

Super-sealing a home’s building envelope is the single most cost-effective way to reduce heating and cooling energy use in a home. The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a home. Components of the envelope include: walls, floors, roofs, windows …

If You Build it (using Modular Construction), They Will Come

Off-site construction is taking off. Many prospective home buyers are discovering that having their home built indoors, in a controlled environment, provides a better home for them and their family. While there are several types of off-site construction, advances in modular construction in just the …

Can Modular Homes Save Buyers from a Perfect Storm?

As the building season for 2018 starts, home buyers are facing a perfect storm.  A “perfect storm” is defined as “a particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors.” For the housing industry, the perfect storm is …

Building a New Home versus Buying a Used Home

Let’s face it, building a new home takes effort. Buying an existing home is just plain easy. You look, you buy, you move in. Well… it’s not exactly that easy.  Today’s housing market is tough. Home inventories are the lowest they have been in years. …

Building Science Makes Your New Home Better

Most people don’t think of building science when they build a new home. They start out thinking more about the floor plans and what the outside of the home will look like. Next, they start thinking about the kitchen layout and the features they want …

The Devil is in the Details

There is an old idiom that states, “The Devil is in the Details”. It refers to a catch hidden in the details. This means that something may seem simple at first but that there is more to it than expected. It seems like an appropriate …