Green home building has been a rising trend for several years. It doesn’t show any sign of stopping, either. It is likely that any environmentally conscious, sustainable elements in a home will be even more important 10 and 20 years out than they are now. And they’re plenty important now! People are increasingly aware of climate change and the need for conservation both of energy and water.

In addition, green building can save you money by lowering energy costs. If you want to resell your home, green building features will make sure your resale value reaches the maximum.

So, what are the best ways to ensure green home building? Here are three.

One. Plan for a Small Footprint

One of the most important steps is to plan for green building before you even move in. Lawns, plantings, and shade trees, for example, are also proven to increase air quality and lower the temperature in the summer. Running air conditioners causes energy expenditures to go up. Ultimately, homeowners are pulling from oil and gas reserves to cool their homes – not sustainable. Make sure that a plan for energy use as low as it can be is part of the overall environment of the home.

Two. Make Sure Your Home Has Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star appliances are mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. Look specifically for the Energy Star label when you search for a home. Energy Star labels can be found on most appliances (dishwashers, hot water heaters, refrigerators), but they are also found on items that control the amount of heat in or out, like doors.

Three. Look for Solar Energy

Ultimately, probably the best green building feature is solar energy panels. Why? Because many green building practices are designed to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels draw and convert energy for the sun, so requirements for fossil fuel consumption (even if reduced fossil fuel consumption) simply become less or nonexistent. Look for solar panels when you search for a house!

Contact us to discuss our environmentally sustainable homes and practices.

People consider home additions for many reasons, mainly for that extra space that is greatly needed, or simply just to add more value to their home. Whatever the reason is, it is definitely an investment that proves to be a worthy one. Take a look at why home additions are a building trend that you should absolutely consider.

Added Space 

Sometimes just adding a few feet to a room can make a world of a difference. It could seriously open up a cramped kitchen or bedroom and completely transform it. Your home could be lacking that extra bathroom, guest bedroom, or playroom that you have always wanted. Maybe you’re expanding your family, or you just feel like you have made the best possible use out of the space that you have to work with. All of these signs point right to a home addition. That extra space might be just what you need to complete your home.

Added Value

A simple extension can add immense value to your home. It is a surefire way to boost the worth of your entire property. Anything that adds space to your home will add value to it. And if you’re looking to sell your home, added space definitely creates more appeal to potential buyers. Open floor plans and big spaces are all the hype these days when shopping for a new home.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on why you should consider a home addition. Our knowledge and experience in the industry will make your home addition project one that you will not regret!

Out of all the places in your home to have fun customizing, the kitchen is probably the most popular, and maybe even the most fun. There are just so many things that you can do to your kitchen during your custom home building process to really add that special and personalized touch that will make cooking and entertaining an extremely enjoyable experience for all. 

Dramatic Lighting 

A great way to really make your kitchen pop is dramatic lighting. The more eloquent and noticeable the better. You can choose from a wide variety of supersized pendants, scones, and chandeliers. The trick is to go big, bold, and bright. 

Lots of Storage 

By lots of storage we mean lots of extra cabinets, drawers, and shelves. You can create tall storage by having the cabinets stacked on top of one another and all the way up to the ceiling. You could even have a rolling ladder installed for easy access. Add over-sized cabinets, giant pull-out drawers, and shelving units for extra storage, or even just for decorative purposes. 

Colorful Contrasts 

Don’t be afraid to add splashes of vibrant colors throughout your kitchen. You can do this by adding an accent wall or a statement wall, splashes of red or aqua, or even playing with the paint colors and the patterns for the ceiling. A few bursts of color can go a very long way. 

Contact us today for more ideas and information on how you can customize your new kitchen exactly to your liking and your taste. Let us help you make your dream kitchen a reality. 

Nobody wants a home that is dark, cramped, or outdated. The main trick in avoiding this is to refrain from adding too much furniture/decor that can weigh down your rooms and obstruct your walls and your windows. That mixed with your colors and the types of windows that you have is the perfect recipe for a light and airy feel. It is no surprise that this building trend is so popular. 

Furniture 

Less is more when it comes to the furniture in your home. The last thing you want is to feel confined or restricted in any way. How you place your furniture is very important as well. Never block off any windows or doors. Not only will it block off natural light, but it will interfere with the entire traffic flow and circulation of the room. 

Windows 

The larger the better when it comes to your windows. You will want to let in as much natural light as possible, while creating a fabulous view of the outdoors at the same time. Be careful with your curtain selection, too, since you don’t want to block the light with something too dark. Think sheer. Keep your blinds opened and your windows cracked during the day. 

White on White 

Nothing creates that open and airy feeling like white on white. The more white the better. White walls, white furniture, white carpeting, and white paint. It’s the best way to promote that crisp, clean feeling that is so desired. You can always add splashes of color throughout your home, but just try to keep it fresh looking with as much white as possible. 

Contact us today to get started on your light and airy home remodeling transformation!


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