Green home building has come a very long way over the last decade or so and is pretty much just taking over the market. It really is no surprise since not only does it save you money, but you’re doing your part to help the environment at the same time. Check out a few easy green home building ideas. 

Size 

You definitely want to consider the size of your home. Bigger is not always better, because no matter how green you build a large home, it will still have a bigger impact on the environment than if you went a little smaller. This absolutely doesn’t mean that you have to build a cottage or anything, it just means that you shouldn’t build too much bigger than you actually need. 

Cool Roof 

Your roof can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your home. You’ll definitely want to choose a material that will reflect the sun away from your home rather than absorb it. This can definitely reduce your energy usage and costs. You’re looking at materials like slate, terra-cotta, and metal, just to name a few. The initial cost is a little more, but you will more than make up for it with the energy savings that you will experience.  

Solar Power 

When you’re building a new home you can always decide to use solar power, meaning that you can take advantage of the sun’s energy to power you home. A lot of this has to do with how you position your home and where you place the solar panels in order to take full advantage of the sun’s benefits. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson to learn more about green home building and what it can do for you, your home, and the environment. 

The reason that people build green homes is usually an attempt to reduce the harmful impact that home building can have on the environment. But what many people don’t realize is that they can, in fact, disrupt the existing ecosystem by making a few minor mistakes during the building process. It’s important to stay environmentally conscientious the entire time. Take a look at a just a few of the common mistakes to avoid with green home building.

Only Build What You Need

Sometimes people are quick to build overly large houses without considering how much space they are really going to need. The trick is to build a home where the space is just right, and nothing more or less. Too much house equals wasted space and wasted energy, which in turn will increase your heating and cooling costs.

Choose the Right Location 

Location is key when building a home for multiple reasons, and one of them is definitely considering the ecosystem. You will want to carefully select the right lot size and location for your home. Building closer to town is usually a good idea as to not disrupt local wildlife. When you build off the beaten path you are going to create roads, power lines, and utilities where there once wasn’t.

Save Energy 

There are so many ways to save energy. For starters, make sure that all of your equipment is energy-efficient. This means high-efficiency and green appliances. You can even consider a tankless water heater.

Use Environmentally Friendly Products

Make sure that all of the materials that you are using to build your home are environmentally friendly. This includes building materials, roofing materials, insulation, flooring, counters, cabinets, and more. Try to use recycled lumber, recycled glass, and all natural products.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on green home building and what it can do for you and your home.

With the environment constantly changing around us, it’s important to remain active and fully aware of what’s going on with it at all times. Creating an environmentally friendly home helps you to have a positive atmosphere to live in, while saving money and energy at the same time. Take a look at some good tips for green home building.

Location 

Many people fail to realize that the location of their home can have a huge impact on things. Homes facing towards the west will have more sun exposure, making them harder to keep cool. Also take a look which areas are more prone to things like flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. before you start building. And the distance that you have to drive to get to stores should also be considered.

Equipment

If you’re looking to save energy, and money, definitely pay close attention to the type of equipment that you’re putting in your home. Look for ENERGY STAR labels, which means that the EPA has deemed it as energy-efficient. This type of equipment offers big savings in energy and money without compromising performance at all. Get ENERGY STAR windows installed as well, and even consider installing solar panels on your roof.

Materials 

The materials that you use to build your home can make a big difference. Use eco-friendly materials for everything, including the roof, floors, cabinets, counters, insulation, and just about everything in between. You can use reclaimed lumber and recycled plastic and glass, or you can just go completely natural with bamboo, cork, or linoleum.

There are lots of things that you can do to build a green home, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.

Are you seeking a lifelong dream home? If so, you don’t have to worry about losing luxury for an age-friendly home. A recent AIA Home Design Trends Survey found “interior design elements meant to aid aging in place continue to top the list.” These features include home accessibility, informal space, open-space layout, home access, and single floor designs. This building trends are increasing as more baby boomers reach retirement age and the U.S. population grows older.

Builder Magazine also took a deep look the Livability for All: The 2016 AARP Age-Friendly Community Survey. What they found is the main reason for baby boomers to move is “finding a home that better fosters independent living.” While issues like access to public transportation and proximity to their family were important to some, a home that aided independent living was the number one reason for buying a new home. In their continuing series, the publication revealed five in-demand features of an age-friendly home. 

  • Age-friendly bathrooms.
  • Emergency response systems,
  • Improved lighting,
  • Easy home accessibility, and
  • Single-floor living.

The AARP also recommends many additional home design changes to create an age-friendly home. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Raise outlets to 18″ above the floor,
  • Lower light switches to less than 48″,
  • Install age-friendly light switches,
  • Make door frame 36″ wide,
  • Install age-friendly hardware and fixtures,
  • Build stairs 42″ wide,
  • Install zero-step shower, and
  • Vary the height of kitchen countertops.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about age-friendly home building trends, or need more information, please contact us.

Whether your bathroom is old and outdated, falling apart, or just in need of an upgrade or new style, remodeling is the perfect way to bring new life to a room that is so very much used in your home. Take a look at some building trends for your next dream bathroom remodeling project.

Smart Storage 

There’s nothing like good old practical storage. Extra storage will never go out of style, and you can really never have enough drawers and cabinets. You’ll want to take full advantage of any vertical space that you have to work with. Instead of leaving blank walls, try having shelving or cabinetry built up the walls. It not only gives you extra space to store towels and toiletries, but it look great, too.

Easy Use 

It’s all about ease of use these days, and not to mention ease of cleaning. Try a no-threshold shower, meaning a shower with no ledge to have to step over. This contemporary design is becoming increasingly popular and can really open your bathroom up. You can even try a bathtub/shower combination with the same concept. Floating vanities are another stylish trend. They are easier to use because you can customize the height to your liking.

Bold Lighting 

You can really play with the lighting in your bathroom. Go for funky pendants, wall scones, or an elegant chandelier. Illuminate your vanity with combinations of up lights, low lights, and overhead lights. Think functional and trendy.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more bathroom building trends and ideas. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

When custom building a new home, of course you want it perfect in every way. There are lots of things that you need to consider, like the site, the size, and every little feature, detail, and function in between. One building trend that you should definitely not fail to consider is your safety. Your goal is to design to protect. There is really nothing more important than your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Feeling safe and secure is a crucial part of building a home.

Privacy 

Privacy is important no matter what type of home you have. Nobody wants to feel like they’re being watched, or like anyone can easily just come on their property. Privately built homes can deter potential burglars and give you peace of mind. You’ll want to try to get your home set back as far as possible from the road and nestled into your own exclusive piece of land.

Security

Many homeowners have homes built in gated communities, and ones that have 24/7 surveillance cameras and/or security guards. Not all neighborhoods are like this, though, and that’s okay because they are other ways that you can secure your home yourself. You can always just build your own security gate around your home, fully equipped with a keypad and a motion detection system inside of your home as well.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on all of the current and must-have building trends! We are here to help you every step of the way!

The big question for consumers with green home building and remodeling projects is if there is any real value. Is the initial higher cost of a green home really worth the money? People not only want to ensure that energy efficiency will produce a significant reduction in utility costs, but there is a real concern if these houses will have a positive impact on the environment, not only in affecting global climate change but also for the sustainability of resources. The good news is that all studies show green homes have a tangible positive impact.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) states, “Key Trends in the European and U.S. Construction Marketplace, operating costs for green buildings are on average 8 to 9% lower, building values are 7.5% higher, buildings have a 3.5% greater occupancy ratio, and green buildings provide a 6.6% total return on investment.” Therefore, not only do green homes save you money on your electric and water bills, the have a higher demand and value at resale. This all comes from a 45 percent reduction in electricity usage and 39 percent reduction of water.

However, GSA also cites multiple studies when reporting on the positive environmental impact. Green home building techniques reduce the waste going to landfill from construction projects by 95 percent. The process includes location selection, and a proper site reduces pollution. Moreover, sustainable designs do factor in the entire life-cycle of the home, including things like materials used and greenhouse gasses. It is not just the homes itself, but also the acquisition of materials, transportation to and from the home, and other factors including the eventual demolishing some time in the far future. Therefore, the money spent on green home buildings is well invested.

If you would like to talk more about the positive impact of green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

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!

Oftentimes, new home builders will focus more on price and location than on one of the most important issues, energy efficiency.

Green home building embraces the idea of building energy efficient homes that will leave smaller carbon thumbprints on the earth and on the environment. This is also an important economic issue that is becoming increasingly important to lawmakers.

Why is Green Home Building so important?

By using a green home builder, the homeowner can live in a home that uses less water and energy. Houses built using green technology are healthier places to live and create less waste.

Unlike conventional building techniques, green home building incorporates techniques that utilize resources in a more efficient manner at every phase of the building cycles. This includes renovation, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.

What does building green entail?

Green building contractors use aesthetic and technical planning that is focused on nature conservation. It is common for green building designs to reflect their surrounding environments using local, sustainable, natural resources such as straw or bamboo. They often turn to recycled resources as well, which lessen building costs.  By using locally sourced materials, the air pollution associated with hauling building materials across long distances is reduced exponentially.

Caldwell & Johnson

Since 1968, Caldwell & Johnson has been building high quality, energy-efficient homes. However, today, the company has fully embraced green home building techniques that help make the world a safer, better place.  If you are interested in learning more about green building practices, or are considering building a new home, please contact us for further information.


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