New Homes Built Green – Energy Efficiency

We all need to understand that building green homes is important for the future of this planet. But we also need to understand that building green home is more than just using recycles materials.
So in an attempt to help you understand a little more about building green homes, this part of my series is about Energy Efficient. Saving energy is  not only  saving our natural resources but it can save you money to. Here are a few tips to think about before you build your next new home.
  • Advanced Framing/Extra Insulation: This building ...

  • New Homes That Are Pet Friendly

    My wife has a compelling urge to rescue animals.  After 16 years of marriage, we have 3 cats, 2 dogs and 2 horses. So out of necessity, I had to learn how to design and build a new home that is pet friendly.
    Let me share with you what I have learned.
  • You need hard surface floors that still will look good when it is time to sell. My favorite is a hand scraped wood floor light in color. The reason are first light colors do not show marks or wear as ...

  • Understanding A New Home Sales Agreement

    Building a brand new home can fun and exciting.  It is an opportunity to finally get a home that was designed and built for you and not someone else. But to get there, you will need to sign an building agreement with a homebuilder.
    So, let me share with you some of things that I would do and or look for before I sign that building agreement.
  • Get everything that you expect in writing before you sign and not after. You may trust him as much as you do your own ...

  • New Homes Built Green – Indoor Air Quality

    We all need to understand that building green homes is important for the future of this planet. But we also need to understand that building green home is more than just using recycles materials.
    So in an attempt to help you understand a little more about building green homes, this part of my series is about indoor air quality.  Air Quality its high on most people’s list until it’s to late. So here are a few things to think about before you build your next new home:
  • Carpeting: Most people don’t think ...

  • New Homes Built Green – Conserving Natural Resources

    We all need to understand that building green homes is important for the future of this planet. But we also need to understand that building green home is more than just using recycles materials.
    So in an attempt to help you understand a little more about building green homes, this part of my series is about how we can conserve our natural resources. So here are a few things to think about before you build your next new home:
  • Plastic Lumber:  Recycled plastic lumber or plastic/wood composite lumber provide durable alternatives to solid wood ...

  • New Homes and Designs Details: What To Do With A View

    When planning to build a new home, you must take into account all the views your lot has to offer. Squandering a killer view is just not acceptable. Not minimizing a bad view is just shameful.
    A good builders should show you how you need to maximize your good views and how to minimize your bad views. Builders should take a lesson from good photographers. A good photographer uses the camera’s viewfinder as a tool for framing beautiful vistas, serene coastlines, or vibrant cityscapes, a good builder should do the same thing – ...

    Design Ideas For Smaller New Homes

    New homes are getting smaller for many reasons. That’s why design will play a larger part in creating those smaller homes without giving anything up. Today economy is forcing builders to design homes smarter which will be better for home buyers.
    One of the cheapest ways to make a smaller home feel larger is to steal the space from outside, thru the use of windows to make a room feel bigger. A properly place window can make a room feel much larger.
    Here are a few ideas:
  • When you enter thru the front door , make sure ...

  • New Homes And Frugal Design Ideas

    New homes are getting smaller for many reasons. That’s why design will play a larger part in creating those smaller homes without giving anything up. Today economy is forcing builders to design new homes smarter which will be better for home buyers. Here are a few design ideas that I have learned
  • Use more pocket doors. A pocket door cab save up to 10 square fet of swinging area
  • Improve the circulation in your home design.  Hallways eat up space. In  a open floor plans  hallway space is either minimize or remove base on the ...

  • Learn 6 Strategies to Lower Your Utilities Bills When Build a New Construction Home or Buying a Used Home.

    With energy cost soaring and incomes decreasing, we all need to learn how to save money. So, when planning to either purchase a new home for sale or when planning to build a new construction home, look for or plan for the following 10 strategies to help you reduce you utilities bills.

    Why Buy A New Construction Home Built Green?

    Why Buy A New Construction Home Built Green? By Rick Merlini American Heartland Homes Macomb, Michigan Certified Professional Master Builder 2 Time ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition Home Builder


      1. Lower utility and water bills. Having energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen and media room can reduce monthly utility bills. Tankless water heaters mean less time and water wasted waiting for water to warm up in the sink or shower.
    2. Healthier indoor air quality. Green-certified homes offer reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. This is especially beneficial to sufferers of asthma and bronchial disorders.
    3. Tax benefits. ...