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Brandon Philbrick

Brandon serves as the point-person for developing, implementing and executing marketing initiatives and activities for the BrightLeaf brand. As a bricklayer and foundation builder, he is focused on developing and designing all aspects of our brand. His purpose is to be a driving force in challenging others to think, see, and do different than what’s been done before.

Recent Posts

How to Build A Custom Home: From Daydream to Move-in Day

There’s a reason some people describe a custom-built home as their dream home. That’s how they see it—a dream that may never come true. They might think the process of building a house is not possible, or they don’t know where to begin. 

Tue, Jan 28, 2020
Brandon Philbrick

Things To Consider Before Building A Custom Home

Few things in life are more exciting than being in a position to build a custom home. After years of hard work, you finally have the chance to build your dream house from the ground up, an opportunity that so many people don’t even come close to getting.

Thu, Jan 2, 2020
Brandon Philbrick

Follow LEED Guidelines Without Worrying About Certification

The LEED certification process is an extensive one that requires some rigorous evaluations. In order to gain certification from LEED you have to apply for approval and gather a team of LEED specific advisors to assess your home. If you think that sounds expensive, you are correct. 

Tue, Dec 31, 2020
Brandon Philbrick
Access Our Online Library Of Floor Plans  Utilize our library of floor plans to inspire the design for your very own  custom home. We can build you a unique, eco-friendly home that perfectly suits  your family's needs and dreams. REGISTER TO ACCESS FLOOR PLANS

Tips From Industry Experts On Choosing the Right Design For Your Custom Home

Choosing to build your house from scratch means having the opportunity to create the home of your dreams and the chance to create something totally unique to you and your lifestyle. With that tremendous benefit, however, comes the added burden of myriad different details and decisions.

Sat, Dec 14, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

Build Stories: Prospect Heights Custom Home Design & Construction

BrightLeaf is branching into new territory with this custom-built home in Prospect Heights. This charming Chicago community has a unique blend of urban and suburban feel and is the home to many parks, trails, and highly-rated schools. It’s a great place to build a beautiful custom home.

Fri, Dec 13, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

The Tale of The Zero Energy Ready Home That Survived Sub-Zero Temps Without Heat

 

In January 2019, energy usage, uncomfortable homes, high heating bills, and broken pipes became top of mind in the wake of the polar vortex. We all received tips on what to do to best prepare for and maintain our homes during this arctic blast that closed schools and offices and left us cuddled together in our homes.

Wed, Nov 27, 2019
Brandon Philbrick
Access Our Online Library Of Floor Plans  Utilize our library of floor plans to inspire the design for your very own  custom home. We can build you a unique, eco-friendly home that perfectly suits  your family's needs and dreams. REGISTER TO ACCESS FLOOR PLANS

Improving Your Home's Energy Rating and IAQ to Boost its Value

Millennials are the single-largest group of home buyers in the United States today. This generation - ranging from 23 to 38 years old - still evaluates homes based on many of the traditional metrics their parents did: neighborhood, amenities, upgrades, location, build year, nearby schools, crime rate, and more. However, younger buyers also have new criteria, including two new ways of thinking about homes: energy-efficiency and indoor air quality.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

The New Way of Building: Energy Star Certified New Homes say 'Better is Better'

'Bigger is Better' is a home building mantra of the past. More and more customers of new construction homes know that it's not about the space inside your home, but how effective it is at keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Green building is not only the most economical way to build, but has a ton of lasting benefits. 

Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

Getting To Know Jarrett Svendsen: Realtor, Advisor & Managing Broker at BrightLeaf

Jarrett Svendsen is the Managing Broker of BrightLeaf’s real estate brokerage. With a background first and foremost in real estate, Jarrett watched as BrightLeaf houses began to go up near his community in Brookfield, Illinois. 

Wed, Oct 2, 2019
Brandon Philbrick
Access Our Online Library Of Floor Plans  Utilize our library of floor plans to inspire the design for your very own  custom home. We can build you a unique, eco-friendly home that perfectly suits  your family's needs and dreams. REGISTER TO ACCESS FLOOR PLANS

Building a High-Quality Home to Connect with Nature

The past few decades of new home construction have embraced certain design assumptions. Bigger is better. Grandeur is desirable. Luxury means overconsumption. It’s about time we flipped these outdated themes on their head

 

Mon, Sep 30, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

What You Need To Know About Energy Performance Labels

 
In September, NPR released a report that many American Households have trouble paying their energy bills. Although homeowners may not think of them as major expenses, Energy performance can have a major impact on your home.  Energy.gov reports, "Heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes."
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

Highlights from the Bright Side: What One Client Had To Say About Her Experience Building A Custom Home

Designing your home and taking the steps in building a new construction home might seem like a mighty task. We recently just finished Kristen’s modern farmhouse style home in La Grange this past week, and proved once again, “You really can build your own custom home, and have some fun while you’re doing it.” As a single mother in Chicagoland, she didn’t think that building a new home would be a possibility, but thanks to a “partnership attitude and an open communication process” we were able to make her dreams a reality.

Tue, Jul 23, 2019
Brandon Philbrick
Access Our Online Library Of Floor Plans  Utilize our library of floor plans to inspire the design for your very own  custom home. We can build you a unique, eco-friendly home that perfectly suits  your family's needs and dreams. REGISTER TO ACCESS FLOOR PLANS

Quick Refresher on Energy Saving Tips And Light Bulbs

 

We've all seen and heard of the varying types of bulbs and how they affect our energy consumption, but its always good to get a refresher on the subject. More importantly, a direct comparison of savings will give you a better look into green home solutions to create an eco friendly, energy-efficient home.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

6 Vital Steps To Improve The Indoor Air Quality At Home

People spend most of their time indoors than they do outdoors, so the quality of air they breathe at home is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. However, most people are unaware of the fact that indoor air pollution could have a negative effect on their cardiovascular health.

Sun, Mar 24, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

Homeowner Horrors... Don't be the victim of an old home

What’s the best thing about a new home? That it’s new. You know what you’re getting. No previous use, no unknown and worn out elements that you can’t see. What’s the 2nd best thing about building/purchasing a brand new home? The warranty! Nothing is perfect, and yes, even new things break. But the warranty removes the “jump scare” factor of having to deal with a multi-thousand dollar repair.

As Halloween approaches and the zombies and goblins crawl out of their coffins and holes in the earth we are reminded of the imaginary horrors that fascinate so many of us. But what is just as scary, if not more terrifying, is the unseen. What we can’t see, can often be more horrifying than what we can. Think about how many things there are in your home that could go wrong, that you can’t see when walking through it. We’d like to take a moment to share some “Homeowner Horror” scenarios that have left family and friends with clenched fists, mouths agape, and in fear of the damage to their home and bank account.

Fri, Oct 26, 2018
Brandon Philbrick
Access Our Online Library Of Floor Plans  Utilize our library of floor plans to inspire the design for your very own  custom home. We can build you a unique, eco-friendly home that perfectly suits  your family's needs and dreams. REGISTER TO ACCESS FLOOR PLANS

Meet the team: Your Quality Control Crew aka the Construction Guys

To build the best and build it better and different than anyone else is not a simple undertaking. Planning, coordinating, and scheduling dozens of crew members, to execute every aspect of a new construction home build, takes grit, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Three traits these three embody on a daily basis. Here's a quick introduction to our field team. Making ideas, sketches and dreams, into reality. 

Thu, Sep 27, 2018
Brandon Philbrick
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