Green building is a bit of a buzzword in the industry right now - so much so that it seems to be the norm among builders and setting companies apart becomes surprisingly difficult. The most common claims associated with green home building practices are the ones used to bring down utility costs and save energy. But how are these efficiencies proven? And what about the impact these materials have on your health and our communities?
It’s good to be green, I think we can all agree on that. Going green in your new construction home is about more than saving energy and lowering your carbon footprint. With the right design and some choice materials, you can also save yourself some time and some future headaches, not to mention lowering your true cost of living in the home. Here are four design recommendations to integrate into your home’s design to save you time and money in the future:
The goal of a remodel is to upgrade certain areas and features of your home rather than selling and replacing it altogether. HGTV.com explains, "Older houses were built when energy was cheap, so they have few of the features that are featured in new green construction." A Green Remodel - as opposed to a standard remodel focuses not just on updating aged features and adding space, but making a healthier environment.
With all the different houses you are researching, visiting and comparing, it’s easy to lose track of what you saw, what you liked, and what you didn’t like.
Today, we continue our look at outstanding Chicago area communities with the village of Brookfield. Located roughly 13 miles west of downtown Chicago, the village of Brookfield extends from 47th St. to W. 26th St. between Kemman Ave. and S. 1st Ave.
When building the custom home of your dreams, you know what you want, and what you don’t. That’s why it’s so important to be sure that everyone involved—from contractor and client manager to construction crew and designer, and of course, you, the client—is on the same page. One miscommunication can lead to an expensive delay, so you want to be sure that your home builder is using the best technology available to stay on task and on budget.
The National Association of Realtors published a report on April 1, 2019, that states consumer confidence is high and the GDP is reporting 10 years of growth. The national unemployment level sits just below 4%. Job growth in Illinois from February of 2018 to 2019 is up 1-2% overall. In a nutshell, consumers are becoming more and more confident and the housing market is taking notice
One of the most costly issues facing homeowners and the construction industry today is water and moisture problems. Excess or unwanted moisture buildup leads to mold and mildew growth and can damage your home’s foundation and structural materials.
The cost of building or maintaining your home has the potential to increase if you do not have these issues in mind. Green home solutions and energy-efficient plans are simple enough to undertake, and understanding the root causes of potential problems is the first step.
The Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. The air inside the average home can have up to five times as many pollutants than outdoor air - sometimes as high as 100 times more - and you and your family may be completely unaware.
There's a lot of misinformation floating around the Internet and elsewhere about eco-friendly homes. We're going to debunk some of the most commonly held misconceptions about building a new construction, green home.
Many things can stand between you and the home you plan to live in for the rest of your life (and perhaps pass on to your children). But, over time, BrightLeaf Homes has found that the most common thing holding people back is themselves.
Building your dream home can be an exercise in compromise. As you work with a builder, you'll run across both practical limitations (it just doesn't make sense to put a bathroom where you want it) and budgetary ones (maybe you can't afford a house of the size you want).
At BrightLeaf Homes, We’re proud to be in the top 1% of builders in the country. We are currently the only housing innovation award winner in Illinois in part because of our mission to create long-lasting, beautiful homes that improve the quality of life and health of those who live in them.
Looking for a new home is very exciting, particularly if it’s your first. But if making a real estate purchase is new to you, you may not be familiar with everything involved. If that’s the case, we’ve prepared this checklist for finding Chicago homes for sale.
Farmhouses are a picturesque and iconic type of home in American culture that
Maximizing your energy-efficient space can go a long way in creating and maintaining a long-lasting high performance home. The checklist below offers tips for reducing costly bills and easy ways to get the most out of your energy-efficient home, as well as good guideposts for detecting and addressing at-risk spots, such as under-insulated attics or drafty windows and doors. Use this checklist to help guide your home-building process and maintenance plan, and to help avoid potential issues in the future. Remember, double-checking will save you time, money, and most importantly, your sanity.
As the third largest city in the country, Chicago covers 234 square miles. But Chicagoland—the sprawling suburbs and towns surrounding the city—clocks in at 10,857 square miles. That’s a lot of space to cover, and if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and turned around by the range and difference of suburbs.
When you think of “going green” you’re probably thinking about reducing your impact on the planet. This is a very noble and necessary thing to consider when you know how much our planet has already endured. But if you decide to build yourself an eco-friendly house, you will not only help preserve the environment but will be able to save time and improve your quality of life quite significantly.
A lot of people are attracted by the idea of building an eco-friendly home but believe the green construction costs just don't make it a practical option for them. If you hold such beliefs, it's time to re-examine them.
If you are a millennial, home buying and settling into a mortgage may not have been a dream in the past. Now, as you grow older, statistics show that you are finally ready to nest and find the perfect home. When is the right time to act on that impulse? According to experts, both nationally and in the Chicago area, you shouldn't wait too long to fulfill your dream.