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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
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Getting to Know Stephanie Mead: BrightLeaf Sales Advisor

Stephanie Mead is a real estate agent, sales advisor and event planner for BrightLeaf. She grew up in a small town outside of Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University, and made her way into selling real estate as well as holding a few titles in corporate retail for companies like Nordstrom, Joneses Intl., and Amazon.

Tue, Oct 22, 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
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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 It’s about time we flipped these outdated themes on their head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

Unwanted Moisture: The Enemy of a Healthy Home

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.

Tue, Aug 20, 2019
Jarrett Svendsen

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
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Cream of the Crop: 6 Ways to Decorate with Neutrals

A few things come to mind when people think about decorating with neutrals at home. While some people might think of neutral tones as sterile or boring, there can be a lot of freedom in thinking of a space as a blank canvas.

Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Katie Tejada

Indoor Air Quality: Identifying the Sources and Health Risks in Your Home

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.

Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Jarrett Svendsen

The Absolute Pillars of Green Remodeling

What are the purposes of your home remodel? Are you just trying to update the house, fix some lingering issues or is there a more meaningful purpose to the whole project? Every home requires care and you can use these ‘maintenance’ requirements to evolve your home into something greater - an eco-friendly environment that improves your lifestyle and contributes to the global reduction of the energy/carbon footprint. Here are the fundamentals of eco-friendly home remodel.

Thu, Mar 28, 2019
Amelia Atkins
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Things to Inspect and Fix Before Moving into a New Home

Moving into a new place is always stressful, even if you’ve already done this before and know what you’re supposed to be doing. There are so many things you need to take care of and a lot of work you have to invest, but keep in mind that everything you do can go a really long way if you know what you’re doing. Making a plan and sticking to it is vital in these situations, so write down what you need to check, inspect and fix before moving into a new home, and start ticking things off one by one.

Tue, Mar 26, 2019
Emma B. Joyce

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

LEED: The Way to a Green Future with Sustainable Building Design

LEED is a Green Building rating system available for nearly any building or renovation project and is one of the most used forms of energy efficiency assessment tools in the world. 

Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Scott Sanders
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Fresh Design Solutions for a Stylish and Functional Family Kitchen

 A kitchen can be much more than a lab for culinary experiments. It can serve as a social hub of domestic life, where we can spend quality time as a family.  The only problem is that there are so many moving parts to keep a close eye on. Moreover, you need to consider your present and future needs, the age of the children (if any), your stylistic preferences, budget, etc. Through it all, you also must find ways of blending functional and stylish features.  Seems like too much ground to cover? Don’t fret-we got your back.

Fri, Nov 30, 2018
Lillian Connors

Eco Friendly Upgrades To IMplement in Your Home

We all need to think about taking care of our surroundings, and our homes are the perfect places to start. The two main reasons are saving money on bills and adding more value to your home. No matter what inspired you to think about making a change, here are some helpful tricks to get you going.

Wed, Oct 24, 2018
Emma B. Joyce

The Health Benefits of a Certified-Green Custom Home

The home is where the heart is, so it's best to make sure your home is healthy. How so? Energy-efficient green construction home building is more than just being environmentally conscious and eco-friendly. The materials, technology, and practices used to build green is also healthier for your mind, your body, and your family. 

 

Building a new construction homes in the Chicago area gives you the opportunity to not only design the home of your dreams, but to prove the health of your home and your family while staying on budget and on schedule. 

Tue, May 15, 2018
Scott Sanders
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