Zeroing in on energy

When zero equals more: Planned buildings expected to make as much energy, or more, than they burn By David Quick  /  Sep 3, 2017 Updated Sep 3, 2017 Green building templates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or commonly known as LEED, is a rating system devised by [...]

By | 2017-09-05T12:13:34+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Green Living, Home Building, LEED, Solar, sustainability, Zero Energy|Comments Off on Zeroing in on energy

How to Build Your Home With Confidence

For most of us, buying a home is the largest investment we will ever purchase. It’s the ultimate statement of personal accomplishment. However, you don’t just want any home, you want to build a dream home that is personalized for you and your family. Not someone else’s dream. So how do you start the process [...]

By | 2017-02-22T15:17:52+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Home Building, Process|1 Comment

Antique Framing for your Building Envelope?

  This building envelope is typical for Charleston, SC new homes: Very Leaky and Poorly Insulated. The building envelope is the single, greatest factor effecting a home's energy costs and comfort. Indoor air quality and other operating costs like maintenance and durability are directly dependent on the building envelope. It is the most permanent feature of a [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:56:12+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Home Building|Comments Off on Antique Framing for your Building Envelope?

Is That Resale worth the price?

Many people look to save money while buying a new home. Its human nature to try to obtain the best value for your spending dollar.  And on the outside, and even after the engineering inspection, the home may appear a good deal...but is it really? Let's consider that you and your growing family will most [...]

By | 2017-02-23T16:05:43+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Home Building|Comments Off on Is That Resale worth the price?

Do Green Homes Really Deliver?

New Study Shows Likes & Dislikes GuildQuality, a leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) aimed [...]

By | 2017-02-23T16:10:48+00:00 February 27th, 2014|Green Living, Home Building|Comments Off on Do Green Homes Really Deliver?

Affordable New Homes

A report on the Housing Needs Assessment was just recently published for the Berkley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments by the Charleston Zoning and Planning Departments. A key finding cited the following: "61% of the housing types in the region are single-family, detached; however, with this housing type may not be as desirable in the future.  More [...]

By | 2017-02-23T16:24:08+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Home Building|Comments Off on Affordable New Homes

Charleston Architecture

Decades ago, an architect used a pencil and paper – the inaccuracies were rampant. Then came the age of computers and design shifted to CAD/CAM. As we progress and evolve, we know that the very best home designs and architectural drawings are developed using the Building Information Modeling systems, or BIM. Our Design Team uses [...]

By | 2017-02-23T17:01:24+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Home Building|Comments Off on Charleston Architecture

An Outdated Real Estate Model that Does NOT Equal Value

Cost per square foot…. We’ve all heard it and perhaps even used it ourselves. But what does that really mean to a buyer? It means you are placing a purchase value on space rather than the quality of the space you are purchasing. It means you are omitting the qualities desirable for you and your [...]

By | 2017-02-23T17:33:56+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Home Building|Comments Off on An Outdated Real Estate Model that Does NOT Equal Value