Construction tip for the homeowner.

During construction after the mechanical and electrical inspections, take photos of the interior walls and ceilings of your home from every room. This needs to be done before the insulation is installed. Lable these so you know later what room, … Continue reading

How do I design a home that I can afford?

Costs of construction and materials are on the rise, so the biggest return on your money is to be conscious of the size of your home. The design of your home is crucial to this. Ask yourself “How do I … Continue reading

Construction Material Recycling

During the construction phase of your new home or remodeling project, it is a good idea to have 2 large trash bins erected. One of the bins will be for trash items, while the other is for materials that can … Continue reading

What is Linoleum Flooring?

Many people hear that word as a “catch-all” term for any synthetic flooring. Not true! It is a natural product invented in 1860 and is made of linseed oil, pigments, pine rosin and pine flour. Linoleum was later replaced in … Continue reading

How to make the most of available Green building technology

There are so many systems, material and ideas that it can become overwhelming. The most important Green building concept is to build a home suited for your land. The second most important thing to do is to visit the Green … Continue reading

How to get the most out of your Home Designer?

What you desire for your new home, is an understanding of how you like to live, what your real needs are and how those needs can fit into your budget. Make a wish list of all the visions you might … Continue reading

Green December

Friends, if you have not attended the GREEN by DESIGN event presented by Austin Energy Green Building, the you must consider it! This day seminar is a quarterly event for Austinites preparing to build, buy or remodel a home and … Continue reading

Surviving a Wildfire

We have been shocked and saddened by the damage caused by the Central Texas fires this month. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the fire. We are very grateful for those who were … Continue reading

Keep your Water

For decades, the construction industry has had one main way of dealing with drainage; drain the water to the street. And for decades, storm drains have sent water to our local creeks and rivers downstream to the next city who … Continue reading

Helpful factoids about Mercury and CFL’s

Here are some helpful factoids about Mercury and CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) – Coal-fired power plants are the largest man-made source of mercury because mercury that naturally exists in coal is released into the air when coal is burned to … Continue reading