Top 5 Ways to Build a Green Home

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Most of us know that adopting an environmentally conscious or “green” approach to life can benefit the planet and its future generations. But did you know that greening your home can also benefit your bottom line in terms of energy savings and tax credits?www.nahb.org) in case there’s a remodel or new-home build in your future: We’ve learned a lot of …

Build A Lakefront Masterpiece in Highlands NC

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There is a wonderful opportunity to build a lakefront home in Highlands NC.  This fabulous 3 acre lot is located on Lake Sequoyah, offering one of the best settings in all of the Highlands area. This Highlands lot is ready to build on, with a driveway in place and a path cleared from the building site to the lake.  The …

Riverwalk in Highlands Affords Unparalleled Quality of Life

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Riverwalk in Highlands NC affords an unparalleled quality of life.  If there is one thing learned by many in the shadow of the recent recession it is what is important, family and getting back to the basics.  Riverwalk allows a family to be together, step back in time and enjoy each other and the simple life, nature.  Take a hike.  …

Prefinishes: The ‘No-Name’ Construction Phase

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After the structural framing stage and the installation of the preliminary — or “rough” — plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling components are complete, there is a no-name phase of construction we’ll call the “prefinishes.” The reason this stage of the process has no common name is because several different activities — by several different trades — occur during this …

Prepare your Mountain Home for Summer

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Although the heat in Highlands is never too hot to raise a fuss about, there are a few things you can do to save on utilities and keep your home is good repair.  1. Circulate the Air – If your home has an attic fan, turn it on and make sure its working properly. Vents in the crawl space should …

The Beauty of Natural Light in Your Highlands or Cashiers NC Home

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Walk into any new home and you’ll immediately notice a big difference from many older homes: an abundance of natural light. Because of poor thermal performance, windows and glass doors in older homes were necessarily scaled down. Today’s builders, however, are able to take advantage of advanced technologies, a wider range of sizes and styles, and a number of new …

Kitchen Remodels Cooks Up BIG Benefits

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Whether you are looking to add value to your home or to improve functionality, the kitchen is best place to start. When remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to keep the “work triangle” in mind. That’s the area from the refrigerator to the main cooking area to the sink. That’s where the most activities from prep to cooking to cleanup take …

Building Green on The Highlands Plateau: Waste Not…

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When we hear the term “green building,” most of us think of energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality.  While those are certainly central components of high-performance housing — especially given our nation’s current energy prices — they are not the only factors that ensure a truly sustainable approach to home building. One of the lesser-known aspects of green building …

Building a home in Highlands or Cashiers NC

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The prospect of building a new home can cause a lot of anxiety, stemming from a combination of mystery, misperceptions, myths, and illusions most people have about the homebuilding profession. Getting to know a builder can foster a greater respect and a higher level of confidence for a company’s ability to deliver a high-quality new home. First, it is important …

What Makes A Home or Building Green?

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“Green design” building revolves around the integration into a sound environment a sustainable design, construction, and systems, which produce a positive impact on human health and comfort.  All of these factors work in harmony to achieve sustainability when the home or building is constructed, occupied, operated, and maintained.  As a result, the home or building becomes interconnected with the neighborhood, community, and …