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 …

Selling Your Cashiers Home? Green Improvements Can Help

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If you are selling your Cashiers home green improvements can help.  Whether your Cashiers home already has environmentally friendly features or could use more, green improvements may attract buyers and give you a tax refund at the same time. The Residential Energy Property Tax Credit will reimburse a homeowner 30% of his vestment, up to $1,500, for making a home …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Maximize Your Home’s Value

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The great thing about a new house is that everything is, well, new. Nothing is scratched, stained, or worn out. It’s wonderful: Everything works! That’s one of the main attractions of buying a new home. But, as any homeowner knows, the rigors of day-to-day living can cause that blissful new-home feeling to fade. It’s an inevitable process, but one that …

Taking Responsibility To Provide For Future Generations who will live in Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina

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Can you imagine going to the kitchen sink, turning the faucet and no water coming out, or turning on a light switch and the room remains dark, or going to make a phone call and there is no dial tone?   Occasionally this can happen and when it does we all are disappointed. We have become totally dependent on the conveniences of …

“Going Green”, A New Paradigm in Real Estate in North Carolina

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Many people think of “Green” as “earth friendly” but in simple terms, “Green” refers to lessening the environmental impact from society. Today in the United States we need to be conscience regarding our Ecological Footprint. You are probably thinking, what is our Ecological Footprint?  It is “How much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources …

Jackson County North Carolina Goes “Green”

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To all of you who are “green” conscious – we want to share a bit of exciting news.   In Jackson County North Carolina there is a green energy park. The concept is fantastic and hopefully other small towns or counties will catch the “green” bug.  In Dillsboro NC, they are capturing methane gas from the old landfill to use as fuel for artisan …