The Hidden Build Process

Understanding the construction process will help owners manage their expectations and emotions. Here’s a quick quiz… It’s four or five months into a new custom build. The home is weather tight, plumbing and wiring have been roughed in, the insulation is in place, and drywall has been screwed to the walls and ceilings. The drywallers… Read more »

Home Building Success 101 – Covenants and Building Codes

Question What is the legal relationship between covenants and building codes? Answer Most planned communities have legal covenants-more formally known as “codes, covenants, and restrictions.” In most cases, covenants are considered a civil contract and are not enforced or monitored by the city or town. A community’s covenants may be more restrictive than the jurisdiction… Read more »

Home Building Success 101 – What Does Housewrap Do?

Question What does housewrap do? Answer The housewrap, or weather-resistant barrier (WRB), is applied to the wall sheathing before the doors, windows, and siding are installed. It acts as a secondary watershed if any water gets behind the siding, while also keeping unwanted drafts out of the home. But while it’s impermeable to air and… Read more »

The High-Performance Home

Many of our buyers are less interested in “green” construction than they are in homes that offer health, comfort, and low ownership costs. “Green” construction hasn’t been as big a hit among homebuyers as some builders hoped it would be. It’s easy to see why. Green has been over-used as a marketing term, often supported… Read more »