Westchester Home Show Exhibit

The real "Bob the Builder"

The team at Arcanna Homes had a booth at the Westchester Home Show at Pace University, NY on January 12 & 13, 2013. It was an exciting show and many future new home owners stopped by. A noticeable improvement from previous shows and a good indicator of an improving new home construction industry.

The most common question, besides “how much per square foot”, is about building a green new home. Consumers are aware of new advances in solar heating, passive sun-centric orientation and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems and want to save money on energy costs. With Government incentives at an all time high and our new ENERGYSTAR certification, we have some wonderful opportunities ahead to save our country natural resources.

As always, everyone just loves the panelized building process when they see it in action. Truly, when building a custom home with architectural sophistication, there is no better or faster method.

We are looking forward to our next home show, the Fairfield County Home Show in Greenwich, CT, at Greenwich High School on February 9-10, 2013. Hope you can stop by and talk to the real “Bob” the Builder.Click here for directions

 

Green is Good

Green building is certainly a hot topic these days. For builders striving to reduce the environmental footprints of the homes they build, the process encompasses a wide range of materials, products and systems.

But does building green really mean anything to you as a homebuyer? Does it matter how your foundation is built as long as it doesn’t leak or how your framed home is structured on that foundation as long as it’s strong?  You may recognize and perhaps even appreciate seeing the Energy Star label on windows and appliances, but what’s the tangible benefit of recycled-content drywall or certified wood doors to your daily life … and your pocketbook?

As a professional builder who is ready and able to respond to what our homebuyers want — including homes with better energy efficiency and indoor air quality — we also recognize that buyers need to see how our efforts impact them personally.

To that end, we strive to educate our clients about the various “green building” methods and materials we employ. Along with contributing to our planet, we approach this from the perspective of the practical benefits to our owners and their families.

The First Step. Using a preformed factory built foundation like the one pictured below (Superior Walls) shows the difference in the site work needed to do it the old way and the newer green methods.

And, our panelized method of framing, in a factory where all waste is reused, is green, fast and more importantly precision built. This enables each method, foundation and framing, to be guaranteed for up to 15 and 10 years respectively.

The Finish is in the Details. Once your home goes up it is essential to understand that Green building is just getting started.

Hidden Gems. The bulk of a comprehensive green building effort happens behind the finishes. Instead of touting the R-value of the attic insulation or the solar heat gain coefficient of the windows, we talk about comfort: no more drafty feelings by windows and doors; no more temperature differences between floors or rooms; the ability to walk around in your bare feet. Those benefits seem to resonate far better than any technical information.

Breathe Easier. To help save energy and boost indoor comfort, green builders often use non-toxic paints, flooring, and other interior finishes — as well as ventilation systems — that improve the quality of the indoor air.

Rather than explore the world of vent fans and semi-gloss paint, we often phrase our efforts in terms that address allergies, respiratory problems, and other sensitivities that our homebuyers might suffer … and will appreciate not having in their new homes.

Easy Recycling. We not only want to encourage but also help facilitate recycling household waste. Our kitchen design professionals can sit down with you to provide convenient bins within the kitchen and laundry cabinet areas to make it easier to collect those items and get them to the curb and out of the landfill.

Future Green: Monitors and Electric Cars. While certainly not mainstream, in-home computer programs that allow homeowners to see and adjust their use of energy and water, raise or lower the temperature of their home or a single room, from inside or while they are outside in their “electric cars”. These are great visual reminders of future green building efforts.

The bottom line is that builders often get caught up in the details and technical specs of green building; professional builders understand that to be truly beneficial, those efforts have to improve the quality of everyday life.

 

same day payday loans New Home Sales Rise More Than Expected

Home sales rose more than expected in March, reversing three months of declines, as government incentives drew in buyers and kicked off what’s expected to be a strong spring selling season.

The National Association of Realtors says sales of previously occupied homes rose 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million last month, the highest level since December. February’s sales figures were revised downward slightly to 5.01 million.

Sales had been expected to rise about 5.2 percent to 5.28 million, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

The results show the housing market may be stabilizing after a devastating bust. But the true test will be same day payday loans whether the market can stand on its own after federal tax credits expire at the end of this month.