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  • Design Priorities for Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency starts with good design. Of course the efficiency of nearly any home can be improved, but designing for energy efficiency is always going to yield the best results ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 3:14 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Solar Panel Math I’ve done this before but it’s worth sharing again.We are installing 12 solar panels on a new home soon, so I thought I’d run the numbers ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 3:43 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Entertainment Center Design - We've designed and built countless entertainment centers over the years, but the old designs need some updating. Flat screen televisions are an obvious change to the design criteria, but ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 4:04 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Steps to Your Dream Home - 08 Construction Specifications Specifications compliment a set of construction drawings as the written description of work to be performed on a project. Without detailed specifications, there's no way to verify that your ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2016, 9:11 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Contracts & Risk - Essentially there are two common types of contracts between the Owner and Builder: “Fixed Price” and “Cost Plus”. Also known as a Lump Sum agreement, with a Fixed Price contract ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 3:18 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Steps to Your Dream Home - 07 Construction Working Drawings Construction Working Drawings are the instruction manual for a construction project. The quality of the information available on the drawings has a direct correlation to the performance of the entire ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2015, 12:28 PM by Keith Groninger
  • French Country Manor Designed for a repeat customer in Winter Park, this French Country Manor features innovative ideas and functional spaces. A grand entry turret welcomes visitors though the front courtyard to the ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2015, 10:27 AM by Keith Groninger
  • 3D Design Allows Virtual Walk-Through - 3D Design Software allows our customers to experience a virtual walk-through of their home design, even in the early stages of the design process. Key design elements can be ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 10:55 AM by Keith Groninger
  • Comparing Home Energy Use - A new home built to the current energy code uses about 30% less energy than a home built in 2000, according to the US Department of Energy. This recently completed ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2015, 4:22 AM by Keith Groninger
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