Year over year (October 2010/2011) increase in existing home sales in Atlanta
Source: Housing Zone
Projected increase in U.S. single family housing starts for 2012
Expected 2012 growth in expenditures on remodeling projects
Source: IHS Global Insight
NEW CONSTRUCTION IN MORNINGSIDE
Red Level Renovations will soon begin construction of a new California Craftsman style house in Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood. The 5 bedroom, 4 bath home will be just under 3,000 square feet, and will replace a 4,000 square foot triplex that is in a severe state of disrepair. The custom home will feature classic bungalow elements such as low-slung roofs, prairie-style windows, brick columns and wide eaves. A covered front porch and screened back porch will provide essential integration to the outdoor spaces.
This house will utilize geothermal heating and air, and will be certified by the Earthcraft House program. EarthCraft is a green building certification program for the Southeast, which emphasizes energy, water and resource-efficient construction. Builders accumulate points by meeting certain criteria in each of the key areas, and all are verified during site visits and inspections by a 3rd party technical advisor. EarthCraft-certified homes must also pass diagnostic tests for air infiltration and duct leakage standards. The result is a home that is extremely energy and water efficient, with high indoor air quality, constructed with reduced impact on the environment. Many of the elements of the program are simply based in sound building practices, and we will achieve certification on this house with almost no increase in costs to the homeowners. Click here to read more about the Earthcraft program.
With an overwhelming amount of home remodeling, building and design information to sift through online, we wanted to share just a few of the resources that we would recommend first:
Fine Homebuilding - this site provides some of the best technical advice and how-to guides that you can find. The contributors are real experts, and you can get information on best practices for just about any aspect of home construction that you can think of.
Green Building Advisor - we find that this site has the most trustworthy, well-researched and boiled down information on all things Green. There is a lot of content about Green building on the Web, but a lot of it is just fluff, and not supported by any real research or data. GBA strips away the fluff, and provides real information rooted in technical analysis.
Houzz - far from a technical resource, Houzz mainly serves as inspiration for clients thinking about improving their homes. It has an enormous database of pictures that are submitted by people all over the world, it's all categorized, and it allows users to search for particular design elements that they are considering. Very user friendly.