Veteran receives new home in Busch Stadium surprise

By Kim Hibbs Saturday night, we had the incredible honor of partnering with Operational FINALLY HOME and the St. Louis Cardinals to surprise US Army Specialist Heath Howes and his family with the news that they'll be moving into a mortgage-free home in the St. Louis area in 2017. The Howes family traveled to Busch […]

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Top Four Green Cleaning Products For Your Home

There are many benefits to green homes, including lower utility bills and improved durability. But did you know that green homeowners live in a more comfortable home than those who build using standard materials and methods? The first thing you notice when you walk into a building is the quality of the air inside. You […]

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Four Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Green Home Builder

  Green is a very popular color these days, especially in the home building industry. And it might not be for the reason you are thinking. More people are choosing to build and buy green homes – not just because they are good for the planet – but because green, high performance homes save homeowners […]

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Details Give Finished Basements a Unique Look

  A finished basement doesn’t have to be one size fits all. There are many things you can do so that your lower level living is just as nice as the rest of your home, and most of that has to do with paying attention to the details. Here are a few things you can […]

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#EarthDay Home Design Tip: Building a Rain Garden

  Last year we built a custom home in Webster Groves, MO for very savvy and green-minded homeowners. When finished, they had a Gold Level green verified home through the NGBS, and is highly efficient. Beyond the green building materials and high performance building practices used in the home construction process, there were several green design features the homeowners added, including a rain […]

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Why I Became a Master Certified Green Professional

By: Kim Hibbs As with most professions, continuing education is important in the custom home building industry. Last year, I finished my education in and became a “Master Certified Green Professional.” I had earned my CGP (Certified Green Professional) designation several years ago, and continue to be committed to building high performance homes. In addition to classroom […]

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5 Ways to Increase Your Curb Appeal in One Weekend

By Kim Hibbs If you’re not in the market for a new custom home, perhaps you’d like suggestions on easy ways to spruce up your existing home. These five projects don’t take much time, or cost much money and they can add instant curb appeal. Paint Your Front Door – Why not choose a fun […]

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St. Louis’s Most Walkable Suburbs: Does Yours Step Up?

In the market for a new house or putting your humble abode up for sale? Then you are no stranger to the often quipped real estate chant, “Location, location, location!” These days there is an all important location caveat that is getting a lot more attention from home buyers- walkability. The days of jumping in […]

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How to Protect Your Home from Winter Water Damage

The cold weather we have gotten in the St. Louis region could be trouble for pipes located on exterior walls, especially in older homes. Just one small crack could leak around 250 gallons of water in one day – the same amount of water found in ten completely full bathtubs. Here are a few tips […]

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Olivette High Efficiency Renovation Features Cool New Window Product

Last year we finished a high performance home renovation on a home the Levine family in Olivette, MO inherited from their grandparents. (You can read more about that home on our blog and on Alive Magazine’s website) Shortly thereafter their parents, the Friedmans, decided that it was time to renovate their family home, and they called […]

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Mr. Belcher Goes to Washington

As most of you know there is a lot of activity in both the executive and legislative branches of federal government focused on energy. Energy production and transportation is a huge national and international issue that even speaks to the national security of our country. Because of the high and rising costs associated with all […]

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Is green important to home buyers? Survey says: Yes!

An energy efficient home is an important investment, and for some of our clients it is the biggest investment their family will make. When we discuss our high performance homes, we keep our main focus on the cost savings benefits because energy efficient homes are unique in that there is a return on investment. However, […]

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Energy Efficient Home Building by the Numbers

In the last decade green building has made major progress. What was once considered a somewhat specialized way of building has become a part of the general home building lexicon, and now it is common for the average home building client to consider multiple green building options while planning their custom home. With energy efficient […]

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