Know your Air Conditioning SEER Rating

Do you know your Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating?

Knowing a thing or two about how an air conditioner’s SEER rating works can help you save money and energy down the road. The following infographic will help you understand a little more about the importance of paying attention to the SEER rating of an air conditioning unit. For instance, a central AC with a SEER of 14 is at least 50% more efficient than one built just ten years ago.

Having an efficient central air conditioning units is one of the fastest and most noticeable ways to knock some serious coin off of your energy bill every month. Of course, having an energy efficient home is also a crucial part of living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

If you are shopping for a new air conditioning unit for your home, arm yourself with facts and purchase responsibly. Your energy costs and the Earth will be better off as a result! Or better yet, ask your HomeSource project manager which unit to use for your home.

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Get Your Landscape Contractor Into the Mix Before Starting Construction

Are you getting ready to build a custom home? While you going over your blueprints you should also connect with a landscape contractor before breaking ground. Sound crazy? Read this guest post from our recent client, Perry, on why it is important to select a contractor in the earliest stages of your new home project.

Why should you get your landscape contractor into the mix before starting construction?

We felt it wise to bring a landscaper in at the earliest stages of our project. A good one will have ideas about how to integrate the building structure with the terrain and existing plants. The area to be cleared for our house included some huge mountain laurels (some 20-feet tall with 12-inch diameter trunks, robust rhododendrons, a few, lovely, transplantable hardwoods, and healthy hemlock saplings. A good landscape designer will stage the removal and transplanting of these larger specimens temporarily to other areas of the lot, before the first dozer comes in to clear for the building.

April is unique: she’s a skilled designer of both landscaping and kitchens. She knows which plants bloom when and in what colors, and which are hardy for our climate. Not only that, but she gets her hands dirty on her jobs, supervising her crews, digging holes, moving topsoil—you name it.

April has a great sense of the balance be

April of In-Site Out Design

April of In-Site Out Design

tween beauty and practicality. She can get the most out of her resources (and your budget). She designs and installs for the long haul—such as spacing plants and saplings far enough apart that they expand into a wild thicket as they mature—rather than just look nicely spaced for the first year or so.

Her company is In-Site Out Design. Contact her by email or phone: 828-777-1627.

Guest post by: Perry A.

Website: New Home Journal

How We Chose Our Land

Below you will find a guest post from one of our HomeSource Builders clients. His home just won the Silver Craftmanship Award in the 2016 Parade of Homes.

How We Chose Our Land

Here, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we could have chosen a premium-priced lot with a mountain view, which is most often steeper, and more costly to build on, and often farther from town. But, for a similar price, we found a larger parcel, tucked in the woods, in a low-density development with a large park area for dogs, kids, and adults to roam in the grass near converging streams, a rustic pavilion, and lots of indigenous, tall shade trees.

We wanted to buy a lot from an establisSONY DSChed, trusted developer, who would be around for years. Bridgewater was developed on part of Taylor Ranch, known for its longhorn cattle. Fourth-generation Cane Creek Valley resident, Billy Taylor, planned Bridgewater to be open, wooded, quiet, and accessible. Rural, but not remote, and with top-quality public schools nearby, it felt right for us.

The one-and-a-quarter-acre lot we chose is wooded, with the building site intentionally set back about 125 feet from the street, among a variety of hardwoods, pines, mountain laurels,  rhododendron, and galax. It slopes gently toward the back, so it accommodated our single-story-with-walkout-basement plan. We intentionally kept a natural rise in the 100-foot-long driveway, which has afforded a degree of privacy.

Guest post by HomeSource Client: Perry A.

Website: New Home Journal

 

How to Prepare for the Movers to Come

At HomeSource we know all too well that moving can be no fun! With the New Year approaching, you may be considering a move in 2017.  When it comes to getting ready for the movers, there are some things you can do to make the process smoother. Check out the infographic provided by A&C Brothers Moving & Storage below and get the tips you need to help you prepare for the movers.

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Guest Post by: Michelle West