Christmas Light Tips from an Electrician

Christmas Light Tips from an Electrician

Tis the season of fallen leaves, dropping temperatures, and the mad rush to put up Christmas lights before the snow falls.  But did you know that you have more to worry about than frostbitten fingers? According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 150 homes are burned, with 8 people killed and 14 people injured annually from incorrect use of holiday lights?

While you’re shaking out the strings of tangled twinkle lights, consider these Christmas lighting tips from a Master Electrician on how to safely deck your halls, roofs and trees for the holiday.

Construction drones skyrocket with new FAA policy

Construction drones skyrocket with new FAA policy

This past Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled a new rulebook that allows for the use of drones for commercial purposes. The policy is designed to ensure these remote-controlled aircraft can safely share the skis with commercial and passenger planes. Drones have increasingly become a game changing technology in the construction industry by enabling an easier way to track progress and conduct site surveys.

Experienced Homeowners Build Green. Will you?

Experienced Homeowners Build Green. Will you?

With experience comes expertise, and as a first-time homeowner, there is no shortage of things to learn.  The impact of what seemed like a small decisions during the homebuilding process can be huge in later years. Perhaps look and feel drove most of the decisions – Granite! Wood! Gray! But did they think about long-term maintenance costs? Energy saving opportunities? The impact those decisions have on the environment?

Millennials (birth years ranging from early 1980's to the early 2000's) are no stranger to the topics of global warming and our carbon footprint. A 2011 Pew Research Survey revealed Millennials are more likely to favor green energy projects. In fact, many in the Generation Y category consider themselves global citizens that can influence the world with the power of their wallet.

2016 is the Year of Smart Homes

2016 is the Year of Smart Homes

The Parade of Homes showcases the most popular trends in new home construction and remodels, but you need to look beyond paint color and tile selection to see the biggest revolution in home building. In fact, 2016 is being called the Year of Smart Homes.

A recent Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey found that almost half (45%) of all Americans either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016. And adoption skyrocketing, with a BI Report estimating 67% growth over the next five years; a rate significantly faster than smartphone or tablet device growth!

A Parade of Popular Home Features for 2016

A Parade of Popular Home Features for 2016

With the Parade of Home comes, well, a parade of fads and trends – color, design, features, extras. Will it be concrete countertops, outdoor kitchens, or open floor plans?

No one appreciates the vast amount of choices one must make to turn a blueprint into a reality like the single-family homebuilder. It’s the builder who is responsible for making the customer experience as pleasant as possible. And a large part of that responsibility is to ultimately help the customer make decisions that not only look good, but also result in a high quality home. Enter: the Parade of Homes.

Build Green, and We’re Not Talking Paint Color

Build Green, and We’re Not Talking Paint Color

With an ever-increasing focus on how humans impact the environment, it’s no surprise that Green Building isn’t just for corporate executives looking to save a tax dollar. Individuals - single-family homeowners - are asking their contractors for sustainable building, and the answer better be, “sure, we can do that!”

In fact, single-family builders are readying themselves for more questions about green construction. A recent survey by Dodge Data & Analytics found that over half of residential homebuilders expect 60% of their projects will be Green by 2020. This is largely driven by consumer demand, and the belief that customers will pay more for green.