We are proud to announce that we have received the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award for 2015! This award is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our commitment to building quality energy efficient homes. Last year Grand Homes built 328 100% Energy Star Certified homes, which is equivalent to:
- Growing 14,104 tree seedlings for 10 years
- Avoiding the consumption of 1,291 barrels of oil
- Removing 117 passenger vehicles from the road!
Every Grand Home typically produces 15-20% savings over other new homes and as much as 40% energy savings over the average pre-owned home.
Here’s a helpful tip for extra Springtime savings:
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans. This will force cool air down and warm air up, bringing that nice cool breeze down into your rooms where it belongs.
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To find out more about what makes a Grand Home Energy Star certified, visit their website here.
Kids are back in school, and the days of no homework, projects or book reports are gone. With a nice break for even a couple of months, getting back into a routine and staying organized can seem over-whelming and chaotic. How will you balance assignments, extra-curricular activities and meals, and maintain your sanity? Grand Homes has responded to the challenge. Our homes are designed to help you and your family stay organized, so we wanted to share some of our most functional spaces, and give tips to help you manage your home effectively.
This space in the Grand Homes model in Parker is conveniently located in the kitchen and can serve as a functional space for mom and kids alike. It is well lit, has a large work surface, and has lots of storage – perfect for homework, projects and day-to-day organizing. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this desk area allows for kids or mom to get work done while still being accessible if needed.
Home management centers like this are great places to post all calendars of school activities, assignment due dates, sports games, meetings, vacations, and lunch menus. Everyone can update and check schedules easily, and it helps you stay on top of things and start establishing a routine. (more…)
Happy Earth Day! As an Energy Star partner since 2006, Grand Homes has dedicated itself over the recent years to create homes that not only improve the lives of our customers, but our planet. Because of our efforts in protecting the environment and promoting energy efficient construction, the EPA recognized Grand Homes in 2009 and 2011 with the Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award. We have worked hard to constantly be improving our materials, processes and standards to build something that is energy efficient and safe.
So what does it mean to be an Energy Star partner, or to build an energy efficient home? To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes. (more…)
It’s tax time again. The time of year when everyone is gathering W2s, 1099s and other financial documents from the past year to not only prepare for filing their taxes, but to determine how much can be saved through deductions and credits. Home and mortgage related expenses are one of the biggest ways to save money when filing, but we know it can be difficult and a little overwhelming to know exactly what and how you may be eligible for certain tax breaks. Since we want to help you get the most out of your tax refund, here are eight ways homeowners can benefit from the tax system. (more…)
The holiday season is a time spent gathered with family and friends enjoying food, admiring lights and sitting around a fire. It is also a time when many people are traveling to see their loved ones, and are away from their homes for several days. Overall, there is a lot that could go wrong.
We wanted to share some tips and tricks that help ensure everyone is as safe as possible this holiday season. Because there is nothing worse than having a strand of lights ruin your holiday. Here are some things to look out for. (more…)
Friday’s report on U.S. economic growth confirms two emerging trends about the long-ailing housing sector: It is finally delivering a lift to the economy, but it is not delivering anywhere near the kind of boost that it traditionally has during a period of economic expansion.
Housing has now contributed positively to the nation’s gross domestic product in six straight quarters, which hasn’t happened since the housing bubble burst in 2006.
Residential fixed investment accounted for 0.33 percentage point growth in GDP during the third quarter, up from 0.19 percentage point in the second quarter and 0.03 percentage point in the year-ago quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday.
Housing contributes to the economy in two key ways: the direct contribution to growth through home construction and improvements, and real-estate broker commissions, which is captured in the “residential investment” figures reported by Commerce.
But it also shapes consumer spending, through the so-called “wealth effect” (people may spend more when their homes rise in value because they feel richer, just as they might when stocks rise). Homeowners can also tap into the equity of their homes by taking out a home equity mortgage or through cash-out refinancing. (more…)
Fall is officially here! This means cooler temperatures, rainier weather and lots of debris from trees and bushes going dormant. We want you and your home to be well prepared all the way through winter, so we’re here to share some tips and tricks you can start crossing off your list now before it’s too late! These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will ultimately lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
1.) Examine your roof/gutters/downspouts for debris: Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it. Clear leaves, dirt, and sticks from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms. Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.
2.) Tune Up Your Heating System: For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.
3.) Reverse Your Ceiling Fan: If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises). This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings — and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings. (more…)
It’s that time of year again – back to school! Starting back to school can be a little stressful for both students and parents. Switching from the laid-back fun in the sun of summer to rules, homework, and routines can be a big jump for both parents and children. How will you keep your home organized? We put together some of our favorite spaces for home management, kids homework and more to make the transition easier.
This space in the Grand Homes model in Garland is conveniently attached to the kitchen and can serve as a functional space for mom and kids alike. It is well lit, has a large work surface, and has tons of storage – perfect for homework, projects and day-to-day organizing. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this work-zone allows for kids or mom to have a little privacy while still being accessible if needed. (more…)
It’s officially vacation season. The kids are out of school, you need a breather from work, and all the containers, flowerbeds, and houseplants you’ve worked so hard to plant and keep beautiful this spring are staring you in the face. How can you ensure your plants will survive a one or two week vacation? Here are some ideas that can help.
Before you quiz the pet-sitter on his or her gardening skills, head for the local home-improvement store to stock up on drip-irrigation materials, mulch, and a timer or two to connect to the outdoor faucet. Vegetable gardens and flower beds are the easiest for drip irrigation. Weave lengths of drip tape or “leaky pipe” through the plants and cover the beds – irrigation and all – with a thick layer of mulch. Pine straw, shredded bark, or even shredded newspaper and cardboard make excellent mulch for retaining moisture and keeping weeds at bay. Attach your irrigation system to a timer at the faucet. Set it to come on in the early morning hours to reduce evaporation. (more…)
On our blog we talk a lot about the features in our houses that appeal mostly to women – gourmet kitchens, spa baths, design features – the list goes on. But, with Father’s Day being this Sunday, we thought we would take time to highlight some of the features in our homes that Dad would enjoy most. Because while Mom may pick the house, decorate it and run it, Dad deserves to enjoy it too. So here are a couple ways Dad can enjoy his day right at home.
1. The Man – Kitchen: The ultimate outdoor cooking station equipped with a propane grill and built-in drainable basin perfect for filling with ice to keep beverages cool. It is the perfect set-up for grilling up some steaks or BBQ while spending time with family and friends.
2. The Pool – Grilling out in June is recipe for getting really hot and the best (and most fun) way to take care of that is to enjoy a swim in your very own pool. Great for setting up a basketball or volleyball net, or just sitting on a floatie catching some rays.
3. The Media Room – This Sunday both the U.S. Open and game 3 of the NBA Finals will be on TV – a dream for any sports-loving dad. Invite some of your best dad or non-dad friends over for the ultimate viewing experience.
4. The Man Cave – Last, but certainly not least, the thing every man wants in their home: a man cave. The ideal set-up for playing some rounds of poker, watching the game and whatever else men do in a man cave.
We hope you were inspired by our breif run down of ways this Father’s Day can be enjoyed at home – especially a Grand Home! Be sure to do at least one thing on our list – Happy Father’s Day!