What Lurks in your Basement Finds a Home in your Lungs

by Cody Farmer

Dust Mites. Mold spores. Bacterial organisms. Tiny creatures live in our air on a continual basis – indoor and outdoor. We’ve managed to live with them for thousands of years without ever noticing, all the while dealing with illnesses that our doctors and scientists couldn’t figure out. Over the last several decades scientists have been putting two and two together to make four as they’ve discovered that many human ailments are no longer a mystery. Itchy/watery eyes, various breathing problems, skin irritations and more now have a culprit – micro-organisms in our indoor air!

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LEED vs PHIUS: Which one do I Choose?

by Cody Farmer

When considering which building standard to use when designing your next building, it’s important to do these kinds of fair comparisons. We could also do a similar comparison to Energy Star (which I just might do) or other building models out there, but for now, let’s focus on these two standards. Our friend Ken Levenson of FourSevenFive.com had a few key points on the subject:

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The Best Home Plan in Light of the Retirement Years

by Cody Farmer

We’re all headed towards retirement…someday. Because of that fact, everyone seems to have a piece of advice for us regarding our “golden years”. Financial gurus are always advising people in their 20s and 30s to begin to think of retirement now so that you can save up a “nest egg” for those non-working years ahead. Health experts give all kinds of advice on how to care for your body starting early on to give your later aging body a chance at a healthy quality of life. Lawyers advise us to write hospital/hospice directives regarding our care if we are unable to voice our wants at any time, and they also tell us we need to write a will and keep it up to date for the sake of our children or spouse when we’re gone. Like I said EVERYONE seems to have advice on retirement. What I haven’t heard expressed often enough is the need to advise you (and myself) on the importance of proper housing during those retirement years. Have you thought about the best place to live during retirement?

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Why is this place called "Traveler's Rest"?

by Cody Farmer

What would you say if I told you that this beautiful home is 4 times the size of the typical single family home but uses only half the energy? Amazing, right?

Vicki Hutchinson, the owner of Traveler’s Rest, a 6,800 SQFT Certified Passive House, was interested in building an energy efficient, green home which is what led her to finding us. Her only bill is electricity and last month it was $17!

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