Posts made in March, 2009


Sustainable vs. Green


Posted By on Mar 8, 2009

There are differences between sustainable and green even though these terms are often used as interchangeable. This article in Scientific American on the Top 10 Myths About Sustainability gives a whole lot of information on the sustainability motif. There are of course some overlaps in the two terms, but I agree that sustainability is more important than green. When building new homes the replacement time for flooring, appliances, roofing, siding, heating systems, etc., can be a much greater concern than just building “green”. The best option would be to optimize both your sustainability and your “greenness” when you are choosing building materials and design. That saves money both in the short term and in the long term…sounds good to me.

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Too Much Green for Green?


Posted By on Mar 8, 2009

As almost every entrepreneur is jumping on the green bandwagon I’m seeing more evidence that greed is slowly slipping in. I’m not sure about other places in the United States, but in rural Maine we don’t have the resources to spend too much green (our VERY hard earned dollars) on green technology. I love this slide show highlighting the “Ecofabulous Home.” This is a 1000 square foot home filled with green technology and energy saving sustainable building ideas, mixed with contemporary beauty. For all the beauty and “greenness” the price tag ranges between $200,000-$300,000. This is just a bit rich for my wallet – I am healthy, but I don’t think I’ll be living long enough to see a savings payback that will justify spending that much money up front. What I’m really looking for is the practical green, not the pricey green.

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Knowledge is Precious


Posted By on Mar 8, 2009

Okay – so I really thought I had a handle on green products and building. I do spend a bit of time each week researching and learning so I can try to make intelligent comments on green technology. The problem is, I’m just not an engineer or a scientist, and I can’t believe how hard it is to keep up with the current information. It actually made me laugh out loud when I tried to answer some of these simple quiz questions on CNET news that were generated from photos taken at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Green Building Conference. If you want to see what the latest and greatest is in the green building and sustainable energy world, this is a great place to start. I won’t bother telling you how I scored on the quiz…just suffice it to say that I have a bit more to learn.

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Ten Reasons to Remodel NOW.


Posted By on Mar 8, 2009

Now may be the best time ever to remodel. This Old House has posted these 10 ten reasons why to remodel now.

  • Interest rates for qualified borrowers are at a low
  • Slow housing starts are creating a better choice of contractors
  • Slow housing starts are creating a quicker availability of contractors
  • The price of materials has dropped
  • Some contractors are offering discounts on their prices to become more competitive
  • Due to market conditions, in general only the better contractors have survived
  • Due to market conditions you will own your home longer and enjoy the renovations more
  • Due to market conditions renovations will not likely cause a tax burden
  • Renovations can slash your energy bills
  • When the market conditions change you will be ready to sell

Perhaps you would rather be buying a new home but now just isn’t the time for you. These are great reasons to consider renovations instead. If you can afford to do some moderate renovations now, when the market picks up, your home will be ready for selling. Here at Schiavi Home Builders we can do your renovations on your existing home and when you are ready to build a new home we’ll be right there for you. Doing what you can to prepare for the future is a smart move and we’d like to walk you through that. Give us a call today.

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Modular Home Introductory Video


Posted By on Mar 8, 2009

Although there has been a lot of information available on the modular process recently, I thought this video; Modular Home Introductory Video from NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders) was exceptionally instructional. It shows a little more of the factory process and clarifies that modular building can be customized. I have made multiple factory tours of systems built products and it always fascinates me. Every process is so efficient and each worker does his or her job with such precision. That really shines through in this video – it’s worth watching.

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