Posts made in May, 2009


Your New Home, in the Country


Posted By on May 9, 2009

You’ve always wanted to live in the country and you finally built your dream home in a rural area. If you’ve never lived in the country before, beware of the rural lifestyle and don’t be caught being a “Citiot.” According to the Granite Hill Design Rural Handout – a Citiot is defined as: “An urban or suburban person, in a rural area, who fails to respect local culture or standards of behavior. Derivation: city + idiot. Opposite of bumpkin.”

You might be a “citiot” if you think…
“There are no rules out in the country.”
“Driving fast on these winding roads is fun!”
“Insects are pests, and should be killed.”
“Wildlife is dangerous, and carries diseases.”
“Everyone will love our decorative outdoor lights.”
“I have a well, so I can use all the water I want to.”
“Get your horse off the road. Roads are for cars.”

A few more bits of wisdom coming from years of living in the country:

  • We like our privacy – do not under any circumstances cut down all of the trees on your lot so you can see our home.
  • There should not be sidewalks on rural roads – do not petition the town office for money to be spent building a sidewalk in your rural neighborhood.
  • Yes it is dark in the nighttime, no we do not need streetlights.

Any more questions about rural life? Talk to your neighbor, I’m sure they will be happy to let you know the ins and outs of living in the country. They truly don’t want you to earn the reputation of being a “citiot.”

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Practically Green


Posted By on May 8, 2009

Roger Valdez wrote this great article: Does Green Building Have to Break the Bank? Valdez explores the intuitive feeling we get when we are building green that it is going to cost us a whole lot more money.  There are several links to good articles in his post that validate the idea that green building doesn’t have to be impractical – it just feels that way.  He also brings up a definition of what green building is according to the Federal Reserve Bank.  It is a much more workable definition than we are use to.  If you want to look at the practical side of green building, read Valdez’s article and click on the links he provides.  There is a lot of useful information that will calm your fears about how you can afford to build green.  As always, if you want some additional information on green building, contact one of our housing specialists here at Schiavi Home Builders.  We will help you find answers to your questions.

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I found this blog post on the Best Green Tips site that has so much information it was too good not to share.  This post is broken into three sections:

  • Cons of remodeling green
  • Pros of remodeling green
  • Pros of Building or Buying a New Green Home

Each section lists pros and cons with multiple links for more information.  It is a great one stop look that helps you make a more informed decision about your building project.  If you have any additional questions after reading all of this information, call one of our Home Specialists to help you decide what your best course of action is.

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Renewable Energy Broadcast


Posted By on May 8, 2009

Are you interested in learning more about energy sources and issues but you don’t have time to sit down and read a lot of technical data?  Try listening to this broadcast from New Hampshire’s Public Radio station.  They devoted a lot of time to looking at renewable energy in New England and then broadcast their findings with a knowledgeable panel of experts.  Sometimes it’s easier to listen while we’re doing other things, rather than stopping everything to read an article.  This will give you an opportunity to learn a lot of information.

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The Carbon Footprint


Posted By on May 8, 2009

So it’s coming…..I read this article about a new program called Autodesk and my usual Pollyanna attitude went right out the door. What is presented as a tool to help control the carbon emissions in the cities around the world, I see as a government windfall. Here it comes….a manipulative software application of measuring the carbon footprint…a way to create an across the board evaluation of our carbon footprint so a new tax on the people can be created. Perhaps we can start a betting pool for the beginning date of this new tax…it’s not too early. I have to say, I hope I am wrong. I hope that this really is just a tool that gets used to monitor the carbon emissions and then we correct the problems. That would be the best scenario – yet I am not all that hopeful. Either way, with carbon emissions “measurable” instantly it will effect the building industry, making everyone that much more conscientious of how their new home is adding to the numbers.

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