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A No-Brainer: Top 3 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are no longer a niche product reserved for ultra-modern homes. They are now an expected amenity to be included in all new builds, so it’s worth digging into the money-saving features you can expect from these devices. Read on to learn more about the benefits of programmable thermostats and how they can be […Read More]

News Release: Amaris Homes, LLC Wins Top Award for Innovation

MAPLEWOOD, Minn., Dec. 21, 2017 – Amaris Homes, a custom home builder specializing in green home design, received Grand Winner recognition at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards. The builder won in the “Innovation in Custom Homes (spec)” category for its Zero Energy Ready Home model in Afton, Minnesota. Amaris Homes has committed […Read More]

How Much Do Energy Star Appliances Save?

Most people like the idea of saving the Earth, and everyone likes the idea of saving money. For this reason, it’s easy to see why Energy Star appliances have spiked in popularity over the past few years as they promise to do both of those things for the consumer. It’s already proven that these appliances […Read More]

Non Toxic Flooring Options: A Guide to Safe Surfaces

When choosing new flooring for a home, a homeowner’s most common considerations are likely to include price, durability and appearance. What some people forget to include on their list of priorities is a material’s toxicity level. Some materials are harmful to the environment while others negatively affect interior air quality. Our guide outlines some of […Read More]

How to Make Your Home Green-Friendly: Ideas You Should Embrace

Picture this: You’re sitting in your newly renovated living room, enjoying nearly 1,000 square feet of pure relaxation. So far, this space has lived up to all your expectations. Suddenly, National Geographic flashes across your TV screen with images of deforestation. There was nothing in the brochure about green building practices, but they probably figured […Read More]

How Much Do Solar Panels Save on Electricity Bills?

Common misunderstandings about solar power systems are that they are expensive, only for green environmentalists, or don’t make sense in Minnesota. However, nothing could be further from the truth. People of all ages and professions, especially baby boomers looking for a cost-effective energy solution on a fixed income, are drawn to this option and excited […Read More]

Part #3 How Much Per Square Foot Will My Home Cost?

Over the last two posts, on “How Much Per Square Foot Will My Home Cost”, I have laid important ground work why that is a difficult question to answer. Reading only this post without reading Part #1 and #2 does yourself an injustice so I highly recommend you start at Part #1. When calculating construction […Read More]

Part #2 How Much Per Square Foot Will My Home Cost?

In our last post we discussed how products with similar features (e.g. a roof, a foundation, a bathroom, a kitchen, etc) can have widely different costs per square foot when building a house. If you didn’t read Part #1, I highly recommend you read that post first as it will give you the general basis […Read More]

Part #1 How Much Per Square Foot Will My Home Cost?

Sadly, one of the very first questions buyers often ask is “what is the cost of a home per square foot?” The reason I say sadly, is this question programs most builders to cut as many corners as possible and cheapen up the home’s quality at every corner in order to reduce the cost per […Read More]

Top 15 Kitchen Design Tips: Part 3

To conclude our three part series on the items that go into a great kitchen, we’re featuring our most handy building tips yet. Well-built kitchens are well thought out, so be sure to consider every detail. Kitchens aren’t just for cooking – they can also be used for entertaining or unwinding. That’s why you need […Read More]

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