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Traton Homes Brings Cobb County New Homes to Cook’s Farm

Traton HomesAtlanta new home builder Traton Homes just announced that it will build nine Cobb County new homes at Cook’s Farm in Kennesaw, a beautiful established community in the Harrison High School district. Cook’s Farm boasts an elegant streetscape, and the homes Traton is building will feature attractive elevations with three-sides brick, cedar shake and/or stone exteriors and side-entry garages with carriage-style doors. These homes will be priced from the mid-$300,000s and will be available soon.

You’ll love showing of your new home. Interiors will feature luxurious owners’ suites and gourmet kitchens with finishes like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and maple cabinetry.

Plus, these Traton Homes will be in the middle of it all. Cook’s Farm is in a great Cobb County location, convenient to top-notch schools, shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation. Homeowners will enjoy quick and easy access to West Cobb County, including The West Cobb Avenue, Lost Mountain Park and the Northwestern YMCA.

Children living at Cook’s Farm attend excellent area schools including Bullard Elementary, McClure Middle and as mentioned above, Harrison High schools.

To visit the community, take I-75 north to Barrett Parkway (exit 269). Turn left off the exit and travel 3.2 miles to Stilesboro Road. Turn right onto Stilesboro Road, and then turn left onto Acworth Due West Road. Cook’s Farm is on the left.

For more information on Cook’s Farm, call 770-590-8272 or visit www.TratonHomes.com.

Atlanta Home Builder Offers Home Care Tips

Atlanta home builder Traton HomesIt’s officially spring which means it’s time for a little cleaning, and Atlanta home builder, Traton Homes, has some spring home care tips to help you get on your way.

Your home has missed out on a little TLC over the winter. While others may tell you to dust your baseboards and wash all of your curtains to give your home the love it needs, Traton Homes has some things that you should be doing to your home that you may not even be thinking about to keep it performing at its best. Below are a few suggestions.

Inspect your air conditioner: The last thing you want to do is to try to turn on the A/C on the first day that the heat has become too unbearable to keep the air off any longer and find that it’s not working. Call a qualified HVAC contractor now to make sure your system is running efficiently.

Check your water heater: This is another major appliance that you don’t want to go out. If your unit is older than five years, then check the bottom for any leaking or rusting. If you find any, then it’s probably time to replace the unit.

Check for leaky window sills: Once you do turn on your A/C, you don’t want all that cool air to leak outside. Check your window sills, door sill and thresholds for cracks, replace your weather stripping and caulk the edges.

Traton Homes is a metro Atlanta home builder that has been building quality new homes for more than 40 years.

For more information, visit http://www.TratonHomes.com.

Signature Homes Offers Buyers Energy Saving Amenities

Bay Area Homes at Silver OakTop San Francisco home builder, Signature Homes, offers high-quality building options and the latest in energy saving amenities. From ENERGY STAR® appliances to sustainable flooring, this 2010 Builder of the Year provides the tools needed to promote green living.

Every Bay Area home is made with the aforementioned amenities in addition to high-efficiency toilets and low VOC paints. These homes offer reduced levels of pollution, green house gases and are less dependent on finite energy sources.

Buyers of Signature Homes not only promote health in the environment, they also save money by investing in homes equipped with environmentally conscious elements. These elements improve residents’ quality of life as they save energy and money. Build It Green has come alongside Signature Homes to ensure that every home is constructed with environmentally conscious materials.

The builder constructs new homes in several Bay Area and Sacramento communities with features such as elegant kitchens, ceramic tile flooring, granite slab countertops and Whirlpool appliance packages in addition to their energy saving construction.

Signature Homes has built over 6,000 homes in more than 70 residential communities in the Bay Area and Sacramento region with no end in sight. Thousands of buyers have become part of the Signature Homes family and with new plans on the horizon, there will be many more to come.

Signature Homes has sought to combine the environmentally conscious elements of green building with sophisticated design in each of its unique Bay Area homes. These energy saving amenities provide homeowners with energy renewable homes that are both affordable and luxurious.

For more information about Signature Homes or its communities, visit the website.

Sterling Custom Homes Pours Foundation at Newest Lake Travis Home

Sterling Custom HomesSterling Custom Homes has been building high-quality green Austin luxury real estate for the last 20 years. Because of the expertise and dedication to detail shown in their projects, Sterling Custom Homes has become the preferred builder for homeowners at The Reserve at Lake Travis.

Most recently, Sterling poured the foundation for its second custom home in the community, which is developed by Hal Jones Development Team. The luxurious and elegant home is perched on a cliff and overlooks Lake Travis.

The community is nestled among 3.5 miles of shoreline on the southern banks of Lake Travis. Waterfront home sites are priced from the $199’s, and the maintenance-free villas are priced from the $500s.

Homeowners in The Reserve at Lake Travis enjoy resort-style amenities including a private Cypress Club Pavilion, lazy river pool with swim up bar, full-service equestrian center and world-class marina for its members.

As one of the top Austin home builders, Sterling places emphasis on every aspect of the homebuilding process, knowing that these aspects translate to the home buyers’ lifestyle and enjoyment of their home. From everything down to site selection at The Reserve at Lake Travis, the builder offers advice and design solutions for all preferences. For more information, visit Sterling Custom Homes online or call 512-263-2214.

HomeAid Atlanta Does Green Retrofit on Decatur Homeless Facility

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s official charity, HomeAid Atlanta, is partnering up to help retrofit a Decatur homeless shelter.

HomeAid will work alongside Decatur Cooperative Ministry and WellHome in the project.

The project also has national significance. This particular retrofit is the first undertaking of HomeAid America’s national Environmental Sustainability Program. Funded by a $600,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the program aims to benefit existing facilities for the homeless by retrofitting and installing energy-efficient upgrades.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in the Decatur and DeKalb area, operates the home that will undergo the retrofit. DCM and HomeAid’s partnership is a longstanding one as the two are united in their efforts to provide for the temporarily homeless.

To-do items include air sealing, insulating the attic and crawl space, adding a radiant barrier to the roof rafters, tightening ducts, installing energy-efficient lighting and repairing the roof.

General Electric has donated energy-efficient home appliances and lighting that will be installed to make the house greener.

When the retrofit is finished, the home’s energy efficiency will be increase, cutting down on operating costs and utility bills. The modifications from the retrofit are estimated to reduce the home’s energy usage by about 40 percent.

For more information about HomeAid Atlanta or The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, visit the organizations online.

Save Money and Help the Environment with these Tips

Although the economy may be beginning to turn around, many families are still looking for ways to save money while becoming more energy efficient. Record summer temperatures in many states and an impending cold winter in other’s can cause a huge dent in our monthly budgets. Not to mention the rising cost of fuel, food and other necessities. If you’re looking to save money, as well as energy, then we can help.

Below are some tips provided by the National Corn Growers Association to get you started.

  • Fill Up with Ethanol: Gasoline with 10 percent ethanol not only helps lower gas prices, but it also assists with stretching the petroleum supply. Recently, experts noted that ethanol has lowered gas prices by 15 percent, saving drivers $70 billion dollars this year alone.
  • Purchase Hybrids or Flex Fuel Vehicles: You can save money at the gas pump while helping the environment when you invest in a hybrid or vehicle that runs on E-85, an 85 percent ethanol blend fuel.
  • Buy Locally Grown Foods: Packaging, transportation, advertising and profits account for 24 cents on the food dollar. By choosing local meat, milk and produce, you not only support your local farmers, you also eliminate the costly transportation bill.
  • Turn off Your Home: According to the United States Department of Energy, a whopping 75 percent of electricity used in a home occurs while your appliances are off. Unplug these items or use a power strip to cut off power when not in use.
  • Set Your Thermostat: Although winter may seem months away, keeping your home nice and toasty raises your energy bill. Keep in mind that for every degree you lower the thermostat in the 60 to 70 degree range this winter, you’ll save 5 percent on your home’s heating costs.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help lower your energy bills while making a positive impact on the environment.

Do you have more money and energy saving tips? Share them here.

Sterling Custom Homes Constructs New Homes in Boomtown

Sterling Custom HomesWhat makes Austin, Texas so special? It’s not the cowboy hats and big belt buckles. In fact, just visit the city and it will make quite a different impression. Austin is rich in culture, history, job opportunities and Austin luxury real estate, landing it on ProximityOne’s “Top 10 real estate boomtowns: 2020.”

“Austin, Texas is an alluring location because of its sophisticated style and taste,” said Duke McDowell, president of Sterling Custom Homes. “We strive to provide custom homes that match each of our client’s individual preferences as well as the city’s unique charm.”

If you’re interested in calling Austin home, then contact Sterling Custom Homes. For more than 20 years, the Austin builder has been one of the top home builders in Texas boasting cutting-edge designs and unique floor plans, to fit every buyer’s needs.

Not sure if you want to live in one Austin’s premier custom home, private gated and resort golf communities? Sterling’s homes are featured at all types of luxury locations. You’ll find them at Lakeway, Village of the Hills, Rough Hollow, Caslano, Seven Oaks, Barton Creek, Mirador Drive, River Place, Spanish Oaks and The Reserve at Lake Travis.

Why put it off any longer? Contact Sterling Custom Homes today to begin designing the home of your dreams.

Lake Lots at The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala

lake lots at lake nantahalaGoing green means enjoying the great outdoors. In the midst of the hot summer months, there is no better place to enjoy the weather, sun and green surroundings than at a lake! After a day at The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala, you’re likely to want to stay a lifetime, and that’s possible! There are 13 new and exclusive home sites with lake and mountain views in this community.

Developer Jon Flaig commented, “We’d like to invite you to join us for a day at the lake. We are so confident that you will find great value and lifestyle at The Village, we bet you will want to build your dream vacation home and stay for a lifetime.”

When buyers schedule a visit* to The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala this summer, they will be treated to a full lifestyle experience including:

  • Lunch at the Lakes End Diner (home of the famous BIGfoot burger);
  • A $25 gas card;
  • A pontoon boat tour of the clear, blue lake;
  • A tour of available lots with unbeatable Lake Nantahala views; and
  • A chance to win a weekend at the lake this fall, in a cabin that sleeps up to 14.

The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala features 13 home sites priced from $94,900 to $129,900. There is no build-out requirement, so buyers can take their time planning their dream vacation homes. For buyers wishing to enjoy the lake sooner, the perfect mountain cabin program is available and includes a 1,400 square foot cabin with a view-facing covered porch.

The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala invites buyers to escape to the pristine waters and secluded forests of the western North Carolina mountains. Reflection offers customizable cabins in a private gated community with upscale amenities and gorgeous views of Lake Nantahala. Reflection is a tranquil retreat that’s still easily accessible from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Charlotte and many other metropolitan areas. For more information or to schedule a day-at-the-lake tour, call 866-218-8439 or visit www.lakenantahalareflection.com/thevillage. Also, make sure to “like” our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ReflectionLakeNantahala.

Help Gary Make a Wish Come True

Gary Grambley, Sterling Custom Homes’ sales director, will soon pound the pavement to better the lives of children with life-threatening diseases. He will participate in the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon as a platform to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas is also near and dear to the hearts of his employer, Sterling Custom Homes. The Austin luxury real estate builder is showing its support for Grambley and the foundation by pledging to match Grambley’s fundraising efforts up to $2,500.

Sterling Custom Homes also donated to the foundation earlier this year. The builder gave $1 per new Facebook “Like” from its fan page (http://www.facebook.com/sterlingcustomhomes), up to 300 new fans.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® (http://www.wish.org/) has been enhancing the lives of children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of wishes. The Foundation is composed of nearly 25,000 volunteers, enabling the non-profit to grant a wish every 40 minutes.

Grambley’s goal is to raise $5,000, the amount of money it takes to grant one child a wish. “Training for a marathon is a long, difficult endeavor,” said Grambley. “Knowing that my efforts will benefit a child in need will provide me with an added incentive when I hit the road for the 16, 18 and 20 plus mile training runs.”

Anyone interested in helping Grambley along in his fundraising efforts may donate online https://secure.wish.org/ourfriends/031-000/garygrambley.htm.

Sterling Custom Homes is one of the area’s top Austin home builders. For more information, visit the Sterling Custom Homes website.

The Orchards Group Goes Green To Save Some Green

eco comfort homeThe Orchards Group is going a little greener to help residents save on their energy bills. Though the builder already offers energy-efficient homes for active adults, the group has been receiving numerous requests from residents to help them save more money on energy bills.

“We worked with our suppliers to identify affordable energy-efficient products that will provide a good return on investment over the life of the home,” said Mitch Block, marketing director for The Orchards Group.

Thus the Eco-Comfort home was born! Ground has been broken on this home at its popular Forsyth County community The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm.

Usually a $10,900 upgrade on the Winston, the smart buyer who purchases this demonstration home at Brannon Oak Farm will pay only $7,900.  Specific upgraded features are available individually or as a package.

The Eco-Comfort Home package includes:

  • A tankless hot water system with a re-circulating pump providing instant hot water.
  • the orchards group, winston model, eco-comfort homeA high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system.
  • A radiant barrier between the roof shingles and the attic which keeps the attic (and house) 20% cooler.
  • Increased insulation for greater hot and cold protection.
  • Water saving Dual flush commodes.

The home features the Winston plan. This floor plan features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a room that can be a parlor or a third bedroom.  The model has a living and dining room open to the kitchen, a sunroom, a screened porch, a large master bedroom with walk-in closet and true walk-up attic storage. Eco-Comfort features, availability and pricing may vary in other floor plans.

For more information on the Eco-Comfort home, visit The Orchards Group‘s website.