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Ashton Woods Homes has Brilliant Basement Plans

Ashton Woods HomesHeritage at Kennesaw Mountain, Sterling Walk and Belmore Manor are Atlanta new homes that are sure to attain your homeowner dreams! Ashton Woods Homes created finished basement floor plans that are alluring, energy-efficient and selling out quickly. On a rainy or hot summer day, these charming basement spaces are perfect for having a chilled drink or playing board games with the kids.

Heritage at Kennesaw Mountain offers the popular Cambridge plan priced at $612,613 and provides 5,600 square feet. The Cambridge features six bedrooms and five baths as well as a gourmet kitchen on the main floor of the home. The breakfast room leads outside to a gorgeous patio deck with a screened in option that views a professionally landscaped yard perfect for rest and relaxation. The second story offers three additional bedrooms and a master suite with master bath. The basement also offers a sixth bedroom option as well as a study or game room space. Continue reading

New Alderwood Additions Coming this Summer

AlderwoodNew Atlanta townhomes are coming soon! Ashton Woods Homes has decided to build 10 more homes at Alderwood, and they are just in time for summer.

Alderwood is a lovely community located in Sandy Springs with great amenities on the way. Residents can stay nice and cool this summer by taking full advantage of the community pool! Residents can relax by the water’s edge while chatting with new neighbors. During the chilly summer nights, residents can warm up to the new outdoor fireplace. Continue reading

Being Green and Saving Green: Eco-Friendly Building Material Options

low-e windowWhen you’re building your Atlanta new home, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to consider and decide on during the process. One of the newest things that homeowners are adding to that list is how to build a more eco-friendly, green home. You know that you want your home to be economic, you want your building materials to last and you want your home to be energy efficient throughout its lifetime. While trying to incorporate as many as many of these energy and earth-friendly materials as possible, here are a few things you may want to consider:

  • Radiant floor heat – One thing to consider is how you are going to provide heat to your home, especially during the coldest winter months. Radiant heat rises out from the floor, and can be fueled by electricity, heated air or hot water. In single family homes, hot water systems are used most often because they are the most cost effective. Tubing is laid under the floor, and hot water funs through from the boiler.
  • Recycled wood or plastic composite lumber – Re-using materials that might end up in a landfill otherwise is a perfect way to make your home a little more green. These materials are becoming common in playground equipment, and the National Association of Home Builders reports that using plastic waster with wood fibers creates lumber that is less toxic and more durable than regular treated lumber. Materials with plastic help to reduce mold and rot, making it the perfect choice for decks and patios.
  • Low-e windows – Giving your house the ability to hold its temperature through low emissivity (low-e) windows is an easy way to make your home more energy-efficient. These windows require more of an upfront investment, but they quickly put that money back in your pocket through reduced energy bills.
  • Insulated concrete forms – Another alternative to wood is insulated concrete forms, which can reduce energy consumption by as much as 20 percent in colder climates.
  • Recycled steel – Using steel beams in construction can add stability and take away the risk of mold or rot you could get from wood. Steel beams are commonly made from scrap metal from cars, instead of a natural resource like wood. By using scrap metal, 75 percent less energy is used over making new steel.
  • Plant-based polyurethane rigid foam – Insulation plays a large part in whether or not your home is energy efficient. One of the best insulation options is made by a company that previously manufactured surfboards. After a slap on the wrist by the Environmental Protection Agency, the company stopped using hazardous materials in their boards and began using plant-based polyurethane rigid foam, which they realized was excellent insulation.

It is often the case that green products are initially more expensive, but by investing in the products now, you save in future energy costs over the lifetime of your home. You can also take even more pride in your energy-efficient Atlanta new home and know that you are benefiting the overall good of the environment.

Atlanta Townhome Buyers Love Alderwood in Sandy Springs

Atlanta townhomes at AlderwoodLove is in the air at Alderwood this spring! Atlanta townhome buyers cannot get enough of the community’s beautiful homes, great amenities and convenient location in Sandy Springs. Built by Ashton Woods Homes and priced from the upper $200,000s, these homes won’t last long!

Three energy efficient and architecturally floor plans are available. These include the Wentworth, Lenwood and Brighton.

Homes include amazing interior appointments such as welcoming foyers, livable family rooms with modern gas fireplaces, gourmet kitchens with islands and breakfast spaces, elegant dining rooms and large master suites with trey ceilings and private baths. Continue reading

GreenSmart Homes Make Every Day Earth Day

energy efficient homes for sale in AtlantaIf your family is looking to take your Earth Day celebrations from just a once a year thing to an everyday occurrence, there is no better way than choosing to live in one of Brock Built’s GreenSmart homes for sale in Atlanta.

Their GreenSmart homes are designed to not only be environmentally friendly, but also consume significantly less energy through features and standards related to HVAC systems, appliances, light fixtures, insulation, house wrap and air sealing.

Already live in a GreenSmart home? You can still learn more about helping the planet at a variety of Earth Day events around Atlanta.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will be hosting a special event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. With the price of admission, visitors will be able to enjoy ladybug release, conservation programs, arts and crafts and more.

Residents of their intown neighborhoods should make their way to the 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Georgia Tech on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this free event, you’ll enjoy exhibitors, recycling opportunities, item exchanges, eco-friendly giveaways, organic snacks and live entertainment.

For residents of their homes in Marietta, the kid-friendly educational fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center might be the perfect outing. On Saturday, April 13, kids will be able to meet Captain Planet, explore environmental themes, watch animal presentations, paddle a canoe on Beaver Pond, visit interactive exhibits and booths and much more.

With great eco-friendly events and homes from Brock Built in Atlanta, this Earth Day is bound to be the best one yet!

For more information on Brock Built’s GreenSmart programs and new home communities, please call 404-472-5707.

Energy-Efficient Homes Coming to South Forsyth

ProvenceAshton Woods Homes is happy to announce its newest community of South Forsyth homes, Provence, is coming soon! The community will feature energy-efficient homes from the $300,000s.

In addition to being energy-efficient, homes will include grand two-story family rooms, mudrooms, gourmet kitchens, keeping rooms, grand staircases, covered decks, sunrooms, master suites and oversized walk-in closets. Continue reading

Atlanta New Homes Will Have You Seeing Green for St. Patrick’s Day

As you don your favorite green apparel in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to dress your Atlanta new home in this lucky color too. With Brock Built’s GreenSmart program, making sure your home and your wallet have plenty of green is easy!

Here’s a look at what their energy efficient GreenSmart program includes:

  • Radiant barrier roofing
  • House Wrap to prevent water and air infiltration
  • Air sealing to enclose the home
  • Spray-on fiberglass insulation
  • ENERGY STAR appliances
  • High efficiency light bulbs
  • Low flow plumbing

Of course, if you want to celebrate the luck of the Irish outside your Cobb County homes community, here are a few local events:

  • Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade: On Saturday, March 16 head on over to downtown Atlanta for this annual Atlanta tradition. Attendees of all ages will enjoy a parade and festival with special guest appearances, live music, entertainment, food, drink, games and more.
  • Haunted Pub Crawl: If you’re looking for a frighteningly good time, attend this spooky event in downtown Marietta. On Saturday, March 16 at 9 p.m., tour goers will make their rounds to Marietta Square’s three most haunted bars for ghost stories and drinks.
  • Keegan’s Irish Pub: Your whole family can enjoy traditional Irish fare at this restaurant’s East and West Cobb locations.

Between Brock Built’s energy-efficient homes and fun events around Atlanta, hopefully you’ll find your pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day.

New Green Model Home at Reserve at James Creek

Reserve at James CreekBuilt by Ashton Woods Homes, the new model home at Reserve at James Creek follows the Environments for Living Platinum Program. For those wanting an energy efficient home, take a tour today!

As with all of the South Forsyth new homes in the community, the model is gorgeous and quality built. Featuring the Whitmore floor plan, the home is priced from $290,400 with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The home also boasts an inviting front porch, dining room with butler’s pantry, family room with fireplace and a gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar and dining nook. Upstairs, the home has three guest rooms and a master suite with trey ceilings, oversized walk-in closet and private bath with garden tub, walk-in shower and dual vanities. Continue reading

Energy-Efficient Kennesaw New Homes Selling Fast

Heritage at Kennesaw MountainKennesaw is deeply enthralled in history, from Civil War battles to cotton growing, and is a great place to live. Ashton Woods Homes’ energy-efficient Kennesaw new homes add to the modernity of the city. Be sure to visit Heritage at Kennesaw Mountain, which has homes from the $430,000s.

Homes are walking distance to the Historic Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield and many other local attractions. These include Swift-Cantrell Park, Lake Allatoona, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Big Shanty Museum and the Golf Club at Bridgemill. Continue reading

Atlanta Home Builder Improves GreenSmart Program

Atlanta new homesPantone, the world’s color authority for almost 50 years, recently declared 2013 the year of Emerald green. Brock Built, your trusted Atlanta home builder for more than 25 years, also offers our own shade of green for 2013 with our GreenSmart® program.

The GreenSmart program was designed in order to help our homeowners save energy and money. Currently, buildings consume 40 percent of all energy in the United States, but our homes built under the comprehensive GreenSmart program consume significantly less.

Recently, we updated our program to enhance energy savings even more. Before, we offered buyers the option of several different types of insulation including Batt and Blown Fiberglass insulations. Now, however, we are proud to exclusively use Cellulose insulation in our homes. This product is made purely from recycled newspapers and other paper sources, which means it is inherently more environmentally friendly. Additional benefits include decreased air infiltration, increased noise reduction, superior mold control and a higher fire safety rating.

In addition to Cellulose insulation, our GreenSmart program also includes Radiant Barrier Roofing, House Wrap, spray foam air barriers, air sealing, low flow plumbing fixtures, 14 Seer A/C units, high efficiency light bulbs and ENERGY STAR appliances, all of which are tested by third party.

So, while you make preparations to deck out your space with Emerald in 2013, you should also consider taking your dedication to green to the next level by purchasing a GreenSmart Atlanta new home from Brock Built.