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EarthCraft Certified Homes Offered at 50+ Community

Soleil Laurel CanyonToday’s active adult buyers are interested in energy-efficient, eco-friendly and healthy living. Now they can find all of these things in a home at Soleil Laurel Canyon in Canton, Ga. where the developer is offering EarthCraft-certified homes. Any home plan within the masterplanned community can be upgraded to be EarthCraft certified, allowing home buyers to select the ideal plan for their lifestyles while insuring they are energy efficient.

The developers of Soleil Laurel Canyon decided to start offering EarthCraft certified homes because more and more buyers were selecting upgraded insulation and other features to reduce energy costs.

Homes at Soleil range from 1,500 to almost 3,000 square feet and are priced between $200,000 and the high $400,000s. Yard maintenance, a 24-hour staffed security gatehouse, and home security monitoring are included in the association fees. This environment, which also includes a clubhouse with heated indoor saline pool, billiards parlor, gourmet teaching kitchen, fitness center and aerobics studio, library, two card rooms and an arts and crafts studio, is why Soleil is truly one of Atlanta’s best active adult communities.

EarthCraft certified homes provide a number of benefits, including lower utility costs, enhanced indoor air quality, increased comfort and reduced home maintenance. On average, EarthCraft certified homes sell for a higher price than the average home  at the same list price and sell more quickly than conventionally built homes. EarthCraft was established in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface. For more information on EarthCraft, visit

Where to Retire Magazine even rated Soleil Laurel Canyon as one of the country’s top 50 master planned communities for active adults.  A performing arts center, outdoor amphitheatre, outdoor lagoon-style pool, six clay tennis courts, full-time tennis pro, walking trails, a greenhouse and neighboring golf course round out the long list of amenities. For more information on Soleil Laurel Canyon, visit or call 678-880-3071.

EarthCraft Certified Transitional Housing Now Open

Not only is environmental responsibility important to a community, social responsibility should play a role as well. Construction Resources recognizes this fact and frequently partners with HomeAid Atlanta to give back to the community.

Recently, the Atlanta Kitchen arm of Construction Resources provided vanity tops for eight apartment units at Phoenix Pass, another project that was a collaboration with HomeAid Atlanta. Phoenix Pass is a single-family apartment community in Rockdale County that will provide help for temporarily homeless women and children. The apartments are cozy, with a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom. Residents can stay up to two years, and will receive help with budgeting, job training and guidance in family care and management.

This apartment building is EarthCraft certified, meaning it meets stringent environmental and energy standards. Another apartment building is planned, which will also be EarthCraft certified.

This transitional housing is the perfect marriage of environmental and social responsibility, and will be a great asset to the Rockdale County area. Construction Resources is proud to be a part of this project.

WicksteadWorks Named EarthCraft’s Renovator of the Year

The Renovator of the Year award recognizes an EarthCraft renovator who goes above and beyond established measures to decrease energy consumption in an existing home.  Wickstead Works was awarded this prestigious honor for the second year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and  EarthCraft at the annual Builders Breakfast Awards Ceremony earlier this year.

Developed by the GAHBA through a partnership with Southface Energy Institute, government and industry leaders, EarthCraft is a voluntary green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.  Since EarthCraft’s inception in 1999, more than 450 builders have become builder members and more than 7,150 homes in the Southeast region have been certified to EarthCraft standards.

President of Wickstead Works, Frank Wickstead said, “We have remained very active despite the economy and we attribute that success in part to our partnership with the EarthCraft program.”

Each EarthCraft home follows a systems approach to home building that stresses an understanding of how the different components of a home work together.  This approach results in a home that performs better, is more economical for the homeowner and is still comparable in price to a home built with standard construction practices.

Congratulations to  WicksteadWorks on winning the Renovator of the Year Award!

Final Weekend For FREE Tours

Greenhaven is open foeco master suite at Greenhavenr FREE tours until August 9th. Don’t miss this opportunity to tour Cobb County’s greenest green house. This custom-built green home was built by Pace Homebuilders and it is open for tours Thursdays – Sundays.

Lots of people have visited the home to find ways to live greener lives. Last weekend was packed. Be sure to come out this weekend and meet the Designers and hear about their Eco-Friendly home design services. Be sure to look for Richard Feis, the Builder while you are on-site and ask about Sustainable Home Design and Building.

Show Home Hours:

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Green Home Features Galore at Greenhaven

Greenhaven-craft-roomHow Green is Green? Pace Homebuilders is proud to present Greenhaven, an eco-friendly Decorators’ Show House in Cobb County.  Greenhaven is open to the public Saturday, July 18 – August 9, 2009 for FREE tours.  Greenhaven  showcases the latest in sustainable interior design, state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency. Specific green features of the home include:

  • New LED lighting and fixtures
  • Soybean spray insulation
  • Touch panel energy monitoring system
  • River reclaimed pine floors
  • Solar tubes
  • Greywater System
  • Non-PVC and Vinyl-free recycled decking Continue reading

Brock Built Green House Sold

bb-gh-home-exteriorMidtown lawyer, Kinshasa K. Williams, recently became the proud owner of Brock Built’s Green House. The EarthCraft home had been open to the public for tours since completion in August 2008. When Williams closed on her new eco-friendly home not only did she purchase a new home, but it also resulted in a $225,000 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to buying the Green House, Williams lived in a condominium in Midtown. As a native of New Orleans, Williams was immediately drawn to the large porches and Craftsman style of the Green House. Interiors of the home include energy efficient appliances, plumbing, doors and windows as well as environmentally friendly plants. The beautiful exteriors include an herb garden, rain garden, outdoor fireplace, rain barrel and much more. Continue reading

WicksteadWorks Receives EarthCraft’s Renovator of the Year Award

wicksteadworks-earthcraft-award-2009A huge congrats to Frank Wickstead and WicksteadWorks, the 2009 EarthCraft Renovator of the Year.

The award, given by Southface and The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, distinguishes an EarthCraft House renovator that has gone above and beyond to reduce energy use in an existing home. The annual awards program honors the leading builders, developers, renovators and manufacturers dedicated to protecting the environment through sustainable design and construction of homes, communities and products.

WicksteadWorks is an Atlanta remodeler that builds to a minimum standard of EarthCraft certification on all projects.

The EarthCraft House program is a voluntary, green building third-party validation program that serves as a blueprint for healthy comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.  Since the program’s inception in 1999, more 450 builders have become builder members, and more than 7,150 homes in the Southeast region have been certified to EarthCraft House standards.

EarthCraft Sound Check

Wonder what the difference is between an EarthCraft house and a regular house? Well, Monte Hewett Homes has posted a video to YouTube that demonstrates how peaceful and quiet a EarthCraft home is. Just because you decide to help the environment a little and choose EarthCraft blown cellulose for the insulation does not meet that you sacrifice quality, and this video proves it. So, take a look at the video, and if you like what you see, bear in mind that Monte Hewett Homes builds every one to meet or exceed EarthCraft standards. With locations throughout metro Atlanta, you are sure to find a Monte Hewett Home that satisfies all of your needs. What are you waiting for, find your luxury, green built home today!

Chuck Delp Brings Experience to Hewett Custom Builders

Chuck DelpMonte Hewett Homes has named Chuck Delp as project manager of Hewett Custom Builders. Delp is an experienced builder and real estate agent who has spent the last 17 years building new homes in metro Atlanta. Throughout those 17 years Delp has earned numerous OBIE awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Delp is customer service oriented which should blend nicely with Hewett Custom Builders since it is all about the customer. His combination of building and selling experience will give homebuyers guidance from a person who understands the entire process instead of guidance from multiple experts. Continue reading

Design Your Dream Home with Hewett Custom Builders

Monte Hewett Home ExteriorNow you can have your dream home, built to the standards of EarthCraft and ENERGY Star, in the location of your choice. Monte Hewett has formed a new organization, Hewett Custom Builders, in order to reach out to customers who want a Monte Hewett Home, but don’t want to move from their location or maybe already have a location in mind. Hewett Custom Builders will work closely with the homebuyer from start to finish, to make sure that they understand every detail needed to create their ideal home. Monte Hewett really gives the homeowners creative control, as they can choose and modify an existing home from Monte Hewett Homes, they can provide their own plans, or they can work with Monte Hewett’s network of architect and engineer partners. Its completely the client’s choice and creation, and Monte Hewett will help turn that dream into reality. From exterior and interior design to landscape design, Hewett Custom Builders guide homebuyers through the entire process, but in the end the homebuyer makes the decisions. Continue reading