Monthly Archives: June 2010

Build Green with a Custom Home in Escavera

There is no need to sacrifice luxury when building green. Building a custom home can actually be greener than a speculative one, since you have control over the design of every piece of tile or type of paint. Sterling Custom Homes, an Austin custom homebuilder, has homesites for custom homes available in the exclusive golf community of Escavera at Flintrock Falls.

Earlier this month, Sterling hosted an event for clients and Realtors at Escavara. With only 15 remaining estate-sized lots available, Escavera offers the best in golf course living in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
Sterling has reserved these premier lots with the intention of building an outstanding custom home community surrounded by the Nicklaus designed Flintrock Falls golf course. Those who attended were able to see a fabulous completed home, a custom residence in the framing stage and a “quick delivery” available home with a newly poured slab.
Catered by The Hills Country Club, the event was a shining success as past clients and realtors learned about this unique property. The homesites are aggressively priced between $265,000 and $295,000 and lots are sure to move fast. Sterling even agreed to the terms of lot 14 at the event!

To ensure you have a green homebuilding process, Sterling has Certified Green Professionals on staff. For more information on Sterling Custom Homes, visit the website.

Park House: Sustainable and comfortable living in a small space

Owner: Doug Sandberg Architect: Sandberg Architecture, Building Use: Single-family home Floor Area: 2600 square feet, including basement & garage Number of Floors: 2 + basement/garage split level 6728 North Seeley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645 By Katherine Darnstadt “No way!” That was the initial response from architect Doug Sandberg when his wife Catherine first mentioned an available 18-foot-wide infill lot as the [...]

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Beat the Summer Heat and Save Money

What does summer mean to you? Somewhere on the list that just silently popped  into your head is probably HEAT. In addition to vacations and lazy days, summer also means a dramatic increase in water use. This is not only bad news for your bank account, but for local water supplies as well.

From watering your lawn to filling the backyard pool, water usage tends to peak during summer months–especially in late July or early August. Fortunately for you, WaterSense is here to help. By offering a few tips and suggestions, WaterSense can help increase the efficiency of your water use and help you save both  money and your local community’s water supply!

Some tips and tricks to cutting down:

  • Instead of washing only half a load of laundry, try waiting until a full load needs to be done. The same goes for the dishwasher–wait until it is entirely full before running it and try scraping food off your dishes instead of rinsing them.
  • Water your plants and lawn only when absolutely needed and try and stick to hours early in the morning or evening. Most water use peaks between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., followed by a secondary peak between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • When reaching for a glass of ice water to cool down, try putting a pitcher of ice water in the fridge instead of running the tap and waiting for it to get cold. Add cucumber garnishes or a zesty fruit for an extra punch!
  • Finally, fix those leaks around the house that you have been putting off! Unfixed water leaks can waste up to 200 gallons per week equaling both a huge waste of money and water.

Cutting back on water use and investing in WaterSense approved products can help save more than 9.3 billion gallons of water. For more information about WaterSense and how you can lower your water usage, please visit their website.

Ilyce Glink, nationally-syndicated columnist, bestselling real estate book author and Newstalk 750 WSB radio talk show host, recently profiled several gadgets that pass the environmental and pocketbook tests in a recent post about

New Home Tech Toys on the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog. One of her picks is a programmable sprinkler timer, which allows you automate the timing of your watering with simple garden hoses – no need for expensive irrigation systems. With just a $50 investment, you can save money and be a good water steward at the same time!

Builder Offers Smaller Sized Homes in McHenry County

smaller homes in McHenry CountyBigger isn’t always better. In fact, smaller is often less expensive and better for the environment. The most recent trend in Green home design is to build smaller more efficient homes.  McHenry County home builder, Gerstad is pleased to announce a new product line designed to meet today’s buyers demands. The custom home builder will now offer smaller, more affordable homes. Designed to help save the buyer money both upfront and over time, these new homes are perfect for anyone who wants a quality, well-built Gerstad home that has been right sized.

The new ranch and two-story plans range from 1,292 to 2,030 square feet and are designed specifically with first-time homebuyers in mind.  Currently these new, more affordable, value enhanced homes are base priced from $180,490 to $204,990.

If downsizing doesn’t appear to be in your family’s future, no worries as the builder will still be offering all of its traditional floorplans. With eight different ranch homes ranging in size from 1,900 to 3,200 square feet and eight two-story homes from 1,900 to 3,200 square feet, buyers are sure to find the perfect home for their family amongst the Gerstad collection.

Gerstad is currently building in three communities throughout McHenry: Liberty Trails, The Trails of Dawson Creek and The Trails of Pheasant Ridge. Each community offers buyers with something unique and special and as with every home that Gerstad builds, homes in these three communities can be customized to fit the buyers needs. Need extra space? A wall removed? It’s no problem when you’re building with Gerstad. We have over 35 years of experience in the home building industry and would love the opportunity to show you what we can do.

For more information about any of our products, homes or communities, please visit the Gerstad Builders website. There you’ll find information about floorplans, pricing and the community.