Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spice Up Your Home with Custom Features

For more than 20 years, luxury home builder Sterling Custom Homes has been helping its Austin area clients design unique floor plans by adding several different types of custom home features. Whether you want to create a home that will blow your friends and family away with that wow factor or just need some extra space for entertaining this spring, you’ll love what Sterling has to offer.

If you’re looking for a place to house your overnight guests, then adding a Guest Casita when constructing your new home may be the right option for you. Located on the main level of a house and accessed by an outside entrance, this custom home addition gives your guests extra privacy and comfort.

Homebuyers who need play space for their children (or for themselves) will love the combination media and game room. It’s a versatile room that allows homeowners and guests to mingle between two spaces, usually divided by a heavy theater curtain.

One of the most popular rooms in the new homes in Austin built by Sterling Custom Homes is the outdoor living space. It’s a viable space all year long because the temperature can be regulated by misters and heaters; and it provides an area where homeowners can relax, enjoy beautiful weather or entertain.

These are just some of the many custom home options offered by Sterling Custom Homes. For more information, visit the home builder’s website.

Energy Efficient Homes in Atlanta Live, Work, Play Community

Imagine – a large home in the suburbs and a nice-sized yard. Do you instantly picture excess and waste? That’s not the case in the live, work, play community of West Village in Smyrna. The homes that Ashton Woods Homes is building through its PowerHouse Green program ensure homeowners will save up to 45 percent on utilities and enjoy superior indoor air quality.

The community, Brookfield Park at West Village is now open and ready for home buyers to become happy home owners. The community is a private enclave in the West Village development, which is a recipient of The Development of Excellence Award by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The beautiful homes will be just walking distance from restaurants, boutiques, entertainment and more. It is also convenient to major business centers as well as Interstate 285.

To learn more about Brookfield Park at West Village, visit the Ashton Woods Homes website or call 404-606-9146.

Want more information about green Atlanta real estate? Visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

Mr. Steam Has Products That Moms Approve Of

towel warmersRemember when your mom would remind you to turn off the water while brushing your teeth or to turn off the lights when you exited a room? She wasn’t doing those things just to nag you. It turns out that mom actually cared about wasting resources. The people at Mr. Steam obviously had very caring mothers, and it shows in the eco-friendly products that they develop. All packaging is made from 100 percent recyclable materials. And once you take your new home steam generator out of the box, you’ll be happy to know that it is made from recyclable stainless steel.

If your mom was worried about the water wasted from one teeth-brushing session, imagine how she’d feel if she knew how long it took you to shower! While spending 20 minutes in a multi-headed shower after a long day at work may feel relaxing, it is also a huge resource drain.  A shower system with dual shower heads and three body sprays can consume 160 gallons of water per use, compared to two gallons from a steam shower. Combine that with all the health benefits associated with steam therapy, and you can enjoy the luxuries of a steamroom while using a product mom would be proud of.

But why stop there? Mr. Steam also provides towel warmers and several packages that combine color, scent and sound to give you the full experience of a home spa. So if you’re looking for an eco-friendly luxury with products you can feel good about, visit the Mr. Steam website.

Vetrazzo Offers Eco-Friendly Countertops With a Story

When you toss all of your glass recyclables together and leave them at the curb, do you ever wonder what that bottle of wine or salad dressing jar will become? Do you ever buy recycled items and wonder what their previous lives were?

If you are remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms, Vetrazzo offers unique countertops that each tell their own story. Vetrazzo is a unique surface comprised of glass and concrete. All glass is recycled and makes up about 83 percent of the final material by weight. Each shard of glass in the countertops tells a story. The largest proportion of glass comes from curbside recycling programs, but glass also comes from post industrial usage, dinnerware, stemware, automotive windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic lights. When a buyer purchases Vetrazzo, a Certificate of Transformation is provided, revealing exactly where the glass in the countertop came from.

For residents in the Southeast, Vetrazzo is especially eco-friendly, being manufactured just north of Atlanta in the sleepy town of Tate, Ga.

For more information or to decide if Vetrazzo countertops are right for your eco-remodel, visit the Construction Resources website.

Steam More and Use Less with Mr. Steam

eco-friendly showersPeople who love spas but hate the idea of wasting water will be happy to learn that they can have their steam room and sit in it too, thanks to Mr. Steam. The company provides residential steam generators that are a great alternative to traditional shower systems due to their reduced water usage and health benefits.

Each 20-minute steam shower only uses about two gallons of water (compared to almost 160 gallons for a simple three-headed shower system or 75 gallons for a typical whirlpool bath). With Mr. Steam, you can feel good about helping the environment and helping yourself.

For those who don’t know, steam has many benefits and can assist with:

  • Sleep problems: Not getting enough rest? Steamtherapy can relieve stress and provide the relaxation your body needs to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Congestion: Steam can penetrate your airways, improving breathing while clearing out harmful materials.
  • Muscle recovery: The healing power of steam can reduce lactic acid build-up in muscles, which means you’ll be less sore after exercise.
  • Skin conditions: Steamtherapy can be more cleansing than soap and water by going deep into pores.

In addition to residential steam generators, Mr. Steam offers towel warmers and spa packages – providing everything you need to feel refreshed and ready to face the day.

For more information on steam bath benefits, visit the Mr. Steam website.