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Green has Never Been So Chic: Savoy at Brookhaven

Design by Cecconi Simone Inc.Green has never been so chic! Ashton Woods Homes is pleased to announce the opening of two energy-efficient model homes in our newest community, Savoy at Town Brookhaven. Priced from $469,900, these Atlanta new homes were designed by Cecconi Simone Inc., a Toronto-based, full service interior design practice. The grand opening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

The homes feature the Savoy and Oglethorpe floor plans and both were designed according to their layout and structure. One home will have an eclectic feel, mixing a white and walnut color palette with linens, cottons, reclaimed wood and industrial accents. While the other will have a more traditional feel with rich colors and fabrics such as satin and velvet. Continue reading

Live in Serenity: Provence in South Forsyth

ProvenceAshton Woods Homes’ latest community in South Forsyth is all about serenity. Starting with a setting of rolling hills and beautiful trees to amenities perfect for relaxing, Provence is all you want and more.

Each Atlanta new home at Provence is quality built and energy efficient. One home site will be move-in ready this December. Priced at $404,635, the home features the Brunswick floor plan with 3,007 square feet, five bedrooms and three baths. Interior appointments include a guest suite on the main floor, gourmet kitchen with island, family room with sunroom and two-sided fireplace and a master suite with his and her closets.

After a busy day, chill out by the pool or take a swing on the tennis courts. Don’t worry about your children either, they will attend the highly ranked schools of Shiloh Point Elementary, Piney Grove Middle and South Forsyth High. Continue reading

Green Atlanta Home Builder Uses Family Farm as Natural Resource

green Atlanta home builderWhen it comes to buying an energy-efficient new home in Atlanta, you want to choose a builder you can trust. Many builders say they can build you a green home, but finding one that actually encompasses earth-friendly qualities in their everyday lives is rare. Brock Built’s dedication to not only building green, but also living green is what makes them stand apart.

In fact, when you purchase a Brock Built home, you can rest assured that all of the natural stone in your new place came from Fox Mountain, which is located on the Brock family farm. The stone is harvested from their property, sifted and carried by dump truck back to Atlanta. Then, their on-site masons hand chisel the stone to make sure every single piece is a unique work of art. Once they are done, the stone is then ready to be used in fireplaces, firepits, home exteriors, landscaping boulders and retaining walls.

In addition to gathering all of their natural stone from the property, the farm is also run completely on solar power. Their solar energy system uses a series of panels to send the energy the home and well require to batteries. And, all of the home’s water is heated through tankless water heaters, which are more efficient in terms of energy and money.

Being committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle is just part of what makes this Atlanta home builder‘s GreenSmart program stand out from others like it. All of their homes are built to high standards for energy efficiency, and they include features such as radiant barrier roofing, spray-on fiberglass insulation, house wrap, high efficiency light bulbs, ENERGY STAR appliances and 14 Seer A/C units.

To learn more about Brock Built’s communities of Atlanta new homes and their GreenSmart program, visit the Brock Built website.

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

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 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.

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.

Last Atlanta Townhomes at Battery on Paces Ferry

Hurry into Battery on Paces Ferry! Only three Atlanta townhomes are left with nine sales in June. This is your chance to own an elegant, energy efficient home in historic Vinings, just minutes to Buckhead and downtown Atlanta. These homes priced from the mid $300,000s in a gated community will not last long!

The townhomes feature three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths with inviting front porches, gorgeous dining rooms, spacious family rooms and gourmet kitchens. The gourmet kitchen offers granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large pantries and beautiful cabinetry. Trey ceilings, oversized walk-in closets and bathrooms with dual vanities, garden tubs and walk-in showers are in the gorgeous master suites.

Community amenities include a community swimming pool and nearby recreations like the Cobb Performing Art Centre, Chastain Park Amphitheater, The High Museum, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Atlanta History Center, The Fox Theatre and the Silver Comet Trail.

Students residing in Battery on Paces Ferry attend Teasley Elementary, Campbell Middle and Campbell High schools.

Take a tour today, and experience how these energy efficient homes combine a superb lifestyle with an amazing location. For more information on these Atlanta new homes, call 770-435-9377 or visit www.ashtonwoods.com/atlanta.

About Ashton Woods Homes:
Ashton Woods Homes is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, with operations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Raleigh and Tampa. For more information, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

Tips for a Cool Summer

summer lakeIt’s officially summer! Time to relax by the pool, go on vacation, spend time with friends and family and more. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to make sure you stay cool, safe and under budget this summer, so they’ve provided a few tips to guarantee this summer is the best one yet:

  • Energy Star savings for your home: Cooling off comes at a huge cost for homeowners/ Lower your utility bill by using Energy Star qualified lighting, raising your thermostat two degrees and using ceiling fans can help cool off costs.
  • Breathe Easy: People spend more time indoors in the summer when it’s hot. Make sure your air is mold, radon and carbon monoxide free, so you can breathe easy.
  • Stay SunWise: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Be sure you practice safe sun habits before heading out for summer fun.
  • Have a beach blast! If you’re making a trip to the shore, make sure your plan includes ways to stay safe at the beach.
  • Bug Off! Mosquitoes and ticks carry diseases that be prevented by using proper protection. Make sure you check the label before spraying away!
  • Increase gas mileage: There are plenty of ways to improve your fuel economy including obeying the speed limit, going easy on the breaks, avoiding hard accelerations, reducing idle time, unloading necessary items and removing unused racks.
  • Water wise: Keep water from going to waste by watering in the morning, and installing WaterSense labeled irrigation systems.
  • Clean Green: Cleaning your grill, car, deck, boat or RV? Make sure your cleaner is earth friendly by using only those labeled Designed for the Envinroment (DfE).
  • Project Compost: Looking for a fun summer project that beats the heat? Try composting.
  • Go Mobile: Want to connect with the EPA on the go? They have an app for that! Check your local air quality, UV index and more all from your smartphone.
  • Make memories: Help the EPA capture the State of the Environment by submitting environmental photos to their Documerica project.
  • Check in: Hotels spend more than $2,000 per room on energy each year. Make sure your hotel is saving money and the environment by choosing one that is Energy Star rated.
  • Summer Inspiration: Keep your creative juices flowing by submitting a meaningful story or idea in just six words.

Be sure to visit the EPA‘s site for more tips for a cool summer. If you’re looking to make a move, be sure to check out all of the green Atlanta new homes on Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

Energy Efficient Atlanta New Homes at Brandl Estates

Atlanta new homesAshton Woods Homes is now selling energy-efficient Atlanta new homes at Brandl Estates in Roswell. This North Fulton County community is perfectly located near shops, in an excellent school district and offers a variety of home designs to suit your lifestyle.

Brandl Estates is convenient to shops, parks and historic areas. It is just over a mile to downtown Crabapple, just over two miles to Wills Park and Hembree Park and just over three miles to downtown Alpharetta.

Five home designs offer traditional and craftsman-style elevations, so homebuyers can select the plans that suit their varied lifestyles. Ashton Woods Homes thrives on personalization, and buyers are able to select finishes and additional features to truly make a mark on their homes at the Ashton Woods Homes Design Center.

Children that live in Brandl Estates are in the Crabapple Crossing Elementary, Northwestern Middle and Milton High school districts.

To visit Brandl Estates, travel 400N to Exit 9 Haynes Bridge Road. Go left (West) off of the exit. Drive 1.3 miles and turn left on Old Milton Parkway. Continue on Old Milton Parkway which turns into Rucker Road for 3.2 miles. Turn right on Colgan Court into Brandl Estates.

To visit the Sales Center, please visit The Oaks on Charlotte Drive. From Brandl Estates: Turn Left out of Brandl Estates to head East on Rucker Road for 1.2 miles. Turn Left on Charlotte Drive. The Oaks on Charlotte Drive is .3 of a mile on the left.

For more information on Brandl Estates, visit the Ashton Woods Homes website or call the onsite agent at 770-569-1470.