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EarthCraft Homes in a Convenient Intown Atlanta Location

Westside Crossing EarthCraft homeVan Hardimon Homes has high standards for its homes at Westside Crossing as it relates to energy efficiency and air quality. Because of this, all of the homes in this intown Atlanta cluster are EarthCraft House Certified. EarthCraft House, a certification program created in partnership between SouthFace Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders of Atlanta, is designed to work with the Southeast climate to maximize each home’s performance, efficiency and comfort while also reducing the its overall impact to the environment.

Van Hardimon, President of Van Hardimon Homes states, “EarthCraft homes save homeowners about 30 percent on their energy bills when compared to similar homes that use standard construction methods. This is huge for homeowners who are budgeting because it saves them money on energy that they can then spend on other things.”

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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 www.EarthCraft.org.

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 www.SoleilLaurelCanyon.com or call 678-880-3071.

A Look at EcoManor, the First LEED-Certified Home in the Southeast

bookcover3We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to share with you a brief excerpt from the book “Green Matters: The Residential Builders, Visionaries, Communities & Lifestyles Shaping Atlanta’s Landscape.” In this particular column, Michael Eastman and Jill Westfall  interviewed Laura Turner Seydel (who is pictured in the top left photo on the book cover), the homeowner of EcoManor:

Laura and Rutherford Seydel live in the first LEED-certified home in the Southeastern United States. But that wasn’t their plan when they bought the lot in 2005. Days after they bought the place, a 150-year-old oak tree came crashing through the 1920’s house occupying the land, essentially splitting it into two. Subsequent insurance hassles left the house a ‘mold factory’ as rains soaked the inside. A tear down became inevitable and then as Turner Seydel says, “the stars lined up.” EcoManor, today, serves as a showcase for green living through a mix of progressive new products and environmentally responsible techniques and is an educational tool for builders, architects, designers, and landscapers. Continue reading

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