Miscellaneous Category

Construction Contracts

      Construction contracts can be confusing, especially to clients(who probably don’t deal with them every day like we do). My firm typically operates with two different contract options: Cost-Plus Fixed Rate & Fixed Rate. Here is my best attempt to explain the differences.  

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SOLAR Just Got CHEAP

Solar over your head?? Not anymore…here’s a quick and simple breakdown! The current local and federal rebates on Solar are tremendous. A 20K system can be purchased and installed for as little as $2,500 out of pocket(when it’s all said and done). The Austin Energy Rebate will cover up to 15K if you have the […]

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Austin’s Top 3 "Healthy Home-Improvement Stores"

As a local builder I have searched Austin, TX far and wide for the best: products, concepts, customer service, and values related to Sustainable (and specifically “healthy”) Home-Improvement. For me, there are three (in no particular order):

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Eating From Your Own Backyard in 7 Easy Steps

One of my new-found loves in life is my garden. With a little help from man’s best friend, I was able to get a super care-free setup going in about one day. Here’s how..  

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7 Features of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom Remodel

Features of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom CFL or LED Bulbs Some kind of water filtration (whole house or site specific, EG: chlorine filtering shower-heads) Zero VOC Grout Sealer Zero VOC Wall Paint No added Urea-Formaldehyde Cabinetry (if you are going with something new; I forgot to mention in the video that we did this). Water conserving […]

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Filtered H2O On the Go!

Every year, roughly 22 billion water bottles are thrown away. That’s an astonishing number, and as I mentioned in a recent post about plastic..the stuff (plastic), just doesn’t ever completely break down (unless it happens to be biodegradable…which the vast majority isn’t). What about recycling you ask? Roughly eighty-six percent of water bottles used in […]

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Soap Nuts!

Back to Blogging… I just got my new order of sustainably harvested soap nuts in from a company called Nature’s Wash. What are soap nuts you ask? They are actually berries that grow on trees in a region of India (if I remember correctly). The trees are considered trash trees for the most part (I […]

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Environmentally-Friendly Plastic and the Race for Renewable Energy

Image via Wikipedia So far, the issue of “environmentally friendly” plastic has been a true catch 22 for environmentally conscious citizens. We’re stuck with two plastic options: plant-based, and petroleum-based. Currently, plant-based plastics have a larger carbon footprint than do the petroleum-based kind because of the resources (ie: corn fields) and extraction processes required to […]

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3 Cheap Alternatives to PVC Shower-Curtain Liners

PVC, one of the quote on quote dangerous plastics, is present in the overwhelming majority of shower curtain liners in America today! Here are three cheap and convenient alternatives available at: Target, Wal-Mart, and Bed Bath & Beyond (on-line or otherwise). They’ll look and feel just like your old ones, just without the health and […]

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Health and Luxury in 1 Shower Head!

Want to eliminate the chlorine gas from your shower and improve your skin at the same time? Step into the lap of luxury with the Maia Satinjet Beauty Shower. This bad boy has massage pivong heads, sleek design, high functionality, and best of all, a replaceable vitamin C filter that handles up on the chlorine […]

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