Wanna be on TV? 2013 casting calls from HGTV

Written By: admin - Dec• 21•12
  1. Here’s what’s cooking on HGTV for early 2013:

    Get a Backyard Makeover From HGTV Landscaping Pros

    If you have an ugly yard with great potential, let our team of landscaping pros turn it into an amazing outdoor space.

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    Let Us Help Renovate Your San Fran House

  1. Let HGTV Pros Help Renovate Your San Francisco Home

    We’re looking for buyers who recently purchased a home and need help managing a renovation.

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    Jonathan and Drew Scott want to give your house a makeover

    HGTV’s Property Brothers Want to Upgrade Your Home

    Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott are looking for homeowners whose homes need improvement.

  1. Like turning a sad old piece of furniture into happy new decor?

    If You Love Flea Markets, HGTV Has a Show for You

    Do you love finding forgotten treasures and turning them into art? Apply now to be a part of the new HGTV show Flea Market Flip.

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  1. Let us help get your house ready for buyers!

    Are You Struggling to Sell Your Home In Los Angeles?

    If your home has been sitting on the market, let our team of experts make the changes needed to get it sold!

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  1. Get a serious home upgrade

    HGTV Wants to Seriously Upgrade Your LA Home

    Do you live in Los Angeles and have a property in need of an upgrade? You could be a part of a great new design competition show.

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  1. HGTV Design Star

    New Season of HGTV Design Star Is Now Casting

    Here is your chance to star in your own series on HGTV

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  1. Are you a DIY pro? Show America your skills!

    New Major HGTV Competition Series Is Now Casting

    Are you a creative professional who wants to compete for a major cash prize on HGTV?

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  1. Let us renovate your home and add more space

    Does Your House Need Some Extra Room? HGTV Might Be Able to Help

    HGTV’s Elbow Room is currently looking for people in Atlanta who have outgrown their home and are in desperate need of a renovation.

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  1. Let us fix your busted-up house

    Has Something Catastrophic Happened to Your House? HGTV Wants to Fix It

    Apply to take part of a new HGTV series and our team of pros will rebuild, redecorate and make it better than before.

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  1. Find your first home with the help of the Property Virgins team

    HGTV’s Property VirginsIs Coming to Atlanta

    We’re looking for energetic individuals, couples, and families who are buying their first home between August and November 2012.

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  1. Shop for your dream house in beautiful New Jersey

    We’re Looking for Home Shoppers in New Jersey

    We’re casting homebuyers ready to embark on the exciting process of finding their dream home in New Jersey! Our featured buyers will tour exquisite homes guided by local real estate experts.

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  1. You Could Win a Living Room Makeover by Meg Caswell

    Does Your Living Room Make You Cringe?

    Show us photos and/or videos of your embarrassing living room, and you could win a stunningly gorgeous HGTV makeover by designer and Great Roomshost Meg Caswell!

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  1. There once was a strange old lady who lived in a shoe, was it you?

    Is Your Home Fabulous, Unique or Downright Strange?

    If your house stops people in their tracks, HGTV’s new series Home, Strange Home may want to feature you and your must-see house!

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  1. We're looking for some Jersey real estate pros

    We’re Looking for Exciting New Jersey Real Estate Experts

    We’re looking for passionate realtors with big personalities who cater to a colorful clientele looking to find their dream home in New Jersey.

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  1. Los Angeles Skyline

    Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Los Angeles?

    Are you having trouble finding the perfect home? Do you have a house on the market that you’re having trouble selling? Apply now to be on HGTV’s new real estate series.

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  1. Are You Buying a Home Outside the United States?

    We’re looking for energetic individuals, couples and families who are passionate about their search for a new home or vacation property abroad.

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  1. Are you sitting on a goldmine? Let our auctioneer appraise your treasures

    HGTV is Seeking Sellers and Their Treasures!

    Do you have tons of great stuff that you think might be worth something? Let our auctioneer appraise and sell your treasures!

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  1. Let Us Create a Dream Bedroom for Your Teen or Tween

    Get an Amazing Bedroom Makeover for Your Teen or Tween

    Has your teen outgrown his or her childhood bedroom? Let us give your teenage son or daughter an amazing bedroom makeover!

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  1. Let Us Build You a Man or Woman Cave

    Get an Awesome Man Cave or Mom Cave

    Do you need your own space for some “me time,” or a cool hangout for you and the guys? Let our designers reinvent your space!

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  1. Let HGTV Refresh Your Space

    Let HGTV Update Your Decor

    Fed up with your old decor and looking for a change, but you’re not sure what you like? Let us remake your room!

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  1. We want to update the home of an active duty military person

    Attention Active Duty Military: Let Our HGTV Design Experts Update Your Home

    Want to give a returning military member a great welcome home present? Let our designers create an exciting new room in their home for free!

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  1. Make your house a star, apply to be on Curb Appeal: The Block

    We’re Looking for San Francisco Homeowners Who Want a Curb Appeal Makeover

    We are currently casting fun, outgoing homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area to be featured on the 4th season of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block makeover show.

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  1. Show off your contractor skills on a new HGTV series

    We’re Looking for Homeowners in Los Angeles Who Want to Be On TV

    Think you’ve got what it takes to be the general contractor on your own renovation? Apply to be on the new HGTV series Professional Grade.

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  1. Colorful Children's Room

    The Hottest Design Team Wants to Transform Your Family’s Home

    We’re looking for energetic and vibrant family homeowners in the New York Tri-State area who want their homes to match their family’s personalities, but who may not have the vision to make it happen.

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  1. Jingle bells!

    We’re Looking for the Ultimate New England Christmas Decorator!

    Are you an extreme Christmas decorator and the envy of your neighbors, family and friends? Then you could be part of an HGTV Christmas special all about the magic of the holiday season!

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  1. Behold the Christmas Clydsedales!

    Compete With Your Neighbors in a Christmas Decorating Showdown!

    Are you and your neighbors ready to see who has the most-Christmasy house on the block as decided by HGTV?

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  1. Battle On the Block

    Compete With Your Neighbors in a Home Design Showdown

    Are you ready, willing and able to compete against your neighbors to see which family on your block can outshine and out-design the other?

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  1. House Hunters

    Are You Getting Ready to Buy a Home? We Want to Show Your Story on HGTV!

    HGTV is looking for energetic individuals, couples and families who are passionate about their search for a new home or vacation property.

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  1. Renovation Realities

    Would You Like to Take On Your Next Remodeling Project on National TV?

    We are searching for dynamic homeowners who aren’t afraid to show their true personalities!

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Will you choose the cheap contractor? Or the artist?

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•12

A few months ago, my friend (who I’ll call Clare for the sake of this true story) was in the position to choose a contractor for the small, charming century-old house she gutted and is bringing back to life.

Clare got full bids from two contractors. Contractor Artisan’s bid was more expensive by 10s of thousands of dollars, but he has a reputation for being an artist and a perfectionist.

Contractor Cheapo’s bid, on the other hand, was 10s of thousands of dollars cheaper, and he has a reputation for being less than exacting in his work, and does work of lesser quality.

So, Clare had to decide: Do I pay extra for the craftsman, or save money and get less quality?

You may one day be in this situation and you may wonder how to make the decision.

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to do what Clare did, which is to hire the cheaper guy and then spend months complaining about the schlocky work he does. “Sins” so far include framing that looks like a 10-year-old did it (safe and legal but ugly), crooked trim work, and mistreatment of expensive fixtures.

So how do  you decide what to do? Ask yourself a few questions:

1. Is saving money the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions

2. Is having a high-quality project the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

3.  Is complaining about the faults of contractors a favorite pastime?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions

4. Is having a warm feeling from having the most considerate, thoughtful contractor important?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking question

Bottom line: There is of course a great desire to have the best quality job for the cheapest price. Good luck with that. I guess it’s theoretically possible. But in reality, from my observations over several decades, you get what  you pay for. That’s just the facts, folks.

As this house project goes on and Clare has more indignities to deal with each day from Contractor Cheapo, it’s all I can do to keep my mouth shut. What I really want to say, though it would not be helpful in the least, is this: “You consciously and knowingly chose Contractor Cheapo in order to save a few bucks. This is the result of that decision. Stop complaining.”

Of course, I won’t say that to Clare. I care about her and don’t want to add to her misery. But I’ll say it to you. If you choose to save money by hiring the guy with no experience, or the guy with no license, or the guy who’s moving around so fast from job to overbooked job, you deserve what you get. If you don’t want to put yourself in that position, make a different choice.

However, if saving money is the most important thing in your life without exception — and is more important than a high quality job, or peace of mind, or anything else — then by all means, hire the cheapest guy you can dig up.

But please don’t complain about the pain you are bringing into your life. At least not to me.

Have wheelchair, will roll … in the bathroom

Written By: admin - Sep• 08•12

Accessible Bath Sink

As you can see in this article I wrote for Remodeling Magazine, a bathroom can be both standard and then accessible for wheelchair users when they visit.

When architect Emory Baldwin designed a Seattle house for his family, he thought of all this. Though his family is young and able-bodied, he also has visiting inlaws — who may one day move in — who need an accessible environment. Imagine using a wheelchair and not being able to roll up to the sink? What a hassle.

In fact, Emory designed the entire ground floor for wheelchair accessibility.

So when the wheelchair-using relative visits, the vanity cabinet rolls out of the way on its lockable casters. The house won an AARP/NAHB Livable Communities Award for its intergenerational focus.

Well played, Mr. Baldwin!

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Feel like cheaping out? Don’t make the same mistake Charles made

Written By: admin - Sep• 08•12

Cheap cabinets

Everyone likes a deal. A steal. A feeling that you just saved more money on your remodel than anyone in the history of the world.

Chang Before But sometimes that quest can bring regrets. That’s what happened to Charles Chang, who did a complete remodel on a very trashed property for about $40,000. See the whole story

While most of the project turned out great, Charles later told me he regretted the cheap kitchen cabinets. He was so intent on spending the least amount of money possible that he opted for presswood cabinets, which I think would be more appropriate for a garage than a kitchen.

Other products in this category are called particle board, chipboard, flakeboard, etc.

They look good in this lovely photo. But they are, after all, made of sawdust, wood chips and binders. And in your day-to-day life, do you really want a nice wood floor and cabinets made of wood chips? And if these get too wet, they will wick up water become irreversibly distorted.

The lesson for us: don’t get so wrapped up in saving money that you end up with garbage. The few hundred dollars you save will be long forgotten, while the junk in your house will be with you, in your face, for years to come.

Hungry for more?

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Made in America — Alabama white marble

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

Alabama White Marble Garden WebWe should all be inspired by Anders Lewendal, a homebuilder in Bozeman, Montana, who is building what he considers the first home documented to be made entirely of American-made materials.

He was featured recently in the New York Times.

Lewendal, who has an economics degree, told The Times: “I think we could solve this recession if everyone shifted just 5 percent of their purchases to U.S.-made products.” See more on the house here.

I’m all for this. And today begins a new feature on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog called Made in America.

Alabama Marble Quarry

Today we feature Alabama marble, which you see here being quarried in 1935.

There may come a time when it’s considered foolish to admit you bought Italian marble or granite counters from India for your remodel. There may one day be a great source of pride and patriotism in saying my marble counters are from Alabama.

Marble has been quarried in Alabama since the 1830s and stone from those quarries was used for the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Supreme Court building. Alabama marble occurs in shades of white, pink, gray, red and black, but the white is most popular.

How amazing would it be to have marble floors or countertops quarried from Alabama? See more at Alabama Marble Quarry and Tennessee Marble Company.

Images: Garden WebEncyclopedia of Alabama

Flash News — Hot sun makes barn cooler

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

Big Ass Fans

This is what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

This agricultural barn is being cooled with Big Ass Fans powered by solar panels. What a concept!

Big Ass FanThis is so obvious! When the sun is beating down hot, the buildings and people and animals need cooling off. Rather than sucking black gunk out of the ground and burning it to create energy, why not just use the energy from that very sun to do the job?

Whoever created this universe was pretty kind to include a great big smoking hot battery out in the sky for us to use. Let’s use it, folks.

In case you’re more interested in the Big Ass Fans for your remodel because they are so handsome, that’s OK. These are so magnificently designed that they do more work with less energy.

New Orleans House Paint Colors — Blue, white and burgundy

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

New Orleans House Paint Colors

New Orleans House Paint ColorsI love this blue double shotgun Victorian. But what really makes it shine is the bright lime green of the chairs and table and the big burgundy pot on top. Who knew that was magic? Here are the colors that make the whole thing happen:
• Siding and attic window frame: Blue
• Door frames, fascia and rickrack trim: White
• Window mullions, trim and bands on posts: Burgundy
• Doors: Natural wood
• Chairs and table: Lime green
(Click photos for larger view)

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Why competitive bidding doesn’t work

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

Perhaps you’ve heard this quip when a spacecraft is launched: “There goes the lowest bid.”

In my mind, trying to get the lowest bid for a remodeling project is just as foolish. And a lot of contractors agree with me.

Construction Bid

Gayler Construction explains very clearly how buying remodeling services is not even remotely like buying a new car.

And check out how Baywood Building explains the problems with competitive bidding.

So why not?

First off, you won’t have complete plans for each of the contractors to look at in order to get an “apples to apples” bid. Complete plans are too expensive for an architect to create.

So the honorable contractor will include all the elements (like moldings and light sockets and so on) that are not on the plans, but should be. The shady contractor will not include those things, and will therefore give you a lower bid. That’s called low-balling.

Later on, you’ll be made aware of those extras, and will pay for them. By then, it’s too late to turn back.

Also, some people get bids in order to see how much the project their architect designed will cost. That’s an enormous waste of time for the contractor, and many self-respecting contractors will no longer do competitive bidding.

So, what to do? I suggest you find an excellent contractor (whom you judge by face-to-face meetings, talking to staff, talking to references, visiting prior jobs, searching the Internet, considering awards and professional certifications), and an excellent architect or designer (judged by the same criteria), and put these two stellar individuals together to design your remodel. Find the great people first, then move forward as a team.

This should eliminate the finger-pointing architects and contractors are famous for. Or, hire a design-build company where the designer and builders are in the same firm. This way, when the designer comes up with an idea that would blow your budget out of the water, the contractor will make that known immediately.

As one construction loan agent told me, the country is littered with architectural plans that were put out to bid and then abandoned after the bidding process revealed the project would cost two to three times what the clients could afford. That’s sad.

So how about you? Have you found competitive bidding to be a satisfying way to achieve a remodel?

(Image: Solution Crafters Group)

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Dusty rose, hunter green and butterscotch

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

New Orleans House Paint Colors

I feel delighted every time I walk past this house. How do people come up with these combinations? And I love the etched-glass door.

Here’s what we’ve got:

• Siding: Dusty rose
• Porch deck, shutters and mullion detail: Hunter green
• Porch railings, fascia, moldings, window frames and door frame: Butterscotch
• Metal work: Black

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Kathy’s Kartoons — How NOT to Call a Contractor’s References

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

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Help! Your advice needed on this soon-to-be mama’s kitchen

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

Your Advice Needed Your Advice NeededSo here's the story: Sarah is expecting a baby in a few months, and she and her husband just bought this home in Los Angeles. She wants some advice on fixing up the kitchen before they move in. Here are some things to know:

• The home is in an expensive part of town, so a wonderful kitchen would not be out of place.

• However, Sarah doesn't have a ton of money for the remodel.

Here are my thoughts for a budget makeover:

• Get rid of the cabinets above the peninsula and open up the room to the dining area.

• You can add a decorative stove hood directly from the ceiling, making sure it vents all the way to the outside. But make sure it's the right height so you don't bump your head on it.

• Get rid of the fluorescent lighting fixtures and add recessed can lights.

• If the cabinets are good wood, save them and add new hardware. Or, go for new doors and drawer fronts.

• Replace the tile counters with something nice, like solid surface or granite tiles. You have such small areas to work with that you don't need to spend money on buying a giant slab of granite. You could use offcuts from someone else's project.

• If there is room, canteliver the new countertop 18" to 2' and add bar stools to create a breakfast bar. Get your granite fabricator to cut a retangular piece the width of the stovetop and about 5" high to create a low barrier between the stovetop and the eating area.

• Whatever you do, make sure your paints and finishes and adhesives are nontoxic so that you don't inadvertently harm your new baby.

What's YOUR advice for Sarah? Time is of the essence.

Handyman steals pills, jewelry then passes out drunk in client’s bedroom

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

PillsOops!

If you’re a handyman and you’re going to steal pills and jewelry from a client’s home, for goodness sake don’t pass out drunk in the bedroom with your pockets full of the goods. Just sayin’.

Full story here

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Red and green

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

How cute is this 1866 double shotgun in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans? And just in time for Christmas.

New Orleans House Paint Colors
What makes this charming house so unusual is that only two colors are used. Here’s what they did:

Siding, doors, shutters: Red
Quoins, door frames, window frames: Hunter green 

That’s it. Short, sweet, simple and striking.

The secrets of the spider webs

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

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Kathy's Remodeling BlogHere we have two identical windows on the same wall in a bathroom. A spider has built a web on one window (top), but not the other (bottom). Do you wonder why?

It’s all about air leaks and food. Spiders don’t choose their home sites like we do. They don’t check Zillow for nearby home prices, or get school ratings, or wonder what the zip code will do for their social standing.

What spiders want is a cozy, protected spot with a steady food supply, which means little insects. What spiders know is that insects enter a house where there are air leaks. If there are no air leaks, there will be fewer insects.

Why do you care? If you want to control the temperature and humidity and comfort levels inside your home, and most of us do, sealing up air leaks is critical.

The scientific way to determine air leaks involves a home energy audit with a blower door test, infrared camera and other scientific means.

But spider webs also have a tale to tell. If you spot spider webs in your home, they did not end up there accidentally. They were placed there by a genius spider bent on survival. And thus you have evidence of a leak. Your move.

Dogs of the job site

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•12

Kathy's Remodeling BlogI’m so happy to see that the editors of Fine Homebuilding are fun, lively and enlightened enough to not only admit that workers bring their dogs to the jobsite, but to have a whole photo gallery of these furry workplace companions.

I suggested such a feature to some other editors in the past and they reacted like I was some kind of miscreant for even suggesting that dogs belong on a jobsite.

And yes, I know, I know, dogs on a jobsite are a dangerous element in an already dangerous setting. But think of the therapeutic value! Dogs make us happy and calm. At least that’s how I feel when I’m around them. Perhaps there’s a study showing the benefits of dogs on a jobsite?

Here is a worker taking a lunchtime rest with his furry partner. How awesome is this?

What is home performance? Check this out

Written By: admin - Sep• 03•12

LEED? ICC-700? Energy Star? One builder gives up on green-building ratings

Written By: admin - Sep• 03•12

McKowen_webVernon McKown, co-owner of Ideal Homes of Norman, Okla., is a pretty enlightened green builder whom I heard speak last week at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando.

The topic was how to build affordable green homes and Vern made a shocking statement: He said he’s quitting all green-building rating systems programs. That includes Energy Star ratings, NAHB green building ratings, LEED ratings, and all those from local utilities.

Why? They’ve all gotten too complicated and political and competitive, Vern says.

Instead, he is sticking with a HERS energy rating for each home, and the company wants potential buyers to ask, “What’s your home score?”

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HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System and it’s a standardized measurement of a home’s energy efficiency. In the HERS Index, 100 stands for the typical new home, and the lower the score, the better. So if you go look at a home with a HERS rating of 65, that’s much better than standard.

And official HERS rating comes from extensive diagnostic testing done by an energy rater, like those who are certified by RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network.

A HERS score is a simple number that allows you to compare one home’s energy efficiency against another.

See more about HERS ratings

This is huge! The Home Depot brings the green

Written By: admin - Sep• 03•12

(Washington, D.C.) Mar. 7, 2012 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot®, has launched an online green home products database. The database: leed.homedepot.com is a special microsite within homedepot.com that features products geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute towards earning LEED® points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program, making it easier for homeowners and builders to find the products they need.

Currently, more than 2,500 products sold at The Home Depot are listed on the website.

“The LEED green building program helps homeowners measure green home performance across a range of categories, and products play an important role in achieving certification,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Development at USGBC. “This database represents just one of the many ways in which The Home Depot is advancing sustainable, efficient and healthy homes by supporting green building and green products.”

“As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, we want to show our customers that building green can be easy and affordable,” said Lindsay Chason, senior manager of Environmental Innovation at The Home Depot.  “We have innovative, environmentally-friendly products that make LEED certification simpler.  Now through our partnership with U.S. Green Building Council and their LEED for Homes program, we are simplifying the process of bringing healthier, greener homes to reality.”

The green housing market is growing rapidly, having tripled since 2008. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase by 29% to 38% of the market by 2016, according to a report last week by McGraw-Hill Construction, a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.


LEED-certified homes are energy efficient, conserve water and vital resources, and integrate environmentally preferred products into the design and construction of a home. Nearly 18,000 housing units have received LEED for Homes certification, a number that has seen significant growth in recent years. Fifty percent of LEED for Homes projects are classified in the affordable housing sector, echoing a trend found in last week’s report from The National Association of Home Builders and the Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). The data shows that nationwide housing affordability rose to a record level during the fourth quarter of 2011.

The USGBC and The Home Depot product database was a subject of intense interest during Modernism Week in California last month and debuted as part of the TED Conference during which Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, a LEED home builder since 2006 and the builder of the first LEED Platinum home in the nation, showcased LivingHome C6. C6 is the first affordable housing line from the pre-fabricated builder. Once sited in their final locations, C6 homes are designed to meet the requirements of the LEED for Homes rating system. The home was designed as part of a new partnership with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and renowned architect William McDonough to build 150, Cradle to Cradle® inspired LEED Platinum homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right.

USGBC strives to integrate the principles and practices of social and economic justice within those of sustainable building – ensuring that low-income families will maintain access to decent, safe, and affordable housing, even as society’s standards for what is decent and safe continue to rise.

Green building offers opportunities to reduce energy and resource consumption, enabling lower utility costs and critical savings for owners, funding agencies and residents alike. Green developments are also designed to offer superior indoor air quality to protect residents’ health and reduce health-care costs, and often provide better access to public transit and local amenities, decreasing the financial burden of transportation. The green home product database released with Home Depot will assist homeowners and green building professional to achieve these tenants of sustainability, health and affordability in their housing projects.

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 16,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 67,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more atusgbc.org

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,253 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Porch Patrol: Simple and cozy

Written By: admin - Aug• 24•12

This is a simple and cozy covered porch, but I wonder: Does anyone use it?

I’ve walked by this house many, many times and have never seen anyone using it. Maybe they sit out and smoke late at night?

Porch

A cozy and simple porch

What I like: The colors! The rich oranges and reds appeal to me, especially against the subtle house and trim colors.

What could be better: If someone was using this porch, there might be  small table next to the bench or swing for a cup of coffee. A rug out here would be fabulous.

5 Favorites on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

Written By: admin - Aug• 22•12

You can tell what’s up in the world by what people search for on the Internet. Here on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, we’ve got five consistently favorite subjects that interest your fellows readers. They are:

Green Remodeling

Green Remodeling - American Clay

Kitchens

Kathy's Remodeling Blog - Kitchens - Ken Kelly

Before & After

Kathy's Remodeling Blog - Before & After - One Week Bath

Contractor Issues

Kathy's Remodeling Blog - Contractor Issues

Design Ideas

Kathy's Remodeling Blog - Baja