Most people would say it is impossible to live in Texas without using air conditioning in the summer. After all, in the Dallas area we often get 100 plus degree temperatures for days on end. It seems a given that in these conditions air conditioning would be a no brainer. Maybe that is the problem. Society doesn’t really consider alternatives anymore, we blindly follow what others are doing.
Our family hasn’t used air conditioning in five years. It just is not an option for us. Have there been benefits
Even if the weather in your area is still a bit chilly, its time to start thinking about giving your lawn a little TLC. Spring lawns require extra care following chilly winter temperatures and dormant growth, said John Buechner, Lawn Doctors Horticulture expert. Its also a critical time to take steps to insure a beautiful summer lawn
Vinegar may be oh-so-tasty on fish and chips, and a host of other foods, but it has plenty of other uses in your home. The acidic liquid is a powerful cleaner, eating through lime and grime, and killing many viruses and bacteria
One of the easiest ways to conserve water in your garden is to plant as many drought-resistant plants as you can. Drought-resistant plants need regular watering while they are getting established for their first year in your garden. After that, they will live happily on nothing more than the rain that Ma Nature provides
The summer heat is coming on fast, and it can be hard to resist turning to the air conditioning for relief, even for people with the greenest of lifestyles. But the A/C is one of the most energy-intensive appliances around and the more we can stay away from it, the better off our planet will be. The Refresh Blog has some handy tips for keeping cool this summer without the A/C.
You know those directions on seed packets that tell you to space your pepper plants twelve inches apart, in rows three feet apart? That space between the rows sure eats up a lot of space in the garden.
Founded in 2000, Eco Custom Homes specializes in major renovations and building High Performance Homes. We are leaders in the Southeast in Sustainable and Passive House Construction.
We have worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from the master planning and construction of hobby farms to shipping container homes. Through our sister company, Icon Development Corp., we also focus on Retail T&I and Restaurant Construction.
I receive about 50 inquires a month and the first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a custom home?
Lot costs are typically 30% to 35% of your total budget for a home.
We find construction costs of $180 per sqft + or – 10%, plus a fixed cost of about $30k for site development costs. (Utilities, Driveway, Fencing, Landscaping, etc.) If you want a modern home with flat roofs and steel, you are looking $220 per sqft + or – 10%.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 7% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 3 to 6 months. Time to permit is about 60 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $70K to $120k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 6 months to construct a home.
In today’s market we are finding that in doing large renovations/additions to homes are saving 10% to 20% versus a new home.
Typically we see costs for new added space at $200 per sqft. Redoing existing space is about $120 per sqft.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 6% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 1 to 3 months. Time to permit is about 30 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $60K to $100k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 3 months to construct a home.