Summer is just about here as it was a short Spring. The HBA’s looking forward to a great home show and we on the green building council hope that it’s another huge success like last year. Good luck to Matt Thompson as ring leader, him and their committee can count on our council members viewing and providing any necessary feedback if asked. We will also try to see if this year or maybe starting next year if our green building council can sponsor an award geared towards the best HERS rating maybe or best use of renewable energy, etc. Next years home show is being decided upon now as well and we wish the three finalists luck on being chosen. One in particular site has many green building features www.maffittridge.com.
As a green builder, I must say that I’m very excited to build my little family our first house. We are hopefully going to stay in Beaverdale or close to it on an infill lot. My wife and I really love our Beaverdale brick ranch next to Beaverdale Park, although come on I want to show off my abilities to my wife obviously. This was not an easy sell to her until I mentioned the part about how healthy of a home I can provide. A home that doesn’t ever allow moisture intrusion, one that never allows pest invasions, one that obviously doesn’t have any lead paint and also has low VOC paint quality, also uses low VOC materials such as cabinets and flooring and others. A house that is ventilated the right way along with being wrapped up tight. All of these things and more add to the quality of the indoor air environment that makes green building important to health and wellness conscious people such as my wife (me too for that matter). When she realized how much of a positive impact this kind of healthy home would have on our family, she got on my green building train. She never really asked much about what I’m passionate about regarding this part of my work day although I’d like to think that it turned her on a little regarding me providing such a healthy living environment for us.
If you are wondering how best to live in Des Moines on infill lots, which simply means lots that were developed years ago not anything new necessarily. As I wrote in the Beaverdale Living magazine this month sharing the ideas of using a real estate professional to hunt for you a foreclosures or short sale on properties that could be deconstructed for an all new home. Or, public nuisance property, tax liened property, sheriff sale property, county owned lots, city owned lots, these are all good options for finding infill lots to build on. For example there has been many new construction homes built-in Beaverdale as well south of grand.
Happy Summertime, hope to see you at the home show!