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Investing in an Organized Builder: Responsiveness

A home is a major financial investment. A custom home is frequently a deeply emotional investment. When you have invested so much in a personal project, you expect a certain level of responsiveness, right?

The number-one complaint among dissatisfied custom home buyers is that their builder is slow to respond, or never does. An organized builder understands the importance of being responsive from the first contact through completion and beyond.

Often, professional builders develop a process for responding to calls or Read the rest of this entry »

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Investing in an Organized Builder: Cleanliness

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There are several signs indicating a professional builder’s business acumen, organizational skills, and other capabilities that help ensure ultimate satisfaction with your new home. Today we’re touching on cleanliness.

First impressions. A clean and organized job site often reflects a builder’s overall organizational competency and respect for the materials. An organized job site is safer and more efficient.

Worker safety is always a factor. Maintaining a site where workers Read the rest of this entry »

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No, No! Don’t Runoff! Jeffrey B Glander Saves the Day!

One of the goals for the Inspiration Home (we have a lot of them) was to have no stormwater runoff from the lot. The best way to do this is by constructing a rain garden* to catch and filter the runoff.

Eliminating stormwater runoff is a good and conscientious goal but we were slammed trying to get the Inspiration Home together on time. There’s no one around here experienced enough for rain garden research and design. So it was: Read the rest of this entry »

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Scott Homes Hosting Four Sites in the South Sound Green Tour

Between Scott Homes and Northwest Energy Team, we have FOUR (4.5 really) sites in this year’s South Sound Green Tour, April 21 & 22, 10-4.

The purpose of the tour is to show how easy it is to build green. And how healthy. And how supportive to local businesses. And how conservation-y.

There are a lot of different ways you can go when you build green. If you are thinking about building a home or improving the energy performance of your existing home, it is well worth your time to check out some or all of the sites on the South Sound Green Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Awakening, Enthusiasm, Motivation … Inspiration: Introducing the Inspiration Home!

Finally! We have begun!

I’m so darned excited to tell you about the Inspiration Home. The theories that were tested on the award-winning Far Reach House have been examined and improved on in the Inspiration Home.

The purpose of the Inspiration Home is to show that extremely energy efficient, built green homes can be affordable. This home will showcase one way to attain the balance between the latest and greatest products, conservation and cost-effectiveness.

It will also show that energy efficient homes can be Just Darn Cute.

This home is currently under construction. You can follow its progress on the Inspiration Home Facebook page or keep checking in at the Scott Homes blog.

We plan to have the Inspiration Home completed in August of 2012. There will be big events all through August so you can come see. Again, keep an eye on the Facebook page and/or this blog.

If you just can’t wait, the Inspiration Home will be part of the South Sound Green Tour April 21st & 22nd. We’d love to see you. Do remember it IS a construction site though, ‘kay?

When completed, the Inspiration Home will feature: Read the rest of this entry »

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Long Lake Cabin: Little SIP family cabin on the lake

Dan and Barb had a cabin near Olympia on Long Lake. It’s where they spent weekends with family and friends. It’s where they unplugged and had a quiet beer out on the dock.

And their cabin needed a lot of love. There were leaks, there were bows and dips and soft spots. It was time to either fix it up or tear it down and start over.

Dan and Barb did the math and found the cost of fixing their beloved cabin was almost as much as building a new one. They decided to start over.

“As we talked about our options,” said Barb, “we came to the conclusion that this cabin is for our family; our children and grandchildren. Our kids grew up out here. We want our grandchildren and their grandchildren to have a wonderful, quiet place to get away and play as well. This place is our legacy to them.” Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways Scott Homes Stands Out from The Custom Home Pack

Mainstream builders are taking a look at what builders like Scott Homes, Inc (that’s us) have been doing to stay in business during these challenging years. They’re looking at us closely because now customers expect a higher level of energy performance, quality indoor air and green building material. They’re asking how we’ve successfully sustained a higher standard for so long.

How did we get here and how have we stayed ahead of the pack for two decades? There are five things that every quality custom home builder does to create homes worthy of a good reputation.

1. We Pay Attention
Before we even dig your foundation, we make sure that your designer and your project manager are on the same page (sometimes they are the same person!). While your home is under construction the whole crew meets once a week as a team with Scott and the designer. Through it all, you are updated and your questions are answered. You are part of this, too, you know. The idea is to know where we’ve been, where we are, where we are going and why we are doing what we do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Far Reach House Opens Doors for Scott Homes 2011 Tour of Homes

Matt & Eileen, the owners of the Far Reach House moved in April 1st. “I have to admit the April Fool’s Day date made me a little nervous,” Eileen smiled. “Everything had gone so smoothly through the whole building process and we all know how the Universe has a sense of humor. But I just had to make a minor blood offering when I closed my knife on my thumb.”

“Scott told us we would be surprised how a finished SIPs home felt. He was right.” said Matt. “Eileen and I spent the better part of the first week trying to come up with words that truly described the quiet and peaceful atmosphere inside the house. We decided it was a lot like waking up in the morning and knowing, without having to look out the window, it had snowed in the night.

“We’ve been nothing but pleased with how the house was built and the energy efficient performance. As nerdy as it is, we get all goofy when the PSE (Puget Sound Energy) and the water bills come because we can’t wait to see how low the charge is.” Read the rest of this entry »

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