Easy Tips To Make Your Home More Eco-friendly

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Incorporating green practices into your home can be easier and cheaper than you think! We aren’t talking higher priced changes such as solar panels or buying a new ecofriendly car. We want to help people start out with the small, easier changes first then tackle the other ones when they feel they are ready!

You can have an eco-conscious home without building one from the group up. From switching the LED light bulbs to installing a toilet that uses less water, there are a number of ways to make your home a little greener.

First things first, changing the light bulbs you buy is such an easy solution that will save you money in the long run. LED light bulbs have a longer life and use less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so they are perfect for any space.

Repurposed materials is another way to make your space not only more ecofriendly but can also be a great addition to your interior design. Countertops, tables, headboards, flooring can all be repurposed and give your space a sense of originality. Some examples of materials that could replace your countertops would be recycled steel or reclaimed wood. Environmentally friendly flooring options are not so hard to find. Flooring made from cork, linoleum and bamboo are not only renewable materials but also assist in home insulation efforts. Linoleum, in particular, is known for a long lifespan, which is always great to hear!

Water conversation is something every household could get better at. Even if you don’t want to make any large purchases right now, changing your habits of long showers and leaving the water running when you brush your teeth are two ways to not use as much water that you can do for FREE. It can even save you money on your water bill! But if you want to take water conservation to the next step, Stealth System toilets (www.niagaracorp.com/stealth) uses less than one gallon of water per flush. An average toilet uses three gallons per flush.  Another great fix would be purchasing tankless water heaters which skip the inefficient and wasteful process of reheating hot water in a tank. They heat on demand so no energy is wasted keeping water hot. You will see savings in energy costs and you will save on water usage because you will no longer be running water while waiting for it to heat up.

These are a couple simple changes you can make starting as early as today to make your home more ecofriendly and energy efficient. Help the environment, one change at a time!

It’s Closer Than You Think…2015 BIA Parade of Homes

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{The 2014 BIA Parade Home}

Can you believe we are already approaching the middle of the summer  and the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes is closer than you think! As previously mentioned, the Parade of Homes will be taking place in September and going through the first part of October. With all of the beauty that the Fall season has to offer, it seemed like a perfect time to showcase the lovely homes that will be on display.

The Northstar Community, located in Sunbury, will be the home of the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes. With its close proximity to I-71 it is easily accessible and much closer than you might guess. Located just off of the 36/37 exit, which is the exit right after Polaris, it only takes a mere 25 minutes to get to downtown Columbus! Believe it or not, this is a shorter driving distance than last year’s Parade of Homes, which was located at Trail’s End (30 minutes to downtown) and Jerome Village in Dublin (also about 30 minutes to downtown).

We understand that location is key but what about the great amenities that the Northstar Communities has to offer?! Northstar Communities makes living there a dream! With an 18-hole, semi-private golf course, fitness center, tennis courts and even a 7,300 square foot pool, it will be like you are on vacation in your own backyard. If you want to throw a dinner party, or celebration of some sort, Northstar Communities offers a 18,000 square foot clubhouse and banquet facility for any of those needs. And because part of what makes the Northstar Community so wonderful is the beautiful nature that surrounds it, you will get 800 acres of green space that includes parks, ponds and walking paths.

The Northstar Community also lies within the Big Walnut school district with has received an “Excellent” designation from the Ohio Department of Education for outstanding student achievement every year since 2005. This year Big Walnut had a 94% high school 4-year graduation rate.

With the location of the Northstar Community being so close to shopping, dining, and other retail businesses, combined with the amazing amenities and great school district, this community makes the perfect place to raise a family or relax after retirement. We hope to see you out at the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes to see our beautiful home and all that you can come to love about the Northstar Community.


What to Expect When Building A Custom Home

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Breaking ground on a new home is a very exciting time! You get to watch as your dream home comes to life piece by piece. Also, having a good understanding of the process will help answer questions that arise and give you peace of mind throughout the build. We are going to give you a little insight into what you should expect when you go to build your custom home. Keep in mind this is a general rule of thumb as it can vary throughout different states and different builders.

First Step- Prepare the Site and Pour Foundation

First, the home builder will clear any debris and trees from the site using earth-moving machines. The crew will then level the site, put up wooden forms to serve as a template for where the foundation will lay. Holes and trenches will then be dug. Footings (these are the structures where the house interfaces with the ground that supports it) are installed. If your home comes with a basement (as most typically do) this is the point where the basement is dug out. Next the foundation walls are formed and poured. Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it needs time to settle. During this time activity at the construction site is put on hold. After the concrete is ready, the crew applies a waterproof membrane to the foundation walls, installs the drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that needs to go into the basement. At this point an inspector will inspect the site to make sure that the foundation components are all up to code and installed properly.

Second Step- Framing

The next step is usually a very exciting time for the home owner because this is where you start to see the house erect. The floor systems, walls and roof systems are completed during this process known as framing (as known as the shell or skeleton of the house). The plywood or oriented strand board sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof. The windows and exterior doors are installed next. The house is then wrapped with a protective barrier that prevents liquid from penetrating the structure of the home while still allowing water vapor to escape. This helps to prevent the likelihood of mold or rotting wood.

Step Three- Plumbing and Electrical

Once framing is complete, next comes the siding and roofing. At the same time the electric and plumbing will start running pipes and wires throughout the home. Sewer lines,vents and water supply lines are installed as well. Bathtubs, and any other large objects get installed at this point because they are harder to maneuver as the building goes on. The duct work is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. After the roof goes on the house, the house is considered dried in. This is where electrical receptacles for outlets, lights and switches come in. Another inspection will usually take place at this point for compliance with building codes.

Step Four- Insulation

The next step, insulation, plays a key role in keeping your future home comfortable and consistent with the outdoor climate. It also helps with energy efficiency (which P&D Builders prides themselves on!) All exterior walls, as well as the attic space and any floors located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces will be insulated. The most common types of insulation that are used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. These are also dependent on the region, climate and the builders preferences.

Step Five- Drywall

Drywall is the next step in the home-building process. The drywall is hung and taped so the seams between the boards aren’t visible. The primer coat of paint is also applied at this point after taping is complete. At this point in the building process you will begin to notice the finishing touches going on the outside of the home (Brick, stucco, stone or siding).

Step Six- Interior Trim

At this point in your custom home build, the interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings and other decorative trim is installed. Your cabinets that you picked out, those will go in at this point too! Your walls will get all the finishing touches at this time as well. If you have a walkway, patio, or a driveway this is the point in which those will begin. Many builders usually save this part for the end because the heavy equipment can damage the concrete. Some builders do the contrary and pour the driveway when the foundation pours so the homeowners that visit the site will have an area to walk on.

Step Seven- Countertops & Hard Flooring

If you are having ceramic tiles, or wood flooring installed this is when that will happen. The hard-surface flooring usually goes in at the same time as the counter tops. At this point you are really able to see the house in a near-complete phase! Any exterior grading is also done at this point to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for landscaping.

Step Eight- Light Fixtures

Light fixtures, outlets and switches go in at this point and the electrical panel is completed. The sinks, toilets and faucets are also being installed.

Step Nine- Finishing Interior Touches

The last step in the interior of the home is to install mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting. This is when the cleanup takes place. Any exterior landscaping such as trees, shrubs, and grass are planted and completed. A final inspection from a building-code official is completed at this point.

Step Ten- The Walk-Through

This is usually the most exciting moment for the home owners because this is the chance that they can see the completed project. Your home builder will walk you through your home and answer any questions you have, help to acquaint you with all of the features and operations of the systems and components. This is where  you, the home-owner, can bring up and issues or questions that you have or any problem areas that need to be adjusted. This is the point where you need to be attentive and observant. Examine counter tops, walls, cabinetry and flooring to ensure 100% satisfaction.

P&D Builders spends a great deal of time with all of our home owners to ensure 100% satisfaction with their new home. We offer what is called the White Glove Guarantee. We guarantee that your home will be completed on-time and to  your 100% satisfaction. You will have a member of our detailing team assist your throughout the final two weeks of your home’s completion with any requests, issues, or questions you may have. We know how exciting this time is for you and your family and we want to make sure it is absolutely perfect! If you have any questions about the custom home building process or want to know more about building with P&D Builders please contact us here!






Featured Home

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Today we are featuring another beautiful custom built featured home from P & D Builders. This french country home is located in the Wedgewood subdivision. This home sits on a beautiful tree-lined lot offering plenty of outdoor space with plenty of natures elements. The five bedroom home comes with a first floor guest suite, an upstairs master bedroom with large walk-in closets, an upstairs family room area complete with a wet bar, and a larger open-concept gourmet kitchen just to name a few. This home is 5,233 square feet and is perfect for raising a family or hosting out of town guests.

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If you are interested in a building your custom dream home please contact us today at (740) 201-8079 or simply visit us here. We would love to hear from you!

Why you Should Choose P&D to Build Your Custom Home

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Here at P & D Builders we have always been in the business of creating custom homes that are unparalleled in quality, character, and value that fulfill the vision and dreams of our clients while keeping within their financial parameters. Our goal is to provide you with the utmost service before, during, and after we build your home and we pride ourselves on that. Below you will find all of the great features and guarantees that we offer as part of the custom home building process with P&D Builders.

Direct Contact with Our Clients

No matter how busy we get or how big the company grows we will always maintain a personal and direct relationship with you during the process. We believe that this facilitates a certain level of expertise, accountability, and consistency. Also in today’s technology age we still believe the best forms of communication are face-to-face.

In-House Design Staff

Unique to the industry, we have our own in-house design staff that allows us to quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively design unique, exciting plans tailored to each client. If you need a custom room designed to fit your lifestyle or family size, our design team can create that for you too! We have done everything from in-law suites, home spas, home theaters, bridal staircases and boat/RV storage bays. With our design team the possibilities are endless.

Interior Decorating Service

We provide interior design and decorating services at no charge to you! This service assures that our clients will be afforded professional decorating consultation, as well as a much broader array of product offerings and options to choose from.

Banking and Loan Services

We know the process of building your custom home can be overwhelming at times so we have taken some of the stress off of you by connecting you with the very best lenders in the industry and even oversee the transaction from start to finish.

Full Warranties on Our Homes

We want our clients to know that we have their backs and will be there for them long after we have closed on the new home. With our full warranty on the home, we also have a full time warranty manager that is here to help you, should any problems arise.

Energy Efficient Homes

Each and every P&D home we build is certified through an independent inspection service to assure that your home meets, and most often exceeds, Energy Star certification standards.

Our White Glove Guarantee

When we give your home a completion date we want to make sure that it is not only completed on time but that it is completed to your 100% satisfaction. This simply means that we assign a member of our “detailing team” to comb through every inch of your home with you ensuring that attention is given to every detail of your new home. They will not give the okay to close on the home until your satisfaction is guaranteed.

By building custom homes in this manner we are able to leave every customer satisfied for many years to come. If you are looking to build a custom home of your dreams, we would love to talk to you and see what ideas you have in mind for your new home. Contact us here for more details.