REMODELING BASICS

Remodeling is about adapting your home to meet the needs and desires of your current lifestyle.    If you are thinking about a remodeling project for your home, from a minor “facelift” to a major renovation, some preliminary planning will help you decide what to tackle and what to leave as is.  You may find it easier to plan your project by breaking the decision process into three broad categories:  logistics, budget, and resources.  LOGISTICS:  Logistics basically means choosing what to include in your project, and whether you will remain in your home while the work is underway, or stay somewhere else.  Knowing the scope of the project will certainly affect your decision about whether or not to remain at home.  Start by listing everything you want to get out of your new environment in terms of your lifestyle; such as better traffic flow, opening up views to the outside, or creating a get-away within your home.  From your lifestyle wish list, you will create a more specific list of “To Do’s”.  For instance, if you want to update your kitchen, will that involve changing the counter tops, cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, moving walls, and so on?  Start with everything you want for a particular space, with the realization that you may have to proceed in phases according to your budget.   BUDGET:  Have a clear understanding of how much money you have available to spend.     Remember to include amounts in your budget for permits, installation, debris disposal, and a place to stay if you will not remain at home.  Depending on the extent of what you have in mind, you may also need the services of a design professional or a contractor.   A preliminary visit to […]

Home Built by The Farlow Group on Figure Eight Island is Certified as ENERGY STAR Qualified

The home known as Ligon Point, located on Figure Eight Island in Wilmington and completed in 2010 by The Farlow Group, has been certified as an ENERGY STAR qualified home.  The homeowners can expect to spend less on energy costs due to the efficiency of the materials and systems installed in their home.  The electricity provider, Progress Energy Carolinas, also offers a 5% discount off regular residential rates with the ENERGY STAR qualification. The certification of Ligon Point for ENERGY STAR rating was submitted to the EPA on behalf of The Farlow Group and the homeowners by Building Performance Specialists in Wilmington, NC, www.moisturematters.com , who performed inspections and analysis from start to finish to document that standards were met for qualification.  The commitment to energy efficiency throughout the home was important to the owners, who needed substantial square footage to accommodate visits by their large extended family, but still desired an environmentally conscious home. For more information on the ENERGY STAR program and products, visit the website www.energystar.gov .