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Old 03-11-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Martinez, GA
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I am looking to get estimates for new construction for a home appriximately 1260 sq ft. I am building in the walkertown area. I would like to incorporate green materials and incorporate good energy efficient windows, insulation, skylights, etc. Do you have any recommendations of builders in the area? How much should i be looking to spend per sqare foot?
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Well your goal is very admirable, but expensive. Most of the "Green" stuff is not cheap. Many of the green houses do save energy, but the cost to make them so may or may not be recoverable over the life of the dwelling. There are some simple things you can do like triple pane windows, six inch walls that are insulated and so forth. They will keep your house both warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer heat which allows for less energy to maintain.

But if cost isn't an issue, then go for it, the solar panels for both heated water and electricity, and even wind if you have much there.

Here in interior Alaska the houses are for the most part, built for the extreme cold. But in a climate like where you are, that would relate to a lot of energy savings alone year round. AC would be minmal if you didn't have the outside heat making the house hotter, and the cooler winters there wouldn't suck the heat out of the house. Both of which takes money to heat/cool...

Would be a neat place to have! Good luck!
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:52 AM
 
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I woulfd highly recommend Piedmont Personal Builders in Greensboro. All of their homes are Energy Star certified and the quality and customer service is superb. They do build in Walkertown. The owner is one of the most honest people I have ever met. They do everything to help keep your costs down and give fixed pricing. I probably sound like an ad for them, but I really think they are that good. Also, they give you a reference list of everyone they have ever built a home for.
Here is their contact info:
Regis Skeehan
Piedmont Personal Builders
www.piedmontpersonalbuilders.com
(336) 662-0200
Tell them Jeff Craig referred you. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.
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