Retrofit Your Present Home?
o Your home will achieve higher energy efficiency.
o You will have lower utility bills.
o You will have increased air quality within your home.
o You will reduce your personal carbon imprint on the environment.
o Your home will have a higher resale value.
o Utility prices will only go up.
Whether building a new home or retrofitting your current home, the basic tenets are the same.
1. Energy efficiency
2. Resource conservation
3. Indoor air quality
To these ends, I am most happy to announce my association with
AndersonSargent is a partnership of builders, Jim Sargent and Vickie Anderson. Jim Sargent began his research and study of home energy efficiency back in the mid 1970’s with the oil embargo and energy crunch. He began building energy efficient homes in 1985.
Net Zero Energy Home
AndersonSargent built the only Net Zero Energy Home in North Texas (produces as much energy as it uses). The home has solar power, a solar water heater, cisterns to collect rainwater for the xeriscape, and much, much more. The house is located at:
5357 Beacon Hill Dr.
If you are interested in seeing this extraordinary home, please contact me.
AndersonSargent was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the 2006 National Builder of the Year for Energy Efficient Homes. Jim Sargent was chosen by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the builder of the “Best Green Concept Home in America.”
Energy efficiency is not new to Jim. He has been learning (originally by trial and error) how to best build homes with a tight envelope and the best efficiency for over 20 years.
The internet has tons of information regarding building green, but Jim is the expert on North Texas. Climate makes all the difference. What works in the East or the North does not necessarily work here.
Whether your home is old or new,
Your home can be energy efficient………………………………
o Tighten up the house by stopping the leaks.
o Take the sun load off of the windows.
o Properly insulate the attic.
These are the basics. Everything else is optional. You tell us what you want in your home, and we give you your options.
Retrofitting your current home
Step 1 THE DOOR RATER TEST. This will determine where your home is leaking. Also, there is a visual inspection of the windows, attic, air conditioning & heating units, insulation, etc. There is a fee.
Step 2 The AndersonSargent team reviews the test and inspection to determine the most cost effective procedures.
Step 3 An item-by-item cost estimate is prepared.
Step 4 You decide what improvements you want to make and who will do the work.
You are free to do the renovations yourself, hire AndersonSargent, or hire someone else.
We will tell you what are the most important renovations. You may choose to do them all or do one at a time. If budget is a concern, we have financing available. We assist you in finding the best loan for your situation and home.
There are many misconceptions on how to build or remodel a home for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, many homeowners who are trying to do the right thing (conserve energy) have made costly mistakes by choosing the wrong material or method. This will not happen with AndersonSargent.
To build a new home with AndersonSargent, you will need architectural plans, land, and financing. We build on your property. If you have everything, great! If you need land, we can assist. If you need an architect, we have several. If you need financing, Vickie Anderson can find your best deal.
Jim Sargent will meet with you to discuss your needs, wants, and concerns. If you choose, you can enter into a consulting agreement with Jim. The consulting agreement includes:
Site the property.
Soil test (at builder’s price and at the right locations).
Work with architect and architectural plans to cost out the build job.
Present cost estimate.
You may choose to enter into a New Contract to Build with AndersonSargent (or you may not, but I hope you do). Once building begins, you will have many decisions to make regarding materials, colors, etc. This will be so exciting to watch your home take shape.
Recommended reading is The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka, a gorgeous book reminding us that quality may be more important that quantity. This is particularly important in this time of climate change and rising energy costs.
Remodeling & Home Additions
House plans will be needed. For additions, your survey is needed. If you have plans and survey, this will save you money. The first step is to meet with the AndersonSargent team which includes the architect. A list of your needs and wants are made. You may then decide to enter an agreement with the architect to draw plans. AndersonSargent will cost the job for you. You make your decision. Once again, if you want to do part of the work yourself, that works. Once we are agreed on the improvements, we enter the building contract and go to work for you. Congratulations!
If you are interested in building new or retrofitting, remodeling, or adding-on to your present home, please call or email me. We can discuss your project in more detail. If you like, we can set an appointment.
We have ideas galore and can help you in your planning. Use our experience.
Please call or write if you would like to
see the Net Zero Energy Home.