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Building Grid-Tied with Off-Grid Capability

We are Builders and Planners! Check out our website Photo Gallery to see the diversity of our work! Also check out our YouTube Channel and other links we have on our website! In recent years we have focused on keeping overhead down and still producing quality and creative projects. Our competition is generally less experienced […]

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Aging In Place-Designing Your Home for Your Future

Aging in Place Staying in your own home as you age can be cheaper and more pleasant than moving to a retirement facility. We have designed and remodeled many homes with that in mind. With some simple, inexpensive and attractive solutions we can help you stay home as you grow older. These changes will often […]

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Oak Ridge National Laboratories Study on SIP Panels

A study implemented by the US Dept. of Energy’s – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has demonstrated that a 4-inch SIP panels outperforms 2″x4″ stick and batt construction. Not only that, it even outperforms 2″x6″ construction when comparing thermal performance. A SIP panels provides the structural components. There are no braces or studs to cause openings […]

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Hearthstone Timber Frame Homes

Timber framing is just the kind of traditional craft that we at Hearthstone specialize in. Meticulously practiced for centuries as the preferred method of building construction, the trade and traditions mostly died in the early 1900s as steel mills, high-production saw mills, wire nails, and mass production psychology replaced the art and craft of Timberframing, […]

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Construction Consultation Services Outline

MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTION CONSULTATION SERVICES Why use a Pre-Construction Management Consultant? A consultant will represent the client’s interest above all else in reviewing all of the preconstruction services, including site planning, design concept and goals, cost analysis, engineering and much more. Pre-Construction Management ensures that all project costs represent the client’s interests and goals while offering […]

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Hearthstone of Boone Timber Frame Subcontract Services

Hearthstone of Boone provides full Timber Frame and SIP Home subcontract services. We work with home owners, builders and architects to create the Timber Frame or SIP home package ideal for each client. Our services include full working drawings and dry-in erection services, including crane rental, and unmatched quality. HearthStone has a full service design staff […]

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Why Should I Seal My Crawl Space?

In certain climates, a sealed crawl space is recommended for many reasons. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or near a water source, you have water evaporating from the dirt under your house. If your crawl space is unventilated, this moisture is trapped under the house and has nowhere […]

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Custom Mountain Homes Details and Specifications

Builders hear it all of the time: What does it cost per sq.ft. to build? Though there are “rules of thumb” regarding cost per sq.ft. each builder who is asked this question probably has a different list of what is included in that “Cost Per Sq.Ft.” that a client prospect has in mind. TURN-KEY CONSTRUCTION COSTS […]

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LED: An Energy Efficient Lighting Option

LED (light emitting diode) technology was first developed in the early 1960s. For many years it was used primarily as indicator lighting in electronic devices. New technology allows us to use it for household lighting as well. Household LED lighting is growing in popularity due to the energy efficiency it provides to home owners. A […]