What is “Green”?

Some believe in saving the planet. Some believe in personal responsibility. Some believe in sustainable resources. Being Green is a sum of each of these relative to improving your environment. Th practice of green building is based in sustainability. This comes from the saying “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” And that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be expensive. A sustainable home requires little maintenance, a relatively low energy draw and good…

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Actual customer reviews conducted by phone, mail and email

Evolution of the “Consumer” Web Source

Last summer, TR received a bad review on Yelp from someone who is not even a customer. The complaint was about how vehicles were parked at a construction site. As with most consumer-based research sites, there is no way to resolve a dispute before it is publicly posted. Alternatively, we welcomed a ridiculous complaint on our Localloop profile page. The initial comment and response were subsequently posted on our Facebook page. Dispute resolution is just one…

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The Other Boomerang Generation

In recent years, we have increasingly performed projects for middle-aged couples with their parents in mind. Specifically, to encourage the older generation to move in with the younger one. In most cases, the best solution for this growing demand is to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) attached to the single family residence. ADU’s generally incorporate universal design elements which make it manageable to navigate through a comfortable living area, functional kitchenette, one or two…

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Parental Housing

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a popular way to provide separate and independent living quarters for aging parents.  This project added a bedroom, 3/4 bath, kitchen and living space with separate outdoor entrances.  A common indoor entrance was shared through the garage. The overall impact on the property included upgrading the septic system to accommodate the additional bedroom.  In terms of resale, it was estimated that up to 75% of the cost could be…

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The Evolution of the Home

Over the years, the home has been used for different purposes. 1940’s – 1960’s: Rooms were relatively small and secluded. Gatherings were held in the living room or on the patio, and it was not uncommon to ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar. 1970’s – 1990’s: Larger common areas for entertaining made “cocooning” the term used for home-bound activities. The 2000’s have made the home function more as a “hive of activity” where…

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How much would you be willing to sacrifice in your home if your lifestyle depended on it?

When consulting with prospective clients, we often use automotive analogies like: “remodeling by cost per square foot is like buying a car by the pound”; or “your decision to buy a Mercedes instead of a Buick establishes the value you place on quality, service and warranty”. Car analogies like these can even delve further into lifestyle choices. For example, I recently exchanged a Jeep Grand Cherokee for a Mini Cooper S convertible as my primary…

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