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Greenville SC Builder Staffs Up to Meet Increasing Demand

Greenville SC Builder Staffs Up to Meet Increasing Demand

Kristy Thompson, Melody Lane Join Addison Homes Greenville SC builder Addison Homes has added two new employees as we staff up to meet increasing demand for our “Healthy, HighPerformance Homes.” Kristy Thompson has come aboard as Construction Superintendent, with responsibility for running the company’s job sites. She organizes the schedule for each project to ensure tasks are completed promptly and properly, with emphasis on quality control to maintain the industry’s highest standards. Thompson is Addison Homes’ liaison with trade partners and vendors while also serving as point-person for clients during the construction process. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, where she majored in Construction Science & Management and minored in Business Administration. A member of Construction Honors Fraternity Sigma Lambda Chi, Thompson interned with Bonterra Builders in Charlotte and DR Horton in Charleston, and earned Associate Constructor certification through the American Institute of Constructors. Her volunteer work isn’t too far removed from her day job as a Greenville SC builder superintendent, as Thompson is active with Habitat for Humanity. Melody Lane has joined Addison Homes as Accounting Manager, tasked with all of our financial reporting. A graduate of Gardner-Webb University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and holds professional accounting credentials such as AIPB Certified Bookkeeper and QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Lane’s professional experience includes owning Spark Bookkeeping and serving as bookkeeping manager at Greer Tax & Bookkeeping. Away from the office, Lane’s community work has ranged from serving as a worship band member at Springwell Church to volunteering with the Kairos Prison Program at Leath Correctional... read more
Building a New Home: Outdoor Spaces Are In

Building a New Home: Outdoor Spaces Are In

Summertime brings many a fond memory of enjoying family barbecues and playing with friends in the back yards of our youth – running through the sprinklers, splashing in the pool, catching fireflies. Only the clairvoyant among us could have imagined the back yards of today: the highly appointed outdoor spaces that are increasingly popular in new homes. Long gone are the days when a homeowner’s only options were a simple patio slab, rectangular swimming pool and rolling kettle grill. Current outdoor living spaces may be just as stylish and creative as the home itself, providing multifunctional destinations for family and friends. Professional designs ensure a smooth transition from inside to out while also providing artful square footage and the proper utility connections for all desired features. Careful planning can accommodate year-round enjoyment in your back yard through creative options for shade, sun and other weather conditions. One of the primary requests for outdoor space is a fully functional kitchen. A built-in, gas-powered barbecue grill, complete with warming drawers, heating elements and plenty of grilling surface, is essential equipment for today’s outdoor chef. Because an outdoor kitchen is often designed within a covered patio or veranda, grills are usually supplemented with a ventilation system to exhaust smoke and odors. Other conveniences include a sink and faucet, an under-counter refrigerator/ice maker, and a row of base cabinets topped by a weather-tough countertop. An outdoor kitchen logically demands an outdoor eating area. Weather-resistant furnishings and upholstery are available in an increasingly wide range of styles to suit any taste, from formal dining tables to casual, plushy seating options. Outdoor rooms might also include a bar... read more
Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation in Custom Homes (For Buyer) and Innovation in Custom Homes (Spec) categories. The Greenville SC builder is among 34 of the nation’s most industry-forward builders who were honored for innovation in five categories: Affordable Homes, Multifamily Homes, Production Homes, Custom Homes (For Buyer) and Custom Homes (Spec). Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, during the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas. “Housing Innovation Award winners such as Addison Homes are leading a major housing industry transformation to Zero Energy Ready Homes,” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at the DOE’s Building Technologies Office. “This level of performance is the home of the future because it improves the way Americans live by substantially reducing or eliminating utility bills, ensuring engineered comfort way beyond traditional homes, protecting health with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality measures, and helping maximize the largest investment of a lifetime.” Both of Addison’s HIA-winning projects are located in Trailside, Greenville’s first all-solar community where every new home qualifies for the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) label. “This is wonderful recognition of our commitment to build well beyond the minimum code,” said Addison Homes President Todd Usher, noting that ZERH-labeled homes live better, work better and last better. “The real winners, of course, are the Trailside residents whose homes provide healthy indoor... read more
Questions & Answers about Solar Power

Questions & Answers about Solar Power

Solar power is HOT! Many homeowners are curious about this increasingly popular trend. Residential solar power has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years, with those distinctive panels and shingles now a common feature on American roofs. Much of solar’s ever-increasing popularity is the result of hefty price reductions — an installed system costs less than half of what it did in 2006 — as well as generous government incentives. Not surprisingly, many of our clients wonder whether specifying solar power for their new home is a good investment. Here are brief answers to some common questions. Q: What types of solar power systems are available? A: While solar panels have long been a feature on rural homesteads — mostly in areas where the cost to run power lines is prohibitive – all of the systems Addison Homes installs are grid-connected. In effect, each solar array is a miniature power plant feeding the utility’s network. Q: How does grid connection work? A: A solar home draws power from its photovoltaic panels or shingles in daytime when the sun is shining. At night (or during the day when the home is consuming more power than the solar array can supply) it draws from the electric grid. When the solar is generating more than the home is using, the excess power flows back into the grid. Most states – South Carolina included — have net metering laws requiring the utility to reimburse the homeowner for electricity generated above what they use. Q: Will the solar array power my home if the grid goes down? A: Unfortunately, no. During a power outage, the solar power system’s... read more
Building Science ‘Thinks Pink’ at Building Genius Summit

Building Science ‘Thinks Pink’ at Building Genius Summit

When it comes to building science and high performance homes, continuous improvement is a constant. Here at Addison Homes, we’re committed to staying up-to-date on the latest technology and newest trends to ensure we build ever-better homes. This happens via continuing education, industry training and – our favorite – peer-to-peer exchange of ideas via roundtable and panel discussions. Last week, for example, we enjoyed an informative dialogue amongst colleagues from across the country when Owens Corning invited Addison Homes President Todd Usher to participate in the “Building Genius Summit” in Granville, Ohio. Todd was amongst a dozen Housing Innovation Award winners asked to share their experiences building high performance homes. These industry leaders discussed the materials that make it possible to continue pushing the proverbial envelope to build homes that are comfortable, energy efficient, sustainable … and affordable, too. Building simply “to code” – the minimum standard – isn’t good enough for Addison Homes OR our clients. Indeed, we incorporate the most industry-forward products, processes and procedures into every project. That’s why we appreciate the 50 years of R&D built into the Owens Corning materials we use to wrap, insulate and air seal our healthy, high performance homes. This is the building science that allows Addison to build the home of the future – a better home –... read more
Why Build a Zero Energy Ready Home?

Why Build a Zero Energy Ready Home?

What is a Zero Energy Ready Home? Why does Addison build every new home to this standard and — more importantly — how does this benefit our clients? Built to rigorous standards established by the U.S. Department of Energy, a Zero Energy Ready Home is a house that “lives better, works better and lasts better.” The many benefits of Zero Energy Ready Homes include: Healthful Environment: a comprehensive package of measures to minimize pollutants, provide continuous fresh air, and effectively filter the air homeowners breathe. Comfort Plus: high-efficiency insulation, windows, air sealing and space conditioning systems to surround residents with even temperatures, low-humidity, and quiet in every room on every floor. Advanced Technology: advanced technologies and practices as recommended by leading housing experts from DOE’s research program, Building America. Ultra Efficiency: a home so energy efficient that a small solar electric system can offset most, or all, of its annual energy consumption. Verified Quality: better construction, appliances and equipment in addition to rigorous inspections, diagnostics and checklists enforced by independent verifiers to ensure overall quality. Durability: advanced levels of energy savings, comfort, health, durability, quality and performance that stand the test of time and enhance future value. Take the DOE’s Tour of Zero to see examples of certified Zero Energy Ready... read more
Building a New Home: The Importance of Structure

Building a New Home: The Importance of Structure

Framing details impact every aspect of a new home project Most people never give much thought to their home’s structural skeleton – unless there’s a problem. But when you’re building a new home, even small errors made during the framing process can cause big headaches later on, problems that range from mild annoyances to major structural issues. Let’s look at how a home gets framed, and how a professional builder makes sure it’s done right. Here at Addison Homes, the framing process starts at design and engineering. While the standard building code does not require it, we have full structural engineering plans designed for every new home we build, including a 3D structural plan which allows both builder and framer to visualize the frame of the home. This is also used to avoid conflicts between the framing and the mechanical components of the home such as plumbing pipes and HVAC ductwork. This detailed set of engineered drawings provides Addison Homes’ framers with a “paint by numbers” step-by-step plan for building the structure of the home, including engineered load bearing beams, structural posts and “headers” over door and window openings. When building a new home, our framers work closely with our field superintendents to ensure they clearly understand the structural engineering plans and framing details required on each project. Because they see the framing skeleton as part of the overall finished product, our trade partners understand how the structural frame they build will ultimately interact with all the other elements. A good framing crew recognizes the consequences of not minding the details. Inadequately glued subflooring can cause floors to squeak... read more
GSA Business Report Spotlights Addison’s Solar Homes

GSA Business Report Spotlights Addison’s Solar Homes

The following article spotlighting Addison’s solar homes appeared in the June 27-July 10 edition of GSA Business Report. Builder looks to replicate solar success By Bill Poovey, GSA Business Report, bpoovey@scbiznews.com The builder of a solar homes neighborhood that is unique in the Upstate wants to do it again. With 15 of 16 home sites sold at Trailside in the Berea area, Addison Homes President Todd Usher said demand for environmentally friendly solar is growing and the technology is becoming more affordable. With homes at Trailside priced at $250,000 and up, Usher said buyers are realizing that their biggest lifetime investment is enhanced by long-term energy cost-saving, air quality-enhancing features that currently qualify for tax incentives and rebates. The cul-de-sac development is also just uphill from the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Usher said he is looking to develop another solar neighborhood and has seen other builders watching the flurry of construction at Trailside. “I see a lot of people out here checking it out. I know by the vehicles they drive and their dress they are builders, but no one has really jumped on board and running with it,” Usher said. “The main kind of standard that we have stepped up to in recent years has been this Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Homes program, and we are the only builder in this area that is even part of the program, much less building all of our homes to that.” The federal program describes the homes as “so efficient, almost all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy.” While looking for another residential... read more
Water Conservation Can Co-Exist with Summer Lawn Care

Water Conservation Can Co-Exist with Summer Lawn Care

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. But maintaining our lawns during this hot, dry season – without singing the water conservation blues — well, that can be kinda hard. Summer’s rising temperatures coincide with rising outdoor water use. Here in Upstate South Carolina, our water consumption spikes to double, even quadruple what we use the rest of the year, primarily in an attempt to keep our lawns green and our gardens lush throughout the long, hot summer and into early fall. The average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, a figure that may rise to 1,000 gallons or more per day in the summer. About 30% of the typical household’s water consumption is devoted to outdoor uses; more than half of that outdoor water is used on lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. According to water conservation experts, some 50% of the water we use outdoors is wasted via wind, evaporation or runoff due to overwatering and/or inefficient irrigation methods and systems. With a goal of waste not, want not, keep the following water-saving tips in mind.   Simple Tips for Outdoor Water Conservation    There are a number of simple steps you can take to promote a healthier lawn and garden with less water this summer: Step On It: It’s usually not necessary to water grass every day just because it’s hot out. Instead, test your lawn by stepping on a patch of grass; if it springs back, it doesn’t need water.  An inexpensive soil moisture... read more
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