Wednesday, November 14, 2007

my profile on active rain

Joe and Molly Murphy (Coldwell Banker): Real Estate Agent in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida

this is my profile located on a lrge national directory of realtors

Thursday, November 1, 2007

green certified

We were excitied to know that we coul get our home Green Certified by a local company called two trails inc. their web site is
the process involves a point system where the more energy efficent the home and minimal impact that it has on the enviroment, the higher the score.
Already from our type of construction, and the ideas that we were starting with the home had a hig score. With some of the ideas they suggested I think that this may be one of the greenist homes that is built within a budget.
more photos can be found on Bill Slocum's web site.
check em out!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

constructions moves quickly on the home

After the pillings went up it seemed like the home went ahead at lightning speed. Since the crew, although very experienced, had never constructed a "SIPS" home, they were impressed with the ease of assembly.

It was awesome to see a vision become reality, and a real testament to the design work done by the engineers, and the people at home front, for such a precise build.

Friday, June 15, 2007

dear friends,

I wanted to invite you to view my newest blog created to document the
builiding of our island home on North Captiva.
This home has been in planning, and then permitting for the past 3 years,
and it seems that the construction is flying along now.
I wanted to document the construction, and open this to everyone because we
are using some cutting edge methods to control cost, and also to create a
very energy efficent design. It is our goal to create a home that creates a
minimal negative impact on the enviroment, and is the most energy efficent,
while also being cost effective.
Most people do not believe that green building and saving money can be
common goals, but inour case, we were able to shave off over 30 percent of
the construction costs by using the SIPS technology. Also, the technology
is strong, since we are so close to the water, I wanted a home that could
withstand the worst hurricane. Homefront's technology was proven after
charlie devastation, and that sold me on the technology.

I would be delighted to see any comments or feedback as the blog develops,
also if you were to know of any other energy saving, or cost saving tips or
suggestions I encourage you to share them on my blog. I will make the open
for all comments, and viewable by anyone.

Some of our current plans include:
A rain-cistern system
Solar hot water, and PV system
local plant only landscaping
impact, and insulated windows throughout
high efficency ac unit


Joe Murphy

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update on the island house

Windows have been ordered, PGT vinyl impact glass that wil be delivered in 2 weeks.



We were excited that we could break ground on the northc captiva home. Over 3 years of planning have gone into this project. The home is being constructed using cutting edge technology called SIPS, which are super strong, and energy efficient.
So far in 6 weeks the home has progressed quickly.