C&H Construction of Blairsville GA Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award
Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World
Blairsville GA ,Union County January 19, 2015 – C&H Construction of Blairsville GA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The North Georgia Mountain Custom Homebuilder was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
“Our goal is to exceed your expectations”
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize C&H Construction among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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About C&H Construction
C&H Construction was formed in 2003 to build Homes on land that was Developed into building sites by its principals. It has since evolved into a Company that builds both Custom and Homes for sale. All our homes are built to and above all local Building Codes and of the Highest Building Quality. We are fully insured and licensed as a Residential Builder and General Contractor in the State of Georgia. Contact us and we will be glad to furnish you with a list of references.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam is a commonly used insulation for a wide range of applications, from attics and crawlspaces to along side water supply pipes. Spray foam insulation is also strongly recommended when using geothermal heating and cooling in order to get the most out of your system. The benefits of a spray foam as compared to other types of insulation include quick application, ability to insulate hard to reach spots and resistance to diverse environmental conditions. There are two types of spray foam insulation known as open cell and closed cell. They differ in several aspects including densities. Below we examine the pros and cons of both types:
Closed cell is more compact and also more common spray foam. The general measurement system for foam resistance to heat flow is called a foam’s R-Value. Closed cell foams have a higher R-value than open cell foams. Closed cell foams R-value is generally around 6.0 per inch, although some stronger ones can have R-values of 7.14 per inch and higher. In order to have such a high R-value closed cell foams are generally strong and dense. In fact they resemble solids when they fully form. This strength not only aids in insulating buildings but can also strengthen walls as well. Because of the high R-value closed cell foams feature better insulation and are also more resistant to water penetration. Closed cell foams are also compact enough to insulate air flow which prevents drafts and keeps temperatures regulated. This can also prevent mold growth because regulated temperatures can cut down on humidity.
Open cell is less of a common spray foam because the R-values are a lot smaller than that of closed cell. The installation is similar to closed cell, but the effects are different. Open cell expands once it is applied which allows it to be installed in hard to reach nooks and crannies. This can include wall and ceiling cavities that can be difficult to seal with closed cell foams. Because of this expansion the area will be properly sealed and insulated. However, the R-value of open cell foam is lower than that of closed cell. Open cell is in the 3.6 to 3.8 per inch range. This means that it provides less strength to walls and its heat resistance level is lower which can cause insulation failures in extreme temperatures. Open cell spray foam also does not have water resistance so it is easier for vapor and air to penetrate. Because of the disadvantages of open cell in comparison to closed cell the cost is much lower. This can be a great advantage when the application does not require airtight seals and moisture prevention.
Establishing the insulation needs is very important before choosing which type of spray foam to use. Please feel free to contact us so that C&H Construction can help you determine which type of insulation is best to suit your needs.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
What if you could have a heating and cooling system that keeps you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and is environmentally friendly all while cutting your current costs by 30% to 50%? That is just some of the benefit of having a geothermal heating and cooling system.
What exactly is a geothermal system? A geothermal system is a system that uses a small amount of electricity to transfer energy to and from the ground to heat and cool your home. It is recognized by the United States environmental protection agency as the most environmentally safe and cost effective heating and cooling system on the market. By using this type of system you can cut your current utility costs by as much as 50%. In addition it can also supplement your water heater and save you up to 30% in hot water costs a year. Did you know that by using a geothermal system you can heat and cool a 2,000 sq foot home for as little as $1 a day! When installing a geothermal system it is strongly recommended though that you use foam insulation which maximizes insulation capabilities in hard-to-fill nooks and crannies so that you get the most savings you possibly can from your system.
Ordinary systems can also require expensive regular maintenance but when properly installed, a geothermal system requires little to no maintenance beyond periodic checks and filter changes. Geothermal systems can typically last more than 20 years if properly maintained. Plus Geothermal units do not use any fossil fuels such as natural gas and propane so worries about flames, fumes, odors, or carbon monoxide are eliminated.
Geothermal systems do have a higher upfront installation cost when compared to conventional systems but when you look at the whole picture it will actually save you money. Remember geothermal will produce significantly lower utility bills and maintenance costs. Plus if you install a geothermal unit by 2016 you get a 30% tax credit off the total system cost.
In short installing a geothermal unit will heat and cool your home just as good if not better than conventional methods, cut your current utility and hot water costs, and eliminate the worry that comes with using fossil fuels all while helping the environment.
C&H Construction has installed several geothermal systems. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about geothermal units.
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N. Georgia Enters 21st Century!
The North Georgia Network is building and operating a 1000 mile fiber optic network that will benefit an eight-county area of more than 334,000 people in Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties. The system, which is 100% fiber optic, boasts speeds as fast as anywhere in the world. With core speeds up to 3.6 terabits (Screamin’ fast!), the system will be fully symmetrical – the same speed for uploads or downloads! The system should be operational sometime in April.
I hope this finds you warm and well on a cold day here in the beautiful North Ga mountains! I have some good news today for both buyers and sellers, regarding the local real estate market here in Blairsville! Sounds odd to say that, but in this case it’s true!
In 2011 there were 623 total sales in Union County (Blairsville), as compared to 518 in 2010! A nice increase! In 2011 there were 395 homes sold in Union County, up from 348 in 2010! The average home sale price in 2011 was $154,821 rising just slightly from the 2010 average of $152,979. Slight, but still an increase and the first one we have seen since 2005! the median home sale price dipped slightly in 2011, from $139,000 in 2010 to $135,000 in 2011! The average home selling in 2011 was on the market for only 160 days, down from 178 in 2010! Again a positive note for the market! Homes sold on average in 2011 for 91.53 percent of list price again up from 90.72 percent in 2010!
Lot sales numbered 129 in 2011, up from 2010 in 2010! The average lot price in 2011 dipped to only $17,854, down from $23,578 in 2010, while the median lot price dipped to only $12,750 again down from $20,000 in 2010! The good news here is the number of sales increased, but the price continues to drop, mainly due to the lack of building in Union County, as well as the low price of homes!
The outlook, in my opinion, is improving for the first time in 6 years! Home sales are rising, home prices have at least settled, and we can possibly even see some upswing in prices locally! Lot sales will remain stagnant for at least another year!
For buyers, NOW IS THE TIME! It is very clear the Blairsville market has hit bottom, and a rise is coming! Will you sit back and watch the prices rise, or buy now before they get higher? The supply of available homes is dropping, and the demand is rising, which is a strong signal of improvement!
For sellers, stabilizing prices are excellent news, along with the reduced amount of inventory to choose from! are we ready to sing “Happy days are Here Again”? Not yet, but if these trends continue through 2012, we might just be warming up!
Have a great day, and call me to discuss any of the info I have provided, or to ask any questions you may have!
Lester Chesser, GRI, CRS, CRB, SRES
Accredited Buyer Representative
27 Murphy Hwy
Blairsville, Ga. 30512