Most people start dreaming about their future custom home when they are children, and as they experience renting or even buying homes, there are bits and pieces of the design that can make you fall in and out of love with where you are living. We believe that it is extremely important to love every aspect of your home and to love where you live. Have you considered custom building a new home?
In our last blog, we told you about all the ways going green and adding more energy-efficient features to your home can save you a lot of money. One thing we talked about was insulation, an essential component to regulating the temperature in your home and making sure what you want to stay in, stays in, and what you want to stay out, stays out. With winter on its way, adding to and improving your home’s insulation is not only a fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly move, but will add to your own personal comfort during cold weather, and there are many ways to do it -- many of which you can even implement yourself!
Here are HCC’s top tips for keeping you cozy and warm throughout the fall and winter seasons, and hopefully saving you a buck or two in the process!
Change out your screen door to a solid glass window pane.
Add draught excluders to all exterior doors: What’s a draught excluder? The concept is actually quite simple; a draught excluder is any “long object that is put against the bottom of a door to stop cold air from entering a room.”
Weatherstrip your doors.
Consider double glazing your windows: What is a double glazed window? A double glazed window (or double-paned window) is simply a window with two sheets of glass instead of just one.
Implement cellular shades: The upside of cellular shades are that they allow you to let in sunshine while also minimizing the loss of heat at the same time.
Reglaze window panes: Glazing is that hardened putty coating on your windows that creates a seal between the glass and the wood, and every now and then, it needs to be redone and replaced.
Fill holes and weak points with putty or sealer.
Fill the gaps in your floorboards with silicone sealer or get a professional to fit floor insulation beneath the boards.
Cover up bare floorboards with carpeting or rugs.
Use a material such as fiberglass, mineral wool, or recycled paper products to insulate your loft or attic.
Add new HVAC ducts to heated areas. Or at least change their filters on a monthly basis.
You’ll want to consult an expert for this.
Wrap your hot water tank in jacket or blanket to keep both of you nice and cozy.
Avoid placing furniture directly in front of a radiator.
Doing so will obstruct the heat from moving freely about the room and be absorbed into the furniture instead.
If you have a chimney, consider getting a chimney balloon, which will help prevent you from losing heat this way.
This device works by being placed inside the chimney hole, then being inflated until all inside air is completely trapped and prevented from escaping. Just be sure to remove it before you start a fire!
Shut up unused rooms to trap cold or unheated air in that space and minimize how hard your heater needs to work to heat your home.
For more ideas or information on how to make your home as insulated and energy efficient as possible, we encourage you to contact High Caliber Construction at (928) 526 - 2156 or fill out our online form to tell us more about your project here.
There are plenty of compelling reasons to go green and start working harder to reduce your carbon footprint and lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but one that you may not be aware of or haven’t really considered is how being more energy efficient could actually be a fiscally responsible move too, potentially saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. Yes, some energy-saving steps and products can seem like a greater investment at first, but most will more than pay for themselves in the long-run.
A good place to start is in the home. There are many opportunities to make your home more energy efficient, from small steps like replacing your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent or LED ones -- which could save you about 50 dollars per year alone -- to much bigger, large-scale changes like remodeling or adding features to your home that help you to use less energy, or just building your next home from scratch and making it as green as possible.
Here are just a few ways to make your home more energy-efficient, and why doing so will save you money.
Improving your home’s insulation.
This one should be obvious. When your home is better insulated, it helps reduce costs for things like heating and cooling because the heat or cold (depending on the season) you want to keep out stays out, and the air you want to stay in, stays in. It can also help lower the possibility of things like damage-causing water leaks and other weather-related phenomena that could end up costing you more money, too. According to Energy Star, making these small changes could save you up 200 dollars a year in heating and cooling costs.
A few ways to improve your home’s insulation include simple projects you could do yourself like weatherstripping your doors or a basic attic air-seal and fiberglass insulation job.
Changing out your appliances for more energy efficient ones.
This could involve installing low-flow fixtures in your kitchen or bathroom (potentially reducing your current water use by up to 60 percent and drastically lowering your water bill) or buying Energy Star certified appliances like a washer and dryer.
Modifying your windows -- or adding new ones.
There are a range of steps you can take to make your windows more energy efficient, from curtains and windows -- that will help to further insulate your home against outside light and temperature, and keep heat and cool air in -- to adding low-emissivity coatings on your windows or installing skylights, which can reduce your heating, cooling, and lighting costs as well. Adding low-emissivity coatings has the potential to curtail energy loss by 30-50 percent alone. By adding certified windows, doors, and skylights, Energy Star estimates that a homeowner could reduce their energy bill by 15 percent.
Using renewable (and increasingly inexpensive) energy sources like solar energy to your advantage.
There are lots of things to take into consideration before investing in something like solar panels, which even at falling costs, can be quite expensive -- like where you live (and what your weather is like), whether your state offers financial incentives for installing solar panels like tax credits, and whether the structure and location of your roof is optimal for hosting solar panels. However, in such a sun-saturated state like Arizona, it’s worth at least considering.
Research and seek out incentives for building green.
There are other financial reasons for building green, including opportunities, both locally and federally, to receive incentives such as tax credits, fee reductions and waivers, grants, or revolving loan funds. Depending on where you live and the nature of your project, you may also be eligible for technical or marketing assistance.
Not only has adding energy-efficient features will save you money on your housing expenses during the period in which you are actually living in it, research has shown that it could help you make more money should you ever decide to sell it. A 2016 article from NerdWallet found that adding energy-efficient upgrades to your home has the potential to increase the value of your home anywhere from 2 to 6 percent depending on where you live.
To find out more information about how High Caliber Construction can help you save money by adding energy efficient features to your home, please contact us at (928) 526 - 2156 or fill out our online form to tell us more about your project here.
So you have a vision to remodel your home or business. It’s a hefty undertaking, one that could turn into an immense investment of time, money and energy -- but also one that may be entirely worth it, helping you save money on future repairs and giving you the opportunity to live in the home of your dreams. And it doesn’t need to be so challenging -- that is, if you pick the right person for the job.
When it comes to remodeling, you may be tempted to try to do the job yourself or to hire a friend, family member, or local handyman with experience in the work at hand, maybe because they offer cheaper prices than a professional would, or because you want to help them out by giving them some work, or maybe just because you know them and you like them. But doing so may cost you more money and cause you more stress in the process.
But, you might wonder, what is the difference between using a licensed contractor for your remodeling work and using an unlicensed one?
Well, licensing rules and requirements vary from state to state, but generally, you can assume that in order to become a licensed home remodeler, an individual or entity will have had to fulfill the following:
Obtain a high school diploma or equivalent
Undergo a criminal history background check
Pass a licensing exam that will cover topics such as
Possess a bond
Resolve any outstanding contracting complaints
Why should you use a licensed home remodeler?
Though it may seem as though the differences between a licensed home remodeler and an unlicensed are relatively superficial, there are actually many benefits that come along with choosing a licensed home remodeler (and many risks for not doing so).
With a licensed contractor, you can count on them holding a surety bond or declare an Assignment of Account (which would allow them to put up cash without a bond broker). This bond will enable your contractor to compensate you should something occur that prevents them from finishing the work they were contracted, as well as any damages that may occur.
A license will also ensure that they have liability insurance coverage, as well as worker’s compensation, which will protect you if your home incurs any damage during the remodeling process or if one of your contractor’s employees is injured on the job.
A licensed home remodeler will likely have longer history of experience with projects similar to yours, and possess the professional connections to get you the materials you need, often at a discounted rate.
They will be more familiar with the rules and regulations (as well as any necessary permits, etc.) that will make your home a safe (and code compliant) place to live.
What are the risks of using an unlicensed home remodeler?
With an unlicensed remoder, you run the risk of losing money on low-quality (or non-code-compliant) work that will require further work, repairs, or modifications.
Even more importantly, if something goes wrong, you won’t have the opportunity to seek recourse through AZ ROC (Arizona Registrar of Contractors), which you would if your contractor had been licensed (for more information, visit https://roc.az.gov/ ).
Employing an unlicensed contractor could negatively affect your ability to use your homeowner’s insurance, should a claim arise related to the work done on your home.
It should also be noted that it is illegal to use an unlicensed contractor if the cost of your project (including labor or materials) exceeds $1,000.
There are a few things, however, you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a contractor for your next remodeling job. Certain ads, even in the yellow pages of your phonebook, may lead you to falsely believe a contractor is licensed even if they’re not. How can you be sure? Ask for proof of a license and insurance, and call the Registrar of Contractors to confirm it or by checking, here. For more information on how to make sure you get the work you asked for, expected, and deserve, visit the Arizona Registrar of Contractors here: https://roc.az.gov/before-hire.
High Caliber Construction has the license and experience to provide you with the safe and quality remodeling work you want. Contact us today.
EXPERIENCED MECHANIC / SHOP MANAGER NEEDED
Who we are: We exist to serve all whom we work with, by communicating effectively and providing high quality construction. We are High Caliber Construction.
Who we need: We are looking for an exceptional individual who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Who want to have a future in their working career, and not just to receive a paycheck on Friday. Who wants to be a part of a team who encourages you, and not tear you down. Where you actually look forward to coming to work on Monday, instead of dreading it. This does not mean, however, that you will be able to slack: we expect a strong work ethic, being punctual, being honest, and a strong desire to advance your skills. Please don't waste our time or yours if you don't have all these qualities...we function as a team, and we ALL need to be on the same page.
The job will require:
- Able to lift 150 pounds
- Able to pass company drug testing
- Has a valid current driver's license with a clean driving record
- ASE certifications preferred
- Must have your own basic hand tools
- Perform all maintenance and repairs of automobiles including diesels
- Perform all maintenance and repairs of small motors and construction equipment
- Deliver company tools and/or materials to various construction job sites around town
- Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
What we can offer:
- A culture that encourages you to succeed
- Competitive pay
- Retirement plan after a year of service.
What you need to do: Go here: http://www.hcnaz.com/employment/ and fill out the contact form, email your resume in on the email address listed on the page, and wait for us to contact you for a phone interview!
Job Type: Full-time
•Flagstaff, AZ 86004
If you have driven by Highway 89 north lately, you probably have noticed a home being built with rigid foam on the walls and on the roof. Perhaps you are wondering what is going on and want some information about it; well, here it is!
High Caliber Construction is building it’s second, high performance home in Flagstaff, Arizona. Prototype 1 is located right next to the current foam house. HCC has developed a system which combines regular stick frame, 7 inches of rigid foam for insulation on the walls and on the lid, and a patented synthetic plaster called JEP. The JEP plaster consists of Nano-ceramics and other components that reflect the heat away from the building, keeping the interior of the building comfortable.
Another feature of High Caliber’s building system is the continuous insulation provided by using rigid foam on the walls and on the roof. The home is completely air tight, which will require an air ventilation system (HRV) to bring fresh air into the home, making the environment healthier for the occupants.
If you would like to learn more or visit the site, contact us we would gladly give you a tour!
For more information visit: www.jepsystem.com
Customer Service, defined by the consumer revolution as the key to success for any business has delivered us enormous companies such as Walmart and Amazon. Therefore, it is a trend entrepreneurs have to consider when venturing out the business world. Unfortunately, this trend has stuck more as a “trend” rather than evolving into a culture of servitude. Although, there are some successful companies that are dedicated to serving and not the business definition of “Customer Service” it is hard to come by service providers that understand or have a clear definition of serving.
It is true that most of these companies invest a great amount of resources on training the staff, customer satisfaction budgets, and let’s be honest it is somewhat satisfying to go to the customer service area and exchange an old product with a torn package, no receipt and get your money back!
However, is that really serving your customer? Having a grouchy fellow give you your money back but can’t hardly say good morning. A person whose job is to never question the, “customer is always right” doctrine.
When we started High Caliber Construction, our primary focus was to be able to make a living by doing what we do best; knowing that we are honest folks, we are trustworthy with a good reputation, we thought we had enough leverage to take over this town, leave our mark and of course, make money. After a few successful years and a bunch of happy customers we realized something was still missing. We decided to reevaluate our focus, we got into the habit of meeting weekly to discuss the company’s concerns, future, liquidity and the overall state of our endeavor. This is how we realized we needed to define the reason why we are in business. hence, our mission statement was born:
“We exist to serve all whom we work with by communicating effectively and providing high quality construction”
High caliber’s heart is in serving. We want to serve our team members our customers, our subcontractors, our suppliers and anyone we come in contact with. Serving in our industry can be challenging, it’s too complicated to return a custom home at a customer service counter. This is why communication is crucial in our service. During our initial meetings we tell our customers we want a 5-star review at the end of the project; to ensure we are on the right track, we must communicate effectively throughout the entire process.
We believe that to better serve our customers we must overcome all of the industry’s stereotype. First, we infect our team members with our passion for service. We offer our team members the opportunity to grow with us and value a career rather than a weekly paycheck, we care for each other needs, we encourage learning and mastering skills. We enjoy a pleasant atmosphere at work were we encourage our customers to engage in the project. We stopped using adjectives to describe us, instead we let our actions do our talking.
In conclusion, we stay true to our mission by continuously improving our means to better serve you.
HIGH CALIBER CONSTRUCTION of FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Awarded Best of Houzz 2016
Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
Flagstaff, AZ January 12 2016 – High Caliber of Flagstaff has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Service oriented construction company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“At High Caliber we value customer satisfaction; we don’t compromise on quality”
(Evan Womble, HCC)
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize High Caliber Construction, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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About High Caliber
High caliber was founded in 2009 with the goal in mind to provide something unique to the building industry. The heart of this company is in serving; we are dedicated to serve our customers and our team members.
Our mission Statement
we exist to serve all whom we work with, by communicating effectively and providing high quality construction
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 small room to building a custom home and everything in between, 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 empowered by technology, 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, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
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New year, new toy, new car, new goals you get the idea; January is finally here and we are back to that original location were the earth begins this cycle of roaming around, not much has changed there. however, society is continuously changing and adapting to new challenges, new technologies, new ideas.
In this ever-changing world there are two major motivational factors that lead a person or business to change or evolve. Number one and most likely the most common is because everyone else is doing it. People or businesses set new goals, often change a few superficial things in order to stay in tune with society latest trends. How many construction companies do you see in town that call themselves “The Green Builder, The Sustainable Builder, etc.”? even individuals take on personal challenges of recycling, conserving energy, saving an endangered species… well, the green letters might contrast nicely on a business car.
The other driving force behind a personal goal is usually the most challenging, it derives from personal passions and commitments. Companies that have sailed through success after a major overhaul share this driving force. passionate individuals don't adapt they lead, the others will follow.
As we begin laying the foundation for our new project, a 4,403-square-foot house and our second five-star-plus Energy Star rating, we are proud to say that we are passionate about building homes that exceed most efficiency standards. This is our second home featured in the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program and as we lay the blocks for this new, highly efficient home, we continue to stay true to our calling and passion.