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46th Annual Preservation Awards

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Last night the Morton Theater hosted the 46th Annual Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards. With all the revitalization going on around Athens, the awards committee and co-chairs really had their work cut out for them in deciding which amazing projects received recognition. We were very honored to be among those considered and are very excited to…

Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

While working with our clients, we frequently get questions about the difference between granite and quartz countertops. Which one is better? That’s a personal decision- but hopefully this article can help you decide what’s best for you and your family. Granite vs. Quartz Countertops By: Jeanne Kinsella Solid vs. Engineered Stone The first difference to…

Why We Prefer Energy Star Qualified Appliances

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

At J.W. York Homes, we believe the entire home should be energy efficient, including the appliances! Read here why we specify Energy Star qualified appliances.  Energy Star® Appliances Adapted by  Janie L. Harris, M.Ed., CRS Energy Star®-labeled appliances save you money by using less electricity and water than other appliances. Better appliance energy efficiency comes from quality materials and technologically…

A Home Tour with Local College Students

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

A Home Tour with Local College Students At J.W. York Homes, we love getting involved  in the local community, especially when it comes to construction and design programs. We are fortunate that there are multiple excellent programs here in Athens for students interested in construction and design. This week, Jared was able share our progress at…

2014 Preservation Award

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

2014 Preservation Award           We are excited to announce that we have just received the 2014 Preservation Award in Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Area for the Pulaski Heights Neighborhood from the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation! We are so proud to share this honor with Bork Design, Inc. and the residents of…

Metal Roofing 101

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Why is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out! Metal Roofs 101 by Joe Provey Yesterday & Today:  Metal roofing panels can be a cost-effective and durable roofing alternative. Although there may be a higher upfront price to a metal roof, the metal panels typically last…

Metal Roofing – A Valuable Investment

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Why is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out! Appreciate Your Home with Quality Metal Roofing If you’ve been considering upgrading your home and increasing its resale value, you should know that beautiful and enduring metal roofing is highly valued as one of the top renovation-friendly…

Metal Roofing – Long Lasting

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Why is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out! Make a Life-Long Investment in Your Home- Metal Roofing and Life Cycle Cost Analysis   Planning a roofing project for the coming season? How would you feel about having to do it all over again 10 to…

Metal Roofing- Energy Efficiency

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 2:27pm by admin No Comment

Why is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out! Metal Roofing- Energy Efficiency   Reduce Energy Costs More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting…

Top 10 Benefits of Using LED Lighting

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:24pm by admin No Comment

You certainly hear and read a lot about the advantages and benefits of the energy efficiency of LED light emitting diodes vs traditional lighting. When you compare them to other energy-saving illumination methods that are available on the market today, you will find that LED lighting is by far the most power-saving and smart solution….

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Encapsulating the attic in a home with open cell foam and removing the normal attic ventilation allows for a semi conditioned attic that replicates the temperature of the conditioned area of the home. The benefit is a more comfortable home, reduced load on the air conditioning, and energy savings.
Energy Star qualified metal roofing has reflective qualities that significantly reduce heat gain on the home resulting in lower energy bills and a more comfortable home.
We use Energy Star ceiling fans and CFL light bulbs in our fixtures and offer LED recessed can lights which significantly reduce energy demand on a home and putt off less heat than standard incandescent light bulbs.
Energy Star qualified wood or vinyl windows come standard in all of our homes. With LoE2 coating on the glass and Argon gas in between panes, these efficient units allow the home to have an abundance of natural light while maximizing comfort and performance.
Our use of high efficiency air filtration systems rated at MERV 8 or 10 capture more airborne pollutants and particles than a standard 1" filter thus significantly improving the indoor air quality of your home. These 5" think filters also need to be changes less frequently and contribute to the longevity of your HVAC system.
High Efficiency 15 Seer or better electric heat pump systems come standard in our homes and are paired with programmable thermostats. Our systems and duct work are properly sized using a Manual J calculation for each individual home. The system is then third party inspected by a duct blaster test to make sure the system is tight and has minimal leakage. The combination of these efforts will ensure a comfortable, efficient, and long lasting system for our homes.
We use open cell spray foam insulation to encapsulate all of our attics and R-19 exterior wall insulation which both exceed code requirements for insulation. These items will help ensure a comfortable and efficient home.
The use of a tank-less gas water heater or a heat pump water heater can greatly reduce the cost of heating water.
Energy Star rated appliances in our homes save an average of 30% in energy cost over standard models.
Advanced framing techniques are used to put more insulation and less wood in the exterior walls of the home while maintaining structural integrity. These techniques include California corners, 2x6 exterior walls @ 24" on center, and ladder framing of exterior T-walls.
Caulking all plates, stud-to-stud gaps, foaming around windows and exterior penetrations, and properly installing house wrap lends a tight seal to all of our homes. Our homes are third party inspected upon completion with a blower door test to check for gaps and leaks.
Basements and crawlspaces are areas of the home that must be properly insulated, dehumidified, and kept free of moisture to ensure a healthy home. We properly waterproof these areas, install footing and foundation drains, and grade around the home to ensure no water will end up in or under your home. We insulate the exterior walls of both basements and crawlspaces and then introduce an HVAC air handler or heat pump water heater inside those areas to semi- condition those spaces and keep humidity under control.
Most builders are advertising and using fiber cement siding. The problem is they are using wood for their fascia, soffit, corner boards, and other trim pieces because it saves them a few hundred dollars per home. When you go back and look at their homes 3 or 4 years later; the siding looks great but the trim boards all need to be painted again. If they are not painted they start to decay and weather very poorly. At J.W. York Homes we "full wrap" our homes in fiber cement siding and trim boards. This ensures the trim and siding on your home will stay on the same maintenance cycle and will prevent costly repairs in the future.
At J.W. York Homes we are mindful of our impact on the environment. Even though we use long lasting products, advanced framing, and proper planning to reduce the amount of job site waste; a new construction home still produces a good amount of waste. We have partnered with a local waste management and recycling company that hauls off 100% of our jobsite waste. They take the waste to a facility that sorts the waste and recycles as much of it as possible. We are currently able to recycle non pressure treated lumber, block, brick, stone, asphalt shingles, metal, cardboard, plastic, drywall, and much more. These products are then reused for such purposes as soil additives, erosion control methods, or resold to help offset the cost of recycling.