There are many benefits to building green. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.” There’s also the added bonus that most green buildings live in harmony with their surroundings, are close to urban settings and parks, and can save their owners money over time. But what goes into making… Continue reading
Before it was annexed by Miami in 1925, Coconut Grove was its own independent city and a metaphorical oasis for a wave of immigrants who first homesteaded the land. Since then, our beloved Coconut Grove has seen many changes and evolutions as countless people have called this area home.
Today, however, the Coconut Grove is facing some troubling challenges—particularly in terms of preservation. According to writer and filmmaker Luke Fronefield, the Grove is currently at risk of being destroyed by… Continue reading
For many people, building a custom home is a major life goal. You work hard, save money, and search for a contractor to help you build the house of your dreams.
Unfortunately, there are some less-than-reputable builders and general contractors out there who might squash those dreams. I’ve heard horror stories from friends and clients about builders who took deposits and disappeared or contractors who produced shoddy work and brought the project to a screeching halt.
On the… Continue reading