Every day we all strive to be efficient. At our jobs, with our personal relationships, through our hobbies and with our families, efficiency is key. What if we told you that your home was shockingly inefficient? At Lamar Smith Signature Homes, we can tell you with absolute certainty that energy efficiency is a top priority in the homes we build. In fact, our new homes have some of the best energy ratings on today’s market. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the U.S. Department of Energy, the average resale home on today’s marketplace scores a 130, which is about double the average HERS score in a new Lamar Smith Signature Home. The lower the HERS rating, the lower your power bill.

10 ideas for a pet-friendly home

Thursday June 15, 2017

Your pet is part of your family, so make sure your furry friends feel like they’re also part of your home. Here are 10 ideas for pet-friendly home.

  1. Remove temptation. Dogs and cats have a powerful sense of smell, so they’re drawn to fragrant items and places, which could include your garbage, pantry, and countertops. Keep a strong lid on your trash can and keep food out of the reach of pets. Remember, certain foods are toxic to dogs and cats, like grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, mushrooms, and xylitol (artificial sweetener). In addition, a dog can choke on small bones discovered in a trash can.

Spring cleaning is not just an indoor sport. The outside of your home needs some sprucing up this time of year, too.

Follow this exterior maintenance checklist and take your spring cleaning outside.

  1. Wash the walls. You might be surprised at how much dirt has built on your home’s exterior walls. Use a pressure washer to clean it, but be careful if you have vinyl siding or damaged shingles. The best way to clean vinyl siding is with soapy water and a long-handled brush.

With the winter chill just around the corner, it’s time to get your home heating system in order. A great way to start is to install a smart thermostat. Boost your home’s energy IQ with a digital thermostat that can be pre-programmed to control the times your heat is turned up and down. A smart thermostat can store six or more daily settings, automatically adjusting the thermostat without you being there to monitor it.

By reducing the temperature on your thermostat by 10° to 15° for 8 hours a day (like overnight or when you’re at work), you can save 5% to 15% per year on your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2015 Home Interior Paint Color Trends

Thursday September 03, 2015

One of the quickest, easiest, and most affordable makeovers in your home is a can of paint. One gallon can make a big difference in the look and feel of any room. Go from dull to daring, or tone down a prior adventure into boldness.

The popularity of paint colors changes from year to year, as evidenced in the home fashions you see in the stores and online. Fashion runways aren’t the only place where color trends emerge. Home decorating is influenced by designers and manufacturers, the driving force behind the paint colors you choose.

Winter is finally slipping away and we’re starting to feel refreshed, and ready for the change that spring brings. One of the most popular rites of spring is doing an overhaul of your home’s interior—cleaning, purging, reorganizing, and perhaps redecorating. But before you launch into a full-scale attack, here are some helpful spring cleaning tips for your home.

Make a plan. If you just dive into spring cleaning without a plan, you’ll waste time and probably miss certain areas that you’ll regret later—after your energy has been depleted. Decide where you need to purge—closets, attics, and basements are a great start. Determine how you’re going to approach each task. Set aside boxes or bags for “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Toss” in the area you’re purging so you don’t have to carry out piles.

Is there a better feeling than opening your front door on a swampy Southern summer day and stepping into a cool foyer? What about spending a toasty winter evening curled up on the couch, no fire needed, watching a movie as the winter winds whip away outside? Well, meet the unsung hero of your new home’s cozy winter evenings and cool summer days: spray foam insulation.

One of the best ways to stamp your new home with your personality is to put color on the walls. You can hire pros to do the job, but painting is one thing new homeowners can do well if they’re careful and take their time.

Here are some quick tips from our professional painters on doing a job that will do you and your home proud.

Pitfall #1: Setting yourself up for high energy bills

A new home built today is required by law to meet stricter energy codes than homes built in the past when energy codes didn’t exist or were much more lenient. Lamar Smith Signature Homes uses materials that are designed to exceed the strict limits to produce future savings for the owner. These savings can often be hundreds of dollars per year. Low “E” glass, Radiant Barriers, Poly‐foam around all windows, doors, and along ceiling and corner joints and an engineered 14 seer Amana Air Conditioning unit are all available or standard with Lamar Smith Signature Homes making our homes extremely energy efficient. Additionally, our use of 30 “R” blown fiberglass insulation in all flat ceilings and 13 “R” batts fiberglass insulation in exterior walls keep energy costs to a minimum. We also use ridge vents on roofs because they are the best venting system for residential homes. We use air hawks to assist venting when ridge vents are not as efficient.

by Karen Powell, Marketing Consultant

I have to admit, I love to watch HGTV for design and decorating ideas. I also buy those niche magazines filled with tips and pictures of what I could create if I just had the energy and the nerve to try. But this weekend, I came across a real nugget. Houzz!

That’s a funky way to spell houses.