By Sarah Sole, THISWEEKNEWS.COM

The Dublin City School District now has a price tag for the construction of its two new elementary schools.

On Jan. 14, school board members unanimously approved a resolution for a guaranteed maximum price for construction-management firm Corna Kokosing Construction Co., said district spokesman Doug Baker.

A guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, is an agreement on a cost that can’t be exceeded, based upon a project scope, according to Jeff Stark, chief operating officer for the district. Unless there are changes in the project scope or unforeseen conditions, the construction company would pay anything over the agreed cost, he said.

Corna Kokosing’s GMP is $47,411,030, according to a school board memo associated with the resolution.

Funding for the two buildings, which will be on Bright Road and off Ravenhill Parkway in Jerome Village, will come from the combined $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in November.

COURTESY OF OHM ADVISORS

District officials said in November they hoped to break ground on both buildings by March.

The district also is moving forward with design for a new middle school that would be built near the elementary school in Jerome Village.

Also on Jan. 14, board members unanimously approved a resolution allowing the commencement of contract negotiations with OHM Advisors for professional design services for the construction of the middle school, Baker said.

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Originally published by Rockford Homes

What are zero-energy homes and are they worth it?

With a new year around the corner and increasing news about climate change, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about net-zero; which is a home that nets zero energy-cost by the end of the year. Net-zero homes are the newest buzzword for highly efficient “green” homes. It is incredibly innovative and indeed fashionable – but is it affordable? More importantly, is it even worth it? We will be explaining exactly how net-zero works, net-zero retrofitting existing homes, and the costs.

What Makes Net-Zero Different?

Some homes can achieve zero energy costs by covering their roofs with excess solar panels and windmills, but this often is extremely expensive to install and maintain. Additionally, it often is not aesthetically pleasing. Old homes that are renovated for zero energy can also result in a lot of “wasted” energy. These retrofits on existing homes often have difficulty paying off. In fact, it may take 20 years or more to pay off renovations like these.

Net-zero eliminates some of these problems.

Insulation

A real net-zero home is built from the ground up with the intention of cost and energy reduction in mind. First, the structure is designed with highly insulative walls and windows. These walls and windows are combined to create an air-tight home, which decreases energy loss. With an air-tight seal, it takes very little energy to heat or cool a house – this means far fewer solar panels are needed on the roof to create a sufficient energy source.

Retrofitting a home to become airtight can be extremely expensive, often making it not worth it. The cost of insulating an older house also depends upon the climate zone. Ohio is in Zone 5, requiring a more cold-resistant material. To be effective, “net-zero” should be planned well in advance of building a new home.

Will it pay off?

One of the most interesting features of net-zero homes is that they are still connected to the local power grid. There are a couple of ways that these houses reduce cost:

Batteries: Net-zero homes sometimes store unneeded energy produced from their solar panels in batteries. This energy can be conserved for cloudy days or when outdoor temperature becomes turbulent. Batteries also allow for the storage of electricity when energy costs are low. When building your home, it is estimated how long it will take for energy savings to pay off compared to purchasing energy from the utility grid. If the estimated cost of generating your own energy becomes higher than the grid’s price at any time, you can store the energy for later and purchase from the grid instead. This shortens the amount of time that will be needed to return on your investment in zero energy.

Selling energy: Some local grids allow net-zero homes to sell their excess energy. This can reduce the price of batteries while providing similar returns. On very sunny days with mild temperature, you may find yourself with electricity to spare – this electricity is fed into your local grid, who then compensates you for the energy, thus expediting the return on investment. During an emergency or cloudy day, power can always be purchased from the grid if you didn’t install batteries.

Pros and Cons

Net-zero can provide a clean and comfortable home. The insulation and air-tight features reduce drafts and temperature fluctuation. Additionally, outside noise is highly reduced. You are also leaving a minimal carbon footprint!

Unfortunately, this can all be very expensive, and many utility companies still do not support some of the features that make net-zero “real net-zero.” Some areas also make net-zero less feasible, like living in the woods, for instance. The more shade – the less energy production. With increasing concerns over climate change and renewable energy, it is likely that these installments and innovations will become more affordable at some point in the future. For now, the most feasible option is to learn about ways to reduce your current energy consumption.

Luxurious owner suites feature several rooms.

 

Originally published by TC  Brown on Columbus Monthly | Monday, Novber 6, 2018

Amenities seem to pop in and out of lavishly constructed homes and this year’s BIA Tour of Homes was no exception—especially within the confines of expansive owner suites built into each home.

It wasn’t long ago that designers tossed cold water on the installation of free-standing bathtubs. But a peek inside homes at the recent parade in Jerome Village uncovered soaking tubs as a renewed and hot amenity.

And those tubs are getting prettier, too. Judges bestowed a gold award on the second-floor master suite in Manor Homes Midwestern’s mountain, chalet-style home. It featured a galvanized steel, freestanding, rivet-lined tub, perched on a raised deck that was covered with natural pebble flooring.

“These tubs are a big-time trend and this one is extremely heavy,” says Molly Croak, co-owner with Joy Coulter of Couture Design, the home’s interior designers. “The nice thing about free-standing tubs is it makes the room feel bigger.”

A gigantic, programmable walk-in shower, with a bench and dual showerheads stood nearby—another trend today.

“It’s a smart shower, so you can lay in bed, say ‘Turn on the shower,’ set it to the degree you want and the water doesn’t run until it is warmed up to that point,” Croak says.

The Manor also included a separate seating area with a long white sofa, narrow coffee table and a large walk-in closet. Décor involved pendant lighting and a rustic, reclaimed wooden headboard.

Another tendency for today’s owner suites includes space for capturing serenity—a realm of retreat. Coppertree Homes embraced the concept with its combination yoga, meditation and workout room as part of its second floor suite.

With muted gray walls, blackout window treatments, candles and mindful decorative mantras reminding one to refresh, relax and unplug, this 160-square-foot space provides a perfect escape from the pressure cooker of endless responsibilities.

Another of the suite’s unique features was literally hidden within the large walk-in closet, where the closet’s shelving concealed a door to a secret room, which was also lined with shelves—the perfect hiding spot for gifts or valuables.

An outdoor escape would have been a good theme for Memmer Homes’ owner suite, which captured a bronze award for its first floor bedroom suite. (First floor owner’s suites are another trend.) Three immense, side-by-side windows spot-lighted the room’s interior with bright, natural light.

Windows were bordered at the bottom with seats and shelving, and they provided more illumination in the expansive walk-in closet.

“The master bedroom is not all that big, but we wanted to keep it light and airy, so it did not need to be huge,” says Kelly Scott, of Kelly Scott Interiors. “We also used a mix of metals and material and texture to inject a modern element.”

By: Sarah Sole, THISWEEKNEWS.COM

Dublin City Schools voters showed strong support Nov. 6 for a tax issue that will build new schools and maintain and improve existing structures.

According to unofficial final results from the Franklin, Delaware and Union counties boards of election the combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy on the general election ballot was approved with 21,936 votes (58 percent) for and 15,879 votes against (42 percent).

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said he is proud of the commitment the community made to the school district and its students.

During the campaign, the issue received strong support from Dubliin City Council, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the city’s business community.

“We are extremely humbled by the voting results and the commitment that this community has shown to its children,” Hoadley said.

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November 6, 2018

Built for Success

Originally published by Zenios Michael Zenios on 3 Pillar | Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Quality homes and happy customers don’t happen by accident. The best builders have systems to ensure those outcomes.

If you have a complete set of construction documents, including accurate blueprints and product descriptions, then material and labor costs won’t vary much between equivalent professional builders. Most of the price difference will rest with the builder’s “fee”—the overhead and profit built into the home’s cost.

What does that fee cover? And is a lower fee always better?

The first answer is that the fee makes great service possible by funding the builder’s internal management systems. These systems keep every part of the job running smoothly, and the best builders have spent years creating and fine-tuning them.

Those builders are in demand among customers who expect great service and, as a result, they command higher fees. We believe it’s money well spent.

Many of us have known contractors who did good work operating by the seat of their pants, but that doesn’t work anymore. It may be adequate for handyman jobs, but on a custom home it’s a recipe for disaster. That’s because today’s builders face a business environment that, if not deliberately managed, will quickly throw projects off schedule and off budget.

Here are four examples of these complexities and how management systems ease the pain.

More regulations. Zoning restrictions, association rules, building codes and labor laws make building homes tougher and more expensive than it used to be. Management systems, backed up by the right software, help the builder navigate these regulations while staying on schedule and on budget.

Less room for error. Engineered building components and code-mandated energy-efficiency details make today’s homes unforgiving of moisture problems. The builder’s quality assurance system helps the project manager confirm that workers are detailing the home to be healthy, comfortable and durable.

Vanishing workers. The most challenging issue today is the shortage of skilled labor. With fewer young people seeking careers as carpenters, plumbers and electricians, builders have to compete fiercely for the best ones. The best subcontractors and employees prefer to work for builders who run well-organized jobs and who pay promptly—builders with financial stability and effective scheduling and management systems.

Rising material costs. A combination of tariffs and high demand for building products has fueled big price increases in recent months. Builders with systems for reducing jobsite waste and negotiating fair prices with suppliers can mitigate the impact of those increases.

How do you spot a company with such systems? Talking with past customers is a wise step but you can also ask questions when interviewing builders, such as:
How will the builder keep you updated on the schedule? How often will you get job progress and budget reports? It doesn’t matter whether the information gets sent through an online portal or by email: the format matters less than the fact that the builder has a system for communicating it.

How does the builder organize product selections? Are there detailed selection sheets? Will you be expected to meet due dates for selecting products? You want a “yes” to this last question because a firm, systematic approach to selections really helps keep the job on track.

When you walk the home at critical stages (for example, after mechanical rough-in) does the builder use checklists to ensure that everything was completed as planned?

Builders aren’t that different from other companies that make complex products for demanding customers. Those in high demand get there because their systems allow them to focus on creating great products for fair prices. Smart homeowners choose one of these builders for their custom home.

Warm Regards,

Zenios Michael Zenios
3 Pillar Homes

October 29, 2018

Plan to Succeed

Published by: 3 pillar Homes, Tuesday, October 16 2018. 

A complete set of plans and specs will eliminate problems and help ensure a smooth project.

Never underestimate the importance of good plans and specifications to a successful new home build. These crucial documents need to be fully completed in order to generate a realistic price, schedule, and contract. Too often, however, they’re left undone.

The plans are the visual representation of the finished home, showing what it will look like when complete. They include dimensions and other important details that guide the builder during the project. The plans should also verify any regulations that apply to the project, such as height limits, setbacks, solar access by neighboring properties, survey requirements, and whether the home is in a flood zone. In fact, most building departments want to see a full set of plans before issuing a building permit.

Specifications, or specs, detail in writing what types of appliances, fixtures, roofing, siding, and even paint will be used in the home. They may even reference written quality standards. This information helps the builder create a realistic budget and tells the homeowners exactly what they are getting for their money.

Incomplete specs are a common cause of job problems. That’s because a lot of projects get underway before all items have been fully specified. The reasons? Perhaps the homeowners couldn’t make up their minds about certain items, such as the grade of carpet in the master bedroom. In such cases, the builder and homeowner may agree on an allowance amount to spend on the items and leave the actual product decisions until later.

Most jobs proceed smoothly with some allowances, but having more than a few is asking for trouble. Remember that plans and specs set expectations and give clarity to the job, so leaving things out may lead to conflicts, delays, and unexpected price increases. The same goes for vaguely written specs—the term “midrange kitchen faucet” might mean different things to the builder and homeowners, so the homeowners could end up with a lower quality faucet than they expected or have to fork over $200 more for the one they really want.

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Join the Jerome Village builders for a Community-Wide Open House

Sunday, October 21 from 12 pm – 4 pm

Located in Dublin City Schools, Jerome Village offers 13 neighborhoods featuring a diverse range of architectural styles, home sizes and price points to meet your needs.

Come explore more than 10 homes – from beautifully decorated models, to move in ready spec homes.

Bob Webb Homes10600 Honeysuckle Way

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Bob Webb Homes11371 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

3 Pillar Homes: 11325 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Compass Homes: 10626 Arrowwood Drive

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Epcon Communities: 10312 Silverbell Drive

Located in The Courtyards at Jerome Village, $350k – $550k

Arthur Rutenberg Homes: 11170 Plum Ridge Place

Located in Plum Ridge Place, $1.5+ mil.

Coppertree Homes: 11363 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Manor Homes: 8078 Lilium Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Memmer Homes: 11355 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Pulte Homes: 11547 Sumner Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Fischer Homes: 8005 Lilium Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Rockford Homes: 7385 Willowbrush Drive

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Schottenstein Homes: 7421 Yarrow Run Road

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Romanelli & Hughes: 11312 Cedar Crest Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

 

 

Download the open house map.

Make sure to plan your day accordingly and stop by Pasquale’s Pizza and Pub, located in the Jerome Village Community Center. We recommend their famous Founder’s Favorite!

Join the Jerome Village builders for a Community-Wide Open House

Sunday, October 7th from 12 pm – 4 pm

Located in Dublin City Schools, Jerome Village offers 13 neighborhoods featuring a diverse range of architectural styles, home sizes and price points to meet your needs.

Come explore more than 10 homes – from beautifully decorated models, to move in ready spec homes.

Bob Webb Homes10600 Honeysuckle Way

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Bob Webb Homes11371 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

3 Pillar Homes: 10602 Arrowwood Drive

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Compass Homes: 10626 Arrowwood Drive

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Epcon Communities: 10312 Silverbell Drive

Located in The Courtyards at Jerome Village, $350k – $550k

Arthur Rutenberg Homes: 11170 Plum Ridge Place

Located in Plum Ridge Place, $1.5+ mil.

Coppertree Homes: 11363 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Manor Homes: 7979 Wren Wood Drive

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Memmer Homes: 11355 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Pulte Homes: 11547 Sumner Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Fischer Homes: 8005 Lilium Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Rockford Homes: 7385 Willowbrush Drive

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Schottenstein Homes: 7421 Yarrow Run Road

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Romanelli & Hughes: 11312 Cedar Crest Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

 

 

Download the open house map.

Make sure to plan your day accordingly and stop by Pasquale’s Pizza and Pub, located in the Jerome Village Community Center. We recommend their famous Founder’s Favorite!