Custom Building Plans
When building a new home or an addition, consider the home design team at Energy Geeks. Our Custom Building Plans focus on smart site planning, energy-efficient design, sensitivity to the environment and reducing construction costs.
Site Planning for an Energy Efficient Home:
- Wells, waterlines, sewer lines and septic system locations should be sensitive to existing site features and site planning schemes whenever possible.
- Install utility lines in an underground trench next to water and sewer.
- Step foundations to coincide with finished grades.
- Whenever possible locate garages and parked vehicles so as not to be seen from the street.
- Plan for roof lines and windows that take advantage of solar.
- Include features that take advantage of existing topography (garage under, walk-out basement etc.…).
- Take advantage of existing trees, water views and other focal points by creating a line of site from views within the home.
- Ledge that’s been removed can be used to build attractive retaining walls.
- Existing evergreen trees provide excellent protection from northern exposure while maintaining a buffer between neighbors.
- Deciduous trees work well in sun drenched areas providing shade in the summer and allowing sunlight in the winter.
- Install dry-wells to capture or collect rainwater from downspouts.
- Protect natural habitats and reduce water consumption by keeping landscaped areas small while incorporating native plants and shrubs.
- Try installing tiers for gardens in steep grades.
- Can exposed ledge compliment your landscaping plan?
Most of the ideas listed above can be addresses during the site planning process. Often, to little consideration is given to this very important first step.
In 1999, Energy Geeks began offering our clients the option of building the very dreams that we helped them create on paper. A turnkey operation that our clients seem to enjoy. After all, who knows your project, better than the team that designed it.