Design Tech Homes Recognized with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader Award


Houston, Texas (May 2, 2014) — Design Tech Homes is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader. This award recognizes the important contribution Design Tech Homes has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 92 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2013. Collectively, these homes will save homeowners approximately $27,600 on utility bills and reduce 342,608 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR cert…

Identifying Common Insect Problems

Although they may be climbing on your plants, some insects can be beneficials hunting for their prey. Eliminate the beneficials and you'll inherit their jobs. If you can't identify the bug — bring it in to a local nursery for identification. Here are some typical insects found in and around the yard and garden and how to attempt to eliminate them: Aphids: Tiny, white, green or brown soft-bodied insects grouped in masses along stems and leaves, primarily on new plant growth. Leaves become stunted, discolored and curled. Aphids suck plant juices and excrete a honeydew that attracts ants and forms the…

Window Maintenance

Caulking to Prevent Water Leaks Often water leaks at a window result from a breakdown in the connection between the frame of the window and the frame of the house. To prevent leaks, the window should be caulked where its frame meets the exterior siding. If the window is surrounded by wood trim, all gaps between the trim and the siding (and the trim and the window frame) should be sealed with a high-grade polyurethane caulk. Take special care to seal the top side of the top piece of trim. Puddling water at this location causes many window leaks. Stopping Air Leaks A window that leaks air can also mean exce…

When to Replace Common Household Items

NOTHING lasts forever. That said, many items are less obvious than the spoiled milk in your fridge – there's no expiration date or other obvious signs they have outlived their use. So how long should you let your stuff linger before replacing it? We talked to the experts and nailed down a "best by" date for, well, just about everything: Air Filters Replace after: Six months Why: Filters become clogged with dirt and other particles, reducing the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, says Rozanne Weissman, a spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy. Computers Replace after: Four…

Ten Tips to Sell Your Home

You may think your house is perfect just the way it is, but a prospective buyer may not see it that way. To give your home "curb appeal" and make it more attractive to buyers, there are some tasks you should see to before you place that "For Sale" sign in your front yard. Many of these suggestions are simple, common-sense items; others will require some time and investment. But you'll reap the rewards when a buyer walks into your house and exclaims, "This is the home I've been waiting for!" If your home needs to be painted, this is the time to do it. The interior paint job should be fresh and clean…

Keep Your Home & Property Secure While Out Of Town

A holiday vacation, a weekend away from home, or a business trip should be a pleasant experience for you and your family, and often, our fears can get the best of us and give us cause for concern when in fact there are no reasons for being alarmed. However, being safe and secure at all times is not just something that one should do when going out of town, but rather, something that should be incorporated into one's daily routine. By being aware of your surroundings and the world around you and your loved ones, small steps can add up to providing year-round peace of mind. Create A Vacation Checklist And Ke…

Recycling: Still Making a Difference

We all know recycling is a smart idea. But are we participating enough to have a significant impact on reducing manufacturing pollutants and saving energy? Successful recycling, in the simplest terms, is a loop —one that begins and ends with you. When we don't participate in recycling programs unnecessary waste is added to our landfills, and landfills are not designed to decompose trash — only to bury it. Constantly adding to our landfills means we constantly need more of them. Because no one wants one near their home, trash will need to be hauled greater distances"¦and that means increased g…

Protecting Your Wood Floor

The Wood Floor Manufacturers Association states that wood floors are the easiest of all floor types to keep clean and looking new. In order to accomplish this several items must be taken into consideration. These include keeping dirt and grit off the floor, keeping water off the floor, and maintaining the surface finish. Cleaning Clean weekly with a dust mop or vacuum. A damp mop may be used for spills, but never for general cleaning. The water can get into crevices in the wood and result in damage to the floor. Do not ever use a dripping mop. Keep dirt and grit off the floor to prevent scratches. Putting…

Pool Safety Tips

Drowning accidents are the leading cause of injury/deaths among children under five. More than 80 percent of the drownings occur in residential backyard pools or spas. It can happen quickly, always without warning, without a splash, and without a cry for help. To help avoid such a tragedy, please read the following pool safety tips. Secure Pool Area A fence or barrier completely surrounding the pool can prevent many drowning accidents. Most children who drown or nearly drown were last seen in the yard, porch, or patio prior to the accident. Although a fence separating the pool and spa in the single most e…

Painting Your Home’s Interior

Latex VS Oil Based Paints Latex paint is water-based, and it's probably the most common type of paint used today. Oil-based paint had its heyday; it was great for leaving a high-gloss finish and it had a lot of good qualities, but latex has come so far that it's now surpassed oil-based paints. Latexes are so much easier to clean up when you have it on your hands or on your brushes. They don't blister and peel like oil paints sometimes do. Plus there's not that odor when you're painting inside your house. So latex has a lot of great features, especially touch-up. If you touch up oil paint you can see where…

Create A Moving Checklist and Relocate Easily

Let's face it — one of the most daunting moments in many of our lives involves the process of moving. What begins as an exciting prospect involving a new home and the joys that a new apartment or home ownership offers can often be overshadowed by the logistical needs required to move out of one's current residence. With proper planning and structure, learn how packing and moving can be done in a manner that won't ruin the enjoyable moments in your relocation plans. Two Months Prior to Moving Day Once you're aware of an impending move, the first plan is to establish a plan. You'll need to determine w…

Maintaining Your Foundation and Concrete Flatwork

Your foundation has been designed by an engineer to withstand the plasticity of your soil, based on the soils investigation done prior to construction. It is critical for you to try and maintain even and uniform moisture content around your home. Uneven moisture content could cause one part of your home to move at a different rate than the remainder of the home. For this reason, in periods of drought it is important to water completely around the foundation, and to maintain proper grade and drainage so that excess water runs away from the house. In some situations it may be necessary to install perimeter…

Late Winter Gardening Tips

Now is an excellent time to transplant mature or established trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Make flower and vegetable garden plans now before the rush of spring planting. Time spent in armchair gardening before the fireplace will pay off in improved plant selection. Besides, it is fun to page through the garden catalogs. Sow seeds in flats or containers to get a jump on plant growth before hot weather arrives. Petunias, begonias, and impatiens should be sown in early January. Warm temperature plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, and periwinkles, should be sown in late January or earl…

Keeping a Home Inventory

No one expects to lose furniture or other belongings in a fire, a burglary or a storm, but if disaster strikes your home, would you be able to report exactly what you lost? Remembering every single detail about your possessions is a gargantuan task. By keeping an up-to-date home inventory, you can get through the clean up and paperwork stage of a disaster quickly and accurately. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a home inventory can: Determine the value of your belongings and your personal insurance needs Identify exactly what was lost since most people cannot recall items accumulated grad…

Keep Your Home Safe From Pests

Sometimes the pests you see may seem worse than the ones you don't. Whether you're pestered by disgusting cockroaches, annoying ants, spiders lurking in every corner or most any kind of troublesome pest, there are several things a homeowner can do which can help prevent pest infestations. To help keep your home safe from pests, take these precautions: Seal cracks in your home's exterior to keep pests like ants, spiders and cockroaches from getting inside. Be sure all doors and windows are properly sealed with tight-fitting screens and weather stripping. Don't leave uncovered food sitting out. It will attr…