May 6, 2013

LifeStyle Homes: Things You Can Count On

2013-05-06T02:33:20+00:00 May 6th, 2013|

Melbourne, FL - May 05, 2013 - In a world that sometimes seems out of control, it's nice to gather together things you can count on. Most often, it's people you trust, who you know will be there for you whatever. If you've got a couple of those, count yourself lucky. Sometimes, maybe just a [...]

Apr 8, 2013

LifeStyle Homes: Come On, The Water’s Fine

2013-04-08T04:26:24+00:00 April 8th, 2013|

Melbourne, FL - April 7, 2013 - If you are reading this blog post north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you may be wondering when spring will finally reach you. Not to gloat, but even with a cooler than normal spring in Florida, we're seeing low 80's during the day and high 60's at night. Everything [...]

Apr 2, 2013

LifeStyle Homes: Two New Communities!

2013-04-02T12:37:16+00:00 April 2nd, 2013|

Melbourne, FL - April 2, 2013 - You deserve a heads up for good news if you are a regular reader of this blog! LifeStyle Homes is excited to announce we're on the way to building our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart(SM) homes and our remarkable HERS 0 (zero) Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes in two [...]

Mar 28, 2013

LifeStyle Homes: Congratulate Yourself!

2013-03-28T15:28:41+00:00 March 28th, 2013|

Melbourne, FL - March 28, 2013 - If you own a LifeStyle Homes Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV home, you have our permission to feel pretty proud about what you are doing for your family and for the environment also.  Your home makes enough electricity from the free power of the sun to provide all you [...]

Nov 26, 2012

LifeStyle Homes and Turkey Sandwiches

2012-11-26T03:46:08+00:00 November 26th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - Sunday, November 25, 2012 - Some things just go together, like happy Thanksgiving family gatherings hosted in your  brand new energy efficient home from LifeStyle Homes.  We are happy to say a lot of nice families have enjoyed that combination for the first time this week. Hopefully some of them had enough [...]

Oct 14, 2012

LifeStyle Homes: Net Zero Energy Today!

2012-10-15T02:24:30+00:00 October 14th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - October 14, 2012 - There's an idea floating around that homes that make all the electricity they need must be science fiction dreams for the future. No so! We have built 6 of our truly remarkable Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV(SM) homes right here on the Space Coast and we promise you, earthlings [...]

Aug 6, 2012

A Mission to Make Housing Better for All

2012-08-09T18:08:04+00:00 August 6th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - August 05, 2012 - At times, even we at LifeStyle Homes, who have been at  the center of the energy efficiency revolution in new home building, are perplexed at what has happened ... and what hasn't. Thanks to our wonderful customers, we have enjoyed wonderful success with our guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart(SM) [...]

Jun 17, 2012

Fathers Day Thanks to FSEC Scientists

2012-06-17T20:19:25+00:00 June 17th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - June 17, 2012 - All of us here at LifeStyle Homes wish all of you a very happy Fathers Day. Do something nice for your Dad today, even if you can only communicate with him in your heart. This week, we have been involved with our building science friends at the Florida [...]

Apr 8, 2012

Faith + Knowledge + Guts Bring Success!

2012-04-08T20:11:33+00:00 April 8th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - April 08, 2012 - This is a blog about the significance of the coming dawn. On this Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the risen Christ, many at sunrise services. The parallel is obvious, isn't it? But in our secular business world, we can at last say with conviction that the [...]

Feb 19, 2012

Spend a Moment With OUR TEAM

2012-02-19T19:55:44+00:00 February 19th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - February 19, 2012 - At LifeStyle Homes, we pride ourselves on being all about our customers. We live by the idea that as long as we focus on satisfying them, our needs will be taken care of, both as a company, and as a professional family of individuals. It takes an extraordinary [...]

Feb 6, 2012

Excellence Will Build Our Bright Future

2012-02-06T05:15:43+00:00 February 6th, 2012|

Melbourne, FL - February 05, 2012 - The LifeStyle Homes family is most likely enjoying the Super Bowl right about now; a true presentation of excellence in football. And, Madonna was pretty excellent herself in her halftime show, wasn't she? All well and good, we say, and let's hope everyone enjoyed both shows. But truth [...]

Dec 19, 2011

FLASH! Breaking News on Lightbulb Changes

2011-12-19T03:16:22+00:00 December 19th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - Over this past weekend both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the massive spending bill that will prevent government shutdown, with a measure added which would suspend the ban on manufacture of 100 watt incandescent lightbulbs presently slated to take effect January 1, 2012. We first reported on this issue on our LifeStyle Homes Blog [...]

Nov 28, 2011

Consumers Say Housing Market to Recover

2011-12-03T10:54:51+00:00 November 28th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - In a national survey, an overwhelming 72 percent of people say now is a very good time to buy a home. Bargain pricing on new and used homes and historically low mortgage interest rates are making people anxious to grab their piece of the recovering real estate market before it's too late. At LifeStyle Homes, [...]

Nov 21, 2011

We Know What We Are Thankful For!

2011-11-21T04:22:06+00:00 November 21st, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - We have more to be thankful for at LifeStyle Homes than we could ever mention in a Blog post, but let's start by saying we are thankful for you. Since you are reading this, you have an interest of some sort in the homes we build and maybe in our company itself. If it [...]

Aug 13, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: Some Excellent Photos for You

2011-08-13T16:16:58+00:00 August 13th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - For the last several weeks we have been reporting on LifeStyle Homes winning the Aurora Award for Best Solar Energy Home at the recent Southeast Builders Conference in Orlando. In the best traditions of Ed McMahon, I have been filling time using words to describe what happened at the Award ceremony until some [...]

Aug 7, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: A Way Forward for Us All?

2011-08-07T16:45:57+00:00 August 7th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - The Moody Blues being a favorite band of mine, I am certainly acquainted with the thought, "Isn't Life Strange?" Your writer is this day involved in four separate streams of professional thinking involving four different people that seem to be making themselves into a set of some sort. Maybe that is a clue to [...]

Jun 12, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: Energy Efficient or Green?

2011-06-12T19:22:35+00:00 June 12th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - This past week, there was another round of a continuing discussion in our office about whether we should be pursuing  energy efficiency in our homes or trying to make them Green. We keep asking ourselves this question, because the concept of Green is powerful and attractive, and it's gertting more so every [...]

May 1, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: Fantastic New Design Center

2011-05-01T18:29:25+00:00 May 1st, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - After what must seem like 5 years of moving (probably more like two weeks, really) LifeStyle Homes is excited to announce we're up and running in our brand new corporate offices and customer design center building. We're now located right up front on the south side of West New Haven Boulevard at #3453 [...]

Mar 27, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: Excellence Is Its Own Reward

2011-03-27T20:50:27+00:00 March 27th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - If you have been following this blog, you know that over two years ago LifeStyle Homes embarked on a ground-breaking program to dramatically increase the energy efficiency of the homes we build. Our first public move was the launch of our SunSmartSM Energy Initiative. It reflected almost a year's work behind the scenes to design [...]

Mar 13, 2011

LifeStyle Homes: Giving Thanks

2011-03-13T22:23:21+00:00 March 13th, 2011|

Merlbourne, FL - First, let's all loft a prayer for all the people of Japan and hope for the best for them all. Then, let's give thanks for ourselves that we get to live here on Florida's Space Coast. To be sure, we have our challenges, but our challenges pale to insignificance compared to theirs. [...]

Feb 20, 2011

LifeStyle Homes – The Market Is Turning!

2011-02-20T19:48:09+00:00 February 20th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - Exciting information is reaching us from multiple sources in at least two different directions. First, from the west coast of Florida, Tampa Bay southward to Naples looks like it did three or four years ago. Seasonal visitors have returned in droves. Streets are clogged, restaurants are jammed, tee times are non-existent and construction is underway everywhere you look. What [...]

Feb 6, 2011

LifeStyle Homes – The 3-Rs of Buying a New Home

2011-02-06T18:32:48+00:00 February 6th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - If you've been following this Blog, you may be wondering when we will let go of our experience with EXTREME MAKEOVER: Home Edition; the Emmy Award-winning hit reality show from ABC Television. Well, the show featuring our Space Coast build airs next Sunday evening, February 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM Eastern. If [...]

Jan 10, 2011

LifeStyle Homes – EXTREME Wonders Abound

2011-01-10T21:24:00+00:00 January 10th, 2011|

Melbourne, FL - It would be hard to imagine a regular reader of this Blog not being aware of our GOING-ON-RIGHT-NOW build of an EXTREME MAKEOVER: Home Edition Net-Zero, photovoltaic-powered custom home for a deserving Space Coast family in just 106 hours. We are so proud to have been selected by the producers of this Emmy®Award-winning [...]

Oct 3, 2010

LifeStyle Homes Pushes for Affordable PV Power

2010-10-03T18:59:52+00:00 October 3rd, 2010|

If you've been following this blog, you have figured out by now that LifeStyle Homes in Melbourne, Florida, is pushing hard on energy efficiency as a corporate strategy. Our SunSmartSM branded super-efficient homes are guaranteed right now to have HERS scores of 60 or better, saving their owners 40 percent on annual energy costs compared to brand new conventionally-built [...]

Sep 26, 2010

Startling Energy Forecast Released

2010-09-26T18:46:58+00:00 September 26th, 2010|

What do scientists predict about the future of living in Florida?  Find out by clicking here now. Now, please think a minute about what you have just seen. Our good building science friends at The Florida Solar Energy Center, who produced this video, are guiding LifeStyle Homes every step of the way in our SunSmartSM energy initiative to build energy [...]

Sep 19, 2010

Sneak a Peek Inside Our First Net-Zero PV Home

2010-09-19T15:38:18+00:00 September 19th, 2010|

Last week, we shared a portrait of the architectural elevation of this extraordinary electricity-generating home with you. This week, how about a peek inside to view the stunning decor? LifeStyle Homes is pleased to offer you this special opportunity.  Here is a photo of  the principal living area just to whet  your appetite to see more. Our long time and [...]

Sep 12, 2010

First PV Net-Zero Energy Model Home Open!

2010-09-12T14:19:50+00:00 September 12th, 2010|

The first production Photo Voltaic powered Net-Zero Energy model home built in Brevard County  is now fully-decorated and open for viewing! LifeStyle Homes invites you to come see the future of home building in America, and experience for yourself the promise of a better home life for your family! In previous Blog posts, we've shared with you several photos of this extraordinary home as [...]

Sep 5, 2010

What's This Fuss About Our Tagline?

2010-09-05T17:01:35+00:00 September 5th, 2010|

Please look at the two lines of grey text in the header above. They make up our blog's tagline - a short statement about who we are, what we do and why you might care.  Hopefully, those words will help entice you to join our audience of readers, if you're not with us as a member ready. Make no mistake; we're trying to build [...]

Aug 29, 2010

The Heart and Science of Building New Homes

2010-08-29T13:19:15+00:00 August 29th, 2010|

There comes a time each week when the priority for action becomes deciding what to write about  in this week's blog post. That sometimes leads to one of two activities: 1) Checking out other builders' blogs to see what neat ideas might be found there, and 2) Looking back over past LifeStyle Homes blog posts for stories [...]

Aug 22, 2010

BREAKING NEWS – Parade Showcase Home Set!

2010-08-22T17:15:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2010|

Oh boy! This is COOL! Our net zero energy home (the one we've been writing about in this blog of late) has just been selected to be the featured Showcase Home of this fall's Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders and Contractors Association of Brevard! This is in recognition of it's unique status as the first photo voltaic powered [...]

Aug 15, 2010

Ya Gotta Be Kidding. . . Buy a New Home Now?

2010-08-15T18:41:08+00:00 August 15th, 2010|

Absolutely! Astute people are doing it every day in every housing market in the country. What makes them astute is that they have the far-sightedness to see that the current housing situation is only temporary. They understand that it presents a genuine opportunity to make a wise decision. They know that demand for new homes will strengthen, and [...]

Aug 8, 2010

A Pretty Face and A Special 'Do

2010-08-08T19:53:42+00:00 August 8th, 2010|

We've been sharing with you for some time now our excitement about our first-ever "net-zero" energy home that generates electricity with a photo-voltaic system embedded in its roof  tiles. Well, this week we have another photo to show you of this home in its newly completed state. You can see the PV panels in the upper center of [...]

Jul 31, 2010

Foot-in-Mouth Disease Strikes Melbourne Area!

2010-07-31T20:00:39+00:00 July 31st, 2010|

Recently, there was a special moment of embarrassed merriment at the offices of LifeStyle Homes when yours truly mis-introduced a person who is very important to us, our long time and extremely wonderful roofing contractor. You see, we like to talk about Jim because of his dedication to high quality roofing work. His natural honesty and integrity also parallel our [...]

Jul 23, 2010

No, No! It Wasn't Us! We Promise.

2010-07-23T16:20:00+00:00 July 23rd, 2010|

No sooner did we do our public service thing for LifeStyle Homes by reminding you to prepare for inclement weather, than we get a tropical storm on our heads. Talk about the Law of Attraction! OK, so if you are in the Central Florida area, the wind is blowing some and you're getting some rain about [...]

Jul 18, 2010

NUTS! It's That Time of Year Again.

2010-07-18T14:20:46+00:00 July 18th, 2010|

Yes, friends and neighbors, it's time to be thinking about what will happen and what you will do if the wind decides to blow really hard sometime in the next few months. As much as we might prefer not to think about the "H" word, it's a fact of life for those of us lucky enough to live on [...]

Jul 11, 2010

U.S. Government Study Lauds LifeStyle Homes

2010-07-11T16:22:53+00:00 July 11th, 2010|

We received exciting news this week. The U.S. Department of Energy has released an official case study praising LifeStyle Homes for its leadership in building energy efficient homes. Prepared by the Building America Industrial Housing Project under the auspices of the Florida Solar EnergyCenter, this official case study is designed to document what we have done to curb [...]

Jul 4, 2010

Energy Independence Day

2010-07-04T12:15:52+00:00 July 4th, 2010|

It's a good thing that we pause each year in mid-summer to reflect on the heroic courage of our nation's founding fathers in declaring our independence on July 4, 1776. It's also good that we honor them by enjoying some extra fun with family and friends. And, how about those fireworks shows? Never get old, do they? But, how about adding another dimension to [...]

Jun 20, 2010

P-V System Buyers: Doing, or Looking Good?

2010-06-20T19:40:51+00:00 June 20th, 2010|

We're having a wonderful time exploring the ramifications of our first "Net Zero" Energy home. That's the one in Tralee Bay Estates which features roof-mounted photo-voltaic panels that convert the sun's energy directly into electricity. Deciding to build this home took some guts. The motivation was totally to do the right thing; the right thing for our customers, [...]

Jun 13, 2010

Energy Efficiency Builds Sweet Jobs

2010-06-13T16:36:23+00:00 June 13th, 2010|

Our good friends over at the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC) are pushing hard on an initiative they call the Florida Energy and Jobs Working Group to make their version of the candy you know that combines chocolate and peanut butter. The idea is that we all need to get excited and incentivised [...]

Jun 6, 2010

Come and Get Your FREE Electricity!

2010-06-06T15:10:05+00:00 June 6th, 2010|

Yes, friends and neighbors, gather 'round. Experience for yourselves the wonderfulness of FREE ELECTRICITY.  It's all yours, and it's waiting for you right here. It's all on the inside! Come quick! It's all on the inside! Carney-barking aside, there really is an exciting story taking place at LifeStyle Homes that has HUGE implications for YOU. We are building our first ever net-zero energy [...]

May 31, 2010

The Dream Lives On

2010-05-31T22:29:32+00:00 May 31st, 2010|

All of us enjoy having an extra day off now and then. Many of us who got one today may have enjoyed a cold one or two and a couple of dogs off the backyard grill with family and friends gathered 'round. Maybe you went to the beach to celebrate the official beginning of the summer vacation season. Whatever you [...]

May 23, 2010

FAQs About Solar Water Heating

2010-05-23T18:57:04+00:00 May 23rd, 2010|

The following information comes from our good friends at Solar Energy Systems of Brevard, Inc. www.321SOLAR.com who supply the systems used in LifeStyle SunSmart Homes. Learn more at www.buildingalifestyle.com/sun-smart/. How does a solar hot water system work? A solar-powered circulation pump moves water from the hot water storage tank in your home up to the solar [...]

May 16, 2010

Smaller Spaces, Better Places

2010-05-16T20:33:57+00:00 May 16th, 2010|

New data just out from the U. S. Census Bureau indicates buyers of new homes in 2009 continued a trend toward preference for smaller, more efficient homes. It's not just about looking for a lower purcase price; it's about deciding that more is not always better.  To be sure, younger home buyers are fueling (no pun [...]

May 9, 2010

Cash-For-Caulkers Could Be Coming

2010-05-09T18:33:36+00:00 May 9th, 2010|

In a move reminiscent of the fabled Cash-For-Clunkers program, this past week, the U.S. House of Representatives, with a vote of 246 to 161,  passed the Home Star bill which would authorise $5.7 Billion (that's Billion with a B) in cash rebates over two years for home owners who renovate their homes with energy-saving improvements. The bill [...]

Apr 25, 2010

A Good Time for Looking Ahead

2010-04-25T15:03:01+00:00 April 25th, 2010|

The Nation's leading home builders gathered this past week in Washington, DC to assess market conditions and plan for the future. For the first time in what seems like a long time, the mood was definitely optimistic. No mealy-mouthed spin statements like, "a definite slowing of downward acceleration" were to be heard. Instead, builders and economists [...]

Apr 18, 2010

Good Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day

2010-04-18T21:19:35+00:00 April 18th, 2010|

Visit the Earth Day 2010 Action Center at www.earthday.org/earthday2010 to find out all about the world's largest secular celebration that's coming up Thursday of this week, April 22, 2010. See what you can do to help mankind respect our planet and promote its wellbeing. Why not take some action this week that will help you save money [...]

Apr 11, 2010

Save Money on New Appliances in April

2010-04-11T19:33:32+00:00 April 11th, 2010|

Our friends at Consumer Reports remind us it's time to get busy if you've been thinking about buying a new refrigerator or replacing your old dishwasher. Many appliance dealers are offering special deals this month because of Earth Day which occurs on April 22. You can save even more if you qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program. [...]

Apr 5, 2010

What We Make You Feel

2010-04-05T15:06:26+00:00 April 5th, 2010|

If you're into cars, you may have noticed, a month or so ago, a big change in the advertising message of a popular German-designed, luxury automobile. Having devoted many years to convincing us that we should buy their brand because of its proported engineering excellence and reputation for high performance, they abruptly shifted their emphasis to the delivery of JOY as the reason to buy.  These are world-class marketers who [...]

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