Recently Missouri’s #1 custom home builder, R.E.A. Homes, completed a custom luxury French Country home featuring unique interior and exterior spaces such as a wet bar, billiard room, theatre room, and outdoor oasis. The home’s family enjoys spending time in comfort together and with friends and extended family members in these spaces:
Pub and Billiard Room
Crafted from custom-milled mahogany and hammered metal inlaid panels, the wet bar features seating for 12, sink, dishwasher, ice maker, wine chiller, microwave, taps for two kegs of beer, and plenty of storage for glasses, plates, utensils, and snacks. The bar is complemented by inlaid hardwood flooring, flagstone wall tile, and built-in dual wine cellars. A mahogany billiards table offers rounds of entertainment. Happy hour has never been happier! Three Ultra HD TV’s are mounted throughout along with a state-of-the-art audio system that provides the ability to catch all your favorite events. Full control of all the home’s technology from security to lighting can be controlled from a wall-mounted touch screen in this area to add convenience and an extra layer of security.
A lovely custom spiral staircase greets all who enter this French country home. Using hand-milled mahogany and forged iron, the staircase adds an elegant touch to an often-overlooked but essential component of a home.
Featuring three-tiered seating for 11, this theatre contains a 145” 4K projection system with Dolby Atmos sound, dimmable lighting, and top grain leather recliners. Hardwood wall panels, custom acoustic sound panels, ceiling insulation, and plush carpet provide sound-absorbing and buffering features ensuring top-notch, movie-theatre-like sound.
Framed by windows looking out onto a lovely wooded area, this two-story room is the perfect retreat for studying, reading, and getting away from everyday stress and worry. It features top grain leather chairs, marble and polished chrome coffee table, lit bookshelves, and mahogany wall panels.
From elegant outdoor entertaining to children’s birthday parties, this outdoor oasis handles it all with ease. The heated 28,500-gallon saltwater pool extends the family’s swim time from spring into fall. The pool is installed with an automatic safety cover, a PebbleSheen® interior finish, a raised water feature that includes fire and water bowls as well as several waterfalls, color changing LED lights, and is controlled all through the touch of a phone or smart device. The covered porch/patio area features retractable screens and windows for year-round use, outdoor kitchen, bbq, fireplace, and beer keg with two taps. Two all-weather TV’s under the porch, sound throughout, and WiFi mean you may never have to retreat indoors during the warmer months.
What custom luxury features do you want in your new home? Contact Jeff Bogard at R.E.A. Homes today to make the High Performance Luxury Home℠ of your dreams a reality for you and your family. To start a conversation about your custom luxury home, call 314-400-2119.
For more than 25 years, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program has been saving energy and protecting the environment. Studies show that while 90 percent of American households recognize the little blue ENERGY STAR label on products and appliances, many consumers do not realize homes can also be ENERGY STAR certified. Jeff Bogard of R.E.A. Homes is proud to be ENERGY STAR certified and a trusted expert in building energy-efficient custom luxury homes.
ENERGY STAR certified homes meet the EPA’s strict requirements for energy efficiency. These homes are typically designed and built to be 10-20 percent more energy efficient than an average home built to code. To date, more than 1.8 million ENERGY STAR certified homes have been built and families living in these homes collectively save more than $500 million each year on utility bills.
Features of an ENERGY STAR Home
Home building is complex enough without having to know all of the details of energy-efficient construction. When building an ENERGY STAR home, Jeff and the R.E.A. Homes team help each family choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their home. This includes:
Complete Thermal Enclosure System – includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows
High-efficiency Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Systems – designed and installed for optimal performance and comfort
Comprehensive Water Management System – protects roof, walls, and foundation from moisture damage
Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances – helps keep utility bills low while providing high-quality performance and longevity
Third-party Verification – backs up a home’s energy efficient claim with independent inspections and testing by a Home Energy Rater
Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Home
When Jeff and his team apply ENERGY STAR requirements to a family’s new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a home that:
Is higher quality, healthier, and more comfortable
Helps protect the environment and saves natural resources
Has minimal air leaks, drafts, and moisture damage
Offers improved comfort year round
Lowers utility bills (uses at least 10 percent less energy; 20 percent on average)
Offers a controlled supply of fresh air and reduced dust and allergens
Maintains a consistent air temperature between rooms and floors
Data suggests that they sell faster for higher value upon resale
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ENERGY STAR Certification Differentiates Your Home from an Average Home
Why go to the time and expense of constructing an average home built to code when you can have a certified ENERGY STAR home that will, over time, more than re-coop the investment you make in energy-saving features? R.E.A. ENERGY STAR certified homes differentiate themselves from average homes by offering:
Peace of Mind – Improved confidence of energy savings and satisfaction the home is built to rigorous requirements and independently tested and inspected.
Enduring Quality – A durable home built to last combined with energy efficient features and high-quality materials and equipment.
Wall-to-wall Comfort – Consistent temperature and controlled humidity levels throughout the house, minimized leaks and drafts, reduced indoor pollutants, and reduced outside noise.
Proven Value – Better investment, uses less energy, lower maintenance costs, and higher resale value
To learn more about how R.E.A. Homes can build the custom luxury ENERGY STAR-certified home of your dreams, contact Jeff Bogard today.
Home Builder Digest ranked R.E.A. Homes as the #1 Custom Home Builder in Missouri! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the article to catch R.E.A.’s feature.
Every year we strive to build custom homes that create a level of luxury and comfort above your average homebuilder. We place great importance on meeting our client’s requests with luxurious master baths, gourmet kitchens, and magnificent exteriors. But the secrets to real custom home building success lie in the details in areas that most homeowners don’t see, the areas behind the drywall. We aim to maximize comfort and minimize common problems.
Words From Jeff Bogard, President of R.E.A. Homes
“What we’ve found is that every year as we build more homes, more and more people have become aware of our methods and can see the superior results. Homebuyers expect more from their homes’ performance and they are realizing that there is so much more to luxury than just the facade of the home. Today’s homebuyers understand that what’s behind the drywall—insulation, heating/cooling systems, overall shell—is just as important as what’s in front of the drywall. Attention to the details that no one sees results in maximizing comfort and minimizing problems such as hot and cold spots, drafts, rooms that don’t heat or cool properly, higher-than-necessary utility bills, and indoor air quality issues. This focus is what helped R.E.A. Homes earn it’s #1 custom home builder ranking in Missouri.”
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Long before ground was broken for a custom luxury modern farmhouse in Ladue, Missouri, R.E.A. Homes founder Jeff Bogard was thinking about the home’s shell and the part it would play in the home’s overall health, efficiency, and comfort.
“A home’s efficiency battle is lost or won when building the shell,” said Jeff. “A properly designed and built shell seals the home to minimize outside elements such as temperature fluctuations and water.”
While standard building codes specify new homes provide minimal protection against water, Jeff’s Building Beyond the Code philosophy goes beyond those standards to maximize protection at each home’s water entry point—roof, windows, walls, and foundation. “We are always looking at ways water can get into a home,” said Jeff. “It’s a perpetual a challenge and we constantly look for ways to minimize that risk.”
One of the most important water barriers of a home’s shell is the roof. Like a big umbrella, a roof shields much of the house from water—if it’s well constructed. The key lies in quality materials. Like a cheap umbrella that turns inside out the first time a gust of wind hits it, a roof is not something to cut corners on. For the modern farmhouse, Jeff’s clients chose a sand-coated metal roof that’s durable and long lasting.
As best building practices and materials evolve, Jeff and his team embrace them. For the modern farmhouse, other materials selected for their exterior barrier protection include:
LP® SmartSide® Trim and Siding
Offering the warmth and beauty of traditional wood with the durability of treated engineered wood, these high-performance trim and siding products complement almost any building style. Each features an innovative four-component SmartGuard® manufacturing process for strength against harsh weather and resistance to fungal decay and termites, thus enhancing a home’s comfort and luxury.
House Wrap and Rainscreen
Even the best siding can’t keep all of the water out all of time, so R.E.A. uses upgraded products such as DuPont Tyvek® StuccoWrap®. Installed on the modern farmhouse, this engineered, grooved surface serves as a drainage plane behind the siding. In front of that, Jeff’s team of builders added another layer of insurance known in the industry as a rainscreen. Together, these two products protect against water damage and can help improve comfort and energy efficiency by:
Providing vapor permeability to promote drying in wall systems and minimizes the chance for rot and mold
Offering air resistance to prevent drafts and flow of moisture-laden air through wall cavities
Maintaining a constant drainage rate even after repeated wetting and drying cycles
Like a favorite raincoat, the shell of a home should incorporate these and other best building practices to provide an extra layer of protection from water and moisture. Doing so will help ensure the home’s comfort and luxury for years to come.
Through nationally recognized best building practices, modern design, and smart technology, R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠. As a result, R.E.A. luxury homes are more comfortable, healthier, energy efficient, secure, and luxurious—often at little to no additional cost for the homeowner. Contact Jeff today to get the conversation started on how he can help you build the custom luxury home of your dreams.
Since Jeff Bogard started R.E.A. Homes, the mission has been simple: build custom homes that provide more comfort and luxury for the whole family to enjoy. Using better building practices, modern design, and smart technology, R.E.A. Homes continues to provide High Performance Luxury Homes℠.
When you think of a custom luxury home, what comes to mind? Certainly, cosmetic features such as attractive building materials and state-of-the-art amenities such as a home theatre system, gourmet kitchen, and spacious master bathroom top many family’s lists.
But have you ever thought about what’s behind the drywall? A home’s insulation, heating/cooling systems, and overall shell also play an important role in creating and maintaining a home’s comfort and luxury. What good is spending a day with your family in your home theater if it’s drafty and cold or entertaining guests in your kitchen if the air smells musty and damp?
Attention to all of the details—both seen and unseen—is something Jeff and his team of experienced trade partners and craftsmen take seriously. Together they build custom luxury homes beyond standard building codes. This Building Beyond the Code, as Jeff likes to put it, results in High Performance Luxury Homes℠ that are more comfortable, luxurious, and energy efficient and less costly to maintain than standard-construction homes.
While each custom luxury home is unique, Jeff makes sure each incorporates best-building practices and uses the latest in materials and technology through:
Jeff, a Master Certified Green Professional and LEED Green Associate, uses his background and training to create a unique blend of an environmentally-friendly structure, along with luxurious functional and design elements such as a geo-thermal HVAC system offering lower utility bills and enhanced air quality.
R.E.A. Homes integrates advanced technology features such as home automation systems—whole-house music, security, lighting control, heat/air systems, pool and spa control, gate control—that makes each home more enjoyable and efficient.
As a result, R.E.A. homes are more comfortable, healthier, more energy efficient, secure, and luxurious—often at little to no additional cost for the homeowner. Contact Jeff today to get the conversation started on how he can help you build the custom luxury home of your dreams.
As 2018 comes to a close, we are thrilled to look back on a few of the custom homes we have developed. 2019 will bring change and a fresh start for many. Our mission to build High Performance Luxury Homes℠ will remain the same.
Each year we look for new ways to build smarter, healthier homes that promote wellness and sustainable luxury. We love to build beautiful homes that provide a true luxury living experience. To experience true luxury, you must embrace a “whole-house” building philosophy where what’s behind the drywall is just as important as what’s in front.
We build beyond the code. This means taking a look at the shell of your home (the behind the drywall stuff), how to improve energy efficiency, and how your HVAC and insulation systems can improve temperature control as well as air quality and overall comfort.
We are very thankful for our trade partners, supporters, and of course our clients! Here is a small sample of the custom homes we have worked on in 2018:
This spacious home located in Ladue, Missouri, had a special focus on energy efficiency and luxury. The client came to us with a vision of a home that combined high-end luxury features, smart technology, and an energy efficient HVAC system. All of these requests had to be met within the budget and within an efficient floor plan. Here are a few of the homes highlights:
1 1/2 story with master suite on the first floor with additional bedrooms on the second floor
Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and stereo system for the chef
Solar Panel system that helped generate power for the home even before construction was completed
R.E.A. Homes continues to be active in the community in St. Louis. In an effort to support local organizations and sustainable building practices we work with Refab. Refab creates training and employment opportunities through the sustainable practices of deconstruction and refabrication. Rather than use machines to demolish buildings and landfill perfectly good materials, we use people power to carefully disassemble structures and make quality, affordable materials available to people like you.
Visit our causes page to learn more, and join our ongoing mission to support St. Louis!
Best wishes to you and your family,
Jeff Bogard, President
R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom homes in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, visit our blog or Facebook page. To get started on your custom home, call R.E.A. Homes at 314-400-2119 today!
One homeowner’s dream of a more energy-efficient luxurious custom home became a reality after partnering with R.E.A. Homes. One of the family’s goals was to use a more energy-efficient HVAC system that would be a source of comfort and healthier living for decades. Keeping the family’s goals and budget in mind, R.E.A. Homes President, Jeff Bogard, worked with area HVAC expert, Marc Bluestone of SmartHouse Heating and Cooling, to create a more comfortable home environment.
HVAC System Features:
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Geothermal Heating & Cooling ensures the family will enjoy lower utility bills and added resale value to the home. It pairs well with the home’s significant Solar Energy system and the 30 percent federal tax credit helps its affordability.
The home has two zoned, multi-staged systems, allowing the owners to control temperatures throughout the home and minimize hot and cold spots.
Whole-house Humidity Control
An energy-efficient house is a tight house. A dehumidification system in the summer and a humidification system in the winter ensures the home stays within a healthier and more comfortable humidity range all year.
Energy Recovery Ventilation
Bringing in fresh air and removing stale air maintains a healthier indoor environment for the family.
High-efficiency Air Filters
Small air-born particles are everywhere. High-efficiency filters ensure the air stays cleaner and healthier for the family.
Modern, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats provide the homeowners with a dashboard of options to easily and quickly adjust the temperature throughout the home.
Even something so out-of-sight, out-of-mind as duct work plays a role in a healthy home. This ENERGY STAR® certified home uses a carefully designed system featuring 100 percent sheet metal duct work. Ducts in non-conditioned areas were sprayed with beyond-the-code two inches of spray foam (160 percent of the building code). This spray foam allows the heated or cooled air, depending upon the season, to reach its destination without being comprised.
Panasonic Whisper Green Ventilation Fans
One of the most energy efficient fans on the market, these ultra-quiet fans provide effective moisture and mildew control for cleaner indoor air.
While not only meeting the client’s vision for a healthier and more energy-efficient living environment, all of these features were within the homeowner’s budget. Over time, the family will save money on energy costs while increasing the home’s resale value.
Efficient HVAC Systems + Cleaner Air + Temperature Control = More Comfort and Luxury
R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom homes in the St. Louis, Missouri, area visit our blog or Facebook page.
Sitting at the intersection of luxury and energy efficiency, you’ll find a modern farmhouse envisioned by a homeowner who wanted the best of both worlds and built by custom luxury home builder R.E.A. Homes. Recently, this spacious home located in Ladue, Missouri, earned an exceptional ENERGY STAR® rating of negative six (-6) on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score. More on this in a minute, but basically the lower the score, the more energy efficient a home is.
To earn an ENERGY STAR® certification, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on extensive experience with the nation’s homebuilding industry. ENERGY STAR® certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average.
Why HERS is Important
The HERS Index is the industry standard when measuring a home’s energy efficiency. To date, more than 2 million homes have HERS Index scores; 200,000 U.S. homes are rated annually for energy efficiency and issued HERS Index scores.
When assessing a home’s efficiency, a certified Home Energy Rater assigns a relative performance score—the HERS Index Score—to the home. This score, a result of inspection, performance testing and computer modeling, is based on the home’s energy rating compared to a reference home—a designed model home that’s the same size and shape as the home being measured. This ensures a home’s score is always relative. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home is.
How the HERS Index Score Works
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100. So, if a new home receives a HERS Index Score of 70, that means the home is 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home.
A lower HERS Index score means a more affordable, comfortable, and energy efficient home.
Modern Farmhouse’s Exceptional Rating
The farmhouse HERS ratingof negative six (-6) means the house is 104 percent more energy efficient than a standard house. Even before the house was completed, the solar panels installed on the roof generated energy which was sold back to the local electric company for credit. After moving in, the homeowners received some electricity credits back because of the credit on their account.
R.E.A. Homes Building Beyond the Code
This high-performance custom luxury farmhouse was built by R.E.A. Homes without compromising the owner’s vision or budget. Incorporating features such as multigenerational and outdoor living spaces, innovative materials, solar panels, and geothermal energy, this home will be a source of comfort and healthy living for its owners for decades. The energy-efficient features serve the home’s design and can produce more energy than the homeowners consume. Should the owners decide to sell, the low HERS Index will command a higher resale price. With the right builder and the right craftsmanship, you can build the energy-efficient custom luxury home of your dreams!
ENERGY STAR Certification + Low HERS Index Score = More Energy Savings and More Luxury
R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom homes in the St. Louis, Missouri, area visit our blogor Facebook page.
R.E.A. Homes is being featured in the first edition of The Scout Guide: Saint Louis Guide. Locally owned and edited—there are 60+ guides nationally—each annual guide highlights premier independent businesses within the guide’s area and serves as a resource for locals and travelers alike.
For R.E.A. Homes owner Jeff Bogard, being featured in this high-quality publication is an honor and an affirmation of a dream he had more than a decade ago. “I remember well my conversation with my wife in early 2007 as we were getting ready to take the leap and start our own company. As a homebuilder, I wanted to focus on building custom luxury homes in the St. Louis area that specialized in using the best in green building practices. It was the beginning of the “great recession”, but we truly felt that despite the economic conditions, we would succeed because of our business approach and focus. We have grown our little business every year since 2007 despite the economic conditions,” Bogard said.
Custom Home Approach
Since building the first green-certified luxury home in St. Louis in 2008, R.E.A. Homes has built dozens of homes using nationally recognized third-party green programs such as ENERGY STAR and its’ sister program, Indoor airPLUS.
“What we’ve found over the years is as we build homes, more and more people have become aware of our best building practices and have asked R.E.A. Homes to build their High Performance Luxury Homes℠,” Bogard said. “Home buyers realize there is so much more to luxury than just the façade of the home—they understand that what’s behind the drywall is just as important as what’s in front of the drywall.”
However, the biggest payoff for Bogard is the fact that his award-winning homes are healthier and more comfortable and energy efficient for the families who have entrusted their hopes and dreams for a custom luxury home to him. “My favorite part of my business is the friendships that grow out of my interactions with most of my clients. To this day, I remain friends with many of them.”
The price has just been reduced on a lot for a new home opportunity in Ladue! Located in the highly desirable 63124 zip code—and award-winning Ladue School District, including the award winning Reed Elementary School. This spacious lot is just under an acre, and is a great place to raise a family!
Previously offered at $475,000, the lot is now being offered for the special price of $425,000. Building a new home—including the lot cost—would start from the low 1.5M’s. Preliminary floor plans and exterior front elevations have been designed by our friends at Forney + Architecture, or you are free to design your own custom home from scratch!
Call R.E.A. Homes today for more information: 314-574-5695.