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Not everyone understands the lasting value, comfort, and quality a custom home provides. A custom home is not for individuals who minimize the importance of:

  • Quality builders and building materials
  • A healthier home in terms of indoor air quality
  • Lower utility bills
  • Quality and service—rather than the lowest price—to guide their home-buying decisions

R.E.A.’s High Performance Luxury HomesSM

Founded in 2007 by construction veteran Jeff Bogard—he has 29 years’ experience in the home building industry—R.E.A. Homes supports families through the pre-construction, construction, and post-closing custom homebuilding phases. The company’s mission is to build lifelong relationships with each family they serve while focusing on keeping St. Louis’ central neighborhoods vibrant by attracting home buyers who want the close-in locations without settling for inefficient or outdated homes. As part of this commitment, R.E.A. Homes is deeply involved in St. Louis’ green community.

R.E.A. Homes’ simple building process brings you peace of mind and confidence:

  1. Select the Home Site – R.E.A. Homes is involved early and often in creating your dream home. Even before the building site and house plans are identified, the team helps you identify the best opportunities.
  2. Pre-Construction Phase – R.E.A. Homes enters into a simple agreement with you to perform most of the due diligence necessary to determine project feasibility. This due diligence includes meetings that may be required with officials such as civil engineers, architects, city building departments, and subdivision trustees. During this process, R.E.A. Homes conducts a client interview to provide an estimated cost analysis.

Construction Phase – Once you are satisfied with the estimated cost analysis and all other due-diligence items, R.E.A. Homes draws up a construction agreement finalizing a detailed and reliable budget and begins construction of your home.

By discussing every aspect of the building process before the build even begins, R.E.A. Homes eliminates much of the drama, surprises, cost overruns, and missed target dates that many people experience when they build a home.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:

R.E.A. Homes builds high performance luxury homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom-built homes in St. Louis, Missouri, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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Technology advancements abound in most industries and custom home building has its share of innovations. New best-building practices include pre-manufactured wall panels, custom HVAC systems, solar panels, and indoor/outdoor living spaces. Such advancements increase a home’s efficiency, thereby lowering energy and maintenance costs. They also increase a home’s resale value and livability.

R.E.A. Homes embraces these advancements and takes them one step further with their commitment to make the homes they build ENERGY STAR certified. Currently, they are the only custom luxury homebuilder in St. Louis making this commitment.

Energy Star

Established in 1982 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program promotes energy-efficient appliances and building materials enabling businesses and individuals to save money while protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gases.

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ENERGY STAR homes must pass a rigorous set of energy-efficient standards related to heating and cooling systems, thermal enclosure systems, lighting and appliances, and water protection. Such homes deliver an energy savings of up to 30 percent. Families who build ENERGY STAR homes experience fewer post-build headaches such as hot or cold spots in rooms, water-related issues such as condensation inside the home or mold, and higher utility bills.

Benefits For Your Family

  1. Reduced leaks and drafts
  2. More consistent temperatures
  3. Better durability
  4. Improved indoor air
  5. Peace of mind

R.E.A. Homes is focused on building a smarter home to improve the comfort and enjoyment of your home! Because certified homes exceed building codes, families can build for the future.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:

R.E.A. Homes builds high performance luxury homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom-built homes in St. Louis, Missouri, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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A final, but important piece of the homebuilding puzzle is ensuring the highest-possible air quality. While entirely eliminating air quality hazards is impossible, much can be done to minimize exposure.

One of the very first steps in R.E.A.’s homebuilding process is to invite SmartHouse, a St. Louis HVAC company, into the conversation. Also functioning as a liaison for third party independent testing for ENERGY STAR homes, the SmartHouse team keeps current on the latest HVAC trends and advances—including advanced indoor air filtration—while staying within the boundaries of best price and best value.

By incorporating proper airflow calculations—including how the house will be constructed, which way it faces, the number of windows in a room—SmartHouse installs heating and cooling and ductwork systems specifically designed for your home. No matter the season and wherever you go in your High Performance Luxury HomesSM, you will enjoy more consistent comfort in temperature and air quality.

Other Factors Impacting a Home’s Health

Experienced builders look at all of a home’s building materials and select products that have less problem-causing chemicals. Humidity can also affect a home’s air quality. Even if a house is relatively leak-proof to rain, humidity—both inside and outside the home—can cause problems. Using building science, engineering, and best practices, builders can provide superior heating and cooling systems, well-sealed ducts, and filtering and humidity-control systems to better manage the indoor environment.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:

R.E.A. Homes builds high performance luxury homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom-built homes in St. Louis, Missouri, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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A healthier and more efficient home starts with the shell. Nothing is more critical—the efficiency battle is lost or won when building the shell. A properly designed and built shell seals the home to outside elements such as temperature fluctuations and water.

Most homeowners are aware that water is one of a home’s most formidable foes year round. As seasons change, the barrage of water comes in many forms: rain, fog, sleet, snow, hail, freeze-thaw cycles, and even flooding. All this water is constantly looking for entry points into a home—roofing, windows, walls, and foundation. St. Louis residents are especially challenged with a climate zone that includes a wide range of weather, including a difficult freeze-thaw pattern in the winter.

While building codes specify new homes provide minimal protection against water via damp proofing the foundation, even small amounts of water in the home can create serious problems such as mold, mildew, rotting wood, or damaged drywall. Builders who use best building practices and apply a (limited) lifetime waterproofing membrane to the outside of the foundation help boost homeowners’ trust that their homes have an extra layer of protection from water and moisture.

Another piece of the waterproofing puzzle is a home’s drain tile system. Quality-minded builders install both exterior and interior drain tile systems because they know they only get one chance to get this part of waterproofing right. Doing so gives homeowners a higher degree of control over their homes’ drainage and water management.

Additional waterproofing measures include installing exterior insulation boards, designing landscapes to keep water away from the home, grading the land surrounding the home so water is diverted away from the home, and extending downspouts from gutters to direct water away from the foundation.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:

 

R.E.A. Homes builds high performance luxury homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom-built homes in St. Louis, Missouri, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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The foundation for a healthier home starts with a successful building team. Choosing the right builder is one of the most important decisions you will make during the entire process. A good builder will walk you through every step of the way, making sure your priorities and project stay on time and within your budget. In contrast to most other builders, R.E.A. Homes works with a team of experts and is constantly looking for best building practices that increase efficiency and comfort, and minimize cost.

A Team of Experts

Many building teams only consist of an architect and the client. This approach is a disservice to the homebuyer. R.E.A. Homes’ custom luxury home projects always involve assembling a team with many voices at the table serving the client’s interest: builder, architect, civil engineer, interior designer, and client to name a few. Often, a landscape architect and “green” consultant round out the best lineup possible. The key is assembling the team prior to the start of the project

Tips for Choosing the Right Builder

  1. Talk to previous clients about their experience. The best builders will give you access to a list of completed homes and previous clients. Call these clients and ask them about their experience. Here are a few questions you can ask to start the discussion:
    • Did you enjoy your overall experience of building a new home?
    • Did the builder make the process of building a new home easy for you?
    • Was the builder able to complete your home on time and within your budget?
    • If you decided to build another home, would you work with this builder again?
  1. Take a tour of a home under construction or recently completed. This is a good chance to get to know the builder and get a better understanding of their approach and philosophy towards building new homes. Ask questions during the tour, such as:
    • What were some of the biggest challenges you faced building this home?
    • What would you do differently if you were to build the same home again?
    • What is your favorite thing about the home and why?
  1. Ask the builder about his or her experience and credentials. Credentials are important, but experience is what truly separates the best home builders. Make sure the builder is experienced specifically with the type of home you are looking to build (traditional vs high performance) and has a good track record over at least 10 to 15+ years. Here are a few questions to ask:
    • How long have you been building homes and how many homes have you been involved directly with building during your career?
    • Are you a member of the National Association of Home Builders or other trade organizations?
    • What other credentials do you have and how do those benefit your building process for your clients?
    • How do you educate yourself to stay abreast on best building practices and new technology?
  1. Interview key trade partners and suppliers. The best builders should be willing to provide you access to trade partners (sub-contractors) and suppliers they work with on a regular basis. They can be a great source of information about the builder. Builders that have a good reputation with their partners and suppliers are usually able to get more value and productivity from them. Here are some questions you should ask:
    • What is it like to work with this builder?
    • What is most important to them during the job?
    • Are they good at communicating with your company?
    • Have you ever had any problems with the builder?

R.E.A. Homes has established partnerships with many of the best craftsmen in the region and has an understanding of the best products on the market. This knowledge ensures that only the best designs, workmanship, and products are used in your custom-built home.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:

R.E.A. Homes builds high performance luxury homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom-built homes in St. Louis, Missouri, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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R.E.A. Homes recently stopped by the St. Louis County Library to talk about green building practices. Jeff Bogard and Marc Bluestone of SmartHouse Heating and Cooling spoke on behalf of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Being a part of the U.S. Green Building Council is part of R.E.A. Homes’ commitment as a custom homebuilder to continue our education and stay ahead of the curve.

Everyone deserves to live, work, learn and play in green and healthy spaces. This presentation was an opportunity for us to share how green building practices lead to the creation of these environments in our custom homes.

Here are a few highlights from the presentation:

Green Building Basics

What is Green Building?

The practice of creating and designing a building that:

  • Consumes less energy and water
  • Is durable and easy to maintain
  • Is healthier for the occupants
  • Uses materials responsibly

Impact of U.S. Buildings

Our buildings impact our lives – from our economy, to our health, to our environment. Buildings use 12% of our water. The energy used to run our buildings creates almost 40% of the emissions that cause climate change and air pollution.

In the US, we spend 90% of our time inside buildings, and studies indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be up to 10x higher than outdoors. Our buildings have a really BIG impact on our health and our environment.

U.S. Buildings have a BIG impact:

Benefits of Green Buildings

The average green building can see a significant savings in energy, emissions, water use, and waste costs.

Building green affects more than just the environment: it affects the economy and it affects people. This is referred to as the “Triple bottom line” or a “Three legged stool.” These three areas – People, Planet and Prosperity, each enhance the other, and are all inextricably linked together

People

The first focus area of sustainability is people! Social benefits are sometimes less obvious and harder to measure. Here are a few to consider:

  • Healthier indoor environments mean fewer sick days for occupants
  • Improved air quality reduces asthma rates
  • Individualized control of systems and lighting increase satisfaction and comfort
  • For buildings where we work or learning, green strategies like higher indoor air quality and better lighting have been shown to increase productivity

Planet

The second area of sustainability, Planet, focuses on environmental impacts. Buildings don’t HAVE to have a big environmental impact. Green buildings have shown that there is a better way! Green buildings:

  • Use less energy, like electricity and natural gas. This reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and improves air quality
  • Use less water, and produce less of the storm water run-off that creates flooding
  • Produce less waste through smart consumption choices, recycling, and composting
  • Encouraging alternative transportation – this reduces the emissions from vehicles

Prosperity

The third area of sustainability, Prosperity, focuses on economic benefits and realities. Green buildings have value to offer developers, constituents and investors, and users:

  • Reduced waste and effective use of construction materials means a quality building at an effective or even lower cost
  • Reductions in energy and use of resources translate into real savings over time
  • Quality buildings built with durable materials require less maintenance, meaning that you spend less in operations and maintenance of your building
  • Long term lower usage of energy means fewer new power plants and therefore lower energy costs
  • Buildings that are attractive to employees and users make it easier to attract and retain quality staff and customers or stakeholders

R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ that provides a more luxurious, comfortable experience for every family. We carefully consider all of the best green building practices to ensure our homes create a healthier environment. To learn more about our custom built homes in St. Louis, MO, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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The leaves are changing but our mission to build High Performance Luxury Homes℠ stays the same. R.E.A. Homes continues to lead the pack as St. Louis, Missouri’s premier luxury custom homebuilder. We incorporate modern design, smart technology, and green building features that ultimately lead to more comfort and luxury in your home.

This fall we continue to celebrate 10 years of custom home building by giving away our latest eBook for free, Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better for Your Family. Is a custom home right for you and your family? Check out our eBook to learn more about the benefits of our meticulous home building process.

Recent Updates

One of our recently completed custom homes was just featured on the front cover of St. Louis Home Magazine – check it out here. Additionally, we have started the pre-construction phase (design and creation of the budget) for some new sold homes in Town and Country, Ladue, and Eureka. Ground breaking is anticipated for early 2018.

We just returned from Austin, Texas, where we received the 2017 Regional Award from CertainTeed. We were recognized as a leader in the mid-west region for one of our High Performance Luxury Homes℠ currently under construction.

Featured Custom Homes

Just a few of our High Performance Luxury Homes℠ currently under construction include the “Healthy Home” in West St. Louis, an energy efficient modern farmhouse and old world European style homes both located in Ladue, Missouri.

“Healthy Home”

We are going above and beyond any nationally recognized healthy home guidelines in an effort to build a healthier home based on the needs of the homeowner. Every ingredient in the home is being reviewed and approved by the client before installation.

We helped do the research to provide a range of healthy product options and the customer made the ultimate decision. They chose:

  1. Continuous Exterior Insulation made by Thermafiber
  2. 1×6 tongue and groove all dimensional lumber for the subfloor
  3. A fluid applied water proofing membrane

CertainTeed AIRRENEW® Drywall. The AirRenew® family of products are the only gypsum boards that actively clean the air. They feature the industry’s first formaldehyde-absorbing technology. This actively removes formaldehyde from the air, converting it into a safe, inert compound, improving indoor air quality for generations.

This 10,000+ sq. ft. home currently has most of the windows and doors installed, the mechanical trades like plumbing/heating and cooling are underway, and the Da Vinci Synthetic slate roof was just installed. The interior of the home will feature curved windows to bring in lots of natural light, a traditional interior design style, and a wonderfully open kitchen designed for a client with a passion for cooking. There will also be a dedicated home theater and elevator.

There will be an elaborate backyard outdoor space including a pool, spa, and covered cabana, a BBQ/grilling center and outdoor kitchen, all connected to a lower level walk out area.

The goal is a healthier home and the result is comfort for the whole family with sustainable luxury features.

Modern Farmhouse

Our energy efficient Modern Farmhouse style home features a solar panel system designed by our friends at EFS Solar Energy. This SunPower Equinox  solar panel system will help lower our customer’s monthly energy costs. This custom home is expected to be under roof by the end of November and will contain a high-level finish with an attached “mother-in-law” cottage. The clients intend to be empty nesters soon and were seeking a low maintenance, low watering landscaping option. All of the materials they selected in the landscape design are native to Missouri and will ultimately save our clients time and energy.

Old World European

We just recently broke ground on a new Old World European style home in Ladue. The plans for this luxury custom home place as much focus on the indoor environment as the outdoor. The lower level of the home will feature wine storage, a billiards room, a custom pub, and dedicated home theater. The main floor will feature a beautiful gourmet kitchen that opens to a great outdoor space. This outdoor entertainment area will include a large porch with retractable screens, pool, fire pit, and outdoor grilling center. This luxury custom home should be under roof in the spring of next year. Expect more updates!

Community Involvement

R.E.A. Homes continues to be active in the community in St. Louis. In an effort to engage with the young minds of the future, we are working closely with the Ladue Education Foundation and Ladue School District. We have begun coordinating for another green house tour with the environmental science class at the Ladue high school. This will give the students a tour of a job site where they will learn more about energy efficiency and solar power.

Visit our causes page to learn more and join our mission to support St. Louis!

R.E.A. Homes continues to build High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with your well-being in mind. Our handcrafted custom homes create the ultimate living experience while using technology and resources that are better for you, your family, and the environment. To learn more about our custom built homes in St. Louis, visit our websiteblogFacebook page or call us at 314-400-2119 to discuss your needs.

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Owning a home is a large investment in terms of time, effort, and resources. When it comes to selecting your family’s home for the next 20 to 30 years, the cost of failure is too great. Over the years, the residential construction industry’s pricing model has become flawed. Today’s subcontractors are largely selected based on being the low price provider. The problem with this model is that a company willing to use these subcontractors and work for little or no profit is most often the company that doesn’t have the skills or reputation to stay in business at a fair price. A subcontractor willing to work for the lowest price is not likely to be the one who provides the best results for a client.

A wise person once noted that when thinking about a custom home, there are three overriding factors to consider—quality, service, and price—and that you really only get to pick two. It is nearly impossible for a company to be best at all three. When lowest price providers work for “tract” home builders, the builders focus on the low bid rather than providing homebuyers with high-quality dream homes. R.E.A. Home’s approach over the years has been to assemble a successful team providing excellent quality and excellent service—all at a very fair price. The result is a high level of customer satisfaction.

“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey.” – John Ruskin, The Common Law of Business Balance

Quality Is Key 

If you have the time, flexibility, and resources to build a custom home, this investment will pay off as long as you keep quality in mind. Scrimping on materials, settling for the lowest bid, and other cost-saving measures can quickly backfire. Trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true—i.e. the price is right but the person or company sets off warning bells in your mind—move on. While homes have been built using traditional construction methods for decades, modern house science has shown that custom homes built the R.E.A. Homes way are more efficient, sustainable, and healthier. Many times, R.E.A.’s homes can be built with little additional cost and without sacrificing the luxury features—wine cellar, theater room, indoor shooting range, indoor/outdoor pools or waterfalls—you desire.

Going One Step Further

High Performance Luxury Homes℠ take homebuilding one step further. Using nationally recognized best building practices, high quality products, and a team of home building experts, these homes perform at incredibly high levels. As a result, homeowners realize better potential resale values, better returns on their
investment, and much more enjoyment of their home. According to a research study by the University of California, single-family homes with green certifications such as ENERGY STAR, sold for nine percent more than a regular home in California. Two other studies found green-certified homes sold for 8.5 percent more in the Seattle area and 12 percent more in Portland, Oregon.

With R.E.A.’s custom homes, you can expect quality, service AND a great value!

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about the benefits of a custom home, download our free eBook:

R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom built homes in St. Louis, MO, visit our blog or Facebook page. 

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R.E.A. Homes recently broke ground on a second custom home! This new modern farmhouse style home in Ladue will feature a mixture of sustainable luxury and green components. Our partners at EFS Energy designed a SunPower Equinox solar panel system that will lower our homeowner’s energy costs.

EFS Energy strives to help its customers achieve energy independence by reducing use and generating clean, renewable energy. Since 2011, EFS Energy has designed and installed over 1.3 Megawatts of solar power and saved its customers thousands of dollars on electric bills.

The amount of energy produced every year by this system is equal to the following:

1,847 gallons of gasoline consumed; 17,954 pounds of coal burned; 671 propane tanks; the amount of carbon sequestered by 19.3 acres of forests in one year; 40,221 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle; 3.5 passenger vehicles driven for one year; 82% full garbage truck full of waste recycled instead of landfilled.

To learn more about the SunPower Equinox system view this informative PDF.

R.E.A. Homes builds High-Performance Luxury Homes with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom built homes in St. Louis, MO, visit our blog or Facebook page.

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We have officially broke ground on another custom home in Ladue! This French country style home will be all about sustainable luxury. Above is an architectural rendering from our friends at Schaub+Srote Architects.

This home will be sporting over 12,000 square ft. and a fantastic outdoor living space. This versatile space will be perfect for entertaining with features like a pool and outdoor living area with retractable screens that provide complete openness or a bit more protection from the elements. Once you step inside the interior of the home will include custom cabinetry and gourmet kitchen. We are excited to get to work on another custom home with luxury features that make the whole family more comfortable!

Check out the new job site:

R.E.A. Homes builds High Performance Luxury Homes℠ with the customer’s entire well-being in mind. To learn more about our custom built homes in St. Louis, MO, visit our blog or Facebook page. 

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