When you’re building a new custom home, defining a construction budget should be the very first item on your planning checklist. Your construction budget will help clarify the allocation of funds, establish realistic limits, and help you get a better picture of your project.
Knowing your spending limits and developing a custom home building budget will also go a long way towards staying in alignment with your financial goals – and helping you avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.
Determine cost per square foot
Square foot homebuilding costs are a great place to start when establishing...
One common landscaping concern for high performance homeowners is erosion—which can significantly affect your home, neighborhood, local natural habitats, and the water supply.
What is erosion?
Erosion is the natural process by which soil and rock are removed from one area and deposited into another—usually as a result of wind, rainfall, or water flow.
While this process has brought us natural phenomena like the Grand Canyon, it is also to blame for stripping the land bare of nutrient-dense soil, creating excessive sediment in waterways, disrupting ecosystems, and other environmental problems.
At Clarum, we build modern homes with an emphasis on sleek, clean lines throughout. One popular focus area for homeowners is the bathroom—where design changes are subtle but impactful.
The latest trend in modern home construction? The curbless shower.
Your shower: the unsung hero
As the oft-overlooked focal point, your shower can greatly impact the overall appeal of your bathroom. Even a daily 15-minute rinse will equate to roughly four days of total time spent in your shower each year—which is reason enough for many to pay particular attention to its design. Not surprisingly, this is a space...
When looking for healthy flooring options, there are two major culprits to avoid: toxicity and dust. Unfortunately, many flooring options will involve either or both.
At Clarum, we believe your home should be comfortable, beautiful, easy to maintain - and above all, should create a healthy environment for you and your family.
Our approach to flooring is no different.
Avoiding a toxic or dusty floor
Believe it or not, many home improvement products contain chemicals which have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. These...
Clarum is incredibly proud to have built the very first net-zero office building in Palo Alto. Our company is committed to creating comfortable, energy-efficient environments which reduce utility costs and promote ecological stewardship… and of course, our own office headquarters are no exception.
But what does having a new net-zero office building actually mean?
Traditional commercial buildings consume 40% of the total fossil fuel energy in the US, and are significant contributors of greenhouse gases. With global climate change and rising energy...
Housewarming party 9/4/2014
Clarum is getting nice and settled in our new home, and our recent Housewarming Party was a success. We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who attended and helped us celebrate our new office!
On Thursday of last week, we had a steady stream of guests – including staff, clients, architects, consultants, designers, city staff, realtors, subcontractors, friends, and family. We all enjoyed live music and gourmet food trucks. Best of all, we got to show off our brand new net-zero building!
Here are some pictures of the event – we hope you had a blast, too!
At Clarum Homes, we’re passionate about transforming the way you live. That means creating comfortable, energy-efficient homes – which promote ecological stewardship, reduce monthly utility costs, and provide a comfortable and healthy living environment for our clients.
So it should come as no surprise that when it came to our own office headquarters, we held ourselves to the same standard. We are thrilled to announce our beautiful new office location on Olive Avenue, the very first net-zero office building in Palo Alto.
What is net-zero?
A net-zero office building means that we only...
One important consideration for your family's health and comfort is the prevention of mold in your new home.
In the natural world, mold serves a valuable role. Inside the home, however, it’s anything but healthy. Mold produces allergens, irritants, even toxic substances, and can cause serious health problems.
Control moisture, prevent mold
While mold spores can be found almost anywhere; these actually aren’t harmful in themselves. The problems arise only where they can find a moist place to grow. So, the key to preventing mold? Controlling moisture. There are several ways to do this when...
Building a new custom home? Indoor air quality should be at the top of your mind.
The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, and air contaminant levels inside the average new home are 2 to 5 times worse than the pollution levels outside.
This may come as a surprise. You’re probably aware of the toxic contaminants like lead and asbestos that have made historical headlines and reshaped building codes. But did you know that new home construction presents its own list of contaminants and pollutants to worry about?
Toxicity in new home construction
Unfortunately, most construction...
Planning your home construction
One of the first steps to building a new house is establishing a comprehensive and accurate timeline for completion. And if you’re planning a new custom home, you should think high-performance from the start.
With all of the new green, sustainable technology available, you have an incredible array of options for building a new home that will greatly reduce your energy and water use. Plus, high-performance homes are healthier, smarter for the environment, and a great long-term investment.
There are two distinct phases to consider when establishing a homebuilding...