Drew Macdonald

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Drew Macdonald is an experience real estate agent in Naples Florida. In addition he manages a "for rent by owner" website called Direct Home Rentals and designs Content Management Websites.

Building Green

Many homeowners are desiring and some insisting that their home be earth friendly, affordable to operate, and healthy to live in. In recent years the method of building homes based on Green building principles has grown incredibly.

The term Green building refers to a practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use energy and materials, while also reducing the impacts on the environment and human health. Quality home builders have been wise to note this trend in more environmentally conscious consumers.

The practice of Green building, also called sustainable building, can lead to benefits including reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect.

Green design often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, including the use of sunlight through passive solar, active solar and photovoltaic techniques and the use of plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and for reduction of rainwater run-off. Many other techniques, such as using packed gravel for parking lots instead of concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of ground water, are used as well.

For existing buildings, indoor air quality is a major consideration, and will be addressed through specifications for characteristics like ventilation and moisture control, as well selection of indoor materials like paints, carpets and furnishings that minimize indoor chemical emissions. Installing insulation is the most cost-effective way to improve the comfort of the home, especially when used together with good passive design. A home without proper insulation, leads to excessive energy cost for heat and air conditioning. Insulation can also help if you have problems with damp; some types also have soundproofing qualities.

The goals Green building are designed to reduce maintenance and utility costs, improve energy efficiency and water conservation, provide safe, healthy and productive environments and promote environmental stewardship.


The Smart Home Is Here Today

What was once considered the home of the future is here today. Smart homes have become reality and not just for the eccentric and wealthy. Through the use innovative technology, home owners are able to turn their homes into state-of-the-art machines that can be manipulated and monitored from anywhere in the world.

Today’s smart homes can be monitored and controlled from any cell phone. Homeowners can send text messages from their cell phone to activate heating or turn on lights. Smart Homes equipped with cameras inside the house can send real time images directly to a cell phone.

No longer are families limited to just watching television. Smart homes integrate the latest computer technology to turn entrainment into an interactive experience. Families with ‘intelligent homes’ are able to watch movies, play video games and surf the internet all from the living room. The desktop PC and has become the media center PC, with unlimited potential and integration into the life of the family. Media Center PC can even be used for video communication through VOIP technology. New streaming internet channels are coming online that will give viewers an unlimited variety of shows and games that cater to their specific tastes. Settings can even be personalized for different family members so children are not exposed to inappropriate material on the television or the Internet.

Smart home would also be security conscious and aware of its occupants’ well being, monitoring whether someone has a fall, and control temperature and light settings, depending on what is happening outside. Intelligent security devices can distinguish between family members and intruders. Inexpensive web cameras can be turned into security cameras, and monitored from any computer over the world wide web.

There are plenty of intelligent devices available for your home. As smart homes become increasingly common place home owners will benefit from more time and more enjoyable lifestyle. Smart home technology means controlling the homes environment in a way to suit and enhance want to live the way you.


New Construction in Naples - Florida

Naples, Florida offers a wide variety of residential new construction opportunities for both investors and second home buyers. With a relative slow down in the new housing market home buyers searching for properties in Southwest Florida have many great opportunities available to them. Many developers and builders are currently offering rewards for purchasing new construction, including great buyer incentives and low initial deposits.

Buyers looking for a new home should take time to consider what type of community they would like to live in. Southwest Florida offers various communities catering to a variety of lifestyles and activities. Whether a community offers golf, tennis or boating is just as important as the number of bedrooms or square footage.

If golf is your forte, then you might want to consider Lely Golf Resort. A master plan golf community with three 18 hole golf courses. Lely Golf Resort has numerous new construction opportunities including multiple family and single family residences. Amenities include the Player's Club, a clubhouse resort style pool, social center, fitness club, full service spa and dining.

Another fantastic golf community in Estero is West Bay Club. Located within the West Bay Club, Jasmine consist of two luxury high rises with spectacular views of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an inclusive resort lifestyle with numerous activities and amenities.

For the avid golfer, Treviso Bay offers an exceptional TPC golf course. Triviso Bay is a truly unique golf community in Naples, Florida. Golf members will be able to live the PGA experience every day.

For buyers who prefer yachting, Naples Bay Resort is ultimate yachting community in Naples, Florida. Naples Bay Resort will offer 30 luxury waterfront condominiums 108 residential condominiums and 85 luxury condominium-hotels. The community includes 98 boat docks, a shuttle to a private beach pavilion located on Keewaydin Island, a resort style pool, lazy river, fitness center, tennis courts, restaurants and more.

If you prefer the dining and shopping experience then consider Mercato. The ultimate in metropolitan living, Mercato will offer 175 luxury residential units in a mixed use community. Residents will have shopping, dining and entertainment, all with in walking distance.

In addition to Mercato, Coconut Point and Sao Grato offer similar mixed use developments. Located in Estero's hottest shopping districts, Coconut Point will offer 290 condominiums above or adjacent to restaurants and retail stores. Sao Grato is a vibrant collection of restaurants, retail spaces, offices and residential condominiums, will combine on Sao Grato's pedestrian-friendly main street to create a relaxed, urbane, city center.

Although speculative investment in real estate has all but ceased in Southwest Florida, smart buyers are reaping the rewards of a slow real estate market. New developments in Southwest Florida have continued to sprout up, despite the recent lull in demand for new housing. Regardless of the cyclical trends in the real estate market, Naples is still a highly desirable destination.


External Links

Business URL: http://directhomerentals.com
Personal URL: http://directhomerentals.com

Name: Drew Macdonald

City: Naples
State: FL
Country: US
Web: http://directhomerentals.com/

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