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A Unique Improvement Opportunity Part 2

I am a big believer in ‘What you focus on is what you get”.  Clark County is focused on improving their permitting and inspections processes. This is welcomed beyond imagination. Recently, Clark County has made progress in their quest for…

A Unique Improvement Opportunity

Our industry is and has been extremely frustrated working with Clark County. The good news is I believe we are in the midst of a unique opportunity. Leaders from both the private sector and public sector are uniting to seek…

Sign Relief

This article I am going to break away from sharing with you more details of our business plan and share with you a great story. A key ingredient in marketing new homes for sale is signage. Directional signage with arrows…

Quail’s 2018 Strategic Objectives

The last few articles I shared with you our Core Purpose:  A unified commitment to be the best Empty Nester homebuilder in Southwest Washington ranging from 1500-2400 square feet operating with a set of Core Values focused on excellence, respect,…

Communicating with Empty Nesters

Q:  Is a strong communication system a must when serving the Empty Nester? A:  Typically, the Empty Nester has lived their lives communicating by mail, talking on the phone and meeting in person. Later in their lives they had been…

Empty Nesters and Honesty

Q:  Is honesty required when serving the Empty Nester? A:  One thing that I have noticed as my parents have gotten older is that they don’t mind telling me what they think. Sometimes their comments come out of the blue…

Planning for a Successful 2018

Each November we start our annual planning process.  We spend a great deal of time aligning our Core Purpose/Values, Strategic Objectives and Financials Projections.  I’d like to share with you some of our thoughts on our Core Purpose. Our Core…

Home Building Paradigm Shift

Ten years ago we made a bold move. We decided to future proof our clients by building homes to higher standards in regards to energy efficiency. Some called it Green Building, we called it Building Smart. We really thought by…

Future of Housing in Clark County

What do you see for the future of housing in our County? I have owned our homebuilding business since 1989. When I think about the demographic, political, technical and workforce changes since our beginning it is prolific. One thing that…

Parade of Homes 2017 Recap

We couldn’t be happier with this year’s Parade of Homes. The attendance was terrific. What surprised me was how many people are either currently doing homebuilding or remodeling projects or planning on doing them. This is a real sign of…

Parade of Homes Clark County 2017

The Empty Nester Catering to the Active Adult buyer group over the last 25 years has made us “unofficially” the local experts. We have perfected a building process that provides each client to get exactly what they want. Personalized service…

Focusing on New Home Comfort

Focusing on New Home Comfort and our clients love it!! We have noticed that our clients are searching for the perfect new house for their last home. They know how the want to live because they have lived. One person’s…

Empty Nester Needs

Q: What are the needs of the Empty Nester? A: Most in our industry would think building a one level or master on the main home plan would solve the needs of the Empty Nester buyer. We have experienced the…

Defining Empty Nesters

Q:  How does Quail define the Empty Nester? A:  Some might think the Empty Nester is a homebuyer that wants a single level home. I would suggest that the Empty Nester is defined much broader. Quail has had over 20…

Quail Homes Is Featured in Green Homebuilder Magazine

We’re excited to share that we were featured in a recent issue of Green Homebuilder Magazine!   Read on to learn about our philosophies and techniques and see what we have planned for 2016.  Start by flipping to to page…

Trust…it starts with a handshake…then what

Q: Trust…it starts with a handshake…then what? A: Backing up your commitment is what is most important. Today people are more skeptical than ever. Earned Trust is required daily. I find that this is not something you can do selectively….

Trust…it starts with a handshake

Q: Trust…it starts with a handshake? A: I often get asked, “What do you look for when hiring a subcontractor or vendor?” Before you are knee deep in problems, maybe I can help with a few proactive tips I have…

A Winning Combination For Year Round Comfort

“When it comes to working with a true partner, Owens Corning is at the top of the list”, that quote comes from our owner Jon Girod. We couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with Owens Corning.  We are the…

Quail Homes Annual Team Appreciation Breakfast

This week we had the rare opportunity to sit down with our extended Quail Team, our subs and vendors, for an appreciation breakfast. This was a special time that we were able to recognize everyone for their hard work and dedication…

What is your history of building homes

Q: What is your history of building homes? A: We started in 1989 and delivered our first home in 1990. We got four spec home loans from Lee Stenseth President of the Bank of Vancouver (purchased by West Coast Bank…

Quail Homes Goes Back To The Future

October 21 2015 at 4:29pm is an iconic time.  This is the exact time and date that was featured in a scene from the 1985 movie Back to the Future that some of you may have watched. It is hard…

Northwest Energy Star Homes

Northwest Energy Star Homes fall into line with Quail Homes Build Smart standards.  They are more comfortable than a code-built home and they save you money on your utility bills every month. Every Northwest Energy Star certified home is built to…

Administering The Construction Budget

Last week we spoke about all things financial, but our story doesn’t end there. Completing a custom budget for our clients build is just the beginning of a very long road together.  It’s one thing to set a budget, but…

Job Cost Variances

No one likes job costs that increase.  That can be said with confidence! Our team is committed to exhausting every possible effort before construction begins to create a solid budget.  The good news is that a lot of our sub-contractors can…

How We Manage Your Construction Dollar

Managing money through the course of construction of a new home is no easy feat. We’re proud of the team we’ve assembled who watch over your construction dollar.  We can’t say enough about the integrity of the professionals at Quail…

How do you maintain patience through the Inspection Process

Q: How do you maintain patience through the Inspection Process? A: The Inspector’s job is to make sure the home is built to how the plan was approved. Building codes and planning rules will govern the decisions made by the inspector….

Budget and Design

Recently a prospective client stopped by our office to talk about building a new home.  The first question they really wanted an answer to was what the price per square foot would be to build their dream home.  This is…

Inspections and Final Occupancy

Our topic last week was about taking a preliminary project through the permitting process. All of the permit documentation that’s submitted and approved by the municipality prior to building, acts as the beginning of a series of inspections that take…

Navigating The Permit Process

Even after all these years we feel a great sense of accomplishment when we have a complete package of documents ready to submit for building permit approval. This vast mound of paperwork includes the custom dream home plans for our…

Flooring For Your Home

  One of our favorite parts in construction is when the flooring goes into the home. This is the first glimpse of all the design elements together in the house and the project really starts to look like a home….

Quartz Vs. Granite

Have you heard the slogan “ Heartbeat of America”?  What about the heartbeat of a home? Beautifully designed kitchens have become the heartbeat of a home. The kitchen island is a gathering spot for entertaining, a practical area to prepare…

Carbon, Asbestos, and Radon

One of our favorite sayings is “safety never takes a vacation.” This month we have spoken about safety in our homes on this blog, on the radio, and in our Ask The Builder column in the Columbian newspaper. To wrap…

Living In A Safe Home

A few weeks ago we shared fire, life, and safety issues that we take seriously when designing and building homes for our clients. The end result of construction should always be a home that is safe and comfortable for our…

The Sun and Home Design

We’ve recently lucked out with a few really beautiful days! It is such a nice change in weather here in the Northwest…we even had a little of our local liquid sunshine that we all love so much the other night….

Practical Thoughts On Water Conservation

Whew! It has been a hot summer so far this year. As we travel to job sites to oversee work, we can’t help but think about having water available at all times. Of course we are talking about a nice…

Building Homes For Fire Prevention

With the dry weather and 4th of July celebrations at the forefront, the threat of fire danger is on many of our minds. At Quail Homes fire protection and prevention are not just a seasonal concern. We take the time…

What can been done to help reduce noise that is created within the house

Q: What can been done to help reduce noise that is created within the house? A: Sound is all about vibrations. Even inside of the home. Everybody has their pet peeves. Here is what I hear most from our clients:…

Meet Our Team – Cindy

Cindy was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to the Pacific Northwest when she was 7 years old. As long as she can remember, she’s had a love of decorating, design, and home building. She built her first custom home…

What can been done to help reduce street noise

Q: What can been done to help reduce street noise? A: Sound is all about vibrations. About 6 years ago we built a home for a client who works for the Port of Portland. His job is to help with…

Framing Unique Quail Homes

Our homes aren’t cookie-cutter boxes and, as a result, building a Quail home is always exciting but not without it’s challenges. Luckily, we’ve surrounded ourselves with the best contractors and vendors who appreciate the challenge as much as we do….

What can I do to make my home quieter

Q: What can I do to make my home quieter? A: Over the years this has become a growing concern. We are all living closer together (lots are smaller, homes closer together, more street noise), people live with extended families…

SinkPositive – A Water Conservationist’s Dream

According to the Clark County Regional Wastewater District, the average family sends approximately 200 gallons of wastewater down the drain every day. 200 gallons! Every time you use a faucet, do laundry, or flush a toilet you are creating wastewater….

Don’t Judge A Book

Native Landscaping From the street, this recently completed Quail home is a classic beauty with low maintenance native landscaping. But don’t judge a book by its cover! This new home construction owner had a lot of great ideas that were…

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The best new home construction plans may need customization to meet the hopes and dreams of future Quail home owners. Sometimes changes happen before the foundation is poured. Other changes might not be even be noticed or required until we’re…

Framing: The Bones of The Home

It’s been a while, but we haven’t forgotten about keeping you posted on our spec home in Washougal, WA. How about an update? The hard working team at Bennett Homes is now working on the framing of this nearly 2800…

Quail Homes Goes Global

Meet our new friend from India. This gentleman recently came to Seattle for a business conference and made a quick detour to see us before flying home. Why? Because when you’re building a home at 7500 feet in elevation in…

Tesla Powerwall – Energy Storage For Your Home

Even in the Pacific Northwest solar power is a source of clean, renewable energy. The problem is that the average home uses more energy when the sun doesn’t shine, in the morning and evening hours, than it does during the…

Shedding Light On Home Automation

What home automation isn’t. It’s isn’t a robot. It’s not HAL 9000*. It’s not C-3PO or Rosie from The Jetsons. Their time may come but right now, not so much. So, home automation = no robots. We digress. Imagine that…

Jon Girod Has His Hands Full

Jon Girod has been proudly at the helm of Quail Homes for over 25 years. As the Owner and Builder, he oversees our day-to-day operations by working intimately with all departments at Quail Homes. From accounting to marketing to construction….

Downspouts: From Functional To Functional Art

Previously, we shared information on low maintenance downspouts with easy-to-access clean outs. Alternatives to those downspouts include rain chains and artistic downspouts. Both act as functional art to enhance the beauty of the exterior of your home. Rain Chains With…

High-Tech Downspouts

In the Pacific Northwest it feels like we deal with rain more often than we don’t. Lucky for you! No, really…April showers and all that jazz. With a Quail built home, there are options for getting rainwater out of your…

Where High Tech and Traditional Meet

Where would we be without our gadgets and the electricity that powers them? Our friends at Prairie Electric are some of the most skilled people around and you’re about to see why. Here’s how they manage the wiring at one…

A Tale of Two Walk-Throughs

Just like every Quail homeowner, every custom home we build is unique. One thing that remains the same is the individual approach we provide during construction. Here you see two Quail homeowners in the same basic stage of construction who…

Rebuilding After A Loss

Building a home is a stressful time for anyone. Imagine rebuilding your home after you lose everything to a fire. That’s what happened to Quail homeowners Alan and Pat. While attempting to deal with the loss and settle in to…

Quail Homes Introduces Continuous Exterior Insulation

We are excited to announce a new way of bringing air tightness, improved thermal value, and increased moisture management to our homes. First a little back story. We have been successfully building our homes with staggered studs in the walls…

Post And Beam

We want to share the process of building a Quail home from start to finish. Previously we discussed the foundation of this home and it’s obvious significance. The home is now at the post and beam stage. That means the…

Quail Homes Testimonial – Drew and Michelle

This testimonial from Quail home owners Drew and Michelle is an endorsement for the process of how we build our homes, the energy efficient features, and the people who make it all work. “We interviewed 4 other contractors over 3…

What is an Air Exchange per Hour (ACH)

Q: What is an Air Exchange per Hour (ACH)? A: Many in the Building Science community believe this is the most important measurement to determine a home’s efficiency. The inside of a home has its own environment. Many interrelated components…

The Foundation of Home Infrastructure

Foundation Rods Every new home built by Quail Homes is built for longevity. That is one of our unwavering core values. A home that lasts for generations must have the stability of a firm foundation. Let’s take a look at…

Meet Our Team – Nicole

Nicole was born and raised in Longview Washington. She graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Interior Design. She’s been with Quail Homes since 2012. Her favorite things about her job include taking ideas, sketches, and pictures and…

My home has hot and cold areas. What can we do to improve that

Q: My home has hot and cold areas. What can we do to improve that? A: With a rare exception most if not all existing homes have areas in the home that vary in temperature. Upstairs temperatures may vary from…

Builders Blog – Welcome

Welcome to Quail Homes’ blog! In the days and weeks to follow we will bring you all the best news, pictures from the job site, design ideas, and a peek behind the curtain at how we work and sometimes play….

What are you doing to insulate your homes better

Q: What are you doing to insulate your homes better? A: We are now using better products and techniques. When we learned to build homes better based on Building Science—we had a rude awakening. I thought we had been building…

Practical thinking for the ACH number…..

Practical thinking for the ACH number….. Last week I mentioned the importance of paying attention to your ACH (Air Exchanges per Hour). We focus on air sealing and good design for better insulation based on Building Science to keep the…

Can you seal a home up where it is too tight

Q: Can you seal a home up where it is too tight? A: I get asked this question on a weekly basis. The answer is no as long as you ventilate properly. What happens is that someone might seal up…

Do Fresh Air Exchange and Indoor Air Quality go together

Q: Do Fresh Air Exchange and Indoor Air Quality go together? A: The inside of a home or building is its own environment. Like an ecosystem it requires a holistic approach in trying to achieve optimum livability. When tightening a…

What is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Q: What is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)? A: New Construction is based on a point system. A Small dwelling unit (<1500 square feet of conditioned air space and <300 square feet of fenestration area) needs .5 points, a Medium…

I’ve heard that a home’s heating system should not be installed inside a garage. Is this true and why

Q: I’ve heard that a home’s heating system should not be installed inside a garage. Is this true and why? A: TRUE. When building new homes, homebuyers today are increasingly showing concern about the indoor air quality (IAC) of homes…

I came across “staggered stud” construction and wonder how much of an improvement this makes to external wall R-values

Q: I came across “staggered stud” construction and wonder how much of an improvement this makes to external wall R-values? A: The technique to construct a home’s external walls using staggered studs is used to create a thermal break between…

I heard that water intrusion causes more problems here than in other regions, especially around windows. What can I watch for as our house is being built to keep from having problems

Q: I heard that water intrusion causes more problems here than in other regions, especially around windows. What can I watch for as our house is being built to keep from having problems? A: Whether it’s here in Clark County,…

Windows-What is a U-value

Q: Windows-What is a U-value? A: Who would think that understanding how windows would perform is so complicated. AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) has a product certification that helps. Their website is www.aamanet.org/general/2/127/product-certification. Cars have MPG (miles per gallon) to…

What is an EPS score

Q: What is an EPS score? A: Energy Performance Score (EPS) is a rating system that assesses the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a home. The EPS scoring system is being promoted by the Energy Trust of Oregon. Its…

Can you explain Universal Design

Q: Can you explain Universal Design? A: Throughout my building career I have been passionate about Universal Design. Some might think that Universal design is just for old people. That is just not true. We don’t have to be old…

What advice do you have for Master Bathroom Showers

Q: What advice do you have for Master Bathroom Showers? A: When thinking about the Master Bathroom Shower I would suggest thinking forward. Think about how you have lived in the past, how you live now, and how you envision…

Can you discuss why it is so important to keep jobsites clean

Q: Can you discuss why it is so important to keep jobsites clean? A: My grandfather and father owned grocery stores. To compete with the national chain stores we had to win them over with service. My key job from…