Geothermal heat pumps heat and cool buildings by using the constant temperature of the earth instead of the outside air temperature. This is a more a clean, reliable, and renewable source of energy.
No matter the scorching heat of the summer or the negative temperature in the winter, a few feet below earth’s surface remains between 45-75 degrees. Similar to a cave, the temperature under the ground is warmer than the air above in the colder months and cooler in summer months.
Geothermal heat uses a ground heat exchanger to heat, cool, and even sometimes supply hot water. These pumps are longer lasting, quiet, require minimal maintenance, and the outside air temperature does not influence them.
Installation of geothermal systems can be anywhere between $20,000 to $25,000 to install. While this is much more than the average air-source system, the additional costs are returned in energy savings in 5-10 years by reducing utility bills from anywhere between 40%-60%.
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Hip, clean, modern homes are coming to The Grove. Constructed by Paramount Property Development, The View @ Newstead will offer sustainable, durable, living on S. Newstead, right off of Manchester, filling a gap in the market for high quality modern homes within city limits.
Pictured below is the first of the 46 houses coming to the Grove. The display house is expected to be completed by 9/1/2017.
Stunning custom home built in 2001 is quietly nestled in a premier neighborhood.
The lot is defined by luxuriant landscaping, lilly pond & sweeping lawn. As you enter the front parlor you will be entralled by the openness & light. The sunroom features a stone fireplace & french doors that lead to the covered terraces with slate floors & balconies.
Formal dining room with an expanse of windows. The impressive kitchen opens to the family room with a wood-burning fireplace & built-in bookshelves. The kitchen features center island, gas range & breakfast area. The main floor master bedroom suite is exquisite with a sitting room, kitchenette, walk-in closet & a private balcony.
The master bathroom is luxurious with complete marble surrounds, a steam shower, multi-spray shower, jacuzzi tub, skyslight & dual vanities. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, wal-in closets & one with a living room & full kitchen. The lower level is a full walk-out with recreation room, 2 baths, wine cellar, safe room & gym. Elevator shaft is available. Geothermal.
Shelves are your best friend in any kitchen, especially one with limited counter and cabinet space. Every kitchen is different, but no matter how small, there is typically at least part of a wall that can accommodate even the smallest shelf. Since shelving comes in various lengths and depths, get creative and look to hang a shelf on your unused surfaces, as in the space above your stove, on the side of a cabinet wall or even above your window.
2. Pot Rail
A pot rail, also called a utensil rack, is a versatile kitchen gadget that accommodates a lot more than just pots. This thin metal pole or strip with S-hooks allows you to hang almost anything that can lay partially flat and has a hole in its handle (for the hook). Think cutting boards, measuring cups, potholders and most cooking utensils. Found in the kitchen section of most home or hardware stores, and with varying lengths from 18 to 36 inches, pot rails can usually fit the space on the side of a cabinet, in a small nook or above the stove. Continue reading “6 Ways to Save Space in Your Kitchen”
The Landmarks Association of St. Louis recently held its annual Most Enhanced Awards. The awards, which the Landmarks Association has held for 21 years, honor exceptional rehabilitation projects of historical buildings throughout the St. Louis area.
1. Lafayette School Apartments, 815 Ann
Designed and constructed in 1906, the Lafayette School building in Soulard was left vacant when the school closed in 2004. Despite its dilapidated condition, Advantes Development purchased the building in the summer of 2015 and began renovations. The original classrooms were converted into 36 apartments.
2. 1540 Mississippi Ave.
Built in 1878 as Lafayette Square grew, it was later abandoned in the 1960s. New owners bought the house in 2014 and oversaw extensive renovations.
Located on a private 3 acres in prime Ladue is this Bernoudy-designed contemporary masterpiece.
The centerpiece of the home is an open Living Room & Dining room with vaulted ceilings, coved lighting, built-in bookcases, a fireplace & an expanse of windows that look onto a wooded lot. The kitchen is bright & features granite counters, double ovens, stainless steel refrigerator & skylights.
The master bedroom suite is special with a dressing room that would satisfy anyone with a need for plenty of closet space. The master bath has been renovated with a soaking tub, walk-in shower, custom finishes & marble tile. Adjoining the master bedroom is another area with an expanse of closets & another full bath.
There is a cozy den with a fireplace on the main floor, laundry & office. The LL has a full wall of windows & sliding doors that lead to a terrace. There is a large recreation room with a wood-burning fireplace, 3 more bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchenette, storage & a 2nd laundry.