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Will we fly in 2011?

A man stands poised on the precipice of a bridge near Paris in 1845, the gleam of discovery and the unknown in his eyes. He leans out into the breeze, poised to leap out over the river from this bridge, crude homemade wings strapped to his arms, dreaming of the wonder of flight. He looks to this right and a small man in a cap looks up at him and nods encouragement as if to say, “You can do this”. He leaps and immediately drops and just as it appears he will crash into the raging river, the wings catch enough wind to lift him, gracefully and magnificently, he rises, soaring triumphantly. And as the entire village watches the incredible wonder of rudimentary flight, a man breathlessly says, "He can fly!"
To which the man standing next to him replies, "Yes…but can he swim?"
That picture of hope and creativity and boldness…with a hint of cynicism…is how some of us feel about the state of the business world and perhaps even our entire world. We are stepping out with boldness, anticipating a great new year, yet all the while making sure we keep practicing our backstroke.
And so our customers feel some of the same thoughts. What about inflation? Unemployment? Interest rates? The stock market? My 401K? Should I buy a house now? Will construction costs soar with commodity costs? These are all good questions we are considering as we contemplate a new year.
Through all this trepidation and uncertainty, we feel that Bartlesville will thrive and continue to be a great community to live and work and play. And so we view 2011 with anticipation and eagerness. Our wings are strapped on and our eyes are on the horizon with hope and wonder.
God bless you and your family in 2011!  Taylor Homes Group wishes you a happy new year filled with lots of wind under your wings!      
brent taylor

I'm getting greener while my lawn turns brown

I'm on the first leg of a journey to save the earth. I was there in the early days as a grade school kid when the first Earth Day happened back in the day and as a homebuilder, suffer from some degree of revulsion over what most of us homebuilders do to our carbon footprints everyday. Things won't change overnight for any of us who feel some compulsion to better our custodianship of our small space on planet earth. But we do what we can do. In that vein, we've pledge to make our homes tighter and more energy efficient. Our homes are inspected by independent energy raters via the Energy Star program. A typical code-built home rates at 100. A home with no net energy consumption rates zero. Zero is the holy grail of efficiency. An Energy Star home has a minimum rating of 85. Our homes typically have rated in the mid to low sixties. Just like in golf, that's a really good score...we think so, but are trying to go lower.
I recently read a great perspective on green building by Scott Adams in the Wall Street Journal. I think you'll enjoy the read. How I (Almost) Saved the Earth  No one said it would be easy to build the greenest house on the block. Scott Adams on perplexing energy bills, ugly lawns and the true meaning of 'green'

Fall is a great time to build!

Clients often ask, "When is the best time to build", to which I typically reply, "Now!" But seriously, fall is my favorite season. Winters in Oklahoma can be fickle, but managing the exterior work around freeze/thaw cycles is the biggest ostacle. A September-November start usually allows the home to be "dried in" before the heaviest winter weather begins in January & February.
Give us a call at 918-333-3500 for a free office consultation regarding a new custom home...or we can visit your proposed site for a free walk-around and consultation for your new home.
It really is a great time to build. Commodity costs are reasonable, interest rates are at historic lows favorite season is right around the, tail-gating, colorful foliage and the smell of turned dirt and fresh sawdust.
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