2011 Tax Credits Return

From a recent article published in the News & Observer* on January 26, and thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act, homeowners are again able to claim tax credits on certain home improvements such as insulation, energy–smart windows and highly efficient furnaces. Additionally, these credits are retroactive; meaning improvements made in both 2012 and 2013 will qualify. The program still has a cap of $500 in total credits so if you’ve already claimed $500 in credits for energy-efficiency improvements; you’re not eligible for more.

To claim a tax credit, you’ll need to file Form 5695 along with your federal tax return for the year the improvement is made. The credit will be subtracted from the amount of tax you owe or added to your tax refund. You are also required to obtain for your records a manufacturer’s certification statement which indicates the product qualifies for a tax credit. Get all the details on how to qualify HERE.

Blue Ribbon Residential Construction can help you make energy efficient investments in your home. Here are some of the credits you can take advantage of:

• 10% of the cost of insulation materials and systems, not including installation.

• 10% of the cost of qualifying exterior doors, windows and skylights, not including installation.  (Credits for windows and skylights are capped at $200.)

• 10% of the cost of metal and asphalt roof’s specially designed to keep buildings cooler, not including installation.

• $50 for a furnace fan called a main air circulating fan

• $150 for a natural gas, propane or oil furnace or hotwater boiler with an annual fuel utilization efficiency rate of 95% or greater.

• $300 for an electric heat pump water heater with an energy factor of at least 2.0

• $300 for a highly efficient electric heat pump

• $300 for a highly efficient central air conditioner

• $300 for a natural gas, propane or oil water heater with an energy factor of at least 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%

• $300 for a biomass stove

If Blue Ribbon has helped you with energy efficient projects in 2012, give us a call for the information you need to get your tax credit.

* Original article by Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal

Top 10 Design Trends for 2013

Looking to make a major remodeling change this year? Or, maybe just a small ‘sprucing up’ project – then you’ll want to check out the latest and greatest ideas as recently reported by an award-winning remodeling firm.  And, don’t forget to call the Raleigh, NC based Blue Ribbon Residential Construction for projects both small and large.

10.  Kitchen Cabinets: The look is clean, simple and contemporary. For a more cost effective solution – consider re-facing or refinishing… you still get the ‘Wow’ factor but for a lot less money.

9.    Countertops: Move over granite… the new kid in town is quartz composite (i.e. Silestone, Zodiaq). Durable, low maintenance and endless color choices – it’s every homeowner’s dream!

8.    Hardwood Floors:  Pre-finished and engineered wood flooring is gaining popularity… get a hard durable finish that never needs sanding (no dust!) or refinishing.

7.    Glass Backsplashes:  Glass/stone/tile mosaic composites add more texture and visual interest and are ‘key’ to a contemporary, clean-looking kitchen.

6.    Stylishly Simple Sinks:  Say ‘hello’ to deep, single-bowl sinks that now come with accessories like fitted colanders and dish drains. Stainless is still diehard, but quartz composites (again) are quickly taking over.

5.    Color Palette: Charcoal is the new black.  2013 will find this silky color everywhere as it blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green.

4.    Bathroom Countertops: Calacatta marble – a rarer stone than Carrara marble – is quarried in the same region and valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins.

3.    Texture and Sparkle: For a fresh, new looksimply add pops of bold color and elements of sparkle…  glossy glass tile backsplashes and polished nickel fixtures do the trick!

2.    Living In Your Home Longer/Multi-Generational Living: A certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS) can help aging baby boomers safely stay in their homes, for as long as possible. Watch for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety.

1.    Healthy Home, Healthy Living: The number one trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals.  Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

Read the full article here.



Holly Springs Project Update

The dormer is complete except for siding which is happening now. We also have most of the trade rough in work finished and will be moving toward our first round of inspections this week. I will update the rear addition photos at a later time. The deck is nearly done and the siding on the back finished today just in time for the rain tomorrow. Sally decided to do some minor updates to her kitchen cabinet layout and also to replace her formica counters with granite which will have a huge and dramatic effect on the final project. This upgrade was a suggestion by her daughter and will be well worth the money in the long run. Sometimes we don’t think of these things until the project is under way and we begin to see the transformation that takes place. Changes like this are a normal course of business. She will love here decision in the long run.
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LEEDS Certification

Blue Ribbon is proud to announce that Isaac Bueter has passed his LEEDS certification exam. With the push toward Green Building and conservative use of our natural resources we are thrilled that Isaac has taken the initiative to obtain this vital educational certification. We will be calling on Isaac to share his resources and new found education to enhance the work that he and Blue Ribbon perform in the region.

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