Tips from the Pros

Welcome to your source for helpful tips and pointers from recognized local professionals in home building, remodeling, and home improvement projects. Do you have a do-it-yourself home improvement project on the horizon? Are you considering buying or selling a home? Do you need tips from industry professionals on remodeling your home or building the custom home of your dreams?

Making Zero Energy Equal a Perfect 10 - NAHB

Zero-energy homes, also known as net-zero homes, produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, sometimes producing more energy from solar panels, wind power, or other sources. These homes are far from mainstream, but home builders like South Carolina’s Todd Usher, guest writer for this blog post, are leading the race to ... Read More

WATCH New HBA Home Pros Commercial!

If you have not seen the new HBA Home Pros commercial being played during the Olympics, check it out below. Although there is a touch of humor in this spot, we are serious about home building and remodeling. Find Quality Insured Home Professional at HBAHomePros.com Here is some of the criteria that must be met to become ... Read More

Worried about air tightness tests?

You have probably heard the horror stories – a builder commits to building a super-efficient house. Maybe it’s going to be Energy Star rated, or maybe it’s R-2000, or maybe it’s something more elaborate. They get the house ready for occupancy but then they fail the final step in process. They’re unable to pass the ... Read More

Picture This Windows and Doors

This Carbondale residence features Marvin Windows and Doors including the beautiful Picture, Ultimate Awnings, Ultimate Casements, Round Tops and Polygon/Special Shapes Windows and Ultimate Inswing French Doors. Contact Southern Supply to get this look for your home! 417.866.3551 or southernsupply.com   Photo by Southern Supply - More modern home design ideas Photo by Southern Supply - ... Read More

Reduce heating & cooling with simple Honeycomb Shades

Did you know without energy-efficient window coverings, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. That is about one-third of a home’s total thermal loss. Consider installing Honeycomb Shades (AKA Cellular Shades). These shades are a window covering used to block or filter light and insulate ... Read More

Blue Book Monthly - Market Update May 2016

Blue Book Monthly: May 2016 The market is on fire right now!  Prices have maintained a steady rise over the past six months, and interest rates have stayed low.  It is such a great time to buy or sell a home in the Ozarks!  In nearly every metric measured in our monthly reports, May totals ... Read More

How To Protect Your Home From A Tornado - Debi Murray

How To Protect Your Home From a Tornado With the 5th anniversary of the tragic Joplin tornado just passing and the storms sweeping through North central Kansas, we started thinking about ways Ozarkers could protect their homes and themselves if a tornado should occur this summer.  According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, May ... Read More

Preparing to Buy in 2016

It’s summer time and the home-buying market is heating up. Savvy buyers are looking to lock in attractive interest rates while they still remain low - the time to start preparing is now. These tips will help put you in a better position to find a home that’s just right. Make your Checklist First-time home ... Read More

Homeownership Benefits Extend Well Beyond Property Boundaries

Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and a primary source of financial security, especially as home values continue to strengthen. Despite the economic rollercoaster during the recession, homeownership has endured as the foundation of the American Dream. For that reason, the home building industry is celebrating National Homeownership Month in ... Read More

Curb Appeal with a New Front Door - Southern Supply

If you're looking for a new front door for your home, Southern Supply provides many attractive door material options including wood, steel and fiberglass and endless features from simple to dramatic. front doors Photo by Southern Supply - Browse entryway photos front doors

Considering Siding – How to Choose

Siding is exposed to Mother Nature all day, every day, for years. Weather, water, time, fire and pests—all can lead to trouble. Southern Supply offers a wide array of siding to fit your tastes, budget and needs. siding and stone veneer   So how to choose siding? Consider the following points… • Moisture and rot ... Read More

Connecting our Community to Renewable Energy

Did you know that the largest solar farm in the state of Missouri is located right here in Springfield? City Utilities contracted for the construction of the 4.95 megawatt (AC) renewable energy project in 2013, and began receiving the energy in July 2014. Although this energy is still more expensive than that from traditional sources, ... Read More