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Remodeling is our focus and our passion. We specialize in whole house remodels, home additions, kitchens, baths, master suite conversions, basement remodels, sunrooms and.

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Best of Houzz 2015 Award for Customer Satisfaction
Houzz awards are determined by a variety of factors, including client reviews and interaction within the Houzz community. Deborah can be found on Houzz at http://www.houzz.com/pro/dsbutler/deborah-butler-brickwood-builders

"Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project" said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. "We're delighted to recognize Brickwood Builders among or "Best Of" professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes."

Brickwood specializes in home addition, whole hosue remodeling, basement renovations, kitchens and baths.

 

Ed Butler Awarded Eugene Gulledge Award
The Eugene Gulledge Award for Distinguished Service is the highest honor given by the Builders Association. It is named in honor of Eugene Gulledge who founded the Greensboro Builders Association fifty-seven years ago. This award recognizes continuous, outstanding contributions to the Builders Association and the community at large over a long period of time.

In February of 2015, Ed Butler was awarded the 2014 Gulledge Award. Ed holds the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) national designation, maintaining a continual focus of professional development and continuing education. He has served on the GBA Board of Directors, chaired the Remodelers Council, Tour of Remodeled Homes and numerous community service project initiatives, including the initial ReBuilding Hope partnership with Community Housing Solution. Butler strives and encourages his peers to promote the highest level of professionalism within the remodeling and building industry.

 

GGBA 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes –
We are please to have the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes. This marks five years in a row that Brickwood has had an entry in this prestigious event. Tickets for all 14 entered homes may be purchased at the door or by contacting the Greensboro Homebuilders Association or Brickwood Builders. Proceeds from the event are used to offset product and material costs of the Remodeler’s Council community projects.

 

Deborah Butler Achieves Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Designation

Deborah Butler, Vice President of Brickwood Buidlers, Inc., has received the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation from the National Association of Home Builders.

Aging in place means remaining in one's home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one's maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all or lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a "home" for a lifetime.

 

Brickwood Chairs GBA's participation in 2011 Rebuilding Hope event

Brickwood had the opportunity to Chair a team of remodelers and builders from the Greensboro Builders Association that "kicked off" the initial "Rebuilding Hope" program, a joint effort between Housing Greensboro and Greensboro Builders Association. "Rebuilding Hope" focused on making the homes of low-income homeowners more energy efficient and making much needed repairs to make the homes drier, warmer and safer. A total of 10 homes were selected to have repairs completed by the end of May, National Remodeling Month.

 

Ed Butler Earns Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation

Ed Butler earned his Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation from the National Association of Home Builders. A CGR designation means Ed performs professional, quality work and has demonstrated his commitment to excellence and professionalism in the industry through continuing education.

To earn the CGR designation, a remodeler must meet nationally defined criteria for previous experience, adhere to prescribed business standards and engage in contnuing education. To maintain the designation, CGRs must complete a continuing education requirement every three years.

 

Brickwood Builders, Inc. is featured builder in NC Builder Magazine

Brickwood was the featured builder in NC Builder Magazine for the month of May. The magazine also featured one of our whole house projects on the cover. We were very honored to be featured and have the opportunity to communicate our remodeling philosophy with their readers.

The magazine and article may be viewed at NC Builder Magazine

 

Energy Tax Credit ”Tips From The Pros” May 9, 2010 – News and Record, Triad Homes Section
What are examples of remodeling projects with the most beneficial tax credits for North Carolina residents?


The largest individual tax credits are for renewable energy sources such as geothermal heat pumps or solar water heaters, which qualify for a federal credit of 30% of the cost, including labor, with no maximum cap. NC tax credits may be available as well, but strict definitions apply. These systems offer significant operating savings, however the initial investment is substantial.

For more traditional home maintenance categories, the federal tax credits are 30% of the cost with a $1,500.00 maximum cap for the 2009/2010 tax years combined. Currently, we are not aware of any NC individual state tax credits relating to traditional home maintenance.

Replacement of HVAC systems, including air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, hot water boilers and hot water heaters provide more significant tax credits and rebates. The 30% federal credit is calculated on both materials and labor. Many NC utility companies provide rebates for upgrades of HVAC systems and information is available on their websites. Beginning June 1, NC will offer a rebate program for replacement with Energy Star qualified HVAC systems and some appliances, for which consumers will need to apply by mail.

For building envelope replacements, such as windows, doors, insulation, and roofing, the 30% credit applies to material cost only. Don’t, however, overlook the fact that, according to the Department of Energy, heat loss through windows alone accounts for 10% - 25% of a home’s heating bill. We frequently visit homes that have inadequate insulation or doors and windows that perform very poorly. Savings from reduced utility bills coupled with the tax credit can be significant.

To maximize tax credits and rebates, do your homework. Numerous websites address tax credits and rebates, but they can be very confusing. Specific requirements apply to each category and not all Energy Star products qualify. Before purchasing, consult tax and construction professionals regarding your particular situation. A professional contractor can assist you and should supply the required manufacturer’s certification and a breakdown of material versus labor cost, where needed.

The Homestar program (known as “cash for caulkers”) proposed by President Obama will enhance incentives via additional rebates. This legislation should move through Congress this summer.

To assist consumers, Brickwood Builders provides links to tax credit and rebate sources.

Links to tax credit and rebate websites
http://www.energystar.gov/
NC Guidelines on Tax Credits for Renewable Energy -
http://www.dornc.com/practitioner/individual/directives/renewableenergyguidelines.html
http://healthybuilthomes.org/docs/Residential_tax_credit_fact_sheet.pdf

NC Energy Rebate Program beginning June 1, 2010 - http://www.energysavers.gov/financial/rebates/pdfs/rebate_summary_NC.pdf
Listing of Rebates and Incentives from Utility Companies in NC -
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?State=NC

 

EPA Announced Amendments to the LRRP Rule –
The "Opt-Out" provision of the original law is officially repealed for all states including North Carolina making the lead safe certification, training and work practices apply to all pre-1978 houses. This has been expected for some time but is now official. This action removes the opportunity for the homeowner to sign an agreement to exempt the renovation or repair firm from the training and work practice requirements of the LRRP rule.

The EPA is also now requiring renovation firms to provide a copy of the records demonstrating compliance with the training and work practice requirements of the LRRP rule to the owner and, if different, the occupant of the building being renovated or the operator of the child-occupied facility.

In addition, the new ruling makes minor changes to the certification, accreditation and state authorization requirements.

See the official EPA revisions at http://www.epa.gov/lead/new.htm

 

 

Brickwood Is a Finalist for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award –
Brickwood Builders, Inc. was nominated by one of our clients for the 2010 Piedmont Business Ethics Award and is a finalist. The award winners will be announced on April 20, 2010. The winners in the Piedmont may be submitted for consideration at the national level for the American Business Ethics Award.

The Greensboro Chapter of The Society of Financial Services Professionals sponsors the Piedmont Business Ethics Award. The award was established to honor companies that demonstrate a firm commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies and responses to crises or challenges.

Companies nominated are broken into categories based upon the size of the organization. Entries are evaluated by an independent panel of judges composed of individuals with an expertise in business ethics and are drawn from the business, academic, public service and media sectors.

 

Brickwood Builders, Inc. Receives Certification as a North Carolina Certified Lead Professional –
Brickwood Builders, Inc. is now one of the few Triad organizations certified as a North Carolina Certified Lead Professional. The EPA introduced new regulations, which take effect nationally on April 22, 2010 but for North Carolina were effective as of January 1, 2010.

The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program requires that, before any maintenance (interior or exterior), renovation or construction work on residential housing, schools and day-care centers built prior to 1978 is started, the area must be tested for lead paint by a Certified Lead Renovator using an EPA recognized/approved test kit and the homeowners must receive a booklet explaining the harmful effects of lead.

If lead is determined to be present, the work practice requirements for the project are substantially different from those practiced in the past and a Certified Lead Renovation Firm must perform the work.

The new rules are confusing. You may learn more at our Lead Paint Renovation and Repair Page or we will be glad to assist homeowners with information regarding the lead paint requirements and their applicability to your situation. You may also learn more at www.epa.gov/lead.

In summary the new regulations affect:
  •Pressure washing the exterior of a painted house/deck/porch
  •Painting the interior or exterior of a home
  •Window replacements in a home
  •Remodeling interior spaces in a home or the exterior of a home
  •Drywall replacement or repair
  •Can possibly apply to plumbing, electrical or HVAC work


These rules apply to trade contractors (painters, maintenance/handyman, remodelers, plumbers, electricians, window installers, siding installers, kitchen/bath cabinet specialists, drywall organizations), property managers, residential rental property owners, and property leasing agents.

Lead paint is proven to affect children developmentally. Many believe this is a just a lower income issue, but nothing could be further from the truth. Before 1978, the “best” painters purchased higher end paint that contained lead and then typically would add additional lead to improve the look and durability upon application. It was the hallmark of a great job and was considered to be higher quality and was more expensive.

 

The EPA's New Lead Paint Certification Affect Remodelors and Homeowners –
The EPA’s new, more stringent, lead paint safety rules go into effect on April 22, 2010 and apply to all residential properties built prior to 1978. The new regulations require contractor certification and very specific documentation along with specific work and disposal procedures to prevent lead contamination. The rules apply to all contractors (or an individual performing substantially the same work for compensation), plumbers, painters, electricians and rental property owners. Organizations or individuals involved in painting or remodeling homes built prior to 1978 MUST be EPA certified and registered in order to perform the work.

Our paint supplier, Sherwin-Williams, has put together a very informative brochure that you can view by clicking (HERE).

More information concerning this critical regulation is available at www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.

 

Vol 2 of "Remodeling Insight" (Home Maintenance – a Critical Investment) –
We are passionate about creating value for our clients and building lasting relationships. "Remodeling Insights" is designed to provide meaningful information to assist you in preserving the enjoyment and value of one of your most significant investments – your home.

To view copies of any newsletter or to request to receive the newsletter, please click the
Newsletter link at the top of this page. We appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have to improve our newsletter.

 

Brickwood Elected Chairman of GBA Remodeler's Council–
Ed Butler, President of Brickwood Builders, was elected Chairman of the Greensboro Builders Association’s Remodeler's Council for 2010. The Remodelers Council focuses on promoting professionalism and education among its members thereby improving the remodeling experience for their customers.

 

2009 Tour of Remodeled Homes is a Success –
Brickwood Builders, Inc. participated in the twelfth annual Tour of Remodeled Homes with a French country kitchen remodel. The Tour, sponsored by the Greensboro Builders Association, is the primary fund raising event for the local GBA Remodeler's Council, which funds volunteer events sponsored by the Council. The 2009 Tour marks the third year in a row that Brickwood was able to participate in this prestigious event.

Many thanks to the gracious homeowners who allowed the public entry into their homes and also to the hundreds of attendees who viewed the 16 beautiful remodels. The event would not be successful without their willingness to participate.

 

Brickwood Announces New Referral Program –
We appreciate the referrals received from our clients and friends and consider it an honor that you place such trust in us. For any referral provided that results in a contracted project, Brickwood will send you a $50.00 gift certificate to a local restaurant or business of your choosing or make a $50.00 donation in your honor to a charity of your choice.

 

First Issue of "Remodeling Insights" Published –
At Brickwood, we are passionate about creating value for our clients and building lasting relationships. "Remodeling Insights" is designed to provide meaningful information to assist you in preserving the enjoyment and value of one of your most significant investments – your home.

To view copies of any newsletter or to request to receive the newsletter, please click the
Newsletter link at the top of this page. We appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have to improve our newsletter.

 

Energy Tax Credits Return for 2009 and 2010 –
Energy tax credits (under Tax Code Section 25C) are again available to homeowners making improvements to their existing principal residence during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. The tax credits are 30% of the cost, up to a $1,500.00 cap, and apply to certain products in the following categories:


Windows and Doors
HVAC Systems
Insulation
Water Heaters (non-solar)
Roofing
Biomass Stoves


As you look at making improvements in any of these categories, it pays to do some research and compare costs. There are very specific requirements for products to quality for the credits and there are some documentation requirements as well. In some cases, installation costs also qualify for the credit. Additional information is available at www.energystar.gov/taxcredits. Please consult with your personal tax advisor to best take advantage of these credits.

 

 

Have You Heard? Piedmont Natural Gas Offers Rebate Program –
Piedmont Natural Gas has announced a rebate program for its current customers that upgrade existing gas units (furnaces or water heaters) to approved energy efficient gas units. More information on the rebate terms and conditions can be obtained at www.piedmontng.com. These rebates are substantial and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the pool of funds is exhausted.

 

GGBA Remodeler’s Council 2008 Completes Community Project –
On June 12th, McIver Education Center o fsummit Avenue unveiled its new Skills Learning Center created by the Remodeler's Council of the Greensboro Builders Association. This community service project was to create a kitchen and laundry area at McIver Education Center to support Home Learning Skills, one of the primary teaching tracts for students of the center.

Brickwood’s design staff worked with the faculty of McIver to create the design of the facility. As construction of the facility began in September, Brickwood provided staff support for the construction effort.

 

 

Certifications -
Ed and Debbie Butler, owners of Brickwood Builders, are enrolled in the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) program. CGR is an exclusive professional designation that emphasizes business management skills. A CGR must have five years of remodeling experience, uphold the CGR Code of Ethics and meet ongoing continuing education requirements. Both Ed and Debbie are on track to complete the designation in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

News and Record Guest Columnist -
Ed Butler, president of Brickwood Builders, served as a guest columnist for the "House Helper" and "Tips From The Pros" series, part of the Triad Homes section in the Sunday edition. Click on a topic below to see the full text of each article:

Lead Paint Delays - Get the facts
What are examples of remodeling projects with the most beneficial tax credits for North Carolina residents?
Track lighting has stood the test of time

Rid your floor of squeaks
How to fix twisted and warped deck posts
Fireplace options
Appliance options for kitchen

 

 

 

GGBA 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes –
We are please to have the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes. This marks five years in a row that Brickwood has had an entry in this prestigious event. Tickets for all 14 entered homes may be purchased at the door or by contacting the Greensboro Homebuilders Association or Brickwood Builders. Proceeds from the event are used to offset product and material costs of the Remodeler’s Council community projects.

 

GGBA 2010 Tour of Remodeled Homes –
We are please to have the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Tour of Remodeled Homes. This marks four years in a row that Brickwood has had an entry in this prestigious event. Tickets for all 13 entered homes may be purchased at the door or by contacting the Greensboro Homebuilders Association or Brickwood Builders. Proceeds from the event are used to offset product and material costs of the Remodeler’s Council community projects.

 

GGBA 2009 Tour of Remodeled Homes –
We are please to have the opportunity to participate in the 2009 Tour of Remodeled Homes. This marks the third year in a row that Brickwood has had an entry in this prestigious event. Tickets for all 16 entered homes may be purchased at the door or by contacting the Greensboro Homebuilders Association or Brickwood Builders. Proceeds from the event are used to offset product and material costs of the Remodeler’s Council community projects.

GGBA 2008 Tour of Remodeled Homes -
Brickwood Builders again participated in the annual Tour of Remodeled Homes sponsored by the Greater Greensboro Builders Association. Proceeds from the event are used to offset product and material costs of the Remodeler’s Council community projects. Labor for these projects is donated by the various members of the Remodeler's Council.

 

GGBA 2007 Tour of Remodeled Homes –
This is our first entry in the Remodeler's Council annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, sponsored by the Greensboro Builders Association. Our project this year is a first floor remodel of a 1962 home.

 

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