New measures in store for California Title 24 Energy Codes

I sat in on a seminar last week at the Pacific Coast Builders Convention that was directed towards the upcoming changes in store for Ca. Title 24 2016.
According to Energy Code Ace, California’s current agenda includes all new Homes being built to be zero net energy by the year 2020. A very aggressive expectation by any stretch.
One of the main objectives of the new upgrades was to make attic spaces cooler in order to extend the life of our HVAC systems. Some attics can reach 140 degrees or more in the summer months and for our systems to perform in this heat they must work much harder. Not to mention the hot air needs to be pushed through the ducts before the new cold air can be introduced.
So there are 4 alternate options being offered for roof systems.
• Apply a 1” air space between roof deck and roofing for air to move freely and keep the attic cooler. There are new systems being developed to achieve this.
• Insulate not only the ceiling but the rafters above to help keep the attic cooler.
• Don’t insulate the ceiling but ONLY the rafters above. Thereby making the attic into conditioned space. This would require the attic to have no ventilation to not allow the cool, conditioned air to escape.
• Or place all HVAC equipment and ducting in a conditioned space as in below the ceiling. This would require soffits to be built under the ceiling level to accommodate duct runs in the conditioned area.

All of these options have mandatory provisions for wrapping all ducts with min. R4 insulation, a Hers test will now be mandatory for duct leakage testing, and all roofs will be required to be Sheathed with radiant barrier roof sheathing.
Another new mandatory measure is that ALL new residential construction will be required to have continuous 1” rigid foam insulation around the entire exterior. So you might want to do your homework now for system integration of housewrap, window flashing, foam insulation, and fastening of wood siding to the foam.
The new codes are set to take effect in January of 2017.

What’s new in Kitchen and Bath Designs this year you ask-

Ring in the new year with new trends and technologies in kitchen and bath designs.



2016 seems to be the year for eclectic choices. For those who are bold enough to mix design finishes without fear of ending up with an aesthetic disaster.

I think we’ll be seeing a lot more offered in the way of aging in place features as our Baby Boomers are coming of age.
Bold wood finishes and tile back splashes are in. Alternate dining tables are being incorporated into the kitchen island or peninsula.
And more and more attention is being directed towards green alternatives. Recycled or rapidly renewable materials are in. Like recycled glass countertops, rapidly renewable wood species for floors and cabinetry.
Have a look at this video by the Williams Studio for some creative inspiration-



Check out Williams Studio’s Website for more creative input.

Keeping up with the latest technologies at IBS

IBSlogoNAHBblack_20150518081903I’m getting excited about going to Vegas for the IBS, (International Builders Show), this month.
Going to trade shows is by far the best way to maintain that cutting edge and keep up on all of the new products and technologies being offered.

The IBS is now teaming up with the KBIS, (Kitchen and Bath show), to offer 2 great presentations in one place.
I’m more excited than ever this year because I will be conducting interviews with some of the product vendors who’s products I’ll be using on my upcoming LEED Certified Residential project which is now under way.
I’m filming an awareness documentary featuring the process of building a net zero energy, LEED platinum home.
I’m really looking forward to creating a comprehensive presentation that will take you step by step through the process and explain the benefits along the way.
Stay tuned and let me know if you have any sustainable products or features that you would like to see illustrated.
Till next time.

International Builders Show

The International Builders Show Las Vegas

Hiline Builders is awarded the Houzz “Best of 2016” badge

Remodeling and Home Design

Hiline Builders Inc. of Fair Oaks Ca.
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Sacramento Ca. January 12, 2016 – Hiline Builders Inc. of Fair Oaks, Ca. has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 32 Year Old Design Building Firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The “Best Of Houzz” is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We strive to be the Company that everyone else tries to emulate”
~ Phil Vanderloo, President, Hiline Builders Inc.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Hiline Builders Inc., voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Hiline Builders Inc. on Houzz

About Hiline Builders Inc.
Phil Vanderloo, President of Hiline Builders Inc. has been designing and building custom homes and residential remodels for over 3 decades. His relentless commitment to excellence and superior customer service has kept Hiline Builders Inc. at the forefront of Northern Ca. Design Build Contractors. Phil Vanderloo is a LEED AP BD&C, and LEED AP Homes, and a Certified Green Building Professional.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Chosen “Best of Houzz 2015”

Hiline Builders Inc. of Fair Oaks Ca. Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Best of Houzz 2015

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World.

Sacramento Ca, USA, January 29, 2015 – Hiline Builders Inc. of Fair Oaks Ca. has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Sacramento’s leading Remodeling and Design-Build Firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We strive to be the Builder that sets the Bar for Customer Satisfaction and Quality Design-Build Projects.”


“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 Hiline Builders Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Hiline Builders Inc. on Houzz Hiline Builders Houzz.com profile

Hiline Builders Inc.
is Sacramento’s cutting edge Design-Build and Remodeling Professional.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Hiline Builders and arch viz

Arch Viz

Featured image by Chris Azzy of stabstudio.com

My Fascination with Architectural Visualization

(arch viz), has me diligently studying to become proficient in the art.

Architectural Visualization involves the use of various software programs and rendering engines working in concert to provide photo realistic renderings of architectural interior and exterior models. With Autodesk’s 3D Studio Max, the VRay rendering engine, and photoshop for post production realism, it’s possible to create both stills and animated renderings that will fool any viewer into thinking they are real photos.

Some of the images are stunningly beautiful

and draw you in with their magical allure. Like this tranquil waterside scene called Bolgatty Palace by Ajai Pk ajaipk.com

Animated Architectural Renderings

Provide a great marketing concept for Architects and Contractors trying to sell their ideas-



This is an exciting new adventure for me and I look forward to being able to showcase my work here in the near future.

Revisiting Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report

I’ve passed this report along in the past-

and it’s still the best tool I know of to help people get a good idea of what they can expect to spend on their prospective remodels.
So here again is the Remodeling “Cost vs. Value Report” updated for 2014.
This report not only aligns you with the expected expense broken down by mid range and high end projects, but it also allows you to see what you can expect as far the return on your investment, ROI, for your project. See what remodeling activities return the most value.

Just scroll down to the “National Data” and select your region and you’ll be able to download the report for the area nearest you. Or scroll down further to the National Averages for an overview of average costs.

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