Publisher's Letter: It's what inside that counts
A home is more than just a shelter: Homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We believe all buildings should be “green”—especially homes. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) homes are built to be the healthy, green homes we desire, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. In many markets, certified green homes sell faster and at higher prices than comparable non-green homes. Our feature story on a local couple and their journey designing a new LEED home will introduce you to some local talent responsible for this extraordinary home in one of our upscale communities. See the story on page 50.
In addition to our top LEED home, we also showcase our gated communities that are changing how clubs accommodate the wants of new homebuyers. Many buyers from the Fort Lauderdale area want new amenities such as spas, hair salons, Pilates and children’s play areas. After visiting club after club in the area three years ago, I started noticing changes and upgrades in many of them. Our “Before and After” photos took months to gather, and we hope you visit one of the clubs and see the changes for yourself.
Something new this year is our “Faces of Design.” We created this profile section for local designers, builders, architects and professional in many different trades to help tell their stories and showcase their work. These professionals are the best at their trade, so consider visiting one of these outstanding pros for your future projects.
We hope you enjoy this issue, and please always remember to send us your profile suggestions and story ideas. I cherish each and every story.
Enjoy your month of March, and may good luck be with you wherever you go!