Rio Grande Valley | Leading Builders

ABOUT THE BUILT TO SAVE™ PROGRAM
Much like the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,” a BUILT TO SAVE™ certification means that the home has been inspected and tested by a licensed, independent third party rater who guarantees that the home will perform better than a similar home built only to minimum code requirements. On-site visual inspections and specialized testing equipment are used to verify and guarantee that the requirements for certification are met.

BUILDERS WHO DO THINGS RIGHT
At a time when most companies focus on cutting costs and building to minimum standards to maximize profits, builders constructing high-performance homes certified by the BUILT TO SAVE™ program focus on investing more—not less—to build homes that are superior in every way. A home certified as a high-performance home features the following:

Better indoor air quality; tighter construction with enhanced air sealing; correctly-sized HVAC system; consistent room-to-room temperatures; more comfort; more durability; less maintenance; and a better resale value. Most importantly, a BUILT TO SAVE™ certified home will save you money on utilities every month.

TODAY’S HOME SHOPPER
Today’s smart home shopper is aware that the cost of a new home is not just the initial price of the home, but rather the total cost of homeownership that includes the home’s performance and its long-term utility costs.

Smart shoppers know to look beyond the “lipstick” of a new home—the designer light fixtures, exotic granite countertops, beautiful wallpaper—and other cosmetic items that many mistake for quality construction. A smart shopper will appreciate that what is behind the walls—what cannot be seen—is more important in determining the quality of construction in a home. With a BUILT TO SAVE™ certificate, buyers can relax with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a third-party rater inspected the home before the walls were installed.

Homes certified in the BUILT TO SAVE™ program are given a Certificate of Registration and a certification label, which can be found on the electrical panel box in a home. If a high-performance home label isn’t there, there’s no guarantee your home is energy efficient.


BELOW ARE THE 2017 LEADING BUILDERS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY:


 

  1. Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc.
    500 S. 15th St. McAllen, TX 78501 NMLS# 346848
    956.687.6263 | info@ahsti.org | http://www.ahsti.org

  2. DH Construction
    (956) 778-0212
    ahernandez65@rgv.rr.com
    http://www.dhconstructionrgv.com

  3. Divine Custom Homes
    (956) 467-1111 / (956) 212-8273
    olga@divinecustomhomes.net
    http://www.divinecustomhomes.net

  4. Esperanza Homes
    (956) 380-6500
    info@mlrhodes.com
    http://www.esperanzahomes.com

  5. Innovative Construction
    (956) 929-6198
    j.vargas@jjinnovativeconstruction.com
    http://www.jjinnovativeconstruction.com


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Small Energy Saving Tips to Save Big!

By making some basic changes around the house, you can save big bucks on your monthly bills.

1. Ask your builder for ENERGY STAR® appliances

The appliances and electronics in your home consume 20% of the electricity you use. Request only ENERGY STAR for your new home’s refrigerator, washing machine, dishwater, and other appliances. Over the lifetime of owning these appliances, you will save $900!
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2. Get cold while doing laundry

Your hot water adds 20% to your utility bill every month with a conventional hot water tank. Use cold water instead. This will not reduce the effectiveness of your cleaning routine, especially if you use detergents formulated for cold water. If you do three loads of laundry weekly, you could save between $25 and $100 every year by washing in cold water.
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3. Take shorter showers with an efficient showerhead

Most new homes today have showerheads that use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). Have your new home builder upgrade to showerheads that consume only 1.85 gpm. Doing so could save you $25 or more every year. Save even more money by installing a shower timer to reduce your time in the shower from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. This extra step could further reduce your hot water costs by between $10 and $100, depending on how many people are in your house.
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4. Go low-temp with your water heater

Most homes don’t need steaming hot water for everyday use. Lower your water tank’s temperature from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F without compromising your comfort or the functionality of your appliances. Doing so will reduce your hot water bill by 10% monthly.
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5. Hang laundry to dry

Most households spend about $100 a year on electricity to run a clothes dryer. You could save this money instead by hanging your clothes to dry either indoors or outdoors. You’ll also save money by protecting your clothes. The heat of a dryer wears down the fibers of your clothing over time. Hanging your clothes to air dry prevents this damage to your clothes, which will save you from replacing them over the years.

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6. Have a programmable thermostat installed

If you’re at work or school and away from your home during the day, there’s no need to keep the temperature within a perfect range. After all, your furniture doesn’t need to be cool on hot days. Turn up the thermostat by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours every day to save 10% on your monthly energy bill. This is easy to do with a programmable thermostat. Ask your builder to install one before you move in. It could save you up to $180 every year.
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7. Draw your blinds

Most homeowners spend about $1,800 every year on heating and cooling. Given our hot climate, you’ll likely pay $300 monthly for air conditioning during the peak cooling months. The sun warms your home during this time, which will increase your need to use your fans and air conditioners to stay comfortable. You can lower your need for air conditioning by drawing your window blinds. Shade your windows – especially those that receive direct sunlight – with drapes and blinds to cut the heat gain by 45% in the summer months.
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Windows Are Walls Too—They Just Need Different Insulation

Just because you can see through windows doesn’t mean they’re not part of your walls. In fact, because it’s much harder to insulate windows effectively, your home’s windows can have an even bigger impact on your air conditioning costs. The size of the windows in a home, the number of windows, and whether or not they face directly into the sun have a direct impact on your home’s ability to be energy efficient. Here are some basic but important energy-saving window design facts you should consider.

Install Fewer and Smaller Windows

One of the biggest features of windows is their ability to allow daylight into your home. They also let you enjoy views of children playing and nature outside. Yet, having more windows may significantly increase how much money you pay for heating or cooling costs every year. You may therefore want to consider having fewer and/or smaller windows in your new home. For instance, if you reduce the total glazing on your home from 20% to 10%, you could reduce your cooling and heating costs by up to $500 every year.

Choose North-Facing Windows

Where your windows are located in your home will also impact how much energy you use to cool your home. Windows on the west side will add the greatest heat gain and thereby the highest cooling costs. North-facing windows receive the least amount of sun, so choose to install more windows on this side of your house. Carefully planning on which sides you add windows can cut your energy costs by $90 every year.

Shade Your Windows

Regular, low-efficiency windows will allow a lot of heat into your home. You can reduce this effect by shading your windows. Options include exterior overhangs, awnings, shutters, grills, roll-down shades, canopies, and shutters. These can often be motorized and controlled remotely and/or on timers to ensure the maximum benefit during the hottest hours of the day. Planting trees and shrubs outside of your windows can also provide a beautiful way to block sunshine from reaching your windows.

Interior shading can also reduce how much you need to use your air conditioner. Consider installing heavy drapes, shades, curtains, or blinds inside your home. These strategies are especially useful for west-facing windows. Most of these options are manually operated so you will need to remember to draw your blinds and curtains during daylight hours to prevent heat gain.

As you can see, there are many shading options. Depending on which you choose, you may be able to save up to $250 every year with strategic designs for your windows.

Compare Window Frame Construction

How well your windows resist heat transfer depends in part on what materials are used to construct the frames. Consider the following choices:

Aluminum frames: These are very strong and lightweight. Aluminum is also low maintenance. However, traditional metal frames transfer heat really quickly, which is something you don’t want in our climate in the Rio Grande Valley. If you need to choose aluminum for safety reasons, make sure you select a model that has a thermal break – this is a plastic strip that is installed outside and inside the frame and sash to prevent heat transfer.

Vinyl frames: Usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl frames are very easy to care for. They require no painting and won’t rot like wood. They also transfer heat less quickly than metal frames. However, if you select this option, choose a model that is filled with insulation to increase their energy efficiency.

Wood frames: This type of window frame is better at insulating against heat transfer. However, wood requires a lot more maintenance. It can expand and contract in response to changes in weather, is susceptible to pests and rotting, and will require painting.

Add Energy-Saving Glass Features

The types of glass and how the glass is treated will impact how much energy you save, too. The following is a brief list of glazing features to consider and discuss with your builder.

Double panes: At the very least, make sure all of the windows in your new home are double paned. That means they will have two panes of glass separated by an air gap. This will cut your heat gains and losses by 50% and save you a lot on cooling costs.

Gas fills: Add a layer of insulating gas between your panes of glass. This can increase the window’s energy efficiency dramatically.

Tints and low-emissivity coating: Glass can be tinted to prevent certain types of light passing through. Similarly, a low-emissivity (low-e) coating can be added to windows to reduce heat gain and loss. Both options can lower cooling costs as well because they lower the U-Factor. When well-designed, these features will not impact your view.

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Understanding Closing Costs in 2017

Buying a new house may be an exciting prospect, but before you sign on the dotted line, you should understand that buying a house usually costs more than the sticker price. Referred to as closing costs, there are several essential service fees you’ll need to cover to finalize the purchase of your home. Let us help you get the best deals by giving you some tips on how to stretch your closing cost dollars.

Understanding the Basics of Closing Costs

By most estimates, closing costs may add up to 3% to the final purchase price of your home. These necessary service fees are charged by a variety of people involved in the important process of finalizing the purchase of your home, including those that come directly from the mortgage lender as well as several third parties. Refer to the sidebar on the right of this page to see a brief breakdown of the basic closing costs you’re likely to see.

Keep in mind that the particular closing costs for which you will be responsible will depend on where you’re purchasing, the service provider you’ve chosen to work with, and the sales contract terms. And remember: your lender is required to provide a list of estimated closing costs before your closing date.

Generally it’s a good idea to involve a lawyer during the homebuying process in order for you to cover all of your bases, and you’ll need to pay the lawyer for their services, as well.

Stretching Your Closing Cost Dollars

There are several ways to keep your closing costs to a minimum. Follow these tips to make your money go further during the final stages of buying your new home.

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Compare offers from lenders

Before you select a mortgage lender, be sure to do your homework by asking about more than just interest rates. Many lenders provide incentives in the form of lower closing costs, which can save you more than you would shave off with a lower mortgage interest rate. Get several offers and compare them on every closing cost to get an accurate picture of which one is the most affordable.

Negotiate for third-party services

Don’t be afraid to ask for a reduction in fees from third-party service providers, such as your attorney, property surveyor, appraiser, or inspector, and so on. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and often these providers are willing to lower their rates to get your business.

Provide a larger down payment

Often, when you put down less than 20%, you’re required to pay extra mortgage insurance premiums depending on the size of your down payment. You could save big on insurance fees by putting down more than 20%.Usually calculated as 1% of the amount you’re borrowing, points are a way of buying down the interest you will pay on your mortgage. If you need to save up front on closing costs, lower the number of points you plan to purchase. Conversely, if you want to save more on interest for several years, increase the number you buy.

Opt for monthly insurance premiums

In the past, lenders required you to pay a one-year premium for mortgage interest at the time of closing plus two months towards the next year’s premiums. However, today you can opt to pay monthly instead, which can significantly lower your up-front costs.

Knowing what closing costs you have to pay and comparing offers from several companies is a great way to make your house-buying experience more affordable. And once you have closed on your new home, breathe a sigh of relief with the money you have saved–welcome home!


For more information on calculating closing costs, visit your local title companies:

San Jacinto Title Services of Texas
www.sanjacintotitle.com

Sierra Title
www.sierratitle.com


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Insulate Yourself From High Utility Bills

You cannot see insulation in a finished home, and what you cannot see may cost you a lot of money and have a tremendous impact on your comfort. While much standard insulation does an adequate job of keeping your home cool, if it is less efficient, it will increase your need for air conditioning, which will add to your electric bills. Upgrading from regular insulation to something that is more energy efficient may cost more initially, but will pay for itself over time with savings from cooling and heating costs! Choosing the right insulation is critical in the Rio Grande Valley—located in U.S. climate Zone 2, which has some of the hottest temperatures in the country.

How To Choose The Right Insulation To Save The Most

It’s not easy to select the right insulation. Cost and code-required R-Values are two major factors to consider in choosing insulation for you home. Too often, however, cost becomes the deciding factor without taking into consideration that a more expensive insulation, like spray foam for example, may cost more initially, but its “payback” will increase your cash flow from added savings on utilities every month for years.

Work through this guide with the help of a certified Home Energy Rater to find an affordable and best energy-saving option for your space. Then be sure to select an expert contractor, one, for example, who is familiar with BUILT TO SAVE standards in order to ensure the work is completed professionally.

Choosing The Right Insulation Contractor

Even more important than choosing the right insulation is choosing the right contractor. Insulation performs the way it is supposed to perform only if it is installed properly. That includes superior insulation like spray foam. Proper installation is especially critical if you are installing the less expensive batt and roll insulation because these products lose their insulation effectiveness if not installed properly. For example if the installer forces the batt insulation behind or in front of electrical wiring along the wall cavities, this will flatten the insulation, which diminishes its R-value considerably because it loses its thickness.

So what is the best way to make sure your insulation contractor did the job right? It’s easy—look for a home that is certified as a BUILT TO SAVE home. A home with the BUILT TO SAVE certification was inspected by a third-party home energy rater and verified during the insulation stage to guarantee that the insulation, regardless of the type, was installed correctly. Without this certification of high performance, you won’t know for sure unless you tear down walls and see for yourself.

It is important to know that just because a home passed its city inspection, this does not guarantee that the insulation was properly installed—only that the R-values are correct. If you insist on buying a home that does not have a BUILT TO SAVE certification, inspect less accessible areas—especially in the attic—to make sure they weren’t overlooked. Don’t rely on anyone’s word for it.

If you have concerns about insulation after your home is built, it is possible to hire a home energy rater licensed to do infrared photography. Chris Carroll of Carroll’s Inspectors is a Level 1 Thermographer offering that service in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Robert Salinas, Jr. established VES Insulation in the Rio Grande Valley over 10 years ago. Today, this family-owned business, operated by Robert and his two sons, Rob and Andrew, has earned a reputation as the “go-to” place for effective and affordable insulation. VES Insulation offers both standard fiberglass insulation as well as the superior spray foam insulation utilized for maximum R-value and performance. The company also offers sales and installation of insulated garage doors featuring effective R-values, bottom weather seals, and pinch-resistant panels. VES Insulation can help you decide what your best option is for insulating your home or office. Visit http://www.valleyenergyspecialist.com. (L to R): Rob Salinas (Sales Manager), Robert Salinas, Jr. (Owner), Andrew Salinas (Operations Manager).

Insulation Options For Your Home

The following is a “quick guide” for the variety of insulation products available today. Rely on professional vendors to offer recommendation for what is best for you. Contact these reputable vendors for expert advice: Matt’s Building Materials; Zarsky Lumber Co.; Valley Energy Specialists.

Fiberglass: This is the most common type of insulation used in new homes today. It comes in two forms: batt or fill. Large batts look like thick blankets which are cut to size and then fitted between framing. Loose fill insulation is usually blown into place and looks similar to cotton candy.

Pros: It’s easy to install and very affordable. It also resists fire and water damage.

Cons: The fibers can irritate skin and lungs during installation. Though it is cheapest to install, it will cost you the most in  electricity expenses.

Use for: walls, ceilings, floors.

Rock Wool (mineral wool): This is fiber insulation that is made of recycled textiles. It looks similar to dryer lint. Like fiberglass, rock wool insulation comes in both batt and blow-in loose-fill form.

Pros: It is more fire resistant than fiberglass and is slightly easier to install, as well. It does not irritate skin like fiberglass insulation.

Cons: It is more expensive than fiberglass insulation and somewhat less available. This type of insulation can be dusty and may irritate lungs during installation. It is also prone to cake (and potentially mold) when wet and will settle over time. These problems will lower rock wool’s ability to insulate your home.

Use for: walls, ceilings, floors.

Cellulose: This is a paper-based insulation and is usually made from recycled materials. It is treated with chemicals to resist moisture and pests. Cellulose insulation comes in a loose-fill form which is fluffy and is blown in during installation.

Pros: This insulation works for all temperatures, though is ideal for colder climates. It does not irritate skin nor does it cause lung problems related to dust.

Cons: It is very heavy, which means it is not a good choice for most attics and requires additional reinforcement if used in ceilings. Like rock wool, it will settle over time, which will reduce its insulation capabilities.

Use for: enclosed walls, cavities, ceilings, unfinished attic floors.

Structured Insulated Panels: This rigid foam insulation, known as SIP, comes most commonly in the form of 4’ X 8’ sheets. While more expensive, this type of insulation offers advantages in exterior wall sheathing and attic hatches. The R-values per inch of thickness are more than two times higher than other types.

Pros: These are lightweight and very easy to install. They offer high R-Values, with polyisocyanurate SIPs providing the best insulation of any type by thickness.

Cons: These are generally more expensive. They must be cut to size to fit around pipes and framing. This can result in insulation gaps, though the gaps can be filled with other types of insulation.

Use for: walls, ceilings, floors, roofs.

Spray Foam: This is a type of plastic insulation (either open-cell polyurethane or closed-cell polyurethane) that is applied in liquid form. It is sprayed into spaces where it expands and sticks to surfaces. This forms a tight air seal, preventing heat transfer through gaps, cracks, and other building structures. Any excess can be cut away once it has dried. Spray foam insulation must be installed by qualified contractors such as VES Insulation. This family-owned Valley business offers the most energy-efficient insulation options with expertise in spray foam insulation.

Pros: By far, the most energy efficient insulation to easily achieve a high performance home certification like BUILT TO SAVE. Forms a tight seal to completely prevent the movement of air. Its high R-Values offer superior insulation. It can also reduce the need for other weatherizing such as caulking.

Cons: It is more expensive than loose-fill or batt insulation types. Requires proper ventilation system to avoid moisture or mold problems.

Use for: walls, ceilings, floors, roofs.

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Radiant Barrier Insulation/Radiant Barrier OSB: This is a type of reflective insulation that reflects heat (radiant heat), preventing transfer from one side to the other. Radiant Barrier Insulation is available in rolls and can be applied to the rafters in the attic. A more popular product is Radiant Barrier OSB (decking). Radiant Barrier OSB is also known as flake board. This roof decking, which has a shiny (reflective) side, reduces attic temperatures from 20% to 30% and is only about $2 more per sheet than regular decking.

Pros: One of the least expensive ways to reduce your monthly utility bill and pays for itself in a few months. Reflects up to 97% of the sun’s heat. Does not require additional labor for installation.

Cons: Costs $2 more per 4’ X 8’ sheet than regular OSB

Use for: Roof decking.

Make The Right Choice: Choose BUILT TO SAVE™

Every BUILT TO SAVE home undergoes an “onsite” visual inspection after the insulation is installed and before the walls are put in. A third-party inspector completes a Thermal Bypass Checklist and either passes or requires corrections in the insulation installation before the builder can proceed with putting the walls up. Final testing after the home is completed guarantees that the home meets the “above code” requirements of a BUILT TO SAVE program.

The BUILT TO SAVE Leading Energy Efficient Builders are a select few who go above and beyond what is required by code to make sure you—the homebuyer—are getting a home guaranteed to outperform a similar home built to minimum code standards—a home that will not only save you money on utilities, but will also provide the comfort you expect from a new home.


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Lighting: The Least Expensive Way to Save on Energy in Your New Home

When you consider the large size of your new home, each little light bulb is pretty small by comparison. But these little pieces of technology actually have the potential to either cost you a lot of money, or save you a lot of money. Choosing the right light fixtures as you design your space is important if you want to lower the size of your electricity bill every month. Just make sure you don’t focus on the initial cost. Instead, focus on the long-term savings. So how much can energy efficient lights actually save you? Let’s look at the cost benefits of using high-efficiency light bulbs such as LEDs and CFLs:

Lower energy bills: Regular incandescent bulbs consume on average 60 Watts of energy to generate 800 lumens of light. By comparison, a CFL bulb will use only 13 Watts of energy to generate the same amount of light. That’s 78% less energy. LEDs are even more efficient because they need only 7 Watts to produce the same amount of light. They save 88% on energy bills compared to old-fashioned bulbs. Every CFL and LED you install in your new home will lower your electricity bills. See the table for estimated savings.

Lower air conditioning costs: Regular light bulbs turn 54 Watts of energy into heat and use only 6 Watts to create light. In other words, when incandescent bulbs are on, they heat up your home, which increases your air conditioning costs. Change to CFLs or LEDs and you’ll need less air conditioning to stay cool.

Lower replacement costs: The average incandescent light bulb can be used to provide 1,200 hours of light. CFLs last more than six times as long and LEDs last more than 20 times as long as CFLs. So even though CFLs and LEDs may cost a little more up front to buy, you won’t have to replace them very often. Every year you’ll spend less money on buying new light bulbs.

New Building Codes Make New Homes More Energy Efficient

Getting energy-saving lighting in your new home is easier than ever, thanks to new national building codes. These rules were established by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in 2015 and came into effect on September 1, 2016. They require that a minimum of 75% of lamps in permanently installed fixtures must be high efficiency lighting. Every year in the state of Texas, more than 100,000 new homes are built. These new rules will allow Texas residents to save over $2.7 million annually!

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Making The Right Choices In Lighting:  Ask A Lighting Professional

Choosing light options can be confusing because of the variety of products and the type of lighting required for specific areas of your home based on the function of those rooms. If you base your decisions on cost, you will miss opportunities to save money in the long term.

There are other lighting technologies in addition to CFLs and LEDs that may be right for you. Working with a lighting professional from Central Plumbing and Electric is the best way to ensure your needs are met in the most economical and code-compliant manner. This family-owned business has been in the Valley for over 50 years and offers a wide selection of beautiful fixtures for every room and every application. Whether you are looking for a designer lighting fixture or a complete new home lighting package, let them do the research and save you time—and money.

Types Of Bulbs

What are CFLs?
CFL stands for “compact fluorescent light.” CFLs are miniature versions of the fluorescent lights you see in ceiling fixtures in many office buildings and retail stores. CFLs are designed to screw into standard lamps and light sockets. That means you can use them in virtually any light fixture you already own and many that will be installed in your new home.

What are LEDs?
LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” These are tiny devices that allow electrical current to flow in one direction to produce light. Any time you use an electronic device with a tiny indicator light, you’re using an LED. When they were first created, they only emitted a small amount of light. Today, they can be grouped together to create larger bulbs that mimic the amount and color of regular light bulbs.


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Central Plumbing and Electric is a local, family-owned company founded in 1964 by Pablo and Eva Peña. The company is currently owned and operated by Gene Peña (CEO), David Peña (Executive Vice-President), and Pablo Peña, Jr. (Executive Vice-President). With over 53 years in business, Central Plumbing and Electric is a leader in the plumbing, electrical, and lighting industries. By the Fall of 2017, the company will have three generously-stocked lighting showrooms in the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr, Weslaco, and Brownsville). You’ll find beautiful designer fixtures and expert help for one lighting component…or a whole project. Visit www.PlumbingAndElectric.com for more information. (L to R): Gene & Nori Peña; Jeff Peña; David Peña; and Gene Peña. Jr.

Visit Central Plumbing & Electric to Meet with Lighting Professionals with Bright Solutions For You!

VALLEY-WIDE LOCATIONS

McAllen, Tx: 700 N. 23rd. St. • (956) 631-1124

Pharr, Tx (Showroom): 706 W. Ferguson Ave. • (956) 782-0080

Weslaco, Tx: 625 S. Airport Dr. • (956) 968-8525

Harlingen, Tx: 315 S. West St. • (956) 423-6387

Brownsville, Tx (Showroom): 3805 International Blvd. • (956) 544-4103


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Innovative Construction: An Award-Winning & Customer-Winning Home Builder

Although Innovative Construction may be relatively new in the Valley, this family-owned company is not new to the building industry.  The company’s founders, Pedro and Lourdes Vargas, relocated in 2013 from California, a state that requires builders to have up to 3 levels of licensing—requiring a minimum of 4 years of journey-level experience.  “In California, it was not uncommon to go through 117 inspections for one project,” said Pedro Vargas.  “So when we moved to Texas where builders are not required to have a license, we felt we could not stop utilizing the building requirements that had been mandated in California, especially since we had first-hand experience with the higher quality and benefits they represented to the homebuyer.”

Today, Innovative Construction’s team includes Pedro and Lourdes Vargas, along with their two sons, Peter and Jonathan.  Together, this talented and conscientious group brings an array of master-crafted skills and innovation to the Valley—especially in the area of comfort, energy efficient design, and construction.

Innovative Construction was recognized this month in the building industry community for excellence in construction.  The company received the 2017 RGVBA Parade of Homes awards for (1) “BEST MODEL Over $500,000”; (2) “MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME”; and (3) the most prestigious award of the Parade— “BEST OF SHOW.”  The Vargas family is both proud and humbled to have received such recognition for their Parade entry at 2302 Holland Ave, in the Jackson Heights community in Edinburg, Texas.

Innovative Construction’s award-winning model home in Jackson Heights is available for viewing by appointment.  The Vargas team would also like to stress that they are a custom builder and can design and construct homes for a variety of budgets.  If you are an interested home shopper, you are welcomed to call (956) 566-7629 or (956) 929-6198 to schedule a tour.  You can also visit http://www.jjinnovativeconstruction.com for more company information or to find out how Innovative Construction can help you with your custom home plans—especially if you want to make sure that what is behind the walls is as “well built” as what you see in front of you.

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