OWEN ROBERTS is a third generation carpenter/builder who learned the construction trade at an early age. Owen knows every aspect of contracting firsthand, having been a carpenter, foreman, supervisor, and subcontractor. Owen prides himself on his sensitivity to client concerns, a discerning eye for detail and quality, and an ability to orchestrate the myriad elements of a construction project.
STATEMENT OF MISSION
We believe that truly superior homes are built by people of integrity – whose simple, timeless principles direct both the building process and their own personal lives. These principles include impeccable honesty, attention to fine detail, clear communication among all participants, and a dedication to doing things right the first time. Our goal is to create homes that embody our ethics and make a lasting contribution to the quality of life in our community.
FOCUSED ON QUALITY
Specializing in premium quality custom residential construction, Roberts Group Builders combines the benefits of a small company, namely personalized attention and quick response, with the professionalism of a larger firm.
To insure the highest caliber of work, our company undertakes the construction of a very limited number of homes every year. Roberts Group Builders succeeds in accomplishing the visions of clients by maintaining a close rapport with owners and architects, remaining flexible as the relationship unfolds. Adherence to impeccable standards of craftsmanship, plus a belief that the process should be an enjoyable and fulfilling one for owners, form the backbone of our company.
Aggressive scheduling, responsible budget control and our commitment to creative and diplomatic problem solving contribute to our overall professionalism.
PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Roberts Group Builders maintains a full complement of seasoned carpenters and supervisors. These long-term employees are highly skilled and create an efficient team dedicated to delivering the very highest quality work. Each member of the Roberts Group Builders team is exceptionally skilled at their craft and very dedicated to customer service and client satisfaction.
Roberts Group Builders is committed to building green – an effort that benefits the homeowner, the community, and the environment. Better energy efficiency provides long term savings for the homeowner. Healthier indoor air provides comfort, improved health, and piece of mind for the family. Durable maintenance materials provide a longer life for the home and preserving natural resources leaves a better place for future generations.
Green means different things to different people; use the information and links below to learn about the possibilities for your project and decide how you can best meet your green building goals.
Designing for a green lifestyle
Changing attitudes about how our communities look and operate is an important part of sustainability. Start by talking with your family and your designer and choosing the project goals and strategies that are right for you; setting clear goals and making a plan for your sustainable building project will help you evaluate products, costs and opportunities as they arise.
Bigger isn’t always better – determine the minimum square feet that your family requires and make your design efficient through multi-use spaces, stacking rather than spreading, and well-designed built-in features
Smaller footprint reduces overall costs and materials usage
Greater flexibility on small lots, increased green space
Reduced operation costs
Get inspired by small-footprint living with This Old House online.
Check out hip, modern solutions to organization and multiuse space at ApartmentTherapy.com.
Make lifestyle change easier by including recycling facilities, bike storage, easy access to the outdoors, and other green features in your home design from the beginning
Site selection factors: density and brownfield rehabilitation
By selecting urban sites with pedestrian, bicycle or public access to frequently used services and locations, you can substantially reduce the environmental impact of your lifestyle.
Choosing a building site: use Passive Solar design for an energy efficient home
Reduces loads on mechanical equipment by capitalizing on passive heating and cooling, solar gain, thermal mass properties and natural ventilation/lighting
Learn about Passive Solar design guidelines
Use bioswales and rain gardens to mimic natural drainage patterns and filter chemical and particulate pollution from water before it re-enters the watershed or water table
Maximize Permeable Surface
Permeable concrete/pavers, gravel, and other permeable hardscape improve site drainage and reduce the heat-island effect of concrete, asphalt, metal, masonry, conventional roofing materials, and other impervious surfaces.
Over time, pervious solutions may lose their effectiveness due to compaction and debris accumulation. The best pervious solution is to leave it green!
Green Roof/Living Roof Correct selection and installation eliminate common problems such as water infiltration, weediness, high maintenance watering, etc: well-executed living roofs are low-maintenance and long-lasting. Modular Green Roofs are made up of a series of trays that can be arranged and shifted side to side allowing for easy installation, repair & maintenance.
Construction waste management – sorting, recycling and donation
Developing a plan to share with your builder and subcontractors will improve the effectiveness of jobsite recycling and also help you earn points with programs like Built Green and LEED for Homes.
Selective demo and salvage
LEED Credits can be obtained by re-using existing structural or finish elements
Materials salvaged locally also count toward local supply chain credits
Recycling benefits you financially through reduced cost and tax write-offs
Second Use, Re-Use, and ReStore both offer tax write-offs for donations of usable building materials. Pick-up service is available. The ReStore also offers manual demolition services and a choice of store credit so you can buy more recycled materials.
Water Use (Interior)
By reducing your home’s total water use and supplying non-drinking water fixtures with alternative water sources, you can reduce your utility bills and preserve our supply of clean drinking water.
Low flow plumbing fixtures
The EPA offers WaterSense, a program for rating home plumbing fixtures (similar to the EnergyStar rating for appliances)
Grey water can also be collected from sinks, showers and laundry.
Composting toilets: reduces cost of plumbing to low-use areas
In order to make home generation cost effective, electrical use must be substantially reduced through passive strategies and efficient features. Consider making daylighting a part of your overall Passive Solar design before shelling out for Compact Flourescents, and remember that lifestyle is one of the biggest contributors to energy use. Little things like the setting on your water heater thermostat, inactive appliances left plugged in (“phantom loads”), refrigerator thermostat, etc can have a big impact. The cheapest energy is the energy you never have to buy!
Net Metering allows you to stay connected to the grid and offset your electrical use by selling your site-generated power back to the utility company. This is usually more straightforward than a battery storage system.
Heating and Cooling
Geothermal: also known as ground source or ground coupled heat pumps and geoexchange
Leaky ducts can reduce the energy efficiency of your home by 10-20%; a leak of conditioned air to the exterior means your heating system is trying to heat your whole neighborhood in addition to the inside of your home. Participating in a certification/testing program like Energy Star can prevent these problems and improve efficiency, comfort, energy bills, and indoor air quality. A certified performance tester will use a Duct Blaster or Blower Door test to determine the overall tightness of your HVAC system and/or building envelope.
Heat recovery ventilator: tightly built, efficient houses may require mechanical ventilation to maintain healthy flows of fresh air to the interior. Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilators use passive heat exchange to keep space conditioning costs down by warming or cooling fresh air to the temperature of stale, exiting air before distributing it throughout the home.
Solar hot water heaters are a cost-effective way of using free fuel (sunshine) to generate hot water for your home.
On Demand Water Heaters (also knows as Tankless or Instanteous) heat water directly, avoiding standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters.
Recirculation Loop uses a pump to continuously move water from a water heater to the fixtures. The system delivers hot water to faucets quickly, adding convenience and reducing the waste of water by ensuring that hot water is always available without any waiting.
Drain-Water heat recovery recoups heat from hot water used in showers, clothes washers, sinks and dishwashers. This system captures and utilizes this energy to preheat cold water.
LaundryPure – is an easy to install upgrade for a washing machine that reduces or eliminates the need for detergent and hot water.
Windows: all new windows should be double-paned and gas filled to improve thermal performance
Learn about the components of window performance at the Department of Energy’s Consumer Guide
When placing and sizing windows in your design, don’t forget to check your Passive Solar design guidelines and utilize shading from landscaping, overhangs, curtains or awnings
Sun-bronzing or low-emissivity coatings can decrease heat loss or gain from windows and improve your home’s energy efficiency. You may be able to apply a low-e coating as an upgrade to existing windows.
Performance Testing: when new homes are built to Washington State Energy Code, it is not necessary to test envelope tightness with a Blower Door test. Washington State University’s Energy Extension has evaluated existing code as a cost-effective and climate-appropriate approach to insulation and building sealing.
A lot of materials are marketed as “Green” these days; make sure the product you choose fits your own definition and your project goals. Your selection criteria may include durability, ease of maintenance, toxicity, use of natural resources, manufacturing and transport-related pollution, contribution to energy efficiency, and recyclability when the end of its lifespan is reached.
Call 425-553-9240 or email to discuss any Home Care questions or needs.
With complex systems and components, crucial home maintenance can seem overwhelming at times. Recognizing how important it is to maintain homes through routine maintenance was the motivation that inspired Roberts Group Home Care.
RG Home Care specializes in total home care and property management. Our focus is to assist you, the homeowner, with routine maintenance by developing a comprehensive program specific to the needs of your home and property. Sustaining its beauty, safety, and value are of utmost priority to every RG Home Care team member.
While not limited to these services, we routinely provide:
Attic and crawl space cleaning
Deck and hand-rail refinishing
Clean-out of drainage ditches
Dryer and air vent cleanout of dust
Exterior envelope integrity
2. Stone veneer
4. Sliding doors
Exterior window washing
Interior and exterior stone cleaning, sealing, grouting, and caulking
Fireplace and chimney cleaning for both wood burning and gas
Gutter and downspout cleaning and caulking
HVAC filter replacement
Caulk and painting of wall and joint cracks
Alignment and motor function of overhead garage doors
Test and repair of sump pumps
Testing of smoke and CO2 alarms
Window operations maintenance
Winterization of outdoor pips, cap spigots, covering of air conditioning units