Capitol West Update

Capitol West gets competitive!  Downtown Upscale Condo Development has competitively priced 17 units at $199,900!  In addition, there is a competitive incentive; the 1st three Buyers that have an accepted offer receive an additional $10,000 off of their purchase price!  If you are interested in living a luxury downtown lifestyle at Capitol West, send an email to heidi@GlassSlipperHomes.com today!

Madison: Big Enough To Be A City, Small Enough To Be A Town

Madison, Wisconsin is consistently ranked as a highly desirable place to live, work, and play. With a population of over 200,000 it’s a fairly large city (especially in the State of Wisconsin). However, many refer to Madison as “a big small town” because there are many things about Madison that give it a small town feel. Here are some examples:

Big City: Madison is home to a world class University in the University of Wisconsin as well as several other smaller colleges.

Small Town: Madison has one of the top ranked Farmers’ Markets in the country.

Big City: Madison has world class hospitals and research facilities.

Small Town: Madison has a reputation as being a very walkable and bike friendly city.

Big City:  Madison is home to many world class restaurants.

Small Town: Madison still has quaint diners.

Big City: Madison has a world class performing arts center and a dynamic children’s museum.

Small Town: Madison’s famed State Street is closed to automobiles.

The list goes on an on – big city perks and small town perks. Overall, a great place to call home. If you are ready to learn more about Madison – the real estate market and otherwise, email heidi@glassslipperhomes.com!

Glass Slipper Homes Q&A with the Wisconsin State Journal

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to Karen Rivedal about Glass Slipper Homes and the real estate market here in Madison.  Today that conversation is now in the Wisconsin State Journal!

 Here is a taste to get you started:

For Heidi Uhrig, successfully buying or selling a house for somebody isn’t the end of a process, it’s where things really start.

I frequently have clients call me months, even years, after a sale to ask for recommendations regarding remodeling, furniture shopping, appliances, you name it,” said Uhrig, a real estate agent since 2005 and broker/owner of her own independent real estate company, Glass Slipper Homes, since last year.

Read the rest of the article at the Wisconsin State Journal!

Architect Marshall Erdman

One of most famous and pivotal of the Madison area architects is Marshall Erdman. Mr. Erdman was the founder of Marshall Erdman and Associates, one of the nation’s leading designer and builder of medical outpatient facilities. Established in 1951, the firm has its headquarters and Midwest Division in Madison, Wisconsin.

Marshall Erdman was often called a visionary.  In the 1950’s he worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the design and construction of housing and the landmark Madison First Unitarian Church. In the years that followed, Erdman served as a consultant to the Peace Corps and was involved in many community and state boards and commissions, while continuing to oversee operation of the firm. A few years later saw the production and sales of the “U-Form-It” House, using precut, pre-marked lumber and cabinetry. In 1953 LIFE Magazine featured the home with this comment: “…Neither the first nor the cheapest but probably the best designed manufactured house.”

 In 1980, Marshall Erdman introduced a line of high quality furniture and cabinetry known as Techline. Later that year, due to his efforts in Wisconsin the Company was awarded a contract to design-build the state office building, GEF III (General Executive Facility – 3). This project set many records for excellence of construction, energy efficiency, short construction time and cost savings. GEF III was the third office building built for the State of Wisconsin. The contract called for 50-50 sharing of savings from the contract price. When the building was completed, ME&A returned over $150,000 to the State. The first year it cost 0.15 cents/square foot to heat GEF III versus at 6.14 cents/square foot to heat GEF.

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Go Green With Tankless Water Heater

Homeowners who are concerned about the environment as well as saving money have many options when making upgrades to their home.  One of the lastest in eco-friendly, efficient, and  economical appliances are tankless water heaters. The Department of Energy or DOE tells us that hot water usage, specifically heating the water, is the 3rd largest day to day expense in the home. If you are looking to be more energy efficient and cut back on utility expenses, you may want to consider purchasing a tankless water heater.

If you are unfmailar on conventional water heaters work, they will keep your water hot 24/7, while an on-demand system, using the tankless approach, only heats water when you need it. An efficient gas burner quickly heats cold water traveling through the system to a preset temperature.

There are several common manufacturers of tankless water heaters – check out www.smarterhotwater.com, sponsored by Rheem. They tell us that annual costs for conventional water heating and storage (average) can be as much as $285, where the costs for tankless are more than $100 less per year on average.

So why haven’t we all converted? Tankless water heaters cost more up front – sometimes as much as twice more than traditional water systems. But adoption is growing as consumers become more and more concerned with efficiency and long term value for their dollars. Here’s a few reasons to consider going tankless:

1. Energy friendly and efficient. On demand systems can reduce energy costs as much as 25%.
2. Reliable and convenient. You get a continuous supply – imagine never running out of hot water!
3. Sleek and small. No more bulky tanks taking up valuable storage. Typical tankless heaters aren’t much bigger than a small suitcase.
4. Life expectancy.  Tankless water eaters are built to last  – 20 + years or more.
5. Versatility. It’s size and operating system allow you to place nearly anywhere in your home that is convenient for you.

Tankless water heaters are expensive, as noted and can be expensive to retrofit. If you are purchasing a new home that you plan to say in for a long time, the savings and benefits are worth the expense. If you are in a short term arrangement, the conventional water heaters may still be all you need for now. Also, avoid electric style tankless heaters – the gas units are much more efficient and affordable.

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