Friday, May 27, 2011

From the front page of Northwest Arkansas Times, April 19, 2011


Justine Middleton, director of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, points out new features of the puppy room Monday. The puppy nursery, which provides a larger, cleaner space to house puppies at the shelter and acoustic tiles to cut down on barking noise, was made possible through a $25,000 donation by the late Kathryn Stout.
By Joel Walsh
Picture by J.T. Wampler

Design by architect Donna Hardcastle of Hardcastle Design in Fayetteville.
Great job Donna!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Hello clients and friends!  Most of you know me, but if not, I'm Jacob Tankersley; homebuilder, husband, father, hunter, business owner & entrepreneur.  My family consists of 2.4 children and a Golden Retriever. 

We actually do have a Golden Retriever, Drake, but just 2 kids--one boy, one girl.  Just a joke I like to make about the 2.4, because in so many ways we are the "Typical American Family."   However, I can tell you one place where we try not to be typical--and that is in our homebuilding company.   I think it's good thing--and others seem to think so, too. 

Today's topic of conversation? Water and its danger to your home, PART 1.  

Nobody thinks much about the water that routinely pours on the outside your home, until it comes INSIDE your home.  There is always a fine balance of managing and efficiently moving water away from all the areas of your home you don't want it to be.  Today, we are going to focus on your gutters. 

If water backs up in your gutters, it is obviously not good.  Gutters' sole purpose is then rendered useless, and a myriad of problems arise.  Backup can happen when leaves and particulate build up inside.  The dangerous thing about water build up in gutters during the cold months is this: when it sits there, it can freeze.  Frost can then get up under your shingles.  The trapped frost, snow, or dew underneath the shingles can usually find a way to get into your house, causing leaks.  This can can also lead to rot on fascia board and soffits.  Especially if we get this big blizzard in late March that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting, (three different people have alerted me of this fact), then you are NOT going to want to mess around with stopped up gutters. 

If the trapped water doesn't freeze, but rather overflows, it can fall on the side of house and cause discoloration or deterioration to the side of your home, as well as do harm to landscaping and create erosion.  When water falls right down the outside of your house, it is not moving away from your home properly.  It needs to be directed at least 5 feet away from the house, otherwise, it can pool at the base of your home and cause settling of the foundation and damage to the structure of your home. 
Take steps to protect your gutters from rainwater backup.  Clear out your gutters THIS WEEK in preparation for April showers, and then cover potential trouble areas with gutter shields to keep out the leaves.  By October, you will be thanking me for it.   
If you need someone to do this for you, call us, and we can refer you to a few good handyman companies.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Eco Modern Flats Project Receives National Exposure

We gotta love when we see good things happening!

Eco Modern Flats, (one of our current projects) received NATIONAL exposure yesterday when they were written about in the "Jetson Green" one of the nation's leading green blogs.

Check it out!  Follow this link.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Big Things on the Rise in Fayetteville!

Our friends over at Eco Modern Flats have just released some new pictures of their new project in downtown Fayetteville. We're so excited about what they're doing and have what it means for northwest Arkansas that we wanted to show you guys a few pictures and ask you to help us spread the word. We're all in this together!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

First Multifamily LEED Community

Some friends of our recently got their new website up and running and we wanted to spread the word about what they're doing!  Focusing primarily on LEED green apartments in downtown Fayetteville Eco Modern Flats is doing some great things with big plans!  Check out their site for more info.

"Arkansas's first multifamily community registered for LEED green building certification"

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Reads

From time to time I want to take a few minutes and share some great reads that I've found.  Some have to do with green building, but I try to include a few for other areas of my life as well and I'd love to hear some of your favorites as well!

The first is a book called Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough

The second book is a great book by Francis Chan called Crazy Love

Last, is a book all about people by Dale Carnegie called How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Would love to hear from any of you that have read these or on other great reads!

Jacob Tankersley
CEO, Founder