Thursday, May 15, 2008

Green & Sustainable, Front Porch Homes Utilizes James Hardie Siding

James Hardie® products are rare in that they combine beauty and durability and also are considered "Green and Sustainable" by industry professionals.

Low maintenance

"I've been using Hardie siding in the Texas heat for over 10 years. The homes I built then still look brand new today."Jim Sargent, GMB, CGB, CAPS

Specified on LEED® certified buildings

The Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council, ranked among the highest LEED® rated buildings in America.Designed by Moule and Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists

Local materials and resources

Operating 10 manufacturing facilities enables you to support the regional economy and reduce the environmental impacts resulting from transportation of materials.


"I've used James Hardie siding for years and have been delighted with the results. It's sustainable and the only product I will consider substituting for wood."Sarah Susanka, FAIA


"HardieBacker™ cement board is our choice for wet area walls and floors. Its moisture resistance and Moldblock™ technology ensure durability and a commitment to quality we can trust."Sebastian Lombardo, Lombardo Homes

Natural raw materials (wood pulp, cement, sand and water)

"Green products shouldn't be made from endangered materials. One of the reasons James Hardie products are 'green' is because they incorporate natural ingredients that are low in toxicity. And, they last longer than other products." Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA, designer of the first Zero-Energy Home

Better building envelope

"Where cladding systems such as fiber-cement siding shine is that they allow air circulation and don't inhibit drainage. That's very different from a stucco assembly or a brick veneer."Joseph Lstiburek, BASC, M.ENG., PH.D, P.ENG

"Once we researched the market and realized how superior James Hardie Siding was, not only as a "Green Product" but as an external veneer that can give Cotton Crossing & Front Porch Homes the Traditional Architectural look that will look good for years to come, Hardie-Plank was the only choice."

Mark P. Felton II, Developer of Cotton Crossing in Woodway, Tx and President of Frontera Development & Front Porch Homes.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Waco Suburb of Lorena is Charming and Not So Far Away.

Lorena, Tx: Charming, Great Schools and not as far out as it used to be.

Growing up in Waco, Lorena always seemed like it was too far out in the country. Now Waco and Hewitt have grown out to Lorena right down the I-35 Corridor. You can be there via Spring Valley Rd or the newly expanded Old Lorena Rd in a matter of minutes.

Lorena still maintains its Charm with well known shops like the Village Lamplighter and many other Downtown shops.

Residents also enjoy local banking, health care, groceries and eateries. All of the necessities of everyday life that keep you from having to drive into Waco if you don't want to.

Of course, the Lorena area still boast one of the top school districts in the area. Lorena I.S.D. is still small enough to know everybody at school and always seems to be competitive in athletics as well.

The newest addition to the Lorena community is the Master Planned Community of Rancho Lorena. It will offer residents 1.4 to 4 acre lots who like living in the country but are looking for the property protection of a deed restricted subdivision. Rancho Lorena is the best of both worlds. Homeowners can have a limited number of animals, such as horses or cattle. Many people have children in FFA or 4H who raise an animal as a means of scholarship money for college. Many families find it difficult to find a place where they can be close to their animal and still live in a nice area.

Rancho Lorena is situated on the beautiful rolling countryside of Central Texas, where you can still see the stars and savor the crisp clean air. Take the family on a stroll through the winding roads, feed your horses, work in your shop out back . . . You're already home at Rancho Lorena!

For inquiries about lot sales, pricing, availabitity etc.. please contact Mark P. Felton at Keller Williams Real Estate 254-495-1241 or

Mark offers buyers looking for houses in Waco a full suite of professional services. As a licensed realtor and co-owner of Keller Williams Waco, he can assist you with any of your real estate needs. Mark also is a Custom Home Builder and Developer. His home building company is Front Porch Homes which builds in and around the Waco area. And his development company is Frontera Development, which is a full service real estate development firm based in Waco, Texas. The primary focus is residential, master planned communities that emphasize the values of New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Waco New Home Journal "Common Design Mistakes"

Front Porch Homes features famed architect Mariane Cusato discussing "Common Design Mistakes"

This is a quick, but very informative segment on how to avoid the common mistakes and regrets that people have when they are building or remodling a home.

Front Porch Homes is one of Waco's leading new home builders. We like to take the same comprehensive approach to the building process. Taking the time to view every aspect of how the design, layout and flow of the house will work for you and your family will pay off in dividends when the project is complete. Typically, everybody will say, "I wish we had thought to do that when we built". It is a painful reminder every day that you live in that house.

Currently, Front Porch Homes is building in Cotton Crossing, Rancho Lorena, and Lost Oaks. We will also custom build for customers on their lot as long as it is not too far out of the Waco area.

For more information on Front Porch Homes design/build consulting on a new home in Waco or for people who are interested in Green Building, please call Mark P. Felton 254-751-7150. Front Porch Homes is an active member of the Heart of Texas Builders Associaton and a regsitered builder with the Texas Residential Construction Commission.