Saving Energy Means Sweet Dreams, Not Nightmares on Byers Avenue

No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

“Don took our dreams and made them real,” said homeowner Don Ware who recently retained Ferrier to build a custom home for he and his wife, Donella, on Byers Avenue in Fort Worth.

Ferrier isn’t just a custom builder who will take a plan and build it for clients.  He is renowned across the United States as one of the foremost builders and experts on true green construction.

When building a true green home, Ferrier looks at a project like a scientific equation

Isn’t ‘Green Building’ an Overused Term?

When I say “green construction,” I’m not talking about spraying a little foam in the attic and slapping some radiant barrier on the roof decking either.  Ferrier builds almost as if the home is a scientific puzzle and he’s the mad scientist of building.

The company has been recognized for countless green-related awards from high profile organizations across the country.  Some of those awards include:

  • NAHB Research Center 2012 Remodeler of the Year
  • National Association of Home Builders 2007 Green Builder Advocate of the Year
  • Energy Value Housing Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • American Lung Association: 1st home rated under new, more stringent Health House Guidelines
  • And the list goes on and on…

Currently the vacant property located at 5141 Byers Avenue is being marketed as an opportunity for a custom home with the possibility of being built as the most energy-efficient home in the United States. Once completed it will be the third home in a row on Byers Avenue built by Ferrier with a similar footprint but completely customized interior floor plan.

Nightmares can come in all shapes and sizes

Notice how there are only small windows (covered by tree) on the West side of home – there’s a reason for that

Nightmares of The Texas Sun

“The Texas sun is the No. 1 detriment for efficiencies in a home,” stated Ferrier.  “We start each home by considering how the sun will hit the home and how we can keep it from heating the home and causing energy bills to skyrocket.”

“Our monthly energy bills are around $60 – $70 per month,” said Ware.  Their home is approximately 2,100 square feet.

Ferrier uses a number of recycled and sustainable materials in the construction of his homes.  The windows are made from renewable resources and can sustain temperatures in excess of 160 degrees. Standing-seam metal roofs not only reflect the sun’s rays better than any other material, but they are considered a Class IV roof by insurance companies, thus giving owners a 40 percent to 60 percent savings on insurance costs.

The hardwood floors used in this home came from an older apartment building

When building the home for the Don and Donella Ware, Ferrier was able to reuse oak hardwood floors in an old apartment building and made them look like new.

Ventilation is also a key component to these green homes.  A minimum of 16 SEER air conditioning systems with variable speeds are installed and an air return and air supply is found in every room in order to ensure fresh and flowing air.

Ferrier has priced the homesite at 5141 Byers Avenue at $825,000 and has it listed with Hannah Behrens of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.  The price is based on the acquisition of the land as well as a Ferrier Custom Home built upon it with the utmost in energy efficiencies and quality construction.

Well, that’s all from Tarrant County this week Dirty Readers.  Thanks for reading and following and sharing!  As always, if you have questions, comments or great ideas for a post … hit me up!


Seth Fowler is a licensed Real Estate Sales Professional for Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  Statements and opinions are his and his alone.  Seth has been involved with the home sales and real estate industry in the Fort Worth area since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the area for over 15  years.  Seth also loves bowties!  You can reach Seth at: 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.