Wanda Mooney

Blog :: 02-2012

Unique Home Design Workshop for Homeowners

Noble Home Offering Unique Home Design Workshop for Homeowners

Noble Home , the progressive home building kit company based in Shelburne Falls, MA, is offering a workshop for homeowners to explore creative home design ideas by building models. This is yet another way Noble Home aims to empower homeowners with good energy efficient design that will be necessary in the resource limited future.  Building a home is a complex task, and with so many options available, it is hard to know where to begin. Current and future homeowners are inundated with mediocre alternatives from builders and expensive ones from architects. By being proactive in the design process, homeowners can save money and ensure a more satisfying result while working with a builder or architect.
March 6 and 13, 10am-noon
Buckland Public Library,
30 Upper Street, Buckland, MA
To register, please email or call Noble Home at:


(+$6 for self-healing cutting mat if desired)

FOR: Homeowners, students, design enthusiasts
GOALS: Learn an easy and fun method for exploring creative, energy conscious home design.
DESCRIPTION: Design an inspiring, creative solar home unique to you and your building site taking advantage of all the site has to offer. Three-dimensional cardboard "sketch models" will be the medium used in this organic design method without being limited by the 2 dimensional paper and orthogonal world. Use the workshop's sample project or bring your own future project.

Conventional building methods are limited in effectively using our dwindling resources. Predetermined architectural styles and forms are not well suited to energy efficient and solar design, and even though they can be comforting due to their familiarity, they miss the opportunity to enable owners to become inspired by their place and live closer to nature. Learn to design a home that is both inspired by its natural surroundings and necessary for energy independence.

  • Introduction to architectural design
  • Construction methods
  • Site analysis
  • Spatial programs and bubble diagrams
  • Scale and proportion
  • Formation of floor plan
  • Models, models, models
INSTRUCTOR: Noah Grunberg, designer / builder, owner of Noble Home (www.noble-home.net) and 12 year partner in JASONOAH design-build. Grunberg studied Industrial Design as an undergraduate and apprenticed with the Taliesin Architects as part of his architectural education. He has lectured on green building and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
TOOLS NEEDED: Ruler and/or architectural scale, Scissors and/or Hobby knife (aka X-acto knife), Self-healing cutting mat (small ones can be purchased for $6.)
Building site documents if using own building site. Contact instructor for details.
Paper/cardboard and other building materials will be provided

In the Headlines - Weekly Real Estate News

Your Real Log Homes Representative for Franklin County, Mass

I recently partnered with Brooks and Linda Carswell from Grist Mill Country Homes and became the Real Log Home sales representative for Franklin County, Mass.   
In 1984, my husband, John and I purchased our Real Log Home from Brooks.  After all these years, Brooks and I reconnected on another real estate matter.  I always wanted to be a representative for Real Log Homes and ironically they needed someone for this area.  I have sold many log homes and the thought of helping people achieve the dream of owning a Real Log Home is something I always wanted to do.  I not only have the resources of available land for sale, I understand construction, site planning and have a network of engineers and contractors that I work with.  
As you listen to this video, Brooks will explain why Real Log Homes is the premier log home company in the area.  If you have any interest in receiving a catalog and learning more about log homes, don't hesitate to give me a call or send email.    413-337-8344 - wanda@wandamooney.com  Visit Brooks and Linda's website at www.GristMillCountryHomes.com.

Pet-Friendly B & B in Charlemont, Mass

There is a new animal friendly place for your visiting family or friends to stay.  Cavalier Cottage is located on East Oxbow Road in Charlemont.  I worked with Pat when she purchased this home.  Being an animal lover myself, I was pleased she wanted to open a pet friendly Bed and Breakfast for guests and their pets to stay.   
Cavalier Cottage is a generously-sized, bright and comfortable private studio apartment on a beautiful, quiet country road perfect for dog walks!  This graciously appointed space provides people and their pets all the amenities of home.  Enjoy a delicious Continental breakfast with baked items from an excellent local bakery!  For more information visit the Cavalier Cottage website

Big Easy Comes to Ashfield, Mass - Winklepicker Festival

The owner of Elmer's Store in Ashfield who is originally from New Orleans, has organized the Winklepicker Festival bringing a little Big Easy New Orleans style to Ashfield.   This event will take place February 17th - 19th.  Festivities include music and cooking workshops and lots of fun southern style.  More information about this event visit Winklepicker site!
If you haven't visited Elmer's Store - it is a fun place to eat and their breakfast is fabulous!  The breakfast burrito is my personal favorite. For more information check out their website at Elmer's Store

Weekly National Real Estate News

Real estate is at the forefront of the economic news.  Whether you are a current homeowner or planning to purchase a home it is important to keep you informed.   Rules and regulations are being changes all the time and it could make a big difference with your decision to move now or in the future.

Every week I will be posting articles on the latest real estate news.  Sometimes what you read on a national level will not impact what is happening on a local level.  If you ever have any questions about the local real estate market, don't hesitate to call or send an email.  413-337-8344 or wanda@wandamooney.com.

This week's Real Estate Headlines:

Obama Announces New Housing Refinance Plan

Yearly Sales since 1995 for West County! Take a Look!

West County Single Family Yearly Sales History since 1995
Interested in knowing:
1)  The average sale price for West County Single Family homes since 1995?
2)  What has been the average days on market since 1995?
3)  What was the average list price?

                                                    Take a look - West County Sales

I prepared the attached sales history chart that I find very interesting.  Do you think it supports what some are saying that the real estate market might be improving.   Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

These statistics come from the multiple listing service and does not include private sales.   

It's Winter Carnival Time, Greenfield, Mass

Greenfield's Annual Winter Carnival
90th Year Celebration
February 3rd-5th, 2012
Brought to you by the
Greenfield Recreation Department

Greenfield will hold the 90th year celebration of the Winter Carnival.  Three days of winter indoor and outdoor events will take place at Beacon Field and around town.  With a warm winter, some events have been canceled, however, there are still plenty of events to take the family.  Visit the exhibits, enjoy the bonfire, and Breakfast with Frosty is still on. Check out the website to make your plans.

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