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What Is Home Automation? How Do I Get It (And Gift It!) This Season

Our homes are our personal domains. However, finding a way to incorporate sustainable design, modern technology, and sec...

What Are Some Eco-Friendly Habits Worth Adopting?

Being environmentally friendly is not just a trend. It is a lifestyle choice that helps you support not only your own health, but also that of the environment. Eco-friendly habits may appear small, but they add up. Incorporating eco-friendly habits i...

November 12, 2018

Window Shopping: Improve Your Views And Home Efficiency With The Right Windows.

Your home obviously has windows, but you probably don’t think much about them other than the occasional cleaning. But did you know that windows are one of the biggest sources of home inefficiency? With advances in window technology, choosing the righ...

November 1, 2018

Unlock Your Inner Style - Tips from a Professional Home Designer

Dreaming about remodeling your home can be fun, but getting started can sometimes feel a little daunting. Some of the best designs we see, start as a vision or simply a direction in our customer’s mind. They can’t always describe it, but when they s...

October 18, 2018

Cool Fronts, Warm Homes.
From TreeHouse

A chill is in the air, and maybe in your house. As winter approaches, it’s a great time to think about ways to make your house more efficient, as well as better for the environment. Below, the design experts at TreeHouse highlight the best ways to...

October 11, 2018

13 Staple Products for an Eco-Friendly Home

For some, the number 13 is considered unlucky. But, at TreeHouse, we like to reshape the way you think about things. Below, we list 13 products that help to improve the health of your family and the environment, as well as save you money and reduce c...

October 2, 2018

Upgrade to a Sustainable Bathroom on Any Budget

Have you ever heard the phrase “healthy is for the wealthy”? Just take a stroll down the produce aisle at your local grocery store and it doesn’t take long to notice that that organic is sometimes double or triple the cost. However “green” building m...

September 18, 2018

How to Finance a Home Remodel in Dallas, Texas

One thing our customers always ask about when they’re considering a home remodel of any size and scope is cost. Usually, people have a preconceived notion that using sustainable materials or building a “healthy” home is more expensive, but that’s not...

August 29, 2018

Design the Bathroom of Your Dreams

When you choose TreeHouse to manage your home renovation project, you’re getting everything you need to make the job a success, from design consultation to trusted expert tradespeople. Bathroom remodels, in particular, can be complicated. There are n...

August 15, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Metal Roof

Roofs aren’t the sexiest thing a person can do to a house. Hardly anyone pays attention to them, and even if they did, there’s not much to see. But a roof is one of a home’s most critical systems, and it can have a long-term impact on general home ma...

July 24, 2018

5 Questions About Choosing Tile

We’re big fans of tile at TreeHouse. It’s durable, beautiful, and conducive to good building practices. From a design perspective, it’s also one of the best ways to make a unique and bold statement in your home. With TreeHouse’s tile setters providin...

July 19, 2018

How to Choose a Kitchen Countertop

Our goal at TreeHouse is to upgrade our customers’ homes with beautiful and ecologically sound materials and design. We also pride ourselves on our construction practices. Our experts have years of experience in the trades, and are always dedicated p...

July 6, 2018

6 Tips for a Successful Master Bath Remodel

Bathrooms get short shrift in the Kitchen & Bath discussion, but a tasteful remodel of the master bath can have a huge impact. It can add value to your home, help you cut down on water use, and dramatically improve your living comfort. To make a...

June 25, 2018

How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

If the kitchen is the hardest working room in the house then the sink is the hardest working part of the kitchen. Doing double duty as a meal prep station and a clean up center, sinks do a ton of work. That’s why when you’re shopping for a sink, your...

June 13, 2018

7 Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Almost everyone agrees that the money you spend to renovate a kitchen is money you’ll likely recover when you sell your house. But let’s be clear: kitchen remodels can get complicated. There’s no other room in the house that contains so many differen...

June 6, 2018

5 Home Projects That Can Increase Your Home's Value

There are several good reasons to upgrade your home. You can make it more efficient and comfortable. You can improve indoor air quality for a healthier home. And you can create more value. At TreeHouse we recommend all three. Here are a few suggestio...

May 31, 2018

5 Easy Upgrades for Memorial Day Weekend

Three-day weekends are our favorite excuses for home improvement. We especially like Memorial Day weekend since it kicks off the summer months—a perfect time to think about ways to find ways to be more energy efficient, save water, and look good whil...

May 24, 2018

3 Things You Need to Know Before Painting Your House

Perhaps the easiest way to update the inside of a house is to put on a fresh coat of paint. It doesn’t take a ton of time and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. In fact, choosing a color is the thing that causes most people the most pain (don’t...

April 30, 2018

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Every Room of the House

There are several ways to shop for flooring from the obvious to the not so obvious. We encourage shoppers to think about how they use the various rooms in their house as a way to choose the right flooring for their needs. Typically, it’s rare to swit...

April 23, 2018

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying the Right Flooring

With all the exciting flooring options available, many buyers are focused on aesthetics and price point rather than technical things like subfloors, maintenance, and durability. Who can blame them? It’s much less fun to think about how you’re going t...

April 18, 2018

The Best Floors for Dogs

Tile It almost goes without saying that tile is a great floor for pets of all kinds. It’s very hard, easy to clean, and TreeHouse offers hundreds of shapes and colors. Crossville, Stonepeak and Interceramic are a few of the brands we carry. The produ...

April 11, 2018

How to Choose the Right Flooring

At TreeHouse we’ve done a lot of of the research for you. All our flooring products are sustainable to manufacture and healthy to install in your home. We have a beautiful selection of finishes and materials that includes wood, bamboo, cork, carpet,...

March 28, 2018

Smart Homes are Changing Retail

Our President and Co-Founder, Jason Ballard has been invited to speak at the Retail Innovation Lounge during this year’s SXSW conference in Austin to talk about how TreeHouse is finding success during these uncertain times. Here are a few of the topi...

March 8, 2018

The Perfect Outdoor Living Space

One of the great things about living in north Texas is the short winters. It gets pretty dang cold in January and February, but for the other 10 months, we do a lot of outdoor living. So how should you design the outside of your house to take advant...

February 27, 2018

Nest Smart Home Makeover Contest

Because once just wasn’t enough, we’re giving away ANOTHER Smart Home makeover Powered by Nest! That’s right, if you’ve been eyeballing the awesome new Smart Home products from Nest or are just intimidated by the thought of installing all of those ga...

February 27, 2018

TreeHouse Gave Away a Nest Smart Home Makeover

Last fall, TreeHouse introduced Smart Home Installation as our newest service offering. We’ve long been experts on technologies like smart thermostats, smoke alarms that talk, and other automated and connected home products, and they’ve been for sale...

February 27, 2018

Our 8-Step Guide for Installing a Home Solar System

If you’re sold on solar, but still don’t know what to expect when our installation experts pull up to your house with your new solar array, never fear. We have the process dialed. Once you’re ready we’ll create an official proposal, double check all...

February 19, 2018

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Solar

Do I need a special type of roof? Modern panels can be attached to just about any roofing surface, from a flat gravel roof to galvanized steel. In terms of installation costs, it doesn’t really matter what your roof is made of. But the age of your ro...

January 31, 2018

How Much Money Can you REALLY Save With Solar?

Solar power is clean, efficient, sustainable, and easier than ever to integrate into your home. And yes, you can lower your electricity bills. How big your house is, and how many panels you put on your roof will determine exactly how much you’ll save...

January 21, 2018

An Easy, Affordable Start to Home Solar

“We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky,” said Elon Musk, speaking of the sun. And he’s right. Every day, enough energy from that flaming ball of gas hits the state of Texas to power the entire Earth for years. Thankfully, home solar technology...

January 16, 2018

Top 4 Reasons to Visit TreeHouse Plano

The Building The store design was a collaboration between Lake Flato and Selser Shaeffer. Just as we did with our Dallas location we wanted to bring the TreeHouse philosophy of sustainability, performance, and beauty to life in the building. We also...

January 16, 2018

How it Works: Nest Protect Smoke Alarms

If you’ve ever used the business end of a broom to “persuade” a loud, malfunctioning smoke detector to quiet down, then you’ll appreciate Nest Protect. Instead of flying into full alarm mode at the first sign of smoke, these smart smoke detectors cal...

December 7, 2017

How It Works: Google Home as Your Smart Home Manager

Google Home is a voice activated smart speaker that allows homeowners to search Google without a keyboard or phone. Users simply say “Hey Google” to turn on the device, and then they’re able to look for anything they normally look for at the computer...

December 6, 2017

How It Works: The Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably the most common smart home device on the market. It works by learning your temperature settings and then adjusting those for you throughout the day. Here’s how it does that: When you first install the thermost...

December 3, 2017

What is a Smart Home Anyway?

As more things become connected to the Internet, the idea of upgrading a house to a smart home has piqued more interest. But what is a smart home? Now that everything from garden hoses to children’s toys can be monitored from your computer, it’s hard...

November 14, 2017

Nebia: Not Your Average Showerhead

Most tech startups offer free trials of their apps or online products. Nebia offers to let you take a shower in their Silicon Valley studio while everyone watches. That’s because they’re the makers the Nebia Shower System, perhaps the most talked abo...

September 7, 2017

Kährs: A Company and a Floor You Can Trust

Picking the right flooring for your home is a big challenge. There are hundreds of products, styles, and materials to choose from, and there are issues such as sustainability, indoor health, and durability to consider. The options can seem daunting....

August 28, 2017

Haiku Fans: Poetry in Motion

The dog days of summer have arrived. Temperatures are in the triple digits and air conditioners are working hard, maybe too hard. A good ceiling fan can help. While AC does a good job of removing humidity and lowering the air temperature in the house...

August 3, 2017

Beautiful Bamboo That’s Built to Last

If you’ve shopped for flooring recently, you’ve likely come across bamboo as an option, and that’s a good thing. It has a lot going for it from a sustainability perspective, but did you know that bamboo can be harder and more durable than oak, maple,...

July 20, 2017

Beautiful and Sustainable Fireclay Tile

It’s no secret that here at TreeHouse we’re big fans of tile. It’s durable, beautiful, and conducive to good building practices. From a design perspective, it’s also one of the best ways to make a unique and bold statement in your home. Tile can anch...

July 13, 2017

The Bright Future of Solar Has Arrived

By TreeHouse Home Performance Consultant, Ayaz Husain A question I get often from customers is, “If I buy solar panels now, won’t they be out of date in the next few years because of advancements in the technology?” They often point to the flat scr...

July 6, 2017

The Leftovers, And How to Recycle Them

According to the USDA, food waste is the single largest contributor to landfills. Nationally, it’s estimated that about 133 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year. Homeowners can make a big impact by composting, recycling, or giving away foo...

June 30, 2017

5 Home Technologies That Can Save You Water and Money

Conserving water has a major impact on your home’s performance, and with affordable new technologies you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to make a change. We should know. Texas regularly has severe droughts (including a record-breaking one only three...

June 22, 2017

Designing TreeHouse Dallas: Q&A with Lake Flato Architect Lewis McNeel

For those who know TreeHouse, the fact that our new store in Dallas is a sustainable case study for our vision of the world is not a surprise. For those who don’t know TreeHouse, allow us to introduce ourselves: Our company mission is to make homes b...

June 13, 2017

Oceanside Glasstile – From Curbside to Oceanside

In 1992, Oceanside Glasstile was formed in San Diego with the vision that beautiful, unique glass tile could be made from the bottles in curbside recycling bins. Now 25 years into their mission, Oceanside recycles about 2 million pounds of glass bott...

May 19, 2017

Gifts For Mom

This Mother’s Day, think outside the chocolate box. At TreeHouse, we have gifts to fit every personality, from the tech enthusiast to the foodie to the green thumb. So this Mother’s Day we’re rounding up our favorite picks for Mom. And don’t forget,...

May 10, 2017

Introducing the Tesla Powerwall 2

The Tesla Powerwall is perhaps the most substantial innovation in home energy in the past decade. Last year, TreeHouse launched the Tesla Powerwall 1 into the Texas market and participated in a huge milestone on the journey to 100% renewable energy b...

March 17, 2017

A Look Inside The Beeswax Co.

It’s Texas Independence Day, and we want to celebrate by giving you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of our favorite Texas-based and Texas-inspired partners, The Beeswax Co. The Beeswax Co. is located in Dripping Springs, Texas, just 16 mil...

March 2, 2017

Worry-Free Drinking Water: A Guide to Filtration

At our core, TreeHouse believes that all homes should be sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. The time and care we put into our dwellings can have major benefits for ourselves, our families, and the environment. For the next few weeks, Home School is...

February 22, 2017

A Healthier Home with Dunn-Edwards Paints

At our core, TreeHouse believes that all homes should be sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. The time and care we put into our dwellings can have major benefits for ourselves, our families, and the environment. For the next few weeks, Home School is...

January 31, 2017

2016 TreeHouse Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are in full swing, and we have something for everyone on your list. From the health conscious to the outdoorsman to the foodie in your life, we’ve broken down our top picks for this holiday season. Start shopping online or come into the...

December 15, 2016

Flare Cookware: A More Efficient Way to Cook

When most of us think of energy efficiency, we think of common solutions like LED light bulbs and smart thermostats. But at TreeHouse, we’re always looking for new and creative ways to reduce our energy consumption. One area that we’re proud to now h...

December 10, 2016

Healthy Home, Happy Home

Most people don’t know that there’s a lot more to health than eating right and exercise. As humans, we spend the majority of our time indoors, particularly in our homes. At TreeHouse creating healthful and safe homes is core to our mission, just as i...

December 8, 2016

Build a Smarter Home

People come to TreeHouse everyday to ask us to help build them a “smart home.” In our Austin store, our Home Performance consultants work with these customers to help define their needs and build the right package of devices suited for their home and...

November 29, 2016

Introducing: TreeHouse E-Commerce

Treehouse is on a mission to make all homes thoughtful, sustainable, and healthy. Our mission is what drives everything we do. It pushes our staff to work hard to find specific solutions for you and your home. We want you to use less electricity with...

November 23, 2016

TreeHouse will be #HomeInstead this Black Friday

This Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around the dinner table to offer our gratitude for the people, things, and experiences we all have in our lives. In recent years, a new Thanksgiving tradition has emerged - Black Friday. It is, for mo...

November 21, 2016

Fall Gardening: Think Inside the Box

We here in Central Texas are fortunate for many reasons - award-winning BBQ, beautiful weather, the Texas Hill Country, did we mention BBQ? But one of our favorite benefits of Central Texas living is the unique opportunity for two ideal planting seas...

November 10, 2016

Solar Power 101

Earlier in Home School, we looked at insulation and air sealing as a key first step in making your home function more sustainably and efficiently. If this process of weatherization is the foundation you can build upon in reducing your energy bills an...

November 2, 2016

Interface

What do the Philippines, modular carpets and a nylon production company have in common? The answer?—a new program by Interface called NetWorks. The Danajon Bank is one of six extremely rare double-barrier reefs in the world. A double barrier reef i...

September 9, 2016

Finding Shangri La

Buildings and nature in harmony. By the time I was born in 1982, Orange, Texas, my hometown, had already been swallowed up by industry. Orange fronts the Sabine River, the broad, muddy border between Texas and Louisiana, at the precise point where th...

August 31, 2016

Cucine Composit — Kitchens With A Conscience

Introducing Cucine Composit The kitchen is the epicenter of the home. It’s where we sustain ourselves, share time with the family, and make lasting memories. Not only is this the place people come together, but the kitchen is also a confluence of ele...

August 19, 2016

Catching Rays

With the Powerwall, Tesla brings the fuzzy, sci-fi concept of home energy storage into sharp focus. Elon Musk is undaunted by the planet’s most complex challenges. To combat rising atmospheric carbon levels, which are meaningfully changing the chemi...

August 8, 2016

Insulation & Air Sealing 101

Welcome to Home School, a place where we can learn about ways to make our homes sustainable, healthy, and beautiful. We are starting this educational series to empower people with knowledge to improve their homes. We at TreeHouse understand the perva...

August 5, 2016

Visionaries

Four decades in, the co-directors of Austin’s Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems are still blowing minds and breaking new ground. It’s difficult to convey all the many, positive ways Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk III have influenced Austin...

August 1, 2016

Poetry in Motion

After reinventing the ceiling fan, Big Ass Solutions challenged its designers and engineers to develop a line of household comfort products that function as one big, beautiful, intelligent system.Welcome to Haiku Home. The ceiling fan, once a marvel...

July 25, 2016

When it rains it stores

Austin sees on average 32 inches of rainfall each year. That means you could collect 28,800 gallons of water throughout the year! That not only saves you money on water bills, but it also helps to preserve this natural resource. Talk about a win-win....

June 3, 2016

Quick and Easy Ways to Reduce Your Impact

This week we’re celebrating Earth Day! And reducing your impact on the environment isn’t nearly as hard as you think. We’ve put together 30 quick and easy ways to reduce your impact today.Switch your fluorescent bulbs to LED light bulbs. They last fo...

April 20, 2016

Stop and smell the flowers, not the paint

After two years of behind-the-scenes work, we’re excited to announce our partnership with ROMABIO, the future of paint technology. We are proud to be the first and only North American retailer of the ultra healthy, mineral-based paint. ROMABIO is the...

April 13, 2016

Spring Cleaning Done Right

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 chemical cleaning products contains ingredients that are known to have adverse effects on both our health and the environment? Additionally, many cleaners don’t even list all of the chemicals included in the bottle....

April 8, 2016

5 Things You Didn’t Know About KitchenAid

Founded in 1919, KitchenAid has been a household staple for generations. From standing mixers to dishwashers to refrigerators, Kitchenaid’s appliances are just another step in making a house a home. We’ve pulled together some fun facts about the belo...

April 4, 2016

Easy Energy-Saving Tips for your Home

Austin summers are notorious for high energy bills. But as we approach Central Texas’ hottest days, TreeHouse is here to help you get ready. We’ve got some easy and affordable tips that can help reduce your energy bills and lead to a better-performin...

March 16, 2016

Grow Your Own: What to Plant in March

You know what they say. If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait five minutes. That couldn’t be truer as we kick off March. With such unpredictable weather, it can be hard to know how your garden will fare. We’ve mapped out a few tips and tr...

March 2, 2016

5 Steps to a Healthier Home

Improving the health of your home doesn’t have to be a lengthy or expensive process. We’ve mapped out five simple steps you can take to make your home healthier and happier. Filter Your Water Did you know that bottled water often contains more contam...

February 21, 2016

Resolved: A Healthy Home

Health is one of the core values of TreeHouse. The beginning of the year is a time when many folks take a moment to evaluate their lives, review the previous year(s), plan for the year ahead, and make “resolutions.” This year, we’d like to put having...

January 12, 2016

The TreeHouse Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner, so we put together a list of a few of our favorite gift ideas! Come by TreeHouse to find the perfect gift for your friends and family! This year when you spend $75 get $10 TreeHouse gift card, spend $100 ge...

November 19, 2015

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

You may have heard that water is the new oil—scarce, precious and locked away in large underground deposits. But those making the comparison are often speculators hoping to get rich by drilling and pumping water to feed our state’s expanding populati...

October 8, 2015

New Baby, New World: Smart Home Technology for the Nursery

We live in a brave new tech world with tons of new products arriving every day. They all offer certain benefits, but with so many arriving on the scene, it can be hard to decide what’s best for the new family member you’re introducing to the world. T...

September 23, 2015

Fire – Solar Power

Fire in the Sky Early on a clear morning, two hikers climbs to the top of a rocky overlook above the Colorado River. The bridge that crosses the river is just beginning to fill with cars – a slow trickle that will slowly turn into a steady flow of co...

June 1, 2015

Smart Home Technology: Fan to Limit A/C Use

From the workplace to our own bedrooms, Americans are addicted to over-air conditioned spaces – a habit that’s not only financially wasteful, but bad for the environment, too. Meanwhile, air movement – once a pillar of good building design – has be...

May 18, 2015

TreeHouse Is First Retailer To Sell Tesla Home Battery

AUSTIN — Texas startup TreeHouse will play a pivotal role in getting Tesla’s just-unveiled home battery to market. The maker of the premium electric car has chosen TreeHouse as the first retailer authorized to sell its groundbreaking home energy stor...

May 4, 2015

9 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home

Air is the most basic component of our health. The best of us can’t survive more than a few minutes without it (please don’t try). The quality of outdoor air and its pollution gets lots of attention in the media. According to the EPA, however, indoor...

April 20, 2015

Straw, Stick, or Brick House? Take your pick.

The Zach Theater is sharing a very fun version of the Three Little Pigs this month. Since the story has a lot to do with building homes (in addition to some good music and thoughtful characters), TreeHouse has partnered with the theater to offer some...

March 30, 2015

Indoor Air Quality Part 1: Causes and Effects

Air is the most basic component of our health. The best of us can’t survive more than a few minutes without it (please don’t try). Have you ever walked into a friend’s home, or your own, or a restaurant or store, and noticed that something in the air...

March 5, 2015

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is our kind of place—a rugged wonderland of gorges, mesas and towering rock spires called hoodoos. It feels like the West with its mix of infinite vistas and narrow slot canyons cast in near-permanent shadow. Days here are still wild...

March 4, 2015

Non-Toxic Paint: The VOC Low-Down

While we all wish we could spend more time outdoors, as a society we still end up spending on average 90% of our time indoors. Studies conducted by the EPA show that indoor air pollutant levels can be anywhere from 2 to 5, all the way up to 100, time...

March 1, 2015

Festool: One Tool to Rule Them All

TreeHouse spends over 75 hours per year training each employee to be near-expert on all of the products & services we sell. One of our Home Performance Consultants, Mike, recently went to Indiana to be fully trained on Festool Power Tools. The...

December 4, 2014

Winter is Coming: 4 Ways to Prepare Your Home

Hey, Austin, believe it or not winter is coming. Here are four areas to look at to get your central Texas home winterized, efficient, and in good shape for the colder, darker months to come. What Does Your House & The NSA Have in Common? Leaks...

November 2, 2014

Water – Every Drop Counts

Wendell Berry, the great American man of letters & conservationist, has made the observation that one of the most important tasks facing modern, American society is the identification of those things which possess “absolute value.” A thing posses...

August 25, 2014

The Treehouse Design Philosophy

At TreeHouse, we believe that good design is for everyone. One of the things that makes us human is the ability to admire, appreciate, and be affected by the way something looks & feels. Homes are a basic need, and one of the places where we sp...

April 25, 2014

The Ideal Roof by TreeHouse

At TreeHouse, we believe every home should be healthy and high preforming, from the top down. Roofing materials are often not top of mind, but the benefits of an ideal roof can make a world of difference in not only the aesthetics of your home, but y...

April 8, 2014

Building Your Dream Kitchen for all the Right Reasons

Looking toward 2012 one of your goals might be to create that Dream Kitchen that you have always wanted. That term gets thrown around a lot but what exactly is a Dream Kitchen and what is the best way to achieve this lofty goal? Well every one’s drea...

February 28, 2012

A Conversation About Paint

What is so important about VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are chemical compounds containing carbon that, at room temperature, are emitted from substances into the air. The EPA regulates these because they can potentially create smog. Some...

November 27, 2011

Why Smart Building?

At many outdoor leadership schools, including one where I took a month long course, they teach something called “The Rule of 3s.” The Rule of 3s, simply put, is a way of understanding the relative importance of what human beings need to survive at th...

October 19, 2011