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  • 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 majorit...

    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

    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, and 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...

    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

    Home Instead: Why TreeHouse is Closed on Black Friday

    A note from 2013 by the TreeHouse President, Jason Ballard It is now common knowledge that the day after Thanksgiving, the so-called Black Friday, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It has seemed to most retailers to be the perfect t...

    November 18, 2013

    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

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