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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 s...

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, 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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