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One Stop Shop

At Redknot, we understand that the building process can get hectic and unorganized. But that is why we have developed a process and system that allows us to be your “One Stop Shop.” We want our clients to enjoy the process of building their dream home and have an overall great experience throughout. That’s why we assist our clients with zoning, permitting, financing, designing, finding the perfect lot, and keep our clients informed throughout the entire building process. We have immolated the “Design-Build Method”, which is the fastest growing and most popular method of building the U.S, and put our twist on it. The Design-Build method increases efficiency, better time management, increases cost efficiency, increases collaboration and innovation, decreases miscommunication, and is a better problem-solving mechanism. The Design-Build method keeps everybody on the same page and eliminates the risk of “blame-shifting” due to the team-based environment. The Design-Build process guarantees a better quality, more efficient, and 100% custom home!

Redknot Homes

Our Process

We build a 100% custom home. This process starts at the beginning by working hand-in-hand with our designer to design a custom home from inside out while remaining cognizant of your budget. We start with a detailed questionnaire that will help define all the features and functionality that you are looking for. Additionally, we will leverage any sample plans and/or other images to capture the design and other aspects you are looking for. After meeting in person to review all of your wants and wishes we will create interior floor plans. Once interior floorplans are finalized, we will model exterior elevations. After the interior and exterior is complete we will provide budgetary pricing to build your home. From here, if all is in line, we will complete construction drawings and finalize specifications and pricing. Our clients love this process because it is a truly collaborative process to design and build a custom home that is within budget.

Meet with the Redknot Team

During this meeting, Mark will present more information of who Redknot is and what we do. Also, during this meeting, we will discuss what your budget is, location that you are looking to build, financing your home, time frame, and we will present our other homes that may spark your interest! From this meeting, we will begin filing paperwork for Zoning,

Architect and Redknot start to design home. After finalized, home will be priced.

You have been visualizing this day for your entire life! The day that you decide that you are going to begin building your dream home. Here at Redknot, we want your dream to be fulfilled and our job is to execute a construction plan that will deliver. Once you have submitted a free consultation form or contacted a Redknot Representative, Redknot’s Owner Mark Pottebaum, will then be in contact with you to schedule your first in person consultation.

Contract and Selections

The Redknot Team that consists of Owner, Project Manager, Asst. Project Manager, Constructional Engineer, Estimator, and Operations Analyst will meet with you and develop your construction schedule. They will go through the step by step process from beginning to end. Things that will be discussed are options, important dates(walk through or deadlines), and estimated times of completion.

Zoning and Permitting – Finalizing paperwork

Here at Redknot we guarantee professional project management throughout the entire building process. Your Project Manager will be interacting with you on a daily basis providing you with updates and pictures of your home. Once you have decided to build with Redknot, you will be issued your own Buildertrend account. Using this app, you will get daily postings about your home from your onsite Project Manager.

Pre build meeting

Once your home is through the framing phase, our project manager will meet with you and tour your new home to finalize your selections to decide if there needs to be any revisions to the original plan. At this time, electrical wiring will be discussed and finalized. From this meeting, the drywalling stage will then begin.

Enjoy Watching your home be built

This step in our building process is when your dream starts to become reality. This will be the last step before your closing! This step will include a “punch” tour with your project manager and this will be a final walk through of your home. If there happens to be any imperfections, then they will be fixed and taken care of. A closing date will then be set following this meeting.

Closing, warranties, 1 year satisfaction meeting

A “First Revealing” date will be schedule a few days prior to our closing. This will be the first time that you will see your new home in its entirety. At the closing, we will provide the Deed, the New Home Warranty, and the keys to your new home! Now it is time for you to kick back and enjoy!

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes. LEED for Homes is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. It is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry to target new homes with best practice environmental features. LEED represents a consensus standard for green homebuilding developed and refined by a diverse group of national experts and experienced green builders.

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas to include:

  • sustainable sites (SS) – The Sustainable Sites (SS) category rewards decisions about the environment surrounding the building, with credits that emphasize the vital relationships among buildings, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. It focuses on restoring project site elements, integrating the site with local and regional ecosystems, and preserving the biodiversity that natural systems rely on.
  • water efficiency (WE) – The Water Efficiency (WE) section addresses water holistically, looking at indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses, and metering. The section is based on an “efficiency first” approach to water conservation. As a result, each prerequisite looks at water efficiency and reductions in potable water use alone. Then, the WE credits additionally recognize the use of nonpotable and alternative sources of water.
  • energy and atmosphere (EA) – The Energy and Atmosphere (EA) category approaches energy from a holistic perspective, addressing energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strategies, and renewable energy sources.
  • materials and resources (MR) – The Materials and Resources (MR) credit category focuses on minimizing the embodied energy and other impacts associated with the extraction, processing, transport, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. The requirements are designed to support a life-cycle approach that improves performance and promotes resource efficiency. Each requirement identifies a specific action that fits into the larger context of a life-cycle approach to embodied impact reduction.
  • indoor environmental quality (EQ) – The Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) category rewards decisions made by project teams about indoor air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort. Green buildings with good indoor environmental quality protect the health and comfort of building occupants. High-quality indoor environments also enhance productivity, decrease absenteeism, improve the building’s value, and reduce liability for building designers and owners. This category addresses the myriad design strategies and environmental factors—air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work, and live.
  • location and transportation (LT) – The Location and Transportation (LT) category rewards thoughtful decisions about building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation, and connection with amenities, such as restaurants and parks. The LT category is an outgrowth of the Sustainable Sites category, which formerly covered location-related topics. Whereas the SS category now specifically addresses on-site ecosystem services, the LT category considers the existing features of the surrounding community and how this infrastructure affects occupants’ behavior and environmental performance.
  • innovation in design (IN) – Sustainable design strategies and measures are constantly evolving and improving. New technologies are continually introduced to the marketplace, and up- to-date scientific research influences building design strategies. The purpose of this LEED category is to recognize projects for innovative building features and sustainable building practices and strategies.
  • regional priority (RP) – Because some environmental issues are particular to a locale, volunteers from USGBC chapters and the LEED International Roundtable have identified distinct environmental priorities within their areas and the credits that address those issues. These Regional Priority credits encourage project teams to focus on their local environmental priorities.

Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels:

LEED rating levels

LEED certified homes receive a significant tax abatement in Cincinnati

The below chart is a representation of the various LEED levels and their corresponding max tax abatement amounts and durations. In an effort to promote homeownership within City limits, the City of Cincinnati offers residential tax abatement for LEED rate homes. LEED is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.

Please visit for the City of Cincinnati’s tax abatement overview.


A home is more than just shelter. Our home is the most important building in our life. LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home.

LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And as a bonus, they save money! Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.

Certified green homes typically sell faster and for more money than the comparable non-green homes. We believe in building a quality home and this is why we incorporate LEED for Homes specifications in every home we build.

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