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Energy Efficiency Tops Wish Lists for New Homes

Categories: Carrelton, Community, Easy Living Home, Energy Efficiency, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Housing Market, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, National Housing Market, Neighborhood, Realtor News, Sumner County, The Tennessean | Posted: April 14, 2015

(This was written by Bill Lewis of the Tennessean.  For direct link, click HERE.  And to see accompanying video, click HERE.)

Along with granite counter tops and hardwood floors, Goodall Homes‘ newest model home showcases a feature that the company believes is at the top of the wish list for many people buying a new house — energy efficiency.

Goodall, one of the Nashville region’s largest home builders, added an Energy Room to its model home in Gallatin’s new Carellton subdivision. The room gives potential home buyers a behind-the-walls look at the energy saving features the company began building into all of its homes last July.

The response has been so positive that the company is adding Energy Rooms to its model homes in the new 614-home Millstone subdivision in Hendersonville and at its existing StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon.

“It’s not as much fun as going on Pinterest” to look at pictures of paint colors and home decorating, “but the Energy Room gives us a tool to show how things work,” said Goodall Vice President Ryan Clinard.

Other builders have also concluded that energy efficiency is the new granite, something that customers have come to expect.

Compared to the cost of heating and cooling an older house, new homes are much less expensive. Those savings add up over the years, said John Burns, vice president of operations for Regent Homes.

“We’re not charging more for it. We think it’s something that appeals to customers. Everybody’s happy about saving money in a house,” he said.

Return on investment

Low heating and cooling bills were an added bonus for Jon and Caitlin Sell, who moved into their all-electric, 1,700-square-foot Regent home at the end of 2013.

They stay comfortable on the hottest and coldest days of the year without worrying about the expense. Their average monthly bill is around $115. Their highest bill, during last winter’s cold snap, was about $220.

“It’s kind of spoiled us. It was icing on the cake,” said Jon Sell.

Their house in Williamson County’s Woodside neighborhood has the energy saving features that Regent builds into almost every home, which Burns said include upgraded wall and attic insulation, a heating and cooling system with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14, LP TechShield roofing and compact fluorescent and LED lights.

“We’re trying to put in the upgrades that will be of the most value,” said Burns.

Regent calls its homes Energy Smart. Other builders have their own features. Drees Homes, for example, includes improved thermal enclosure systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems in its DreeSmart Conservation Innovations program.

Celebration Homes builds every home to Energy Star standards, which the company says are at least 15 percent more efficient than a home built to comply with existing codes.

Ryan Homes says its BuiltSmart program uses advanced construction techniques, Energy Star appliances, efficient heating and cooling and environmentally friendly paint, carpet and other materials.

Every house built by Beazer Homes is Energy Star certified. Each house also receives a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score, which rates energy consumption. A low score is desirable. Older homes score around 130 and many new homes score around 100. The average Beazer home scores a 65.

A matter of comfort

At Goodall, energy saving features include programmable thermostats, LP TechShield roofing, compact fluorescent lighting and 25 percent more insulation than the industry standard, which Clinard said make a home more comfortable as well as less costly to heat and cool.

“The market was starting to demand it,” he said. “People think quality is the amenities of the house. Quality is also the comfort of living in the house.”

Jon Sell believes his home’s energy saving features would add to its value if he ever decided to sell it. But those features also make it hard to think about moving.

“If we ever wanted to move,” he said, “it would be hard to get into something that’s not as energy efficient.”

Goodall Homes Hosts 5th Annual Realtor Gala

Categories: Awards, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Nashville Business Journal, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor Gala, Realtor News | Posted: March 31, 2015

10430362_10152748265591500_2342209725592063091_nGoodall Homes celebrated its 5th annual Realtor Gala this year at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each year we recognize the top realtor offices and top realtors in Sumner, Wilson, Williamson and Davidson Counties. We know that all realtors are key to helping us fulfill homebuyers’ dreams of owning a new home. To all the realtors who do business with us – THANK YOU! Special thank you to our sponsors: Wilson Bank & Trust, Jeld-wen Windows & Doors, and Huskey Truss & Building Supply. We were also very excited to have Ben Briley, an American Idol finalist last year, join us as a musical guest!

Congrats to this year’s award winners: TOP REALTORS: Davidson: Kaleesha Shaik (The Realty Association); Sumner: Matt Clausen (Clausen Realty Group); Williamson: Chip Kerr (Crye Leike); Wilson: Jessica Huggett (Vision Realty); Paul Teller (Keller Williams)

TOP OFFICES: DAVIDSON: The Realty Association (Nashville); SUMNER: Keller Williams (Hendersonville); WILLIAMSON: Benchmark Realty (Franklin); WILSON: Keller Williams (Mt Juliet).

For more pictures of this event, please visit our Facebook page HERE.



Goodall’s Community Lifestyles Director is this month’s “Woman of Wilson”: Jana Pastors

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 26, 2015

(From the Wilson Post.  Written by Sabrina Garrett.  February 25, 2015.  Click here for article):

This week’s Woman of Wilson can be summed up in a quote, which she attributes to Lebanon City Council Member and friend, Rob Cesternino: “It is amazing how you manage to never have a bad hair day in spite of wearing so many hats.”

If you’ve noticed Jana Pastors around town, chances are she is busy working at one of her multiple careers or volunteering for a charitable cause – and yes, always sporting good hair.

Pastors, originally from Nashville, came to Wilson County after high school to attend Cumberland University on an academic and dance scholarship. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2006 and her Masters of Organizational Leadership & Human Relations in 2008.

It was during college that she met her husband, Adam, who transferred to Cumberland from Lipscomb University. Pastors said they were both involved in Greek Life – she was Vice President for AOII and he was Treasurer for Kappa Sigma.

“I was looking for an individual to engage in routine fitness. I noticed how dedicated he was to fitness and meeting goals so I asked him to help train me. Through time we became best friends,” she explained. “At some point, he decided he preferred a more intimate relationship with me. So the chase began.”

The couple married on Nov. 23, 2008, in a small family ceremony at Vanderbilt Scarritt Bennett Chapel. Although they do not currently have children, they have a “very energetic and playful dog named Mason,” which they adopted at New Leash on Life. They also have a Maine-Coon cat named Abbey.

Pastors is the community lifestyle director with 2014 National Home Builder of the Year, Goodall Homes.

“While Goodall Homes is in the development stage, my focus is to create a lifestyle that enriches the homeowners’ experience within the community and to develop a relationship between the community and the city it resides in,” she explained. “Each Goodall home community has a vision to develop a type of lifestyle that caters to the owners. I am there to start the process and implement the reality of the experience. I am blessed to work with a team that is dedicated to their trade and the well-being of their homeowners.”

Pastors also has a photography business, Kindred Moments Photography & Design.

“I retired from my dance career and needed a creative outlet. Initially, I started taking photos of simple still life photography, and with the encouragement of my friends and family, my new-found passion evolved into a profession,” she said.

Her favorite photography is fashion because “it has various creative aspects of art that come together as one” – however, she also photographs weddings, portraits, landscape and more.

Pastors donates her free time to being a member of the Photography Committee for the Wilson County Fair, attending local government meetings and being a Wilson Bank & Trust council member.

She added that visual arts are still a passion of hers, and drawing and sketching are favorite hobbies.

“My mother always told me not to put all your eggs in one basket. My life is never boring and it takes a lot of good time management. I love my job every day because each day tells a different story,” she said.

The woman she most admires is her mother.

“I grew up with my mother teaching me ways to be creative and to think outside of the box,” Pastors said. “Her passion was oil painting and visual arts while holding a respectful career in the medical field. She was the most incredible woman I have ever known.

“I remember the day after I graduated high school, she threw clothes on my bed and said, ‘You are now in the working field. Get up and get dressed.’ After that point, I knew the training began. I worked side-by-side with my mother at Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance while attending Cumberland University,” she said. “So many people looked up to her and respected her for her selfless, kind-heartedness. Above all, she was a realist – preparing me for what challenges I might cross both personally and professionally.”

Her mother passed away unexpectedly in 2008 – when Pastors was just 24-years-old.

“During her last days with us she assured me that every choice I make in life God will help lead the way. She remains my daily inspiration, and I only strive to make her proud.”

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

Goodall Homes–Job Positions Available

Categories: Career, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Job Opportunity | Posted: February 3, 2015

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Goodall Homes Team. Our current Team voted Goodall Homes among the Top Workplaces in Middle Tennessee & The Nashville Business Journal ranked Goodall Homes one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies.  We were also recently given the honor of Homebuilder of the Year by Professional Business Magazine.

We are currently seeking several energetic, organized, motivated individuals to fill positions as continue to grow.

Please click HERE to view our current job openings.

  • Draftsman
  • Courier/Permit Administrator
  • Staff Accountant
  • Customer Care Coordinator
  • Customer Care Field Representative



Goodall Homes to Host Preview Event for Millstone

Categories: Events, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Community, New Homes Nashville Area, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: January 8, 2015

Goodall Homes will be hosting a preview event, to be held on two separate days, for it’s newest super-community, Millstone, located off of Saundersville Road in Hendersonville.

Join us Tuesday, February 3rd, or Thursday, February 5th, from 6:30-7:30 for an information session on this new neighborhood.  Dinner will be served.

RSVP to, or to (615) 448-8929, as space will be limited.  Please include your name, number of guests, and which date you wish to attend in your RSVP.

For more info on Millstone, click here.


Millstone Save the Date


Foxland Harbor Tour Giveaway

Categories: Community, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Sumner County | Posted: December 9, 2014
Foxland Harbor Villa Tour

Foxland Harbor Villa Tour

Goodall Homes Named 2014 Builder of the Year By Professional Builder Magazine

Categories: Awards, Employee News, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Professional Builder Magazine, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: December 4, 2014
Bob Goodall, Jr., President of Goodall Homes

Bob Goodall, Jr., President of Goodall Homes

(Compliments of Professional Builder Magazine)

The distinguished award has a 49-year history in the home building industry


Arlington Heights, IL (December 3, 2014) Professional Builder, North America’s leading business publication dedicated to the home building industry, has named Goodall Homes its 2014 Builder of the Year. The Gallatin, Tenn.-based firm is the 48th builder to be honored as Builder of the Year by Professional Builder.

The award acknowledges home builders whose innovative ideas and business results represent the best in home building. The winning firm is selected by Professional Builder’s editors, with input from a select group of industry executives.

The Goodall Homes executive team was honored during an awards luncheon at Professional Builder’s Housing Giants Leadership Conference in October. Full coverage of Goodall Homes’ business and operations is featured in the December issue of Professional Builder (view at, with extended coverage on

“Goodall Homes is one of the fastest growing home builders in Tennessee with multiple residential communities throughout the Nashville area,” says Denise Dersin, editorial director of Professional Builder. “The firm is also considered one of the top places to work in Tennessee, a result of their commitment not only to quality craftsmanship and customer service, but also because of their success in fostering a professional, committed environment for Goodall employees.”

“It is truly an honor for Goodall Homes to be recognized as Professional Builder magazine’s Builder of the Year,” says Keith Porterfield, chief operating officer. “It is also a very humbling experience because we are reminded of all the great companies and individuals in this industry who have given so selflessly of their time and talents, and shared best practices and ideas to help us to be successful. In my opinion, that is one of the things that make this industry great.”

Professional Builder is published by SGC Horizon/Scranton Gillette Communications. For more information about the brand and its Builder of the Year award, visit or contact Denise Dersin at, 703.992.7640.

Bob Goodall Initiates Efforts for Pastor, Food Bank Director in Sumner County to Receive a New Home

Categories: Gallatin, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Sumner County, Uncategorized | Posted: November 26, 2014
At 72 years old and 53 years of marriage, The Gills have never owned their own home.  Today, Sumner Co food bank founder James Gill and his wife Barbara received the keys to their FIRST home.  Goodall Homes thanks everyone who donated their time, money, and materials to help make the Gills’ dream of home ownership come true!  Click the link to view the News 2 coverage on tonight’s news: 

(Courtesy of News 2)

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. – The director of the Sumner County Food Bank was on the receiving end of a blessing Thursday: James Gill and his wife Barbara got a home donated by people in the community.

“I could not be happier than I am right now,” said Pastor James Gill.

As a pastor for 43 years, Gill and his wife have spent much of their lives together living in church parsonages.

For the past 6 years, the couple has been living with their daughter’s family in Castilian Springs.

“Brother Gill is 72 years old and has never owned his own home,” said Bob Goodall of Goodall Homes. “He had taken all of his savings and when the Food Bank didn’t have any money, he took all of his savings and put it in the Food Bank.”

Goodall set the wheels in motion to build the house. They received over $30,000 after their first call to the community.

Other donations followed, totaling around $50,000. Supplies were either traded or donated and Goodall provided the labor.

Gill said the house is primarily for his wife.

“For 43 years she has followed me from church to church, never argued. We lived in church parsonages, she accepted that, and that was going to be our life,” Gill said from his new front porch.

He added, “I could not be happier than I am right now.”

Barbara Gill told News 2 she will finally have a place for her family and friends to visit.

“The Lord has a way of taking care of his ministers and ministers’ family, and He has definitely taken care of us,” she said.

“It’s a blessing to be able to give back to people and it’s an extra blessing to receive. I never dreamed this day would come,” Barbara continued.

An emotional Gill said he is thankful beyond measure to the people who helped build the house.

“How do I say thank you to them? Do I serve them a dinner or buy them a card? What?” He asked, not knowing if there is a way to show his appreciation.

“This is our home, and we’ll live here for the rest of our lives,” Gill added.

Receiving is something new to the Gills. So is a front porch.

Goodall Homes is Hiring!

Categories: Career, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Job Market, Job Opportunity, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder | Posted: November 14, 2014

As we continue to grow into new neighborhoods in and around middle-Tennessee, Goodall Homes is expanding our team.  We currently have several positions available.  Please visit our CAREER page to learn more about these exciting opportunities.

We currently have positions available for the following:

HOA Coordinator
Assistant Project Manager
Production Manager

Ft Campbell Veteran US Army Sergeant First Class Joseph James and Family Surprised with Announcement of New Home

Categories: Awards, Charity, Community, Events, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Hendersonville, LP Building Products, Millstone, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, National Housing Market, Neighborhood, New Homes Nashville Area, Operation FINALLY HOME, Press Release, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Sumner County, Team, Trade Partners | Posted: August 29, 2014

This home will be built in Goodall Homes’ Millstone Community for the James family

Local Homebuilder, Goodall Homes, to partner with Operation FINALLY HOME and LP Building Products to construct the custom-built, mortgage-free home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Non-profit organization Operation FINALLY HOME joined Nashville area homebuilder Goodall Homes and engineered wood products manufacturer LP Building Products on the LP Field 30-yard line
Thursday evening to deliver a surprise announcement to the game’s Salute to
Service honoree, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Joseph James. James, a wounded
combat veteran from Ft. Campbell and his family will receive a new custom-built,
mortgage-free home in Goodall Homes’ new master-planned community, Millstone,
in Hendersonville, Tenn.

During his service James was deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His extensive list of awards includes a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and four Army Commendation Medals. Five months into a 15-month tour, his Humvee was struck simultaneously by two improvised explosive devices (IEDs). James suffered physical injuries including a right below-knee amputation, left above-knee amputation, as well as numerous shrapnel wounds to the back as a result of the explosion. It is estimated that he underwent approximately 18 surgeries throughout his recovery.

In therapy, James advanced rapidly through his training, learning how to walk and even run using prosthetics. He received his promotion to Sgt. 1st Class in March 2009 and continued his physical training in the military, participating in numerous 5K races as well as training for sporting events for disabled athletes. Today he resides in Bethpage, Tenn. with his wife and two daughters. He and his wife are also expecting
another child in October.

“It is an honor to provide a home for this brave young man and his family,” said Bob Goodall, president, Goodall Homes.  “It means so much to be able to give something back to this local hero in appreciation for his service and sacrifice to our country.”

This will be the second home built by Goodall Homes in conjunction with Operation Finally Home.

Operation FINALLY HOME is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Goodall Homes will drive construction for the
project with the help of many valuable trade partners, including LP Building products.

“We are proud to partner with Operation FINALLY HOME and Goodall Homes to provide building materials for this home,” said Rick Olszewski, LP executive vice president. “We hope our part in this project in some way expresses the immense gratitude and respect we have for James’ service to our country and the sacrifice of his family.”

“It is partners like Goodall Homes and LP Building Products that make our mission possible,” said Rusty Carroll, Operation FINALLY HOME executive director. “Together we are not only building homes, we are helping to rebuild the lives of our country’s veterans.”

For more information on this and other Operation FINALLY HOME projects, and to find out how to support these projects, visit


About Operation FINALLY HOME

Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so
much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own. To find out more, visit

About Goodall Homes

Bob Goodall, Jr. began building homes in 1983. Locally owned and operated, Goodall Homes builds single family homes, townhomes, condos and villas throughout Middle Tennessee. The Goodall Homes team mirrors Bob’s commitment to service and excellence in homebuilding. This commitment has been recognized through awards such as the NAHB National Housing Quality Bronze Award, The Nashville Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2014, 2013, 2012; The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces 2013 & 2014; and The Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Award in 2011. For more information about Goodall Homes, please visit

About LP Building Products

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing
products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the United
States, Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and
retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit