About Green-Living Homes

Green-Living Homes was founded on a 40-year history of local residential construction. Our mission is simple. We build smart, efficient, high-quality homes that reflect each customer’s unique personality and lifestyle. We combine the best practices in construction with the latest in energy efficiency and sustainability. Because of our construction quality and green technologies, our homes are also a great investment.

Frank Dertzbaugh, founder of Green-Living Homes, has built or remodeled more than 100 homes in Frederick County. Since the 1980s he’s been an advocate for environmental sustainability and has employed the latest technologies into his construction. Highly education in green technologies, Frank is a member of the National Association of Homebuilders, an Energy Star Partner, a Certified Green Professional, as well as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and a Certified Graduate Builder.

We can custom design your home, build a home using your existing house plans or call upon one of hundreds of high quality, pre-constructed modular plans, customized just for you. We are dedicated to constructing a superior, cost efficient home that is crafted to your lifestyle and personality, which will appreciate in value.


Our Process…..

Our staff will work closely with you from the beginning of the design phase until well after you’ve moved in. Every detail and question you have will be fully and promptly answered so that you can make informed decisions. It is our goal to consistently exceed your expectations.

Your Homesite

Early on, we will want to know about your homesite. Do you presently own a lot? If not, we have a number of lots that are available for purchase. Or, we can help you “lot shop.” Ultimately, we will want to tour the site you choose to consider its aesthetics, determination of any environmental factors, plan for site utilities and neighborhood compatibility.

Home Design & Preliminary Cost Estimate

If you are not in possession of house plans, we can create a concept plan based on your expressed needs and wants. You will also have more than 100 fully-customizable modular house plans at your disposal. Reference to the concept plan or a completed modular floorplan will allow us to prepare a preliminary cost estimate that can be used for lending purposes.

Traditional Stick Built or Modular

When building a new house it’s a good idea to also consider modular construction. While the price of stick-built and modular construction is relatively the same, modular construction can offer greater quality control and can typically be built in half the time. Read our web page that compares the differences of Traditional vs Modular construction. We have established relationships with several superb modular home manufacturers all of whom are committed to quality and collectively offer a wide range of house styles. Having worked with each of them and fully endorse them. Visit our Gallery page to see the wide selection of house designs they offer. Again, each modular house plan can be customized.

Energy Efficiency

Our homes are truly built to a higher standard of energy efficiency. We have been awarded a 5+ rating from Energy Star, the highest efficiency rating possible, which meets the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA. In addition to your home being quieter and more comfortable, you will also have the benefit of lower utility bills–the result of our enhanced insulation package and high efficiency heating and cooling system. Our approach to construction also helps protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, the Energy Star Rating will make your home eligible for additional Federal Tax Credits, potentially saving you thousands of dollars!