February 19, 2019
Design-Build team Shelter Alternatives of Blacksburg has been awarded the Best New Home of 2018 by the New River Valley HomebuildersAssociation. Owner Ed Tuchler received the award on behalf of his team at theirannual gala, held January 26th at the Great Road on Main in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Tuchler and his team have been building homes, as well as doing remodeling work, in the New River Valley for over 30 years and this award represents the 12th NRVHBA Design Excellence award it has received. It will sit among other local and regional awards that the company has earned over their long history, but Tuchler noted that these awards are a particular honor to him as they are determined by nomination and selection by colleagues in the local building community.
The recognized home is in Giles County and is representative of the work of Shelter Alternatives with its focus on placement in its natural setting, an emphasis on efficiency and practicality and a foundation of quality craftsmanship. “The homeowner’s happiness is very important to us, and we have built a process, that we hope, puts the customer’s
needs and desires as top priority,” says Tuchler. In the case of this home, they hit their mark with the homeowner Jim Volbrecht stating, “our new home is a winner! And we love it”.
For a more in-depth look at the company and their work, visit the Shelter Alternatives website at www.shelteralternatives.com. More information on the New River Valley Home
Builders Association can be found at www.nrvhba.com.
On the last glorious autumn….the view was amazing: glimmering river backlit by the blazing hills and the house set like a natural gem in all that loveliness….
....last night: playing music and hanging pictures, preparing dinner, drinking champagne; sitting in the cozy hot tub looking at the stars, watching the trains fling their headlights over the cliffs was like a sensual fantasy, almost unreal it was so shimmeringly PERFECT….
This morning the sunrise turned the cliffs opal pink (like the bathroom walls) and then the full-risen sun blasted the red wall with light; we ate breakfast not talking at all because it was too beautiful and we were too happy.
Ann G. and Rick C., November 2005