Our Clients Say...

On the last glorious autumn day…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 Goette and Rick Claus, November, 2005

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Welcome to Shelter Alternatives, Inc.

Design Excellence Award

Shelter Alternatives specializes in custom homes design, home additions, and home remodeling. As eco-friendly custom home builders we are well-trained in energy-efficient design, the latest technology of green building and passive solar energy design.

We create sustainable construction projects with lower energy costs, lower maintenance, and lower impact on our environment. Based in Blacksburg, Virginia since 1988, we serve clients throughout the New River Valley area.

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Custom Homes, Home Additions, and Home Remodeling

Are you wishing for a new home addition, contemplating a home remodeling, or planning to design and build a one of a kind new home? We've worked hard to create a company you can count on - from the first design meeting to the last detail of construction. So, whether you envision a 400 square foot addition or a 4000 square foot custom home, we can work together to design and build your dream.

Shelter Alternatives, Inc., is the only Six-Time recipient of the "Design Excellence Award" from the New River Valley Home Builders Association.


Two NRV Builders Recognized for Statewide Excellence in Sustainable Home Building

Proving once again that we do live in a special place, the New River Valley community of builders is leading the way in energy efficient new construction. Read more ...

Shelter Alternatives, Inc. Wins 2013 Design Excellence Award

Shelter Alternatives was awarded the 2013 Design Excellence Award by the New River Valley Homebuilders Association at their annual banquet held on January 25th, 2014. Read more....

Custom Home in Blacksburg by Shelter Alternatives Featured in Nationwide Profile

Thanks to local vendor VA Stone & Brick Designs Inc. and Eldorado Stone for featuring a recently completed Shelter Alternatives home on their website. See the complete profile here. More pictures from this home can be seen in the first pages of our 2013 Project Portfolio below.

2013 Project Portfolio

Browse the booklet below to see a few of our projects completed in 2013.

2013 NRVHBA Award Nominations Recognize Our Work

We are honored to be nominated by our local colleagues for several New River Home Builder Association Awards for 2013 including Builder of the Year Award, Design Excellence Award, Association Service Award and the Community Service Award. Read more....

Shelter Alternatives Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Shelter Alternatives Inc., a Blacksburg-based design-build team is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Read more....

Shelter Alternatives, Inc. Wins Green Innovation Award

The Virginia Sustainable Building Network announced the winners of their 2012 Green Innovation Awards this week and Shelter Alternatives, the Blacksburg based design-build firm, was among the winners. Read more....

Shelter Alternatives Receives Statewide Award for Green Home Renovation in Blacksburg

EarthCraft Virginia recognizes our design build team for sustainability leadership. Read more....

Shelter Alternatives Receives Design Excellence Award

Shelter Alternatives was awarded the 2011 Design Excellence Award by the New River Valley Homebuilder's Association at their annual banquet held on January 28th 2012. Read more....


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