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I want to thank you for building us a great house and being there to answer all of our questions.

Rick Leary, June, 1995

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Welcome to Shelter Alternatives, Inc.

green company of the year

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

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Home Remodeling

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.

Some of Our Recent Work

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a small sample of our work from 25 plus years in business


Shelter Alternatives Awarded 2014 NRV Green Company of the Year

At their 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce awarded Shelter Alternatives of Blacksburg with the New River Valley Green Company of the Year Award Read more ...

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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