February 05, 2014
Shelter Alternatives was awarded the 2013 Design Excellence Award by the New River Valley Homebuilder’s Association at their annual gala held on January 25th, 2014. Owner Ed Tuchler was honored to receive the award as it is decided upon by colleagues in the local building community and serves to recognize superior and unique design aspects in a project.
In addition to being three-time past recipients of Builder of the Year, Shelter Alternatives receives this seventh Design Excellence Award since 1993. The design build team recently celebrated 25 years of building dreams from visions for homeowners in the New River Valley.
The 2013 Design Excellence Award was awarded for the Minnick residence in the Fiddler’s Green neighborhood in Blacksburg. The home was designed by Shelter Alternative’s Joe Bassett and is a contemporaryCraftsman-style home with Farmhouse influences. It reflects the clients’ desire for a traditional but modern home that would reflect their values, be in harmony with its natural setting, and serve the practical needs of their young family. Consistent with other homes designed by this builder, the design focused on both energy efficiency and comfort. This home is expected to achieve Earthcraft and Energy Star certifications, with an anticipated HERS rating of 44, which means the Minnicks can expect their utility bills to be about half of a typical house of this size.
...We are happy repeat clients of Shelter Alternatives and chose your company when we had the opportunity to build a new house on a rather challenging site “down in the valley”. Our new home is beautifully situated to fit well with the existing topography and takes full advantage of fantastic valley views. Working with Joe Bassett again was a pleasure and he listened well to our wants and needs to provide us with a house in which we can age in place. We don’t foresee any more construction plans in our future but if that came about we would certainly contact Shelter Alternatives.
Marty and Mary G., October 2015